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Photo Journal: Dainty decorations
South Korean artist’s 24-carat gold paintings set to go on display here - Nation
10 Home Design Hacks That Will Make Cleaning A Breeze
Nursing college student ends life in hostel toilet
Garden landscaping: Creative pathways to handle foot traffic
Are some Asian tourists breaking Utah toilets?
What to do in a home fire
'Dog-paparazzi' to prey on pet owners
2018-04-06 00:14:12 An increasing number of people are taking classes at cram schools to learn to take pictures of dog owners who do not muzzle or leash their dogs in public places. This came ahead of the implementation of the law under which violators will be fined up to 3 million won ($2,700). The informants will get paid up to 20 percent of the amount of the fine as a commission   Read More ...
Homemade household goods attract Instagram users
2018-03-20 05:15:16 Consumers, niche product suppliers meet directly. Crea Hall in Seoul's Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) was crowded Friday and Saturday as thousands of people visited the much-anticipated Instagram-based flea market, called the "Ddinggul Market." Over 100 handmade brands, mostly household products, were on display, courting consumers searching for niche-market products not available in large retail stores. The vast majority of visitors were women   Read More ...
Video: Man arrested for throwing paint and household items from Boon Keng flat
2018-02-19 07:00:21 A 57-year-old man was arrested after throwing household items and cans of paint from his fourth-storey Housing Board flat yesterday (Feb 18). Stomper Kar Tin shared videos of the incident with Stomp where the man can be seen throwing items out of his window. "White paint splashed onto cars in the carpark from the flat above," he said. In response to Stomp's media queries, a police spokesman said they were alerted to the incident at 10   Read More ...
Man arrested for throwing household items from HDB block at Upper Boon Keng
2018-02-18 07:30:34 SINGAPORE: A 57-year-old man was arrested on Sunday (Feb 18) at Block 15 Upper Boon Keng road after he was reported to be throwing household items and tin cans from his residential unit. Police were alerted to the incident at the HDB block at 10.20am. No injuries were reported. The carpark in the area was cordoned off during the incident. The man was arrested for rash act and under the Mental Health Act   Read More ...
LG Household net up 6.8 pct in 2017
2018-01-23 08:06:36 SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- LG Household & Health Care Ltd., South Korea's No. 2 cosmetics and household goods maker, said Tuesday its net profit increased 6.8 percent in 2017 from a year earlier on steady demand for its luxury cosmetics products from domestic and overseas markets. Net profit reached 618.5 billion won (US$577.4 million) in 2017, compared with 579   Read More ...
Every Indian house will have a toilet before 2019 elections; changing mindset challenge: Centre
2018-01-22 05:07:10 Top government functionaries believe that every household will get a toilet and will be open-defecation free before the 2019 elections, but have cautioned that changing the general mindset of the people still remains a challenge. As per a Times of India report, the urban affairs department headed by Hardeep Singh Puri, has had a tough task to manage the huge quantum of daily garbage generated across urban areas   Read More ...
Toto hopes to clean up with new self-cleaning toilets
2018-01-18 11:07:26 With the upcoming 2020 Olympics in mind leading Japanese toilet-maker Toto Ltd. has recently introduced a new type of self-cleaning toilet for public restrooms, aiming to improve bathroom experiences for locals and foreign visitors to Japan. “We’re seeing a surge in inbound tourism,” said Hirofumi Matsutake, a spokesperson at Fukuoka-based Toto. The firm’s study has found that Japan’s high-tech toilets are popular among many non-Japanese people   Read More ...
Gov't moving to get pet owners to register cats
2018-01-14 12:05:37 SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Yonhap) -- The government said Sunday it is moving to get people to register their cats amid a rising number of pets being cast off by their owners or getting lost. The voluntary registration that kicks off Monday is a demonstration program to get pet owners to report their cats to authorities, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Rural Affairs said   Read More ...
Gardening can make old people stay more healthy
2018-01-11 18:21:44 Indulging in gardening may not only keep older adults active but also boost their health and mental well-being, finds a study. The findings showed that older women who spend more than three hours on household chores a day and got less or more than seven hours of sleep a night, were less likely to be in good health. However, the researchers found that the similar criteria had no effect on the health of elderly men   Read More ...
Gov’t spent $1.93bil on home improvement programme
2018-01-02 18:03:01 The Housing and Development Board (HDB) revealed that $1.93 billion had been spent under the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) since its launch in 2007... The Housing and Development Board (HDB) revealed that $1.93 billion had been spent under the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) since its launch in 2007 until 31 March this year, while another $40 million was spent under the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) scheme   Read More ...
