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by Natassya Diana

CAN you spot our Olympic gold-medal champ? #WheresSchooling

 

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Pokemon Go meets Hungry Ghost (SIM), pokemon catcher, hungry ghost festival, sim, smack in the middle

By Sean Chong

POKEMON Go finally came to Singapore – just as the gates of hell opened for the seventh month of the Lunar calendar.

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by Sean Chong

THE National University of Singapore (NUS) has responded to reports of student leaders forcing students to participate in sexualised games during a recent orientation programme, which it said was “not being endorsed and cleared by relevant supervisors”. The school also said it would take “strong disciplinary action” against those responsible for the programme.

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by Natassya Diana

ALL California Fitness outlets in Singapore closed yesterday (July 20), as the club’s owner J.V. Fitness does not have sufficient resources to continue operations. This follows closures in Hong Kong and China. Recovery firm Ferrier Hodgson has been appointed as the provisional liquidators of the company. Lawyers the media spoke to have said members hoping to get refunds face an uphill battle. 

 

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by Natassya Diana

YOU think you’re catching cute furry creatures when in fact, you could be hunted by robbers. The popularity of the Pokemon Go mobile game has inspired four robbers to trap their victims using the app’s geolocation feature by luring them into isolated areas. The four robbers from the state of Missouri in the United States were caught by the police this week. They were aged 16 to 18.

Using “Augmented Reality”, the app places the creatures in real locations and encourages players to roam around outside in order to catch them. The game is now ranked among the most-downloaded and top-grossing smartphone apps in just a few days after its release, which boosted the market value of Nintendo Co. by around $12.1 billion

 

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Yulin Dog Festival (v2)
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by Sean Chong

PROTESTS against the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival are all bark and no bite, and in fact may have contributed to the success of this year’s edition. In spite of a petition with 11 million signatures and a pledge from the local government last week to take “immediate actions” to prevent the festival from happening again, the festival went on without much of a hitch – as a matter of fact, Yulin locals reported fully booked hotels and dog meat flying off the shelves as international protests help point dog meat fans to the festival. Meanwhile debate still continues about whether it is okay to eat dogs on principle, although the point has been made that the current slaughter methods are inhumane, potentially unsanitary, and that the dogs are from unregulated sources and may include stolen pets. Will the noisy protests have their intended effect, or should activists put a muzzle on it and try to find other ways to end the slaughter?

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Child Abuse
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by Sean Chong

IT’S a billion-dollar industry in the Philippines, and growing. Live-streaming child porn is enabled by a nation with good Internet access, smartphone penetration, English proficiency and a well-developed network for international money transfers, but which at the same time also suffers from the desperation of poverty and a weakness in laws and controls. Live-streamed child pornography is even harder to detect and punish – the process leaves no trace of pornography on the abuser’s computers, which makes gathering evidence much more difficult. Tens of thousands of children are estimated to be involved in this flesh trade, many of whom are pressed into what amounts to slavery by their own parents for between US$5 and 200 a “show” – just another way to keep the family fed. It becomes the new normal for children, who then tell their friends and neighbours. Soon, whole neighbourhoods get in on the idea to make ends meet. Some rescued children see nothing wrong with what they do and are even resentful of authorities who rescue them and lock their parents away. Can the Philippines put an end to such a deep-rooted problem?

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by Natassya Diana

 

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