AT the Asean Summit in Bangkok recently, one of the issues that was discussed was a joint bid to jointly host the FIFA World Cup in 2034. This news will be welcomed by Asean citizens, where football has a passionate following. No doubt hosting the World Cup will have positive impacts socio-culturally and economically yet there are negative effects that must be considered. One argument is the creation of new infrastructure and improvement of facilities. For example, Russia had created more than 800ha of parks and green zones, and it upgraded power stations and built new hotels to cope with the demand during the World Cup last year. These are beneficial to Russian citizens as the infrastructures are in use after the World Cup. Similarly in Asean, upgraded infrastructure could provide much needed electricity and water to poorer areas. During the 2018 World Cup, visiting fans (an estimated 570,000 international fans) spent about US$5,000-8,000 each which contributed an additional US$2.5-4 … [Read more...] about Should Asean nations co-host the 2034 World Cup?
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Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives Gloom hangs over Hong Kong. Citizens fear the death of political and economic freedoms guaranteed in the 1997 handover from Britain. Tolerance by China’s communist rulers is ending. The island’s Beijing-picked legislature has enacted the extradition of certain lawbreakers for trial in the mainland. The Beijing-inspired law looks harmless. Yet Hong Kongers suspect it aims to quell dissent, a cherished if oft trampled right. In recent years activists have vanished then resurfaced China-side in manacles to face frivolous charges. A book publisher on communist hierarchs’ scandals was abducted in Thailand then jailed in China for a ten-year-old road infraction. As days of protests reached a million strong, the law was paused. But Hong Kong’s chief executive likened the marchers to a child whose tantrums must not prevail. Beijing belittled them as but a minority of the seven-million population, and … [Read more...] about Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives
A couple of months ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day. This was done in acknowledgement of the “uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health.” To mark this day, online travel agent Agoda shared six destinations that you should check out on two wheels. More destinations to check out: The journey to Machu Picchu is as breathtaking as the destination Notes from an Israel holiday: Of gun nozzles, tour buses, and Banksy on the wall Bespoke Barcelona: names in dining, lodging, and design that should be on your itinerary In Norway, amidst endless snow and chasing the Northern Lights Paris, France For a different view of the City of Love, pedal through the Parc Rives de Seine, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, extending … [Read more...] about Six cities you should explore on a bike
MANILA—Singer-actress Aicelle Santos was among the performers at the National Stadium in Beijing Wednesday night, as part of the Asian Culture Carnival. The concert, which gathered dozens of talents from the continent, was a celebration of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations. Santos performed Basil Valdez's "Nais Ko" before an audience of 30,000, according to China Daily. Photos and videos of Santos' turn on stage were shared on Instagram by her manager, Carlo Orosa. Hours before her performance, Santos wrote on Instagram: "One stage will showcase 40 different Asian cultures through music and dance. With pride and honor, we raise our flag!" … [Read more...] about News WATCH: Aicelle Santos performs at Beijing National Stadium
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim have recently engaged in a war of words over the powers of the constitutional monarchy to interfere in political matters such as Kuala Lumpur's now-retracted decision to accede to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and on appointments to the state government. Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has also exchanged words with the Malaysian prime minister. The testy relations between Tun Dr Mahathir and Johor's royal family date back to the early 1990s, during the 93-year-old leader's first period in office when the government removed immunities enjoyed by the Malay rulers following episodes of assault by Johorean royalty. Here is a timeline of the recent spat. April 5: Dr Mahathir said Malaysia will withdraw from ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The announcement came hours after Selangor Umno said it will be sending a memorandum to the state's … [Read more...] about Mahathir v Johor royals: Timeline of recent spat