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TL;DR: WEEK OF 10 JUNE

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.…

TL;DR WEEK OF 3 JUNE

MON: #KUTOO – JAPAN’S ANSWER TO THE #METOO MOVEMENT In a bid to ban mandatory dress codes at workplaces that force women to wear high heels, 32-year-old actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa submitted a petition with 18,856 signatures to the Japanese government. Ishikawa ignited…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 27 MAY

MON: A UNION DIVIDED – EU ELECTIONS 2019 With the conclusion of the EU parliamentary elections on 26 May, the polarised political climate was made clear as far right and pro-EU parties made significant gains at the expense of the Social Democrats (centre-left) and…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 20 MAY

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…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 13 MAY

MON: CO2 LEVELS REACHED HIGHEST IN 3 MILLION YEARS Carbon dioxide levels have reached the highest point in human history. The last time the world experienced such levels was during the Pliocene Epoch, the geological period 2.6-5.3 million years ago. If continued at this…

WOULD YOU WANT TO WORK 996?

What is 996? The CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, has recently endorsed the ‘996’ working practice on his Weibo account.  ‘996’ refers to working from 9am to 9pm for six days. This means that the worker spends 12 hours at work daily and a…

ISRAEL CAN INTO MOON CRASH

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress On 11 April, the unmanned Israeli moon lander Beresheet (Hebrew for “in the Beginning”, as written in biblical texts) made an unsuccessful descent onto the lunar surface. This was attributed to a chain of technical issues, such as…