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Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and [...]

Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and a good friend of mine. I managed to sit down with him amid his busy schedule to find out more about Soapboxer Company.

Hi Ed, tell me a bit about yourself. Your journey up to this point.

My career has been an interesting and adventurous one. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering, my career began as a software developer for Royal Brunei Airlines, to becoming one of 3 RBA’s first Flight Simulator engineer and subsequently become RBA’s first Bruneian Project Leader.

After RBA, I became the Connectivity Delivery Lead for Ministry of Finance’s TAFIS Project under Accenture, becoming the first Bruneian Unit Lead for Accenture Brunei.

I went on to be an Assistant Chief Executive for E-Government Technical Authority Body (EGTAB), a technical think-tank for His Majesty’s e-Government initiatives.

My last professional career was with TelBru where I project managed MoF’s e-Payment Gateway and program managed TelBru’s FTTH initiatives. My last post with TelBru was General Manager for Access Network Department.

Having accumulated over 20 years of experiences as an IT consultant, running several large scale projects and heading technical operations, I felt it’s time to change my career direction from Services Delivery to Providing Services … I chose to become a Coach! I created SOAPBOXER COMPANY.

Why the name Soapboxer?

Soapboxer came from Soapbox – a platform for public speaking whereby someone literally stands on a box as their stage giving a speech to audiences who both agree and disagree with their views. At the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, these were common sights and practices which often resulted in a scuffle.

Hence, my flagship program SOAPBOX that coaches those with speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking. Soapbox’s mantra “A Soapboxer is one who has overcome their fear of public speaking”.

Why the switch to training and motivational consultancy?

I have two wonderful children who were very introverted to a point of being painfully shy. To ready them for their future and for the unforgiving business world, I need my children to stand out and have an edge. Having good grades are simply not enough – you are one of many. IQ alone just does not cut it anymore. Personally, I weigh in heavy on EQ. I have hired and seen individual with high EQ outperform those with high IQ.

Being vocal, heard and seen are the edge that I believe they desperately need. Not long after the birth of my eldest child, I felt I need to do something to make these happened. Over the course of my career, I was fortunate to see  the challenges, gaps and expectations in today workforce. So I started to develop my own coaching program for my children. They have come a long way. No longer afraid of speaking in public but still much we can work on to improve (like effectiveness). Next, I took my program and implemented it at work. The results were awesome and encouraging. It dawned on me that there are many more I can help and benefit from my program.

After TelBru, I realised it was time to put a name and brand on my program hence SOAPBOX was born.

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Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and a good friend of mine. I managed to sit down with him amid his busy schedule to find out more about Soapboxer Company.

Hi Ed, tell me a bit about yourself. Your journey up to this point.

My career has been an interesting and adventurous one. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering, my career began as a software developer for Royal Brunei Airlines, to becoming one of 3 RBA’s first Flight Simulator engineer and subsequently become RBA’s first Bruneian Project Leader.

After RBA, I became the Connectivity Delivery Lead for Ministry of Finance’s TAFIS Project under Accenture, becoming the first Bruneian Unit Lead for Accenture Brunei.

I went on to be an Assistant Chief Executive for E-Government Technical Authority Body (EGTAB), a technical think-tank for His Majesty’s e-Government initiatives.

My last professional career was with TelBru where I project managed MoF’s e-Payment Gateway and program managed TelBru’s FTTH initiatives. My last post with TelBru was General Manager for Access Network Department.

Having accumulated over 20 years of experiences as an IT consultant, running several large scale projects and heading technical operations, I felt it’s time to change my career direction from Services Delivery to Providing Services … I chose to become a Coach! I created SOAPBOXER COMPANY.

Why the name Soapboxer?

Soapboxer came from Soapbox – a platform for public speaking whereby someone literally stands on a box as their stage giving a speech to audiences who both agree and disagree with their views. At the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, these were common sights and practices which often resulted in a scuffle.

Hence, my flagship program SOAPBOX that coaches those with speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking. Soapbox’s mantra “A Soapboxer is one who has overcome their fear of public speaking”.

Why the switch to training and motivational consultancy?

I have two wonderful children who were very introverted to a point of being painfully shy. To ready them for their future and for the unforgiving business world, I need my children to stand out and have an edge. Having good grades are simply not enough – you are one of many. IQ alone just does not cut it anymore. Personally, I weigh in heavy on EQ. I have hired and seen individual with high EQ outperform those with high IQ.

