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Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh CityTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #11: Speculating On World-Class Transporation Infrastructure In Ho Chi Minh City by Hun Kee Kim

Population, cars and motorbikes have increased at higher than expected rates in Ho Chi Minh City, leading to increased congestion and strain on existing transportation infrastructure. While the city has a transportation infrastructure plan, it lacks adequate funds and is reliant on official development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investment to finance it. Amidst the backdrop of an opaque regulatory environment and intense competition among global ODA institutions, city officials speculate on multiple and contradictory transportation projects simultaneously. Conflicting interests between Bus Rapid Transit and Metro projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City exemplify the states speculative forms of governance in capturing transnational flows of ODA capital to finance infrastructure and call into question dominant framings of infrastructure as rational processes and technologies that work against the so-called irrational and unplanned structure of the city.

Finding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of BorneoFinding Eden: A Journey Into The Heart Of Borneo by Hanbury-Tenison, Robin

Fifty years ago the interior of Borneo was a pristine, virgin rainforest inhabited by uncontacted indigenous tribes and na?ve, virtually tame, wildlife. It was into this 'Garden of Eden' that Robin Hanbury Tenison led one of the largest ever Royal Geographical Society expeditions, an extraordinary undertaking which triggered the global rainforest movement and illuminated, for the first time, how vital rainforests are to our planet. For 15 months, Hanbury Tenison and a team of some of the greatest scientists in the world immersed themselves in a place and a way of life that is on the cusp of extinction. Much of what was once a wildlife paradise is now a monocultural desert, devastated by logging and the forced settlement of nomadic tribes, where traditional ways of life and unimaginably rich and diverse species are slowly being driven to extinction. This is a story for our time, one that reminds us of the fragility of our planet and of the urgent need to preserve the last untamed places of the world.

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of SingaporeNaturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Singapore by Yong Dong Li, Lim Kim Chuah & Lee Tiah Khee

This fully revised and updated identification guide to 280 bird species, including all resident and regular migratory species, occurring in Singapore is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from Singapore's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include common and scientific plus Chinese and Malay names, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the birds of Singapore encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and IUCN status as at 2017.

From Drunken To Driven: The S.P.E.R.M. Model To Overcoming Alcoholism And Leading Fulfilling LivesFrom Drunken To Driven: The S.P.E.R.M. Model To Overcoming Alcoholism And Leading Fulfilling Lives by Dubey, Ram

From Drunken to Driven gives you a peek into the alcoholic life of Sunny. It shares insights into his experiences, thoughts, and challenges with alcoholism. It explains how he was able to triumph over this menace that had plagued his life. Anchored around the S.P.E.R.M. model, this book is peppered with researched facts, motivational statements, inspiring ideas, and healthy daily habits to drive change and contribute to rebuilding a sober, happy, and energetic life. The model provides a framework to help you recover and make a meaningful difference to yourself and also to others. This book is written with a firm belief that anyone who acknowledges his or her problem and has the courage to seek help can overcome alcoholism and lead a fulfilling life.

Naturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of BaliNaturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of Bali by Ruchira Somaweera

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 89 reptile and amphibian species of Bali is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers, are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits, occurrence and whether they are dangerous. The user-friendly introduction covers conservation, how to deal with snake bites, identification of body parts and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Bali encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names.

Digital Indonesia: Connectivity And DivergenceDigital Indonesia: Connectivity And Divergence by Jurriens, Edwin; Ross Tapsell (Eds.)

This book places Indonesia at the forefront of the global debate about the impact of "disruptive" digital technologies. Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity. Yet, while the number of Indonesians using the internet has followed the upward global trend, some groups - the poor, the elderly, women, the less well-educated, people living in remote communities - are disadvantaged. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading researchers and scholars, as well as e-governance and e-commerce insiders, examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, and much more.

Digital Indonesia: Connectivity And DivergenceDigital Indonesia: Connectivity And Divergence by Jurriens, Edwin; Ross Tapsell (Eds.)

