Singapore 

Tough laws needed to tackle hate speech as online platforms are not doing enough: Shanmugam, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Christchurch terror attacks are a reminder that tough laws are needed to curb the spread of hate speech which is not being tackled adequately by big online tech companies and platforms, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam on Tuesday (Mar 19). He also disclosed that he will be tabling a motion in Parliament to discuss hate speech and race and religious relations sometime in early April. “We will have a debate in Parliament on structuring race relations and our approach to it… (We will) have…

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Singapore 

Singapore gym flamed online after discovery of CCTV camera placed near changing room, Singapore News

A gym is in hot water after the questionable placement of a surveillance camera sparked furore online. But what made matters worse was the gym’s cringe-worthy response which left many netizens angry and confused. In a Facebook post on March 15, Virgin Active Singapore addressed concerns of a CCTV placed near what appears to be a changing room. In the post, the gym stressed that the camera “is pointed at a communal area where our female members can pick up a bathrobe to put on” before plugging their gym membership benefits.  The post…

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Singapore 

Guy gets scolded by tourist for not knowing what’s Bayfront in Mandarin, responds to ‘online fame’, Singapore News

First, I want to apologise to Mr Timothy Bon for writing about him. The 22-year-old has had a rough week. One contributing factor was that he was written about in a newspaper. And here I am, writing about him in a newspaper. Secondly, I want to say that not being able to speak Mandarin very well myself, I empathise with what happened to him. Big mood. It all started last Tuesday at Jurong East MRT station when a “China lady” approached Mr Bon and asked him in Mandarin how to…

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Singapore 

Videos of driver giving PM Lee’s son a ride posted online: 2 men assisting with investigations, Singapore News

Two men are assisting with police investigations after videos showing a car driver asking Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s son inappropriate questions while giving him a ride were posted on social media. In the videos, a 31-year-old Singaporean man had offered and given Mr Li Yipeng a ride in his private car. He can then be heard repeatedly asking Mr Li to confirm his identity, his residential address and the security arrangements for him. The videos started circulating on social media over the weekend, along with a screenshot of a…

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Singapore 

Personal information of over 800,000 blood donors was accessible online for 2 months: HSA, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The personal information of more than 800,000 people who have donated or registered to donate blood in Singapore since 1986 was improperly put online by a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) vendor for more than two months, but access to the database was cut off soon after the discovery. Disclosing this in a statement on Friday (March 15), the HSA said its preliminary findings indicate that there was only one instance of external access – by a cybersecurity expert who discovered the vulnerability on Tuesday (March 12) and alerted…

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Ecommerce 

How China’s online opinion leaders – or KOLs – convert fans to sales, creating a nearly US$9 billion industry

The Kardashians may have been able to create a US entertainment phenomenon by revealing their luxurious lifestyle through a long running reality TV series, but Chinese key opinion leaders (KOLs) have been able to convert fans and generate sales on a level their western peers can only dream of.While western influencers are mostly video bloggers on Instagram or YouTube, Chinese KOLs can be columnists, socialites, photobloggers, or short video creators – and they have multiple channels through… Source link

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Vietnam 

Online business forum switches on – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — About 2,500 delegates are expected to participate in the Vietnam Online Business Forum 2019 in three major cities of Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and HCM City this month, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Vietnam E-commerce Association (VECOM). According to head of the VECOM’s office Trần Văn Trọng, participants will focus on ‘hot’ topics which directly impact businesses such as competitiveness, legal corridors and the transformation of Industry 4.0. Participating delegates will talk about information, trends and solutions in…

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Ecommerce 

Tech culture: Chinese consumers are buying cars online using VR, without kicking the proverbial tyre

Many who have benefited most from China’s economic boom over the past decade have not been shy about flaunting their wealth — providing a boon in sales for luxury goods makers and high-end automakers such as Ferrari and Maserati.Times are changing though and amid the recent economic slowdown more and more ordinary Chinese are turning to the second-hand car market to meet their driving needs.Newly-married Ma Pengxiao is 25 years old, lives in Weinan, a small city in China’s northwestern province… Source link

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Home 

Chinese women earn a fifth less than men and the gap is widening fast, survey by online recruiter Boss Zhipin finds

Chairman Mao Zedong, the late Chinese leader, famously said women could “hold up half the sky” as he advocated equal pay for both genders. Almost half a century later it seems his vision is still a long way from fruition.The average Chinese working woman earns about a fifth less than the average man, according to a survey by online recruiter Boss Zhipin – and the disparity is rapidly getting wider.The average monthly salary for women in China is 6,497 yuan (US$970), 78.2 per cent of a man’s… Source link

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