Sunday, 30 December 2018

9 Most Expensive Buildings In The World 2018

There are many landmark buildings across the world. They are highly decorative exteriors and interiors. In case of most expensive buildings in the world the list never end only with the skyscrapers. It also may include luxury hotels, residential buildings, commercial buildings…etc. The followings are 10 most expensive buildings in the world.

Princess Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, US$2.17 Billion

City Of Dreams, Macau, China, US$2.40 Billion

Venetian Macau, Macau, China, US$2.40 Billion

Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, United States, US$2.70 Billion

One World Trade Center, New York, United States,US$3.80 Billion

Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States, US$3.90 Billion

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, US$3.90 Billion

Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, US$4.93 Billion

Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore, US$5.5 Billion

Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, US$15 Billion

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Saturday, 29 December 2018

The Best and Worst Airlines and Airports of 2018

The 10 Best Airlines of 2018
A Qatar Airways jet gets hosed down in Chicago. Photographer: Jeff Schear/Getty Images North America
  • 1. Qatar Airways (89 percent on-time performance)
  • 2. Lufthansa (76 percent)
  • 3. Etihad Airways (86 percent)
  • 4. Singapore Airlines (85 percent)
  • 5. South African Airways (85 percent)
  • 6. Austrian Airlines (80 percent)
  • 7. Aegean Airlines (90 percent)
  • 8. Qantas (89 percent)
  • 9. Air Malta (86 percent)
  • 10. Virgin Atlantic (82 percent )
The Worst Airlines of 2018
Despite its name, WOW is not impressing the statisticians at AirHelp. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Getty Images Europe
  • 63. Jet Airways (65 percent on-time performance)
  • 64. Aerolineas Argentinas (85 percent)
  • 65. Iberia (84 percent)
  • 66. Korean Air (64 percent)
  • 67. Ryanair (86 percent)
  • 68. Air Mauritius (69 percent)
  • 69. EasyJet (79 percent)
  • 70. Pakistan International Airlines (61 percent)
  • 71. Royal Jordanian Airlines (83 percent)
  • 72. WOW Air (75 percent)
The 10 Best Airports of 2018
Hamad International Airport, in Doha, ranks as this year’s top airport. Photographer: Veronica Garbutt/Lonely Planet Images
  • 1. Hamad International Airport, Doha (DOH)
  • 2. Athens International Airport, Athens (ATH)
  • 3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Tokyo (HND)
  • 4. Cologne Bonn Airport, Cologne, Germany (CGN)
  • 5. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore (SIN)
  • 6. Nagoya Chubu Centrair Airport, Nagoya, Japan (NGO)
  • 7. Viracopos International Airport, Campinas, Brazil (VCP)
  • 8. Amman Queen Alia Airport, Amman, Jordan (AMM)
  • 9. Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport, Recife, Brazil (REC)
  • 10. Quito International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
The Worst Airports of 2018
The worst airport of 2018: Kuwait International. Photographer: JD Dallet/arabianEye
  • 132. Eindhoven Airport, Eindhoven, Netherlands (EIN)
  • 133. Bordeaux Merignac, Bordeaux, France (BOD)
  • 134. Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh (EDI)
  • 135. Boryspil International Airport, Kiev, Ukraine (KBP)
  • 136. Manchester Airport, Manchester, United Kingdom (MAN)
  • 137. Stockholm Bromma Airport, Stockholm (BMA)
  • 138. Paris Orly, Paris (ORY)
  • 139. Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon, France (LYS)
  • 140. London Stansted Airport, London (STN)
  • 141. Kuwait International Airport, Farwaniya, Kuwait (KWI)

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Friday, 28 December 2018

PM Lee sues Blogger for sharing article

PM Lee sues blogger for sharing an article

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is suing blogger Leong Sze Hian for defamation after he shared an article alleging that PM Lee had helped former Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak launder money. A pre-trial conference for the case is expected to take place on Jan 7.

The article, titled "Breaking News: Singapore Lee Hsien Loong Becomes 1MDB's Key Investigation Target - Najib Signed Several Unfair Agreements With Hsien Loong In Exchange for Money Laundering", was carried on Malaysian website The Coverage on Nov 7.

