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Coronavirus: New initiative gives nurses priority queue for lunch

SINGAPORE - Nurses will get to not only skip the lunchtime queues at one hawker centre but also enjoy that adage-defying free lunch in the latest initiative for front-line workers dealing with the coronavirus. Moulmein-Cairnhill Constituency Office on Frida

Mass rallies and police data leak in Belarus keep pressure on Lukashenko

More than 100,000 people marched through Minsk on Sunday on the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping up the pressure on the veteran Belarusian leader to quit.
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Mass rallies and police data leak in Belarus keep pressure on Lukashenko

More than 100,000 people marched through Minsk on Sunday on the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping up the pressure on the veteran Belarusian leader to quit.

More rain likely in Southeast Asia in upcoming months as experts detect La Nina-like conditions

Less rain is expected to fall on Singapore for the rest of September, but wetter weather could be expected in the months ahead. The weatherman has declared the onset of La Nina-like conditions in the region this month, after being on watch since July for th
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More rain likely in Southeast Asia in upcoming months as experts detect La Nina-like conditions

Less rain is expected to fall on Singapore for the rest of September, but wetter weather could be expected in the months ahead. The weatherman has declared the onset of La Nina-like conditions in the region this month, after being on watch since July for the climate phenomenon that brings rainier weather to Southeast Asia. La Nina is the «crybaby» sister to El Nino — the phenomenon usually associated with hot and dry weather in South-east Asia. «La Nina-like conditions have been detected in the west Pacific. These include characteristic changes in the sea surface temperature, cloudiness, and winds in the tropical Pacific Ocean,» the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) of the National Environment Agency told The Straits Times in response to queries last week. This follows a Sept 14 update by the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which had also concluded that La Nina conditions are present. But the MSS spokesman noted that as La Nina events typically occur over several months, more observations are needed before a La Nina event can be declared.

Facebook tells Irish court that probe threatens its EU operations -bnewspaper

Facebook has told Ireland's High Court it cannot see how its services could operate in the European Union if regulators freeze its data transfer mechanism, the Sunday Business Post reported, citing court documents seen by the paper.
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Facebook tells Irish court that probe threatens its EU operations -bnewspaper

Facebook has told Ireland's High Court it cannot see how its services could operate in the European Union if regulators freeze its data transfer mechanism, the Sunday Business Post reported, citing court documents seen by the paper.

Macron challenger presses France to save tyre plant

France should invest in a Bridgestone tyre plant threatened with closure, the head of its regional government who plans to run against President Emmanuel Macron in 2022 said on Sunday, ahead of a ministerial visit to the site.
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Macron challenger presses France to save tyre plant

France should invest in a Bridgestone tyre plant threatened with closure, the head of its regional government who plans to run against President Emmanuel Macron in 2022 said on Sunday, ahead of a ministerial visit to the site.

Britain is at COVID-19 tipping point, health minister says

Britain is at a tipping point on coronavirus, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, warning that unless people follow the government rules, the virus will spread and further restrictions will be needed.
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Britain is at COVID-19 tipping point, health minister says

Britain is at a tipping point on coronavirus, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, warning that unless people follow the government rules, the virus will spread and further restrictions will be needed.

China's ByteDance seeks US$60 billion TikTok valuation in US deal: Bloomberg News

Oracle will take a 12.5per cent stake in TikTok Global and store all its U.S. user data in its cloud to comply with U.S. national security requirements, the companies said on Saturday. Retail giant Walmart said it would take a 7.5per cent stake.
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China's ByteDance seeks US$60 billion TikTok valuation in US deal: Bloomberg News

Oracle will take a 12.5per cent stake in TikTok Global and store all its U.S. user data in its cloud to comply with U.S. national security requirements, the companies said on Saturday. Retail giant Walmart said it would take a 7.5per cent stake.

Parti Liyani case: Improve access to justice for the poor and needy, experts say

When charged with a criminal offence or slapped with a civil lawsuit, some do not know whom to turn to, while others realise there is help only late in the process. This is despite publicity surrounding pro bono services for criminal and non-criminal matters
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Parti Liyani case: Improve access to justice for the poor and needy, experts say

When charged with a criminal offence or slapped with a civil lawsuit, some do not know whom to turn to, while others realise there is help only late in the process. This is despite publicity surrounding pro bono services for criminal and non-criminal matters, and free advice regularly offered at legal clinics. For example, the Migrant Workers' Centre holds such a clinic every first and third Saturday of the month. The issue of access to legal help was highlighted this month in the case involving Indonesian Parti Liyani. Accused of theft in 2016 by her employers and convicted for the crime, the former maid was cleared of all charges earlier this month after her pro bono lawyer Anil Balchandani fought for her acquittal. Her employers of eight years were Changi Airport Group's former chairman Liew Mun Leong and his family. It was a non-governmental organisation (NGO) - the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home) - that helped her secure a lawyer.

