The Dangers of Facebook

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A video blog discussing the dangers of Facebook and social networking from the effect it has on friendships, relationships, socialization, security and society.

Top 10 Reasons Why YOU Should Quit Facebook

Learn everything you never wanted to know about your Facebook privacy! Facebook is evil, according to web journalist Dan Yoder. Reasons for dropping the social phenomenon include the one-sided terms of service (duh), the CEO’s documented unethical behavior (duh), and the declared war on privacy (duh). Some of these points make some sense, but at the same time, we all should know what we get with Facebook and not be surprised or expect anything different. If you are nervous about some of these points, Kevin breaks it down for you.

How to Delete Facebook Account Forever 2014 (Also How to Deactivate)

Is the patronage system killing our sports?

By G Vinod
| July 23, 2013

PETALING JAYA: Is patronage system in sports associations a reason for the decline in our sports industry?

This is a question that needs to be pondered on as many of our sports organisations are helmed by political leaders or business magnates.

For example, the National Karate Federation president is Ali Rustam, who is also the former Malacca chief minister.

Apart from the karate association, Ali also helms the Malaysian National Silat Federation and the Petanque Federation of Malaysia.

Another political bigwig helming several sports associations is the de facto law minister Shahidan Kassim.

Apart from helming the Malaysia Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU), the former Perlis menteri besar is also the chief for the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia and surprisingly, the Kabadi Association of Malaysia.

Former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Isa Samad helms the Malaysia Amateur Boxing Association while former Human Resources Minister Fong Chan Onn helms the Malaysian Body Building Federation.

Some of the sports associations with politicians and businessmen as patrons are:

National Karate Federation (former Malacca chief minister Ali Rustam);

Malaysian National Silat Federation (Ali);

Petanque Federation of Malaysia (Ali);

Malaysia Amateur Athletics Union (Law Minister Shahidan Kassim);

Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Shahidan);

Kabadi Association of Malaysia (Shahidan);

Malaysia Amateur Boxing Association (Former Negri Sembilan mentri besar Isa Samad);

Malaysian Body-Building Federation (former Human Resources Minister Fong Chan Onn);

Badminton Association of Malaysia (Mohd Nadzmi Mohamad Salleh – businessman);

Malaysia Basketball Association (Tiong King Sing – Bintulu MP);

Malaysia Volleyball Association (Ta Kin Yan – businessman);

Equesterian Association of Malaysia (Jamaluddin Jarjis – former Science, Technology and Innovation Minister);

Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (Zakaria Ahmad – businessman);

Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation (Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid – former Chief Secretary to the Government); and

Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (Ahmad Ismail – Umno leader from Penang).

There is much soul-searching to do to improve the running of sports associations to bring out the best in our athletes.

Sports patronage – ‘It’s more than prestige, image’

By Alyaa Azhar | July 25, 2013

PETALING JAYA: The patronage system in sports depends on the patron and the sports association’s objectives for being a patron and for wanting a patron, said Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary-general Sieh Kok Chi.

Sieh said this when asked on the relevance of the patronage system in sports associations.

According to Sieh, most sports organisers look for a patron because of prestige and image, which hopefully will impress their members and sponsors.

“On the other hand, today, the public and most people are no longer impressed, because they realise that the patrons are there only in name, and are not that interested or aware of what is going on,” Sieh told FMT.

The same question could be asked of the patrons, he said.

“What are their (patrons’) objectives? In some organisations, sports associations get their patrons actively involved in their activities, such as organising an annual event named after the patron,” he said.

Former Asian Football Confederation secretary-general Peter Velappan on Wednesday said that sports associations must be helmed by professionals, not politicians or businessmen.

Velappan said the patronage system kills the sports body as the leaders will naturally bring in those aligned to them and are not necessarily professionals themselves.

However, former Football Association of Malaysia vice-president Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Omar said it all depends on the individual; as politicians or businessmen could help in bringing funds and expertise into the arena.

Sieh concluded that it depends on the situation.

“If both the association and patron have real interests, involvements and common objectives, then the patronage would be successful,” he said.

