Monday, May 31, 2010
Jetstar will launch a trial of of new in-flight entertainment system featuring the new iPad tablet computer.
The program will roll out later this month on on selected domestic routes across Australia.
The iPads will loaded up with in-flight entertainment such as videos, e-books, magazines, games and music. The devices will be rented out at a cost of $10.
"Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers," said Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan in a press release.
Jetstar is teaming up with the British company Bluebox Avionics and Stellar Inflight to implement the trial.
Bluebox has previously provided hardware and software for viewing content for in-flight entertainment systems.
The company says the system will even allows for the iPad to be used during take-off and landing, when other electronic devices have to be shut off.
With a screen size of 9.7-inches, the iPad is almost the exact dimension of many built-in entertainment units currently being used by airlines.
One game that probably won't be on offer is Flight Control, a game made by the Melbourne-based developer Firemint. The game requires players to land a number of planes without crashing them into one another.
It was one of those “waiting to happen” customizations from the get-go: The iPad has been installed in a car dashboard. A project of Sound Man Car Audio in Santa Clarita, CA, the installation video below shows the dock connector hook into an Onkyo ND-S1 Digital Media Transport, Audison Bit One D/A converter and, appropriately enough, a McIntosh amplifier.
Check out the video below to see the physical installation of the iPad as an entertainment hub in a Toyota Tacoma.
YouTube user dim3m cooked up this DIY wall mount setup out of a VESA TV mount and an iPad case to create a $40 articulating iPad stand. It looks like a nice, flexible solution for hands-free media watching that requires little actual construction and won’t break the bank. Check out the video below for the mount in action. The second video showcases the new and improved painted version with speakers.
Jordan and Greyson were no match for the reigning Prince of Pop!
Jordan Jansen and Greyson Michael Chance may be trying to give Justin Bieber a run for his money on the music charts, but according to HollywoodLifers the Biebs still reigns supreme in one important category – his hair! You choose Justin’s signature shag over both Greyson and Jordan’s with roughly 75% of the vote! Check out below to see what some of our commentators had to say:
- Liz: Greyson … I Love Justin and Greyson but I choose Greyson. Justin’s voice has changed but still love him!
- Nicole: Jordan all the way! And I wouldn’t exactly call Justin the original, people had that look before Justin too!
- Lindsay A.: I Love you Justin Drew Bieber!
- Paige: You seriously put Jordan and Greyson on here? They have nothing against Justin.
Jordan! Greyson! Justin! Which teen dream has the snazziest shag?
It looks like Jordan Jansen isn’t just challenging Justin Bieber and Greyson Michael Chance on the music charts – he’s also rocking the duos signature shag! So we want to know HollywoodLifers: do you prefer newcomer Jordan’s handsome locks, Greyson’s midwest style, or do you only have eyes for the original – Justin?
Vote below and let them know!
He’s got the hair. He’s got the talent. But can he get the fans?
The parade of tween boys entering the pop music world continues, and like Justin Bieber and Greyson Chance, this mop-topped newbie has YouTube to thank for his sudden success. Jordan Jansen, 12, is the latest pride and joy of Australia after rising to popularity online, and he’s got his sights set on the US. Jordan cites Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Michael Bublé as his biggest musical inspirations, but between his age and his look, we’re thinking he’s a lot more like Justin and Greyson.
Here are a few things we know about Jordan’s career:
- He has 16,500+ follows on Twitter (and he’s verified!)
- The videos on his official YouTube channel have been viewed more than 3 million times
- His legions of fans are trying to get him on Ellen
- He’s already had a crazy run-in with a fan! “I was singing at the Carrara Markets and a girl started screaming and crying saying ‘oh my God, it’s you,’ then started hyperventilating,” he said in an interview. “She was grabbing me and hugged me so tight I had marks on my neck. I was just laughing the whole time, I was in the middle of a song.”
