Tag Archives: Straits Times 16 April 2014

Woman fails in bid to claim maintenance

Ms Chan Wing Sun, 49, had claimed that her lecturer husband, Professor Anthony Guo, 52, used to maintain her on $6,500 a month when they were married. But High Court Justice Belinda Ang made clear that an applicant for maintenance must "appreciate the new realities that flow from the breakdown of a marriage and should not expect to get all she asks for". In judgment grounds released on Monday, she added: "The applicant is expected to exert reasonable efforts to secure gainful employment and contribute to preserve her pre-breakdown lifestyle." The Chinese couple's total disclosed assets were $9.28 million, of which Ms Chan was given 41 per cent, or $3.8 million. The couple married here in 2002 but lived apart after the former Nanyang Technological University lecturer went to work in Monash University's Malaysia campus as an engineering professor seven years later. He filed for divorce and interim judgment was given in 2011.

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Filipino group gets online flak over event

ORGANISERS of a plan to celebrate Philippine Independence Day here had to remove a Facebook post about the event, after it drew a storm of vitriol and protests from netizens. The online response came as a shock, they said, though they still intend to proceed with the celebration on June 8 at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza, pending approval of permits from the authorities. The Pilipino Independence Day Council Singapore (PIDCS), a group of Filipino volunteers, put up a post on Facebook about the event last weekend and drew fire almost immediately. Negative comments from Singaporeans flooded in, with Facebook page "Say 'No' to an overpopulated Singapore" urging locals to protest on the PIDCS page.

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TEMASEK HOLDINGS INVESTS $188M IN NIGERIAN ENERGY GROUP

TEMASEK Holdings has invested US$150 million (S$187.8 million) in Nigerian firm Seven Energy as part of its expansion in emerging markets. Temasek made the investment alongside the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, which committed US$75 million. The IFC's African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund committed US$30 million more. The funds will be used to help Seven Energy develop its growing portfolio of assets in Nigeria.

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FORMER PRC CITIZEN FINED $2,000,000 OVER DUTY-UNPAID BEER, RICE WINE

Mr Liu Jiannan, a Singapore permanent resident, took over as company director of Tita Logistics last month. "Business has not been affected and we're striving to put this episode behind us," he told The Straits Times in Mandarin. "We came to Singapore for entrepreneurship and being a new company at the time, we did not know the country's laws well. "We've learnt a valuable lesson. We don't have anything to hide and so we won't be changing our company name."

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