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Wuhan virus: How to keep safe and calm this Chinese New Year

Singapore now has one confirmed Wuhan virus case. The Chinese man, who is from the epicentre of the outbreak, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday (Jan 23). He is warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital and his conditio
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Wuhan virus: How to keep safe and calm this Chinese New Year

Singapore now has one confirmed Wuhan virus case. The Chinese man, who is from the epicentre of the outbreak, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday (Jan 23). He is warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital and his condition is stable. To keep safe and calm this festive season, here's what you can do: Be prepared to welcome your visitors You can get a bottle of hand sanitiser ready and let your guests use it freely whenever they want. This will allow everyone to keep their hands free as well as allow you to start a conversation on the Wuhan virus, particularly if you have nothing much to talk about. «It is extremely important to practise good hygiene, especially when interacting with large groups of people - which is bound to happen during festive occasions such as Chinese New Year,» said Dr John Cheng, the head of primary care at Healthway Medical Group. «The use of antibacterial and alcohol-based soaps is recommended, so hand sanitisers also fall under this category and can be a convenient way to ensure our hands are clean.»

Actress Lee Sinje turns 44 as she jokes that she is 'a plain and simple housewife'

Malaysian actress Lee Sinje turned 44 on Thursday (Jan 23), but she almost forgot about her birthday until she woke up in the morning and saw several wishes from friends. She said in a social media post on Thursday that she has been sleeping and waking up ea
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Actress Lee Sinje turns 44 as she jokes that she is 'a plain and simple housewife'

Malaysian actress Lee Sinje turned 44 on Thursday (Jan 23), but she almost forgot about her birthday until she woke up in the morning and saw several wishes from friends. She said in a social media post on Thursday that she has been sleeping and waking up early in recent years, as she thanked everyone for the wishes and wished them a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year. On Thursday morning, her good friend, actress Charlie Young, posted a photo of herself, Lee, singer-actress Gigi Leung and singer-songwriter Valen Hsu at a birthday party. However, sharp-eyed netizens noticed that the photo was taken in 2018, when the sisterhood of famous friends was celebrating the first birthday of Young's twin sons. Fans speculated that Young posted an old photo because the four celebrities could not hold a gathering for Lee's birthday this year as they were busy with either their work or personal lives. In an earlier post on Wednesday, Lee put up a photo of herself doing spring cleaning before Chinese New Year, as she joked that she is «a plain and simple housewife» after playing the beautiful Yun Ling in The Garden Of Evening Mists (2019).

Internet laughs at antics of inattentive woman who got knocked down by carpark gantry arm

Before you head off to your Lunar New Year family gatherings tonight, I’d just like to nudge your attention to a dashcam clip that popped up on Facebook yesterday (Jan 23).  In a video simply captioned “Look out when crossing road” on the Singapore R
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Internet laughs at antics of inattentive woman who got knocked down by carpark gantry arm

Before you head off to your Lunar New Year family gatherings tonight, I’d just like to nudge your attention to a dashcam clip that popped up on Facebook yesterday (Jan 23).  In a video simply captioned “Look out when crossing road” on the Singapore Road Accident Facebook page, a young woman’s plight at Holland Village was captured in two acts via dashcam.  The first: not paying attention while crossing a road and awkwardly dashing to the other side, presumably after getting honked at.  The second: not paying attention (again) while crossing the road and getting knocked down to the ground by a descending carpark gantry arm. From the looks of it, that little bump seemed pretty painful too — enough for the arm to go up again.  As if the affair wasn’t embarrassing enough that evening, the entire thing will live on forevermore on the Internet. We genuinely hope that the Year of the Rat brings better fortune for her. 

China Building 1,000-Bed Hospital Over the Weekend to Treat Coronavirus

To combat the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the city of Wuhan, China hopes to have a brand new 1,000-bed hospital built by next week.
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China Building 1,000-Bed Hospital Over the Weekend to Treat Coronavirus

To combat the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the city of Wuhan, China hopes to have a brand new 1,000-bed hospital built by next week.

China Coronavirus Infects 830, Kills 26 as Lunar New Year Holiday Begins

Cases of the new coronavirushave been confirmed in 29 of China’s provincial-level regions, with 26 deaths and 830 infections reported.
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China Coronavirus Infects 830, Kills 26 as Lunar New Year Holiday Begins

Cases of the new coronavirushave been confirmed in 29 of China’s provincial-level regions, with 26 deaths and 830 infections reported.