What say you, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Jordan has what it takes to usurp Justin and Greyson’s throne? Watch this clip of Jordan singing, and tell us how you feel!
I just combine the 3 post into one .
because i think u must read it all in ONE TIME :)
keep beliebing :)
Here's the synopsis of Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn:
The movie's release date is set on November 2011, but the date is still subject to change. For now, fans must await Twilight Saga Eclipse which will premiere this month of June 2010.
Bella and Edward FINALLY get married. Edward STILL refuses to turn Bella. Edward and Bella think Bella might be pregnant so they leave their honeymoon early. Carlisle doesn't think it's possible for Vamps to reproduce, but alas, he is wrong. In the end, Edward turns Bella into a vampire because Edward always gives Bella what she wants and he doesn't know how to tell her "no." Emmett and Alice are still the most amazing characters. Jacob becomes the "leader of the pack" And, I'm supposing everyone lives happily ever after. The vampires and wolves FINALLY become allies to protect Bella and Renesme from the Vulturi. The Cullen Clan also bring old friends from near and far to help convince the Vulturi that Renesme is NOT a vampire-child, but a rare human-vampire hybrid. During all this chaos, Jasper and Alice end up leaving the Cullen-Clan to fend for themselves, only to come back to prove that other children (vampire/human hybrids) exist. The two of them bring proof in a little Mexican Boy whose father was a vampire and his mother a human. He also has brothers and sisters who are like him. The Vulturi accept the fact that Renesme is NOT a vampire-child, but a hybrid and leave the Cullen-Clan alone. In other news, Jacob imprints on Renesme which makes Bella crazy..
Please join the Fan Page to Those Who will Watch Breaking Dawn Movie! I just joined! :)
Straight men do not wish to face an external enemy while at the same time fending off sexual overtures from the rear.
Homosexuals will gain rank and use it to extort sexual favors. Discipline and morale will decline. The ranks will divide along gay-straight lines as straights repel unwanted attention. Homosexuality is all about seducing straight men. Google "straight men" and see what you find...
...The Illuminati represent a Luciferian (satanic) principle which upsets everything that is natural and healthy using a spurious argument of "equal rights." Of course, human rights apply only to tiny minorities as a means of subverting the majority. The majority is being robbed of their rights (and everything else.)
Things that are deviant cannot be treated as normal without doing immense damage to the normal.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
He says, " Rather than bringing us closer together, websites and blogs are bringing more hatred, division and misinformation than ever before."
Speaking at a commencement ceremony in Virginia, Obama - a known user of BlackBerry, as well as Twitter and Flickr - singled out Apple's iPods and iPads for criticism. No, he wasn't cheering one item over another; he was trying to make the point that these high-tech gizmos and applications are straining American democracy.
"With iPods and iPads and X-boxes and PlayStations - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said at Hampton University in Virginia. "These are distractions that are putting unnecessary pressure on the country."
It may seem that Obama was being hypocritical, given the fact that he has used such gizmos in his presidential campaign and in his current office. But if we look at his message with an open mind, we can't deny the fact that he has a point.
Obama lamented the spread of social media and blogs, through which "some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction".
While Obama's message was for American consumption, Thailand and the rest of the world are not immune to this phenomenon.
"We can't stop these changes," he said, "but we can adapt to them. And education is what can allow us to do so. It can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time."
Thailand has come to know the "changes" that Obama was talking about. However, we can't say wholeheartedly that these changes are for the better. Much of the news about these new technologies, often disseminated through the so-called "new media", are associated with crime, such as theft and pornography, not to mention intrusion into private lives.
Modern telecommunications and Internet technology may make our business transactions faster and allow us access to information at the push of a button - as the makers of these devices claim that they are linking people closer to one another - but in reality they don't make us better people or help us better understand the world we live in.
Too often we confuse information with knowledge. Because we confuse these two very different ideals, there is a tendency to believe almost anything that is posted on the Internet or sent via Twitter. This is a dangerous development.
