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At this critical juncture in the conflict in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today expressed outrage over the unremitting violence directed against civilians and the unresponsiveness of those who can stop it.MSF called on all warring parties to abide by their obligation to protect civilians in both the besieged areas and in areas newly taken over by the Syrian government.All negotiations to secure access by the United Nations (UN) and other groups—including MSF—to provide humanitarian assistance in the besieged areas of eastern Aleppo have failed. In most cases, people were not provided the chance to flee.It has also proven impossible to evacuate patients, resupply hospitals, and provide much needed aid to those who remain trapped. All parties concerned were and are responsible for this failure, MSF said. Source: Syria: All Sides Must Spare Civilians Trapped in Aleppo | MSF USA

The only specialised paediatric hospital in besieged east Aleppo has come under attack for the second time since airstrikes resumed on 15 November, destroying three floors and leaving it out of service. Three other hospitals have also taken direct hits, resulting in casualties among staff and patients and leaving two key surgical hospitals and the largest general hospital out of service.“This is a dark day for east Aleppo. The severity of the bombing has inflicted huge damage on the few hospitals working around the clock to provide medical care,” says Teresa Sancristoval, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator. “The attacks have destroyed entire hospitals, electric generators, emergency rooms and wards, forcing them to stop all medical activities. It is not only MSF that condemns indiscriminate attacks on civilians or civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, but also humanitarian law. The message is simple and I don´t know how to say it any louder: stop bombing hospitals.” Source: Syria: Multiple direct and indirect hits on hospitals in east Aleppo in the last 48 hours | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Dozens of children who had to spend the night in a partially demolished migrant camp in Calais were loaded onto buses Friday to be taken to temporary accommodation elsewhere in France, aid groups said. Having failed to register with French authorities this week, they had no right to access a shipping container complex at the site where 1,500 registered children are staying while they wait to see if they can go to Britain. Confusion continued into Friday afternoon, when buses finally arrived outside the camp to pick up the stranded minors, as well as some adults who also remained, charity Care4Calais said.It wasn't clear whether all the unregistered children have now left The Jungle, nor where they were being taken. Source: Calais 'Jungle': Stranded children bussed from camp - CNN.com

Kewon Potts was beaming broadly as he flung open the door to his “fitting room” and stepped out in a new suit that perfectly fit his broad torso. “OOOOHs” and “AAAAHs” greeted the Navy vet, who hopes to get back into the job market after some tough years since leaving the military.  “Looking sharp, man!” someone called. The “fitting room” from which Potts stepped forth was actually an office of Save-a-Suit, a nonprofit foundation in Connecticut that was giving free suits, dress shirts and ties.. Source: Foundation Helps Vets "Dress for Success" in Job Interviews | Psychology Today

Rome - Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) search and rescue vessel Bourbon Argos is currently navigating the northern coast of Sicily with about 700 people on board, towards the port of Reggio Calabria, where it should land Saturday early morning. Despite lengthy discussions with Italian authorities and efforts by the Italian Coastguards, the Bourbon Argos was not authorised to disembark the 700 migrants in Sicily due to lack of capacity of the reception system. Source: Migration: Bourbon Argos not authorised to land 700 rescued migrants in Sicily | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Travel

Singapore Opens T4 A New, High-tech Airport TerminalPTI | 31-10-2017 01:19 pmSingapore's Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal on Tuesday with a fully automated check-in system  including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.Terminal 4, built at a cost of Sgd $985 million (US$723 million), will have an annual capacity of 16 million people and is aimed at coping with an expected increase in passenger numbers through one of Asia's top travel hubs.It is packed with new technology, meaning passengers should in theory be able to check in and board without having to talk to airport staff.On its first day of operations, more than 100 passengers arrived in the morning to take the inaugural service out — a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.But not everyone managed to get to grips with the self check-in machines, forcing travellers to use counters manned by airport staff instead."I think it'll take a while for people and systems to get used to it," Loh K Ling, who tried to use two self-service machines before giving up and going to a manned counter, according to agencies. Source: Singapore opens T4 a new, high-tech airport terminal - Republic

SINGAPORE: Travellers across Southeast Asia may now book a Grab ride to the airport via the Singapore Airlines (SIA) mobile app, the two companies announced on Wednesday (Oct 3). In a joint media release, Grab and SIA said they were integrating their apps to make travelling more convenient for ... Go to Source Author: Channelnewsasia.com SG Date: 3rd October 2017, 16:00

“I’ll never forget the sound. The sound of metal crunching,” says George Larson, a passenger on Indian Airlines Flight 440 from Chennai (Madras) to New Delhi in 1973. It was 22:30 – pitch black outside. A storm was raging, and the plane was flying low. The rear end slammed into the ground first. Larson was thrown from his seat. Meanwhile, the plane kept moving. Electric cables sparked and fellow passengers screamed as the fuselage began to split in half. The next thing Larson knew he was awake, lying on his back on some wreckage. He tried to move his legs, but he was stuck. Soon there was an explosion as the heat ignited fuel tanks by the wings. Source: BBC - Future - What not to do in a disaster

