Singapore will launch a new segregated travel lane (STL) aimed at business travellers, as part of the nation's efforts to re-open borders in a controlled and safe manner. This new initiative, called [email protected] , was announced by Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Tuesday (Dec. 15). Have to stay at segregated facilities Travellers entering Singapore under the STL will be required to stay within a "bubble" at segregated facilities. Such facilities will have to put in place measures to segregate STL travellers from non-STL travellers. For example, while travellers will be allowed to meet with local visitors, there will be floor-to-ceiling dividers separating travellers from local visitors. Staff serving STL travellers within the segregated facilities will also have to undergo routine testing every 14 days. Within the segregated facilities, travellers will have to stay within their pre-declared travel group of up to five travellers. They will ... » Learn More about S’pore to launch new segregated travel lane for business, official & high economic value travellers
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SYDNEY: Australia's competition watchdog is looking into a claim that Facebook Inc refused a publisher's request to negotiate a licensing deal, the regulator told Reuters, setting the stage for the first test of the world's toughest online content law. The Conversation, which publishes current affairs commentary by academics, said it asked Facebook to begin talks as required under new Australian legislation that requires the social media firm and Alphabet Inc's Google to negotiate content-supply deals with media outlets. Facebook declined without giving a reason, The Conversation said, even though the publisher was among the first in Australia to secure a similar deal with Google in the lead-up to the law in 2020. The knockback could present the first test of a controversial mechanism unique to Australia's effort to claw back advertising dollars from Google and Facebook: if they refuse to negotiate licence fees with publishers, a government-appointed arbitrator may step in. ... » Learn More about Exclusive: Facebook rejects talks with Australia publisher, may test online law
AT A GLANCE Only 56% of the flagship infrastructure projects in the government's revised list are expected to be completed by 2022, Duterte's last year in office The government counts on Build, Build, Build to fuel the country's economic recovery from the pandemic, but it will rely on loans to fund many of the projects DOTr and DPWH, the two agencies that are implementing most of the projects, have been underspending their respective budgets. This led to the slow execution of the program Are we anywhere near the touted "golden age of infrastructure" now that 4 years of the Duterte administration have gone by? President Rodrigo Duterte and his economic managers launched the ambitious P8.4-trillion infrastructure program in 2017 to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and reduce congestion in Metro Manila. The messaging was clear: Build, Build, Build will be Duterte's legacy . Since then, the government has repeatedly boasted of the program's ... » Learn More about With 2 years left in Duterte’s term, where are we on Build, Build, Build?
To facilitate business exchanges amid Covid-19, various agencies have come together to create a purpose-built facility to allow business travellers to stay and meet each other safely in Singapore. The first-of-its-kind facility, [email protected] at Singapore Expo will offer a package that includes scheduled swab tests at dedicated medical space within the facility, four-star accomodation and essential facilities for business needs. World's first-of-its-kind facility for business exchanges The four-star accommodation includes two inner courtyards and gym pods with 24/7 contactless access. Here's an artist's impression of what some facilities and rooms might look like: Reception hall Meeting rooms There will be around 340 meeting rooms of varying sizes that will accommodate up to 22 people. Courtyards Guest rooms In total, there will be more than 1,300 guest rooms. To minimise human contact, there will also be one-stop ... » Learn More about World’s first ‘bubble wrapping’ facility for business travellers at S’pore Expo to be fully constructed by mid-2021