Telecommunications play an important role in modern economies, and developments in telecommunications networks have reflected the adoption of digital technologies throughout those economies. A new Telenor Group-commissioned report outlines the impact of telecommunications on Thailand and Asia. According to the study, called “The Mobile Effect: How Connectivity Enables Growth”, telecommunications is at the core of modern economies. Sectors that are intensive users of telecommunications generally contribute a greater proportion of gross value added (GVA) to those economies, and connectivity contributes to and enables social goods. “Our study quantified these impacts across the Asian countries where Telenor is active – Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand,” said James Allan, the director of Frontier Economics, which conducted the study. The report found that sectors driven by telecommunications contributed almost three-quarters … [Read more...] about Why CONNECTIVITY matters
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• Vote buyers using business networking – Namfrel • Some barangay leaders getting up to P500,000 MANILA, Philippines — Three days ahead of the elections, authorities are being deluged by reports of vote buying across the country. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said he continues to receive reports of vote buying in different parts of the country on his cell phone. He said the complaints are too numerous and it would take him two days to reply to every text message. Election watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) also confirmed reports of widespread vote buying. In an interview Wednesday night with “The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One News, Namfrel secretary general Eric Alvia said their group has been monitoring reports of vote buying way ahead of the elections. Based on the information they are getting, Alvia said candidates are giving an average of P200 to P500 per voter, and … [Read more...] about Vote-buying complaints swamp PNP
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?