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Daily Archives: 2018-10-18

Video interview claims Singaporean man yet to receive approval for housing assistance permit, lives in dumpster

A Singaporean man in Bukit Timah-Holland Group Representative Constituency (GRC) was discovered to have been living in a rubbish disposal centre for nearly two years after receiving no response regarding his application for a rental flat from the Housing and Development Board (HDB). Social-media platform, All Singapore Stuff shared a video of the man living at the disposal centre at …

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NEA on Koufu’s boss giving contracts to own brothers: Koufu upfront about it

Earlier, TOC published an article revealing that Koufu's subsidiary, Hawker Management Pte Ltd, operating the new public funded Jurong West Hawker Centre, has awarded its cleaning and dishwashing contract to GreatSolutions, a company owned by one brother of Koufu's boss. The contract let GreatSolutions earn close to $64,000 a month. With netizens' anger mounting and more people talking about possible …

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Man fined $2,000 and issued disqualification order for pet abandonment

A 24-year-old man was fined $2,000 and issued a six-month disqualification order (DO) for pet abandonment, which disqualifies an individual from owning any animals, said Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) on Wednesday (17 October). According to the authority, it was alerted to a case of two cats found abandoned at the rooftop garden of a multi-storey carpark at Blk 504 Yishun …

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Oxfam chides The World Bank for downplaying the severity of inequality in its 2019 World Development Report

The World Bank published their 2019 World Development Report entitled ‘The Changing Nature of Work’. The report touches on the impact of advancing technology on labour needs and job security. Specifically, the report acknowledges that many feel threatened by the shift toward automation, especially workers in advanced economies, but iterates that technology is also creating more jobs, increasing productivity, and …

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Man fined $7,600 for illegal import and possession of wildlife

A 28-year-old was fined $4,000 for the illegal import of a Leopard tortoise and an additional $3,000 fine for the possession of an African Spurred tortoise and $600 for keeping a Razor-back musk turtle at his place of residence.   This was revealed by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in a …

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No more live music at Blu Jaz Cafe – is the jazz scene in Singapore dying?

Singapore’s beloved Blu Jaz Cafe has had its public entertainment license revoked on 10th October meaning that they will no longer be able to hold any live performances or jam sessions. Described as the last remaining pillar in Singapore for the music scene, Blu Jaz has been a lively gathering space for musicians and music lovers around Singapore for the …

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Making connections: SME interview series with Minterest

by ValueChampion Minterest has ambitious goals as a young startup. The business hopes to connect underserved businesses with a variety of loan products in order to boost Singapore's economy. So far, the company is off to a good start, raising more than S$30 million in crowdfunded business loans for local SMEs. Founded in 2016 by three experienced finance professionals, Minterest seeks to empower …

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WP/AHTC/PRPTC court case – making a mountain out of a molehill

I would think that it would be common practice to cross your "T"s and dot your "I"s when you are compiling a report that could potentially lead to a court case that could cost the public millions. According to reports, this is not the methodology practiced by PwC partner Goh Thien Phong (Goh). It is mind-boggling that he saw no need …

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When home ownership is a religion

Our Prime Minister said home ownership is Singapore’s key national policy. A high homeownership rate of 90 percent has improved the lives of Singaporeans significantly. It allows us to enjoy the fruit of the country’s economic growth. It also gives us a stake in the country and something to fight for. Did our leader have to emphasize this if all …

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