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News Article | May 3, 2017
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In late April 2017, thought-leaders including Ministers, Former Ministers and representatives from government bodies and prominent economists specializing in sustainable development from the ASEAN region and Australia gathered at Sunway University in Sunway City, Malaysia. The gathering at a two-day ASEAN Ministers Workshop 2017 (AMW) was to share and improve their respective national strategies, and to formulate a regional mechanism to implement the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Southeast Asia. Among the ASEAN Ministers who attended the first of its kind workshop were: Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman bin Dahlan, Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, Malaysia; Dr Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia; and Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR. Tan Sri Dr Ramon V Navaratnam, Pro Chancellor of Sunway University welcomed all the delegates to the workshop. In his welcome speech he emphasized on the important role corporates and SMEs play in supporting sustainable development, citing that it is in their best interest to support sustainable development as it will benefit their businesses in the future. "This first AMW will be the catalyst of an annual high-level event for the ASEAN Ministers to meet, discuss and work towards achieving the SDGs for the region. The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) is committed to support the UN's blueprint for ending poverty in the world in the context of sustainable development and building a sustainable future for all," said Professor Woo Wing Thye, Chair, AMW Organizing Committee. With three plenary discussions focused on the ASEAN Experience, the Australian Experience and the Action Items for Southeast Asia, the workshop also included a public lecture by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Chairman of JSC and a dialogue with the attending ASEAN ministers. Taking a question from a member of the audience, Professor Jeffrey Sachs shared that universities have an important role to play in helping ASEAN countries attain the SDGs through higher education. From the development of deep excellence in science, technology, engineering and areas essential to supporting sustainable policy development, Professor Jeffrey Sachs urged universities to consider becoming incubators for SDG start-ups. During the plenary discussion on Implementing SDGs: The ASEAN Experience, keynote speaker Datuk Seri Abdul bin Rahman Dahlan spoke of Malaysia's commitment to adopting the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development via the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016 to 2020). Looking forward to getting everyone to work together to make the world a better place, Abdul Rahman shared the willingness of Malaysia to work with regional and international partners towards making the 17 SDG goals a reality. Among those who participated in the workshop were Dato' Dr Abdul Rashid Abdul Malik, CEO, Pulau Banding Foundation; Professor John Thwaites, Co-chair SDSN Leadership Council and Chair Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Australia; Professor Gamini Herath, Professor of Economics, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia; Professor Phouphet Kyophilavong, Vice-Dean of Economics, National University of Lao; Professor Sumiani Yusoff, Dean, Sustainability Science Research Cluster, Universiti Malaya; Professor Noraini Tamin, IPBES, Expert of Land Degradation and Restoration; Rosemarie G Edillon, Undersecretary of the National Development Office for Policy and Planning, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines; Dr Somkiat Triratpan, Secretary to the Minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office, Thailand; Philip Green, First Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Mainland and Regional Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia; Professor Vu Quoc Huy, Director, Institute of Regional Sustainable Development, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences; and Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University. The workshop was sponsored and organized by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF); and co-organized by the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI), Pulau Banding Foundation, UKM's Lestari and hosted by Sunway University. About the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) was established through a substantial gift from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network to support the global effort to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. The Center is housed at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its vision is to embed sustainable development practices in everyday life. JSC will collaborate with government agencies, private sector groups, and civil society to formulate public policies and actions to realize the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. It will serve as the Southeast Asia regional hub of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to promote green development and social progress through research and education. For further queries, kindly contact the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at jsc@sunway.edu.my.


