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Straws found meant for arts and crafts, says doc in drug case, Singapore News

Straws and a meth-stained syringe discovered on Singaporean doctor Ler Teck Siang by narcotics officers had been meant for “arts and crafts” projects such as folding an origami star, Ler told a court yesterday. The items were found in Ler’s bag when he and tutor Sim Eng Chee were arrested on March 2 last year, after drugs and drug-related items were found in Sim’s hotel room. Ler, 38, is accused of injecting illegal drugs into Sim – a service known as “slamming” – and faces another charge of possessing drug…

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Suspected drug abuser offers CNB officer RM50 bribe for his release, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A suspected drug abuser’s attempt to bribe an officer from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) with RM50  (S$16.50) for his release was thwarted when the officer rejected the offer and reported the bribery attempt to his supervisor. Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority conducted a routine check on the 35-year-old man at Woodlands Checkpoint on Wednesday (July 10) and referred him to the CNB for investigation into suspected drug abuse. The man, who is a Malaysian national and a Singapore work permit holder, offered the officer a bribe…

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Celebrity DJ Tenashar arrested twice in three days for suspected drug offences, trespass, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Celebrity DJ Tenashar has been arrested twice in the space of three days – for drug offences in Johor, then trespass and drug-related offences in Singapore. Debbie Valerie Tenashar Long was released from prison less than two months ago for drug offences dating from 2015. However, she was arrested after an incident last Friday (July 5) in Johor Bahru and a Johor police source told The Straits Times on Thursday (July 11) that the 33-year-old’s urine samples had tested positive for drugs. She was subsequently released and returned…

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Indexes fall in China, Hong Kong as nationwide audit jolts drug firms while farm stocks are pounded by pests and swine fever

Hong Kong and China stocks continued to get hammered Tuesday, with pharmaceuticals hit hard by a broad audit of drug makers. Agricultural shares were pounded by worries about the pig-killing African swine fever, as well as a pestilent worm that is eating corn and other crops.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index declined for the fifth consecutive day, as the city’s benchmark dropped 0.5 per cent to 26,761.52, retreating 2.3 per cent in five days. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, which tracks the… Source link

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Are microtransactions the drug that feeds Asia’s obsession with mobile gaming? , Digital, Singapore, Business, Asia News

Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) voted to classify gaming addiction as a disease, prompting a swift pushback from the games industry. The vote was based on expert consensus that some people “show a pattern of gaming behaviour characterised by impaired control,” which results in prioritising gaming over all other aspects of their life. In smaller print, WHO concedes that “gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital or video-gaming activities.” But it’s far more sensational to feed the fear that video games…

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New drug approved for late-stage breast cancer, Singapore News

A drug that has been used to treat ovarian cancer since 2014 was approved last month by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for treating late-stage breast cancer in patients with a rare genetic mutation. Called Olaparib, the drug is more effective and less toxic than chemotherapy drugs. It kills cancer cells containing mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes – which normally function as tumour suppressors – by inhibiting their ability to repair their DNA. However, Olaparib does not come cheap. A month’s supply can cost up to $8,000 before subsidies. Associate…

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Metro family scion Ong Jenn, in jail on drug offence, gets 26 months for similar crime, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Metro family scion Ong Jenn has been slapped with another jail sentence for drug-related offences, after pleading guilty to cannabis possession and consumption. The 43-year-old, who is the grandson of Metro founder Ong Tjoe Kim and the son of its former group managing director Jopie Ong, was sentenced to two years and two months’ jail on Wednesday (April 24). Ong pleaded guilty to a cannabis consumption charge and two counts of being in possession of the drug. In his first conviction, Ong pleaded guilty on May 12, 2017,…

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A wave of lawsuits awaits 40 producers of valsartan, the popular heart drug tainted with the carcinogen NDMA

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against drug makers and sellers over widely prescribed generic heart medications tainted with potential carcinogens, the first claims in what some lawyers expect to be a wave of litigation.Millions of Americans have taken the drugs, which are at the centre of a widening recall being overseen by the US Food and Drug Administration, and have been for decades used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and other common conditions.A lawyer involved in an… Source link

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Chinese drug maker scrambles after shares plunge on reports ex-chairman arrested for murder

A large pharmaceutical company in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province scrambled to do damage control after news its former chairman and controlling shareholder had been arrested on murder changes sent its share price into a tailspin.Sunflower Pharmaceutical Group issued a response to an inquiry by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange saying operations are not affected by the arrest. Its stock plummeted 10 per cent – that daily limit in China – in just 12 minutes the day before.The story caught fire… Source link

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Two men arrested for drug offences after brief car chase in Queenstown, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Two men were arrested after brief car chase in Queenstown on Wednesday (April 10). The driver, a 21-year-old man, was arrested for traffic-related offences, possession of offensive weapons, and suspected drug-related offences, said the police. The passenger, a 19-year-old man, was arrested for suspected drug-related offences. The police said that at 11.15am, traffic police officers were conducting a check on a car along Mei Ling Street when the driver suddenly sped off and subsequently hit a motorcycle. Traffic police officers were conducting a check on a car along…

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