JAKARTA: A group of teenagers in Indonesia are wakeboarding the submerged streets of their hometown to protest against the urban flooding that regularly plagues much of the tropical archipelago.After several days of heavy rains in Samarinda city, on Borneo island, the fed-up group launched their waterlogged demonstration in a now-viral Instagram video.Curious onlookers gaped as Muhammad Fahri Ramadhan, 19, showed off a few tricks as he carved-up the dirty, waist-high water - pulled by a car instead of a boat.In the background, a narrator complained about the annual flooding in the city of more than 800,000.The teens hope their unconventional protest will have an impact on the local government, which has already declared the flooding - affecting tens of thousands of residents - a city emergency.The group appealed to citizens to keep the streets clean so rubbish doesn't clog sewers and drains - a common problem that exacerbates flooding in Indonesian cities after heavy … [Read more...] about Indonesian teen wakeboards waterlogged streets to protest floods
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SINGAPORE: During Chinese New Year last year, retiree Kenneth Tang wanted to visit his sister-in-law at her home in Upper Bukit Timah, in a relatively secluded area he was unfamiliar with.Instead of getting driving directions with a few taps of his smartphone, the 64-year-old sat in his living room, put on his reading glasses and studied the route on the pages of his 2018 street directory.“I think GPS is more convenient and better in many ways, but I use road directories because I can have a better idea of how to get to the place I am going to,” he told CNA.Mr Tang said the directory allows for more flexible alternative route planning in the event of congestion, and gives a clearer picture of nearby car parks – crucial for peak times when every lot has been snapped up.“I use road directories also because I have been using it for years, long before GPS was available,” he added. “My friends and I who are from the older generation have been … [Read more...] about In the age of online maps, who needs street directories anymore?
U.S. stocks ended lower on Friday as investors were cautious going into next week's Federal Reserve meeting, while a warning from Broadcom of a broad weakening in global demand weighed on chipmakers and added to U.S.-China trade worries. Shares of Broadcom Inc fell 5.6% after it cut its full-year revenue forecast by $2 billion, blaming the U.S.-China trade conflict and export curbs on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Other chip companies, which both source product and sell heavily in China, dropped sharply. The Philadelphia Semiconductor index tumbled 2.6%. Investors are bracing for next week's Fed meeting in light of recent market expectations that the U.S. central bank could cut interest rates as much as three times this year. Some strategists say stocks are primed for a selloff should the Fed fail to take an even more dovish tilt. The S&P 500 index has so far gained 4.9% in June and registered a second straight week of gains on Friday, largely on the rate cut hopes. "We're going to … [Read more...] about Wall Street ends down; Broadcom warning hits chip stocks
Business Online retail giant Amazon said it would open pop-up shops in Britain to give more than 100 small online businesses an opportunity to sell on the high street for the first time. 03 Jun 2019 07:15AM Bookmark LONDON: Online retail giant Amazon said it would open pop-up shops in Britain to give more than 100 small online businesses an opportunity to sell on the high street for the first time.The first of the 10 stores, which are branded "Clicks and Mortar" and will sell homeware, health and beauty, food and drink and electronics, opens in Manchester, north England, on Monday, Amazon said.The British high street has struggled in recent years, as major chains including Marks & Spencer and Debenhams have announced store closures. Others such as Toys R Us and Maplins have shut up shop entirely, with the rise of internet shopping one of the factors in their demise.Amazon, which is working with small business support group Enterprise Nation on the project, said it would … [Read more...] about Amazon brings online sellers to UK high street in pop-up stores
LONDON: A Banksy mural depicting a child enjoying what appears to be snow but is actually ash from a nearby burning bin has been moved from a garage to a planned street art museum in the Welsh town of Port Talbot.British gallery owner John Brandler bought "Season's Greetings" by the elusive street artist for a "six-figure sum" in January after it appeared on a concrete block garage wall in Wales before Christmas.On one side, it shows a young boy wrapped up in winter clothes, his arms stretched out trying to catch what looks like snowflakes with his tongue. But when viewed from around the corner, the mural shows that the falling "snow" is actually ash from a fire in an industrial bin.Television footage showed a crane lifting the wrapped-up work onto a lorry which then slowly took it to a building in Port Talbot, which has one of the world's biggest steelworks. Brandler says he aims to turn the venue into an international museum for street art."I saw the video of them moving a replica of … [Read more...] about Banksy ash mural moved from garage to gallery in Welsh town