Monday, January 31, 2005

We're Hiring.

2 years. Creative. Media. International. Consumer Products. Change. Exposure. Pharmaceuticals. New. Fast. Design. High Profile. Development. Nomadic.

Iraq Election 2005

Coverage on Iraqi Election around the web



Pictures from Voting Stations (Hammorabi - Blog)

"In Kurdistan and Iraq now, people check each others index finger, "Oh you have a normal finger ?!! How come it is not blue ?! You are NOT democratic at all" (Kurdo's World - Blog)

""But if the insurgents wanted to stop people in Baghdad from voting, they failed. If they wanted to cause chaos, they failed. The voters were completely defiant, and there was a feeling that the people of Baghdad, showing a new, positive attitude, had turned a corner.

No one was claiming that the insurgency was over or that the deadly attacks would end. But the atmosphere in this usually grim capital, a city at war and an ethnic microcosm of the country, had changed, with people dressed in their finest clothes to go to the polls in what was generally a convivial mood.
"
(NYTimes)

"



At least 44 people were reported killed in suicide bombings, shootings and mortar and rocket attacks. But for the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003, the haggard capital and parts of Iraq took on the veneer of a festival, as crowds danced, chanted and played soccer in streets secured by the most relentless security crackdown in memory. From the Kurdish north to the largely Shiite south, at thousands of polling stations, voters delivered a similar message: The election represented their moment to seize their future, and reject a legacy of dictatorship and the bloodshed and hardship that has followed the U.S. invasion. " (WashingtonPost)

"We would love to share what we did this morning with the whole world, we can't describe the feelings we've been through but we'll try to share as much as we can with you.We woke up this morning one hour before the alarm clock was supposed to ring. As a matter of fact, we barely slept at all last night out of excitement and anxiety." (Iraq The Model - Blog)




"I chose to cast my vote in Amman this very day, even though Iraqi exiles have been voting here since Friday. Voter turnout in Jordan was exceptionally lower than in other countries and I was quite surprised to hear some of the same rumours that infest Baghdad repeated over here in Amman. " (Healing Iraq - Blog)

"The first multi-party election in Iraq for 50 years has been declared a success at the end of polling. "(BBC)

"Iraq's Shia Muslims and Kurds have turned out in force for the country’s first elections since the toppling of Saddam Hussein. The insurgents have failed in their bid to wreck the elections, though they are unlikely to go away soon " (Economist)

"YES,YES, I did it. I have the courage to do it." (Rose Baghdad - Blog)




"I didn't vote, neither I will. Why? I'm 16, er. Not old enough to vote, I'm taking advantage of my age, always.. And because it's not safe at all :" (A star from Mosul - Blog)

"What a day it has been. I am very tired, but I am at peace, something I havn't felt in this regard before. I am happy to report that I found very few people during my post-voting trip through Baghdad who had not voted. I even got a few to "convert" and go out and vote. When confronted with the fact that staying away from voting was futile, some who had opposed the election relented, and went and made their mark. " (Democracy in Iraq - Blog)

"The voting center that was chosen in our district is a high school in the middle of the Neighborhood . This was the same place I went in 1996 to cast my vote in a poll asking if we wanted to have Saddam as a president for life or not. I had to go at that time. The threats for anyone who refused to take that poll were no less than the death penalty. Still our district was one of the places were one could vote secretly, occasionally though. They trusted our neighborhood because it's mainly Sunni military officers who live here with their families. I and some of my friends chose "NO" but we were scared to death as we marked the paper and remained so for days."(Free Iraqi - Blog)




"With the voting booths closed, election day in Iraq came to an end.
Anti-occupation rebels had previously stated they would step up their bomb attacks which resulted in the death of nearly 44 people, including four policeman and 2 U.S. soldiers.
According to officials, the turnout amongst the 14 million eligible voters appeared higher than the 57 percent which had been predicted. However, it will be some time before the final turnout figure will be confirmed." (Al Jazeera)


"Millions of Iraqis defied a surge of bombings and suicide attacks yesterday to go to the polls in greater than expected numbers for the first democratic elections for 50 years. The electoral commission's provisional estimate of turnout was 57%. " (The Guardian)

"Ammar al Dujaili looked at the chest-high stacks of books around him and pulled out a dusty tome with Arabic calligraphy on the cover. “This book, ‘Mafatih al Janan’ (Keys of Heaven), got me a five-month prison sentence,� said Dujaili, 43, shaking his head. “Saddam Hussein even fought concepts and ideas.� The religious books that Dujaili now sells openly at his shop, located in the winding alleys surrounding the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, landed him in jail for four years. His bitter experience under the former regime made him passionate about having a say in shaping the next government. “I was the first voter,� said Dujaili, wagging an ink-stained finger as proof of his vote. “I was standing next to the polling station at 6 a.m.� (Newsweek)


Sunday, January 30, 2005

Perfect

voters

Iraqi's proudly showing off their ink stained fingers, proof of their recent vote in todays national elections. The looks on their faces are priceless.

sexual network of a high school

"Sociologists from Ohio State University (OSU) have mapped the structure of the adolescent romantic and sexual network in a population of over 800 adolescents over 18 months."

http://www.primidi.com/2005/01/27.html#a1092

It's a fascinating look on one type of social relationship in a closed community.


Saturday, January 29, 2005

Brainfood for all the Bono-ites: http://u2log.com/

The (unofficial) U2 weblog is here ... and inbetween the band stuff, there are also some of the more worldly and important bits.

... like this:
Gordon Brown (British Chancellor) at a meeting with Bono:
"I had thought my son John would grow up listening to your music," [Brown] gushed. "I now know he'll grow up reading your speeches."

That said, I only add:
12 June, Gelsenkirchen ... U2 live in concert!

snafu

Sorry for the snafu happened yesterday about the nomadlife.org address. We renewed the domain name at the very last minute and some config issues happen etc.

It's now fixed.

The one who responsible for the name renewal issue has been stripped naked, tarred and feathered so he will learn not to let this happen again.

If anyone send an email to your nomadlife.org address during this blackout time (6 hours), it will be lost :(

If you get a bounceback on dody()nomadlife.org, use empirebuilder()gmail.com instead.

