Finding the origin of the coronavirus, which can help experts develop preventive measures to stop its spread and reduce its public health and economic risks, can still take some time, according to the WHO (World Health Organization). But for environmentalists, it is clear that nature, with the interactions of its parts, has an important role in the spread or containment of infectious diseases. A common pathway is: Liquid droplets from the sneeze of an infected person float in air and transmit the virus to another person who does not have a protective mask in an environment conducive to transmission. Nature is clearly visible there. Hence, to recover from coronavirus, we must do so with nature, its biodiversity and processes, in mind. June, our Environment Month, should remind us that nature, the core of the environment that is essential for our survival, is crucial not only for our recovery from COVID-19 and for coping with the looming climate crisis that can potentially cause more ... » Learn More about Recovering and developing with nature
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I returned to Raffles last night. It wasn’t a dream, nor was I actually there – fat chance of that in these times of ever-deflating travel bubbles! Instead, I watched an interactive play filmed and set in the Singaporean hotel. The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure , by theatre companies Double Confirm Productions and Sight Lines Entertainment, was filmed entirely on location at Raffles using 360-degree virtual-reality cameras. I was able to “enter” the familiar white facade, “check in” at the lobby and “revisit” the hotel’s bars, suites and courtyards – all while a mystery unfolded. “From 2020, there was not a lot of work for us in the arts so I decided not to sit around but to create something for actors and crew,” says Hossan Leong, of Double Confirm, who conceived and directed (and features in) the play. “I have always wanted to create a production with the beautiful Raffles as a backdrop, and they were very supportive of my idea of having a ‘whodunit’ set in ... » Learn More about Singapore hotels pivot to the arts to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, taking their cue from an established tradition
- The African Energy Chamber ( https://EnergyChamber.org ) is set to host the first-ever African Energy Week (AEW) in Cape Town on 9th - 12th November 2021. - Replacing Africa Oil Week, the four-day interactive conference seeks to unite industry stakeholders, international speakers and movers and shakers from the African oil and gas sector. - The conference comprises high-class networking events, innovative exhibitions, and one-on-one private meetings, with a golf tournament on the final day, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for stakeholders interested in the growth and success of the African energy sector. 9th - 12th November 2021 . AEW 2021 will showcase the first-ever African Energy Village, an interactive exhibition and networking event that seeks to unite African energy stakeholders, drive industry growth and development, and promote Africa as the destination for African-focused events. Commencing with a three-day conference and ending with a golf ... » Learn More about Africa Energy Week 2021, Taking Place in Cape Town; Will Focus on Investment, Oil and Gas, Renewables and Energy Transition
SEOUL — The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to a digital economy, which will hold the key to future growth and opportunities. That is why, as we prepare for the post-pandemic era, we must acknowledge that the digital economy’s potentially limitless benefits will not be equally distributed unless we take the right steps now. Mobile devices, the internet, cloud computing, and other innovations have created a hyper-connected global space in which billions of people can work and pursue more dynamic ways of life. Digital platforms have changed the way we consume, work, and create economic value, and digital assets such as computers, communications equipment, and software have helped firms reduce production costs and enhance efficiency. The digital transformation will continue to accelerate with the wider adoption of big data and the convergence of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. Already, a ... » Learn More about An inclusive digital future
Philippine schools are set to reopen on August 24. Three main methods are being eyed by the education department for the delivery of lessons: printed learning modules, TV and radio broadcasts, and through videos accessible online through the Department of Education (DepEd) Commons platform. Printed modules, as well as TV and radio broadcasts are more financially feasible options. The online option requires more expensive devices plus the cost of internet access. With the loss of income because of the pandemic, it’s harder than ever to afford these online tools, creating an even wider digital divide. That is why the alternatives are absolutely necessary, and steps must be ensured that whatever the method of learning is, everyone is getting – to the extent that it can be controlled – the same quality of education. (WATCH: EXPLAINER: Handa na bang magbukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 ang Pilipinas? ) But just how much do we have to spend for a device capable of ... » Learn More about How much would online distance learning devices cost?
AT A GLANCE The police does not criminally investigate the 5,050 deaths from police operations, citing presumption of regularity Of the 1,099 drug-related killings outside of police operations, only 327 have been "solved" Of the 20,000 or more overall deaths that resulted from the war on drugs, the justice department has prosecuted at least 76 only The human rights commission is dealing with an overwhelming amount of cases as they are kept in the dark by cops The memory of the night Manny * was killed remains vivid in the mind of his mother Lita * one year later. His lifeless body slumped on the ground with a pool of blood slowly spreading on the ground, turned the gray concrete darker in color. Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte ) Hindi ko alam kung sino ang kakasuhan ko kasi unang-una, walang nakakilala at takot rin kami kasi noong namatay siya, may nagmanman sa amin ,” she said. " Pero kung mabibigyan ng ... » Learn More about Duterte gov’t allows ‘drug war’ deaths to go unsolved
A woman looks at an NFT by Larva Labs titled "CryptoPunk 7523" during a media preview at Sotheby's in New York City. AFP SET-listed Jay Mart plans to launch the country's first non-fungible tokens (NFTs), featuring nine stars or celebrities this week as it latches on to a trend in digital asset technology, says a telecom source who is close to the company. The move is also meant to promote the ecosystem of Jay Mart's digital token JFin coins, while increasing demand for a variety of digital tokens in the market. The popular icons include Udom "Note" Taepanich, a stand-up comedian; female singer Palmy; and Boy Thaprachan, a renowned Buddha amulet collector. These NFTs represent unique digital assets, such as Palmy's first concert, Note's first stand-up show Diew 1 , as well as the first amulet Boy bought and the rarest item he owns. However, on Friday night the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission issued a regulation barring licensed digital asset exchanges from trading ... » Learn More about Jay Mart plans non-fungible tokens for stars
AMSTERDAM: The question of how to tax increasingly globalised and digitised businesses is vital to the future health of cross-border trade and investment. Sadly, the current debate is mired in confusion and complexity, and is not helped by populist political responses that demonise digital businesses. A prime example is the European Commission’s proposal, first published in March 2018, to create an EU digital services tax (DST). The measure is aimed mainly at multinational tech giants whose corporate structures allow them to siphon digitally-derived profits to low-tax jurisdictions. But should the DST take effect, it will be Europe’s own startups and digital ecosystems that pay the biggest price. As a company that operates in a globalised market, we have numerous concerns about the limited vision for the future of business embodied in the European Commission’s proposals. This is why we must oppose the DST idea in its entirety. TAXING DIGITAL TRADE The proposed DST, as ... » Learn More about Commentary: What taxation for the digital age ought to consider
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia , June 14 , 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BookDoc is pleased to announce its expansion to Philippines via its collaboration with Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc. BookDoc has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc. in relation to corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes and promotions. [(Above) from left: Elaine, BookDoc’s Partnership Executive; Dato’ Chevy, BookDoc’s Founder and CEO][(Bottom) from left: Dr. Herbert, Executive Director of Childhope Philippines; Mylene, Resource Mobilization Manager of Childhope Philippines] According to BookDoc's Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dato' Chevy Beh , "BookDoc is extremely honoured to collaborate with Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc. as part of BookDoc's CSR initiatives. We appreciate the opportunity provided whereby BookDoc can play a part in giving back to the society while expanding its presence to Philippines , so as to ... » Learn More about BookDoc is expanding to Philippines via collaboration with Childhope Philippines Foundation, Inc.