Spotify Technology SA is rolling out new ways for podcasters to make money from their shows, stepping up efforts after a recent move by Apple Inc to attract talent to its platform. The Stockholm-based company debuted a feature on April 27 that lets podcasters mark episodes as only for subscribers. Users can then keep 100% of the revenue they get over the next two years, with a 5% fee coming in 2023. The option will be available in the US to start, and then in other countries in the following months. The audio-streaming company also is launching an open-access platform that lets podcasts with content on other services share their material on Spotify. And it looks to make it easier for customers to find advertisers for their shows with a new ad marketplace called the Spotify Audience Network. The rollout follows Apple’s announcement this month that it would let podcasters charge for their programs on its app, with the company taking a 30% cut. The tech giant has been trying to get ... » Learn More about Spotify undercuts Apple with new ways for podcasts to make money
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BANGKOK- – Environmental experts have raised concerns about a significant increase in plastic waste in Thailand primarily from delivery services. With one person generating about 1.15 kilograms of waste daily, they have called on the Thai government to take action. Environmental organizations came together at a recent conference called Dialogue Forum 5, where they discussed the significant increase in plastic waste due to the COVID-19 lock-down, and brainstormed ideas for a sustainable plastic waste management road-map. The Thailand Environment Institute’s (TEI) President Wijarn Simachaya stated that the amount of plastic waste generated during the COVID-19 lockdown had increased to an average of 1.15 kilogram per person per day, even though the overall volume remains low because of the absence of tourists. The increase in plastic waste generated per person was significantly contributed to by delivery services, especially in Bangkok where the waste from delivery services ... » Learn More about Thai environmental experts concerned about rise in plastic usage during Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand
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?
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - When Ethiopia awarded its first private telecom licence last week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hailed it as the crowning achievement of his plan to open up Ethiopia's tightly controlled economy of over 109 million people. But for many foreign investors who feted him getting the top job in 2018, hopes of cracking one of the world's last major untapped markets are waning, stifled by the slow pace of reforms and ossified bureaucracy. On paper, Abiy can boast of having opened up Ethiopia's health, e-commerce and transport services sectors through a new investment law. It is a key part of his pitch as Abiy faces his first national parliamentary election on Monday - which he has billed as Ethiopia's first free and fair polls. But foreign companies now operating in Ethiopia are struggling to repatriate profits amid a crippling foreign exchange crunch and inflation that consistently exceeds 20%. The economy is on track to grow just 2% this year after ... » Learn More about Ethiopia’s economic reform drive splutters for foreign investors
Bangkok- A sub-committee in Parliament whose task is to handle various budgeting issues including vetting the annual budget bill for 2021 voted 5-4 today to approve the purchase of two 22.5 billion baht submarines from China causing outrage on social media. Critics on Thai social media immediately attacked the decision, stating that it was ludicrous to be making this purchase with the economy in the current state and the tourism sector essentially shut down due to international borders still mostly closed and foreign tourists banned from entering. Four coalition MP’s from the Palang Pracharath, Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties approved the Navy budget for the China-made subs, while four opposition MP’s voted against the proposal. The tie breaker was brought to the chairman of the sub-committee, Suphol Phong-ngam, who is a member of the Palang Pracharath Party which currently has the majority power in the Thai Government and is traditionally strongly pro military. He voted yes, ... » Learn More about Thai Government votes to purchase two more submarines from China for 22.5 billion baht, public outrage on social media