S’pore Poly opens perfumery, cosmetic facility

Final year Singapore Polytechnic (SP) student Tiffany Chin no longer needs to jostle for space in the laboratory with the launch yesterday of a new S$1 million facility for the perfumery and cosmetic science diploma programme, the only one of its kind here. “Now, there is more room, equipment and things (we) can do there,” said the 19-year-old at the opening ceremony.

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Singapore must ease ‘bandwidth tax’ on the poor

The PAP Government, however, contends there is no shortage of help schemes for the poor. In November last year, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing defended Singapore’s kueh lapis approach for helping low-income Singaporeans as being more targeted and flexible in meeting their needs than a single poverty line. Poor households need only to apply for the various social assistance programmes that subsidise housing, childcare, healthcare and eldercare.

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PMO website hacking case adjourned to February

Two brothers charged with hacking offences — including the alleged hacking of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) website — have had their cases adjourned to February. 27-year-old Mohammad Azhar Tahir faces 10 charges, including the alleged offence of modifying contents of the PMO website.

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Public bus fleet to expand 20% by end-2014

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said there will be a 20 per cent increase in the fleet of public buses by the end of this year. All 550 buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) will hit the roads. From this figure, more than half are already in operation.

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Two honoured for rescuing victims from burning car

Two individuals were recognised today (Jan 6) for rescuing two accident victims trapped in a burning car last week. Mr Lim Hong Kai, 53, and Mr Yan Zhen Jun, 44, were honoured by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) with the Public Spiritedness Award for their bravery by Colonel Ling Young Ern, Commander of the 4th Civil Defence Division.

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Former MM Lee Kuan Yew conferred Russia’s Order of Honour

The President of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Putin, has conferred the Order of Honour on Singapore’s former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. The Order of Honour was presented by His Excellency Mr Leonid Moiseev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Singapore, to Mr Lee today (Jan 6) at the Istana.

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Budget 2014: Catalyse growth holistically

In a fast-changing world, the Government must help firms in setting up environmental scanning and intelligence-gathering systems on a global basis. This would help them predict business trends, pre-empt opportunities, achieve first-mover advantages and move up the food chain.

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Provide affordable homes for elderly

When I heard about the prices for The Hillford, a retirement housing project for the elderly, I thought to myself that it is meant only for rich retirees. Even retirement housing does not come cheap.

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