Friday, January 28, 2005

L'OMBELICO DEL MONDO


"Questo è l'ombelico del mondo dove si incontrano facce strane di una bellezza un po' disarmante
pelle di ebano di un padre indigeno e occhi smeraldo come il diamante
facce meticce da razze nuove come il millennio che sta arrivando
questo è l'ombelico del mondo e noi stiamo già ballando
questo è l'ombelico del mondo, questo è l'ombelico del mondo dove non si sa dove si va a finire
e risalendo dentro se stessi alla sorgente del respirare
è qui che si incontrano uomini nudi con un bagaglio di fantasia
questo è l'ombelico del mondo senti che sale questa energia
questo è l'ombelico del mondo,
questo è l'ombelico del mondo è qui che c'è il pozzo dell'immaginazione
dove convergono le esperienze e si trasformano in espressione
dove la vita si fa preziosa e il nostro amore diventa azioni
dove le regole non esistono esistono solo le eccezioni
questo è l'ombelico del mondo, questo è l'ombelico del mondo è qui che nasce l'energia
centro nevralgico dell'universo da qui che parte ogni nuova via
dalle province del grande impero sento una voce che si sta alzando
questo è l'ombelico del mondo e noi stiamo già ballando, questo è l'ombelico del mondo... "

(jovanotti)

Have a confession?

http://grouphug.us/

Fórum Social Mundial

http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/index.php?cd_language=2&id_menu=

World Social Forum (non Davos)

Vote for the Bloggies!

Voting is under way for the annual Bloggies which recognise the best web blogs - online spaces where people publish their thoughts - of the year.

Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4211581.stm

The official site of the 2005 Weblog awards: the Bloggies

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Rockstar


rockstar
Originally uploaded by dodyg.

Africa?

many of us are interested in african issues.
a professor has made me in charge of maintaining a website of discussions about africa between professors and other literatti. it may interest some of you

Africa Dialogue Series

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Remember, it's us they're debating.

The powerful chicks and blokes are back in Davos for the World Economic Forum.

There are some really good things on the WEF website, such as the highly interesting webcasts. My recommendation for Thursday is the "The G8 and Africa: Rhetoric or Action?" panel at 10.00 a.m. GMT. Panelists will include Bill Clinton, Bono, Tony Blair, Thabo Mbeki and Bill Gates.

A good insight into Davos behind the scenes can be found at the World Economic Forum weblog, maintained by some of the participants.

The biggest anti-WEF event is the "Public Eye on Davos". Have a look, sometimes it's good to read the other side's opinion, too.

Do you want access to the new blogs?

I am a lazy, lazy man. I cant be bothered collecting everyones email address and all this flim flam. So heres the deal.

If you want access to the blogs, there are two options.

I have created an "open" administrator account, which has admin for both blogs. You can log into this account on blogger, the details are:

username - nomadlife_open
password - nomadlife

You can either log in and post from this account, or, you can log in, and invite yourself to join the blog from this account. To do this, log into blogger using the above details, select the blog you want to join, go to the "settings" menu, choose the "members" tab, and click "invite members". Put in your email address, and you will recieve an invite which means the HOWTO or Food blogs will appear in your own blogger dashboard next to your nomadlife blog. Much easier.

As anyone can make themselves a member, anyone can also make themselves an administrator, using the same menu. If anyone wants to give themselves admin rights, feel free - your more than welcome to play with the template, add pretty pictures, do whatever you want. We're all one happy nomadic family here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

New blogs on the block

(pre-empted by Dody's announcement...)

We have a couple of cool additions to the nomadlife ecosystem, a bit different to the traditional single person blogs. They are nomadlife blogs that are going to rely on conributions from everyone else, but they should be really cool if we all participate. First up is nomadlife food - a culinary journey across the world through the eyes of our nomadic horde. This blog will be all about the joys of eating - with contributions from nomads everywhere, focussed on recipes, dining experiences and local food and drink culture wherever we roam. This site will be made up of entries posted there by everyone on the system, but editors will also reference posts on individual blogs that fall into the category. The inaugral post to nomadlife food was a reference to Jesse's weekend of heroic eating.

Second is nomadlife HOWTO - a "how to" guide for the nomadic type who needs to know, for example, how to use public transport in Mainland China, or how to have you clothes repaired in Nigeria. Whatever the issue, nomadlife HOWTO will feature step by step guides on how to get through the most pressing of challenges in the most challenging environments. So, if you think you have the knowledge needed to get you through some of the difficulties inherant in a nomadic existence, then nomadlife HOWTO needs you! The first HOWTO entry is one from me - a HOWTO guide on living in Egypt on less than $1 per day.

Anyhow, the key thing with these two blogs is that they will rely on contributions. If you would like to be a contributor/editor to these blogs, then let me know, via a comment to this post, and I'll get in touch. Or, email me, on tom.gara@gmail.com. Contributors can directly add their contributions to the blogs, and also reference anything that others have posted. Ideally, entries for both blogs should include photos, links, anything to jazz up the entries and make them fun to read. So, lets see some entries!

London, a nomad city

"London in 2005 is uncharted territory. Never have so many different kinds of people tried living together in the same place before. What some people see as the great experiment of multiculturalism will triumph or fail here.

New York and Toronto would contest the cosmopolitan crown, but London's case is strong. According to the last census, in 2001, 30% of London residents had been born outside England - that's 2.2 million people, to which we can add the unknown tens of thousands who didn't complete a census form. And even this total takes no account of the contribution of the city's second- and third-generation immigrants, many of whom have inherited the traditions of their parents and grandparents. Throughout the 1990s, Greater London was the fastest growing part of the UK - and yet the white population in that time actually fell.

Altogether, more than 300 languages are spoken by the people of London, and the city has at least 50 non-indigenous communities with populations of 10,000 or more. Virtually every race, nation, culture and religion in the world can claim at least a handful of Londoners."

(The Guardian)

AIESEC in Afghanistan

You might find it great to hear that AIESEC in Frankfurt (Germany) has just welcomed the first two trainees sent by the AIESEC initiative group in Afghanistan. German and Afghan AIESECers from the LC Frankfurt have been working hard over the last two years to establish this initiative. Wafiullah Gran und Ahmad Waheed from Kabul will start their traineeships in Berlin on February 7, 2005.

I am just a bystander, watching with excitement and happiness ... so please send your congratulations to info@nifaonline.com or frankfurt@aiesec.de. You will find more information on the webpage http://www.aiesec.org.af as well.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Now you can blog from work

http://www.blogbusinesssummit.com/

It's official now.

Tom's babies

"I was thinking a cool addition to nomadlife would be a couple of “theme blogs� that feature contributions from every in the nomadlife blogosphere. The ideas I had were:

nomadlife food – recipes and dining experiences from all around the world

nomadlife howto – “how to…� guides on various nomadic challenges – ie. How To: Wash your clothes in mainland China, or How To: Use public transport in Colombia….I think you get the idea.

