MON: DENGUE IS BACK!
The number of dengue cases this year has surged to four times the figure in the same period last year, with the largest clusters found in Woodlands, Geylang and Thompson. This prompted the National Environment Agency (NEA) to carry out more than 372,000 inspections in the first five months of the year, issuing fines for around 900 households. More dengue cases are expected in the warmer months ahead. Take care readers!
TUES: US BORDER DETENTION CENTERS FOR CHILDREN ‘AWFUL’
Senior Researcher Clara Long and Executive Director Nicole Austin-Hillery of the US Programme of Human Rights Watch have released a joint statement revealing the unsanitary conditions for the children of refugees at the US Border Patrol. Reported were “jail-like” cells where children as young as 2 years old have no regular access to proper sanitation, and were separated from family members. Long and Austin-Hillery have called for US Congress to halt approval of more detention centers and reunite the children with their families.
WED: HELLO DIGITAL BANKS – MAS TO ISSUE UP TO FIVE NEW DIGITAL BANK LICENCES
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it will issue up to five new digital bank licenses, allowing non-bank players to provide a wide range of financial services to customers online without physical branches. The move has attracted interest from Grab, Razer and Singtel. The entry of new digital players is expected to bring in competition and diversity in the local financial services scene.
THURS: US-Iran at odds
On 24 July, President Trump signed an executive order imposing greater sanctions on Iran. This targets Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in response to Tehran shooting down a U.S. drone. Iran’s President, Mr Rouhani called the sanction “outrageous and idiotic”, stating that the drone was in Iran airspace, a claim that the U.S. has refuted.
FRI: Trump at the big boys club
The G20 summit is an annual meeting between 19 countries and the EU. This year, they focused on topics regarding the global economy and the environment. On the side, President Trump had talks with Putin and jokingly said “don’t meddle in the election, please” while wagging his finger. Trump also met with President Xi and agreed to resume trade talks, allowing US companies to sell to Huawei again in a major concession.
SAT: PINK DOT 11 SIGNALS TO SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT TO REPEAL 377A
In the eleventh iteration of the largest LGBTQIA+ protest in Singapore, volunteers illuminated the words “REPEAL 377A” as part of this year’s #AgainstDiscrimination campaign. This was also in response to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments on retaining Section 377A at the Smart Nation Summit on 26 June. The ambassadors for this year’s Pink Dot included social media personality Preeti Nair, independent rapper and musician Subhas Nair, and theatre director Beatrice Chia-Richmond.