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91% of S. Korean workers satisfied with remote working

Sep 25, 2020 00:25 am UTC| Insights & Views

A government-commissioned survey of 878 workers showed that over 91 percent of South Koreans working from home are satisfied with the alternative. Out of the 91 percent, there was 60.5 percent said they were mostly...

How good governance can stop 'bro behaviour' at toxic companies

Sep 24, 2020 06:50 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

In 2019, the board of directors of McDonalds Corp. took the unusual but bold and moral decision to dismiss its CEO Steve Easterbrook after he revealed hed had a consensual relationship with a co-worker. McDonalds had a...

Journalism makes blunders but still feeds democracy: an insider's view

Sep 20, 2020 06:12 am UTC| Insights & Views

Anton Harber, the veteran South African journalist, editor and journalism professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, has a new book out. So, For the Record: Behind the Headlines in an Era of State Capture is a deep...

Recycling isn't enough — the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worse

Sep 20, 2020 06:02 am UTC| Insights & Views

Plastic production and consumption has snowballed since large-scale production began in the 1950s. In 2020, an estimated 24 million to 34 million tonnes of plastic waste will enter the worlds lakes, rivers and oceans. That...

Global Geopolitics Series

Relax, losing access to China won't make us the 'poor white trash of Asia'

Sep 10, 2020 09:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

In another round of the increasingly bitter exchanges between China and Australia, a columnist for Chinas Global Times, Yu Lei, suggested that a further decoupling from China will make former Singapore Prime Minister Lee...

Global Geopolitics Series

US-China decoupling and coronavirus: why 2020 upheaval won't kill globalisation

Sep 10, 2020 08:58 am UTC| Insights & Views

The sudden stop of the global economy in 2020 has brought to everyones attention the interconnectedness of supply chains across countries and continents. Add to this the mounting tensions between the US and China, with...

Cashless payment is booming, thanks to coronavirus. So is financial surveillance

Sep 10, 2020 08:53 am UTC| Insights & Views

A banknote has been sitting in my wallet for six months now. As time ticks on, it burns an ever greater hole in my pocket. At first I felt uneasy spending it, following COVID-19 warnings to pay more attention to hand...

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Economy

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

Politics

Joe Biden endorsed by nearly 500 former top military and national security officials

Since the report from the Atlantic revealing Donald Trumps disparaging comments regarding fallen military officials, the relationship between Trump and the military has since gone under strain. As the weeks narrow down...

Michelle Obama: Ex-FLOTUS says ignore Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about mail-in voting

Despite voting in a similar manner himself during the state elections and primaries, Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that mail-in voting, especially at this time of a pandemic, would lead Americans to...

Melania Trump, Donald Trump booed upon visit to Supreme Court to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led to a partisan clash as to when her replacement is to be selected, with Donald Trump pushing to nominate a new Justice by the weekend. As he and first lady Melania Trump...

Donald Trump claims FDA's potential strengthening of guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine is a political move

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that a COVID-19 vaccine would be ready sometime before the election. Following news of the Food and Drug Administrations potential plans to consider tougher guidelines when it comes to...

Science

NASA: Cyclones on Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft

NASA is closely monitoring other planets in our solar system for signs of unusual activity in order to learn more about the universe. The Juno spacecraft was able to capture unusual weather within the gas giant as it...

Aliens: Experts claim to develop technology that could potentially detect life outside Earth

Along with exploring asteroids and other planets and phenomena in space, scientists are also looking for possible signs of life. In an effort to ultimately answer the question of whether or not we are alone in the...

COVID-19 cure: UK-based researchers make breakthrough in finding 'druggable pocket' in coronavirus

When it comes to finding or developing a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19, scientists are still in the midst of research and development with some already moving on to preliminary testing. As a definitive cure for the...

Aliens: Scientists present technique to detect water on exoplanets in search for life

In space exploration, scientists are also closely monitoring the cosmos for signs of alien life. A group of astronomers from the United Kingdom have proposed a method to find a certain building block of life on...

Technology

‘Among Us’ is getting a new stage and location following the sequel’s cancellation

Among Us developer and publisher InnerSloth confirmed that the sequel it announced just a little more than a month ago has been canceled. However, fans might still welcome this decision as it also paves the way for the...

‘Starfield’ was close to being a PlayStation 5-exclusive title, report says

Bethesda Game Studios track record in making video games is enough to increase expectations on Starfield. It was then not surprising that Sony reportedly negotiated for the new IP to be initially exclusive on PlayStation...

‘Spider-Man: Remastered’: PlayStation 5 upgrade won’t be free and won’t be sold separately

Marvels Spider-Man had been a critically acclaimed game when it launched in 2018, so it is not surprising that it is one of the first PS4 games to get remastered for PlayStation 5. There are some caveats, though. The...

Naughty Dog hints at ‘exciting things planned’ for ‘The Last of Us’ Day

The Last of Us Part 2 developer Naughty Dog recently announced it is changing the name of an annual event for its fans. It has also somehow led to speculations that the highly requested online multiplayer could be...
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