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Asia Dive Conference 2013 (ADCON)

Asia Dive Conference (ADCON) 2013, is the first conference in Malaysia to bring together Professionals in the dive industry and staged at Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from 4 to 5 December 2013.

Focused on “Technical Diving and Photography”, the conference promises to deliver 2 unforgettable days of very best in diving information, lectures, diver education, product workshop conducted by speakers and professionals from all corners of the world sharing their expertise and discoveries who are keen to advance their knowledge and stay abreast of those developing trends, technologies and techniques.

Some 500 delegates are expected during the 2 days event. Professionals in the industry attending the conference will sure benefit from its array of knowledge and expertise. Subjects will span from deep wreck-and-cave explorations, underwater photography and filmmaking, hyperbaric medicine, diving safety, diving technology developments to name a few.

It is an event for all divers to dive into possibilities to obtained  unparrelled  education, knowledge, expertise and networking opportunities that the conference will offer.

For the full media release click here



Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium: Population White Paper & The Environment

The Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013 is organised by undergraduates from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the National University of Singapore. Its inaugural launch will host distinguished speakers and practitioners tackling critical issues of sustainability raised by the Population White Paper and its companion land-use plan. 

The programme will feature panels covering issues relevant to the natural and urban environment. Speakers include Dr Shawn Lum (Nature Society Singapore), Mr Louis Ng (ACRES), Dr Lena Chan (NParks), Dr Paul Anantharajah (NUHS), Mr Christopher Gee (Institute of Policy Studies), Dr. Tay Kheng Soon (Akitek Tenggara), A/P Chong Keng Hua (SUTD) and Mr Devadas Krishnadas (Future-Moves). 

Aside from the panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions, participants are encouraged to share their vision for Singapore at our interactive wall display at the symposium venue.

Name of Event: Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013

Theme: The Population White Paper and the Environment

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2013

Time: 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Venue: Auditorium 2, Stephen Riady Center in University Town, University Town, NUS, 2 College Avenue West, Level 2 Singapore 138607

Programme updates can be found at: sfss2013.wordpress.com.

Our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sfss2013

Interested to attend? Kindly register here: http://sfss2013.eventbrite.sg


Visit Malaysia International Dive Expo 2013

Malaysia's only diving expo, seminar and fun-filled activities, all in one, is back again. MIDE 2013 is coming to you this Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), KL with more activities and great prizes to be won. For dive enthusiasts, this is your chance to get everything under the sun (and the sea) on dive products and services plus special discounts offered by our exhibitors only at MIDE!

Compare or buy all that essential diving equipment, plan and book dive trips, or just go and meet-up with the many scuba dive enthusiasts and share your experiences with them.

This year, we have a line-up of speakers who are lens experts such as Yoshi Hirata, Aaron Wong, Imran Ahmad, Michael Aw, Jason Isley, William Tan and Mathieu Meur plus conservationists such as Rohan Perkins, environmental officer with Scuba Junkie, and Louisa S. Ponnampalam, chairperson & co-founder Marecet.

Try your hand in canvass painting guided along by Anuar, Orkibal and Jefferson by Canvas of Nature. Witness live demo on art sculturing with Zila Zain. There's also a kiddy colouring contest, so what are you waiting for? A great way to teach your children about nature while having fun.

Event Location: Hall 3, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times:

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July  - 10:00am-7:00pm

Admission: - Adult - RM3.00. Children and teens under 17 Years Old - free admission.

You could also win fabulous diving products and packages just by purchasing any dive products here as well! So keep a lookout for updates coming soon!

Download the full program here

You can also find more information on www.mide.com.my

Ladies! Join Dive Divas Fanclub for exclusive talks and treats for women. Talks include can one dive during fasting month, how can one dive during menstrual cycle, and more.




Pangolin Conservation Seminar by Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) invites all to a public seminar on the conservation of pangolins. Look forward to specialists from this field addressing topics on the illegal pangolin trade and conservation efforts to save the pangolin.