Botanical garden of Jammu University makes it to international list
2017-12-29 08:40:55 Strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir has a reason to celebrate after the sprawling botanical garden of University of Jammu was awarded prestigious membership by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, London. Spread over an area of 6.2 acres, the Botanical garden of the Jammu University is one of the best in North India. Housing more than 500 species of angiosperms, gymnosperms, pteridophytes, bryophytes and MACRO FUNGI, the plants have been systematically been arranged as per the Bentham and Hooker’s system of classification   Read More ...
Prefab toilets at 58 tribal hamlets soon
2017-12-28 20:30:45 Mavudi, a remote tribal hamlet in Salur mandal, can now boast itself as a model on using individual household toilets. It was declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) a couple of months ago. In spite of not having running water, the tribal people fetch water from borewells and use them. Collector Vivek Yadav, ITDA Project Officer Lakshmi Sha, and the media visited the hamlet for an interaction with the beneficiaries and also Panchali village in Pachipenta mandal, where the officials laid the stone for 231 Solid Wealth Processing Centres (SWPC) on Wednesday   Read More ...
Pet owners splash cash, while 8 in 10 back neutering stray cats
2017-12-28 10:06:36 About three in 10 pet owners spend over 100,000 won ($93) a month on their animals for food, veterinarian services and grooming. And an overwhelming majority, or 82 percent, of people back neutering the increasing number of stray or "community" cats. According a recent survey of 5,000 people commissioned by the Animal, Plant Quarantine Agency, 26.3 percent of respondents spend somewhere between 100,000 won and 300,000 won a month on their pets   Read More ...
Man killed in Sabah house fire; rescuers travel 133km to reach scene
2017-12-28 03:14:38 TELUPID: A man was killed in a house fire at Kampung Barayong Terodon here on Wednesday night. Firefighters discovered the charred remains of Jury Ambilai, 44, in the living room area. The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department received a distress call at 10.10pm and deployed a team of five firefighters from the Kinabatangan station to the scene. They were aided by nine firefighters from the Beluran station   Read More ...
Focus on toilet infrastructure to improve city’s ‘swachh’ ranking
2017-12-27 06:31:45 In a bid to improve Bengaluru’s Swachh Bharat rankings, the civic administration is finally focussing on filling the gap in toilet infrastructure. But in a hurry to meet the March 31, 2018 Swachh Survekshan deadline, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has opted for a quick-fix solution and begun work to put up nearly 2,500 community toilets and 3,500 household toilets using mountable steel structures instead of building permanent ones   Read More ...
Putting Kyrgyz traditional hat on a dog during dog show sparks controversy, police looking into any violations
2017-12-26 05:01:15 Kyrgyzstan | incidents | 09:27, 26 December 2017 | - Bishkek hosted a dog show, where one of the contestants put an ak kalpak (Kyrgyz traditional white hat worn by males) on her pet. The social media users found the gesture incorrect and demanded the authorities to punish the woman. Pervomay district police department said they are looking into any violations the woman committed   Read More ...
Scoop the Poop drive lacks bite: 8 officers for 3,110 pet dogs
2017-12-25 20:12:49 The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s Scoop the Poop drive to keep the streets free of droppings by pet dogs while owners take them for walks has been a failure. Since November last year, the civic body’s veterinary department has fined only 25 pet owners for failing to clear their dog’s poop. Sources in the department said that the drive is not being enforced properly owing to acute staff shortage   Read More ...
Not enough toilets in temple parking lot
2017-12-13 04:12:25 There are not enough toilets for the hundreds of Sabarimala pilgrims who transit through Madurai for visiting Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. At the temple parking lot in Ellis Nagar, there are two mobile toilets in the rest area. At the bus stop, there is a toilet-cum-bathroom complex for men and women that needs cleaning. There are also three mobile toilets. But cleaning is not done properly, according to hawkers   Read More ...
Clean-up or pay fine, Dubai pet owners told
2017-12-08 11:05:13 Dubai: Pamper your dog, but do not forget the cleanliness of your city. This is the message pet owners in Dubai were given as part of a recent cleanliness awareness drive. The Veterinary Services Section in the Public Health Services Department of Dubai Municipality organised the initiative as part of this year’s Clean Up the World campaign, the civic body said in a press release   Read More ...
Photo Journal: Dainty decorations
2017-12-05 09:00:45 Two women work on "lucky charm" paper decorations in preparation for the new year in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, in this recent photo. The charms, which are made of traditional Japanese paper, are typically displayed near household altars when ringing in the new year. A total of approximately 600 sheets are planned to be produced by the end of the year, with auspicious images such as treasure ships and the seven gods of good fortune   Read More ...
