Daily Archives: 2019-11-21

Singapore deports Hong Konger over protest discussion

Singapore has deported a Hong Kong YouTube star after he organised a small gathering to discuss the protests convulsing his home city in violation of public assembly laws, police said Thursday. The city-state’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 country where …

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Chinese FM says US bill aims to ‘destroy Hong Kong’

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday condemned the passage of a US bill lauding pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, saying it “indulges violent criminals” and aims to “muddle or even destroy Hong Kong”. The legislation is “a naked interference in China’s internal affairs”, Wang told former US defense secretary William Cohen at a meeting in Beijing, China’s foreign ministry …

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Strong quake hits Thai-Lao border, shaking buildings in Bangkok

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Laos near the Thai border early Thursday, the United States Geological Survey reported, alarming locals who felt buildings shake as far away as Bangkok. The quake hit at 6:50am (2350 GMT Wednesday), roughly three hours after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake in the same region triggered an immediate suspension to Laos’ largest-capacity power plant located near …

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Furious China vows to ‘fight back’ after Congress backs HK democracy

by Jacques CLEMENT / Sean CHANG China on Thursday accused the United States of seeking to “destroy” Hong Kong and threatened retaliation after Congress passed new legislation supporting the pro-democracy movement that has thrown the city into nearly six months of turmoil. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act “indulges violent …

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“Checks and balances” absent in Hong Kong police force, superiors allegedly turn a blind eye on errant police officers

Torture in police detention, acts of unprecedented violence and brutal tactics are among some of the signs of the Hong Kong police force’s brutality against pro-democracy protesters. Riot police officers have been known to deploy tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and water cannons against protesters during clashes since June, and up to as recently as early this month. Some …

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Singapore brings growth forecast margin closer to 0.5-1% as Q3 slowly improves

According to official data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Thursday (21 November), Singapore narrows its annual forecast for economic growth to between 0.5% to 1%. This is because the economy for the third quarter is slowly improving. This is the third revision in the country’s growth forecast for this year, which was previously marked to …

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About S$3.18 billion (18%) of health expenditure in Singapore is attributed to stress-related illnesses, according to Cigna report

The impact of stress-related conditions on Singapore’s health system conservatively equates to US$2.3 billion of spend (approximately S$3.18 billion) or 18% of health expenditure, according to a new global report published today (21 Nov) by Cigna and Asia Care Group. The in-depth research study, which examined nine key markets worldwide, found that between 4% and 18.8% of health spending is …

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Forum reader asks ST Editorial to show proof that CECA is good for Singaporeans

A member of the public, Ang Ah Lay, wrote to ST Forum on Tue (‘Forum: Full details of Singapore-India pact can clear misguided notions‘, 19 Nov) countering the accusations ST Editorial thrown at some Singaporeans last week, saying that “the spread of incorrect and misleading information” on policy issues through social media has the potential to harm Singapore’s social fabric …

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