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“有竞争是好事”:尚穆根欢迎陈清木的前进党加入义顺集选区的竞选活动

Jun 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
6月21日,陈清木在义顺忠邦城年货市场和熟食中心走访时表示,新加坡前进党正在考虑派代表参加义顺集选区的竞选。

作为新加坡前进党的秘书长,陈清木告诉记者,他“很多、很多年前”曾在忠邦当过医生,不久,义顺就被列入了该党关注的地区名单。

在周日上午10:30左右离开义顺之前,陈清木对媒体说:“我觉得尚穆根做的很棒,麻烦你们帮我转告他!”

陈清木很快将会带着三名前进党在该地区的候选人第一次正式到访义顺。

Mothership了解到这是陈清木先生第一次正式访问义顺集选区,陪同他一起的,还有在6月18日早些时候透露的三位前进党在该地区的候选人:Muhammad Taufik Bin Supan, Bradley Bowyer和Sri Nallakaruppan。

早上在忠邦逛了一圈后,陈清木下午又去了蔡厝港集选区的德惠巷。

前进党还透露,其党员打算至少在其他三个选区参选,即西海岸集选区,马利蒙特单一席位集选区和哥本峇鲁集选区。前进党亦于6月15日与西海岸及先驱单选区的居民举行了首次网上见面会。

陈清木曾担任亚逸拉惹单选区的议员长达26年,直到2006年退休。

2001年,在陈清木的最后一次选举中,他在亚逸拉惹赢得了88%的选票,并成功击败了他的对手,来自民进党的Tan Lead Shake。

先驱单选区随后并入西海岸集选区。以上图片来自PAP Nee Soon集选区以及Zheng Zhangxin的作品。

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.