An artist's rendition of the EECI in Rayong's Wang Chan Valley. PTT Plc is set to launch its Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECI) project in Rayong with the ambitious goal to raise the research and development centre to technology readiness level soon.The SET-listed national oil and gas conglomerate is developing the EECI in Rayong province's Wang Chan Valley. The government plans for the EECI to occupy two sites, the other being in Sri Racha district of Chon Buri. For Wang Chan Valley, the EECI site occupies a plot owned by PTT. The location spans 3,140 rai, of which 1,000 rai is held by the Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS), the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) and the Wangchan Reforestation Project, all run by PTT. The remaining 2,140 rai will be developed by the Science and Technology Ministry and PTT. Wittawat Svasti-Xuto, PTT's chief technology and engineering officer, said the project will avoid R&D activities that cannot … [Read more...] about PTT has big ambitions for EECI project
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KUALA LUMPUR: Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) president Datuk Azih Muda (pix) today announced he would be running for the vice-president’s post of the Malaysian National Co-operative Movement (Angkasa) at its 34th annual national conference. Azih, who ends his service with Cuepacs on Dec 16, said the decision to contest was to assist the Angkasa leadership and protect the welfare of civil servants and government retirees. He said the cooperative movement and Angkasa, in particular, were especially close to the hearts of civil servants, and he would use his experience from Cuepacs to further nurture the cooperative movement and become the liaison between Angkasa and civil servants. “All this while, we have heard various complaints from civil servants, there are cases of salaries being misappropriated, there is debt forced to be borne by civil servants. “So, if I am in Angkasa, I can look at the welfare of civil servants. We do … [Read more...] about Azih Muda to run for Angkasa deputy president’s post
Their early days there were rough. They had no language skills in either Tagalog or English, and Xu says the authorities frequently shut down businesses in Chinatown, partly because many were evading taxes. He found himself in a police station on more than one occasion. "I would get in there and everyone arrested would be Chinese. I was scared. I was so young at the time," he says. Now the owner of a range of businesses offering services from rice imports to printing, Xu believes Chinese immigrants must adjust and integrate into the local culture, which he says includes small but significant idiosyncrasies such as the tendency for Filipinos to dislike Chinese bosses disciplining staff in front of other workers. He does not see a great deal of anti-Chinese sentiment outside of a small group of Filipinos he believes are seeking to incite hatred. Fellow immigrant Ken Hong, 43 and also from Fujian, has done almost every job imaginable since he arrived in Manila nine years ago. He went … [Read more...] about Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?
BUENOS AIRES: Opponents of Argentina's President Mauricio Macri launched a 24-hour strike on Wednesday (May 29) to protest the government's inability to reduce inflation that has reached 55 per cent over the past year.The strike has paralysed public transport while all flights to and from the country's airports were canceled. Banks, schools and universities remained closed.Hospitals were only attending to emergencies while many shops kept their shutters down due to the lack of buses and trains to bring employees to work.The strike came after a partial job action in late April when tens of thousands of Argentines demonstrated, and transport services and businesses were also affected.Macri's popularity has fallen months before elections later this year, when he hopes to win a second term.In an effort to reduce the state deficit, his government last year launched an austerity plan that has cut services to low-income Argentines in exchange for a US$56 billion loan from the … [Read more...] about General strike against inflation paralyses Argentina
By Jennifer Smith WSJ Kimberly Chin WSJ Mon., May 13, 2019 Amazon.com Inc. will pay its employees to quit and will help them start their own local package-delivery businesses, as the e-commerce giant competes for delivery drivers in the tightest U.S. labor market in 50 years. Transportation operators, from long-haul truckers to retail chains like Walmart Inc. to startups such as Deliv, are increasingly competing for people to help them carry the millions of packages that are moving each day around the country. Demand for so-called last-mile delivery is booming as more Americans shop online. Amazon has been expanding its own logistics and delivery operations, although it still relies heavily on the U.S. Postal Service and others to carry most of its orders to people’s homes. In an effort to handle more of those packages itself, the company announced a program last June that invited entrepreneurs to form local delivery operations with dozens of drivers in … [Read more...] about Amazon to help employees start their own delivery business