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'Save the dung beetle!' Global science chief says biodiversity vital

'Save the dung beetle!' Global science chief says biodiversity vital

2017-10-19 18:49:25, thestar.com.my

OSLO (Reuters) - Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday. "We are trying to ... put biodiversity and ecosystems on the same level - as an environmental, economic, social, security issue - as climate change," Robert Watson told Reuters in a telephone interview

 

Politics & Government

EU and Japan asked to mull funding Cambodia vote - ASEAN/East Asia

EU and Japan asked to mull funding Cambodia vote - ASEAN/East Asia

2017-10-19 02:48:16, thestar.com.my

BANGKOK: Rights groups urged the European Union and Japan to consider halting their funding for the election panel in Cambodia, if the ruling party succeeds in a bid to dissolve the main opposition party ahead of next year’s general election. The ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) has launched a crackdown on its critics, including politicians, independent media and non-government bodies. Nearly half the opposition members of parliament have fled abroad since September

 

Health

What Australia's record-breaking flu season means for Singapore

What Australia's record-breaking flu season means for Singapore

2017-10-19 11:01:01, channelnewsasia.com

SINGAPORE: Australia's severe outbreak of flu may appear to be tapering off in some places, but Singaporeans are still encouraged to get vaccinated before travelling there, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). The outbreak during this season has claimed 73 lives so far, with many of those who died coming from aged-care centres. Despite showing a sustained decline in influenza activity nation-wide in the last fortnight of September, there are still areas in the country that have not peaked, according to the latest Australian Influenza Surveillance Report

 

Education

Going to school in Singapore a costly affair for foreigners - Nation

Going to school in Singapore a costly affair for foreigners - Nation

2017-10-19 01:47:30, thestar.com.my

SINGAPORE: Foreigners and Singapore permanent residents (PR) will have to pay more over the next three years to enrol their children in schools here. Monthly fees for PRs attending a primary school will increase from the current S$130 (RM405) to S$155 (RM483) next year and S$180 (RM561) in 2019. For international students, monthly fees will increase by S$50 (RM155.46) each year – from S$600 (RM1,865

 

Religion & Spirituality

UN slams Myanmar over treatment of Rohingya

UN slams Myanmar over treatment of Rohingya

2017-10-19 04:34:43, gulfnews.com

United Nations: Myanmar’s government has failed to meet its international obligations and protect Rohingya Muslims from the atrocities taking place in Rakhine state, two UN special advisers said Wednesday. The statement from the UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, added the international response to the crisis was a failure

 

Travel & Recreation

Law & Crime

Man jailed one month for throwing dumb-bells and other items from 22nd floor

Man jailed one month for throwing dumb-bells and other items from 22nd floor

2017-10-19 14:45:25, straitstimes.com

SINGAPORE - A man hurled two dumb-bells and several other objects from the 22nd floor at a block of flats in Jalan Kayu, which shattered the windscreen of a van, a court heard. For his rash act to endanger the personal safety of others, part-time delivery assistant Jai Vicknesh Kandasamy, 35, was jailed for one month on Thursday (Oct 19). He was fined $800 in default for four days' jail for using abusive language towards a police officer at the void deck of a block at Jalan Kayu on April 11, 2017

 

Life & Style

Taiwanese bride-to-be dies in accident just 5 days before wedding and a day before her birthday

Taiwanese bride-to-be dies in accident just 5 days before wedding and a day before her birthday

2017-10-19 07:00:55, stomp.com.sg

She was supposed to get married on Oct 1, but tragically, Taiwanese bride-to-be Ren An Ni was killed in a traffic accident just five days before her wedding. She would have turned 32 the next day. Ren was crossing a traffic junction in Taoyuan city on the night of Sept 26 when she was struck by a hospital shuttle bus. She had just left the hospital after a medical appointment when the reversing bus reportedly ran over her

 

Science & Nature

110 trees fall onto roads, houses, vehicles amidst strong winds in Sabah

110 trees fall onto roads, houses, vehicles amidst strong winds in Sabah

2017-10-19 05:16:00, nst.com.my

October 19, 2017 @ 8:49am KOTA KINABALU: Strong winds and torrential rain have felled at least 110 trees across urban and suburban areas in the state since Monday, the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department said. "Seventy-two trees fell on main roads, 23 on houses, 11 on (utility) poles and four on vehicles. “(However), there are no reports of injuries or casualties,” the Department’s operations centre said in a statement on Wednesday night

 

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