Thursday, May 26, 2016

Penampang Unduk Ngadau 2016: Sherry Anne Laujang

Sumazau dance by Unduk Ngadau contestants and the invited guests

Held - for the first time - outside the confined space of Tun Fuad Hall or Penampang Cultural Centre, this year's district-level festival venue was Padang Siol, Kg Hungab here.

The last ten in the second round

The day-long fest was capped with the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan (beauty pageant) and here are some of the contestants in the second round (top ten):-

Angel Sungkadhamai M. Motiung

She reacts to a 'lifeline' offered by the cheering crowd during the Question & Answer session.

Eventual winner Sherry waits anxiously with the runner-ups.

Sherry Anne is congratulated by the 2015 UNK.

Sherry Anne Laujang: Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2016

Happy moment for the fair ladies!

Sherry Anne with the rest of the seven finalists

Full result of the Penampang Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan (UNK) contest:

Unduk Ngadau: Sherry Anne Laujang (representing Kg Ramayah)
1st Runner Up: Fayelina Rudolf @Unon Labangka (Penampang Proper)
2nd Runner Up: Carrey Evanne Kim Lee (Kg Koidupan)

The rest of the top 7:

Angel Sungkadhamai Motiung (Kg Ramayah)
Deborah Wilson (Kg Babagon)
Joyce Liew Mei Ling (Kg Kolopis)
Sabrina Tubong (Kg Mogkoputi)

Sherry Anne is the younger sister of former Penampang Unduk Ngadau (UNK 2012), Samantha Sharon Laujang. You can see her winning moment here or at JDfloydPictures.

Samantha Sharon Laujang, the 2012 Penampang UNK. -- Do you think they look alike?

Congratulation Sherry Anne!

She will be representing Penampang district in the state-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan at Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, Jln PEnampang on 30-31 May 2016.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Didy Yani Dinoh is Kota Kinabalu city Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2016

The Kaamatan Festival

The Kaamatan  or harvest festival is a thanksgiving celebration in honour of the rice spirit for a good harvest by the KadazanDusun and Murut communities in Sabah.

The city-level Kaamatan carnival this year was held at Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu with host of not-to-be-missed highlights such as the Unduk Ngadau or Harvest Beauty pageant, Sugandoi or singing competition featuring KadazanDusun songs, traditional cooking, local food tasting and many, many more.

Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan

Fifteen finalists took part in this year's competition with seven making it into the second round. The winner is chosen after going through interviews conducted in their mother tongue and in a language of their choice.

Ms Valencia Ann Primus, the Unduk Ngadau DBKK 2015 is making appearance for one last time and is here to crown the 2016 UNK.

Some of the contestants:

The 7 finalists in the final round with their winning sash, together with Miss Popular and Miss Best Hairdo.

Ms Didy Yani Dinoh is Kota Kinabalu city Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan, UNK 2016

Ms Didy Yani received RM4,000 cash for her victory and several other prizes in kind. Here is the full list of winners for DBKK Unduk Ngadau pageant:

Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan: Ms Didy Yani Dinoh
1st Runner Up: Ms Laura Simon
2nd Runner Up: Ms Mirna Kota
3rd Runner Up: Ms Tatiana Rudolf J.Milip
5th Place: Ms Andrea Nyuk Fah Harry
6th Place: Ms Dewina Petrus Guriting
7th Place: Ms Alexsa Chin Chiaw Yinn

Miss Audience Choice & Miss Popular: Ms Cindy Jenniffer David
Miss Best Hair Do: Ms Shareene Francis Loudin

Ms Didy Yani Dinoh will represent Kota Kinabalu and Ms Laura Simon to represent Likas in the state-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2016 at Hongkod Koisaan KDCA on 30-31 May 2016.


More pictures of the Kota Kinabalu UNK 2016 here.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Malaysia to install 1,250 MW of solar PV by 2020

Malaysia is poised to become member of the Gigawatt Club of solar PV, expectedly in 2020. But if MIDA (Malaysian Investment Developement Authority) is to be believed, this would happen earlier as the government agency is forecasting that by 2020 Malaysia is expected to have installed about 1,250 MW of solar photovoltaic.

As of today, SEDA data indicates that our installed capacity in this type of RE is just slightly over 230 MW.

Government to approve RM1.7b investment in Solar PV?

This sounds interesting but that's very speculative. Hence, we should just treat it as 'intention to announce', for now. Once announced we will have clearer picture of what's planned for implementation. It should be noted that announced project cannot be used as a component of the RE yardstick.

We have heard of many solar PV project announcements around the globe which did not materialised for various reasons.

: : Here is what we saw in the local daily The Star Online that would be of interest to RE players : :

The government is looking to approve several more solar photovoltaic (PV) companies with a total estimated investment of RM1.7 billion this year.

"We will announce it when the time comes," Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) Deputy Chief Executive Officer Datuk Phang Ah Tong said, noting that one solar PV company, with a total investment of RM1 billion, has been approved so far this year.

"Malaysia's stategic position in the industry is now attracting global solar PV module manufacturers," he said, adding the country's PV cluster ecosystem comprises about 250 companies from upstream manufacturing to downstream services, including module supply chain, supporting industries and system integrators.

"Malaysia also expects to have installed about 1,250 MW of solar PV by 2020 from the current 230 MW following two mechanisms approved by the government namely net metering and utility scale solar. With support from the government, we are optimistic the target is achievable with these two mechanisms in place," he said.

Phang also said that solar energy now has become a popular approach to renewable energy usage as it is the easiest, compared with biomass, biogas and hydropower.

"Malaysia is now the world's third largest manufacturer of PV cells, with the industry contributing significantly to economic growth and job creation." - Phang Ah Tong, Deputy CEO of MIDA.

Malaysia also has the world's largest thin manufacturing site and is one of the top exporters of solar
panels to the US, he noted.

"Five out of 10 of the world 's largest solar companies are operating in Malaysia with the PV industry recording revenue of RM20.8 billion last year," Phang said.- Bernama

Source: The Star