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Switzerland's Inept Culture of Failure

What's so tragic about fintech whiz's Jan Schoch's recent fall from grace? A fintech booster takes on Switzerland's stigma surrounding failure compared to Singapore and other centers, in a finews.asia contribution. Swiss Finance Startups, or SFS, is run by Christina Kehl, Gian Reto a Porta, Urs Haeusler and Thomas Braendle. The following is an editorial contribution from the four: If there's one word which has seeped into every sector in recent years, it is digitization. Switzerland's efforts including a government-backed digital advisory board devoted to fintech regulation and a digital day which showcased corporate CEOs by transporting them by train through Switzerland. But one major driver behind Switzerland's digitization efforts has garnered an enormous amount of criticism. At first, Jan Schoch was applauded. Now, eight successful years appear forgotten. We demand pioneers but no interruptions in corporate CVs; we want hits without the flops; en..

F&N launches reverse vending machine to encourage recycling

SINGAPORE: Instead of dispensing items, this vending machine accepts them. Food and beverage company Fraser and Neave (F&N) paired up with NTUC FairPrice to launch its first reverse vending machine at Waterway Point on Tuesday (Jan 9). It works by accepting used cans and bottles and uses "advanced technology to identify, sort and collect" the containers. For every five used containers they recycle, users of the machine will be given a S$0.50 voucher to purchase F&N's Ice Mountain water at FairPrice supermarkets. In a news release, F&N said its recycling programme aims to offer Singaporeans a convenient way of recycling used cans and bottles with the help of the machine. More reverse vending machines will soon be installed at Yew Tee Point and Bukit Merah Central's FairPrice outlets. AdvertisementAdvertisement"With the launch of this initiative, F&N reinforces our commitment to play our part in protecting the environment by ensuring that our packaging is environmentally frien..

India: Catholic university leaders discuss 'saffronization' of schools

Catholic World News December 18, 2017 » Continue to this story on Fides CWN Editor's Note: Referring to the color at times associated with Hindu extremism, a Salesian priest said that “subtle attempts are being made to saffronize educational establishments of the country.” The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.Sound Off!CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off! There are no comments yet for this item. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Twitter Users Call Out New York Times' Chopsticks Photo For Cultural Insensitivity

Some Twitter users have a beef with the New York Times over the way it used chopsticks in a photo highlighting an “Asian-inspired” steak house. On Tuesday, the newspaper reported on Jade Sixty, a yet-to-be opened restaurant featuring both New York-style steaks and traditional Asian menu items like won tons and soup dumplings. A photo for the online edition attempted to showcase this mix, but did so in a very strange manner, mainly through the bizarre placement of chopsticks. was that chopsticks placement also 'inspired by asia' ? pic.twitter.com/xG4ixOsOd3 — Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) December 27, 2017For those not familiar with chopstick etiquette, placing them in a upright manner like in the photograph is somewhat of a faux pas as, at least in Japan, it reminds people of funerals. Therefore, many Twitter users were quick to bust the Times’ chops for cultural cluelessness. Food stylist doesn’t understand “chopstick placement”… proper do’s and don’t’s. Photo is “bad luck.” —..

Malaysia diving coach axed over 'toxic culture that led to rape'

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's head diving coach has lost his job after allegedly allowing a "toxic" culture to develop among his team that led to rape, violence and bullying, the government said. Yang Zhuliang, who has held the role since 2008 and is originally from China, will not have his contract renewed when it runs out at the end of December. Yang led Malaysia to unprecedented success, with the country winning their first Olympic diving silver medal in 2016 and clinching all 13 diving golds in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August. But allegations that another national coach, who was close to Yang, raped a young diver training for the next Olympics shocked the country and prompted sports officials to examine team management. Assistant coach Huang Qiang denied committing the rape when he was charged in court in October, and is due to stand trial. Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that while there were no allegations directed at Yang himself, a "toxic culture" had..

Saudi national cultural festival honours India, is biggest in Gulf

Al Janadria, the national cultural festival of Saudi Arabia that has India as the 'Guest of Honour' country this year, is being inaugurated on Wednesday near here by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The festival was begun in 1985 under the patronage of the ruling monarch. This year too King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the patron of the festival, the biggest cultural festival of the Gulf that brings to life the culture and heritage of the oil-rich desert kingdom of 32 million people. From the rich tapestry of colours, aroma of delicacies, reverberating sound of music to insightful intellectual debates, the two-week long festival has something for all. 2018 marks the 32nd edition of the festival. Organised every year by the Saudi National Guard, a primary goal of this festival is to highlight Saudi Arabia's Islamic identity, display its national heritage and help preserve it for generations to come. However, Al Janadria is not only aiming to educate i..

'We Are Afraid of Christmas': Tensions Dampen Holiday in India

Advertisement NEW DELHI — Tehmina Yadav is a Muslim woman married to a Hindu man. The other night, she was hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree. In India, a country that is about 80 percent Hindu, Christmas is becoming big business. Airlines play Christmas music, online vendors sell holiday gift baskets, and one especially enterprising young man, Kabir Mishra, rents out a contingent of Hindus dressed as Santa Claus. “I can provide as many Santas as you want,” he said. Sitting next to her Christmas tree at home in Delhi, Ms. Yadav said that in India, there was nothing strange about non-Christians celebrating Christmas. Indians have always observed a dizzying number of festivals regardless of religious affiliation, and even though Christians represent only 2.3 percent of the population, Christmas is recognized as a government holiday. But as far-right Hindu groups have gained traction, India has changed. Christmas has now found itself caught in the cross hairs. The authorities recently ..

Sadia Shepard on the Nuances of Immigration and Cultural Identity

Your story in this week’s issue, “Foreign-Returned,” is about a Pakistani couple trying to build a successful life in Connecticut. What inspired you to tell their story? I’m fascinated by the ways in which our family histories and the legacies of our class, racial, and ethnic identities affect the choices we make as adults. I imagine the protagonists of my story, Hassan and Sara, as the grandchildren of the Urdu-speaking migrants who arrived in Pakistan at Partition and helped transform Karachi into the country’s economic center, and I loved thinking about how that past might affect the way they interact with Hassan’s co-worker Hina, a second-generation American whose family hails from Pakistan’s agricultural heartland. Hassan, Sara, and Hina’s Pakistani origins might be seen as equivalent and interchangeable in Stamford, Connecticut, but the reality is that, as these three characters attempt to connect with one another, they are negotiating differences in class, culture, and religious..

From Malta to Minneapolis: A look at travel lists for 2018

NEW YORK — From Malta to Minneapolis, here’s a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays. Sports Minneapolis hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. The city is encouraging visitors to embrace winter with 10 days of “Bold North” events and activities leading up to the big game. On the other side of the world, the snowy mountains of Pyeong-chang, South Korea, host the Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 9-25. Eleven cities in Russia — including Moscow and Sochi — host the FIFA World Cup, June 14 to July 15. The dates coincide with St. Petersburg’s “white nights,” the summer solstice season when city skies never get completely dark. FIFA reports strong ticket sales from the United States even though the U.S. national team failed to qualify for the games. Host cities include lesser-kn..

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