National Day is arriving in a matter of days and as we commemorate our independence amid a global pandemic, it’s important to remember that many of our entrepreneurial compatriots could be struggling to stand tall during a period of intense instability. Probably not Tan Min-Liang though. The Singaporean co-founder of cult gaming hardware company Razer has been thriving during coronavirus containment measures, having built a pandemic-proof business reliant on customers staying indoors and finding ways to stay entertained. Razer has been a point of pride for most local gaming enthusiasts (not Charles Yeo, though) who are happy that someone from their tribe made a massive impact on the global stage. Say what you will about Razer products, but there’s a reason why Razer and its social media-friendly CEO has a legion of loyal fans across the world.
SINGAPORE - The planned removal of key bus services in Bukit Panjang - including the only two linking the area to the city - has touched a raw nerve among residents. From Aug 16, bus services 700 and 700A - which link Bukit Panjang to areas such as Orchard, Bras Basah and Shenton Way - will stop plying, while service 171 - which links Yishun to Marina Centre and passes Bukit Panjang - will be shortened. Service 972 - which links Bukit Panjang to Orchard Road - will be re-routed to Newton MRT station. The changes to these services, which ply along the MRT Downtown Line - which runs from Bukit Panjang to Expo in the east - were announced by operator SMRT on Monday afternoon (Aug 3). Since Monday, three petitions have been put up to halt the planned changes. As of Tuesday afternoon, they have garnered more than 1,000 names. Members of Parliament have weighed in on the issue, which has drawn more than 400 comments and been shared more than 900 times on Facebook as of Tuesday afternoon.
SINGAPORE - Pedestrians should stay off shared paths, stick to footpaths if possible and keep to the left unless they are overtaking another pedestrian. They should also refrain from using their mobile phones while walking on such paths for their own safety. These points were stated in the first-ever code of conduct here involving pedestrians, which is part of measures first proposed late last year by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel. The code of conduct for users of public paths had previously focused on device users, such as cyclists and e-scooter riders. The updated code of conduct kicked in this month, together with a new rule banning those under 16 from riding electric scooters unsupervised by adults. Another new rule bans device users from using their mobile phones while riding. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Tuesday (Aug 4) that the recommended habits for pedestrians will complement existing active mobility regulations and guidelines for other path users.
Taiwan provisionally approved the use of dexamethasone, a cheap and widely-used steroid, to treat the new coronavirus, as the island faces a shortfall of the antiviral drug remdesivir after the United States bought nearly all global supplies.
Job cuts could be in the pipeline for Singapore Airlines (SIA), which is now overstaffed for current demand, experts said yesterday. SIA could also try to cut costs in other areas, or possibly receive additional government support to tide it over the crisis, they added. The airline had last week announced a net loss of $1.12 billion in the quarter ending June 30 - its worst quarterly showing. It also said it is reviewing the shape and size of its network over the longer term, given the impact of Covid-19 on air travel. The International Air Transport Association has said it will take until 2024 for global passenger traffic to return to the level last year. Mr Nicholas Wyatt, head of research and analysis in travel and tourism at analytics firm GlobalData, said the recovery of international flights depends on how quickly the pandemic can be brought under control, but «there are few signs that this is happening». But if airlines cut jobs excessively, they will be shorthanded should the market rebound quicker than expected, he added.
If you were ever a mum who struggled with your breastmilk supply, you may have heard of Audrey Yeo. After all, the 34-year-old made a name for herself locally and even internationally, for donating her excess breastmilk. And that's because she used to produce more than five litres of breastmilk, in a day. That's probably more than what an average adult consumes in a week. “On day three of pumping (after giving birth to her firstborn), I was already getting 150ml, when usually mummies would be getting 30 to 40ml,” shared Audrey. Due to her oversupply, Audrey pumped eight times a day, for an hour each time, just to empty her breasts. Put simply, pumping was basically another full-time job. Saddled with taking care of her baby and also making time for herself, the former school band instructor managed an average of just three hours of sleep each night with her punishing schedule. She accumulated an excess of breastmilk as her baby clearly could not consume everything she was producing.
Finders keepers? Not for one Singaporean man who picked up a cash cheque worth $30,000. National marathoner Soh Rui Yong, 28, shared in a Facebook post yesterday (Aug 3), that he had been walking home on Thursday night (Jul 30) when he stumbled across the cheque, folded and lying on the street. |Neighbours| Was walking home at night when I stumbled across a folded cheque on the street. Picking it up I looked at...
