New platforms, grant scheme to boost Singapore’s drug development effortsSINGAPORE: New platforms and a grant scheme were among the additional measures introduced on Wednesday (Jun 26) to boost Singapore’s drug development efforts.
These were announced during the opening ceremony for the Experimental Drug Development Centre (EDDC) in Biopolis at one-north, which was ...
Robots to take 20 mn jobs, worsening inequality: studyRobots are expected to take over some 20 million manufacturing jobs worldwide by 2030, extending a trend of worsening social inequality while boosting overall economic output, a new study shows. The forecast set to be released Wednesday highlights growing concerns that automation and robots, while offering economic benefits, are disproportionately killing low-skill jobs and aggravating social and economic stress. The study by Oxford Economics, a private British-based research and consulting firm, said job displacement from the rise of robots will not be evenly spread around the world, or within countries.
Cocaine production hit new record in 2017: UN reportGlobal cocaine production reached an all-time high in 2017, breaking the previous year's record by 25 percent, the UN drugs and crime agency said Wednesday in its annual report, as production soars in post-conflict Colombia. New remote fields and criminal gangs boosted production in the world's top supplier, despite efforts to steer rural communities away from coca cultivation following a peace deal with FARC rebels. It's bad news for the producing countries... What is happening in Columbia is worrisome," said Angela Me, chief of research of the Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Australian media giants demand an end to curbs on press freedomSYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia's national broadcaster and two biggest newspaper publishers called on the government on Wednesday (June 26) to protect press freedom, declaring media laws outdated, inconsistent and used by the powerful to keep embarrassing information secret
Chinese man detained after horror attack on woman sparks nationwide manhuntPolice in northeastern China have detained a man they say launched a vicious attack on a woman at the weekend, after shocking video of the assault sparked outrage and a nationwide manhunt.Dalian police detained a 31-year-old man, surnamed Wang, on Tuesday night more than 24 hours after footage from a surveillance camera at the scene turned up on Chinese social media. The video was time and date stamped at 12.44am on Saturday, but it was unknown where the crime had occurred.Cyber police in the southwestern province of Sichuan took the unusual step on Monday of appealing for help from China’s online community in identifying the location of the attack, in which the woman was punched and kicked repeatedly in the head, before her assailant dragged her by the hair out of the camera frame.Media outlets, including Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, joined the call for help from the public in identifying where the assault had occurred.Internet sleuths finally managed to identify
Sri Lanka president signs death penalty for four drugs convictsCOLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday (Jun 26) the government would press ahead with a controversial plan to reinstate the death penalty for drug-related offences.
“I have already signed death penalty for four (convicts). It will be implemented soon and we have ...
3 million plastic bags in Osaka Bay cloud Japan's anti-waste pushTOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe highlights the global scourge of seaborne plastic waste during the Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week, evidence of his own country's reluctance to address the problem will be sitting just outside the window
Sri Lanka president signs death penalty for four drugs convictsSri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday the government would press ahead with a controversial plan to reinsate the death penalty for drug-related offences. “I have already signed death penalty for four (convicts). It will be implemented soon and we have already decided the date as well,” Sirisena told reporters in Colombo, without elaborating on the date or the names of the convicts.
Singapore’s manufacturing output down 2.4% in MaySINGAPORE: Singapore’s monthly manufacturing output decreased in May after seeing a slight uptick the previous month, data from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) showed on Wednesday (Jun 26).
Manufacturing output fell 2.4 per cent in May on a year-on-year basis. On a seasonally ...
Pompeo set for talks in 'tariff king' IndiaWhen US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits down with India's prime minister on Wednesday he will be trying to chart a path that keeps the Asian ally onside politically even as the two countries are at loggerheads over trade.
