Monthly Archives: October 2010
Phnom Penh, 28 October 2010
Since the official opening of its representative office in Phnom Penh last July, Nokia International OY (Cambodia) has continued to demonstrate its commitment to deliver new
experiences and knowledge by bringing in the latest advanced range of devices and solutions.
The two latest smartphones, named Nokia N8 and C7 were launched today to more than 40 media representatives, bloggers and local dealers. N8 and C7 are a powerful combination of internet, video, photos, music with Symbian operating system. “We understand the mobile phone customers’ needs in Cambodia and we aim to bring the latest innovation and technology to them. The launch of N8 and C7 devices today allows Nokia to deliver greater value and relevance towards the hi-end segment of the Cambodian consumers”, said William Hamilton-Whyte, General Manager of Nokia Indochina. On that occasion, local media, bloogers and dealers had hands on experience of the N8 & C7 with internet, photo and video editing features. “Our commitment is to bring real value and relevance in all of the markets where Nokia is present. This remains the goal and the promise of the Nokia brand that is to connect people in newer and better ways,” added William Hamilton-Whyte.
With a population of 14 million, Cambodia has nearly 4 million mobile users, representing 26 percent of the population, according to the United Nations Development Program’s 2009 report, “Cambodia Country Competitiveness”. Beyond that, mobile phones have had a great impact on mobilizations and collective actions, during the biggest events in Cambodia for an example. The people use SMS text messaging for blessing, sharing latest news, nice video, photos or music. They satyed close to their friends and families, connected to the world. Talking with the latest mobile phone is the young Cambodian generation’s stylist.
“Cambodian market is on the move with 9 active telecommunications providers. Nokia N8 & C7 are the first Nokia smartphone based on the Symbian^3 software, and we believe it is a great devices for people in Cambodia who want to create amazing content, connect to their favourite social networks and be entertained with the latest on demand Web TV programme and Ovi Store apps,” commented Mohammed (Md.) Mesbahuddin, Business Development Manager for Nokia Cambodia and Laos.
The Nokia N8 has been designed with a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, you can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. Not just a phone, N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. You can update your status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar. Available from November 2010 at a retailed price of US$500 plus, Nokia N8 is a 3G phone which is available in five colors such as dark grey, silver white, green, blue and orange.
The Nokia C7 is a beautifully crafted smartphone with excellent social networking and sharing capabilities. The 3.5 inch full-touch AMOLED display is ideal for getting live updates from Facebook and Twitter directly to the home screen via the dedicated Social Client. It also enables easy messaging through many popular email accounts including Ovi, as well as quick access to the latest apps from Ovi Store, millions of tracks through Ovi Music and free voiceguided navigation with Ovi Maps. The Nokia C7 will be available in black, metal and brown at an estimated retail price of US$450 plus.
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I’ve Just returned from joining the opening ceremony of a three-day seminar and exhibition on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Cambodia.
Currently, I have not much to writ because I arrived when the opening ceremony end. Luckily, I met some journalists whose faces are familiar to me because of several meetings earlier. Talking and sharing to each other is what journalist as me like, so at least I got some information about the event.
I decided not to write much until a later post, so now please enjoy some photos including one short video clip of some electronic and technical instruments created by students from different Universities, vocational training centers and organizations. All the instruments, which most of them look strange and awesome to me, are showing for the whole three-day seminar. Enjoy!!!
I had spent around two hours joining the closing ceremony of the 1st Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) at Chaktomuk Theatre and I was lucky to bring my own camera with me tonight to shoot some photos for my blog visitors. SO don’t forget to scroll your mouse pointer down to see those photos including one short video clip.
At the spot, there was a presence of HE Him Chhey Em, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, government officials, famous film directors, actors, celebrities, and hundreds of Cambodian and foreign audiences.
After the end of closing ceremony, there was also a concert outside the hall by The Cambodian Space Project (below, you can watch a short video clip I took tonight).
This year is marked the 1st annual Cambodia International Film Festival, which was opened Wednesday, 20 October, at Chaktomuk Theatre and had been closed just a few hours ago.
