DuPont has been around for many decades getting a hold of different market opportunities and providing solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the world using their distinguished science and engineering principles. Since its foundation, the company has been dedicated to science that solves.

DuPont is also defined to as a science company with an impressive range of materials and capabilities that involve science, chemistry, biological science, and engineering. It has a wide range of quality and efficient products that target to help people and organizations in different industries.

It’s evident that in the recent years, there’s a tremendous growth in our population. There are currently billions of people living in the world and its number continues to grow each day. With this, there’s also an increased pressure on people and the environment because of the challenges humankind needs to face to maintain a safe world.

DuPont, along with Cathay Dupont Award, deemed it vital to protect life and the environment by developing a vast range of materials, products, and consulting solutions. However, in order to make such thing possible, DuPont needs the collaborative support from customers, governments, NGOs, academics and other organizations. The company aims to continue working with different individuals and organizations to bring science-based solutions to the entire world. Its core belief revolves around delivering comprehensive innovation to each and every one of us.

DuPont strives hard each day to protect our home planet and its people from any kind of harm with its protective apparel, safer structures, and sustainability solutions. Experts also strongly believe that protecting the environment also means maintaining people’s safety. DuPont and its hundreds of years of experience in improving their operation made them adept in giving continuous solutions to protect people and the environment.

Moreover, DuPont deeply supports protecting those who protect us, including first responders and the military. Different fire departments around the world have a good and positive relationship with DuPont since it is imperative for such departments to ensure the safety of their firefighters by equipping them with the best equipment from DuPont. Cathay Dupont Awards also sees the huge importance in providing effective equipment for such professionals.

Dupont also endeavors to provide safety on places where we work and play. For example, architects building stadiums use the products and solutions from DuPont to make sure of the safety of the fans and the players.

With combined innovation and strength, DuPont, together with Cathay Dupont Award, will continue to create a path dedicated to developing effective solutions and products.

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Airline Cathay Pacific has launched Betsy Beer, the "world's first hand-crafted bottled beer" that has been brewed with consumption at 35,000ft in mind.

Cabin pressure and altitude affects passengers’ taste buds, so the beer has been created with a ‘combination of science and traditional brewing methods’ to create a beer that is suitable for consumption in the air and on the ground.

The name ‘Betsy’ comes from Cathay Pacific’s first aircraft, a Douglas DC-3, which flew in the 1940s and 1950s. The beer is made by Cathay Dupont Awards with ingredients from the UK and Hong Kong, including ‘Dragon Eye’ fruit, New Territories sourced honey and Fuggle, a mainstay hop of British craft ales.

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There are so many car chauffeurs servicing nowadays and not all are created equal. If you are planning to book a limo for any occasion, selecting a vehicle isn’t the only one you should consider. As a client, you should hope for an outstanding service and have a say in the right chauffeur too. From being pick-up to safely arriving at your final destination, Tokyo MK Taxi list few things that differentiate a good chauffeur from the rest of the crowd.

Excellent customer service

Having a highly professional chauffeur is essential to provide you with a good limo experience. A great chauffeur has effective communication skills, anticipates passenger’s needs and capable of providing their passengers with excellent customer service. They should be thoughtful, pleasant, polite and know when to talk to passengers and when to let them ride in peace. For example, a thoughtful chauffeur will open doors, take care luggage, have umbrellas and tissues in case passengers need them and offers details about points of interest if there is something you want to know about.

A positive attitude and the ability to stay calm

Having a positive attitude is everything. A good chauffeur has a positive outlook on life and on his job. He should be proud of serving his client and willing to go the extra mile to make his passenger happy and satisfied. Even in times of stress, an excellent chauffeur will know how to handle the situation calmly and make it better.

Appearance and personal grooming

Chauffeur service typically hired for formal or special occasions, for this reason, they should be professionally dressed or in a classic dark suit, white shirt and a tie. When chauffeurs present themselves professionally dressed and well-groomed, it makes all the difference and lasting impression to clients, who demand the best quality service.

