PARIS: The pressure is on France as they kick off the Women's World Cup against South Korea on Jun 7, but while the Koreans, Norwegians and Nigerians are all potentially tricky opponents for the hosts, the format of the group stage leaves them some room to manoeuvre.The first round will eliminate just eight teams of the 24 teams, with the top two finishers in each of the six groups advancing along with four best third-place teams.Here AFP, looks at the contenders in groups A, B and C:Group AFrance (World Ranking: Number 4), Norway (No 12), South Korea (No 14), Nigeria (No 38)Hosts France start as one of the tournament favourites, as the backbone of the starting XI play for Lyon, the dominant team in European club football. Sarah Bouhaddi is described by team-mates as "the best goalkeeper in the world", central defender Wendie Renard captains Lyon while defensive midfielder Amandine Henri captains France. Striker Eugenie Le Sommer has scored 74 goals for the national … [Read more...] about Women’s World Cup: Profiles of Groups A, B and C
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"Are you married? Do you intend to have children soon?" These were the exact questions Jeraldine Phneah faced during an HR phone interview with a leading local startup last year. While the questions were not overtly offensive, it was against the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices. In Singapore, it is illegal to ask questions during a job interview about religion, age, race, political affiliation, and, yes, even plans to have children. Unfortunately, this experience is a regular occurrence for many women. Incidents of gender discrimination have emerged in tech giants Google and Microsoft. Closer to home, a 2016 study revealed that 66 per cent of women in the Singapore workforce experience unfair treatment at work. Jeraldine is no stranger to gender discrimination. As a local blogger who writes about finance and current affairs topics, she's been exposed to critical comments from naysayers and has learned to let them slide. In her full-time technology sales role within a … [Read more...] about This 27-year-old financial blogger saved $100k in 3.5 years
SINGAPORE - The leading media in Asia have agreed to collaborate to promote World News Day, in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of professional newsrooms and quality journalism for proper governance and society in the region. Fifteen editors from across Asia agreed on Tuesday (May 7) to produce content to mark the day, which falls on May 2. It was started in 2018 by the Canadian Journalism Foundation to celebrate the work of journalists and raise awareness of the value of fair, independent journalism. The plan to lend their support was one of the initiatives proposed by the media honchos who gathered in Singapore for the inaugural meeting of the World Editors Forum (WEF) Asia Chapter. During the discussion at the revamped newsroom of The Straits Times, the editors also brainstormed on how to improve capacities across newsrooms in Asia. They agreed to share best practices on newsroom transformation. These include sharing experiences and learning points from the … [Read more...] about Major Asian media to work together to promote World News Day
By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist Wed., May 1, 2019 A détente in the U.S.-China trade tensions can’t come soon enough for Canada. There’s quite a list of troubles Canadians are dealing with right now because of their exposure to that dispute — farm receipts, steel and aluminum tariffs, economic uncertainty and even the threatened lives of Canadians in Chinese prisons. The best hope — perhaps the only hope — of alleviating that pain lies in the hands of negotiators who met in Beijing this week and will meet again in Washington next week to broker some kind of pact that would bring trade peace between the two superpowers. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer wrapped up another round of high-level talks in China on Wednesday with the goal of reaching an understanding that would wind down tariffs on $360 billion (U.S.) of their goods. The Trump White House, ever the volatile … [Read more...] about U.S. may be Canada’s best hope in Chinese trade dispute
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?