SINGAPORE - Firms must create workplaces that provide work-life harmony while allowing staff to achieve their full potential regardless of gender or age, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Wednesday (Nov 6). Mr Heng, who is also Minister for Finance, told an awards ceremony to mark Singapore's best workplaces: "Over the years, employers have also come to realise that to improve productivity and attract and retain talent, we need workplace cultures that recognise gender equality, support lifelong learning, facilitate multiple career tracks, and promote good work-life harmony." Singapore employers have made strides, but more needs to be done, he added. The ceremony at Raffles Hotel was held by global institute Great Place to Work, which surveys workers worldwide to get ideas on how to improve the lot of employees. It has joined forces with Singapore Management University in the past three years to examine 900 organisations and around 400,000 staff in eight regional … [Read more...] about Gender inclusion among key factors that make workplaces better: Study
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Disney Parks went full woke on Tuesday as Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro detailed the organization’s commitment to having “more representation and accountability.” Disney Parks will take a new approach that provides “greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices” as part of the addition of its new core “Key of Inclusion.” A Disney Parks blog, titled “A Place Where Everyone is Welcome,” detailed Disney’s recommitment to diversity, in which D’Amaro envisioned a place where cast members “feel a sense of belonging at work.” “That means cultivating an environment where all people feel welcomed and appreciated for their unique life experiences, perspectives and culture,” he wrote, calling to celebrate “allyship.” In order to create magic for everyone, we must include everyone. Our Chairman shares an update on how we’re building a Disney where all are welcome and everyone … [Read more...] about Disney Unveils ‘Key of Inclusion’ in Effort to ‘Create World Where Everyone Belongs’
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A Black man died after being shot by police in a Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop and crashing his car several blocks away, sparking violent protests that lasted into the early hours Monday as officers in riot gear clashed with demonstrators and the man’s mother called for calm. The man was identified by family as 20-year-old Daunte Wright, and he died Sunday in a metropolitan area already on edge and midway through the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted he was praying for Wright’s family “as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.” Speaking before the confrontation in Brooklyn Center between protesters and law enforcement, Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, attempted to curb any unrest. “All the violence, if it keeps going it’s only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason,” she said to a crowd near … [Read more...] about Daunte Wright death in Minnesota traffic stop sparks unrest
SINGAPORE - Siblings Nathan and Phoebe Foong have been waking up for school, where they stand to attention for the National Anthem during assembly, before heading to the canteen. The catch? They are actually at home. Their parents, Elvin and Esther Foong, devised "Naph School", an amalgam of the first two letters of the children's names, after the family were asked to self-isolate under a leave of absence (LOA) request. The family's LOA was issued after their trip to visit Mrs Foong's father in Johor during the recent March school holidays. Nathan, nine, and Phoebe, seven, will return to school on April 2 . According to the Education Ministry, less than 10 per cent of students and staff across all schools are on LOA or stay-home notice (SHN), which aim to prevent the spread of Covid-19. They are both 14-day self-isolation measures, typically following overseas travel. Some families with young children are concerned about supporting their offspring's learning away from … [Read more...] about Staying at home during Covid-19 outbreak: How to plan activities with your kids, and take ‘sanity breaks’
The push to build more electric vehicles to combat climate change rests on an inconvenient truth: The metals used in EV batteries are pretty dirty. From exploited child laborers digging cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo to toxic waste leaking from nickel mines in Indonesia, the sources of key ingredients to power climate-friendly transportation have been assailed by activists and led to lawsuits against the tech firms that use the metals. US and European carmakers have been looking for alternative sources of these materials that would allow them to bypass some of these troublesome practices, while avoiding having to buy batteries produced by global competitor China. They also want a piece of President Joe Biden’s new plan to spend $174 billion to promote electric cars and build new charging stations. Could materials mined from the deep sea be the answer? That’s what commercial mining firms and scientists are trying to determine this month during two separate … [Read more...] about Will Future Electric Vehicles Be Powered by Deep-Sea Metals?