Two weeks after the Little India Riots, over 20 foreign workers are now facing charges for rioting, almost 60 foreign workers have been deported and banned from entering Singapore under the Immigration Act while another 200 were issued with a police advisory. In crying for justice and fairness for the workers who were deported, MARUAH organized a workshop on “Justice and Fairness” and in the picture below, Jolovan Wham (second from right in the panel of 5 in black t-shirt, speaking into the mic) spoke up for foreign workers again.
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The United States on Thursday criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a war shrine visit that infuriated Japan's neighbors, in a rare break to usually unstinting US support to its ally.US advocacy of a stronger Japan -- including a more active security role by the officially pacifist country -- has been a core principle for Washington in a region marked by the rise of China and an increasingly worrisome North Korea.
China summoned Tokyo's ambassador on Thursday and delivered a "strong protest" at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the flashpoint Yasukuni shrine, state media reported. The foreign ministry said the visit glorified Japan's "history of militaristic aggression". Foreign Minister Wang Yi "conveyed the Chinese government's solemn representations and strong protest", the official Xinhua news agency said.
After the government introduced the new curbs on PRs buying resale flats, the price of resale HDB flats has fallen slightly. Previously, PRs could buy resale flats as soon as they were granted PR but as of August, PRs now have to wait 3 years before they can buy flats. As there were about 90,000 PRs granted in the last three years, it is a significant number of potential buyers who have not been able to buy resale.
The haze came and gone in June, leaving in its trail disgruntled Singaporeans. At its peak, the Pollutant Standards Index hit 401. Even as many stepped up to distribute masks and purifiers or house those who were affected medically, the G was a convenient scapegoat for the discomforts. A stop-work order was never issued, millions of masks were pushed out to residents and retailers (belatedly, some argue), and geopolitical pressure was applied.
Thanks to a new exemption rule, despite signing up for the National Do Not Call registry, you may still receive some promotional text messages and faxes from some companies. Companies can still send you promotional messages in the form of texts and faxes if you have signed up with the companies before the launch of the Do Not Call Registry.
Seekers after educational excellence once used to head pilgrim-like towards Finland. This was the most quoted example of a high performing school system, even though in many ways it was a very distinctive and individual system. Scandinavia was the education world’s sensible successful neighbour. But Finland has slipped downwards and the gloom has spread across Nordic countries, with Sweden among the biggest fallers. Norway and Denmark are absent from the top end of the tables. Their sluggish performances have been overtaken by countries such as Estonia, Poland and Ireland.
Well, I came to meet the Home Team, people who were involved in handling the riot the night it happened, as well as the follow up, to meet them, to talk to them, to express my appreciation for what they are doing, to hear their views, their accounts and their experiences in this incident. I think they have a very difficult job - the Police, different parts of the Police, the Traffic Police were involved, the SOC, Special Ops Command were involved, they had the dog unit, they had the people from Tanglin Police Station and there were also the Civil Defence responders, the ambulance group, the paramedics.