Wedu: Social impact meets talent development

Once in a while I get email messages from my readers who want to share some cool new stuff they’re working on. Isabel Perucho of Wedu sent me this video a week ago:

You can learn more how Wedu wants to unlock the next generation of women leaders.

Isabel wrote:

Though we are based in Bangkok and operate in nine other countries, our biggest community of Rising Stars is in Cambodia: we have seen several of these women starting the program as young students flourish and develop into the leaders they promise to be, and now they are empowering other young women in their villages!

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8 great animation movies you should watch

Over the past several years I’ve watched some cool animation films. I’ve selected some of them to share with you here! Of course, you’re welcome to suggest some other movies I should watch.

Big Hero 6 (2014)
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home.

Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

The LEGO® Story
Probably one of the most inspiring story for those who aspire to build a long-lasting businesses (not just startups).

The Lorax (2012)
For those who love trees and green environment
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.

Up (2009)
To avoid being taken away to a nursing home, an old widower tries to fly his home to Paradise Falls, South America, along with a boy scout who accidentally lifted off with him.

Ponyo (2008)
“Gake no ue no Ponyo” (original title)
An adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

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Sunday morning rain
Hand-making a cup of coffee
The sound of its drop and drip

#cambodia #phnompenh #haiku

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“With God on Our Side” by Bob Dylan

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Oh my name it is nothin’
My age it means less.
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I’s taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that the land that I live in
Has God on its side

Oh the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh the country was young
With God on its side

Oh the Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
l’s made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side

Oh the First World War, boys
It closed out its fate
The reason for fighting
I never got straight
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don’t count the dead
When God’s on your side

When the Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side

I’ve learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war starts
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we’re forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God’s on your side

Through many dark hour
I’ve been thinkin’ about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can’t think for you
You’ll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side

So now as I’m leavin’
I’m weary as Hell
The confusion I’m feelin’
Ain’t no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God’s on our side
He’ll stop the next war

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WHO journalism fellowship in Cambodia

WHO Cambodia invites proposals from journalists from any Cambodian media outlet – print, radio, television, and online – to apply for an eight-month fellowship on road safety reporting. The objective of the fellowship is to support journalists willing to investigate and report on road safety as a public health concern. In Cambodia road traffic injuries and deaths are a fast-growing public health problem. Nearly 2,000 people are killed annually with over five people killed each day on average on the country’s roads. WHO with funding support from Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program has initiated journalism fellowships for reporters interested in road safety.

Terms of reference

Fellows will participate in a part time eight-month program of activities which will include:

– A series of seminars

– Two field trips within the country

– One field trip outside of Cambodia

– Meetings with experts on road safety

– One-on-one support from an international health correspondent

Up to ten (10) fellowships will be awarded. Fellows will be expected to produce a project consisting of a number of feature stories on road safety ‘beyond the crash’. Ideally, the stories will be tied together into a theme and will touch on current, newsworthy issues related to road safety. Fellows will be expected to produce a reasonable output of stories over the duration of the fellowship, which would be written as a proposal in the application.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible applicants should meet the following requirements:

1) Be a working journalist (staff or freelance) with media that are on a regular publishing or broadcasting schedule.

2) Possess at least three years of experience in journalism, communications or media.

Fellows will participate in an eight-month program of activities that will include:

– A series of seminars

– Two field trips within the country

– One field trip outside of Cambodia

– Meetings with experts on road safety

– A monthly stipend aimed to support any reporting, travel and equipment costs

– WHO certificate of participation

**Women are encouraged to apply**

Languages: Candidates with a good command of English are preferable.

Cambodian and international journalists from local print, television, radio, and online media are invited to apply. Please send a CV, letter of support from your editor, two recent samples of your work (preferably features/articles related to health journalism, written in English or Khmer), and a completed application.

For an application form or more information about the fellowship, please call Dr SAO Sovanratnak:

012 832 308, 012 905 529 or 023 216 610. Please submit your application to: saos@wpro.who.int

Deadline for applications: 10 April 2014

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International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

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Updated: April 24, 2014
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After three weeks of visits, talks, panel discussions, meetings, and lectures in Washington D.C., New York, Georgia, Sacramento, and San Francisco
[photo courtesy of Kenton]

Updated: March 20, 2014
Washington D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Sacramento, and San Francisco: where tech intersects media
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A day in the life in Washington D.C.

March 23: Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian museum later today

March 22: Narita International Airport
March 22: Incheon International Airport
March 21: Phnom Penh International Airport

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Google to unveil panoramic views of Angkor

Google will unveil its Street View imagery of Angkor’s ancient temples as Cambodia is set to celebrate its Khmer New Year in April this year.

As previous years, Google usually chooses heated April to introduce Cambodian net users to new services or major features. In 2013, Khmer-language support was the most welcoming feature in Google Translate. Earlier, ‘Kingdom of Cambodia’ in Khmer language was designed as part the world’ most popular search engine’s logo. The history of the releases dated back to when Google began to use .KH as the country code top-level domain for Cambodia-based Internet users.

The first batch of over 90 historic temples at Angkor Wat will be made available, hopefully in early April. See an example of what it’s going to look like here:

What if you can have a closer look or tour some of your favorite temples virtually?

Also, what’s in the pipeline is Khmer-language support for voice recognition. But I don’t think it’s going to happen next year.

It’s not going to be an April Fools’ Day!

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Dart Flight School: Phnom Penh CodeLab

February is a month for Google developers to run Dart Flight School, a community event to help developers learn Dart and Angular.

The coding workshop is taking in Phnom Penh for the first time. Known as Dart Flight School, Google Developer Group Phnom Penh will hold the event to enable “Cambodia developers to start off with Dart. Developers will be required to be actively participate in coding, hand-ons activities, presentation of their first flight of dart app.”

When & Where this event will pre organized?
When: 22 Feb, 2014 from 1.00 PM – 5.00 PM
Where: InSTEDD iLab : 4th Floor Building C, Phnom Penh Center

Event details: https://developers.google.com/events/5744559296348160/

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