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

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Rechar­gable In­no­va­tion

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!

Shark Alert

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.

Re-think­ing Plas­tic

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

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A 30-minute pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sion with award-win­ning Lit­tleones Pho­tog­ra­phy, plus a com­pli­men­tary acrylic block (8x6 inches), to­tal value worth $475 (lit­tleone­spho­tog­ra­phy.com).

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