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Google has awarded a record $112,500 to a security researcher for reporting an exploit chain that could be used to hack Pixel smartphones.

Last week the Google disclosed the technical details of the exploit chain that was devised in August 2017 by the Guang Gong from Alpha Team at Qihoo 360 Technology. The exploit chain triggers two vulnerabilities, CVE-2017-5116 and CVE-2017-14904, researchers submitted it through the Android Security Rewards (ASR) program.

“The exploit chain includes two bugs, CVE-2017-5116 and CVE-2017-14904. CVE-2017-5116 is a V8 engine bug that is used to get remote code execution in sandboxed Chrome render process. CVE-2017-14904 is a bug in Android’s libgralloc module that is used to escape from Chrome’s sandbox. Together, this exploit chain can be used to inject arbitrary code into system_server by accessing a malicious URL in Chrome.” reads the analysis published by Google.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/google-awarded-hacker-record-112-500-for-exploit-chain

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SINGAPORE: Every business understands the need for change, to stay relevant as technology threatens to upend business models and disrupt entire industries.

Every business leader must drive transformation in the face of disruption or risk losing market relevance.
Nowhere is this more true than in family-run businesses where second-generation owners like myself face the twin challenges of both driving the business forward to meet fast-changing market demands while staying true to the values and legacies built up over the years by the business founders.   

When I took over the reins of Scanteak from my parents, some of the initiatives I pushed for include the introduction of new Point of Sale (POS) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, and most recently, an e-commerce platform with an online store.

An omni-channel approach was the way to go for retailers. Consumer behaviour was changing and we had to shape up or be prepared to ship out.

But some Scanteak sales staff were initially resistant as they saw an e-commerce platform as a threat to their personal livelihoods. Managers were unconvinced that there was an urgent need to change. After all, the physical showrooms were generating a healthy revenue and many staff members had grown used to pen-and-paper operations for a long time.

Even my own parents were sceptical that customers would purchase furniture online. Things had chugged along fine for over 20 years, so why fix what was not broken? There was a lot of convincing to do.

​​​​​​​More at  https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/for-family-run-businesses-change-must-come-from-the-top

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday night ending the government shutdown, capping off a nearly three-day deadlock and reinstating funds until February 8, a senior administration official said.

The House and the Senate voted Monday to end the government shutdown, extending funding for three weeks, following a deal being reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding assurances related to immigration.

The House passed the continuing resolution 266-159, with 36 more yes votes than the four-week resolution they passed last week.

The movement comes thanks in part to commitments from McConnell and other Republicans in bipartisan meetings, according to four Democratic sources.

The votes came several hours after the workday for hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees was supposed to have begun, and it comes three days after the government officially shut down Friday at midnight.

The movement comes thanks in part to commitments from McConnell and other Republicans in bipartisan meetings, according to four Democratic sources.

"We will vote today to reopen the government," Schumer said earlier on the Senate floor, saying he and McConnell had reached an "arrangement."

McConnell reiterated the same on the Senate floor, adding the shutdown was distracting senators from focusing on passing legislation.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/trump-signs-bill-ending-shutdown-official-says

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The Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement will see Singapore companies enjoying potential tariff savings of up to S$10 million each year, among other benefits.

COLOMBO: Singapore and Sri Lanka signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday (Jan 23) which will deepen economic ties and facilitates greater trade flows between the two countries.

The Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) was signed by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran and Sri Lanka’s Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena witnessed the signing in Colombo.

With the deal inked, Singapore and Sri Lanka companies will gain greater access to each other’s markets across many sectors, said Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in a news release.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement

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PETALING JAYA, Jan 22 — The police have arrested a Kedah man recorded fondling a preschooler in a viral video from the weekend.Kuala Muda District Police Chief ACP Saifi Abdul Hamid confirmed the arrest, and said the man was apprehended at his house in Sungai Petani, Kedah, after two reports were lodged over his actions in the video.

 “He was arrested at 3pm today. The mother of the child made a police report at 2am in the morning after seeing a video of the alleged act that has gone viral,’’ he said.

 Saifi added the case will be investigated under Section 14 of the Child Act for physical and sexual assault of a child.In the video, the man is seen cradling the girl on his lap and kissing her, before it becomes apparent that he has his hand under her dress and is fondling her chest.

