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Hard truths about COVID-19 & Resilience Budget

I know many Singaporeans are very frustrated and annoyed by the whole COVID-19 situation. Some people also still very bue song with what the Gahmen is currently doing – even though Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat already said on 26 March 2020 that the Gahmen got the Resilience Budget to help Singaporeans. So, in this article, we are going to answer some of your burning questions regarding COVID-19 and the Resilience Budget. Why Gahmen cannot give out money to us immediately? We want it now! Some of the packages from the Resilience Budget cannot be disbursed immediately because need to plan out how to give out the money mah. It’s like when you go draw money from ATM, you also need to queue right? Some more this time is give out A LOT of money to A LOT of people leh. You also want to make

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Death penalty for property agent if found guilty of murder

Faced with money issues and a gambling problem, Teo Ghim Heng, 43, was charged with two counts of murder for killing his wife and daughter on 20 Jan 2017, one week before Chinese New Year. Teo racked up a “serious financial debt” of about S$70,000. He had borrowed money from colleagues over the years and had overdue kindergarten school fees and credit card debts. On the tragic day of the incident, Teo was arguing with his wife about the school fees. In the heat of the moment, He wrapped a towel around his pregnant wife’s neck and strangled her before doing the same to his four-year-old daughter. He then allegedly tried to commit suicide but failed in all attempts. He purportedly had wanted to kill himself in the blaze when he set the bodies on fire but aborted his attempt as it was too hot. He slept beside the bodies

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HSA warns against 4 products with undeclared potent ingredients

On 1 Jul, the Health Science Authority (HSA) warned the public against purchasing or using four skin creams with “undeclared potent ingredients” after an infant was hospitalized. The cream, which is unlabeled, was used on the infant to treat her diaper rash, causing her to develop Cushing’s syndrome. She developed a “moon face” and a “buffalo back” due to fat accumulation, excessive hair growth on the body and thinning of the skin. “The steroid in the cream has led to recurrent infections, as it suppressed her immune system and caused poor developmental growth,” HSA said in the press release. The three other creams, used to treat eczema, are namely D’Splendid Kidzema Cream, CLAĺR DE LUNE P Tuberose Day Cream and CLAĺR DE LUNE S Involcurata Night Cream. It was reported that users experienced rapid relief of their condition, but it worsened when they stopped using them. A mother who bought

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Companies to equip workers with skills as industry changes technologically

To help workers reskill, upskill and remain competitive as industries transform technologically and digitally, Singapore’s unions are working with businesses to set up Company Training Committees (CTCs), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) secretary-general Ng Chee Meng. Mr Ng made this statement on 12 Jun at the 108th session of the international labor conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spoke on how Singapore’s labor movement is taking practical steps to realize the concept of “Worker 4.0” – one who has a combination of adaptive, technology and technical sets so that one can be more productive, increase value to businesses and earn better wages He mentioned that the unions have already formed more than 50 CTCs and is hoping to have a total of 1,000 CTCs in companies within three years. Mr Ng introduced the 3As and 3Ws the CTCs aim to achieve. First, accelerate the Acceptance of technology with a formalised

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Singapore actor Joshua Ang warns about ‘nightmare’ experience with confinement nanny

On 3 Mar 2018, former local actor Joshua Ang married the love of his life, Shannon Low. The couple welcomed their first son, Jed on 1 Aug 2018. Three days later, the couple was finally able to bring their son home. However, this was the start of their nightmare, as journaled in Ang’s blog post on 8 Jun. They hired a confinement nanny, via a friend’s recommendation, whose actions and negligence would later land baby Jed in the intensive care unit (ICU). They were told that the nanny had 12 years of experience as a confinement lady, and was fully booked back then. Seeing how healthy their friend’s baby was, they trusted her and hired her for the next 28 days for $3,000 (including a $500 deposit). Within days of work, Ang alleged the nanny did not follow any of their instructions. She insisted on doing things her way and

