Daily round-up, Sep 19: Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral begins; more layoffs at Shopee; woman who caused commotion with knife in Tampines arrested

Let’s get you up to speed with the day’s stories.

King Charles and other senior British royals were joined by world leaders and monarchs in bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday (Sep 19).

This is Britain’s first state funeral since Winston Churchill’s in 1965. 

 After the state funeral, the procession set off 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 crammed into central London to witness the ceremony for Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

Here’s a breakdown of what is expected throughout 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 and disrupted transport and forced manufacturers to suspend operations.

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

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

Intermittent bouts of heavy rain lashed Tokyo but businesses in the capital were largely operating as normal.

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

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

Earlier this month, the e-commerce firm rescinded dozens of job offers, and in June, Shopee laid off some employees in its food delivery ShopeeFood and online payment ShopeePay teams in Southeast Asia, as well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

In a letter to employees of parent company Sea last week, CEO Forrest Li said that 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 it made in the same period a year earlier.

A woman who caused a commotion with a knife outside St Hilda’s Secondary School in Tampines on Monday (Sep 19) evening was arrested for possessing an offensive weapon.

Witnesses said they saw her swing and wave the blade, and get more agitated as police officers approached her.

Police said the woman stabbed herself in the abdomen and threatened to further harm herself.

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

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

She was taken to hospital conscious and in a stable condition.

A code of practice that spells out the duties of company CEOs and directors on workplace safety and health will be gazetted by October. It also reinforces their accountability for accidents at work.

When there is an offence under the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act, the courts can consider compliance with the code of practice in their judgment.

It will apply to companies in all industries, even those that involve no manual work and little risk of physical injury. It also covers the mental well-being of workers.

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