Hong Kong , Feb. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Businesses all over the world are now taking part in what is being called the "largest work-from-home experiment". A powerful digital communication solution is paramount to keeping teams and customers connected when flexible working arrangements come are in place. maaiiConnect , a revolutionary digital convergence platform, comes in to help businesses remain on track even when employees are required to work remotely. During uncertain times, leading-edge technology has the power to erase geographic barriers and support a cohesive office environment without a physical presence. The key to an effective digital office is a powerful communication ecosystem – one that transcends borders, channels, and devices to put the customer's experience at the heart of every interaction. A truly connected workplace empowers employees to convert more enquiries into sales leads and deepen relationships with existing and potential customers from anywhere ... » Learn More about Are You Prepared to Run Your Office Remotely?
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JAMMU: Fronted by a 20-year-old in pigtails, the dancing flash mob swings into action, campaigning to save a threatened wildlife reserve — part of a growing, youth-led environmental movement rattling Indian authorities. The battle between the state and environmental activists is not new in India, where impoverished tribal communities have long complained of being displaced in the pursuit of economic growth. But it has rarely been fought by young women like Neola Pereira, who turns up at protests dressed in skinny jeans, fluent in internet-speak, and ready to dance. “People think only environmentalists need to fight for the environment, but that’s not true,” the business student told AFP. Pereira has campaigned for months to stop a government plan to expand train tracks, widen a highway and build an electricity transmission line that will slice through the iconic Mollem National Park — home to endangered tigers and other big cats. The existing railway line transports ... » Learn More about Lady guards roam India’s iconic forest
Our verdict: 77 per cent Unit efficiency 3.5/5 Unit size 4/5 Quality of fittings 4/5 Design 3/5 Variety of facilities 4.5/5 Quality of facilities 4/5 Surrounding amenities 3.5/5 Developer 4.5/5 Transport links 3.5/5 Driving accessibility 4/5 Upkeep of property 4/5 Price point 3.5/5 The Crest offers buyers a chance to own a home in a central location while enjoying unblocked views, but it's not exactly the most affordable option out there. What we like What we don't like Big pool 11-min walk to mrt Good facilities Could do with more deck chairs Bigger than usual units Project: The Crest District: 03 Address: Prince Charles Crescent Tenure: 99-year Leasehold No. of Units: 469 Site Area: 256,026 sqft Developer: Wingcrown Investment Pte Ltd TOP: 2017 ‘Life peaks at the top’. Now that’s a slogan that befits The Crest in more ways than one. Before I go into greater detail ... » Learn More about The crest condo review: Giant pool + bigger than usual units
In March 2017, Anthony Bourdain had an idea for a book but no time to write it. Since he started travelling and eating on camera with the Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour in 2000, the chef, frequent dropper of F-bombs and insatiable eater of delicious things had spent the majority of his time in the field, most recently for his CNN show, Parts Unknown. Bourdain and his team decided he would carve out some time to write in the summer of 2018, when he would have a few rare continuous weeks at home during a break in filming. That, of course, never happened, as Bourdain died by suicide in June 2018. Nevertheless, almost three years after his death, and after a pandemic that almost completely shut down international travel, Ecco will publish World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Bourdain and his longtime assistant (or “lieutenant,” as he often referred to her), Laurie Woolever. “To me, there was no question that the book would go on,” Woolever said in a recent video call from her home in ... » Learn More about How do you write an Anthony Bourdain travel book without Anthony Bourdain?
