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Football: Germany bans fans from soccer matches until at least end of October

The health ministers of Germany's federal and state governments have agreed to extend a ban for spectators in stadiums at Bundesliga soccer matches until at least the end of October due to the coronavirus pandemic, a source told Reuters on Monday.
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Football: Germany bans fans from soccer matches until at least end of October

The health ministers of Germany's federal and state governments have agreed to extend a ban for spectators in stadiums at Bundesliga soccer matches until at least the end of October due to the coronavirus pandemic, a source told Reuters on Monday.

Russia says Apple breached regulations on mobile apps

Russian competition watchdog FAS on Monday said that Apple Inc has abused its dominant position in the mobile apps market through its App Store for iOS devices and will issue an order demanding that the company resolve regulations breaches.
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Russia says Apple breached regulations on mobile apps

Russian competition watchdog FAS on Monday said that Apple Inc has abused its dominant position in the mobile apps market through its App Store for iOS devices and will issue an order demanding that the company resolve regulations breaches.

Federal Reserve announces post-stress test capital ratios for large banks

The U.S. Federal Reserve announced on Monday how much each large bank that underwent its 2020 stress tests will have to hold in additional capital.
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Federal Reserve announces post-stress test capital ratios for large banks

The U.S. Federal Reserve announced on Monday how much each large bank that underwent its 2020 stress tests will have to hold in additional capital.

IPL to be staged in UAE after BCCI gets government clearance

This year's Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place between Sept. 19 and Nov. 10 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) received government clearance, the Twenty20 league's chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed on Monday.
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IPL to be staged in UAE after BCCI gets government clearance

This year's Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place between Sept. 19 and Nov. 10 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) received government clearance, the Twenty20 league's chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed on Monday.

Putin pushes for more integration with Belarus after election unrest

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted neighbouring Belarus to reactivate stalled plans for more integration with Russia after a contested election win left Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, an on-off Russian ally, on the defensive.
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Putin pushes for more integration with Belarus after election unrest

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted neighbouring Belarus to reactivate stalled plans for more integration with Russia after a contested election win left Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, an on-off Russian ally, on the defensive.

Foodpanda rider who made viral cameo behind NDP mobile column was celebrating his birthday

When he found himself at the tail-end of a National Day mobile column in Woodlands Avenue 3 on Sunday (Aug 9), Foodpanda delivery rider Abdul Rahman waved at residents and received a loud cheer. What many may not know is that it was one of the best birthday
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Foodpanda rider who made viral cameo behind NDP mobile column was celebrating his birthday

When he found himself at the tail-end of a National Day mobile column in Woodlands Avenue 3 on Sunday (Aug 9), Foodpanda delivery rider Abdul Rahman waved at residents and received a loud cheer. What many may not know is that it was one of the best birthday gifts he ever received, the 29-year-old told The Straits Times on Monday. His birthday was on Aug 8, a day he spent working as usual before his wife surprised him with a cake when he returned home for lunch at 1pm. «We had a quick celebration and ate lunch together, and I was off to work again at 3pm.» Mr Rahman, who has two sons aged 2 and 4 years old, has been a delivery rider for about a year. He was an auxiliary police officer for a few years but had left the profession because he did not want to continue working night shifts. He now works up to nine hours a day, six days a week, to provide for his family who lives in a three-room Housing Board flat in Woodlands. His wife, 31, works in the engineering sector. "Food delivery is not an easy job. We have to travel through rain and heat, and deal with traffic also. I would say it is a high-risk occupation.

Philippines records 6,958 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily increase

The Philippines on Monday reported 6,958 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily case increase in the Southeast Asian country, taking its tally of cases to 136,638.
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Philippines records 6,958 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily increase

The Philippines on Monday reported 6,958 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily case increase in the Southeast Asian country, taking its tally of cases to 136,638.

