Tag Archives: Straits Times 24 July 2014

HAZE BACK IN PARTS OF MALAYSIA

Haze has returned again to Malaysia, with parts of Selangor and Penang recording unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) readings yesterday. Five areas registered unhealthy readings as at 11am - Port Klang, Kuala Selangor, