Niger is due to hold a run-off presidential election on February 21 after no candidate was granted a majority of the vote in last year's December 27 election. The election is expected to be a historical moment for the West African country, with incumbent president Mahamadou Issoufou planning to voluntarily step down after two five-year terms in office. Transitioning power to a new democratically-elected leader will be a first for Niger. The Sahelian nation has only functioned as a multi-party democracy for a decade. Since gaining independence from France in 1960, it has experienced multiple coups and has never witnessed a peaceful hand-over of power. How Niger handles the electoral process at the polls and in the days following will determine how the country has democratically matured in the last ten years. "February 21 is an opportunity eagerly awaited by the people of Niger to witness a transfer of power from an outgoing president to another," political analyst and … [Read more...] about Niger set for first-ever peaceful transition of power
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SINGAPORE: The need for a robust Electric Vehicle (EV) ecosystem in Singapore has become increasingly compelling. Countries around the world have reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and intensify actions needed for a sustainable low carbon future at the 2015 World Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. There is also a ubiquitous acceptance of the United Nations’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, one of which states the aspiration for affordable and clean energy to become more common in attaining greater sustainability. MOMENTUM IN SINGAPORE THROUGH THE YEARS The discussion on the deployment and proliferation of electric vehicles in Singapore dates back to 2009 when the Government set up a task force comprising eight government agencies to study the adoption of EVs. In 2016, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament in 2016 that the proposal for an electric car-sharing programme was underway, giving EVs a much-needed push. By early … [Read more...] about Commentary: Where are all the electric vehicle charging points?
SINGAPORE: An inference the High Court made about a major factor in acquitting former Indonesian maid Parti Liyani’s was “quite different” from what she said, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam told Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 4). The minister was referring to what Ms Parti said to two family members of former Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong about complaining to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), after she was told she had been dismissed. READ: Chief Justice grants investigation into Parti Liyani's complaint of misconduct against prosecutors Ms Parti was convicted in March last year of stealing S$34,000 from Mr Liew and his family, but the conviction was overturned by the High Court on Sep 4. In Justice Chan Seng Onn's judgment, the judge outlined several issues with the conviction findings and how the case was handled. The judge also noted that a “police report was made just two days after Parti made explicit to two members of Liew’s family of her … [Read more...] about High Court’s inference on key factor in Parti Liyani acquittal ‘quite different’ from what she said: Shanmugam
It's going to slot below the Panamera. Officially Revealed: 2020 Porsche Taycan First Ride: Mission E-ccomplished 2020 Porsche Taycan Debuts As An All-Electric Super Sedan 10 Supercars The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is Faster Than, And 3 It Isn't 2020 Porsche Taycan Takes On The Gas-Powered Greats Porsche signaled its EV intentions at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show where it stunned the crowd with its Mission E concept acting as a preview for an all-electric sedan due to go on sale by late 2019. To have it ready until then, the folks from Stuttgart are hiring more than 1,400 people and investing a total of €700 million (approximately $743M). Company chairman Oliver Blume disclosed this week more details about the road-going model in an interview with Autocar at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. He revealed the Mission E (name not final) will be positioned below the Panamera in the lineup and reiterated it’s going to have a range of 311 miles … [Read more...] about Porsche Mission E to have multiple power outputs, OTA updates
With smart home features included in many residential properties these days, buyers now have ways to control their home security system, electronics and appliances at a touch of their phones. What are the popular smart home features found in such high-tech homes? Here's a look. 1. SMART HOME ASSISTANT You've just ended a long day of work and you're on the sofa, ready to catch up on Stranger Things. But your remote control is out of reach and you are too comfortable to get up. That's where a smart home assistant such as Google Home comes in. Simply say, "Google, play Stranger Things on Netflix”, and in a few seconds, the episode you were halfway through last night is up on your TV without you moving a muscle. Google Home doesn't just control your entertainment system; its voice-activated speaker, which is powered by Google Assistant, lets you run the whole gamut from thermostat control to switching off the lights by simply speaking. READ: Real estate advice: How to … [Read more...] about High-tech abodes: Smart home features that could come with your new apartment