Daily Archives: 2019-11-08

E-scooter Trade-in-Grant among measures to assist food delivery riders affected by footpath use ban

The introduction of a S$7mil e-scooter Trade-in Grant (eTG) is one of the measures included in a Transition Assistance Package for food delivery riders to cope with the recent ban on the e-scooters on footpaths. Noting that around 7,000 food delivery riders utilised e-scooters at work alongside the majority who use traditional vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles, the Ministry …

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Iran earthquake kills five, leaves 300 injured

An earthquake rocked northwestern Iran before dawn on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 300 in crumbling and collapsed buildings. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 1:17 am (2247 GMT Thursday) about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of the city of Tabriz, in East Azerbaijan province, the Iranian Seismological Centre said. Described as “moderate”, the quake was …

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Hong Kong student’s death triggers fresh outrage

by Yan Zhao and Su Xinqi A Hong Kong student who sustained head injuries when he fell during clashes with police died on Friday, triggering a fresh wave of outrage from the pro-democracy movement and fears of more violent unrest. Although the precise chain of events leading to 22-year-old Alex Chow’s fall are unclear and disputed, his death is the …

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Philippine drug war critic vows end to ‘senseless’ killing

The vocal critic that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named to a lead role in his deadly drug war called on Friday for revamping the crackdown and ending its “senseless” killing. Opposition leader Leni Robredo has regularly attacked Duterte’s internationally condemned initiative, prompting the president to appoint her this week to a post supervising it. Critics have warned the job …

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Singapore probes Hong Konger over protest discussion

Police in Singapore are investigating a YouTube star from Hong Kong who allegedly organised a gathering to discuss the protests in his home city, a potential violation of tough public assembly laws. Singapore’s elite are increasingly nervous about the unrest in rival financial hub Hong Kong, observers say, as they fear it could inspire demonstrations in the tightly controlled city-state …

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Retired fund manager treats 36 elderly cardboard collectors to a meal on his birthday; hopes leaders will take appropriate actions to help those in need

On 1 November (Friday), a Singaporean turned 60 but instead of having the usual lunch or dinner party with his immediate family members, he decided to do something different. Mr Chua Soon Hock, a retired fund manager, took the noble step of inviting 36 elderly cardboard collectors to his birthday party and treated them to a delicious meal at 73 …

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Singapore Democratic Party offers alternative solutions to the recent e-scooters ban on footpaths

From Tuesday (5 November) onwards, electric scooters were banned on footpaths in Singapore, and this has caused much unhappiness among PMD riders, especially those who depend on the devices for their livelihoods, like food delivery workers. As such, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) offered a number of alternative solutions to this problem, and this was written in the party’s website …

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What is the point of a facial recognition attendance tracking for MPs in Parliament?

The Parliament Secretariat, which supports the speaker of Parliament, is looking to introduce a facial recognition attendance tracking system for MPs to replace the current manual tracking approach. Right now, the attendance of MPs in Parliament sittings are recorded in the official minutes such as the official reports and votes and proceedings. Also, a staff of the Secretariat will have …

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