Sleeping problems could be 'inherited' from your parents, new research suggests 

Problems sleeping, from struggling to doze off to waking up through the night, are more common in people whose parents have the same issue, a study suggests.
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Sleeping problems could be 'inherited' from your parents, new research suggests 

Problems sleeping, from struggling to doze off to waking up through the night, are more common in people whose parents have the same issue, a study suggests.

China welcomes Russia’s initiative to hold summit of UNSC permanent members

Putin on Thursday suggested that Russia, China, the United States, France and the United Kingdom hold a summit to discuss global issues
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China welcomes Russia’s initiative to hold summit of UNSC permanent members

Putin on Thursday suggested that Russia, China, the United States, France and the United Kingdom hold a summit to discuss global issues

‘Spygate’ update: At least two FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page were ‘not valid,’ DOJ says

The top US spy court has revealed that at least two of the four warrants for spying on a Trump campaign adviser are now considered to have been improperly obtained, and all information gained from them is being restricted. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Spygate’ update: At least two FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page were ‘not valid,’ DOJ says

The top US spy court has revealed that at least two of the four warrants for spying on a Trump campaign adviser are now considered to have been improperly obtained, and all information gained from them is being restricted. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘False sense of security!’ Pakistan claims India’s S-400 deal fuels arms race… as it tests ballistic missile

India’s decision to buy Russia's S-400 missile defense system could spark an arms race, Pakistan has claimed, urging its regional rival to ditch it for the sake of “stability” the same day it tested a new nuclear-capable missile. Read Full Article at RT
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‘False sense of security!’ Pakistan claims India’s S-400 deal fuels arms race… as it tests ballistic missile

India’s decision to buy Russia's S-400 missile defense system could spark an arms race, Pakistan has claimed, urging its regional rival to ditch it for the sake of “stability” the same day it tested a new nuclear-capable missile. Read Full Article at RT.com

Serena stunned! Williams loses to China's Wang at Australian Open as chance for 24th Grand Slam slips away AGAIN

The chance of a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam again went begging for Serena Williams as she lost to China's Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Serena stunned! Williams loses to China's Wang at Australian Open as chance for 24th Grand Slam slips away AGAIN

The chance of a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam again went begging for Serena Williams as she lost to China's Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open. Read Full Article at RT.com

Embassy opened in UAE

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): The Commonwealth of Dominica has established a new embassy in the capital of the United Arab Emirates UAE, Abu Dhabi – becoming the first Dominican mission to the country, but also to the Middle East. Speaking during the...
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Embassy opened in UAE

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): The Commonwealth of Dominica has established a new embassy in the capital of the United Arab Emirates UAE, Abu Dhabi – becoming the first Dominican mission to the country, but also to the Middle East. Speaking during the...

Certifying Jamaica one person at a time

RJRGLEANER Honour Awards 2019 Recipient: HEART Trust/NTA Category: Education The Human Employment and Resource Training Trust/National Training Agency (HEART Trust/NTA) was established in 1982 by the late former Prime Minister Edward Seaga...
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Certifying Jamaica one person at a time

RJRGLEANER Honour Awards 2019 Recipient: HEART Trust/NTA Category: Education The Human Employment and Resource Training Trust/National Training Agency (HEART Trust/NTA) was established in 1982 by the late former Prime Minister Edward Seaga...

A musical fairy tale

RJRGLEANER Honour Awards 2019 Recipient: Mikayla ‘Koffee’ Simpson Category: Entertainment Koffee’s rise to the pinnacle of the entertainment industry could be described as a musical fairy tale. In December 2018, she, a fresh-faced 18-...
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A musical fairy tale

RJRGLEANER Honour Awards 2019 Recipient: Mikayla ‘Koffee’ Simpson Category: Entertainment Koffee’s rise to the pinnacle of the entertainment industry could be described as a musical fairy tale. In December 2018, she, a fresh-faced 18-...

Something Extra | Friday

History was made on Monday, January 20, 2020, when the Marella Discovery 2 was welcomed into Port Royal. The newly built cruise port was transformed into a cultural exhibition showcasing the talent of our people, along with the country’s foremost...
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Something Extra | Friday

History was made on Monday, January 20, 2020, when the Marella Discovery 2 was welcomed into Port Royal. The newly built cruise port was transformed into a cultural exhibition showcasing the talent of our people, along with the country’s foremost...

