By Diane Daniel The Washington Post Fri., March 2, 2018 Along a dirt road leading into Florida’s past, I stopped to marvel at its future, or at least one vision of it. I was headed to Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours, where visitors pay to tour a working ranch and swampy backwoods on a state-owned preserve, when I pulled over to peer through a chain-link fence onto the edge of a spectacular sea of solar panels — 343,000 to be exact, stretching across 178 hectares. While the 75-megawatt facility owned by Florida Power & Light attracts no fanfare here, a few miles down State Road 31 its primary customer, Babcock Ranch, has been making headlines for a while. The master-planned development in southwest Florida, between Punta Gorda and Fort Myers, touts itself as the nation’s first solar-powered town. It welcomed its first residents in January and hopes to reach 500 by the end of the year. Eventually, some 50,000 people are expected to live in its … [Read more...] about Florida’s Babcock Ranch is a planned community that really runs on sunshine
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The kris is among the many types of swords and daggers endemic in the southern Muslim part of the Philippines. By a wider definition, the kris (also called keris) is the most popular bladed weapon of the Malay world. In his book The Kris Mystic Weapon of The Malay World Edward Frey wrote, “The kris is the distinctive weapon of Malaysia and Indonesia. These countries form the geographical and cultural area once referred to as the Malay world. The kris is found in a variety of forms ranging from northern Sumatra and Malaysia and to far-distant Mindanao in the Philippines.” Some researchers postulated that the weapon is already in existence as early as 300 BC. There are various theories on the origin of the kris but most of them are based only on myths and legends. On this, Frey commented, “In addition, there are some more pragmatic views as to the origin of the kris. These theories deal with the probable origin and evolution of kris-like daggers in South-East Asia based … [Read more...] about Examining the fighting features of the kris
Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle name their choices for the best films of 2017. LINDSEY BAHR: 1. “Dunkirk”: I’m not sure I’ve ever been so wholly transported by and viscerally engaged in a theatergoing experience as I was watching Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece “Dunkirk,” but the filmmaker continues to innovatively use the generous budgets his success has afforded him to push the envelope of immersive cinema and storytelling. 2. “Lady Bird”: Thank you, Greta Gerwig, for introducing us to Lady Bird, her mother Marion, her friend Julie, her boyfriends Kyle and Danny, her brother Miguel and his girlfriend Shelly, her father Larry and all the other wonderfully complex humans who populate the world around a selfish, but also evolving, Sacramento teenager’s life. “Lady Bird” is one of those instant classics, one you want to start again as soon as it’s over. 3. “mother!”: What … [Read more...] about ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’ top AP’s best 2017 films
WE got to Johannesburg by late afternoon. After checking in, we boarded our bus for a drive through the city in rush hour traffic. Our guide was very apologetic for the inconvenience, but we found it quite humorous, since he did not realize that most of us from Cebu and Manila are so used to traffic that for us, their supposedly heavy traffic was quite moderate. Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, is one of the 50 largest urban areas in our modern world and serves as the Provincial Capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa. It is situated on a high plateau, so we were warned that we might find ourselves out of breath from time to time, all we had to do was rest and take it slow. We had arrived at the end of their winter season and apparently, this was the sunniest time of the year. This, combined with cool weather, was just perfect for me. The guide announced that we all would be dropped off at Nelson Mandela Square before dinner so we could explore it. … [Read more...] about Tales from my feet: the Africa in my Mind (Second Part)
Built in 1915, the Penang Museum was once a maternity hospital. More than 60,000 babies were born there. It was the place of birth for more than 60,000 babies and is now a museum which is challenging visitors to stay overnight in the 99-year-old building. “It started out as the Maternity Hospital of King Edward VII in 1915 and more than 60,000 babies were born here. During the Occupation, the Japanese used it as a naval hospital. When they left, the British came back and used it as their barracks. “Later, it was turned into a hospital again but only till 1955,” Haryany said. After 1955, the premises served as headquarters of the St John’s Ambulance and Red Crescent Society, and the centre for Penang NGOs before being left vacant. Two years ago, it was turned into the state museum. Rumour has it that the Penang Museum is haunted. There have been recordings of doors closing on their own, strange flying lights and sounds of heavy breathing. “There have been … [Read more...] about Would You Spend A Night At This ‘Haunted’ Hospital In Penang?