Emirates Airline has launched a special activity page on its website to keep kids entertained during the summer holidays amid the suspension of leisure travel and days out of schools.
The Emirates ‘Fly With me Animals’ colouring books have been digitised as families can take advantage of colourful puzzles, stories and activities featuring friendly, familiar faces – all from the comfort of their own home, said a press release on Friday.
Parents and kids can download and print out a 16-page Fly with Me Animals colouring bookto get re-acquainted with Lewis the Lion, Peek U the Panda, Ernie the Penguin, Savannah the Elephant, Brett the Bear, Mia the Manta Ray and ChaoChao the alligator.
Familes and friends can remain connected by sending a special message to those near and far, using one of the easily downloadable postcards or keep the most treasured snaps in a downloadable photo frame featuring the much-loved animals.
Kids can learn to bake a tasty treat with a yummy banana cake recipe or go on an adventure with the Animals in a series of videos for children.
The Fly with me Animals activity magazines are also available to download and each issue is filled with puzzles and games making learning fun. Those missing the cuddly travel companions, can still visit the Emirates Official Store to purchase the toys and take them home.
Last year, Emirates presented 4.4 million ‘Fly with me’ kids’ toys and Lonely Planet bags and 3.7 million ‘Fly with me’ magazines and sets of colouring pencils on board, reaffirming its position as the preferred airline worldwide for family travel.
A 26-member National 5G Committee has been formed with Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as chairman to coordinate 5G development and boost the country’s digital economy.
The committee is also tasked with mitigating obstacles regarding the recall of unused spectrum from state agencies for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), in exchange for compensation.
It is expected to enhance cooperation between related agencies for 5G development support, Huawei said in a press release.
Deputy prime ministers Somkid Jatusripitak, Prawit Wongsuwon and Wissanu Kreangam are serving as the deputy chairmen of the committee. The ministers of finance, tourism and education are also part of the committee.
The permanent secretary for the Digital Economy and Society Ministry serves as the director and secretary of the committee.
This committee is formed to promote vertical 5G development, ensuring optimum benefits of 5G adoption for the economy and end users. It will promote a clear roadmap for 5G adoption and infrastructure development by ensuring the participation of representatives from key ministries, said NBTC Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith.
COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Thailand's major telecom operators to rev up deployment of 5G technologies. The country's top mobile operators are racing to deploy 5G networks at hospitals to support doctors and medical personnel to fight the virus.
“Application of 5G to public health demonstrates how digital infrastructure can have a significant impact on people's health during a major emergency,” said Buddhipongse Punnakanta, the Digital Economy and Society Minister.
The Digital Economy and Society Ministry, together with Huawei Technologies Thailand, are providing AI-assisted solutions with 5G technology to hospitals in the country to enable output diagnosis results more efficiently through a high-speed network.
Industrial organisations such as GSMA pointed out that 5G technologies are crucial in the fight against the pandemic and will be a “backbone” for the economic recovery. It is increasingly accepted in the industry that ICT and digital economy will be a major push as work resumes post pandemic.
ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) for the 2020 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on Thursday pledged to put people and planet before profit to ensure that businesses are sustainable and do not lead to a depletion or pollution of the earth’s resources.
"To accelerate wider business action, we encourage Governments to adopt policies that correct for externalities of business operations, including by putting a price on carbon, while incentivizing social and inclusive business models," Spokesperson of ESBN Executive Council and Chairman of the ESBN Taskforce on Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction Asif Ibrahim.
In a statement, he said they will ensure that throughout business operations and will do their utmost to care for employees and suppliers, including respecting human rights throughout our operations as outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and in line with United Nations universal declarations and relevant ILO conventions.
As members of the Executive Council of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network, Asif said they are deeply concerned with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on workers and enterprises, in particular micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and emphasize the need to help those most in need, such as informal workers, women, migrants, refugees and older persons.
As a global pandemic, COVID-19 has severely impacted Asia and the Pacific.
In a region that relies heavily on exports and tourism, lockdowns and related closures have disrupted business and supply chains, putting many out of jobs, and risking increasing the already stark inequalities in the region, the statement reads.
"We are concerned that even before the onset of the pandemic, the region was not on track to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030," Asif said.
In particular, he said, are alarmed about the climate-related goals (SDG13) and sustainable consumption and production (SDG12), where the region is moving in the wrong direction, as well as provision of clean water and sanitation (SDG6), and ensuring decent work and economic growth (SDG8).
"We underscore the need to accelerate our efforts to achieve the SDGs and focus on building back better from the Covid-19 crisis," Asif said.
He said they believe the crisis offers opportunities to strengthen the role of - and collaboration with - business in building a more sustainable Asia-Pacific region.
As members of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network, Asif said they pledged to work with the government and the United Nations to help accelerate the delivery of the SDGs through enhancing our own sustainability, including by adhering to internationally recognized sets of principles and standards of responsible business conduct like the United Nations Global Compact, and setting company-wide carbon emission reduction targets.
"We will also work separately and collectively to promote increased sustainability and resilience among the wider business community in the region," he said.
As the COVID-19 crisis has shown that digital tools and platforms are critical in enhancing resilience, they pledged to work to increase the knowledge and spread of digital tools in the region, including solutions for more effective and efficient supply chains, finance, sales and back-office functions, to enable more flexible production and delivery of work, including working from home where possible.
"As the region is already the most disaster prone in the world, we will also continue to work with ESCAP to emphasize the need for resilience and disaster risk reduction, including through public-private partnerships for tsunami monitoring," Asif said.
Though global smartphone sales fell down after the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese multinational technology company Vivo made a record shipments and listed in the top five smartphone brands across the world.
Vivo returned to the top five smartphone with magnificent market share, sales and growth rate and secured the third position in the 5G mobile market, the company said.
Recently International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed this information. According to the report, South Korean company Samsung is now at the top of the global market with a 21.1 percent share while vivo is fifth with 9 percent share. Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi are also in the list.
Vivo shipped 2.9 million units of 5G phones this year. According to the Strategy Analytics report, currently 5G smartphones demand is increasing worldwide, so its shipments have crossed 25 million in the global market and right now China has the highest demand for 5G phones.
Recently, Vivo has overtaken Samsung in India and become the second-largest brand in India, which is the second-largest smartphone market in the world.
During the COVID-19 crisis, Vivo is managing its services through the hotline. Online sales are going on. The warranty period has also been extended for the convenience of the customers. Vivo’s phones are available now in Bangladesh.
Samsung Electronics Co on Wednesday said its operating profit for the first three months of 2020 rose 3.4 percent from a year earlier driven by increasing demands for computer chips.
However, the company predicted its profit would decline in the current quarter with the coronavirus pandemic eating into global sales of smartphones, TVs and other products.
The South Korean technology giant said it reported an operating profit of 6.4 trillion won ($5.2 billion) for the January-March quarter. The company's revenue rose 5.6% from a year earlier to 55.3 trillion won ($45.4 billion).
Samsung, which has dual strength in parts and finished products, has seen the demand for chips used in computers and servers increase as broadening outbreaks have force more people around the world to work from home.
However, the company said its profit will likely decline in the April-June quarter with the pandemic pushing down the sales of mobile and household devices.
"Sales and profits of set products business, including smartphones and TVs, are expected to decline significantly as COVID-19 affects demand and leads to store and plant closures globally," the company said in a news release.
"Memory demand is expected to remain robust for servers and PCs as more people work from home, but it is possible the mobile market may soften. Earnings from OLED screens are likely to be weaker due to a stagnant smartphone market," it said.