PATE ISLAND, KENYA (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - When she was growing up, Tima Abudhi remembers watching her neighbours cut away at the mangrove forests around her village on Pate Island, on Kenya's east coast, chopping down the coastal trees to build houses or to sell as timber. As the mangroves disappeared, so did the fish that live and breed among their roots - a disaster for the fishing village of Kizingitini, recalls the now 55-year-old mother of five. "We depended on fish for food. We ran out of food and money as well because we also trade in fish. Our children suffered the most," she said. The villagers also knew the mangrove forests acted as a vital barrier against the increasingly violent cyclones brought on by a warming climate. The threat to their livelihoods and homes motivated Abudhi and other women to start replanting the mangroves, often spending all day at the beach, taking time away from caring for their families and running their small businesses. ... » Learn More about Loans keep women afloat as they plant fast-vanishing mangroves in Kenya
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Metro Manila, in particular, is already “robustly protected against a future surge of COVID-19,” says OCTA Research fellow, Fr. Nicanor Austriaco. (File photo by JILSON SECKLER TIU / Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Current data suggest that the Philippines has obtained “substantial population immunity” against COVID-19, an OCTA Research fellow, Fr. Nicanor Austriaco Jr., said during the weekly taped “Talk to the People” of President Rodrigo Duterte that aired late Monday night. Austriaco, a Catholic priest who is also a molecular biologist, noted that the country currently had achieved its lowest number of cases and hospitalization rate and its highest mobility rate in 20 months even after the arrival of the Delta variant. “So what these three mean together is that it suggests that we have obtained substantial population immunity from natural infections and vaccinations in the urban areas of the Philippines,” Austriaco said. “Because the pandemic has raged and ... » Learn More about PH now has ‘substantial population immunity’ vs COVID-19 – OCTA fellow
The Annual Value of your property helps the government decide the wealth of a household. Based on this and other criteria such as assessable income, the government decides how much it should give and take from us folks. Examples of “give” come in the form of Covid-19 income relief schemes and GST vouchers, while “take” refers to the property tax each of us needs to fork out every year. In short, it’s always good to know the Annual Value of a home, especially if you’re about to buy or rent that property. But what is the definition of the Annual Value of a property, and how is it calculated? Let’s find out. What is the Annual Value of a property (AV)? Every property has an Annual Value. The straight-up definition of the Annual Value (AV) of a residential property is the estimated gross annual rent that a homeowner can collect if he/she rents out the property. This is excluding furnishings, furniture and maintenance fees. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), which ... » Learn More about What is the Annual Value of a property and how do I check mine?
These days, a car is no longer a matter of luxury but an indispensable mode of transportation as the world continues to grow and evolve. It affords one the opportunity for personal control and autonomy as we take on everyday tasks such as travelling to work and shopping for necessities. When the pandemic hit, consumers also realized that having a car could serve as a form of personal protective equipment—a safety bubble that could lessen their chances of getting the dreaded virus as they move around the city. For those who are hesitant about availing a car because the financing might put a dent in their finances, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has something in store for them. Balloon Payment Plus, a unique finance lease product by Toyota Financial Services Philippines (TFSPH), offers customers low monthly payments compared to regular financing; Periodic Maintenance Service throughout the loan tenure for worry-free maintenance; and best of all, the option to upgrade to a new ... » Learn More about Toyota’s Balloon Payment Plus: Making car financing easier through flexible options
Peter Anthony, the head of a Chicago-area auto supplier, has spent much of this year feeling left on the sidelines in an industry delivering solid profits to car makers and dealers. Raw-material prices and labor costs have soared for his firm, UGN Inc., which makes insulation products for vehicles. Hiring had become such a challenge that the company eased its drug-screening policy and recruited former inmates to fill factory vacancies, Mr. Anthony said. All the while, car companies keep canceling orders last minute due to their own challenges with a computer-chip shortage, denting revenue. "We're being hit from all sides," Mr. Anthony said. It has been a pretty good year for many in the car business. But one swath of the sector has largely missed out: parts suppliers. Some auto-parts makers say the outlook is almost as gloomy as it was in 2008 and 2009, when sales collapsed due to the recession. "How are suppliers going to offset these cost increases we've experienced ... » Learn More about It Was a Pretty Good Year in Car Business — Except for Suppliers
