GENEVA: The World Trade Organization faces calls led by India and South Africa to waive intellectual property (IP) rights for Covid-19 vaccines — a notion fiercely rejected by pharmaceutical giants and their host countries. The WTO will thrash out the divisive issue at its general council meeting on Monday and Tuesday as its new head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes up her post. Some countries see the waiver as a shortcut to ending the novel coronavirus that has hobbled the global economy. The big idea The text proposes a temporary exemption from certain obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips), so that any country can produce vaccines without worrying about patents. The waiver would also cover “industrial designs, copyright and protection of undisclosed information,” and would last “until widespread vaccination is in place globally, and the majority of the world’s population has developed immunity.” All those in favor ... » Learn More about Waiver war at WTO over Covid jab IP rights
SINGAPORE - Most Singaporeans may be religious but they still frown on religious behaviour that could influence politics or disrupt social harmony, a new report by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) has found. They also feel that having different religious views is no barrier to getting along when living in close proximity. But the researchers noted that a sizeable number of Singaporeans have no qualms about allowing religious extremists to publish their views online or hold public meetings to talk about them. Roughly four in 10 younger people aged between 18 and 25 years felt that publishing was acceptable, possibly because of this group's increasingly liberal attitudes towards free speech, the paper's authors said. This is despite the fact that there was nearly universal agreement that it is unacceptable for religious leaders to incite hatred or violence against other religions. "Religion is an influential and powerful force, and seeps into multiple domains of public and ... » Learn More about Keep religion out of politics, S’poreans say; young people more accepting of extremists sharing views online: IPS report
ILOILO CITY—Although claiming that the operation was legitimate and successful, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said it was investigating if there were lapses in a raid in Panay that led to the killing by police of nine leaders and members of an indigenous people’s (IP) group. At a press conference here on Monday (Jan. 4), Col. Roger James Brillantes said the PNP was conducting a motu propio (on its own initiative) investigation. Brillantes, head of the PNP regional office’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS), said investigators were waiting for reports and documents from the regional office of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), which led the raid, to help in the investigation. The investigation, he said, would determine if any of those involved in the raid could be held liable for the deaths of the indigenous people. Lt. Col. Gervacio Balmaceda, chief of the CIDG in Western Visayas, said the raid was legitimate as it was launched to serve at least 28 ... » Learn More about PNP to probe for lapses in police killing of 9 members of Panay IP community
When Daren Tang was packing to move from Singapore to Switzerland for his new job posting, he decided to ship his trusted Yamaha piano along as well. Music - in particular, jazz - is a big love for the lawyer who made history when he became the first Singaporean to head a United Nations agency. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month Latest headlines and exclusive stories In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months* Subscribe now *Terms and conditions apply. ... » Learn More about Lunch With Sumiko: Daren Tang, Singapore’s IP Man in Geneva, on his to-do list
Vico Sotto Vico Sotto—the millennial mayor of Pasig City who has earned praise for advocating transparency in governance and taking immediate steps in the pandemic response—is among the seven The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) honorees for 2020. TOYM Class of 2020 also includes Multisys founder David Almirol, 40, (honoree for science technology and engineering); educator Edgar Elago, 35, (community development/education); Angkas cofounder George Royeca, 38, (business entrepreneurship in pioneering industries); World Bank senior disaster risk management specialist Lesley Jeanne Cordero, 40, (political and social sciences); National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila director and Telehealth Center director Raymond Francis Sarmiento, 38, (medicine); and Army Capt. Ron Villarosa Jr., 33, (community development/military service). Sotto, 31, the honoree for government service, has been credited with changing many outdated policies and seen as leading a new ... » Learn More about TOYM 2020: Pinoy millennials at their finest
