TL;DR: WEEK OF 10 JUNE

Written by Millegram

MON: UNPROVEN CANCER SUPPLEMENT POT-TENTIALLY FRAUDULENT

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned Singapore-based Riway Pte Ltd to stop making false claims about its supplement, Purtier Placenta. Riway claims, without evidence, that its health supplement could cure diseases such as cancer, eczema and stroke. HSA also warned Riway to stop misleading customers by using the results of a one-off test on the presence of heavy metals in their product to convince customers that it is safe to consume.

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The Straits Times – Further details about the false claims
Purtier Placenta – Further details about the supplementary drug, Purtier Placenta

 

MON: CANADA PLANS TO BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that his Liberal Party government will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer dismisses the move as “a government clutching at straws”, calling it an attempt to divert attention from the scandals that plague the Trudeau government. The planned ban follows after the New Democratic Party had pledged to ban single-use plastics by 2022.

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CBC Canada – Details on the ban
New York Times – Details on the growing movement against plastics

 

MON: SAY GOODBYE TO ‘MADE IN CHINA’

The intensifying US-China trade war has forced some Chinese exporters to illegally relabel their products as “Made in Vietnam” to avoid expensive tariffs upon entering American borders. Additionally, some exporters have illegally rerouted orders to Vietnam, shipping Chinese agricultural products, textile and steel to America through Vietnamese companies. Vietnam pledged to increase penalties on trade-related fraud in response to growing pressure from the US.

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Bloomberg – Illegal re-labeling of product origin
Quartz – Comprehensive impact analysis of the trade wars and the rise of trade diversion

 

TUES: STRICTER PENALTIES ON DATA BREACHES

With computer literacy steadily on the rise, hackers have found new and improved ways to extract precious data from what we now know as the ‘Internet of Things’. Besides the infamous Singhealth data breach in September 2018, many small firms such as Option Gift and GrabCar have succumbed to similar threats, leading to massive losses of private data and information. In a bid to improve data security, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has tightened its guidelines to reduce the vulnerability of these small companies.

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The Straits Times – Data breach on SAF contractor Option Gift
The Straits Times – Data breach on GrabCar

 

WED: JAPAN PROTESTS OVER ACQUITTAL OF MEN IN SEX CRIMES

Hundreds of people, including many young women, rallied in nine cities across Japan to protest against a string of recent acquittals of men in sex crimes. As part of the“Flower Demo” movement, they held flowers as symbols of empathy for victims. The movement sparked from cases such as the controversial March 26 decision in an incest case by Nagoya District Court’s Okazaki Branch that ignited public outcry and criticism from legal experts.

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Kyodo News – Details on the protests

 

SAT: VIOLENT PROTESTS BREAK OUT IN HONG KONG OVER ANTI-EXTRADITION BILL

The streets of Hong Kong have been flooded with nearly two million unhappy protestors calling for the suspension of the controversial extradition bill and for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down. The bill, if passed, would allow criminals in Hong Kong to be extradited to China and subjected to Chinese jurisdiction, eroding Hong Kong’s independence.  After a series of protests marked by violent clashes with the police, the bill has been indefinitely postponed. However, protestors vowed to keep up the pressure until the bill is scrapped.

The Full Story @
Hong Kong Legislative Council – Further details about the extradition bill
Reuters – Video about the situation on the ground
South China Morning Post – Brief summary of the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests

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