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Chinese children take to coding amid country’s lofty goals in AI, other hi-tech initiatives

For many parents in China, it has long been de rigueur to have their children attend after-school tutoring in English and mathematics, subjects deemed important to help advance their future career prospects.That study load, however, has increased because of a growing trend for parents to also send their children to coding classes, on top of the typical music lessons, sports camps and other extra curricular activities they attend.“Coding is a must-have skill because we are entering the age of AI… Source link

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Property 

Don’t blame mall owners or Link Reit for problems at public housing estate shops

In the past few years, buyers of shopping centres at public housing estates sold by Link Reit have come under increasing criticism for the changes they have made to their acquisitions. Public housing tenants complain about the gentrification of malls that are supposed to serve them, while steep rent rises have forced out many small businesses, leaving increasing numbers of vacant shop spaces. There are even claims that the new owners of certain former Link shopping malls have deliberately kept… Source link

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China 

China wants to open financial sector wider but it’s a ‘negotiation game’ in trade war, Zhou Xiaochuan says

Beijing’s financial decision makers are determined to open the sector wider, but the process of doing so has been partly affected by the trade war with the United States, according to the former chief of China’s central bank.Zhou Xiaochuan, who was governor of the People’s Bank of China from 2002 to 2018, told a gathering hosted by Enodo Economics in London on Thursday that the issue of access to China’s financial sector had been used as a bargaining chip in the trade talks.“Since China-US… Source link

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Singapore 

World’s largest Tokidoki Unicorno slide now at Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore News

The world’s first Tokidoki cafe popped up in Singapore in March last year and now, we have the world’s largest Unicorno slide. It’s part of Changi Airport Terminal 3 (T3)’s The World of Tokidoki activities till May 1, 2019. Simone Legno, the co-brand founder and artist, was in Singapore to launch the collaboration on March 13. At T3 Departure Hall, you can join your kids – yes, adults are welcome! – on a 24-metre-long Tokidoki-themed inflatable playground with obstacles, trampoline “donuts” and slide down the world’s largest Unicorno slide into…

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China 

Asia’s exports slump to deepen as global economic slowdown hits regional powerhouses

Asia’s exports slump is expected to deepen, with analysts saying regional trade is heading for its lowest point since 2015. Amid a slowdown in global demand, Asian exports will continue to decline until at least April, according to an index compiled by Nomura Bank. The index combines eight economic elements to predict exports three months in advance for China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand and it shows a rocky road ahead. … Source link

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Singapore 

7 things you probably didn’t know about your EZ-Link card, Singapore News

EZ-Link is just like GST. We don’t know how it works exactly, but it’s always there, slowly but surely sucking away our hard-earned money in small, painless increments. It’s time to change that. … Uh, sorry, I didn’t mean the part about being leeched. I meant the part about knowing how EZ-Link works. Being aware of the… unique intricacies of EZ-Link can not only enrich your daily public transport commute, but also potentially help you save a bit of time and/or money. Are you ready? Let’s dive into the world…

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Vietnam 

Farmers need support to expand fruit production – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Dragon fruits is a key produce in Châu Thành District, Long An Province. — Photo dangcongsan.vn LONG AN — Fruit is a key produce of provinces around the Mekong Delta. However, small-scale production and poor links from production to purchase, from process to export, are hindering the development of orchards, attendees heard at a workshop held yesterday in the Mekong Delta province of Long An. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the…

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Vietnam 

VN needs strategy to promote private firms – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs a strategy to promote the development of private firms with a focus on quality, as their contribution to the economy remains modest, attendees heard at a conference in Hà Nội on Friday. “After more than three decades of Đổi Mới (Reform), Việt Nam does not have a true development strategy for private firms,” economic expert Trần Đình Thiên said at the forum about private sector development held by the Việt Nam Institute of Economics. He said that more…

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More foreigners buying apartments in HCM City – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HCM CITY – More foreigners are buying apartments and investing in real estate in Việt Nam, especially in HCM City, with most of them coming from mainland China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Ngô Quang Phúc, general director of Phú Đông Group, said that since the amended Law on Housing 2014 took effect in 2015 the domestic property market has seen increased interest from foreign buyers. From 2008 to 2014, only 126 foreigners bought property in Việt Nam. In 2014, the Ministry of Construction…

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Đà Nẵng tightens land management to combat price hikes – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The city of Đà Nẵng has issued a document requesting the management and supervision of real estate brokerages and land transactions be enhanced to prevent unusual price hikes caused by the spread of false information. Individuals and organisations found to have fabricated rumours regarding development projects would be strictly punished, Đà Nẵng Standing Party Committee said. Việt Nam News Agency reported that false rumours disseminated by brokers contributed to hugely inflated land prices in the central city recently. Real estate…

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