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The statement quoted in the report on Bertha the hippo supposedly having lived a happy life in Manilas zoo is false in Friday 12 July 2017.
Manila Parks and Recreations Bureau Director James Albert Dichaves tried to
refute Jason Baker, vice president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (Peta), by claiming that Bertha was
That statement is laughable.
Has anyone really monitored the daily number of hours zoo keepers romp around with the animals?
I visited Manilas zoo soon after the petitions for the release of Mali the elephant began around 2010. D
The zoo was in a pitiful state; there was hardly any greenery in any of the cages. The few zookeepers I saw seemed disinterested in the animals.
I was told that a vet sometimes visited Mali, who has been in the zoo since she was given as a baby to Imelda Marcos by the Sri Lankan government.
To look at Malis misery is heartbreaking.
Mayors Alfredo Lim and Joseph Estrada ignored all demands by Peta to be allowed to take her to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
Absurd reasons were given for why she could not be shipped - that she was doing okay, and that she would be unable to survive the trip, etc.
I would not be surprised if Mali will be the next death at Manilas pitiful zoo.
in Burma and was later taken to an elephant hospital in Thailand.
Re: , in Thursday 10 August 2017.
I have lived in South Korea for the past two years.
When I arrived in the country, I was impressed with its clean and efficient public transportation system.
Its extensive subway system is world-renowned, but what is less known is
its excellent bus system.
Should Bangkok wish to adopt the public bus system from South Korea, it should do so according to its actual functions and implementations.
All buses are air-conditioned and installed with comfortable seats.
There are also clearly labelled seats designated for the elderly and disabled, which
occupy the front half of the bus.
At every bus stop there are clear map routes indicating the buses that pass through as well as their destinations, operating time, and frequency.
Crucially, South Korea employs the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to
At every bus stop, a small screen indicates precisely when your bus will arrive.
The real-time information is so accurate that commuters can even see when their bus has left the previous stop! Such reliability may be difficult in Thailand, where traffic is chronically bad.
The colour-coded scheme in South Korea is different from what has been adopted
The colours of the bus (and yes, the paint covers the entire body of the bus!) are not zone-designated as in Bangkok's case, but rather indicates the purpose and function of the bus.
Blue indicates a bus that runs regular, middle-range routes, and green for buses that run through smaller neighbourhoods and alleys or to mountainous suburban areas. Neither Korean nor Thai commuters need to know which bus colours operate in which zone of the city (north, south, east, west); hence, Bangkok's latest colour-scheme adaptation entirely misses the mark.
The South Korean government provides guide maps detailing all bus routes in the
form of booklets and online both in Korean and English, so locals and tourists
can easily access them. Most of the current information available online is in
Korean, although I have already seen some genuine efforts to increase
English-language access in the relevant applications.
Finally, paying for the bus fare is a breeze, since apart from the pre-paid
transportation card option, one can even use their bank debit card to pay for
both buses and subway rides!
Furthermore, buses run frequently and it is illegal for bus drivers to skip stops. Therefore, two-hour waiting times that have been mentioned among Thai commuters is unheard of here.