TL;DR: WEEK OF 3RD AUGUST

Written by Millegram

SUICIDES AMONG AGE 20-29 ARE THE HIGHEST ACROSS ALL AGE GROUPS


Photo Credits: Mediacorp

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) released that amongst all age groups in Singapore, those aged 20-29 had the highest suicide rates in 2019. In fact, suicide accounted for one-third of all reported deaths among the 20-29 age range. SOS has also launched a text-based hotline service for people who prefer not to speak on the phone.

Where to find help: Samaritans of Singapore operates a 24-hour hotline at 1800 221 4444, or on Facebook Messenger here.

Find out more at Channel News Asia.

 

THE FLOAT @ MARINA BAY TO BE REPLACED WITH CIRCULAR “NS SQUARE”


Artistic Impression released by MINDEF

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong released plans to redevelop The Float @ Marina Bay into a permanent space called “NS Square”. The space will commemorate National Service and honour the contributions of national servicemen. The space will also house a water sports facility to support activities such as dragon boating, canoeing and kayaking; as well as a swimming pool and water play areas.

Find out more at Channel News Asia.

 

FYRE FESTIVAL RISES FROM THE GRAVE (KIND OF)


Fyre Festival Logo

A black baseball cap with the Fyre Festival’s logo valued at US$15 is fetching over US$350 right now. Ironic, considering how Fyre Festival was a fraudulent luxury music festival that cheated consumers, contractors and investors. Thankfully, the merchandise are being overvalued because the US Marshals are auctioning them off to raise compensation for the victims.

Find out more at BBC. 


CHARLES TAKES THE CHARGE AS RP’S CHAIRMAN


Photo Credits:
The Reform Party Facebook

In the months after his widely popular stint at GE2020, Charles Yeo was catapulted into the role of Chairman in the Reform Party by Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam. However, outgoing chairman Andy Zhu alleged on the party’s Facebook page that the decision made by Jeyaretnam was an “undemocratic stance”.

Read more about the details of Charles Yeo’s ascension at The Straits Times.

 

NO PAY NO SAY


Photo Credits:
AsiaNews

About 60% of India’s Accredited Social Health Activists went on a 2-days strike last Friday, hoping to get timely pay and be given a minimum wage. These could cripple the country’s effort of virus-containment and have dire consequences on essential healthcare services in the rural regions. 

Learn more of this strike at NBC News.

 

MICHELLE OBAMA SUFFERS FROM LOW GRADE DEPRESSION


Screen Capture of @MichelleObama’s Twitter

The COVID-19 pandemic plaguing America, the racism engulfing the nation and the unpredictability of the Trump administration, has impacted every American, the former first lady included. Though Michelle Obama faces daily exhaustion, she remains optimistic for a new and better normal to return. 

Check out The Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify.

 

YAY! 183 HAWKSBILL TURTLES HATCHED ACROSS SINGAPORE


Photo Credits: Charis Chai via NParks Facebook Page

This year we celebrated National Day in the company of 183 Hawksbill Turtles that hatched just few days prior. Hawksbill Turtles are a critically endangered species that have been regularly sighted along the Singapore Strait. NParks guided these new hatchlings safely towards the sea. 🥳

Find out more at NParks Facebook Page.


IN OTHER NEWS:

  1. South Korean Shincheonji sect leader arrested
  2. The US ambassador to Brazil reportedly asked Brazilian officials to help Trump’s reelection
  3. Dickson Yeo tried to get a job in Singapore agencies dealing with classified issues: Ex-diplomat 
  4. Standard Chartered to be granted additional privileges in Singapore under enhanced framework for Significantly Rooted Foreign Banks
  5. AHTC lawsuit: WP leaders object to plaintiff’s bid to add new claims, question timing and legal issues
  6. Lebanon foreign minister resigns citing risks of a ‘failed state’
  7. Scientists and environmental groups ‘alarmed’ by huge rise in Amazon wildfires
  8. Hong Kong government’s election delay may be unlawful: Bar association
  9. Turning sunlight into water: New technology and old knowledge to stop Timor-Leste from running dry
  10. UNSW under fire for deleting social media posts critical of China
  11. Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts
  12. Barakah: UAE starts up Arab world’s first nuclear plant
  13. Manhattan DA probing Trump and his business over more than ‘hush-money’ payments
  14. Grab announces new investment, consumer loan products as part of financial services drive
  15. How TikTok’s owner tried, and failed, to cross the US-China divide
  16. Former NLB manager pleads guilty to taking more than S$580,000 in bribes from ex-employee
  17. WhatsApp pilots new fact-check feature to spot fake news
  18. China will not accept US ‘theft’ of TikTok: State media
  19. US announces ‘highest-level’ visit in decades to Taiwan, likely angering China
  20. Climate change: Satellites find new colonies of Emperor penguins
  21. Audi drops ‘insensitive’ girl with banana ad
  22. 25-year-old is youngest person to die of dengue in Singapore this year, the 20th such death here
  23. 47 employers added to watch list over discriminatory hiring
  24. Zhang Yuhuan: Chinese court clears man of murder after 27 years in prison
  25. South Korea battles deadly floods and landslides
  26. Twitter hack teen’s court date ‘Zoombombed’ with porn
  27. Temasek unit Dornier MedTech launches urology community platform
  28. TikTok to open $500m data centre in Ireland
  29. FBI swat team raids home of YouTube star Jake Paul
  30. Singapore charges Citadelle director with falsifying letters related to Wirecard
  31. South Korean doctors strike over plan to boost medical student numbers
  32. Twitter to label state-controlled news accounts
  33. Italian homes evacuated over risk of Mont Blanc glacier collapse
  34. At least 17 dead after Air India Express flight from Dubai crash
  35. US blacklists Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, other officials
  36. American Idol creator Simon Fuller turns to TikTok talent
  37. Afghan assembly approves Taliban prisoner release
  38. Twitter expressed interest in buying TikTok’s US operations: Sources

Contributors: Lee Chee Yong, Leney Ang, Lune Loh, Terence Tan, Yun Ze

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