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Monday, November 28, 2011

Torrential Rains and Flooding Have Happened in Indonesia

In this wet season, torrential rains and flooding have happened in Indonesia. According to The Jakarta Globe that I quoted below, they kill two persons in Riau.
Pekanbaru, Riau. Torrential rains since Friday triggered widespread flooding and landslides in Kampar district in Riau, killing two people and rendering thousands homeless over the weekend. Officials said the heavy rains caused the Kampar River to overflow and flood entire villages in the district. Zurizal, the head of the Kampar Kiri Hulu subdistrict, said the flash flood claimed two lives in Gajah Batelut village when rising waters in the Sebayang River, an offshoot of the Kampar, swept away two members of the same family.
  “Residents found the body of one of the victims at around 9 a.m. on Sunday,” Zurizal said, identifying the victim as Budi, 23. The other person swept away was his 6-year-old niece, Naiada. Rescuers recovered her body later the same day. The flash flood also destroyed hundreds of homes in 11 villages in the area, one of the worst-affected being Subayang Jaya village, where the spike in water level caused a reservoir to burst. This also resulted in 4,000 meters worth of pipes, used for a clean water network, to burst. 
Elsewhere, the flooding destroyed at least five hectares of rubber plantations. Some residents fleeing their inundated homes sought refuge on higher ground, but most returned after the water began subsiding on Saturday, prompting concerns about more fatalities should another flash flood occur. Hamdi Hamid, a lecturer in social and environmental affairs at Riau University, urged the district administration to relocate villagers from the worst-hit areas for the time being. “This is very important in light of the high potential for more flooding and landslides, which could lead to more loss of life,” he said. “The residents shouldn’t be allowed to go back to their flooded homes just yet because a flash flood could spring up at any moment. The biggest risk is if it occurs late at night or just before dawn, when people are least prepared for it.” Hamdi also called on the authorities to use the clean-up period as an opportunity to remap local zoning boundaries, pointing out there was no better time to identify which areas were at high risk from flooding and thus should be off-limits for human settlement. “Re-zoning the area will be an important step in the district administration’s long-term disaster management policy,” he said. 
 The administration has come under fire for its late response to the disaster. Zurizal said that as of Saturday, the only aid supplies reaching the area were those supplied by political parties and companies. “We’ve had bottled water and instant noodles brought in by the PPP [United Development Party] and the PKS [Prosperous Justice Party], as well as other items from RAPP [Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper],” he said. Relief supplies from the administration began trickling in on Sunday. 
According to the above mentioned information, I think that we should strictly follow the environmental laws. Should you have any idea or suggestion, please leave comments here. Really appreciate your comments, of course.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Japanese Unique Tradition

The Japanese always seem mysterious. They rarely smile, stiff and often mutually visible behavior. Knowing what's behind the habit of many might be lifted a little mystique. Kimono, sumo, chopsticks and sake are the four things that are always associated with Japan. They affect too much their way of life.
Kimono for example, this traditional dress was not just cover the body. Many of the philosophy of life contained in them. Wearing kimono should not be arbitrary. There is a rule that must be followed. Not only that, a lot of unique things to be done in the society related to such matters.
 Chopsticks are inseparable in the way of eating. Most Japanese people will break the chopsticks into two parts finished eating. According to custom, when the chopsticks are not broken, they will be stricken with an illness caused by food.However, today the tradition is only done when dining in restaurants. For dining at home, each family member keep their own chopsticks. Exchanging chopsticks made taboo because it can be considered to bring bad luck. Buddhism influenced culture that also affect the importance of these objects.Japanese society is always to provide such offerings to spirits of relatives in the form of a bowl of rice with a pair of chopsticks stuck upright in the middle of rice. At first glance this thing will be shaped like a cemetery with chopsticks as a headstone. 
 We might ask why the Sumo player always be  fat and big body. Indeed, the main requirement is the player Sumo, a man with a large bone structure, and able and willing to add weight. Not all sumo players should be big since childhood. In fact, many of them became big and bloated after entering specialist training. When someone has been accepted as a sumo player, he should be able to keep the "greatness" of his body.. Many young people aspire to as a sumo player. This is understandable because a sumo champion has a special place in society. Each player is considered the god of his native region. Two fighter considered to represent the Mountain Gods (Yamasachichiko) and God of the Ocean (Umisachichiko). 
This traditional beverage should be drunk in small cups. This relates to the ancient Japanese tradition. Their ancestors always ate with a place made of large shells.While the shells are used as a cup of water . So, now drinks should always be placed in small cups. While the food in larger containers. Any person wishing to drink, should be poured for her friend first. In the event of drink, never pour it for yourself. 

Welcom to Japan !

