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Cambodia concerned over Thai plans to boost rubber exports

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Cambodia concerned over Thai plans to boost rubber exports

Nov 20. 2019

A Thai farmer pours rubber sap collected from trees on her and her husband's rubber plantation in Rayong, Thailand. Photo: Getty Images

A Thai farmer pours rubber sap collected from trees on her and her husband’s rubber plantation in Rayong, Thailand. Photo: Getty Images

By The Phnom Penh Post
Asia News Network
Phnom Penh

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Cambodian rubber growers and exporters have expressed concern that prices will continue to fall as Thailand seeks to boost its natural rubber exports, industry insider Men Sopheak said.

 

In March, the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC), which comprises Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, agreed to reduce rubber exports by about 240,000 tonnes from late May to late September to buoy local prices, Reuters reported last week.

The three Southeast Asian neighbours, who produce 70 per cent of the world’s natural rubber, ended up slashing exports by 441,648 tonnes during the period.

Thai Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit told a conference of reporters and rubber growers on Wednesday that Thailand would boost natural rubber exports to increase incomes for the latter following implementation of the four-month curb agreement, Reuters reported.

“Thailand negotiated the sale of 260,480 tonnes of rubber to two private companies in China and Hong Kong,” he said. “This agreement should be worth not less than Bt13 billion [US$429 million].”

Sopheak, who is the owner and director of Sopheak Nika Investment Agro-Industrial Plants Co Ltd, a leading rubber grower and exporter that employs nearly 5,000 workers, said Thailand and the ITRC’s moves will affect Cambodia’s rubber value and production as the Kingdom has limited ability to compete with its neighbours.

“We are concerned that when all the major countries increase their sales of rubber products, it will bring down the price of our rubber, as the cost of production in Cambodia is higher than in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“If we look at recent global demand and supply of rubber, we see that the supply of natural rubber is increasing while demand has decreased from 1.5 million tonnes to less than one million tonnes on the global market,” he said.

The average price of rubber is currently about $1,400 per tonne at Saigon Port in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, he said, adding that as of last month, his company exported more than 10,000 tonnes of rubber this year – up 15 per cent from the same period last year.

“I call on the government to encourage rubber growers and producers by easing export taxes,” he said.

Department of International Marketing and Cooperation deputy director Horn Saphan told The Phnom Post on Sunday that Thailand will boost its rubber exports to react to an oversupply of global market demand.

However, he said global rubber prices would remain unchanged over the next few years.

“Our rubber production for export is minimal compared to the big three countries [of the ITRC], and now we rely on exports due to a lack of a local market, as [the Kingdom] does not use rubber in the industrial sector [such as] car tyre production,” he said.

Khoun Phalla, the director of Cambodia’s General Directorate of Rubber’s Administration and Legal Department, said Cambodian rubber exports in the first nine months of this year reached 173,072 tonnes worth $231 million, up almost 22 per cent year on year from about $190 million.

The directorate’s rubber data shows that it was grown on more than 230,000 hectares during the first nine months of this year, with total rubber plantations in the Kingdom measuring 434,552 hectares.

A Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries report showed that Cambodia exported 210,000 tonnes of rubber last year, worth about $300 million.

Myanmar puts onus on Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Myanmar puts onus on Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

Nov 20. 2019

Rohingya children are seen at a camp near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh in Camp 4 in Kutupalong, Ukhiya, the largest refugee camp in the world where over 700,000 Rohingya refugees live. Photo: Getty Images

Rohingya children are seen at a camp near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in Camp 4 in Kutupalong, Ukhiya, the largest refugee camp in the world where over 700,000 Rohingya refugees live. Photo: Getty Images

By Eleven Media Group
Asia News Network
Yangon

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Just taking legal action against Myanmar and putting global pressure on Myanmar cannot settle the ongoing issue of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, Saw Htay, spokesperson at the Myanmar President’s Office, said.

Bangladesh should follow the repatriation process agreed to by both sides, Zaw Htay said.

“The international community is putting pressure on Myanmar regarding the repatriation process. The ICC [International Criminal Court] is suing Myanmar. The complex issue remains in Bangladesh,” Zaw said, adding, “Bangladesh should use a problem-solving approach. The problem can’t be settled by suing Myanmar. We will have to negotiate the problem with Bangladesh.”

Zaw Htay said Bangladesh should follow the repatriation process and cooperate with Myanmar according to the bilateral agreement. Our problem will continue as long as Bangladesh doesn’t cooperate. Bangladesh needs to understand this point,” said Zaw Htay.

There were those who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in 1993. “Collaborative efforts resulted in success in the repatriation process. Cooperative measures are of great importance. The repatriation process remained deadlock as Bangladesh failed to cooperate. Only through collaborative efforts can the problem be solved,” Zaw Htay said.

“Bangladesh and Myanmar have twice carried out the repatriation process in the past. According to this knowledge, mutual cooperation can solve the problem and these were examples. Both sides have physical arrangements to implement the agreed points. Working groups have already been formed. The root cause of the unsuccessful repatriation process is that Bangladesh has failed to cooperate,” said Zaw Htay.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have met for discussions at the ministerial level to step up the repatriation process. “We  held tripartite discussions with the foreign minister of China acting as witness, said Zaw Htay. “And lastly, we held discussions at the UN General Assembly where the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Chinese representative, Union Minister Kyaw Tin Swe and the Bangladeshi minister attended and discussed the repatriation process. A promise on when to start the repatriation process was given in the presence of China. We thought it will be implemented. Our side well-prepared for this, but it did not come true,” said Zaw Htay.

Displaced persons returning to Myanmar from April 14, 2018 to November 14, 2019 totalled 415.

“Cooperation from Bangladesh is of great importance and Bangladesh needs have a sense of neighbourliness. If Bangladesh doesn’t have a sense of cooperation, the humanitarian crisis will become worse and worse. Who is responsible for the unsuccessful repatriation process depends on Bangladesh. Our side has already prepared for it,” said Zaw Htay.

First drop of oil from Apsara by mid-2020: Hun Sen

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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First drop of oil from Apsara by mid-2020: Hun Sen

Nov 19. 2019
By The Phnom Penh Post
Asia News Network
Phnom Penh

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday confirmed that Cambodia will extract the first drop of oil from the Apsara oilfield in Cambodia’s offshore Block A by mid-2020.

He said this during a graduation ceremony for the Human Resource University, which was held at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh.

Last week, Singapore-based KrisEnergy Ltd – which operates Block A – announced that its wholly owned subsidiary KrisEnergy (Apsara) Co Ltd had signed a conditional letter of award with PT Profab Indonesia for the supply of a minimum facilities wellhead “mini-platform” for the Apsara oilfield – Cambodia’s maiden oil development.

“This development phase, Mini Phase 1A, comprises the mini-platform and five initial development wells connected to the Ingenium II production barge for oil, gas and water processing. Shuttle tankers will transport crude oil from the barge,” the firm said.

The Apsara oilfield in Cambodia’s offshore Block A lies over the Khmer Basin, an unproduced geological area in Cambodian waters in the Gulf of Thailand, it said.

“Apsara oil is scheduled to flow in the first half of 2020, and the field is expected to reach a peak rate of 7,500 barrels of oil per day.”

Hun Sen said: “Now our first drop of oil will be extracted by 2020, but on a specific date I will have to confirm. They [KrisEnergy] are working with the company [Profab], which is building equipment to extract our first oil.”

The Ministry of Mines and Energy’s General Department of Petroleum director-general Cheap Sour said: “We expect that if the price of the oil is in the $80 per barrel range, the government will receive approximately $900 million in revenue from the Block A development project over nine years.”

KrisEnergy investor relations and corporate communications vice-president Tanya Pang told The Phnom Post last week that Profab will fabricate and construct the jacket – the legs of the platform – and the topsides for the Apsara mini-platform.

“Once constructed, it will be sailed out to the Apsara oilfield location, where it will be installed and hooked up to the production barge, with the development wells drilled.

“This is the first phase of the development and is designed to produce the field and monitor the reservoir performance most efficiently and effectively before we progress to the further development of the Apsara area.

“As it states in the announcement, Apsara oil is scheduled to flow in the first half of 2020,” Pang said.

In July, KrisEnergy completed a 1,200sq km 3D seismic survey of Block A on time and without any health, safety or environmental incidents, it said. Shearwater Geoservices Singapore Pte Ltd had been awarded the turnkey broadband seismic contract through KrisEnergy (Apsara).

Shearwater Geoservices deployed its vessel, the SW Vespucci, to carry out the survey.