Date: Friday, 28 June 2013

Time: 1.30pm - 4pm

Venue: Forest Lodge, Singapore Zoo

Topics and speakers:

  1. “Trade in wildlife for meat and medicines pushing Southeast Asian species towards extinction,” by Chris R. Shepherd, Deputy Regional Director, TRAFFIC
  2. “The IUCN SSC and new technology for addressing illegal wildlife trade,” by Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director, Zoological Society of London
  3. “The pangolin trade in Asia,” by Dan Challender, PhD student at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK
  4. “Pangolins of Singapore: In situ and ex situ conservation efforts,” by Razak Jaffar, Assistant Curator of Night Safari

Admission is Free.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Limited spaces only so please RSVP to Yap Xinli at xinli.yap@wrs.com.sg.




Rainforest World Music Festival 2013

The 16th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will take place from Friday 28 June to  Sunday 30 June 2013 in Santubong Cultural Village, Sarawak.

A Jungle Village Festival - this internationally recognised Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. Its formula of afternoon interactive workshops; ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on the main stage has proven to be a hit with audience, who come from near and far.

Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble from South Africa Festival tickets priced at RM120 for adults and RM60 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at www.ticketcharge.com.my.

A 3-day pass for adults costing RM330 and RM160 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available.


TopSwop in May

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (SGT)

Bigger, better and more value for money 
Join us on Saturday 11th May 3.30 – 6pm for our fashion, style and clothes swap event.
If you have outfits in your wardrobe that you love but haven't worn in a long time or feel the need to revamp your look but don't want to spend a lot of cash, then TopSwop is for you. Learn about fashion and style from a professional image consultant while swopping your cast-off  clothes for new wardrobe treasures.

Read more here




Upcycle Art Village: A Singapore Event  

The UpcycleArt Village is part of an upcycling project by Participate in Design that involves local residents and the wider design community. On this day, there will be an exhibition of furniture pieces and everyday objects that have been collected, together with stories and ideas about them. The day-long event will also have upcycled craft workshops, performances, live music*, sharing by people from the creative community* and a short film screening*. 

Listen to stories behind discarded furniture and how they can be given a brand new life with a renewed purpose.Event: The UpcycleArt Village 

Date: Saturday, 27 April 2013

Venue: Block 116 Aljunied Ave 2, Singapore

Time:  9:30 am-7:00 pm 

*These will be held from 4.30-7pm, by our good friends at Basically (Check out their FB page for more details!)


10:00-10:30 Trash Town Performing Group

10:30-11:00 Daiko Performing Group (performance with recycled materials)

11:00-12:30 Trash to Art Workshop by NLB (for kids ages 6-10)

11:00-12:30 Upcycle Accessories Workshop*

13:00-15:00 Upcycle T-shirt into a Bag Workshop* 

13:00-15:00 Clay Painting Workshop

16:30-19:00 Basically, 06: Upcycle!  (handmade tote bags from recycled materials)

*Participants are required to bring along some materials for these workshops.

Download schedule here.


So do join us at The Upcycle Project!

Basically tote bag is recycled and hand made.To register for the workshops, please contact  Yvonne at Yvonne_GAO@pa.gov.sg at MacPherson CC for enquiries and registration.  Tel: 6745 2940.

Also, check out our project blog at: participateindesign.org/the-upcycle-project 

Have a look at the video here.


Penang World Festival 2013 Highlights

The 2013 Edition of the Penang World Music Festival (PWMF) will take place from 30 to 31 March 2013 and the list of bands performing at the festival is nothing less than impressive.

The venue will once again be the Quarry Park at the Penang Botanic Gardens. 

Penang World Music Festival 2013 features Nasout from IranA total of 12 bands will be featured at the festival during the two days. They are Mu from Portugal, Kimi Djabate (Guinea- Bissau), Nasout (Iran), Alp Bora Quartet (Turkey/Austria), Saharadja (Indonesia), Oratniza (Bulgaria), Inka Marka (South America), Kalayo (Philippines), Dagaya (Japan) and Dende and Band (Brazil/USA). They will be joined by Malaysian bands Akasha and Rimba.

