Their early days there were rough. They had no language skills in either Tagalog or English, and Xu says the authorities frequently shut down businesses in Chinatown, partly because many were evading taxes. He found himself in a police station on more than one occasion. "I would get in there and everyone arrested would be Chinese. I was scared. I was so young at the time," he says. Now the owner of a range of businesses offering services from rice imports to printing, Xu believes Chinese immigrants must adjust and integrate into the local culture, which he says includes small but significant idiosyncrasies such as the tendency for Filipinos to dislike Chinese bosses disciplining staff in front of other workers. He does not see a great deal of anti-Chinese sentiment outside of a small group of Filipinos he believes are seeking to incite hatred. Fellow immigrant Ken Hong, 43 and also from Fujian, has done almost every job imaginable since he arrived in Manila nine years ago. He went … [Read more...] about Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?
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REUTERS: Casino and gaming operator Rank Group has agreed to buy Stride Gaming in a deal valued at 115.3 million pounds (US$145 million), looking to extend its presence in Britain's thriving online gaming market.Rank has been investing in online operations to offset a slowdown in traffic at its bingo halls and casinos, and to attract younger players who use mobile apps or websites such as its own meccabingo.com and grosvenorcasinos.com.The bid, which Rank said would create the number two player in UK online bingo, is valued at 151 pence per share and would represent a 28per cent premium to Stride's closing price on Thursday.Directors of Stride, whose brands include Regal Wins, Magical Vegas and Spin and Win, unanimously recommended shareholders vote in favour of the deal, which has won irrevocable acceptances from holders of 61per cent of its shares.Rank said on Friday the acquisition is expected to deliver at least 13 million pounds of pretax recurring annual cost savings within the … [Read more...] about UK’s Rank agrees buy smaller gaming firm Stride in online push
PARIS: Online retail sales in France rose by 11.9per cent to 24.9 billion euros (US$27.7 billion) in the first quarter, said the French E-Commerce Federation (Fevad), reflecting growth in a sector that has seen Amazon put pressure on traditional retailers such as Carrefour.As the French economy stages a gradual recovery, online sales growth has been boosted by a growing number of online vendors and people using the Internet to shop more often.The Fevad federation said an additional 1.358 million people made online purchases in the quarter, up 4per cent from a year ago.Sales generated via tablets and smartphones rose 22per cent and Fevad predicted orders made on smartphones could outpace those made via computers by 2021.The average value of the basket fell 6per cent to 61 euros in the first quarter, although there was an increase in the frequency of purchases, added Fevad.There were, on average, 12.7 online transactions per buyer in the first quarter, up from 10.7 a year ago.In 2018, … [Read more...] about French first-quarter online retail sales rose 11.9per cent
MANILA, Philippines — There is a day in a year wherein children get to show their appreciation for their selfless and untiring love that only a mother can provide. There is really no way to match the amount of love that flows from the heart of a mother, but it is always a good idea to reciprocate by treating mom to the gifts that match her heart’s desires. For the pretty in pink mom Cara Delevingne for Dior Addict Stellar Shine Pink, according to Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, is the color of happiness, freedom and femininity, which is why it was among the most favorite colors and the “lucky color” of legendary designer Christian Dior. As such, the brand recently launched Dior Addict Stellar Shine, a new collection of 24 luminous pink hues, ranging from subtle nudes, to fiery corals, seductive reds and bold plums. The range also boasts of a new formula with micro-pearls for shine; natural beeswax for a lightweight … [Read more...] about LIST: Mother’s Day treats for ‘it’ moms
Channels garnering followers through 'bots' are becoming common now. Recently, the fastest growing channels on Twitch, the leading live-streaming platform for gamers, were overtaken by one such bot-run channel. Surfacing on April 9, the now-banned 01sh01 streamed for 14 minutes promoting an online casino called SlotV and amassed huge followers in the shortest span of time.Casinos are not hugely popular on Twitch, and amassing 5,69,067 followers in a single stream with only had 3,223 views is a bit odd. The channel overtook Michael 'shroud' Grzesiek and Turner 'Tfue' Tenney, two of the biggest channels on the platform, in terms of growth.Shroud is a former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive champion whose popularity has been growing even faster since the release of the first-person battle-royale game, Apex: Legends.As is now clear, the 01sh01 channel was using bots to increase the number of followers and advertise a casino. This is just one in several such attacks on the popular … [Read more...] about Twitch has a serious problem no one’s talking about