“The data will provide valuable information of the subsurface over two distinct areas – partially the Apsara development area and also a large portion of Block A where there has been very little data so far and has good potential for further hydrocarbon discoveries,” Pang told The Phnom Post.

KrisEnergy owns 95 per cent of the Apsara oil field in Block A, while the Cambodian government owns the remaining five per cent.

Cambodia Block A covers 4,709 square kilometres in the Gulf of Thailand over the Khmer Basin and is approximately 150km off the Kingdom’s shores, with water depths ranging from 50-80 metres.

Malaysia won’t go to WTO yet over EU palm oil trade barriers: Mahathir

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Malaysia won’t go to WTO yet over EU palm oil trade barriers: Mahathir

Nov 19. 2019

Palm oil fruit are seen inside the tractors at the Sime Darby Plantations on February 25 in Carey Island outside Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Getty Images

Palm oil fruit are seen inside the tractors at the Sime Darby Plantations on February 25 in Carey Island outside Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Getty Images

By The Star
Asia News Network
Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia will not take the issue of discriminatory trade barriers by the European Union (EU) against palm oil to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) yet as some of the EU countries had responded positively to Malaysia’s defence, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said.

 

The premier said some EU countries had accepted Malaysia’s palm oil and had expressed their desire to buy palm oil.

“Until we find very positive discrimination, we will not act,” he said at a press conference after launching the MPOB International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition (Pipoc 2019) on Tuesday (November 19).

Asked whether the actions by the EU so far were discriminatory, he said: “We have made a lot of announcements, and they seem to be convinced by what we are saying.”

In his speech, Mahathir said that Malaysia and other palm oil countries were stepping up efforts among global stakeholders to disseminate accurate information about sustainable oil palm plantations and to counter false allegations concerning palm oil with facts.

“Despite our best efforts, if certain importing countries choose to impose discriminatory trade barriers against palm oil-producing countries, we must not keep silent nor hesitate to take countermeasures.

“If there is any evidence that such discriminatory trade practices are in violation of any international laws, Malaysia and other producing countries under the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries must seek intervention from the WTO,” he said.

At the press conference, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said that a Cabinet paper on whether to bring the case to the WTO was now in circulation among some ministries and would be presented to the Cabinet for a decision soon.

Mahathir’s press conference halted after PM bleeds from nose

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mahathir’s press conference halted after PM bleeds from nose

Nov 19. 2019

By The Star
Asia News Network
Kuala Lumpur

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A press conference by Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was stopped abruptly after the Malaysian premier started bleeding from his nose.

 

While taking questions from journalists at the MPOB International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition 2019, Mahathir was seen wiping his nose with a handkerchief after answering a few questions.

Mahathir’s escorts then ushered the 94-year-old prime minister away.

One of his officers who declined to be named confirmed that his nose bled but only for a short while.

“Yes, his nose bled for a short while only. The bleeding has stopped.

“Now, he has resumed work at his office in Putrajaya. He is all right, ” said the aide.

Wide disparity in China’s regional GDP growth rate

Published November 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Wide disparity in China’s regional GDP growth rate

Nov 18. 2019
The growth rates of China's province-level Gross Domestic Product in the first three quarters see marked disparity. [Photo/IC]

The growth rates of China’s province-level Gross Domestic Product in the first three quarters see marked disparity. [Photo/IC]
By China Daily/ANN

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The growth rate of province-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first three quarters saw marked disparity, as per the latest statistics released recently by the 31 provincial-level administrative bodies, the China Securities Journal reported.

The top five GDP growth regions led by Yunnan maintained an 8 percent growth while the GDP growth rate of Jilin, one of the three provinces in Northeast China, plummeted below 2 percent. Changchun, the capital city that contributed half of Jilin’s GDP, recorded zero growth rate in the first three quarters.

Yunnan recorded an 8.8 percent growth rate, followed by Guizhou, Tibet, Jiangxi and Fujian.

The last five were Jilin, Heilongjiang, Tianjin, Shandong and Hainan. Among them, Jilin registered the lowest GDP growth rate of 1.8 percent, and the third-largest province Shandong in terms of GDP amount slowed down with a growth rate of 5.4 percent, widening its gap with Guangdong and Jiangsu.

But Heilongjiang, ranked second from the bottom, drew a different picture, recording a 4.3 percent growth rate, flatting that over the same period of last year.

