HONG KONG: Hong Kong retailer Alan Li shut up shop on Wednesday (Jun 12), joining about 100 businesses and numerous workers in a rare strike to protest against an extradition bill that many fear will undermine freedom and confidence in the commercial hub."Even though we can't do business for a day, for me there is nothing more important than defending our freedom of speech and freedom of thought," said Li, 38, before closing his Alca&Co shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, a shopping district across the harbour from Hong Kong's high-rise finance centre.Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of them young and clad in black, surrounded Hong Kong's legislature on Wednesday, forcing it to postpone a second round of debate on the bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.Up to a million people took to the streets on Sunday, protest organisers estimated, to denounce the bill in the biggest protest the city has seen for years.More than 100 shops announced strikes in social … [Read more...] about Hong Kong shops, workers in rare strike to ‘defend freedom’
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Charun Poopat, vice president for marketing communications and corporate relations group of Seacon Square Shopping Centre on Srinakarin Road, revealed that Seacon is collaborating with Pepsi to organise the dance competition to give young street dancers a stage to show their skills creatively. The competition is divided into two categories, Junior teams comprising 58 members under 16 years of age and Open teams comprising 58 dancers of any age. It will host exciting dance routines by more than 60 teams, both from Thailand and other countries, who will b e judged by four acclaimed dancers from the “Step Up” movie, namely Mari Koda, Boogie Frantick, La Jon Dantzler and J Smooth. The winners from both of categories will also receive cash prizes totalling Bt420,000. For Junior category, the winner will receive trophy provided by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Bt80,000 cash. The first runnerup will receive a trophy from the Minister of … [Read more...] about So you think you can dance?
BERLIN: An EU-themed "hoodie" designed by a Berlin street-wear label has become the it-garment for German politicians signalling a stance against nationalist forces in European Parliament elections.At the time of the Brexit vote almost two years ago, Berlin fashion designer David Mallon produced the first few hundred of the dark blue "EUnify" sweaters.He removed one of the 12 golden stars and stuck it onto the back of the hooded jumper, along with the phone number of the European Union's information hotline."A missing star and the symbolism of a broken circle show everyone pretty quickly that something is wrong," explained Mallon at the Berlin shop of his label Souvenir Official."And that starts a dialogue."A symbol of the times, the hoodie style evokes hip-hop culture, street protests and youthful rebellion, yet the logo sends a deeply pro-democratic and anti-extremist message.Mallon's creation soon caught the eye of fashionistas and influencers, popping up on Instagram, at trendy … [Read more...] about EU ‘hoodie’ the street cred emblem of German candidates
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool
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?