SINGAPORE: Earlier this month, Ms June Eng made plans to visit a new grocery store with her family but for this shopping trip, she had to be prepared.With three reusable containers in her bag, the recycling enthusiast headed to UnPackt – a social enterprise located in Jalan Kuras that sells daily necessities without packaging.Despite having to bring her own carrier, the 42-year-old, who became a vegetarian four years ago to reduce her carbon footprint, described it as an experience that she had been “looking forward to”. “I always wanted to do this but never had the chance,” she said, while passing a container to her child to get a snack. “This is a good initiative that’s long overdue.”With an aim of reducing unnecessary waste, plastic bags or any form of plastic packaging are a no-no at UnPackt. Instead of the usual pre-packed items that one is used to seeing at supermarkets, dried food, oils and cleaning supplies are … [Read more...] about Packaging-free stores sprout in Singapore, but will consumers give them the green light?
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SINGAPORE: Drying clothes outside your home is a mundane task for most people, but not for Mdm Margaret Tan, who lives in a ground floor HDB flat in Balam Road. The 66-year-old retiree simply cannot do that. She has tried, but the clothes she took in were dirtier than before they were washed, with bird droppings on them. Mdm Tan lives in an area which has been affected by pigeon-related problems for years. Nearby is a big banner that urges residents not to feed pigeons by showing examples of problems they could cause - hygiene issues, attracting pests and the spreading of diseases.But still, people feed the pigeons, she said. While the problem has improved, it still exists, Mdm Tan said. “I’ve written in to complain about the issue many times,” she said, but has now given up.When contacted, Marine Parade Town Council, which oversees the area, said it is aware of the ongoing pigeon issues on the estate and that it has been continuously working with … [Read more...] about AVA urges people not to feed pigeons amid a sharp rise in feedback about the birds
Vocabulary: according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน Act : a law passed by a country’s government - กฎหมาย adequate : good enough or large enough for a particular purpose - พอเพียง allow : to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ announcement : a spoken or written statement that informs people about something - การประกาศ appropriation : to take something legally - การจัดสรรไว้ as a result of : because of - attract : to cause someone to be interested in something - … [Read more...] about What’s new in business news: July 30, 2015
Thai Rath newspaper enters TV market, crackdown on tourists doing visa-runs & Vibhavadi opens hospitals for govt healthcare programs. 'Thairath TV is my brainchild, and I’m putting all my effort into seeing it succeed,' says Vachara Vacharaphol. (Photo by Kosol Nakachol) TELEVISION Thai Rath newspaper enters TV market Thailand’s biggest newspaper Thai Rat's latest and boldest move is to enter the TV business. Last year the company won a high-definition variety channel license and out of a total investment of around 6 billion baht, 3.36 billion baht will go to the channel’s licence fee for a 15-year term, with another 1 billion for content, 1.38 billion for broadcasting equipment and studio set-up and 120 million for marketing. 410 television staff are employed by the new TV station. The channel hopes to break even within seven years with revenue of 2-3 billion baht starting from the sixth year of operations. Though ad rates are not … [Read more...] about What’s new in business news: May 14, 2014
Vocabulary: absorb : to deal with changes, effects, costs, etc, in this case to pay a higher cost yourself - รับเอา, รับไว้ acquire : to get; to obtain - ได้มาซึ่ง advertising : telling the public about a product or a service, political candidate, etc. in order to encourage people to buy, use or support it - การโฆษณา aggressive : determined to win or succeed and using forceful action to achieve victory or success - เริ่มต่อสู้ ซึ่งมีความมั่นใจสูง appointment : a formal arrangement to meet or visit somebody at a particular time, especially for a reason connected with their work - … [Read more...] about What’s new in business news: February 7, 2014