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Thailand’s Girly Berry to dress conservatively for Songkran

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 1, 2008

Thailand’s Culture Ministry said on Tuesday it has enlisted a popular girl band to front its annual campaign for women to dress modestly during the upcoming traditional New Year holiday. The four women in the band Girly Berry typically wear miniskirts and midriff-bearing tops but issued a statement saying they are committed to covering up during the traditional Thai New Year – known as Songkran – next week.

One of Girly Berry’s singers, Mananya Limsatien, urged young women ‘not to wear tank tops, strapless tops or very short pants’ during the April 13-15 holiday.

‘Don’t dress in anything too revealing or too sexy because it can be dangerous,’ she said in a statement Monday.

Songkran is celebrated by raucous water fights in the streets, which have led to complaints of sexual harassment of women.

Authorities typically urge women not to wear skimpy outfits and white tops that become more revealing when doused with water. (story)

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Serial killer hunting prostitutes in Hong Kong

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 17, 2008

On the one hand you have a vigilante trying to clean up the streets. On the other hand, he’s killing them. Do the ends justify the means? Prostitutes bring drugs and disease the the streets but allowing the killings to continue (while cleaning up the streets) is morally wrong. The courts need to decide whats right and wrong. Once you start allowing individuals to make that choice, it will become chaos.

“Hong Kong police are investigating the killings of four sex workers in the past few days, suggesting a serial killer may be on the loose in the densely packed city.

Three victims, all in their 30s, were found in their ransacked apartments in two districts in the northern New Territories. A fourth was found on Hong Kong island on Monday.

The first two women had been robbed and strangled, one with a hose, while the third was certified dead with no apparent injuries early on Monday.”(story)

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Travellers jam the border for the holidays

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 7, 2008

Traffic at Singapore’s land checkpoints came to a standstill by 4pm on Wednesday, as thousands of travellers jostled to cross the border for the Chinese New Year celebrations and the long weekend. Vehicles were backed up several kilometres. Horns blared and tempers flared as motorists saw their chances of making it on time for their reunion dinner.

About 1.35 million travellers passed through the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints on five days of the festivities last year, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

But this year’s number could well exceed that because, besides those marking the new year, other travellers have tagged the weekend to the public holidays on Thursday and Friday for a four-day break in Malaysia. (story)

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Child drowns marring new swimming program at school

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 30, 2008

New Town Secondary, the drowning of Danial Syawal Jailani, 12, was a terrible start to its swimming program. It was the first year the school decided that its Secondary One students should have swimming lessons during physical education classes.

And it was Danial’s third lesson in Clementi Swimming Complex.

It is unclear how he drowned.

His parents said he was a strong swimmer, whom they often took to public pools and to the beach.

Classmates agree that he was no novice. (story)

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FairPrice extends holiday saving through Chinese New Year

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 19, 2007

Singapore’s largest supermarket chain, NTUC FairPrice, starting Thursday, with its new five per cent discount off over 500 house brand items – but only till the end of February. This latest move announced on Wednesday will cost FairPrice $3 million.

The 500-plus discounted products range from rice, bread and cooking oil to household cleaners.

‘As a social enterprise, NTUC FairPrice is mindful of its role in helping to moderate the cost of living in Singapore,’ said the cooperative’s chairman Ng Ser Miang.

For example, Mr Chong Kiang Leong, a taxi driver and the breadwinner of a family of six, has managed to reduce his family’s $160 weekly grocery bill by $25. (story)

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