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?
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Have you ever wondered why peer-to-peer accommodation networks like Airbnb are gaining so much traction these days? More travellers, especially millennials, are opting to stay with the locals instead of traditional hotels. Affordability of private homes aside, staying in an Airbnb actually allows travellers to connect with local communities much more easily. And you will probably get more bang for your buck if you manage to find one really swanky place for a truly enviable holiday. To save you the hassle, we've done research for you and found the 10 coolest Airbnbs in the world that cost less than $150 per person per night. In fact, almost all cost below $100 per person a night! Whether it is a couple getaway, adventure trip, BFF retreat or the annual family vacation, we've got you covered. Read on to discover the perfect Airbnbs to make your wanderlust dreams come true. FOR AN INTIMATE GETAWAY FOR TWO 1. AMETHYST CRYSTAL ECO DOME Made from bamboo and other natural materials, this … [Read more...] about 10 coolest Airbnbs in the world that actually fit your budget
PARIS: The number of women members of the European Parliament has doubled since direct elections were first held in 1979, but they still remain the minority, particularly in the top jobs.Here is an overview.AROUND A THIRDWomen made up just 16 per cent of the 1979 parliament; in today's outgoing assembly, they account for 36 per cent of the 751 MEPs.This is on average higher than in the national parliaments of the European Union's 28 member states where female representation in 2018 was on the whole just under 28 per cent, according to the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).On a worldwide scale, women hold an average of 24 per cent of parliamentary seats, according to the global Inter-Parliamentary Union of national parliaments.COUNTRY MATTERSThe largest representations of women in the European Parliament's national delegations are from Finland (77 per cent), Ireland (54.5 per cent) and Croatia (54.5 per cent).Malta and Sweden each have equal numbers of men and women, while … [Read more...] about Women gaining ground in the European Parliament
Pocket Monsters in the house Philip Cu Unjieng (The Philippine Star) - May 8, 2019 - 12:00am Film review: Pokemon Detective Pikachu MANILA, Philippines — As the highest grossing media franchise of all time, and second all-time grossing video game (Mario still occupies the No. 1 spot), Pokémon (roughly translated as Pocket Monsters) would still find another new extension — this time a live-action/animated film. It’s a Japanese-American joint venture between Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, the Pokémon Company and Toho Co. Ltd. Directed by Rob Letterman, who also co-wrote the screenplay, the film is loosely based on the 2016 video game Detective Pikachu. Ever since Satoshi Tajiri and Nintendo gave the world Pokémon in 1996, it has been a global runaway success, spawning trading cards, video games, TV series, apps, stuffed toys and collectibles, and even full animation … [Read more...] about Pocket Monsters in the house
KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Education is planning to have a new Higher Education Act enacted to eliminate barriers to free speech in universities, said deputy minister Teo Nie Ching. She said the new act would consolidate acts related to higher education namely the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996, the Educational Institutions (Discipline) Act 1976 and other relevant acts. “Currently the ministry is collecting feedback from stakeholders of educational institutions. “Come June we will develop the framework and subsequently the preliminary draft would be submitted to the Cabinet. “From July to October, we will hold a town hall session for public engagement, and we hope to have the new Bill tabled in Parliament in 2020 after obtaining the approval of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Cabinet,“ she said during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Negara today. Teo was replying … [Read more...] about Education Ministry to propose new Higher Education Act