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新加坡 2020 大选:人民力量党吴明盛将竞争麦波申单选区

Jun 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
新加坡 -人民力量党秘书长吴明盛周四称,他将竞争麦波申单选区,预计其对手为人民行动党的陈佩玲。

吴明盛周四发布 Facebook 帖子中附上了一张麦波申区域的地图,还用上了这样的标题——“终于为我在军队中学到的作战技能找到用武之地了…”。

现年 36 岁的陈佩玲于 2011 年首次当选,并在 2015 年时赢得了麦波申的三场角逐,获得 65.6% 的选票。

陈女士周四在自己的 Facebook 页面上回应吴先生称:“我期望着这次竞争,这将有利于民主和麦波申的居民。

“吴明盛先生是一名有着多年经验的资深政治人士,我不会低估他的精选能力。”

“对于我而言,麦波申永远是特别的地方。在这里我工作了 10 年,我也深深地珍惜着自己与居民之间的纽带。如果我有机会继续在此工作的话,那我定将全力以赴。”

周二,人民力量党宣布计划在 Radin Mas 和麦波申单选区现场派驻候选人,而在这两个区域中其他反对党派已经退出。

吴先生表示,他在 2015 年的上一次选举中组建的政党有两个核心原则 - 确保每个新加坡人都有选择投票给不同政党的权利,以及避免三角斗争。

据悉,国民团结党在 3 月份表现出了对麦波申单选区的兴趣,但后来却放弃了计划。

麦波申曾是单独的街区,于 1991 年同马林百列集选区进行了合并,后在 2015 年的选举时再次成为单选区。

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.