Asia Pacific is set to become the largest consumer of F&B by 2030, creating a huge market potential for established businesses and startups in the industry. Recognising this opportunity, THAIFEX-World of Food Asia has curated special new shows and an enhanced buyer programme to connect businesses in this thriving and expanding region, and to ensure that F&B businesses have the right tools to future-proof themselves. The 16th edition of THAIFEX-World of Food Asia kicked off on Tuesday, filling up all 11 mega halls (107,000 square metres of space) at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok. Asia’s largest dedicated F&B trade show is doubling down on technology and innovation, envisioning the F&B industry of the future. Opening with a VIP tour, THAIFEX-World of Food Asia features 11 trade shows under a single roof, housing more than 2,700 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions. The trade show aims to welcome over 67,000 trade visitors across five dedicated trade … [Read more...] about THAIFEX aims to ‘future-proof’ F&B businesses at Bangkok fair
PETALING JAYA: The establishment of the Malaysian Aesthetic Industry Education and Consumers Association (MAIECA) will help consumers stay away from unqualified aestheticians practitioners. According to MAIECA president Prof Datuk Seri Dr Alex Ong many consumers have reported being victimised and deceived by low-priced services in cosmetology, plastic surgery, treatment and injection, etc. “The issue remains unanswered, hence, in an effort to educate consumers understand the aesthetic industry and enhancing their prevention awareness, the legitimate medical aesthetic professionals have established MAIECA,” he said in a press statement during MAIECA’s first council swearing-in at the International Beauty Fair. “Certified legitimate medical aesthetic professionals have established the Malaysian Aesthetic Industry Education and Consumers Association (MAIECA), as well as set up a Consumer Coordination Unit in the association.” He said that the Consumer … [Read more...] about Aesthetic industry consumer protection group founded
AKRON, Ohio — Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate. His concerns about a tilted economic playing field recently led Robertson to join the Akron chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. At a gathering this month, as members discussed Karl Marx and corporate greed over chocolate chip cookies, it was not long before talk turned to income inequality and how the government helps the wealthy avoid taxes. “One of the benefits of taxation is taking it and using it for the collective good,” said Robertson, 25, comparing his minimal income to the roughly $150 billion net worth of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the world’s richest person. “He could be taxed at 99.9 percent and still have millions left over,” Robertson said, “and I’d be homeless.” It is a topic that several presidential candidates, led by Sens. … [Read more...] about News $0 corporate tax for Amazon, profitable giants sickens US voters
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?
AKCAKALE, Turkey — Like thousands of other Syrian refugees, Shakar Rudani worked last summer in Turkey’s Black Sea region, home to the largest concentration of hazelnut farms in the world. He arrived in August, expecting that he and his six sons, ages 18-24, would earn the equivalent of a few thousand dollars. He left in late September with little more than a firm resolution: to never return again. The work was arduous and risky. Because the terrain is filled with steep inclines, his sons spent much of their time attached by ropes to rocks, a precaution against a potentially fatal fall. Worse, the pay was $10 a day, half the rate promised by the middleman who had pitched him the job. “We made just enough to cover the cost of getting there and getting back,” said Rudani, a sun-baked 57-year-old who lives in a Turkish village on the Syrian border. “Plus our living expenses. We returned with nothing.” About 70 percent of all hazelnuts come from Turkey, … [Read more...] about News Where Ferrero gets its hazelnuts, Syrian refugees eke out a living