MITROVICA, KOSOVO: A Kosovo prosecutor on Wednesday asked to revoke the diplomatic immunity of a Russian UN staff member suspected of obstructing a police crackdown on organised crime, despite Moscow blasting his detention as “outrageous”. The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said the Russian was injured and briefly detained during a raid in northern Kosovo on Tuesday that led to the arrest of dozens of police officers and civilians accused of smuggling and other crimes. Kosovo special police said they met “armed resistance” in some areas of the mainly Serb north, as well as blockades from citizens who tried to prevent the operation. According to Kosovo’s police chief, the Russian and another local UN staff member were detained after they were found in a vehicle with UNMIK plates that was used as part of a “barricade” to block police from entering the town of Zubin Potok. The district prosecutor in the main city in Kosovo’s north, … [Read more...] about Kosovo prosecutor asks to lift Russian UN staff’s immunity
PUTRAJAYA: Former director of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Datuk Prof Dr N. Sundra Rajoo (pix) can argue whether or not he is entitled to immunity from any charges during his official capacity at the High Court. This was after he was granted leave by the Court of Appeal here today to commence a judicial review proceeding to challenge his entitlement for immunity from any charges. In allowing Sundra Rajoo’s appeal, Justice Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli who chaired a three-man bench said the panel was of the unanimous view that this was a suitable case for the appellate court review. “We agree with the appellant’s (Sundra Rajoo) submissions that the learned judge has fallen into error in prematurely going into the merit of the case,” said Justice Abdul Rahman who presiding over the appeal with Justices Datuk Hasnah Mohammed Hashim and Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said. He said the questions raised in the judicial review application required mature … [Read more...] about Sundra Rajoo gets green light to argue on his immunity
As trade tensions continue to grow between the US and China, Singapore must be prepared to deal with the challenges, and Singaporeans need to follow developments closely and gird themselves "for the long haul", said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing yesterday. Global businesses and consumer confidence will be affected by the ongoing trade conflict between the two giants, which will hurt global investments. As a result, there will be a negative impact on jobs, Mr Chan said. "Singapore cannot be immune from all this fallout. We need to watch closely what is happening. We need to prepare ourselves to deal with the impending challenges," he said on the sidelines of the opening dinner of the International Maritime Security Conference. Singapore needs to work with like-minded countries to uphold and update the global trading system, Mr Chan added. "This is why Singapore supports a rules-based, stable and predictable international trading environment, which has been crucial to our … [Read more...] about Singapore not ‘immune’ from US-China trade war: Minister
SINGAPORE: People with breast implants who experience pain or swelling in the area are encouraged to consult their doctors as some implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Friday (May 10).The advisory came as more information has recently come to light on the risk of developing Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), HSA said.The rare type of lymphoma, that usually develops around breast implants, is a cancer of the immune system and not a type of breast cancer. It has been reported as early as a year, or as late as 37 years, after breast implant surgery, said HSA.To date, HSA has received one report of BIA-ALCL in Singapore. The patient, who was diagnosed early, is said to be recovering.Those who experience pain or swelling around their implants after the surgical incision has healed should seek medical attention. If diagnosed early, the condition can be successfully treated … [Read more...] about Breast implants linked to rare immune system cancer: HSA
World Immunisation Week, which falls on the last week of April every year, promotes the use of vaccines for all ages against various diseases, and the theme this year is Protected Together: Vaccines Work! The campaign celebrates vaccine heroes around the world, from parents, community members, health workers, innovators and those who work hard to ensure that we are all protected through the power of vaccines. Immunisation saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are many who still believe that natural immunity provides better protection for ourselves. There are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Some deadly diseases are also re-emerging, even though scientists had largely eliminated them with vaccines for decades. Recent outbreaks of the oldest vaccine-preventable diseases such as … [Read more...] about Does natural immunity from infection protect better than vaccination?