SINGAPORE: The penalties for motorists who commit offences at crossings or offences that endanger pedestrian safety in Silver Zones will be increased to better protect elderly pedestrians, announced Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan on Monday (Mar 1). Silver Zones, introduced in 2014, are areas with a large population of senior citizens. Speaking at the Committee of Supply debate on Monday (Mar 1), Mr Tan said similar measures will be put in place for School Zones to protect students. The Ministry of Home Affairs is completing its review and will announce details later this year, he added. Addressing MP Patrick Tay’s (PAP-Pioneer) concerns about the need for greater traffic safeguards, Mr Tan said road safety has improved in general, with the number of road traffic fatalities decreasing in the past decade. But the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) agrees that “every accident is one too many”, he added. MHA has also been studying whether drivers in financial … [Read more...] about Penalties for traffic offences in Silver Zones and School Zones to be increased: MHA
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What happens when the grey zone becomes a war zone and what might future wars look like, with hypersonic missiles, artificial intelligence and cyber changing calculations? These are questions Sky News journalist Deborah Haynes explores in this episode, in part, by looking at Russia's annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine. She also talks to General Sir Nick Carter, the head of Britain's armed forces, about what he thinks is the gravest threat to the UK and about how the military is adapting to operate in the grey zone. :: Subscribe to Into The Grey Zone podcast on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , Spreaker Guests: Advertisement Credits: … [Read more...] about Into The Grey Zone podcast: Episode Eight – When The Grey Zone Becomes A War Zone
BRUSSELS: A plunge in household spending and investment pulled down euro zone gross domestic product in the first quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic struck, but the fall was slightly smaller than first estimated, the European Union's statistics office said. Eurostat said GDP of the 19 countries sharing the euro contracted 3.6per cent quarter-on-quarter for a 3.1per cent year-on-year fall. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a reading in line with Eurostat's own initial estimates in mid-May of a 3.8per cent quarterly and a 3.2per cent annual contraction. The statistics office said that of the total fall in the GDP, household consumption was responsible for 2.5 percentage points and investment for 1 points of GDP. The contribution from trade was also negative at a net -0.4 points. Lower government spending, before states ramped up their response to the pandemic, also took away 0.1 points while growing inventories added 0.3 points. Eurostat said the trade transport and … [Read more...] about Household spending plunge pulls down euro zone GDP in first quarter
WASHINGTON: The U.S. economy unexpectedly added jobs in May, surprising economists and analysts who had forecast millions more losing their livelihoods, and raising hopes of a faster economic recovery than expected. More than 2.5 million people were newly employed last month, the Labor Department reported on Friday, but that follows a record drop of more than 20 million in April. The unemployment rate fell to roughly 13per cent compared to almost 15per cent in the prior month. Much of the rise in jobs was centered on hardest-hit industries in food services and drinking places, which added 1.4 million jobs and accounted for about half of the employment gains. The leisure and hospitality sector overall added 1.2 million jobs. But what explains the unexpected jump and should the numbers be taken at face value? STATES REOPENING It makes sense that more people would become employed as stay-at-home restrictions eased. More than 95per cent of Americans were under some form of … [Read more...] about Explainer: May’s jobs report stunner: real deal or head fake?
ROME: Udinese took a big step towards avoiding relegation from Serie A as goals by Kevin Lasagna and substitute Ilija Nestorovski in each half gave them a 2-0 win at 10-man AS Roma on Thursday (Jul 2). The result lifted Udinese to 14th place on 31 points from 29 games, six clear of the drop zone, while Roma stayed fifth 12 points adrift of fourth-placed Atalanta and a berth in next season's Champions League. Lasagna struck the opener in the 12th minute after he set up Rodrigo De Paul with a solo run and then swept the ball home from close range after the midfielder's mis-hit shot fell straight back into his path. Home goalkeeper Antonio Mirante denying Lasagna a second goal soon after and Roma only sprung to life after having Diego Perotti sent off after half an hour for a reckless challenge on Rodrigo Becao. Visiting keeper Juan Musso twice thwarted Carles Perez and also kept out a Cengiz Under effort, while Bryan Cristante's deflected shot hit the crossbar as Roma threw men … [Read more...] about Football: Udinese boost survival hopes with 2-0 win at 10-man Roma