CYBER SOLDIERING

EDGE Unveils First UAE-made Family Of Smart Loitering Munitions At IDEX 2021

By Ron Chen, Correspondent ASEAN Region EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond, has launched its first family of multirotor loitering munitions, the QX range. In addition, Shadow 50 and Shadow 25, Rash 2 gliding munition kit, as well as new variants of the RW24 range – all designed and manufactured in the company’s first year of operations – were unveiled on the first day of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021), that is underway at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre until 25 February. The...
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

African Schools Football Competition To Kick Off In DR Congo

By Celestine Okorie, South Africa and Chinedu Nwosu, Lagos FIFA and the African Union have agreed to launch a schools football competition following a meeting in Kinshasa between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, who is also the current Chairperson of the African Union (AU). The two presidents, who had initiated discussions last week by videoconference, met at the Palais de la Nation in the DRC’s capital to further their productive talks of the previous days, and central to their...
INDEX/REPORT/SURVEY

Better Use Of Energy Taxes Could Strengthen Developing Country Finances While Cutting Pollution

By Ron Chen, Correspondent ASEAN Region Developing countries could raise much-needed public revenues, while cutting emissions and air pollution, by making better use of energy taxes and reducing energy subsidies, according to a new OECD report. Taxing Energy Use for Sustainable Development: Opportunities for energy tax and subsidy reforms in selected developing and emerging economies examines energy taxation in 15 developing and emerging economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. The report finds that well-designed energy and carbon taxes can strengthen efforts to improve domestic revenue mobilisation....
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

We Must Not Fail Humanity’s Greatest Test

The lack of international co-operation risks failing the most crucial test: that of vaccinating widely enough to eradicate COVID-19 everywhere. This failure could lead to an unmitigated economic and social disaster. Vaccination is so far confined to a limited number of countries. At the time of writing, ten countries represent around 90 per cent of total vaccination doses administered. Worse, while some of these countries have ordered enough doses to vaccinate their entire population 3 to 5 times over, many countries in the world remain entirely deprived of vaccines at...
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