THAILAND - The elite and mainstream middle class in Bangkok badly need a real soul-searching model before proposing anything about political reform in Thailand. No need to look back too far; just examine the 2006 military coup, which many of them strongly supported to rid Thailand of what they called the "Thaksin regime". The term "Thaksin regime" is not quite clear - but it could simply mean rule by the millionaire politician Thaksin Shinawatra as well as later by his clan and associates. The 2006 military coup got rid of Thaksin and banned two sets of Thaksin's political associates who were executive members of the Thai Rak Thai and People's Power parties. All are now released from such restrictions, but the political problem in Thailand is still far from over. The military coup-makers and the yellow-shirt middle class, who are now major driving forces for the whistle-blowing protesters in the capital, helped design the 2007 constitution and a number of organic laws and … [Read more...] about What exactly does Suthep mean by political reform?
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SINGAPORE: Technology - it is one of the few sectors still hiring despite the COVID-19 economic fallout; it is what has enabled many employees to work from home amid the pandemic; it could also displace many jobs over the next few years. According to the World Economic Forum in its latest Future of Jobs report released in October, half of the businesses surveyed plan to accelerate the automation of jobs in their companies. Forty-three per cent indicated that they are set to reduce their workforce over the next few years due to technology integration, while 34 per cent said they plan to expand their workforce for the same reason. "By 2025, the time spent on current tasks at work by humans and machines will be equal," said the WEF report. READ: COVID-19 pandemic speeds labour shift from humans to robots, WEF survey finds Technology-based jobs populate the top 20 in a list of emerging jobs, from data analysts to robotics engineers. Those that are increasingly redundant … [Read more...] about As COVID-19 speeds up automation, what does the future hold for non-tech job seekers?
Neera Tanden Neera Tanden The Memo: Biden faces first major setback as Tanden teeters On The Money: Manhattan DA obtains Trump tax returns | Biden nominee previews post-Trump trade agenda | Biden faces first setback as Tanden teeters Washington Post denounces abuse of reporter MORE 's confirmation struggles are raising the question: Do mean tweets matter in the post-Trump world? They certainly are making a difference for Tanden. Her nomination as President Biden's budget chief appears to be hanging by a thread, mostly because of GOP senators angered by her sharp tone on Twitter as head of the Center for American Progress. ADVERTISEMENT The White House is sticking with Tanden so far, but it does not appear she has 50 votes of support in the Senate. And while it is mostly Republicans complaining about her tweets, they've been joined by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) Manchin Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate … [Read more...] about Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee
SINGAPORE: With the haze affecting many aspects of life in the region from tourism to work and school , CNA spoke to Dr Khairunnisa Yahya, a senior scientific officer at the National Environment Agency 's (NEA) pollution control department, to find out how the haze is measured and what the various readings mean. WHAT IS THE 24-HOUR PSI? The 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) is computed based on six air pollutants - PM2.5, PM10, ozone, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. It was developed as an indicator of Singapore's daily air quality and is the reading that NEA's daily health advisories are based on. PSI readings can fall within each of five ranges - Good (0 to 50), Moderate (51 to 100), Unhealthy (101 to 200), Very Unhealthy (201 to 300) and Hazardous (Above 300). WHAT IS THE ONE-HOUR PM2.5? It is the hourly average of the PM2.5 pollutant levels. PM2.5 is fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres or shorter. … [Read more...] about Understand the haze: What do Singapore’s air quality readings mean and how do they differ from others?
It’s the kind of situation that many find embarrassing or irritating – you’re out drinking with friends and, after a glass of wine, find yourself blushing. Yet again, you’re left red-faced, ruining any chance of having a decent Instagram photo of that night out with friends. But as it turns out, having an ugly photo on social media might not be a bad thing – especially when compared to the more serious repercussions of trying to mask that dreaded Asian Flush. What exactly is the Asian Flush? The condition, which got its nickname because it’s commonly experienced by East Asians such as Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, is the result of a variant gene that causes their bodies to convert alcohol into acetaldehyde at a much faster rate, said Dr Edwin Chng, medical director of Parkway Shenton. At the same time, their bodies may be unable to produce sufficient enzymes to break down acetaldehyde. It’s that build-up of acetaldehyde that makes your blood vessels dilate, which results … [Read more...] about Does your face go red with alcohol? Here’s why you should leave ‘Asian Flush’ alone