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Friday, March 22, 2019

What is an eSIM? Why is it Better for Consumers?

What is an eSIM? Why is it Better for Consumers?

iPhone eSIM

We talked about how eSIMS were going to be a game changer for customers last year. And our predictions were right it seems. Apple has added eSIMs into their latest phones, and they’ve been using that technology in watches since they launched the Series 3 in September last year. But what is an eSIM? Short for”embedded SIM” (also called eUICC), an eSIM is a digital SIM that allows you to activate a cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical SIM card.

Why would manufacturers Switch to eSIMs?

For phone manufacturers, there are two reasons why they’d want to switch to eSIMs.

1. Better design

Physical SIM cards are mostly useless plastic and the actual working part of the SIM is that tiny metal strip. Removing that tiny bit of plastic means that phone can be a tiny bit thinner.

Size comparison between mini, micro, nano and eSIMs

And as phones and devices get smaller and thinner each tiny little bit of space counts. There’s also the housing, reader, and tray that are needed with physical SIM cards. Manufacturers can eke out a bit more space as well. Plus, removing slots and openings from any device’s shell make it less likely to be compromised by water or dust.

2. Better experience for device owners

In Apple’s case, they decided to use all that extra space to add Dual SIM options to their options. This allows them to deliver a much better experience for their customers.

Here’s why eSIMs are better for consumers:

Picking secondary carrier with an eSIM

1. You’ll be able to change carriers without having to get a new SIM. You can change carriers or your plan in your phone settings. This means less time speaking with carriers, and ordering and waiting for new SIMs. Software does everything.

2. No more having to deal with cutting SIM cards, or finding adapters

3. With eSIMs and dual SIMS, you can have two plans from two different carriers. This means you can:

  • Use one number for business and another number for personal calls.
  • Add a local data plan when you travel outside of the country or region.
  • Have separate voice, text and data plans.

With that being said, if you need a second number with a more basic plan, or want to buy talk, text or data separately you should take a look at some of our plans. They start at only $4/month.

image sources: Apple, GSM Arena

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2020 Porsche 911 (922) Development of stunning sports car


  Porsche released the details of the 992's first powertrains as part of the model’s debut. Both the Carrera S and Carrera 4S – the first two members of the next-generation 911 family – feature twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engines. We knew from the debut that both models would have 443 horsepower on offer, but we can now report that there’s 390 pound-feet of torque, as well. All told, there's 23 horsepowers and 22 lb-ft of torque more than the current Carrera S. Despite these modest gains (relative to 400-plus-horsepower sports cars), the new 911 is much more potent. The sprint to 60 miles per hour takes just 3.5 seconds for the Carrera S and 3.4 seconds for the all-wheel-drive variant – grab the Sport Chrono Package, and those figures fall to 3.3 and 3.2 seconds, respectively. The top speed, meanwhile, is 191 mph for both variants. Porsche calls the 992's engine “new,” but really, its official name gives away its modified nature – the 9A2 Evo. Based on the 991.2's engine, the 3.0-liter in the new 911 features a revised exhaust manifold made from cast iron. Combined with a pair of larger turbochargers – the symmetrical units have electric wastegates, and larger compression and turbine wheels – the 9A2 Evo promises a reduction in turbo lag. That said, the larger turbocharger does mean less accessible torque compared to last year's 9A2 engine – peak twist is available from 2,300 rpm rather than 1,700 rpm. Engineers also repositioned the intercoolers, moving them from the inside corners of the rear bumper to almost directly above the muffler. While there's a negligible decrease in cooling efficiency – exhaust systems get hot, after all – the new position allowed Porsche to enlarge both intercoolers. There's 14 percent more cooling capacity, and because the position is more efficient, the throughput of cool air is higher. One of the big differences between the 911 we'll receive here in the United States and what our cousins across the pond will see is the presence of a gasoline particulate filter – European Union law mandates its presence. What that means is that continental 911s will be cleaner than North American models, although our car will sound better. How much better, though, we can't say. Even our Porsche Cars North America contact at the event hadn't heard an NA-spec car. That said, the European model sounds perfectly throaty, both on startup and under full chat. The sound of 992s running hot laps regularly interrupted our tech sessions on the Hockenheim main tower's fourth floor. And that sound, aside from the sheer volume, was every bit a Porsche flat six. Porsche's engineers once again have nailed the 911's soundtrack. Get More Great Car Videos - Subscribe: https://goo.gl/BSIaFc

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Infographic: 30 Years of Chinese Investment in Myanmar

  • Who'd risk blind alley? Western Sanctions Squeeze Myanmar's,Who'd be stand by for?

#Once the project has problems.

* Unless the ugly, will be basically.

* Posting a tentative late if it's all .๐Ÿคฏ

* Nothing objection!

