Same-Sex Visa Win in Hong Kong Pressures Other Asia Finance Hubs

Bloomberg’s Tweed looks at the implications of H.K.’s ruling to grant visas to spouses of gay expatriate workers. A landmark Hong Kong court ruling granting visas to spouses of gay expatriate workers will help fuel LGBT groups pressuring Singapore and Japan to change their policies as the global financial hubs vie for business and talent. The top court’s decision puts Asia’s premier financial hub at the forefront of the nascent movement for gay rights in Asia, where only Taiwan is in the process of recognizing same-sex marriage. Law firms and banks —…

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AirAsia India Introduces New Routes. Flight Ticket Offers, Flight Dates And Other Details

AirAsia India has announced new flights connecting Chennai with Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar. AirAsia India will start operations on the new flights from February 24, 2018, according to the airline’s website – airasia.com. The move comes over two years after the airline had discontinued operations from Chennai. AirAsia India is offering promotional flight tickets starting at an all-inclusive Rs. 1,299 on the new flights connecting Chennai, according to its website. Bookings for the flights connecting Chennai with Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar are open till January 21, 2018. The fares are applicable on…

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Nokia 2 and Other HMD Global Phones Will Not Support Project Treble

HIGHLIGHTS Project Treble is not coming to current Nokia family Smartphones don’t have a separate Vendor implementation Absence of Project Treble support will have “no end-user impact” HMD Global has confirmed that Google’s Project Treble will not be a part of any currently available Nokia phones, including the most affordable Nokia 2 and the flagship Nokia 8. The project, which was announced back in May, enables faster Android updates by reducing the burden on device manufacturers. It is available as an architectural change on Android Oreo. Responding a large number of queries related to the arrival…

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Amazon Great Indian Sale Day 3 Offers: Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro, Honor 6X, and Other Deals

As the Amazon Great Indian Sale moves into the third day, there are plenty of new deals that are set to go live on the e-commerce platform. Amazon continued to offers discounts on mobile phones, but there is a lot more you can be checking out as well. The initial mad rush for deals has thinned out, so getting discounts on tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. that you have had an eye on should not prove too difficult. Of course, if smartphones is all you are in the market for,…

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Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Promo Teases Ultra-Fast Laser Autofocus And Other Highlight Features

Last month, Asus touted that it was planning to expand its ZenFone family with two more devices, and it is good to see the OEM sticking to its schedule. The two new additions are dubbed ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max, and mobile users might have already spotted them in several Asian markets at a price point of under $300. The Taiwanese OEM delayed a global release for the smartphones, but those looking to purchase a ZenFone 3 Laser in other countries are in luck. A video on Asus’…

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London School of Economics graduates are earning more than those from any other UK university

Both male and female graduates from the London School of Economics (LSE) are earning more than any other university, including more prestigious ones like Oxford and Cambridge. LSE has emerged as being the only institution with more than ten per cent of its female graduates earning in excess of £100,000 a year, ten years on from graduation. As well as this, more than ten per cent of men who have studied at LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge were earning in excess of £100,000 after the same period, with the graduates pocketing an…

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We’re about to assess teaching in universities – let’s learn from other sectors

There are well-established regimes for rating schools and healthcare providers. Those that work best are stable, detailed and easy to compare How well will metrics do the job of an inspector? Photograph: Alamy We all know now that the government wants to assess the quality of teaching in higher education through a new Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef). What’s less clear is exactly how this will happen. There are genuine concerns, but finding imperfections in the model of the Tef put out for consultation is the easy bit. The hard bit…

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Teachers work more overtime than any other professionals, analysis finds

Teachers are more likely to work unpaid overtime than staff in any other industry, with some working almost 13 extra hours per week, according to research. A study of official figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that 61.4 per cent of primary school teachers worked unpaid overtime in 2014, equating to 12.9 additional hours a week. Among secondary teachers, 57.5 per cent worked unpaid overtime, with an average of 12.5 extra hours. Across all education staff, including teachers, teaching assistants, playground staff, cleaners and caretakers, 37.6 per cent worked…

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Kia’s Niro crossover looks like any other, but gets 50 mpg

Kia globally debuted its production Niro hybrid crossover at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, after many months of sketch-teasing. The Niro debuted in concept form in 2013, as a glimpse into Kia’s eco-conscious future, with production teaser sketches releasing prior to the Detroit and LA Auto Shows. Sculpted as a crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the clever folks at Kia decided the Niro needed a new marketing classification: hybrid utility vehicle (HUV), because CUV wasn’t specific enough. The Niro is Kia’s first hybrid vehicle engineered from the ground up with a…

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