Daily Archives: 2017-03-30

Govt rebates for increase of S&CC: Flat owners still pay $71m more?

$120m S&CC rebates I refer to the article “$120 million Service and Conservancy Charges rebates for 880,000 HDB households in 2017” (theonlinecitizen, Mar 30). It states that “The Ministry of Finance announced on Thursday (30 Mar) around 880,000 Singaporean HDB households can expect to receive $120 million worth of Service & Conservancy Charges (S&CC) rebates in 2017. Residents can expect to get …

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Why welfare schemes are not applied through the constituencies?

Gaps in helping needy I refer to the article “Plugging gaps swiftly for needy” (Straits Times, Mar 30). The article states that when families find themselves in sudden financial difficulty, it usually takes a few days – or weeks – for them to get help from grassroots and community groups. "This often leaves them without cash for food, transport or other …

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Delay at EWL due to train fault; 40 minutes additional travelling time expected

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has announced that its East-West Line (EWL) is experiencing delay on Thursday (30 March) evening. On its Twitter page, it said that commuters should expect 20 minutes additional travelling time due to train fault from Pasir Ris to Paya Lebar towards Joo Koon, adding that train service is still available. It then added that free regular …

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Woodlands Checkpoints to be expanded

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has announced today that an extension of the Woodlands Checkpoint (WCP) will be built at the Old Woodlands Town Centre (OWTC), as part of its efforts to upgrade WCP. In a joint statement, ICA and Singapore Land Authority (SLA) stated that two lots of private land within the OWTC, located immediately east of the …

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Chee Soon Juan : Free trade deals – we’ve been had

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Dr Chee Soon Juan has written a piece on a recent trade pact among remnant economies. He wrote that like drugs, it gives this country's economy the kind of immediate gratification that masks long-term harm. However, he noted that as the withdrawal symptoms begin to kick in, the government attempts to occupy the moral high ground, …

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Update on Amos Yee’s detention by Grossman Law

Below is an update published by Singaporean blogger Amos Yee's attorney, Sandra Grossman from Grossman Law, LLC On March 27, 2017, Officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Chicago Field Office informed Grossman Law, LLC that Amos Yee will remain in detention despite the Honorable Immigration Judge's asylum grant on March 24, 2017. Yee has been detained since December 17, 2016. …

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Scoot and Emirates collided in Changi Airport, passengers and crew are safe

Emirates A380 and Scoot 787 collided in Singapore Changi at around 2am on 30 March. Scoot’s 303 passengers and 11 crew are safe and they were moved to a replacement aircraft for a rescheduled flight at around 6am. A Scoot spokesperson said flight TZ188, bound for Tianjin, China, was taxiing for take-off when a wing of the aircraft made contact …

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Netizens unhappy with Government’s ‘poor communication of policies’

Blogger Kwan Jin Yao, recently wrote to Today Online Voices addressing the Government's shortcomings in the area of communication. In his piece, he noted how after the Population White Paper had generated concern and controversy over the projected population figure of 6.9 million by 2030, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong conceded that communication of the said road map could have been …

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