Groped in public, killed by an ex-partner, beaten by an employer. Women across Asia and beyond have faced increased domestic violence as well as sexual and gender-based abuse amid the coronavirus pandemic. A report released this week by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent said this was due to multiple issues, including increased socioeconomic stress on families and lockdowns forcing women to stay at home. On the heels of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, This Week in Asia is highlighting some forms of violence that women and girls are grappling with: Tortured, beheaded, and groped In countries such as Pakistan, experts and advocates say violence against women and girls has reached alarming levels. Among the most recent high-profile cases was Noor Muqaddam, 27, who was tortured and beheaded in Islamabad in July. According to the local press, the charge sheet said that Zahir Jaffer, the main suspect in the case, kept her ... » Learn More about Beheaded, groped, beaten: Violence against women in Asia is reaching alarming levels
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Pregnancy is the time when you take extra care of yourself and pay attention to every little detail that is directly or indirectly related to your foetus’s healthy growth. As a pregnant woman, you must focus on consuming healthy food, drinking nutritious shakes, taking proper sleep and also on things you read and listen to. But do you ever pay attention to the makeup items stocked in your dressing drawer? You might be wondering what makeup has to do with pregnancy and the growth of the baby inside your womb. Well, according to NCBI scientific reports, ‘Since the majority of cosmetic products are used directly onto the skin, the hazardous chemicals can directly pass the epidermal barrier to the dermis of the human body and thereby enter the systemic blood circulation, which potentially damages the fertility and reproductive health of women. Some of these chemicals are related to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Most of the makeup items contain harmful chemicals. Even the ‘natural’ ... » Learn More about Pregnancy-safe makeup: Why pregnant women should avoid makeup with parabens
Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies' pension funds before dying a mysterious death. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who died while charged with sexually abusing teenage girls. Now, after a life of both scandal and luxury, Ghislaine's next act will be decided by a United States trial. Starting Monday, prosecutors in New York will argue that even as she was sipping cocktails with the likes of Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Maxwell, 59, was secretly abetting Epstein’s crimes with girls as young as 14. A key question for jurors: Was Ghislaine an unwitting pawn of Epstein’s manipulations or an opportunist who knew all about his sex crimes? Ian Maxwell says his sister is being railroaded by a US criminal justice system intent on holding someone responsible for Epstein’s crimes. "And she is paying a heavy price, a blood price for that,” he told The ... » Learn More about An enabler or a pawn: Who is the real Ghislaine Maxwell?
IN the wake of Covid-19, workers around the world are quitting their jobs in large numbers due to evolving work preferences, frustrations with their current working environments, and to look for better career opportunities elsewhere. In September, a record 4.4 million people, or 3% of the workforce in the United States, resigned. Across the United States and Europe, dissatisfied employees are voluntarily quitting their jobs in a movement known as the Great Resignation or the Big Quit, even as economies worldwide face downturns during the long pandemic. A similar pattern of resignations can also be seen in China, although the reasons for the situation in China may be exacerbated by an ultra- stressful working culture that demands long hours from employees. Malaysia too has suffered over the past year, with Covid-19 having an immense impact on our social and economic behaviours. Last year, the unemployment rate was 4.5%, the highest in almost three decades. Malaysia’s economy also ... » Learn More about Has the ‘Great Resignation’ hit Malaysia?
The Workers' Party (WP) has won Sengkang GRC with 52.13 per cent of votes, marking a historic victory. The WP lineup is made up of newcomers Jamus Lim, Raeesah Khan, and Louis Chua, as well as familiar face, He Ting Ru. The People's Action Party (PAP) team comprises Ng Chee Meng, Lam Pin Min, Amrin Amin and new face Raymond Lye. Second GRC in Singapore to flip Previously, the sample count revealed the WP to be leading PAP by 6 percentage points (53% vs 47%). The GRC is the second constituency in Singapore to flip to the opposition after Aljunied GRC. WP team He, a lawyer, is running on the WP ticket for a second time, after contesting in Marine Parade GRC in the 2015 election. Lim, back in Singapore after two decades abroad, is an economics associate professor who worked previously at the Institute for Southeast Asian studies, the World Bank and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Khan, the youngest candidate from the WP and daughter of 2017 presidential ... » Learn More about GE2020: WP wins Sengkang GRC with 52.13% of votes, PAP 47.87%
Jeffrey Epstein's accusers describe Ghislaine Maxwell (L) as the registered sex offender's right-hand confidante, acting both as paramour and madam at the behest of the multi-millionaire's proclivities NEW YORK - The much-anticipated sex crimes trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with grooming underage girls for late financier Jeffrey Epstein, is set to begin Monday before a packed federal courthouse in Manhattan. The 59-year-old daughter of the late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell faces an effective life sentence if convicted in New York of sex trafficking minors for Epstein, her former lover who killed himself in prison over two years ago. Following the death of Epstein -- a multi-million-dollar money manager who befriended countless celebrities, including Britain's Prince Andrew -- prosecutors vowed to pursue co-conspirators, resulting in Maxwell's arrest in July 2020. She has since been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn -- where she ... » Learn More about Epstein associate Maxwell goes on trial Monday for sex crimes
Keeping track of time in our fast-moving, ever-changing world is no easy task, so why not treat yourself to a special timepiece and do it in style? From the latest releases to the coolest collabs, we round up the newest and hottest from the world of watches. Dover Street Market x Bamford London Watchmaker Bamford London and retailer Dover Street Market have launched a 100-piece Snoopy-inspired GMT . Opting for a monochrome palette, the design mirrors the Dover Street Market logo on the dial, caseback and packaging. The adorable Snoopy is front and centre in a classic pose on the white dial, framed by a black and white rotating bezel. His arms moving around as the hour and minute hands, while his faithful friend, Woodstock, is playful pop of yellow as the 24-hour GMT hand. Powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW330-2 movement and paired with a black cordura strap with white stitching, the watch—presented in a black version of Snoopy’s famous doghouse — is durable and made for ... » Learn More about Dover Street Market x Bamford London’s limited edition Snoopy watch and other hot, new timepieces to cop
Table of Contents (Quick Navigation) In collaboration with the US Secret Service, Thailand’s Police Cyber Taskforce (PCT) has cracked down on a major network of fake-dollar gangs, confiscating offset printing machines and tens of thousands of counterfeit $100 bills. In an interview with the Bangkok Post , Pol Maj Gen Naphanwut Liamsanguan who commands the Investigation Division of the Provincial Police Region 8, said that the crackdown was the biggest on a dollar bill forgery gang since 2012. So far, fake dollar bill crackdowns have resulted in 40 legal cases. Most of the notes seized belong to the 2006 series and 2006A series. The police arrested a variety of suspects involved in the operation, including dealers, coordinators, employers, and banknote printers. Three high-quality offset printing machines were also confiscated, filling a gap since 2016 when police last seized a press in Bangkok’s Sai Mai district, Pol Maj Gen Naphanwut said. From July to ... » Learn More about Thai Police Take Down Major Network of Fake US Dollar Gangs