Cities locked down as virus spreads

BEIJING (AP): Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down three cities with a combined population of more than 18 million in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and spread to other parts...
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Cities locked down as virus spreads

BEIJING (AP): Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down three cities with a combined population of more than 18 million in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and spread to other parts...

Nuer girls courtship: Was there guided freedom of girls?

By James Gatdet Dak January 23, 2020 --- First, please excuse my social or cultural story on previous freedom of Nuer girls, in case it doesn't prescribe to your lifestyle! I hope some young people may want to read it and learn some cultural aspects from it
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Nuer girls courtship: Was there guided freedom of girls?

By James Gatdet Dak January 23, 2020 --- First, please excuse my social or cultural story on previous freedom of Nuer girls, in case it doesn't prescribe to your lifestyle! I hope some young people may want to read it and learn some cultural aspects from it. Let me also note that this is not an academic work. It is mainly based on my own observations as a participant in the Nuer culture. I also beg or admonish that any public comment on this story should be respectful and free from (...) - Comment & Analysis

Saudi officials sign deal to boost local jobs in National Guard

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:19 RIYADH: Agreements to boost local job opportunities in the Saudi Ministry of National Guard and manage its operating and maintenance contracts have been signed between government officials. The ministry and the Kingdom’s Mashroat p
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Saudi officials sign deal to boost local jobs in National Guard

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:19 RIYADH: Agreements to boost local job opportunities in the Saudi Ministry of National Guard and manage its operating and maintenance contracts have been signed between government officials. The ministry and the Kingdom’s Mashroat program to support the management of projects in public entities, recently inked two memoranda of understanding (MoU). The first MoU related to increasing the rate of job localization in operating and maintenance contracts, and the second accord will enable the National Guard to manage its operations and maintenance portfolio in line with best international practice. Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi, director general of Mashroat, said: “The MoUs represent an important step to Mashroat, especially as the Ministry of National Guard has several facilities and 56 contracts related to operating and maintenance contracts. “As a result of our role in setting the localization guidelines we are the most capable entity to help the Ministry of National Guard implement its plan. We are also committed to seeing Saudi youth become the leaders of this sector in the future.” The localization of maintenance and facility management jobs follows guidelines set for all government agencies by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and is also aimed at improving the efficiency of the National Guard’s facilities system. Under the terms of the MoUs, Mashroat will provide support to the Ministry of National Guard to implement a job localization action plan. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development’s aims, the localization program will provide a range of job opportunities in facilities management and maintenance for men, women and Saudi youth. The scheme will also enhance the role of the sector in providing employment and economic development and will help improve the work environment.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi National Guard Saudi Housing, National Guard ministries sign cooperation agreementNational Guard minister inspects forces’ Hajj preparations

Kingdom’s envoy to UK opens Saudi pavilion at education technologies expo

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:34 LONDON: The Saudi ambassador to the UK opened a government ministry pavilion during a ceremony at a leading international expo for educational technologies in London. Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan then toured the Saudi Ministr
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Kingdom’s envoy to UK opens Saudi pavilion at education technologies expo

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:34 LONDON: The Saudi ambassador to the UK opened a government ministry pavilion during a ceremony at a leading international expo for educational technologies in London. Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan then toured the Saudi Ministry of Education stand at the BETT 2020 event being staged at the ExCeL exhibition center in the British capital until Jan. 25. BETT is the first industry show of the year that focuses on technology in education, bringing together more than 800 leading companies, 103 startups and around 34,000 attendees from 146 countries. The prince was joined on his tour of the Kingdom’s pavilion by Dr. Saad bin Saud Al-Fuhaid, assistant minister of education, who briefed the envoy on modern technologies provided by the ministry and its numerous initiatives. Through international exhibitions such as BETT, the Saudi ministry aims to attract global investment in public and higher education in the Kingdom, supported by the participation of Tatweer Education Holding companies including Tatweer Co. for Educational Services, the Educational Transport Services Development Co., and Building Development Co., along with Tatweer Educational Technologies Co. BETT is regarded as one of the largest international exhibitions in educational technologies and includes seminars, meetings, workshops and panel discussions in fields related to investment in education. The Saudi Ministry of Education’s delegation at the London expo was headed by Al-Fuhaid, and included the deputy minister for general education, Dr. Muhammad Al-Muqbel, the general supervisor of the Vision Realization Office, Dr. Atef Al-Amri, and a number of other ministry officials and Tatweer employees.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Investment deals worth SR2.9bn signed for Saudi education sectorSaudi education ministry dampens down Al-Hilal celebrations

