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Japan is getting a ‘Loneliness Minister’ due to rise in pandemic suicides

It's no secret that the pandemic has been one of the most isolating experiences in human history. Almost a whole year later, and we're still dealing with the side effects which aren't getting any better. In Japan, pandemic-linked isolation is correlated to the first rise of Japanese suicides in 11 years. Acknowledging it as a serious problem, Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga launched a cabinet post to alleviate the damage […]

today17 February 2021

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Singaporean man buys a TV on Lazada but receives a funny note in the mail instead

A Singaporean man recently thought he got himself a really good deal when bought a Xiaomi TV on Lazada for about US$230 (S$300). But all he got in the mail was a rather interesting letter. The man, Cris Ng, posted on a Singaporean Facebook group called Complaint Singapore. He shared that instead of receiving the smart tv he ordered, he got a message printed on paper, mailed to him in […]

today17 February 2021

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Pigs are being taught how to play video games and they’re pretty darn good at it

I'm sure you've heard of the saying "when pigs fly", right? It usually refers to something that is highly unlikely to ever happen. I'm not saying that pigs can fly but what if they could do something just as seemingly impossible, like play video games? Well they can now. Sorta. It's no secret that pigs are highly intelligent, but a study released recently has revealed that they're capable of playing […]

today16 February 2021

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These are the dates when your country will be rolling out vaccines

As countries kick off 2021 strong with inoculation efforts, Southeast Asia is a mixed bag. So far, only Singapore, Indonesia, and Myanmar have started vaccinating the public. Some of the issues faced are concerns about safety, waiting on approval for the new drugs, and planning. Indonesia Indonesia, started its COVID-19 vaccination program on January 13, 2021 when President Joko Widodo took the first Sinovac jab. Since then, over 800,000 people […]

today16 February 2021

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Malaysia wants to ban SugarBook app as the number of ‘sugar babies’ rise

The Malaysian government is mulling the ban of popular sugar dating app, Sugarbook to prevent the youth from "getting involved in immoral activities." The deputy minister of religious affairs, Ahmad Marzuk Shaary said stern action should be taken against those who are on the platform and those who handle the app. Ahmad Marzuk Shaary. IMAGE: Utusan He said higher learning students in the country are allegedly using the Sugarbook app […]

today15 February 2021

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Ex-Miss Universe Singapore contestant jailed 6 weeks for credit card fraud

Miss Universe Singapore 2017 contestant, Ashley Rita Wong was recently sentenced 6 weeks in jail for using her friend's bank card details to make unauthorized transactions. She memorized two of her friends' debit card details and used them to spend over US$1,511 (SGD 2,000) on online shopping. The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges under Singapore's Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act with another 27 charges taken into consideration. According to […]

today15 February 2021

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Malaysian whiskey, TIMAH, wins an international accolade yet again

When you think of Malaysia, I bet a lot of things come to mind. Namely beautiful beaches, the twin towers, sweltering hot weather, and amazing food. Whiskey probably doesn't make it to the list. But it should. TIMAH, Malaysia's first globally recognized whiskey has been awarded again. IMAGE: Winepak This time, by the International Spirits Challenge 2020. It's a British-based competition which received more than 1,800 entries from 70 countries. […]

today11 February 2021

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Plan now for the next pandemic after COVID-19, scientists warn

The COVID-19 pandemic tends to be referred to as a "once in a lifetime" event but according to experts, the next pandemic isn't as far away as we might like to think. As much as it's not a comforting idea to entertain, it's possible and very probable. According to Science Alert, this prediction is very much grounded in reality due to the frequency of major epidemics such as SARS and […]

today10 February 2021

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South Korea is now testing pet cats and dogs for COVID-19

Just a few weeks after South Korea reported its first pet-related COVID-19 incident, Seoul is now officially testing dogs and cat for the virus if they exhibit any symptoms of the illness. The virus does mostly spread from one human to another but it can also spread from people to animals or from animals to humans. However, animals spreading it to humans is much less likely according to health experts. […]

today10 February 2021