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Singapore Government enforces new restrictions as COVID cluster grows

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Singapore is tightening COVID-19 restrictions in response to the city-state’s worst flare-up in months.

A cluster linked to a major hospital in Singapore has now grown to 40 cases.

This includes five fresh infections recorded yesterday.

There will now be a five person limit for social gatherings – that’s down from eight.

Gyms will also be closed – and fewer employees will be allowed in offices

Meanwhile travellers from higher risk countries will now have to spend 21 days – instead of 14 – in quarantine.

The move won’t affect travelers from Australia who are only required to self isolate until they test negative.

But it could be a setback for a travel bubble – which is being discussed between the nations.  

Singaporean authorities hope the tightening of restrictions means another lockdown, “circuit breaker” as it is known locally can be avoided however one isn’t being ruled out if cases in the community keep climbing.

The new measures will come into force this weekend – and will be in place until the end of the month.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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‘Magic and perfection’ – French Baguette receives heritage status

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The French Baguette has been awarded heritage status by UNESCO

In the words of Emmanuel Macron, the French Baguette is “250 grams of magic and perfection.”

Soft in the centre with a crusty and crunchy exterior, there’s no wonder they’re adored by millions every year.

And now there’s a new reason to celebrate the culinary delight after UNESCO gave French Baguettes heritage status.

The UN agency granted “intangible cultural heritage status” to the tradition of making the bread stick and the lifestyle surrounding them.

Over six billion are baked annually, but the industry is currently suffering through a challenging time.

France has been losing around 400 artisanal bakeries per year since 1970, from 55,000 to 35,000 today.

The decline is due to a combination of factors including the increase of industrial bakeries and supermarkets in rural areas.

It’s hoped this new heritage status will help breathe life back into the bakers’ delight.

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Epstein estate to pay $155m for Virgin Islands sex-trafficking base

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A nine-figure settlement deal has been reached between Jeffrey Epstein’s estate and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Jeffrey Epstein’s estate will pay a $155m settlement to the U.S. Virgin Islands for using the territory for sex-trafficking.

The convicted sex offender used the region as a base for his sex-trafficking operation.

Credit: The Guardian

The settlement will be paid in cash but lawyers say this is not an admission of liability.

The estate’s executors are also denying wrongdoing.

Another fund for victims of Epstein will receive over $100m in compensation.

It follows the territory’s attorney general saying Epstein bought the island to stop people from monitoring him, and from his victims escaping.

The 66-year-old died in August 2019 while awaiting his trial on sex trafficking charges.

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Is there enough protection against racism at Buckingham Palace?

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An activist has suggested there’s a lack of racism protection at Buckingham Palace after falling victim to offensive remarks

Domestic abuse activist Ngozi Fulani was attending a royal function when she was harassed by Prince William’s godmother Lady Susan Hussey.

Ms Fulani said Hussey moved her aside and began interrogating her about her heritage. Hussey insinuated that Fulani wasn’t British, despite Fulani explaining her ethnic background.

Lady Hussey has been forced to quit the royal post, following the racist remarks against Fulani.

‘Racism has no place’

Prince William

She is one of King Charles III’s top officials, but Buckingham Palace have been quick to condemn the comments.

“We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details…

Unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made.”

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Fulani was attending the event organised by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. The domestic abuse activist was invited on behalf of an organisation that provides support for women of African and Caribbean background.

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