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Rising above

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Cosmo beat IGS

The final score last night

The result was academic to begin with. Both Cosmopolitan College and IGS have qualified for the quarter-finals. However, IGS undefeated streak came to an end when Cosmo scored three goals without reply. Hat-trick hero Md Dhiyaulhak scored in the 14th, 63rd and 90th minute for a comprehensive victory over IGS.

Though having the same points, IGS topped the group with a better goal difference. The semi-finals will be between ITB and Cosmo and the other match will be between defending champion UBD and IGS. Good luck to all the players and well done to the volunteers and the organizing team for making this tournament an overwhelming one. You can follow live updates on @attamwil_universitycup instagram. Images courtesy of BIBD Attamwil University Cup 2015.


Team Cosmo

Team IGS

One of the lucky draw winners

One of the lucky draw winners

The crowd last night


Audi update 

The most important motor sport week of the year for Audi started on Sunday in the Le Mans city center.

A large audience at the Place de la République enjoyed summery temperatures while following technical scrutineering of the race cars for the 24-hour race. All three Audi R18 e-tron quattro went through the technical checks and are thus eligible to start practice beginning on Wednesday and the race. Eight of Audi’s nine racing drivers were visible on the team photo.

Marco Bonanomi was missing, because he was busy competing for a private Audi team in the customer racing program in Belgium where he scored six points.

Audi is aiming for its 14th championship title since entering the legendary Le Mans endurance race in 2000; fans can watch the action live this weekend on Krsital Astro Eurosport channel 814.



The new Tivoli

Register the form on website or follow the instruction on the poster and you will be eligible for the Samsung S6 Edge smartphone. Easy, huh? Do check out the latest car Tivoli from SsangYong. Click image to register.


Well done, Brandon and team

Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah was crowned champion of the 19th Brunei Darussalam Inter school Senior Level English Debate Competition yesterday after defeating Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (SMSA) four votes to one.

Best speaker for the preliminaries and final Brandon Chin Wei Chun starred from Maktab Duli yesterday, anchoring his team’s position as the opposition to the motion ‘A nation’s first priority should be to invest in renewable energy’.

“We built our team’s case over the fact that although renewable energy was important, it should not be the nation’s first priority, as a country has other important priorities such as education and healthcare,” said the 18-year-old.

Brandon brought foward that renewable energy is only a means to an end.

“Renewable energy itself cannot be developed if education of the people is not made a priority.”

Both teams yesterday were given 90 minutes to prepare their cases before taking to the stage to compete. This was a shift from the traditional competition format which allowed for schools to prepare several days in advance.


Best speaker for the preliminaries and final Brandon Chin Wei Chun (center) with Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) of Prime Minister’s Office (left)

The finalists of the debating competition with the guest of honour

Education Officer Adam Mokhtar from Co-Curricular Education Department said the changes are designed to make debating more challenging and in line with the ‘Asian Parliamentary Standard’.

“Over the past few years we have introduced the motions to be debated in an impromptu fashion.”

He added: “Teams are randomly assigned to a topic and the position of either the government, which supports the motion or are drawed as the opposition. They are informed of the motion and position 90 minutes before the match takes place.”

Adam said the shift to impromptu debating would allow Bruneians to be better prepared for international competitions held on a similar standard.

“It also allows the students to think on their feet, forces them to brainstorm rapidly, and to execute and perform under time constraints,” he added.

The Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam Dr Kathrina DP Hj Md Daud, who also served as Chief Adjudicator yesterday, said that the ‘points of information’ – where competitors are allowed to pose questions when an opposing debater is presenting – needed more engagement from both sides.

“The winning team the judges felt, had better flow in terms of argument overall, linking between one team to next, with a better coherence of understanding issues surrounding the motion in a more holistic fashion,” she said.

To reach the finals, Maktab Duli beat Tutong Sixth Form Centre in the semi-finals while SMSA edged out Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre.

Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos was on hand yesterday to deliver the awards to the winning team and the runners up, as well as the best speaker. Text and images courtesy of Aaron Wong of The Brunei Times.




More photos from Colour Run 

Image courtesy of Jody Lo

Image courtesy of Jody Lo

Sylvia posing for the camera after the Run with Colours event. Image courtesy of Sylvia.

Image courtesy of Sylvia

Image courtesy of Sylvia

Representing SMARTER Brunei. Image courtesy of @runwithcolours

Image courtesy of @runwithcolours

Anyone left this behind? #lostandfound. Image courtesy of @runwithcolours

Image courtesy of @runwithcolours

Image courtesy of Farhan Jafar Ali

Image courtesy of Farhan Jafar Ali

Image courtesy of Farhan Jafar Ali

Image courtesy of Thanis Lim

Image courtesy of Wendy

Image courtesy of Wendy

Image courtesy of Jayden Sia

Image courtesy of Eahui

Image courtesy of Sylvia

Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie

Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie


Tivoli from SsangYong 

Annison, Sales Manager of SsangYong (T.C.Y. Motors) and Alvin Caro, PR and Advertising Executive of SsangYong (T.C.Y. Motors) unveiling the new SsangYong’s Tivoli at their Kiarong showroom


Check out the Tivoli on Youtube

Repost: When I saw the images sent by T.C.Y. Motors during the sneak preview of the Tivoli, I was like pretty impressed by the overall design. The first thing that came to my mind is that it doesn’t feel or look like a European car. This is the latest edition to the SsangYong family line, the Tivoli. Yes, even the name sounds European in a way. The official launch of this particular model will be in June 2015 but there have been many pre-bookings from the public already even before its release. The media had the privilege to have a close look at the Tivoli – the low spec and the high spec at the SsangYong Kiarong Showroom.

We had a quick test drive on the red colour Tivoli but we haven’t fully tested it. So far it was a good ride and I was even considering this for my next car because I’m more of an SUV person and though it’s smaller than an SUV, it has its sporty feel. There are so many things to love about the Tivoli and I assure you that the Tivoli will be a big hit in Brunei.

One of its strength is the D-cut Steering Wheel. It has a steering wheel with “sporty d-cut” design, highlighting a sporty look with its horizontal bottom line and this will enhance the driving experience with optimal grip. If you go for the hi spec, then you will get a premium leather finish on the steering wheel too.

The seats have been awarded for being “Ergonomic” in Korea. Consisting of dual density pads and Pullmaflex spring system, bonded together to create an award-winning seat. It has earned the Tivoli a reputation for optimal comfort and convenience.

There’s also a Multi Audio System with a 7” inch touchscreen display (hi-spec). You can sync your smartphones via Bluetooth or HDMI.

When it comes to safety, Tivoli ensures passengers’ safety by applying the latest technology and high strength material and it also provides outstanding inner equipment space for outdoor activities. The material of the Tivoli has AHSS (Advanced high strength steel). For your info, AHSS is used for about 40% on the body and “hot press forming” process is used on 10 major areas.

T.C.Y. Motors SsangYong is even giving one special prize – Samsung S6 Edge. All you have to do is register your interest for the Tivoli through their website tivoli.ssangyong-brunei.com or their Facebook Page.

The price tag for the Tivoli is reasonably competitive  and this is the reason why I’m confident this model, Tivoli, will be a big hit in Brunei. Thank you, Annison and Alvin for hosting us yesterday.


The nice leather finished steering wheel of the Tivoli (hi-spec)

The award winning ergonomic seats

The engine and other components inside the Tivoli

This is the hi-spec Tivoli. Awesome!!

Stand a chance to win a Samsung S6 Edge

This is the low spec Tivoli and you can see how much difference exterior and interior compared to the hi-spec

The test drive Tivoli

Vincent Hong test drove the Tivoli around the area

The most sought two-toned colour Tivoli among Bruneians




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