A gruelling two-month stretch awaits Adam Xu later this year, and he has a stable government job in his crosshairs. In addition to the classes he is taking as a master’s student in public administration, the 25-year-old has ambitious intentions to set aside at least 12 hours a day to study for the national civil service examination that will take place in November. His hope is to return to his hometown – a second-tier city in southern Guangdong province – for a civil service position. Xu epitomises the shang’an mentality, which literally means “going onto the shore” and describes a growing desire among young people to take jobs in the public sector. The expression is the opposite of a school of thought popularised by his parents’ generation: xiahai , or “going down to the sea”, referring to a movement during China’s period of reform and opening up that began in the late-1970s, when droves of people quit their government positions to become entrepreneurs and explore a “sea” of ... » Learn More about Why are China’s fresh grads now saying no to high-paying ‘996’ jobs?
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In central China, Xinxiang resident Yuehai was out buying food on Wednesday afternoon when the sky opened up. The water started pooling around her ankles as she raced home. "It seemed that if it kept raining like that, I'd have to swim back," she said. Yuehai, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, made it home safely. But other friends in the city in Henan province, 70km north of the capital Zhengzhou, were not so lucky - one became trapped in rising floodwater later that night after attempting to drive through it. More than 3 million people have been affected by the extreme torrential rain that began on Saturday and has claimed at least 33 lives across Henan, including 12 in flooded subway stations in Zhengzhou. Much attention has been on the provincial capital, where the cumulative rainfall in three days was close to an average year's worth and videos shared on social media showed chaotic scenes of cars flipped on flooded roads and ground-floor shops and flats ... » Learn More about ‘The whole town was submerged’: Central China prepares for more flooding
After all the hype… and ultimately disappointment of Marvel and Square Enix’s Avengers, any Marvel game that follows will inevitably face a huge burden of trying to surpass that failed title. Luckily, the next one out the door doesn’t have the heavy expectation of a massive production that has players pay US$60 (S$81) for the base game. Instead, it’s free to play on mobile, feeds off the massive fanbase that Marvel has amassed over the years with their comics and cinematic universe, and if you want to pay to win, by all means. If you’ve been following the latest movies and Disney+ series such as Loki, you’d be aware that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is gearing up towards a clash of the multiverse and dimensions. And that’s also the basis of the upcoming mobile game by Marvel and Netmarble. Known for their successful Marvel Future Fight, Netmarble is back with a brand new open-world RPG, MARVEL Future Revolution, that offers players an impressive gameplay experience that’ll ... » Learn More about Marvel Future Revolution is an open-world RPG that brings the multiverse chaos to your fingertips
Brainard: The most likely candidate. (Photo: Reuters) President Biden's selection of the next Federal Reserve chair is likely to be a choice between keeping the current chief, who enjoys broad support in markets and among lawmakers from both parties, or replacing him with one of his well-regarded colleagues. Chairman Jerome Powell, whose term expires in February, is viewed by some inside and many outside the administration as the front-runner for the job. But if Mr. Biden decides he would prefer his own pick, rather than the Republican chosen by President Trump, Fed governor Lael Brainard is the most likely candidate to succeed him. "The president will engage with his senior economic team in a careful and thoughtful process to appoint a Federal Reserve chair in a timely manner," a White House official said. The White House declined to comment on specific names that may be under consideration both for Fed chair and other vacancies on the seven-member board of governors. "The ... » Learn More about Fed Chief Powell Enjoys Support for Reappointment, but He’s Not a Lock
NEW YORK: A group of state attorneys general unveiled on Wednesday a landmark US$26 billion settlement with large drug companies for allegedly fueling the deadly nationwide opioid epidemic, but some states were cool on the agreement. Under the settlement proposal, the three largest US drug distributors, McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and AmerisourceBergen Corp, are expected to pay a combined US$21 billion, while drugmaker Johnson & Johnson would pay US$5 billion. "There's not enough money in the world frankly to address the pain and suffering," said Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, adding that the money will "help where help is needed. The deal was the second-largest cash settlement ever, trailing only the US$246 billion tobacco agreement in 1998. Attorneys general from 15 states were involved in negotiating the deal. Settlement money from the distributors will be paid out over 18 years. J&J will pay over nine years, with up to US$3.7 billion paid ... » Learn More about Big 3 US drug distributors, J&J reach landmark US$26 billion opioid settlement
