SYDNEY - New Zealand will pause its quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia for at least eight weeks starting Friday (July 23) night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, as Australia fights an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta virus variant. "We've always said that our response would evolve as the virus evolved. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it is the right decision to keep New Zealanders safe," Ardern told reporters in Auckland. The "travel bubble" had already been paused for travellers to and from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The bubble was a rare two-way quarantine-free arrangement in Asia, where countries have kept their borders mostly closed during the pandemic. Plans for a Singapore-Hong Kong bubble have been delayed several times. Demand for flights between Australia and New Zealand has been more subdued than anticipated since the bubble opened on April 19. Scheduled airline capacity between Australia and New ... » Learn More about Bubble burst: New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia
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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?
A historic outing at the Olympics for Singapore equestrienne Caroline Chew ended in heartbreak as she was eliminated from the dressage individual qualification competition on Sunday (July 25) after her horse Tribiani was found to be bleeding from the mouth. The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) said that she was eliminated in accordance with International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) dressage rules article 422.214.171.124, which states: If the Judge at C suspects fresh blood anywhere on the Horse during the test, he will stop the horse to check for blood. If the Horse shows fresh blood, it will be eliminated. The elimination is final. If the Judge through examination clarifies that the Horse has no fresh blood, the Horse may resume and finish its test. The SNOC said that Francis Verbeek Van Rooij (president of ground jury) had halted Chew’s ride to check and confirmed traces of blood were seen in the 17-year-old gelding’s mouth. An immediate veterinary check was done ... » Learn More about Heartbreak in Tokyo Olympics: Singapore equestrienne Caroline Chew eliminated after horse found to be bleeding
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Singapore was eliminated from the equestrian dressage qualifiers on Sunday (July 25) after Caroline Chew's horse Tribiani was found to be bleeding from the mouth, bringing an abrupt end to the country's first foray into the sport at the Olympics. Chew told reporters: "It was a bit of a freak accident...He was feeling really good actually, presenting really well and then just caught his lip in the corner, I think. I didn't feel it happen, but obviously the judge saw it." The 29-year-old is first Singaporean to compete in equestrian at the Olympics. A last-minute withdrawal by New Zealand in June suddenly presented Chew with a chance to qualify for the Games and she secured her spot with her performance at the Dressage Grand Prix in Le Mans, France, two weeks later. "I would say (it's) quite miraculous we got here anyway. It was great and I felt really humbled and privileged to be the first Singaporean at the Olympic Games for equestrian," said Chew, who is a ... » Learn More about Olympics: Singapore out of dressage after horse suffers freak injury
TOKYO: Britain's Adam Peaty clocked a scorching heat time on Saturday (Jul 24) to kickstart the defence of his Olympic 100m breaststroke crown on the opening day at the Tokyo pool, but Japanese world champion Daiya Seto failed to make the 400m medley final. Peaty, 26, who has lowered the world record five times and is arguably the greatest ever over the distance, hit the wall in an eye-catching 57.56 sec. And he's just getting warmed up. "Of course, a heat's a heat. I always have cobwebs, I did in Rio, and I always build on that," he said at a 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Center devoid of fans, but with US First Lady Jill Biden poolside on the first of nine days of action. "I was a bit shaky on the start, for some reason I was ripping it a bit too hard but there's a lot of variables when it comes to the Olympics." Peaty appears unstoppable heading into Sunday's semi-finals, but he does have competition from Arno Kamminga, who clocked a monster 57.90 in May to be the only ... » Learn More about Olympics: Britain’s Peaty on fire but Japanese Seto sinks in Olympic pool
