SINGAPORE: Kampungs may have all but disappeared in Singapore, but a group of neighbours in Punggol is working hard to keep alive the community spirit of yesteryear.They show up with food to accompany someone who might be eating alone, provide simple handyman services and buy groceries for one another. And they keep in constant contact through chat groups - just like family. That sense of an extended family among neighbours was in evidence at a recent gathering of 20 people at one of the group's flats in Waterway Cascadia HDB estate, with conversation flowing easily and a sense of camaraderie in the air. The setting was modern, but they seemed to perfectly capture the kampung spirit - a colloquial term for neighbourliness and community, harking back to the 1950s and 60s when many Singaporeans lived in such areas and knew each other well.The gathering was held at the home of Ms Juliana Johari, who lives at her Punggol flat with her husband … [Read more...] about The estate in Punggol that is keeping the kampung spirit alive
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KUCHING: The Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department is currently looking for 96 individuals to assist the investigations of a wide range of cases. Its chief, Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said the 96 are being sought for cases involving cheating, criminal breach of trust, computer-related crimes, misuse of property, and pornographic video and digital compact disc related offences. “A total of 78 individuals are being sought for cheating investigations involving Macau Scam (11 individuals), African Scam (6), impersonation (5), cheques (4), online (4), welfare (3), investment (3), land deals (3), holiday tours (2), bomoh (shamans) (1), Sports Toto (1) and others (35). “There are also 14 for CBT, Computer Crimes Act (2) and one more for criminal misuse of property. All of the individuals sought are locals,“ he said in a media conference at the Sarawak Police Contingent Headquarters here, today. Mustafa said among the 96, the most sought is Mohd Azlan Mat … [Read more...] about 96 individuals sought by Sarawak police
Facebook-owned WhatsApp's revelation of a security flaw allowing hackers to inject spyware on smartphones raised fresh concerns about the security of the mobile ecosystem. Here are five key questions and answers: What happened to WhatsApp? The security hole in the WhatsApp messaging app could enable an attacker to inject malware to gain access to Android or Apple smartphones. WhatsApp patched the flaw this week after being informed that the spyware was being used to track human rights activists and lawyers. Security researchers believe the attackers used the powerful Pegasus spyware from Israel-based NSO Group. According to a recent analysis of the software by the security firm Lookout, Pegasus can "subvert" the device's security and "steals the victim's contact list and GPS location, as well as personal, Wi-Fi, and router passwords stored on the device." The infection could take root with a simple call through WhatsApp. To make matters worse, victims may not know their phones were … [Read more...] about WhatsApp, security and spyware: what happened
MANILA, Philippines — Believing that the truth will come out over accusations that he and his family are receiving payoffs from drug traffickers, President Duterte has expressed no interest in filing charges against personalities who have allegedly conspired to bring him down. Duterte said he is not keen on going after his detractors, some of whom were identified by presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo as coming from the Liberal Party (LP). Panelo named former senator Manuel Roxas II and former presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda as being behind the video clips where a certain “Bikoy” bared “Ang Totoong Narcolist,” which linked Duterte and his family to the drug protection racket. “I’m not interested to file cases,” Duterte said in his speech during the campaign rally in Garcia Hernandez town in Bohol, which was in support of the gubernatorial bid of former Cabinet secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. “Sabagay, mogawas ang … [Read more...] about Duterte cool to raps vs those in Bikoy matrix
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?