 According to Saifi, the man who was said to be a close friend of the family and had taken the girl out under the pretext of getting her food.

 Instead, he took her to a fun fair where the alleged molest took place, and only brought her home two hours later.Saifi said the man had also attempted to again take the girl out, before he was confronted by her mother who learned of the molest through the viral video.

 He quickly apologised before fleeing, Saifi revealed.

https://sg.yahoo.com/news/cops-catch-man-recorded-fondling-little-girl-kedah-110800688.html

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Your child may not be old enough for you to worry about tuition just yet, but get ready to pay all the same.

My First Skool, the NTUC-run childcare/infantcare centre and preschool, one of Singapore biggest chains, has raised their school fees yet again, sending new parents into a panic.

The fee increase will be between $6 and $33 a month for childcare and $5 and $20 for infantcare.

Is this overkill when NTUC is supposed to be committed to making childcare services more, and not less, affordable?

They have been hiking up their prices a lot over the years

Up to $34 a month more may not sound like much at first glance.

But take into account the fact that My First Skool has been increasing their school fees every year from 2014-2016.

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Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown.

The shutdown began at midnight on Friday, when lawmakers failed to agree on an extension to federal funding.

Efforts to reach a compromise ahead of the working week failed late on Sunday.

A vote to end the shutdown was postponed until midday (17:00 GMT) on Monday, meaning many federal government offices will remain closed.

The Senate held a rare session throughout the weekend, in an attempt to reach an agreement ahead of the working week.

But there was little sign of compromise, as Democratic and Republican senators blamed each other.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/us-shutdown-govt-services-closed-as-working-week-begin

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Unclaimed cremated remains from parts of the Bukit Brown and Seh Ong cemeteries will be scattered at sea on April 26 this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) wrote in a series of final notices posted on national broadsheets.

As of 12 January, remains from about 3,400 out of 4,700 graves – exhumed from both cemeteries between January and December 2014 to make way for the construction of Lornie Highway – have not been claimed, said an LTA spokesman on Wednesday (17 January) in response to queries by Yahoo News Singapore.

These remains were not claimed by descendants or next-of-kin at the time of exhumation and during the storage period of three years, according to the notice published last Friday in The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.

More at https://sg.yahoo.com/news/unclaimed-cremated-remains-bukit-brown-seh-ong-scattered-sea-april-101803352.html

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At the launch of the 50-hectare Punggol Digital District’s masterplan on Sunday (21 Jan), Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said the opening of a new business and education hub in Punggol from 2023 will help create 28,000 jobs in fields such as cybersecurity and data analytic, creating job opportunities "close to home".

He said the District will support government efforts to build a Smart Nation. He added that the relocation of the National Cyber Security Agency to the Punggol Digital District is also being studied.

"This will help seed a new cluster of cybersecurity and technology firms in Punggol. Our residents can look forward to many exciting jobs close to home, and gain new skills in these growth areas," DPM Teo said.

However, he did not specify how many of these new jobs to be created would actually go to Singaporeans. Residents do include foreigners holding Permanent Residents status in Singapore. Also, he did not specify the percentage of the 28,000 jobs would be going to foreign expats too.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/28k-jobs-to-be-created-in-punggol-how-many-going-to-locals

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MOE should introduce a new financial penalty to punish those students who consistently stir trouble in schools (e.g. violating rules, committing serious offences) to have their school fees increased by anywhere from 100% to 500% depending on the severity of their transgressions. In addition, their school fees will not be subsidized by taxpayers' monies and they must pay the full amount equivalent to standing international student (IS) fee rates in Singapore government schools.

For example, a secondary 2 student who constantly disrupts a class with his irksome behavior for more than 3 times shall have to cough up a sum of

Before: $6/month

After: $3,300/month (2018 IS fees = $1,100/month)

Penalty Rate: 300%

More at http://www.domainofexperts.com/2018/01/moe-should-introduce-financial-penalty.html

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News, Current Affairs Discussions / Poly jobs: “More” means … ?
« on: January 21, 2018, 05:53:01 pm »
I refer to the article “Goals of poly grads changing” (Straits Times, Jan 18).

