Daily Archives: 2019-10-01

POFMA to take effect starting 2 Oct

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) will take effect starting Wed (2 Oct), five months after Parliament had passed the legislation in May, according to the Government Gazette on Tue (1 Oct). The notice reiterates that the Info-communications Media Development Authority has been appointed as the “Competent Authority” under the Act by the Minister for Communications and …

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DPM Heng says Electoral Boundaries Review Committee independent and not politically motivated

At the Singapore Bicentennial Conference held at Raffles City yesterday (30 Sep), Professor Paul Tambyah who is also chairman of the Singapore Democratic Party asked Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat if there was a “good reason” that the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) was not completely independent of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Prof Tambyah noted, “The election boundaries …

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Electricity tariffs to drop by 3.3% in last quarter of 2019, Oct – Dec

The electricity tariff for the last quarter of 2019, between 1 October to 31 December, will decrease by an average of 3.3% or 0.79 cents per kWh compared to the previous quarter, said SP Group on Monday (30 September). In a statement, SP Group attributed the decrease to the lower cost of natural gas for electricity generation compared with the …

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China celebrates 70 years as Hong Kong seethes

by Laurent THOMET / with Yan ZHAO in Hong Kong President Xi Jinping declared Tuesday that “no force” can shake the Chinese nation as he oversaw a massive military celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule, shadowed by a day of protest in seething Hong Kong that threatened to steal the spotlight. Standing on the Tiananmen Rostrum where Chairman …

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Ocean plastic waste probably comes from ships, report says

by Ivan Couronne Most of the plastic bottles washing up on the rocky shores of Inaccessible Island, aptly named for its sheer cliffs rising from the middle of the South Atlantic, probably come from Chinese merchant ships, a study published Monday said. The study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans, which have …

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