The news that Convent Bukit Nanas has not been granted an extension of its land lease by the Federal Territories Lands and Mines Department was met with horror and disgust by many of us. That was followed by the thought, “Lease? Shouldn’t it have been gazetted a long time ago, along with the Victoria Institute, as a heritage site?” Convent Bukit Nanas, fondly known as CBN, was established in Kuala Lumpur in 1899. It was founded just five years after the Victoria Institution and is one of the oldest schools in the country. CBN has humble beginnings, it did not start with government grants or grand funding. The land that CBN stands on was bought by the nuns (of the Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur, which operates the school) with contributions from the public. When I took my children on a tour of my old school recently, they marvelled at its majestic appearance. The English Gothic-style architecture that gives CBN its regal look is not replicated in present day public … [Read more...] about Historic Convent Bukit Nanas should be declared a national heritage site, not demolished
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The Bangkok headquarters of Advanced Info Service. (Photo: Pawat Laupaisarntaksin) SET-listed Gulf Energy Development, the country's biggest private power producer by market value, has announced its intention to acquire InTouch Holdings, the parent firm of the country's biggest telecom operator, Advanced Info Service (AIS), through a share purchase worth 168.9 billion baht. Smith Banomyong, Gulf's chief for asset management and investment, said the buyout is expected to be completed within July. "E-commerce and digital platform-based businesses are growing and will become a promising new business for Gulf," he said. Gulf informed the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Monday it aims to invest in InTouch's shares through a conditional voluntary tender with the tender offer price of 65 baht per share. The tender offer covers 2.59 billion shares of InTouch, or up to 81.07% of the total issued and paid shares in the firm. Gulf already has 606.8 million shares of InTouch, a 18.93% … [Read more...] about Gulf poised to acquire InTouch
Emergency room doctor Louis Profeta wants college students to know what happens the day after someone spends the night drinking too much. He describes a dorm room where the smell of feces and urine fills the air and how a roommate trips over his fraternity brother, now lying dead on the floor after a night of five vodka slammers, one after another. "Dead, waxy, with rock-still, clouded eyes ... you could never envision a stare so distant," Profeta writes on his blog. "You played pickup basketball yesterday at the campus rec center and … now, he is so still, laying among the pile of yet-to-be-washed clothes or wrapped up in a blanket on a [urine]-soaked IKEA futon delivered to him last week." Profeta sees students come through the emergency department of Saint Vincent's Medical Center in Indianapolis too often, he said. He understands the agony parents feel when their child's life is in peril. "We're the ones who have to tell the parents how these kids die," Profeta said. So, … [Read more...] about What’s the Worst That Could Happen If You Drink Too Much?
College fees are expensive, but they’re not supposed to be this pricey. Dozens of wealthy parents in the U.S. were indicted this week for illegally paying up to millions of dollars to buy a place for their children at prestigious universities. The scandal has pulled back the curtain on a process that has often frustrated applicants and their families pursuing higher education. Trying to wrap your arms around it is like trying to catch fog. Famous Parents, Coaches Charged in 'Largest' College Admission Scam Rich and famous parents paid tens of thousands to get their children into elite universities So what do students need to do to get accepted into U.S. colleges and universities? Don’t wait until your senior year of high school to prepare for college. The first steps start freshman year . Grade-point averages, or GPAs — which carry the most weight in acceptance — start being calculated the first day of a student’s freshman year. Most schools … [Read more...] about How to Untie the Knots of College Applications
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki defended the administration’s policy of admitting migrants into the United States if they first separate themselves from their families. Psaki was asked April 15, “Some of your own administration’s immigration [officials] … have said that some migrant families are, in their words, ‘self-separating’ at the border and sending their kids across alone because they know that unaccompanied minors are not going to be turned away.” “Well, you’re right, Todd,” Psaki responded. “That certainly is an unintended consequence … even as families are doing that, a number of these kids are still in — taking a very dangerous journey.” But President Joe Biden’s administration will continue to accept migrants who separate themselves from their families, Psaki added, “I don’t think we have any intention to rethink our approach to treating kids humanely and ensuring that they are safe when they cross the border.” The admission was almost entirely hidden by the … [Read more...] about White House Defends Migration by Family Separation