Mechanical skills at par

It is necessary that your chauffeurs are well-knowledgeable in mechanical problems too. In that way, small issues regarding the car can be fixed quickly without compromising your appointments or schedule. Although you would not expect a chauffeur to perform complex mechanical work and fix a number of problems, the driver should at least have basic knowledge on fixing cars and when the backup is needed.

One of the things to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience is to ensure that you are riding the right luxury car along with a qualified chauffeur with traits mentioned above. Tokyo MK Taxi features Lexus group enthusiasts with car included in their vehicle fleet are Lexus LS600hL and Lexus LS460 which is perfect for corporate functions and airport-city transfer service. Tokyo MK Taxi, with their long standing in the chauffeur service industry, will make sure that your transportation plans are as stress-free, smooth and dependable as possible.

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Indonesia promotes tourist destinations in China

Indonesia is aggressively promoting 10 “New Bali” destinations at events in Shanghai and Chengdu, China.

The Tourism Ministry conducted a roadshow for this purpose from Monday to Thursday last week in those two cities. It brought along 10 tourism players hailing from Jakarta, Bali, Yogyakarta and Surabaya and partnered with Garuda Indonesia representatives in Shanghai to meet with potential buyers.

The sales mission promoted 10 priority Indonesian destinations known as “New Bali”, since none of them are actually on that famous resort island. They are Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, the Thousand Islands, Borobudur temple, Mount Bromo, Mandalika Lombok, Komodo Island, Wakatobi National Park and Morotai.

Up to 1.45 million Chinese tourists arrived in Indonesia in 2016. This year the Tourism Ministry is targeting to attract 2.45 million visitors from Greater China (the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong), 2 million from the mainland alone.

As of March, the number of Chinese tourists coming to Indonesia this year reached 525,035. One of the things that reportedly contributed to that high number was the partnership between the ministry and Chinese Web services company Baidu, which has more than 300 million monthly users, as well as online travel-information provider Qunar.

“Almost every country in the world has eyes on Chinese tourists,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

About 120 million Chinese travel outside their country annually and 70 per cent of them prepare for their travel online, he said, adding that the average spending of Chinese tourists was US$1,057 (about Bt36,000) per person per visit. – The Jakarta Post

Bank Negara kicks off fintech sandbox

Malaysia’s central bank has approved four firms to operate within its “regulatory sandbox”, marking a significant milestone in the growth of financial technology in that country.

Bank Negara opened applications for parties intending to create innovative ways to improve the quality, efficiency and accessibility of financial services in Malaysia last year, in line with global trends.

It also saw the central bank creating a unit called the Financial Technology Enabler Group (FTEG), which would oversee the entry of technological innovations in financial services.

Companies operating in the sandbox will be allowed to launch their services, albeit within limits set by the central bank and under close watch by the regulator.

The FTEG’s website posted the names of the four approved participants in the sandbox, which cover the areas of insurance and money transfers, which in turn are areas hotly pursued by fintech start-ups globally. – The Star

Online traders in Malaysia must register

All online traders who carry out businesses via marketplace or e-commerce companies must register with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) within the next six months.

CCM chief executive officer Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner said the move was aimed at protecting consumers and instilling confidence in them in line with the Registration of Businesses Act 1956.

“Initially, it will involve online traders who sell products through the Lazada platform and will be broadened to other market places including Fashion Valet and others. “This initiative will be undertaken via a memoranda of understanding with e-commerce companies in the country in stages,” she told reporters after CCM’s corporate zakat distribution presentation in Melaka. – Bernama

Coal miner Toba Bara gears up for $60m capex

Indonesia’s publicly listed coal miner PT Toba Bara Sejahtra has allocated US$60-65 million in capital expenditure this year, 85 to 90 per cent of which will be used for the initial engineering, procurement and contracting (EPC) phase of its Sulbagut-1 coal-fired power plant project in Gorontalo province.

