LUANDA: Tensions between Angola's president and his long-serving predecessor have erupted into the open as an anti-corruption drive targets the former ruler's family. President Joao Lourenco has pledged to crusade against entrenched state corruption and nepotism since taking over in Sept from Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Angola for 38 years. Battling graft is a cornerstone of Lourenco's promised "economic miracle" that he hopes will halt the oil-dependent country's economic slump caused by stubbornly low crude prices. A once-loyal minister under Dos Santos, Lourenco has purged state-run corporations of leaders appointed by his former boss. The first has been Dos Santos's daughter Isabel, who ran the state oil giant Sonangol and is now facing a graft probe. His son Jose Filomeno was similarly dethroned from the top job at the country's sovereign wealth fund in Jan and was this week charged in relation to a US$500-million (RM1,931 million) fraud. Dos Santos, 75, who remains head of … [Read more...] about Angola rivalry as veteran Dos Santos casts long shadow
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SINGAPORE: I learn something new on Facebook almost every day.Whether it’s reading a news story shared on my News Feed, or finding out about an old schoolfriend’s wedding, it seems that Facebook provides me with an almost never-ending source of entertainment and information with just a few taps and swipes on my phone.Just a few days ago, I learnt that every single thing I’d ever done on Facebook – every message I sent, every ad I clicked on, and every emoji I sent or received in the past 10-odd years of my Facebook existence – was niftily captured in this file called Facebook Archive.It wasn’t even that hard to download: The link was prominently displayed under the General Settings tab on my profile. All it took was a few minutes, and a copy of it appeared in my Downloads folder.I’ll admit, I’m not the most active Facebook user. While I use it to some degree due to the nature of my work, I don’t like or share posts as much as some … [Read more...] about Can’t remember what you did ten years ago? Facebook has a better memory than you do
PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Colombia’s Santos wins re-election, to push on with peace talks Reuters / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won a second term on Sunday with an election victory that allows him to continue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas to end a half-century war. Santos beat right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga with about 50.9 percent support in a runoff vote after a bitter campaign that forced voters to choose between the incumbent’s pursuit of negotiated peace or a likely escalation of combat under his rival. Zuluaga won 45 percent support and conceded defeat on Sunday evening. At Santos’ campaign headquarters in Bogota, supporters danced, waved flags and chanted “Colombia wants peace” as music blared. “These were different elections, what was at play wasn’t a candidate’s name, it was the direction the nation … [Read more...] about Colombia’s Santos wins re-election, to push on with peace talks
People generally think of Jose Abad Santos as a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court worthy of being honored as one of the modern-day heroes. In fact, he is immortalized in the P1,000-bill together with Brig. Gen. Vicente Lim and Girl Scouts of the Philippines founder Josefa Llanes Escoda. Countless streets, schools, hospitals, towns, halls and many other backdrops are named after Abad Santos. But very few know that he was concurrently the Secretary of Commerce and Agriculture during the Commonwealth regime of President Manuel L. Quezon. Even fewer people know that Quezon designated him as the acting President when the latter had to go on exile to the United States during World War 2 at the height of Japanese atrocities. Ricardo Cepeda as Jose Abad Santos Born on February 19, 1886 in San Fernando, Pampanga, he grew up with nationalist fervor brought about by the movements against colonial Spain and new imperialist America. Chosen by the Americans in 1904 as one of Filipino youths … [Read more...] about Movie tackles life, love and heroism of Jose Abad Santos
On 1 October, Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 OS, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones while trying to address the issues that have plagued Windows 8 Microsoft unveiled Windows 10, the long-awaited followup to Windows 8 Tuesday. The latest version of Windows walks back some of the more jarring changes of Windows 8, including the return of the Start menu and improvements to how apps are displayed, while also adding multitasking enhancements that will appeal to those who use touchscreen devices as well as PCs. But while Windows 10 will be a welcome change to those users who were turned off by the "mobile first" approach of Windows 8, the latest version of Windows hardly feels like a step backward. With Windows 10, Microsoft has managed to preserve some of Windows 8's Metro touches while also adding new multitasking features and other usability enhancements likely to bring enterprise and desktop power users back to the Windows fold. 1. To start … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Latest OS Windows 10 Is Out. Wait, What Happened To The 9th OS?