PORT MORESBY: Papua New Guinea’s new reformist police minister has warned of a plot by officers to detain and possibly kill him, as a battle for control of the nation’s much-maligned police force turned ugly. Days after firing the country’s powerful police commissioner, Brian Kramer claimed he had received intelligence reports about a plot by “high ranking officers” to have him arrested and charged. In an unusual Facebook post on Monday, Kramer admitted that Papua New Guineans — who suffer under endemic crime and corruption — “fear and resent the police force.” The opposition-activist-turned-minister also said his efforts to stamp out politically connected corruption and modernise the force could spell his death. “I have no question of doubt I will eventually get killed for what I do. It goes without saying when you get in the way of those stealing billions in public funds, they will do whatever it takes to get rid of … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea police minister says cops plotting his arrest
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Today, I was unable to decide what I would write about. So I decided to write on the three different topics on my list. Letters from readers I seldom reprint letters from readers; but, recently I felt that there were two letters worth reprinting. The first one is a response to my column on “A Just and Living Wage” from Mahar Mangahas, an economist, columnist and head of the leading polling organization -SWS. In my column, a living wage is defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs – food, shelter, clothing, utilities, health care, education. Most businessmen, however, contend that we have to keep wages low to be competitive with low wage countries like Bangladesh. However, even in Southeast Asia, the most prosperous countries are those with the highest average wages – Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia. Mahar Mangahas wrote to me: “As an economist, I find it embarrassing that many … [Read more...] about Three topics
Instead, imagine if kids were using these technologies to build fulfilling friendships, create awe-inspiring art or even save lives. In Thailand, people spend more than one-third of their day online at an average of nine hours and 11 minutes. The worldwide daily average is six hours and 42 minutes per day (2018 figures). Our growing use of digital technology shows no sign of slowing, with 1 million new users coming online every day, according to We Are Social’s “Global Digital Report 2019”. As more parents raise kids with iPads and iPhones, it’s no surprise that children are among the fastest growing group for internet use. In the latest Unesco research, “Digital Kids Asia-Pacific: Insights into Children’s Digital Citizenship” (DKAP), which was launched this month, over 60 per cent of 15-year-olds surveyed were already spending more than three hours a day online, while about 8 per cent were online for more than seven hours daily. … [Read more...] about Can YouTube kids blossom into young digital citizens?
Anothai, now 48, fell in love with computers when he first encountered them on his university campus. Despite his workload as a marketing student he felt driven to learn all he could about computer programming. He even worked as a teaching assistant at computer lab. These were his first steps on a path that would take him to the vice president’s office for Asian emerging markets at Dell Technologies. After graduating with his marketing degree from Assumption University (ABAC), he lost no time in finding work a sales person for a Thai computer company, SVOA, where he stayed for three years. By that time, he made good on a plan to become an entrepreneur. He joined with a friend to set up a local brand PC company and ran the business for two years. With that taste of entrepreneurship behind him, he returned to the corporate world, joining Compaq Company in its product and marketing department. He recalls that the PC market had been dominated by local brand PCs, … [Read more...] about How geek was PROGRAMMED to succeed
UP enters top 100 universities in THE Asia rankings (Philstar.com) - May 2, 2019 - 2:00pm MANILA, Philippines — The University of the Philippines is among the top 100 in unversities in Asia after placing 95th in the 2019 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings. This is the first time that UP entered the top 100 although it has been in the THE rankings since 2017. "UP soared 61 places from its 156th position in 2018 to sit in the upper 23 percent of 417 universities from 27 countries for 2019. It is one of only five universities from Southeast Asia in the top 100, with two from Singapore and the other two from Malaysia. UP remains the highest ranked university from the Philippines," the university said in a press release. According to the THE website, the Asia University Rankings 2019 use the same 13 performance indicators used in the world rankings, "but they are recalibrated to reflect the attributes of … [Read more...] about UP enters top 100 universities in THE Asia rankings