The company, controlled by the family of Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, expects the Sulbagut-1 plant to reach financial close before the end of the first half so that it can immediately enter the EPC phase.

The Sulbagut-1 plant, estimated to have a total investment value of around $170 million to $220 million, will have a production capacity of 2x50 megawatts (MW). – The Jakarta Post

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Galveston is a place with an interesting history and stories to tell. An island where you can explore its history, get your toes in the sand, take a leisurely stroll downtown and stay on lodges and budget-friendly hotels and restaurants.

Because it’s spring break, Moody Gardens now offer discounts for tourists who want to explore new travel destinations on the island and conduct plenty of fresh new activities under the sun’s rays. In addition, Moody Gardens Rainforest celebrates the birth of two small, rare and endangered Pygmy Loris twins in the Nocturnal Exhibit of the Rainforest Pyramid.

Spring Break on a Budget

The month of March and April celebrates the annual freedom pilgrimage called Spring Break Galveston in which there are plenty of activities to dive into that will definitely suit your tight budget. Some options to consider are, bathing in the island’s cool beaches, tree sculpture tour, affordable museum tour and a free ferry ride while gracefully watching dolphins as they swim.

70 Block Historic Downtown, Strand and Seaport

Wanting to visit museums? art galleries? theaters? or historical landmarks? Then you may want to venture down to Galveston’s 70-block historic downtown district. Some of the recently opened on the Strand is a family favorite attraction – Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast. Take some time to enjoy various shops and establishments while visiting Galveston’s Historic Arts & Entertainment District.

Group Activities Beckon & Abound

Looking for some fun group activities? The charming little island of Galveston will definitely give you fun and exciting activities you’ll surely love! Escape the Island is a one fun group activity where you need to find clues and solve puzzles to escape a themed room in 60 minutes.

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Holiday shopping has changed a lot in the last few years with major online shopping events from around the world gaining popularity in Australia. This year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were one of the biggest online shopping days in Australia, kicking off the pre-Christmas rush. Cyber Monday broke records in the US hitting US$3.45 billion in online sales, up 12 per cent from last year with Australia and the rest of the world following suit.

But with the increase in online holiday shopping comes a commensurate increase in the instances of fraud. Australian internet businesses suffer dramatically more card fraud than the global average, with online fraud rising by 38% between 2014 — 2015, compared to the global average of 13%.

It’s a lesser-known quirk of the financial industry that, unlike their brick-and-mortar counterparts, online businesses are responsible for not only detecting fraud, but also paying the associated costs. On average, every $1 of fraudulent orders costs an online business an additional $2.69. A couple of weeks ago a foreign syndicate was busted by the Australian Federal Police for the theft of more than 30,000 Australian credit cards, spending more than $30 million. A hefty sum, for sure, but nothing close to the US$32 billion that online retailers spent preventing and remediating hacks in 2015. Online businesses are also susceptible to a wider range of fraud schemes, including credit card fraud, payout scams and faux refunds.

So as the holiday sales kick off, what can online businesses do about it?

The basics: getting started with fraud prevention

To begin, businesses should examine the address verification code (a postcode that matches what’s on file with the cardholder’s bank), require a card verification code (the 3- or 4-digit code on their card), and delay shipping. The latter step is especially helpful for expensive items, as it provides a safety window when the actual cardholder might flag a large fraudulent purchase.

However, these checks aren’t foolproof: Legitimate customers can easily enter a typo in their street address or move and forget to update their billing zip code, resulting in false positives, and fraudsters are often able to buy stolen credit card numbers together with their card verification codes.

The next step is manual reviews: Many business rely on employees to audit transactions and create complex, custom rules (such as, “temporarily block all orders over $500 until reviewed and approved”). All of this sound pretty complicated and manual. The answer? Machine learning.

