May 2017

Business

5 Secrets of Working in Singapore You Didn’t Know

If you are working in Singapore, Labour Day (aka May Day), is more often perceived as a holiday to rest and relax. According to gov.sg, Labour Day was gazetted as secular public holiday in 1960. It is a day of rest to honour everyone that has worked hard to make Singapore a successful nation. In 1960, Lee Kuan Yew announced the government’s commitment to the welfare of workers. He emphasised that a symbiotic relationship and confidence between the unions, employers and the state (known as tripartism) was imperative for Singapore’s progress. One recent product of tripartism in action is the opening of the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) to provide advisory and mediation services for salary-related disputes. Here are 5 other secrets about working in Singapore you may not know, until today. 1. Strikes aren’t illegal in Singapore, if planned properly While many parts of the world are already in strike-mode, Singapore seems to take it easy. The last strike we had was the illegal strike by SMRT bus captains in 2012. The last legal strike was the Hydril workers’ strike in 1986. It is possible to still hold a legal strike in Singapore today, provided you go through the […]

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Business

A photographer spent 25 years documenting rich people — here’s what she learned

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Award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has been photographing and interviewing the wealthy since the early 1990s. After attending college at Harvard, Greenfield returned to her home in Los Angeles, and began documenting youth culture.

At that time, she didn’t realize that she was photographing the beginning of “a period of rampant materialism and wealth obsession,” as economist and sociologist Juliet Schor writes in the introduction of “Generation Wealth,” Greenfield’s newest book.      

Since then, Greenfield’s work has expanded internationally — examining megamansions, extravagant bottle service at night clubs, a 24-karat solid gold toilet, America’s obsession with plastic surgery, and much more.

“What I learned from many of [my subjects] is that chasing wealth is unending and ultimately unsatisfying. As the former Wall Street trader Sam Polk recognizes, it’s an addiction like any other, and the more you have, the more you want and the more you think you need,” wrote Greenfield in her introduction. Ahead, a look inside “Generation Wealth.” Captions written by Greenfield.   

“Limo Bob, 49, the self-proclaimed ‘Limo King,’ wears thirty-three pounds of gold and a full-length fur coat given to him by Mike Tyson. His fleet of limousines, including a 100-foot-long Cadillac, are outfitted with crystal chandeliers, Jacuzzis, and stripper poles.”

Lauren Greenfield

“Xue Qiwen, 43, in her Shanghai apartment, decorated with furniture from her favorite brand, Versace, 2005. In 1994 Xue started a company that sells industrial cable and has since run four more. She is a member of three golf clubs, each costing approximately $100,000 to join.”

Lauren Greenfield

“Christina, 21, a Walmart pharmacy technician, en route to her wedding in Cinderella’s glass coach, drawn by six miniature white ponies and with bewigged coachman, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.”

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Architecture

WTF just happened on ‘American Gods’?

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This recap contains spoilers for American Gods Season 1, episode 1, titled “The Bone Orchard.”

Shadow Moon had a hard week in the first installment of American Gods.

After being released from prison and learning that his beloved wife Laura had died (while performing a particularly ill-advised sex act on Shadow’s best friend Robbie in a moving car, as he later discovered), our brooding ex-con reluctantly agreed to work for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday, a canny grifter with a false eye and a flair for the dramatic.

What followed was a disorienting trip into a world of myth and symbolism for Shadow and the audience. We witnessed the seductive goddess Bilquis devour a man with her lady-parts in a sex scene unlike anything else on TV; an epic bar fight between Shadow and a gigantic “leprechaun”; a talking buffalo with burning eyes haunting Shadow’s dreams; and a virtual reality beatdown that was all too real.  Read more…

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Tech

Imagining five retro technologies as startup pitches

 Silicon Valley is a bubble. Go into any SoMa coffee shop and you’ll hear founders and investors alike singing the praises of Hyperloop and flying cars — sci-fi tropes reincarnated by billionaires with a god complex. This isn’t to say these technologies shouldn’t be pursued, but sometimes it’s healthy to remember that we are effectively pulling a Facebook… Read More

Business

Facebook accused of targeting ‘insecure’ children and young people, report says

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Facebook has apologised for reportedly allowing advertisers to target emotionally vulnerable people as young as 14, as a 23-page leaked document obtained by The Australian revealed. 

According to the news outlet, the document prepared by two top Australian Facebook executives uses algorithms to collect data (via posts, pictures, and reactions) on the emotional state of 6.4 million “high schoolers,” “tertiary students,” and “young Australians and New Zealanders … in the workforce,” indicating “moments when young people need a confidence boost.” 

In other words, data says they feel “worthless” or “insecure” and are therefore well-positioned to receive an advertiser’s message.  Read more…

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Entertainment

Sneaky TV contestant makes a whole nation lose the ‘circle game’

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High school wouldn’t have been the same without painful memories of the circle game.

You’ll know the one: Someone tries to get you to look at something below their waist, but it turns out to their hand — with their index finger and thumb arranged into a circle — meaning you’re in store for a jab on the shoulder.

While most of us have grown up and forgot about it, a dude by the name of Alex Macleod who was a contestant on Millionaire Hot Seat in Australia on Apr. 10.

Just watch him get a little itchy, then slyly throw one while the camera is on him, as per a video from Brown Cardigan. Read more…

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Entertainment

What You Need to Know About Rachel Peters’ Bb. Pilipinas Coronation

After months of preparation, a new set of beauty queens were crowned at last night’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant. This year, the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe crown went to Rachel Peters of Camarines Sur. The Filipino-British entrepreneur was crowned by 2016 winner Maxine Medina. Before the event, Rachel was named as one of the frontrunners, along with Katarina Rodriguez and […]

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Entertainment

Yes, this Mets score is real

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Oh, hey, Mets fans, hope you’re having a good Sunday. Let’s just check the score for today’s game against the Washington Nationals and …

Hmmm. Maybe this is just a prank? Some jerk with Photoshop having a good time? Let’s just check ESPN and … yep, it’s real. 

*goes to check Mets score* “Maybe they’re turning things around this season!” pic.twitter.com/W5bTtWU2NH

— Vom Talerio (@tomshoeshine) April 30, 2017

remember to stay hydrated, @Mets fans pic.twitter.com/xBMupcBawi

— Shannon (@Miss_Met) April 30, 2017

Let’s just check in on Mets Twitter..pic.twitter.com/WKobuR6Gdl

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Business

How to protect yourself when live video of suicide spreads on social media

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The thrill of social media is often the possibility of surprise. It’s fun to log on and see which viral videos, political rants, news stories, and baby pictures your friends and family have shared.

What we don’t expect is to see someone die. Watching a suicide attempt (or murder) in real time is not part of the bargain we’ve made to stay connected with the world. And yet it happens. Earlier this week, a Thai man killed his infant daughter and himself on Facebook Live. The video appeared on both Facebook and YouTube before being taken down by the companies.  Read more…

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