Both blogs could be made up of submitted stories and pretty photos. We could link to a new HOWTO or food entry on the main page, and post and archive them all in full on the dedicated blog.

" (the wire from Tom)

http://food.nomadlife.org

http://howto.nomadlife.org

Start knocking on his door for posting rights !!!

RSS feeds

I know this came up a couple of months ago but I can't seem to find the posts in the archive.

Can someone explain to me how to use RSS feeds, and what the best uses are, how to set them up, anything and everything you know. Please :)

Merci beaucoup!

found

"Turn on your speekers, click on the link and have fun!!!http://marcin.wanat.promontel.net.pl/Greetings and kisses from white Krakow

Ania"

he..he

Sunday, January 23, 2005

shared space

Because of our No Gatekeeper commitment, if you own a blog at nomadlife, you can get a posting right to nomadone(this main blog). This makes this blog a shared space.

A shared space requires an exercise of restraint. A shared space also requires feedback from other co-owner of the space otherwise it won't work.

And I think that's all there is to it.

-- edited some stupid rant I wrote earlier --

Saturday, January 22, 2005

flooridor

alright nomads, we're starting a collection:
words created by non-native speakers.
this is not limited to english - i'm just looking for imaginary words
e.g.: flooridor - as in "i'll just sleep on the flooridior" (what you get when a frenchman thinks floor and says corridor).

Friday, January 21, 2005

US$40 Million

Say you had US$40 million. Would you spend it on a massive party and call it an "Inauguration Ball", or would you use it to help people who might actually need it because of an unprecendented natural disaster?

Eid Mubarak / Happy Eid

Ladies and Gentlemen

Today is Eid or the equivalent of Christmas for the Muslims all over the world. The religion of Islam has two Eids during the year. The first one is at the end of the fasting month, also known as Ramadan. To celebrate the end of that month, we have our first Eid. Today is our second Eid. On this day, Prophet Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. This story I beleive is also believed by Christians. He was asked by God to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith. He took God's command and was going to proceed when God said you have passed my ultimate test. Instead of sacrificing your son, sacrifice an animal. On this day, Muslims sacrifice goats and cows and distribute it to the poor and needy.This Eid is the bigger one of the two. So if you know any Muslims or have Muslim friends, wish them Eid Mubarak. I would like to thank Dody for letting me post this announcement. I would like to wish you all Eid Mubarak.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Phone Home for Free...

Given that a lot of us are far from home, and probably burn through the phone bills, I'd suggest you might like to check out Skype. For those of you who don't know what it is, it's essentially a free piece of software which allows you to call other people provided you have a microphone, speakers, and an internet connection. The other person also needs to be using Skype at their end as well for it to be free.

I finally got around to installing it and I have to say I'm very impressed. I had a decent phone call with a mate back in NZ, and I'm sure there will be a lot more. The quality was much better than the regular phone lines. I would recommend that both users are one high-speed though, the dial-ups don't seem to handle it as well.

Enjoy :)

Recipe

johnny said...
hey, how do you make the dish from the photo, "summer sausage and squash?"


You throw things that you find in your fridge together! The key to this dish is the similar shape of how the ingredients are cut. This goes with any stir-fried dish. Cut pieces of vegetable to mimic each other. Otherwise, the smaller pieces will fall to the bottom and burn first.

1/2 lbs. summer sausage (hot italian sausage is yummy too)
1-2 zucchinis/squash
4-5 mushrooms
1/2 small onion
2 red peppers
cumin, salt, turmeric, paprika, black pepper
oil

Fry cut onions in oil, with broken pieces of red pepper. When onions are almost glassy, add sausage and zucchini. Cook on medium for 5 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms. Cook for 5 more mins or until desired mushyness of squash. Add salt and pepper to taste. Or like me, I like to add a dash of cumin, paprika and turmeric.

Serve with tortilla and sour cream!

Another cooking tip: For aesthetics, food should be prepared with red, green and yellow colors. Hence the frequent use of red peppers, cherry tomatoes, parsley and cilantro for garnish.

Hyperlinks

I've noticed that if someone is blogging about someone else's blog, a hyperlink to that someone else's blog is being used. (i.e. www.nomadlife.org). If one is referring to a specific post, such as "AIESEC's true impact in the world", then you can hyperlink it to the address found in the time stamp at the bottom of the post. (i.e. posted by Mike T at 9:11 PM). This hyperlink brings us to the exact post that one is referring to: http://nomadlife.org/2005/01/aiesecs-true-impact-in-world.aspx.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Barbarian Invasion

Email from Scott

""Im doing a Masters at the School for International Training in Vermont. The population is pretty small and really everyone here could be termed a "global nomad". At any rate, our particular class will be spreading across the globe by June all on Practicums and I thought this would be a great way to keep many of us in contact more or less like we have as AIESEC trainees. I could just suggest they do it on blogger with out the nomad domain. I would imagine maybe 30-40 people would take advantage of the offer as I dont think any one does blogging now... What do U think? ""

Bring them on. Just be aware that this principle still appies.

"We currently have 11 people about to embark on their life changing experience with the Salaam program. All participants will be getting their nomadlife blogs ASAP" (Salaam)

Awesome.

what the history will record

"The Indonesian Health Ministry said Wednesday that the December 26 earthquake and tsunami killed 166,320 people in Indonesia, jumping the regional death toll for the disaster to 212,611" (cnn.com)

The latest reports from Aceh, the area most devastated by the Tsunami, that everything is returning to normal. Well, an approximation of normal. 25% of Aceh Capital's 200,000 populace are declared missing.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

and through this thing we measure ourselves

wing put her reading list on her blog. I think more people should put reading lists on their blogs.

who can join

I received this message from a new member of nomadlife

"Do you imagine it being available for AIESECers only or can someone else take advantage of blogging under nomadlife?"

These are the categories of people that can join nomadlife

1. Members, alumni and trainees of AIESEC
2. Individuals that people in category 1 vouch for.

I hope this helps.

AIESEC Sri Lanka takes action

AIESEC Sri Lanka has teamed up with other organisations and corporations such as Microsoft or the UNDP "to better answer needs of organisations and match skilled volunteers with most suitable assignments in costal areas in Sri Lanka that have suffered extensive devastation resulting from the Tsunami tragedy that occurred on December 26th 2004".

More at http://www.volunteersrilanka.org

Monday, January 17, 2005

Orange Revolution

An interesting report about the activities behind the scene of Ukraine's Orange Revolution.