During the festival, more than 100 international and Khmer productions were screened at six venues throughout Phnom Penh, such as Lux Cinema, Chenla Theatre, Bophana Center and Le Cinema at Centre Culturel Français (CCF); public outdoor screenings are at Golden Sorya Market and Diamond Island.
Three among the eight teams were announced to be the winners in business plan contest 2010. The program so-called Business Plan Contest was sponsored by ANZ Royal Bank in cooperates with Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC).
An article about the magazine, KON: The Cinema of Cambodia, appears on SEVENDAYS (7D) issue 63 published on October 22, 2010. Though it’s a week after the magazine launching, still, I feel happy to see more and more people start to write about it.
Let’s check the original article below:
As Cambodian film seeks revival, a new generation takes in its varied past. Students from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) recently released their magazine KON: The Cinema of Cambodia, a collection of 16 articles spanning the 15-year “Golden Age” of the 1960s-70s, the propaganda films of the Khmer Rouge and the decline of Cambodian film, as well as profiles of notable filmmakers and actors.
At an event at Meta House last Friday that included clips from wide swathe of Cambodian films, Hong Channpheaktra, one of the student designers, said that he was inspired by what he learned from past filmmakers. “We need to be creative, our generation,” he said. “We can do that, too. We have to make [films] as great as the past.”
Tilman Baumgärtel, a visiting professor at the RUPP and supervisor for the project, said that he wanted to give students “something to identify with in a positive way – not always on the Khmer Rouge or poverty”.
Hong Channsopheaktra, who has written for the Post’s youth magazine LIFT, said that he was most taken aback by “the techniques of the producers” of the 1960s and 70s. His favourite film of that period, when about 400 films were made and Phnom Penh boasted 30 cinemas, was Thida Sok Pous (Snake Girl). Dy Saveth, who played the starring role, had to wear a wig made of real snakes in the film. “Once, a snake bit me when I pulled its tail,” she said in a profile of her in KON. “I later found its tooth in my face.”
Baumgärtel, a film scholar by training, said the “ingenuity” of filmmakers of that period in making fantasy films – based often on Khmer folk tales and myths – “with quite limited means was impressive to me”. KON includes details of some of the low-cost techniques of director Ly Bun Yim who created an earthquake, a flying pig, a giant face, and other effects.
But even if it’s not the magazine’s focus, it would be difficult to skip over the Khmer Rouge period, and an article in KON discusses the 78 propaganda documentaries made with Chinese support.
Director Yvon Hem, who directed, among others, the first Cambodian film after the Khmer Rouge, Sror Morl Anthaakal (Shadow of Darkness) in 1987, attended KON’s release. He said he was proud that these young people would replace his generation of filmmakers, and urged them to make films about contemporary Cambodia that would make foreign audiences curious about the country. “That’s success in film,” he said. “Put a question in it.”
KON is available at Monument Books for $1.50.Written by: Thomas Miller Published on 7DAYS (Issue 63, October 22, 2010), The Phnom Penh Post
With the presence of professors, students in all four years and representatives from it’s sponsors, Department of Media and Communication hosted an event this morning to mark the starting of our new academic year 2009-2010 and to welcome our 32 freshman.
Every day technology changes the way we live and communicate with each other. In the past, people relied on letters to learn about what was happening in the world and what was going on in the lives of their friends and family members. It was slow and inefficient, but it was all we had.
The invention of the telephone transformed the way we communicate by making our connections to other people more direct, reliable and immediate. But that was only the beginning.
The development of computer and mobile-phone technology has now revolutionised not only how we communicate with others but how we live and work.
GeoChat, a collaborative tool developed by the Google-funded international NGO InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters) debuted in the Kingdom in 2008. The programme helps groups stay connected through alerts relayed by SMS, email or Twitter feeds.
GeoChat enables rapid response teams in the public health sector to improve early detection of, preparedness for and response capabilities to health or natural disasters.
Suy Channe, a product manager at InSTEDD, explained how the system works. If any member of a specified group sends a message by a mobile phone, Twitter feed or email account that has been configured for use with GeoChat, the message will be sent to all members of the group, she said, adding that if the user has also set a specific location, the message will appear on map that can be viewed from the GeoChat website.
