Looking Good, Jeep!
Expat Living had the chance to try a few of the new SUV launches last year, including the Hyundai Tucson, Renault Kadjar and, most recently, the 2.4-litre Jeep Cherokee. While the latter is a larger sized vehicle (in dimensions and engine power) than the
Is this the future of mobility? The clever team behind the micro scooter is close to launching its newest project, the Microlino. The compact electric runabout, made from mostly renewable materials, has two seats, a 100km range (it can be recharged at any conventional domestic power socket in four hours), maximum speed of 100km/h, and uses the smart phone to control navigation, charge status and music. It’s designed firmly with short-distance city driving in mind. After a debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show generated huge interest, production of the first 500 vehicles will begin in early 2018, with concentration on the European market. The selling price is estimated to be around €10,000 to 12,000. microlino.ch
Scooting in Safety
In response to a number of serious accidents, and some very reckless behaviour, the government passed the Active Mobility Bill in January with new ru rules and guidelines for cyclis cyclists, electric scooters and other perso personal mobility device users. The Bill also in introduced penalties; those found riding recklessly can be fined up to $5,000, or imprisoned for up to six months. The key things to remember are: elect electric scooters cannot be ridden on the roa road, pedestrians have right of way, and ride riders should maintain safe speeds – 15km/h on footpaths, and 25km/ h on shared paths and cycling paths. While it’s not mandatory, protecting your head with a helmet is a gre great idea!
Most hotel chains have got on board the global movement to ban the sale of shark fin, and over 18,000 hotels – including the Hilton, Hyatt and Westin here in Singapore – have removed it from their menus. Five years on from the start of the campaign, the WWF is calling on the rest of Singapore’s local food and beverage industry to cease using shark products. There is already widespread awareness about the need for shark protection as evidenced by the large proportion of people (82 percent) locally who haven’t consumed shark fin for at least a year. Sharks play a critical role in marine ecosystems, yet nearly 25 percent of sharks and rays now face extinction, with overfishing for fins and meat being the main causes.
Meanwhile, global travelling art exhibition On Sharks and Humanity launches on 10 March. The organisers of the exhibition, Parkview Arts Action, have toured Monaco, Russia and China with the aim of challenging prevailing prejudices, and educating audiences on the importance of sharks in the ecosystem, shark protection and ocean conservation. Parkview Museum, 600 North Bridge Road, Courtyard and Level 3. Until 26 June. Free admission.
In January, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, Unilever, made a giant step in tackling the massive plastic waste issue, announcing that all of its plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The sheer scale of plastic in the environment is mind-boggling. One study by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. They found just 14 percent of the plastic packaging used globally makes its way to recycling plants, while 40 percent ends up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems. Along with their commitment, Unilever will ensure there are established, proven examples of it being commercially viable for plastics re-processors to recycle the material. unilever.com