The shopping malls are now back to their pre-pandemic cool environment, with free WiFi.Now the challenge is restoring consumer confidence. The pandemic has rendered millions of Filipinos unemployed or underemployed, and there’s no certainty on when their finances might recover. Perhaps with the approach of Christmas, we will see a revival of consumption.Filipinos typically don’t need a lot of impetus to shop. Many of us spend money as soon as it is in our hands. Remittances from overseas Filipinos workers powered our consumption-driven economic growth.These days, however, reduced purchasing po...
Workers eradicate first nest of 'murder hornets' found in US
Los Angeles (AFP) - Agricultural department workers wearing protective suits have eradicated the first nest of giant "murder hornets" discovered in the United States, vacuuming them out of a tree in Washington state.The nest of Asian giant hornets was found on Thursday by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists on a property in Blaine, near the border with Canada, the agency said.They spent weeks searching for the nest, trapping hornets and tracking them, using dental floss to tie tiny radio trackers on the insects, which are nearly two inches (five centimeters) in leng...
First ever nest of Asian giant hornets found in US
Los Angeles (AFP) - After months of meticulous tracking, authorities in the western US state of Washington on Friday said they had uncovered the first ever nest of the deadly Asian giant hornet in the country.The nest was found on Thursday by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists on a property in Blaine, near the border with Canada, the agency said in a statement.It added that an attempt to eradicate the nest of wasps -- the world's largest hornet species also known as the "murder hornet" -- would take place on Saturday."The successful detection of a nest comes after ...
Complaint filed with Dept. of Education over antisemitism at US college
Students at the University of Illinois filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in which they claim the school has fostered an environment which has allowed antisemitism to spread rapidly across campus over the past five years.The document cites Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in its argument, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin within educational institutions that receive federal funding.The complaint, filed by Jewish students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), states that campu...
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How to groom frontline leaders at the workplace
The complexity of today’s economic environment requires leaders to develop a coordinated strategy to promote organisational sustainability and maintain a competitive advantage in the global economy. A leadership preparedness strategy focused on the development of future leaders facilitates a seamless leadership transition when planned. A leaders’ challenge is managing talent effectively and meeting the organisation’s strategic business objectives by building a talent pool of future leaders.Leadership can be learned, and there is no better entry point for development than those in frontline lea...
Greta Thunberg accepts invitation to guest edit Swedish daily
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has accepted an offer to be editor-in-chief of Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter for a day, the newspaper said on Thursday."I hope that this can push Dagens Nyheter and other media outlets to treat climate change like the emergency it is," Thunberg said."I do not plan on loads of opinion pieces or disaster stories," she added. "I would rather see studies of our reality right now, and deeper explorations of the climate crisis. And interviews with people with real knowledge, like scientists."The 17-year-old has inspired a global movement calling ...
China’s development projects export environmental devastation
The People’s Republic of China’s state-owned companies are destroying the environment in countries around the world, one corrupt infrastructure project at a time.The PRC is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and mercury pollution and the leading consumer of illegal wildlife and timber products. And the PRC’s state-owned companies are exporting the Chinese Communist Party’s disregard for the environment through the often corrupt infrastructure projects of the regime’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative.“In recent years, Chinese-backed projects on several continents have displac...
Tesla profit doubles as car deliveries surge
New York (AFP) - Tesla on Wednesday said profits in the past quarter more than doubled as the electric car giant forecast deliveries hitting 500,000 this year.Net profit in the quarter rose to $331 million, up from $143 million a year earlier, as revenue rose nearly 40 percent to $8.7 billion.Tesla's share price was up more than three percent in after-hours trade on the results."We continue to see growing interest in our cars, storage and solar products and remain focused on cost-efficiency while growing capacity as quickly as possible," Tesla said in a letter to shareholders.With its hot-sell...
From the ground, up
By Yang Yang | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-10-21 06:49Bigger opportunitiesIn the last four years, the total enrollment for the petroleum university at Karamay has increased from more than 700 to this year's 1,200. The admission score has also been raised significantly because the environment in Karamay has improved greatly, Zhang Xing says.But it's more than just the academic environment that has improved. Around Hongshan Lake, more than 100 rare birds have been observed. The lake is home to a vibrant eco-culture. The university hosted its first fishing festival in June. More than 1,000 kilogr...
LAWMA reassures residents on cleaner environment
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) as an essential service provider to tenements of Lagos state has reiterated its commitment to a cleaner and sustainable environment, despite any situation.The Authority made this known in a press statement on Monday, highlighting that highway cleaners and PSP operators have been equipped to continue rendering holistic waste management services to the generality of residents and visitors in the State.LAWMA, however, pointed out that, in light of the current challenges and situation, it has become increasingly impossible for our highway sanitation, st...