Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
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(First of three parts) The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, a universal lobby against tobacco use, even the legalization of marijuana in many parts of the United States and Europe; It’s enough to cause cigar and cigarette manufacturers to reconsider whether they should stay in the industry or move on to other lines of business. A global brand like Dunhill, for example, has expanded to non-tobacco related products such as men’s apparel, leather goods and fragrances. It is a grim joke that says smoking is a dying industry. In fact, the tobacco industry is alive and well in various parts of the world where smoking is not too frowned upon, like Japan, China, Cambodia or Cuba. In the Philippines, while lobby groups—notably the Department of Health—have succeeded in giving a negative image to smoking, the cigarette industry is actually thriving. The Ilocos region remains the tobacco-growing center of the country, and Ilocano farmers simply refuse to … [Read more...] about Global, local tobacco firms in brutal battle for market dominance
By Wilson Chua How can Metro Manila solve its horrific traffic? Is MMDA’s no-window Color coding actually helping to reduce the vehicle volume? Anecdotal evidence say otherwise as people just buy more cars. This defeats the color coding scheme. Could Grab’s Ride sharing be a better solution? I listen to Anthony and Hooi Ling talk about Grab and their successes. It was their 5th year anniversary. Along the way, I can’t help but think about the following upsides of Ride sharing: Grab’s Ride-sharing service puts “more people into fewer vehicles”. This increases both the efficiency of cars and the number of passengers per car. It is quite easy to see that a parked personal car is wasted most of the day. While a ride sharing car is in use most of the times to ferry passengers. More to the point, Grabshare has since booked over 8 million rides and 72 million kilometers traveled in Asia. This removed a whopping 19,000 cars off the road. It also saved an … [Read more...] about Can Ride Sharing ease Traffic?
Share repurchases have been a crucial backbone for the eight-year bull market. On several occasions during the period, the US stock market has looked devoid of any positive catalysts, relying heavily on buybacks to keep share prices afloat. This was never more true than during the S&P 500’s five-quarter earnings contraction from 2015 into 2016, a period that saw the benchmark edge higher by 1.5%, driven largely by companies repurchasing their own stock. Ultimately, it’s a win-win for corporations to conduct buybacks, because it pushes share prices higher while also signaling to the market that they view their shares as undervalued. So it’s unwelcome news to equity bulls that buybacks are slowing. Repurchases by S&P 500 companies totaled $133.1 billion in the first quarter, a 17.5% decrease from a year ago, according to data compiled by S&P Dow Jones Indices. The slowdown is also reflected on a trailing 12-month basis, with buybacks … [Read more...] about The safety net of the stock bull market is vanishing — but it may not matter
Kumar Galhotra is what you might call the right man for the job, and the job happens to be one of the toughest in the entire auto industry. Galhotra runs Lincoln, Ford’s luxury brand. Since roughly 2013, the brand has been attempting to stage a comeback, with billions in funding from the mothership in Dearborn, Michigan. Born in India, Galhotra – who has a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan – came to Ford in 1988 and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the vice president who oversaw how all Ford and Lincoln vehicles were screwed together. In 2014, Ford CEO Mark Fields tapped him to take on the Lincoln challenge, promoting him to president of the marque. Founded in 1917 by Henry Leland, one of the most successful automotive entrepreneurs of the early 20th century, Lincoln was a magnificent American brand for almost its entire history. Leland had also started Cadillac, selling it to General Motors in 1902 for the then vast … [Read more...] about How Lincoln returned from the brink of death and put Ford back on the luxury map