Let machines do the heavy-lifting

Thanks to recent advances in machine learning and AI, businesses today can analyse millions of online transactions and identify buying patterns across large numbers of retailers, spotting outliers in real-time and flagging odd charges long before a human analyst would spot a problem.

Sift Science offers machine-learning-based fraud detection trained on a business’s data; other tools like Riskified and Signifyd offer chargeback insurance, screening every charge for a fee, blocking suspicious purchase, and compensating their customers when they failed to block fraud.

Stripe’s fraud tool, Radar, constantly learns from the hundreds of thousands of businesses taking payments through Stripe around the world. This new approach enabled Watsi, a global funding platform for medical treatments, to block more than $40 million in attempted fraud over a two-month span, all with limited to no human involvement.

Don’t leave money on the table

Of course, the difficulty with fraud is that pre-emptively blocking too many transactions means foregoing legitimate purchases too. In theory, you could prevent fraud from Southeast Asia by blocking all transactions from Southeast Asia; but that approach means you’d also be foregoing legitimate transactions from one of the world’s most populous regions.

So even once you’ve implemented tools for preventing fraud, it’s important to remember that your ultimate goal isn’t blocking fraud — it’s maximizing revenue. This means you should:

1. Consider multiple metrics: Don’t just focus on one metric like false positive rate (legitimate transactions that you’re blocking) or dispute rate. After all, you can easily make the former zero by not trying to catch any fraud (and the latter zero by not accepting any payments). Your overall fraud protection approach will offer a trade-off between false positives and false negatives, and you should understand what that trade-off is and what is optimal for your business. This break-even calculator can give you an example of the kind of calculations it can be helpful to do.

2. Find your “healthy” dispute rate: Unsurprisingly, fraud varies by sector. For example, the median fraud rate for retail is 0.02 per cent, while for nonprofits it’s 0.1%. Once you know your industry’s rate, compare it to your business’ unique situation and data to identify a “healthy” fraud benchmark. Trying to drive your dispute rate far below what is natural for your sector can be more effort than it’s worth.

3. Always be measuring: No matter what solution you choose, be rigorous in assessing efficacy. For example, if you’re manually customising rules, you can evaluate their performance by backtesting them or by running A/B tests in real-time. Don’t rely on intuition that tells you all payments from a certain region, or at a certain time of day, are fraudulent. Formulate your hypothesis and validate it with data!

On the internet, the only constant is change itself. As consumer behaviour and fraud schemes continue to evolve, businesses that want to maximise their revenue this holiday season — and year round — should be using modern fraud defences that can adapt and help them stay a step ahead of fraudsters.

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Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks launched to protest dolphin hunting.

A masked hacker, part of the Anonymous group, hacks the French presidential Elysee Palace website in this 2012 file photo. The group is said to be behind a growing number of attacks in Japan. (JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)

Cyber-attacks against targets in Japan, apparently carried out by international hacker group Anonymous, have been increasing since September.

Last autumn, a number of government websites and other sites came under attack.

However, the recent attacks are different from sophisticated cyber-attacks that aim to steal information.

Experts call for people to respond calmly by taking necessary steps in advance without fearing them too much.

Late at night on Sept. 3, the website of the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims became inaccessible.

Shortly after, a group saying it was Anonymous and opposed to dolphin hunting and other issues, posted a statement online claiming responsiblity.

An official at the memorial hall said in bewilderment: “We have nothing to do with dolphin hunting.”

It is believed a series of Anonymous attacks, called Operation Killing Bay, started around 2013 in protest against Japan’s whale hunting and the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, in September.

Last year, to protest against the dolphin hunting in Taiji, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks were launched against government offices websites and infrastructure operators such as airports. DDoS attacks are aimed at rendering websites and other online services unavailable by sending a huge amount of data to the server.

According to police, the number of cyber-attacks Anonymous is believed to be involved in has grown since September. There were no cyber-attack-related website problems from May to August, but 29 incidents were confirmed in September, followed by 26 in October. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 27, there were 53 cases, bringing the total from September to Nov. 27 to 108.

