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Can the poor in Malaysia cope with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic?

About 1.5 to 2.4 million more Malaysians could fall into poverty by one estimate. The programme Insight takes a look at the struggle to stay afloat at the bottom rungs of the country.

JJ Lin flexes that he's the first in Asia to lay hands on a PS5, much to the envy of everyone else

Being an award-winning Mandopop superstar certainly has its perks.  Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin flexed on everyone else when he put up pictures of himself with a brand new PlayStation 5, weeks before the next-gen video game console is due to be off
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JJ Lin flexes that he's the first in Asia to lay hands on a PS5, much to the envy of everyone else

Being an award-winning Mandopop superstar certainly has its perks.  Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin flexed on everyone else when he put up pictures of himself with a brand new PlayStation 5, weeks before the next-gen video game console is due to be officially released. “Psyched to be the first in Asia to lay hands on the PlayStation 5,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Oct 28).  Aside from that unverified claim, the post featured the 39-year-old musician in various poses with Sony’s new gigantic gaming console, though we don’t really get to see what he’s playing on it.  It’s likely that he’s facing the same embargo guidelines as us media folks who managed to get a hands-on demo with the PS5 earlier this week. So no photos of the back of the console, no gameplay showcase and no pictures of the user interface. 

Teetering on the edge: Woman rescued from ledge of building in Ubi

A 42-year-old woman sitting on a ledge at the Vertex Building was rescued on Wednesday (Oct 28), Stomp reported. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told AsiaOne they received the call for assistance at 33 Ubi Avenue 3 at about 1.10pm. Upon their arr
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Teetering on the edge: Woman rescued from ledge of building in Ubi

A 42-year-old woman sitting on a ledge at the Vertex Building was rescued on Wednesday (Oct 28), Stomp reported. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told AsiaOne they received the call for assistance at 33 Ubi Avenue 3 at about 1.10pm. Upon their arrival, she was seen sitting on a ledge. SCDF deployed a safety life air pack as a precaution. Two passers-by, one named Mark, and another one who declined to be named, shared photos of the incident with Stomp. A video clip taken by one of the passers-by showed a group of SCDF officers deploying a safety net from the building as they rescued the woman and carried her off the ledge. There were no injuries reported.

Man says he missed father's passing after being held back at work, hopes employers can be more compassionate

It is unimaginable to have a loved one pass away with no one by their side. Unfortunately for one man, he has to live with the reality that he wasn’t able to be by his father’s side before he passed away — and it was all because of work. Syed Ahmad Sab
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Man says he missed father's passing after being held back at work, hopes employers can be more compassionate

It is unimaginable to have a loved one pass away with no one by their side. Unfortunately for one man, he has to live with the reality that he wasn’t able to be by his father’s side before he passed away — and it was all because of work. Syed Ahmad Sabar Aljoofri shared his story in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Oct 27) where he recalled the heartbreaking event he experienced last year when he missed his father’s final moments.  Manager declines emergency leave Syed was covering another colleague’s shift on Dec 23, 2019 when he received a call from the hospital regarding his father’s unresponsive state. When he was told that it was highly likely his father was “to leave this world at any point of time,” he knew he had to get to the hospital right away. 

Trouble from above: 2 diners injured after ceiling fan in Tampines coffee shop breaks apart

It was dinner time and hungry patrons thronged a coffeeshop in Tampines to fill their tummies. Little did they know that a large ceiling fan spinning above some tables would break apart and rain chaos on them.  Two people were taken to Changi General Hos
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Trouble from above: 2 diners injured after ceiling fan in Tampines coffee shop breaks apart

It was dinner time and hungry patrons thronged a coffeeshop in Tampines to fill their tummies. Little did they know that a large ceiling fan spinning above some tables would break apart and rain chaos on them.  Two people were taken to Changi General Hospital yesterday (Oct 28) evening after they were hit by broken fan blades. The Singapore Civil Defence Force told AsiaOne it received a call for assistance Block 201D, Tampines Street 21 at around 7.10pm. Photos of the incident soon made their way to social media, with one showing an injured man holding the back of his head in pain, as a woman tried to help stop the bleeding. Several witnesses said that the ceiling fan had been undergoing maintenance when it hit a metal ladder. PHOTO: Instagram screengrabThe fan swung, hitting the walls and signboards, said a Facebook user, adding that one of its blades broke from the impact. It was a close shave for him too, as he was «supposed to wait directly under the hanging fan.»

