SINGAPORE: Calling COVID-19 not just a public health problem but also a political one, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that it takes political leadership to persuade people about keeping safety measures in place when case numbers are low. In a speech at the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) 36th Ordinary Party Conference, Mr Lee, who is the PAP’s secretary-general, said that although the situation is under control, the country has to get into a position where it can confidently open up further. “We can't simply relax the current restrictions, and hope that COVID-19 cases will remain low,” he said. Opening up further will increase the chances of getting more new cases, Mr Lee said, and so Singapore has to maintain its safe distancing measures. It also has to keep refining its safeguards - such as improving its contact tracing and testing regimes - to deal with the cases which pop up. This will minimise the danger of major outbreaks as the country opens up. Then … [Read more...] about PM Lee says it takes political leadership to convince people that COVID-19 measures are still needed
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FRANKFURT: Volkswagen, the world's largest vehicle maker by sales, risked a leadership crisis on Tuesday after Chief Executive Herbert Diess forced a vote of confidence in his reform efforts by asking for an early contract extension. The multi-brand car and truck maker is convening its Executive Committee to discuss Diess's demand for the contract extension, long before his current term comes to an end in 2023, three sources told Reuters on Monday. Volkswagen Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch is seeking to avert a clash between labour leaders and Diess by postponing discussions about a contract extension, a person familiar with the matter said. Diess, who defected from BMW in 2015, and helped Volkswagen to reform after its diesel scandal with a 73 billion euro (US$87 billion) electric vehicle investment plan, has grown frustrated with German labour leaders blocking cost cuts. The supervisory board's Executive Committee, which is headed by Poetsch, and includes Wolfgang Porsche and … [Read more...] about Volkswagen faces leadership crisis as CEO demands confidence vote
You might remember the final scene in the blockbuster movie Grease (1978), where Danny (John Travolta) just finished transforming his slick bad boy image to become a jock, only to be shocked by Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) showcasing her own transformation into a vision in black leather and red high heels... smoking a cigarette. Quite a scene in the late 1970s. But is that imagery still attractive? Source: Image by Abdulmomn Kadhim from Pixabay Cigars, Cigarettes , and Public Image While smoking has decreased in popularity as a social practice, the question is whether smokers have as well. Is this group just less visible, or also less socially desirable? Does it matter what type of tobacco product someone smokes? Studies reveal evolving public sentiment. Coy Callison et al. in a piece aptly entitled “The Aura of Tobacco Smoke: Cigars and Cigarettes as Image Makers” examined this issue. [i] Their participant pool of college undergraduates evaluated the … [Read more...] about Do People Want to Date You if you Smoke?
Kindly Share This Story: …Gov. Fayemi, Capt. Umar back Benue gov. …Sani, Rafsanjani differ By Dirisu Yakubu Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state is one of the country’s few leaders who always muster the courage to speak truth to power, sometimes against his own interest. This is hardly surprising though, considering the man’s rise to national limelight from relative obscurity. For a man who knows the true meaning of deprivation and abundance, solidarity with the common cause comes across as a bounteous duty. Years ago when he appeared before the Senate Committee as a ministerial designate; Ortom’s rich resume featuring personal pull by the bootstraps to conquer a disadvantaged background, culminated in a unanimous decision by the lawmakers to ask him to take a bow. As it were, this, alongside his insatiate appetite for the promotion of his people’s cause saw him elected as a state governor in 2015 and again in 2019. READ ALSO FCTA … [Read more...] about Insecurity: Revisiting Ortom’s epistle to Buhari
SINGAPORE: Having people well versed in digital skills is key to Singapore’s Smart Nation drive, and the country hopes to attract Singaporeans based overseas to return home to work on such projects, said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan. This is on top of continued efforts to grow the local talent pool, he added. Dr Balakrishnan noted that with the global shortage of tech talent, there are “hundreds” of Singaporeans who are working abroad in places such as the Silicon Valley in the United States, China and Southeast Asia. “So the first thing is wherever possible, bring our people back home … The second source is (to) grow our own people,” he said during an interview conducted as part of the CNA Leadership Summit 2020. Progress has been made in growing the local talent pool, Dr Balakrishnan added, with the intake for infocomm courses at Singapore’s universities and polytechnics having trebled over the last five to six years for example. … [Read more...] about Bring Singaporeans back home, grow local talent for Smart Nation efforts: Vivian Balakrishnan