Tag Archives: Straits Times 17 July 2014

INDONESIAN MUSLIMS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR TERRORIST GROUP ISIS

SEVERAL hundred supporters of hardline groups gathered at a mosque in Solo, central Java, on Tuesday to show their support for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the recently declared caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A similar gathering is planned on Sunday in Malang, East Java. These come on top of two similar ISIS gatherings that had already been held near Jakarta and in Bima this month, raising concerns about young Indonesians travelling to the battlefront and returning to carry out terror attacks back home.

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Call to cap maid recruitment fee paid by employers

THE biggest maid agent association here has submitted a proposal to the Government to cap the fees that employers pay on behalf of their maids, to stop agents from jacking up fees. The Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) (AEAS) is calling for this fee - which can be as high as $4,000 - to be capped at around $1,000 instead. As maids usually cannot afford the fee, employers "lend" them the money, getting the money back through deductions from the maids' salaries. The women can thus go without pay for up to nine months or take home as little as $10 to $20 each month.

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Parents may get carrot to join kids in newer towns

PARENTS may receive incentives to join their children in newer towns, in a bid to free up Housing Board flats in mature estates. This would allow children who wish to join their parents in mature estates to have better chances of buying the freed-up flats, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan. It was heartwarming to see many families still wanting to live near each other, he added at a Tuesday night dialogue on housing issues.

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Warfarin patients who fast, be careful: Docs

MUSLIMS on the blood-thinning medication warfarin should be extra careful during the fasting month of Ramadan, doctors advised. In a 2012 study, experts at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) found that fasting makes this group of patients more likely to veer out of the ideal blood-thickness range. The patients also tend to remain outside this range for a longer period of time. Doctors explained that this probably happens because of the lower food intake during Ramadan, meaning that the same dose of warfarin makes the blood thinner than it should be.

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Jailed for using cellphone to film woman changing clothes

A SUPERMARKET manager wanted to know what one of his colleagues looked like without her clothes on, so he left his mobile phone in a toilet cubicle to film her getting changed. He went into the staff toilet cubicle and left his mobile phone on a shelf after setting it to video recording mode. A few minutes later, the woman entered the toilet to change and was filmed taking off her blouse. While she was changing, she noticed the mobile phone on the shelf, then picked it up and stopped the video recording.

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