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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Group slams ROTC, lower age of criminal responsibility Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - May 29, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — An organization is opposing what it referred to as measures violating children’s rights. Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns said they are against the proposed mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) for senior high school and amendment to the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act that lowers the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) among children in conflict with the law. “Mandatory ROTC and lowering of the MACR directly violate children’s rights and would put Filipino children in further danger,” Eule Rico Bonganay, Salinlahi secretary-general, said in a news conference in Quezon City yesterday. Salinlahi maintained that nationalism can be shown through learning about history and knowing that children can do something to … [Read more...] about Group slams ROTC, lower age of criminal responsibility
KABUL: Beneath the gaze of the TV cameras a woman begins speaking, at first softly but with growing passion as she faces the "Butcher of Kabul" across a crowded auditorium and asks if he wants to apologise for alleged war crimes.Without missing a beat, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the ruthless former warlord blamed for rocket attacks which reduced much of the Afghan capital to rubble in the 1990s, declined to do so.The dramatic moment during a recent televised news debate highlights how far media freedom has come in Afghanistan, where - for now - traumatised civilians can stand and at least try to hold powerful men to account, live on camera."Years ago, these kind of questions could get you killed, but now people can challenge the most dangerous people in mainstream and social media," Mustafa Rahimi, a university student, said after watching the debate.But today, even as hundreds of media outlets proliferate across Afghanistan, consumers and journalists alike worry a potential peace … [Read more...] about Afghans fear end of golden age of press freedom
KUALA LUMPUR: The Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) (Amendment) 2018 bill was approved in Dewan Negara, today. The amendment among others would enable all religious schools, tahfiz centres and Islamic kindergartens in the Federal Territories to be registered and supervised. The amendment would also enable the religious council to take legal action including directing the closure of any tahfiz centre, if any problem took place. The deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh wound up the debate on the bill which was the final motion for the first meeting of Dewan Negara for the second term of the Fourteen Parliament before it was passed with a majority vote. In the meantime, Dewan Negara deputy president Senator Datuk Seri Abdul Halim Abd Samad, in his closing speech, said the 11-day sitting had shown the firmness and maturity of the members of the senate in analysing issues related and of interest to the people. “In fact, we have … [Read more...] about Senate passes administration of Islamic Laws FT Bill
Sport The idea of permanent batting slots is probably irrelevant in the age of Twenty20 cricket and India should not lose sleep over a designated number four at the World Cup in England, former captain Kapil Dev said on Wednesday. 08 May 2019 07:41PM Bookmark NEW DELHI: The idea of permanent batting slots is probably irrelevant in the age of Twenty20 cricket and India should not lose sleep over a designated number four at the World Cup in England, former captain Kapil Dev said on Wednesday.The team under Virat Kohli continue to fret over the slot after a series of candidates fluffed their auditions before they fly to England seeking a third ODI World Cup crown.All-rounder Vijay Shankar is expected to bat at number four while they have another option in back-up opener Lokesh Rahul but Kapil, the captain of India's 1983 World Cup winning team, said batting order demarcation had blurred."In the age of Twenty20, it's difficult to say who's an opener and who's number four," Kapil … [Read more...] about Pointless to fret over No. 4 in age of T20, Kapil tells India