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Singapore is getting ready to softly rock as the Covid music ban is slightly relaxed.



Singapore is relaxing its controversial ban on music in restaurants and bars as part of a broader thawing of coronavirus rules, but authorities have warned companies that they must keep the noise down.

On Monday, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said that food and beverage businesses could now play “soft recorded music” beginning on Wednesday. The ban, which went into effect on June 18, was founded on the notion that loud or heavy background noise encourages people to talk louder — increasing the chance of Covid-19 spreading. Live music will continue to be prohibited.

The regulation had drawn both praise and criticism, especially from the catering industry in Southeast Asia’s city-state, which claimed it would harm their operations.

Singapore, which has one of the highest immunization rates in the world, saw a surge in infections fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant this summer.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Singapore has vaccinated over 82% of its 5.45 million people. While it is still seeing around 3,000 cases every day, the majority are asymptomatic or mild.

The government anticipated that the Covid-19 expert committee will issue a decision later this month about utilizing Pfizer’s BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, with over half of Singapore’s population having received booster vaccines by the end of the year.

Under the relaxed restrictions, up to five people who have all been vaccinated may dine together at restaurants and bars, up from two previously.

We are now in a better position to ease some of the safety management efforts, but without overwhelming our health care system, given the situation’s improvement.

Singapore has also announced that it will extend quarantine-free travel to neighboring Malaysia, Sweden and Finland, for people who have been vaccinated. The number of countries with quarantine-free arrangements with Singapore has risen to 16 following this announcement.

The lifting of these limitations, according to Dr. Lim, a professor at National University of Singapore’s Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (NUS), is “vital to reviving a devastated food and drink industry.”

“The specificity of the limitations shows how much the Singapore authorities enjoy precision and desire to dominate every aspect of life,” he added.

The regulations are being eased.

Singapore’s government has long recognized the importance of information security in maintaining public health. When the epidemic began, Singapore implemented an aggressive “zero-Covid” policy, closing its borders while imposing tight restrictions and social distancing rules. The government declared in June that it intended to move toward a living with Covid strategy – attempting to control outbreaks through vaccines and hospitalizations rather than restricting them. Singapore loosened some restrictions in August, allowing fully vaccinated individuals to dine in restaurants and congregate in groups of five, up from two. Workers gradually began going to work again.

Those freedoms vanished in September, when Delta’s outbreak ended them. Several restrictions were reintroduced, including a return to the stringent two-person restriction.

Singapore may suffer 2,000 Covid-19 deaths every year, according to the minister.

The authorities in Singapore are gradually lifting constraints once again, claiming that the high vaccination rate and decrease in new infections prove it’s time to let people return to their normal routines.

Ms Lim, from NUS, explained that Singapore has improved healthcare facilities in preparation for future Covid storms, which might be one reason why restrictions are being lifted.

“The world is opening up and Singapore is an obvious outlier based on vaccinations rates versus restrictions,” he added. “It’s just much more difficult to justify the continuing limits when compared with other countries, especially because prolonged travel by quarantine-free passengers is now allowed.”

Another common complaint among Singaporeans is that they are becoming increasingly fatigued by the restrictions placed on them.

“Public sympathy for those who opt out of vaccinations is waning, allowing for less stringent restrictions despite an increased risk to the unvaccinated,” Lim added.

Singapore’s approach of “living with Covid” is reflective of many other Asian nations that are attempting to deal with the virus as endemic. Countries including Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia are planning for their economies to be boosted via tourism and business reopening.

As it continues with its aggressive vaccination campaign, India has opened to certain vaccinated foreign tourists on October 15. The country endured another round of disease, but now that they’ve survived it, efforts to restore are evident.

However, one of Asia’s major financial centers is missing from this growing list.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Hong Kong shut its borders to non-residents. The government is currently allowing foreign visitors to attend again, but it places strict quarantine of up to 21 days in a hotel for arrivals from high-risk countries including the United States and the United Kingdom.

Business organizations have condemned the restrictions as a threat to China’s position as an international financial center. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s leader, has stated that the city will prioritize reopening its borders with mainland China over other parts of the world.

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What Louis Tomlinson Thinks About A Possible One Direction Reunion



After breaking out in the media with hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Story Of My Life,” “Best Song Ever,” and more, 1D took the world by storm (via Digital Spy). However, in 2015, the boy band shocked their devoted followers when they announced that they will be taking a break. According to E! News, the group shocked their fans by announcing that they would go on hiatus in 2015. After Zayn Malik announced his intentions to leave 1D, the band decided to disband in order to focus on their own solo projects.

“They are great friends and fully support one another,” a source said of the group. “They are very aware that they are able to work on their own stuff as well as remain together. This is an exciting time for them creatively and as a group.” However, it appears that at least one member of One Direction was in opposition to the split.

