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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.
Malaysians here yesterday heard a first-hand detailed account of Israeli injustices against Palestinian civilians which have been on the rise since the Sept 11 attack on the United States.
TO commemorate the United Nations International Year of Freshwater, we will run a series of articles to highlight the problem of water shortages, the conservation options available and strategies that are being adopted to ensure a continuous flow of clean water. In this first instalment, HILARY CHIEW looks at the quality of our rivers.
The city of Jenin in the West Bank can trace its history back to over 4,000 years of civilisation, but thanks to the latest Israel invasions starting last April, it is now a crippled town shorn of all basic amenities like proper sewage system, water pipes, electricity supply and roads.