Farming group seeks ‘Filipino First’ policy Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star) - February 12, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The private farm sector is calling on the government to adopt a “Filipino Farmers First” policy as it rejects the liberalization of rice imports into the country. The Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Inc. (PCAFI) is urging President Duterte to zero in on a policy adopted by economic giants US and China. “Since rice is most political of commodities, if the government will be seen as having abandoned rice farmers to the ravages of unfair trade so that consumers can savor the magic of the market, then investments in the sector will shrink. Why produce when the signal from the government is to import?” PCAFI president Danilo Fausto said. He said the bill replacing quantitative restriction on rice with tariffs may threaten local food security … [Read more...] about Farming group seeks ‘Filipino First’ policy
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Asia is currently enjoying the spotlight of major economic initiatives from global leaders, we as part of the ASEAN Community should ask ourselves, which would bring the most value? China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) aims to revitalize the ancient silkroad trade route through infrastructure development. According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, the country has contributed a total of US$120.1 billion of overseas direct investment in 2017 mostly for infrastructure projects. Stories such as the Mombasa – Nairobi railway project in Kenya gave the impression of unprecedented opportunities where the usual 24 hours travel time between the two cities is cut down into a mere 4-6 hours. Another tale is the ancient port of Piraeus where China state-owned firm COSCO Shipping acquired 51 percent of the port located in Greece where it is believed the investment will boost economic recovery following the debt crisis that devastated the country in 2009. However, BRI is also … [Read more...] about EU–Asia connectivity strategy: A digital alternative?
NEW YORK: This column is going to be a bit unusual. Typically, I write about a broad tech problem and offer some solutions. But this week, I have stumbled into a topic that many agree has no easy fix: Online comments.Over the last decade, commenting has expanded beyond a box under web articles and videos and into social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. That has opened the door to more aggressive bullying, harassment and the ability to spread misinformation — often with difficult real-life consequences.Case in point: The right-wing conspiracy site Infowars. For years, the site distributed false information that inspired internet trolls to harass people who were close to victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting. This week, after much hemming and hawing about whether to get involved, some giant tech firms banned content from Infowars. (Twitter did not, after determining Infowars had not violated its policies.)What does that show us? That you as an internet user have … [Read more...] about The Internet trolls have won — sorry, there’s not much you can do
SINGAPORE: When the lease of his three-room flat in Lorong 4 Toa Payoh runs out in 2066, first aid and swimming coach Low Mong Seng, 34, expects the Government to give him “something in compensation”.“Either another shelter over our heads, or a lower lump sum amount (compared to the value of the property) for us to get another flat to stay in,” said Mr Low, who inherited the unit from his mother who died in 1995.But another homeowner, who gave her name only as Ms Kwok, has a different view.There is “a misunderstanding (among the public) of what homeownership is”, she said.“People think ‘ownership’ means a freehold ownership but if you buy a leasehold then obviously the limited lease is reflected,” added the 30-year-old lawyer. Three years ago, she bought a three-room flat in Tiong Bahru — completed in 1973 — with her husband.The issue of the lease expiry of older Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats has seized … [Read more...] about The Big Read: No easy answers to HDB lease decay issue, but public mindset has to change first
By Kerry K. Taylor Special to the Star Mon., May 7, 2018 Kanye West has a lot to say on Twitter. I tend to ignore the American rapper’s social outbursts, but when he tweeted: “burn that excel spread sheet” I had a few feels. Why pick on the greatest budgeting tool, ever – the humble Excel Spreadsheet? Sure, there’s an app for that – financial institutions and third-party vendors are all too eager to have you share your buying, spending and personal data with them by using their online app for free. These web and app-based personal finance management tools have grown in popularity because they simply download or “aggregate” your banking transactions and divide the lot into their prepackaged categories. Some offer light customization, graphs and even positive messaging reminding you to stay on budget, track your spending and pay your bills. What could go wrong? Plenty. Third-party apps allow you to grab your data from … [Read more...] about Why is Excel getting a bad rap from Kanye?