Singapore 

Man charged with molesting beer lady at Woodlands coffee shop: Video shows friend filming police, Singapore News

A 41-year-old man allegedly molested a beer lady at a coffee shop in Woodlands by using his left hand to slap her buttocks. The police told Stomp in response to queries that they were alerted to a case of alleged outrage of modesty at Block 304 Woodlands Street 31 on May 18, at 9.49pm. Chinese national Yu Zhiyong was charged on Thursday (May 23) with one count of using criminal force on the 30-year-old woman, intending to outrage her modesty, reported Lianhe Zaobao. A video circulating on Facebook shows Yu,…

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China 

China’s pork imports rose 24 per cent in April, customs data shows

China imported 136,517 tonnes of pork in April, an increase of 24 per cent from the same month a year earlier, customs data showed on Thursday, as the world’s top consumer of the meat stocked up on supplies amid concerns of a looming shortage.The total was the largest since September 2016, when pork imports topped 140,000 tonnes.The figures from the General Administration of Customs covered only “muscle cuts”, or pork meat, and not feet, heads and other offal that China also imports in large… Source link

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Home 

China’s iceberg of hidden debt shows the biggest risks in provinces dominated by local authorities and state enterprises

In China’s financial system, the bigger the role of the state, the cheaper the funding costs. As a rule. But in one corner of the country’s US$13 trillion bond market, something different has happened.The highest yields in the 7.5 trillion yuan (US$1.1 trillion) worth of debt sold by local government financing vehicles (LGFVs) are found on the securities sold in provinces where the public sector dominates the economy.That analysis, conducted by Bloomberg on data as of April, showcases both the… Source link

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Singapore 

GrabFood doubts authenticity of clip that shows non-halal restaurant appearing in halal search results, Singapore, Digital News

Grab remains dubious about a viral clip that showcases a supposed glitch which makes a non-halal restaurant appear when searching for halal options on its food delivery feature. The video itself was shared on the All Singapore Stuff Facebook page last Thursday — a screen recording of a GrabFood user thumbing through the results of halal options in the Punggol and Sengkang vicinity. The video shows that the Punggol branch of Rise & Grind Coffee Co. appears as one of the halal picks, despite the cafe selling decidedly haram (forbidden)…

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Property 

A Hong Kong architecture firm shows how its done after 150 years in the business

It is one of the longest running and most successful companies in Hong Kong that you may have never heard of. That’s because P&T Group,one of the world’s oldest architecture and engineering firms, has traditionally maintained a low profile over its 151-year history.Though the company has changed with the times, it also revels in its traditions. The company employed a platoon of tea ladies – women who pushed trolleys of hot beverages around the desks of P&T’s 700 Hong Kong-based employees.“They… Source link

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China 

China’s population to peak in 2023, five years earlier than official estimates, new research shows

China’s population will peak in 2023, five years earlier than official forecasts, according to a new report.Tony Nash, CEO and founder of Complete Intelligence, one of the co-authors of the report, said the findings should be a cause for concern for Beijing’s policymakers, who waited too long to lift the controversial one-child policy for its rapidly greying society.China abandoned the policy in 2015 to allow couples to have two children. But the birth rate last year fell to its lowest since… Source link

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Singapore 

Trying for kids? Wifi devices lower your chances, new study shows, Singapore, Health News

Hong Kong – A new study has found that exposure to Wifi connections lowers male fertility rates and reduces couples’ chances of having children by killing sperm, adding to mounting evidence that electromagnetic waves are harmful. The Japanese study, carried out between August and November last year on 51 men, is reportedly the first such trial that focuses on the effects of electromagnetic waves from Wifi devices such as mobile phones and home routers on sperm motion and death. Researcher Kumiko Nakata, from the Reproductive Medicine Research Centre at Yamashita…

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China 

China’s army of migrant workers is becoming older and less mobile, new government data shows

China’s army of migrant workers, a source of cheap labour in the world’s second biggest economy, is greying and becoming less mobile, according to the latest annual survey conducted by the Chinese government.A report published by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday showed that China had 288.36 million migrant workers at the end of 2018, a rise of 0.6 per cent from a year earlier.However, these migrant workers have become less willing to travel far from home to look for work, with many… Source link

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Home 

China’s outbound investment shows signs of life in first quarter, but analysts are wary

Outbound investment by Chinese companies picked up slightly in the first quarter, though overall momentum remains tepid amid economic headwinds and uncertainties arising from the ongoing US-China trade war.Chinese firms and institutional investors have closed 65 outbound deals worth 168.8 billion yuan (US$25.12 billion) for the three months ending in March, reflecting a gain of 4.8 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to the Hurun China Cross-Border Merger & Acquisition Report… Source link

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Global 

Trade war forcing 93 per cent of Chinese companies to transform supply chains, survey shows

A vast majority of companies in China are being forced to reconsider their supply chain and production functions due to the trade war with the United States, a new survey has found.In a poll conducted by the law firm Baker McKenzie, 93 per cent of Chinese companies were considering making some change to their supply chains to mitigate the effects of trade tariffs.Of these, 18 per cent were considering a complete supply chain and production transformation, with 58 per cent making major changes… Source link

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