"More than 10,000 troops scrambled toward trucks. Most had helmets, shields and clubs. Three thousand carried guns. Many wore black masks. Within 45 minutes, according to their commander, Lt. Gen. Sergei Popkov, they had distributed ammunition and tear gas and were rushing out the gates.
Kiev was tilting toward a terrible clash, a Soviet-style crackdown that could have brought civil war. And then, inside Ukraine's clandestine security apparatus, strange events began to unfold.
While wet snow fell on the rally in Independence Square, an undercover colonel from the Security Service of Ukraine, or S.B.U., moved among the protesters' tents. He represented the successor agency to the K.G.B., but his mission, he said, was not against the protesters. It was to thwart the mobilizing troops. He warned opposition leaders that a crackdown was afoot. "
(NYTimes)

MLK

Today is the Martin Luther King day in America.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. " (Martin Luther King)

The race relations in the US is pretty much still a work in progress and so is the rest of the world. It is heartbreaking to see the ingenuity that people come up with to divide societies based on natural characteristic of human race, be it the color of your skin or your ethnicity.

Until we are able to see beyond the characteristics brought by our gene pool and pay attention to the character to our fellow man, there is little hope for peace.

A cog in the wheel or more than that?

Whew...! after a weekend of no internet, I am bedazzled by yet another nomadlife posting week on a Monday morning.

The recent debate about current AIESEC direction, role of alumni in the org, and the difference between exchange and non-exchange change agents has made me want to post about one particular person.

Let me tell you about Joe.

Joe was my boss when I first came to the AIESEC traineeship here in Hong Kong. He was the Director of Procurement, Greater China at Emerson Electric, an American Fortune 500 company in manufacturing. Joe is an @OSU (Ohio State Univesrity in US) alumni, who went on an exchange to Germany during his student hay-days. Joe was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the '90s under a business development program for a coal mining village in Chile.

Here's somebody who has been inside and outside of AIESEC and has a realistic understanding of how the organization influences both himself and the world. Getting to know Joe has been one of the rewarding parts of my traineeship and a guiding vision of where I want to be in the future.

Please read my blog on People who influence for further thoughts (I'll save this page from the long narrative).

Saturday, January 15, 2005

AIESEC's true impact in the world

Hmmmm....Powerful thoughts from Craig (read his entry before mine). You almost had me considering changing my mind about what might be more important about AIESEC's place in the world.

I don't understand your whole commerce vs. humanities thing and how it has anything to do with what else you wrote...perhaps you merely referring to all the humanities like discussions and talking about things instead of facilitating a business that will give one the skills to change the world? And it boggles my mind that people forget that AIESEC is not an acronym anymore and it doesn't stand for blah blah blah. We did away with that almost 10 years ago.

Anyway...luckily I remembered something...there is a lot to what Craig says about being an alumnus and its ability to influence the world. BUT, I have to disagree, the exchange and the business that AIESEC runs is really critical. I am not who I am today and my personal mission has little to do with the fact that I was a member of AIESEC. It really doesn't. It's because of the people I was exposed to when they did their exchanges while I was at Purdue, in St. Louis, in Chicago....and it was because of my experience on an exchange myself in Venezuela. If I had simply been a member of an LC that did little to no exchange, I would have improved my business & personal skills, but would I care about the plight of people in the flavelas of Brazil or Africa. No...I wouldn't have spent 5 years of my life working for AIESEC full-time on a crappy salary nor would I be contemplating my life choices based on how I will have the greatest impact in the world, I'd simply be deciding what will get me the best paying or more fufilling career.

Are there great leaders that are an exception to this exchange rule? sure...but I bet they would have been great leaders making a difference in the world even if they had never been in AIESEC.

Give me a non-AIESEC member who did an exchange & was exposed to exchanges over an AIESEC member at an LC that was an LCP and did little to no exchange any day...my money is on the non-AIESECer to make a bigger difference in the world any day. Don't get me wrong, I think there are a lot of great people & friends of mine that come from LCs with little to no exchange but I also know a lot of non-AIESECers who through exchange have become powerful change agents.

Friday, January 14, 2005

DJ Kevin goes global

HOLY SH*T ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Trip to India!
From: "Dhanur"
Date: Fri, January 14, 2005 4:02 am
To: kevin@zolitor.com, "Scott Lehmann"

Hey Kevin,

Im sure Scott told you about me. I wanted to follow up with you to see how
you were placed in August this year.

Also wanted to know if a trip to India sounded interesting?! From what Scott
tells me, you could be a huge plus to the conference. Do let me know and we
could talk more about it.

Cheers

Dhanur.
__________________________________

Dhanur Grandhi
Congress Committee President
AIESEC International Congress 2005

Email : dhanurg@in.aiesec.org
Phone : +91 22 25188094/95
Mobile : +91 98 20059472
Web : www.in.aiesec.org

Tomorrow¹s Leaders ... Today!
__________________________________



Thanks to all who so drunkenly danced to my music all these years. Finally someone noticed! Now all I need is someone to take my place at SSC. Someone who can mix...

SEE YOU IN AGRA!

adding dropping

I hate this idea of adding dropping classes. its a weird phenomenon when u have been in school for soo long. its a bunch of bologna,italy if you ask me. i never get the classes i want with the teachers i want bevcause they for some reason all decide to teach at the same freaking time. they all love to teach after lunch and since they are good teachers they get to pick when to teach. wtf do all my teachers sit down and say lets teach at the same time. especially mad because i cant take game theory from a great prof. because its the same as econometrics.
therre is also the problem of trying to figure out which majors these classes count for. you have to cross match and then match again so it covers 3 criteria and majors at the same time.
registered for african american history so i am very excited. dont know anything on the subject, dont disriminate participate (love that slogan)

Another birthday

Drop Surya a comment and wish him a happy birthday; especially if you are half Japanese half Brazilian. :)

Happy birthday buddy; you've succumbed to yet another. Jah bless! :)

Another way to help...

Most of the nomadlife crew are travellers (hence the word nomad). This week I came across another innovative way to help with the post tsunami disaster relief.

I fly alot, for work, for life. Those of you who know me, know that I'm a sucker for frequent flyer miles. I try as much as possible to stick to my core program (Aeroplan) and have been known to choose longer flight times to stick with a Star Alliance carrier. Sometimes however, this isn't possible and over the years I have earned small pockets of miles in other random programs, Asia Miles, American Airlines, etc., program in which I will NEVER earn enough miles to do anything or go anywhere.

In an attempt to consolidate all of this I rediscovered that many of these flyer programs allow you to donate to Doctors without Borders/Engineers without Borders and other charities that are working on the ground in affected areas. I've now donated all my residual miles to charity and urge you to do the same. Most people forget about the time that they signed up for a program but now is the time to remember. You'll probably never use them anyway :)

If you want to go ahead and donate your core miles too, thats great!!