‘The puff is online’: Netizens ridicule complaint about green dots on Old Chang Kee curry puffs

A woman who was blissfully unaware about the existence and significance of coloured dots on curry puffs thought they were blemishes and felt the need to air her grievances online.  The internet, astonished that a Singaporean isn’t familiar with the practi
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‘The puff is online’: Netizens ridicule complaint about green dots on Old Chang Kee curry puffs

A woman who was blissfully unaware about the existence and significance of coloured dots on curry puffs thought they were blemishes and felt the need to air her grievances online.  The internet, astonished that a Singaporean isn’t familiar with the practice, came out in droves to educate her in various shades and tones of snark.  The woman took to the Facebook page of homegrown curry puff chain Old Chang Kee on Tuesday (Oct 27) to complain about an outlet at VivoCity. Apparently, she had bought Chicken Mushroom’O curry puffs (now revamped with butter pastry) but was hesitant to bite into them. Why? Because the meaty pies had green dots on the crusts.  “Got a shock to see these green little dots on the pie. Not sure what are them and if they are spoilt [sic]?” she questioned, stating that she didn’t see the markings on similar puffs she bought from another outlet the day before. As such, she felt that Old Chang Kee Singapore did not deserve her recommendation. 

Landlord headache: Bedok condo tenants allegedly owe $60k in rent, refuse to move out

It's never pleasant when a guest overstays their welcome. What more when they're tenants who simply refuse to leave. One landlord's attempt to evict his tenants on Tuesday morning (Oct 27) turned nasty when they called the cops on him, accusing him of assaul
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Landlord headache: Bedok condo tenants allegedly owe $60k in rent, refuse to move out

It's never pleasant when a guest overstays their welcome. What more when they're tenants who simply refuse to leave. One landlord's attempt to evict his tenants on Tuesday morning (Oct 27) turned nasty when they called the cops on him, accusing him of assault and harassment. The police confirmed the incident, adding that investigations are ongoing. The landlord and his cousin had been trying to saw open the front gate of the unit, located in Bedok Court, when the tenants allegedly doused him with water and called the police for assistance, Lianhe Wanbao reported. The tenants, who were not identified, allegedly owe over $60,000 in rent and have refused to move out or pay up, the landlord — a 60-year-old businessman — told the Chinese daily. «Before they moved in, they paid one month's rent. But every time I ask for money from them, they give all sorts of reasons to evade payment,» said the landlord, adding that the one-year lease was signed in July last year.

India passes bleak landmark of 8 million COVID-19 infections

India crossed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, with a daily rise of 49,881 infections, health ministry data showed.
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India passes bleak landmark of 8 million COVID-19 infections

India crossed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, with a daily rise of 49,881 infections, health ministry data showed.

Microsoft detects cyberattacks from Iran-linked actor engaged in intelligence collection

Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday that it detected and attempted to stop a series of cyberattacks from Phosphorus, which the company described as an 'Iranian actor', with the attacks aimed to target over 100 high-profile individuals.
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Microsoft detects cyberattacks from Iran-linked actor engaged in intelligence collection

Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday that it detected and attempted to stop a series of cyberattacks from Phosphorus, which the company described as an 'Iranian actor', with the attacks aimed to target over 100 high-profile individuals.

Arteta sorry to have left Saliba out of Europa squad

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said it hurt him to leave defender William Saliba out of his Europa League squad, a decision that looks to have backfired with the club face mounting injury problems at the centre back position.
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Arteta sorry to have left Saliba out of Europa squad

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said it hurt him to leave defender William Saliba out of his Europa League squad, a decision that looks to have backfired with the club face mounting injury problems at the centre back position.

Dominant Sevilla earn narrow win over Rennes despite glut of chances

Sevilla picked up their first Champions League win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais on Wednesday after outclassing the French side but managing to convert only one of the numerous clear chances they carved out.
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Dominant Sevilla earn narrow win over Rennes despite glut of chances

Sevilla picked up their first Champions League win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais on Wednesday after outclassing the French side but managing to convert only one of the numerous clear chances they carved out.

Late Boli goal gives Ferencvaros 2-2 draw with Dynamo Kyiv

Hungarian side Ferencvaros fought back from two-goals down to grab a well-deserved 2-2 draw against 10-man Dynamo Kyiv with substitute Franck Boli netting a late equaliser in their Champions League Group G clash on Wednesday.
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Late Boli goal gives Ferencvaros 2-2 draw with Dynamo Kyiv

Hungarian side Ferencvaros fought back from two-goals down to grab a well-deserved 2-2 draw against 10-man Dynamo Kyiv with substitute Franck Boli netting a late equaliser in their Champions League Group G clash on Wednesday.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations surge, governors crack down

Nearly half a million people have contracted COVID-19 in the United States over the last seven days, according to a Reuters tally, as new cases and hospitalizations set records in the Midwest.
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COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations surge, governors crack down

Nearly half a million people have contracted COVID-19 in the United States over the last seven days, according to a Reuters tally, as new cases and hospitalizations set records in the Midwest.

