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Guide To The Common Epiphytes And Mistletoes Of Singapore, AGuide To The Common Epiphytes And Mistletoes Of Singapore, A by Yong, Jean W,H.; James Wang Wei Et Al

This book is the first to profile the unique epiphytic plant communities found in Singapore. The canopies of tropical trees are often festooned with luxuriant masses of delicate ferns, orchids and mistletoes; these veritable aerial gardens are one of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet. Yet, despite their prevalence in tropical urban landscapes, many of these fascinating aerial plants remain unappreciated and misunderstood. The first section of this book provides a concise scientific introduction to the biology of epiphytes and mistletoes, including their taxonomy, life-cycles, adaptive strategies and interactions with their hosts and arboreal fauna. The second section serves as a field guide for identifying all of the common epiphytes and mistletoes found in Singapore. Copious illustrations of both vegetative and fertile characters are provided to enable nature lovers and plant hobbyists to confidently identify all the common species, including epiphytic ferns, orchids, hoyas, dischidias, rubiaceous ant-plants and mistletoes.

Lotus: Photographs And Chinese Poems by Teoh Eng Soon

An auspicious flower in Asia, the lotus symbolizes purity, beauty and nobility. At the rustic level, it stands for abundance, fertility and continuity. It has been a favourite art motif for three millennia in China and India. The different faces and phases of the lotus are explored in over 200 photographs within this book. Chinese poems that mention the lotus and calligraphic rendition of some poems are included to enrich the presentation. The book features a Foreword written by eminent scholar Professor Wang Gungwu.

Gerontological Counselling: An Introductory HandbookGerontological Counselling: An Introductory Handbook by Mehta, Kalyani K.; Helen Ko

Social workers and counsellors face a myriad of complex issues and problems related to ageing when working with older clients and their families. Yet, many social workers and counsellors do not have specialized training in gerontological counselling. This is a trainer's guide to counselling elders and their family members from Asian backgrounds, with emphasis on: ageing processes and issues, counselling older persons and their families, and culture-specific factors which affect the experiences of older persons.

Plants In Tropical CitiesPlants In Tropical Cities by Boo Chih Min, Sharon Y.J. Chew, Jean W.H. Yong

This is a pictorial reference to the vast selection of plants found in tropical cities. It is written for the horticulturist, landscaper and researcher in plant identification. The main section of the book provides botanical information of the plant species using photos that illustrate their various morphological features. The plant species are arranged in alphabetical order according to their scientific name. Information pertaining to the individual species includes scientific name, family, common name, and possibly synonym. Other useful botanical information and plant cultivation needs are provided using pictorial icons. The second section features horticultural palettes for 19 different plant characteristics (cyads, drought-tolerant plants, plants that attract birds etc.) and various landscaping situations or applications.

Naturalist's Guide To The Butterflies Of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore And Thailand, A by Kirton, Laurence

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 butterfly species most commonly seen in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from the area's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, 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 butterflies of the region encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, IUCN status as at 2011 and its status in each country.

Seizures In The City: A Collection Of Writings On EpilepsySeizures In The City: A Collection Of Writings On Epilepsy by Epilepsy Care Group

The Epilepsy Care Group of Singapore is a non-profit organisation set up to address the needs of sufferers and their carers. Within the pages of this book, sufferers, their carers, volunteers and medical practitioners share some of their stories.

Biofuels, Land Grabbing And Food Security In AfricaBiofuels, Land Grabbing And Food Security In Africa by Prosper B. Matondi; Kjell Havnevik Et Al

The issue of biofuels has already been much debated, but the focus to date has largely been on Latin America and deforestation - this highly original work breaks fresh ground in looking at the African perspective. Using cutting-edge empirical case studies, this knowledge gap is addressed in a variety of chapters examining the effects of large-scale biofuels production on African agriculture. In particular, 'land grabbing' and food security issues are scrutinized, both of which have become vital topics in regard to the environmental and developmental governance of African countries. A revealing book for anyone wishing to understand the startling impact of biofuels and land grabbing on Africa.

Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs And Social FuturesSocieties Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs And Social Futures by John Urry

What would a de-carbonised society be like? What are the implications of a general de-globalisation for our social futures? How will our high-carbon patterns of life be restructured in a de-energized world? As global society gradually wakes up to the new reality of peak oil, these questions remain unanswered. For the last hundred years oil made the world go round, and as we move into the century of 'tough oil' this book examines some profound consequences. It considers what societies would be like that are powering down; what lessons can be learned from the past about de-energized societies; will there be rationing systems or just the market to allocate scarce energy? Can virtual worlds solve energy problems? What levels of income and wellbeing would be likely? In this groundbreaking book, John Urry analyzes how the twentieth century created a kind of mirage of the future that is unsustainable into even the medium term and envisions the future of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent. Without a large-scale plan B, how can the energizing of society possibly be going into reverse?