“Frankly, it would be better for a patron to leave once the interests or the needs are no longer there,” he said.

Many of the country’s sports organisations are helmed by political leaders or business magnates.

For example, former Malacca chief minister Ali Rustam helms the National Karate Federation, the Malaysian National Silat Federation and the Petanque Federation of Malaysia.

Velappan: End patronage in sports bodies
G Vinod
| July 24, 2013

PETALING JAYA: It is time to end political patronage in sports organisations, said former Asian Football Confederation secretary-general Peter Velappan.

“The sports associations must be helmed by professionals, not politicians or businessmen,” said Velappan.

Yesterday, FMT published an article showing the many sports bodies helmed by either political or business figures.

Velappan said the patronage system kills sports body as the leaders will naturally bring in those aligned to them and are not necessarily professionals themselves.

“And when retired national sportsmen want to enter the sports body to contribute, they find that the door is closed because the non-professionals have taken over the important posts,” he said.

Velappan added that many of those heading the sports organisations do not understand issues such as training, nutrition, competition and athletes’ psychology.

“The leaders also interfere in the selection process. Although the selection committee will make a stand on whom to pick, these patrons simply overrule the decisions made,” he said.

On concerns that not all former sportsmen could lead a sports body, Velappan concurred with the statement but added that these individuals could be moulded to administer a sports organisation.

“There are plenty of leadership courses around. Many can do it provided they are trained to become leaders,” he said.

Culture at fault

However, former Football Association of Malaysia vice-president Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Omar disagreed with Velappan’s assessment.

“It all depends on the individual. Even a non-politician can play politics in a sports organisation,” said Raja Ahmad.

He also said it is not wrong to have politicians or businessmen leading sports bodies provided they could help bring funds and other expertise into the arena.

“Besides that, the political and business personalities can bring in money and other necessary assistance to help our athletes to perform better,” said Raja Ahmad.

What is important to improve Malaysia’s sports standing, he added, is that our local talents needed more international level exposure.

Raja Azman also said some local talents lack the commitment to take Malaysia to greater heights in sports.

“The problems lies in our culture, too. The Africans work hard to gain prominence in sports to escape poverty.

“But some of our local talents feel contented enjoying their four figure salary,” he said.

Raja Azman added that the Malaysian government must also provide the younger generation with more means to project their talents, starting with more sporting facilities.

“These days, there are some schools that don’t even have fields. Look at the fields set up by our local authorities. It’s just not up to the mark,” he said.

In support of Shahidan

Former Malaysia Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) official A Vaithilingam echoed Raja Ahmad’s assessment, saying there are political leaders who contributed a lot to the sports industry.

“Even Tunku Abdul Rahman used to be the chairman of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). We thrived during his time.

“Similarly, former Selangor menteri besar Harun Idris helped raise funds for our football team in the 80s when he was FAM vice-president,” said Vaithilingam.

On de facto law minister Shahidan Kassim helming three sports associations, Vaithilingam said the Cabinet minister has contributed substantially to at least two of the sports organisations.

“Of course, there were problems in the athletics union but Shahidan did a lot for the swimming team. If kabaddi is popular in Malaysia, it is because of the minister,” he said.

Besides helming the Malaysia Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU), Shahidan is also the president for the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia and the Kabaddi Association of Malaysia.

Vaithilingam, however, conceded that some political leaders do not help much while helming a certain sports body but he refused to reveal names.

Tashi Mannox – Tibetan Calligrapher by Planetary plus

Tashi Mannox

The name Tashi Mannox represents both the Eastern and Western artistic disciplines in his 30year journey as a painter and calligrapher. Born British to the family name of Mannox, that originates in Celtic Ireland and coincidentally translates as ‘the monastic’. His first name Tashi was given shortly after gaining a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, when he became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order, at the tender age of 22. He is now recognized as one of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphy artists. Exhibiting across the globe in London, Moscow, New York and Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates. In resent years Tashi has established his home and studio near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire, Great Britain.

