Can we feed the world and ensure no one goes hungry?UNITED NATIONS: Enough food is produced today to feed everyone on the planet, but hunger is on the rise in some parts of the world, and some 821 million people are considered to be “chronically undernourished.” What steps are being taken to ensure that everyone, worldwide, receives sufficient food? Thanks to rapid economic growth and increased agricultural productivity over the past two decades, the number of people in the world who aren’t getting enough to eat has dropped by almost half, with regions such as Central and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean making great strides in eradicating extreme hunger. However, that’s against a background of the global population rising by nearly two billion. And now recent trends suggest that the hunger problem persists, particularly in Africa and South America, where there are new indications that undernourishment and severe food insecurity are on the rise.In … [Read more...] about Can we feed the world and ensure no one goes hungry?
Quality failures that shook the world
BERLIN: Guenter Schabowski scratches his head, puts on his glasses, hesitates, then fumbles with his handwritten notes. He seems to be trying to understand what he is reading and haltingly responds to a question about when a measure giving East Germans more freedom to travel would take effect: “As far as I know... as of now.” History’s train has left the station. It is around 7pm on November 9, 1989. A member of the Politburo of East Germany’s communist party, and its spokesman, this member of the inner ruling circle of the “workers’ and peasants’ state” as the German Democratic Republic was known just announced to a few flabbergasted journalists the fall of the Berlin Wall. He seems to do it by accident, at the end of a press conference and in response to questions about the new rules for East German citizens leaving the country. There was no going back. But 30 years after the fact, the debate is still raging: was the sudden demise of … [Read more...] about November 9, 1989: The day that changed the world
JAKARTA: Jakarta’s air quality is the worst in the world again on Thursday (Aug 1) morning, according to air quality index monitor AirVisual, the second time in the last two months.The air quality in Jakarta reached 161 - "unhealthy" level - at Thursday noon based on the US Air Quality Index (AQI), news portal Tempo reported. The Indonesian capital topped the list by taking the first spot from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, ahead of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Hong Kong; Lahore, Pakistan; and Shenyang, China.Nonetheless, as of 4.30pm local time, the AQI of Jakarta has dropped to 121, placing the capital in the sixth spot. Jakarta has been making frequent appearances on the list of global cities with the worst air. On Jun 4, it clinched the top spot with an AQI of 210 in the "very unhealthy" level. Environmentalists have blamed the bad air on vehicle fumes and emissions from … [Read more...] about Jakarta records worst air quality in the world again
The air-travel website AirHelp has released a ranking of 133 major airports across the world. The airports were evaluated on criteria like customer service, cleanliness, on-time performance, and the food and shopping options available to travelers. AirHelp selected airports that are the” best known and most used” for its rankings while leaving out airports for which data was unavailable. Eight of the 10 airports that received the lowest scores are located in Europe. The air-travel website AirHelp has released a ranking of major airports around the world. The list includes 133 airports evaluated on criteria like customer service, cleanliness, on-time performance, and the food and shopping options available to travelers. Airports were given an overall score on a 10-point scale, with on-time performance accounting for 60% of the score, service quality accounting for 20%, and food and shopping options representing 20%. … [Read more...] about The 10 worst major airports in the world
By Jack Ewing The New York Times Milan Schreuer Mon., May 6, 2019 On a breezy day in September, an ominous text message appeared on Fredrik Ekstrom’s phone: Go immediately to the war room. Ekstrom is chairman of Nasdaq Clearing, an outpost of the U.S. stock exchange company in Stockholm, which processes futures trading and acts, in part, as a shield against contagious losses in the global financial system. He headed toward an ordinary conference room outfitted with extra phones, video hookups, data terminals and policy manuals, designed to be a command center in case of a financial crisis. Until then, the war room had been used only for drills. Other senior executives were waiting when he arrived. They described an unfolding disaster. A trader named Einar Aas was having a spectacularly bad day. Ekstrom knew the name. Aas worked from his seaside home in a remote Norwegian fishing village, trading futures contracts tied to the price of Scandinavian … [Read more...] about How a lone Norwegian trader shook the world’s financial system