Taiwan president says has no plans to talk to Japan's new PM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that there was no plan for her talk by telephone with new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, after a Japanese envoy had told Tsai that Suga might be open to it, prompting concern in Beijing.
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Taiwan president says has no plans to talk to Japan's new PM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that there was no plan for her talk by telephone with new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, after a Japanese envoy had told Tsai that Suga might be open to it, prompting concern in Beijing.

Man Utd need better defenders to win Premier League, says Neville

Manchester United will not be able to win the Premier League with a centre back partnership of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, former England international Gary Neville has said.
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Man Utd need better defenders to win Premier League, says Neville

Manchester United will not be able to win the Premier League with a centre back partnership of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, former England international Gary Neville has said.

Man City's Gundogan sets 100 points target

Manchester City must show more consistency this season and amass at least 100 points if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said.
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Man City's Gundogan sets 100 points target

Manchester City must show more consistency this season and amass at least 100 points if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said.

'It has to be a deep mindset change': Singapore to conduct comprehensive review of women's issues

The Government is embarking on a comprehensive review of issues affecting women to bring about a mindset change on values like gender equality and mutual respect for women. The review will engage and work with partners from the people and private sectors as
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'It has to be a deep mindset change': Singapore to conduct comprehensive review of women's issues

The Government is embarking on a comprehensive review of issues affecting women to bring about a mindset change on values like gender equality and mutual respect for women. The review will engage and work with partners from the people and private sectors as well as women's and youth groups, said Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam. It will be led by three women political office holders, he added. They are Minister of State for Education and Social and Family Development Sun Xueling, Parliamentary Secretary for Education, and Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling, and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Rahayu Mahzam. The ideas and suggestions gathered through these dialogues and discussions will be tabled as a White Paper in Parliament in the first half of next year, Mr Shanmugam said. Speaking at the start of a virtual dialogue on Sunday (Sept 20), he said while Singapore has taken great strides to level the playing field for women, gender equality remains a work in progress.

Foreign talent curbs, anti-foreigner sentiments hit foreign graduates of Singapore universities

The raised minimum salaries for hiring foreigners on work passes have caused sleepless nights for some foreign graduates of Singapore universities. Those who had received subsidies from the Ministry of Education (MOE) under the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) ar
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Foreign talent curbs, anti-foreigner sentiments hit foreign graduates of Singapore universities

The raised minimum salaries for hiring foreigners on work passes have caused sleepless nights for some foreign graduates of Singapore universities. Those who had received subsidies from the Ministry of Education (MOE) under the Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) are obligated to work in a Singapore-registered company for three years upon graduation. But in this tough climate, where even local graduates are struggling to find jobs, these foreign graduates have it worse as companies are urged to maintain a workforce with a Singapore core. Some worry about having to pay back their bonds of up to $100,000 if they remain jobless after a year, and staying in Singapore while unemployed creates further financial pressure. Unlike government scholarships, the TGS does not guarantee its recipients a job in the civil service. Difficulties finding a job Six of the 10 international students The Sunday Times spoke to have not been able to land a job in the past four months.

3 dogs found dead in Sembawang God of Wealth Temple fire

A massive fire that broke out at the Sembawang God of Wealth Temple on Friday night (Sept 18) killed three of the seven dogs that lived on the premises but left the statues of various deities intact. A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman told Th
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3 dogs found dead in Sembawang God of Wealth Temple fire

A massive fire that broke out at the Sembawang God of Wealth Temple on Friday night (Sept 18) killed three of the seven dogs that lived on the premises but left the statues of various deities intact. A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman told The Straits Times on Saturday (Sept 19) that firefighters found three dog carcasses during their night operations. It took firefighters about three hours, from 9.15pm to midnight, to extinguish the fire. They then continued to spray water on the burnt surfaces for several hours to prevent the fire from rekindling, a process known as damping down. The temple management said in a Facebook post on Saturday that it had been caring for seven stray dogs. «We do not chain up our dogs and they are free to roam the temple compound during the night,» the temple said. «Unfortunately, we have lost three of them as they were trapped on the second level when the fire broke out. The remaining four managed to escape and are safe.»

