Daily Archives: 2019-04-18

Singapore still ranked 151 out of 180 in World Press Freedom Index and it’s not surprising why

Once again, Singapore was ranked 151 out 180 in the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The survey ranks countries on press freedom which is assessed on several levels including media independence, legislative framework, abuses against the media/reporters, infrastructure and more. Singapore has consistently ranked poorly on this index for the past few years, this time …

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Singapore ranks 151st out of 180 countries on the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Singapore maintains its ranking in Reporters Without Borders’ (Reporters Sans Frontières – RSF) World Press Freedom Index as the Republic takes the 151st spot again this year. An increase of 0.46 points from 51.41 points last year, however, was also noted. An increase in points indicates a decrease in press freedom, according to the Index. RSF, in its analysis on …

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$45,000 worth of drugs seized in operation by CNB

Drugs worth about $45,000 seized in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) earlier this week. The bureau said that a 38-year-old Singaporean male suspected drug trafficker was arrested in the late hours of Tuesday (16 April) in the vicinity of Woodlands Street 13, however, the suspect resisted arrest violently and necessary force was effected to place him under …

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NUS and SFA investigate latest gastroenteritis incident in student residence, suspends food stall

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) are investigating an incident involving five students from the Prince George’s Park House student residence, who had developed symptoms of gastroenteritis last Fri (12 Apr). A spokesperson from the University told The Straits Times yesterday (17 Apr) that NUS has carried out preliminary checks after being informed of …

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Sold off to the GLC’s and we are paying for it

by Brad Bowyer As I have been focusing on the Changi Airport, here are extracts from Changi Airport Group (CAG) 2009/10 annual report when Changi was corporatized, and CAG was created: At the time, the Net Assets current was $4,507,997,000 + Non-Current $2,576,101,000 – Liabilities $3,559,967,000 = $3,515,014,000 so the amount paid was about $237 million less than Net book …

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Malaysia hopes Singapore will agree to negotiate further over Water Agreement price

At the 9th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat in Putrajaya last week (9 April), Malaysia and Singapore came to an agreement to consider arbitration as a resolution to the water agreement issue. In a joint statement, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad said they noted their differing opinions on the right to review the price of water …

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Dae Sung Construction fined $42,000 for damaging water main

A construction company was fined S$42,000 earlier on 2 April 2019 for damaging a water main located at a construction site at River Valley Green, which led to a loss of approximately 1.5 million litres of potable water, equivalent to slightly more than half the size of an Olympic swimming pool. ​​ National water agency PUB stated in a press …

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Wet and warm conditions to continue in the second half of April 2019

Moderate to heavy short-duration thundery showers are expected between the late morning and afternoon on six to eight days in the second half of April 2019. Met Service stated in a press release on Wednesday (17 April) that the prevailing inter-monsoon conditions in Singapore and the surrounding region are expected to persist through May 2019. During the inter-monsoon period, Met …

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