Agreement signed to train Saudis in construction

Author: Fri, 2020-01-24 01:38 RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) has signed a cooperation agreement for nationals to be trained for jobs in the construction sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The memorandum of understand
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Agreement signed to train Saudis in construction

Author: Fri, 2020-01-24 01:38 RIYADH: The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) has signed a cooperation agreement for nationals to be trained for jobs in the construction sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The memorandum of understanding, between Hadaf and Saudi Abyat Academy for Building Materials, is aimed at preparing nationals for the labor market through electronic training courses on the Doroob platform. It was signed at Hadaf’s headquarters in Riyadh and will allow the academy to publish courses on Doroob. Hadaf will also put in place enrolment standards for the Doroob courses and coordinate their development in line with the needs of the labor market. Doroob comes within the training and qualification programs offered by Hadaf. It seeks to support Saudis who want professional advancement in their chosen field, as well as increasing the participation level of the national workforce in the private sector and helping job seekers to get better career opportunities.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia 49,000 Saudis employed via Hadaf in 11 monthsCampaign promotes employment of Saudis in the private sector

Saudi anti-graft chief praises Kingdom’s progress in tackling corruption

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:42 RIYADH: The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) praised the progress made by the Kingdom in tackling corruption, the Saudi Press Agency reported. According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Saud
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Saudi anti-graft chief praises Kingdom’s progress in tackling corruption

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:42 RIYADH: The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) praised the progress made by the Kingdom in tackling corruption, the Saudi Press Agency reported. According to the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Saudi Arabia has progressed in the ranking to 51 internationally out of 180 countries, where it also placed 10 among the G20 countries.  Transparency International releases the index annually based on perceived levels of corruption in countries. The CPI is based on a combination of surveys and assessments on corruption released by international organizations and institutions. Nazaha chief Mazen bin Ibrahim Al-Kahmous said the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to eradicate financial and administrative corruption and instil the principles of transparency, justice, and economic reform had had a significant impact on international indicators, including the CPI. He called for more efforts in order to meet the aspirations of the country’s leadership and improve the Kingdom’s position at an international level. Al-Kahmous said that Saudi Arabia was witnessing a roadmap for its fight against corruption, which constitutes a key part of the Vision 2030 reform plan, and reaffirm the Kingdom’s place among the world’s most powerful 20 countries economically.   He extended thanks to the relevant authorities for their cooperation with the commission to improve the Kingdom’s position in the field of protecting integrity and fighting corruption.  The commission relies on cooperation with governmental bodies, which publish information on their websites and update it, along with providing the commission with full reports to present them at international meetings and communicate their content to other organizations and authorities, he added.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi anti-corruption drive Saudi Arabia to participate in anti-corruption conference in RabatKing Salman issues royal decree to fight corruption

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:59 For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him. Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything
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TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Fri, 2020-01-24 01:59 For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him. Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it.  My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters. Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend. My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services. My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too. I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life.  I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business. I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment. I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too. I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia. In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services.  I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaTheFace TheFace: Mona Al-Turief, Saudi educatorTheFace: Sara Almoosa, Saudi marketing director

US tells Thunberg to 'study economics' in Davos climate spat

The United States' financial chief on Thursday told Swedish teen Greta Thunberg to go study before calling for a fossil fuel halt, prompting the climate campaigner to reply it doesn't «take a degree» to understand the science. The spat between U
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US tells Thunberg to 'study economics' in Davos climate spat