All the bands will be performing at the concert at night and in addition daily workshop sessions with the musicians will take place in the afternoon prior to the concert. This workshop allows the public and audience to participate and learn the unique music making processes of the international artists. The event will be held in the open air and will proceed through any weather conditions.

Tickets to the festival are priced at RM80 per day for adult and RM30 per day for a child between five and 12 years old. Two-day ticket is RM140 for adult and RM70 for a child. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketxpress.com.my

This annual festival is organized by the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture Office and managed by UCSI Communications Sdn Bhd.




Singapore International Energy Week 2013

 The Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) is the foremost gathering of leading conferences, exhibitions and workshops held in Singapore and a platform for policymakers, business leaders and academics to exchange  ideas, strategies and best practices that shape global industry energy agendas. Now in its sixth year, SIEW 2013 is a much-anticipated event in Asia's energy calendar. 

Event: Singapore International Energy Week 2013
Date: 28 October - 1 November 2013
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

SIEW is organised by the Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA), a statutory board under the aegis of the Ministry of Trade & Industry.
How to register:
Please indicate your interest in the Singapore International Energy Week at ema_siew@ema.gov.sg




EMART Asia 2012 to Showcase LNG Trading Model

Asian based utilities seek to switch to LNG as primary feedstock

The LNG sector is beginning to shift towards an oil trading model with potentially new sources of liquidity, more speculation and increased price volatility. EMART Asia, held during Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) from 23-24th of October, will showcase how this new LNG trading model and increased energy trading regulation will impact business opportunities and risks.

“The LNG sector is seeking greater visibility regarding future prices as Asian based utilities seek to switch to LNG as the primary feedstock against coal”, says Marcus Magee, General Manager of EMART Asia.

 “This year we focus on two key areas that impact energy traders in Asia, and Singapore in particular”, adds Magee: “The new LNG Trading Model - the increase in short term trades and its flow on effects regarding LNG contracts, utilities and the wider fuel mix, and the increased regulation of OTC trading - more transparent electronic platforms, increased liquidity and increased financialisation of energy markets.”

Speakers Include:

* Yunji Xu, LNG Origination, Portfolio Trading, Shell Eastern Trading LNG

* Rajnish Goswami, Head of Gas & Power Consulting for Asia-Pacific & Middle East, Wood Mackenzie

* Jim Nicholson, Vice President, Argus Asia

* Alan Heng, Director and CEO, Gas Supplies

* Alan Bannister, Asia Director Energy, CME Group

* Dr Hooman Peimani, Head of the Energy Security Division at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

* Travis Nadelhoffer, Director Energy Products, Morningstar

* Jennifer Ilkiw, Vice President, Asia Pacific, IntercontinentalExchange

* Praveen Kumar, Senior Consultant, Head of South Asia Oil and Gas Team, FACTS Global Energy

* Simon Ellis, LNG Analyst & Editor of Global LNG Markets, ICIS Heren


Topics at EMART Asia:

* Spot market development and price benchmarking

* Regulatory developments in ensuring healthy competition in energy trading

* Impact of derivatives trading on the physical market

* Risk management in the volatile energy market

* More market case studies across Asia

EMART Asia is a regional conference that focuses exclusively on LNG procurement - from spot trading and hedging to long term contracts and the development of a Asian based LNG trading infrastructure including its own price indexes, trading hubs, storage infrastructure and related derivative products. The event profiles the activities of LNG traders in Asia, and particularly in Singapore, as the LNG industry develops a new procurement model reflective of new supply and demand fundamentals. Although still far from being a commodity, LNG is undoubtedly emerging as an essential vector for world gas expansion. Attend EMART Asia to get the facts on how to improve your LNG trades and to better understand the role for intermediaries in this important and rapidly expanding industry.

EMART Asia is part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).


Event dates and location -

Conference: 23-24 October 2012

Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Event website: www.emart-asia.com