For the "Old Rowdies"

You really should take a minute to check out the pictures that Cat has posted. They are SO funny and bring back a lot of good memories and they put faces to the original Rowdy bunch. Thanks Cat for making my day a little bit better.

"Trade, not aid, is really the engine for growth"

For you crazy cats about liberal trade...

The AIESEC world has its fair shares of trade liberals and socialists, so I hope I won't rub some people in the wrong way. But I did get slightly excited about some possibilities in the trade world.

Slightly, I caution.

The EU's trade department is exploring 3 ways to help areas affected by the tsunami, which could potentially be a breakthrough for not only the tsunami-affected regions but also other developing countries. I put the explanation and details here - please feel free to comment.

3 Mth Unlimited Use Intl Business Class TravelPass for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

3 Mth Unlimited Use Intl Business Class TravelPass for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

If you want to help out the Tsunami victims, and get an UNLIMITED 3 month Business Class travel pass, you might like to check out this auction - put up by Air New Zealand. They've got a whole bunch of other first class and business class tickets up for grabs as well. Travel in luxury and help the victims :)

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Role of business after the tsunami

Robert Davies, Chairman of the International Business Leaders Forum, has written a very interesting briefing on how business leaders and companies (i.e. the tourism business) can take a positive role in rebuilding communities after the tsunami disaster.

"As the time scale lengthens the crucial question of sustaining livelihoods of thousands of small business people and coastal industry workers will overtake many other needs, and will be the crucial link to long term self-help and mutual aid. The provision of vital business advice, insurance mediation where relevant, business rescue strategies and developing mutual aid network and micro credit will become vital for the local coastal economy with which the tourism sector has a symbiotic relationship."

Corporate support to the relief and rebuilding operations is not only a corporate philantropy activity, but stands on a firm business case: In countries where tourism (and all connected industries, such as transport/travel, entertainment, food, etc.) is a substantial part of the economy, it is within business' own interest to contribute expertise and resources to ensure fast recovery of the affected regions. It is particularly interesting to read about the strong expectations that Davies puts towards business leaders in these countries.

For the good life

I always struggle to come up with good snacks to eat in the evening. For instance, last night I settled for two pieces of buttered bread. When I go to the store, I can never find anything delicious and not gluttonous. Any recipes for deliciousness? Let's keep this on a college budget, so put $5 as a price ceiling.

Better later than never!

Thank you AIESEC International for the information on the new web page of AIESEC

It is great to see the efforts from AIESECers around the world to make of the Tsunami disasters not only a learning lesson, but a chance to put your courage, principles and friendship into action.

It's there, its real, AIESEC is also contributing.
Have you done something already?

Aid, Moratorium, and Choices Governments Make

One of the shocking news I read in the papers a few days after Dec 26 was that in an Indonesian village of 7,000, only 100 people had survived. To put it in percentage, that's a little over 1% survivors. That was one of the small and remote villages that the international aid was allowed to go in and help.

CNN: Jakarta toughens aid restrictions.

Human Rights Watch: Letter to the Indonesian President Yudhoyono.

What will it take to put civil grudges aside?

On another note... India and Thailand's response to debt moratorium is worth noting. Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 is in the back of their minds. When my friends tried to convert Thai Bahts back to HKdollars at the airport on Dec 28, they immediately noticed that the value was halved. Quite a scary road to go down again.

what do you want to do with your life

Another interesting social website http://43things.com/home/

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

2000 AD - predicted back in 1961

See if you can identify with this. It's amazing how some of these things are so standard to us now that we don't even blink twice. Yet others are more in the realms of fantasy. It definitely makes you think about where the world will be in another 40 years time, and where we will all be. What will we be doing, or have done? The power is our hands to shape our future, and that of the world's...doesn't that just fill you with excitement and energy? :)

Search for banned weapons in Iraq has ended

I can't believe it took them 2 years to work this out! I suppose Tony Blair won't be a happy camper either...

lip my stockin'

http://www.engrish.com/ is a site that's dedicated to 'creative English' being used around the world (this site mainly focused on Japan)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

connecting people

just like the old nokia slogan

"WTF! I can't believe you are still around! How are things going? What have you been up to crazy man? I think the last time I saw you a shoe was being chewed!!!" (on DJKevinz blog)

Monday, January 10, 2005

enlighthened

" The group's Cash for Work program has started here on a relatively small scale: 100 men organized into two basic groups in a single neighborhood in southwestern Banda Aceh. The men in one group, working to remove debris from roads and lots, make $3.30 a day plus lunch for working seven and a half hours - roughly the standard wage for unskilled labor here.
The second group makes more, about $5.60 a day, but its task is more trying: collecting bodies being unearthed by the dozen. "
(NYTimes)

You cannot control what can happen, but you can control your response

5-6 hrs to HK and China? I'm envious. And Malaysia and all that... what is the media and publicity of the disaster like there? Surprizingly, americans have actually responded with quite a lot of support.

The coverage is overwhelming. There was a memorial at the Singapore Expo today. I was in HK over last weekend and there were public events all over the place. Some were true aid raising stuff but some were disguised attempts to convert people into a certain religious order. Funny things happen in a time of crisis.

Still, the outpouring of generousity is huge over here. ~ Alex Lee, former NCP of New Zealand

Progress!

The outgoing US secretary of state has said he will tell President Bush that America should provide long-term aid to the Indian Ocean after the tsunami. (full article on BBC News)

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Interesting...

Time for Nomads to start booking their next travels to SE Asia?

"Jeff Jarvis, a Monash University academic and tourism industry researcher whose particular interest is how the largesse of Western tourists impacts on developing countries, has no doubt. "This is a time for people to be foot soldiers for development aid - to get off the sofa and book their next holiday to Thailand or Sri Lanka," he says. "To support the people in the bar and selling T-shirts on the beach and working in the restaurants."
The whole article has some interesting perspectives on the pros and cons of immediate tourism to the affected areas. I have to admit, the photo of the tourist sunbathing on a deckchair in the middle of the debris on one of the trashed beaches was a little unsettling.


Saturday, January 08, 2005

Pure heroics

Absolutely amazing first person account from the head of one of the Aussie military medical teams currently in Banda Aceh. Read the whole thing.

"I GOT a phone call about 3.30pm on the Monday asking me to be on the last plane out to Sydney and then get on a Hercules to go somewhere........"

The incredibly rapid ground level reaction of Australia's military medical teams to this disaster should go down in history.

crappy movies of 2004

Have you seen any movies in 2004 that you think absolutely crappy (not in the sense of it's so bad, it's good sense) ?