The article was originally published by the States Times Review two days earlier, but it was the version by The Coverage that Mr Leong, 65, shared on Facebook on Nov 7, without any acompanying caption.

Law Minister says there is no civil liability for sharing fake news, so why is Leong Sze Hian being sued for civil defamation?

On Thursday (9 May), tech and lifestyle site Vulcan Post posted a video where they had invited the Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam to answer some questions asked by netizens regarding the controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA).

One of the questions that was raised was whether an individual will go to jail if he or she shares a fake news.

As a reply, Mr Shanmugam clearly said that if a person receives a news and forward it in good faith, then there is no problem with it at all.

“There is no criminal liability, there is not civil liability. At most, you will receive a correction. So you don’t even need to worry about jail and so one,” he said.

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Singapore's fake news law passed

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) was passed in Parliament on Wednesday (8 May), bringing to a close a process which began with the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods holding public hearings early last year.

The new law comes as governments around the world grapple with the spread of fake news, and its potential impact to sow social discord or even political upheavals such as affecting the outcome of elections.

The Singapore government has said that the new law will help society guard against malicious actors who knowingly spread harmful falsehoods and act against public interest. It has stressed that the law targets falsehoods, not opinions and criticisms, nor satire or parody.

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K Shanmugam Sc Like This Page · 2 April

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill was tabled in Parliament yesterday.

The proposed law targets false statements of fact – not opinions, not criticisms.

There’s been some debate online over the Government becoming the “arbiter of truth”. This is not the case.

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Michelle Chong Like This Page · 3 May

Premium Lian interview Dua Liap Minister K Shanmugam Sc

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Lim Tean: Political activist Leong Sze Hian is Singapore’s Rosa Parks in defamation suit against Singapore PM

Lawyer and politician Lim Tean compared the current suit by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong against blogger Leong Sze Hian to a suit by human rights activist Rosa Parks and said that Sze Hian is Singapore’s Rosa Parks, in a speech he made at the Speaker’s Corner on Saturday.

The speech was part of an Abuse of Process rally conducted by Lim, where he accused the Prime Minister of allegedly abusing processes against ordinary Singaporeans.

In attendance at the rally were folks like professor Paul Tambyah, activist Jolovan Wham and former presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian, among hundreds who turned up on Saturday.

In his speech, Lim Tean equated Leong’s fight against PM Lee with the case of activist Rosa Parks who was arrested for failing to give up her seat to a white person, and who was arrested and charged in court before the United States Supreme Court ruled segregated buses unconstitutional.

“What (Leong) is doing today in Singapore is what no one has ever done before, and it is to stand up to a powerful figure and tell that person enough is enough,” Lim said. “I’m not going to be railroaded, I am going to stand my ground, I am going to defend myself.”

Among the accusations made at the rally, Lim said that PM Lee had allegedly abused the process of the court in filing a suit against Leong for sharing a post on Facebook written by Malaysian publication The Coverage that was allegedly defamatory.

In the article, it was insinuated that Lee made “secret deals” with his disgraced former Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak to help launder money looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

However, the information was refuted by the original source, news site Sarawak Report, which said that the report was erroneous and “unclear in its direction and meaning”.

The report from The Coverage picked up problematic material from news site States Times Review, which has been blocked in Singapore.

Lim questioned why PM Lee did not sue the writer of The Coverage who was behind the post that Leong shared.

“Lee Hsien Loong may fire volley after volley against (Leong) Sze Hian, but I can assure (PM Lee) he will be receiving two volleys for every volley he fires until the fateful day when all of us will meet in court and the truth will emerge,” he said, to thunderous applause from the crowd.

In quoting Winston Churchill, Lim said that the courage Leong had to fight for freedom of expression was going to make the case between Leong and Lee “one of the seminal cases in our nation’s history”.

Last December, Leong was served papers by law firm Drew and Napier acting on behalf of PM Lee, which alleged that the article Leong shared “disparage and impugn (PM Lee’s) character, credit and integrity”.

In a series of counterclaims, Leong filed a counterclaim alleging that the suit was “an abuse of the process of the court”, according to Mothership.

