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GE2020: Is PAP's Desmond Lee contesting in West Coast GRC?

West Coast GRC looks to be one of the hottest constituencies this GE2020 to watch as incumbents the People's Action Party (PAP) go head-on with Dr Tan Cheng Bock of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP). Earlier this morning on Nomination Day, Minister for Soc

'Beyond worst nightmares': Argentina's child poverty rate soars amid pandemic

Antonio Chenarce, a 49-year-old baker and father of three in Buenos Aires, has struggled to make ends meet since losing his job due to the coronavirus lockdown imposed in the Argentine capital since mid-March.
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'Beyond worst nightmares': Argentina's child poverty rate soars amid pandemic

Antonio Chenarce, a 49-year-old baker and father of three in Buenos Aires, has struggled to make ends meet since losing his job due to the coronavirus lockdown imposed in the Argentine capital since mid-March.

Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast shadow over Jul 4 celebrations

Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast a shadow over the nation's Fourth of July celebrations as health experts worried that holiday parties will cause a further spike in infections that could overwhelm hospitals.
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Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast shadow over Jul 4 celebrations

Rising coronavirus cases in 39 US states cast a shadow over the nation's Fourth of July celebrations as health experts worried that holiday parties will cause a further spike in infections that could overwhelm hospitals.

Football: Pin-point Ramos holds nerve again as Madrid beat Bilbao

Sergio Ramos scored his 22nd consecutive penalty on Sunday as Real Madrid held on for another 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao to inch closer to winning La Liga.
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Football: Pin-point Ramos holds nerve again as Madrid beat Bilbao

Sergio Ramos scored his 22nd consecutive penalty on Sunday as Real Madrid held on for another 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao to inch closer to winning La Liga.

WP's Raeesah Khan apologises for past Facebook posts, will continue campaigning in Sengkang GRC

In an unscheduled doorstop interview held by the Workers’ Party (WP) tonight (July 5), Sengkang GRC candidate Raeesah Khan addressed for the first time the ongoing police investigation into the alleged Facebook posts she made in the past.  The 30-year-ol
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WP's Raeesah Khan apologises for past Facebook posts, will continue campaigning in Sengkang GRC

In an unscheduled doorstop interview held by the Workers’ Party (WP) tonight (July 5), Sengkang GRC candidate Raeesah Khan addressed for the first time the ongoing police investigation into the alleged Facebook posts she made in the past.  The 30-year-old WP candidate is being probed for the offence promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race.   Two police reports were made on July 4 and 5, following Facebook posts that dredged up alleged screenshots of her comments on the outcome of the City Harvest Church trial as well as the individuals who were spotted gathering at Robertson Quay during the circuit breaker.  “My intention was never to cause any social division but to raise awareness to minority concerns. I apologise to any racial group or community that have been hurt by my comments," she told the media.

GE2020: Pofma office issues correction notice to NUSS, CNA, TOC and New Naratif over false statements made by SDP's Tambyah

The alternate authority for the Minister for Manpower (MOM) instructed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) office to issue five correctional directions to the National University Of Singapore Society (NUSS), CNA, The Online C
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GE2020: Pofma office issues correction notice to NUSS, CNA, TOC and New Naratif over false statements made by SDP's Tambyah

The alternate authority for the Minister for Manpower (MOM) instructed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) office to issue five correctional directions to the National University Of Singapore Society (NUSS), CNA, The Online Citizen Asia (TOC) and New Naratif. The Pofma office said on July 5 that the correctional directions were issued because these platforms carried false statements made by Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) chairman Paul Tambyah. The statements appeared in NUSS' YouTube video, CNA’s online article, TOC’s Facebook post and videos, and New Naratif’s audio recording. While sharing his views at the NUSS Pre-General Election Forum 2020 on July 3, Dr Tambyah said that the MOM's email advisory to employers on the testing of migrant workers was made without the advice of public health medical professionals. He also claimed that MOM‘s advisory stated that employers would lose their work pass privileges if they sent their workers for Covid-19 testing and that MOM actively discouraged the testing of workers.

