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Singaporean restaurant justifies controversial $7 ‘noisy child’ surcharge

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  • Singaporean restaurant Angie's Oyster Bar & Grill sparked controversy after a customer complained about its $7 surcharge to customers with a “noisy and disruptive” child.
  • The restaurant reportedly denied a customer’s request for a baby chair while noting that the venue is not a “kids-friendly” establishment.
  • It did note that while children are still welcome, a $7 surcharge will be imposed on families with children who are "screaming," "uncontrolled," or disruptive to other diners.
  • The restaurant has so far maintained favorable reviews from customers on Google and Facebook, with a lone negative review on TripAdvisor complaining about its alleged “child-unfriendly policy” and the noisy child surcharge.
  • The restaurant responded to the negative review, explaining that they decided to implement the policy after its staff repeatedly received complaints about children "running around unattended or disturbing other tables during the service period."
  • The restaurant added that it was “never our intention to diminish any of our guests' experience” and they merely want to “provide as many pleasant and memorable dining experiences for as many customers as possible.”

A restaurant in Singapore has started imposing a surcharge of 10 Singapore dollars (approximately $7) to customers with a “noisy and disruptive” child. 

Angie’s Oyster Bar & Grill, which is situated at Outram Road, sparked controversy among Singaporean parents after a customer shared details about the purported policy with local media. 

Mother of two children found dead in New Zealand suitcases suspected to be in South Korea

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  • A woman believed to be the mother of two children found dead in suitcases earlier this month in New Zealand is reportedly in South Korea, according to Seoul police.
  • The exact whereabouts of the woman, who arrived in New Zealand from South Korea in 2018, are currently unknown.
  • Police in South Korea are working with New Zealand authorities through Interpol.
  • The children, both between the ages of 5 and 10, may have been dead for approximately three to four years.

The mother of two children whose bodies were discovered inside suitcases in New Zealand earlier this month is suspected to be in South Korea. 

The bodies of two children, estimated to be between 5 and 10 years old, were found inside suitcases bought by a New Zealand family at an abandoned goods auction on Aug. 11. Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua stated that the children had been dead for many years and were inside the suitcase for at least three or four years.

Study finds that Japanese children walk differently from those in other countries

  • A research study found that Japanese children develop a different manner of walking compared to those in other countries.
  • The study’s co-author believes that factors such as lifestyle and build have an impact on Japanese children’s gait, a complex and unconscious motor pattern.
  • Among the different age groups, the study found four key differences.
  • Researchers hope to use the study in assessing developmental changes and walking patterns as well as gait abnormalities in children.

According to a new study linking body movement patterns and health, Japanese children walk differently from those in other countries. 

The study, which was recently published in the journal “Scientific Reports,” found that gait patterns among Japanese children aged 6 to 12 vary from those in other developed countries. 

NJ woman accused of fatally strangling her 2 children may face trial after final psych evaluation

  • Yuhwei Chou, the 37-year-old New Jersey mother who allegedly killed her 7-year-old daughter Samantha Ross and her 11-month-old son Sam Ross by asphyxiation, may stand trial since the final evaluation for her case is currently being prepared.
  • Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McLaughlin informed Superior Court Judge Peter Tober that they are performing the evaluation “to get some last pieces in place” for the 37-year-old woman’s case, which began on Monday.
  • Chou’s attorney Britt Simon informed the judge that the results of his expert’s evaluation have already been sent to prosecutors.
  • Chou was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for strangling her children in the back of her car found in a ditch off Mountain View Road in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 9.
  • The children were reportedly found with zip-tied hands and duct tape on their faces, while their mother, who said she was a Taiwanese citizen, had allegedly duct-taped her own head and zip-tied her hands to her car’s steering wheel.
  • Authorities have yet to find a motive behind the killing, but they are looking into a pending divorce and post-partum depression as potential reasons.

Yuhwei Chou, the mother accused of killing her two young children by asphyxiation, could stand trial after her final psychiatric evaluation this week.

Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McLaughlin informed Superior Court Judge Peter Tober that they are performing the evaluation “to get some last pieces in place” for the 37-year-old woman’s case, which began on Monday.

Traditional Chinese medicine more effective for children’s respiratory infections than standard drugs: new study

  • Researchers from China conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 351 children with recurrent respiratory tract infections (RRTIs) divided into three groups to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the formula Yupinfeng (YPF) against conventional drugs.
  • The study, published in the journal Pediatric Investigation, showed that 73% of children in the YPF group had their RRTIs return to normal standard, while only 67% in the pidotimod treatment group had the same improvement.
  • “The strength of our study lies in its rigorous design. It is the largest multicenter study to prove that YPF, a TCM, can be as effective as an allopathic drug in treating RRTIs. It is a major step forward in sharing the benefits of TCM with the world,” study co-author Rong Ma explained.
  • Pulmonologist Dr. Julian Allen, who serves as the associate editor of Pediatric Investigation, called the research an “excellent step toward addressing western skepticism.”