For me there's only one movie.

"House of Flying Daggers"
I'm usually a civilized person in the cinema, but this movie manage to convert about 100 people of us who showed up at the show to become smart asses. We were all laugh at the wrong scenes, groaned at the cheesy lines and made plenty snide remarks about its excessive usage of CG animation. I couldn't believe the director of Hero can make a movie this bad (and many critics loved it) so I've recommended this movie to several friends just to make sure that I'm not deranged (yes, all of them hate the movie too)

Friday, January 07, 2005

found

"As the leading youth organization in the world we have felt the impact of this global disaster on our doorstep with more than nine of our member countries being affected. As a result AIESEC has put together a website which addresses the urgent issues facing the Asia Pacific. Please make your contribution to the Tsunami appeals here (www.aiesec-tsunami.org). "

at http://www.aiesecus.org and http://salaam.aieseconline.net.

Emerson Electric

My desperate impatience was answered today when an intra-company correspondence came into my in-box this morning. Being a conservative American company, you still cannot find a public display for donations on our website.

However, the CEO announced that US headquarters is making a US$250,000 donation and a promise to match employee donations effective through June 30, 2005.

Much like AIESEC, Emerson Electric has many divisions and regional centers that act independently:
- In Indonesia, Motorola has donated 7 wireless stations to aid communications in Aceh -- Emerson Indonesia contributed 7 power systems (4 rectifiers each) and batteries to provide power for these units (the inventory unit value for each is US$35,000).
- In India, all employees have contributed a day's salary (around US$4,000). Emerson India is contributing Rs.500,000 (US$12,000) to support this initiative.
- In China, we are matching employee contributions dollar-for-dollar until January 31st, in hopes to raise a total contribution of US$20,000. The rest of Asia and Australia estimate to raise in the range of US$10,000 and match employee donations.
- I sent a couple of e-mails, and our HVAC division in Sidney, Ohio is raising independent funds. They also have manufacturing presence in Northern Thailand and are very concerned.
- I spoke to the President of Asia Pacific today and he has been very proactive in asking his employees to donate. I'm very very grateful.
- The HR Manager in Emerson Japan (who also happens to be a champion of AIESEC Japan) has promised to include the translated version of my story in the newsletter and ask for donations.
- The procurement division (which I work for) has decided to concentrate on UNICEF - country managers are calling and e-mailing about the progress of the fundraising. All I can do is to circulate the photos and my narrative - but I'm hoping it brings a little bit of reality to it all.

Sorry for the long post, but I'm relieved and glad to hear things are finally happening! Although each region and division has a different idea for making a difference, it's happening.

p.s. - special thanks to Mel for the perspectives piece. I've been using this to ask for donations.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Tsunami Pics: Before and After

Toggle between the BEFORE and AFTER button on each of the 11 pages

http://homepage.mac.com/demark/tsunami/

General Motors Vice Chairman blogs

Cluetrain gets more aclolyte, with GM's most senior management blogs. (link via micro persuasion)

MeadWestvaco Foundation to Match Employee Contributions

Employee contributions to tsunami relief efforts will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the MeadWestvaco Foundation, up to $100,000 in total company contributions. Employee donations will be matched through March 31, 2005.

Donations may be made to any of the approved agencies providing assistance to the tsunami victims. Click here for a list of approved agencies. The company matching funds will be donated to the American Red Cross.


Cluetrain Manifesto

I just realize not everybody has read Cluetrain manifesto.

Well read them. It will change your life.

This groundbreaking book was written in 1999 and it still is shaping the nature of business in this century (and explain the rise of blogs 4 years before it become mainstream).

Read the essence of the book.

Read the Manifesto.

and then read whole book online for free.

95 theses of Cluetrain manifesto
  1. Markets are conversations.
  2. Markets consist of human beings, not demographic sectors.
  3. Conversations among human beings sound human. They are conducted in a human voice.
  4. Whether delivering information, opinions, perspectives, dissenting arguments or humorous asides, the human voice is typically open, natural, uncontrived.
  5. People recognize each other as such from the sound of this voice.
  6. The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media.
  7. Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy.

(more)

I was one of the many signers of the manifesto back in 2000 and it was how I started to understand 'blogs'.

And this is why huge company like Microsoft to allow all of its employees to blogs and openly gripe about its company, talk about competitors, customers, about their lives, etc (google "microsoft weblogs").

They are known as the 'clueful' company. Companies that still hide behind press releases, controlled messages and marketing gimmick are called 'clueless'.


Will we become better pple?

Found this reflective article by a columnist in Singapore, Sumiko Tan, titled Picking up the broken pieces with regards to the Tsunami incident. In her article, it struck a chord within me, on how true her writings are, and the cycle in which we human beings react when we are struck with disaster with great magnitude, be it the Sept 11 incident or natural disasters like the Tsunami. Below is an excerpt of her article, you can click on this for the whole article.

"A tragedy helps put life in perspective.
It shows you the fragility of existence.
It makes you grateful for what you have.
It makes you want to be a better person and to lead a more grounded, upright life.
The problem is, such life lessons tend to be quickly forgotten.
How many of us had vowed to live a more exemplary life after Sept 11, only to get sidetracked as the months went by?
How many had renewed those vows when the Iraq War took place and images of death were flashed again, only to fall by the wayside soon after?
And also the good intentions that came up in the midst of the Sars outbreak?
How long will the lessons of the tsunami calamity stay with us, or will it be a matter of days before we get tragedy fatigue, block out the images and go back to our grasping, greedy ways? How long does the goodness that bubbles forth each time a tragedy happens last?
And even if it goes away, can a residue of goodness remain behind, to accumulate over time and make us better people?"

Will we become better pple, will we cherish life and be thankful everyday for being alive and healthy, will we act and contribute to the society?
Enough with debating on having banners on the websites for the Tsunami aid, enough with having different expectations what AIESEC should do or not, the question remains on what good you are doing my friend and for how long will it lasts.

Sick to the Pit of my Stomach

Hello fellow nomads,

This morning, like the rest of you, I woke up with the tsunami count heading north and showing no signs of abating. But when I picked up Montreal's Globe and Mail this morning, I felt my stomach turn over. Performing Russian Circus tricks might have been a more apt description. You see, despite this horrific tragedy, there are sick people out there who see it as nothing more than the chance to make a profit. These people have no morals. No ethics. No soul. Because I'm not talking about "just" looting or theft. I'm talking about child trafficking. That's right - these sick, sick people are taking children who have lost their families, and selling them for less than CDN$50. $50! In fact - and you wouldn't believe this - a UNICEF worker received an unsolicited text message asking him to describe what sort of child he'd like and it would be sold to him: age, race, hair colour...the list went on. This sort of thing is the absolute pits. The death penalty is much to good for these sort of people. Now excuse me while I go throw up...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Dear members all over the world

The year 2004 is behind us and the entire world has now stepped into the year 2005. I wish that you have started your new year on a positive note and are approaching all your opportunities and challenges with a renewed and a positive force.