I know 'cardboard' in Chinese now: RP's Charles Yeo talks becoming GE2020 overnight meme

Reform Party's Charles Yeo might have become an overnight meme after the constituency political broadcast on July 3, but he is taking the spotlight in his stride.  Yeo, who shared his thoughts in a live Lianhe Zaobao interview today (July 5), said in
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I know 'cardboard' in Chinese now: RP's Charles Yeo talks becoming GE2020 overnight meme

Reform Party's Charles Yeo might have become an overnight meme after the constituency political broadcast on July 3, but he is taking the spotlight in his stride.  Yeo, who shared his thoughts in a live Lianhe Zaobao interview today (July 5), said in Mandarin: «As someone who advocates for freedom of speech, I acknowledge that I have no control over what others want to say about me.  »Netizens can say what they want.  «Some said that the Reform Party was unprepared, some commended my bravery, while others said the content of the speech was too harsh. »Ultimately, what I said was aligned with the Reform Party's beliefs."  Yeo was only joined by running mate Noraini Yunus at the Ang Mo Kio GRC broadcast. The team, also comprising secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam, chairman Andy Zhu and Darren Soh, is contesting against the People's Action Party (PAP).

GE2020: Lawrence Wong refutes SDP chair Paul Tambyah's remarks on Covid-19 task force as 'baseless and false'

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong has rebutted remarks by Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Paul Tambyah that the multi-ministry Covid-19 task force did not rely on the advice of medical experts in its work. Saying the allegations were &laq
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GE2020: Lawrence Wong refutes SDP chair Paul Tambyah's remarks on Covid-19 task force as 'baseless and false'

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong has rebutted remarks by Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Paul Tambyah that the multi-ministry Covid-19 task force did not rely on the advice of medical experts in its work. Saying the allegations were «baseless and false», Mr Wong, who co-chairs the task force with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, said on Sunday (July 5) that it has always relied on scientific evidence and the advice of medical experts in coming up with decisions. «They are an integral part of the team, we involve them in all our deliberations, and every time Mr Gan Kim Yong and I hold the press conferences we have the director of medical services (Associate Professor Kenneth Mak) with us,» he said, adding that this has been the case since the outbreak started. Mr Wong also addressed Professor Tambyah's remarks that the Manpower Ministry (MOM) was to blame for an advisory that asked employers not to get workers tested. He noted that the advisory was issued in February after an infection at Seletar Aerospace Park.

WP's Raeesah Khan under police probe over alleged Facebook posts on race and religion

The police confirmed that two reports have been lodged against Raeesah Khan from the Workers’ Party (WP) over comments she allegedly made on social media in the past.  The 30-year-old WP candidate is currently contesting in Sengkang GRC in the general ele
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WP's Raeesah Khan under police probe over alleged Facebook posts on race and religion

The police confirmed that two reports have been lodged against Raeesah Khan from the Workers’ Party (WP) over comments she allegedly made on social media in the past.  The 30-year-old WP candidate is currently contesting in Sengkang GRC in the general election, taking on the People’s Action Party (PAP) in the newly carved-out constituency.  The two police reports were made on July 4 and 5, following Facebook posts that dredged up alleged screenshots of her comment on the outcome of the City Harvest Church trial as well as the individuals who were spotted gathering at Robertson Quay despite the circuit breaker measures.  “She allegedly commented that Singapore law enforcement authorities discriminated against citizens, and that compared to other groups, rich Chinese and white people were treated differently under the law,” the police statement read. 

I not fierce: GE2020 candidates Chee Soon Juan and Gan Siow Huang say they aren't as unfriendly as they appear

Some of us are blessed with a pleasant resting face. And if you are not, you might get misunderstood, like Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) Dr Chee Soon Juan and People's Action Party's (PAP) Gan Siow Huang. Dr Chee had to make a Hi, all. I’ve heard
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I not fierce: GE2020 candidates Chee Soon Juan and Gan Siow Huang say they aren't as unfriendly as they appear

Some of us are blessed with a pleasant resting face. And if you are not, you might get misunderstood, like Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) Dr Chee Soon Juan and People's Action Party's (PAP) Gan Siow Huang. Dr Chee had to make a Hi, all. I’ve heard some comments about my demeanour at the political debate on Wednesday, that I appeared aggressive...Posted by Chee Soon Juan 徐顺全 on Saturday, 4 July 2020«>Facebook post last night (July 4) to clarify that he actually wasn't »aggressive and confrontational".

