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Cyclone Debbie seen from space

As the International Space Station passes over Australia, the full scale of Cyclone Debbie comes into view.It has caused widespread damage in the Australian state of Queensland, with winds gusting up to 263km/h (163mph). Source: Cyclone Debbie seen from space – BBC News

Visa 4Q results rise 28 percent, helped by Visa Europe

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card processing giant Visa said its fiscal fourth-quarter results rose 28 percent from a year earlier, as the company processed more payments on its namesake network. The company’s results were also buoyed by the recent purchase of Visa Europe.On Monday, Visa reported net income of $1.93 billion for the period […]

92% of the world’s population exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution

A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.* “The new WHO model shows countries where the air pollution danger spots are, and provides a baseline for monitoring progress in combatting it,” says Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director General at WHO. […]

The Future of Performance Reviews

When Brian Jensen told his audience of HR executives that Colorcon wasn’t bothering with annual reviews anymore, they were appalled. This was in 2002, during his tenure as the drugmaker’s head of global human resources. In his presentation at the Wharton School, Jensen explained that Colorcon had found a more effective way of reinforcing desired […]

Unexpected brain structures tied to creativity, and to stifling it

Investigators at Stanford University have found a surprising link between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body’s movement-coordination center. In designing the study, the researchers drew inspiration from the game Pictionary. The cerebellum, traditionally viewed as the […]

Asean announces joint-plan to tackle out-of-school children problem

Yesterday, Asean adopted its first declaration on out-of-school children, part of a wider strategy to ensure that all girls and boys in the region complete primary and secondary education by 2030 Asea Source: Asean announces joint-plan to tackle out-of-school children problem

Dhaka cafe standoff: At least 13 hostages rescued

My thoughts are with the families who have been affected by this horrific act in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I hope all our friends and colleagues are safe. Bangladeshi troops rescued at least 13 hostages and shot dead six gunmen Saturday, ending an overnight siege at a cafe in Dhaka, officials said. Source: Dhaka cafe standoff: At […]

Machines increasingly take the place of humans in China’s factories

Netizens were amazed by photos showing a robot chef making noodles in a restaurant in Wuhan, Hubei Province this week, but don’t be surprised if one day soon this becomes a common sight in your neighborhood. Outside the catering industry, the rapid growth in the robotics sector means robots are increasingly taking the place of […]

“Bye Bye HR?”: What HR will look like in the future – HR Grapevine

It’s the end of HR as we know it, according to one leading expert. Ben Whitter, Organisational Development Leader, has claimed that it is time for employers to look at HR’s function in the business as a whole. Following Airbnb’s recent decision to redefine their HR department with the appointment of a new Global Head […]

European migrant crisis: A country-by-country glance

Europe is in the midst of an unprecedented human migration. Fleeing war, fearing for their life and dreaming of a better life far from the poverty and upheaval of their unstable nations, hundreds of thousands are flocking to Europe’s shores. The migrants and refugees risk their lives in rickety boats and cramped trucks — only […]