Monday, 27 May 2019

Warning: Law Society issues call for caution after 'alarming' scams targeting law firm clients

The Law Society of Singapore (LawSoc) held an unprecedented press conference on Friday (May 24) urging the public to be cautious following an "alarming" series of scams in April, with one victim cheated out of a "significant" amount of money.

The scammers targeted clients of law firms. They would email the clients who were buyers in property transactions and, posing as their solicitor, request fund transfers.

It is not known if the two cases were linked and whether they were "local fraudsters" or based overseas, LawSoc president Gregory Vijayendran told reporters on Friday.

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My 2 cents:
Do not just remit any money when one receives instructions from the receiving party. Confirm with the receiving party on whether they are the one that sent the instructions. A simple call will save you thousands of dollars.

Recalled: Waitrose pickled sweet sliced beetroot

Authorities have ordered the recall of Essential Waitrose pickled sweet sliced beetroot, saying that the product "may contain small pieces of glass".

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Friday (May 24) said it has directed Cold Storage, the sole importer of the product into Singapore, to recall the product.

The product originates from the United Kingdom. The affected products are labelled best before end of September next year. The 340g glass jar has a metal top with a paper label, added the agency.

The recall is ongoing, said the agency in the media release.

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Women are more likely to die if they have a cardiac arrest in public places

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Women are less likely than men to receive life-saving CPR in a public place if they suffer a cardiac arrest, research suggests.

Dutch scientists found 73% of men who had public cardiac arrests received CPR from a bystander - but only 68% of women did.

Fears touching a woman's chest may be seen as sexual harassment may put people off from helping to restart their heart, scientists say.

An expert commenting on the study also claimed that bystanders may be scared of hurting 'frail' women by performing CPR.


Why turning up the heat could make women tops in the office

Turning up the heating at work could give women the edge over their male colleagues.

Women think better at higher temperatures, while men perform better when it is colder, a study found.

When they were asked to do mental arithmetic, women got almost 9% more right when the temperature rose by 5C (9F). They tried harder, making more attempts to get answers - unlike men, who solved 3% fewer tasks correctly when the temperature rose by 5C.

It is well known that women often feel chilly in offices while their male colleagues are sweating. The new findings suggest women do not just need it to be warmer for comfort, but to be able to solve problems efficiently.