Some years ago, when I was still a fairly young journalist, I was invited to have lunch with a very important person. There were four of us at this sit-down lunch. The food was good and the conversation interesting. I ate at my usual pace, which I have come to realise is very slow, relative to most other people. In this case, the very important person happened to eat very fast. But I, being young and self-absorbed, did not realise that I was holding everyone up until I finally put down my fork and spoon. The very second I did, I heard a buzzing sound. It was to let the butler know he could come through to clear the dishes. My host, I realised then, had had his finger on the buzzer the whole time I had been leisurely helping myself to more food and chewing mindfully. I do many things slowly, but there are also times when I am the one racing ahead while family, friends or colleagues struggle to keep up. That was the case in Tasmania where a friend and I went on a walking holiday. We were … [Read more...] about Unleashing the fast, pacing the slow as Singapore runs global race
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As an aging Dalai Lama turned 83 this year, the Tibetan religion is coming under unprecedented pressure from a Chinese government intent on exerting complete control over the movement. As a result, the charismatic 17th Karmapa is increasingly being seen as a possible savior for the future of the Buddhist faith and culture. The Karmapa, the third most important religious leader in Tibetan Buddhism, is expected to return to India later this year after spending more than a year in the United States. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox “The Karmapa is extremely important as a young generation religious leader in this context, head of the Karma Kagyu school, representing the vibrancy of the Tibetan traditions and their relevance in the 21st century,” said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet. (ICT). “He has a huge following, including across the Himalayas, in China itself – he has many Chinese devotees – in … [Read more...] about The 17th Karmapa: Tibet’s new leader?
PARIS: Saudi Arabia's crown prince wraps up his visit to France Tuesday (Apr 10), geared toward shoring up cooperation while addressing the lurking strategic differences between the two countries on a series of crises across the Middle East.Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, will conclude his visit with further discussions with President Emmanuel Macron ahead of a gala dinner at the Elysee Palace.On Monday, the prince held a surprise meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as well as talks with France's foreign and defence ministers.Macron and the Saudi heir had already dined for nearly three hours Sunday at the Louvre museum, with the young French leader later tweeting photos of them in front of Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading The People".The choice of the famous painting of a bare-breasted woman holding the French tricolore was seen as underscoring the crown prince's efforts to introduce greater personal freedoms in the ultra-conservative kingdom.Much of the prince's … [Read more...] about Saudi prince meets with Lebanese leader as Paris trip winds up
This year, International Women’s Day comes at a pivotal moment, and with a wave women’s activism – from the #MeToo movement to #TimesUp and beyond – exposing the structures that have allowed women’s oppression to flourish, the United Nations is urging the world to stand with rural and urban women activists to topple the remaining barriers to gender equality and empowerment. “The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message on the Day, marked annually on 8 March and this year From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds, said the UN chief, declaring that achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls … [Read more...] about International Women’s Day: UN seeks global push for women’s rights
BANGKOK: The ‘One Young World Summit 2015’ kicked off at Sanam Luang in Bangkok on Wednesday. About 1,300 delegates from 196 countries are participating in the event, which brings together young leaders from all over the world to discuss critical global issues. Participants were warmly welcomed on a flotilla of boats and then taken to the venue located on the Chao Phraya River. The opening ceremony included music and stage performances to display Thailand’s diverse culture. During the next few days, these young people will put their heads together to mull over world issues, guided by prominent world leaders attending the summit as youth counselors. These include Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general; Bob Geldof, Irish singer and political activist; Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank; and Paul Polman, chief executive officer of Unilever. The summit will explore six major issues – education; environment; world business; human rights; leadership and … [Read more...] about Young minds tackle global issues at One Young World Summit 2015