Unilever would scrap HQ move if Dutch 'exit tax' law enacted

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever said in a filing on Monday that a plan to unify its headquarters in London and scrap its Dutch base might not go ahead - if a law enacting an "exit tax" in the Netherlands is enacted.
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Unilever would scrap HQ move if Dutch 'exit tax' law enacted

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever said in a filing on Monday that a plan to unify its headquarters in London and scrap its Dutch base might not go ahead - if a law enacting an "exit tax" in the Netherlands is enacted.

Kodak shares plunge after US blocks US$765 million loan deal

Shares of Eastman Kodak Co fell about 40per cent on Monday and were on track for their worst single-day decline after the U.S. government blocked a US$765 million loan to the company, which was going to make drug ingredients for use in possible COVID-19 vacci
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Kodak shares plunge after US blocks US$765 million loan deal

Shares of Eastman Kodak Co fell about 40per cent on Monday and were on track for their worst single-day decline after the U.S. government blocked a US$765 million loan to the company, which was going to make drug ingredients for use in possible COVID-19 vaccines, because of "alleged wrongdoing" by executives.

Pedestrian code of conduct: Guidelines not intended to police how people walk, says Baey Yam Keng

Pedestrians will not be policed based on how they walk under the new pedestrian code of conduct. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng told The Straits Times last Friday (Aug 7) that the code was meant to raise awareness and build a grac
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Pedestrian code of conduct: Guidelines not intended to police how people walk, says Baey Yam Keng

Pedestrians will not be policed based on how they walk under the new pedestrian code of conduct. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng told The Straits Times last Friday (Aug 7) that the code was meant to raise awareness and build a gracious culture. «The purpose of the code of conduct for pedestrians is not deterrence; we do not intend to police how people walk,» he said. «The Highway Code, similarly, sets out certain norms to guide pedestrians on safe behaviour, such as how to cross roads safely.» He was commenting on the issue after the introduction of the code drew controversy. Some pedestrians have expressed worries the code will water down their rights on footpaths while others insist the onus should be on cyclists and users of personal mobility devices to ride safely. Mr Baey said focus group sessions held by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) in the last two years had found that it was common to spot pedestrians and device users «glued to their phones and unaware of their surroundings».

First batch of BTO flats in Tengah, Singapore's new 'forest town' set for launch

 More than 1,040 Build-To-Order (BTO) flats in Tengah will be on sale this month as Singapore's newest town, billed as a «forest town», continues to take shape. The Parc Residences @ Tengah project is the first BTO housing parcel to be launched
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First batch of BTO flats in Tengah, Singapore's new 'forest town' set for launch

 More than 1,040 Build-To-Order (BTO) flats in Tengah will be on sale this month as Singapore's newest town, billed as a «forest town», continues to take shape. The Parc Residences @ Tengah project is the first BTO housing parcel to be launched for sale in the new Park district, the Housing Board announced on Monday (Aug 10). Park is the third of five districts in the town to see a BTO launch. It will hold an estimated 7,200 new flats when fully completed. Located next to Tengah's green lung called Central Park, the district will occupy 104ha and feature a number of greenways such as a 1.5km-long rainforest walk that weaves through various housing projects. Tengah covers about 700ha in the west. About the size of Bishan, it is the first HDB town to be developed since Punggol more than two decades ago. Public housing in two of the districts - Plantation and Garden - were launched earlier. The other two districts in Tengah are Brickland and Forest Hill. The Tengah masterplan was first revealed in 2016. Since 2018, the HDB has launched more than 7,000 new flats across six BTO projects in the town.

Covid-19: 188 new cases in Singapore, including 12 imported and 1 in the community

There were 188 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Monday noon (Aug 10), taking Singapore's total to 55,292. They included one community case, a Singaporean, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday. There were also 12 imported cases who had been place
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Covid-19: 188 new cases in Singapore, including 12 imported and 1 in the community

There were 188 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Monday noon (Aug 10), taking Singapore's total to 55,292. They included one community case, a Singaporean, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday. There were also 12 imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. Migrant workers living in dormitories made up the vast majority of the other cases. More details will be announced on Monday night. On Sunday, 175 new coronavirus cases were announced by MOH. The ministry also said the inter-agency task force had completed the testing of all workers in dormitories last Friday, with some test results still being processed. Among the new cases announced on Sunday was an unlinked community case, a 57-year-old Singaporean woman. She was tested for Covid-19 after she sought medical treatment for prolonged acute respiratory infection symptoms, and tested positive last Saturday, said the ministry. It said epidemiological investigations of the case are in progress, and all identified close contacts have been isolated and placed on quarantine.