* The government is clearly putting coal, The water, Solar, Large LNG project and the country needed to make quick fire.

Confluence No! Urgently need country where the electric and I know how Karma urgently.

* OK! Confluence bad LNG is bad, Coal is bad, Water was not accepted, Solar opposed land acquisition, no news means no farmers to plant corn instead of Lo, there

* Good night light taste these objections are than lower.*

Just one of the four friends do not Undo coal plant is built around security and government efficiency. The plot of subversion and catch those few. Go, go rest.

* The issue does CSO NGO plates. Law and must be handled.

Infographic: 30 Years of Chinese Investment in Myanmar

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YANGON—Amid increasing global pushback against Chinese investment, Myanmar’s government has grown more agreeable to involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Looking back at the last three decades, Chinese investment in Myanmar reached its peak during the 2010-2011 fiscal year after President Thein Sein’s government took office. In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Chinese investment began a rapid decline after the controversial $3 billion China-backed Myitsone hydropower project was suspended amid public outcry. The years between 2014 and 2016 then saw a steady rise in investment figures from China.

Despite public wariness surrounding Chinese investments, the Rohingya crisis and condemnations from the West over what has happened in Rakhine State have pushed Myanmar back into the hands of the Chinese.

Last year, Myanmar began to adopt a “look east” economic policy and has the Greater China region in its new line of vision. Experts have been surmising that BRI infrastructure projects are set to become the country’s most significant source of investment and support for the country’s economic growth this year.

It is certain that China will remain to be a decisive economic influence for Myanmar which is also a potentially crucial partner in its BRI and other economic plans. In terms of foreign investment figures, China is now Myanmar’s largest investor as well as biggest trade partner.

Here, The Irrawaddy compiles clear visualizations of all Chinese investment projects in Myanmar, including the proposed, those about to be implemented, currently being implemented, completed projects and those suspended due to public pressure and contract agreement issues.

Ref: China Overseas Investment Data, Ministry of Electric and Energy, DICA, Global Environmental Institute: Investment Trade and the Environment Program report and rivers network. 

Ref: .https://www.irrawaddy.com/specials/infographic-30-years-chinese-investment-myanmar.html?fbclid=IwAR3GypbH06m7cmUzvOA-iqSMxpjqyGVgfbmnHPJ0mKg1c-mj7HnFtlQPQGk

Pay-as-you-throw” idea for HDB rubbish chutes leaves S’poreans in shock & awe

Pay-as-you-throw” idea for HDB rubbish chutes leaves S’poreans in shock & awe

There are upsides.

Nyi Nyi Thet | March 18, 03:47

Straits Times (ST) article on March 15, 2019 provoked quite the reaction among Singaporeans

Here is the piece.

Image from Loh Boon Kwang

The ST article highlights some points brought up by Cheang Kok Chung, the director of National Environment Agency’s (NEA) department for environmental protection policy and international relations.

He was speaking at a presentation during the Sustainable Innovation Expo in Nairobi, Kenya from March 11-15, 2019.

According to the ST article, Cheang had touched on the lack of “pay-as-you-throw” elements in the current waste disposal fee.

One of the difficulties brought up by Cheang was the nature of Singapore’s method of trash disposal, specifically the sheer number of chutes available.

This might hinder an implementation of “pay-as-you-throw” system, as it would utilise a prepaid waste bag system.

Despite the potential obstacles, Cheang said he was hopeful that next time they could report that they were “closer to the ‘user-pay principle’ tax”.

Shock and awe

Singaporeans had some strong reactions to the news.

Starting with this rather inspired meme.

Image from Loh Boon Kwang

Others took the idea of a “pay-as-you-throw” system and just ran with it.

Not the first time it’s been brought up

The system is by no means a novel idea in Singapore.

In fact, the idea of “pay-as-you-throw” was brought up nearly three years ago in the 2016 Solid Waste Management Technology Roadmap.

Here is a snippet of what they basically advocated for.

Image from nccs.gov


One major factor people brought up in bashing the initiative was this.

Which appears to be a major push in getting the Facebook post by Loh Boon Kwang to over 1,000 shares in less than 5 hours.

However, here’s an important point to note.

There’s already a fee

Technically, technically, we are already paying for throwing waste.

There’s an S$8.25 rubbish collection fee for every apartment (both HDB and Condos), and a S$27.47 fee for landed households.

A popular argument to implement the “pay-as-you-throw” model is the idea that you would pay less if you threw less, as opposed to the flat fee everyone is paying, regardless of the amount of waste they contribute.

What could be implemented in the future, as brought up by ST, is a similar method to the South Korean system.

According to an Eco-Business article, here is what the South Korean system would entail.

“Under such systems, residents have to either buy designated bags to dispose of their trash or bring it to centralised rubbish bins equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that can identify the household, weigh its trash and bill it accordingly.”

