G.E.M. the only Chinese in BBC 100 Women list

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Nov 2018


SINGER G.E.M. (pic) is the only Chinese to be included in this year’s BBC 100 Women list of inspiring and influential women from around the world.

The Shanghai-born, Hong Kong-bred singer-songwriter, whose real name is Gloria Tang Tsz-Kei, was described by BBC as “a top-selling female musician who used her influence to support charities and organisations dedicated to music, education and poverty.”

China Press noted that G.E.M., 27, was the first Asian artiste to perform at The Breakthrough Prize awards which recognise scientific advances, held in California on Nov 4. Tang performed in Malaysia last year during her Queen Of Hearts World Tour. She is also the 30-Hour Famine Ambassador Year 2018 for World Vision Malay-sia.

> Some netizens in the Philippines have changed their profile photo on social media to the adorable honey-loving Winnie the Pooh as a cheeky way to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Sin Chew Daily reported that these netizens chose the fictional character after China banned a movie featuring Winnie the Pooh.

This came about after memes appeared likening Xi to the chubby teddy bear.

Xi made a two-day visit to the Philippines from Tuesday.

To mark his visit, some people wore T-shirts featuring the character. Other locals cheekily referred to Nov 20 as “National Winnie the Pooh Day.”

> A report by Nanyang Siang Pau revealed that owls are harming the bird’s nest industry.

Swiftlet farmers said that they could not harm the owls because they are a protected species.

According to the farmers, bats, snakes and rats were also predators of the swiftlets.

The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute and padi farmers use owls as a form of pest control to keep the birds off the padi fields.

As rats are harder to catch, the owls prey on swiflets instead.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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