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

Update 27 Sep 2019: Court of Appeal throws out blogger Leong Sze Hian's counterclaim against PM Lee
Mr Leong Sze Hian had filed a defence and countersuit against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last year, arguing that PM Lee's defamation suit against him is an abuse of the process of the court.PHOTO: ST FILE

Blogger Leong Sze Hian has lost an appeal to make a counterclaim in a libel suit brought against him by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Mr Leong had filed a defence and countersuit against PM Lee last year, arguing that the Prime Minister's defamation suit against him is an abuse of the process of the court.

But the Court of Appeal, comprising Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang and Judith Prakash, threw out Mr Leong's suit on Friday afternoon (Sept 27). The apex court also ordered Mr Leong to pay $20,000 in costs.

Blogger Leong Sze Hian fails to reinstate counterclaim against PM Lee

A blogger who sought to reinstate his counterclaim against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had his appeal dismissed on Friday (27 September).

Leong Sze Hian argued through his lawyer Lim Tean in the Court of Appeal that PM Lee had improperly brought about a civil suit to silence him and to “gag political speech”.

“He may be a litigant in person but he is bringing libel action to protect the reputation of his government, his libel actions have a chilling effect on free speech,” Lim told a panel of three judges comprising Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, and Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang and Judith Prakash.

Apex court dismisses blogger Leong Sze Hian’s appeal in PM Lee defamation case

The Apex court dismissed an appeal by blogger Leong Sze Hian on Friday (Sep 27) against a decision by a high court judge to strike out his counterclaim against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The three-judge court, which reiterated that Mr Leong's argument of abuse of process was not part of the law of Singapore, also ordered Mr Leong to pay the Prime Minister costs of S$20,000.

Mr Leong's lawyer Lim Tean, who founded political party Peoples Voice, had contended that there was an abuse of court process when Mr Lee brought a defamation suit against his client for sharing a Facebook post.

Netizens point out the irony of PM Lee telling world leaders to ‘resolve differences calmly and peacefully’

We should try our best to resolve our differences calmly and peacefully, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the United Nations (UN) event on Tuesday (24 September). The event, Leadership Matters – Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World, was hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth.

In his speech, PM Lee said that mutual understanding, tolerance and respect can be built only when people start to appreciate the views of others, especially in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. He said, “Differences are more easily amplified, and people more readily take offence. Tensions and conflicts are prevalent not just between countries, races and religions, but also within them.”

The premier called on other countries to contribute to global efforts, as Singapore has, in promoting respect and mutual understanding.

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

9 unspoiled places on Earth










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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