That being said, an NEA spokesman did tell ST that there were no current plan to implement a “pay-as-you-throw” RFID system.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jail for what employer who nearly blinded maid, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories ! who repeatedly assaulted her, forced to work ,Who's to blame?

Couple forced maid to do chores only in bra and short pants, caned her, made her eat own vomit

Shaffiq Alkhatib

March 18, 2019

A married couple repeatedly abused their maid, caning and kicking her and force-feeding her a mixture of rice and sugar before ordering her to eat her own vomit when she threw up.

On one occasion, Myanmar national Moe Moe Than, 32, was forced to perform her chores clad in only her bra and short pants.

She was also told that an assassin would be hired to kill her family members back home.

On Monday (March 18), one of the tormentors, former senior sales manager Chia Yun Ling, 43, was sentenced to three years and 11 months' jail and a fine of $4,000. She was also ordered to pay the maid $6,500 in compensation.

District Judge Olivia Low sentenced her husband, Tay Wee Kiat, 41, who used to work as a regional IT manager, to two years' jail, and ordered him to pay a compensation of $3,000.

After a 31-day trial, the judge convicted the couple on March 4 of maid abuse.

Chia was convicted of eight assault charges and one count of using abusive words towards the maid.

The judge also found the mother-of-three guilty of six offences under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

These included forcing the maid to perform her chores scantily clad and failing to give her enough food.

Judge Low found Tay guilty of six assault charges.

The Myanmar national started working at the couple’s Yishun home on Jan 8, 2012.

When she told Chia that she had not been given enough food, her employer wedged a funnel into her mouth and force-fed her until she threw up. The maid was then ordered to eat her vomit and she complied.

On Monday, Judge Low noted that Chia had restricted Ms Moe Moe Than’s toilet usage to three times a day.

She added: “The deprivation of a basic human right to manage one’s bodily functions strikes at the core of one’s dignity... and constituted ill treatment.”

Chia had also ordered the maid to strip from the waist down before caning the latter’s bare buttocks.

The judge said that this was a “humiliating mode of punishment”.

Tay abused Ms Moe Moe Than through acts such as caning and kicking her while she was in a “push-up position”. He also used a broomstick and metal clothing hook to hit her.

The offences came to light when Ms Moe Moe Than returned to Yangon on Nov 12, 2012, and told her Myanmar agent about her plight.

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower was later alerted and it arranged for her to return here about a month later. The maid later testified in court and told Judge Low about her ordeal.

The judge convicted the couple after the trial but she also acquitted them of two charges each.

Chia had been acquitted of failing to ensure that all outstanding salaries due to Ms Moe Moe Than had been paid before her repatriation.

Tay, on the other hand, had been acquitted of instructing their other maid, Ms Fitriyah, 34, to hit the Myanmar national.

On Monday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kumaresan Gohulabalan said the prosecution will be appealing against the acquittals.

Defence lawyer Wee Pan Lee told the court that his clients have not decided on whether to appeal against Judge Low’s decisions.

The couple have been released on bail of $15,000 each and if they decide not to appeal, they will surrender themselves at the State Courts on March 27 to begin serving their sentences.

Prior to the trial involving Ms Moe Moe Than, the couple had been taken to court for abusing Ms Fitriyah, who goes by only one name.

In March 2017, District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan sentenced Tay to two years and four months’ jail for abusing the Indonesian maid. Chia was given a two-month jail term for assaulting her.

Both the prosecution and the defence later appealed against Judge Shaiffudin’s decisions.

Following their appeals in the High Court last March, Tay’s jail term was increased to three years and seven months, while Chia’s sentence remained at two months.

The couple remained free until the second trial, which concerned the abuse of Ms Moe Moe Than.

With an upcoming appeal involving Ms Moe Moe Than’s case, the High Court will decide in the future on how the sentences for the cases involving both maids would be served.

This will take place after the appeals involving the Myanmar national’s cases are concluded.


Couple who hit maid, forced her to pour hot water on herself and starved her gets convicted

Shaffiq Alkhatib
Jan 18, 2019

Tormented for months, a maid was forced to perform multiple acts of self-harm, including pouring scalding hot water on herself and drinking dirty water mixed with detergent.

Ms Phyu Phyu Mar also did not receive her monthly salary of $700 throughout her employment with her abusers, and her weight plummeted from 50kg to 38kg because of a lack of food.

On Friday (Jan 18), District Judge Olivia Low found Linda Seah Lei Sie, 39, and her husband Lim Toon Leng, 44, guilty of abusing the Myanmar national following a 15-day trial.

Seah, who manages Anew Me Beauty Aesthetic salon at The Centrepoint shopping mall in Orchard Road, was convicted of five assault charges and one count of causing the maid to drink the tainted water.

