Daily Archives: 2015-07-07

“I am extremely concerned about today’s incident”: Lui Tuck Yew

Transport Minister, Lui Tuck Yew, says he "is extremely concerned about today's incident" with the train system where both the entire North-South and East-West lines were shut down due to a "power trip". The breakdown, which is reported to affect 250,000 commuters, happened at 7pm on Friday and is believed to be the worst incident in the system's history, even …

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No further action on PAP MP’s alleged seditious posting, says Police

The Singapore Police has decided not to take any further action against People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament for Sengkang West SMC, Lam Pin Min, over a post he had made online. Dr Lam, who is also Minister of State for Health, had posted in February this year about the arrest of three men over an incident during the …

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Singapore named in two alleged corruption cases in M’sia and Thailand

Singapore has been named in two alleged corruption cases involving two prime ministers of two different countries. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), in an expose of what it said was illegal funds transfers into the personal bank accounts of Malaysian Prime Minister Naib Razak, named a bank in Singapore which made the transfers. The WSj said that on 21 and …

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Singapore’s IDA reported to have dealings with spyware firm

By TREmeritus In an article by PC Magazine yesterday (‘Surveillance Tech Firm ‘Hacking Team’ Breached‘, 6 July), it reported that a surveillance tech firm known as Hacking Team, which has many high-profile government clients, was itself hacked over the weekend by some unknown hackers. The Milan-based company essentially sells surveillance and intrusion tools to government and law enforcement agencies in …

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PA to offer 2,000 free courses till September

The People's Association (PA) will be offering 2,000 selected free courses from now till end of September 2015 to all Singaporeans and PRs in celebration of SG50. The courses will be available at all Community Clubs (CCs) and Water-Venture (WV) Outlets. From loom band making, to Zumba and even dog-breeding, the 2,000 courses will have something for everyone. PA targets to …

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Singapore’s nuclear future

“You’re going to continue to need electricity, and renewables will be insufficient. You’re either going to have to continue using natural gas or move to nuclear power,” said Peter Mr Schwartz, futurist and business strategist. He was speaking at the session on energy, the environment and the resilience of cities at the Singapore at 50: What Lies Ahead conference on …

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Gardens of Unesco

The Singapore Botanic Gardens was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, joining 11 other newly-inscribed sites announced at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Bonn, Germany. In particular, SBG's bid was noted for its “well-prepared” nomination dossier, which means that in the Singapore context, Singapore was extremely diligent in doing our homework. Here are some other UNESCO World …

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Floyd Mayweather Jr stripped of welterweight world title

Floyd Mayweather Jr has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) said Mayweather, who improved to 48-0 by beating Pacquiao in May, had until Friday before missing his deadline by which he had to pay a US$200,000 (S$270,396) sanctioning fee …

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Voices from Hong Lim Park on Amos Yee

The following were the views expressed by some among the hundreds who attended the protest at Hong Lim Park to call for the release of Amos Yee. The protest was organised by the Community Action Network (CAN), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Singapore concerned about freedom of expression, and civil and political rights. We thank Offbeat Perspectives for sharing this …

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