Testing royal taboos: Inside Thailand's new youth protests 

Over two days of video calls earlier this month, about a dozen students from Thailand’s Kasetsart and Mahanakorn universities debated whether to break a taboo that could land them in jail: openly challenging the country’s powerful monarchy, according to t
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Testing royal taboos: Inside Thailand's new youth protests 

Over two days of video calls earlier this month, about a dozen students from Thailand’s Kasetsart and Mahanakorn universities debated whether to break a taboo that could land them in jail: openly challenging the country’s powerful monarchy, according to two people on the calls.

Philippine trash trawlers earn little from surge in plastics boosted by COVID-19

Virgilio Estuesta has picked through trash in the Philippines' biggest city for four decades, and is noticing an unusually large amount of plastics during his daily trawl of about 15 km (9.3 miles).
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Philippine trash trawlers earn little from surge in plastics boosted by COVID-19

Virgilio Estuesta has picked through trash in the Philippines' biggest city for four decades, and is noticing an unusually large amount of plastics during his daily trawl of about 15 km (9.3 miles).

Chinese manufacturing's coronavirus crisis gives Singapore an opportunity

Covid-19 made the world realise what many had long suspected. That countries around the globe had become dangerously overreliant on China as a manufacturing base. When China went into lockdown and its factories shut, supply chains and logistics were dee
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Chinese manufacturing's coronavirus crisis gives Singapore an opportunity

Covid-19 made the world realise what many had long suspected. That countries around the globe had become dangerously overreliant on China as a manufacturing base. When China went into lockdown and its factories shut, supply chains and logistics were deeply disrupted and many countries suffered as their access to goods dropped drastically. In response, many nations have decided to bring manufacturing back to their shores. Herein lies an opportunity for Singapore. Boosting manufacturing’s contribution to the economy would enable the city state to remain in control of major parts of the supply chains it relies on, helping it to react in times of emergency and remain self-sufficient in critical goods. Doing so would be a return to the glory days for Singapore manufacturing, which has declined as a percentage of GDP over the past three decades. As recently as the 1990s, Singapore’s manufacturing industry paralleled those of its fellow tiger economies of Taiwan and South Korea.

China's factory deflation slows in July as recovery gains strength

China's factory deflation eased in July, driven by a rise in global oil prices and as industrial activity climbed back towards pre-coronavirus levels, adding to signs of recovery in the world's second-largest economy.
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China's factory deflation slows in July as recovery gains strength

China's factory deflation eased in July, driven by a rise in global oil prices and as industrial activity climbed back towards pre-coronavirus levels, adding to signs of recovery in the world's second-largest economy.

Physical Meet-the-People sessions to resume with cap of 50 people or less

Meet-the-People sessions (MPS) will be allowed to resume from Monday (Aug 10) with precautionary measures such as capping overall crowd size to 50 or less, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has said. The move is aimed at facilitating interaction between
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Physical Meet-the-People sessions to resume with cap of 50 people or less

Meet-the-People sessions (MPS) will be allowed to resume from Monday (Aug 10) with precautionary measures such as capping overall crowd size to 50 or less, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has said. The move is aimed at facilitating interaction between MPs and their constituents now that the country is in phase two of its reopening, NEA said. The allowed crowd size will depend on the size of each MPS venue, it added. Crowd size comprises all persons in the MPS venue, including MPs, activists and residents, as well as those in the waiting area and queue. People's Action Party (PAP) MPs told The Straits Times they have been informed of this change, and that they will be implementing additional safety measures for their MPS  from this week. Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC) said these measures include using nearby void deck areas for queue management, and to limit the number of people inside her branch to 30, including the MP and volunteers. «For MPS location at Block 32 Teban Gardens, where the space is available, we will be conducting 'outdoor' MPS, a practice we started pre-circuit breaker in March this year,» she said.

