November 29, 2020

International Business

BANGKOK — Thailand’s government said on Tuesday it had banned Pornhub and 190 other websites showing pornography, prompting social media anger over censorship, and a protest against the decision.

Digital minister Puttipong Punnakanta said the block was part of efforts to restrict access to porn and gambling websites, which were illegal under the country’s cybercrime law.

But many Thai users trended the #SavePornhub hashtag on Twitter and criticised the shutting of a site in a country that was among the Top 20 by daily traffic for Pornhub in 2019 and which has a globally-known sex industry.

According to Pornhub, Thai users spent more time on the site last year, at 11 minutes and 21 seconds, than elsewhere in the world.

An activist group called Anonymous Party said: “We want to reclaim Pornhub. People are entitled to choices.”

A few dozen activists protested the block outside the digital ministry, holding banners Read the rest

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It’s not uncommon to find individuals, often in senior positions, within organisations who deliver great results but do so in a manner that’s seriously at odds with the values of the organisation.

And truth be told, the behaviours that these people demonstrate can also be lacking in common courtesy and respect towards their colleagues.

The morally strong and empathetic leaders will face directly into these difficult decisions and have the conversations that need to be had. They don’t find these conversations any easier than others, they just know they have to be had.

They know that every single person they lead, whether they report to them directly or not, is the most important person in the world to somebody else. They also know that what happens at work, doesn’t just affect those they employ whilst they are at work.

It has an impact on their lives out of work.

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President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are fighting hard for Florida, and they’re putting their money where their mouths are to win it. 

With 29 electoral votes, the Sunshine State has the most to offer of any swing state and could make or break the election for either candidate. Trump has visited at least 16 times this campaign season and changed his actual address to make it his home state. Biden, meanwhile, has made four trips to the state since he began his campaign. 

But both candidates have been spending more and more on a record-breaking advertising race in the state. Political ads in the state well-surpassed 2016 spends: Together, Biden and Trump spent at least $264 million on ad buys in the state across television, radio, and digital platforms. The Biden campaign has spent or reserved at least $77 million in airtime, and the Trump campaign spent about $69 … Read the rest

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Writing is a way for many people to express themselves. It can be an outlet to some who are more expressive with words than with emotions or actions. Writing can definitely earn you a lot with practice and experience, which is why many people have also pursued it as their career.

With writing, you need to have a good vocabulary and a way with words to produce something well-written. But aside from that, some tools are also worth looking into. A bit of help never hurts, right? And with the help of some tools, you will make the best-written output much easier and faster! In this article, we’ll be sharing with you three essential tools to help you with your writing. Want to find out more? Then keep on reading.

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You’ll be writing a lot of Word documents as a writer obviously. And you’ll Read the rest

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LONDON — A small but key UK study has found that “cellular immunity” to the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus is present after six months in people who had mild or asymptomatic COVID-19—suggesting they might have some level of protection for at least that time.

Scientists presenting the findings, from 100 non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Britain, said they were “reassuring” but did not mean people cannot in rare cases be infected twice with the disease.

“While our findings cause us to be cautiously optimistic about the strength and length of immunity generated after SARS-CoV-2 infection, this is just one piece of the puzzle,” said Paul Moss, a professor of hematology at Britain’s Birmingham University who co-led the study.

“There is still a lot for us to learn before we have a full understanding of how immunity to COVID-19 works.”

Experts not directly involved with the study said its findings were important and Read the rest

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Launching a company in April 2020 was no mean feat for Glow founder and director Phil Storey. Guiding his team to help small businesses in the fight against cyber crime with the aim of protecting online assets as they do so.

Sucuri, the GoDaddy-owned security vendor analysed 18,302 infected websites and over 4.4m cleaned files to compile its latest Hacked Website Trend Report. It revealed that WordPress accounted for 90% of hacked websites in 2018, up from 83% in 2018. The situation has only worsened since then, paving the way perfectly for Leeds based Glow to step in.

Glow is a website maintenance app that helps to keep WordPress sites secure, functioning and optimised for performance. Over the past six months, Phil’s team has promoted and sold it into companies who are determined to keep transactions flowing online despite the covid chaos. As more people have turned to online Read the rest

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The famous “Dewey defeats Truman” presidential election was 72 years ago and reminders of what was an epic polling failure echo to this day. For pollsters, pundits, and the press, Democrat Harry Truman’s surprise victory over Republican Thomas E. Dewey in 1948 is, or ought to be, an enduring reminder about the perils of extreme overconfidence.

The 1948 election also may offer a lens by which to understand the outcome of the Trump-Biden race. Here’s how:

If Joe Biden blows what has been a solid lead in pre-election polls, his loss may be attributable to having pursued something akin to Dewey’s glide-path campaign that avoided controversy while trying to nurse a clear lead in the polls.

But if this year’s pre-election polling is accurate and Trump is repudiated, his defeat may be attributed to a failure to adapt Truman’s blueprint for winning in spectacular, against-the-odds fashion.

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Instagram is a fast-growing and popular social networking website. It is not surprising that more businesses want to establish their presence on this platform. And, they are using different methods, including buying followers https://howsociable.com/buy-instagram-followers/ to achieve this. Perhaps, you might wonder why a business needs more followers for an Instagram account.

Well, having more Instagram followers makes an account look more credible. It makes more people believe what is shared by the account. Most individuals are interested in the content of an Instagram account if it is followed by more people. With more individuals following you, a message that is shared via your account gets to more people.

Importance of Instagram for Modern Business

Most modern consumers are on social websites like Instagram. That means Instagram is a great place to find and be found by prospective customers. Most audiences on the internet have become accustomed to ads. Instagram is … Read the rest

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IATA, in a new analysis released last week, said total industry revenues next year are expected to be down 46% on 2019’s $838 billion. Without additional government financial relief, the median airline has just 8.5 months of cash remaining at current burn rates.

Having a home government with deep—and open—pockets is emerging as key in terms of whether an airline will make it through the coronavirus pandemic.

Carriers in jurisdictions where there is scant support from up high are most likely to go bust, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News. Using the Z-score method developed by Edward Altman in the 1960s to predict bankruptcies, Bloomberg sifted through available data on listed commercial airlines to identify the ones most prone to financial strife.

Versus the same analysis done in March, when the virus was just starting to spread beyond China into parts of Asia and Europe, rapidly cutting off international Read the rest

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Spending on chocolate has soared by £50m year on year, powered by sales of chocolate bars bought in supermarkets to eat at home.

The increase in sales of multipacks and large “sharing bars” has offset a dip in sales of single bars, often impulse buys to eat on the go, from newsagents and other outlets.

While the £50m sales increase is only 3% up on the total value of chocolate sales, the amount of chocolate eaten is likely to have risen by two or three times that level because the kind of chocolate bought in supermarkets is so much cheaper.

Sales of multipacks of chocolate bars in supermarkets are up by more than a fifth, according to analysts at research group Kantar.

But the biggest increase has come from large chocolate blocks, sales of which are up nearly 46% in supermarket outlets.

Waitrose said its sales of big sharing bars … Read the rest

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