Drawing on a lifetime of study and practice in the rich iconography and wisdom that the Tibetan culture and Buddhist faith offers, my creative enthusiasm as a calligraphic artist is the enjoyment of delivering what is initially born as ‘thoughts’. Though of no solidity, thoughts have an amazing ability to hover in the limitless space of ‘mind’, perhaps held by the glue of emotion and the ever reaffirming ‘memory’. Artworks may remain painted and stored in my consciousness for many years, before the right moment comes along to liberate these ‘ideas’ as an actual art piece.

Fundamental to me is the importance of a foundation in the discipline of a trained hand, which not only helps keep the scriptural traditions alive, but also gives the confidence to allow the creative freedom to emanate through the medium.

The whole creative process is likened to meditation, where calmness is essential for clarity to manifest untainted.

I like to think that my work provides windows, through which others can see the symbolic world, that may provoke to question and even to wake up, if not to be pleasantly inspired. All I wish, is for people to be happy. If I can simply cheer people up, then my intentions are rewarded.

Tashi Mannox
February 2012

Tashi Mannox | Iconographies of Dharma

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Integral Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing, the art of exquisite hand-written linguistic marks. Such is the aesthetic impact of the script that the verbal meaning need not be understood for the calligraphy to shine forth in profound significance.

Many world-historical cultures have evolved ramified calligraphic traditions, perhaps most well-known being those of Asia and Islam. Less popularly acknowledged amongst the Asian traditions, Tibet has its own remarkable lineages of calligraphy.

Tashi Mannox, an Englishman, and for many years an ordained Buddhist monk, has trained for decades in the arts of Tibetan calligraphy. Today he preserves this tradition as a vehicle to communicate and transmit dharma, all the while adapting and updating his approach within and for contemporary contexts. He identifies three streams in his work: (1) contemporary and traditional; (2) contemporary black on black, and (3) illuminated iconography.

In honoring contemporary contexts and concerns, some of his designs are presented as sacred tattoos. With certain commissioned work he offers the option of including bespoke seals that are specific to the calligraphic project and its patron. In all cases Tashi’s art is an expression of his long and devoted meditative practice and spiritual realization, such that his art energetically transmits the Tibetan Buddhist View.

Several of the circular designs in the present exhibition approach the status of calligrams—the arrangement of script to form a picture—a device most often associated with strains of Islamic artistic practice and with experiments in Western modernism aligned with the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. A work like Emanate from Emptiness and Samsara—Cyclic Existence visually articulates the verbal meaning in a picture-like manner, amplifying rather than compromising the calligraphic beauty and integrity of the script itself. Indeed, the variety of Tashi’s approaches is astonishing. With a work like Primordial Purity, Golden World, the pictorial is no longer built up from the script, but is an image in its own right, aspects of the script incorporated then meaningfully and expressively into the image. With Hum, Jyo-Protection, the mark-making itself is of a refined exquisite delicacy, the script streams and seals composed on the page to generate extraordinarily aesthetic coherence and expressive nuance.

Grounded thoroughly in the pre-modern Tibetan tradition, incorporating modernist visual schemes, and being multi-cultural and postmodern in drawing on other calligraphic lineages such as the spatial awareness proper to Zen calligraphic practice (while preserving the Tibetan core of style), Tashi Mannox’s art is an authentic and exemplary instance of an integral calligraphy for our age.

Michael Schwartz
February 2012

A short film about the work of Tibetan calligrapher Tashi Mannox.

2012 The Chinese Year Of The Dragon

Year 2012  is the chinese year of the dragon. Disclosure of the reptilian race during this dragon year would be interesting. I feel there is hope in the dark recesses for all races.

This is a reflection of the times in synchronicity with all alien disclosure, astrology,and the reptilian element. I would say to go look beyond the histories of alien and earth wars,but there are those who will never accept change and hold fear in their hearts,but, who could ever want to live forever in a world such as it is right now?

Is it ‘normal’ to inflict pain and torture on another human being?
Hope is for changes in the hearts of governments and a united humanity. Kitaro,the song,’Dholavira.’

2012: The Year of Freedom, Courage, & Change!

This is a video highlighting what to expect in 2012 due to Chinese Astrology and Numerology Influences.