Singapore rises to third place in annual ranking of least corrupt countries

SINGAPORE – Singapore has moved up three notches to third spot in an annual ranking of countries deemed to have the least corruption in the public sector, with Denmark and New Zealand ahead of it. The Republic scored 85 on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, which uses a scale that goes from zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean. The index released on Tuesday (Jan 29) also shows that, globally, most countries continue to fail in reining in corruption significantly, said Berlin-based Transparency International. Similar to…

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Singapore 

Singapore bicentennial: Why 2019 is history in the making

200 years after getting colonised On Dec. 31, 2017, PM Lee announced the government’s intent in 2019 to commemorate the bicentennial — meaning, 200 years anniversary — of Sir Stamford Raffles’ founding. Rather than being a celebration, however, the bicentennial is meant to be a reflection on Singapore’s journey so far. The year 1819 is widely accepted as when modern Singapore was founded by Raffles. However, Singapore already had a thriving population 500 years prior to 1819, as these formative years lend context to our formation. What events can we expect? The…

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Singapore wildlife 

Jurong Bird Park is first wildlife park to successfully breed endangered Solomon Islands bird

SINGAPORE – Four baby Santa Cruz ground doves were born at Jurong Bird Park in recent weeks, making the park the first zoological institution in the world to successfully breed the highly threatened bird species under human care. Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 23) that the first of the Santa Cruz ground dove chicks hatched on Dec 31 last year. The bird is listed as endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. In August last year, 60 of them –…

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Education Health Singapore 

Singapore firm’s new product may help diabetics avoid sugar spike from food

A home-grown company has created a product that adds fibre to food and may lower the glycaemic index (GI) of high carbohydrate meals, preventing them from causing the sudden spike in blood sugar levels that is so damaging to people with diabetes. Food companies such as Han’s, Lim Kee Food Manufacturing, Gardenia and Tan Seng Kee Foods are now testing the product by local food-tech start-up Alchemy Foodtech. Alchemy said at the launch of its new laboratory yesterday that the product lowers the GI without changing the taste, colour or…

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News Singapore 

Singapore retains top spot in Asia Pacific index for talent competitiveness

SINGAPORE-Singapore has topped the Global Talent Competitiveness Index in Asia-Pacific for the sixth straight year, coming second in the global rankings behind Switzerland and ahead of the United States, which was third. Released on Monday (Jan 21) in Davos, ahead of the World Economic Forum, the yearly index measures how 125 countries are able to attract, nurture and retain talented people, and was compiled by French business school Insead in partnership with the Adecco Group and Tata Communications. In the same index for cities, Singapore ranked 17th. Singapore’s stellar ranking…

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Economy Singapore 

Banks kept at ‘overweight’ by UOB on Fed’s dovish stance, dividend yield

SINGAPORE (Jan 18): UOB Kay Hian is maintaining Singapore’s banking sector at “overweight” after the US Fed calmed the nerves of investors with its dovish disposition, which subsequently generated a relief rally. “We maintain ‘buy’ for both DBS and OCBC, although we prefer OCBC,” says analyst Jonathan Koh in a Friday report. The research house has target prices of $28.50 and $13.82 respectively. Fed’s narrative took a dovish turn in mid-Nov when Fed Chairman Jerome Powell highlighted potential headwinds buffeting the US economy in 2019, including a slowdown in growth…

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News Singapore 

Motorcyclist taken to hospital after getting hit by car and run over by van on AYE

SINGAPORE – A 29-year-old motorcyclist was taken to hospital after she was run over by a van on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) on Thursday (Jan 17). Footage of the incident shows a car colliding with the motorcycle on the rightmost lane of the expressway, apparently while trying to change lanes. The motorcyclist is knocked off her bike, which skids across three lanes. The impact also sends her sprawling into the path of a van, which appears to have swerved to avoid the car. Unable to stop in time, the…

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Economy Food Singapore 

Hawkers get faster access to funds from Nets transactions

SINGAPORE – In a move to address hawkers’ grouses about e-payment delays, Nets said on Thursday (Jan 17) proceeds from Nets transactions made before 5pm will now land in hawkers’ bank accounts by 11pm the same day. Proceeds from transactions made after 5pm will be credited to the hawkers’ bank accounts before 9am the next day. The firm said the initiative, which was launched on Thursday, will improve cash flow and give hawkers faster access to their funds. To be eligible for this new system, hawkers must have a DBS,…

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Education MOE Singapore 

Register online for MOE kindergartens; change in admissions criteria

Parents who wish to enrol their children in a Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergarten in 2020 can do so online, and need not submit registration forms and supporting documents in person. There will also be changes to the admissions framework for these kindergartens, which were first set up in 2014 to provide affordable pre-school education and raise the quality of early childhood education. Top priority for admissions will now go to Singaporean children from lower-income households living within 1km of the MOE kindergarten. Children with siblings in K1 to Primary…

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Singapore SINGAPORE COURTS 

Bangladeshi jailed for posting nude photos of maid online after she rejected his advances

SINGAPORE – A Bangladeshi man angry with a foreign domestic worker for rejecting his advances leaked her nude photos online. For his actions, Islam Rokibul, 32, a marine trades worker, was sentenced to four months’ jail on Monday (Jan 14). He had pleaded guilty to criminal intimidation and transmitting obscene material by electronic means. Deputy Public Prosecutor Jaime Pang told the court that Islam and his 28-year-old victim first got to know each other on Facebook. The victim cannot be named to protect her identity. One day, Islam had a…

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