Both PM Lee and Leong’s lawyers have filed counterclaims to strike out each other’s cases.

PM Lee’s office said that the prime minister will continue to take legal advice on developments, according to a report by the Hong Kong Free Press.

related: Lim Tean: Political activist Leong Sze Hian is Singapore’s Rosa Parks in defamation suit against Singapore PM

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Abuse of Process Rally at Hong Lim Park attracts about 1,000 people

The rally was held after PM Lee sued Leong in early December 2018. Lim then announced suddenly that he was representing Leong by taking on his case.

PM Lee’s lawyers subsequently filed an application to strike out Leong’s abuse of process counterclaimThis then led Lim and PM Lee’s lawyers to apply to strike out each other’s claims in court.

One day before the rally on Jan. 25, Lim shared that he applied to strike out PM Lee’s defamation action against Leong, by citing an “Abuse of Process of the Court” as one of the reasons.

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Lawyers of PM Lee & Leong Sze Hian apply to strike out each other’s claims in court

An application to strike out Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s original claim of defamation against blogger Leong Sze Hian is going to be filed.

The lawyer representing Leong, Lim Tean, told Channel News Asia he would file the application by this week.

Lim of Carson Law Chambers informed the media about this development after lawyers on both sides met for the first pre-trial conference in High Court on Monday, Jan. 21. The brief conference was to find out how far along both parties are in litigation, CNA reported.

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Lee Hsien Yang said he gave "meaningful sum" to blogger Leong Sze Hian

Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has confirmed he has donated money to blogger Leong Sze Hian, who is facing a defamation suit filed by the Prime Minister.

Responding to TODAY’s queries on Thursday (Dec 27), the younger Mr Lee said that he gave Mr Leong a “meaningful sum”.

When pressed further on the amount, he replied "It is not S$1".

Lee Hsien Yang is the first to donate to Leong's defence fund

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s own younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, is the first to give to blogger Leong Sze Hian’s defence fund as Leong prepares to defend himself in legal proceedings brought on by PM Lee.

Earlier, PM Lee commenced legal proceedings against Leong for defamation after the latter shared an article on his Facebook page that alleged that the head of government helped launder 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds.

Leong, who initially said that he was “bewildered” by PM Lee’s actions said today that he is fighting the claims against him in court. Besides filing a defence, Leong is also filing a counterclaim against PM Lee for “abusing the process of the court in bringing the claim against me.”

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Leong Sze Hian counter-sues Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for launching defamation suit - The Online Citizen

In an unexpected move, Leong Sze Hian, financial consultant and veteran blogger had filed a countersuit against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the abuse of the process of the Court.

Lim Tean, who is representing Leong in both suits, announced on Facebook on Wednesday with a statement from the Carson Laws Chambers that he has accepted the case from Leong and said that he is looking forward to cross-examine the PM in court.

Lim wrote, "Mr Leong did not choose to pick a fight, but now offers battle to uphold the freedom of expression in Singapore, a fundamental human right which he has fought tirelessly for more than 2 decades."

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Boxing Day 2018

What Is Boxing Day and How Did It Get Its Name?

Ever wondered what Boxing Day is, what it means and where this unusual name comes from? You may find the answers interesting. What is Boxing Day?

Arguments come thick and fast as to why, and I hope, like me, you find the answers below interesting. But firstly, I must say, it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.

The most straightforward answer would be that we are a little greedy here in the UK and Ireland in wanting a more extended holiday. It is not enough for us to have only Christmas Day celebrations, we have added to this another event called Boxing Day. But the answer is not that simple.

Boxing Day is a national Bank Holiday, a day to spend with family and friends and to eat up all the leftovers of Christmas Day. The origins of the day, however, are steeped in history and tradition.

Why is it Called Boxing Day? Arguments abound on the origins of the name Boxing Day. All the answers below are valid, so maybe it is one, or even all of them

  • The name is a reference to holiday gifts. A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
  • The name is a reference to charity drives. A box to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day - Boxing Day.
  • The name refers to a nautical tradition. Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Were the voyage a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents then given to the poor. 