“I expect that in 2011, we’ll expand our tasks in the Kingdom and within neighbouring countries to help all institutions working in the field of health and disaster management to benefit from this technology.”
Cambodia’s Ministry of Health has been practising with the GeoChat system since 2009 with the aim to implement the technology on a national level to communicate swiftly with provincial offices in times of crisis.
“Dealing with communicative diseases requires the quick exchange of information. It is beneficial and important for the ministry and for the people of Cambodia,” said Sok Touch, director of the Communicable Disease Control Department at the Ministry of Health.
While GeoChat helps health professionals protect people’s lives, other technologies focus on making people’s lives easier by simplifying daily tasks.
Companies such as the ANZ-owned WING have harnessed technology to make it easier for people to transfer money via text message without the hassle of waiting in line at a bank.
Launched in 2009, the WING mobile money transfer service has made it much more convenient for subscribers, particularly in rural provinces, to send money safely and cheaply.
Peng Liya, a marketing executive at WING, said the service has given people a safer alternative to sending money to the provinces via minibus or taxi driver. After receiving a text message, a subscriber can go to any of 500 WING agents across the country, including mobile-phone shops, grocery stores, micro-finance institutions and others to receive transferred money.
“In the past, garment workers have worried that their money would be stolen from their rooms, but WING can assist them in sending the money safely to their parents in the provinces. And it allows parents to send money safely to their children who might be studying in Phnom Penh.”
As of September, WING had partnered with two-thirds of mobile phone service providers, excluding Mobitel, Beeline and Excel, and attracted more than 150,000 users.
WING also provides a bill pay service that allows residents of Phnom Penh and Kandal provinces to pay their electricity bills by text message. Users can also top up their phone anywhere and any time, Peng Liya said.
Mobile banking is growing in popularity throughout Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, about 8 percent of the country’s unbanked population have subscribed to some form of mobile banking, according to a McKinsey report in February.
“Today, only about 45 million people without traditional bank accounts use mobile money, but we expect this number could rise to 360 million by 2012 if mobile operators were to achieve the adoption rates of some early movers,” the report said.
Mobile-phone technology has also had a big influence on the way people do business in Cambodia.
The Electronic Market Communication System uses text messages to help business people and farmers stay up to date on market information, including prices of agricultural goods, exchange rates and market demand for specific goods.
“In business, we need to have up-to-date information on the markets. This is very important,” said Chan Nora, a secretary of state for the Ministry of Commerce.
In an interview with Lift in July, Khath Chen, the deputy chief of market management for EMCS, said the system makes communication between buyers and sellers much easier. “Using messages is not as hard as using the internet, and system users do not have to know much English,” he said.
“We provide workshops to farmers and traders and distribute guidebooks that contain product codes so farmers will have easy access to the system.”
New technology doesn’t always work the way it is designed to, and any new idea is bound to face challenges as we look for better ways to live and work. EMCS is no different.
Network problems and the cost of sending text messages has prevented EMCS from truly taking off, Khath Chen admitted, but he remains optimistic that future technology will bring farmers greater access to knowledge that will benefit their livelihoods.