This year-end left us with a huge natural calamity killing over 150,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands in the way of disease, starvation and death. On one hand it is a relief that our AIESEC people are safe, at the same time it does little to mitigate the grief that we feel for millions struck by this tragedy. It serves to remind of us many humanitarian crises that we face in Chechnya, Darfur in Sudan, poverty and hunger in many parts of Africa, to name but a few.

ike all of us, this tragedy brought me face-to-face with a human being's mortality and the thin life band we all live with. To see our own of humankind face a massive destruction and the painful loss of many families, at this scale leaves us all feeling helpless and uncomfortable. At the same time it is elevating to see the enduring human spirit to survive and the inspiring stories of everyone, who have put and are putting themselves at a huge risk to save the lives of complete strangers.

What role should we as AIESEC play now? What should we as individuals be doing? Should we become the centre of collection of financial resources and then channel them directly to those who need relief? Should we act as people who are giving on-the-ground news coverage to everyone across the world?

Or should we realize that there are many other organizations, which have any of the above as their core competence.

Our response has been in the following directions:
1. AIESEC people volunteering for direct relief work
2. Encouragine mobilization of financial and in-kind resources for the relief effort and channeling them directly to dedicated aid agencies
3. And linking our core-work to this disaster. As the future leaders, we should strive to learn from it as much as possible; as well as starting up related innovative exchange projects

It is heartening to see that AIESECers from India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and especially Sri Lanka have volunteered at a large scale to support the relief effort.

If you would like to provide on-ground support to them, please do write to the MCPs of these countries.Like for any other humanitarian cause, we should all mobilize financial resources from our friends, family, and alumni and direct them to the relevant aid agencies for these countries. The ones active internationally are the ICRC (http://www.icrc.org), UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org) and many others easily accessible through the UN website.

For our core work, what are the innovative examples that are occurring?I t is great to see both Sri Lanka and India planning innovative exchange based projects to support relief as well as provide a huge learning experience to our people. If your country or you have any such ideas, then please share with us on this forum currently active on Global Members: http://www.aiesec.net/members/global/forums/forum-view?forum%5fid=4169519

In addition, following are the other discussions open on Global Members: Coping with a violent earth: What can be done to lessen the impact of future natural disasters? (http://www.aiesec.net/members/global/forums/message-view?message_id=23248673)

As well as:Good intentions vs. real change: What are the challenges and opportunities in converting worldwide sympathy into grass roots benefit?
(http://www.aiesec.net/members/global/forums/message-view?message_id=23248680)

Finally, I do hope that this disaster has shaken you enough and brought you face-to-face with how much more needs to be done to make our world a safe place for all. I wish for you that you would find sometime for personal reflection and think of what role you are playing now, and will be in the future to make this world a better place.

On behalf of AIESEC International,

Rajiv

three minutes silence

"Across Europe, in railroad stations and department stores, at airports and palaces and subway stations people bowed their heads in silence today to observe a three-minute commemoration of those who perished in the Indian Ocean tsunamis." (NYTimes)

""In more than 40 years in the military and as a high-level government official, I've been in war and I've been through a number of hurricanes, tornadoes and other relief operations, but I have never seen anything like this," (Collin Powel - NYTimes)

AIESEC (intl.), it is time to join the international community.

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Perspective

I'm thinking, that some people do not realize how far their contribution can go. Can people help me convert Dollars/Pounds/Euros into tangible items that can be bought in countries like Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Thailand?

For instance in India:

A donation of $20
$1 = 50 rupees
One simple meal of rice and dahl = 5 - 10 Rs
$20 = 50/10meals * 20dollars = 100 meals
100 meals = 50 days someone can eat = feeding a family of five for ten days
(doesn't have to go this far)

Or one can break $50 down to:
A tent
A small fishing boat and nets
Food and water for a family for 5 days
Kitchen set
Shovel
Thus, helping a family get back on its feet in a week.

I'm been working on a donation drive in my office, with a handful of other people. People may see the signs, but think about how much they've spent over Christmas. This my help put things into perspective how much "not going out to eat for one or two meals" here can go to saving lives and ending the suffering in Asia and East Africa.

Get creative.

P.S. If you want a copy of the flyer I've designed, email me at melt_1997@yahoo.com

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moolta

One story of a small country that could.

The first nomad wedding

"That is correct for those of you out there thinking about marriage and crazyness in this world at the moment. I decided to take the plunge and tie the knot with my Beautiful Mexican Wife this December 22nd, don't worry pictures are to come up soon, and also the story of the crazy 2 weeks in Mexico and the first 3 days where I had to answer over 20 times if I was sure to get Married."(rafael)

one highly recommended charity

Check out http://acehaid.org, a NFP based in Bali involved in the relief effort for Aceh.

You can follow their daily progress at one of their employee weblog at http://spaces.msn.com/members/susijohnston/Blog/.


Tuesday, January 04, 2005

best managers of the year

according to BusinessWeek.
"
Jeffrey Immelt
General Electric
Steven Reinemund
PepsiCo
Hector Ruiz
Advanced Micro Devices
Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, And David Geffen
DreamWorks SKG
Robert Nardelli
Home Depot
Jack Rowe
Aetna
Joseph Tucci
EMC
Gary Forsee
Sprint
John Henry
Boston Red Sox
Henning Kagermann
SAP
Anne Mulcahy
Xerox
Edward Breen
Tyco
Phil Knight
Nike
Linus Torvalds
Open Source Development Labs
Chung Mong Koo
Hyundai
Steven Murphy
Rodale
Jerry Perenchio
Univision
"

What we call peer pressure

Bea,

I received your heartfelt note about the
Tsunami disaster - a nice gesture indeed. Actually I had already
donated, as in the UK there has been a huge push for donating (as I
imagine there is everywhere).
So far we have raised over £80m (pounds) or
$150m (dollars) just from the public, and the government have been
shamed into matching this figure after initially announced a measly £30m
aid package. So Britain is finally pulling it's weight in this matter.

