Philippines Jeepney Strike Planned in December

A heads up that there is a planned nationwide strike by jeepney operators in the Philippines on the 4th and 5th of December (Monday and Tuesday).

This is in response to the Government’s stated plan to phase out jeepney’s older than 15 years under its Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program.

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Researchers from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University create cyborg insect

NTU researchers have developed what they say is the world’s smallest cyborg insect, which they can move right and left, backward and forward, with the click of a button.

The researcher’s motives are entirely altruistic, developing this technology for rescue operations to help find survivors in disaster areas where the insects can crawl through cracks and crevices. It is planned that, eventually, the insects will carry a range of sensors which will indicate the presence of trapped survivors.

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Vietnam and the Philippines top SE Asian Economic Performance

Vietnam is currently the fastest growing economy in Asia, recording 7.5% growth in the most recent quarter, followed by the Philippines at 6.9% and outpacing China’s 6.8%.

The Straits Times gives a great overview of some of the booming economies in the region.

Tencent chief ‘richer than Google founders’

Tencent, the Chinese social network company that owns WeChat, has become the first Asian firm to pass a market value of $500Bn which makes it more valuable than FaceBook.

I’ve said it before but, if you’re doing business in China (and increasingly in the rest of Asia) and you’re not using WeChat, you may as well not bother.

Singapore Students Best in World

The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report has ranked Singaporean students as the world’s best in collaborative problem solving, along with the other core subjects of science, reading and maths.

The PISA survey assesses the performance of 15-year-olds around the world in science, maths and reading, but included this year – for the first time – an assessment on how well pupils work with one another to solve problems. The tests were conducted in 2015.
Singapore’s pupils scored highest in collaborative problem-solving around the world with 561 points, beating Japan’s, who scored 552 points. Hong Kong ranked third with 541 points.

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