Summary

新加坡2020年大选:人民行动党和工人党可能在新盛港集选区进行角逐

Jun 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
谁将在根据选举界限审查委员会3月13日发布的报告而建立的新选区——盛港集选区进行角逐?

根据亚洲新闻台的一份援引政治观察家话语的报告,拥有四个席位的集选区很可能会看到来自工人党候选人的参选。

工人党并没有明确表示他们有兴趣参加盛港集选区的竞选。然而,有人看到他们的一些党员和前榜鹅东议员李丽莲在盛港走访并散发传单。

今年早些时候,李丽莲在3月份的Facebook帖子中介绍了新党员,其中包括Jamus Lim和Raeesah Khan等新人。

新盛港集选区由盛港西、榜鹅东以及巴西-榜鹅东集选区的一部分组成。2015年,工人党的候选人参与了盛港西和榜鹅东集选区的竞选。现在,这两个集选区已经不在选举地图上了。

黄志明预计将在盛港集选区获胜。据《海峡时报》报道,教育部代部长吴志斌预计将领导人民行动党在盛港集选区的竞选团队。黄志明曾是人民行动党团队的一员,该党的竞选团队在2015年赢得了白沙-榜鹅集选区。

据《海峡时报》报道,有人看到他在盛港进行走访,并“准备”把他重点关注区从榜鹅北区换成盛港。

该选区目前已成为了白沙-榜鹅集选区的一部分,而白沙-榜鹅集选区曾在2015年由新加坡民主联盟(Singapore Democratic Alliance)和人民行动党的候选人进行争夺。

新加坡民主联盟此前宣布,对于今年的大选,他们只想参与白沙-榜鹅集选区的竞选。

据此,亚洲新闻台援引了政治观察人士的话,即包括“较小政党”在内的其他反对党也有可能参加盛港集选区的选举。

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.