Week in Review – Jan 18


GLOBAL

Chinese Aircraft Carrier sails into Taiwan Straits
Taiwanese fighter jets were scrambled as China’s Aircraft Carrier sailed into the Taiwan Straits.

The Liaoning – the only Aircraft Carrier owned by China – was accompanied by Chinese warships and is on a course due north after a recent exercises in the South China Sea.

Tensions between Taipei and Beijing are high due to an unprecedented phone call between President-Elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

President Tsai also transited in the United States on Jan 7 while on her way to Central America.

SpaceX to resume flights

The Falcon 9 suffered a launchpad mishap in September last year – an explosion destroyed its Amos-6 satellite payload.

An investigation into the incident has allowed SpaceX to make corrective actions ano Falcon 9 has resumed operations.

The Falcon 9 will be launched again on January 14th.

Taiwan confirms new bird flu case
A new bird flu case was confirmed by Taiwan, making it the fourth case this year.

More than 43,000 birds have been culled in the country so far. South Korea, Japan and mainland China have also been hit by outbreaks of avian flu.

The last major outbreak in China claimed 36 lives.


SINGAPORE

Singaporeans not getting enough sleep

More than 40% of Singaporeans are not getting enough sleep each week, according to a study by SingHealth Polyclinics.

The findings come after a study from February to June 2015, during which the team surveyed a total of 350 adults at the Sengkang and Bukit Merah polyclinics.

Sleeping less than seven hours was considered insufficient, which in the long run can affect the body’s immune system, memory, concentration and daily functioning.

Respondents who used computers or laptops to surf the web of play games in their bedrooms were found to be more likely to lack sleep on weekdays. However, more people who used mobiles devices in bed were able to get enough sleep on weekends, compared with those who do not.

 

Students who are called up for questioning by police to be accompanied by an adult
Students who are summoned to police stations for interviews while they are in school will be accompanied by a school officer familiar to them.

The changes come after the suicide of North View Secondary School student Benjamin Lim on 26th January last year. He was accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl. At the time, it was not the practice for juvenile suspects to be accompanied by school officers.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced last week a new scheme that will enable “Appropriate Adults” who are independent, trained volunteers, to accompany young suspects during police interviews.

The measures will come into effect next month in all primary and secondary schools, as well as junior colleges.

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