Hong Kong Arts Festival returns to the city with a combination of online, live and recorded productions, including local gems that resonate with the current realities. Rebecca Lo reports. Hosting a cultural festival at a time when much of the world is still grappling with the adversities caused by a pandemic is challenging, to say the least. However, the Hong Kong Arts Festival team are ready to roll out the 49th edition of their annual show and give what it takes to make it a success. The festival, which kicks off tomorrow, has seen a few scheduling changes and cancellations already. The local government relaxed the COVID-19-related restrictions on performance venues only a few days ago, which meant the festival opening concert by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, planned as a live show and subsequently turned into a free online event, is now back in the theater as a live performance with simultaneous online streaming. Rescheduling, cancellations and having to transfer live shows ... » Learn More about Reflections on strange times
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Email By Gian De Poloni Updated February 27, 2021 18:37:48 Map: Perth 6000 Explore the most significant policies of the parties asking for your vote in the 2021 WA Election. Photo: Mark McGowan and Zak Kirkup will face off on the March 13 WA election. (ABC News) On March 13, WA will head to the polls once again. The two major parties have already made hundreds of spending promises as they battle to win as many seats as they can. Premier Mark McGowan has described his Labor Party's election commitments as "modest and affordable". Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup says his Liberal Party's promises show they have a "clear economic plan". The Greens and the Nationals have plans of their own, and are promising some big-ticket items. Ultimately, you will be the judge — and to help, we've compiled the most significant policies in an easy to digest guide, which will be updated daily. Agriculture and food Photo: Agriculture and ... » Learn More about WA election: Your handy guide to Mark McGowan and Zak Kirkup’s election promises
For the longest time, summer vacations meant weeks at the maternal grandparents’ 100-year-old colonial bungalow in Ahmednagar. Abbott Bungalow has survived three generations — perhaps because it was built prioritising features like natural cooling, solar orientation and sustainable materials such as stone floors and walls made with chuna (lime), husk and mud. The very factors that are lacking in most ‘modern’ structures. This is one of the reasons why sustainability in design is now being recognised and rewarded. At the recently-concluded ArchDaily Building of the Year 2021 competition, for instance, natural materials were in the spotlight. Bamboo hostels in China, a circular glass Apple Store (with 1,461 white oak slats forming a central canopy) in Thailand, among others, were adjudged winners. What caught our eye at The Hindu Weekend : multipurpose residences on Iran’s Hormuz island, with colourful domes, built with architect Nader Khalili’s superadobe technique (using layered ... » Learn More about What’s in your walls: plastic, paper, carbon?
MAHA IMPACT OF NEW FARM LAWS : Small farmers are worried about security of payments and right prices while horticulture producers are happy with the open market trade . Though there has been little participation of farmers from Maharashtra in the ongoing protests in Delhi against the contentious new farm laws, farmers from the state, especially those growing onion, cotton, soyabean, rice or pulses are worried about the future of contract farming and the fate of Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) that gives them an assurance of timely payment. Horticulture producers, however, support the contract farming and open market trade (producers to customer/purchaser without APMCs), a mechanism that is already in place in the state. One reason why farmers of Nashik favour this system is the success of Sahyadri Farms, a farmer producer company in Nashik, which was started around 10 years ago and has become the largest exporter of grapes in the country. The company now has ... » Learn More about The split is sowing
Email ABC Western Sydney By data journalist Catherine Hanrahan Updated February 28, 2021 05:55:57 Photo: Pete Srzich and Silvana Di-iorio both own properties near the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. (ABC News) Map: Badgerys Creek 2555 Land values around Australia's new international airport have taken off — but it's corporations, not residents, cashing in. A few strands of wire is all that separates Peter Srzich from millions of dollars. His 2 hectare property has a house, some sheds and a few pigs and goats. It is directly opposite the $5.3 billion Western Sydney airport, due to open at Badgerys Creek in 2026. Next door is the Leppington Pastoral Company — one of Australia's largest dairy farms, situated on a 519ha property owned by brothers Ron and Tony Perich. Photo: A satellite image of Badgerys Creek and its surrounds. That simple wire fence divides two worlds. The Leppington Pastoral Company will be redeveloped as ... » Learn More about Western Sydney Aerotropolis land values are soaring, but not everyone is able to cash in