In comparison, incidents ranged between the 10s and 20s each month from September to November last year, but rose to 56 in December.

“Their aim is not to make websites unavailable, but to promote their presence,” said Nobuhiro Tsuji, senior security researcher at SoftBank Technology Corp.

This year, the targets of the attacks have conspicuously been small organizations and shops such as izakaya Japanese pubs, and groups totally unrelated to dolphin hunting.

“The hackers could be different from last year, and their resources could be smaller,” Tsuji said.

When Anonymous started around 2006, it advocated the establishment of the freedom of the Internet and made political appeals through legally permitted activities such as street demonstrations.

Now, Anonymous tends to carry out cyber-attacks with the aid of unknown individuals who respond to invitations on Twitter and other websites.

The website of the Kasumigaura river office of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry came under attack in 2012. Anonymous is believed to have confused Kasumigaura with Tokyo’s bureaucratic district of Kasumigaseki.

Anonymous’ main attack method, DDoS, can be committed without significant expertise. There is almost no way to defend against such attacks. It is a matter of waiting for an attack to cease, although measures have recently been developed to mitigate damage.

“Compared to cyber-attacks aimed at stealing information, DDoS attacks are not so sophisticated. In most cases, the websites attacked went down and that was it,” said Masakatsu Morii, a professor at Kobe University specializing in information and telecommunications engineering.

Some observers point out that such cyber-attack could increase ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Morii said, “It is important that companies and organizations take necessary measures calmly. If they are attacked, they should respond coolly without overreacting.”

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Your car and its important parts definitely need regular check-ups to ensure its good running condition. Car owners should also make the regular maintenance of their cars a priority to avoid being ripped off later on. Provided in the following are the specific car parts that should be taken care of on a regular basis:

Catalytic converters

Since 1993, this converter was then included in all petrol exhaust systems and was designed to reduce the dangerous effects of fumes such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen being emitted into the atmosphere. Catalytic converters can decrease the harmful effects of toxic gases by converting them into water vapour and less harmful gases. Such converters can also last for some time but still needs regular check-ups where you can contact Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group or your trusted car service provider to assist you in this matter.

Brakes

With Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group's brake experts, you can get a cost-effective brake maintenance service. Pay a visit to a car service provider at least twice a year to make sure of your car’s optimum performance for average or greater than average annual mileage cars. You can also select from the broad range of brake systems for car and light commercial vehicles offered by Tyre&Auto depots that match the needs of your car. A free check-up is also available at their depots and it includes the following:

- Digital measurement of wear on brake pads

- Discs

- Shoes and drums

- A complete list of the actual condition of your braking system

- No-obligation price quote for works needed to be done

Tyres

Keeping the good performance of your car and ensuring the safety of all people concerned also involves tyres replacement. Choosing the proper size and the type of tyres that fits your car would be easier with the help of Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group. In addition, tyres are classified based on the date and place they were manufactured, speed, load capacity, and size.

The lifespan of a tyre greatly depends on different aspects such as the mileage of a car, places it has been frequently used, and the driving habits of the user. Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group and their specialists will definitely guide you in doing what is the best for your car.

Maintaining the value of your car as well as extending its lifespan requires regular maintenance. Go to your trusted car service provider and seek their quality service to take care of your car properly. Experts at Tyre&Auto Southbourne are also well-trained and have advanced tools and diagnostic techniques, making them capable of handling any brand and type of car.

An excellent service is certain with Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group because it is not just a professional company, it is also a place that provides amiable and trustworthy services, no fraud and just honest transactions, and continuously building camaraderie with its customers with the honest attitude of its staff, making people always feel at ease with them.

