Friday, December 4, 2009

Do You Know Your BMI?

Body Mass Index(BMI) can be used to determine whether an individual is overweight. Body Mass Index is calculated using the BMI formula to find the height to weight ratio of an individual. BMI is then compared to 'weight status' categories. Please visit to use the calculator. BMI Calculator is easy-to-use & versatile - a combination of imperial and metric measurements can be input or selected. Everyone should take care of his or her weight and be healthy.
1. Input or select your height value in the calculator above. If you input your height select the appropriate measurement button (inches or cm's)
2. Input or select your weight value. If you input your weight select the appropriate measurement button (pounds or kilos)
3. Press Calculate. Your BMI will now be displayed.
4. Compare your BMI with the BMI weight status table below.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


I was having a chat with Prof Dr Azni today and we were discussing on the possibility of a collaborative research. Prof Azni's current research interest in the area of "Green Technology" and she was proposing that I should explore "Green Technology Accounting". I found this excerpt about Green Technology and wonder how ARI can participate in this type of research. I think there's a need to explore the accounting and economics aspect of green technology.....

The key challenge faced by the Malaysian government in going green has been the absence of an institution tasked solely to drive green technology, Encik Mohd Rosli bin Haji Abdullah told FutureGov.

Senior Under Secretary Haji Abdullah is heading the Green Technology Division, which was set up two months ago following the launch of the country’s National Green Technology Policy.

The first of the five strategic thrusts under the National Green Technology Policy is to establish the National Green Technology Council. The council, chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will have ten to 12 members from various ministries to discuss green technology issues.

“Green technology efforts have always been fragmented with different ministries and agencies running their own projects. Environmental initiatives often involve several parties across the government, so we need to first strengthen the institution. The council will take a consolidated approach, providing a national strategic focus and plan,” added Haji Abdullah.

According to the Prime Minister Najib Razak, the government will lead by example by adopting green technology in government facilities.

The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water – which the Green Technology Division falls under – will be the key coordinator and facilitator for the green technology roadmap. It has already taken a lead in going green. Its building is the first to be rated a ‘Low Energy Office’ in Malaysia and reported energy savings of more than 50 per cent compared to new office buildings.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Budgeting During Tight Economic Environment

During tight economic environment, it is best to focus on how well we can tap on our human capital development. Since money is tight, it is difficult to expand on physical infrastructure. But certainly we can think of increasing productivity, capapability and efficiency of our human resources. Due to the current economic downturn, our university has asked all responsibility centres to re-calculate their budget for the 10th Malaysia Plan which will commence in 2010. A two-day budget workshop which started today had asked all deans and campus director to be prudent and reasonable in their budget request....