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Sunday, 09 September 2012 20:40

2,000 Jobs Up For Grabs At Career Fair

Job_FairExcerpt from the Borneo Bulettin: Bandar Seri Begawan - Over 2,000 jobs for locals in the private sector were up for grabs at the 'Job Opportunity in the Private Sector 2012' week at BRIDEX Hall in Jerudong. (photograph sourced from The Brunei Times)

Beginning yesterday (September 8, 2012) until September 13, 2012, the event offers an opportunity to locals to find employment in various industries, namely, wholesale, trade and retail shops. The jobs are open to local job seekers ranging from those with lower qualifications to degree holders.

Some 90 companies are giving their cooperation and commitment by taking part in the career exhibition and the open interviews.

The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK) of the Ministry of Home Affairs is continuing its efforts to reduce unemployment among locals with the cooperation of the Department of Economic Planning and Development as well as employers in the private sector.

The cooperation includes identifying vacancies, matching employees with posts, interviews, training and provision of incentives, including allowance and bonus for a certain period.

The Job Opportunity in the Private Sector 2012 Week is being held by APTK to enhance the APTK programmes.

Job Opportunity Week is among the programmes to meet the mission of the Ministry, 'Together in Ensuring Excellent Service and Enhancing Welfare and Balanced Socio-Economic Development in the Community'.

It is hoped that the Job Opportunity in the Private Sector Week will give priority to employment hiring and tackle the issue of unemployment in the country. Many private sectors have given cooperation to APTK, especially those who follow the policies that have been stipulated.

Employers were urged to continue to give cooperation and shoulder similar responsibility with the government in tackling unemployment. Local jobseekers should also be serious and committed to seeking jobs offered at the weeklong job fair.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 12:15

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Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives announced that it will be organising its second charity expedition for the community. This year’s expedition is dubbed “Charity Expedition for ALAF” or CE-ALAF. It is aimed to help underprivileged students in their educational progression through a systematic sponsorship scheme under the BIBD ALAF programme. ALAF stands for Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future.

The expedition also carries the tagline ‘One Step, One Pedal, One Education’.

With one of the nation’s major aspirations being to build a well-educated and highly skilled human resources, BIBD feels obligated to play a role to support the nation’s plans by providing opportunities of educational progression to these underprivileged students through the BIBD ALAF programme. This not be a one-time programme but a long-term one.

As a start to raise funds for this programme, the Charity Expedition will consist of running, cycling and a charity bazaar. The CE-ALAF will feature five different sporting events namely 2.5km Fun Run, 5km Run, 10km Run, 21km Half-Marathon and a 53km Cycling Expedition. CE-ALAF hopes to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as to encourage public awareness through fitness on the aims of the programme.

Registration fees: 2.5km Fun Run - $10, 5km Run - $15, 10km Run - $35, 21km Half Marathon - $40, 53km Cycling - $25

Physical registration forms can also be obtained at selected BIBD branches: Main Branch, Kiulap Branch, Manggis Branch, Temburong Branch, Tutong Branch and Kuala Belait Branch. Physical registration forms are limited and are only available on a first come first serve basis. Note: It is also important to note that photocopied or scanned copies of the registration forms will not be accepted.

Registration ends on September 15. Upon registration, participants will be given donation cards to encourage members of the public to contribute to this charity drive. Donation cards can be collected from now until September 30 at Main Branch in the Capital. Starting September 10 until September 30 donation cards can be collected at: Main Branch, Kiulap Branch, Manggis Branch, Temburong Branch, Tutong Branch and Kuala Belait Branch.

Donation cards have to be returned during the Race Entry Pack Collection days from 7 - 9 October 2012 at the Indoor Stadium, Jalan Berakas.

The 10km Run and the 21km Half-Marathon are competitive races where the runners can win marathon packages to Melboune, Hongkong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. First, Second and Third prize winners will also receive an exclusive winners T-Shirt together with winning medals. Participants for the 10 and 21 km categories will also be receiving finishers medals upon completing the race within a set time.

This charity event will be held on October 14, 2012 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. Interested participants can are now register online at www.bibd.com.bn andwww.bibdcharityexpedition.com.

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 21:06

Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2012 - ‘Make Tomorrow Better’

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Media Release from Curtin Sarawak Malaysia: Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) will be showcasing how it is helping fulfil Curtin University’s goal to be a forward-looking international research-focused university positioned amongst the top 20 universities in Asia and how it contributes to Curtin’s brand vision to Make Tomorrow Better at the upcoming Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2012.

‘Make Tomorrow Better’ will be the overriding theme for Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2012, which will be held from 10 am to 5.00 pm on 15 September 2012 at the Curtin Sarawak campus in Senadin.

To find out more about how Curtin Sarawak is ‘making tomorrow better’ through innovation, research and development, teaching and learning, and a holistic approach to education that equips students with global knowledge and international experience, visitors to Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2012 can visit the ‘Innovation Expo’, the event’s main attraction. 