Being vocal, heard and seen are the edge that I believe they desperately need. Not long after the birth of my eldest child, I felt I need to do something to make these happened. Over the course of my career, I was fortunate to see  the challenges, gaps and expectations in today workforce. So I started to develop my own coaching program for my children. They have come a long way. No longer afraid of speaking in public but still much we can work on to improve (like effectiveness). Next, I took my program and implemented it at work. The results were awesome and encouraging. It dawned on me that there are many more I can help and benefit from my program.

After TelBru, I realised it was time to put a name and brand on my program hence SOAPBOX was born.

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30 sikap wanita

Bila sorang wanita mengatakan dia sedang bersedih, tetapi dia tidak menitiskan airmata, itu bermakna dia sedang menangis di dalam hatinya. Bila dia tidak menghiraukan kamu selepas kamu menyakiti hatinya, lebih baik kamu beri dia masa untuk menenangkan hatinya semula sebelum kamu menegur dengan ucapan maaf. Wanita sukar nak cari benda yang dia benci tentang orang [...]

  1. Bila sorang wanita mengatakan dia sedang bersedih, tetapi dia tidak menitiskan airmata, itu bermakna dia sedang menangis di dalam hatinya.
  2. Bila dia tidak menghiraukan kamu selepas kamu menyakiti hatinya, lebih baik kamu beri dia masa untuk menenangkan hatinya semula sebelum kamu menegur dengan ucapan maaf.
  3. Wanita sukar nak cari benda yang dia benci tentang orang yang paling dia sayang (sebab itu ramai wanita yang patah hati bila hubungan itu putus di tengah jalan).
  4. Sekiranya sorang wanita jatuh cinta dengan sorang lelaki, lelaki itu akan sentiasa ada di fikirannya walaupun ketika dia sedang keluar dengan lelaki lain.
  5. Bila lelaki yang dia suka dan cinta merenung tajam ke dalam matanya, dia akan cair seperti coklat!!
  6. Wanita memang sukakan pujian tetapi selalu tidak tau macam mana nak menerima pujian.
  7. Jika kamu tidak suka dengan gadis yang sukakan kamu separuh mati, tolak cintanya dengan lembut, jangan berkasar sebab ada satu semangat dalam diri wanita yang kamu tak akan tahu bila dia dah buat keputusan, dia akan lakukan apa saja.
  8. Sekiranya sorang gadis mula menjauhkan diri darimu selepas kamu tolak cintanya, biarkan dia untuk seketika. Sekiranya kamu masih ingin menganggap dia sorang kawan, cubalah tegur dia perlahan-lahan.
  9. Wanita suka meluahkan apa yang mereka rasa. Muzik, puisi, lukisan dan tulisan adalah cara termudah mereka meluahkan isi hati mereka.
  10. Jangan sesekali beritahu perempuan yang mereka ni lansung tak berguna.
  11. Bersikap terlalu serius boleh mematikan mood wanita.
  12. Bila pertama kali lelaki yang dicintainya dalam diam memberikan respon positif, misalnya menghubunginya melalui telefon, si gadis akan bersikap acuh tak acuh seolah-olah tidak berminat, tetapi sebaik saja ganggang diletakkan, dia akan menjerit kesukaan dan tak sampai sepuluh minit, semua rakan-rakannya akan tahu berita tersebut.
  13. Sekuntum senyuman memberi seribu erti bagi wanita. Jadi jangan senyum sebarangan.
  14. Jika kamu menyukai sorang wanita,cubalah mulakan dengan persahabatan. Kemudian biarkan dia mengenalimu dengan lebih mendalam.
  15. Jika sorang wanita memberi seribu satu alasan setiap kali kamu ajak keluar, tinggalkan dia sebab dia memang tak berminat denganmu.
  16. Tetapi jika dalam masa yang sama dia menghubungimu atau menunggu panggilan darimu, teruskan usahamu untuk memikatnya.
  17. Jangan sesekali mengagak apa yang dirasakannya. Tanya dia sendiri!!
  18. Selepas sorang gadis jatuh cinta, dia akan sering tertanya-tanya kenapalah aku tak jumpa lelaki ini lebih awal.
  19. Kalau kamu masih tercari-cari cara yang paling romantik untuk memikat hati sorang gadis, cubalah rajin-rajinkan tangan menyelak buku-buku cinta.
  20. Bila setiap kali gambar kelas keluar, benda pertama yang dicari oleh wanita ialah siapa yang berdiri di sebelah buah hatinya, kemudian barulah dirinya sendiri.
  21. Bekas teman lelaki akan sentiasa ada di fikirannya tetapi lelaki yang dicintainya sekarang akan berada di tempat teristimewa iaitu di hatinya!!
  22. Satu ucapan ‘Hi’ sahaja sudah cukup menceriakan harinya.
  23. Teman baiknya saja yang tahu apa yang sedang dia rasa dan lalui.
  24. Wanita paling benci lelaki yang berbaik-baik dengan mereka semata-mata nak tackle kawan mereka yang paling cantik.
  25. Cinta bermaksud kesetiaan, ambil berat, jujur dan kebahagiaan tanpa sebarang kompromi.
  26. Semua wanita mahukan sorang lelaki yang cintakan mereka sepenuh hati..
  27. Senjata wanita adalah airmata!!
  28. Wanita suka jika sesekali orang yang disayanginya mengadakan surprise buatnya (hadiah,bunga atau sekadar kad ucapan romantis). Mereka akan rasa terharu dan merasakan bahawa dirinya dicintai setulus hati. Dengan ini dia tak akan ragu-ragu terhadapmu.
  29. Wanita mudah jatuh hati pada lelaki yang ambil berat tentang mereka dan baik terhadapnya. So, kalau nak memikat wanita pandai-pandailah…
  30. Sebenarnya mudah mengambil hati wanita kerana apa yang dia mahu hanyalah perasaan dicintai dan disayangi sepenuh jiwa.