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Sunday, 23 December 2018

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Saturday, 22 December 2018

December Solstice 2018

The December Solstice is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, while in the Southern Hemisphere it's the June Solstice. (Not to scale)

Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator, so the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

In the USA and some other areas in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the first day of winter. However, the official date for the first day of winter varies depending on the country's climate, and whether they follow astronomical or meteorological seasons.

Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice: (North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa)

Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice: (Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa)

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Friday, 21 December 2018

Dongzhi 冬至 (Winter Solstice Festival) 2018

Dongzhi Winter Solstice Festival 2018

Tangyuan (湯圓)

In the West, the general population usually equates the yin yang with balance, harmony and unfortunate ankle tattoos. However, his curvy black and white symbol has the honor of being a prominent figure in the Chinese Dongzhi Winter Solstice Festival.

What’s the yin yang/solstice connection? Well, balance and harmony are indeed a big part of it, but according to the Chinese the yin yang also represents the flow of energy, warmth and light. Each year when winter solstice rolls around (generally December 21 or 22, the shortest day of the year) the warm, positive energy -which had apparently turned cold, dark and lazy throughout the fall – revs back up again and sets its sights on spring. Put simply, winter solstice opens up the floodgates of happiness, joy, optimism and all those other fuzzy feelings.

How the locals do Dongzhi - Back in the day, the Dongzhi winter solstice festival literally brought the country to a halt. Soldiers were brought in from their posts, farmers and fishermen kicked up their boots and everyone indulged in some much needed post-harvest R&R. Emperors staged elaborate ancestral-honoring ceremonies, while the common folk simply used the break for spending time with family and friends, honoring the dearly departed and eating their weight in special Dong Zhi dishes.

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Winter Solstice Festival 冬至
Tangyuan (湯圓)

Celebrated during the 11th lunar month, this festival is also known as the Dongzhi Festival. Traditional foods eaten are tangyuan, the glutinous rice balls with sweet fillings, like the ones eaten during the Lantern Festival.

In northern China, wheat dumplings with meat fillings are also eaten. This festival marks the shift to longer daylight hours and usually takes place around 22 December. The festival’s origins trace back to the Han Dynasty where a physician, appalled by the weak health of the poor, had dumplings filled with meat and fortifying ingredients made for them. Since then, the festival has celebrated as a time of taking care of one’s health as well as a time for gathering the family together for a reunion.

Tonic foods are prepared according to traditional recipes to fortify the body. Nourishing the body with meat and fatty foods to fight the cold has become a way of observing the festival.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Here's How Much Yoga It Takes to Truly See Results

Scrolling through Instagram, it seems like everyone you know is nailing single-arm balances and handstands (in front of a mountain or on a picturesque beach, no less). But for those of us who aren’t hardcore about the practice, simply holding downward dog can be challenging.

The good news: You don't have to be the most flexible person in the room to reap the benefits of practicing. Still, you may wonder what good the occasional yoga class is doing for your body and mind. Well, let out an om: You don’t need to hit the yoga studio every day (or even at all) for significant benefits, both physically and mentally.

Reasons to Roll Out the Mat - Whether you're aiming for the flexibility of a gymnast or just a calmer mind, yoga has immeasurable benefits. Physically, yoga has been shown to improve flexibility, posture, and balance; strengthen bones; and increase muscle strength. There are plenty of overall health perks too: Research shows that yoga can decrease inflammation, boost immune system function, and improve symptoms associated with chronic health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.The practice can also do wonders for your mental health and mood, reducing depression, stress, and anxiety. But can an average person actually reap these benefits, or do you have to spend half your salary on unlimited access to a yoga studio to see a change?

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Subtle signs of ovarian cancer that might be easy to miss

Ovarian cancer has a reputation as a silent killer — a disease that grows imperceptibly, never showing any symptoms until it reaches an advanced and deadly stage.

But Dr. Julian Schink says that reputation isn't entirely accurate. "That 'silent killer' terminology is really unfair because the vast majority of women with ovarian cancer have had symptoms," Schink, chief of the division of gynecologic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, told INSIDER. "And many of those women have complained to somebody about their symptoms and people didn’t listen or they weren't heard."

