Organised crime syndicates in Southeast Asia are flourishing in the illegal trafficking of drugs, wildlife, counterfeit goods and people, a UN report said Thursday.The 179-page report from the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime said that corruption and freer movement of people and goods have facilitated the trafficking, adding that organised crime groups in the region are becoming more mobile as they exploit areas with weak border control and use advanced logistics to move products. "Southeast Asia has an organised crime problem, and it is time to coalesce around solutions to address the conditions that have allowed illicit businesses to grow, and to secure and cooperate along borders,'' said Jeremy Douglas, a regional representative of the UNODC. Mr Douglas said cumulative value of the methamphetamine market is more than $60 billion this year. Facilitated by organised crime, the market has expanded since a 2013 study found the accumulated value was $15 billion. He said … [Read more...] about UN: Organised crime spreading in Southeast Asia
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Toh said in an interview with The Nation that the Singapore-based ride-hailing giant feels extremely positive about its business outlook for 2020 and beyond, having the largest number of rides in the market. “We are investing in Myanmar for the long term and have put the building blocks in place to bring positive impact to different communities,” she said. The firm has enjoyed an average 30 per cent increase in daily bookings since June last year, said Toh. “This is extremely encouraging, because Grab users are also adopting cashless payments with a 10 per cent increase in the use of GrabPay over the same time period.” To date, nearly 2 million people in Myanmar have downloaded the application, suggesting that users have embraced Grab’s safety features and the convenience of upfront, fixed fares. “While we have taken strides in Myanmar since our launch in 2017, we believe the journey here is just the beginning,” she said. In … [Read more...] about Grab sees higher growth with more services in Myanmar
San Francisco-based investor Paul Bragiel said he needed to be asked three or four times before he accepted an invitation from Singapore to check out its tech scene. He made the trip in 2010, but said that back then, the city-state's prospects of becoming a leading Asia tech hub were "bleak, to say the least". He did see some promise, though, and like many other investors and tech companies since then, he was attracted by generous terms from government agencies. "They gave us a very aggressive deal. Very few countries would have matched it," added Mr Bragiel, who considered Hong Kong and Tokyo for an Asian expansion before co-founding venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures in Singapore in 2011. He declined to say what the terms of his deal were. Armed with lucrative grants and incentives, Singapore has been ramping up its efforts to lure tech firms and investors, including global players like Facebook, Alphabet's Google and Dyson, companies and government officials say. But now the … [Read more...] about Singapore chases tech ‘Jedi Masters’ to groom budding talent
By David Olive Business Columnist Sun., May 5, 2019 It appears the Trump administration isn’t all that interested in a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after all. Last week, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was sanguine about the prospect of Congress rejecting NAFTA’s proposed replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “You could stay status quo,” Mulvaney told a California business conference. “Your real Plan Bs are either NAFTA or withdraw from NAFTA.” It might be that U.S. President Donald Trump has reverted to his years-long preference to simply kill NAFTA without replacing it. Trump won’t budge on the reasonable changes that Congressional Democrats seek to make to the USMCA agreement. He also seems determined to keep in place the steel and aluminum tariffs he applied against Canada and Mexico about a year ago. And that alone pretty much … [Read more...] about Time to say goodbye to NAFTA’s replacement?
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’