"With so many voices clamouring for attention on blogs, on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult at times to sift through it all, to know what to believe, to figure out who's telling the truth and who's not," Obama said.
The users of the so-called "new media" of blogs, Twitter and Websites all operate on "real time" and they cannot and will not wait 24 hours before releasing their information - accurate or not. And so they grab at anything politicians say or do without putting it in a proper context. In other words, it's not hard for the new breed of shameless politicians and others to exploit this reality.
In a traditional newspaper, information is ditched every 24 hours. While this gives the public time to sift out the truth and form considered opinions, it also greatly reduces the free space to spin out lies or half-truths.
While Obama was referring to American society when he said "All of this is not only putting new pressures on you. It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy", we cannot deny that the same can be said for many other countries.
In some parts of Asia, where governments are dealing with vicious opposing voices, these new communication platforms have generated more hatred, misinformation and societal division than ever before.
Unfortunately, we can't turn back the clock. We can only, as individuals, employ sound judgement and not be fooled into believing everything that the spin-doctors and bloggers want us to believe.
This should be a lesson to all of us who blog, or communicate on social media, to take this democratic right responsibly, and seriously, to sift the chaff from the wheat, and try to be as accurate as possible in what we write about.
But like everything else in this world, that is easier said than done.
One of my guess was right!!! I searched on Karate Kid's Soundtrack and BAM!!! Justin Bieber is in it and its the last track of the album! Its a song called Never Say Never which ya'll might have heard before on youtube. Its a song of Justin Bieber featuring Jayden Smith(if u're wondering who is this guy, he's Will Smith's son!).
"Never Say Never"
Written by Adam Messinger, Nasri Atweh, Justin Bieber, Thaddis Harrell, Jaden Smith and Omarr Rambert
Produced by The Messengers
Vocals produced by Kuk Harrell
Additional Rap Vocals produced by Omarr Rambert
Performed by Justin Bieber featuring Jaden Smith
Justin Bieber appears courtesy of RBMG/Island/Def Jam Music Group
Here's a preview of it. We'll get to hear it full tomorrow!!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Personally~ I'd blush.. And i'd stare back into his eyes as long as possible! When would there be a next time that i can ever get him to stare back into mine right??
SO TELL ME!! LEAVE A COMMENT OF WHAT U'LL DO??
Then Justin tweeted this!!! Karate Kid?? He's gonna have a soundtrack for that movie? He's doing a feature with J Smith?? What?!? JUSTIN IS KILLING US WITH CURIOUSITY!!! TELL US ALREADY!!
And he tweeted again~ I have a feeling its a feature with J Smith~
Thirty-four-year-old forklift driver, Mick Follers of Condell Park, describes himself as Justin Bieber's No. 1 fan and he's got the number plates to prove it.
Paying $440 a year for the privilege of personalised plates Mr Follers said he was motivated by his appreciation of Bieber's songs and that he might make some money selling them.
Mr Foller didn't bother to go and see Bieber when he appeared in Sydney on David Koch's Sunrise program but he has followed the popster faithfully on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
"I've downloaded all his tunes from iTunes,'' he told The Daily Telegraph.
"I'm one of his older fans but I like his stuff.''
Asked if he believed David Koch's allegations about Bieber's "foul mouth'', the no-nonsense storeman said he wasn't sure about Kochie.
"I doubt what he (Koch) said was true but on the spur of the moment he (Bieber) could have said it. I think everyone does occasionally.''
In the meantime, Bieber fans have responded to Kochie's statement that the talented teen needed a "slap'' for his alleged f-bomb to a staffer. And they're not happy.
While most replied in a similar vein to Melbourne blogger Drew Boy "it was a loada B******T!'', for many it was more a case of Koch? Koch who? "Who's Peter Koch?'' asked one.
Sydney law student Atia twittered to Bieber: "@justinbieber u Mean wot that old bald man 4RM sunrise said. That were rude in Australia. He is a Mean person. Ignore him.''