The problem, he explained, is that the common symptoms are non-specific, meaning doctors or patients often attribute them to other problems. That's why it's important for people with ovaries — especially those with risk factors for ovarian cancer — to learn and stay alert for warning signs of the disease.

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Monday, 17 December 2018

Miss Universe 2018

Miss Australian-Filipino wins Miss Universe 2018

1. Miss Philippines Catriona Gray
2. Miss south Africa Tamaryn Green
3. Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez
4. Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega
5. Miss Vietnam H'Hen Niê
6. Miss Canada Marta Stepien 
7.  Miss Costa Rica Natalia Carvajal
8. Miss Curacao Akisha Albert
9. Miss Nepal Manita Devkota
10. Miss Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin
11. Miss Australia Francesca Hung


Over the pageant’s 67-year history, Bangkok has hosted MISS UNIVERSE® in 1992 and 2005, with representatives of Thailand also capturing the crown twice in 1965 and 1988. This year, TPN 2018 Co. will host the 2018 MISS UNIVERSE® and support in organizing the competition in Thailand.

Bangkok, Thailand - Known for tropical beaches and pristine islands, sprawling metropolitan and lavish royal palaces, ancient ruins and lavish temples, Thailand’s colorful history, and unique culture is home to one of Miss Universe’s most passionate fan bases. Bangkok, the country’s most populous capital city, is one of the most popular international tourist destinations. Bangkok and the country of Thailand will host the Miss Universe representatives who will also have the opportunity to travel throughout the country and experience different “Go Local” points of interest.

You can watch the three-hour LIVE event Sunday, December 16that 7:00 PM ET on FOX (US). Guess who’s back? Five-time EMMY® award-winner Steve Harvey is set to host on the global stage.

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Dress worn by Miss Universe entrant baffles Singapore
MUS 2018 Zahra Khanum's costume features a digital print of a handshake - 1 arm features the North Korean flag & the other the American flag, over the Singapore skyline

On June 12, President Trump held a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The meeting — the first between the two countries’ heads of state — was honored before it even happened with a commemorative coin for sale in the White House Gift Shop (current price: $100).

Now, the event will be commemorated again — when Singapore’s entrant in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant next month wears a dress bearing a giant digital image of Trump and Kim shaking hands.

Zahra Khanum, 24, will show off the dress at the contest (which, incidentally, was owned by Trump between 1996 and 2015) in Bangkok on Dec. 17. Speaking to Singapore’s New Paper, Khanum said the dress “represents something we all need, which is to promote a sense of unity and friendship, rather than hatred and anger.”

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A look at some past Miss Universe Singapore national costumes: Which is your favourite?
MUS 2017 Manuela Bruntraeger's costume features 25 meters of LED lights & the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay

Miss Universe Singapore 2016 Cheryl Chou's costume, inspired by Peranakan weddings & the headpiece

Miss Universe Singapore 2015 Lisa Marie White's ethnic headdress, inspired by the sanggul worn by Malay brides

Miss Singapore 2014 Rathi Menon's national costume inspired by the glitzy gold stars & crescent of our national flag

MUS 2013 Shi Lim's National costume inspired by our national flower Vanda Miss Joaquim & the Merlion

Miss Universe Singapore 2012, Lynn Tan

Ms Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim wearing a Peranakan wedding gown called the kuah

MUS 2010 Tania Lim wears a silver gown inspired by Singapore's urban landscape but the result is cold & dull

Miss Singapore 2009 Rachel Kum in another orchid-inspired creation, the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’,

Miss Universe Singapore 2008, Shenise Wong depicting Singapore’s national symbols, The Merlion

MUS 2007, Jessica Tan with sanggul in her hair, cheongsam neckline, kebaya-style dress & sari silhouette

Miss Universe Singapore 2006, Carol Cheong

Miss Universe Singapore 2005, Cheryl Tay

Miss Universe Singapore 2004, Sandy Chua

Miss Universe Singapore 2003, Bernice Wong

Miss Universe Singapore 2002, Nuraliza Osman

Miss Universe Singapore 2001, Jamie Teo

Miss Universe Singapore 2000, Eunice Olsen