Singapore’s new law against ‘foreign interference’ threatens to undermine free speech

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The Singapore Parliament approved the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill (FICA) on October 4, 2021. Photo by Ross Websdale on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), The Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill (“FICA”) was tabled in the Singapore Parliament on September 13. It was passed three weeks later amid criticism that it contained broad and vague provisions that could be abused to stifle freedom of expression. FICA aims to end malicious foreign interference “conducted through hostile information campaigns (HIC) and the use of local proxies.” In a press statement, the Ministry of Home Aff… Read More “Singapore’s new law against ‘foreign interference’ threatens to undermine free speech”

Japan’s Kishida defies expectations as ruling LDP easily keeps majority

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By Sakura Murakami, Ju-min Park and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) -Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling LDP defied expectations and held on to a majority in Sunday’s parliamentary election, exit polls showed, solidifying his position in a fractious party and allowing him to ramp up stimulus. While Kishida’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was projected to emerge with fewer seats in the powerful lower house than it won in the last election in 2017, the party retained its majority, exit polls by public broadcaster NHK showed early on Monday. The result was at odds with e… Read More “Japan’s Kishida defies expectations as ruling LDP easily keeps majority”

N.J. reports 1,008 COVID cases, 1 death. Number of counties with ‘high’ transmission continues to shrink.

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New Jersey on Sunday reported another 1,008 COVID-19 cases and one death — the lowest number of reported new COVID-related fatalities in more than a month — as another county had its level of community transmission downgraded. The state’s seven-day average for confirmed positive tests rose slightly to 1,150. Even so, the average is maintaining a downward trend, having decreased 1% from a week ago and 32% from a month ago. The statewide rate of transmission inched up to .93 from .91 on Saturday and .85 on Friday, after it rose from 0.83 on Wednesday. The rate remains below the key benchmark of … Read More “N.J. reports 1,008 COVID cases, 1 death. Number of counties with ‘high’ transmission continues to shrink.”

A&T’s Nine-Game Homecoming Winning Streak Comes to End With Monmouth Win

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A&T STATISTICAL LEADERS: RB Jah-Maine Martin (16 rushes, 97 yards, 1 TD); QB Jalen Fowler (18-for-29, 215 yards, 1 TD); WR Taymon Cooke (5 catches, 53 receiving yards); LB Jacob Roberts (8 tackles, 3 unassisted, 3.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks); DE Devin Harrell (4 tackles, 1 unassisted, 2.0 sacks); ROV Richie Kittles (10 tackles, 5 unassisted). MU STATISTICAL LEADERS: QB Tony Muskett (19-for-28, 246 yards, 2 TDs, 2 rushing TDs); RB Jaden Shirden (8 rush att., 52 yards, 1 TD); WR Lonnie Moore (5 rec., 100 yards, 1 TD); WR Terrence Green, Jr. (4 rec., 79 yards); DB Tyrese Wright (9 tackles, 6 unassisted, 1… Read More “A&T’s Nine-Game Homecoming Winning Streak Comes to End With Monmouth Win”

Gen Z Is Making Wired Headphones Cool Again

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By Logan Mahan A few years ago my wired Apple headphones were nearing the end of their life, so I decided to treat myself to the fairly new AirPods most people were raving about at the time. I was pretty stoked for my first ever pair of wireless earbuds, mainly because my corded ones were wreaking havoc on my life: getting tangled in my hair, my bag straps and whatever else I was carrying. I was ready for a life free of tiny white ropes. And that’s how life has been for the past five years or so. AirPods and other, competitive earbuds have reigned supreme, to the point where there was an entir… Read More “Gen Z Is Making Wired Headphones Cool Again”

Jameela Jamil’s kiss confession

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Jameela Jamil had her first kiss when she was 21. The 35-year-old actress – who is in a relationship with musician James Blake – admitted she hasn’t smooched many people and she even counts an on-screen lip lock with her ‘Good Place’ co-star Manny Jacinto as part of her limited experience. She told US Weekly magazine: “I had my first kiss at 21… “Manny Jacinto is the seventh person I ever kissed. “It was on screen, so everyone says it doesn’t count, but screw them. I’m counting it.” If she’s feeling down, Jameela likes to take a trip to the nearest supermarket. She explained: “When I’m sad, … Read More “Jameela Jamil’s kiss confession”

Azerbaijani servicemen returned to Motherland after completing Commando Courses

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By Trend Azerbaijani servicemen returned to the Motherland after completing regular Command and Staff Courses conducted in the city of Isparta of the fraternal country within the framework of an agreement on cooperation in the field of military education signed between Azerbaijan and Turkey, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani Defense Ministry. First, the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Turkey were performed at the event. The speakers congratulated the graduates on the successful completion of the course and wished them success in their service.Another delegation of the Azerbaijan Army has bee… Read More “Azerbaijani servicemen returned to Motherland after completing Commando Courses”

Erdogan, Biden meeting starts in Rome

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By Trend On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome, the meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his American counterpart Joe Biden started, Trend reports citing Turkish media. The last time the leaders of Turkey and the United States met face-to-face on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels in June. Erdogan said earlier that the key topic of the upcoming talks with the head of the White House, Joe Biden, will be the issue of Turkey’s participation in the program for the development of fifth-generation F-35 aircraft. – Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz Read More “Erdogan, Biden meeting starts in Rome”

Russia allows supply of tomatoes from several Azerbaijani enterprises

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By Trend The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor) allowed export of tomatoes to the country to 16 Azerbaijani enterprises, Trend reports with reference to Rosselkhoznadzor. These enterprises will be able to start exporting tomatoes from November 1 of this year. So, the import of tomatoes is now allowed to: “Caspian Agro AZ” LLC (Absheron region); “Baku agro az” LLC (Sabail region); “Zira agro organic” LLC (Nasimi region); “Bizim agro” LLC (Narimanov region); “Elba agro 003” LLC (Nasimi region); “Dzhan Agro” LLC (Narimanov region); “Teodoro” LL… Read More “Russia allows supply of tomatoes from several Azerbaijani enterprises”

‘The loss of language is the loss of heritage:’ the push to revive Taiwanese in Taiwan

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Hong Kong Free Press

Before he first left Hong Kong for Taiwan in 2016, former research assistant professor Frank Wong began learning Taiwanese. His reasoning was straightforward: he believed most people in Taiwan conversed in that language. “I thought it was logical that most Taiwanese people would be able to speak the Taiwanese language… I thought Mandarin was the official language on formal documents, but in daily life, most of the time they would speak the Taiwanese language,” he told HKFP from his office in Taipei. The Hongkonger soon realised he was mistaken. “When you go to the streets, not many people will… Read More “‘The loss of language is the loss of heritage:’ the push to revive Taiwanese in Taiwan”