This was in reply to Justin Bieber's plaintive: "i know my friends family and fans know the person i am. hearing adults spread lies and rumors is part of the job i guess.''
Atia's response to Kochie was less polite: "U bald old Koch from Unrise plz grow up. And leave Justin bieber alone. He is only 16 trying 2 grow up.''
Kochie tweeted: "Bieber fans calm down. No big deal. Was in paper. But in public eye have to be nice to people. Is a good bloke learning to deal with fame''.
This response may have satisfied Kochie's 1081 followers, but not so the Bieber's 2.7 million fans.
Kat Drummond from Indiana summed up the general response, tweeting: "It's almost amazing how many different stories there are about Justin Bieber's interviews?"
Source: Daily Telegraph
Wow~ And i thought i was a crazy 22 years old Belieber(And i have haters for being a 22 years old Belieber. They said im too old. Is that freaking wrong??). This guy wayyyyyy older and wayyyyyy crazier to do something like that!! And i don't hate him for being a Belieber. I am happy that Justin Bieber is loved by people at any age!!
What do u think? Yay or Nay for him to do that? Leave us your comment!
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Shantel Simpson isn't afraid of getting caught dancing to Justin Bieber's music -- even if her three children make fun of her. The 39-year-old mother, who boasts 'Eenie Meenie' and 'Overboard' as her favorite Bieber songs, tells PopEater that her kids "don't like Bieber at all... But I don't care. I blare his music."
Even though the floppy-haired, 16-year-old pop star has a reputation for making young girls swoon into compete hysterics, women over 35 are now stepping forward to admit they've caught "Bieber Fever," too.
Simpson first heard Bieber's music on the radio one day and has been listening to it ever since. "I like Justin's sincerity. He seems really down to Earth, and his mom seems to be doing a good job."
But being an older fan hasn't been easy for Simpson. "People always joke, 'Oh he's jailbait,' or 'He's just too young. He can't sing and doesn't have the voice.' But that doesn't bother me," Simpson tells PopEater. "There are a lot of older fans, but people are just afraid to admit it," she said, adding that her 42-year-old friend in South Carolina likes Bieber too -- even though they both "get made fun of for it."
Louise Rowe, 45, admits she had preconceived notions when she first heard Bieber's songs on the radio. "Actually, I thought he was black, so when I saw him for the first time, I was surprised like, 'Who is this little white boy?'" she laughs. "He can actually sing. He doesn't need to depend on anyone else or use a synthesizer or auto-tune to sound good."
Despite all the critics, Rowe believes Bieber has a long career in front of him. "Look at what he has done so far with 'My World.' His voice is still changing, but he'll get better over time. I'm really looking forward to it," she said.
Bieber's bubble gum pop pandemonium is obviously expanding, and it's not just consumed by young girls anymore, so rock on, Bieber. Show us what you've got.
Source: Pop Eater
OMG!!! I really think this is cool!! Middle-age Beliebers!! See haters of mine!! Thanks for calling me creepy!! I have my army now!! LMFAO!! But seriously.. I could relate to Louise Rowe's story! I felt the same way when i first heard Bieber's One Time!!
GET YOU FINGERS READY AND START VOTING FOR JUSTIN BIEBER ON MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARD!!! CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VOTE!!! LET BIEBERBLAST AND HOPE JUSTIN WINS AN AWARD THIS TIME!!!
Im not too sure if u can vote multiple times. But it seens that u can!! So get voting already!!
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(YouTube link) (Program notes go up to 01:50)
The point that Jesse makes in this clip is an interesting one. He has footage of George Soros saying that the enemies of the New World Order are the oil producing nations (5:34 on the counter). Jesse speculates that the push toward clean energy draws us away from oil, enabling the globalists to take control with the green movement.
