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Cancer-stricken Sarojini Jayapal in critical condition: Lawyer M Ravi

47-year-old Sarojini Jayapal, who has been battling late-stage ovarian cancer since three years ago, is currently in “critical condition”, according to her lawyer M Ravi. “Just received the heartbreaking news from Suriia that Sarojini is in critical condition. Please join me in prayer for this brave lady and her supremely devoted husband,” M Ravi wrote in a Facebook post today …

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Government initiatives such as Resilience Package unlikely to provide significant boost to Singapore’s economic growth: Credit Suisse

Government initiatives with a focus on social spending and infrastructure projects may not have “a strong impact” on Singapore’s economic growth unless global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth exhibits “sustained recovery” from the effect of the Sino-US trade war, according to Swiss multinational investment bank Credit Suisse AG. The prediction was made in reference to Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee …

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Valuation of unlisted assets considered in reviewing GIC and Temasek portfolio risks: Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong

The government takes into account the valuation of unlisted assets in GIC and Temasek such as private equity, infrastructure, and real estate when reviewing the overall risks of its whole portfolio of assets, said Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong on Tue (6 Aug). Responding to a Parliamentary question from Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) …

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NUS seeks to attract overseas Singaporean academics via grant — but many professors previously left due to high research output requirements

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is offering a S$200,000 grant to overseas Singaporean academics seeking to return to the country and to join the university as pre-tenure assistant professors, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Tue (6 Aug). Speaking at the inaugural Singaporean Researchers Global Summit held at the Regent Singapore, Mr Ong said that the grant, half …

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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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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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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 improvement” in race relations among Singaporeans except in workplaces, says Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam … but do minorities concur?

While there has been a “slight increase” in the “perception” of racial discrimination at the workplace against minorities in Singapore, there has also been “some improvement” in race relations among Singaporeans overall, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam. “Is there racism in Singapore? Of course there is. There is racism in every multi-racial society that we know of. …

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Foreign students should be welcome, but never at the expense of Singaporeans: People’s Voice Party questions govt’s S$130mil spending on foreign students

Foreign students should be welcome in Singapore as part of the effort to make the Republic’s educational landscape a richer one, but “never at the expense of young Singaporeans”, said People’s Voice Party. In a video posted on Sun (28 Jul) by founding chief Lim Tean on YouTube of a community visit made by “Shadow Cabinet Member” Cheang Kok Ming …

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