Pompeo set for talks in 'tariff king' IndiaNEW DELHI (AFP) - When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits down with India's Prime Minister on Wednesday (June 26), he will be trying to chart a path that keeps the Asian ally onside politically even as the two countries are at loggerheads over trade
Blazing heatwave forces Germany to lower autobahn speed limitFRANKFURT (BLOOMBERG) - A blistering heatwave prompted Germany to impose speed restrictions on usually limit-free stretches of its high-speed motorways on Wednesday (June 26), the latest sign of extreme weather events ruffling Europe's largest economy
US knitting website not hooked on TrumpWASHINGTON: Knitting aficionados in the United States have got themselves into a knot since the Ravelry website, a kind of Facebook for knitters, decided to ban pro-Trump comments.
Knitters and crocheters were surprised this week to see their quiet hobby become entangled in the raucous arena of ...
Chinese baguette king's dream goes staleChinese conglomerate Reward, whose CEO had ambitious plans to open 1,500 bakeries in China using flour produced on swathes of French land that he snapped up, has gone bankrupt according to court documents.
French court holds state responsible for Paris air pollutionThe French state is responsible for the air pollution in the Ile-de-France region around Paris, a local court said in a ground-breaking ruling, although it did not award damages to a mother and daughter who had suffered respiratory ailments. The administrative court of Montreuil, a suburb of Paris, ruled the state was responsible for failing to prevent heavy air pollution in and around Paris in the 2012-2016 period, when a local resident contracted bronchitis and her daughter asthma.
Shares of Suzhou HYC, the first IPO on Shanghai’s new tech board, oversubscribed 336 times as investors join frenzyShares of Suzhou HYC Technology, the first company to launch an IPO on Shanghai Stock Exchange’s new Star Market, have been oversubscribed 335.6 times after investors shrugged off criticism into its dressed up prospectus.The company set its initial public offering price at 24.26 yuan per share, it said in a filing on Wednesday, valuing it at 41 times its 2018 earnings.If the bids below the final IPO price are excluded, the shares were still oversubscribed 257.6 times, the filing added.Suzhou HYC Tech is set to raise 97.2 million yuan from 40.1 million new shares, giving it a market cap of 9.7 billion yuan.Huatai Chuangxin, a subsidiary of the IPO sponsor Huatai Securities, will buy 1.6 million shares, or 4.1 per cent of the IPO, as the Star Market’s rules require the sponsor to invest in the company. The shares will have a lock-in period of 24 months.The company will take formal subscriptions on Thursday, and will announce the final allotment results on July 3.Yin Jun, a fund manag
South African sisters describe Saudi detention and complain to U.N.Two South African sisters who were imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, initially without charge, described their ordeal on Tuesday and said they had brought a complaint to the United Nations. Yumna Desai, a former English teacher at the University of Ha'il in northern Saudi Arabia, said she had been held at Dhaban prison in Jeddah from 2015 to 2018. All four had been working in Saudi Arabia and have now returned to live in South Africa.
Football: Japan must accept 'cruel' late penalty, says coach TakakuraRENNES, France: The referee's decision to award the Netherlands a late penalty against Japan in Tuesday's (Jun 25) women's World Cup last-16 match was one of many "cruel decisions" made by VAR during the tournament, Japanese coach Asako Takakura said after the side lost 2-1.
At 1-1 in the 90th ...
Extradition bill protesters hold ‘marathon petition’, calling at Hong Kong consulates of G20 nations, ahead of Osaka summitHundreds of protesters were out on Wednesday to draw international attention to their campaign against Hong Kong’s now-suspended extradition bill, petitioning one foreign consulate after another in a marathon march ahead of the G20 summit in Osaka this weekend.Organisers said about 1,500 people turned out, from different age groups and mostly dressed in black. They gathered at Chater Garden in Central before 9am, following an action plan that had been floated online for three days.About HK$6.7 million (US$858,000) was raised in 11 hours on Tuesday by more than 22,000 people on a crowdfunding platform to run advertisements in foreign newspapers in a bid to take the protesters’ case to the international community.According to organisers of the fundraising campaign, advertisements will be run in the Financial Times, The New York Times and The Japan Times from Thursday to Saturday.Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor continues to keep a low profile to avoid protest
France falls short of its own emission targets: climate councilFrance is falling way short of its self-set climate targets as carbon emissions from transport and buildings are not dropping as planned and the government will have to triple its efforts to get back on track, the country's new climate council said. In its first report, France's newly appointed independent climate advisory council, the Haut Conseil pour le Climat (HCC) said that in 2015-18, emissions fell by just 1.1 percent, just over half the 1.9 percent that was prescribed. France was the driver behind the 2016 Paris Agreement to limit global warming and the French parliament is now debating an energy bill that targets net zero emissions by 2050.
