PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Tired of waiting for aid, angry Nepalis block roads Reuters / Phuket Gazette In the capital Kathmandu, about 200 people protested outside parliament, asking for more buses to go to their homes in remote parts of the Himalayan nation and to hasten the distribution of aid that has flooded into the country but been slow to reach those in need. In Sangachowk village in one of the worst-hit districts, about three hours by road from the capital, scores of angry villagers blocked the road with tires. They stopped two trucks headed for the district capital with rice, noodles and biscuits. Later they blocked a convoy of three army trucks with relief supplies, leading to a tense standoff with armed soldiers. “We have been given no food by the government,” said Udhav Giri, 34. “Trucks carrying rice go past and don’t stop. The district headquarters is getting all the food.” … [Read more...] about Tired of waiting for aid, angry Nepalis block roads
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When it launched in 2016, the innovative hotel group Habitas put a marker in the sand with its genuine values rooted in sustainability and local community empowerment, while redefining the luxury hospitality experience. Founded by British entrepreneur Oliver Ripley (Habitas' CEO) and his partners Kfir Levy and Eduardo Castillo, the brand made a statement with its first property in Tulum – a wild-like, jungle-based property fronted by the ocean – and has continued to expand globally with a flurry of openings in 2021: Habitas Namibia ; Habitas AlUla (in Saudi Arabia's spectacular AlUla region) and Bacalar in Mexico. This year, the company extends even further and will venture into Costa Rica for the first time, with the launch of Habitas Santa Teresa in July. While Habitas Todos Santos , on the Baha California coast, will follow by the end of the year. Here, exclusively for Forbes, … [Read more...] about Smiles And Stories: Habitas Reveals Just What Makes Its Hotels So Unique
This article first appeared in Forum, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on January 24, 2022 - January 30, 2022. The Taiwanese navy in recent military exercises in the Taiwan Straits... We are probably closer to war in rhetoric than in reality. - A + A Tensions at the Ukraine border and the Taiwan Straits grew throughout 2021. War games were held and troops mobilised. Russian president Vladimir Putin gave very blunt messages in his “red line” speeches addressed to Nato. Year-end reviews put geopolitical conflict as the highest of risks. Are we marching towards war between the Great Powers? The Roman saying “Si vis pacem, para bellum” means “If you want peace, prepare for war”. This dictum has a cyclical perspective — life is a cycle between war and peace, but there are periods when war risks escalate, followed by periods of peace. The world has had peace for so long since World War II (WWII) that most have forgotten about war, except in computer games and … [Read more...] about Condivergence: Paths that may lead to war
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Last month during ESPN’s hit documentary series The Last Dance , State Farm debuted a TV commercial that has become one of the most widely discussed ads in recent memory. It appeared to show footage from 1998 of an ESPN analyst making shockingly accurate predictions about the year 2020. As it turned out, the clip was not genuine: it was generated using cutting-edge AI. The commercial surprised, amused and delighted viewers. What viewers should have felt, though, was deep concern. The State Farm ad was a benign example of an important and dangerous new phenomenon in AI: deepfakes. Deepfake technology enables anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to create realistic-looking photos and videos of people saying and doing things that they did not actually say or do. A combination of the phrases “deep learning” and “fake”, deepfakes first emerged on the Internet in late 2017, powered by an innovative new … [Read more...] about Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared.