China 

Big companies on alert in countdown to China’s consumer rights TV show

China is gearing up to skewer companies it accuses of treating consumers badly in a yearly event that has previously named and shamed firms from Apple to Nike.State-run China Central Television (CCTV) will on Friday evening broadcast its annual consumer rights show, similar to CBS network’s 60 Minutes in the United States, that tends to be a mix of undercover reports and song-and-dance routine.Known as “315”, in reference to global consumer rights day on March 15, the show is usually greeted… Source link

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Singapore 

Woman jailed 6 months for failing to alert police about boyfriend’s sexual abuse of her daughter, Singapore News

As a mother, she was supposed to protect her young daughter from sexual predators. However, the cook turned a blind eye to her live-in boyfriend sexually abusing the child, despite having reasons to believe that he was raping her. Even though the girl had told her mother that the man had done “sexual things” to her, the woman did not stop him from showering with the girl on multiple occasions. As a result, the former taxi driver – who was married at the time – sexually abused the child from…

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Singapore 

HSA issues alert on 5 cosmetic creams with very high levels of mercury and potent undeclared ingredients, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – It promised to give users “white, fluffy, glowing skin” and claimed to be made from “100 per cent natural ingredients”, but in fact contained mercury levels that were more than 40,000 times over the permissible limits. Deeja Cosmetic Wrinkle cream is one of five cosmetic creams which the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has issued an alert about on Thursday (Jan 31). The four other creams HSA has advised consumers not to purchase or use are Deeja Cosmetic Sun cream, Deeja Cosmetic Dream cream, RDL Babyface Whitening Cream Night…

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Singapore 

Case issues alert against The Aisle Bridal after it suddenly closed, Singapore News

An alert has been issued against The Aisle Bridal after 26 complaints were lodged against it over sudden closure. The complaints, made between Nov 7 and yesterday, were made by brides- and grooms-to-be, who have lost at least $56,770 in prepayments to The Aisle Bridal Boutique and The Aisle Bridal Studio, said the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) said yesterday. The previous owners and representatives had suddenly become uncontactable, consumers claimed. They were later told a new company had taken over the premises and had to pay an additional sum…

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China 

Xi Jinping has issued a rallying cry, but what is China on alert for?

A current account deficit, mounting debt, growing hostility from abroad and a decelerating economy – which could hurt China’s political stability – could be among the “black swans” and “grey rhinos” worrying Beijing, analysts said. They added that President Xi Jinping’s speech on Monday was a rallying cry for the country’s senior officials to fall into line, and to prepare for a turbulent year ahead. Xi was speaking at the opening session of a Communist Party meeting in Beijing of hundreds of provincial leaders, ministers and top generals summoned to…

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Singapore 

Otter alert at Gardens by the Bay during Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – As Sunday’s (Dec 9) Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon was underway, several unusual guests joined in – a group of 16 otters. Ten adult otters and six babies were seen at around 7.25am at a section of the marathon route that went through Gardens by the Bay. According to otter enthusiasts, the animals had slept at Gardens by the Bay overnight. The adults woke up at around 6am and headed for breakfast, before returning at 7.25am to collect the babies to forage for food together. Close to an hour…

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