  1. Bila sorang wanita mengatakan dia sedang bersedih, tetapi dia tidak menitiskan airmata, itu bermakna dia sedang menangis di dalam hatinya.
  2. Bila dia tidak menghiraukan kamu selepas kamu menyakiti hatinya, lebih baik kamu beri dia masa untuk menenangkan hatinya semula sebelum kamu menegur dengan ucapan maaf.
  3. Wanita sukar nak cari benda yang dia benci tentang orang yang paling dia sayang (sebab itu ramai wanita yang patah hati bila hubungan itu putus di tengah jalan).
  4. Sekiranya sorang wanita jatuh cinta dengan sorang lelaki, lelaki itu akan sentiasa ada di fikirannya walaupun ketika dia sedang keluar dengan lelaki lain.
  5. Bila lelaki yang dia suka dan cinta merenung tajam ke dalam matanya, dia akan cair seperti coklat!!
  6. Wanita memang sukakan pujian tetapi selalu tidak tau macam mana nak menerima pujian.
  7. Jika kamu tidak suka dengan gadis yang sukakan kamu separuh mati, tolak cintanya dengan lembut, jangan berkasar sebab ada satu semangat dalam diri wanita yang kamu tak akan tahu bila dia dah buat keputusan, dia akan lakukan apa saja.
  8. Sekiranya sorang gadis mula menjauhkan diri darimu selepas kamu tolak cintanya, biarkan dia untuk seketika. Sekiranya kamu masih ingin menganggap dia sorang kawan, cubalah tegur dia perlahan-lahan.
  9. Wanita suka meluahkan apa yang mereka rasa. Muzik, puisi, lukisan dan tulisan adalah cara termudah mereka meluahkan isi hati mereka.
  10. Jangan sesekali beritahu perempuan yang mereka ni lansung tak berguna.
  11. Bersikap terlalu serius boleh mematikan mood wanita.
  12. Bila pertama kali lelaki yang dicintainya dalam diam memberikan respon positif, misalnya menghubunginya melalui telefon, si gadis akan bersikap acuh tak acuh seolah-olah tidak berminat, tetapi sebaik saja ganggang diletakkan, dia akan menjerit kesukaan dan tak sampai sepuluh minit, semua rakan-rakannya akan tahu berita tersebut.
  13. Sekuntum senyuman memberi seribu erti bagi wanita. Jadi jangan senyum sebarangan.
  14. Jika kamu menyukai sorang wanita,cubalah mulakan dengan persahabatan. Kemudian biarkan dia mengenalimu dengan lebih mendalam.
  15. Jika sorang wanita memberi seribu satu alasan setiap kali kamu ajak keluar, tinggalkan dia sebab dia memang tak berminat denganmu.
  16. Tetapi jika dalam masa yang sama dia menghubungimu atau menunggu panggilan darimu, teruskan usahamu untuk memikatnya.
  17. Jangan sesekali mengagak apa yang dirasakannya. Tanya dia sendiri!!
  18. Selepas sorang gadis jatuh cinta, dia akan sering tertanya-tanya kenapalah aku tak jumpa lelaki ini lebih awal.
  19. Kalau kamu masih tercari-cari cara yang paling romantik untuk memikat hati sorang gadis, cubalah rajin-rajinkan tangan menyelak buku-buku cinta.
  20. Bila setiap kali gambar kelas keluar, benda pertama yang dicari oleh wanita ialah siapa yang berdiri di sebelah buah hatinya, kemudian barulah dirinya sendiri.
  21. Bekas teman lelaki akan sentiasa ada di fikirannya tetapi lelaki yang dicintainya sekarang akan berada di tempat teristimewa iaitu di hatinya!!
  22. Satu ucapan ‘Hi’ sahaja sudah cukup menceriakan harinya.
  23. Teman baiknya saja yang tahu apa yang sedang dia rasa dan lalui.
  24. Wanita paling benci lelaki yang berbaik-baik dengan mereka semata-mata nak tackle kawan mereka yang paling cantik.
  25. Cinta bermaksud kesetiaan, ambil berat, jujur dan kebahagiaan tanpa sebarang kompromi.
  26. Semua wanita mahukan sorang lelaki yang cintakan mereka sepenuh hati..
  27. Senjata wanita adalah airmata!!
  28. Wanita suka jika sesekali orang yang disayanginya mengadakan surprise buatnya (hadiah,bunga atau sekadar kad ucapan romantis). Mereka akan rasa terharu dan merasakan bahawa dirinya dicintai setulus hati. Dengan ini dia tak akan ragu-ragu terhadapmu.
  29. Wanita mudah jatuh hati pada lelaki yang ambil berat tentang mereka dan baik terhadapnya. So, kalau nak memikat wanita pandai-pandailah…
  30. Sebenarnya mudah mengambil hati wanita kerana apa yang dia mahu hanyalah perasaan dicintai dan disayangi sepenuh jiwa.

