Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state features impassable, impossibly beautiful Himalayan topography along its border with Tibet, the once-sovereign nation annexed by China. On the southeastern frontier lies Yunnan, never in question as a Chinese province. Lately, the Kachin ethnic minority is feeling even more hemmed in. A source with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) says China has recently stepped up patrols and has destroyed bridges spanning the river that marks the border with Yunnan. The effect has been to seal off many informal passes that serve as essential lifelines between the populations, and increasing isolation for the section of the state controlled by the KIO, a move that serves the dark intentions of the army of Myanmar. Taking rough roads and fording the river in mid-April with a few Free Burma Rangers – an advocacy group working to expose army abuses and provide humanitarian assistance to displaced persons – it becomes … [Read more...] about Kachin by dim light
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Singapore must guard against misinformation by mass media overseas that normalises drug use and continue to educate its young people, many of whom get drug-related information from overseas media sources, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday. One key challenge facing Singapore is the number of countries calling for alternative drug policies: Legalisation, decriminalisation and treating drug abuse as a health problem. "There are very strong coordinated efforts internationally, as well as within Singapore, to change the Government's position on drugs, and to change public perception on drugs," Mr Shanmugam said. He pointed out that those efforts are based not on science, but on ideology. "Our position is based on practical realities, common sense and evidence," said the minister, who was speaking at the Central Narcotics Bureau's workplan seminar, where the agency showcased initiatives to help in its operations and outreach efforts. Mr Shanmugam said countries were … [Read more...] about Guard against misinformation that cannabis is okay: Shanmugam
In two big waves, 1948 and 1967, the Palestinians were driven out of their land, with large segments becoming refugees in neighbouring countries. The dream the diaspora had of returning to their ancestral land began to fade as Israel expanded its oppressive sway over Palestinian territory, grabbing more land through wars and then through building illegal settlements on Arab lands, which is an ongoing exercise. The total number of Palestinian refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) stands at 5.3 million. Jordan hosts more than 2m refugees, and has operated a largely Palestine-friendly policy in terms of giving passports and citizenship rights to Palestinians, except for those from the Gaza Strip. Syria has been hosting another 526,000 refugees, who enjoy all rights of the local population, except citizenship. The UNRWA runs camps in Gaza and the West Bank. Egypt and Iraq also host thousands of refugees. The Palestinian dream of return is slowly fading … [Read more...] about Are Palestinians condemned to wander the Earth forever?
We vaguely remember what they’ve taught us but we remember their person and we remember their names. Personally, I thought my accounting teachers then were either too old, or too young, but invariably, too patient. The way they write with chalk on the board – just too neat. And the way they solve the problems they themselves presented – just too clever. It took a while, like a long while, for a serious truth to sink in for me. That for their love of teaching, they sacrificed too much for so many, and got appreciated too little. So the plan was for PwC Philippines to give the first-ever National Accounting Teacher’s Award (PwC’s NATA) last week during the annual convention of the National Association of CPAs in Education. Little did we know that the awards journey would bring us to an even heightened respect and admiration for accounting teachers. To put it in perspective for my … [Read more...] about The accountant maker
Lourdes School Quezon City holds PALO today (The Philippine Star) - May 2, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Around 120 participants vie for honors as Batch 1969 of Lourdes School of Quezon City hosts the PALO golf fund-raising tournament today at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. The PALO event, using the modified double Peoria format, is for the benefit of the LSQC Alumni Association (LSQCAA), an NGO that provides scholarship funds in advancing the religious and educational principles and charitable objects of the school. Some of the funds will be allocated to the LSQC community and to retired and retiring faculty members in need, particularly for their medical requirements. … [Read more...] about Lourdes School Quezon City holds PALO today