The parent company of British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica (CA) may have been operating in South-east Asia as far back as two decades ago, managing civil unrest in Indonesia and paving the way for Thaksin Shinawatra to take power in Thailand, news website Quartz has reported. British political consultancy SCL Group claims to have arrived in Indonesia after president Suharto was brought down in 1998, according to company documents issued around 2013 that were accessed by Quartz. SCL eventually became CA, which is now alleged to have used the data of 50 million Facebook users to influence voters during Mr Donald Trump's 2016 United States presidential campaign. SCL said it began operating in Indonesia at the request of "pro-democratic groups" to "assist with a national campaign of political reform and democratisation" in a country reeling from the Asian economic crisis, as well as the loss of a leader who had been in power for over 30 years, the Quartz report said. Quartz is … [Read more...] about Controversial firm Cambridge Analytica linked to South-east Asia
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BANGKOK (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - More popular South-east Asian islands will be off limits to visitors this year as officials seek to protect eco-systems crumbling from warming seas and unchecked sprawl, despite the risk to tourism revenues and tens of thousands of jobs. Thailand will shut Maya Bay, which famously featured in "The Beach", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for four months a year, from June. In the Philippines, officials plan to close Boracay island for six months at the end of April. "Islands have very fragile eco-systems that simply cannot handle so many people, pollution from boats and beachfront hotels," said Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine expert in Bangkok. "Coral reefs have been degraded by warmer seas and overcrowding. Sometimes, a complete closure is the only way for nature to heal," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. More than three-quarters of Thailand's coral reefs have been damaged by rising sea temperatures and unchecked tourism, said Thon, who last … [Read more...] about South-east Asia closes island beaches to recover from climate change and tourism
Firstly, in an e-mail sent to its users, Grab says that "in the immediate term, nothing will change and operations will continue as normal." Uber's services will still be available in South-East Asia until April 8, but after that, passengers can only use the Grab app (available on iOS and Android) to book their rides. For existing Uber users, they can still view their past trips and ratings in the app. The account remains active and can be used when in any country outside South-East Asia where Uber operates. image: https://content.thestar.com.my/smg/count/FCID=2778/viewid=88541018958/random=13048938113/network=SMG/site=TSOL/area=TSOL.Tech.TechNews/pagetype=StoryPage/platform=desktop/size=videoinread/position=atf image: … [Read more...] about Grab is taking over Uber in South-East Asia. How will it affect you?
SINGAPORE - Grab on Monday (March 26) confirmed that it has acquired Uber's South-east Asia operations for an undisclosed sum - putting an end to recent speculation about the merger between the two ride-hailing giants. Bloomberg had reported on Sunday that the two companies had reached a deal. Uber will take a 27.5 per cent stake in Grab, a figure which Grab described as "reflective of the companies' respective market shares". Uber's chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi will join Grab's board. With the acquisition, Grab will take over Uber's operations and assets in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Notably, Grab will also take over the operations of Uber's food delivery business, Uber Eats. Grab will expand its existing GrabFood businesses in Indonesia and Thailand to two more countries - Singapore and Malaysia - following the integration of the Uber Eats business. Grab said that GrabFood will be available … [Read more...] about Grab confirms acquisition of Uber’s South-east Asia business; Uber gets 27.5% stake in Grab
Whenever you visit South East Asia one thing becomes immediately apparent – the economies would never survive without the ubiquitous 110cc step-thru motorbikes. Some may have bigger engines, some might have been ‘modified’ and some might have been cared for more than others. But without the ever-present ‘scooters’ it’s doubtful that most of the these economies would survive. Indeed many small businesses are invariably powered with this four-stroke assistance in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and The Philippines. Where many more developed economies have moved to the ‘family car’ to do the shopping and daily school-runs, the family motorcycle is quite capable of doing some of the same jobs with not just one or two passengers; sometime up to FIVE on one small motorbike, plus the family dog as well. For expats living, or tourists visiting, the sights and sounds (and sometimes the smells) of the … [Read more...] about The 110cc power plant of South East Asia