SINGAPORE - Around $24 billion will be spent over the next three years to help firms and workers adapt to the changing global landscape brought on in part by the pandemic. The funds will go towards building a more vibrant business sector and innovation ecosystem, helping businesses to transform and scale up their operations, and creating opportunities for workers. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday (Feb 16) that Singapore must deepen its position as a global-Asia node to emerge stronger from the Covid-19 crisis. That will involve working to restore the country's physical connectivity with the rest of world, expand its digital connectivity and deepen its capacity to collaborate and innovate with global partners. Platforms to help firms in innovation efforts Singapore will invest in three platforms to help firms innovate and collaborate on a global scale, to help them remain competitive. The Corporate Venture Launchpad will be piloted this year to drive ... » Learn More about Budget 2021: $24b channelled to firms and workers to boost transformation efforts
When you fall sick, what’s the first thing you do? Complain about how expensive healthcare is in Singapore? Well, after doing that, the next thing you should do is to see how MediShield Life can help you. But what the heck is MediShield Life anyway? How do you benefit from it? And why do you need it when part of your CPF contributions already have to go into your Medisave account? These questions and more will be answered right here. What on earth is MediShield Life? Have you ever been told that you’ll go bankrupt if you fall seriously ill and don’t have medical insurance? Well, guess what, even if you’ve never spoken to an insurance agent or purchased a single insurance policy in your life, you actually are covered by medical insurance, and that’s MediShield Life. MediShield Life is a basic medical insurance plan which all Singaporeans and PRs are automatically enrolled in. It works in the same way as other types of health insurance. Basically, you can make a claim ... » Learn More about CPF MediShield Life in Singapore: Everything you need to understand & use it
All Singaporeans are covered by MediShield Life for the most basic of medical coverage. But on top of MediShield Life, an estimated two-thirds of Singaporeans are also paying for an integrated shield plan (IP) from one of 7 private insurers: AIA Healthshield Gold Max Aviva MyShield AXA Shield Great Eastern Supreme Health NTUC IncomeShield Prudential PruShield Raffles Shield Each insurer offers a few options for their integrated shield plans, which means Singaporeans looking for an IP will have over 25 options to choose from. That sounds daunting, but making your decision is actually easier than it seems. You only need to have a faint idea of what level of coverage you want, and the rest of it is mainly just crunching numbers. Easier than deciding which bubble tea you want at KOI. Ready to compare the heck out of Integrated Shield plans? Let’s go. Step 1: Know the limits of MediShield Life We’ve established that all Singaporeans are covered with health ... » Learn More about With so many Integrated Shield Plans available, how do you decide which to choose?
When it comes to health insurance, we’re pretty lucky as Singaporeans. Because even if we don’t know anything about it and didn’t buy any of our own . We’re all covered by MediShield Life. A basic health insurance plan that protects all Singapore Residents against large hospital bills for life. Regardless of age or health condition! Recently, the MediShield Life Council announced that MediShield Life is undergoing a review to enhance its benefits. But at the same time, premiums might increase . Wondering how this affects you? Let’s find out! TL;DR: What to expect from the MediShield Life 2020 review As part of MediShield Life Review 2020, a number of enhancements have been proposed to ensure that a greater proportion of subsidised medical bills are covered. If you’re interested, you can read the p ublic consultation paper for the MediShield Life 2020 review . There are two key considerations for the recommendation: Provide effective protection against large ... » Learn More about MediShield Life review 2020: Why are our premiums still increasing in this economic climate?
Intimidated by all the acronyms, government schemes and ridiculous jargon surrounding health insurance in Singapore? Yeah, us too. That’s why we did the research to give you a crash course on the basics of health insurance in Singapore: how it works, why you might need it, and what options there are. Health insurance in Singapore — the TL;DR version If you don’t have time to read, here’s a very compressed version of this article: All Singaporeans and PRs get basic health insurance (MediShield Life) which covers basic public hospital treatments. You can boost MediShield Life with an Integrated Shield Plan (IP), which covers you in better class wards and private hospitals, plus covers your pre- and post-hospitalisation treatment. BUT no matter what health insurance you have, you need to pay some money (cash or Medisave) before you can claim the rest. You can add on a “rider” to your Integrated Shield plan which helps lower those upfront costs to 5per cent of your ... » Learn More about Health insurance in Singapore: Everything you need to know to survive