The United States' financial chief on Thursday told Swedish teen Greta Thunberg to go study before calling for a fossil fuel halt, prompting the climate campaigner to reply it doesn't «take a degree» to understand the science. The spat between US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Thunberg again highlighted the tensions over climate change at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, where governments have come under pressure to act on global warming as well as talk about the issue. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reaffirmed his dire warnings about the risks of climate change, telling business leaders that the world was losing the war against global warming and urging rapid action to prevent humanity being «doomed». Mnuchin had earlier advised Thunberg, who has been bitterly critical of US policy during her stay at Davos, to study economics before giving out lessons. Asked about the 17-year-old's demand for an immediate halt to investment in fossil fuels, he told reporters: «After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.» But in a thread of tweets, Thunberg dismissed Mnuchin's comments in a typically withering response. «My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1.5 degrees carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up,» she wrote. «So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments,» she added. - 'Not winning this war' - Guterres lamented the «lack of political will» to reach targets on climate change and urged a «meaningful shift of assets» from investments in polluting substances into the green economy. «The planet will not be destroyed. What will be destroyed is our capacity to live in this planet,» he said. «We need to act in order to make sure we are not doomed,» he said. «It is essential to recognise that climate change is an existential threat to us all. »We are not winning this war and we absolutely must do it,« he said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday also said in a keynote address that governments were obliged to act on the younger generation's concerns over climate change. In her speech to the forum, Merkel said that older politicians had to use the »positive manner and constructive impatience of young people«, who she said »have a completely different horizon« in terms of time. She did not however in her speech mention Thunberg, who other than Britain's Prince Charles has met relatively few top leaders at the forum. - 'We want this done now' - In a speech on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump had castigated the »prophets of doom« and those that predicted a climate »apocalypse«, in comments widely seen as an attack on Thunberg who sat in the audience. But either by accident or design, there was no meeting between Trump and Thunberg before the US leader left the Swiss ski resort on Wednesday declaring he would have »loved« to have met the climate activist, Time magazine's Person of the Year. Thunberg at the forum had repeated her climate warnings in sometimes withering terms, hammering home in a speech that it was time to »panic« because »the house is burning«. Notably she had called for an immediate halt to investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction and an end to fossil fuel subsidies »We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now,« she said. Thunberg is to hold a »school strike« demonstration in Davos on Friday. Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, told AFP during the forum that governments were still failing to act on climate change. Attending the summit was like being at a »crime scene where all of the criminals are right there in front of you,« she said. »But these are the targets. These are the people who have to change." © Agence France-Presse  

Seychellois travelling to Europe will pay $ 8 under new visa waiver programme

Seychellois citizens travelling to Europe's Schengen area for business or tourism purposes will, by the end of 2021, have to pay $8 (SCR106) per adult under a new visa waiver programme. The programme under the European Travel Information and Authorisation Sy
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Seychellois travelling to Europe will pay $ 8 under new visa waiver programme

Seychellois citizens travelling to Europe's Schengen area for business or tourism purposes will, by the end of 2021, have to pay $8 (SCR106) per adult under a new visa waiver programme. The programme under the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a fully electronic system, which allows and keeps track of visitors who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen zone. It is similar in purpose to the U.S Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). The Schengen Area is a territory of 26 European countries. It consists of 22 European Union member states and four other countries that are part of the European Free Trade Association: Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. There are currently 60 countries whose citizens will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver, a number that is expected to be revised in the future. Citizens from non-eligible countries will need to apply for a Schengen Europe Visa to enter the region. According to the ETIAS website, this new programme «has been created to strengthen the security of the region. Screening travellers before they enter the Schengen Area will allow the authorities to identify potential security risks and prevent them from entering the zone.» Adopted in November 2016 by the European Commission, ETIAS is «part of an effort to enhance border management as a response to the growing number of terrorist attacks across Europe's major cities.» ETIAS is also expected to reinforce the visa liberalisation policy of the EU and reduce procedures and application times. Travellers to the Schengen Zone will have to fill in a form online which will take about 10 minutes to complete, eliminating the need to go to an embassy or consulate. After screening done through several security databases including Interpol and Europol, a person is expected to receive an answer as soon as the request is submitted. Information provided is to be carefully entered and revised as any mistake or inaccuracies may lead to delays or even rejections. Once issued, the document is valid for three years and during this period, the traveller may stay in the Schengen area for periods not exceeding 90 days, as is currently the case. At the end of the three years, or at the expiration of the passport, another request must be made. The website states that «on rare occasions, applications may not be approved. If an ETIAS online application is denied, the applicant will have the right to appeal.» Currently, a Seychellois travelling to the Schengen zone only requires a passport valid for at least 90 days, a hotel reservation or invitation letter from a friend or family member in the area and a health insurance.  

