US tariff wars penalize Chinese development and African futuresIn the coming months, some of the worst collateral damage of the US tariff wars will occur in Africa. It heralds damage in other world regions, including Asia. UNTIL the commodity price slump of 2015, Africa enjoyed a decade of rapid growth. After the United States tariff wars undermined the global recovery momentum and thus African prospects in 2018, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has affirmed the trade wars could wipe $455 billion off global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020. The trade wars’ collateral damage in Africa is about to begin.Trade wars’ impact on Africa In April, the World Bank cut the 2019 growth forecast for Africa to 2.8 percent from 3.3 percent. In turn, the AfDB warned that the trade conflicts could result in a 2.5-percent reduction in the GDP of resource-intensive African countries and 1-percent reduction for oil exporters in the next two years. Indirectly, the diminished prospects … [Read more...] about US tariff wars penalize Chinese development and African futures
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Since first registering in 2017, the “Miss and Mister Tourism and Culture Universe” (MMTCU) has become Myanmar’s first international beauty pageant, complete with the support of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism as well as the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture. Miss and Mister Tourism and Culture Universe Co. Ltd. owns the copyright to the pageants, which are hosted in Myanmar each year. This is Myanmar’s second hosting of the event, which last year featured 18 countries. Growing in popularity, this year’s event will see beauties and hunks from 25 different countries including Cameroon and Congo in Central Africa; Canada and El Salvador from the Americas; Russia and Italy from Europe; China and Japan from northern Asia; the Indian subcontinent will be well represented too; as well as representatives from South East Asia. A total of 46 stunning models have made their way to Myanmar, to convey their support for local and international tourism, … [Read more...] about Promoting tourism and culture through beauty pageants
HONG KONG: The vast majority of Hong Kong's protesters are university-educated, almost half are in their twenties and nearly everyone loathes the police, according to an academic survey on Monday (Aug 12) that sheds new light on the movement.Ten weeks of demonstrations in the financial hub have seen millions of people take to the streets, increasingly violent clashes break out between hardcore protesters and police and, more recently, flights grounded at the airport.The rallies that began in opposition to a Bill allowing extraditions to mainland China have morphed into a broader bid to reverse a slide in democratic freedoms.Researchers from four of the city's universities surveyed participants across 12 protests – including mass rallies and "fluid" and "static" demonstrations – between Jun 9 and Aug 4 and found 54 per cent were male and 46 per cent were female.Overall, 77 per cent of the 6,688 respondents said they had a tertiary education, … [Read more...] about Young, educated and furious: a survey of Hong Kong’s protesters
11 chefs and 11 caterers: Whew! wow! Dani Avanzado (The Philippine Star) - August 8, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Food is at the center of many, if not most, celebrations; the very act of creating it up to consuming it compels people to come together. Tropical Rendezvous Uni Txangurro This is exactly what The Blue Leaf did when they partnered with Our Awesome Planet — 11 chefs and 11 local caterers collaborated to create a five-course menu each. The dishes were introduced during a grand dinner last July 27, where guests got to taste each collaboration’s creations (and yes, that’s 55 dishes in total). Chef Natalia Moran x Passion Cooks You’d expect grand events to be stuffy, sit down affairs, but it wasn’t at all. The setup was similar to a buffet-style dinner, where each collaboration had a station to themselves. Guests would come up to the table, grab a dish; there were also … [Read more...] about 11 chefs and 11 caterers: Whew! wow!
IT is truly amazing that we are still flip flopping over the language medium to teach maths and science in 2019. The prime minister now wants to revert to using the English-medium to teach these subjects. It was in 2002 that this was an issue and I had written about the main issues involved then. It was ironic that the controversy over the teaching of maths and science in English in our schools at the time should coincide with the news that the country had run out of gas and we had to import gas from Indonesia’s Pertamina. Focus on GAS: Goal, attitude and strategy The question we have to ask is: What is it we want? If the objective is to raise the standard of English of our students, all we need is G.A.S (goal, attitude, strategy), rather than undermining our mother tongue education systems. Our mother tongue education systems (which should also include English, the mother tongue of some Malaysians) are the proper claimants to “Malaysia Boleh” status. Let us not … [Read more...] about Still flip flopping over maths and science