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Lifestyle 14 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Marine ecosystem under siege

Despite their nasty reputation, sea urchins are really quite beautiful creatures up close. Their long spines shelter small fishes, shrimps and crabs from predators, while their diet of algae keeps reefs from being smothered by marine plants. But in large numbers, sea urchins can tip teh delicate balance of the marine ecosystem and reduce a reef to rubble.

Lifestyle 14 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Going by indicators

A RECENT survey of Pulau Pangkor#8217;s coral reefs was carried out using the Reef Check method.

Lifestyle 15 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Being Chinese

I WAS watching a CNN talk show where Lorraine Hahn was interviewing world figure-skating champion Michelle Kwan when it suddenly hit me how two absolutely Chinese-looking ladies could express themselves unabashedly in engaging American accent and demeanour.

Business 21 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

IGB quite active in corporate exercises

FORMERLY known as Ipoh Garden Bhd, IGB Corp Bhd has always been a diversified property player; not only does it build residential units to commercial properties and hotels in the country, it also owns property investments abroad including the St Giles hotel chain in Britain and the MiCasa Hotel Apartments in Myanmar.

Nation 29 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Firm to consider request to review PORR toll charge

The Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) concessionaire will consider a request to review the proposed RM1 toll charge at each of the four booths along the 17.8km stretch.

Other Sport 18 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hafiz told to stay level-headed

Newly-crowned All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim will be returning home as a national hero today.

Lifestyle 22 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Of shoes and urchins

B>BY MICHAEL D#8217;OLIVEIRO/B>

Letters 26 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Spurt in domestic tourism after campaign

THE #8220;Cuti Cuti Malaysia#8221; campaign promoted by the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry since 2000 has brought about an estimated 30% growth in domestic tourism, reported the I>Sin Chew Daily/I>.

Letters 27 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Promise of jobs lands foreign women in vice

FOUR women, who came to Malaysia upon promises of jobs, were found tied up when Klang police raided a flat at Bandar Bukit Tinggi early Tuesday morning, reported I>Tamil Nesan/Iand I>Malaysia Nanban./I>

Lifestyle 01 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

It's in the bag

Whatever the mood, outfit or occasion, Maganda Styles has the bag for you. Their hand-woven totes in vibrant hues will add pizzazz to any fashionista#8217;s wardrobe, writes ALICE CHING.