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Fascinating Japan’s ninja

Fascinating Japan’s ninja

    THE Western world has whole­heartedly embraced the con­cept of ninjas and has even added its own flair. In America, ninjas are often characters in movies, such as in the popular hit “Teen­age Mutant Ninja Turtles.” They are featured in artwork, during costume parties, in comic books, and even as toys like Lego ninja. […]

Fascinating Japan’s ninja

    WE think of ninjas as black-clad assassins skilled in martial arts and weaponry who could climb up walls and roofs with the utmost ease and con­veniently vanish behind a puff of smoke. A “Ninja” or “Shinobi” was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. They practiced espionage to gather intelligence from the […]

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Tsunami without earthquakes

    THE tsunami that killed hundreds of people on Sumatra and Java in Indonesia last December is a reminder that such destructive waves are not always caused by earthquakes. Anak Krakatau had been spewing ash and lava for months before a large por­tion of its south-west side had slid off into the Ocean. This […]

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Technology benefits Filipino workers in HK

    ROUGHLY 10 million Filipi­nos work abroad and ac­cording to the World Bank they remit $33 billion a year. That makes the Philippines the third largest country for remittance behind India ($65bn) and China ($63bn). A blockchain remittance app to transfer money from Hong Kong to the Philippines benefits roughly 200,000 Filipinos work­ing in […]

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Plastic trash crisis

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Plastic trash crisis

    THE accumulation of plastic trash in the oceans has wors­ened. Every year some 8 million metric tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans globally. It is said that about 60 per cent of the plastic trash that ends up in the oceans is from just five countries – China, Indonesia, the […]

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Dyslexia, learning disabilities

  DYSLEXIA is a common learning difficulty that can cause prob­lems with reading, writing and spelling. Dyslexic children and adults struggle to read fluently, spell words correctly and learn a second language. The condition is described as ‘dyslexia’, from the Greek meaning ‘difficulty with words’. They struggle more in school because it takes them longer […]

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