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Hugging steep mountain slopes and resembling giant steps leading to heaven, the ancient rice terraces of Luzon in the Philippines have earned themselves the name Stairway to the Sky. Painstakingly carved out from harsh terrain by Ifugao tribesmen thousands of years ago, the World Heritage Site has drawn many visitors but not the ones that matter most #8211; farmers to work the fields. Years of neglect and environmental degradation are threatening to destroy the spectacular structure.
Wastes from construction sites are allowed to pile up and eventually dumped, although they can be reused and recycled, writes HILARY CHIEW.
While Tots to Teens takes a break so Daphne Lee can welcome her new addition to the family, Between the Covers takes over. Each week, education consultant SHAMINI DIAS shares with parents the secrets to getting kids excited about books. She shows why books are so powerful in devloping language and life skills, and shares practical tips on how to make books part of your lifestyle and family routines.
THREE DAYS before Sept 11, 2001, Mohamed Atta, the man who piloted American Airlines flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York, wired out a total of US$7,860 from two grocery stores in Maryland. On Sept 10, Marwan al-Shehri sent US$5,400 from a Greyhound bus terminal in Boston before he commandeered United Airlines flight 175 the next day, crashing it into the WTC South Tower. In both cases, the recipient of the funds was a terrorist support network based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).