IPOH: The Ramadan bazaar near the Perak Stadium here drew a large crowd on its first day of operation after being disallowed last year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many visitors were seen checking in with the MySejahtera QR code and having their temperature taken at the entry point while Ipoh City Council enforcement officers and policemen were seen in the area. Inside the trading area, some stall operators could be heard reminding customers to observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs). However, cordoned-off passageways turned out to be a hindrance when queues forming at stalls took up half the walkways, resulting in congestion. One visitors, who asked to be identified only as Saiful, said enforcement officers or policemen should patrol the trading area more frequently. "They should go around reminding the people to maintain physical distancing. "If a queue is too long, they could advise the customers to come back later or buy from another stall," said the ... » Learn More about Ramadan bazaar near Ipoh’s Perak Stadium draws large crowd on first day
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Apartment complexes in Seoul are seen from the fortress Namhansanseong. (Yonhap) SEOUL — The pandemic has suspended our everyday life, giving us a chance to think about how we are living. The impact of COVID-19 has permeated in our residential environment more over in the urban environment. South Korea has seen rapid development since the 1960s, but this has led to a monotonous residential environment — rows and rows of apartments. In Korea, about 6 people out of 10 live in apartments. According to the latest report by Statistics Korea in 2019, the country had 11.3 million apartments, accounting for 62.3 percent of all housing. The country is sometimes nicknamed “The republic of apartments.” For decades, Koreans have become familiar with living in apartment complexes due to their convenience as a type of general housing that has been around since industrialization. But some are questioning whether apartments are the best option, particularly younger generations whose interests ... » Learn More about How Korea became ‘Republic of Apartments’
MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Wednesday raised the red flag on P469 billion worth of infrastructure projects that had already been financed by the government for implementation this year but were again funded in the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021, saying this contravened the 1987 Constitution. Lacson asked Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado to remove the questionable items from the 2021 National Expenditure Program (NEP), which was presented by President Duterte’s economic managers to the Senate finance committee, chaired by Sen. Sonny Angara. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sen. Risa Hontiveros also questioned the government’s priorities, noting that the budget for the anti-insurgency campaign was bigger than the allotment for departments tasked with leading the recovery from the debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to the economy. Lump-sum appropriations Lacson, whose scrutiny of the government’s yearly budget had saved ... » Learn More about Lacson flags P469 billion in repeat funding for DPWH projects
SINGAPORE - From the second half of January 2021, short-term business travellers from all countries arriving in Singapore will no longer need to be quarantined, under new segregated travel lane arrangements. The Ministry of Trade and Industry said on Tuesday (Dec 15) that those who opt to use the lane will be transported from the airport to dedicated facilities where they will stay and work. There, they can have meetings through floor-to-ceiling air-tight glass panels with local businessmen, as well as with other foreign businessmen with safe distancing measures in place. Regular testing will be conducted throughout the duration of their stay - for instance on alternate days - in addition to tests before departure from their home countries and upon arrival here. They will also have to move within their pre-declared travel group of up to five people to reduce the risk of mass transmission. The segregated travel lane is distinct from existing reciprocal green lane arrangements, ... » Learn More about Singapore to launch segregated lane for business travellers who will not need to be quarantined
Environmental groups incensed at Japan’s decision to release more than a million tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean are accusing the government of downplaying the true scale of the danger the water poses to human health. After a cabinet meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that, “Disposing of the treated waters is an unavoidable issue for decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.” He said the water would be released into the Pacific “while ensuring that safety standards are cleared by a wide margin and firm steps are taken to prevent reputational damage” to the local fisheries industry. Fishermen are deeply unhappy with the decision, which they have long opposed on the grounds that it will decimate an industry already struggling to overcome perceptions that their catches have not been not safe for human consumption since the 2011 tsunami and earthquake that prompted a meltdown at ... » Learn More about Is Japan downplaying the danger Fukushima water poses to human health?