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Baiduri Bank invited their Platinum and Infinite cardholders to an exclusive first look at the J Boxing by Jovian event today at The Empire Hotel and Country Club. “We are happy to support J Boxing by Jovian for the second consecutive year. Continually collaborating with innovative brands that align to our vision and values, we [...]

Baiduri Bank invited their Platinum and Infinite cardholders to an exclusive first look at the J Boxing by Jovian event today at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

“We are happy to support J Boxing by Jovian for the second consecutive year. Continually collaborating with innovative brands that align to our vision and values, we are always finding ways not only to reward our customers but also to provide them benefits in terms of exclusivity and experiences to complement their lifestyles.”, commented Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network in Baiduri Bank.

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Baiduri Bank invited their Platinum and Infinite cardholders to an exclusive first look at the J Boxing by Jovian event today at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

“We are happy to support J Boxing by Jovian for the second consecutive year. Continually collaborating with innovative brands that align to our vision and values, we are always finding ways not only to reward our customers but also to provide them benefits in terms of exclusivity and experiences to complement their lifestyles.”, commented Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network in Baiduri Bank.

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With just 1 day to go, the organisers and partners of the 23rd edition of the Baiduri Masters are busy at work putting together the final touches for the tournament. RBA Golf Club crewmembers have been working through the night grooming the golf course to provide an optimum playing surface which includes grass trimming to [...]

With just 1 day to go, the organisers and partners of the 23rd edition of the Baiduri Masters are busy at work putting together the final touches for the tournament.

RBA Golf Club crewmembers have been working through the night grooming the golf course to provide an optimum playing surface which includes grass trimming to remove any excess, green rolling to ensure a smooth putting surface and repairing any signs of turf stress and disease.

The event partner and sponsor of two hole-in-one prizes a Mini Cooper S Countryman and a BMW 740Li, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, as a show of support towards the Baiduri Masters, have also put in the work to decorate their cars with official Baiduri Masters livery.

Sivakumar Krishnan, General Manager for QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, said in a statement, “We have been the sponsor for the Baiduri Masters for well over a decade and as the official event partner for the Baiduri Masters, QAF Auto is proud to be the premium automobile partners for the hole-in-one cars these past few years. We have always aligned ourselves with being the premium automobile so the partnership with Baiduri Bank for the Baiduri Masters, the most prestigious golfing event in the country, is an apt one.”

The Baiduri Masters is set to take place over two weekends starting tomorrow, Friday 27 April until Sunday 29 April and the weekend starting Friday 4 May until Sunday 6 May. With limited slots available, those that are still interested in competing at Brunei’s largest and most prestigious annual golfing event are encouraged to register soon as slots are on a first-come first-served basis.

Those that haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a BND10 discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.