US, Japan defence chiefs affirm security pact Trump questionedTOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - Top Japanese and American military officials affirmed a commitment to their joint security pact hours after a Bloomberg News report said US President Donald Trump has privately mulled ending the long-standing treaty that has been a pillar of regional security
Brumbies' Powell keen to show up mentor Cubelli in Super semiBUENOS AIRES: ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell has more than just a place in the Super Rugby final to motivate him when the Australians meet the Jaguares in the semi-final on Friday.
He also has a mentor to upstage.
The Brumbies have made the long trip from Canberra to Buenos Aires for the semi ...
Chinese baguette king's dream goes staleBEIJING (AFP) - Chinese conglomerate Reward, whose CEO had ambitious plans to open 1,500 bakeries in China using flour produced on swathes of French land that he snapped up, has gone bankrupt according to court documents
AOC's backing boosts New York progressive in local Democratic primaryPolitical newcomer Tiffany Caban, an insurgent progressive Democrat endorsed by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, led a nationally watched primary race for district attorney in the New York City borough of Queens on Tuesday. Caban appeared headed for victory over six other Democrats on the ballot for their party's nomination, narrowly edging past runner-up Melinda Katz, an established centrist who serves as president of the Queens borough.
China halts all meat imports from Canada over ‘forged pork certificates’China is suspending all meat imports from Canada, in the latest blow to relations between the countries since the arrest of Huawei executive Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in December.A statement from the Chinese embassy in Canada said China had asked Canada to suspend meat exports on Tuesday, citing a quarantine problem.It follows China’s decision last week to block pork imports from Canadian firm Frigo Royal after Chinese customs authorities found that a shipment contained ractopamine – a feed additive banned in many countries, including China, but permitted in Canada.Two months earlier, China had halted pork imports from two other Canadian producers, Olymel and Drummond Export, because of labelling problems.“The Chinese customs department has recently detected ractopamine when examining a batch of pork products from Canada,” the Chinese embassy said in a statement on Wednesday.“The investigation found that the official veterinary health certificate attached to the pork
Brazil Congress ditches Bolsonaro decree weakening indigenous agencyBrazil's Congress threw out part of a decree by President Jair Bolsonaro giving say over indigenous land claims to the Agriculture Ministry, further undermining the right-wing president's agenda to empower rural farmers in disputes over land. The move, announced by Senate President David Alcolumbre came a day after a Supreme Court justice suspended Bolsonaro's move to strip the land decisions from indigenous affairs agency Funai, which is part of the Justice Ministry.
Hong Kong court quashes conviction of former leader Donald TsangHONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hong Kong's top court on Wednesday (June 26) quashed a conviction against former leader Donald Tsang for misconduct in public office, bringing to a close a legal battle that had tarnished his reputation after what had been a stellar career
U.S. congressman spent campaign cash on 'romantic liaisons': prosecutorsA California congressman accused of misusing campaign funds spent some of the money on extramarital affairs, prosecutors said in court papers that indicated his wife could testify against him at trial. A grand jury in August 2018 indicted U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, a Republican, on charges of prohibited use of campaign contributions, falsification of records, wire fraud and other criminal counts. Hunter, who represents an inland area of San Diego County, and his wife, Margaret, are accused of spending beyond their means and taking more than $200,000 in campaign funds to pay for such expenses as private school tuition for their children, a holiday in Italy and restaurant meals that often cost hundreds of dollars.
