90: The percentage of surveyed Cambodian households that reported crop damage to wet season rice due to the 2011 floods. Thirty percent reported damage so extensive they were not able to harvest any rice. For those who managed a wet season rice harvest, yield was less than half the average. A survey last month revealed
OPINION: King Father Norodom Sihanouk dies in Beijing on October 15, a fortnight before he would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Dr Markus Karbaum takes a look back at the turbulent life of Cambodia’s greatest patriot
Rapidly maturing Hollywood pretty boy Brad Pitt responds to the question of whether it was still possible for stars to command salaries of more than $10m per movie.
An administrator at Wikipedia responds to Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth, who was told he was not a credible enough source to correct a mistake in the website’s entry about his book The Human Stain.
Maita Gonzaga, a senior official at the President Commission on Good Government, discusses plans to put on public display jewels seized 26 years ago from former first lady Imelda Marcos. The government plans to auction them off after they have been on display. The widow of Philippines leader Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda amassed a huge collection
– Dau Xuan Tuong, deputy administrator at the Vietnam Association of Agent Orange Victims, says 22 Agent Orange victims have seen marked improvement to their quality of life after undergoing a month-long ìdetoxificationî treatment developed by the Church of Scientology, which includes sauna sessions and vitamins.
The company behind arguably the world’s most celebrated rail journey, the Orient Express from Singapore to Bangkok, is searching out a new frontier in Myanmar. A new cruise route up the Irrawaddy River is set to open in July 2013, on a locally built cruiser named Orcaella after the famed dolphins that call the Irrawaddy
In a changing censorship climate, Myanmar’s artists face uncertainty
Exposed and vulnerable: Southeast Asia is vulnerable to climate change for three main reasons. Firstly, most of the population and economic activity is along the coastline, which is more vulnerable to physical impacts such as storms and rising sea levels. Secondly, the economy is closely linked to natural resources, such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which
While rice consumption in Asia is declining rapidly as a consequence of the region’s economic growth, rising disposable income, lifestyle changes and massive rural-to-urban labour migration, the staple remains Asia’s most important crop. It continues to be the single largest source of calories for the majority of consumers who are poor; in 2007, rice accounted
916: The number of pages in Vogue’s September 2012 issue, which celebrated the magazine’s 120th anniversary. Lady Gaga adorned the cover of a tome that weighed just over two kilos and featured 658 pages of advertisements.
In its attempts to become a world leader in clean energy, the Singaporean government says it aims to make the renewable energy sector contribute $1.36 billion to the island state’s gross domestic product and employ 7,000 people by 2015.