National & Features Syndicate content

Apr 12, 2019

To ease the chronic housing crisis, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government has pitched a plan to increase the supply of land through the building of artificial islands.

Year after year, Hong Kong SAR has topped the rankings for the world’s least affordable housing markets. The city’s sky-high...

Apr 04, 2019

CHIANG RAI, THAILAND (4 April 2019) — Southeast Asian governments, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and major development financiers today launched the “ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility”, a new initiative to spur more than $1 billion in green infrastructure investments across Southeast Asia. The launch...

Apr 03, 2019

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR – On March 22, 2019, officials from the Governments of Laos and the United States celebrated the successful completion of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) LUNA II project at a ceremony at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane. The event, co-chaired by Minister of Industry and...

Apr 03, 2019

In a bid to attract more tourists and reduce waiting times at border checkpoints, Laos’ ministry of foreign affairs has announced the introduction of an e-visa service to start this June, enabling foreign visitors to more conveniently apply for entry visas online.

Apr 01, 2019

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) launched a strategy to build innovation capacity among public higher education institutions throughout the country on February 12, 2019.

Mar 28, 2019

What really makes a happy nation? The report’s authors insist it's not just about money. Finland tops the happiness list despite not having the highest GDP of the Nordic countries.

The world is getting used to being told that Scandinavian countries are among the best places to live. The release of the 2019...

Mar 25, 2019

Vietnam on Wednesday on March 20 started construction of a race circuit in the capital Hanoi where the Southeast Asian city will host its first Formula One race presumably in April next year.

Formula One chief Jean Todt hailed the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix in Hanoi as “a great opportunity to open doors...

Mar 19, 2019

The Philippines is the only nation from the region to make the Global Gender Gap Index's top 10.

Despite a shrinking gender gap in many parts of the world, a lot of work still needs to be done to fully eradicate inequalities between the sexes.

Asian economies that recognize the contribution gender...

Mar 18, 2019

Taiwan’s fertility medicine has long enjoyed international acclaim, with many anxious parents from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia coming to Taiwan in hopes of fulfilling their dream of having children. However, as the market has become saturated, fertility clinics have begun to actively seek ways to sustain their...

Mar 07, 2019

Pollution data suggests Taiwan’s air quality should be getting better. But a CommonWealth Magazine investigation has found that the data may be tainted, with companies using various tactics to hide high air pollution emissions readings.

A gray smog engulfs western Taiwan, setting off red alarms at air...

Mar 07, 2019

Explore Art Basel, the city’s diverse art happenings and much more in Hong Kong Arts Month

Mar 07, 2019

Manila, March 06, 2019 – International volunteers from Habitat for Humanity break ground today in Fiji for this year’s Pacific Build, following in the footsteps of other volunteers at the Asia Build in Myanmar last month.

Fifty-two young Japanese volunteers spent 10 days from February 10 to 20 to help build...

Mar 04, 2019

Malaysia plans to unveil its first flying car prototype to the public this year, Minister of Entrepreneur Development Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said on February 26 at the launch of the “Growth Malaysia” initiative in Kuala Lumpur.

The prototype, which was developed domestically by national car maker Proton, was...

Feb 08, 2019

The Philippines are topping the global country ranking of Internet usage per day with an average ten hours and 2 minutes of screen time. The country was joined in the top five by Thailand and Indonesia, according to findings in a new report on online habits released by HootSuite and We Are Social.

Feb 08, 2019

While some parts of the world have limited access to vaccines, patients in other regions are reluctant to use them, partly because of the anti-vaccine movement. Another area of huge concern is the toll that pollution and climate change take on health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified 10 of...

Jan 24, 2019

What if we did something with carbon emissions, instead of continuing to try and contain them on a massive scale?

The world is off track on climate action, with global warming heading towards 3°C this century, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We used to...

Jan 19, 2019

Major electronics makers are desperately seeking new production bases as the U.S.-China trade war shows no signs of abating. For many, Vietnam is the top choice, with a powerful electronics cluster taking shape in the northern part of the country. We went there to find how what’s happening.

Jan 07, 2019

WUHAN, China, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- "Meet in Wuhan", the online campaign launched by the Wuhan Tourism Development Committee on international social media, came to a successful end on December 25. The campaign offered overseas audiences a glimpse into Wuhan's diverse tourism attractions and cultural heritage...

Jan 06, 2019

Her project is called ‘Developing a Smart Infrared Based ROV to Identify Microplastics in Marine Environments’ – ROV stands for remotely operated vehicle. Inspired by a visit to the beach, where she was struck by the volume of plastic littering the sand, Du has developed an underwater vehicle fitted with an...

Dec 31, 2018

SONGYUAN, China, Dec. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --The 17th Chagan Lake fishing cultural tourism festival opened on Dec. 28, once again showcasing the unique folk culture of the last fishing tribe in north China to tourists from China and abroad. Demonstration of ancient traditional fishing method featuring under-the-...

Dec 28, 2018

Dec 28, 2018 (China Knowledge) - Beijing is putting in place more facial recognition-enabled smart locks in its public housing to crackdown on the practice of illegal subletting in the city.

The new facial recognition locks are expected to cover all of Beijing’s public housing projects by June 2019 and...

Dec 29, 2018

Older adults make the same financial decisions for themselves and others, while young adults take more risks when making financial decisions for others

A recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that when it comes to making financial decisions under risk, older...