The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has permanently revoked the license of three former nightlife establishments that pivoted to food and beverage (F&B) operations for breaching safe management measures (SMM). They must cease operations with immediate effect. In addition, 18 F&B outlets were ordered to close, while another four premises and 87 individuals were fined for SMM breaches. Revocation of food licenses for 3 ex-nightlife establishments According to a press release by the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), the three F&B outlets that had their licenses permanently revoked are The Charm, Icon II (also known as Club IICON) and Frederico's Paddles Too Pub & Cafeteria. All three were formerly operating as nightlife establishments before pivoting to F&B. Located at Fook Hai Building, The Charm was found to have failed in minimising physical interaction between customers, visitors and staff. It also allowed hostessing and ... » Learn More about Food licenses for 3 KTVs permanently revoked, 18 F&B premises ordered to close
Trillanes revoke amnesty
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The woman who was charged for not wearing a face mask in public on multiple instances now has her bail of S$12,000 revoked after facing a fresh charge. Phoon Chiu Yoke first came into the limelight after a video of her refusing to wear mask at Marina Bay Sands went viral in May this year. Phoon, who was previously released on bail, is now remanded after being charged for not wearing a face mask on June 25 in Mandarin Orchard, CNA reported. She now faces 22 charges and is set to appear at a pre-trial conference on July 26. Background Previously, Phoon's bail was increased from S$8,000 to S$12,000 after she was found not complying with Covid-19 measures while on bail. In earlier court hearings, Phoon, who is a former navy officer, claimed to be an "eye witness" to many cases during her time in the SAF, and described the cases as "grave" and "very serious in nature". "Due to all these ... » Learn More about ‘MBS badge woman’ has S$12,000 bail revoked, is remanded after not wearing mask in public again
Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for over four years after she led a Senate investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war, has declared her bid to seek reelection in the 2022 elections. In a scathing letter addressed to Duterte ahead of his final State of the Nation Address, De Lima said she would not be cowed by the attacks from the President himself and would continue the fight in 2022 – even if that meant running a campaign from her detention cell in Camp Crame. “Marami ang nagtatanong sa akin kung sa kabila ng pagyurak na ginawa mo sa akin ay may lakas pa ako ng loob na tumakbo muli bilang senador sa 2022. Tatakbo akong muli. Hindi ako susuko. Tuloy ang laban,” said De Lima. (Many are asking if I still have the will to run for senator in 2022 even if you have trampled upon me. I am running again. I will not give up. The fight continues.) A lawyer and human rights activist, De Lima used to chair the Commission on Human ... » Learn More about ‘Tuloy ang laban’: De Lima declares bid for Senate reelection
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED) apprehended several offenders in three recent incidents, and confiscated undeclared items such as beauty products and contraband. On July 16, customs officers at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post in Kuala Belait intercepted 76 boxes of various beauty products, 48 bottles of Anti-Rust spray and nine boxes of electrical appliances that were not stated in the Customs Import Declaration Form. The following day, the customs law enforcement unit conducted a raid on a staff house and store-room in Kampong Negalang, Temburong District, where two Indonesian men aged 27 and 46 were detained for the alleged possession of one carton, 26 packs and 16 sticks of cigarettes in various brands. On July 19, customs officers at the Brunei International Airport Cargo Centre (BIACC) found that customs agent companies had failed to declare several items in the Customs Import Declaration Form, during two separate ... » Learn More about Brunei Customs seizes beauty products, contraband
The question in my mind as the one-hour interview with Vice President Leni Robredo in ANC’s “After the Fact” hosted by Christian Esguerra drew to a close was: If not you, Leni, then who? My question’s context is 1Sambayan’s search for presidential and vice presidential wannabes (and for the senatorial lineup as well) that 1Sambayan will choose from and finally endorse. Aspirants should be willing to go through a vetting process, fit into 1Sambayan’s vision, and abide by its decision on who to finally endorse. These chosen ones would be opposition standard-bearers who can spell the end of the Duterte reign. To use techie language, do a reboot. So far, only Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has made known his desire to be included in 1Sambayan’s selection process. Robredo is still mum. I hate to use the phrases “hemming and hawing” and “playing it coy” as these make her look indecisive. Only she and her close-ins know the right time for her to say yes or no. Cool and collected, Esguerra (a ... » Learn More about If not Leni, then who?