REUTERS: Data analytics firm SAS said on Thursday it was preparing for an initial public offering by 2024, weeks after a report said chip and software company Broadcom Inc was in talks to buy the company. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Broadcom was exploring a buyout deal that could value the North Carolina-based SAS between US$15 billion and US$20 billion. SAS provides data and analytics services to customers in 147 countries spread across several industries, including banking, healthcare, retail and manufacturing. The company, which was founded over four decades ago, said it made about US$3 billion in revenue in 2020 and has long been profitable. (https://refini.tv/3BQJ1r3) The company's software is used by more than 83,000 business, government and university sites, according to its website. (Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber) ... » Learn More about Analytics firm SAS says aiming to go public by 2024
Miguel Martinez of publicist MGMode Communications insisted he “never said anything that is not true,” addressing the controversy surrounding their publicity group, Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco, and the Miss Canada Organization. In an interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe on Monday, May 24, Martinez contested Cinco’s claims in a Facebook post last Saturday, May 22. Martinez said he's shocked by the situation. “This is completely unknown to us, this is not the type of attention we want. Things happened, it’s only fair that everybody gets to tell their side. He’s hurt, we’re hurt,” he said. “Things may have been said but shouldn’t have been said. And having said that, I’ve never said anything that is not true.” He also clarified that he and his company are separate from the Miss Canada Organization. “We don’t actually work for the franchise or [are] the franchise owner. We’ve always been independent. We actually do not get paid, believe it or ... » Learn More about Publicist MGMode disputes designer Michael Cinco’s claims
India is proud of its pluralistic traditions and happy to discuss the issue with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit beginning on Tuesday, July 27, foreign ministry sources said after Washington said he planned to raise New Delhi's human rights record. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has faced allegations it has suppressed dissent, pursued divisive policies to appeal to its Hindu nationalist base and alienated Muslims, the country's biggest minority. Ahead of Blinken's first trip as Secretary of State, the State Department said he will discuss India's human rights record as well as a religion-based citizenship law that the Modi government enacted two years ago that Muslims see as discriminatory. Indian foreign ministry sources said that issues such as human rights and democracy were universal and extended beyond a particular country or culture. One source said India was a long-standing pluralistic society and was open ... » Learn More about India ready to engage with Blinken on human rights, officials say
India's total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday, April 29, after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked around the clock to bury victims and hundreds more were cremated in makeshift pyres in parks and parking lots. India reported 379,257 new infections and 3,645 new deaths on Thursday, health ministry data showed, the highest number of fatalities in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The world's second most populous nation is in deep crisis, with hospitals and morgues overwhelmed. Mumbai gravedigger Sayyed Munir Kamruddin, 52, said he and his colleagues were working nonstop to bury victims. "I'm not scared of COVID, I've worked with courage. It's all about courage, not about fear," he said. "This is our only job. Getting the body, removing it from the ambulance, and then burying it." Each day, thousands of Indians search frantically for hospital beds and life- saving oxygen for sick ... » Learn More about India infections top 18 million as gravediggers work round the clock
US rapper Kanye West's chaotic launch of his unlikely campaign to oust Donald Trump in November's presidential election has sparked anger, concern for his mental health, and questions about whether he is seriously running. Wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked "security," West broke down in tears during a rambling speech in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday that was supposed to kickstart his White House bid. Instead, controversial comments about renowned American abolitionist Harriet Tubman enraged attendees, provoked scorn online, and left political analysts scratching their heads about the mercurial musician's true intentions. For Jeffrey McCune, who teaches a course on West at Washington University in St. Louis, the topsy-turvy nature of the event was typical of the hip-hop star. "All things Kanye are impulsive. I have never been a fan of 'throw-your-towel-in' political entries. However, this is Kanye's brand completely," he told AFP. With ... » Learn More about Kanye West’s presidential run: real or for show?