This book places Indonesia at the forefront of the global debate about the impact of "disruptive" digital technologies. Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity. Yet, while the number of Indonesians using the internet has followed the upward global trend, some groups - the poor, the elderly, women, the less well-educated, people living in remote communities - are disadvantaged. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading researchers and scholars, as well as e-governance and e-commerce insiders, examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, and much more.

Sustainability Shift, The: Refashioning Malaysia's FutureSustainability Shift, The: Refashioning Malaysia's Future by Adnan A. Hezri

This book discusses the specific ecological threats facing Malaysia and the intellectual as well as practical 'shift' required for a more sustainable future. The book explores themes of environmental degradation, climate change and imminent ecological collapse faced by humanity today. These issues demand an urgent response from individuals, industries and national governments. Yet, in most countries, national policies are still based on fragmentary thinking and unsound science. Malaysia, a resource-rich upper-middle income economy, is no exception. This book shows how, by reforming its institutional hardware, software and 'heartware', Malaysia can nurture an inclusive, sustainable society and also benefit economically by greening its growth.

Mammals Of South-East AsiaMammals Of South-East Asia by Francis, Charles M.

This compact, easy-to-use identification guide describes 192 species of mammals found in South-east Asia, covering each major genus. The book features thumbnail silhouettes, a regional distribution map, and up-to-date tips on the best wildlife localities. Illustrated with clear color photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of animals from each region that the traveler is most likely to see, as well as those that are truly endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal backpack and suitcase space.

Taking Flight: A Photo Journey Of Birds Across SingaporeTaking Flight: A Photo Journey Of Birds Across Singapore by Yong, James (Photo); Melvin Yong (Text)

Taking Flight is a personal look at some of the diverse species of birds we have in Singapore by 82-year-old James Yong, who only picked up his first digital camera at the age of 78. From dainty kingfishers to soaring eagles, this collection of over 250 photographs leads you on a journey not just through green reserves like Sungei Buloh but also takes a look at those feathered friends with homes closer to our own urban dwellings.

Singapore Chronicles: WaterSingapore Chronicles: Water by Tan Gee Paw

Water is more than a basic human necessity in Singapore. Its supply was a strategic collaboration between two British colonies and, later, formed the core of the two independent nations' strategic relationship. This book traces the story of how Singapore was almost totally dependent on the Malay Peninsula to quench its daily thirst and how it has now become almost self-sufficient. Water is also a catalyst for a nation's economic development, and lies at the heart of a city's living environment. This book details the transformation of the water landscape made possible by judicious long-term planning alongside technology and policy innovation. It ends with a view of the nation's future opportunities, both economic and strategic, that have been created as a result of this transformation.

Singapore Chronicles: EnvironmentSingapore Chronicles: Environment by Er, Kenneth; Leong Chee Chiew; Khoo Teng Chye

This book documents Singapore's journey towards greater environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and public cleanliness. Its draws on the experiences of two government institutions: the National Parks Board and the National Environment Agency. It assesses Singapore's record in achieving for its residents a higher quality of life, greater environmental sustainability, and an aesthetically pleasant place in which to live and to work.

Singapore Chronicles: TransportSingapore Chronicles: Transport by A P Gopinath Menon

This book traces the development of Singapore's land transport system since its modern founding in 1819. Until Independence in 1965, the provision of roads, traffic devices, and private, public and non-motorised transport were permitted to develop without any masterplanning. It was not until a sound and workable transport strategy was formulated in the early 1970s and implemented rigorously, that there was a marked improvement in the provision of transport services. Besides the tested methods of building roads, and implementing better traffic management and improved bus and rail services, Singapore is a pioneer in road congestion pricing. The safe and efficient movement of people and goods will always remain a top priority.

