EDITORIALS

POLICE CALLED IN TO 2 FIGHTS BETWEEN ANGRY IPHONE 6 FANS OVER QUEUE CUTTING

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 September 2014 - 3:27pm

The iPhone 6 launched in Singapore today with many customers seen queuing up overnight to get their hands on the new phone. However, as many customers didn't sleep and sat around on uncomfy pavements all night-long, it is no wonder that frustrations were high when others tried to cut the queue. In fact, police had to be called in to 2 locations after customers queuing got into fights.


ROY’S DEFENCE: SUING CITIZENS FOR DEFAMATION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 September 2014 - 12:05pm

A court hearing was conducted behind closed doors yesterday about PM Lee and Roy Ngerng’s ongoing defamation lawsuit and according the court documents released by Roy, his lawyers are arguing that it is unconstitutional for PM Lee to sue Roy for defamation. The closed door hearing yesterday was specifically about whether the court would grant PM Lee’s application for a summary judgement. 


MOE TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT WHO INSULTED STUDENTS ONLINE UNDER INVESTIGATION

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 September 2014 - 11:39am

The MOE is currently investigating Mr Haniel Soh, a trainee teacher who recently posted a series of insulting comments about his students on social media. He had complained publicly online that his students smelled bad, were boring and that teaching was boring. Soh, believed to be in his early 20s was on a vacation attachment at a local secondary school between June and July. 


CUSTOMERS QUEUE OVER 22 HOURS FOR NEW IPHONE 6 AND 6 PLUS

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 September 2014 - 11:11am

The new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale today and hundreds of people were seen queuing outside Telco outlets waiting to get the new phone. Even with ‘booking’ systems available for some customers, there were still long lines seen. SingTel had allowed customers to book phones online and come to pick them up from the Marina Bay outlet at allotted times starting from 8am. 


CPF: WE WONT BE INCREASING YOUR INTEREST RATES THIS YEAR

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 September 2014 - 10:49am

The CPF board explained that they would keep interest rates at 2.5% for the Ordinary Account and 4% on Special, Medisave and Retirement Accounts at least until Decembe 31st this year. The interest rates are reviewed every quarter and are derived from the major local banks’ interest rates and the minimum legislated amounts. 


HENG SWEE KEAT: WE ADMIT LEE KUAN YEW’S BIRTHDAY PHOTO WAS PHOTOSHOPPED

THEREALSINGAPORE 19 September 2014 - 10:40am

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has responded to online queires about the “strange” photo of MR Lee Kuan Yew’s 91st birthday which he first uploaded this week. The photo, pictured above, showed MR Lee Kuan Yew and several of his close staf members celebrating his birthday but netizens were confused as to why the background was pitch black and there were lighter ‘halos’ around the people gathered around Mr Lee.


MINDEF TO TRIAL USE OF FITBITS TO TRACK NS MEN’S TRAINING

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 September 2014 - 9:23pm

MINDEF is currently running a trial of using wearable technology to help NSmen prepare for their IPPT. One such example is the use of FitBits and smartphone apps. The health promotion board developed the iDAT app which measures the distance covered on a run.


TWO FOOD PRODUCTS RECALLED IN SINGAPORE FOLLOWING ‘TAINTED OIL’ SCANDAL

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 September 2014 - 8:52pm

The Agri-Food and veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said Thursday that two products have been recalled from Singapore following revelations that they are affected by the tainted oil scandal in Taiwan and Hong Kong. All shops have now recalled Chi Mei dumplings and Sheng Hsiang Jen cookies. With Chi Mei, the Frozen Cooked Pork Dumplings, Frozen Cooked vegetable dumplings and the frozen leek cooked dumplings have been withdrawn. 


THROWN OUT TO DRY

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 September 2014 - 6:39pm

It's no fun being an inventor in Singapore when big brother is out to grab your ideas. Yiap was too trusting in February 2001 when he presented his design for a clothes drying rack system to the officers at the Housing & Development Board (HDB). HDB lawyers Darrell Low and May Tan told the court that the board had been "reviewing available racks" since year 2000 - see 5 designs considered in the Facebook page "Development of HDB Clothes Drying Systems". 


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