South Korean artist’s 24-carat gold paintings set to go on display here - Nation
2017-12-02 01:02:40 KUALA LUMPUR: Paintings made from pure gold, anyone? Be forewarned though, as it does not come cheap. Malaysia is set to host a one-of-a-kind art exhibition featuring the works of South Korean artist Kim il-Tae who is said to be the world’s only gold painting artist. Using cutlery and etching tools, Kim crafts artwork pieces of dragons, horses and roses with 24-carat gold   Read More ...
How Japan's music-playing, water-spraying TOTO toilets took over the world
2017-11-23 10:35:04 I will always remember the first time I walked into a Tokyo bathroom and, with the automatic lift of its lid, a Japanese "smart toilet" happily greeted me. It didn't end there. Mounted to the wall was a panel of buttons, illustrated by stick men and symbols open to wild interpretation. It transpired that they controlled functions such as toilet seat heating, the water pressure level of the electronic bidet, and music to cover, er, embarrassing noises   Read More ...
How TOTO took over toilet world
2017-11-23 04:09:25 I will always remember the first time I walked into a Tokyo bathroom and, with the automatic lift of its lid, a Japanese "smart toilet" happily greeted me. It didn't end there. Mounted to the wall was a panel of buttons, illustrated by stick men and symbols open to wild interpretation. It transpired that they controlled functions such as toilet seat heating, the water pressure level of the electronic bidet, and music to cover, er, embarrassing noises   Read More ...
How Japan's toilets gained cult status
2017-11-23 04:08:54 I will always remember the first time I walked into a Tokyo bathroom and, with the automatic lift of its lid, a Japanese "smart toilet" happily greeted me. It didn't end there. Mounted to the wall was a panel of buttons, illustrated by stick men and symbols open to wild interpretation. It transpired that they controlled functions such as toilet seat heating, the water pressure level of the electronic bidet, and music to cover, er, embarrassing noises   Read More ...
How Japan's music playing, water-spraying TOTO toilets took over the world
2017-11-23 00:23:50 I will always remember the first time I walked into a Tokyo bathroom and, with the automatic lift of its lid, a Japanese "smart toilet" happily greeted me. Mounted to the wall was a panel of buttons, illustrated by stick men and symbols open to wild interpretation. It transpired that they controlled functions such as toilet seat heating, the water pressure level of the electronic bidet, and music to cover, er, embarrassing noises   Read More ...
Nasty reputation flushed away in luxury toilets
2017-11-16 03:01:30 Imagine a room with Wifi access, a refrigerator full of beverages and a microwave oven for heating up food. Now imagine all this in a toilet. Toilets in the Chinese countryside, and sometimes also in cities, have earned a nasty reputation for poor hygiene and unpleasant smells, but "luxury toilets" popping up in China are helping to change that. In northeast China's Liaoning Province, a "luxury toilet" debuted recently, instantly attracting public attention   Read More ...
Thane settlement gets its 100th toilet under ‘One Household One Toilet’
2017-09-28 10:14:50 With an aim to make the city open defecation free under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on Wednesday inaugurated the hundredth toilet built under the ‘One Household One Toilet’ initiative of a Pune-based NGO, Shelter Associates. Officials from the Thane civic body said the NGO was constructing the toilets using the corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds in the city   Read More ...
Down the Ganga: In this village, toilets do have water, but they come at a price
2017-09-28 00:21:39 Nearly every home in Murshidabad district’s Ghanshyampur village has a toilet. They have, however, come at a price. In the village near Farakka Barrage, where the Ganga bifurcates into the Padma and the Hooghly, toilets built under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are a little different from those elsewhere. While other administrations have either built or helped villagers build eco toilets without running water, the toilets in Murshidabad come with a tank and a tap   Read More ...
1,000-year-old flushing toilet found in Silla remains
2017-09-26 12:07:45 Archaeological remains of a bathroom equipped with a flushing toilet used during the Silla Kingdom (57 BC to 935) have been discovered, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Tuesday. The state-run body has been conducting a dig since 2007 at the remains of Donggung and Wolji Pond in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, which was home to key government buildings of the ancient kingdom   Read More ...
NDC calls for steps to be taken to restore botanical garden
2017-09-25 04:46:15 The Nilgiri Documentation Center (NDC) has called for urgent steps to be taken to restore the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) of its lost charms, as the NGO believes that the new garden, being constructed by the Karnataka Horticultural Department could potentially attract more tourists in the long run. In a press release, the honorary director of the NDC, Venugopal Dharmalingam said that the GBG “could be sidelined” by the new garden, unless the authorities wake up in time   Read More ...