The Uruguayan government is placing its hopes for beating a world-record coronavirus infection rate on its vaccine campaign MONTEVIDEO - Battling the world's highest coronavirus infection rate as ambulances queue to deposit patients at hospitals bulging at the seams, Uruguay has gone from a shining example of Covid-19 control to a nation in pandemic crisis. Last June, the government was toying with the idea of declaring Uruguay Covid-19-free after several days without any new infections. The country of 3.5 million seemed an oasis in a world turned upside down by the worst pandemic in a century. Fast forward to April 2021, and the picture could not be more different. AFP figures show an ever-climbing infection rate for Uruguay over the last two weeks of 1,390 per 100,000 inhabitants -- by far the highest in the world, with no other country breaching 1,000 per 100,000. In absolute numbers, the country of 3.5 million, wedged between Brazil and Argentina, is registering about ... » Learn More about From hero to zero: Uruguay’s coronavirus boomerang
NEWS that American banking group Citigroup Inc is closing down its consumer banking business in 13 markets, including Malaysia, does not come as a surprise and has ignited fresh concerns that competition in the banking space can only get more heated. With costs increasing 3% to 5% yearly on a general basis and product and servicing charges remaining flat or on a decline, observers say it is now not only the smaller consumer-centric banks that are struggling but lenders of all sizes. “With the onslaught of fintech startups and new digital banks, big existing lenders need to consider restructuring their businesses as the consumer business will come under severe margin pressures in the coming years, ” a former foreign bank CEO tells StarBizWeek. On Thursday, the New-York based Citigroup said it will exit the consumer banking business in 13 countries across Asia and Europe as well as the Middle East and African region. Instead, it will operate its consumer-banking business from ... » Learn More about Citi’s exit from consumer banking is ‘no surprise’
Beijing may consider sending a peacekeeping force to Afghanistan if the security situation in the South Asian country poses a threat to the neighbouring Chinese province of Xinjiang after American troops pull out , analysts said. US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he would withdraw all remaining US troops – about 2,500 – from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York. The withdrawal may pose a threat to Afghanistan’s security and stability, which could spill over into Xinjiang and disrupt China’s counterterrorism efforts. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge , our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. In 2018, China trained Afghan troops and helped set up a mountain brigade. The training took place in China and the aim of the brigade was to counter ... » Learn More about China may send peacekeeping force to Afghanistan after US troops leave, observers say
The breakthroughs achieved by science in developing highly effective vaccines against COVID-19 are nothing short of extraordinary. What once took up to a decade has been done in less than a year. This is primarily a result of remarkable international cooperation. Yet the impact of those achievements will be dangerously undermined unless the whole world has access to COVID-19 vaccines. Together, we must absolutely ensure that a two-tier system does not develop between those who have access to vaccines, and those who do not. That is why COVAX, the first-of-its-kind multilateral initiative to distribute vaccines around the world, including for those most in need and least able to pay, is so critical. Set up by some of the world’s leading health bodies – including GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) – COVAX is the largest vaccination program in history and is on track to ensure that all people, ... » Learn More about Unity is delivering for the world
SINGAPORE - As students of all levels returned to school this past week, it was announced that home-based learning (HBL) is here to stay. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said recently that online learning is set to become routine, suggesting that HBL could be held once a fortnight, for starters. Amid the coronavirus pandemic , HBL was rolled out nationwide after schools shut in April. After the circuit breaker to stem the spread of Covid-19 ended on June 1, most students in primary and secondary schools alternated between being physically in school and HBL, on a weekly basis, for a month. Now that the weekly rotation is over, it is timely to assess what lessons were learnt from the big HBL experiment and its chief benefits that can also be reaped in the physical classroom. Educators interviewed by The Straits Times say virtual and classroom learning are two distinct beasts, but there are useful synergies between the two, which, when combined, could lead to students ... » Learn More about Home-based learning: What have we learnt from the great HBL experiment?
WASHINGTON: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived in Washington on Thursday (Apr 15) for talks with US President Joe Biden meant to show the strength of the two nations' security alliance at a time when both are concerned with China’s growing economic and military clout. Friday's talks will be Biden's first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since he took office, and they follow four years of uncertainty for the Japan-US alliance under former President Donald Trump’s administration. Japan's Foreign Ministry said Suga hopes to reaffirm the alliance's “strong bond” and discuss a multinational effort to defend democratic values and counter China’s growing global influence and disputed territorial claims. “I hope to develop a relationship of trust with President Biden and further strengthen the Japan-US alliance bound by the universal values of freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law,” Suga told reporters on Thursday before heading to Tokyo's Haneda ... » Learn More about Japan PM Suga arrives in US for China-focused talks with Biden