INVENTOR CHALLENGES HDB IN COURT ENDED UP $160,000 POORER

A local inventor who alleged that the Housing Board had infringed his patent for an external clothes drying rack has lost his lawsuit. The High Court on Wednesday found that the HDB has not infringed the patent of Mr Yiap Hang Boon, 54. In particular, the court found that HDB's rack does not act as a safety rail to prevent a person from falling when drying clothes, which is one of the main elements of Mr Yiap's patent.

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FIRMS, UNIONS AND GOVT TO IDENTIFY KEY SKILLS WORKERS NEEDED FOR NEW ECONOMY

Companies, unions and government agencies will be more involved in identifying key skills workers in various sectors will need in the future. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency will also enhance existing national training framework and develop sector-based competency frameworks that set out benchmarks for workers to upgrade themselves and plan their careers.

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PRC CHEAT YANG YIN ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST

Former China tour guide Yang Yin has been arrested for suspected criminal breach of trust. A police spokesman told The Straits Times on Wednesday night that Mr Yang's arrest followed "police reports lodged against him". The arrest came after the police and Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) hauled the former tour guide for an interview on Tuesday. The Straits Times understands that Mr Yang, 40, was still being questioned by the police at the Police Cantonment Complex on Wednesday night.

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SINGAPORE'S ELITES ARE FLEEING FROM SHITHOLE S'PORE

WSJ published an article on the statistic regarding high net worth Singaporeans planing to flee their native countries. Turns out that Singapore, the so call most prosperous country in the world has the 2nd highest percentage of elites planing to vote with the legs. While PAP keep bragging how good Singapore is, seems that PAP's own kind, the elites do not buy that. Not just the peasants, the elites are seeing Singapore as a shithole, hopping to flee this island as fast as possible.

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MAJORITY OF SINGAPOREANS WORKING EXCESSIVE HOURS

About 82 per cent of professionals in Singapore say they are working more hours than what is stipulated in their contracts, according to a survey released by global consultancy firm Morgan McKinley on Wednesday (Sep 17). Compared to other countries in the Asia Pacific region, the Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey 2014 showed that this figure was slightly lower than those of Japan and Hong Kong, both registering 84 per cent, but higher when compared to China (65 per cent).

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MEDISHIELD FUND HAS OVER $1.7B RESERVES & $2.4B IN ASSETS?

It states that “Mr Gan Kim Yong (Minister for Health): The MediShield Fund’s reserves were at $1.7 billion as at 31 December 2013. The reserves support scheme liabilities that include policyholders’ claims as well as premium rebates to help policyholders with their premiums in their older ages. Of the total reserves set aside, currently about two-thirds support ongoing and future claims while the rest support future premium rebates. The portion of the reserves that support premium rebates is expected to rise in future with the move to distribute premiums more evenly over policyholders’ lifetimes under MediShield Life, so that net premiums after the premium rebates rise less steeply in old age.

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STARHUB JOINS RIVALS IN MOBILE FEE HIKE

Consumers are resigned, citing the lack of real options. "It is not like I can switch to another telco and get a huge discount; their plans are almost the same," said sales manager Faith Heng, 36, a SingTel subscriber.

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WHY CONTINUE FUNDING FOOTBALL?

Is it sensible to continue funding a sport that seldom delivers? We might as well use the money to fund and further develop bowling, sailing, swimming and other sports that have delivered consistently. For a sport that receives generous funding, football has time and again disappointed.

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DEPRESSED WOMAN COMMITS SUICIDE BY JUMPING INTO PIT WITH 1000 CROCODILES

An elderly woman committed suicide by jumping into a pond full of crocodiles, it has been reported. Wanpen Inyai, 65, was torn apart after apparently throwing herself into a pit with more than 1,000 crocodiles at a zoo in Bangkok, Thailand. A disturbing picture was posted online reportedly showing a crocodile approaching her moments before she was attacked. Police said they arrived at the scene to find zoo keepers and staff desperately trying to ward off dozens of reptiles which were feasting on her body.

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