Singapore Chronicles: EnergySingapore Chronicles: Energy by Tilak K Doshi; Lin Fangjun

Starting with a condensed history of the beginnings of Singapore's oil industry since 1870, this book describes how Singapore emerged by the early 1980s as the "East of Suez" hub for oil refining, petrochemicals manufacturing and trading, and an important supplier of offshore vessels, equipment and services for the oil and gas industries in Southeast Asia and beyond. By then, it had also consolidated its position as the oil price discovery centre for the Asia-Pacific time zone, attaining an importance to global oil markets comparable to New York and London. Critical policy issues facing government planners in energy security, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are also discussed to inform the reader of the key issues related to the story of oil in Singapore.

Asean Environmental Legal Integration: Sustainable Goals?Asean Environmental Legal Integration: Sustainable Goals? by Koh Kheng-Lian; Nicholas Robinson Et Al

While the environmental performance of most ASEAN member states is above the world average, ASEAN nations will continue to face growing environmental challenges due to pressures exerted on them such as population growth, urbanization and industrialization. The authors of this book look at how the member states of ASEAN employ law as a means of regional integration within the context of environmental conservation. While the goal of new laws is to implement sustainable development, it continues to be an ongoing adaptive process, since clear and immediate answers to environmental challenges are rarely available. Readers of this book will gain a clear idea of the evolving cooperation for sustainability within ASEAN at regional and global levels, and the areas of focus for the future. The book will be of interest to policy and decision makers, as well as environmental organizations and academics in the field.

Beyond WildernessBeyond Wilderness by Chua Chye Teck

In Beyond Wilderness, photographer Chua Chye Teck explores the fast disappearing natural wilderness in Singapore through a series of black and white photographs. Using the forest structure to express the idea of emotional layers, his photographs are a reflection on memory and transformation, and present the dualities of isolation and the unknown. Beyond Wilderness charts the artistic and spiritual journeys of the photographer, and is as much one man's personal encounter with nature as it is a social commentary about the fast-changing landscape of a modern society.

Reef Fishes Of South-East Asia Including Marine Invertebrates And CoralsReef Fishes Of South-East Asia Including Marine Invertebrates And Corals by Wood, Elizabeth; Michael Aw

A new and updated edition of this popular title. Visitors to South-East Asia are astonished at the profusion of marine life that exists in this biodiversity hot-spot. This concise, easy-to-follow field guide to 270 species of fish, corals and marine invertebrates is an essential companion for anyone interested in this fascinating underwater world, from the casual snorkeller to the most experienced diver. It includes stunning colour photographs of each species, as well as concise and informative text and at-a-glance symbols summarising habitat, diet and behaviour. A visual key to fish families at the start of the book aids the quick location and identification of species.

Botanical Singapore: An Illustrated Guide To Popular Plants And FlowersBotanical Singapore: An Illustrated Guide To Popular Plants And Flowers by Sim, William

Singapore's resident bird population, together with the many migratory species that visit seasonally, are one of the most picturesque highlights of the island's natural landscape. In this photographic journey, marvel at the diversity of birds that can be sighted in Singapore; the dazzling colours and patterns of their feathers; and their delightful behaviour in their natural habitats, whether feeding their young, building nests, frolicking in the water, or soaring the skies. Organised by location, this book introduces readers to the wealth of wildlife to be found at Sungei Buloh, Bishan Park, Bukit Timah Hill and Gardens by the Bay, among others. Author James Yong relates his experiences searching for the most elusive species and provides basic tips for budding birdwatchers. With his keen eye for capturing birdlife in its most awe-inspiring moments, this book is a superb up-close-and-personal journey through an often overlooked side of Singapore.

50 Years Of Material Science In Singapore50 Years Of Material Science In Singapore by Boey, Freddy; Bvr Chowdari; Ss Venkatraman (Eds.)

This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation like Singapore developed world-class research capabilities in materials science that helped the country make rapid progress in energy, biomedical and electronics sectors. The economy mirrored this rapid trail of progress, utilizing home-grown technology and the contribution of materials science to the various sectors is undeniable in ensuring the economic growth and stability of Singapore.