Japan's swimmers have promised to lift the spirits of ailing team mate Rikako Ikee in her battle with leukaemia GWANGJU (SOUTH KOREA) - Japan's swimmers have promised to lift their game at next week's world championships to lift the spirits of ailing team mate Rikako Ikee in her battle with leukaemia.The 19-year-old poster girl for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was diagnosed with the illness earlier this year and is continuing treatment back in Tokyo.Asian champion Yui Ohashi, one of Japan's biggest medal hopes in South Korea after taking silver in the 200 metres individual medley two years ago, insisted Thursday that Ikee was on the mind of all the swimmers."It's a huge blow that Rikako can't be here to fight with us but she's battling hard too," Ohashi told AFP."Hopefully she can see us giving it everything to produce the kind of results that will give her courage and the added motivation -- that I'm sure she already has -- to return to competition."Ikee shot to fame at last … [Read more...] about Japan look to give ailing Ikee a lift at world swim
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SINGAPORE: A man who molested six girls at Hougang Swimming Complex was sentenced to 20 weeks' jail on Wednesday (Jul 3).Indian national Job Mathew Panakkal, 37, was at the pool on the evening of Sep 12 last year when he touched the girls. They were aged between 10 and 13.According to a police report filed by a social worker, Job pursued the girls by swimming faster than them even when they tried to swim away from him.Job, who was working in Singapore as an infrastructure engineer, pleaded guilty to three charges of outraging the modesty of a minor, with another four charges taken into consideration. He molested one of the victims twice.The court heard that Job entered the adult pool at about 7pm and began swimming laps in the first lane. A group of boys and girls entered the pool after him, and some girls began swimming in his lane."When he swam in the direction of the girls in lane 1, the accused felt the urge to touch them and formed the intention to outrage their … [Read more...] about Man jailed for molesting six girls at Hougang Swimming Complex
SEOUL: Cho Min-kyong boasts an engineering degree from one of South Korea's top universities, a school design award and a near-perfect score in her English proficiency test.But she had all but given up hope of finding a job when all her 10 applications, including one to Hyundai Motor, were rejected in 2016.Help came unexpectedly from neighbouring Japan six months later: Cho got job offers from Nissan Motor and two other Japanese companies after a job fair hosted by the South Korean government to match the country's skilled labour with overseas employers."It's not that I wasn't good enough. There are just too many job seekers like me, that's why everyone just fails," said the 27-year-old, who now works in Atsugi, an hour southwest of Tokyo, as a car seat engineer for Nissan."There are numerous more opportunities outside Korea."Facing an unprecedented job crunch at home, many young South Koreans are now signing up for government-sponsored programmes designed to find overseas positions … [Read more...] about South Korea’s latest big export: Jobless college graduates
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?