Doors stand in the way of World Heritage listing

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The northern province of Batanes is just about ready to be nominated for World Heritage Site listing because of a continuous occupation lasting 2,400 years, but some of the stone door-less houses that make Batanes unique are also seen by the locals as markers of poverty.
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New concrete Batanes houses ‘with doors’
Philippine Inquirer Lifestyle, 12 April 2010
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Salvage work on South China Sea shipwreck resumes

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Salvage works on the wreck of the Nan’ao No. 1, a Ming Dynasty-era ship sunk off the coast of Shantou in Guangdong, China, is set to begin with the start of the good-weather season that starts from now until June.

Relics to be salvaged from ancient ship
China Daily, 10 April 2010
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Ancient Singapore becomes virtual in online game

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Imagine taking your avatar through an exploration of ancient locales, completing quests and collecting artifacts while battling other players in an massive multiplayer online game. World of Warcraft? Not quite – more like World of Temasek, an online game set to be released later this year is an initiative by Singapore’s National Heritage Board to bring young people into the world of 14th century Singapore.

Museums go interactive to get more interest in Singapore’s heritage
Channel NewsAsia, 10 April 2010
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