MANILA, Philippines — Over 90 percent of medical frontliners in the Philippines who were infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have recovered, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. A total of 4,576 health workers have defeated the infectious respiratory disease as of Saturday, August 1, according to DOH’s report released Sunday night. This is 91.3 percent of the 5,008 total coronavirus infection among healthcare professionals. The number of recoveries is 1,120 higher than last week’s data. Two more medical frontliners, however, succumbed to the disease in the past week, bringing the total number of fatalities to 38. A total of 394 others, meanwhile, are currently under treatment. Among the top five medical professions with COVID-19 are nurses (1,734), doctors (1,100), nursing assistants (338), medical technologists (210), and radiologic technologists (119). On Sunday night, President Duterte heeded the call of the medical ... » Learn More about Over 90% of COVID – infected medical frontliners have recovered – DOH
Not to panic, but it's already December and we have less than a month to finish up our Christmas shopping. While shopping for your loved ones, don't you forget about yourself — self-love is the greatest love of all. Treat yourself, or in this case, let Lendlease splurge on you. Toss your wish upon a merry tree To bring some festive cheer to the end of your year, each of the four Lendlease malls — [email protected], Jem, Parkway Parade and Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) — will be granting wishes to 10 lucky winners per mall by sending them an item on their wish list (capped at $100 per gift). Here's all you need to do: follow the respective mall's social pages and sign up as a Lendlease Plus Member. Then, head over to tossyourwish.com.sg , select one of the four malls, and share a time you've experienced or have passed on a dash of kindness to someone, together with your desired wish item. Inspire us with your story and your wish may just come true! Can't think of any good deeds? You ... » Learn More about Toss Your Wish Upon A Merry Tree: 8 Singaporeans share what’s the number 1 thing on their wish lists this Christmas
Dear OSIM, It gives me great pleasure to write this letter. Indeed, the letter is written in the comfort of your latest massage chair -- and it's no normal massage chair, excuse me: it's the uDream Pro. I'd humbly add that it is one of, if not the greatest, the best chairs ever invented. I'd like to also take this opportunity to clarify that I'm not grovelling but I'd really like to not return the chair. Ever. Herein I list down a few reasons why this chair and I are simply made for each other. 1. Stressful job You know how the news cycle goes: it never stops. So by working in this organisation for more than seven years, the stress has really gotten to me. Don’t believe me? Just check out my hair (or lack thereof). It’s really a godsend that the uDream Pro has everything that can lower my stress levels. I’d like to congratulate you on a job well done with the AI Stress Analysis, which -- if I may add -- is the next best thing since sliced bread. The chair not ... » Learn More about I was asked to try out OSIM’s uDream Pro chair for 3 days. Weeks later, I’ve yet to return it.
PETALING JAYA: National top shuttler Lee Zii Jia admitted that his performance was a letdown after squandering a good chance to reach his second major final since his All-England triumph in March. The 23-year-old headed into yesterday’s semi-finals against Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn as an overwhelming favourite, but the world No. 23 upset the form book to clinch a convincing 21-18, 21-18 win. The result was certainly disappointing for world No. 8 Zii Jia as he had just defeated the Thai opponent during the group stage. Zii Jia was also unbeaten in all his three group matches and did not drop a single game en route to the last four. Kunlavut, a three-time world junior champion, was clearly inspired after being named the BWF Most Promising Player of the Year Award on Friday. Zii Jia said he wasn’t playing anywhere near his best while crediting Kunlavut as the better player of the day. “I’m very disappointed with the match (outcome)... Kunlavut also played a very good game ... » Learn More about Zii Jia admits semis display a letdown
News Desk (AFP) Mumbai, India ● Sat, April 24, 2021 2021-04-24 14:15 226 9a83ea3b2805adb41e1c26538e0fe6d1 2 News India,rich,COVID-19,private-jet,Dubai Free Airfares soared and demand for private jets boomed Friday as Indians who could afford it scrambled to escape a Covid surge before flights to the United Arab Emirates shut down. All flights from the UAE to India -- one of the world's busiest air corridors -- will be suspended from Sunday as coronavirus cases in the South Asian nation reach record levels and overwhelm hospitals. Price comparison websites showed one-way commercial flights from Mumbai to Dubai on Friday and Saturday costing as much as 80,000 rupees ($1,000), around 10 times the usual rate. Tickets for the New Delhi to Dubai route were going for more than 50,000 rupees, five times the normal level. No tickets were on offer from Sunday when the 10-day flight suspension comes into force. For private jets, the amount of interest was ... » Learn More about Airfares soar, private jets in demand as rich Indians flee Covid