Advancing The Understanding Of Biosafety: Gmo Risk Assesment, Independent Biosafety Research Holistic AnalysisAdvancing The Understanding Of Biosafety: Gmo Risk Assesment, Independent Biosafety Research Holistic Analysis by Bonn News

The foremost aim of the Scientific Conference is to advance the current understanding of biosafety in terms of the ecological, human health and socio-economic implications of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To that end, the event works towards: Sharing the most recent scientific findings of biosafety research with a wide range of Japanese stakeholders and, during the 5th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 5) in Nagoya, also with negotiators and observers from other countries; Providing opportunities for exchange of experiences and views related to biosafety policy and regulation; and Promoting public participation in framing risk research, technology assessment and decision-making related to biosafety.

Bonn News: Updates And Climate Briefing (June 2013)Bonn News: Updates And Climate Briefing (June 2013) by Bonn News

This a collection of 30 News Updates and Briefings Paper prepared by the Third World Network for and during the recent United Nations Climate Change Talks - the thirty sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38), as well as the second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2) - in Bonn, Germany, from 3 to 14 June 2013.

Doha News Updates And Climate BriefingsDoha News Updates And Climate Briefings by

This is a collection of 29 News Updates and a Briefing Paper prepared by the Third World Network for and during the recent United Nations Climate Change Talks - the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18), and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 8) - in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 7 December 2012.

Genetically Modified Mosquitos: Ongoing Concerns by Wallace, Helen

UK biotech firm Oxitec has developed a strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito genetically engineered to produce offspring which die prematurely. The company has so far released large numbers of these mosquitoes in Brazil, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia under experiments aimed at reducing the adult population of Aedes aegypti, which is responsible for transmitting the tropical disease dengue fever. Even as Oxitec continues to promote its patented technology, Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Ongoing Concerns points to a host of concerns and unanswered questions surrounding the use of the genetically modified (GM) Aedes aegypti as a form of mosquito control. The technology may not be particularly effective in suppressing mosquito populations and may even, especially in cases of limited efficacy, worsen the dengue problem. There is also uncertainty over the extent to which some of the GM mosquitoes' offspring do survive into adulthood. More generally, the potential adverse effects of this technology are still not fully understood, given the complex interactions in the ecosystem between Aedes aegypti, other mosquito species, the viruses they carry and the humans they bite. These concerns were not properly addressed prior to the mosquito open release trials, for which the risk assessment and consultation process has been seriously inadequate. Without a thorough examination of the risks and benefits, it is questionable whether the objectives of mosquito and dengue control would be best served by deploying Oxitec's GM mosquitoes.

Damned Dams & Noxious Nukes: Questioning Malaysia's Energy PolicyDamned Dams & Noxious Nukes: Questioning Malaysia's Energy Policy by Kua Kia Soong

Damned Dams & Noxious Nukes is the most incisive critique yet of Malaysia's energy policy and its privatized utility, Tenaga Nasional. As if the Bakun dam was not foolish enough, the BN Government is planning to build more mega dams which are just as economically disastrous, socially disruptive and environmentally destructive. These projects will most certainly be paid for by Malaysian taxpayer through further tariff increases. At least two nuclear reactors are also being planned and the costs of these projects will be even more catastrophic. This latest book by Dr Kua Kia Soong is the first to analyse the causes of the recurring crises in the Malaysian energy industry, with inside information provided by whistleblowers within TNB. The blackouts throughout peninsula Malaysia in 1992 and 1996 had been forewarned by the author in 1990 when, as a member of parliament, he had alluded to mismanagement, negligence and corruption in TNB and the energy ministry. The blackouts of the early nineties gave an opportunity for independent power producers to become privileged private electricity providers, who enjoyed subsidized profits and with whom TNB was forced to sign lop-sided agreements. This has seriously affected TNB's profitability and increased electricity tariffs for consumers. Kua calls for sustainable development path that prioritises people's interests before profits and commissions, based on demand management and cheaper, cleaner ways of providing energy. With his impeccable documentation, this study is essential reading for academics, investors, students and civil society.