News Article | May 3, 2017
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Tan Sri Dr Ramon V Navaratnam, Pro Chancellor of Sunway University welcomed all the delegates to the workshop. In his welcome speech he emphasized on the important role corporates and SMEs play in supporting sustainable development, citing that it is in their best interest to support sustainable development as it will benefit their businesses in the future. "This first AMW will be the catalyst of an annual high-level event for the ASEAN Ministers to meet, discuss and work towards achieving the SDGs for the region. The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) is committed to support the UN's blueprint for ending poverty in the world in the context of sustainable development and building a sustainable future for all," said Professor Woo Wing Thye, Chair, AMW Organizing Committee. With three plenary discussions focused on the ASEAN Experience, the Australian Experience and the Action Items for Southeast Asia, the workshop also included a public lecture by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Chairman of JSC and a dialogue with the attending ASEAN ministers. Taking a question from a member of the audience, Professor Jeffrey Sachs shared that universities have an important role to play in helping ASEAN countries attain the SDGs through higher education. From the development of deep excellence in science, technology, engineering and areas essential to supporting sustainable policy development, Professor Jeffrey Sachs urged universities to consider becoming incubators for SDG start-ups. During the plenary discussion on Implementing SDGs: The ASEAN Experience, keynote speaker Datuk Seri Abdul bin Rahman Dahlan spoke of Malaysia's commitment to adopting the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development via the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016 to 2020). Looking forward to getting everyone to work together to make the world a better place, Abdul Rahman shared the willingness of Malaysia to work with regional and international partners towards making the 17 SDG goals a reality. Among those who participated in the workshop were Dato' Dr Abdul Rashid Abdul Malik, CEO, Pulau Banding Foundation; Professor John Thwaites, Co-chair SDSN Leadership Council and Chair Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Australia; Professor Gamini Herath, Professor of Economics, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia; Professor Phouphet Kyophilavong, Vice-Dean of Economics, National University of Lao; Professor Sumiani Yusoff, Dean, Sustainability Science Research Cluster, Universiti Malaya; Professor Noraini Tamin, IPBES, Expert of Land Degradation and Restoration; Rosemarie G Edillon, Undersecretary of the National Development Office for Policy and Planning, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines; Dr Somkiat Triratpan, Secretary to the Minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office, Thailand; Philip Green, First Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Mainland and Regional Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia; Professor Vu Quoc Huy, Director, Institute of Regional Sustainable Development, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences; and Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University. The workshop was sponsored and organized by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF); and co-organized by the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI), Pulau Banding Foundation, UKM's Lestari and hosted by Sunway University. About the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) was established through a substantial gift from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network to support the global effort to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. The Center is housed at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its vision is to embed sustainable development practices in everyday life. JSC will collaborate with government agencies, private sector groups, and civil society to formulate public policies and actions to realize the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. It will serve as the Southeast Asia regional hub of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to promote green development and social progress through research and education. For further queries, kindly contact the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at ="x-webdoc://61E235FC-E8D0-45E0-B155-CF6938EBA739/jsc@sunway.edu.my" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jsc@sunway.edu.my To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/asean-ministers-convene-at-sunway-university-to-drive-regional-sdg-agenda-300450285.html


Van Baalen A.,University of Kiel | Hausler M.,RWTH Aachen | Boor R.,University of Kiel | Rohr A.,University of Kiel | And 5 more authors.
Epilepsia | Year: 2010

Encephalitis is generally presumed, even when seizures follow banal febrile infection, and pathogen detection in cerebrospinal fluid fails. This retrospective multicenter case series reports on 22 previously healthy children aged 3-15 years (median 6.5 years) with prolonged or recurrent seizures occurring 2-14 days (median 5 days) after fever onset (19 children with respiratory or nonspecific infections). Cerebrospinal fluid studies revealed 2-42 cells/μl (median 5 cells/μl) and no pathogens. Electroencephalography showed diffuse slowing or multifocal discharges. Neuroimaging demonstrated normal findings in 10 children. Brain biopsies were performed in seven children showing gliosis but no inflammation. Anesthetic barbiturates were used in 14 children with refractory status epilepticus, and immunotherapy in 9. Two children died, eight remained in a state of impaired consciousness, eight developed therapy-refractory epilepsies, two had behavioral disturbances, and two recovered. The lack of evidence for encephalitis suggests another infection-related pathogenesis of this disastrous epileptic encephalopathy. Therefore, we propose the term "febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome" (FIRES). © 2010 International League Against Epilepsy.


Hossain M.S.,UKM | El-shafie A.,UKM
Neural Computing and Applications | Year: 2014

The paper presents a study on developing an effective reservoir operation policy by using artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm. The decision maker of a reservoir system always needs a guideline to operate the reservoir in an optimal way. Such guidelines named 'release curves' have developed for high-, medium-, and low-inflow category that can answer how much water needs to be released for a month by observing the reservoir level (storage condition). The Aswan High Dam of Egypt has been considered for the case study. For comparing the model efficiency, another heuristic approach-genetic algorithm (GA)-has been used. So far, GA is well established and most popular in reservoir release optimization. Historical inflow data for 18 years have been used for simulation purpose, and the general system performance-measuring indices (such as reliability, resiliency, and vulnerability) have been measured. The application procedure and problem formulation of ABC are very simple and can be used in optimizing reservoir system. After using the actual historical inflow, the release policy succeeded in meeting demand for about 98 % of the total time period. According to the simulation results, ABC algorithm showed better performance than the GA approach in reservoir release optimization. © 2013 Springer-Verlag London.


Mohamed T.,UKM | Kasa A.,UKM | Taha M.R.,UKM
Key Engineering Materials | Year: 2011

The purpose of this study is to predict the stability of slope using adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS). Based on limit equilibrium theory, four different methods of analyses, i.e. Morgenstern-Price, Janbu, Bishop and Ordinary were used to calculate the overall safety factor of various slope designs. Neuro-fuzzy inference system was used to map from a given input to an output. Important parameters such as height of slope (H), unit weight of soil (γ), angle of slope (θ), coefficient of cohesion (c) and internal angle of friction (φ) were used as the input parameters while overall safety factor was the output. ANFIS model to predict the stability of the slopes was generated from the calculated data. Results showed that factors of safety predicted using ANFIS agreed well with factors of safety calculated using Limit Equilibrium Methods (LEM). © (2011) Trans Tech Publications.


