It may be considered wrong to judge things by physical appearance, but in the case of public infrastructure, created by and maintained under the jurisdiction of the government, how much would physical appearance matter? What does, for example, a public library in a state of disrepair say about the way it is run? Or what can be said about the relevance of a library, decked with the latest technologies and collections, if it is always empty? A law led the way for the creation of more public libraries. In June 1994, Republic Act No. 7743 was passed, an act providing for the establishment of public libraries (congressional, city, municipal and barangay-level) throughout the Philippines. The goal was to elevate the literacy and promote the moral and intellectual well-being of Filipinos. The establishment of public libraries shall be an integral part of local government units, with a regular annual library appropriation to be allocated, based on a budget estimate proposed by a head … [Read more...] about From 24/7 service to ‘estero-telling’: Checking up on the state of public libraries
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SINGAPORE: In addressing the issue of fake news, new prescriptive laws are not an ideal solution, according to industry association Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), whose members include social media companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter. Instead, a “stringent self-regulatory approach”, executed in coordination and cooperation with the authorities, will have a better outcome. The association made this point in its written representation to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods. It gave oral evidence to the committee on Thursday (Mar 22), together with representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter. Explaining its rationale, AIC’s managing director Jeff Paine said in his written representation that prescriptive legislation will not adequately address the issue effectively, due to the highly subjective, nuanced and difficult task of discerning whether information is true or false. “There is also a real risk of compromising freedom of expression and speech … [Read more...] about New, ‘prescriptive’ laws not the ideal solution against online falsehoods: Social media, Internet giants in written submissions
The Hanoitimes - The declaration is believed to be more effective only when having a transparent mechanism that is more trustworthy than the current process. The Government Inspectorate of Vietnam has asked high-ranking officials to make assets declaration within March as part of efforts to curb corruption. Assets declaration is believed one of Vietnam's tools against corruption. Source: Tien Phong State employees holding the post of deputy department and higher, police and army officers, candidates for the National Assembly and the People Council are subject to the assets declaration. The declaration covers kinds of assets, flows of assets, and origin of assets. Results of the declaration would be public in the agencies they work for or at the bodies’ meetings. Assets declaration is believed one of Vietnam’s tools to curb corruption among state cadres. Authorized agencies likely check randomly part of the assets to see if the declaration is … [Read more...] about Is assets declaration by Vietnam’s high-ranking officials effective?
SINGAPORE: The States Times Review has been ordered to correct a Facebook post in the second correction direction handed out under Singapore’s online falsehoods law , authorities said on Thursday (Nov 28). The correction direction under the new Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) was issued to Mr Alex Tan Zhi Xiang, a 32-year-old Singaporean who runs the States Times Review website and Facebook page. Issued on the instruction of Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, the order requires that States Times Review carry a correction notice at the top of its Facebook post, said the POFMA Office, which is responsible for the administration of the law. READ: POFMA Office directs Brad Bowyer to correct Facebook post in first use of 'fake news' law A correction direction is issued to a person who has communicated a falsehood that affects the public interest, the POFMA Office said. It requires the recipient to publish a correction notice with the facts, but … [Read more...] about States Times Review directed to correct Facebook post under online falsehoods law
Source: Free-Photos/Shutterstock Authentic leaders are, by definition, singular individuals. They possess a unique array of qualities and skills that enable them to lead others. Yet, we shouldn’t assume that these attributes are unattainable or too challenging to learn. Leadership skills are uncommon simply because we’ve received little or no education in this subject. If mathematics wasn’t routinely taught in school, mastering math would also be a rare achievement. And so the same is true of leadership. Culturally, we tend to focus on the external characteristics of leaders: how they present themselves, their intelligence , their style, and their affect. The path to sustainable and genuine leadership, however, is the inner path. This is a pathway that can be learned and cultivated. I envision three pillars that act as a platform for authentic leadership. Learning these skills enables genuine leadership ability for corporations, organizations, associations, and … [Read more...] about The Three Pillars of Leadership
JAKARTA: Indonesian carriers have pledged to implement health protocols and social distancing, after being given approval by the government to up their operating capacity to 70 per cent for domestic routes. The country’s largest privately run airline Lion Air Group, which comprises low-cost carrier Lion Air, Wings Air, and full-service carrier Batik Air resumed domestic flights on Wednesday (Jun 10). The group previously operated its planes intermittently, citing difficulties in ensuring that all passengers had met travel requirements. Mr Danang Mandala Prihantoro, the spokesman of Lion Air Group, said to ensure the safety of everyone, passengers must show the results of a swab test, a COVID-19 rapid test or a health certificate issued by a doctor or a health clinic stating that they are healthy. “Our crew will also always be checked and they must be cleared of COVID-19 before flying,” Mr Prihantoro told CNA. “We conduct both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) … [Read more...] about Indonesian carriers pledge to observe health protocols as domestic travel opens up