Environment

Stunted, wasting and overweight in ASEAN

While malnutrition is a global plague, it is a more acute problem in Asia. 

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank Group published last year, more than half of all stunted children, almost half of all overweight children and more than two-thirds of all wasted children live in the region.

1 April 2019
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Myanmar’s trafficked brides

Between June 2017 and April 2018, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Humanitarian Health carried out a study on almost 400 migrant women from Myanmar between the ages of 15 and 55, who were married to Chinese men and experienced childbearing in the five years they were in China.

31 March 2019
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Islamophobia in Southeast Asia

The term Islamophobia has its roots in the Greek word Phobos which refers to the God of fear and is used to denote terror. As such, the literal meaning of Islamophobia would be the ‘fear of Islam’. However, the term has evolved over the years to represent the many prejudices faced by Muslims by virtue of their faith.

29 March 2019
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Changing attitudes towards women in hospitality

Xuan Thu started at the front desk of Victoria Resort in Can Tho, located at the southern end of Vietnam, and worked her way up to the very top. In a year, she was made Front Office Manager and within another four, she was promoted to Room Division Manager. Nine years after her first foray, she locked in the General Manager (GM) position.

27 March 2019
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Planning a haze-free ASEAN

ASEAN’s vision of a haze-free region by 2020 looks increasingly cloudy by the day.

A decades-long problem for the region, ASEAN defines haze as smoke resulting from land and/or forest fires which harm health, living resources, ecosystems and material property and impairs or interferes with amenities and other legitimate uses of the environment.

25 March 2019
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The critical roles forests play in our survival

As the world’s population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030, the resilience of forests to combat climate change, help mankind end hunger and maintain sustainable communities will be more important than ever.

24 March 2019
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New MRT to battle Jakarta’s traffic congestion

Jakarta commuter Irnawati can spend up to four hours daily in her car, but now she and millions of others may get some relief as the traffic-clogged Southeast Asian city opens its first mass rapid-transit (MRT) system.

24 March 2019
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300 kg meth bust in Vietnam

Vietnam police have busted a massive meth ring in a Ho Chi Minh City mansion allegedly run by a Chinese national who used a textile company as a cover for the operation, police and state media reported Thursday.

22 March 2019
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Thailand’s new leader must fix the environment

As Thais finally go to the polls on 24 March, there is growing concern among environmental specialists who have pointed out that political parties campaigning for the election have so far failed to present strong policies to ensure the protection of the environment. 

20 March 2019
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Southeast Asia is not sleeping enough

We spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping, a basic human need which is crucial to our overall health and well-being. For most adults, getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night might be the most important thing they can do for their physical and mental health.

17 March 2019
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Shop online and save the planet

Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s fastest expanding economies, with a combined economy about the size of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) or US$2.6 trillion. Armed with a younger, urbanised and more affluent consumer base, the region continues to grow at a phenomenal pace.

17 March 2019
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