Cat-and-mouse game: Errant restaurants in Singapore find ways to flout Covid-19 safe distancing rules

 Enforcement officer John (not his real name for operational reasons) was shocked when he turned up at Hai Xian Lao restaurant in Shaw House to conduct an inspection on Aug 14. He never expected that the safe distancing rules he was supposed to enforce woul
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Cat-and-mouse game: Errant restaurants in Singapore find ways to flout Covid-19 safe distancing rules

 Enforcement officer John (not his real name for operational reasons) was shocked when he turned up at Hai Xian Lao restaurant in Shaw House to conduct an inspection on Aug 14. He never expected that the safe distancing rules he was supposed to enforce would be used against him at the restaurant. «(The restaurant's staff) tried their best to delay our entrance into the premises, saying that the restaurant was filled to maximum capacity, or telling us that they had to take our temperatures before we could enter,» said John, one of about 3,000 enforcement officers, safe distancing ambassadors and SG Clean ambassadors deployed daily throughout the island to ensure safe distancing rules are adhered to. As the restaurant's staff stalled for time, the enforcement officers saw close to 30 customers exiting through the restaurant's back door. Investigations revealed that the customers were seated in a locked private room within the restaurant, which John said could hold only about 20 people comfortably.

Leeds hang on for points in seven-goal thriller with Fulham

Newly-promoted Leeds United continued their barnstorming return to the Premier League as they claimed their first points with a thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday.
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Leeds hang on for points in seven-goal thriller with Fulham

Newly-promoted Leeds United continued their barnstorming return to the Premier League as they claimed their first points with a thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday.

Turkey's COVID-19 cases exceed 300,000

The total number of coronavirus cases in Turkey rose above 300,000 on Saturday, the health ministry said, as authorities struggle to contain a resurgence in the outbreak.
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Turkey's COVID-19 cases exceed 300,000

The total number of coronavirus cases in Turkey rose above 300,000 on Saturday, the health ministry said, as authorities struggle to contain a resurgence in the outbreak.

Covid-19: 15 new cases in Singapore, including 1 in the community and 5 imported

SINGAPORE - There were 15 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Saturday noon (Sept 19), taking Singapore's total to 57,558. They included one community case, who is a Singaporean, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday. There were also five importe
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Covid-19: 15 new cases in Singapore, including 1 in the community and 5 imported

SINGAPORE - There were 15 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Saturday noon (Sept 19), taking Singapore's total to 57,558. They included one community case, who is a Singaporean, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday. There were also five imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. More details will be announced on Saturday night. On Friday, there were 11 new coronavirus cases confirmed - the lowest daily figure in over six months since March 12, when there were nine cases. The sole new case in the community reported on Friday is currently unlinked. He is a 30-year-old Singaporean man who was confirmed positive on Thursday, said MOH. There was also one new imported case - a work permit holder who returned from India on Sept 6. She had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore and was tested while serving her notice. A Giant outlet at Sunshine Place in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 and the State Courts were added to the places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious, MOH said on Friday.

Man who was jailed 2 extra days by mistake signs compensation agreement, describes experience behind bars

SINGAPORE - The man who was kept behind bars for two extra days because of an administrative error in the State Courts said he had tried to distract himself to avoid thinking about the extra hours he was spending in jail. For those two nights, he had tosse
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Man who was jailed 2 extra days by mistake signs compensation agreement, describes experience behind bars

SINGAPORE - The man who was kept behind bars for two extra days because of an administrative error in the State Courts said he had tried to distract himself to avoid thinking about the extra hours he was spending in jail. For those two nights, he had tossed and turned in the jail cell that he shared with three others, Mr Teo Seng Tiong told The Straits Times on Saturday (Sept 19). On some nights of the fish farmer's seven week imprisonment term, he said he was kept awake by the incessant whirr of the ventilator fan and the sound his cellmates made as they showered. But between Aug 22 and 23, it was the fact that he should have been a free man that weighed heavily on the 59-year-old's mind. «During the day, I could distract myself by talking to other people but at night, when no one else was awake, I kept thinking about it,» said Mr Teo in Mandarin. «You keep telling yourself not to and try to sleep, but you can't stop thinking about it... It was like time wasn't moving.»

Neville hoping to lead Britain at rescheduled Olympics

England Women's head coach Phil Neville says he hopes to lead the British team at the Tokyo Olympics next year and expects the Football Association (FA) to decide shortly as to whether he will be handed the reins.
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Neville hoping to lead Britain at rescheduled Olympics

England Women's head coach Phil Neville says he hopes to lead the British team at the Tokyo Olympics next year and expects the Football Association (FA) to decide shortly as to whether he will be handed the reins.

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