GE2020: 'I like lite' - WP responds to being called PAP-lite by PM Lee

«Lite» is not always bad and some have a preference for it, says Workers' Party (WP) candidate Yee Jenn Jong. On a Facebook post this morning (July 5), he wrote: «I like lite. I order Teh Siu Dai, sometimes even kosong. If I am tempted f
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GE2020: 'I like lite' - WP responds to being called PAP-lite by PM Lee

«Lite» is not always bad and some have a preference for it, says Workers' Party (WP) candidate Yee Jenn Jong. On a Facebook post this morning (July 5), he wrote: «I like lite. I order Teh Siu Dai, sometimes even kosong. If I am tempted for a Coke, I go for lite. Even Mdm President made a pitch for Milo Gao Kosong.» Yenn's post was in response to a question posed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a Facebook live stream session yesterday afternoon (July 4).  PM Lee had made a guest appearance in support of the People's Action Party (PAP) Sengkang GRC team, and fired shots at WP along the way, stating: «Why do you want to settle for PAP-lite? The real thing is much better.» 

GE2020: Dr Tan Cheng Bock is the 'rare MP who exercised independence of mind', says Lee Hsien Yang

There are MPs and then there are real MPs, the ones who are their «own man» and will not «become part of group-think», like Dr Tan Cheng Bock, says Lee Hsien Yang.  The younger estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sha
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GE2020: Dr Tan Cheng Bock is the 'rare MP who exercised independence of mind', says Lee Hsien Yang

There are MPs and then there are real MPs, the ones who are their «own man» and will not «become part of group-think», like Dr Tan Cheng Bock, says Lee Hsien Yang.  The younger estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared his thoughts about the current crop of PAP and opposition candidates standing for election in this year on Facebook this morning (July 5).    He goes on to write that Dr Tan, who is now part of the opposition after having served 26 years as a People's Action Party (PAP) MP, has «always been his own man» and is «that rare MP who exercised independence of mind».  

GE2020: Residents get vocal with 'shouting match' at Yishun coffee shop; Lee Hsien Yang heckled at Yio Chu Kang

Physical rallies may be absent this time around, but on the ground, expressions of support are no less fervent.  Another round of chants erupted between supporters of the People's Action Party (PAP) and Progress Singapore Party (PSP) at a coffee shop in
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GE2020: Residents get vocal with 'shouting match' at Yishun coffee shop; Lee Hsien Yang heckled at Yio Chu Kang

Physical rallies may be absent this time around, but on the ground, expressions of support are no less fervent.  Another round of chants erupted between supporters of the People's Action Party (PAP) and Progress Singapore Party (PSP) at a coffee shop in Yishun on Sunday (July 5) morning. According to The Straits Times' Liveblog, the «shouting match» happened at about 11.20am at Block 747, after PAP’s Nee Soon GRC candidate, Associate Professor Faishal Ibrahim, arrived at the coffeeshop. PSP leader Dr Tan Cheng Bock and member Lee Hsien Yang were seen at the same coffeeshop just 20 minutes earlier. Passionate residents were seen chanting their support for both parties in the video, with PAP supporters calling out “PAP!” as PSP supporters responded with “Tan Cheng Bock!” When asked about the commotion, Faishal told The Straits Times that he saw it as a sign the residents have forged a bond with him, "And at the end of the day, when they see things like these happening, they come and support us.”

GE2020: Nicole Seah on making her own teh-C kosong every day and one great takeaway from house visits

«Why everyone got interesting hobby then I make teh-C kosong?» Nicole Seah said, laughing heartily in a It has been a long journey but it also feels like it has just begun. Thank you for being there for me. It’s my turn to be there for you.
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GE2020: Nicole Seah on making her own teh-C kosong every day and one great takeaway from house visits

«Why everyone got interesting hobby then I make teh-C kosong?» Nicole Seah said, laughing heartily in a It has been a long journey but it also feels like it has just begun. Thank you for being there for me. It’s my turn to be there for you. #MakeYourVoteCount #GE2020 #WorkersParty #TrueBlueSGPosted by Nicole Seah 佘雪玲 on Saturday, 4 July 2020«>video uploaded to her Facebook page last night. The Workers' Party (WP) candidate for East Coast GRC said her daily routine includes making a cup using her own tea dust. »My family says that if I don't have teh-C kosong, I get a bit cranky," she added.

