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2 Chinese medicine practitioners suspended

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 29, 2008

So you mean the ViAGra I bought isn’t legit?

“2 traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners have been suspended and fined for selling prescription drugs without a licence.A third was censured and fined after treating a patient without advising her to seek medical attention. The patient was later discovered to have bone cancer.” (story)

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Korean virtual star JoA, creepy?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 29, 2008

She is hailed as the first ‘cyber actress’ in Korea, complete with simulated good looks and a faux biodata.

But JoA’s first attempt at dancing has been gunned down by netizens who slammed her animated moves as ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’.

Created by two CGI companies in Korea, she exists only in cyberspace, reported My Daily.

Her photos and profile – born in 1986, 1.69m tall – were first released to the media last November, spawning much discussion online.

Her so-called managers announced plans to launch an official fan club and a series of products starring JoA, such as online games and mini-dramas.

If successful, JoA could be as famous as Japanese manga character Sailor Moon, or the virtual actress Simone in the Al Pacino movie named after her. (link)

JoA Tell Me dance video

Yes, creepy. It’s the lack of facial expressions and hands and fingers do not bend. You have to admit though the motion is fluid. Not bad for a first attempt, but stick to stills until the you get the realistic body motions down.

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China may end 1 child policy

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 29, 2008

China, worried about an ageing population, is studying scrapping its controversial one-child policy but will not do away with family-planning policies altogether, a senior official said on Thursday.

With the world’s biggest population straining scarce land, water and energy resources, China has enforced rules to restrict family size since the 1970s. Rules vary but usually limit families to one child, or two in the countryside.

“We want incrementally to have this change,” Vice Minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission Zhao Baige told reporters in Beijing.

“I cannot answer at what time or how, but this has become a big issue among decision makers,” Zhao said. She added that the current plan was to study the issue seriously and responsibly, but avoid sudden changes that might cause a spike in births.(story)

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Jobs up for grabs at career fair

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 28, 2008

More than 20,000 jobs are up for grabs at the largest career and education exhibition which opens its doors to the public on Thursday at Suntec Singapore. Over 600 exhibitors and companies from 20 countries are looking to fill the openings, which include more than 5,000 spots in educational institutions.

The Singapore Tourism Board has projected that some 50,000 to 60,000 additional jobs will be created by the end of 2010.

Minister of state for Education and Manpower Gan Kim Yong, who was present at the opening ceremony on Thursday morning, said: ‘The new integreated resorts, hotels and shopping malls, as well as conventions and events like the F1 race, will generate numerous opportunities in the tourism sector.’

He emphasised the importance of students making informed decisions on their courses of study and, subsequently, their careers. (story)

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Hunt for Mas Selamat Kastari continues

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 28, 2008

SAF soldiers have joined the island-wide land, sea and air hunt.

The manhunt for the escaped Jemaah Islamiyah leader has intensified, with more than 100 soldiers joining the thousands of security forces that are tracking down the fugitive across the island and other air and sea checkpoints.

It is almost 24 hours since the wanted man, Mas Selamat Kastari, 47, who was linked to a sensation plant to crash a hijacked plane into Changi Airport, has been on the run.

Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng told Parliament earlier on Thursday that the JI militant escaped while he was brought to meet his family who was visiting him at the detention centre.

While being led to the room to meet his family, he asked to go to the toilet and gave his escorting officers the slip. The public was informed of his escape only about four hours later because the authorities said he posed no ‘imminent danger to the public’ at the time. (story)

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