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Carousell users cheated of Universal Studios and ZoukOut entry tickets

On 22 Apr, the police had arrested a 27-year old man for his suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams on Carousell. At least 25 victims have responded to the Carousell listing advertising the sale of Universal Studios and ZoukOut 2018 entry tickets. They have made payments to the man through bank transfers, but the man could not be contacted once he receives the money. He is believed to have made off with at least $3,400. If convicted, the man would face a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine. Online shopping has indeed made our life easier but do stay vigilant. After all, you are dealing with a stranger online. Then again, why isn’t Carousell implementing lemon law even after so many cheating cases? If you’d like to contribute your story to us, drop us an email at [email protected] and we’ll review it. We read each submission that comes

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Did price of brown rice really increase drastically? Think again.

Did price of brown rice really increase drastically? Think again. A reader-contributed article reported yesterday that there has been an unreasonable increase in the price of brown rice in NTUC Fairprice of nearly 50%, causing much uproar in the community. Reason for such a significant price increment was known to be caused by market forces- a fluctuation in demand and supply will naturally lead to price changes. As our society has been progressively emphasizing on a healthy lifestyle and diet, the demand for the healthier option of brown rice over white rice has risen. At the same time, there is a dip in supply of brown rice from Thailand thus causing the price of brown rice to increase about 47%. What was wrong, however, is that the comparison made was unjust. That is because the price of $8.95 was not for brown rice but red unpolished rice- a totally different

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Man jailed for scamming more than 50 people on Carousell

On 28 Mar, 31-year-old Subramaniam Perumal was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to 36 charges of cheating. More than 50 people have paid several hundred dollars as deposits to rent vehicles from a “dealer” on Carousell but they never received the vehicles. Subramaniam made off with S$8,170 through his online scams. Between August 2018 to December 2018, Subramaniam would download pictures of cars from other Carousell advertisements and ‘rent’ them out on his own Carousell account. He would then ask for interested users to transfer him a deposit of a few hundred dollars. After receiving the money, Subramaniam would stop responding to their messages. When he received a negative feedback on his account, he would simply set up another account and continue his deception. When texting his victims, he would use mobile prepaid cards that were not registered under his name. How to trust Carousell like that

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Singapore not affected by Pasir Gudang’s chemical spill

Singapore has remained unaffected by the chemical spill in Johor’s Pasir Gudang district, said in a joint statement by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on 17 Mar. Singapore is also getting regular updates on the situation in Pasir Gudang the authorities added. The concerns came after some toxic waste was being dumped into a river in Pasir Gudang, which has affected more than 3,000 people in the surrounding areas. Singapore’s air and water quality remain safe, and Singapore’s water supply is unaffected by the incident, Singapore authorities said. SCDF’s portable stand-off chemical gas detector at Punggol has yet to detect any signs of harmful substances. Additionally, the NEA will continue to monitor the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere at various parts of Singapore, including Pulau Ubin. Since

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Women pleads guilty to causing her friend’s death in accident

On 14 Mar, Honami Lam Qixin, 25, pleaded guilty to causing Jasmine Lim Jia Yan, 23, death due to negligent driving. Miss Lim died in the hospital on 22 Apr 2018. The accident occurred at the junction of Jaan Anak Bukit and Jurong Kechil Road. Deputy Public Prosecutor Wu Yu Jie mentioned that Ms. Lam’s intention was to turn right towards the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) heading to Changi. However, When the traffic lights turned green for vehicles to travel straight ahead, Ms. Lam started turning right before the right-turn green arrow appeared. Mr Thanjavour Rajarm Prabhuram, 43, who was driving an SMRT bus in the opposite direction of Jalan Anak Bukit towards Clementi Road, hit the left side of the car, which spun before coming to a stop. Ms. Lam then called the police. Ms. Lim, who was sitting at the back of the car, was then taken to the

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