Friday, November 25, 2011

Introduction to App Inventor for Android

Introduction to App Inventor for Android Adding information to the previous post I have quoted below the basic orientation to App Jnventor. App Inventor for Android lets beginning programmers create mobile applications for Google Android. With App inventor, you create applications on your laptop, using a Web browser, and install them on the phone to run them. Applications made with App Inventor are run just like any other Android application. You build App Inventor projects by combining standard components. Components are program elements that let you access the basic capabilities of the Android platform. Some components are very simple, like a Label component that just shows text on the screen, or a Button component that you press to initiate an action. Other components are more elaborate: a drawing canvas that can hold still images or animations, an accelerometer sensor that can detect when the phone moves, a component that makes phone calls, components that play music and video, components that get information from Web sites, and so on. Creating applications involves selecting components and writing simple programs to make them interact. For instance, an application might have three components: a button, a label, and a music player; clicking the button changes the text on the label and starts the music. The program behind this would tell the button to watch for a click event, and when that happens tell music player to start playing and tell the label to change its text. In App Inventor, you create these programs are created using the visual CodeBlocks language, where you make programs by fitting together program element blocks on the screen. Once an application is created, you tell App Inventor to build the application. This produces a barcode that you can use to install the application on your phone over the air. If you don't have a phone to develop on, you can debug applications using the Android Debugging Bridge (adb) and the Android Emulator. These programs are distributed as part of the Android System Development Kit (SDK), which we'll describe at the end of this tutorial. For now, we'll assume that you have a phone. If you don't have phone read the section below on Using the SDK and then come back and try the rest of the tutorial.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

App Program Builder

According to the rapid development of Information Technology , Android, iPad, and the iPhone becomes an integral part of human life nowdays. . In this connection, the communication facilities make us more flexible in working on something wherever we are. This is part of the ever evolving technology and provide more benefits to people, especially business people. . We can now make and develop apps. This program was interactive, eye catching ad for this modern electronic tools. There are mobile app builder that was available in Appbotic. . There are some app features that can be easily put in your Android, iPad, and iPhone and you can do this without have to know about any programming knowledge. They had made it easier by making simple steps to follow so you can do it on your own. Some features that were included in the apps are GPS navigation that will help the customer to find your business, add a tip calculator, and some other features. Appbotic system is the right one for your business. They have the iPhone app builder that will set up the entire business for you. There is some reason why you should use their service. There are no set up fee, instantly update your mobile app online, there are no risk at all. This will support to make your business works become smoothly. 
Enjoy !

Friday, November 4, 2011

Long Weekend in Puerto Rico

Some time ago I have posted some Travel Destinations, namely China, Paris, Camping, Romania, etc.
Now I want to add another next destination that I have qouted below.
Puerto Rico is an ideal Caribbean Island for a island for number of reasons; history - with buildings that date back to the 1520's there is no older "western culture" in the Western Hemisphere. Christopher Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for Spain in 1493. Food - Puerto Rican cuisine is Spanish & Caribbean influenced, outdoor activities, water sports, great beaches and ease of travel. Its a "fly and drive" destination. Puerto Rico is also a "techno-tropic" destination, meaning all major USA cell phone carriers work island wide with no extra charges incurred for use. US citizens can easily travel to Puerto Rico - no passport is required and money does not have to be exchanged. With over 750 domestic and International flights weekly its a destination that is well served from both the mainland USA as well abroad including non stop flights from select locations within Europe. There are a number of resorts to stay at on the island - two good choices in and around San Juan are the following: For luxury at a rather reasonable price consider the Sheraton at the Conference Center located about 10-15 minutes from the airport and only 5 minutes from Old San Juan. This rather new Sheraton boasts a beautiful outdoor swimming deck on the 4th floor overlooking Old San Juan and the harbor (large cruise ships often docked here). The pool is very long and next to the hot tub and bar. Fake grass is kind to your feet surrounding the plethora of lounge chairs. A full spa, an on site casino (coupon given upon check-in), a full self service business center and Choices restaurant all complement a stay here. 
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Enjoy !

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Little Blue House

The Little Blue House (LBH) works with children and their parents in low-income communities to foster students' social and academic development in a safe, supportive environment. Through constructive activities and focus-improving exercises, the organization aims to ensure healthy behavioral development, including full participation in class and the formation of strong social bonds with both peers and adults.
LBH hosts an Out-of-School Time program that meets after school for the duration of the academic year, providing a haven where local children from low-income families can engage in fun, developmental activities. The program concentrates on three areas of improvement in students: socialization, verbalization, and impulse control. Structured social activities teach children to listen and follow instructions, verbally express thoughts and feelings, and resist acting out in disruptive ways. LBH's program helps to instill discipline in children and engage withdrawn students in meaningful, constructive social interactions with their peers. 
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