Late on a humid afternoon, the Surabaya Street flea market by the canal was almost deserted, peaceful amid the traffic chaos of central Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. Diky Rachma, who sells traditional puppets and real and fake antiques, was oblivious to the charms of the unusual quiet. Sitting outside his shop, he cursed ‘the people who organised the demonstrations’ that shook Jakarta in November 2016 and drove the tourists away. He blamed the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and its supporters. This militia-like group of Muslim extremists, founded at the fall of the dictatorship in 1998, is approved by the army and police and has penetrated respectable political circles. Before the local elections, the FPI and a number of allies attracted a disparate crowd of Islamic fundamentalists as well as ordinary Muslims genuinely concerned about the future of their religion, and citizens dissatisfied with the policies of Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as … [Read more...] about Can Indonesia’s founding principles survive?
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More than 500 business and academic leaders heard the latest trends in blockchain technology, cybersecurity and the manipulation of date for nefarious political purposes at the second annual Beyond IoT 2019 in Cork.The event, which is the brainchild of manager at the Nimbus Technology Gateway at CIT, Richard Linger and partnered by US medical device IoT firm Steritrack, fused speakers from Silicon Valley as well as business and academic figures in Ireland.Mr Linger said: "Using our local and international network we have put together an unprecedented group of experts from across the globe and brought them to Cork."The event explored the latest innovations within the IoT and how this new technology is impacting on commerce and industry.IoT is said to be a system of interrelated computing devices and appliances that connects devices such as fridges and lighting to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.The conference also heard how … [Read more...] about Beyond IoT event in Cork fuses Silicon Valley expertise with Irish business and academic leaders
Back in 1994, when Bill Gates was childless and worth only $6bn, he told me his children, when they arrived, would inherit none of his money. “I just don’t think,” he explained, “it’s all that helpful to inherit large wealth. I guess it’s a personal philosophy, you have to judge. Everybody spends a lot of time thinking what’s good for their kids, I’m sure. And in my case I have decided that having a substantial amount of wealth is more negative than positive.” But, I objected, people change their minds when confronted by real children. “I don’t think I will. But you’re right. I accept that that’s consistent with what others have told me. But I think there’s a little bit of philosophy in this that will not be changed. And I have some friends who feel the same way.” Now, in 2019, Gates is worth (says Forbes) $94bn, he has three children and seems to be sticking to his “little bit of … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe charity algorithm: how Silicon Valley philanthropy turned sour
Supermodel Twiggy, Python Michael Palin and England manager Gareth Southgate are among more than 1,000 people awarded in the New Year Honours 2019. The list celebrates heroes - from 43 responders to terror attacks, to the divers who stunned the world in the Thai cave rescue. But there are also awards for Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, Downton Abbey's Jim Carter and authors Philip Pullman and Margaret Atwood. And a cronyism row is set to brew after Theresa May rewarded big business chiefs who just happen to back her Brexit deal. There are plenty of famous faces in the honours list - but far more people who quietly work away at doing good for their communities. So to honour them all, we’ve reproduced the list in full - and highlights - below. New Year Honours 2019 in numbers Overall, 1,148 recipients are named in the 2019 New Year list. That includes the 43 people recognised for their acts responding to the terror attacks in Manchester and London in 2017. Some 544 women … [Read more...] about New Year Honours list 2019 in full
Monty Python star and travel documentary maker Michael Palin, 1960s supermodel Twiggy, and acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan have joined a long list of stars from the world of entertainment, sports and the arts to be honoured by the Queen. See the full Welsh list here They are joined in the 2019 New Year Honours List by three British divers who have been awarded MBEs for helping to save a youth football team trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand during the summer. Four other British cave divers involved in the operation are also receiving civilian gallantry awards for exceptional bravery protecting others. The 2019 New Year Honours List has 1,148 recipients which also includes 43 people recognised for their acts responding to the terror attacks in Manchester and London in 2017. A Queen's Commendation for Bravery also goes to 14-year-old Joe Rowlands who saved his father Paul from drowning after their kayak capsized off Anglesey. Best-selling author Philip Pullman, who credits … [Read more...] about The full Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2019