Daily Archives: 2019-08-06

Over 70 percent of dementia patients experience loneliness; nearly 60 per cent of the general public express discomfort with dementia: ADA-SMU joint study

Around 72 per cent of dementia patients in Singapore experience loneliness surrounding their condition, with over 54 per cent of the general public expressing their discomfort when interacting with individuals with dementia, according to a recent study done by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) and the Singapore Management University (SMU). The 54 per cent included 30 per cent of caregivers …

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Education Minister Ong Ye Kung says international students do not deprive local students of spots in autonomous uni – Really?

In response to a question about government spending on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students, Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung said, “The core objective of our education system is to serve the needs of Singaporeans and no Singaporean is ever displaced from an institute of Higher Learning (IHL) because of international students.” However, using the National University …

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GCT Imitates Trump’s name-calling and personal attack

by Law Kim Hwee To read Goh Chok Tong’s latest Facebook post is shocking. Not unlike Trump’s tweets against those he often berates and insults, however much each has been loyal to him over many years – including his “I’d-take-a-bullet-for-Trump” personal lawyer. We can be pretty certain that claiming Dr Tan Cheng Bock “has conveniently left out ‘For Me’! (yes, …

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No plans to lower voting age to 18, says Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing — in spite of developments across the Causeway

The Government is not looking to lower the voting age to 18, as the current age of majority remains the appropriate age for Singaporeans to make decisions and engage in “activities that involve significant personal responsibility”, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Responding to a question submitted by Member of Parliament (MP) Lim Wee Kiak on whether the …

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Public fumes after Singapore opted out of voting for global treaty on workplace harassment

Although Singapore supports the intent of a new global pact against violence and harassment in the workplace, it abstained from voting for it during a United Nations agency’s annual conference in June due to “concerns about overreach”, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo. “This would expand workplace safety and health well beyond the workplace remit,” said Mrs Teo, while speaking in …

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Fire safety for the elderly and other vulnerable people: Foreign domestic workers, entire communities should receive training, says NMP Anthea Ong

Foreign domestic workers (FDW) should be trained in fire safety and evacuation procedures, as they are often responsible for being caregivers of the elderly and other vulnerable people, in addition to being highly at risk themselves, said Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong. Speaking in Parliament on Mon (5 Aug) during a debate on the Fire Safety (Amendment) Bill, Ms …

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Some funding for international students is justified, but $238 million is on the ‘high side’, says MP Leon Perera

The government spends about $238 million on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students in schools and autonomous universities, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament yesterday (5 August). He was responding to questions from WP MP Leon Perera who asked for exact figures on this particular spending. Mr Perera had in fact questioned the minister on this same …

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