FILE PHOTO: Vendors load sugarcane onto a vehicle at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India, Oct 9, 2018. (Reuters) The world’s food problem is already severe as prices jump and protectionism flares but, a food security expert says there’s a good chance governments can stop it from getting way worse if they heed a lesson from the crisis in 2008: don’t panic. With a gauge of global prices already at a record following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a spate of nations have moved to curb exports in crops from wheat and sugar to cooking oils, exacerbating security risks for the rest of the world. Bad weather is a concern, too. Still, while wheat, corn and soy have soared, rice, a staple for more than 3 billion people, has so far been more stable. If nations do not panic or start hoarding, they can stop the current crisis from becoming a rerun of the one in 2008, when rice prices soared to put the region’s food security at serious risk, according to Peter Timmer, Professor Emeritus at … [Read more...] about Food crisis can be contained if Asia remembers not to panic: expert
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin North Carolina is well known as an outdoor adventurer’s dream destination and there’s never been a better time to discover this outdoor oasis. Whether you’re planning a quick getaway or a longer trip, there’s no shortage of things to do in North Carolina. While these outdoor adventures are best in the summer, there are many other opportunities to explore the outdoors in North Carolina at any time of year. Here are some of the best outdoor adventures in North Carolina. ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure This 2.5-hour treetop tour with eight ziplines and three canopy sky bridges designed for families with children and thrill-seekers alike will have everyone’s adrenaline rushing and heart pumping! The course covers remarkably steep and varied topography, including Carver’s Falls, a 20-foot-tall waterfall that stretches 150 feet wide and is the largest waterfall in the central and eastern regions of the … [Read more...] about Discover North Carolina’s Top 6 Outdoor Adventures
CANNES (France): The Iskandar Malaysia Studios (IMS), a premier destination for filmed entertainment production in Southeast Asia, welcomes foreign production companies to increase film production activities in Malaysia. Its chief executive officer Rashid Karim said from the capacity point of view, IMS was extremely well equipped to undertake several productions concurrently. "For example, we have had a situation where we have six clients on the lot at the same time, and it was big production. So yes, we are ready for increased activity and we do have lot capacity currently and hopefully in the near future as we see more demand. "We have also started preliminary plans to introduce more facilities beyond just the standing sets, but more stages for example and more workshop spaces," he told Malaysian journalists here. He said IMS studios were spread over 20.23 hectares, including 2.43 hectares designated for building more structures, buildings and sets for clients. So far, about … [Read more...] about Iskandar Malaysia Studios ready to host more film shooting from foreign companies
A s one of the first regions to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and, arguably, the last to emerge from it, Asia-Pacific had its fair share of challenges over the past year. From ongoing travel restrictions to disruptions in supply chains, it has not been business as usual in this part of the world. But this didn’t stop young entrepreneurs across the region from trying new ideas, building on success, and in some cases starting their own businesses, despite the challenges. This year’s 30 Under 30 Asia honorees bring a lot to the table. From innovative ways of delivering e-commerce and online learning services to venturing into the Web3 space—their forward-thinking vision shows determination and optimism. They are redefining the future of business and society in Asia. Over 4,000 nominees applied to be on this year’s list–a record number for the Asia list–and the final 300 were selected and vetted by our reporters and a group of respected judges, including some of … [Read more...] about Meet The Forbes Under 30 Asia Class Of 2022
- A + A KYIV/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (May 26): Russian forces on Wednesday pounded Ukrainian-held twin cities in the Donbas region that is now the focus of the three-month war, threatening to shut off the last main escape route for civilians trapped in the path of their advance. After failing to seize Ukraine's capital Kyiv or its second city Kharkiv, Russia is trying to take full control of the Donbas, comprised of two eastern provinces Moscow claims on behalf of separatists. Russia has poured thousands of troops into the region, attacking from three sides in an attempt to encircle Ukrainian forces holding out in the city of Sievierodonetsk and its twin Lysychansk. Their fall would leave the whole of Luhansk province under Russian control, a key Kremlin war aim. Police in Lysychansk are collecting bodies of people killed in order to bury them in mass graves, Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said. Some 150 people have been buried in a mass grave in one … [Read more...] about Russia pounds Ukraine’s east as town buries dead in mass grave