“If there is support, we will be able to disseminate more information to farmers, and everyone will be able to use the system.”by: Dara Saoyuth & Koam Tivea Additional Report by: Sun Narin
This article was published on Lift, Issue 41 published on October 20, 2010 You can also read the article on the Phnom Penh Post website by Clicking Here
This is the translation from the post about Seminar on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
“ លទ្ធភាពទទួលបាន និងភាពពាក់ព័ន្ធ ក្នុងការអប់រំបណ្តុះបណ្តាលបច្ចេកទេស និង វិជ្ជាជីវៈ នៅកម្ពុជា ”
25-27 តុលា នៅ វិទ្យាស្ថានជាតិ អប់រំ ភ្នំពេញ
(ស្ថិតនៅ ផ្លូវនរោត្តម កែង ផ្លូវសុរាម្រឹត)
មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលក្រមង៉ុយ ដោយមានការឧបត្ថមពីអង្គការ UNESCO និង ILO សហការជាមួយក្រសួងការងារនិងបណ្តុះបណ្តាលវិជ្ជាជីវៈ និង ក្រសួងអប់រំ យុវជននិងកីឡា នឹងរៀបចំសិក្ខាសាលាមួយនៅថ្ងៃ ២៥–២៧ តុលា ឆ្នាំ ២០១០ ខាងមុខនេះ នៅវិទ្យាស្ថានជាតិអប់រំភ្នំពេញ ។ ទន្ទឹមនឹងសិក្ខាសាលានេះ មានតាំងពិព័រណ៌បច្ចេកទេសមួយចំនួនធំផងដែរ ។ សិក្ខាសាលានេះនឹងប្រមូលផ្តុំអ្នកតំណាងជាច្រើនដែលមកពីក្រសួង ស្ថាប័នអន្តរជាតិ ស្ថាប័នអប់រំបណ្តុះបណ្តាល អង្គការក្រៅរដ្ឋាភិបាល សមាគមនិងសហគ្រាសឯកជន ដើម្បីនឹងចែករំលែកព័ត៌មាននិងបទពិសោធរបស់ខ្លួនក្នុងទិសធ្វើឲ្យ មតិមហាជនចាប់អារម្មណ៍កាន់តែខ្លាំងឡើង ចំពោះការអប់រំបណ្តុះបណ្តាលបច្ចេកទេសវិជ្ជាជីវៈ ហើយនិងដើម្បីជំរុញឲ្យវិស័យនេះ មានប្រជាប្រិយបណ្តាយុវជន ទាក់ទាញយុវជនមកចូលរៀនបច្ចេកទេសកាន់តែច្រើនឡើង ។ជារួមមតិទូទៅទទួលស្គាល់ថា ការបណ្តុះបណ្តាលអប់រំបច្ចេកទេសវិជ្ជាជីវៈនៅកម្ពុជា មិនទាន់ផ្សារភ្ជាប់ ហើយនិងឆ្លើយបានទៅតំរូវការនៃទីផ្សារការងារ ដែលនឹងត្រូវរីកជាចាំបាច់ ដើម្បីអភិវវឌ្ឍន៍សេដ្ឋកិច្ចរឹងមាំ ប្រណាំងប្រជែងគេបាន។
សិក្ខាសាលានេះ ផ្តោតទៅលើការបង្កើតឲ្យមានវេទិកាមួយសំរាប់ចែករំលែកសមិទ្ធិល្អៗ ព័ត៌មាននិងបទពិសោធផ្សេងៗ ដើម្បីនឹងបង្កើតយន្តកម្មបំផុសអារម្មណ៍យុវជននិងសាធារណជន ទៅរកការបណ្តុះបណ្តាល ។ ជាមួយគ្នានេះ នឹងមានការរៀបចំគ្រឹះបង្ករលក្ខណៈសម្របសម្រួលឲ្យមាន ការចុះសំរុងគ្នាប្រសើររវាងអ្នកដែលពាក់ព័ន្ធចូលរួមក្នុងវិស័យនេះ ។
យើងមានជំនឿថា ការបណ្តុះបណ្តាលបច្ចេកទេសវិជ្ជាជីវៈ នឹងអាចបង្ហាញកាន់តែច្បាស់ឡើងនូវនាទីដ៏មានតំលៃរបស់ខ្លួនក្នុងការអភិវឌ្ឍន៍កម្ពុជា បើសិនណាជាយុវជនយើងកាន់តែច្រើនឡើង បានទទួលនូវការបណ្តុះបណ្តាលល្អប្រស៊ីនឹងប្រភពការងារ ទាំងខាងផ្នែកតំរេះទូទៅ ទាំងខាងជំនាញណាមួយ រហូតដល់អាចទទួលការងារមួយបានក្នុងសហគ្រាស ឫមានលទ្ធភាពប្រកបអាជីវកម្មបានដោយខ្លួនឯង ។
(*) មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលក្រមង៉ុយ(CKN) ចាប់ដំណើរការរបស់ខ្លួននៅកម្ពុជា ក្នុងឆ្នាំ ១៩៩៨ ។ CKN ជាស្ថាប័នបណ្តុះបណ្តាលបច្ចេកទេសនិងវិជ្ជាជីវៈកំរិតមធ្យមបច្ចេកទេស ផ្នែក អគ្គិសនី អេឡិចត្រនិច អូតូម៉ាទិច ម៉ាស៊ីនត្រជាក់ ថែទាំសហគ្រាស អគ្គិសនីជនបទ ថាមពលកកើតឡើងវិញ ។ល។