PAP's Marine Parade GRC candidate Edwin Tong slams vote-buying allegations over Joo Chiat Care & Share scheme

Edwin Tong, People’s Action Party’s candidate for Marine Parade GRC, has hit out at allegations that the Joo Chiat Care & Share Scheme is aimed at “buying votes”. On Friday (July 3), former Singapore People’s Party member Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss
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PAP's Marine Parade GRC candidate Edwin Tong slams vote-buying allegations over Joo Chiat Care & Share scheme

Edwin Tong, People’s Action Party’s candidate for Marine Parade GRC, has hit out at allegations that the Joo Chiat Care & Share Scheme is aimed at “buying votes”. On Friday (July 3), former Singapore People’s Party member Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss made a Facebook post on how the “Call-To-Vote” flyer includes the line “one-time assistance of $500”, along with “the PAP logo, the candidate's photo and GE2020 media handles”.  Chong-Aruldoss questioned: “Curious as to why the PAP candidate decided to mention this assistance sum of $500 as a sub-headline in his election flyer. Won’t voters be led to believe that voting for him in the coming GE2020 would come with such a benefit? Where does this money actually come from?”

Big Oil confronts possibility of terminal demand decline

Although crude prices have rebounded from coronavirus crisis lows, oil execs and experts are starting to ask if the industry has crossed the Rubicon of peak demand.
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Big Oil confronts possibility of terminal demand decline

Although crude prices have rebounded from coronavirus crisis lows, oil execs and experts are starting to ask if the industry has crossed the Rubicon of peak demand.

3 highlights from SDA's Harminder Pal Singh's e-rally

The Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) may have all their eggs in one basket by only contesting in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, but party chief media officer Harminder Pal Singh assured Singaporeans that their GST proposal sets them apart from others. In
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3 highlights from SDA's Harminder Pal Singh's e-rally

The Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) may have all their eggs in one basket by only contesting in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, but party chief media officer Harminder Pal Singh assured Singaporeans that their GST proposal sets them apart from others. In an almost two-hour e-rally yesterday (July 4), Singh shared the party's proposed post-Covid-19 recovery efforts, such as reducing GST to 3 per cent and implementing a progressive GST system.   Too busy to watch? We've got you covered. Here are three highlights from Singh's online rally: «High cost of living» «We are going to address the burden of the high cost of living by pushing for the GST to go down to only 3 per cent, for food, household items and necessities,» Singh said.  «This move will especially help the lower- and middle-class Singaporeans, like you and I.» The party also proposed a progressive GST system for luxury items, up to 15 per cent. This is the biggest difference in SDA's manifesto and post-Covid-19 plans from every other party, he said.  

GE2020: Just one term to compare, nothing to lose if you elect PSP, Kala Manickam tells Singaporeans

Singaporeans have nothing to lose if they elect Progress Singapore Party (PSP) into Parliament, said member Kala Manickam. «At most, it's one term, right? Nothing to lose what, anyway, you've lasted 55 years [living] with all the pain and struggles.&r
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GE2020: Just one term to compare, nothing to lose if you elect PSP, Kala Manickam tells Singaporeans

Singaporeans have nothing to lose if they elect Progress Singapore Party (PSP) into Parliament, said member Kala Manickam. «At most, it's one term, right? Nothing to lose what, anyway, you've lasted 55 years [living] with all the pain and struggles.» In a two-hour-long e-rally on Saturday night (July 4), the Nee Soon GRC candidate was candid when asked whether PSP is ready to manage a town council. «Yes, we have a very competent team,» she replied. Manickam shared that party leader Dr Tan Cheng Bock has past experience as chairman of Jurong East town council and explained how her fellow party members' diverse range of knowledge and skills will help keep operations running smoothly. «We'll do a better job and we have fantastic plans for Nee Soon GRC,» the 52-year-old added.

