– CHIANG RAI -Ethnic minorities on Mount Doi Tung in northern Thailand have seen their lives transformed after replacing illicit opium poppy fields with profitable coffee plantations. From the sky, Mount Doi Tung looks like a thick carpet of dark green forest. Huge trees sprawl across its misty hills, towering over coffee plantations and brilliantly colourful flowers. Thirty years ago, perhaps no one could have imagined such a stunning landscape on Doi Tung. Its old residents would have described it as bleak and barren – a hopeless place atop the Doi Nang Non mountain range inhabited by poor ethnic minorities and forgotten by the rest of Thailand. Generations of tribes-people with no citizenship or basic rights had struggled to survive from slash-and-burn agriculture. The result was decades of widespread deforestation that in turn deprived them of food resources. Grinding poverty and lack of career opportunities also drove countless minorities into illicit opium poppy ... » Learn More about Chiang Rai’s Ethnic Minorities Quit Opium Poppies for Coffee
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Written by Amy R. Remo RESO, coined from the terms residential and office, is the latest innovation from SM Development Corp. (SMDC), which is set to integrate the multiple benefits of having both your home and workspace in its upcoming project called Ice Tower. This exceptional concept is poised to help enable, empower and raise the competitiveness not only of the established enterprises but also of those looking to start their entrepreneurial journey. Own your own office This 17-story tower, which is set to rise on Sunrise Drive corner Edsa Extension within the Mall of Asia Complex, presents an affordable, smart and practical option for those needing a small office or a business address in the metro—whether you’re one dreaming to launch your own business, scale up the enterprise you have established during the pandemic, or you’re already among the more established micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs). At the same time, SMDC’s Ice Tower offers the added ... » Learn More about SMDC’s Ice Tower takes the lead in Residential-Office development
Chonburi – The Chonburi Department of Public Health announced 662 new and confirmed cases of Covid-19 today with two new deaths, July 24 th . 289 people were also released and recovered yesterday in Chonburi. This makes a total of 19,114 cases of Covid-19 in the current round of infections, with 8,580 still under medical care/supervision, and with a total of 94 recorded deaths in Chonburi since the start of this recent round of infections in early April. The details on yesterday’s two new deaths were not given, which is standard for the health department. Additionally, 10,440 people in total have now been released from medical care and recovered in Chonburi since this current wave began. The district-level new cases were as follows today: Mueang Chonburi 162, Si Racha 172, Banglamung (Pattaya) 127, Panat Nikhom 27, Sattahip 23, Ban Bueang 70, Pan Thong 26, Bor Thong 29, Ko Chan, 2, Nong Yai 4, and 20 new cases transferred from other provinces for medical care. The ... » Learn More about Chonburi announces 662 new and confirmed cases of Covid -19 with two deaths
AMIDST the coronavirus-induced market sell-off in 2020, local semiconductor stocks shone on the back of robust demand for chips as lockdowns and travel restrictions prompted consumers to buy more smartphones and electronic devices. Analysts expect prospects for the sector, which saw sales rising more than a quarter over a year to US$43.6bil (RM184.19bil) in May, to remain healthy as the push towards digitalisation and the adoption of new technologies continue to support chip demand. One stock in the value chain that has also been riding the semiconductor growth wave is Kelington Group Bhd – a company that provides ultra-high purity (UHP) gas delivery solutions for the electronics and semiconductor industry. Gas delivery systems are used to safely reduce gas pressure from higher pressure cylinders to supply process tools and various instruments in a semiconductor facility. Besides UHP, Kelington is also involved in process engineering (PE). About two years ago, it ventured ... » Learn More about Kelington rides on semiconductor upcycle
China will bar for-profit after-school tutoring in core school subjects in a harsher-than-expected crackdown on its vast private education sector, according to a government document widely circulated on Friday, July 23, and verified by sources. News of the policy change, which also restricts foreign investment in the sector, threatens to decimate China's $120 billion private tutoring industry and triggered a heavy selloff in shares of tutoring firms including New Oriental Education & Technology Group and Koolearn Technology Holding Ltd. All institutions offering tutoring on the school curriculum will be registered as non-profit organizations, and no new licenses will be granted, according to the document, which says it was distributed by China's State Council, or cabinet, to local governments and is dated July 19. China's State Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Curriculum-based tutoring institutions would be barred from ... » Learn More about China to bar for-profit tutoring in core school subjects – document
MANILA, Philippines – He’s either a shameless, well-trained prevaricator, a repentant truth-teller, or someone caught in between. 57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators who grilled him and tried to assert that his shocking revelations about the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) and President Rodrigo Duterte were too incredible to be true. Practically illiterate after completing only Grade 1 many decades ago, he was made to look stupid and inconsistent in his narration of what he knew. The son of a forest ranger who planted coffee and corn to support his family, the short, stocky Edgar with streaks of silver hair showed little traces of a man who had witnessed and even participated in the killing of hundreds of people – many of them criminals who were a menace to Davao. They were drug pushers, snatchers, hold-uppers, land-grabbers, and they all deserved to die, he thought. Edgar took pride in his job. He says his was among ... » Learn More about Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?
Since it burst onto the scene, Kingdom, the Korean period zombie drama, has firmly etched itself as royalty among many zombie aficionados and no wonder – of all the great zombie shows to come from Korea, Kingdom sets itself apart with a great setting, and a host of diverse characters who rally behind the heroic crown prince, Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who seeks to save his empire from the invading undead. At the end of the second season, the story ventures north, and audiences meet a new character, Ashin (Jun Ji Hyun / Gianna Jun). Coming in as a massive reveal in the season finale, the appearance of Gianna Jun was both a revelation and a treat for K-drama fans, as this marks her return after a 4 year acting break. [[nid:537864]] From her turn in My Sassy Girl , one of the highest-grossing Korean romantic comedy of all time, and My Love From The Star, which won the actress the Daesang (Grand Prize) award at the Baeksang Arts Award, Jun is not an unknown star, which means that ... » Learn More about Review: Netflix’s Kingdom: Ashin of the North