United States

Sorry, Jack Ma: 12-hour workdays are not a blessing

Fast Company | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:05 PM
  • Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has no fear of hard work.
  • On Sunday, Ma attempted to clarify his remarks, noting that 996 work hours are “unsustainable” but also seeming to preach a mind-set akin to the old chestnut of, “If you love what you’ll do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.
  • Per the South China Morning Post, the billionaire posted on Weibo that “if you’re not passionate about it, every minute of going to work is a torment,” and that forcing people to work 996 hours at jobs they hate is “inhumane,” “unhealthy,” and “unsustainable”.

United States

RMIT partners with NAB and Palo Alto Networks for new cybersecurity course

ZDNet | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM
  • The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has announced a new online course on cybersecurity in a bid to address Australia’s cybersecurity skills shortage.
  • As part of the course, RMIT Online has partnered with the National Australia Bank (NAB) and Palo Alto Networks.
  • The Cyber Security Risk and Strategy course will start on June 3.

United States

End of an era: Soon smart speakers will outnumber tablets

ZDNet | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:59 PM
  • The number of smart speakers in homes and businesses will almost double this year, and within a couple of years these chatty new devices will likely outnumber our former gadget of choice, the tablet.
  • The tech industry analyst firm predicts that smart speakers will soon overtake tablets, probably next year.
  • The US will continue to lead smart speaker adoption.

Russian Federation

Russia’s Rosatom, Serbia enhance nuclear cooperation

TASS Russian News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:52 PM
  • Russia’s Rosatom state nuclear energy corporation and Serbia signed two memorandums on mutual understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation in nuclear sector during the 11th international forum Atomexpo-2019.
  • The work will be conducted on several areas, including informing and raising awareness among citizens on the issues of using nuclear technologies, organizing and holding international conferences and exhibitions, joint implementation of social and educational projects and popularization of nuclear technologies.
  • The governments signed an agreement in the sphere of peaceful use of nuclear energy on the basis of tested and innovative technologies.


US committment to Taiwan security ‘rock-solid’: Ex-official

Channel NewsAsia | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:43 PM
  • The United States commitment to Taiwan’s security remains “rock-solid”, a former top-ranking US official said Monday (Apr 15), as the two sides commemorated the 40th anniversary of legislation guaranteeing US support for the island.
  • Since the legislation was passed, Washington has remained Taipei’s most powerful unofficial ally and its leading arms supplier.
  • Chinese military aircraft, including Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets, flew over the waters off southern Taiwan earlier Monday in the latest of a recent string of military drills around the island.


Alibaba to open e-commerce class for Rwandan students

Xinhua News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:40 PM
  • China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba will launch an undergraduate program this September to enroll students from Rwanda to facilitate the central African country’s pursuit of a knowledge-based economy.
  • It aims to promote public-private dialogue to improve the policy and business environment to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in cross-border electronic trade.
  • Rwanda, which is aiming to become a regional hub of information communication technology, was the first African country to launch the eWTP.

United States

Why India is Not Adopting Digital Payments in Absolute Sense?

Entrepreneur | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:33 PM
  • Fintech in India is set to become a trillion-dollar economy.
  • Despite India witnessing robust growth in the digital payments sector, people are still not adopting it in the absolute sense.
  • Even millennials, who have every possible means to adopt alternate modes of payment, are still hesitant about the whole idea of totally shifting gears to the fintech sector for their day-to-day needs.

Russian Federation

Rosatom’s subsidiary has manufactured upper semi-vessel of reactor for Turkish Akkuyu NPP

TASS Russian News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:33 PM
  • Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey is being built as per updated project with new generation III + power units complying with the highest safety standards.
  • The Akkuyu NPP is the project for construction of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey.
  • In April 2018, the function of the first concrete was held at the construction site of Akkuyu NPP.

United Arab Emirates

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to build Oncology Centre in UAE capital

Emirates News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:27 PM
  • Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi announced that it has broken ground on a state-of-the-art oncology centre, bringing an integrated and transformative approach to diagnosing and treating cancer to the UAE.
  • Designed to meet the specific needs of cancer patients and their treatments, the seven-story facility will have dedicated clinical practice areas for advanced imaging, infusion, radiation, and chemotherapy, as well as a connection to the main hospital’s surgical areas.
  • Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s current cancer services include Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography, PET-CT, for cancer diagnoses, and minimally invasive robotic surgery for their treatments.