Skateboarding parasite seen celebrating SMRT staff suspension

Aug 23, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership

A group of teens were seen celebrating the suspension of an SMRT staff member who shoved a skateboarder at Esplanade MRT station last Friday evening (Aug 20).

The skateboarder who was pushed is believed to be the teen in a red checkered shirt in the undated video seen here.

A report has been made over the incident, and the employee is assisting the Public Transport Security Command in investigations, said SMRT in a Facebook post on Saturday (Aug 21).

SMRT staff commended by netizens

The unidentified SMRT staff received overwhelming support by netizens on Facebook after news of his suspension broke out.

Addressing the video, SMRT wrote on Facebook that they were aware of the incident, which took place on Aug. 20 at about 10:25pm.

"A station staff saw the person skateboarding within the station and told him that skateboarding is not permitted within station premises for the safety of commuters," said SMRT in its post on Saturday.

"When the staff saw that the person was skateboarding towards the stairs which other commuters were also using, the staff ran towards the person to stop him from doing so."

"We are sorry that our staff overreacted," said SMRT. "He has been suspended from duties and will be supporting investigations."

In response to CNA's queries, the police said they are looking into a case of criminal force, adding that a 36-year-old man is assisting in investigations.

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | πŸš€ 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.