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Daily Archives: 2014-08-28

Singapore Pools to increase odds and prize pool for Toto draw

The Singapore Pools will be increasing the number pool for its lottery draw, making it harder to strike the jackpot for punters. Other changes include the increase of prize money across the prize groups and introduction of a new 3-number combination prize group. Starting from 7th October this year, pool of numbers from which the six-number combination are selected for the lottery draw will …

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Debarking should be last resort: HDB

  The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has retracted its notice for dog owners to “debark” their dogs which may “cause nuisance” to residents. In response to media query, the HDB said: “The notice had meant to seek the assistance of dog owners to help manage the issue of excessive dog barking at an Ang Mo Kio block, arising from …

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Key consideration was operational, SMRT says of train charter

  In a Facebook note on Thursday, the Managing Director (SMRT Trains) explained why the transport operator decided to allow five of its trains to be used to transport 3,000 students and staff of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) on Tuesday. Ms Lee Ling Wee, who wrote on behalf of the SMRT, said “the key considerations were operational” and whether SMRT could …

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Singapore Flyer sold to Straco Leisure

By Howard Lee The iconic Singapore Flyer has been sold to Straco Leisure, a subsidiary of Straco Corporation, for S$140 million today (28 August). Mr Tim Reid, the receiver of Singapore Flyer, was quoted by media as saying that both parties are “confident that the prospects of the Flyer are extremely exciting under the new ownership”. Straco Corporation has experiencing running …

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Paid only S$330 to care for sick and infirm

  Earlier this month, as part of the National Day Observance Ceremony, NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Patrick Tay announced that the wages of around 5,000 local healthcare support staff would have increased by about 15 per cent by the end of 2014. Such increases are welcomed, but wages in the healthcare support sector remain shockingly low, particularly for migrant workers. HOME …

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When given rubble, make a challenge

By Howard Lee You’ve heard of the ice bucket challenge in support of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The movement has taken over the world and raised millions for ALS research. But there is now a new way to dump stuff on your head – a new bucket challenge, but instead of ice water, rubble. The “Rubble Bucket Challenge” was launched in …

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1,200 more in Pioneer Generation? No clarity from assessment panel

By Howard Lee More than 1,200 people have requested to be included as members of the Pioneer Generation, as they did not satisfy the requirements to qualify for the related benefits. The Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) website states the qualifying conditions – citizens need to be born on or before 31 Dec 1949 (i.e. 65 years and above from 1 Jan …

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HDB notice to dog owners attracts criticism over inhumane advice

A photo of what seems to be a notice by the Housing Development Board, Ang Mo Kio Branch has been circulated online. The notice writes that the branch received feedback about a dog barking in the middle of the night at Block 601, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5. The notice also reminded dog owners to take proper care of their dogs …

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Islamic State “using faith as a cover for atrocities”: Najib Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has joined leaders of other Southeast-Asia countries to condemn the Islamic State (IS), a terrorist group waging war in Iraq and Syria to establish a caliphate in the region. In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Najib said: “Muslims around the world have watched in horror as a new conflict tears into Syria and Iraq. As …

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SMRT acknowledges it should have sought approval: LTA

Public transport operator, SMRT, has acknowledged that it was wrong not to have sought approval from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) before it allowed five of its trains to be used to transport 3,000 students and staff from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) on Tuesday. The LTA says “SMRT has explained to the regulator why it allowed Tuesday’s charter and admitted that …

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