Marvin Taylor-Dormond (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Manila ● Wed, June 16 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic spares no one. But its consequences for health, social and economic conditions are unequal and disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable. The pandemic is also eroding the global middle class. Against this backdrop, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its underlying principle of leaving no one behind are more than just catchphrases. They provide the framework for addressing the impacts of the pandemic and future crises in a holistic, sustainable and inclusive manner. The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to add 78 million people into the number of extreme poor or those living under US$1.90 per day in developing Asia in 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates. The number is even larger for those living below $3.20 a day with an additional 162 million people expected to be pushed into poverty in 2020 in developing Asian coun... to Read Full ... » Learn More about A crossroads to more sustainable, inclusive growth
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MY visit to Jakarta and Asean earlier in June 2021 underlined the European Union’s (EU) commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, and it reconfirmed a clear demand in the region for more cooperation and EU presence. All my interlocutors stressed that they want to shape a broad common agenda for cooperation: from the pandemic and recovery, to connectivity and trade, from the green agenda to the key area of security. As the EU, we are well aware that the global centre of gravity is shifting towards the Indo-Pacific region. The Indo-Pacific creates 60% of global GDP and two-thirds of global growth. It is the second largest destination for EU exports and home to four out of the EU’s top 10 trading partners. Around 40% of the EU’s foreign trade passes through the South China Sea. The EU is also the top investor in and development assistance provider for the Indo-Pacific. The EU is the Asean’s number one development partner, and its third trade partner and investor. EU exports to Asean ... » Learn More about The European Union and Asean are natural partners and have a common agenda
Inforial (The Jakarta Post) - ● Wed, June 16, 2021 2021-06-16 06:00 0 c78dad32e3af0945bdb46490a80c8c16 4 Inforial Free In the push for more sustainable future development, Schneider Electric , the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, invites thought leaders from around the world and across industries to collectively build a resilient and sustainable digital ecosystem to tackle climate change and drive economic growth. The data center as the foundation in the development of the digital ecosystem must be managed more efficiently, smartly, adaptively and sustainably. This topic will be the main agenda item in the 2021 edition of Schneider Electric’s Innovation Day, which will be held virtually on June 17. The event will bring together more than 40 leaders, practitioners and experts around the world, including Robert Swan, conservationist and polar adventurer; Brian Solis, digital analyst and anthropologist; Rachel ... » Learn More about Schneider Electric Innovation Day 2021 highlights resilient and sustainable data center
REUTERS: Lyft Inc said on Tuesday it will launch an electric vehicle rental pilot program for ride-hail drivers in a part of the San Francisco Bay Area in partnership with a local utility. The EV rental program in San Mateo County south of San Francisco is scheduled to begin this fall. It initially aims to provide roughly 100 EVs for use on the Lyft platform, the ride-hail company and Peninsula Clean Energy said in a statement. Peninsula Clean Energy, San Mateo County's official energy provider which aims to provide 100per cent renewable energy by 2025, will provide US$500,000 in incentives to ride-hail drivers to ensure the cost of renting an EV is comparable to a gas-powered car. Lyft said exact rental prices and models were still being determined. The program is operated by Lyft's Flexdrive unit, which works with local car dealerships to rent out vehicles on a weekly or long-term basis. Lyft already offers EV rentals in Seattle, Atlanta and Denver, where drivers are ... » Learn More about Lyft launches EV rental pilot program for ride-hail drivers in Northern California
MELBOURNE: Which organisations would you look to as allies in the fight against climate change? Climate activist groups, foundations and even a smattering of corporates involved in sustainability might come to mind. But here’s some real food for thought: How about militaries? The ongoing fight against COVID-19 has made it seem like a lifetime ago that Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen unveiled a slew of green measures that the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be adopting to do its bit for climate change in Parliament in March. But these bold plans augur well for a green future for these men in green. The initiatives announced range from simple waste-reduction measures including recycling food waste into energy to larger, ambitious plans that seek to replace the SAF’s 400 administrative vehicles with hybrid and eventually electric models to reduce carbon emissions. The Republic of Singapore Navy is also looking at hybrid propulsion for its ... » Learn More about Commentary: Militaries, the surprising allies – when men in green fight for a greener world
Inforial (The Jakarta Post) - ● Wed, June 16, 2021 2021-06-16 00:00 0 c78dad32e3af0945bdb46490a80c27e9 4 Inforial Free Palm oil is contained in many daily products, from food, cosmetics and personal care products to household cleaning products. This means that the public both benefits from and is highly dependent on the palm oil industry for the various products they consume. Most Indonesian consumers, however, are unaware of the palm oil content of various consumer goods. As a consequence, they are also unaware of the impact of the industry’s exponential and rapid growth. This low public awareness is likely is due to the indirect relevance of palm oil in consumers’ daily lives, as well as the complex and multilayered production chain, which can be hard to digest. A consumer survey by MarkPlus Inc. published in 2020 found that most consumers primarily associated palm oil with cooking oils and margarines. The survey also showed that although most ... » Learn More about Why should you care about sustainable palm oil?
