Singapore 

Man jailed 10 months for slashing housemate over refusal to drink, Singapore News

The two men were having dinner and drinks with fellow housemates when the pair got into a tiff. Having consumed beer and liquor, Chinese national Zhao Dong, 41, declined to drink any more when one of his housemates took out a bottle of white wine. But Li Yubao, 31, insisted Mr Zhao drink and the men got into a scuffle. Li, who is also a Chinese national, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and slashed Mr Zhao’s left arm, which the latter had used to shield his face. DEEP WOUND…

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Armyworm to bite China’s under pressure food supply within two months as trade war tariffs limit US crop imports

China’s domestic food security that has already been ravaged by African swine fever and is under pressure from increased tariffs from the trade war with the United States could be further hit by a devastating and rapidly spreading pest within the next two months, according to academics.The fall armyworm has already affected farms in southern China, and could hit the country’s crop-growing heartlands in the north and northeast as temperatures rise, increasing the risks to crop production as… Source link

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Dad jailed 16 months for molesting teenage daughter, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – After being molested by her father while in bed, a 14-year-old girl was left feeling so “disturbed and embarrassed” that she did not dare tell anyone about it. It was only when her teacher referred her to a school counsellor that her ordeal came to light, and the 52-year-old father was arrested. On Tuesday (May 21) the man, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect his daughter’s identity, was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to one count of outraging his daughter’s modesty.…

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Marathoner Lim Baoying banned 3 years 9 months for doping violation at StanChart Marathon, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Marathoner Lim Baoying has been banned three years and nine months by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for a banned substance at the 2018 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. According to an AIU statement on May 15, the 37-year-old ingested “a quarter of one tablet of modafinil 200mg” before the Dec 9 event “in order that she could stay awake after the race”. She did not have therapeutic usage exemption for the medicine, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) Prohibited List and prescribed to…

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Singapore DJ recovers phone 4 months after losing it in Hokkaido snow, Singapore News

When he lost his mobile phone at a ski resort in Japan, he thought it was gone forever. Four months later, the iPhone 8 Plus made its way back to UFM1003 DJ Lee Hong Qing, much to his surprise. He told Shin Min Daily News that he had gone to Hokkaido with his friends for a holiday this January. As it was the winter season, they specifically went to Niseko, a renowned ski resort to ski. He was exceptionally excited as it was his first time skiing outdoors. They took…

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Vietnam 

Insurance market keeps thriving in first months of 2019 – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Insurers paid out VNĐ12.5 trillion to customers in the first four months of 2019.— VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s insurance industry maintained positive growth in the first four months of this year, with total premiums surging by 17 per cent year-on-year to VNĐ44.3 trillion (US$1.9 billion), the Ministry of Finance reported. Besides maintaining a high growth rate, the financial status of insurance firms also improved in the period with total assets rising by 21.4 per cent to VNĐ401.9 trillion. During the period, insurance companies re-invested VNĐ328.7 trillion…

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Government raises $3.65 billion from G-bonds in first months of 2019 – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Staff at the Hà Nội Stock Exchange organise a G-bond auction. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — The State Treasury of Việt Nam has raised VNĐ85 trillion (US$3.65 billion) via G-bond auctions on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange to date this year. In the latest G-bond auction held on Wednesday, the treasury raised more than VNĐ786 billion. The bonds were offered for five, seven, 10 and 20 year terms. The total value of bonds issued to date this year was equal to 27.5 per cent of the annual plan. Average maturity of…

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Singapore 

Parliament: 43 measles cases in first four months of 2019; three-quarters were not vaccinated, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – There were 43 measles cases in the first four months of this year, nearly three times the number seen during the same period last year, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday (May 7). All were sporadic or had a limited spread and there was no community outbreak, he said, adding that the cases were a result of increased measles outbreaks around the world, as Singapore, being a travel hub, is more exposed to imported cases. Speaking in Parliament, he noted: “In recent years, there has been…

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Vietnam 

Việt Nam’s credit growth expands in first months of 2019 – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Vietnamese banks’ mobilised capital as of April 17 increased by 2.69 per cent compared to the end of 2018. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — The credit growth of Vietnamese banks as of April 17 this year had expanded by 3.23 per cent against the end of 2018, the State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) reported. The rise was lower than that of the same period last year, when the credit rose by 5 per cent. Lending rates in the period averaged 6 to 9 per cent per year…

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Việt Nam’s trade surplus narrows in first four months of 2019 – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Shipping barges at Hải Phòng Port. The country exported $78.8 billion  worth of goods in the first four months of 2019, up 6 per cent year on year. Photo vietship.net HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam recorded a trade surplus of US$771 million in the first four months of this year, much lower than the $3.7 billion surplus seen in the same period last year, the General Statistics Office (GSO) has said in a monthly report. According to GSO statisticians, the period’s trade surplus would be higher if not for the $700 million trade deficit recorded…

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