Have you recently developed a liking for the K-pop sensation BTS? Catching up with the breakneck speed of the band’s career can feel overwhelming, but you have to start somewhere. Here is a complete guide to the seven bandmates. From its advent to its meteoric rise, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about BTS. Or if you are simply wondering about the hype around the band, allow us to enlighten you about BTS’ catchy songs, heart-pumping dance moves and colorful personalities that have catapulted them to stardom. Who is BTS? BTS is an abbreviation of the Korean words Bangtan Sonyeondan, which literally means “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Many English-speaking fans simply call them Bangtan Boys. In 2017, the group said BTS also stood for “Beyond the Scene” as part of its new brand identity. The septet consists of rappers Suga, J-Hope and RM, who is the leader, and vocalists Jimin, V, Jin and Jungkook. The … [Read more...] about Ultimate beginner’s guide to BTS
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SINGAPORE: It was not too long ago that Facebook was a politician’s best friend.As the social media platform started taking off in Singapore about a decade ago, politicians — from across the political spectrum — rushed to get onboard, setting up their Facebook accounts, posting comments and pictures, and engaging fellow users.At that time, it seemed as though Facebook could do no wrong, and politicians saw it as a godsend — an ideal platform not only to communicate their messages, but also to gather feedback and gauge public sentiments.Of late, however, Facebook has come under scrutiny around the world, as news emerge of how the social media giant inflated its metrics, tried to cover up data breaches, as well as allowed itself to be used as a conduit for spreading mis- and disinformation.Earlier this week, Facebook also admitted to hiring a Washington-based lobbying company that pushed negative stories about Facebook’s critics, including … [Read more...] about The Big Read: With Facebook’s credibility under siege, time for the Government to ‘unfriend’ it?
By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Mon., Nov. 5, 2018 You can add Rihanna to the list of musicians appalled to discover their songs are getting played at Donald Trump rallies. In fairness to the U.S. president, if the mood music that blasts before one of his fiery speeches was limited to those who like him, he’d be stuck playing a loop of Ted Nugent, Kid Rock and Sean Hannity singing in the shower. Much in the way vegans hate the Keg, most musicians now see a Trump rally as an oratorical steak house where the hate speech is seared over open flames and served with a side of charred lies that are swallowed whole. These rallies are a fear-a-palooza in the key of crazy. On Monday, at one of his scheduled events before Tuesday’s midterm elections, if Trump vowed to impose harsh sanctions on space aliens who are secretly importing crime and disease into America via the fifth dimension, the mob would cheer, give a middle finger to the sky, and rush … [Read more...] about Never mind fake news, it’s time for musicians to trick Trump with fake music
caption Michael Avenatti. source Mario Tama/Getty Images Michael Avenatti, whose profile has skyrocketed in recent months as Stormy Daniels’ attorney, is under fire in relation to Tully’s – a coffee chain he purchased in 2013 – even though Avenatti says he sold his interest. Dozens of lawsuits (many of which are still unresolved) allege that Tully’s parent company, Global Baristas, failed to pay rent and suppliers. Business Insider spoke with six former Tully’s workers who said they witnessed signs of financial woes, such as inadequate upkeep and issues with suppliers. Some former employees told Business Insider that Avenatti was seemingly involved in financial matters at the chain – one says until all locations abruptly closed in March. Avenatti refutes these claims. Avenatti’s explosive rise coming soon after … [Read more...] about Coffee shortages, payment questions, and shocking closures: Former employees at the coffee chain once purchased by Stormy Daniels’ lawyer share what it was like to work at Tully’s
Thailand is on a drive to clamp down on black market branded goods with its "Stop Fake Goods" campaign aimed at tourists, which started at the end of last year. The country wants to clean up its image on the world stage. Last year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union's Intellectual Property Office ranked Thailand fourth among countries globally where most counterfeit goods originate. The ranking is dominated by Asian countries with China in the first spot followed by Turkey, Singapore, Thailand and India.So far the Thai government's efforts have been successful. The Ministry of Commerce said last year the number of counterfeit products has been reduced by more than 85% from previous years.According to a report released by Global Financial Integrity, the international market for copycats is still huge. In its March 2017 report, the value of global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods was estimated to stand between US$923 billion and … [Read more...] about Designer brands shed big bucks to stave off copycats