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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(First of a series) Nestled between buildings along Julia Vargas Avenue in Ortigas is an elevated plaza that serves as an oasis to the many interconnected walkways in the area. On Tuesday afternoon, around 30 people were sitting on its concrete benches, chatting with friends or fiddling with their phones as they waited for their respective appointments. The wind swept into the plaza, messing up people’s hair and rustling the grass and shrubs planted around the plaza’s centerpiece skylight. For a while, you forget that you are in a central business district (CBD), with cars plying the roads non-stop, traffic building up in every intersection. Watching the plaza from a block away that afternoon was Paulo Alcazaren, urban planner and principal of PGAA Creative Design. Green spaces He said such “retrofits” need to be done to address the government’s past failure of not following a masterplan that allowed for sufficient green … [Read more...] about News Imagining Metro Manila as a ‘green’ capital
Securing the future of Philippine energy (Philstar.com) - May 6, 2019 - 11:15am The Future Energy Show Philippines 2019 gathers energy stakeholders, sectors MANILA, Philippines — With the Philippines’ growing population and continued industrialization, the Department of Energy has forecasted the country’s demand for electricity to reach over 40,000 megawatts (MW) in 2040, exceeding the 19,536 MW existing dependable capacity being supplied by the country’s power plants. To address this, the government proposed the Philippine Energy Plan 2017-2040, which aims to increase the country’s renewable energy installed capacity to at least 20 000 MW.1 Around 16,949 MW of potential renewable energy capacities are expected within the horizon, with hydro contributing to about 10,792 MW, followed by solar (4,081 MW), wind (1039 MW), geothermal (684 MW), biomass (326 MW), and ocean (26 MW).2 However, since … [Read more...] about Securing the future of Philippine energy
By Nick Anderson The Washington Post Tues., April 30, 2019 Actress Felicity Huffman’s agreement to plead guilty to a single fraud conspiracy charge in the college admissions bribery scandal came with a price: Prosecutors are recommending a sentence that would include months in prison. But actress Lori Loughlin is contesting an allegation that she, too, participated in the scam. She and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty to two counts related to fraud and money laundering. Convictions could lead to years in prison. These Los Angeles celebrities illustrate two camps among the 33 wealthy parents accused of seeking to help their children get into prominent universities through cheating on admission tests and fabrication of athletic credentials. Fourteen are moving toward guilty pleas, while 19 are fighting to clear their names. A major question looming over the case in federal court in Boston is whether those convicted will spend time … [Read more...] about Prison ‘certainly a possibility’ for parents in college admissions scandal
Tom Ford has come early to rearrange the furniture. He thinks that the already stylish room in the hottest new private club in town, the San Vicente Bungalows, could be even more captivating. So a team of eight club staff members gets busy under his direction, pulling a potted plant from the terrace for one corner and setting up two dozen glowing amber votive candles.Ford himself redoes the white flowers, plucking out the roses and leaving in the ranunculus, because he doesn’t like mixed blooms. The Murphy bed he can do nothing about.As I enter, the designer is lost in thought, still fantasising about redoing the room in his own preferred palette, draping chocolate brown velvet on the walls.Everything in life can always be more sensual and beautiful, if you think about it. And Ford is always thinking about it. From the time he was big enough to push furniture, at six years old, he was rearranging it in his house. And giving his mother critiques on her hair and shoes.Being Tom … [Read more...] about Tom Ford: Portrait of a perfectionist, anal-retentive, painfully shy vegan designer