NADI – He calls it magic, the Garden of Eden, the University of Life. After a tour of the Koroipita model community three kilometers away from Lautoka, Fiji’s second largest city, you can forgive Australia-born Peter Drysdale for his profuse praise for his own life’s work. A trip last Friday afternoon to Koroipita – meaning Peter’s Village, as the community was named by grateful residents – was a highlight of my visit to Fiji. The 241 ingeniously designed single-story houses in Koroipita have blue steel walls on frames of rough timber held together by steel strapping. A breezeway separates the two bedrooms and living room from the kitchen, toilet and bathroom of a typical home, which is surrounded by a garden on a 350-square-meter lot nestled in hilly terrain. With enough workers, each house can be built within days at a cost of US$11,500 (about P600,000) for materials. There might be cheaper low-cost shelters available elsewhere in the world, … [Read more...] about The Garden of Eden
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SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
SINGAPORE - Scoot will suspend services to four cities, starting in June, due to weak demand and a shortage of planes. The affected cities are Lucknow, in India; Kalibo, the Philippines; Quanzhou, south-east China; and Male in the Maldives. All flights are operated with Scoot's Airbus 320 aircraft, the airline said on Monday (April 29). The budget carrier currently serves Lucknow, Kalibo and Quanzhou three times weekly, and Male four times a week. The last flights from Singapore will depart on June 29 for Lucknow, June 30 for Kalibo, Aug 24 for Quanzhou and Oct 25 for Male. Customers with existing bookings have been contacted and offered several options, including bringing forward their travel dates while the services are still operating. They can also obtain a full refund on their booking via their original mode of payment, or a 120 per cent refund via a Scoot Travel Voucher. The aircraft shortage has come about because SilkAir is no longer able to transfer its Boeing 737-800NG … [Read more...] about Scoot to stop flying to four cities due to weak demand, aircraft shortage
MANILA – Some 20 residents living inside the New Bilibid Prison compound in Muntinlupa on Monday held a picket in front of the Department of Justice to urge Secretary Menardo Guevarra to stop the demolition of their houses allegedly ordered by Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon. Bella Diaz, chairperson of the group Kalipunan ng mga Mamamayan na Pinagkaisa sa New Bilibid Prison, Inc. (KAMPINA) said Faeldon has issued a 15-day notice of demolition to residents. The demolition is part of the NBP’s development plan which will include transfer of NBP facilities to Nueva Ecija while the land in Muntinlupa will be privatized and utilized for mixed-use projects. “Ipapaupa ata. Malaki raw ang papasok sa loob ng BuCor kung ipapaupa sa dayuhan. Parang Bonifacio Global City,” she told reporters outside the DOJ compound in Padre Faura, Manila. (It would probably be rented. Lots would come in to BuCor if it would be rented to foreigners. Like … [Read more...] about News Demolition of houses for Bilibid development gets flak
HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) - Hong Kong's government said it would press ahead with legislation to end a ban on extraditions to mainland China, despite opponents staging one of the largest mass protests since the 2014 Occupy movement. The government said in a statement late on Sunday (April 28) that the Bill was necessary "to plug the loopholes" in laws governing the transfer of criminal suspects between the former British colony and other jurisdictions. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is seeking to pass the legislation, which would allow for one-off deals with places including mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, before the current legislative session ends in July. "The government understands that there are different views in the community on the proposed legislative amendments," the government said. "The government hopes that the Bills Committee can start its work as soon as possible, during which we will continue to explain the legislative proposals in detail to the Legislative Council … [Read more...] about Hong Kong defends extradition law after largest protest in years