Ramadan is just around the corner and if you're fasting or have friends who are doing so, you'll want to have plenty of halal options to break fast at during this month - or perhaps even to share a meal with them at any time of the year. Iftar is the evening meal that Muslims partake in as they end their daily fast during Ramadan and there are several restaurants in Singapore that offer special Iftar buffets during this time too. So whether you're Muslim or often dine with Muslim friends, here are 10 halal restaurants to check out this month. 1. 21 ON RAJAH Mediterranean cuisine is the order of the day here but you'll get a few local and Southeast Asian delights thrown in too. Choose something from the a la carte menu or go for the lunch/dinner buffet on weekdays or the brunch/dinner buffet on weekends. During Ramadan, the restaurant is calling its buffet the MediterrAsian Bazaar, where you can dig into some Mediterranean favourites with your friends and family. Highlights include … [Read more...] about Ramadan grub: Break fast at these cool new restaurants
The drivers of black cabs in London are required to immediately decide any routes in response to requests by passengers or traffic conditions. The test to become the driver of a black cab is so notorious it’s dubbed “The Knowledge”. It’s assumed to be the hardest test in the world since the prospective drivers must be able to memorize all routes in London city without using maps, navigation systems, or communication among drivers. It takes about 34 months for the average drivers to mentally map about 25,000 streets and addresses, including landmarks and short-cuts. It has been that way since 1856. Then all of a sudden, a new company called Uber launched a mobile application to disrupt public transportation services in major cities around the world. Uber provides an opportunity for anyone in possession of a car and a driver's license to be a “partner” and directly compete against taxis like the black cab without competitive regulations. To make … [Read more...] about ‘New Dark Age’ and the call for new digital literacy
REUTERS: Microsoft Corp on Thursday announced new tools for software makers aimed at making technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain easier for businesses to use.Microsoft released the tools ahead of its software developer conference next week in Seattle. Once known mostly for its Windows personal computer operating system, the company now relies on revenue growth from its cloud-based computing and software services, most of which are sold to other businesses.While Microsoft still trails the cloud computing leader Amazon.com Inc’s Amazon Web Services in revenue, it has taken a different approach to the market, designing many of its services to be run in either Microsoft's Azure data centres, its customers private data centres, or a combination of the two.Amazon, by contrast, at first asked customers move their data to its own servers, though it too has in recent years moved toward Microsoft's "hybrid" approach.One new service from Microsoft helps online … [Read more...] about Microsoft rolls out new cloud services for AI and blockchain
By Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press Wed., May 1, 2019 When Ted Bundy died in the electric chair 30 years ago in Florida, a witness to the execution — a prosecutor in the case of a 12-year-old girl Bundy murdered — told the New York Times: “He probably could have done anything he set his mind to do, but something happened to him and we still don’t know what it was.” Three decades later, we still don’t, and the aptly named Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, which comes to Neftlix May 3, doesn’t provide any new answers. Instead, Joe Berlinger’s film, starring an impressively scary Zac Efron, tries with mixed success to address a different issue, namely how Bundy not only used his good looks and boyish demeanour to fool those closest to him, especially his longtime girlfriend, but how he managed to seduce some in the media and public — to the point where, revoltingly, he had actual groupies at his murder … [Read more...] about A strong Efron, but little else new in Ted Bundy biopic
What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu? I was in Makati for a day to attend the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) annual stockholders meeting where media from the Visayas and Mindanao were invited. Actually, it was the first time for BPI to invite the Cebu and Davao media to their annual stockholders meeting and it was good for me to meet with our old friends, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and his brother Fernando where we talked about the old days when they went to Cebu with their motorcycles to ride with us. Unfortunately our good friend, Bobby Aboitiz who played host with them, passed away two years ago. As the top honchos of BPI pointed out, BPI for the 1st Quarter of 2019 posted a 7.6 percent increase in its net income, which stands at P6.72 billion and up to 10.5 percent versus the 4th Quarter of 2018. In their joint message to the BPI stockholders, chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President and CEO Cezar Consing, noted, … [Read more...] about What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu?