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印尼警方正在调查一种传闻中能够“吸血”的动物,该动物曾杀害了数百头牲畜

Jun 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
据印尼安塔拉媒体报道,苏门答腊岛北部波汗汤加(Pohan Tonga)村的一个村庄正受到一种不明生物的威胁,这种生物杀死了包括鸭子、鸡和猪在内的数百头牲畜,并吸干了它们的血。

据印尼另一家媒体Kumparan报道,村民们认为杀人的动物是一种palasik,在新加坡被称为Penanggal。

在当地的民间传说中,palasik是一种只有头、脊椎和内脏的生物。

47岁的村民Sanj Simanjuntak是死亡牲畜的主人,他告诉安塔拉,他是如何发现一头死猪的:该猪的猪颈部有多处刀伤,且腹部有一个很长的切口。

他不知道是什么原因导致了这头猪的死亡,但他说,这种拥有极大嫌疑的“凶手”吸了这头猪的血。

该地区的自然资源保护机构的一位发言人透露,根据目前的证据,这种生物被认为有五个爪子。

据安塔拉媒体报道,在找到这只动物之前,他们还不能确定它是什么动物,不过他们怀疑它可能是只熊。

安塔拉还报道称,志愿者们已经开始“狩猎”活动,以调查牲畜的死亡原因。

其中一名志愿者说,据传这只动物又大又壮。

根据Kumparan的说法,警方发言人Walpon Baringbing称,“警方将对数百头牲畜被吸血动物咬死的事件展开调查”,以找出它们的死因,并将与当地的自然资源保护机构积极合作。


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Talent shortage in Singapore with 8 in 10 employers reporting difficulty in filling roles

Jun 15, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

In ManpowerGroup Singapore's Q2 Employment Outlook Survey, the company revealed positive sentiments regarding pay increments and bonuses. In the latest edition of this report, for Q3, the sentiments have shifted towards hiring between the July to September 2022 period - labelled as "a record high" in the report.

In brief, Singapore’s net employment outlook (NEO) is at +40%, with the previous "record high" being in Q4 2011 at +31%. Further, employers surveyed in all 11 sectors (i.e. communications & media, manufacturing, and construction) anticipate positive headcount growth in Q3, with not-for-profit employers reporting "strongest" hiring intentions at 67%.

Despite the optimistic outlook, Singapore’s talent shortage level has been found to be at "its highest in 16 years", with more than eight in 10 (84%) employers reporting difficulty in filling roles. This statistic represented a 20% increase from 2021. Prior to that, talent shortage levels were quite high in 2018 at 56%, and in 2010 at 53%. According to the findings, the most difficult-to-fill roles are in restaurants & hotels (97%), other services (89%), and construction (88%).

That said, the "most sought-after" professions are: IT & data, operation & logistics, sales & marketing, manufacturing & production, and customer facing & front office. On top of that, employers are also looking at soft skills such as critical thinking & analysis, creativity & originality, resilience & adaptability, leadership & social influence, and reasoning & problem solving.

"The shift from pandemic to endemic has given companies greater clarity on their business outlooks," explained Linda Teo, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup Singapore. "Employers are ramping up their hiring due to a combination of factors like pent-up demand for manpower, employee attrition, and shortage of workers with the right skillsets."

Dissecting the local numbers

Filtering Singapore's NEO figure, analysts discovered that:

  • More than half (52%) of employers plan to hire;
  • More than one in 10 (12%) of employers expect a staffing decrease;
  • Close to four in 10 (35%) of employers plan to keep workforce levels steady, and
  • Less than five in 10 (2%) of employers are undecided about the hiring/talent scene.

In addition to not-for-profit employers having strong hiring intentions, those in other services (professional, scientific & technical, and administrative & support) similarly have positive intentions at 59%. These employers are then followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (56%), wholesale & retail trade (50%), and restaurants & hotels (46%).

A global perspective

Of the more than 40,000 employers surveyed across the globe, many are likewise expecting to hire more workers in the Q3 2022. According to findings, the global NEO is at +33% - which revealed hiring intentions to "increase year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter" respectively at +18% and +4%. In terms of per country/territory data, Mexico ranks top with a +59% NEO, while India has a +51%; Mainland China +29%, and Hong Kong +11%.

India's NEO is the strongest in the APAC region for the second consecutive quarter, up 13% since Q2. As for Hong Kong's NEO, it improved by 8% compared to Q2 2022, and by 10% compared to the previous year.

Looking at the hiring/talent scene, analysts discovered that digital roles continue to drive "most demand" with employers in IT & technology (+44%). This is followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (+38%), construction (33%), and manufacturing (33%).