U.S. patent agency to review Harvard, MIT's claim to CRISPR technologyThe patent office said it would conduct a so-called interference proceeding to determine who first invented CRISPR genome editing in plant and animal cells, a revolutionary, billion-dollar technology. The two parties to the proceeding will be the Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with MIT and Harvard, and the University of California.
Hong Kong activists call on G20 leaders to help 'liberate' cityMore than a thousand protesters marched to major foreign consulates on Wednesday calling on leaders at the upcoming G20 summit to raise the plight of Hong Kong with China and to support the full scrapping of a controversial extradition bill. Holding placards including "Please Liberate Hong Kong" and chanting "Help Hong Kong", the demonstrators, some wearing masks, marched to a succession of consulates represented at the Group of 20 major economies summit in Japan's Osaka this weekend. Over the past three weeks, millions of Hong Kong people have protested against an extradition bill that would have allowed individuals, including foreigners, to be extradited to mainland China to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.
Juul loses home turf as San Francisco bans e-cigarette salesThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance on Tuesday, banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes until they have approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. States and cities across the United States have already moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes and raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, but San Francisco's new approach is the most far-reaching yet. No other major cities have proposed a similar hardline ban, though San Francisco's move could lead others to consider it.
Brazil Supreme Court justices delay decision on Lula appealBRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed until August its decision on an appeal by imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who argued he should be freed because leaked private messages showed that the judge who convicted him was not impartial. After rejecting in a 3-to-2 vote a proposal by one justice that Lula be freed until they have more time to evaluate the appeal, the justices decided to delay a decision until August, after a judicial recess. The leftist Lula was Brazil's leader from 2003-2010 and left office with an 87% approval rating.
US-China trade war in 10 datesUS President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping are to hold an "extended" meeting on the sidelines of the G20 with the world watching to see if they can thrash out a deal over their trade war.
Exclusive: Philadelphia refinery to seek closure after fire - sourcesPhiladelphia Energy Solutions is expected to seek to close its oil refinery in the city, the largest on the U.S. East Coast, after a massive fire caused substantial damage to the complex, two sources familiar with the plans said. A spokesperson for Philadelphia Energy Solutions on Tuesday night declined to comment on the potential closure and layoffs.
Japan's biggest opposition party shuns rival merger ahead of electionTOKYO (REUTERS) - The leader of Japan's main opposition party said on Wednesday (June 26) he was happy to cooperate with other opposition groups in a July 21 Upper House election, but brushed aside calls from a rival party to merge to fight Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc
Japan's biggest opposition party shuns rival merger ahead of electionThe leader of Japan's main opposition party said on Wednesday he was happy to cooperate with other opposition groups in a July 21 upper house election, but brushed aside calls from a rival party to merge to fight Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc. The idea of a merger "is objectively mistaken ... If we join together, our votes will decrease," because policy stances would become blurred, Yukio Edano, head of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), told Reuters in an interview. The CDPJ is, however, cooperating in 32 election districts where only one seat is contested," Edano added.
A shareholder’s stake sale plan stops the bull run in China’s best-performing brokerage stock CSC FinancialThe bull run in CSC Financial, this year’s best performer among China’s brokerage stocks, was stopped in its tracks as a disposal plan by its fourth-biggest shareholder raised concern that the country’s financial-services companies may already be overvalued.Citic Securities, China’s largest public traded broker, said it plans to sell 427 million shares, or 5.6 per cent of CSC Financial, in the secondary market in the next six months to meet its operational needs, according to a June 25 statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.The disposal plan by Citic Securities, a unit of China’s largest state conglomerate, is adding to the angst among investors that the gains on Chinese stocks, the world’s best-performing equity market this year, may have outpaced their potential earnings. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index had risen as much as 31 per cent through mid-April this year before the rally faltered amid a flare-up of the China-US trade war and signs of a slowdown in the ec
2:23 PM It’s not as if the money is from the Ministers. Where did the money come from? Us tax paying citizens. So should we be grateful for getting back some of our money only to pay them back 4x or more?