100 Useful Herbs Of Malaysia And Singapore: An Introduction To Their Medicinal, Culinary, Aromatic And Cosmetic Uses100 Useful Herbs Of Malaysia And Singapore: An Introduction To Their Medicinal, Culinary, Aromatic And Cosmetic Uses by Samy, Joseph; M. Sugumaran; Kate L.W. Lee

This book presents a clear and concise introduction to 100 common herbs of the region, highlighting their fascinating uses in traditional medicine, cooking, aromatherapy and fragrances. It defines herbs in the context of their uses and gives a brief historical background, notes on the developments of modern drug technology, and an account of edible herbs and essential oils. Adapted from the authors' book Herbs of Malaysia (2004), this present volume preserves the scientific rigour and expert knowledge of the original, while presenting the information in a more user-friendly format for general readers.

Baid, Hakim & Doctors: The Medicine Heritage Of IndiaBaid, Hakim & Doctors: The Medicine Heritage Of India by Sharma, Sanjay

This illuminating and often astonishing book, skilfully creates a rich tapestry from the writings, experiences, and evolving medical knowledge, of the diverse healers who have practiced their craft and calling in the vast lands of India. Baid, Hakim & Doctors is based on the lesser known medical histories of India that have remained buried in the pages of oft-forgotten medical periodicals and journals, until now.

There Is Life After Dialysis: Treatment, Regimen, Diet & CookbookThere Is Life After Dialysis: Treatment, Regimen, Diet & Cookbook by Shankar, Vijay N.

This book deals with dialysis issues such as side effects, blood and chemical imbalances, and other problems. Most importantly, it looks at ways of living with dialysis with the correct medical and dietary regulations. This book has been written to inspire and guide dialysis patients and their families on how to manage issues raised by dialysis and to inform them about food choices and diet that can make their lives easier.

Sea Inside, TheSea Inside, The by Hoare, Philip

A startling new book, his most personal to date, from Philip Hoare, winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for 'Leviathan'. In 'The Sea Inside', Philip Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea, its islands, birds and beasts. He begins on the south coast where he grew up, a place of almost monastic escape. From there he travels to the other side of the world - the Azores, Sri Lanka, New Zealand - in search of encounters with animals and people. Navigating between human and natural history, he asks what these stories mean for us now. Along the way we meet an amazing cast; from scientists to tattooed warriors; from ravens to whales and bizarre creatures that may, or may not, be extinct. Part memoir, part fantastical travelogue, 'The Sea Inside' takes us on an astounding journey of discovery.

Dynamics Of Governing It Innovation In Singapore: A CasebookDynamics Of Governing It Innovation In Singapore: A Casebook by Pan, Gary

Focusing on issues in the management and governance of IT innovation, this book links concepts and theories of academic learning to actual real-life scenarios from the successful experiences of public and private sector organisations in Singapore. While there is little disagreement that innovation is the fundamental source of value creation and competitive advantage, investment in IT to support and foster innovation by no means guarantees success. There are various issues to be considered, such as the question of processes and structures that need to be in place in order to maximise value, how to leverage IT innovation to formulate constantly evolving strategies so as to seize emergent opportunities, and how to overcome challenges faced in implementation, amongst others. Suitable as a complement to main texts for academic courses on accounting information systems and management information systems, as well as a guide for business professionals in this field, the book provides a concise introduction on the subject through the use of case studies and teaching notes, affording a broad perspective on the most important issues.

Minding The Gaps: Parenting A Child With Learning DisordersMinding The Gaps: Parenting A Child With Learning Disorders by Fung, Daniel; Sally Ang; Joolian Kheng Et Al

This clearly presented handbook is for parents whose children have been diagnosed as having a learning disorder. Based on Singapore's experience, it presents information about implications of the diagnosis and possible positive multi-dimensional approaches based on 1) innate ability and temperament 2) environment and support 3) motivation and attitude 4) physical health 5) mental health 6) resilience. The notes on parents' coping strategies, home activities, memorising strategies, occupational therapy, examinations, and parent support groups and clinic resources add practical value to this book, which will be widely welcomed. Book list and index.

Life In The Skies: Everything You Want To Know About FlyingLife In The Skies: Everything You Want To Know About Flying by Lim Khoy Hing

The author of this discussion of flying as it is today served for 40 years as a pilot and Captain with Royal Malaysian Air Force, Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. His relaxed explanations of flying today are directed at ordinary passengers, those interested in careers in the air, and particularly to people who fear flying. With anecdotes, many "what ifs", photographs and sketch maps.