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There are a lot of benefits an individual could get by hiring a dedicated car servicing company since it could meet all your car maintenance and repair needs. From the time you got your own car, you must choose a company that you will trust for a long period of time just like Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group. Following are some of the perks of having the services of a trustworthy and committed car servicing company:

Longer lifespan

To have a healthy and long-lasting machine, it should be a clean machine first. Just like your own body because as long as you're taking good care of it, it will definitely stay healthy. If you want to prevent any unwanted rusts in your car's body or chinks in your engine, then you should perform a regular maintenance on it. Bringing back your vehicle to its “almost” factory-condition requires regular cleaning, especially after going through heavy snow or rain. Some people can do this task alone, while others prefer the help of professionals to ensure the great condition of their cars.

Preserved value

If you're planning to sell your car in the future, it will surely have a high resale value if it is well-maintained. However, a lot of car owners these days don't keep detailed and updated maintenance records because for them, it requires so much time. And this is where the role of a car servicing company becomes crucial because those professionals can do this task well for you. They can also provide regular reminders that will make you perform the required and scheduled tasks properly and on time.

Help prevent major problems

Cars are not perfect vehicles, after all, they may show some faults in the future such as defects caused by the effects of weather and nonstop use. Professionals who have expertise in cars can better determine those faults. Don't wait for minor problems to become major issues, which could lead to huge expenses down the road, be prepared and hire experts beforehand.

Technical expertise

Many ordinary car owners do not have the necessary technical skills and tools to maintain the good shape of their cars, so they settle for the services of a car servicing company such as the Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group instead. Rather than going DIY, they prefer a professional car servicing company to do some tasks such as wheel balancing, electrical repairs, and ignition timing.

Efficient record-keeping

In the hands of a professional car service provider, your car's maintenance and repair log will become valuable.

Companies like Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group can bring savings to an individual or a family because they can shoulder all the responsibilities involved in your car where they will also encourage you to do or focus on more productive tasks instead.

Take good care of your car so that it will maintain its good condition for a long, long time.

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Remindsthat insurance fraud helps finance opioid epidemic

First came Prince, who died from an overdose of thepainkiller fentanyl in his Minnesota home.

Next came singer Chaka Khan. She beat the reaper by enteringinto rehab this month, along with her sister

The Grammy winner admitted fentanyl is her escape drug ofchoice. Chaka wisely gave up her summer concert appearances to focus on gettingclean.

“The battle of addiction is a serious and long process, whichis why I chose to address my use of prescription medications — which came aboutas a result of the knee surgery I had a few years ago,” she said.

Fentanyl is one of latest prescription painkillers to grabheadlines. It’s used for severe pain, and is approved for long term treatment.The stuff also is up to 100 times stronger than morphine, and 50 times strongerthan heroin.

Fentanyl quickly shoots into the bloodstream. Dopamine thenelevates, stoking the brain’s reward areas. The sweet euphoria grows intodependence, then addiction.

States like New Jersey and Mississippi are reporting spikesin fentanyl overdose deaths.

Insurancefraud is the largely untold story. It’s helping finance America’s epidemicof opioid addiction — billions of stolen insurance dollars worth.

Some fentanyl addicts reportedly are scamming health insurersto score prescriptions that feed the need. Same with other painkillers such ashydrocodone, or anti-anxiety meds and muscle relaxants.

Insurance scams may or may not have funded Prince’s orChaka’s highs. Yet scams still are part of the bigger opioid picture, so weshould be very concerned.

Insurers arestepping up investigations, plus education of doctors and patients to head offaddiction. Law enforcement is going after shady pain clinics and pharmaciesthat dole out insurer-paid scripts.

Still, we risk getting exhausted by it all. We’re subject tosteady parades of news stories about people dying from insurance-paidoverdoses. Plus welcome busts of cold-blooded pain docs. They’re keepingaddicts fed with pills — are we getting fed up?

Sadly, it may take a celeb’s drug death or rehab to keepheadlines fresh and the public concerned. Let’s stay concerned, whether it’s aGrammy winner or small-town factory worker just trying to get clean.

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