In spite of the regional GDP performance, China is set to launch unified regional GDP calculation from next year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics on Nov 13. The first three quarters GDP calculation in 2019 is the last calculation by provincial level administrative bodies, which has been carried out since 1985.

The Vice-Chairman of China’s National Development and Reforms Commission, also head of the National Bureau of Statistics Ning Jizhe said the unified regional GDP calculation is aimed at improving data quality and public trust on government statistics.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201911/18/WS5dd20dbea310cf3e355780f8.html

Bon Appetit! Katy Perry enthralls fans with her Firework

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bon Appetit! Katy Perry enthralls fans with her Firework

Nov 17. 2019
(File Photo: IANS)

(File Photo: IANS)
By The Statesman/ANN

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With over 25,000 fans, pop icon Katy Perry’s mesmerising performance blew the audience away at the OnePlus music festival held at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

On Saturday night, after seven years, Katy performed in India. She had previously performed at the opening ceremony of 2012 Indian Premier League in Chennai.

“I was overwhelmed with the energy and love I felt as I performed. I had goosebumps when they sang along with me to their favorite songs. I could not have asked for more, Katy Perry said at the OnePlus music festival

“I am told this is your winter. And, knowing about the money and traffic, you should give yourself a round of applause. We love you and that’s why we are here,” Katy added.

During her performance, Katy also told the gathering:”We never want to forget you. It has been seven years since I was last in India. I can’t believe myself. Look at how many people showed up. So, it is not going to be seven more years for me to come back.”

Before she hit the stage, Dua Lipa, Amit Trivedi, Ritviz, The Local Train and As we keep searching entertained the audience at OnePlus Music Festival.

The roar came when it was time for Katy to take the stage.

Taking the evening to a crescendo, Katy Perry wrapped up her performance with her hit single “Firework” accompanied by a stellar pyrotechnic show.

During the show, pop sensation Dua Lipa said: “The show tonight was absolutely amazing. This was my first gig in India and the vibe and energy of the fans blew me away! I can’t wait to come back soon.”

The crowd cheered as pop icon Dua Lipa took center stage. Keeping the momentum going, India’s Hindustani EDM music prodigy Ritviz got crowds singing along to his most acclaimed single “Udd Gaye”.

During the festival IANS took reactions from some of the fans at the festival:

Sahib Singh from Gurugram, Haryana travelled to Mumbai to see Katy Perry and Dua Lipa.

He told IANS: “It’s been a fun time here, I have been here since 4 p.m. I would like to say it’s worth it. Totally great.”

Sharing the experience at OnePlus music festival, Kulesh said that he travelled from Punjab to Mumbai to enjoy the musical sensations.

“I’m enjoying every moment here. Ritviz was awesome and Dua’s performance was incredible.

He added that Katy is performing right now and it’s electrifying atmosphere here.

“I love this, can’t believe Katy is performing right in front of me.”

The 14-year-old, Gayatri, who travelled from Delhi to Mumbai to with her family, told IANS: “I really enjoyed the festival. This is the first concert of my life.

“Me and my brother is big fans of Katy Perry. But honestly, we loved Dua’s performance more. She rocked it today.”

Karan (16) from Mumbai said that this festival was absolutely amazing.

“All the artists are exceptionally talented. I had a fantastic night here This is high-quality music. I and my friends had a great time here. Thanks, Katy and Dua for coming down here to entertain us. We love you,” Karan said.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India said that after months of planning, they were delighted with the response of the community to the first-ever OnePlus Music Festival.

“The community is at the core of everything we do. This festival was also conceptualised to give our users an immersive experience off the screen, beyond tech and there was no better way to celebrate than with the gift of music,” Vikas said.

“This is a strong start for us, and we hope to continue building on this,” he added.

https://www.thestatesman.com/entertainment/bon-appetit-katy-perry-enthralls-fans-firework-1502823004.html

Rajnath Singh holds talk with US Defence Secretary with focus on bilateral security cooperation

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rajnath Singh holds talk with US Defence Secretary with focus on bilateral security cooperation

Nov 17. 2019
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with US Defence Secretary Mark T Esper in Bangkok on Sunday. (Photo: Twitter/@rajnathsingh)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with US Defence Secretary Mark T Esper in Bangkok on Sunday. (Photo: Twitter/@rajnathsingh)
By The Statesman/ANN

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with US Defence Secretary Mark T Esper in Bangkok on Sunday on issues of strategic importance. The discussion was on situation in the Indo-Pacific region and ways to further bolster bilateral security cooperation.

