The world’s economy is showing signs of a sluggish recovery, according to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook | World Economic Forum

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Interesting from PNUTs Newsletter

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Keep Your Friends Close And Potential Commiters Of Genocide Closer

  • China’s President Xi Jinping was in the Southeast Asia nation of Myanmar over the weekend, the first visit by a Chinese head of state in almost twenty years.
  • Xi met with the country’s main civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi; the two signed a raft of agreements to advance the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor — a multibillion-dollar package of infrastructure, trade and energy projects designed to link landlocked southwestern China to the Indian Ocean.
  • The move should cement Beijing’s role as Myanmar’s closest international partner, as Western governments continue to hold back over human-rights violations.
  • Myanmar is facing allegations at the International Court of Justice that its security forces committed genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority. China has backed Myanmar through the crisis and now is pushing to secure the strategically located nation as a major partner in the region. Myanmar has traditionally been cautious in embracing Chinese investments.
  • In her remarks Friday, Suu Kyi emphasized the need to prevent environmental degradation and consider development for the people in implementing new projects. (WSJ)

Wish You Weren’t Here 

  • The North Korean economy relies heavily on tourism. But a leading tour operator, Young Pioneer Tours, which specializes in taking tourists from China to North Korea, reported on its website that beginning Wednesday, North Korea’s borders are temporarily closed and foreign tourists are banned from entering the country.
  • Practically all foreign tours to North Korea come through China and the vast majority of tourists are Chinese. The move is a protection against the mysterious coronavirus from China that has so far killed six and sickened almost 300 people. The virus has been spreading rapidly from the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
  • The US has now seen its first case, a traveler from China who was diagnosed in Seattle. The CDC, which has developed a new test to identify the virus, said it expected to see more cases in the US, and was in talks with the National Institutes of Health about developing a vaccine.
  • The World Health Organization will meet Wednesday to consider whether the outbreak is an international public health emergency. (NYT, Reuters)
  • Risky Viruses: Health Officials Debate How Much To Reveal About Research : Shots – Health News (NPR)
  • Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak Poses a Test to China’s Leadership (NYT, $)

Additional World News

Founders Pledge CEO David Goldberg will speak at this year’s EU-Startups Summit and share how founders can create meaningful impact | EU-Startups

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Pakistan has ‘limited options’ to respond to India’s decision on J&K: US Congress think tank
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BETTER, STILL BETTER – my Signature Speech

Is based on 6A’s in my Signature.

Which ones?

“An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.”

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I begin with STRENGTHS in Mind.  I do believe that one can BECOME STRONGEST in one’s Weakest Spot.  I am a believer in enhancing and capitalising Strengths by making them Better, Still Better.

So I begin by Identifying the Strengths.  A great tool is from Gallup University publication by Marcus Buckingham and Tom Rath – “Strengths Finder” . where they identify 34 Strength Themes available within each of us.

I focus on Overt and Latent Strengths.  While working to help make Overt Strengths better, I look at making Latent strengths, hidden talent/ strengths STILL BETTER.

APPRECIATIVE Enquiry is my first tool and I use it very often.

Random Acts of Kindness

1. Dry off the slides or swings at the park after it rains.
2. Focus on saying kind words all day.
3. Offer available “bin space” to neighbours
4. Sign up to be an organ donor.
5. Volunteer at an animal shelter during adoption events.

Sun Tzu Quotes

  1. “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” – Sun Tzu

  2. “There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.” – Sun Tzu

  3. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu

sun tzu quotes
  1. “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.” – Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu quotes to make you wiser

  1. “It is more important to out-think your enemy, than to outfight him” – Sun Tzu

Wisdom Quotes

Failing while trying to do the right thing is better than succeeding to do nothing.

I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. (Robert H. Schuller)

Every act of kindness is worth acting out.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. (Aesop)

Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is Thesaurus Day? On the birthday (1779) of Peter Roget, author of the major thesaurus, we celebrate all thesauruses. So go out and celebrate, beat the drum, carouse, commend, dedicate, extol, fete, have a ball, honor, jubilate, kick up your heels, laud, let loose, lionize, live it up, make merry, paint the town red, proclaim, publicize, revel, revere… well, you get my point! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

— Malcolm S. Forbes

Sun Tzu Quotes

  1. “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” – Sun Tzu

Also read these thought-provoking 48 Laws of Power quotes that will lead you to success.

Famous Sun Tzu Quotes

  1. “”Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise, for the result is waste of time and general stagnation.” – Sun Tzu

  2. “A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy.” – Sun Tzu

wise sun tzu quotes
  1. “”The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.” – Sun Tzu

  2. “All war is deception.” – Sun Tzu