The inspiring Indonesian Youth Marine Debris Summit was held in Jakarta in August, reminding us all of the need to reduce Indonesia’s marine waste problem. As the oceans continue to be threatened by plastic pollution and climate change, now is the time to step up and make your own positive changes at home. It’s easy and all about making good consumer choices, plus reducing your contribution to climate change. Read on for eight simple steps you can take to help save the oceans. Why is plastic waste a problem? With around 100 million tons of plastic dumped in the oceans so far, according to the United Nations, the impacts on marine life are clearly visible. Whales washed ashore with plastics in their stomachs is becoming increasingly common and marine life entanglement in plastic waste is a regular occurrence. It is estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 if we continue at this current pollution rate. Furthermore, a team of researchers in the US … [Read more...] about 8 simple steps you can take right now to save the oceans
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The Revenue Department and the Comptroller-General's Department are set to launch a pilot project using blockchain technology in the next few weeks, aiming at streamlining work processes.The innovative technology will also help provide information associated with value-added tax and inspecting VAT refunds to reduce fraud, said Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana. In the next stage, Mr Uttama will seek to connect data from three tax-collecting agencies -- the Revenue Department, the Customs Department and the Excise Department -- using blockchain technology to increase working and inspection efficiency. The Customs Department has emerged as the second government agency in Asean to adopt a blockchain-based shipment tracking and information sharing platform to streamline procedures. Mr Uttama said blockchain technology will be a boon to the Finance Ministry, which handles a lot of data. The innovation will enable information to be shared across departments and with outsiders, he said. In … [Read more...] about Departments launch blockchain project
PARIS: A deadly explosion at a Russian testing site has focused attention on President Vladimir Putin's bid to build a nuclear-powered missile that the Kremlin hopes would give Moscow the edge in a new arms race.Western experts have linked the blast at the Nyonoksa test site on Aug 8, which caused a sharp spike in local radiation levels, to the 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile first revealed by Putin in 2018.The Kremlin has, however, not confirmed that the accident was linked to the Burevestnik project and the identity of the missile that exploded remains uncertain.But while a nuclear-powered missile with the theoretical ability to strike any target on planet earth may seem attractive, analysts warn the technical difficulties and risks could outweigh any strategic gain.Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom said that its staff, five of whom were killed in the blast, were providing engineering and technical support for the "isotope power source" of a missile.WHY SEEK … [Read more...] about Secret Russia weapon project: Gamechanger or PR stunt?
With technology developing each day, protecting yourself when you go online is more important now than ever. Many people set up their Wi-Fi with the bare minimum settings and are unsure about the potential risks of having a compromised Wi-Fi. But with all our bank details, transactions and personal histories being accessed through the internet, it is worth it to read up a bit on how to make your online journey a bit safer. Here is how you can secure your Wi-Fi connection. Read on. 5 SIMPLE STEPS FOR A SAFER WI-FI There are many ways to increase the security of your WiFi but for the average person, we have listed down 5 of the easier ones that every household should be able to get done in a single afternoon. 1. CHECK YOUR FIREWALL IS ACTIVE Most routers have firewalls built into them, which check incoming and outgoing data to block any suspicious activity. These usually come with a reasonable default setting so you've probably been utilizing this since the WiFi was installed but for … [Read more...] about Make sure your Wi-Fi is secure with these simple steps
Indonesia's investment chief, Mr Thomas Lembong, is optimistic that the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project is back on track after years of mismanagement, despite lingering concerns over how long it will take to recoup the costs of the ambitious joint venture with China. "What has plagued the project over the last three years is just mismanagement, plain and simple. We had not even the B team in there. Possibly not even the C team, but the D team," he said at a Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club dialogue yesterday. "It's not geopolitics or politics or policy or ideology. It's just good, old-fashioned mismanagement and incompetence." Mr Lembong has been vocal about his frustrations with the difficulty in getting information from parties involved in the project. But there has been a shake-up in recent months, with State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno putting more competent people at the helm of the joint project. The US$6 billion (S$8.2 billion) project linking Jakarta … [Read more...] about Jakarta-Bandung rail project back on track