ជាទស្សនៈ មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលក្រមង៉ុយផ្តោតខ្លាំងទៅលើការអភិវ្ឍន៍ចរិតមនុស្សនិងស្មារតី ។ យើងខំបណ្តុះបណ្តាលគ្រូដោយខ្លួនឯង ហើយជាពិសេសអ្នកគ្រូបច្ចេកទេស។ វិធីសាស្រ្តបណ្តុះបណ្តាលឈរនៅលើគ្រឹះបី៖ ទ្រឹស្តី បច្ចេកទសអនុវត្ត និងការងារ ។ នៅតាមទីតាំង៥កន្លែងរបស់ខ្លួន និងតាមសហគ្រាសជាដៃគូ CKN ជំរុញឲ្យសិស្សទៅធ្វើកម្មសិក្សា និងបំពេញការងារ នៅក្នុងការដ្ឋានផ្សេងៗ៖ អគ្គិសនីជនបទ ថែរក្សាគ្រឿងក្នុងសហគ្រាស វគ្គចល័តនៅខេត្ត ( ដើម្បីឲ្យយុវជននៅជនបទអាចរៀនបច្ចេកទេសបាន ) ។ CKN បានសហការជាមួយស្ថាប័នអន្តរជាតិធំៗ ដូចជា ធនាគារពិភពលោក UNESCO TOTAL OIF (Organisation Internationale Fracophonie) Fondem, Schneider Electric,…។ ជាប្រណិត CKN ខំធ្វើការផ្ទេរ បច្ចេកទេសពីក្រៅចូលមកកម្ពុជា តាមរយៈបេសសករពីក្រៅចូលមកបង្រៀននៅក្នុង មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល និងតាមរយៈគ្រូមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលទៅធ្វើកម្មសិក្សានៅប្រទេសបារាំង ។
អាស័យដ្ឋាន : មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលក្រមង៉ុយ (CKN) (*) # 58A ផ្លូវ 318 សង្កាត់ទួលស្វាយព្រៃ២ ភ្នំពេញ
ទូរស័ព្ទៈ 023 987 843/ 011 748 983/ Email: email@example.com/ Web: ckncambodia.org
The Centre Kram Ngoy (CKN) is a technical and vocational training center in the field of electricity, electronics, industrial maintenance, rural electricity, renewable Energy, and so on. It has been operating in Cambodia since 1998. A three-day seminar on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will be held at the center on 25-27 October 2010.
You may interested in the workshop, so I’d like to post the original press release from the CKN below:
Seminar on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Cambodia:
Access and Relevance
On 25-27 October 2010, at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Phnom Penh (Norodom Blvd, corner Street Suramarit)
The “Centre Kram Ngoy” (CKN), with the support of UNESCO and of ILO, and in close cooperation of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training organizes a seminar-exhibition 25-27 October 2010, Phnom Penh. The seminar-exhibition will gather representatives from the government ministries, schools, International Organizations, NGOs, local associations, and private enterprises, to share information and experience, aiming at raising the awareness of the general public, to promote access and relevance in TVET among the youth.
It is widely recognized that the TVET in Cambodia is still not connecting with and meeting the demands of the labor market needed for a competitive economy.
This seminar aims at providing a platform for sharing good practices, information and experiences in order to motivate the youth and other members of Cambodian society for TVET as well as lay the foundations for better coordination between stakeholders.
We are convinced that TVET can demonstrate its value for the development of Cambodia if a student who is well prepared for the world of work, both in terms of general knowledge and at least one skill from a technical and vocational training program, can find a proper job or has the ability for self employment.
Centre Kram Ngoy*
#58, 318th street, Sankat Tuol Svay Prey II
(Olympic quarter) Phnom Penh
Phone: 023 987 843