As coronavirus batters Singapore's economy, lost jobs loom as long-term headache

Philip Leong gets out of bed at 3am every morning to open his food stall in Singapore’s Jurong district. He stands for hours over a sizzling wok, whipping up more than 100 plates of fried vegetarian bee hoon, or vermicelli. The 68-year-old has been doing t
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As coronavirus batters Singapore's economy, lost jobs loom as long-term headache

Philip Leong gets out of bed at 3am every morning to open his food stall in Singapore’s Jurong district. He stands for hours over a sizzling wok, whipping up more than 100 plates of fried vegetarian bee hoon, or vermicelli. The 68-year-old has been doing this back-breaking work for nearly two decades, yet his life as a hawker was not borne of a particular passion for cooking but rather sheer necessity. In 2002, Leong lost his job as a senior engineering assistant at Singapore Technologies Engineering when the company restructured. The 1997 Asian financial crisis had taken a devastating toll on the labour market, along with the dot-com crash and the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The effects lasted well beyond the initial drop in economic growth. Singapore lost 23,400 jobs in 1998 in its first employment contraction since the mid-80s recession. Between 1998 and 2002, only 102,000 jobs were created – just one-fifth of the 474,800 jobs created during the boom years 1993-97.

Over 6,000 SIA Group staff take no-pay leave to help company cope with Covid-19 crisis

More than 6,000 of the 27,000 staff from the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group have taken no-pay leave of varying lengths to help the company cope with the collapse in air travel due to Covid-19. In addition, more than 1,700 employees, including ground staff, p
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Over 6,000 SIA Group staff take no-pay leave to help company cope with Covid-19 crisis

More than 6,000 of the 27,000 staff from the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group have taken no-pay leave of varying lengths to help the company cope with the collapse in air travel due to Covid-19. In addition, more than 1,700 employees, including ground staff, pilots and cabin crew, have signed up for volunteer positions and jobs in external organisations. The SIA Group - which comprises SIA, regional arm SilkAir and budget carrier Scoot - disclosed the figures to The Straits Times last Friday. Its spokesman said it has been arranging temporary and secondary job placements for its staff. «These include ambassador roles and opportunities at public transport stations, social service offices and hospitals, for example,» said the spokesman. «Many of our crew have also volunteered with various roles within the company.» Staff can apply for the external roles through SIA's employee support portal. They can also tap online financial, mental and physical wellness programmes if needed.

IN FOCUS: The challenges young people face in seeking mental health help

Suicide continues to the leading cause of death for youths, with a total of 71 people aged 20 to 29 taking their own lives last year. CNA looks into why some young people delay seeking mental health treatment, despite growing awareness in Singapore.
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IN FOCUS: The challenges young people face in seeking mental health help

Suicide continues to the leading cause of death for youths, with a total of 71 people aged 20 to 29 taking their own lives last year. CNA looks into why some young people delay seeking mental health treatment, despite growing awareness in Singapore.

Five dead, one missing as floods hit Greek island

Five people including a baby died and another person was missing on Sunday as torrential rains and floods swept the Greek island of Evia, damaging dozens of houses and blocking roads.
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Five dead, one missing as floods hit Greek island

Five people including a baby died and another person was missing on Sunday as torrential rains and floods swept the Greek island of Evia, damaging dozens of houses and blocking roads.

UK steps up plans to tackle migrant Channel crossings with new commander

Britain appointed a commander on Sunday to lead its response to illegal small boat crossings across the Channel and said it was exploring tougher action after a spate of migrant arrivals.
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UK steps up plans to tackle migrant Channel crossings with new commander

Britain appointed a commander on Sunday to lead its response to illegal small boat crossings across the Channel and said it was exploring tougher action after a spate of migrant arrivals.

