ICCS Zone Captains plan for next week’s workshop

For the first time since we began offering workshops to Organisers, ICCS Zone Captains are conducting the workshop in its entirety.

Zone Captains are great at operational procedure and this is a great way to improve their grasp of the other topics.

Three teams have been organised to cater to three days of workshops and they are busy plotting now!

I am looking forward to this!






Album on Flickr.

Sat 28 Jun 2014: 2.00pm – Encore performance of “The Secret Lives of Mammals” @ Singapore Science Centre

Come and be entertained by six short stories of Singapore’s wild leopard cats, small mammals, smooth-coated otters and the common palm civet by research students of the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS.

Hosted by the Singapore Science Centre this Saturday, 28 Jun 2014: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Mendel Auditorium. The event is open to all with registration at: http://tinyurl.com/mammaltalkssc

This is an encore performance by Amanda Tan, Chloe Tan, Marcus Chua, Meryl Theng, Fung Tze Kwan & Xu Weiting.

Motherload at the Assisi Hospice Charity Fun Day

Generous donations means we will have a magnificent stall of interesting barang-barang at the Assisi Hospice Charity Fun Day tomorrow, Sunday 15th June 2014.

Our network of biology graduates and friends have surprised us with the number of items they have contributed for sale!

Clothes, books, electronics, jewelry, toys, handbags and other bags, knick knacks, cups, and other items must all go! We will be involved in serious bargaining for charity tomorrow!

Now I’m in my way down in a well-filled cab of things to deliver to SJi International, regaling the taxi driver with our stories.




“Happy Independence Day Pinoys!” And Pinoys reply, “Maraming salamat!”

The Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 is celebrated today as the National Day of the Philippines. So when I returned from Pulau Ubin today, I looked for my two kakis in campus, JC and Mingko and managed to find JC , thumping away on his keyboard.

I looked for a Filipino flag and took this selfie of us to commemorate the day:

20140612 Filipino Independence Day

Well, the duck thought this was pretty cool!

What little I know of the history of Philippines I read mostly from online accounts, usually arriving there by way of the Pacific War (WW II), and of course through major news from the 70’s. I have been fortunate to learn more from conversations with friends in Singapore. It is wonderful having a living person to ask questions of, and we learn about humanity in this ongoing process.

I tweeted this photo and J C Mendoza reposted this on Facebook to say

“Singaporean colleague N. Sivasothi tweets “Happy Independence Day Pinoys!” To which we Pinoys say, “Maraming salamat!””

He added,

“Today we honor the sacrifice of the men & women who fought for our freedom. May we never take it for granted. Happy Independence Day, Philippines.

“Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo!”


John Kerry (US State Dept) asks, “What will you do to help protect the ocean?”

John Kerry of the US State Department on human threat on our oceans and how we might protect it:

From the ourocean2014.state.gov webpage:

“Our ocean today is at grave risk – and it’s not happening by accident. Human activity is the cause. Harmful fishing practices, even illegal fishing; giant garbage patches; hundreds of dead zones; and rising carbon dioxide levels – all of it threatens life under the sea. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Governments, communities, and individuals can act now to reverse these trends. We can protect the ocean if we all start treating it like ‘our ocean.’”

‘The US Department of State will host the “Our Ocean” Conference on 16 & 17 June (#OurOcean2014). Invited individuals, experts, practitioners, advocates, lawmakers, and the international ocean and foreign policy communities will gather lessons learned, share the best science, offer unique perspectives, and demonstrate effective action.

They aim to chart a way forward, working individually and together, to protect “Our Ocean.”’

The conference will be accessible on the internet.

They add, “wherever you live, you can help in some way. We can make a healthier ocean, for this generation and those to come.”
And ask. “What will you do to help protect our ocean?

“Show your support and tell others how you’ll make this commitment…”

  • I will let my national and local leaders know that protecting our ocean is important to me.
  • I will ask whether my seafood has been caught in a sustainable manner.
  • I will not eat shark fin soup.
  • I will not throw trash into our ocean or waterways.
  • I will volunteer at least one day a year to help clean our waterways or beaches.

Visit ourocean2014.state.gov/#s-action to make your pledge and help raise awareness of the conference and the awareness of marine pollution,sustainable fisheries and ocean acidification by joining the Thunderclap!

Our Ocean