2:20 PM The next GE also the G are in uncertainties to get the mandate....off course to much solong n there will be no tolong
2:19 PM Last few recession I seen in 90s till to date, only freeze pay for a short while. Saving the nation? They don't even think of lowering their millions n bonuses, instead increase tax etc. BS ppl..total humbugs!
2:18 PM 10,000.00 a day job , I don't mind to take her job at 1,000.00 a day
2:17 PM Malaysia's law seems to depend on what one man says. Don't know what to believe.
2:16 PM Meaning at least 50% pay cuts for ministers?
2:16 PM Pls lah, the West just want to make fun of you, you think they really bother about your problem !
2:16 PM Cheng Chua Pang too little ppl to take note off...1997, once, late Premier Teng Xiao Ping & Late PM Margaret T, Britain agreed on the terms n conditions, PLA army took over all its affairs, that sealed Future of HK n its ppl, many HKers' then moved away, but, some rtn...all knew, now, G20 ppl are interest in all of u...move on...like it or not...thats why, no responds...as it's...signed n sealed.
2:15 PM Another Butt-Pained MIW, whom has lost touch with the real ground...
2:15 PM Alan Ng to serve n no need to be paid. good person.
2:15 PM Some executives are really getting too much like there is no tomorrow. Better to cut pay across the board to have a slim outfit than closing shop. All companies, organisations and governments must do this, as long as Trump plays God to control others' economies.
2:14 PM Min Hui HAHAHAH i also not sure leh. But shd be? Hahahah but how to get maself chosen? LOLOLOL
2:14 PM Sandy Avicienna kyknya gw uda ga bole pake headset lagi de soalnya gw huh mulu... mgkn hrs pake airpod skrg
2:13 PM Soo Tee Keng
exactly ! they r here only to stir up the fire ....and divide the nation !!
2:13 PM Galven Lee Keng Yue lets consider what China has done for HK.
1. HK 1990 GDP was only 76.93 billions. After handover 2018 it was 363.03 billions. of all the Asia cities only Singapore outperform it in growth. The growth was largely a result of tariff free HK goods into China's market. HK cannot fail thanks to a 1.4 billion market provided by China.
2. China supplied HK daily fresh water, poultry, pork, vegetable, cheap labout.
3. During the Asia Financial Crisis, China used it's forex reserve to prop up HK$ and prevented HK economy from a meltdown. China resisted devaluation of Renmingbi just for HK.
Seriously, China treated HK with nothing but tender loving care.
2:13 PM Don Cheng which tc party runs that town council?
2:13 PM What does he knows that we don't, for one whom has not work one day in the real world..His whole life in green....sad but true..
2:12 PM CNA, shouldn’t the headlines also mention the political party, MPs and Ministers together with them saying something about it? Like how the media likes to soup things up with such stuff when SDP or WP’s ward is in the news?
Am I missing something here?
2:12 PM When will they ever solve the air pollution once and for all?
2:12 PM He is really saying vote for me or you kena.
2:10 PM The bad reputation is just the tip of the ice berg. Many more good memories are below the water.
2:09 PM Charles Lee they 👻 will ask us to move on.
2:08 PM Police estimate is 0.338 million protesters (include foreigners, children and young students).
Hong Kong population is about 7.48 millions.
So 0.338 million is only about 4.5% of Hong Kong population.
2:08 PM Terence Yap
Don’t you feel sad when a minister need a “high salary” to serve the Nation and the people?
What messages does it bring across to our singaporean boys in serving their nations?
2:08 PM Keng Hui Ong Obama also signs sanction against Iran. This is a America issue not a trump issue.
2:08 PM Chen TingHan Thats a private business, they are entitled to choose who and how they admit. Ethic? Perhaps not,m. Illegal? I dont think so, its not a racial discrimination, more of a financial discrimination perhaps but still, they have the prerrogative to do it...
2:07 PM Stinktel, I pray Everyday that you will loose more money! Hell is waiting for you all!!