On Jan. 29, the global graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) released the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). Indonesia shows marginal improvement as it scores at 38, one point higher than the 2017 score at 37. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia ranks fourth after Singapore ( 85 ), Brunei Darussalam ( 63 ), and Malaysia ( 47 ). Other neighboring countries scoring less than Indonesia include the Philippines ( 36 ), Thailand ( 36 ), and Timor Leste ( 35 ). The release of a new CPI report always makes headlines. However, do we really understand what CPI really means? People refer to the CPI as an indicator of corruption across countries since it was introduced by TI in 1995. As a leading global indicator of public sector corruption, according to TI, the Index sends a powerful message and governments have been forced to consider and act on graft in their countries. A senior partner of an international anti-corruption agency, Global Integrity Group, Stuart Gilman argued that … [Read more...] about Corruption Perception Index: What does it really mean?
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By Star Staff Mon., Oct. 15, 2018 It seems like we have been talking about this for a long time, but it’s finally happening — pot will officially be legal as of midnight tonight. But legalization is just the start of the conversation, and the questions about new investments, new jobs, new rules and new habits. What it means for Canada is one thing. What about what it means for you, and the issues you care about? We’re here to help. The Toronto Star is hosting a Reddit AMA with three leading industry professionals Tuesday, Oct. 16 at noon. Our panel of experts can answer your questions about the law, dispensaries, health and more. Toronto Star Editor Irene Gentle will be here moderating the discussion. Here are the experts who’ll be around to chat. Trina Fraser: co-managing partner at Ottawa business law firm Brazeau Seller Law, and head of the firm’s CannaLaw group. Her area of expertise is cannabis law. In addition to acting for licensed … [Read more...] about What does cannabis legalization mean for you? Ask the experts Tuesday at noon
By Hamdi Issawi StarMetro Edmonton David P. Ball StarMetro Vancouver Ainslie Cruickshank StarMetro Vancouver Fri., Aug. 31, 2018 EDMONTON AND VANCOUVER—After the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to put the Trans Mountain expansion on hold, the Alberta government’s decision to opt out of the federal government’s climate plan wasn’t far behind. And the province’s move has left environmentalists and political observers perplexed. On Thursday morning, the court quashed the project approval based on insufficient consultation with Indigenous peoples and a failure to include tanker traffic related to the project in the National Energy Board’s review. By that evening Premier Rachel Notley announced that Alberta would no longer support the federal plan What does this mean for the environment? No one’s quite sure. Notley maintained that Alberta’s own climate leadership plan will … [Read more...] about What does Alberta pulling out of the federal climate plan mean for the environment?
Commuters ask: What does Grab's takeover of Uber mean for us? MANILA, Philippines — Starting next month, Filipinos will only have Singapore-based Grab to use for ride-sharing as it acquires the operations of longtime rival Uber. Grab and Uber were seen as an alternative to the many inconveniences on the road. But some commuters are worried about the impending takeover, citing differences in services of the two companies. Will fares be fair? Therese Carillo, an Uber rider, said she finds Grab rides more expensive than Uber's, particularly during peak hours. When in a hurry, Carillo opens both apps to compare prices before booking. "Without competition, Grab drivers can now increase their prices because they know they're now the last resort of consumers... The quality of their service may also lessen," she told Philstar.com. In 2016, however, the LTFRB put a limit on the transport apps' surge prices. This lowered the maximum fare to twice the rates for … [Read more...] about Commuters ask: What does Grab’s takeover of Uber mean for us?
[Update: March 26, 2.37pm]: This article has been updated with a quote from Grab. Ride-hailing firm Uber has sold its Southeast Asian business to rival Grab, which will integrate Uber's ridesharing and food delivery business in the region into Grab's platform. As part of the transaction, Uber would get a 27.5 per cent stake in the combined business. But what does this mean for existing Uber passengers? Here's what we know so far: Uber's ride-hailing service to be consolidated into the Grab app Grab said that nothing will change in the immediate term and operations will continue as usual, as they work to combine the Uber and Grab platforms. It mentioned that passengers "can expect better service with more drivers and transport options available in one app". What this means is that Uber passengers will soon have to use the Grab app to hail a ride within Southeast Asia countries, which includes Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, … [Read more...] about Grab buys over Uber: What does this mean for passengers?