Monthly Archives: May 2019

French Minister of the Armed Forces to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this weekend

Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, will be in Singapore tomorrow (1 June) to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue, an international conference dedicated to security and defense in the Indo-Pacific region. Deemed as an important geopolitical and strategic meeting, the Shangri-La Dialogue gathers political and military authorities from around 50 countries annually. During the dialogue, Ms Parly will be delivering …

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MHA awards tender to oversee construction of Police Coast Guard boats to ST Electronics, the sister company to ST Marine that is building the boats

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has just awarded a tender to local electronics firm ST Engineering (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd to supervise and manage the construction of boats for the Police Coast Guard (PCG) over the period of up to 50 months, or just over 4 years. The contract of S$1.46 million was awarded to ST Electronics …

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A short train delay along the North South Line on Friday morning

The train service along the North South Line (NSL) experienced a short delay around 8am this Friday morning (31 May). Transport operator SMRT did not inform about this disruption via social media but according to commuters, it was said to have been caused by a track fault at Ang Mo Kio, which caused delays in the Southbound service towards Marina …

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Findings from six-month trial reveal high costs; LTA will not roll out on-demand public bus services

Following findings from a six-month On-Demand Public Bus (ODPB) trial, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has decided against rolling out the service due to high technology costs. “Compared to fixed and scheduled bus services, operated mileage in the same area was 18% lower during the ODPB trial. This means less bus resources were required. “However, ODPB is currently less cost …

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Eight new MOE Kindergartens to open in 2022

Eight new MOE Kindergartens (MKs) will be opened across Singapore in 2022 as part of the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s announced the expansion to about 50 MKs by 2023, to provide parents with more choices for quality and affordable pre-school places. In a press release on Thursday (30 May), the ministry stated that all eight MKs will be located within …

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Fire engines, red rhinos and fire-medical vehicles allowed to beat red lights and make U-turns at non-designated junctions

Fire engines, red rhinos and fire-medical vehicles are allowed to beat red lights and make U-turns at non-designated junctions when responding to emergencies starting from Saturday (1 June). In a Facebook post on Friday (31 May), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) stated that SCDF emergency ambulances have been exempted from Section 120(3) of the Road Traffic Act since 1 …

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National Wages Council urges employers to offer structured training to staff; low-income earners’ wages should increase by $50 to $70

Employers should be giving their staff structured training in order to boost productivity growth and maintain the rate at which wages increase, said the National Wages Council (NWC) on Thu (30 May). The Straits Times reported today (31 May) that companies should increase the monthly salaries of their low-wage workers who earn up to S$1,400 by around $50 to $70, …

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Top five healthcare systems in Asia-Pacific

by ValueChampion Many countries in Asia are known to have exceptionally strong healthcare systems. Our study aims to examine which one of these countries are leading the way in terms of healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. Increasing healthcare costs, health coverage gaps and low-quality healthcare can threaten not just the overall productivity of society, but also the general well-being of individuals. …

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