Airbus is preparing to roll out a novel A380 wingtip design to rally support for the world's largest passenger jet by improving its fuel efficiency, according to a prototype seen on Saturday.A Reuters photographer got up close to the roughly three-meter-high split wingtip which has been installed on an A380 belonging to the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget airport, where the Paris Airshow opens on Monday.It confirms an upgrade reported by Reuters and Usine Nouvelle on Friday. Airbus declined comment.Drag-reducing 'scimitar' split wingtips have been used on Boeing's medium-haul Boeing 737 MAX, but never on a jetliner the size of the A380, which has a 79.9-metre (262-foot) wingspan.The aircraft sporting the prototype 'winglet' will be towed out to join others on display at the June 19-25 air show, giving airlines a glimpse of an improvement that Airbus hopes will turn around weak sales of its flagship double-decker. Source: Airbus A380 upgrade waits in the wings at Paris Airshow | Reuters

Good news has been in short supply the last 12 months, but for nervous fliers there's one ray of light: 2016 was one of the safest years in aviation history.Despite some high-profile accidents, the number of airplane crashes has in fact been steadily declining over the last 20 years.And for those still keen to analyze the field, there's the annual announcement of AirlineRatings.com's safest airline award.This year the aviation analyst named 20 leading carriers as the world's best at ensuring passenger protection. Source: What are the world's safest airlines for 2017? - CNN.com

Copenhagen Airport is launching a new express security check designed especially for domestic passengers, starting from noon this Friday. The new check, ‘Domestic Travelers/CPH Express’, ensures the quickest possible way through security for passengers travelling to Jutland and Bornholm. “Domestic traffic is crucial for Copenhagen Airport as thousands of Danes travel every day from various Danish airports to Copenhagen Airport, and many people from the capital use Copenhagen Airport for travelling to holiday destinations or meetings in Jutland and Bornholm,” said the airport’s press officer, Kasper Hyllested. Source: The Copenhagen Post - Danish News in English

Performers welcome invitation to make use of high-tech performance space at new ISPP campusFor years, the Kingdom’s performing arts scene has been in desperate need of a modern, fully featured theatre. And now – with the opening of the Black Box Theatre at the International School of Phnom Penh’s sprawling new campus on the southern edge of the city – it finally has one.“It’s the first medium-sized performance venue in the country with proper equipment and a dedicated technician,” explained Myles Hallin, ISPP’s events manager.The purpose-built performance space’s design is entirely modern. Framed by four black walls (hence the name), an unadorned stage sits level with the ground, while motorised retractable seating provides a capacity of 420. There’s standing room for 800 when the seats are moved out of the way. Source: Play time: Students set to share theatre with community, Post Weekend, Phnom Penh Post

Job Search

It’s a topic that is regularly discussed in professional forums and on networking sites such as LinkedIn. And it’s something that holds supreme relevance in today’s hyper-changing and complex world of work.Job hopping, job shopping, or whatever moniker it has been ascribed, is now firmly in the HR spotlight in Asia. With the millenial generation in particular happy to switch full-time roles regularly and often, the job-hoppers of today are no longer considered outliers.They now represent a significant structural change to the workforce in Asia-Pacific – and HR will not just need to accept this changed state of affairs, but

Getting a job is all about impressing an employer by showing that you have what they’re looking for. The challenge is figuring out what exactly those things are. Even if your resumé checks off all the criteria in the job posting, these days that may not be enough. Many of the domain names registered through Hover are used for professional portfolio websites, which our customers use to showcase their work and assist with finding employment. This got us wondering: will a portfolio site actually make a differ Source: Study: Will Quality of Portfolio Site Influence Hiring Decisions?

At some point in our work lives many of us will find ourselves in the wrong job. Specific fault can be difficult (and likely futile) to assign. However, one day you may look around to find that your work life is dangerously out of sync. Few experiences are more alarming than throwing yourself into a role and realizing that things are not gelling. The single, most mportant element here? Acknowledging the issue for what it is (in short shrift) and acting to make changes. Poor matches do happen. Jobs morph. Source: 7 Very Telling Signs Your Job is a Poor Fit

Imagine working on one skill in 2017 that--once you improve on it--will raise your value by 50 percent. The one skill is public speaking.The dividends on the investment you make in sharpening your communication skills will pay off for the rest of your career. Don't take my word for it. Listen to billionaire Warren Buffett's advice to a class of business students at Columbia University back in 2009:"Right now I would pay $100,000 for ten percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you're interested, see me after class."After the laughter subsided, he turned serious."Now, you can

According to the World Bank, Hong Kong enjoys a solid reputation as one of the easiest place to conduct business in the world. This makes Hong Kong a top destination for professionals wanting to jumpstart their career. However, before you start applying for jobs in Hong Kong, it’s important to research all facets of the job – after all, you don’t want to end up in a dead-end job in a dying industry, with little hope for advancement. To make the most out of your job search, here are six questions that you can ask yourself before applying to that job vacancy

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, describes his hiring process this way :“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work directly for that person.”Zuckerberg’s comment illustrates an overlooked, yet fundamental, truth about hiring—people are ultimately looking for someone they want to work with.This is why companies of all types will ask you the same five questions.Human nature ensures interviewers return to these questions time and again to find out if you’re someone they want to have down the hall.Your ability to wow the interviewer and land the job hinges on how well you

You finally found it—your dream job. And after some detective work on Google, the company website, and social media, you’ve tracked down the HR manager or recruiter responsible for filling the position. Source: 4 Tips for Communicating With Recruiters #WisdomWednesday