A new scientific study has found that traditional Chinese medicine is effective and safe for the treatment of recurrent respiratory tract infections (RRTIs) in children. 

In the report published in the journal Pediatric Investigation, a research team from China identified the formula Yupinfeng (YPF), which purportedly aids in treating kids suffering from RRTIs.

‘A lost generation’: UN expert issues urgent call for help to stop Myanmar junta’s war on children

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  • Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, revealed the Myanmar military junta’s attacks on children.
  • In a June 14 report, Andrew detailed that the military attacks have displaced over 250,000 children, and more than 1,400 children have been detained. There are also 142 recorded cases of child torture.
  • Andrew highlights Myanmar children as the most vulnerable to the junta’s brutality.
  • If international action is not taken, Andrews warns that “Myanmar’s children will become a lost generation.”

Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, reported the Myanmar military junta’s “relentless attacks” on children.

Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a country that borders Thailand, Bangladesh, India and China. While the majority of the population (54 million) identifies as Buddhist, there are multiple ethnic groups, including Rohingya Muslims.

Korean illustrator becomes first Asian to win prestigious Hans Christian Andersen award in 38 years

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  • South Korean illustrator Suzy Lee has won one of the world’s most prestigious awards for illustrators and writers of children’s books.
  • Lee became the first Korean to win or be nominated for a Hans Christian Andersen Award and the first Asian to win the award in 38 years.
  • Lee was among 66 candidates considered from 33 countries.
  • The 48-year-old has written and illustrated numerous children’s books, including “Wave” and “Shadow,” both of which were selected as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s books in 2008 and 2010.

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) announced South Korean illustrator Suzy Lee as the 2022 winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award on Monday.

The winner of the Hans Christian Andersen 2022 Illustrator Award? Suzy Lee has won the prestigious prize 🎊🎊🎊 #BCBF22 #HCAA2022 @IBBYINT

Chinese officials punished for negligence after investigation finds couple with 15 children

A total of 11 officials and personnel of a local family planning station in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region were punished after an investigation found a couple who had given birth to 15 children.

During the investigation, authorities learned of a man named Liang Er, 76, and his “wife,” Lu Honglan, 46, who gave birth to four boys and 11 girls between 1995 and 2016.

Ex-Marine sentenced to 210 years in prison for beating, raping children in Cambodia

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  • Michael Joseph Pepe, a 68-year-old retired U.S. Marine Captain, was sentenced to 210 years in federal prison for drugging, beating and raping Cambodian children.
  • He was reportedly working as a part-time professor when he hired a prostitute to procure Cambodian children between the ages of 9 and 12 from their families from 2005 to 2006.
  • The Cambodian National Police discovered sedatives, restraints and child pornography images during a raid of Pepe’s Cambodian residence in 2006.
  • Pepe’s case was retried in August 2021 when he was charged with two counts of traveling to a foreign country with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was sentenced on Monday.

A 68-year-old retired U.S. Marine Captain was sentenced on Monday to 210 years in federal prison for beating and raping Cambodian children.

Michael Joseph Pepe was convicted for a second time and sentenced on Monday for two counts of traveling to a foreign country with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in Los Angeles federal court, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Chinese teen sold at birth and rejected twice by biological parents dies by suicide

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  • Liu Xuezhou, the Chinese teenager whose biological parents sold him at birth and rejected him upon reunion, has died by sucide.
  • The 17-year-old college student reportedly overdosed with antidepressants and was found dead on a beach in Hainan Province.
  • Liu left what appeared to be a suicide note on Weibo, recalling his life’s misfortunes.

Chinese teenager Liu Xuezhou has died by suicide after being cyberbullied for his viral life story of being sold at birth and rejected twice by his biological parents. 

The 17-year-old college student from China’s Hebei Province was found dead on a beach in Sanya, Hainan Province, on Monday morning, Sanya Police told The Paper

Barbie 2022 Lunar New Year doll wears phoenix-embroidered qun kwa designed by acclaimed Guo Pei

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  • Mattel is set to release a Barbie Lunar New Year doll in partnership with Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei and facilitated by the Asian Couture Federation.
  • The doll will be available for purchase starting on Jan. 24 for $75.

Mattel has launched a Lunar New Year Barbie doll in partnership with world-renowned Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei.

The doll, set to release today, features Guo’s “signature embroidery detailing,” with intricate designs of golden phoenixes and water and wave motifs that traditionally appear on attire worn by Chinese royalty, according to Mattel.

Liev Schrieber and Naomi Watts’ son perceived as ‘too beautiful’ by Japanese netizens

Samuel Kai Schreiber
  • The 13-year-old son of Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, Samuel Kai Schreiber, went viral on Twitter in Japan for being “too beautiful.”
  • Social media users compared photos of the boy to Japanese anime characters, including “Howl” from the iconic animated film “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

The 13-year-old son of Hollywood actors Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts was deemed “too beautiful” and compared to Japanese animated characters on social media.

Samuel Kai Schreiber recently went viral on Twitter in Japan for resembling an anime character after a Twitter user deemed him “too beautiful,” reported Sora News 24.