Summary

新加坡 2020 大选:工人党宣言中的重要提议

Jun 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
工人党昨日针对即将到来的大选发布宣言。

取消消费税上涨。工人党反对政府到 2025 年将商品和服务税从目前的 7% 提高到 9% 的计划。

引入全国最低工资标准。工人党称,有超过 10 万名新加坡人虽然在从事全职工作,但其每月到手工资不到 1300 美元 - 这是满足四口之家基本所需的金额。

工人党提议将全职工作的全国最低到手工资标准定为每月 1300 美元,兼职工作可按比例计算。

引入冗余保险计划。技术颠覆和全球性事件将导致工人,尤其是中年和老年工人的冗余率增高。

工人党称,有超过 10 万名新加坡人虽然在从事全职工作,但其每月到手工资不到 1300 美元 - 这是满足四口之家基本所需的金额。

工人党针对工人提出了一项冗余保险计划。根据该计划,他们将同雇主分别每月支付 4 美元,并将其注入就业保障基金中。

被裁员的工人可获得与之最后一次提取工资的 40% 相等的资金,持续时间最长可达 6 个月。

每月的款项上限为 1,200 美元,低收入工人的最低款项金额为 500 美元。

确保国家机构的独立性并废除集选区。工人党表示,政治官员的近亲和现任或前任党内同事不应担任国家机构(如国家机关、国家媒体公司和主权财富基金)的关键职位。

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.