If you're running out of school or office supplies or looking for your next good read, you're in luck. National Book Store is holding a nationwide "Thank You Sale," offering up to a 50% discount on books, school and office supplies, and other products in its 240 branches across the country until September 1. Get arts and crafts materials from Caran d’Ache, Daniel Smith, and Sennelier; organizers and travel accessories from Lapoche; fine writing instruments from Sheaffer; and many others. You can also shop for great new reads like young adult bestsellers "The Sun is also a Star" by Nicola Yoon and "Love Looks Pretty on You" by Lang Leav; and fiction bestsellers "Killing Commendatore" by Haruki Murakami and "Line of Sight" by Tom Clancy. Fiction classics are up for grabs as well as nonfiction books. Get as much as 50% off on a wide range of children’s books including Disney’s "Frozen" and "Ralph Breaks the Internet." If you are fond of self-care reads, fret not because … [Read more...] about What to expect from National Book Store’s ‘Thank You Sale’
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Singapore startup Speedoc, which is known for its app that lets you call a doctor to your house anytime of the day, has announced that users can now also book an ambulance through its just-updated Speedoc app. Speedoc's new on-demand ambulance-booking service is done in collaboration with Comfort Ambulance, a private emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider in Singapore. This means the service will tap into Comfort Ambulance's current fleet of 25 fully-equipped ambulances. While Speedoc's doctor house call service is available in Singapore and and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this new ambulance service is only available in Singapore. According to Speedoc, the rising demand for private ambulances, which is in part contributed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force's (SCDF) April announcement that it would stop conveying non-emergency (i.e. non-life threatening) cases to hospitals, is its primary motivation for offering this service. Currently, users who need a private ambulance … [Read more...] about PSA: You can now book a private ambulance using the Speedoc app
In Myanmar, rental book shops are one such casualty. A rental book store is a place where people can rent books, much like a library. Unlike conventional libraries, which allow people to borrow books for free, the rental book shop operates more like a private business. People pay a small fee to borrow books, magazines and comics. Rental book shops played an important role in keeping Myanmar literary traditions popular, giving people access to many authors. Before 2000 there were almost two book rental stores in each ward. They were just like a small university for book lovers. With the appearance of internet cafes in the early 2000s, the role of the rental shop slowly began to decline. VCD film vendors and recording artists had competition from YouTube, and Myanmar books began to appear on the internet too. Now, anyone with a smart phone can access a PDF version of a Myanmar classic novel or historical book. As the numbers of renters declined, rental shop revenues … [Read more...] about Htin Paw, the last surviving rental book store in Sanchaung?
As one of the government’s designated priority destinations known as the "New Balis", Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara has flourished into a gateway to many exotic destinations in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). It has led to US coffee giant Starbucks opening its store in the west tip of the island of Flores. Situated in the strategic location of Labuan Bajo Marina and Executive Port, Starbucks Labuan Bajo officially opened on Saturday, May 18, one day after the coffee chain celebrated its 17th anniversary. “Today marks another milestone for Starbucks as we expand our store portfolio to 403 stores in 32 cities. As part of our 17th anniversary celebration, we are proud to welcome our customers in Labuan Bajo. We hope by being here, in the ‘10 New Bali’ destination, tourists now can enjoy their great cups of coffee to begin their adventure trips in Labuan Bajo," said Anthony Cottan, director of Starbucks Indonesia. Located in the eastern … [Read more...] about Starbucks opens first store in Labuan Bajo
By Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Thu., May 2, 2019 The Ontario government is not in readers’ good books over the loss of inter-library loans. Following huge funding cuts to the two provincial library services, patrons outside big cities are learning that the end of the loans also means the end of their beloved book clubs. Without the ability to bring in extra copies of novels from other library systems, and without the budget to buy multiple copies, places like Midland have had to immediately end such groups. “Since the elimination of the inter-library loan service, we’ve had to basically cancel all of our book clubs — and we supported 14 book clubs,” said Crystal Bergstrome, CEO and chief librarian of Midland Public Library. “... For such a small town, it’s a very large number of book clubs,” she added. “... We have patrons who have been in tears — especially some of our older patrons because the … [Read more...] about The latest casualty of library service cuts: Book clubs