'I'm proud of you, Pa': Woman posts tribute to late father who was SDP member

Some 23 years after her father's untimely death during the 1997 General Election, Wendy Toh says that the emotions still come flooding back whenever election season rolls around. The actress paid tribute to her late father, who had been a member of the Singa
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'I'm proud of you, Pa': Woman posts tribute to late father who was SDP member

Some 23 years after her father's untimely death during the 1997 General Election, Wendy Toh says that the emotions still come flooding back whenever election season rolls around. The actress paid tribute to her late father, who had been a member of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), as well as those working behind the scenes in politics in a touching Facebook post on July 5. According to Toh, her father Steven was a staunch supporter of opposition veteran Chiam See Tong and served in the SDP from the early 90s until his death in December 1996. Even before the election, he had been working tirelessly, she recalled. But he would not live to see his efforts bear fruition. Shortly after Nomination Day, he passed away from a heart attack after pulling an all-nighter at the town council office of the now-defunct Nee Soon Central SMC. Reflecting on her father's legacy, Toh wrote of her memories accompanying him on walkabouts and his choice to take «the road less travelled», opting for contract and part-time stints with political parties instead of a full-time job. 

Formula 1: I'm not afraid of Ferrari limelight, says Sainz

Carlos Sainz is relishing the opportunity to hog the limelight of being a Ferrari driver in 2021 but won't even think about it until the last lap of the last race of this truncated season is over.
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Formula 1: I'm not afraid of Ferrari limelight, says Sainz

Carlos Sainz is relishing the opportunity to hog the limelight of being a Ferrari driver in 2021 but won't even think about it until the last lap of the last race of this truncated season is over.

Rapper Kanye West announces US presidential bid on Twitter

American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
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Rapper Kanye West announces US presidential bid on Twitter

American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Chelsea must get used to pressure in home stretch, says Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said his team must embrace the pressure in their remaining Premier League matches as they look to secure a top-four finish and qualify for next season's Champions League.
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Chelsea must get used to pressure in home stretch, says Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said his team must embrace the pressure in their remaining Premier League matches as they look to secure a top-four finish and qualify for next season's Champions League.

German economy minister sees recovery from October

Germany's economy may recover from October onwards from the coronavirus pandemic, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.
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German economy minister sees recovery from October

Germany's economy may recover from October onwards from the coronavirus pandemic, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

Football: Arsenal halt Wolves charge with 2-0 victory

Arsenal dented Wolverhampton Wanderers' hopes of a top-four finish as Bukayo Saka's first Premier League goal helped them to an impressive 2-0 away victory on Saturday.
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Football: Arsenal halt Wolves charge with 2-0 victory

Arsenal dented Wolverhampton Wanderers' hopes of a top-four finish as Bukayo Saka's first Premier League goal helped them to an impressive 2-0 away victory on Saturday.

LGBT Pride activists protest in Paris against racial injustice

A pared-down LGBT Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, without the colourful trucks blasting out techno music but with powerful slogans demanding racial equality and protesting against police violence.
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LGBT Pride activists protest in Paris against racial injustice

A pared-down LGBT Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, without the colourful trucks blasting out techno music but with powerful slogans demanding racial equality and protesting against police violence.

Seniors receive cheap subsidised mobile plans to get them connected as Singapore goes digital

StarHub, Singtel, TPG, and M1 recently announced mobile plans, with some starting from as low as $5 monthly, to help the elderly and disadvantaged adopt digital technology. Circles.Life is also on-board but has yet to release any details of their propos
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Seniors receive cheap subsidised mobile plans to get them connected as Singapore goes digital

StarHub, Singtel, TPG, and M1 recently announced mobile plans, with some starting from as low as $5 monthly, to help the elderly and disadvantaged adopt digital technology. Circles.Life is also on-board but has yet to release any details of their proposed plans. This is being done as part of the Seniors Go Digital programme launched by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). This is to encourage digital adoption among seniors as well as providing financial assistance to lower-income seniors who want to go digital but cannot afford smartphones and mobile plans.

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