This quote from Soros would make you wonder if we are truly running out of oil. Some believe that oil is a renewable resource, yet others say we are running out. This could be the same type of false information being put out there by the elite controllers, since they are having a difficult time taking control of the oil producing countries.
So Jesse doesn't say that the accident was an inside job, but they are drawing it out in the media to upset the American people.
In the following clip, Alex Jones believes it is a way for Obama to nationalize oil.
Friday, May 28, 2010
"I mean, if you’re driving you make a little stop at, you know, the Wal-Mart rest stop ... you're good," Bieber tells the Johnjay and Rich radio show in San Diego.
Bieber says that while he's yet to try the parking lot maneuver inside the new Range Rover his pal Usher bought him for his 16th birthday, he's certain that if he does, it'll work out well.
"I'm a good – I'm a great kisser," the singer says, noting he's made out with "a couple chicks."
When one of the radio hosts then complimented Bieber's "nice, little full lips," the comment threw the tween sensation off for a second. "Oh ... I don't know why you're saying that," Bieber said jokingly.
who wants to be kiss by JUSTIN BIEBER ???
OMG why all of you put ur hand up ??
Justin gets blocked on Twitter.
A guy made an application the "shaved" whatever things that is realted to Justin Bieber on internet browsers.
People saying he gave the middle finger for asking about his tattoo.
People saying he have a foul mouth.
And soooo much more....
@BieberEnergy made a very touching video. Watch it.. I teared..
Tell us what u think. Comment
And @bieberarmy_asia love u justinbieber...
Bieber currently has around 2.7 million followers on Twitter, making him one of the most-followed people on the service. But more impressively, Bieber has seemed to dominate Twitter’s Trending Topics area lately. Or rather, he did. Then something happened. “Twitter, if you’re here. You changed your algorithm,” Braun half-joked.
Braun noted that for most of the tweets it is actually Bieber tweeting. In fact, Braun is the only other one with the password to the account — and those tweets are clearly not from Bieber. And of course Bieber is going to tweet for himself: “He’s talking to the 2 million girls has at his disposal,” Braun said.
More seriously, Braun said that the usage of Twitter is actually pretty important. It shows that he’s ”the same person who was talking to them before he got huge, is still talking to them now,” Braun noted.
He noted that there may be a random girl in Iowa who never thought she’d ever talk to Justin Bieber, then he responds to her on Twitter. “That’s something she’ll remember for the rest of her life.”
Bieber spends a least two hours a day on Twitter, Braun noted. “He likes doing it. That’s what kids do.”
So people have been saying and blogging and youtubing about hating Bieber. But removing him off the browser is wayyyy to much! Web designer Greg Leuch invented an application/software thats called "Shaved Bieber" to block out anything Justin Bieber related. Like his name or even his pictures!! Seriously?? For real?? First Twitter banned him from TT.. And now this?? If u have have no clue what the fish im saying.. Watch this annoying video!!
What have u gotta say bout that?? Leave your frustrations on the comment below.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Why is this doctrine change important? Not only is it heretical, it would serve as a step toward ecumenism.
Say it ain’t so! Australian television host claims that The Bieb told a producer “Don’t ever f****ing touch me again!”
Sounds like Justin Bieber may be getting a diva complex! The teen pop sensation reportedly turns into a brat as soon as the cameras stop rolling, the Australian paper Herald-Sun is reporting. The host of Sydney morning show “Sunrise” claimed that the 16-year-old actually swore at a producer! “I thought, ‘Maybe someone needs to drag you aside and give you bit of a slap,’” David Koch said. Oh, Justin! The Bieb tweeted a response to the allegations:
“Family time with my mom couldn’t come at a better time….I was raised to respect others and not gossip…nor answer gossip with anger”
“I know my friends family and fans know the person I am. Hearing adults spread lies and rumors is part of the job I guess.”
Now that sounds like the Justin we know…or we thought we knew!
“We had him on and he was a thoroughly nice bloke… really decent guy,” Koch told Sydney’s Mix 106.5 radio station.
