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The Nordics seriously back in business in the Philippines – ScandAsia

Denmark and Sweden have re-opened their respective embassies, while the former business council has upgraded itself to become the Nordic Chamber of Commerce Philippines (NordCham) and can offer all essential consultancy and assistance in the country – all based on significant growth in the presence of Nordic businesses there. Now the platform is there for increased trade relations and investment between the Philippines and the Nordic countries. ScandAsia paints the picture with NordCham. News from the Philippines outside the country…

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The Rockefellers vs. Exxon

John D. Rockefeller once said that “God gave me my money,” much as He had given human beings dominion over the Earth, and though John D. couldn’t have known it then, the original sin of the Rockefeller family would be committed in 1863, when he opened his first oil refinery in Cleveland. Within a few decades, Standard Oil controlled more than 90 percent of petroleum production in the United States, and by the time of his death in 1937, God…

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Rewarding Hard Work in Delta 

Asaba town recently hosted the maiden Delta State Excellence Awards for exceptionally brilliant pupils and students of schools in the state, writes Omon-Julius Onabu who attended the ceremony The Unity Hall at the Government House Asaba was filled to capacity recently as pupils, teachers and administrators drawn from different schools as well as parents and ministry officials witnessed the first-ever Delta State Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding academic performance in private and public schools in the state. The ceremony, which…

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Tony Elumelu ideas search ends March 1

Market Place Sunday, January 7, 2018 22:00 By LYNET IGADWAH Mr Tony Elumelu: The Foundation aims at funding and mentoring 10,000 African innovators by 2024. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Entrepreneurs and individuals with scalable business ideas have another chance to apply for mentorship and seed capital opportunity at the Tony Elumelu Foundation.Run by Nigerian philanthropist Tony Elumelu, the foundation has opened a two-month window ending March 1 for the competition. Winners get a 12-week online training on managing enterprises, mentorship…

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Ban on sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s

Waitrose said customers buying drinks containing more than 150 mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove they were over 16 years of age from 5 March. The move follows calls from campaigners in the UK for a complete ban on the sale of energy drinks to children following findings that the products’ sugar and caffeine content remains high despite reformulation ahead of the soft drinks levy. Waitrose said that its decision was based on existing labelling guidelines…

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How PlikThai empowers communities to crowdsource solutions

We received some 285 submissions that we whittled down to 30 projects for the final award, Bt1 million shared equally among 10 projects. But PlikThai is also part of a bigger push to change how people perceive corporate social responsibility (CSR). Last year, DTAC conducted focus groups on the issues of good governance, corruption and CSR. We spoke to various age groups in Bangkok and upcountry. And the results were sobering. Most of the focus group participants said a good…

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10 workplace trends to watch out for

Photo: iStockphoto From the blowback that followed demonetization, to the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST), it has been a rough year or so for Indian business. In the workplace, fears of redundancy abound—according to research last year by human resources (HR) solutions firm PeopleStrong, a quarter of those expected to lose their jobs to automation by 2021 will be from India. As Manish Sabharwal, chairman of staffing company TeamLease Services, puts it, “The future is unknowable and…

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‘If we make proper choices, we’ll be a great nation’

‘If not, we can become frighteningly chaotic, more chaotic than what we are today.’‘In today’s environment in the country, we still have a window of opportunity.’ Dr Baldev Raj, director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 6. Dr Raj — (April 9, 1947-January 6, 2018), a former director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam — was in Pune to attend a meeting at the Centre for Materials for Electronics…

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Omisore Fetes Retirees | THISDAYLIVE

Iyiola Omisore Vincent Obia Former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyola Omisore, organised a get-together last week in Osogbo for retirees in the state, in a goodwill gesture that involved the distribution of gifts to the senior citizens. At the event held at the Peoples Democratic Party secretariat, Omisore condemned as callous a situation where people who had spent over 35 years in government service were neglected by government after their retirement. He said, “It is our responsibility to…

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Petron brings holiday cheer to 3,000 scholars

TAP scholars from Manila, Pasay and Navotas celebrated Christmas early with Petron and DepEd officials at the Project JOY kick-off in Manila last December. Petron Corp., through its corporate social responsibility arm Petron Foundation, made Christmas more special and meaningful for thousands of Tulong Aral ng Petron (TAP) scholars through its annual Christmas project dubbed Project JOY (Jesus, Others, and You). For the past 20 years, Petron Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare…

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Manodhairya scheme: Maharashtra government to use CSR funds to compensate victims

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: January 7, 2018 2:06 am The Women and Child Development (WCD) Department has issued a government resolution notifying the revised Manodhairya scheme, following changes suggested by a high court-appointed committee. The Maharashtra government has decided to use funds collected as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to provide monetary relief to victims of rape, child sexual assault and acid attack under the Manodhairya scheme. The Women and Child Development (WCD) Department…

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No Response Received From Private Firms To Become Partners In Public Toilet Maintenance Work, Says NDMC

Tenders were floated for corporate firms to become partners in sanitation work by taking up maintenance of public toilets but “no response” was received, a senior NDMC official said. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) official said, “We wanted to use the public-private-partnership model for the maintenance, so we had invited the sector.” “The tenders were floated a few months ago, but sadly not a single corporate entity has shown interest in maintaining the public toilets,” he said. Advertisement opens…

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Public toilets: No private firm shown interest in maintaining public toilets: NDMC

NEW DELHI: Tenders were floated for corporate firms to become partners in sanitation work by taking up maintenance of public toilets but “no response” was received, a senior NDMC official said. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) official said, “We wanted to use the public-private-partnership model for the maintenance, so we had invited the sector.” “The tenders were floated a few months ago, but sadly not a single corporate entity has shown interest in maintaining the public toilets,” he said.…

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ASA Savings and Loans donates to Kumasi Children’s Home

Business News of Saturday, 6 January 2018 Source: thebftonline.com 2018-01-06 The company said the donation was part of its corporate social responsibility The ASA Savings and Loans Limited in Kumasi has donated a number of items at the cost of over GHC 5,000 for the upkeep of children at Kumasi Children’s Home. The items which included three file cabinets for administrative use, marker boards for teaching, toiletries, washing bowls, bags of rice among an assortment of other items were said…

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Govt. schools to get a facelift

The education department has sought the support of corporate houses to improve infrastructure in schools. The department has roped in non-governmental organisations to upgrade the quality of education. While the funds will be part of companies’ corporate social responsibility activity, the non-governmental organisations would pitch in with ideas to improve pedagogy. It would help in training teachers and making students learn skills. School Education Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan, who inaugurated a day-long seminar on improving quality of education in schools, said…

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