The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett. To be eligible for the Ladies Division, ladies must have a handicap of 36 and below and to be eligible for the Junior Division, junior golfers must be between 13 – 18 years old.

For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the RBA Golf Club at 8773612 during office hours.

With just 1 day to go, the organisers and partners of the 23rd edition of the Baiduri Masters are busy at work putting together the final touches for the tournament.

RBA Golf Club crewmembers have been working through the night grooming the golf course to provide an optimum playing surface which includes grass trimming to remove any excess, green rolling to ensure a smooth putting surface and repairing any signs of turf stress and disease.

The event partner and sponsor of two hole-in-one prizes a Mini Cooper S Countryman and a BMW 740Li, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, as a show of support towards the Baiduri Masters, have also put in the work to decorate their cars with official Baiduri Masters livery.

Sivakumar Krishnan, General Manager for QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, said in a statement, “We have been the sponsor for the Baiduri Masters for well over a decade and as the official event partner for the Baiduri Masters, QAF Auto is proud to be the premium automobile partners for the hole-in-one cars these past few years. We have always aligned ourselves with being the premium automobile so the partnership with Baiduri Bank for the Baiduri Masters, the most prestigious golfing event in the country, is an apt one.”

The Baiduri Masters is set to take place over two weekends starting tomorrow, Friday 27 April until Sunday 29 April and the weekend starting Friday 4 May until Sunday 6 May. With limited slots available, those that are still interested in competing at Brunei’s largest and most prestigious annual golfing event are encouraged to register soon as slots are on a first-come first-served basis.

Those that haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a BND10 discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.

The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett. To be eligible for the Ladies Division, ladies must have a handicap of 36 and below and to be eligible for the Junior Division, junior golfers must be between 13 – 18 years old.

For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the RBA Golf Club at 8773612 during office hours.

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On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa. The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. [...]

On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa.

The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. The speaker was Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT).

The workshop was attended by 30 participants comprised of UTB, IGS, Politeknik, LCB and several private companies. The workshop started with opening speech by Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT) to brief what Anak IT is all about and followed by safety briefing by the representative from TechOne Global.

The participants were taught the basic knowledge of cryptography which is categorized into 4, consisting of encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation.

On encoding, it was commonly used to transform data that can be properly consumed by any type of system. Examples of encoding are Base64, URL encoding, etc. On Encryption, participants were taught the difference between encoding and encryption. Where the difference is the goal of encryption is to ensure the data cannot be consumed by anyone other than the intended recipient. Examples of encryption are AES, 3DES, DES, etc. Meanwhile, for hashing, participants were taught that hashing is to take any input and produce a fixed-length string and it is a one way encryption. On obfuscation, participants were taught that it doesn’t securely hidden the source code but rather to add obstacle to the source code.

After the sharing session by the speaker on cryptography, the participants were given basic challenges on the subject intended.

To conclude the workshop, majority of the participants have acquired the basic understanding on cryptography which could benefit them for the upcoming capture the flag.

The workshop is supported by TechOne Global, ITPSS and BruCert.

On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa.

The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. The speaker was Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT).

The workshop was attended by 30 participants comprised of UTB, IGS, Politeknik, LCB and several private companies. The workshop started with opening speech by Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT) to brief what Anak IT is all about and followed by safety briefing by the representative from TechOne Global.

The participants were taught the basic knowledge of cryptography which is categorized into 4, consisting of encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation.

On encoding, it was commonly used to transform data that can be properly consumed by any type of system. Examples of encoding are Base64, URL encoding, etc. On Encryption, participants were taught the difference between encoding and encryption. Where the difference is the goal of encryption is to ensure the data cannot be consumed by anyone other than the intended recipient. Examples of encryption are AES, 3DES, DES, etc. Meanwhile, for hashing, participants were taught that hashing is to take any input and produce a fixed-length string and it is a one way encryption. On obfuscation, participants were taught that it doesn’t securely hidden the source code but rather to add obstacle to the source code.

After the sharing session by the speaker on cryptography, the participants were given basic challenges on the subject intended.

To conclude the workshop, majority of the participants have acquired the basic understanding on cryptography which could benefit them for the upcoming capture the flag.

The workshop is supported by TechOne Global, ITPSS and BruCert.

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The Ministry of Development through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (DEPR) held a press conference this morning to socialize the addition of Thursday to the ‘No Plastic Bag Weekend Initiative’ towards No Plastic Bag Everyday. Present at the session was the Acting Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance), Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul [...]

The Ministry of Development through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (DEPR) held a press conference this morning to socialize the addition of Thursday to the No Plastic Bag Weekend Initiative’ towards No Plastic Bag Everyday.