The judge found her interior designer husband guilty of one count of assault.

The Singaporean couple, who have a five-year-old daughter, committed the offences in their Punggol Walk flat between August and October 2016.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Sarah Shi and Jotham Tay said in their submissions that Seah employed Ms Phyu Phyu Mar from February to October that year.

The DPPs added that the maid received her full salary only in November that year when the Ministry of Manpower intervened.

Delivering her verdict on Friday, the district judge said: "Linda and Lim sought to portray themselves as considerate and concerned employers. But this could not be further from the truth."

Ms Phyu Phyu Mar testified during the trial that Seah made her pour hot water on herself on two occasions - in August and September 2016.

On Friday, Judge Low said that according to the prosecution, Seah was unhappy with the maid and boiled some water in a kettle before asking the Myanmar national to pour some on her own left shoulder. The maid complied.

The second incident took place after Seah became angry as she felt that the maid was slow in completing her chores.

The judge said: "Linda poured the hot water into a cup and threatened Phyu Phyu Mar by saying that if Phyu Phyu Mar did not do as Linda instructed, Linda would then pour the hot water on herself and inform the police that it was Phyu Phyu Mar who did it and Phyu Phyu Mar would be sent to jail."

The maid suffered scald marks and blisters on her skin when she complied.

Instead of taking her to a doctor, Seah gave her a needle and told her to puncture the blisters herself.

Besides these incidents, Seah also ordered the maid to drink tainted water, made her hit her head against the floor, grabbed the Myanmar national's hair and used a mobile phone to repeatedly hit her.

On Oct 13, 2016, Lim punched Ms Phyu Phyu Mar's forehead twice after he wrongly assumed that she had thrown away his spectacles.

The court heard that the Myanmar national used to accompany Seah to her salon a few times a week and one of its workers alerted the police the next day.

Police went to the couple's flat on Oct 15, 2016, and Ms Phyu Phyu Mar was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital where she was warded for six days.

Seah, who is represented by lawyer R.S. Bajwa, is out on bail of $10,000 while her husband's bail was set at $5,000.

Lim is represented by lawyer Kertar Singh.

The couple are expected to be sentenced on Feb 11.


Maid nearly blinded by employer who repeatedly assaulted her, forced to work without pay for 2 years

Shaffiq Idris Alkhatib
Aug 29, 2018

A woman who punched her maid in the face whenever she became angry, leaving her almost blind, was jailed for a year and eight months on Wednesday (Aug 29).

Singaporean Suzanna Bong Sim Swan, 46, also forced Myanmar national Than Than Soe to sleep on the floor, refused to pay her and did not give her any days off while employing her for more than 18 months, a court heard.

The maid became blind in her left eye due to injuries, including retinal detachment. She also suffered severe injuries to the right eye, the court heard.

District Judge Carol Ling had found Bong guilty of an assault charge in February following an eight-day trial.

Bong was also ordered to pay more than $38,000 in compensation - including the maid's medical expenses and prospective loss of earnings.

The court heard that after being employed by Bong in May 2013, the maid - who was 27 at the time - was not given any days off.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Tang Shangjun and Chong Kee En said in their submissions: "In addition to the physical abuse that she suffered, the victim was also exploited, as she was forced to work without pay... The victim testified that she had never been paid a salary throughout the two years that she was working for the accused. It was only after MOM (Ministry of Manpower) intervened that the victim was paid her salary in full."

During the trial, Ms Than Than Soe testified that Bong started finding fault in her work after the first four months she worked in a Yishun flat belonging to the Singaporean's parents. At first, Bong just scolded the maid but this slowly escalated into physical abuse.

The prosecutors said: "The accused would... generally inflict physical abuse on the victim about 'two to three times a week', with such attacks being concentrated on the victim's face. Such attacks often comprised the victim being punched in her eyes."

The abuse became worse after Ms Than Than Soe moved into Bong's Sengkang flat in early 2015, the court heard.

The maid said she would not be given dinner about three times a week, and occasionally lunch too. She was not given a mattress and had to sleep on her sarong on the floor.

The court heard that Bong would punch her maid in the eyes every time she became angry - as frequently as three times a week.

The DPPs said that as a result of these attacks, Ms Than Than Soe, who used have perfect eyesight, began to experience blurred vision around January 2014. The maid told the court that Bong also refused to take her for medical checks, despite the maid's complaints about her poor eyesight.

The court heard that Bong became upset on May 17, 2015, after she came home and smelt the medicated oil that Ms Than Than Soe had used to ease her headache, as the family dog did not like the smell.

Bong gripped the glass bottle containing the oil and hit the maid's left cheek three times.

Ms Than Than Soe told the police about her ordeal the next day and officers took her to hospital. Two days later, she was taken to a shelter for victims of violence.


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