The meeting  was held on the the sidelines of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus), It is a platform comprising ASEAN and its eight dialogue partners including India, officials said here.

In the meeting with US defence secretary Esper, Singh reaffirmed New Delhi’s vision for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region based on a rules-based order and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China has been fast expanding military and economic influence in the Indo-Pacific region, triggering concern in various countries of the region and beyond.

Singh said there has been a growing convergence between India and the US on the Indo-Pacific, adding the 10-member grouping of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is central to New Delhi’s vision for the region.

“Had an excellent meeting with US Secretary of Defence, Dr. Mark T Esper in Bangkok today. We talked about ways to expand defence cooperation between India and the United States,” he tweeted.

Singh conveyed to his American counterpart that he was looking forward to have substantial discussions during the deliberations under the ‘two-plus-two’ foreign and defence ministerial dialogue between the two countries in Washington later next month, the defence ministry said in a statement.

The inaugural Indo-US ‘two-plus-two’ talks took place here in September last year.

Singh  expressed happiness on the growing Indo-US ties. He said the cooperation between the two sides has grown across a wide range of sectors, including defence and security, economy, energy, counter-terrorism and people-to-people relationship.

Singh and Esper also discussed a number of key issues concerning regional security and bilateral defence cooperation.

The ADMM-Plus is also likely to review the evolving security scenario in the region, particularly in the maritime domain.

The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi in 2010.  Five areas of practical cooperation to pursue under the new mechanism, including maritime security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping operations  were agreed on by the  then Defence Ministers.

The Defence Minister also held a separate meeting with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono with a focus on adding further momentum to bilateral defence cooperation.

Rajnath Singh holds talk with US Defence Secretary with focus on bilateral security cooperation

Wider range of healthier food choices, more programmes to fight diabetes since 2016: MOH

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Wider range of healthier food choices, more programmes to fight diabetes since 2016: MOH

Nov 17. 2019
As of 2018, one in two stalls in hawker centres and coffee shops have at least one healthier option on their menu, as part of the Healthier Dining Programme.PHOTO: ST FILE

As of 2018, one in two stalls in hawker centres and coffee shops have at least one healthier option on their menu, as part of the Healthier Dining Programme.PHOTO: ST FILE
By The Straits Times/ANN

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SINGAPORE – From measures to prevent diabetes such as giving Singaporeans healthier food options, to helping patients manage the condition before it worsens – the authorities have been amping up efforts since 2016, when the war on diabetes was launched.

From 2016 to 2018, the proportion of Healthier Choice Symbol products in the market, across 100 food categories, increased by 7.4 percentage points, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Sunday (Nov 17) in an update on its efforts.

As of 2018, one in two stalls in hawker centres and coffee shops have at least one healthier option on their menu, as part of the Healthier Dining Programme.

People with diabetes are also getting greater support to help them manage their condition.

For instance, a beta set of reference materials for newly diagnosed patients to help them make changes to their lifestyle is available on HealthHub, an e-services portal and mobile app where Singaporeans can access their health records and other resources. A full set of materials will be available by the end of this year.

Programmes to address common complications associated with diabetes, such as eye problems, kidney failure and limb amputations, have also been rolled out.

They include the Singapore Integrated Diabetic Retinopathy Programme, which started in 2012. It is a centralised screening programme at all polyclinics to detect eye complications in patients with diabetes. The annual number of eye screenings performed as part of this programme has increased from about 14,000 in 2012 to 92,000 last year.

Senior Minister of State for Law and Health Edwin Tong shared a summary report of the efforts made in the war on diabetes launched in 2016.

Speaking at an event on Sunday to commemorate World Diabetes Day, Mr Tong said: “Diabetes is a serious health concern globally and in Singapore.” One in three Singaporeans is at risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime, he added.

He touched on three broad issues in tackling the disease – empowering patients, equipping healthcare professionals and the community well, and helping people maintain healthy lifestyle choices.

In the area of patient empowerment, Mr Tong cited a pilot programme by the National University Health System (NUHS) to motivate individuals to take control of their condition and make their own lifestyle changes.

