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新加坡2020年大选:人民行动党将拥有“普通背景”的律师、医生和公务员作为新候选人

Jun 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
6月25日星期四上午,人民行动党在线上新闻发布会上公布了第三批共四名候选人。

此前,在6月24日(周三),在两场独立的新闻发布会上,人民行动党一共公布了8名候选人。

王瑞杰表示,另外四位候选人拥有“普通的社会背景”。

副总理王瑞杰介绍了今天公布的四位候选人。

Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim 王瑞杰说,这位39岁的律师一直在各个行业做很多志愿工作,包括马来传统文化馆、马来商会、Yellow Ribbon(黄丝带)和马来传统文化基金会。

43岁的陈杰豪自2017年1月起担任IMDA首席执行官。

陈杰豪还负责让IMDA通过国际合作与其他国家建立联系,比如与澳大利亚、新西兰和智利签署的数字经济协议,这些协议已经成功正式生效。

今年,人民行动党还将在大选中推出14个新面孔。这些候选人年龄从30岁到56岁不等。

今年人民行动党参与竞选的最年轻候选人,是30岁的律师Nadia Ahmad Samdin。

人民行动党正在角逐今年大选的31个选区的全部93个席位,这些选区包括14个单选区和17个集选区。

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.