Present at the session was the Acting Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance), Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, who addressed members of the media with regards to the extension. In her speech, Dr Nor Imtihan shared that the launching ceremony will be held on Thursday, 19th April 2018 in conjunction with Earth Day 2018, which appropriately carries the theme “End Plastic Pollution”.

The Acting Permanent Secretary also shared that the remaining days will be added in phases with Wednesday tentatively to be included in July 2018, Tuesday in October 2018 and Monday to be added in December 2018 towards realizing the Government’s objective of No Plastic Bag Everyday by 2019.  The initiative will initially involve stores and businesses that are currently listed under the No Plastic Bag Weekend initiative but will be extended to other consumers of plastic bags such as retails shops (kedai-kedai runcit), restaurants and markets/stalls (gerai-gerai).

The No Plastic Bag Weekend initiative was initially launched on 26th March 2011 to include Saturday and Sunday, with Friday being added on 17th February 2012. The objective of the initiative is to promote the concept of 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in order to minimize the volume of waste sent to the country’s landfill. To date, fifty stores and businesses have voluntarily registered to participate in the initiative.

The Ministry of Development through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (DEPR) held a press conference this morning to socialize the addition of Thursday to the No Plastic Bag Weekend Initiative’ towards No Plastic Bag Everyday.

Present at the session was the Acting Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance), Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, who addressed members of the media with regards to the extension. In her speech, Dr Nor Imtihan shared that the launching ceremony will be held on Thursday, 19th April 2018 in conjunction with Earth Day 2018, which appropriately carries the theme “End Plastic Pollution”.

The Acting Permanent Secretary also shared that the remaining days will be added in phases with Wednesday tentatively to be included in July 2018, Tuesday in October 2018 and Monday to be added in December 2018 towards realizing the Government’s objective of No Plastic Bag Everyday by 2019.  The initiative will initially involve stores and businesses that are currently listed under the No Plastic Bag Weekend initiative but will be extended to other consumers of plastic bags such as retails shops (kedai-kedai runcit), restaurants and markets/stalls (gerai-gerai).

The No Plastic Bag Weekend initiative was initially launched on 26th March 2011 to include Saturday and Sunday, with Friday being added on 17th February 2012. The objective of the initiative is to promote the concept of 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in order to minimize the volume of waste sent to the country’s landfill. To date, fifty stores and businesses have voluntarily registered to participate in the initiative.

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TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) earlier this week further strengthened its foundation for Local Business Development (LBD) growth within its scope of services reflecting in the company’s vendor policy that aims to see more Bruneian engagement within the country’s field of telecommunications. In a series of signing ceremonies that took place over the course of two [...]

TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) earlier this week further strengthened its foundation for Local Business Development (LBD) growth within its scope of services reflecting in the company’s vendor policy that aims to see more Bruneian engagement within the country’s field of telecommunications.

In a series of signing ceremonies that took place over the course of two days at the company’s headquarters in the capital, TelBru formally inked agreements with several identified local contractors responsible for phone and broadband connections.

Signing on behalf of the company was David Holliday, CEO of TelBru, who expressed his appreciation for the cooperation rendered by these contractors, emphasizing that these partnerships are important for the customers who expect professional services. He also highlighted that teamwork will be necessary to ensure Bruneians countrywide reap the benefits of TelBru’s services.

The agreements stipulate priorities for local recruitment within their respective organisations under Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) specified by the company as part of their contractual requirement.

CEO of TelBru with one of the local contractors

The measures are to ensure that TelBru continues its intensive programme to bring high speed fibre broadband to citizens and businesses in Brunei. This move aims to assure that those contracted by the company provides equal employment opportunities to qualified Bruneians regardless of rank or designation as part of TelBru’s responsibility towards the development of not just human resource but also local communities throughout the country.

The development and growth of these local contractors are further supported by continuous training that will be provided by TelBru throughout the year as further assurance that they are provided with the skills to guarantee success in their partnership with TelBru as well as shortening the connectivity waiting time for TelBru’s customers.

Of the total number of contractors, eight were initially serving as sub-contractors and the decision to elevate their classification is to guarantee that they, too, are given equal access to TelBru related projects.

This consideration places these smaller companies on equal footing with their counterparts, further strengthened by uniform contractor rates predetermined by TelBru set in place to generate healthy competition.

By standardizing these rates, the contractors will need to hone in on their service delivery to better ensure that quality remains consistent should they wish to remain part of the company’s connectivity expansion as TelBru continues its rollout of fibre connectivity nationwide. The contract will run for the next 12 months with the possibility of two yearly renewals if they are able to adhere to the company’s requirements.

