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Health Ministry quizzed over quarantine facilities

IT WAS two moves, not one, for the staff of the Institute of Mental Health. Late Tuesday night they moved into quarantine facilities in Woodlands, I>The Straits Times/Ireported. On Wednesday, they moved again #8211; to several hotels here. They will serve out their 10-day voluntary quarantine at the hotels, which the Health Ministry did not want to name.


Don’t burden us over SARS order, say colleges

Associations representing private colleges support the 10-day quarantine being imposed on foreign students arriving from SARS-affected countries but are unhappy that the institutions have to bear all expenses incurred.


Untimely crisis

This year is supposed to be an epic year for BaselWorld, the International Watch and Jewellery Fair, in Switzerland. The idea bandied around was #8216;One Show #8211; Two Locations#8217;. Alas, with the exhibitors from Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Vietnam barred from operating their booths dus to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome precautions, it was a sorry case of a more prosaic, 'One Show - Several Countries, One Location'. A maskless KEE HUA CHEE snoops around.


Russian overture

THINK Russia, and the Bolshoi ballet and snow-covered landscapes come to mind, as well as other things.


Marangoni offer still on

SOUTH-EAST Asia Marangoni Information Center (Seamic) has announced that the scholarship offer for Milan's Istituto Marangoni summer course in London is still open.


Where to give Mummy a treat

Compiled by LEE SIEW PENG


Enticing sanctuary

Blessed with secluded beaches, verdant jungles and teeming marine life, Langkawi is a perennial draw for holiday-makers. But the idyllic isle is a tropical paradise in more ways than one; it has an intriguing heritage of flora and fauna, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.


Hoteliers seek tax waiver to overcome SARS impact

THE Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) wants the government to consider tax exemption as one of the ways to help the beleaguered tourist industry overcome the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak.


Chance for China to clean up its act

THE Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak has given the Chinese authorities a fresh attempt to fight an old habit in China - indiscriminate spitting in public places.


Act needed to protect animals

From S.M. Mohd Idris, President, Sahabat Alam Malaysia.