SINGAPORE: A sustainable future for the world can be achieved by deepening international partnerships, enabling all segments of society and developing next-generation talent.This is according to Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who was speaking at the FutureChina Global Forum on Friday (Jun 7) held as part of the Ecosperity Conference 2019.“The world is facing major challenges in sustainable development,” said Mr Heng, who is also Singapore’s Finance Minister.“If not properly handled, these challenges could potentially unravel the progress that the world has made over the past few decades.”In particular, taking action against climate change and pursuing economic development are the areas in which more needs to be done.He offered three ways in which the world can work towards a more sustainable future.First, there needs to be deeper international collaborations and partnerships.“Cooperation among countries and cities will help us to strengthen … [Read more...] about DPM Heng Swee Keat offers ideas to building a sustainable future
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Where do you see yourself in five years? Will you be buying your first car or building your dream house? Will you be traveling overseas and living the good life? While it may seem unattainable at this point, making smart money decisions will help you reach a stable and secure financial future. It’s better to develop good money habits as early as now to keep your finances in check and to avoid getting into debt. Here are five essential tips for a better financial lifestyle. 1. Go cashless In today’s digital world, almost everything can be done through mobile phones. With just a few taps on the screen, you can book a ride, order food, or even deliver and receive packages. Making financial transactions has also been made more hassle-free and secure with the emergence of e-wallets (electronic wallets). You can pay bills, buy prepaid load, purchase items, and send money without having to pull out your wallet for coins and bills. GCash, one of the country’s leading e-wallet … [Read more...] about News 5 better money habits for a better you
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
Jakarta. Forests cover just under four billion hectares or 30 percent of the earth’s surface according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. They fulfill major economic functions, help maintain the fertility of agricultural land, protect water resources and reduce the risk of natural disasters such as landslides and flooding. The world’s forests are home to at least 80 percent of remaining terrestrial biodiversity and are a major carbon sink that mitigates climate change. The World Bank's forest strategy, called Sustaining Forests, recognizes that forests have always been a part of larger economic, environmental and governance systems that must work together if the goals of poverty reduction, sustainable economic development and environmental protection are to be met. The forestry industry plays a significant role and provides opportunities for scholars and the community in general to actively take part in protecting and … [Read more...] about Women in Forestry: Breaking Through a Male-Dominated Sector
For innovation to succeed, it should meet people’s needs and wants. Brands can build better relationships with their consumers and audiences if they are able to do that. It can also help preserve the long-term benefits of a digital economy that works for all. This is one of the central messages that emerges from the Digital Society Index 2019, a project of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) developed in collaboration with Oxford Economics, which combines a primary survey of more than 43,000 people across 24 countries with economic and statistical analysis. Trust in big tech is falling. This survey first started in 2018, and even the collapse in trust in the use of digital technologies has been observed. The number-one cause of distrust is the misuse of personal data. Stronger regulation of technologies like artificial intelligence is being proposed. And social media has been blamed for both political polarization and misinformation. Thirty years from the birth of the World Wide Web and … [Read more...] about The Digital Economy gives you the power to be a better version of yourself