SINGAPORE: A few years ago, migrant worker Lee (not his real name) and his colleagues were travelling to work at the back of a lorry that was speeding over humps in a car park. There were also metal items in the rear deck, and the driver’s carelessness was enough to injure Lee and a colleague. A scan in hospital showed a muscular tear at Lee’s waist. “It’s been very tough. I can’t bend over and lift things up in one motion,” he said. Requesting anonymity for fear his work permit would be cancelled because he was speaking up, he added: “Sitting at the back (of a lorry) is quite a dangerous thing to do.” He has worked in Singapore for 14 years, and although he and his co-workers often talk about their mode of transport, he feels it is “pointless” as their boss is already “well aware” of the risks. “The metal rods aren’t secured; they aren’t fixed to the lorry. They’d fly (in a collision),” Lee said. The ferrying of workers in lorries has come under the spotlight again ... » Learn More about ‘I felt like I was going to fall off’: Lorry rides and the push to make it safer for workers
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SINGAPORE: Imagine being in a large, dark house - there are cameras, but you can't see in all the corners. This is how Mr Eric Nagel, general manager for APAC at cybersecurity firm Cybereason, characterises the way the company hunted down a ransomware attack in a high-end Asian manufacturing company. In a ransomware attack, hackers - or threat actors - use malicious software to encrypt files on a device, then demand ransom, typically in cryptocurrency, to undo their work. The first signs of suspicion in this attack came from some abnormal communication between machines. Aware that something was wrong, but not knowing why, the company reached out for help. Working like snipers, Cybereason threat hunters searched for the ransomware, while sales engineers and technical consultants mapped the enterprise’s ecology, pinning down the servers, workstations, laptops and operating systems. Then they deployed the latest cybersecurity solution - an endpoint detection and response tool, ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: How ready is Singapore for a major ransomware attack?
The President's next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would naturally want his valedictory, a victory lap of his administration. At best, however, it would be a pyrrhic victory lap, for we, the nation, are not at our best. We are instead languishing: in the tides of history, in a flood of blood and tears. We languish in COVID, with the Philippines holding the ignoble record of the longest continuous lockdown. $15 million has been borrowed to tide the country over during the pandemic, but we've only seen infection numbers seesawing, business shuttering, families going hungry and losing loved ones, and the vaccination rollout still trying to gather steam. All this was derived from decisions made since February 2020, when, despite evidence that the Wuhan outbreak could become a pandemic, the Duterte administration dithered on controlling flights from the region. That other countries are also going ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The languishing state of the nation
As a popular obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Ann Tan is always busy. The last few months of the year, however, are especially hectic. Asked why, she grins and replies: "New Year resolutions? Many people say: 'I must get pregnant this year' so they start from Christmas and January." Covid-19 and the circuit breaker in Singapore will probably also mean more expectant mothers in the months to come, she reckons. "More people are trying, and what we are going through makes people think of life more and they want to have more kids," she says. Dr Tan, 58, has delivered thousands of babies over the last three decades. "I deliver about 15 a month," she says. Also a well-known fertility doctor, she has helped many couples conceive too. In fact, she is an advocate of social freezing - of both eggs and sperm - which she believes is especially crucial in Singapore, which has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. The total fertility rate (TFR) here is 1.14 children ... » Learn More about It Changed My Life: ‘I want eggs, good ones,’ says top fertility expert