COMMENTARY: The explosion of the Covid-19 clusters linked to KTV lounges in Singapore, as well as Jurong Fishery Port, may seem unsurprising on hindsight given the locations involved. But could it have been avoided? July 12. That was when the Ministry of Health (MOH) first said that they are investigating cases of Covid-19 infection among Vietnamese social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges. Several days later on July 16 , MOH first announced the Jurong Fishery Port/Hong Lim Market cluster. Fishmongers who had visited the port had mingled with other market stallholders after returning to their wet market stalls, resulting in even more cases at markets all over the island. In a span of slightly over a week, the KTV lounge cluster swelled to over 200, while the Jurong Fishery Port cluster has grown to a total of over 300 cases, as of July 20. Clusters believed to be linked. But how? The explosion of both clusters within the same timeframe ... » Learn More about The KTV & Jurong Fishery Port clusters have exploded. Could this have been avoided?
Consternation is growing internationally following a series of leaks about the Israeli-produced Pegasus surveillance software. The programme, created by cybersecurity firm NSO, is designed to take advantage of security gaps in smartphone software to access private data. The leaks suggest that Pegasus was widely used by the intelligence services of multiple countries and used to hack the phones of political opponents, journalists and activists worldwide. Prosecutors in Paris said on Tuesday they had begun an investigation into the software, after reports that Pegasus was being used to scour the phones of journalists and activists. A list of phone numbers in a leaked database included the number of the French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the Le Monde and The Guardian newspapers. The mobile numbers of a further 13 heads of state and heads of government were also on the list, The Guardian reported. Revelations kept on coming on Wednesday. However, most were ... » Learn More about Anger and accusations worldwide as Pegasus spy scandal deepens
Bangkok – Young Thai rapper Danupha Kanateerakul, better known as ‘Milli’, was fined 2,000 baht at a Bangkok police station this morning, July 22nd, after being charged for allegedly defaming Prime Minister Prayut Cha-O’Cha following her online posts and song composed against the Prime Minister, according to a complaint. This followed the complaints of Apiwat Khanthong, Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and lawyer of Prayut Chan-O’Cha, who told the police at the Nang Loeng police station to prosecute the famous female rapper for public insults under section 393 of the Criminal Code after she was allegedly politically and publicly ‘calling out’ the PM through her Twitter account and criticizing the Prime Minister, according to his statement. Milli, who arrived at the police station at around 9:32 A.M., had reportedly confessed to her actions. The accuser then negotiated the case and came to a mutual compromise. The officials, therefore, fined 2,000 baht against the ... » Learn More about 18-year-old Thai rapper fined 2,000 baht at Bangkok police station for allegedly publicly insulting Thai Prime Minister online
HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN): Four higher-ups of now-closed tabloid Apple Daily on Thursday (July 22) were denied bail by West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts for colluding with foreign countries or with external forces to endanger national security. The four charged are the tabloid's former executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung, former associate publisher Chan Pui-man, ex-editorial writers Fung Wai-kong and Yeung Ching-kee. They appeared in the court in the morning. On Wednesday, the police's National Security Department arrested and detained Lam, while also revoking the bail of the remaining three after they were released last month. Since June, a total of eight people who held important positions in Apple Daily and its parent company Next Digital have been arrested in different police operations on similar charges, with the tabloid's founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying remained in jail for his roles in several unlawful assemblies. Judge So Wai-tak, chief magistrate of the West Kowloon ... » Learn More about Hong Kong court denies bail to four ex-Apple Daily execs
British expatriate, Benjamin Glynn , 40, is set to go to trial. He appeared in court for a pre-trial conference on Friday, July 23. The judge fixed Glynn's trial on Aug. 5. He has been in remand since Monday, July 19. No bail was offered this time. His previous bail of S$5,000 was revoked. This was after he was charged on Monday for failing to wear a mask outside the State Courts when he was there on an earlier date to be charged for appearing maskless on an MRT train . Timeline May 7: Glynn was on the MRT train travelling from Raffles Place to Holland Village when he refused to wear a mask. SMRT lodged a police report in response. May 9: Glynn allegedly used threatening words towards two police officers when he encountered them at the ground floor lift lobby of the Allsworth Park condominium along Holland Road. Glynn lived there. He allegedly told the officers, “I’m gonna f***ing drop you”, while adopting a boxing stance. July 2: Glynn ... » Learn More about British expat, 40, to go to trial for not wearing mask again & again