At the end of the first year, Brunei can expect more local faces equipped with suitable training and knowledge to service broadband connectivity.

TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) earlier this week further strengthened its foundation for Local Business Development (LBD) growth within its scope of services reflecting in the company’s vendor policy that aims to see more Bruneian engagement within the country’s field of telecommunications.

In a series of signing ceremonies that took place over the course of two days at the company’s headquarters in the capital, TelBru formally inked agreements with several identified local contractors responsible for phone and broadband connections.

Signing on behalf of the company was David Holliday, CEO of TelBru, who expressed his appreciation for the cooperation rendered by these contractors, emphasizing that these partnerships are important for the customers who expect professional services. He also highlighted that teamwork will be necessary to ensure Bruneians countrywide reap the benefits of TelBru’s services.

The agreements stipulate priorities for local recruitment within their respective organisations under Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) specified by the company as part of their contractual requirement.

CEO of TelBru with one of the local contractors

The measures are to ensure that TelBru continues its intensive programme to bring high speed fibre broadband to citizens and businesses in Brunei. This move aims to assure that those contracted by the company provides equal employment opportunities to qualified Bruneians regardless of rank or designation as part of TelBru’s responsibility towards the development of not just human resource but also local communities throughout the country.

The development and growth of these local contractors are further supported by continuous training that will be provided by TelBru throughout the year as further assurance that they are provided with the skills to guarantee success in their partnership with TelBru as well as shortening the connectivity waiting time for TelBru’s customers.

Of the total number of contractors, eight were initially serving as sub-contractors and the decision to elevate their classification is to guarantee that they, too, are given equal access to TelBru related projects.

This consideration places these smaller companies on equal footing with their counterparts, further strengthened by uniform contractor rates predetermined by TelBru set in place to generate healthy competition.

By standardizing these rates, the contractors will need to hone in on their service delivery to better ensure that quality remains consistent should they wish to remain part of the company’s connectivity expansion as TelBru continues its rollout of fibre connectivity nationwide. The contract will run for the next 12 months with the possibility of two yearly renewals if they are able to adhere to the company’s requirements.

At the end of the first year, Brunei can expect more local faces equipped with suitable training and knowledge to service broadband connectivity.

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The Brunei contingents to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 comprising of students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) today joined over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, to compete in this year’s competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in [...]

Brunei teams successfully passed safety and technical inspection

The Brunei contingents to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 comprising of students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) today joined over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, to compete in this year’s competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore held from 8th-11th March 2018. Brunei’s participation to the event is greatly supported by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) through UBD, UTB and PB.

Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It challenges engineering, design, science and technology students to design, build and drive the world’s most energy-efficient vehicle.

This year, the Brunei teams will be participating in one category which is the Prototype category – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles.

Following a very intensive safety and technical inspection check held three days ago, all three proudly Brunei self-built vehicles by the students made it through with flying colours, ready to race the track.

Politeknik Brunei – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Team Politeknik Brunei’s “Yakin 2” went through four attempts out of the standard allowed which was five before the final day. The third attempt was their best record for today’s race at 117km/kWh. On seat driving “Yakin 2” at the race track was Nurul Ramizah Binti Ramlee.

UBD – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Gendeavour’37 driven by Fatin Amanina binti Awang Haji Abd Azis from Team UBD completed the nine laps and finishing strong with an efficiency of 116km/kWh. Despite the challenges faced during the first attempt, the team was even more than ready to rise up to the challenge to beat the odds. Keeping the spirits high and looking forward to winning, the focus now is to work harder and push their limits to achieve better.

UTB – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Meanwhile, UTB’s Pahlawan III.X has been scheduled to race in the finals joining the other two Brunei teams against the vehicles from the similar category that will be driven by Hamiz ‘Abdulhadi bin Haji Osman.

To follow the journey of the teams, you can follow their Instagram accounts @ubdsem, @utb.sem and @polybrusem

Brunei teams successfully passed safety and technical inspection

The Brunei contingents to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 comprising of students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) today joined over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, to compete in this year’s competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore held from 8th-11th March 2018. Brunei’s participation to the event is greatly supported by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) through UBD, UTB and PB.

Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It challenges engineering, design, science and technology students to design, build and drive the world’s most energy-efficient vehicle.

This year, the Brunei teams will be participating in one category which is the Prototype category – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles.

