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A pox on phoney excuses!

By Mangai Balasegaram


Wonder plants for skin and hair

While searching for plants that could produce drugs to cure diseases, an ethnobotanist found a few that care for skin and hair, MICHELE LIAN reports.


Officials puzzled how copter went missing

Department of Civil Aviation officials are working on several theories why the seven-seater Bell 206 helicopter went missing in the thick forest of the Sarawak-Kalimantan highlands.


Shower fails to dampen Kaamatan celebrations

Heavy rain failed to dampen the festive atmosphere at the packed Hongkod Koisaan hall in Penampang near Kota Kinabalu where a stream of cultural performances marked the end of the month-long I>Kaamatan /I>or Harvest Festival celebrations.


Fitting finale to Harvest Festival

The 48-hour culmination to Sabah's month-long Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) celebrations got underway yesterday with a cultural and traditional sports carnival at the Hongkod Koisaan Hall at Penampang near Kota Kinabalu.


Suhakam to identify native communities

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will carry out a project to identify and locate indigenous communities in Sabah and Sarawak who are facing financial and social hardships.


Going back to basics

The recently concluded global meet on biological diversity came up with a host of plans aimed at stemming further loss of Earth's priceless species and ecosystems. However, reality dictates that ultimately, it is national priorities that will determine the implementation of the programmes.


Brickbats and bouquets

THE decision adopted at the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity spanned over 300 pages.


Timber certification rejected

OVER 250 indigenous communities have signed a petition rejecting the timber certification scheme designed by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).


Consent needed

THE indigenous peoples caucus scored a minor victory in the on-going tussle for stronger recognition of their rights with parties agreeing to seek their prior consent with regards to resettlement as a consequence of the establishment or management of protected areas (PAs).