TOKYO - Companies in Japan that allow employees to bring their pets to the workplace are drawing attention and even enjoying unexpected benefits. One company says it is getting the pick of qualified recruits among cat-lovers, while the feline presence leads to a less stressful environment and better focus among its employees. Although there are still only a limited number of pet-friendly companies in Japan, more people, especially among the younger generation, are starting to take notice. Ferray Corp., a Tokyo-based information technology company, has permitted employees to bring their feline companions to its office in Chuo Ward since it was founded in 2000. At present, six cats "commute" with their owners on foot, aboard bicycles or by train. A new employee is tasked with feeding all the cats twice a day, but any employee can take a cat for its toilet break or let it play whenever he or she recognizes the need to do so. Since Ferray started posting photos of the cats on the company's … [Read more...] about Japan’s pet-friendly firms enjoying unexpected benefits
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MANILA -- Between 1980 to the early 1990s, Sheena Easton was considered one of the world’s hottest music sensations. The Scottish singer-songwriter scored solo hits with bouncy, upbeat tunes like “Morning Train (9 to 5),” “Modern Girl,” “Do It For Love” and “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)” that was particular big with Filipino fans, as well as heartfelt, elegant ballads like “You Could Have Been with Me,” Almost Over You,” and the James Bond theme song, “For Your Eyes Only.” She collaborated with other popular artists at that time like Kenny Rogers who she performed a duet with the remake of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonite” and her good friend Prince, who wrote her controversial funky smash “Sugar Walls.” Prince also asked her to sing with him in the equally feet-stomping, “U Got The Look,” an even bigger hit. Looking back on her storied career, … [Read more...] about Why Sheena Easton is happy to be back in Manila for concert
In yet another residential fire caused by charging e-scooters, firefighters broke into a Bukit Batok flat yesterday to rescue a couple trapped inside. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said a man was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital after he was found unconscious in the unit with burn injuries. The firefighters, who wore breathing apparatus, also rescued a woman, who was taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation. The SCDF said it responded to a residential unit fire on the 26th storey of Block 293D Bukit Batok Street 21 at about 12.40am yesterday. Its officers had to cut through the iron gate and prise open the wooden front door to enter the smoke-filled unit. The fire, which involved the contents of the living room, was put out with two water jets, the SCDF said. About 70 residents in the Housing Board block were evacuated by SCDF and police. Most of them returned home by 3am. An elderly man, who was injured while being evacuated, was taken to Ng Teng Fong … [Read more...] about Couple rescued from HDB fire caused by charging e-scooters
We love our furry friends and want to spend as much time as possible with them. Human-animal co-sleeping means comfort, love and warmth – for both human and pet. An Australian study revealed that sleeping alongside dogs for warmth was practiced by indigenous Australians during cold nights, as reported by ABC. “We share a real closeness and very strong bond with our pets, that´s why we´ve allowed them to come into our beds,” animal behaviorist Kate Mornement said. She added that pets seek our bed for simple reasons: it is warm, cozy and they want affection as well as company. “It´s also high up so gives them a better view of the house,” she said. There are a few things pet owners should consider before letting their dogs or cats sleep in the bed. Even though the risk is quite low if you do not suffer from a pet hair allergy, co-sleeping with animals could affect our health. Veterinary health expert Jane Heller said that bacteria and … [Read more...] about Is it safe to sleep with your pets?
With the largest number of condominiums in Bangkok – not to mention the highest land prices –Sukhumvit Road is home to some of the city’s richest folk. The construction that has taken place over the last three decades has done away with most of the graceful villas with large gardens that once lined its sois, greatly reducing areas where pampered pets can enjoy leisure time with their owners outside four walls. Fortunately, though, Chana “Mint” Hetrakul, executive director of Tre 3 Sanctuary, has come up with a solution, opening Trail and Tail, the first comprehensive pet-friendly community mall in the country. “Our old family home was located here. But the house deteriorated, so my family and relatives started to think about turning this space into something that could benefit society as a whole. All of us are animal lovers and so we decided on the Trail and Tail Pet-Friendly Community project. Our aim is to serve the lifestyle needs of … [Read more...] about Dog day afternoons