Following a very intensive safety and technical inspection check held three days ago, all three proudly Brunei self-built vehicles by the students made it through with flying colours, ready to race the track.

Politeknik Brunei – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Team Politeknik Brunei’s “Yakin 2” went through four attempts out of the standard allowed which was five before the final day. The third attempt was their best record for today’s race at 117km/kWh. On seat driving “Yakin 2” at the race track was Nurul Ramizah Binti Ramlee.

UBD – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Gendeavour’37 driven by Fatin Amanina binti Awang Haji Abd Azis from Team UBD completed the nine laps and finishing strong with an efficiency of 116km/kWh. Despite the challenges faced during the first attempt, the team was even more than ready to rise up to the challenge to beat the odds. Keeping the spirits high and looking forward to winning, the focus now is to work harder and push their limits to achieve better.

UTB – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Meanwhile, UTB’s Pahlawan III.X has been scheduled to race in the finals joining the other two Brunei teams against the vehicles from the similar category that will be driven by Hamiz ‘Abdulhadi bin Haji Osman.

To follow the journey of the teams, you can follow their Instagram accounts @ubdsem, @utb.sem and @polybrusem

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – [...]

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Iqbal Damit is the founder of ‘Hand4handbn,’ an organisation providing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with food and donations. After raising over $15,000 for the organisation, Iqbal bought over 1,000 food packs and travelled to Balukhali refugee camp to distribute this food and other essential items. He distributed these packs, as well as thousands of items donated by other charities, to Rohingya refugees across the region, winning a National Youth Award in 2016 for his volunteer work.

Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The award for Iqbal Damit will be presented on 27th February by Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner in Brunei.

Iqbal Damit said: “I am honoured and extremely humbled to be accepting this award. To be honest, I never saw this coming. What started off as something that I like to do, that is to travel and to help people, to then be given an award and recognition by Her Majesty The Queen and the selection team for something that I really enjoy doing gives me great honour. I would like to dedicate this award to the people that I have given assistance to. This is because they are the ones who have helped me instead. They have helped me to appreciate what I have and also be thankful with what I have. Until today, the assistance and aid that I have delivered in all my projects and charity work have taught me and reminded me daily to appreciate life better and to see beyond my own shoes and learn to walk in theirs.”

Richard Lindsay, UK High Commissioner in Brunei said: “On behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am delighted to present Iqbal Damit with a Commonwealth Point of Light Award, in recognition of his service in providing humanitarian relief for Rohingya refugees. Through his work, Iqbal has demonstrated great compassion for fellow Muslims, and is a great role model for other young people across the Commonwealth.

There will be 52 Commonwealth Points of Light awarded – one from each nation in the Commonwealth. Iqbal is already an inspiration to others in Brunei, and will now inspire others across the whole of the Commonwealth.”

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The Heads of Government meeting will bring together leaders from all the 52 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people. Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.

Pic from Borneo Bulletin

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Iqbal Damit is the founder of ‘Hand4handbn,’ an organisation providing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with food and donations. After raising over $15,000 for the organisation, Iqbal bought over 1,000 food packs and travelled to Balukhali refugee camp to distribute this food and other essential items. He distributed these packs, as well as thousands of items donated by other charities, to Rohingya refugees across the region, winning a National Youth Award in 2016 for his volunteer work.

Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The award for Iqbal Damit will be presented on 27th February by Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner in Brunei.

Iqbal Damit said: “I am honoured and extremely humbled to be accepting this award. To be honest, I never saw this coming. What started off as something that I like to do, that is to travel and to help people, to then be given an award and recognition by Her Majesty The Queen and the selection team for something that I really enjoy doing gives me great honour. I would like to dedicate this award to the people that I have given assistance to. This is because they are the ones who have helped me instead. They have helped me to appreciate what I have and also be thankful with what I have. Until today, the assistance and aid that I have delivered in all my projects and charity work have taught me and reminded me daily to appreciate life better and to see beyond my own shoes and learn to walk in theirs.”

Richard Lindsay, UK High Commissioner in Brunei said: “On behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am delighted to present Iqbal Damit with a Commonwealth Point of Light Award, in recognition of his service in providing humanitarian relief for Rohingya refugees. Through his work, Iqbal has demonstrated great compassion for fellow Muslims, and is a great role model for other young people across the Commonwealth.

There will be 52 Commonwealth Points of Light awarded – one from each nation in the Commonwealth. Iqbal is already an inspiration to others in Brunei, and will now inspire others across the whole of the Commonwealth.”

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The Heads of Government meeting will bring together leaders from all the 52 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people. Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.

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