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Meanwhile, potential students and parents who would like to know more about what Curtin Sarawak has to offer in terms of academic programmes, facilities, campus life and scholarships and loans can drop by the ‘Future Students Booth’. There, they will get to talk to academics, staff and current students of the university who can help them make informed decisions about studying at Curtin Sarawak.

Potential students and members of the public can also learn more through a series of academic talks by academics from the School of Business and School of Engineering and Science, as well as from the Institution of Engineers, Miri Branch, at the Harry Perkins Lecture Theatre and School of Business.

The talks are entitled ‘Accountants Beyond Numbers Crunching’, ‘HRM: The Secret of Organisational Success’, ‘A Different Choice in Degree: Studying Media & Communication and Borneo Studies’, ‘First Year Student Experience: Challenges and Issues’, ‘Shell Eco-marathon – Curtin’s Experience’, ‘Career Opportunities in ICT’ and ‘Engineer Your Future’.

In addition, they can find out about student organisations like the John Curtin Leadership Academy, AIESEC, Mini United Nations Curtin Sarawak (MUN.CS), Curtin Volunteers!, Curtin EFacT and Curtin Young Associates that provide Curtin Sarawak students opportunities for self-growth in areas related to entrepreneurship, leadership and professional development, at a new ‘Student Support Services Showcase’.

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These organisations are under the University Life and Student Recruitment departments and are among some 30 student organisations that contribute to campus life and are actively involved in community service.

Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2012 will be a ‘green’ event in support of Curtin Sarawak’s environmental initiatives and Miri’s goal to become a ‘green city’. The Miri City Council is a key supporter of the event and will showcase its Local Agenda 21 and other environmental programmes at the ‘Environmental Corner’ at the School of Business, which will also house a ‘Charity & Community Corner’ showcasing local charitable and community causes.

In keeping with the green theme, a ‘Green Mobility Revolution Showcase’ will be featured for the first time. Specially imported e-bikes, Curtin Sarawak’s entries in the 2011 and 2012 Shell Eco-marathons, as well as hybrid cars from leading carmakers will be showcased.

Besides the ‘Innovation Expo’, ‘Future Students Booth’, ‘Student Support Services Showcase’, ‘Environmental Corner’, ‘Charity & Community Corner’, ‘Green Mobility Revolution Showcase’ and academic talks, visitors can look forward to patronising a wide range of food and beverage, retail and activity stalls, and take in live musical and stage performances including a Miri Got Talent Competition and Mr & Miss Curtin Contest.

The food and beverage stalls will be operated by Curtin Sarawak student clubs and staff, as well as local hotels and food outlets. Unlike in previous years where coupons were used, all purchases at these stalls will be on cash terms.

Also, as with previous Open Days, there will be a number of community outreach activities during the event, including a blood donation drive in collaboration with the Miri Blood Bank and free health checks conducted by Columbia Asia Hospital, Miri. Both will be in the Pre-event Area of the Recreation & Event Centre.

Children visiting Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2012 will delight in the ‘Kiddies Corner’ in the event hall at the Recreation & Event Centre. Attractions will include clowns and cartoon character mascots, bouncy castles, sand art and games, as well as a colouring competition, spelling bee and stage performances by pupils of local pre-schools.

Another anticipated crowd-puller will be the lucky draws and two grand prize draws at the event’s main stage. Attractive prizes will be given away in a series of lucky draws throughout the day, while the grand prize draws in the morning and afternoon will feature e-bikes, and Samsung tablets and smartphones. Only purchasers of Door Gift & Lucky Draw tickets for the day are eligible for the lucky draws and to redeem door gifts.

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Curtin Sarawak is Curtin University’s largest international campus and a joint venture with the Sarawak state government. Located in Desa Senadin about 20 kilometres from the city centre, its unique features include stylish buildings modelled on those at Curtin’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia. Nestled within beautiful landscaped gardens, it is complemented by scenic man-made lakes and Senadin’s expansive wetlands, home to many species of indigenous and migratory birds.

For more information on Curtin Sarawak Open Day 2012, one can visit the event website at www.curtin.edu.my/openday2012, call the event secretariat at +60 85 443806, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:27

Greetings Readers! Last weekend I visited the new Icon Design Store in Batu Bersurat. If you are a fan of modern, contemporary and designer classic furniture, you should check this place out! They have "a good mix of contemporary and mid century modern designer classic furniture inspired by famous designers...at very affordable prices". According to their website, the "whole company was founded on our love for beautifully designed furnishings. Our passion goes much further than merely something that looks the part after all furniture is as much about functionality and practicality as it is aesthetics".

I spent a good 30 or so minutes in their store and got to know one of the owner-manager there, Gert. Gert said thay many of their products can be customised according to individual preferences and that they can also offer interior decorating advice (for people like me who don't have an eye for these sort of things!).

I should also point out that they have a pretty neat online store where you can browse through most of their products at your own convenience.

Check them out: Block B Unit No 9&10, Ground Floor Sempurna Complex, Jalan Batu Bersurat, Pengkalan Gadong

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:15

Greetings Readers! Check out this photograph by a Bruneian photographer in the US. Click on this link and hit 'like' to help him win the People's Choice Awards!

"Moving" by Joel Ang

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