Daily Archives: 2019-09-18

Indonesia’s toxic haze affecting Borneo’s orangutans – rescuers

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, a rescue foundation said Tuesday. Jakarta has deployed thousands of troops as temporary fireman and deployed dozens of water-bombing aircraft to battle blazes that are turning pristine forest into charred landscape …

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Singapore probes couple over anti-death penalty shirts

A Singaporean couple who wore anti-death penalty t-shirts at a running event are under investigation for violating tough laws against public protests, police said Wednesday. The city-state’s laws against dissent and street demonstrations make it illegal for even one person to hold a protest without a police permit. Nafiz Kamarudin, 38, and his 30-year-old wife wore the t-shirts at a …

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27 sets of electronic vaporisers seized by ICA at Changi Airfreight Centre

Officers of Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at Changi Airfreight Centre intercepted a consignment of 31 parcels containing 27 sets of electronic vaporisers (e-vaporisers) and 400 pieces of related accessories, which are prohibited in Singapore, on 9 September 2019 at about 1 pm. In a joint press release on Wednesday (18 September), ICA and Health Sciences Authority (HSA) revealed that …

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AWARE’s new report reveals that caregivers of elderly persons in Singapore face heavy financial burdens; proposed measures to support caregivers

Gender equality advocacy group AWARE released a new report which looks at the impact of eldercare on caregivers’ retirement adequacy revealed that limitations in caregiving that can be performed by foreign domestic workers and the underutilisation of formal care services create pressures on female family caregivers. The report, ‘Make Care Count’ is based on research comprising 22 qualitative interviews with …

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20% of childcare centres in Singapore to increase full-day fees starting next year

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) revealed that one in five childcare centres in Singapore will be increasing their fees for full-day programmes in 2020. It explained that 330 childcare centres will be raising their full-day fees for Singapore citizens from next year. The median hike is “within 5 per cent of fees” and “broadly comparable” to years before this, …

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Yale-NUS president affirms commitment to academic freedom within legal boundaries, following cancellation of programme on dissent and resistance

While Yale-NUS College remains keen on upholding academic freedom, the institution remains steadfast in doing so within legal boundaries, in light of the cancellation of a programme aimed at introducing its students to dissent and resistance in Singapore. College President Tan Tai Yong told TODAY yesterday (17 Sep) that while dissent and resistance are “legitimate objects of study and investigation …

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Indonesian haze closes schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

by Sam Reeves Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed thousands of schools across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia Wednesday, while air quality worsened in Singapore just days before the city’s Formula One motor race. Illegal fires to clear land for agriculture are blazing out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands, with Jakarta deploying thousands of security forces …

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HDB clarifies CPF Housing Grants are disbursed into account holder’s own CPF account after flat is sold; Netizens ask HDB not to call it “grants” as it is not a free loan

On 15 September (Sunday), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) took to its Facebook to inform the public that CPF Housing Grants are actually returned to the account holder’s own CPF Ordinary Account and not to the Government, after the flat is sold. This fund can then be used by the citizen to purchase their next house, or use it …

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US–China trade jitters drive spike in Thailand’s residence program applications, according to Henley & Partners study

In a press release earlier today (18 Sep), Henley & Partners, a global firm in residence and citizenship planning, revealed some insights from its latest data study which suggests that Thailand is set to become an unintended beneficiary of the current turbulent trade relations between the world’s two most powerful economies. “As United States President Donald Trump and his Chinese …

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