Daily Review, September 19: Queen Elizabeth’s State Funeral Begins; more layoffs at Shopee; woman who caused commotion in Tampines arrested with knife

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King Charles and other senior British royals were joined by world leaders and monarchs at Queen Elizabeth II’s farewell during her state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday (September 19).

It is Britain’s first state funeral since that of Winston Churchill in 1965.

After the state funeral, the procession departed for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner. There, the coffin was placed in a hearse to travel to Windsor, where the Queen will be buried with her husband, Prince Philip.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in central London to witness the ceremony for Britain’s longest serving monarch.

Here’s an overview of what’s expected during the day, which has been declared a public holiday in the UK for the occasion.

Typhoon Nanmadol, one of the biggest storms to hit Japan in years, has killed at least two people, disrupted transportation and forced manufacturers to suspend operations.

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Japan’s 14th typhoon of the season made landfall near the city of Kagoshima late Sunday before hitting the western island of Kyushu and moving toward the main island of Honshu Monday morning.

Local media said a man was found dead in his car submerged to the roof in the middle of a field, while another man died after being caught in a landslide.

Occasional heavy rainfall ravaged Tokyo, but businesses in the capital were largely operating as normal.

E-commerce giant Shopee on Monday (September 19) cut more jobs, citing “ongoing efforts to optimize business efficiency with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency in our business.”

The cuts were announced internally in the morning in town halls with staff.

Earlier this month, the e-commerce company withdrew dozens of job openings, and in June Shopee laid off some employees in its ShopeeFood and ShopeePay online payment teams in Southeast Asia, as well as staff in Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

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In a letter to employees of parent company Sea last week, CEO Forrest Li said the company had made “some difficult announcements” lately, citing a turbulent period for the tech industry.

Sea reported a net loss of US$931 million in the second quarter, more than double the loss in the same period a year earlier.

A woman who caused a stir with a knife outside St Hilda’s Secondary School in Tampines Monday night (September 19) has been arrested for possession of an assault weapon.

Witnesses said they saw her swinging and waving the knife, and became more excited as police officers approached her.

According to police, the woman stabbed herself in the stomach and threatened to hurt herself further.

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An officer fired a taser to prevent her from injuring herself further, police said.

The woman was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and suspected drug offences, and also arrested under the Mental Health Act.

She was conscious and taken to hospital in stable condition.

A code of conduct describing the duties of company CEOs and directors in the field of occupational safety and health will be published in October. It also strengthens their liability for accidents at work.

In the event of a violation under the Health and Safety at Work Act (WSH), the court may consider compliance with the code of conduct in its judgment.

It will apply to businesses in all industries, even those that involve no manual labor and little risk of personal injury. It also includes the mental well-being of employees.

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