In Southeast Asia, Ancient Humans Mated With at Least 4 Other Species. The ancient world was a lot like the world of Lord of the Rings, minus the magic.
Different human-like beings roamed the Earth, sometimes interacting with Homo sapiens, also known as anatomically modern humans. It’s well established that these people, our ancestors, sometimes mated with these other members of the Homo genus. But according to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they may have mated with more species than scientists previously realized. Researchers from the University of Adelaide report that it’s likely anatomically modern humans procreated with at least four other species of humans, thousands of years ago. These species included the relatively well-characterized Neanderthals and Denisovans — as well as two unnamed groups. “Island Southeast Asia was already a crowded place when what we call modern humans first reached the region just before 50,000 years ago,” says co-author João Teixeria, Ph.D.
Cambodia. Cambodia named cheapest place to retire. Southeast Asia appeals to private equity firms and venture funds as trade war decimates start-ups’ valuations in China. Private-equity investors are taking a fresh look at Southeast Asia as the US-China trade war threatens to shake up the global supply chain, according to the international law firm Dechert.
Valuations of companies have been rising this year as investors anticipate that manufacturers – from apparel makers to technology companies – may shift parts of their production out of China. But it is still unclear whether heightened interest by private-equity firms will result in a slew of actual deals, Siew Kam Boon, a partner in law firm Dechert’s Singapore office, told a media round table in Hong Kong on Tuesday, or as has happened in previous trade wars, “a reduction in trade generally”. “[A trade war] leads to uncertainty. Uncertainty leads to cost of financing increasing,” she said. “We’re also working against a backdrop of a larger amount of protectionism in countries.”
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From a modernisation perspective, so-called ‘developing countries’ are on some sort of uniform track toward a liberal and democratic future, as if some imagined unity called ‘the West’ had already laid it down for them. This notion has long been discredited and is even considered offensive in most academic circles. As countries like China, Malaysia and Singapore have gotten rich while remaining authoritarian, the contrary perspective only seems to become more obviously correct: that there are multiple pathways to the modern world, many of them illiberal and undemocratic. The most sophisticated quantitative research consistently confirms the unbreakable global correlation between national wealth and levels of democracy. Shifting political alliances point to ‘Malay tsunami’ in GE14.
Wages in S’pore forecast to rise 3.9% in 2018: Survey. Indonesia Stock Market Draws Another Green Light - Nasdaq.com. Shutterstock photo (RTTNews.com) - The Indonesia stock market moved higher again on Friday, one session after it had ended the two-day winning streak in which it had collected almost 65 points or 1.2 percent.
The Jakarta Composite Index now rests just beneath the 6,040-point plateau, and it's called higher again on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian markets is positive thanks to solid corporate earnings and a spike in crude oil prices. The European and U.S. markets were up on Friday and the Asian markets are expected to follow that lead. The JCI finished slightly higher on Friday following mixed performances from the financial shares and the resource stocks. The lead from Wall Street is firm as stocks moved mostly higher on Friday, again climbing to fresh record closing highs. Analysts Say Indonesia to See Better Growth. O n Monday, Indonesia’s statistics agency, BPS, is scheduled to release Indonesia’s third quarter GDP data, important information that is closely followed by investors and analysts.
While most analysts expect to see accelerated economic growth in the third quarter, others remain skeptical as Indonesia’s gross domestic product was disappointing in the first two quarters of the year amid bleak domestic consumption, Indonesia Investments reported. After seeing bleak economic growth in the first two quarters of 2017, with a modest growth pace of 5.01% (y/y) each, the Indonesian economy is expected to grow 5.13% (y/y) in the third quarter, hence hinting at limited acceleration.
Accelerating economic growth in Indonesia is expected to emerge on the back of an improving global picture (especially due to an improving economy in China, Indonesia’s biggest trading partner) and strengthening government spending. Recently, Bank Indonesia officials also said consumption in Indonesia is on the rise. Indonesia's Most Valuable Bank Prowls for Acquisition Targets. PT Bank Central Asia is seeking to buy a mid-size lender as intensifying competition and a sluggish Indonesian economy prompt some owners to consider exiting the industry, according to the firm’s top executive.
