Submitted by candicec@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 22:18
SINGAPORE - Pregnant women in Singapore with symptoms of Zika - such as fever, rash, red eyes or joint pain - are advised to be tested for the virus, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Pregnant women with male partners who are Zika-positive should also be tested, regardless of whether they have been to Zika-affected areas, and even if they do not display symptoms of the virus.
Testing will be free at public healthcare institutions for pregnant women who meet the criteria and are referred by their doctors.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 21:50
LONDON - Wayne Rooney will end his England career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the striker said on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old made his announcement at a news conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday when will set a new record for an England outfield player, ahead of David Beckham, by winning his 116th cap.
"Come Russia I feel that will be the time for me to say goodbye to international football, my mind is made up, said Rooney, who was reappointed England captain by new manager Sam Allardyce on Monday.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 21:50
SINGAPORE - Singapore confirmed another 26 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus on Tuesday (Aug 30), on top of the 41 and 15 cases confirmed on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
This brings the total number of cases to 82.
In a joint media statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said that, as of noon on Aug 30, another 111 individuals tested negative over the last 24 hours.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 21:06
KOTA TINGGI - A 10-year-old boy has been seriously injured after his grandfather accidentally shot him after mistaking him for a monkey.
The incident occurred at 9.10am in at the man's plantation in Kg Mawai Baru.
The boy is currently in critical condition at the Sultanah Amimah Hospital.
Police have detained the 79-year-old and seized the gun used to assist in investigations.
Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Othman Rahmat confirmed the case and said investigations are underway.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 21:05
ROME - Facebook will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform.
An increasing number of users are turning to social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, to find their news, but Zuckerberg said his firm had no ambitions to become a content provider.
"No, we are a tech company, not a media company," said Zuckerberg, after a young Italian asked him whether Facebook intended to become a news editor.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 21:00
SINGAPORE - Singapore has condemned the attack on the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Aug 30, 2016.
"Such attacks against a foreign Embassy, which is a diplomatic compound protected under the Vienna Convention, cannot be condoned. We wish the injured a speedy recovery," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a statement.
Authorities said a van driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming through a gate at the Chinese embassy, killing the attacker and wounding at least three other people.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 20:34
COPENHAGEN - Denmark has been hit by a spate of vandalism where cars all over the country has been set on fire or hit by rocks or logs from highway bridges.
The wave of vandalism in Denmark follows one in neighbouring Sweden, where more than 2,000 cars have been destroyed alone this year.
Twenty-six cars have been set on fire in the Danish capital Copenhagen during the past week. Around 20 cars across the country have been hit from bridges with objects, which cost the life of a German tourist in mid-August.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 20:24
The Hague - Dutch police have uncovered a record haul of skins and bones from endangered wildlife, as well as two tonnes of coral which may be hundreds of years old.
The illegal stash, ranging from ivory jewellery to the skulls of turtles, monkeys and crocodiles, as well as the skins of lizards and snakes, was found during a three-day search of warehouses in the southern province of Brabant, Rotterdam police said.
Submitted by sinsh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 20:12
GENEVA - The United Nations human rights office has called on French beach resorts to lift their bans on the burkini, calling them a "stupid reaction" that did not improve security but fuelled religious intolerance.
France's highest administrative court last Friday suspended one seaside town's ban on the full-body swimsuit sometimes worn by Muslim women, on the grounds it violated fundamental liberties.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-30 19:59
SINGAPORE - Air quality in Singapore is expected to remain in the Moderate range on Wednesday, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).
The PSI for Tuesday has been in the Good to Moderate range, with the 1-hr PM2.5 concentration over the next 24 hours expected to remain in Band I (Normal).
As at 7pm, the 24-hr PSI was 42-56, and the 1-hr PM2.5 concentration readings was 4-15 µg/m3, in Band I (Normal).
There were showers in parts of Sumatra today, with four hotspots detected in Sumatra and no visible haze.