But on top of that, healthcare professionals and volunteers “need access to more training and resources to improve their delivery of care”, he said.

To strengthen community support, Mr Tong noted that there are initiatives to better equip volunteers, such as through the Health Peers Programme by Changi General Hospital and NUHS, where layperson volunteers called Health Peers are trained by professionals to deal with people with diabetes.

The third area in the fight against diabetes is to create an environment that helps people to initiate and sustain positive lifestyle changes, such as ramping up healthier choice options, Mr Tong said.

He added: “While the government, the healthcare family and the community will continue to provide support and nudge Singaporeans towards healthier habits, one’s health is ultimately a personal responsibility and it requires the individual to initiate and sustain positive behaviours.”

According to the latest available National Population Health Survey, 8.6 per cent of Singapore residents had diabetes in 2017. MOH has said the latest statistics are not ready to be published.

The event on Sunday was organised by Diabetes Singapore and NUHS to raise public awareness of diabetes. There were public health screenings as well as a symposium for general practitioners.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/wider-range-of-healthier-food-choices-more-programmes-to-fight-diabetes-since-2016

Cherry blossom scandal roils Diet

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Cherry blossom scandal roils Diet

Nov 17. 2019
Yomiuri Shimbun file photo
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, poses with invited guests at a cherry blossom-viewing party in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on April 13.

Yomiuri Shimbun file photo Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, poses with invited guests at a cherry blossom-viewing party in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on April 13.
By The Japan News/ANN

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TOKYO (Jiji Press) — With only about three weeks left before the end of the current extraordinary session of the Diet, a scandal over a cherry blossom-viewing party hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to become a major issue in the political world.

Opposition parties are demanding that intensive debates over the issue be held at a budget committee meeting participated in by the prime minister, but the ruling coalition, led by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, has no plan to accept the demand.

The opposition side at the same time is increasingly cautious about the scenario of Abe dissolving for a snap election the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, at next year’s ordinary parliamentary session, which is slated to be convened in January, in an attempt to divert public attention from the matter.

 

The opposition camp is accusing Abe of using taxpayer money for his own interest, claiming that guests to the state-funded party included many of his supporters. Abe is also under fire because his personal office allegedly covered part of the costs for a dinner for his supporters held on the eve of the cherry blossom party, a practice that could be in violation of the Public Offices Election Law. In addition, the list of guests to the cherry blossom party was discarded.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Abe tried to defend himself over the scandal, saying, among other things, that the costs for the dinner were fully borne by the guests and that there was no legal violation.

But the opposition camp rejected the claims. “This is a big issue. Discarding the list of guests is a violation of the rules,” Yuichiro Tamaki, head of the opposition Democratic Party for the People, said in a street speech in the city of Tosa, Kochi Prefecture on Saturday.

“Opposition parties should discuss immediately how to cooperate in dealing with the scandal,” Jun Azumi, Diet affairs chief of the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, told reporters on Friday.

At a plenary meeting on Wednesday, the House of Councillors, is slated to start deliberations on a bill to ratify a recently signed Japan-U.S. trade agreement, with Abe seen attending the gathering. The opposition bloc is expected to question the prime minister about the scandal at the meeting.

The Cabinet Committee of the Lower House is also scheduled to meet on the same day.

By upgrading their joint investigation team to a “headquarters,” opposition parties plan to strengthen their probe of the problem and grill the Abe government for the rest of the ongoing extraordinary Diet session, which is set to end on Dec. 9.

But the ruling bloc keeps rejecting the opposition demand for Abe to speak about the scandal at the Diet. A senior LDP lawmaker in the upper house also sounded negative about holding intensive debates at a budget committee meeting, saying, “There is no time for such debates.”

Some ruling coalition lawmakers are seeking to extend the Diet session to pass bills, including one to amend the national referendum law for improving voter convenience in a possible referendum on revising the Constitution.

With opposition parties certain to press the ruling side harder to agree to hold intensive discussions, however, an LDP executive said, “We are not considering an extension of the Diet session.”

A senior CDPJ official said that the party is ready to continue shedding light on the cherry blossom party and dinner scandal at the upcoming regular Diet session.

But another senior official of the party said that Abe may dissolve the lower house at the early stage of the ordinary Diet session for a snap general election.

Abe dissolved the lower house in September 2017, at a time when he was facing favoritism scandals involving school operators Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution.

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