Daily Archives: 2019-09-20

Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force

by Jerome TAYLOR Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, allegations that were rejected by a commanding officer. In a report based on interviews with nearly two dozen activists, most of whom were hospitalised after their arrests, the global rights watchdog said that officers routinely went …

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SingPost US-based e-commerce units file for bankruptcy following underperformance, failure to secure suitable buyer

Jagged Peak and TradeGlobal, two of Singapore Post Ltd’s US e-commerce units, have filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 after an unsuccessful six-month process of finding and securing a suitable buyer for both. Reuters reported on Thu (19 Sep) that SingPost on Wed evening said: “Under the supervision of the bankruptcy court, the U.S. subsidiaries intend to pursue the …

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99.co launches new initiative against LGBTQ discrimination in Singapore’s housing and property industry

99.co, a leading property portal in Singapore, together with Prout, a community-based app for the LGBTQ+ community, hosted Singapore’s first ‘Meet Your Next Housemate’ event for the LGBTQ community at Found8’s Anson Road co-working space on Thursday (19 Sep). About 120 participants attended the jointly-run event, which was sponsored by General Assembly, and supported by industry partners AMICI Events and …

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Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Singapore’s skies were clearer Friday and air quality improved as smog from Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend’s Formula One race may be affected. Raging blazes in Indonesia have been spewing toxic haze over neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, with Jakarta deploying security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them. The Indonesian fires are an annual problem …

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31 crematorium and funeral services workers sternly warned for red packet practice

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has issued stern warnings to crematorium workers for receiving red packets from funeral services employees in return for giving the latter preferential treatment. In a statement released on Thursday (19 September), the CIPB said they were notified by the National Environment Agency (NEA) nearly a year ago on October 2018 of a complaint the …

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S’pore cannot compel GIC and Temasek to abstain from investing in haze-linked companies?

A Parliamentary question by Workers’ Party (WP)’s Member of Parliament Leon Perera regarding Singapore sovereign wealth funds GIC and Temasek Holdings’ possible investments in haze-linked companies was highlighted by the party’s unofficial support Facebook page One WP, One SG on Wed (18 Sep). Over three years ago, Perera asked Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat if the Government was involved in …

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