A growing number of youngsters aspire to be social media influencers for fame and fortune. But experts warn about a narcissitic trend that can be devastating for youths. Wang Yuke reports from Hong Kong. If Hong Kong's big-time fortune tellers can strike gold by amassing a huge following over time, there's a group of young go-getters trying to take a leaf out of their book — social media influencers. But the luck and instinct that may guarantee one's success in any field of endeavor simply don't fall from the sky. It could be a make-it-or-break-it move. Kenson, 10, is nothing short of a toy influencer in Hong Kong despite his tender age. "I often come across strangers recognizing me on the street. They would leap at me, excitedly shout out my name and ask for selfies," says Kenson shyly. "I was happy about it but it, somehow, set me on edge." While many young YouTubers wallow in stardom and the glee of being lionized, being a household name is not on Kenson's priority list. … [Read more...] about Wallowing in stardom or a minefield?
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SINGAPORE: The new set of progressive tax rates introduced in Budget 2013 will see high-end property owners paying more in property taxes. While the tax bill may be higher for the rich in percentage terms, analysts say this may not dampen investor sentiment to buy luxury properties. From January 2014, properties with higher annual values will be taxed at higher rates. With a tax rate of between zero and 15 per cent, there will be a significant gap in the property tax bill between mass and higher-end homes. Still, analysts said most high-end home owners will just take this in stride. Nicholas Mak, executive director of research and consultancy at SLP International, explained: "The increase may seem substantial. It can range anywhere from 20 per cent to 70 per cent in some cases. But if we look at it in absolute quantum, in thousands of dollars, the increase is only a few thousands of dollars. And I think if the person is able to spend a few million dollars on a high-end … [Read more...] about Progressive property tax rates unlikely to dampen investor sentiment: analysts
SINGAPORE: Singapore's 47th birthday on 9 August will be telecast "live" across MediaCorp's multiple platforms - from TV, radio, out-of-home to online. Viewers in Singapore can watch the National Day Parade's (NDP's) proceedings on Channel 5 and in high definition on HD5 from 5.20pm to 8.10pm. They can can also catch the action on Channel 8, Channel U, okto, Suria, and Vasantham from 5.50pm to 8.10pm. Viewers in Asia can see the NDP "live" on Channel NewsAsia International (CNAI) from 5.50pm to 8.10pm Singapore/Hong Kong time. MediaCorp's radio stations will cover the parade "live" over 938LIVE, Capital 95.8FM, Warna 94.2FM and Oli 96.8FM from 6.00pm to 8.00pm in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil respectively. Those on the move can also view the parade "live" on outdoor digital screens managed by MediaCorp -- at ION Orchard, Orchard Central, *Scape, Bugis Village and JCube -- from 5.20pm to 8.10pm. The "live" parade will also be beamed on 55-inch LED TV screens at 17 … [Read more...] about NDP 2012 will be telecast “live” across MediaCorp’s multiple platforms
Chinese cultural and tourism companies are moving to gain a strong foothold in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, betting that the 11-city cluster will drive a new round of growth in the sectors with its preferential policies and massive market scale. Online travel agency Ctrip said it is working with some Bay Area city governments on developing tourism products and enhancing the quality of local tourism. For example, it is studying with Zhuhai's Hengqin New Area the possibility of launching a "City Pass", a kind of prepaid ticket booklet with which tourists can visit sites in Zhuhai and the neighboring city of Macao. Ctrip is also cooperating with Guangzhou's Nansha district on an offline tourist consultation center. The online travel services provider said it will be responsible for operation, marketing and staff training of the facility, which is expected to come into service this year. "The cultural and tourism guidelines issued by the government in late … [Read more...] about Businesses say the Bay Area is a sure bet
The Bay Area is primed to add 'global culture destination' to its resume, and the region's leaders are plowing ahead to achieve the goal by 2035. Zhou Mo reports from Shenzhen. The once-buzzing hives of culture and leisure in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area have been silenced by the coronavirus, its sweeping attacks gutting museums, galleries, theaters, hotels and restaurants of the visitors who are vital to the life cycle of this reciprocal ecosystem. Without question, the situation is dire. But there is good news. The pandemic will be defeated and when it is, the stage will be set to put in motion a wide-ranging plan that will unleash the region’s potential and see it become a world-class tourism destination, an exchange hub for culture of the East and the West, and Hong Kong strengthened as an international cultural metropolis and tourism hub. The Culture and Tourism Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, released on Dec 30, lays … [Read more...] about A culture of success