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警方控告New Naratif违反了《议会选举法》

Sep 20, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

警方对社会政治网站New Naratif提出指控,称其在最近的2020年大选期间发布未经授权的付费广告。

警方向Mothership证实,已对New Naratif违反《议会选举法》的行为提出指控。

警方正在进行调查

据选举局的新闻稿称,助理选举官已向警方举报这些广告构成非法进行选举活动的行为。

助理选举官此前曾于7月3日、7月7日和7月8日向Facebook发出三份通知,要求移除New Naratif在其平台上发布的五个未经授权的付费广告。

在7月3日发出第一个通知后,选举局也发表了一份媒体声明,称New Naratif被视为正在进行线上付费广告的选举活动,而该网站并未获得授权。

7月4日,New Naratif公布了撤销广告的决定,但仍继续发布其他付费广告。

根据《议会选举法》,任何选举活动的进行都需要候选人或其选举代理人事先签署书面授权。

选举局说,“选举活动”包括在任何选举中,为一个或多个明确的政党、候选人或候选人团体促进或促成选举胜利而进行的任何活动;或在选举中对其他政党、候选人或候选人团体的选举前景产生不利影响而进行的任何活动。

选举局补充道,在这次大选中,任何候选人或选举代理人均未授权New Naratif或其代表或代理人进行选举活动。

从竞选期开始起,未经候选人或其选举代理人授权而进行的选举活动触犯了《议会选举法》第83(2)条的规定。

任何人士如被定罪,可被判最多两千新元的罚款及/或最多12个月的监禁。

上图来自谷歌地图和New Naratif的Facebook

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.