Daily Archives: 2019-10-04

Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers to ban protester face masks

by Jerome TAYLOR / Jasmine LEUNG Hong Kong’s leader invoked colonial-era emergency powers Friday to ban protesters wearing face masks, but the move aimed at quelling months of unrest sparked immediate fresh rallies and vows to defy the new law. Chief executive Carrie Lam said she had made the order under the Emergency Regulations Ordinances, a sweeping provision that grants …

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E-cigarettes: five things to know

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by Olivier THIBAULT E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the United States is feeding caution about a product, already banned in some places. Here are five things to know about electronic cigarettes. Around for two decades Early designs for an electronic cigarette were drawn up in the United …

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Energy sector under cyberthreat from malicious objects and activities, reveals Kaspersky report

In a press release earlier today (4 Oct), Kaspersky released the findings of its ‘Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS CERT)’ report on the industrial threat landscape for the first half of 2019, which reveals that almost half of industrial control system (ICS) computers in the energy sector globally have been under cyberthreat. The top three cyberthreats were …

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Possible reintroduction of GST: Respect mandate given by Malaysians in last GE, PH presidential council will decide, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng

The Malaysian government needs to “respect the mandate” given by Malaysians in the last General Election (GE) unless there is “incontrovertible evidence” that the people want the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be reinstated, said the country’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. Lim told reporters today (4 Oct) after the Ministry of Finance’s monthly assembly that it was evident …

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Prof Donald Low calls out Singaporeans for ‘petitionary culture’ following mum who complained that PSLE was a nightmare

Days after the mathematics paper of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), a student’s mother wrote an open letter to the Minister of Education (MOE) Mr Ong Ye Kung, describing the math paper as a “nightmare” for students. She asked, “What is the point of making the paper so tough? Can MOE explain the rationale behind this?” Following this, Senior …

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Scoot all set for its move to Terminal 1 at Changi Airport on 22 October

After successfully completing its flight trials earlier this week, low-cost carrier Scoot is all set for its move to Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 (T1) on 22 October 2019. The move was announced in a joint press release with Changi Airport Group on 18 July 2019, as the airline seeks to facilitate its projected double-digit annual growth for the next …

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Does the newly introduced subsidiary legislation address concerns surrounding POFMA?

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act 2019 (POFMA) is officially in effect as of 2 October 2019, according to the Government Gazette. The Act, which was introduced in April, passed in Parliament in May and subsequently published in the Gazette in June, has been hotly debated by various local and international organisations and individuals. Also published on the …

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eSports professionals a rarity in academically-oriented Singapore

by Sam Reeves / Martin Abbugao In a country highly focused on academic achievement, Singaporean Galvin Kang Jian Wen did something almost unthinkable — he stopped studying as a teenager to spend more time playing computer games. He defied parental and social disapproval after his high school finals to pursue his dream of becoming an eSports champion, but believes the …

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