Fore­cast for 2011

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COME Feb 3, the Tiger, the cur­rent rul­ing an­i­mal zo­diac, will “re­tire” to make way for the next zo­diac sign. What’s in store next year when the Rab­bit hops in?

The Malaysian In­sti­tute of Ge­o­mancy Sci­ence (MINGS) will present 2011 Out­look Talk – Year Of The Rab­bit on Nov 21, 10am-3pm at KL Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

The talk will cover topics such as fore­casts of weather, nat­u­ral events, the econ­omy, and pol­i­tics for 2011.

Other than pre­sent­ing its “re­port card of pre­dic­tions” made last year that came true, MINGS will also give a fore­cast of events in 2011, aus­pi­cious dates and ways to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of the gov­ern­ing planet.

“Due to the pub­lic­ity gen­er­ated by the movie 2012, many peo­ple asked me about the pos­si­bil­ity of Dooms­day 2012. Come to our talk to find out,” said Prof David Koh, founder and ad­viser to MINGS.

“Fore­cast­ing was prac­tised in China for thou­sands of years with a high de­gree of ac­cu­racy. The var­i­ous dy­nas­ties ruled through the Man­date of Heaven and the em­per­ors had to demon­strate a cer­tain de­gree of pre­science and pre­dict events,” said Koh.

By fore­cast­ing weather pat­terns, the farm­ers knew the right crops to be planted at the right time. An­tic­i­pa­tion of famine would let the em­peror stock­pile gra­naries to pre­vent star­va­tion and medicines to tackle epi­demics.

Koh said: “We’re not doom­say­ers. We want to put up warn­ing flags so that ad­e­quate pre­ven­tive mea­sures can be taken to min­imise the im­pact of neg­a­tive events.”

MINGS pres­i­dent Prof Joe Choo said: “In 2008, we be­gan hold­ing an­nual fore­cast talks and re­ceived good feed­back and sup­port from the pub­lic. Re­sponse to MING’s an­nual pub­lished pre­dic­tions since 2006 has been very pos­i­tive.”

Last year, MINGS pre­dicted er­ratic weather for the world for 2010.

In the first quar­ter of 2010, China, Viet­nam and Thai­land ex­pe­ri­enced se­vere drought. The north­ern hemi­sphere was also hit by heat waves in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Tor­ren­tial rains struck seem­ingly ev­ery­where this year. Ma­jor floods hit China in May and per­sisted for months. More than 305 mil­lion peo­ple were af­fected in 28 prov­inces. Pak­istan and In­dia were also hit by floods in Au­gust, trig­ger­ing a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.

The 2010 pre­dic­tions also warned of dan­ger­ous earth­quakes. A dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake hit Haiti in Jan­uary.

“When we pre­dicted a woman’s rise in promi­nence in the south­east sec­tor (from the Hi­malayas), we had no idea it would mean Ju­lia Gil­lard tak­ing over as Aus­tralia’s first prime min­is­ter!” said Choo.

Par­tic­i­pants at the MINGS 2011 Out­look Talk will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary copy of MINGS Out­look 2011 hand­book worth RM48. Reg­is­tra­tions be­fore Oct 31 will en­joy an early bird price of RM68 (nor­mal price RM78).

For de­tails, visit mingsweb. org. –

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