It states that “More polytechnic students are choosing to continue their studies instead of finding work immediately after graduating. This is a preference among diploma holders that has emerged over the last decade, and is also seen in the latest graduate employment survey conducted by the five polytechnics.”

So, what does “more” mean?

That just one per cent more than last year’s figure, or say 30 per cent more?

Why can’t the actual statistics be made public and reported in the media?

Are “most” (I also use lah) of them going for further studies because they planned to, or because “most” couldn’t find a full-time job?

Also, since the graduates’ employment survey was from “1 October to 15 January” – which I understand is already about five to eight months after their graduation – wouldn’t “most” of those who planned to further their studies have started their studies already?

Did the survey or if not, then why didn’t the survey ask whether they have already enrolled for further studies?

Otherwise, we may just be speculating when we keep saying that “more” or “most” (for that matter) of those in part-time jobs were doing so because they were going for further studies?

More at https://tinyurl.com/ybvdsd6y

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Singapore’s  budget is the most important event of 2018’s first quarter because it  will determine the state of your bank account for years to come. 

Unfortunately, it’s off to a bad start thanks to MOF’s heavily-criticised influencer campaign.

Yesterday, the Straits Times published a story about the Ministry of Finance using influencers to  promote 2018 Budget. There were no details on how much this campaign cost or whether MOF’s targets were met, but it didn’t stop the Straits Times from throwing shade at the influencers for using ‘pretty pictures’  to sell policy.

For once, everyone in the  comments agreed with the ST article. Netizens lambasted the influencers  for being ‘cringeworthy’ and ‘bad’, while MOF was scolded for wasting taxpayer money.

I do not like the campaign. However, I do not like the popular criticism levelled against this campaign either, because it basically boils down to: ‘Influencers suck. Government wasted our money.”
The judgment is a little too vanilla. We must go deeper.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/mof-s-influencer-campaign-is-lame-but-we-deserve-it

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Evidence showing that PAP co-founder Lim Chin Siong’s detention was wrongful has emerged as a transcript of Mr. Lim’s speech at a contentious protest has turned up in the UK’s National Archives.
The politician was once believed to be a top  contender to lead Singapore but his promising career was subverted when he was jailed. A transcript of the speech that Mr. Lim made in 1996 refutes allegations made against him that he had instigated and advocated subversion and violence against the government – a charge that was used to detain him.

In 1964, Lee Kuan Yew and Lim Chin Siong founded the People’s Action Party. Mr. Lim’s leadership, rhetorical skills and intelligence served him well in supplying the organizational base of the PAP and assembling the trade union movement. Mr. Lim wholeheartedly supported Singapore’s marginalized workers. He gained popularity quickly, and at the age of 22, he won the Bukit Timah constituency in 1955. Lee Kuan Yew even introduced him to David Marshall as the next leader of Singapore.

Mr. Lim’s phenomenal career in public service was derailed when he was jailed during Lim Yew Hock’s term (1956 to 1959) and also during Lee Kuan Yew’s term (1963 to 1969).

For the past 50 years, the Singaporean government has officially declared Mr. Lim’s detention as justifiable, labeling him as a communist and accusing him of condoning subversiveness and violence. Mr. Lim denied these accusations as long as he lived.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/evidence-showing-lim-chin-siong-s-detention-was-wrongful

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SINGAPORE: The higher number of retrenched workers in the last few years has caused a spike in the number of depression cases experts see here.

In 2016, job redundancies in Singapore hit a seven-year high since the 2009 global financial crisis. A total of 19,170 workers were retrenched that year, compared to the 9,800 in 2010, according to the Manpower Ministry’s latest labour market report.

Think Psychological Services, which sees three or four new cases every month, has seen an approximately 18 per cent increase in individuals who are affected by job changes in the last five years. Most of them present with various symptoms of depression and anxiety, said Vyda S Chai, Think Psychological Services' clinical psychologist.

More than just a loss of financial security, retrenchment and other job-related changes can have a knock-on effect on mental health and well-being too.

"Many people are conditioned from a young age to define themselves by what they do and how much they earn. I see many patients who experience a loss of self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness and guilt when they lose their job," said Dr Adrian Wang, consultant psychiatrist at Gleneagles Medical Centre.


More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/depression-caused-by-job-loss-or-changes-warrants-attention

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