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Act On CO2 Program

A program from the British government to act on CO2 that "aims to help people save money, save energy and reduce their CO2 emissions. The campaign highlights how individuals can act to make a difference." Click the picture on the left to access to their website and to find out more about the program and eventually start to participate in saving our world. Alternatively you can click here: direct.gov.uk/ActOnCO2.

 

Cambodia's Tuk-tuk Banned From Operating Along Norodom Boulevard in Phnom Penh

Visitors will no longer be able to alight from their Tuk-tuk or get a Tuk-tuk along Norodom Boulevard in Phnom Penh. This takes effect shortly as the local government decided to ban Tuk-tuk from operating along this street, which is one of Phnom Penh's main streets. Click here for more details.

 

Indonesia's Bali Beach listed as "World's 25 Sexiest Beaches '09" by Forbes Traveler

It's not Kuta Beach but Forbes named it as "Dreamland Beach", which is located nearby Bukit Peninsula in Bali. Please click the following link for its complete recent report: World's 25 Sexiest Beaches '09.

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Q&A: Why Do They Turn Off Airplane Cabin Lights Before Take Off?

If you noticed or remembered, whenever you are travelling at night, before taking off, you might hear your cabin crew saying "for safety reasons, we will be dimming the cabin lights..." What's the safety reason behind it? Well, try this in your room at night. Switch off your room light and count how long your eyes need time to adjust to the darkness, so that you 'can see' your furnitures and other stuff again.

Taking a bit of theory, the rods in our eyes, which play important roles in a dark environment, can take up to 30 seconds to fully adapt from a bright environment to darkness.

That is actually one of the main reasons why cabin crew has to turn off or at least dim your airplane cabin lights before taking off in a dark evening. In case of emergency, such as aborted take off followed by overshooting the runway (crashed) and lost of electric power, passengers' eyes should be already adjusted to cabin darkness, hence they should be able to see better their airplane cabin and help them evacuating the airplane faster.

 

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank

Was held in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia from 2 to 5 May 2009. The most important international economic and development gathering in Indonesia in 2009, the ADB Annual Meeting will bring together more than 3,000 people from across the globe. Click here for further information.

 

President Arroyo of the Philippines Attends WOC in Manado

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines attended the World Ocean Conference in Manado from 14-15 May. For further details please click here.

 

Circus Festival

Tini Tinou, an International Circus Festival held in Cambodia from 27-28 March and 2-5 April 2009. Click here for more details.

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Sam Ratulangi Airport of Manado

In anticipating to swine flu, three thermo scanners have been installed at the airport to screen incoming international passengers. One scanner is for VIP guests and the other two are for public.

 

Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open

From 11 to 14 December 2008, this US$ 300,000 Asian PGA Tour was held at the Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap for the second time. Rhys Davies of Wales grabbed the first place, followed by Anthony Kang of the United States and Rory Hidayat at the third place. Click here for more a detailed report on this tournament.

 

Ancient Fish Coelacanth

Believed to be extinct long time ago, this fish was found by a fisherman in sea near Manado in late early 2000s. Last year a few Coelacanth were caught by local fishermen. More about Coelacanth, click here: en.wikipedia.org/Coelacanth

 



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