I must go now, as I am actually at work - but write soon, and
we will catch up on MSN in the near future.
Love
Craig

Birthday in NZ

Happy birthday Tee!  :)

Monday, January 03, 2005

Finally

US presidents in tsunami aid plea
President George W Bush and two of his predecessors call on US citizens to aid the Asian tsunami's victims.

Powell, U.S. team arrive in Thailand (01.03.2005) A U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived Monday in Bangkok, Thailand, on the first stop of a tour to the tsunami-devastated regions of southern Asia.

Joining Powell is Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's brother who helped oversee disaster relief following deadly hurricanes in his state.

the ones who lead the way

One of the Aiesecer who started http://www.aiesec-tsunami.org/ share her thoughts on why they did it

"We impose ourselves on a world that doesn’t ask for our help, and yet when it does we do nothing. To me, that is the worst form of hypocrisy. That is partly what motivated me to do something. It was also the thought that if it was me in that disaster, if I was in AIESEC in Indonesia, Sri Lanka or Thailand, if I was washed away from my home, my family and from all I knew, I would take comfort in the fact that there were so many other AIESECers out there who I knew would all be helping in some way. In my mind, the AIESEC network is one that every member has the right to call upon when they are in need of help. So if we sat here and did nothing, those people would be hoping and believing in something that wasn’t going to happen – and that thought was more than I could bear. Several members and I talked about how we could start helping and the result was this website. " (Leila Williams)

You go girl !

AIESECer in Thailand


Hannah is a trainee from the UK working in Bangkok. She writes a diary for the BBC's Birmingham student website and she was on the island of Ko Lanta in Thailand when the Tsunami hit. You can read her first hand experiences
here


A few ideas for donations

In response to Mike's question, some organizations to donate to are below, there are others too but just make sure that the funds must be used for needed supplies towards the tsunami victims. The ones below focus on the five countries which were most severely affected by the catastrophe:

1. Thailand – Radapradanugroh under the Royal Patronage, founded by the Thai King in 1942, and the foundation works closely with governors to support needy people directly

2. Indonesia - Red Cross

3. Sri Lanka – Sarvodaya will be embarking on a project to provide housing and sanitation facilities to the victims, sustaining them victims on the short to medium term.

4. India- ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry), a leading industry body, that liaise with the Prime Ministers’ Relief operations team as well their members for mobilizing additional support. All funds are being forwarded to the “Prime Minister’s Relief Fund� - set up by the Government of India.

5. Maldives The National Disaster Management Centre, set up by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Maldivian Government, and deals directly with the victims.

Where to donate?

So, I gave up drinking for New Year's Eve & instead decided to donate any money I would have spent to aid for the tsunami aftermath. I got quite a bit of shit for "not drinking" but towards the end people realized I was serious and eventually were supportive. My parents will donate as well.

Anyway, with all of the hundreds of organizations collecting money to go the relief effort in Asia...we're a little concerned. Where is the best place to give our money to? Especially since much of the media is saying that donations are not necessarily the issue right now. There are even reputable orgs like the Red Cross where not 100% of the money necessarily goes to aid/relief...supposedly a portion will be taken out to support their overhead.

Can anyone provide any guidance on the best orgs to donate to where we can ensure that 100% of what we donate goes to where it will make a difference for this effort? and not to help cover salaries of people that are not even in those countries?

Look fwd to your responses.

Disaster Relief Update

I'm back from India in one piece; good thing I changed my mind about
heading down south at the last minute because the places I wanted to go
to aren't there any more.

Below is an excerpt of an internal update from our company; since we are
a logistics and transport provider we are heavily involved in the aid
relief efforts; the biggest challenge is getting the aid to those who
need it the most, especially the poor.



Disaster Relief Update #1 (Dec. 31, '04)

Here is an update on Air Freight Disaster relief for Tsunami affected
countries:

Focus has been on Indonesia where a death toll of over 80,000 has been
reported, specifically Banda Aceh which proves to be a very difficult
area to send aid to.

It has been reported that Banda Aceh has finally been opened for
commercial aircraft but a destroyed infrastructure and ground handling
restrictions have made aid deliveries very difficult.

The latest update:
Banda Aceh (BTJ) - Airport has stopped allowing in aid shipments as
ground personnel can not cope with the sheer scale of aid arriving. No
shipments can be sent at this time. Also, Fuel supplies are either
non-existent or contaminated; all aircraft into Aceh must have enough
Fuel for return leg as re-fueling is not possible.

Medan (MES) - Airport has closed due to extraordinary bottleneck/backlog
of aid shipments. No shipments can be sent at this time.

Disaster Relief Network have informed that an assessment team is
arriving in the area hopefully today or tomorrow to assess the situation
and identify the most crucial type of aid required. Manpower & Equipment
shortages are causing heavy delays.

A DHLE/DDAO ground team from ID is being assembled and placed on standby
to fly to Aceh to co-ordinate and un-load/sort etc. aid shipments we
have in the pipeline and are trying to send. These consist of:

1. United Nations (SIN-BTJ) - starting to arrive in Singapore as of
early part of next week in partial lots. The total is 412 tons of tents,
blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans and plastic sheets. Efforts are
underway to begin sending this large amount of aid directly to Aceh
ASAP.

2. Stichting IDA (AMS-BTJ) - a non-profit organization that
manufactures medicines and medical supplies has medical aid shipments
(2,600kg) ready out of NL The customer will also decide on possible
Charters for their aid next week. Efforts are underway to uplift this
cargo ASAP.

3. BASF (JKT-BTJ) - Donation (9,000kg) consisting of blankets,
tents, clothing, food, medicine. Planned uplift using DHLA aircraft is
for Sunday, but heavy congestion may delay this flight further.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Vishen's OK

"We were on a plane on Dec 26th about to land in Phuket airport when the air controller told the pilot that an earthquake just occurred and the airport was closed. We had no idea what was going on – earthquakes don’t occur in Malaysia and Thailand??!! "


answered call

"Wondering what you can do or how you can get involved?Are you an AIESEC member? Have you questioned the relevancy of AIESEC? Now is the time for us to all come together and prove that AIESEC can make a difference!AIESEC UK have set up a really cool website which "aims to raise money and to be a common meeting place and base for ideas to help with the Tsunami disaster"" (Karola)

http://www.aiesec-tsunami.org/ , although not without reservations. I think bea's call for action would support this wholeheartedly.


Saturday, January 01, 2005

day after yesterday

"Joe, whom I had heard about many times but only met once, was spinning perfect house music. " (melt)

"new years (oh happy by the way) was great, totally with old friends and completly unassuming"(wonderwoman)

" have safely arrived in Montreal (or Mtl), after somewhere in the region of 30 hours flying." (Chris)