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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Segment of 26th Golden Melody Awards censored for “offensive message”

Viewers of the "live" cable broadcast of Taiwan’s 26th Golden Melody Awards (金曲獎) held in Taipei on 27 June, were greeted with an unexpected blank screen which said: "This segment of the programme is not suitable for broadcast. We apologise for the inconvience caused." A spokesperson from Starhub confirmed this when TOC wrote to the company, "Yes, a short segment …

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Accused in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital shooting case faces more charges

The 23-year-old Singaporean charged with illegal discharge of a firearm – with is punishable with the death penalty – found himself facing two additional charges when he appeared before the court on Monday afternoon. Muhammad Iskandar bin Sa'at was charged with voluntarily causing hurt to Staff Sergeant Mohammad Sadli Razali, who had also sustained gunshot wounds to his thumb and foot. A …

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Hong Lim Park event on Sunday to rally for Amos Yee’s release

A protest will be held in Hong Lim Park this coming Sunday, 4 pm, to ask for the release of Amos Yee, a 16-year-old blogger who is currently being held in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). The Sunday's event page says: "For producing a YouTube video deemed offensive to some people, 16-year-old Amos Yee has been handcuffed, arrested, charged, tried, imprisoned, …

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Rape threat against Amos Yee – police report lodged

A police report has been lodged against Nigel Kee, the man who had posted on his Facebook page on 26 June, that he "will pay" for 16-year old teenager, Amos Yee, "to get raped in prison". The person who made the report, who wants to be known only as Mr Lee, filed it with the police on Tuesday, 30 June. …

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Taxi availability to be based on taxi companies’ hired-out fleet

By Howard Lee Taxi availability (TA) will henceforth be calculated based on taxis that have been hired out, rather than what taxi operators currently have registered in their fleet, announced the Land Transport Authority in a media release. This adjustment takes into account feedback from the National Taxi Association and taxi companies, and will be applied retrospectively from 1 January 2015. …

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Atrocious state of playground in Tampines irks letter writer

A letter sent to the website, Redwire, has highlighted the appalling state of a children’s playground in Tampines. The letter writer, Justin, said he was “shocked” at the state of the playground, which is located in front of the Koufu foodcourt at block 478 where MP Baey Yam Keng holds his monthly KopiTalk sessions. “From the pictures, you can see …

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OHCHR urges Thailand to release students

BANGKOK (30 JUNE 2015) - The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) urges the Government to promptly drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody. It further urges the Government to review its use of laws that limit freedom of expression and freedom …

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Singapore contemplates a future of electromobility

  By Kirsten Han Communal charging stations at HDB and condominium car parks. Quiet, low-emission electric and hybrid cars in the streets of Singapore, running at maximum energy efficiency for minimum cost. Could this be the future for the city-state? This is what a new $1.3 million electromobility research programme jointly launched on Monday by automobile manufacturer BMW Group and …

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