Daily Archives: 2019-11-15

Hong Kong’s biggest music festival cancelled over political unrest

Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest music festival, has been cancelled, organisers said on Friday, the highest-profile event so far to fall victim to the increasingly violent political unrest engulfing the city. British folk-rock sensations Mumford & Sons and American star Halsey were among the headliners for the festival this year, which was scheduled for November 22-24. “Due to the escalation of …

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Philippines reports first vaping-linked illness

The Philippines on Friday reported its first case of a vaping-linked illness, as health authorities expressed concern at court orders preventing them from regulating electronic cigarettes. A rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in some countries has raised concern over the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, touted as less harmful than tobacco. India and some US states have banned e-cigarettes. A …

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Hong Kong protesters defy Xi with pro-democracy rallies

by Yan ZHAO / Catherine LAI Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters defied a warning by China’s President Xi Jinping and again took to the city’s streets on Friday, as the political turmoil seeped out to London where a minister from the Southern Chinese city was confronted by masked demonstrators. Hong Kong has seen relentless protests since June as many in the …

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Singapore fines UBS $8 mn for deceptive trades

Singapore has fined Swiss banking giant UBS Sg$11.2 million ($8 million) after investigations showed its advisors deceived clients about prices for bonds and other financial products. The city-state’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), said UBS had admitted liability for its advisors’ actions and paid a civil penalty. “The conduct of UBS through its representatives is unacceptable and …

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John Oliver talks about the chilling effects of SLAPP suits, calls it “an attempt to bully people into silence”

In the latest episode of late-night American talk show “Last Week Tonight” that aired on Sunday (10 November), its host John Oliver spoke about the controversial SLAPP laws and its chilling effect as it allows privileged individuals to bully others “into silence”. He started off the episode by talking about American coal tycoon Bob Murray who had recently dropped the …

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Mediacorp partners with Mothership, theAsianparent, and Popcorn to expand its digital network in Singapore

Mediacorp has announced a partnership with Singapore-based online media company Mothership, parenting site and app theAsianparent, and movies and entertainment booking service Popcorn, to broaden its digital network in Singapore as it aims to reach out to the younger audiences. The agreement will see Mediacorp as the exclusive representative for all direct and programmatic media sales in Singapore for the …

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CPF rejects application of 56-year old heart patient to withdraw from his CPF account, saying he is ‘not physically incapacitated’

“I didn’t ask for government welfare. I just want to take out my own money and save myself. I feel so helpless. What happened to the Singapore government?” Mr Sim Kay Chuan, a 56-year-old Singaporean who suffered from heart problems in 2015 had an operation two years ago, leaving his heart’s left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) at 37% performance. The normal …

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Deliveroo unveils details of trade-in grant scheme to support its e-scooter delivery riders during transition period

Following the ban – which came into commencement on 5 November – that prohibits the riding of e-scooters on all footpaths, the government introduced a nationwide S$7 million programme to help food delivery riders trade-in their personal mobility devices (PMDs) for alternative devices, offering a grant of up to S$1,000 per person depending on the alternative device of their choosing. …

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Singtel suffers 1st quarterly loss with Bharti Airtel investment through CECA

It was reported by the media yesterday (14 Nov) that Singtel posted its first quarterly loss of S$668 million in its 2Q result ending 30 Sep (‘Singtel posts first quarterly loss of S$668m on Airtel provision‘). This was primarily due to provision made for huge losses incurred by Bharti Airtel, the Indian telco which Singtel invested in. Excluding Airtel, net …

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Hong Kong DBS branch vandalised with graffiti containing vulgarities against PM Lee and PAP, graffiti removed upon discovery

A DBS Bank branch in Hong Kong was vandalised with vulgarities aimed at Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his family and the People’s Action Party (PAP). The Straits Times reported on Fri (15 Nov) a spokesperson for the Singapore bank as saying that the graffiti was removed upon discovery yesterday. Photos of the graffiti had first surfaced in a Facebook group …

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