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You know the headlines. Now take a deeper dive into the Heart of the Matter with CNA each week as we talk to newsmakers, experts and contributors to CNA’s Commentary section, who give us their take on the some of the most talked about news developments every Friday.

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You know the headlines. Now take a deeper dive into the Heart of the Matter with CNA each week as we talk to newsmakers, experts and contributors to CNA’s Commentary section, who give us their take on the some of the most talked about news developments every Friday.

    Singapore's changing drug scene: The rise of new psychoactive substances

    Singapore's changing drug scene: The rise of new psychoactive substances

    The Singapore Government recently highlighted a new drugs threat – the rise of rogue chemists producing new psychoactive substances, which mimic the effects of traditional drugs. What are the challenges, and how are authorities dealing with this new trend? Jaime Ho speaks with Senior Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Razwana Begum of the Singapore University of Social Sciences on what may be behind the trend, and what needs to be done.

    • 33 min
    What's behind the different approaches countries are taking towards COVID-19?

    What's behind the different approaches countries are taking towards COVID-19?

    As healthcare systems around the world ramp up measures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Jaime Ho speaks to Hsu Li Yang and Natasha Howard of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health about how governments make decisions, and what "flattening the curve" really means.

    • 28 min
    Beyond COVID-19, how do we take Singapore's public hygiene standards to the next level?

    Beyond COVID-19, how do we take Singapore's public hygiene standards to the next level?

    The Government announced that it will be forming the SG Clean Taskforce to raise standards of public hygiene. Was COVID-19 the jolt we needed to make us rethink our hygiene habits? Is it true that Singapore is not a clean city, but a cleaned one? What would make us assume more personal responsibility for keeping shared spaces clean?

    Jaime Ho speaks with Edward D'Silva of the Public Hygiene Council and Jack Sim of World Toilet Organization.

    • 24 min
    Responsible pet ownership in Singapore's flats – it's not just about size

    Responsible pet ownership in Singapore's flats – it's not just about size

    Larger local mixed-breed dogs can now be rehomed in HDB flats under revised rules. But why is there a size limit in the first place? Why not lift the ban on keeping cats? More importantly, what are the bigger issues on responsible pet ownership?

    Jaime Ho speaks with Jaipal Singh Gill, Executive Director of SPCA, and Kelvin Ho, Veterinarian at AVS.

    • 24 min
    How ready is Singapore for electric vehicles?

    How ready is Singapore for electric vehicles?

    During Budget 2020, the Singapore Government unveiled an ambitious target to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040. Can technology and charging infrastructure catch up to support a fleet of electric vehicles? Will a shift towards cleaner vehicles move the needle on climate action?

    Jaime Ho speaks with Walter Theseira of the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Sanjay Kuttan of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, and Jenny Lim of BlueSG.

    • 29 min
    Singapore Budget 2020: A report card

    Singapore Budget 2020: A report card

    Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat unveiled the 2020 Singapore Budget on Tuesday (Feb 18). How are businesses responding to the Stabilisation and Support Package to help with headwinds caused by the COVID-19 outbreak? Are businesses and workers ready to press on with digitalisation and transformation?

    David Bottomley, Deputy Chief Editor of CNA Digital discusses these issues with Patrick Tay of NTUC, Kurt Wee of SBF, and Suan Teck Kin of UOB.

    • 32 min

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