Brentford stand to earn some 160 million pounds in additional revenue over three years if they defeat Fulham in Tuesday's Championship play-off final and secure a return to the Premier League, Deloitte have said.
Germany is already contending with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules, the head of the German doctors' union said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday.
A restaurant on Spain's northeastern Mediterranean coast is pioneering a dining experience that allows customers to avoid most face-to-face contact with staff and minimise the risk of coronavirus contagion.
Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday it had agreed with the West Indies Cricket Board to postpone the Twenty20 series against the Caribbeans scheduled in October.
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes.
Tropical Storm Isaias was expected to regain hurricane strength on Monday as it moved up the U.S. East Coast, threatening a deadly storm surge before making landfall in North Carolina or South Carolina by Monday night.
North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons programme and several countries believe it has "probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles," according to a confidential UN report.
A U.S. judge on Monday denied a request by an Uber Technologies Inc customer to overturn an arbitration win for the company in a price-fixing case over claims the arbitrator only ruled in Uber's favor because he was scared.
Manhattan's district attorney on Monday suggested a grand jury subpoena for U.S. President Donald Trump's tax returns was part of an investigation of "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization," including alleged insurance and bank fraud.
US President Donald Trump said Monday the US government should get a "substantial portion" of the sales price of the US operations of TikTok and warned he will ban the service in the United States on Sep 15 without a sale.
The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday it is proposing requiring four key Boeing 737 MAX design changes to address safety issues seen in two crashes that killed 346 people and led to the plane's grounding in March 2019.
Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is committed to a three-year project with the club, he said on Monday, two days after his highly critical and typically outspoken outburst raised questions over his future with the Serie A outfit.
Leinster's hopes of ending Saracens' reign as European champions were dealt a huge blow on Monday as star Ireland second row forward James Ryan was ruled out for up to three months.
Tyson Foods Inc named its president, Dean Banks, as its new chief executive on Monday as the meatpacker faces unprecedented disruptions from the COVID-19 outbreak.
U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Monday joined other senators in backing an American company to purchase Chinese-owned video app TikTok's U.S. operations, while a senior White House adviser raised concerns about a sale to Microsoft Corp .
HONG KONG (REUTERS) - The Hong Kong government's decision to postpone an election for the city's legislature by a year, by invoking emergency legislation after a spike in coronavirus cases, may be unlawful, the city's bar association said. Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam on Friday (July 31) postponed the election for the Legislative Council, or Legco, citing public health dangers in the Chinese-ruled city, but said there were political considerations. The poll would have been the former British colony's first official vote since Beijing imposed a sweeping security law to tackle what China broadly defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with punishment of up to life in prison. Electoral rules in Hong Kong only allow votes to be postponed for 14 days, but colonial-era laws give the government broad powers in case of threats to public safety.
From Friday (Aug 7), 12 religious organisations (RO) will be allowed to hold congressional and worship services with up to 100 people at a time, up from the current limit of 50, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said in a statement today (Aug 3). The selected ROs are under a pilot programme to trial an increase in the limit for congregational and other worship services as part of MCCY's efforts towards the gradual resumption of religious activities. The participating ROs are Masjid Assyafaah, Masjid Mujahidin, Masjid Al-Istighfar, Masjid Al-Iman, St Andrew's Cathedral, Jurong Christian Church, Amazing Grace Presbyterian Church, Sengkang Methodist Church, Central Sikh Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.
It was a theft committed in broad daylight at a local supermarket. The unlikely perpetrator? A monkey. The brazen shoplifter was caught on camera stealing a bag of bread from a Sheng Siong outlet at Block 417 Fernvale Link on Saturday (Aug 1), Lianhe Wanbao reported. Footage of the incident, captured by an eyewitness, was shared on Facebook the next day. In the minute-long video, the monkey, which appeared to be a long-tailed macaque, was shown pacing around the entrance of the store. It then scampered to a shelf, swiped the bag of bread and fled to a nearby footpath, all in a matter of seconds. As the person behind the camera approached it, the monkey escaped up a tree and dug into its spoils.
Luxury carmaker Ferrari trimmed its full-year earnings forecast on Monday after second-quarter income plunged due to supply chain and production disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine next month and turn out "several million" doses per month by next year.
U.S. manufacturing activity accelerated to its highest level in nearly 1-1/2 years in July as orders increased despite a resurgence in new COVID-19 infections, which is raising fears about the sustainability of a budding economic recovery.