On Monday, August 31, 2020, Workers' Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh delivered a speech in Parliament, his first since being designated Leader of the Opposition after the 2020 general election. Singh touched on his role as Leader of the Opposition, the role and future of the opposition in Singapore politics, as well as the way forward for Singapore. The speech was divided into three main portions: things that have changed in Singapore since the last General Election, things that must not change, and suggestions for things that should change. Here, we reproduce the transcript of his speech in full: *** Delivered by Pritam Singh Mr Speaker, I rise in support of the motion thanking the President for her address. My speech will cover a variety of topics organised into three main areas. First, I will speak about certain things that have changed in Singapore. Second, I will talk about things that must not change. And third, I will suggest some ... » Learn More about Full text of Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh’s maiden speech as Leader of the Opposition
Singapore equestrienne Caroline Chew was eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics dressage qualifiers on Sunday (July 24) after her horse was found to be bleeding. She was the first Singaporean rider to qualify for the Olympic Games. Found blood in the horse's mouth The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) wrote in a Facebook post that Chew's horse, Tribiani, was found to have fresh blood in his mouth. President of Ground Jury Francis Verbeek Van Rooij halted Chew's ride to check, and he confirmed that "traces of blood" were seen in Tribiani’s mouth. According to SNOC, an immediate veterinary check was done and a "small cut" was discovered on Tribiani's lips, which is suspected to be caused by a stumble at the beginning of the test. The veterinarian had inspected Tribiani and had reported that "there is no further bleeding". However, Chew and Tribiani were eliminated from the dressage in accordance to Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) dressage rules ... » Learn More about Tokyo Olympics: S’pore equestrienne eliminated after horse suffers ‘small cut’ on lips producing fresh blood
Being your own boss sounds glamourous, right? And it looks good on your resume and LinkedIn profile too. Just think about all the fabulous role models we have here in Singapore. Singaporean women have started their own fashion companies, run businesses out of their HDB flats or created gorgeous cakes and promote them via Instagram. Being your own boss looks great. Also Singapore is a great environment for start-ups, here's just a few reasons why . Of course looking easy doesn't mean it actually IS easy. Striking out on your own is stressful, and there's no guarantee your business will be succesful. Also, it's A LOT of hardwork, whether you're looking to be a freelance accountant or a baker. [[nid:357798]] Says Stanley Tan owner of Windflower Florist , "You have to work even harder than anyone, that means working way beyond eight hours and you've got to be constantly be on your toes. The good thing about being your own boss is that I have something to call my own. When I ... » Learn More about Should you be your own boss? Read this first
After a year spent mostly indoors with the occasional staycation or Rediscover Singapore experience, travel-starved Singaporeans have been eagerly awaiting the green light to fly overseas. With vaccinations being administered to the masses and some countries easing border restrictions, many people feel optimistic about travelling in the post-pandemic world. But along with this excitement, what will travel really look like in 2022? What additional hurdles may we face? Here are a few key travel trends that we can expect to see. International travel may become more expensive Some airplanes have been converted into cargo carriers to deliver oxygen tanks and other pandemic relief supplies while others have been parked in aircraft boneyards in the desert. Regardless of how these planes were used during the last year, airlines are now gearing up for the months ahead as leisure travel is expected to increase. And as the number of people planning to fly soars, so too will flight ... » Learn More about Post-pandemic travel: What will travel look like in 2022?
Minister for Law and Home Affairs K. Shanmugam addressed questions in Parliament on July 26, 2021, pertaining to Singapore's immigration rules and the Covid-19 KTV cluster. How did woman from Vietnam become involved in KTV cluster? September/ October 2020 Shanmugam said Singapore introduced the unilateral opening arrangements in September and October 2020 with Brunei, New Zealand and Vietnam, as these countries had lower Covid-19 risk. Under the unilateral opening conditions, short-term travellers from these countries were allowed to come in by applying for an Air Travel Pass, Shanmugam said. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) received many appeals and started allowing boyfriends and girlfriends to come into Singapore by October, he added. Arrangement made on compassionate grounds About one in four marriages in Singapore from 2000 to 2019 was between Singaporeans and non-Singaporean partners, Shanmugam also said. Shanmugam explained that the ... » Learn More about Shanmugam explains why ICA scrapped ‘boyfriend/ girlfriend’ category after applicants got ‘inventive’