“Our floor manager was directing him to where he was about to perform and [he] turned around and said to him: ‘Don’t ever f***ing touch me again.”
It gets worse. Apparently, Bieber’s regular sound technician said that “he tells us that all the time.”
Oh Justin, we hope this isn’t true!
The Disclosure Project is an organization started by Steven M. Greer in 1993 that alleges the existence of a US government cover-up of information relating to unidentified flying objects (UFOs). The Project has adopted Greer's contention that UFOs are spacecraft piloted by intelligent extraterrestrial life, and that the United States government is keeping this secret. Greer also uses the project to disseminate his beliefs that the government has concealed advanced energy technologies obtained from the extraterrestrials by suppressing and hiding them in top secret "black projects" in order not to upset the global geo-political power and energy-sector financial status-quo and its oil industry "special interests."
In this clip from YouTube: According to Dr. Rosin, von Braun, who was formerly the head of the Nazi rocket program, gave her one supreme assignment: He said a secretive trans-national power, already in existence, would move to permanently take control of this planet through a hoaxed alien invasion from outer space.
As I was trying to locate a good clip on Greer, he mentioned that his uncle designed the first lunar module that landed on the moon, Laurence Rockefeller, who gave him the information on UFOs. After about an hour of research, the only association a Rockefeller had with the lunar projects was funding. His uncle may be the Laurence Rockefeller, the financier, who established the UFO Disclosure Initiative to the Clinton White House. They asked for all UFO information held by the government, including from the CIA and the US Air Force, to be declassified and released to the public. 
Within the following two YouTube clips, I believe Greer exposes himself with his agenda...to collapse all religions of the world, and usher in the world government.
On the first clip, Greer exposes his desire to see the religions of the world collapse.
(YouTube link) (02:25 is his comment about religions of the world)
This second clip shows his New Age involvement, and he obviously has an agenda.
(YouTube link) (You'll want to watch the entire clip - especially toward the end.)
not all bad but mostly i think .
but firstly i'm back .
hmm maybe i will not always blogging but i will try my best :)
but before i continue to write , WHO MISS ME ??
OMG no one of you put ur hand up :((
here we go !!
n a new promo for the June 6 awards show, Ansari and Bieber saddle up with some soda cans and potato chips to watch the critically acclaimed war movie in 4-D — a viewing experience that brings actor Jeremy Renner's bomb-disposal efforts straight out of the screen and right into the living room.
But as Ansari begins gleefully cheering and Bieber starts eating his snacks too loudly during one particularly intense sequence, a visibly frustrated Renner loses his cool
"Relax on the chips there, cowboy," Renner warns Bieber, prompting a startled Ansari to issue a warning of his own: "That's Justin Bieber, bro! People don't talk back to him!"
Renner tells Ansari that he doesn't know who Justin Bieber is,
and frankly, he doesn't care — not when there are deadly improvised explosive devices waiting to be disarmed.
But Renner's cell phone betrays those claims once it starts ringing for the whole room to hear — playing none other than "Baby," Bieber's chart-topping single.
"You know exactly who Justin Bieber is!" an angry Ansari exclaims as he leaps out of his chair. "And you just disrespected him!"
what actually Renner want to ?
did he want attention from Justin Bieber ??
read more here
just want to say .
i'm now in new study place.
i meet up a lot of Bieber Hater .