Before the break, Tomlinson told The Guardian that he was feeling optimistic about the band. “In the last year of One Direction, I was probably the most confident I ever was,” he said. “And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!'” He acknowledged that he struggled against it, but ultimately lost.

Since then, One Direction has yet to record any new music. The group’s future, on the other hand, appears promising.

Did Louis Tomlinson hint at a possible 1D reunion?

According to Cheat Sheet, since announcing the group’s hiatus in 2015, One Direction members have been working on their solo careers and other activities like beginning families. Louis Tomlinson recently spoke out about a possible reunion and left fans wondering if there could be hope for the group in the future, despite Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik all remaining quiet on the subject of a reunion.

In 2021, Tomlinson took part in the WIRED Google autocomplete challenge, answering queries about himself that fans most search for on the internet. He went through his tattoos, color of his hair, eye color, and more before finally getting to One Direction. When asked about the group he replied, “Good time in my life. Hopefully, we come back.” The return of an iconic logo inspired fans to believe that perhaps, just maybe, the band was reuniting. Fans also noticed that when Tomlinson referred to 1D as the band he “is” in before correcting himself to say “was,” he made a minor slip of the tongue.

Could Harry’s comments be hinting at a One Direction reunion? Despite the fact that it appears improbable for now, fans have not stopped hoping for the group to reunite and create new music in the future.

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This Is How Elton John Got His Name



Elton John is one of the most famous names in modern music, with his distinctive appearance and voice, as well as instantly-recognizable songs. It’s difficult to find many individuals who haven’t heard Elton John, better known as “The Rocketman,” thanks to his signature song of the same name. In fact, the Elton John biopic film released in 2019 was called “Rocketman” because the word is so easily identifiable with John (via IMDb).

However, prior to his career as “The Rocketman” and even before he earned the moniker “Elton John,” he was known by a different name. He actually went by his birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, and dropped out of school at the age of 17 to pursue a music career (via Biography). He eventually changed his name because he was becoming more successful, however even the film documenting his life didn’t get his change of name right.

Elton John chose a new name on the fly

The film “Rocketman” tells audiences that Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to Elton John after meeting John Lennon, the famous Beatle. Lennon, on the other hand, had nothing to do with how Elton John got his name. Another singer known as John also existed.

According to a 1991 interview with Rowan Atkinson, Reginald Dwight was a member of the group “Bluesology” and decided to go it alone, hence the name change. He said he chose the name Elton after a saxophone player in the group because he wanted to branch out on his own. In a 1990 interview conducted after the release of his CD box set entitled “To Be Continued…”

“I was in Bluesology, and we were coming back from a Long John Baldry gig somewhere, and we got a bus from London airport to London and someone said, ‘We’ve made it now, so what are you going to call yourself?'” John said (via The Wrap). “The saxophone player in the band was called Elton Dean, a very good jazz sax player, and the only other Elton I could think of was Elton Hayes, who recorded the song ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’ So I took ‘Elton’ from Elton Dean and ‘John’ from Long John Baldry. I wanted to choose a name that nobody had, and it was as quick as that.”

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Fans Think Britney Spears Is Pregnant According to Them



When Britney Spears updated her Instagram Story, she may have started a rumour about herself. The singer and her partner Sam Asghari are relaxing on Maui, Hawaii at present. While posing for photos with her adoring public, Spears revealed that lately she hasn’t felt too well (via Fox News).

“I think I have a small bug … the only thing that is similar to this feeling is when I was pregnant…” the star wrote as a caption to the clip. She continued, “it’s the nausea that is the worst … It’s like I can’t wake up so I go to the gym trying to wake my system up !!!”

Spears continued her post by writing, “It’s like clockwork … I break my first sweat then I go to the bathroom and throw up… it’s absolutely horrible but then I stay at the gym because I don’t want to go home and lay sick in bed …. I keep going and [at] night I go dancing and my system starts to get clarity … Dude … this has been going on for a month and if someone has this you’re not alone !!!”

Following her return to Instagram, fans immediately started speculating about whether she is expecting again, with one user writing, “She’s pregnant again.” “Awwww baby on the way.” “Morning sickness my dear,” echoed another fan.

More Spears fans were reacting to her tweet about pregnancy on Twitter.

She has confirmed that she wants to conceive again

The celebrity’s message about being sick for a month caused Twitter to go wild. “Britney girl…your nausea has lasted for a month and the only other time you felt like this was when you were pregnant???? who’s gonna tell her?” asked one fan. “I think it’s time to get a pregnancy test PLS,” someone else tweeted.

The rumor mill was still in operation, with another individual adding, “Girls Britney is pregnant. Throwing up every morning for a month…. And she even said herself she’s never felt like this except when pregnant….”

Although she enjoyed her first title, Spears is still determined to have another kid. As the whole world heard during her conservatorship hearing as she tried to terminate it, Spears, who is a mother of two adolescent sons, wants to conceive another child. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant,” the pop star testified. “I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children,” she said (via Billboard).


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