SINGAPORE - Many hawkers find themselves struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the ban on dining out during the circuit breaker period, local food vendors have been relying on takeaways and deliveries to survive. Those who work with food delivery platforms such as GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda say they pay an average of 30 to 35 per cent commission for each order. The high fees have led some to search for alternative options. Mr Melvin Chew, 42, owner of Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck and Kway Chap at Chinatown Food Complex, started a Facebook group in April to help fellow hawkers during the circuit breaker. Hawkers United-Dabao 2020 now has over 260,000 members. "Many of the hawkers suffered income losses from about 70 to 90 per cent. I started this group to gather all the hawkers (and) bring in some customers from my Facebook friend list so that hawkers can look for business in this group," said Mr Chew. Mr Quentin Quek, 22, whose … [Read more...] about Hawkers go digital during Covid-19 circuit breaker
THERE'S a bird in this tricky brainteaser who's missing a pair - so can you spot which one? The puzzle is by Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas, known as Dudolf , and it's characteristically difficult. It shows 41 colourful parrots sat on four telephone wires - meaning there's an odd one out. Two of the parrots are smooching, while one pair is chatting across two wires. Others are having a snooze, wearing top hats, flapping their wings or simply looking around at their pals. If you're still struggling, try zoning in on the centre of the image. Check below to see if you got it right... Most read in Fabulous Live Blog TRAGIC NEWS Harry will return to UK for Prince Philip funeral but Meghan told not to attend BUMP IN THE ROAD Ex’s new partner acts like I'm her surrogate & wants to be called ‘mama’ MAKE IT REIGN The real story behind this giggling pic of Queen & Philip will make … [Read more...] about Can YOU spot the odd one out in this brainteaser? There’s a bird with no matching pair – but are you eagle eyed enough?
Germany's ruling conservative bloc met on Sunday to discuss who would stand as the successor to Angela Merkel as the bloc's candidate for chancellor in this year's election. The two men most likely to have a shot at filling Angela Merkel's shoes are Armin Laschet , the state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Markus Söder, the state premier of Bavaria. Laschet is seen as Merkel's favorite and currently leads her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), while Söder serves as the head of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), which is the CDU's closest political ally. "We have both declared that we are ready," Söder said during the party meeting, according to reports from the DPA news agency. He said the discussion was "not decisive," as both candidates were suitable for the job. Söder stressed that the decision would be based on what is best for the country, not on the candidates' individual ambitions, and that harmony in the bloc was of utmost importance. "We don't quarrel on … [Read more...] about German conservatives seek Angela Merkel’s successor