Democratic US presidential nominee Biden votes early in Wilmington

US presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill cast their ballots for the 2020 election on Wednesday (Oct 28), joining more than 74 million Americans who have voted with six days remaining in the contest.
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Democratic US presidential nominee Biden votes early in Wilmington

US presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill cast their ballots for the 2020 election on Wednesday (Oct 28), joining more than 74 million Americans who have voted with six days remaining in the contest.

SoftBank attempted to delay WeWork's US$3 billion share purchase: court filing

SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son told the executive he tasked to turn around WeWork after its botched initial public offering to "use whatever excuse" to delay a US$3 billion payout to the office-sharing startup's shareholders, a court transcript re
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SoftBank attempted to delay WeWork's US$3 billion share purchase: court filing

SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son told the executive he tasked to turn around WeWork after its botched initial public offering to "use whatever excuse" to delay a US$3 billion payout to the office-sharing startup's shareholders, a court transcript released on Wednesday showed.

EU arms itself against US and others in trade disputes

The European Union will arm itself with potential punitive tariffs against the United States and other rivals if they take advantage of World Trade Organization paralysis and refuse to settle trade disputes.
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EU arms itself against US and others in trade disputes

The European Union will arm itself with potential punitive tariffs against the United States and other rivals if they take advantage of World Trade Organization paralysis and refuse to settle trade disputes.

Germany to go into circuit-break lockdown as COVID-19 surges

Germany's federal and state governments have agreed to introduce new lockdown measures starting from Nov 2 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.
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Germany to go into circuit-break lockdown as COVID-19 surges

Germany's federal and state governments have agreed to introduce new lockdown measures starting from Nov 2 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Irish COVID-19 cases fall to near three-week low on tight restrictions

Ireland reported the lowest number of COVID-19 cases for almost three weeks on Wednesday (Oct 28), with the seven-day average falling for the seventh consecutive day after the country introduced some of the tightest restrictions in Europe.
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Irish COVID-19 cases fall to near three-week low on tight restrictions

Ireland reported the lowest number of COVID-19 cases for almost three weeks on Wednesday (Oct 28), with the seven-day average falling for the seventh consecutive day after the country introduced some of the tightest restrictions in Europe.

Best of times, or the worst? A voter's guide to US GDP

When accountants at the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis release the latest U.S. gross domestic product report on Thursday, it may be the most fought-over piece of economic data since the measure of broad productive output came into common use in the 1940s
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Best of times, or the worst? A voter's guide to US GDP

When accountants at the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis release the latest U.S. gross domestic product report on Thursday, it may be the most fought-over piece of economic data since the measure of broad productive output came into common use in the 1940s.

JetBlue to review middle seat policy early next year: CEO interview

JetBlue Airways will continue limiting the number of seats it sells on each flight into the first quarter of 2021, when it will review a current policy of limiting capacity at 70per cent of the plane, Chief Executive Robin Hayes said in an interview on Wednes
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JetBlue to review middle seat policy early next year: CEO interview

JetBlue Airways will continue limiting the number of seats it sells on each flight into the first quarter of 2021, when it will review a current policy of limiting capacity at 70per cent of the plane, Chief Executive Robin Hayes said in an interview on Wednesday.

US antitrust regulator loses bid to revive Qualcomm case

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday handed a victory to Qualcomm Inc , declining to reconsider an August decision that dismissed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's antitrust case against the chipmaker.
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US antitrust regulator loses bid to revive Qualcomm case

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday handed a victory to Qualcomm Inc , declining to reconsider an August decision that dismissed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's antitrust case against the chipmaker.

UK government's treatment of clubs 'galling' and 'deeply unfair', says EFL chairman

Football clubs in England are being at best being ignored and at worst victimised by the UK government during the COVID-19 pandemic, English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has said.
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UK government's treatment of clubs 'galling' and 'deeply unfair', says EFL chairman

Football clubs in England are being at best being ignored and at worst victimised by the UK government during the COVID-19 pandemic, English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has said.

Oil plunges over 5per cent as pandemic surges, US crude stockpiles, output soar

Oil prices fell more than 5per cent, sending Brent to a four-month low on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections in the United States and Europe lead to renewed lockdowns and expectations that unsteady economic demand will worsen.
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Oil plunges over 5per cent as pandemic surges, US crude stockpiles, output soar

Oil prices fell more than 5per cent, sending Brent to a four-month low on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections in the United States and Europe lead to renewed lockdowns and expectations that unsteady economic demand will worsen.