proudly they know how to sing baby :))
Counting the number of plastic surgery made and Heidi Montag will be a name to reckoned with. Heidi Montag, Hollywood celebrity, model and fashion icon has been in the pages in every magazine there is. She had undergone series of plastic surgeries last year. Many of Heidi Montag are against the operation because it is just throwing huge amount of money to plastic surgeons. But Heidi Montag is more firm in her decision to go to the series of plastic surgery operations to her body. Heidi Montag is happy without friends and family. Heidi Montag considers them fake and envy about her beautiful body.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
L to R. Jerry Talbot. former head of IFRC Asia and Pacific Dept, Alistair Henley, Director, Asia Pacific Zone, IFRC, and Bob McKerrow Head of delegation IFRC, Indonesia. Photo: Jason Smith
A few weeks back I was in our Asia and Pacific zone office in Kuala Lumpur and met up with Alistair Henley and Jerry Talbot, and at the farewell for Peter Lundberg I spied Jerry and Alistair together. I did some quick calculations and said to Jason Smith our communications expert, "there is at least 114 years experience among the three of us." Jason rushed off and grabbed his camera, and took this shot.
A little more about these two dedicated Red Cross workers.
Alistair Henley has worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since 1981. He is currently Director, Asia Pacific Zone responsible for managing the IFRC’s operations and general activities in the entire Asia Pacific region from the Zone Office set up in July 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Before that he was Head of the East Asia Regional Delegation based in Beijing from 2003 to 2007. He served as Director of the Development Cooperation Department in Geneva from 1995 to 2000 and Head of the Coordination Department from 2000 to 2003. In these 2 posts he worked with donors to build up support for the Federation’s National Society capacity building goals and longer term programme appeals. This is one of many of Alistair's strengths, his ability to inspire confidence in donors and to negotiate long term funding. When I worked in Afghanistan, Alistair did sterling work in promoting our work and ensuring we got adequate funding.
Between 1989 and 1993 he headed the Regional Delegation for Southern Africa in Harare, and worked as a desk officer in the Asia Pacific and Africa departments of the IFRC (1981 to 1989). He started his Red Cross career with the British Red Cross Society in London (1978-1981).
He holds a Master’s degree in East Asian studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Alistair's grandfather and grandmother were amazing people who worked in what is today's Georgia and Azerbijan from about 1906 up until the collapse of Czarist Russia. He has a stunning collection of his grandparent's photos which is a real treasure.
Alistair has a encylopedic knowledge of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and had the unenviable task in decentralising the leadership of our Asia and Pacific department from Geneva, to Kuala Lumpur, a task he has done with great verve and aplomb.
Jerry Talbot retired on Monday, 31 March 2009, after 42 years uninterrupted service to Red Cross. Jerry Talbot the former special representative to the secretary general for the tsunami operation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, was an outstanding leader, with excellent vision, who took a long-range perspective on the big things and was able to develop concepts. He focused on people and inspired trust in all he met. He was gifted with a strong intellect and made a huge contribution for over 40 years to global humanity.
Jerry comes from a large family who still farm In Onga Onga in the Hawkes Bay.
Not surprisingly with his farming background, his second assignment for the New Zealand Red Cross in 1969 was taking some bulls for breeding in Western Samoa. I often joked with him that he was an impressive bull-shipper. The year before that, he spent one year in Vietnam working on livelihoods programmes for displaced people. For 14 years he was Secretary of the New Zealand Red Cross and under his leadership, it developed into a very well functioning organisation. Next he moved to Geneva in 1990 where he became head of the Asia Pacific Region for the IFRC. Jerry is married to Jen, a very lively and intelligent women, and the have three married sons.
During his Red Cross career he spent time helping his sister run the family farm and when possible, he would slip off to a quiet stream or river, where he indulged in fly fishing. There, like on Thoreau's Walden Pond, Jerry would reflect on the troubled world and come back more motivated to change the world.
In January 2005. Jerry moved to the Maldive Islands where the IFRC built thousands of houses, put in new water supplies, restored livelihoods and assisted many thousands of families. One on the greatest tributes to Jerry Talbot is through his leadership and vision on Dhuvaafaru Island in Raa Atoll, where the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has created new homes for more than 3,700 people who were displaced from their original island after the Indian ocean tsunami struck in 2004.
So that's a bit of a ramble about Alistair and Jerry, (pictured above) two guys I have come to admire greatly over the years.