Daily Archives: 2019-09-06

Merkel in Beijing says Hong Kong freedoms must be ‘guaranteed’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday the rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong “must be guaranteed” after meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing. Hong Kong has been plunged into months of pro-democracy protests, and ahead of her three-day visit to China this week demonstrators in the semi-autonomous city appealed to the German chancellor to support them …

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Fitch downgrades Hong Kong citing protests and China fears

Hong Kong’s reputation as a dependable financial hub took a hit on Friday after Fitch downgraded the city’s sovereign rating, citing ongoing protests and uncertainty caused by closer integration with the Chinese mainland. Millions of pro-democracy supporters have taken to Hong Kong’s streets for the past three months in the biggest challenge to China’s rule since the city’s handover from …

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NGO for migrant workers shares how employers of foreign workers refuse to comply with court orders to pay up workers

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving conditions for low-wage migrant workers in Singapore, wrote into Straits Times forum, claiming that employers of migrant workers ignore court orders sent to them to pay up salaries that they owe their workers. Ethan Guo, the General Manager of TWC said that the NGO is unaware of the consequences …

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PM Lee at the SUSS Ministerial Forum: “In Singapore, I think by and large we’ve got our education system working”

During an hour-long ministerial forum with students of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on 4 September, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong answered several questions from the audience. Videos of the premier’s answers were uploaded into a playlist on the Prime Minister’s Office Youtube Channel. When asked about his aspirations for the future of education in Singapore, PM Lee …

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PM Lee at the SUSS Ministerial Forum: “The biggest challenge we have is to make our education fit for purpose for continuing education”

While speaking at a ministerial forum with students from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on Wednesday evening (4 September), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong answered several questions from the audience, video of which were uploaded into a playlist on the Prime Minister’s Office Youtube Channel. Expanding on the issue of education, PM Lee noted that the biggest challenge for the …

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PM Lee at the SUSS Ministerial Forum: Singapore is doing its part slow down global warming but must also prepare for its impact

During an hour-long ministerial forum with students of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on 4 September, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong answered several questions from the audience. Videos of the premier’s answers were uploaded into a playlist on the Prime Minister’s Office Youtube Channel. Having talked about Singapore’s progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, PM Lee reiterated …

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NMP Anthea Ong pushes for more urgent measures taken to combat climate change and redistribute food waste to charity

On Wednesday (4 September), the Resource Sustainability Bill was passed in Parliament. The Bill entails regulations to reduce food, electronic waste as well as packaging, given that Singapore’s sole landfill at Pulau Semakau is expected to run out of space by 2030. Under the Bill, it will be compulsory for large food waste generators to segregate and treat their food …

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Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95 after three-month hospitalisation in Singapore

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, who was known for his authoritarian leadership, passed away at the age of 95 on Fri (6 Sep). Current president Emmerson Mnangagwa tweeted: “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President… Robert Mugabe.” “Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his …

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PM Lee at the SUSS Ministerial Forum: “We must be able to to get our people to adapt to climate change”

While speaking at a ministerial forum with students from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on Wednesday evening (4 September), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong answered several questions from the audience, video of which were uploaded into a playlist on the Prime Minister’s Office Youtube Channel. When asked about Singapore’s progress in terms of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, PM …

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