Former PAP candidates in the last election that lost in their respective constituencies have been moved to other constituencies. Mr Ong Ye Kung who was appointed as a grassroots adviser in Kaki butkit following a loss in the 2011 GE at Aljunied GRC has been moved to Sembawang GRC with Khaw Boon Wan.
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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.
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.
The Islamic State (IS) group released a video on Thursday of a British freelance photojournalist, John Cantlie, in which he says he is being held captive. In the video posted on YouTube, Cantlie, wearing an orange jumpsuit, speaks to the camera in the style of a news report and promises to reveal in a series of programmes the “truth” about the jihadist group that has seized parts of Iraq and Syria. There was no immediate threat to his life apparent in the video.
Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group priced shares on Thursday for its upcoming initial public offering at $68 each, putting the finishing touches on what is to be the largest IPO for a U.S.-listed company ever. According to various reports on the day before the company expects to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba and its selling shareholders will raise a combined $21.8 billion, a figure that could rise to $25 billion if underwriters exercise an option to buy more shares at the IPO price.
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.
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.
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.