DOVER: Britain’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and related communities (LGBT+) retirement home is to open in London later this year, after securing a multimillion-pound loan from the city’s mayor, a housing association announced on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Tonic Housing said the £5.7-million ($7.9-million) loan from the Greater London Authority would help buy 19 properties in the Vauxhall area in the south of British capital. Sales of the one- and two-bedroom shared ownership homes on the top four floors of the Norman Foster-designed Bankhouse development on the banks of the River Thames will begin in the coming months. Prices are likely to start from £135,000 for a 25-percent share of a one-bed apartment and £180,000 for a 25-percent share of a two-bed apartment. Tonic called the scheme a “major milestone.” “There is no LGBT+ affirming provision with care currently in operation in the UK, despite there being a clearly defined need and demand from within the … [Read more...] about Britain to open LGBT retirement home
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Srongpol Chantharueang remembers his parents telling him as a boy always to protect the local wetland forest when he grew up. They told him that the ecosystem would be important for his life and that of his community. “I didn’t understand what they meant at the time,” he told Mongabay via a video call. “I didn’t understand what the true value of the wetland forest was.” Srongpol chairs the Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group, which partnered with international nonprofits, civil society organizations and local academic institutions to share evidence of the importance of the wetland forest for biodiversity and the local community A village leader, Srongpol lives in Ban Boon Rueang, a town in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province. Nestled between the Doi Yao mountain range and the lower reaches of the Ing River, a 260-kilometer (160-mile) tributary of the Mekong, Ban Boon Rueang is an unassuming town with an agrarian lifestyle that goes back generations. But in recent … [Read more...] about Chiang Rai Community Continues the Fight to Save its Wetland Forest
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has revealed that he will quit all forms of competitive cricket after the end of the Big Bash Twenty20 tournament to draw curtains on his illustrious career spanning 20 years. Hayden will lead Brisbane Heat when they lock horns with his former teammate Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars at the Gabba, on Monday night, and the beefy opener said he wants to go on a high against the legendary leg-spinner. "I don't think I'll play again next year...this will be it for me," said Hayden, who will quit cricket to focus on family, running his company The Hayden Way, and working on indigenous community initiatives. "There's just so much happening in my life, you can never wind back the clock...I'm a father of three firstly and I have a lot of work to do off the field. "I probably won't face Warnie again -- hopefully I will be the winner," Hayden was quoted as saying in the Courier Mail. Hayden said though he will quit … [Read more...] about Hayden set to retire after Big Bash
There are many clues about future Apple products in Apple's patent portfolio. Here, we explore the most exciting Apple patents to see what we can uncover about unreleased products, including the iPhone 7 , new iPads , the Apple Watch 2 , upcoming Macs and other future tech. What is Apple working on behind the scenes? What can we expect from Apple in the rest of 2015 and the years to follow? Here, we explore Apple's patent portfolio to find out. Apple is famously secretive, but like all companies it has to issue a list of patents to the USPTO ( United States Patent & Trademark Office) and these provide hints at future and upcoming projects. Apple is known for its patents, which are detailed but often try to disguise product plans with in-depth technicality. In addition to protecting the company's current product line-up from sneaky copycats, many of those Apple patents outline fascinating technologies that the company is working on or is interested in, and show the … [Read more...] about Apple patents: Clues to future iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch & more
SINGAPORE: At his wits’ end, Mr Danny Raven Tan, 53, once threatened his dementia-stricken mother with a chopper because she was “driving him nuts”. Since she was diagnosed with the illness that causes impaired intellectual functions and personality changes in 2015, his mother, who is now 88, would tiresomely ask him about his father and godmother, both of whom had died, frequently raise her voice at him and accuse their helper of stealing her money. “At that time, I didn’t know anything about dementia and it was eating me up,” said Mr Tan, who quit his full-time job in marketing to be the primary caregiver for his mother and now runs an art gallery. In 2018, Mr Tan founded Enable Asia, a platform that focuses on dementia awareness and respite for caregivers. While Mr Tan has found support through the platform, homemaker Fadilah, who declined to give her full name, was pushed to the brink caring for her 86-year-old mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s disease during the circuit … [Read more...] about The Big Read: As Singapore society ages, who will care for the caregivers?