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No need for Public Order permit for Nas Daily celebrity meet-and-greet: Police, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The fan meet for vlogger Nuseir Yassin, popularly known by his Facebook moniker Nas Daily, does not require a permit under the Public Order Act (POA) as it does not involve a cause, but is a celebrity meet-and-greet, said the police late on Friday (April 19). A spokesman said the police was aware that some persons are “falsely claiming that there are double standards applied for the granting of permits”. “These allegations which suggest that the police have been biased and shown favouritism are untrue and baseless, and…

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Along with climate change come mosquito-borne diseases. Is Hong Kong ready for a public health emergency?

Months after Hong Kong was ranked by Bloomberg as the economy with the world’s most efficient health care, its public health system is caught in a crisis. More than 100 medical staff protested about the manpower crunch and ward overcrowding amid a winter flu surge in January, with many holding placards that sent the desperate message: “Breaking point”. This has been followed by a spike in measles infections since mid-March, and a shortage of vaccines. More alarmingly, the next public health… Source link

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Debt recovery firm director admits to offences including harassment and fighting in public, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Vantage Debt Recovery is a legitimate business but some of the methods used by the company’s director Jasmine Tan Su Ling were definitely unlawful. In 2016, Tan and a group of men went to the workplace of a purported debtor. There, she hurled vulgarities at the man and threatened to report him to the police for “molesting” her. On two occasions in 2017, she sent two men to the flat of another man where they harassed members of the household including his wife and maid. The court heard…

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China has six of the world’s 10 busiest container ports, spurred by booming trade and a state coffer that invests in public works

On a hazy late March afternoon, Shanghai’s deputy transport commissioner announced that China’s largest commercial hub would slash handling fees and harbour dues for the second year in a row, easing the financial burden on trading companies caught by slumping commerce because of the US-China trade war.Up to 300 million yuan worth of service feeds, loading and discharging charges and dues for Shanghai’s port and tugboats would be cut this year, adding to the 2 billion yuan (US$298 million) of… Source link

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Public holidays in 2020: Singapore to have 7 long weekends, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – There will be a bumper crop of seven long weekends in 2020, three more than in the past two years. Of the 11 public holidays next year, four fall on a Friday, while three fall on a Sunday, according to a statement by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Monday (April 8). The Friday holidays are Good Friday on April 10, Labour Day on May 1, Hari Raya Haji on July 31 and Christmas on Dec 25. The Sunday holidays are Chinese New Year on Jan 26, Hari…

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Parliament: In public interest for police to reveal past offences of driver who filmed PM Lee’s son Li Yipeng, says Shanmugam, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Police had stated the criminal record of the driver who filmed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s son after picking him up, because it was in public interest to give a fuller explanation and background as to why they were investigating the matter, Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam said on Monday (April 1). A 31-year-old Singaporean man had offered PM Lee’s son, Mr Li Yipeng, a ride in a private car last month and circulated videos from the encounter. The man’s past criminal records then emerged on…

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PM Lee convenes committee to review data security in public sector, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A public sector data security review committee was convened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday to conduct a review of data security practices across the entire public service, following a series of recent data breaches. Chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, the committee will examine measures and processes related to the collection and protection of citizens’ personal data by public sector agencies, as well as by vendors who handle personal data on behalf of the government. Mr Teo,…

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Hong Kong can ease its housing crisis by giving more families a chance to buy public housing flats

Under Hong Kong’s Tenants Purchase Scheme, introduced in 1998, 140,298 public rental housing units have been sold to existing tenants. Initially, about 57 per cent of the units available for sale found buyers and, in the past decade, this has increased to 72 per cent. By promoting home ownership, the scheme has increased the labour force participation rate and decreased unemployment among families that have bought these units.But there have been two other important effects. The scheme has also… Source link

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Public debt a big risk for Việt Nam – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Việt Nam’s economic performance has showed positive signs with last year’s GDP growth rate at 7.08 per cent, the highest rate in the last ten years.— Photo vneconomy.vn HÀ NỘI — The State budget deficit, which regularly remains at a high level, and rising public debt are among the biggest macro-economic risks facing Việt Nam, making it more difficult for the Government to help the economy head towards growth, said Professor Trần Thọ Đạt, principal of the…

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Lion Air, the carrier behind Indonesia’s second-worst aviation disaster, starts work on a US$1 billion initial public offer

Lion Air has started preparations for a domestic initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said, as Indonesia’s biggest private carrier seeks to move past an October crash that triggered the crisis surrounding Boeing’s 737 MAX plane.The company is working with advisers on the planned share sale, which could take place as soon as this year, the people said.Lion Air has been discussing a fundraising target of around US$1 billion, though it hasn’t set precise terms for the deal,… Source link

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