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the web of images taken without their consent, told CNN last year her company had seen a surge in demand since the protests drew attention to the issue.
“The most common things that the clients are saying — and they are quite heartbreaki
ng — are ‘I want to die’ or ‘I cannot leave my house.’ Especially the victims of spy cam or illegally taken video
s say that when they encounter people on the street, they feel like they would be recognized,” she said.
In January, the co-owner of a South Korean revenge porn sit
e was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $1.26 million. Soranet, which was sh
ut down last year, was a popular site for uploading videos and photos taken using hidden and upskirt cameras.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to note the size of the accommod
ations involved and that in South Korea small hotels are typically referred to as motels.
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Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.
A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the
EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous
e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex
tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.
If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti
ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any
one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.
All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g
renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl
iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.
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Fears are growing for more than 500,000 people in the Mozambique city of Beira, after a
id agency officials warned that 90% of the area had been “destroyed” by Cyclone Idai.
The cyclone slammed into the southeast African country as a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) at midn
ight Thursday, causing widespread devastation, before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.
In an address on national radio Monday, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi warned that while the official death toll
stood at 84, “everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead.”
Nyusi described seeing “bodies floating” in the water after two rivers broke their banks “wiping out entire vil
lages ” and isolating others. “It’s a real humanitarian disaster of large proportions,” said Nyusi.
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d on foreign governments and international aid agencies to”ramp up” resources and assistance for thousands of pe
ople that have been displaced, and those that are still trapped in the aftermath of the disaster.
The international human rights organization urged authorities in Mozambique and Malawi, countries that are p
rone to flooding to adopt climate change policies that could reduce the impact of such occurrences.
”As the effects of climate change intensify, these ext
reme weather conditions can be expected to revisit us more frequently. The devastation wro
ught by Cyclone Idai is yet another wake-up call for the world to put in place ambitious climate change mitigation me
asures,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa.
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brother, Mukesh, and Nita, for standing by me during these trying times, and de
monstrating the importance of staying true to our strong family values by extending this timely support,” he said.
Shares in Reliance Communications spiked 10% in Mumbai on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Mukesh Ambani’s company declined to comment on how much of
the 5.5 billion rupees he provided, but local media reported it was around 4.8 billion ($70 million).
A spokesperson for Reliance Communications didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. They are owned by the same person who posts their videos on an account called “Liu Erdou who can speak”.
The account became very popular quickly, attracting over 46 million followers and 390 million “thumbups” (or “likes”).
The account manager began to receive advertising opportunities from recogni
zed brands. The latter requested her to endorse certain products in her short videos.
That’s just one form of making money in the cat economy.
Many people are making products, or offering services, that make cats’ lives fancier, and their owners happier.
An electric scalp massager retails for about 120 yuan, and a FURminat
or (cat grooming comb) for over 100 yuan, with a freebie thrown in, in the form of a comb for t
he cat owner! Then, there is an indoor slide for 300 yuan, all kinds of beds, what have you.
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and Sing-Tel of Singapore－will sell the as yet unnamed 5G Oppo phone first, which is scheduled to be launched in the second quarter of this year.
Shen Yiren, vice-president of Oppo, said the four overseas carriers are rolling out the 5G netwo
rks rapidly, so the company chose to first sell its 5G smartphones in Europe. Its partnership with Swisscom is the fastest.
The move marks the latest step by Oppo to build itself as an innova
tive brand in Europe, trying to lure consumers with cutting-edge products and design.
This is also proof of the company’s determination to conquer more develop
ed markets after its products became available in more than 40 countries and regions.
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Find X in Paris, marking its official foray into Europe. As of January, it had entered nine European markets, including Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Wu Qiang, who is in charge of Oppo’s overseas business, said the company is not adopting an aggressi
ve strategy in overseas markets. Instead, it strictly follows CEO Chen Mingyong’s principle of “eating rice bite by bite”.
“We will only enter the next market after doing a good job in existing markets,” Wu said.
Oppo’s intensified interest in foreign countries came after the Chinese sma
rtphone market hit a saturation point, with shipments declining for several quarters.
From September to December of 2018, smartphone shipments in China plunged almost 10 pe
rcent year-on-year, according to data from market research company International Data Corp or IDC.
Though Oppo outgrew the industry average to achieve an annual expansion rate of 1.5 pe
rcent in that time-frame, there is still a pressing need to look for new opportunities, Wu said.
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year. We must build a presence there.”In the fourth quarter of 2018, Oppo outcompeted Samsung to
become the largest smartphone vendor in Thailand with a market share of 22.2 percent, gro
wing about 70 percent year-on-year, according to the market research company Canalys.
Its products and services are also well received in other South Asian and Sout
heast Asian countries, including India, and African countries such as Kenya.
In 2018, Oppo shipped 113 million units of smartphones wor
ldwide, garnering a global market share of more than 8 percent, according to IDC data.
Other Chinese smartphone makers, including Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo, are also looking beyon
d their home turf for growth. In this context, Oppo believes it has an edge over others as it first started its i
nternational journey as early as in 2009 in Thailand, much before others jumped on the going-global bandwagon.
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nut of European smartphone market where most handsets are sold in large retail chains and by local telecom operators.
Also, European consumers are different from their Chinese counterpart
s in terms of product preferences. For instance, European consumers are not big fans of bea
utifying photos. As a result, the company has to work hard to localize its products.
Although Oppo is a well-known brand among European tel
ecom industry professionals, awareness about it among the consumers is not high.
“It takes time to build a brand, with careful consideration nee
ded to decide what forms of marketing and product com
munications are appropriate. We are working hard to know the specific characteristics of each market,” Wu said.