In the first half of this year, four Asian giants went to the polls. Up to one billion voters were involved, all within a few weeks of one another. Team Ceritalah was on the ground in Thailand, Philippines, India and Indonesia. In Eluru in April, some two hours northeast of Amravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, we discovered a city pulsating with people. It was also mind-blowingly hot: some 42 degrees with music blaring out of loudspeakers as crowds waited for a candidate’s arrival. By contrast, when Team Ceritalah were in the Thai city of Phitsanulok in February, the mood was subdued and calm. Most people knew who they’d be voting for. Besides, everyone understood that the polls were a farce. Back in April and just a handful of days before voting, Team Ceritalah also joined the hordes at Jakarta’s main stadium – Gelora Bung Karno (or GBK). Amid a sea of red and white, the crowds erupted as the incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo … [Read more...] about OPINION: What we can learn from Asia’s elections season
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Colene Yap:In a New York state of mind To pursue fashion design in a fashion capital like New York, Paris or London can be daunting. It’s not easy to leave the comfort of family, friends and a stable job in Manila, or to start a career trajectory that couldn’t be more different than the family business. It takes a special person to go at it with full force. Three years ago, Colene Yap, daughter of Tarlac Rep. Vic Yap, left Manila to obtain her Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. Colene, who finished with honors a degree in Business from the Ateneo, was leaving behind a career as the youngest manager in Zalora Philippines at the time. “Everyone who knows me knows that this has always been my dream. I’ve never seen myself doing anything else,” she says. “It was just a question of when. I was actually accepted into Parsons a year before I left, but I loved my … [Read more...] about Colene Yap:In a New York state of mind
All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is "preparing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets" when contracts can officially be completed in free agency on July 6, the Boston Herald reported Thursday. The Herald report cited separate sources pointing to an Irving-Nets union but said the Boston Celtics have not been informed of Irving's plans and remain optimistic he could remain with the team. The top pick in the 2011 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving is a six-time All-Star viewed as one of the best players available in a loaded free agent class this summer. Prior to the just-completed season, Irving grabbed the microphone at TD Garden and told a packed house of season-ticket holders he planned to commit to the Celtics long-term. "I needed just some time to kind of be back in Boston and feel great about different things I wanted to explore in my career," Irving said at the time. He said he dreamt of his No. 11 hanging from the rafters one day, joining the retired numbers of legendary Celtics. … [Read more...] about News NBA: Kyrie Irving moving to Brooklyn?
Zumba is a workout trend that has gained popularity in recent years, especially among older ladies. Even though it seems like the new line dance, it's actually a great a cardio exercise that builds up your core muscles and enhances your flexibility. It has its roots in Latin dances such as the salsa and samba, and has evolved to incorporate rhythms from belly dance and bhangra dances. Thanks to its popularity, you can now do it for free at several places. So don't complain that you can't afford gym membership fees to get in shape when there are so many free zumba sessions available in Singapore! Here are the top 5 places where you can attend a free Zumba class. 1. SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB EXPERIENCE SPORTS PROGRAMME Singapore Sports Hub offers different types of exercise classes, some of them free. You can look under "Experience Sports Programmes", which is designed for Singaporeans to try workouts at no cost. Aside from Zumba, there are classes like 'Boot Camp', 'Balance Epitome' and … [Read more...] about Free Zumba classes in Singapore 2019
In a sleek classroom in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, one of the poorest post-Soviet republics, 14-year-old Nazeli Ter-Petrosyan peers at the screen of her Apple Mac. During a computer programming course offered at the high-tech Tumo school, Ter-Petrosyan and her classmates learn how to digitize medieval texts. "I'm developing a program to enable artificial intelligence to read old manuscripts," said the teen. Her computer screen features a page from a 15th century Bible held at Armenia's famed repository of ancient writings, the Matenadaran. Armenia, which is known for its rich history and troubled past, has grappled with poverty, unemployment and a brain drain since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. But despite a stagnant economy, Armenia's tech sector has been booming over the past decade, boosting hopes that one day the resource-poor country can become a global IT powerhouse. Tumo is a cutting edge, after-school learning center, where around 7,000 … [Read more...] about In robotics classes, Armenian teens dream of high-tech future