Singapore sees local unemployment rate peaking this year

SINGAPORE - Singapore expects its local unemployment rate to peak in the second half of this year but remain high in 2021 as the city-state plots a slow recovery from its coronavirus slump. The jobless rate among citizens and permanent residents hit 4.5 per
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Singapore sees local unemployment rate peaking this year

SINGAPORE - Singapore expects its local unemployment rate to peak in the second half of this year but remain high in 2021 as the city-state plots a slow recovery from its coronavirus slump. The jobless rate among citizens and permanent residents hit 4.5 per cent in August, its highest since 2009 during the global financial crisis, the latest data showed. Numbers for the third quarter are due on Friday. “It (resident unemployment) should edge down from its peak in the latter half of 2020,” the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said in its semi-annual macroeconomic review released on Wednesday. ALSO READ: Unrealistic expectations? Only 28% of newly created jobs taken by locals The MAS added, however, that the rate could stay elevated next year as employment is expected to expand gradually and may not make up for this year’s losses.

HDB resident sets up personal gym at lift lobby

A resident turned the lift lobby at Block 621 Woodlands Drive 52 into his 'personal gym'. Stomp contributor Wong , who is also a resident at the block, was frustrated when he saw that the lift lobby was cluttered with gym equipment on Monday (Oct 26) at 8p
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HDB resident sets up personal gym at lift lobby

A resident turned the lift lobby at Block 621 Woodlands Drive 52 into his 'personal gym'. Stomp contributor Wong , who is also a resident at the block, was frustrated when he saw that the lift lobby was cluttered with gym equipment on Monday (Oct 26) at 8pm and shared a photo with Stomp. In the photo, the gym equipment can be seen taking up a large space at the lift lobby. PHOTO: Stomp«This is frustrating, inconsiderate and not how a public area should be used,» Wong said. «How can the resident use the lift lobby area to put his personal gym equipment? »Is it safe to access the lift area while there is a workout session going on?

PM Lee and other world leaders turned into K-pop 'oppas'

Russian face-editing app FaceApp might be a little controversial on the data privacy front, but it’s still as amusing as ever since it first popped up on social media feeds.  Thanks to its scarily precise artificial-intelligence sorcery, you would have a
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PM Lee and other world leaders turned into K-pop 'oppas'

Russian face-editing app FaceApp might be a little controversial on the data privacy front, but it’s still as amusing as ever since it first popped up on social media feeds.  Thanks to its scarily precise artificial-intelligence sorcery, you would have already seen aged-up selfies of yourself and your friends. You might have also seen what our politicians would look like if they were gender-swapped.  Now, there’s a way to see what world leaders would look like if they were Korean pop stars.  The latest internet trend sees the presidents and prime ministers of the world oppa-fied (“oppa” is the Korean term of endearment for older men). The results are... scarily on point.

LVMH, Tiffany agree on lower price in takeover deal: sources

Tiffany & Co is nearing a revised deal to lower its takeover price by LVMH to US$131.50 per share, or US$3.50 less than what was agreed in last November, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
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LVMH, Tiffany agree on lower price in takeover deal: sources

Tiffany & Co is nearing a revised deal to lower its takeover price by LVMH to US$131.50 per share, or US$3.50 less than what was agreed in last November, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Arctic sea ice at record low October levels: Danish institute

Sea ice in the Arctic was at record lows for October, as unusually warm waters slowed the recovery of the ice, Danish researchers said Wednesday.
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Arctic sea ice at record low October levels: Danish institute

Sea ice in the Arctic was at record lows for October, as unusually warm waters slowed the recovery of the ice, Danish researchers said Wednesday.

Roglic surges back into Vuelta contention with stunning stage eight win

Slovenian Primoz Roglic pulled off a brilliant late attack to win stage eight at the Vuelta a Espana and eat into the overall lead of front-runner Richard Carapaz.
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Roglic surges back into Vuelta contention with stunning stage eight win

Slovenian Primoz Roglic pulled off a brilliant late attack to win stage eight at the Vuelta a Espana and eat into the overall lead of front-runner Richard Carapaz.

Twitter down for several users in South Asia: Downdetector

Several Twitter Inc users in South Asian countries were unable to access the micro-blogging platform on Wednesday, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.com.
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Twitter down for several users in South Asia: Downdetector

Several Twitter Inc users in South Asian countries were unable to access the micro-blogging platform on Wednesday, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.com.

Facebook's Zuckerberg struggles to connect, forcing US Senate hearing to pause

A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on a key social media legal protection was briefly delayed when Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg struggled to appear remotely.
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Facebook's Zuckerberg struggles to connect, forcing US Senate hearing to pause

A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on a key social media legal protection was briefly delayed when Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg struggled to appear remotely.

Toyota boosts US fuel pump recall to 3.34 million total vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it is recalling another 1.52 million U.S. vehicles for a fuel pump issue that prompted an earlier recall in January.
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Toyota boosts US fuel pump recall to 3.34 million total vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it is recalling another 1.52 million U.S. vehicles for a fuel pump issue that prompted an earlier recall in January.

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