Coronavirus outbreak: Indian embassy starts hotline in China

The Chinese embassy in India has started two hotlines to assist people following the outbreak of coronavirus in China. Meanwhile, the death toll in China's alarmingly new coronavirus afflictions has climbed to 25 with confirmed cases rising sharply to 830, th
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Coronavirus outbreak: Indian embassy starts hotline in China

The Chinese embassy in India has started two hotlines to assist people following the outbreak of coronavirus in China. Meanwhile, the death toll in China's alarmingly new coronavirus afflictions has climbed to 25 with confirmed cases rising sharply to 830, the Chinese health authorities said on Friday.

Will China's effort see Pakistan out of FATF 'Grey List'? All you need to know

At a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force held in Beijing, Islamabad submitted its compliance report and got support from the FATF current chair and its «all-weather friend» China and a few Western powers. The next plenary of the FATF will b
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Will China's effort see Pakistan out of FATF 'Grey List'? All you need to know

At a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force held in Beijing, Islamabad submitted its compliance report and got support from the FATF current chair and its «all-weather friend» China and a few Western powers. The next plenary of the FATF will be held in February in Paris and Pakistan needs just 12 votes out of 39 to exit the 'Grey List' and move to 'White List'.

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

A new coronavirus has killed 25 people in China and infected more than 800, the Chinese government said on Friday, as the World Health Organisation declared it an emergency but stopped short of declaring the epidemic of international concern.
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Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

A new coronavirus has killed 25 people in China and infected more than 800, the Chinese government said on Friday, as the World Health Organisation declared it an emergency but stopped short of declaring the epidemic of international concern.

PM Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy: Economist

PM Narendra Modi is apparently trying to transform India from a tolerant, multi-religious place into a chauvinist Hindu state, Economist wrote in a review of the BJP government's policies in the wake of the Citizenship Amendment Act. The magazine termed the C
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PM Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy: Economist

PM Narendra Modi is apparently trying to transform India from a tolerant, multi-religious place into a chauvinist Hindu state, Economist wrote in a review of the BJP government's policies in the wake of the Citizenship Amendment Act. The magazine termed the Citizenship Amendment Act as NDA government's «most ambitious step yet in a decades-long project of incitement».

StarHub mobile customers get 3 months of free Amazon Prime membership

In line with their #HelloChange commitment to deliver «the best experience and transparent offers without contract», StarHub has struck a deal with Amazon Singapore to offer a three-months free Amazon Prime membership to all their mobile customers
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StarHub mobile customers get 3 months of free Amazon Prime membership

In line with their #HelloChange commitment to deliver «the best experience and transparent offers without contract», StarHub has struck a deal with Amazon Singapore to offer a three-months free Amazon Prime membership to all their mobile customers. «We are reaffirming our #HelloChange commitment in 2020 to deliver to customers the best experience and transparent offers without contract,» said Johan Buse, Chief of Consumer Business Group, StarHub. «Offering innovative digital lifestyle services with best-in-class businesses enhances our customers' experience, and we are delighted to announce this collaboration with Amazon Singapore.» «First to offer Amazon Prime membership for all StarHub Mobile customers, we enable them to enjoy the best of Amazon's shopping and entertainment options on Singapore's fastest mobile network,» adds Buse.

Wuhan virus: ICA to implement temperature screening at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints

SINGAPORE - All travellers at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints will have to undergo temperature screening from Friday (Jan 24) at noon, in light of the Wuhan virus outbreak and the large number of travellers expected to cross the border into Malaysia over the f
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Wuhan virus: ICA to implement temperature screening at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints

SINGAPORE - All travellers at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints will have to undergo temperature screening from Friday (Jan 24) at noon, in light of the Wuhan virus outbreak and the large number of travellers expected to cross the border into Malaysia over the festive weekend. The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that all travellers arriving at the two checkpoints will have their temperature taken by healthcare assistants, and suspected cases will be sent to hospitals for further tests. «This is in response to the novel coronavirus pneumonia development in Wuhan and exported cases to other cities and countries, coupled with the anticipated increase in travel volume in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday period,» said the ICA in a news release on Friday morning. Latest reports said 25 people have died as a result of the virus outbreak in China, where more than 800 people have been infected. On Thursday, Singapore confirmed its first case of the Wuhan virus. A 66-year-old man from Wuhan who had arrived on the island on Monday had tested positive for it. He is now kept in isolation in hospital.

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