Sungkonghae Univ. to open gender neutral toilet
2017-09-21 20:03:03 By Kim Se-jeong The Sungkonghoe University in Seoul is expected to be the first university in the nation to have a gender neutral bathroom. According to the university, the student body and the school are discussing the issue currently. "Opening a gender neutral restroom was one of the promises the incumbent student body chief made when he was elected   Read More ...
Paintings by French impressionists Monet, Renoir coming to Singapore in November
2017-09-20 12:04:29 The National Gallery Singapore will be exhibiting key works by legendary French impressionist painters Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others, from 16 November to 11 March 2018. Entitled “Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay”, the exhibition will feature works from the world-renowned French museum Musee d’Orsay. The collection includes key paintings by the founder of French impressionism Claude Monet, as well as other legendary French painters such as Renoir, Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne   Read More ...
Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog-gone expensive
2017-09-18 13:13:00 (Reuters) - In Japan, caring for pets goes beyond the grave. At Pet Rainbow Fiesta, a pet funeral expo, held in Tokyo on Monday, visitors were given a host of options on performing rites for dead pets, including cremation, constructing a household altar and making offerings of incense. The basic funeral service fee starts from 95,800 yen ($860.66) for a one-kilogram hamster or bird and can go up to 114,800 yen for a 20-kilogram dog, according to funeral services company Kokolone   Read More ...
Natural pet care system solves pet parents everyday woes
2017-09-15 12:28:24 When it comes to pet care, pet owners face many problems throughout the years. There is usually the recurring problem of ticks and fleas, which are common for dog and cat owners. Sometimes, pets can have allergic reactions and end up having hot sores or rashes. And naturally for doting pet parents, they just want a safe and natural way to keep their pets clean and healthy   Read More ...
5 Common Household Items In Singapore You No Longer Need
2017-09-13 18:12:19 Home is a place where you can relax and escape the chaos. One thing you can do for your home this weekend is to remove needless clutter. Decluttering is a tough, especially when you have been letting it build up for a while. There are even whole books on the process. To get you started, here are some items that you can get rid of, because they have now been made redundant by technology and our behaviour patterns   Read More ...
10 Home Design Hacks That Will Make Cleaning A Breeze
2017-09-13 18:12:14 Having a home is great and all, but cleaning and maintaining it? Nah - life’s too short for spending all that time mopping and scrubbing! Find out how you can cut your cleaning time by half with these tricks for a low maintenance home that’s easy to clean. 1. Opt for Grout-less Flooring Homogeneous tiles are a common choice for HDBs and condos, but the grout traps dirt and stains, and can turn black easily, making it a real pain to clean! Flooring materials with less gaps or joint lines - think vinyl, parquet and wood-effect laminates - that provide a seamless flow leave no room for dirt to settle   Read More ...
SIA probes death of pet dog
2017-09-12 15:01:47 Singapore Airlines (SIA) is investigating an incident in which a dog died while being transferred to its aircraft at Changi Airport on Sept 2. The owner, Ms Shabana Mary Kuruvilla, who is in the midst of relocating to Vietnam, recounted her experience in a Facebook post. Upon arrival in Ho Chih Minh City from Singapore on flight SQ184, Ms Shabana was told Charlie had died   Read More ...
Dog show on Sept. 17
2017-09-11 21:46:55 Visakha Dog Show – 2017 will be held by Visakha Kennel Association (VKA) on September 17. Speaking to media persons, VKA secretary P. Narayana Reddy said the show was open to dogs of all breeds from across the States. “The association is organising the event for the first time in Andhra Pradesh, post bifurcation. Viewing our Facebook page Visakha Kennel Association, entries have already been pouring in from Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Guntur, Rajamahendravaram and Kakinada,” he said   Read More ...
Shizuoka Pref. city holds drills to prepare pets, owners for evacuation centers
2017-09-03 13:00:46 MISHIMA, Shizuoka -- Training specifically for pet owners were included in comprehensive disaster-preparedness drills held at Yamada Junior High School here on Aug. 27. Over 10 pet owners joined the event with their small dogs, practicing how to put their pets into special cages and having their dogs undergo mock-medical examinations by a vet at a temporary veterinary hospital set up at the venue   Read More ...
Nursing college student ends life in hostel toilet
2017-09-03 04:42:00 A suicide note was found by Gamdevi police in which the student allegedly absolved anyone of blame for her death. On Saturday morning, a 26-year-old girl hanged herself inside the bathroom of Jaslok hospital-run nursing college. College authorities have said that the young woman was under tremendous pressure to complete the course. A suicide note was found by Gamdevi police in which the student allegedly absolved anyone of blame for her death   Read More ...