Southeast Asia’s largest lender by market value after DBS Group Holdings Ltd. has set aside about 4 trillion rupiah ($295 million) this year to finance an acquisition, President Director Jahja Setiaatmadja said. While there have been several offers, the Jakarta-based bank, majority-owned by billionaires Budi Hartono and Michael Hartono, is yet to zero in on one, he said. Demand for loans is dwindling as Indonesian companies delay fresh investments and banks focus on cleaning up bad debts accumulated during the commodity slump. Indonesia’s banking regulator is urging consolidation of the industry, where more than 100 banks operate, making it tough for smaller lenders to compete. PHOTOS: Indonesia At A Crossroads. Internet speed in Southeast Asia: Singapore, Thailand top, Philippines flop. Singapore and Thailand have the fastest average Internet speeds in of the more developed countries in Southeast Asia, while the Philippines is lagging significantly behind its regional neighbours, the newly released fourth quarter 2016 report State of the Internet by US-based network company Akamai reveals.
Overall, Singapore had an average speed of 20.2 megabits per second (Mbps) in the survey period, and Thailand 13.3 Mbps, while the Philippines came last among six surveyed ASEAN countries (Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Brunei) are not included). The Philippines also come last in the Asia-Pacific category where it ranked behind other Asian countries with... Reading Time: 1 minute Singapore and Thailand have the fastest average Internet speeds in of the more developed countries in Southeast Asia, while the Philippines is lagging significantly behind its regional neighbours, the newly released fourth quarter 2016 report State of the Internet by US-based network company Akamai reveals. Decoding Venture Capital In Indonesia: In Conversation With Sebastian Togelang Of Kejora Ventures - Inc42 Media.
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A serial entrepreneur with more than 25 investments across Asia. Founder and Managing Director of a VC firm. Many accolades, one man: Sebastian Togelang. In 2014, when Sebastian Togelang came back to Indonesia from Germany, he could count the number of VCs active in the archipelago on his fingers. This number also included the few international players that had made their foray into the emerging Southeast Asian startup pool.
Grab to create 5 million micro-entrepreneurs in Indonesia by 2018. Singapore out in the cold as Southeast Asia chases China cash. China’s plan for a maritime “Silk Road” to Europe is helping channel funds to Southeast Asia for roads, railways and ports, but amid the deals bonanza, one country risks missing out.
Despite strong historical and cultural ties to China, the tiny city-state of Singapore has found itself in Beijing’s crosshairs, in part for its stance over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. As other Southeast Asian leaders lined up to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) at a summit in Beijing last week for his “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Singapore was represented by Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong (黃循財).
What to See and Do in the Quiet City of Vientiane in Laos. Did you know Laos is a communist country? Neither did I, until I started exploring their capital city of Vientiane. The history of this country quickly unfolded, and after exploring the city for a few days I found several things you really must see while visiting the city. Visiting the Laos National Museum What struck me as interesting is the sheer amount of anti-American and French propaganda that litters the Laos National Museum. In Laos, it's taking shape. Vang Vieng (Laos), May 14: As the sun beat down on Chinese workers driving bulldozers, four huge tractor-trailers rolled into a storage area here in Vang Vieng, a difficult three-hour drive over potholed roads from the capital of Laos, Vientiane.
They each carried massive coils of steel wire. Half a mile away, a Chinese cement mixing plant with four bays glistened in the sun. Nearby, along a newly laid road, another Chinese factory was providing cement for tunnel construction. Hundreds of tunnels are being drilled and bridges built to support a 260-mile railway, a $6-billion project that will eventually connect eight Asian countries. Nearly everything for the Laos project is made in China. Are the Chinese steering clear of Malaysia? Rich man’s toys mock Malaysia’s economic crunch. Laos identifies attractions.