The photo shows the launch of a major collaboration between AIS, represented by Mr Somchai (top right) and the company's president, Weng Cheong Hui (bottom right), and Microsoft, led by Jean-Philippe Courtois (top left), executive vice-president and president, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, and Dhanawat Suthumpun (bottom left), managing director, Microsoft Thailand. SET-listed Advanced Info Service (AIS) has partnered with Microsoft Thailand on 5G-driven cloud innovation as part of its strategy to capitalise on burgeoning demand in the segment, driven by a push for digital transformation by enterprises. The full-scale partnership was announced by both companies in a statement yesterday. "With many organisations increasing their focus on digital strategies for the future, Thailand as a country has a huge opportunity for cloud-based innovations," said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice-president and president of global sales, marketing and operations at Microsoft. ... » Learn More about Partners eye cloud innovation
A man observes the Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chon Buri's Sri Racha district, which is part of the EEC development project. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill The government remains committed to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), firmly believing investment value in the corridor will reach at least 300 billion baht this year as expected. According to Kanit Sangsubhan, secretary-general to the EEC Office, private investment is increasing this year, driven by global economic recovery and rising global trade. "Actual investment was pretty low last year as investors were hesitant because of Covid-19 outbreaks," said Mr Kanit. "Investors are now expected to ramp up investments this year." Last year, actual investment in the EEC totalled only 96 billion baht, making up 46% of total investment applications filed through the Board of Investment (BoI). The EEC is part of the government's strategy to move Thailand towards a high-tech economy. The area spans a combined 30,000 rai plot ... » Learn More about On the fast lane to a hi-tech economy
“New normal” was definitely one of the buzzwords of the year 2020. While it took us about a year to adapt to the disruptions caused by Covid-19 and going back to normalcy is now within sight, let us not forget about the other “new normal” that we have been grappling with in recent years – climate change.” Extreme weather: the new normal with climate change Extreme weather patterns have become more pronounced in recent years due to climate change, as Singapore residents have experienced it in the past few months. February 2019 was the third warmest February recorded in 90 years, based on the mean monthly temperature, since temperature records began in 1929. Last year was one of the hottest years on record with an exceptional low annual amount of rainfall -- we had the eighth-lowest annual total rainfall in the past 30 years. Despite being a relatively dry year overall, we have also experienced more occurrences of intense heavy rainfall in 2020. And we experienced more ... » Learn More about There’s no vaccine for climate change. Are we prepared for extreme weather to be our new normal?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Delivery times for your latest Taobao or Shopee purchase might take even longer than before. On March 11, The Business Times (BT) reported that container vessels planning to dock at Singapore's port are now facing longer wait times, due to a recent surge in vessel calls and container volumes. Turnaround time increased to almost a week According to S&P Global Platts , one source estimated that container vessels now need to wait five to seven days for turnaround, up from a maximum of two days for an ultra-large 18,000 TEU vessel. The Loadstar reported that vessel turnaround times have more than doubled, alongside week-long cargo rollovers (when cargo cannot be loaded onto a vessel because the vessel ran out of capacity). Regarding the congestion, a PSA spokesperson said : “This exceptional situation is due to a confluence of factors, including an unprecedented and ... » Learn More about Container ships facing longer wait times at S’pore port due to surge in vessel calls & container volumes