Khaleel Y.,UKM | Sulaiman R.,UKM
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology | Year: 2013

Improvement in the effectiveness and competitiveness of Malaysian SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) in the global market is very important, because these SMEs an essential role in the Malaysian economic growth. The ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a significant tool to increase the effectiveness and competitiveness the SMEs. The ERP enhances the efficiency of the whole business operations in an organization and increase the optimal income. Nevertheless the due to various reasons the implementation of the ERP has not been successful in many organizations and hence its success rate of implementation is quite low. A lot of researchers have identified the factors that constitute towards the successful implementation of the ERP. It has been identified that majority of the SMEs tend to refrain from adopting the ERPs due to the cost and complex implementation factor. In this paper, the authors have developed and proposed an efficient methodology that enables successful implementation of ERP system in SMEs. The aim of this paper provides a platform to accomplish the objectives of ERP system. However for the purpose developing ERP systems to suit the needs of Malaysian manufacturing SMEs a new methodology is required. Hence this paper proposes a methodology that comprises two main methods: (1) preliminary study which includes two quantitative questionnaires, current status questionnaire and readiness assessment questionnaire; and (2) system development method which includes four phases that make up the ERP system development method are: analysis and definition, design, construction, and evaluation stages. © 2005 - 2013 JATIT & LLS.


Majid M.A.,UTHM | Wan Badaruzzaman W.H.,UKM
Key Engineering Materials | Year: 2014

This research paper describes the investigation of new innovative form of lightweight composite known as Profiled Steel Sheeting Dry Board (PSSDB) wall panel system. Profiled Steel Sheeting Dry Board (PSSDB) is categorized as Industrialized Building System where paneling system has been developed to substitute the traditional structure of brick wall. The proposed system is a novel form of double and single sheathed composite panel. It consists of dry board and profiled steel sheet for middle core, attached by screws at both surfaces forming the composite action. This paper present the experimental results of twelve full scaled samples of PSSDB wall panel by using Cliplock 610 and PEVA45 as profiled steel sheet and PrimaFlex dry board for surface sheathed. All 12 wall panel samples have been tested under axial load until failure. From the experiment, it was found that the maximum load capacity of PSSDB wall panel can withstand is 1329kN with PEVA45 at screw spacing of 200 mm. While for the wall panel assembled using Cliplock 610, the maximum load is 612kN. The study shows that the new PSSDB wall panel system has a great potential to be used as a load bearing under axial load and expected to have a confidence for structural system in future construction. Copyright © 2014 Trans Tech Publications Ltd, Switzerland.


Kasirossafar M.,Amirkabir University of Technology | Ardeshir A.,Amirkabir University of Technology | Shahandashti R.L.,UKM
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries, Proceedings of the 2012 Congress | Year: 2012

While it comes to "Sustainable design", it's usually defined by the concepts like energy consumption optimization, natural sources utilization and environmental protection. Despite of designers focus on these requirements, the financial issues could also affect the sustainability of a design. When a worker injured or dead, it has a direct effect on the financial aspect of the sustainable design beside it is obviously in contradiction to the green design principals. So it may provide a design with the most sustainability when the occupational safety and health, energy conversation and environmental protection come together. To help designers in PtD, a variety of tools have been developed. The newest category of tools are 3D(three-dimensional) and 4D computer-aided-design(CAD) models and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies which assist in visualizing 3D components to detect interferences between building systems and spatial-temporal workspace conflicts during construction. This research assessed perceptions about the impact of the implementation of 3D/4D BIM on construction safety. A qualitative survey with a response rate of 62 completed surveys, and based on Iran's construction incidents distribution and happened incidents percentage in 7 primary accident's category, showed that 75% of the respondents thought that construction accidents can be eliminated or lessened through using 3D/4D BIM. The highest three ranking in order of most preventable category of accidents were falls from height, cuts or blows from objects and tools, and thermal contacts or electrical shocks. Beside the safe design idea, sustainable design can also be developed and improved with design suggestions in combination of new design for safety tools and technologies like 3D/4D virtual construction and BIM. This will make ease in correct choices among different designing options and in some cases even would be ended in the new design suggestions. © 2012 ASCE.


Hossain Md.S.,UKM | El-Shafie A.,UK
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2013

The paper presents a study on developing an optimum reservoir release policy by using ABC algorithm. The decision maker of a reservoir system always needs a guideline to operate the reservoir in an optimal way. Release curves have developed for high, medium and low inflow category that can answer how much water need to be release for a month by observing the reservoir level (storage condition). The Aswan high dam of Egypt has considered as the case study. 18 years of historical inflow data has used for simulation purpose and the general system performance measuring indices has measured. The application procedure and problem formulation of ABC is very simple and can be used in optimizing reservoir system. After using the actual historical inflow, the release policy succeeded in meeting demand for about 98% of total time period. © IOP Publishing Ltd 2013.


HELSINKI and WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SSH Communications Security today announced that a leading home improvement retailer has chosen its Universal Key Manager (UKM https://www.ssh.com/products/universal-ssh-key-manager/) solution to improve SSH key management and...

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