TUES: HUAWEI HOO-HAH IN SINGAPORE
In light of the brief suspension of business between Huawei and Google, anxiety between businesses and customers have surfaced in Singapore. Consumers are worried that they might not be able to access Google applications, with some having tried to sell their Huawei phones to stores, only to be turned down. Despite Google assuring existing Huawei users in Singapore that their services would still be accessible, demand has dipped, and mobile phone shops have stopped stocking up new Huawei phones in response.
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WED: LOOK OUT MILLENNIALS – WORKING-AGE POVERTY IS UP AHEAD.
It’s an overcast for Millennials, according to a report by Resolution Foundation in the UK. While the poverty rate for the Baby Boomer generation, now entering retirement, has fallen to a record low of 15 percent, children born today are more likely to face relative poverty by the time they are two years old. Large increases in housing costs since the 1980s have raised the wealth of Baby Boomers but depleted young people’s earnings, particularly those who are privately renting homes.
THU: TAKE BACK YOUR TRASH, CANADA!
Canada will be taking back tonnes of trash they left in the Philippines back in 2013 and 2014 and covering the full cost of the operation, a diplomatic win for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Back then, 103 containers holding 2,450 tons of trash were shipped to the Philippines by a private Canada-based company, Chronic Inc, remaining in the Philippine ports of Manila and Subic ever since. The decision comes after the defiance of a 2016 court ruling ordering Chronic Inc to take the garbage back and the threat posed by the Philippines to send its own rubbish to Canada.
THU: INDIA’S PRIME MINISTER, NARENDRA MODI (2014 – )
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been re-elected for another five year term after Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a big majority of the votes in the recent elections. The BJP has vowed to pursue business-friendly policies that put Hindus first, and take a hard line on national security in their next term. Modi will be administered the oath of office and secrecy with his council of ministers on 30 May.
FRI: BRITAIN IS DISMAYED – THERESA MAY TAKES HER EXIT
Jialat! UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will resign as leader of the ruling conservative party after failing to secure a Brexit deal three times. Her successor will be chosen by July and will take over as Britain’s new Prime Minister. Many speculate that right-winged Brexit supporters such as Boris Johnson will succeed her, which makes a no deal Brexit more likely.
SAT: K-POP EMBROILED IN SOUTH KOREAN SEX CRIME SCANDALS
Various K-pop personalities have been at the centre of the latest controversy in a long history of sexual crime scandals in South Korea. Many have petitioned to the Blue House and walked in protest against what many deem to be obvious corruption and evasion by authorities on behalf of the police, celebrities, conglomerates and politicians involved. Toxic masculinity in Korean culture is cited as a key reason underlying the crimes.