Thailand’s deputy health minister says the country’s international airports are being asked to screen arrivals for monkeypox symptoms. According to Sathit Pitutecha, the screening will apply in particular to travellers from 17 countries. Notably, arrivals from the UK, Spain, and Portugal will be closely screened. Travellers from those countries who have symptoms such as a rash will be asked to take a test. However, it’s understood no testing has been carried out so far. To date, the health ministry has not classified monkeypox as a dangerous communicable disease and Thailand has not reported any cases of the virus. However, the DDC says officials will need to determine the risks. According to Thassayu Dechachote, head of disease control at Phuket airport, 130 passengers have arrived from at-risk countries recently but no cases of monkeypox have been reported at this time. While Thailand does not currently have any plans for a vaccination programme, Dr Supakij Sirilak from … [Read more...] about Thailand News Today | Airports to screen arrivals for monkeypox
Advertising clutter around cricket has enabled marketers to invest in new but rapidly evolving sports leagues to connect with the young, dynamic and aspirational fans based in metros, Tier I, Tier II and Tier III towns. (Image: Twitter/ProKabaddi) Marketers are warming up to badminton, wrestling, kabaddi, boxing and other non-cricket sports as players shine in big leagues. Brands across sectors like fashion, fintech, edtech, F&B, FMCG, electronics and others are increasing investments in media spends, ground sponsorships, team sponsorships and endorsements in a wide variety of sports. While cricket still leads the charts it is no longer the only sport in the marketing playbook of both new age and legacy brands. “While investing money in cricket ensures immediate prominence and overnight appreciation for any brand, associating with indigenous and emerging sports provide brands a more economical option to engage with thousands of new young fans in a particular sports … [Read more...] about Storyboard18 x Just Sports | Why are brands getting interested in non-cricket sports?
Kidambi Srikanth. With Srikanth, Lakshya Sen, and doubles players Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty recently bringing home India’s first-ever Thomas Cup, Baseline's Ramakrishnan believes the spirit of the nation is positive towards the sport and the players, but it will still be a hard sell to marketers. In August 2021, when ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu won her second Olympic medal , brands flocked to congratulate her for the historic moment. However, Baseline Ventures, the sports marketing agency that manages all commercial deals for Sindhu, didn’t think it was a great idea. The agency sent legal notices to around 20 brands on her behalf, seeking damages worth Rs 5 crore from each for unauthorized use of her name and pictures for marketing purposes. In March this year, when Lakshya Sen came in second at the 2022 edition of the All England Open Badminton Championship, Baseline Ventures got calls from a few brands seeking permission to use Sen’s name and photographs … [Read more...] about Storyboard18 x Just Sports | Is badminton still a hard sell in India?
A horror film by Produksi Seni Duapuluh Duapuluh Sdn Bhd, Sumpahan Jerunei or Curse Of The Jerunei, has attracted the interest of several potential international buyers at Marche Du Film 2022, one of the largest film markets in the world. Its executive director, Datin Dr Wendy Wong said so far, six buyers from the United States and one buyer from the United Kingdom had shown interest in buying the film directed by Jason Chong. "The film received offers from many distributors or agents, and now we are thinking which one is the best option. This is because we have to choose only one buyer. "Our criteria is for the buyer to not take worldwide right because many agents want to take worldwide right, if they take worldwide right we can't control and we don't want to lose the Asian hold,” she told Malaysian journalists in Cannes. The film, featuring a line-up of famous and experienced actors and actresses, including Bront Palarae, Syafie Naswip, Amerul Affendi, Tony Eusoff, Uqasha … [Read more...] about Malaysian horror film ‘Sumpahan Jerunei’ attracts international buyers at Cannes