China's assault on Big Tech's 'walled gardens'

BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) – China’s months-long regulatory campaign targeting the tech sector is taking aim at a common practice that leading industry players deploy to foil rivals – blocking external links, which regulators consider anti-competitive. For years, large Chinese internet companies from e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group to social media giant Tencent Holdings have used various means to block their users […]

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Australian PM may not join Glasgow climate summit: Report

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, under pressure to adopt a 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target, said in an interview published Monday (Sept 27) that he may not join this year’s landmark UN climate summit in Glasgow. The world’s biggest coal exporter and still reliant on the fossil fuel for most of its electricity, Australia has not made […]

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UK opposition hints at wealth taxes on shareholders and landlords

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party hinted on Sunday at new taxes on wealth, identifying landlords and shareholders as possible targets if it won power at the next election.FILE PHOTO: Labour politician Rachel Reeves speaks during a People’s Vote press conference at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in London, Britain May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File […]

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Minor Issues: Simple home-cooked meals served with a big dollop of love

SINGAPORE – With the Primary School Leaving Examination starting on Thursday (Sept 30) for my older daughter, our fairly straightforward meals just got simpler. When my children were younger, I would order tingkat meals two weeks before their year-end exams so I could help them with their revision. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Get […]

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Explore three new heritage trails in Sembawang

SINGAPORE – Sembawang may be better known for its natural hot spring, but three new heritage trails launched on Sunday (Sept 26) will shed light on the area’s naval history and the mosaic of cultures there. The trails span a total of 20km, and were curated by grassroots volunteers at Sembawang GRC and the National Heritage Board. The area’s five […]

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Logistics, staff shortage hurt Indonesia's Covid-19 vaccination progress

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) – A shortage of healthcare workers and logistical flaws are hampering Indonesia’s efforts to inoculate its people against Covid-19, leaving the world’s largest archipelago trailing its neighbours despite being among the first in South-east Asia to start the programme. Only 17.9 per cent of Indonesia’s 270 million people are fully vaccinated, behind almost every major economy in the […]

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China steps up funding oversight of Evergrande property projects: Report

BEIJING (REUTERS) – Several local governments in China have set up special custodian accounts for property projects of its most indebted developer, Evergrande, to protect funds earmarked for housing projects from being diverted, Chinese media outlet Caixin said. Reeling under US$305 billion (S$413 billion) of debt, Evergrande missed a payment deadline on a dollar bond last week, and its silence […]

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