Upcoming NS Square at Marina Bay will be 'central focus' of new downtown, says PM Lee

SINGAPORE - The upcoming NS Square, set to replace the Marina Bay floating platform, will be the central focus of the new downtown area, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day message on Sunday (Aug 9). The project, due to be completed by en
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Upcoming NS Square at Marina Bay will be 'central focus' of new downtown, says PM Lee

SINGAPORE - The upcoming NS Square, set to replace the Marina Bay floating platform, will be the central focus of the new downtown area, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day message on Sunday (Aug 9). The project, due to be completed by end-2025, will continue to host future National Day Parades, as well as a gallery dedicated to national servicemen, PM Lee added as he unveiled its design for the first time. PM Lee was giving his National Day message in a televised broadcast ahead of a parade at the Padang as part of this year's scaled down, decentralised National Day Parade (NDP), held in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. NS Square is set to be a permanent space for large-scale national events, possibly seating up to 35,000 spectators, compared to the current capacity of The Float @ Marina Bay of 27,000. It will also feature community sports facilities, such as a swimming pool and water sports centre, as well as a new waterfront promenade that will improve pedestrian connectivity in the area, forming a loop around Marina Bay.

NDP 2020: Special brooch and scarf worn by President Halimah feature artwork by people with disabilities

SINGAPORE - Sharp-eyed Singaporeans would have spotted the unique designs on the red-and-white silk cotton scarf and colourful enamel brooch that President Halimah Yacob donned at the Padang parade on Sunday morning (Aug 9). Both accessories incorporated th
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NDP 2020: Special brooch and scarf worn by President Halimah feature artwork by people with disabilities

SINGAPORE - Sharp-eyed Singaporeans would have spotted the unique designs on the red-and-white silk cotton scarf and colourful enamel brooch that President Halimah Yacob donned at the Padang parade on Sunday morning (Aug 9). Both accessories incorporated the designs of two artists with visual impairments — Ms Katy Lee, 70, and Ms Adeline Vejaletchmy, 58 — from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped. Their artwork reflects their love for Singapore and is also featured among the 20 designs for this year's NDP packs. Ms Lee's design, titled Colours Of My Country, features the colours red, blue and green, and incorporates high-rise buildings and trees. «Red is associated with vibrancy and life... while blue represents safety and security as well as clear blue skies,» she said. «Green - I love our gardens and parks, we're a small country but we have so much greenery,» said Ms Lee, adding that her favourite park is the Botanic Gardens, where she often goes on walks, to people-watch or doodle a quick sketch.

Covid-19: 175 new cases in Singapore, including 1 in the community and 3 imported

SINGAPORE - There were 175 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Sunday noon (Aug 9) taking Singapore's total to 55,104. They included one community case who is Singaporean, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). There were also three imported cases who had bee
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Covid-19: 175 new cases in Singapore, including 1 in the community and 3 imported

SINGAPORE - There were 175 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Sunday noon (Aug 9) taking Singapore's total to 55,104. They included one community case who is Singaporean, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). There were also three imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. Migrant workers living in dormitories made up the vast majority of the other cases. More details will be announced on Sunday night. On Saturday, a dormitory at 35 Kian Teck Way emerged as a new cluster of Covid-19 infections, MOH said. The cluster was linked to 18 newly confirmed cases and seven earlier cases, said MOH, which also confirmed 132 new coronavirus cases on Saturday. Saturday's sole new case in the community was a 60-year-old Singaporean woman who is a close contact of an earlier case and was tested for the virus while under quarantine. There were also six imported cases. This group comprised one work pass holder, two work permit holders and three dependant's pass holders who arrived in Singapore from India, Indonesia and the United States between July 26 and 27.

Egypt highway uproots graves, homes in 'City of Dead'

Egyptian mother-of-three Menna said she was caught off guard when a bulldozer clearing space for a controversial highway flattened much of a mausoleum that doubled as her home in a sprawling cemetery.
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Egypt highway uproots graves, homes in 'City of Dead'

Egyptian mother-of-three Menna said she was caught off guard when a bulldozer clearing space for a controversial highway flattened much of a mausoleum that doubled as her home in a sprawling cemetery.

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