Daily Archives: 2019-10-22

China blocks almost a quarter of accredited foreign news sites: watchdog

China’s “Great Firewall” system of online censorship blocks domestic access to nearly a quarter of the foreign news organisations accredited to report in the country, a press watchdog said Tuesday. Beijing bars its citizens from accessing the publicly available websites of 23 percent of 215 international news organisations that have journalists based in China, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China …

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Taiwan seeks Hong Kong help on murder suspect who triggered protests

Taiwan said Tuesday it had asked Hong Kong for help in collecting a murder suspect who has agreed to return to the island to face trial for killing his girlfriend in a case which inadvertently triggered massive democracy protests. The surprise announcement came just hours after Taipei had said it was Hong Kong’s responsibility to put him on trial. Chan …

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Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, firm eyes Asian push

by Martin Abbugao A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore’s waterfront Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionise travel in traffic-choked Asian cities. The 18 propeller vehicle, developed by German firm Volocopter and with a pilot onboard during the test flight, took off from a promontory and flew for about two minutes and 30 seconds …

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Malaysia’s Najib engaged in ‘well-planned’ plot to plunder 1MDB

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak engaged in a “well-planned” plot to plunder state fund 1MDB, prosecutors argued Tuesday as a judge prepares to decide whether his first trial over the scandal should proceed. But the defence team of the 66-year-old, who was voted out of office last year in large part due to allegations he and his cronies pilfered massive sums …

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Japan emperor formally proclaims enthronement

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday formally proclaimed his enthronement in front of royals and leaders from around the world, completing his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Dressed in a ceremonial outfit dominated by a draped outer robe in copper, Naruhito announced: “I hereby declare my enthronement at home and abroad.” The ceremony was conducted largely in silence, with only drums …

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“Trust is not what you say, it’s what you do”: SDP chief highlights broken promises by ruling party in pre-election rally

A spike in poverty among elderly Singaporeans and a rise in living costs are among the signs that the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has broken its previous election promises, said Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)’s secretary-general Chee Soon Juan at the party’s pre-election rally at Hong Lim Park last Sat (19 Oct). Showing a clip of Prime Minister Lee Hsien …

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Increasing number of PMD users being injured as well, says Tan Tock Seng Hospital

While we’ve noticed an increase in personal mobility device (PMD) related accidents recently with unsuspecting pedestrians being injured, some fatally, from collisions, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) said on Monday that PMD users themselves are not getting away unscathed. The number of PMD riders being injured was also on the rise, said the hospital, noting that there was an increase …

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Singapore might see its first air taxi by 2021, courtesy of German company Volocopter

German company Volocopter’s spokesperson, Ms Helena Treeck, told TODAY (16 October) that the firm is in “introductory talks” with the Singapore government to bring its eponymous air taxis to Singapore, hopefully by 2021. In the past year, the German firm has been communicating with the Economic Development Board, Transport Minister and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to study the feasibility …

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Top three e-racers at GameStart 2019 sign professional contracts with Legion of Racers

Three simulator e-racers have earned professional e-sports contracts with the Legion of Racers (LOR) after emerging as the top three finalists in the LOR competition held during GameStart 2019, Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention, at Suntec City on 12 and 13 October. What’s more, two of the racers, 25-year-old Andika Rama (1st place) from Indonesia and 27-year-old Luis Moreno (2nd …

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