SINGAPORE: During Chinese New Year last year, retiree Kenneth Tang wanted to visit his sister-in-law at her home in Upper Bukit Timah, in a relatively secluded area he was unfamiliar with.Instead of getting driving directions with a few taps of his smartphone, the 64-year-old sat in his living room, put on his reading glasses and studied the route on the pages of his 2018 street directory.“I think GPS is more convenient and better in many ways, but I use road directories because I can have a better idea of how to get to the place I am going to,” he told CNA.Mr Tang said the directory allows for more flexible alternative route planning in the event of congestion, and gives a clearer picture of nearby car parks – crucial for peak times when every lot has been snapped up.“I use road directories also because I have been using it for years, long before GPS was available,” he added. “My friends and I who are from the older generation have been … [Read more...] about In the age of online maps, who needs street directories anymore?
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Jakarta. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has banned all cigarette advertisements on the internet in a bid to suppress the number of youth smokers. The decision was made following a request from Health Minister Nila Moeloek to take down all tobacco-related ads which are ubiquitous on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and also on online games and websites. In a letter dated June 10, Nila wrote that there has been a rise in the number of underage smokers. A 2018 research by the ministry found that the number of teenage smokers between the ages of 10 and 18 has increased to 9.1 percent of total smokers from 7.2 percent in 2013. She argued that teenage smokers take up the habit because of high exposure to online cigarette ads. A study by the London School of Public Relations showed that three in four Indonesian teenagers know about cigarettes from advertising on the internet. … [Read more...] about Gov’t Roots Out Online Cigarette Ads
PARIS: Counterfeit medicine is a "growing threat" in Europe, causing serious illness or even death and costing the pharmaceutical industry billions every year, according to a study published Wednesday (Jun 12).Criminal networks are producing an "increasingly diverse range of medicines", including drugs to treat serious illnesses such as cancer, the European Union's police agency Europol and its Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) said in a report.Although luxury items such as clothes and jewellery are among the most commonly detected counterfeit goods, professional gangs in Europe are producing an increasing range of goods, including food, pesticides and car parts."Organised crime groups who produce and sell these goods have no respect for the quality of products which very often pose health and safety risks," said Europol head Catherine De Bolle.Pharmaceuticals made in unhygienic clandestine laboratories by unqualified workers can contain the wrong active ingredient, no active … [Read more...] about Counterfeit medicine a ‘growing threat’: EU study
SINGAPORE - Facebook is launching its dating service in Singapore and 13 other countries on Wednesday (May 1) as it seeks to play catch-up in the world of online dating. Facebook Dating, as it is called, was first launched in five countries last year. It is housed within the existing Facebook mobile app. Users have to create a separate profile and will be matched only with other users who have opted in. They will not be matched with their friends on Facebook and can choose if they wish to be matched with friends of friends. Besides Singapore, the service is also being launched in countries from Malaysia and Vietnam to Brazil and Chile. "Currently, there are more than 200 million people who list themselves as single on Facebook. We view this as an incredible opportunity to connect people should they choose to explore meaningful relationships," said Facebook Dating's technical program manager Charmaine Hung. Only users' first name and age are ported over from their main Facebook … [Read more...] about Facebook’s dating service to be launched in Singapore and 13 other countries on May 1
(Reuters Health) - Patients who have real-time video visits with their primary care providers instead of in-person exams are generally satisfied with the convenience and quality of their checkups, a new study suggests.There's a lot about these telemedicine visits that can sound appealing: no need to get stuck in traffic on the way to the doctor; no long stretches in the waiting room before the exam; no missing half a day of work for an appointment that's over in the blink of an eye. But research to date hasn't offered a clear picture of how the reality of virtual visits matches up with patients' expectations"Prior to the current study there was very little research evidence about primary-care video visits, especially when the visits are with a patient's own primary care providers (the ones they also visit in-person) as a part of their ongoing clinical care," said lead study author Dr. Mary Reed of Kaiser Permanente Northern California.Reed and colleagues surveyed 1,274 patients at … [Read more...] about Patients value convenience of telemedicine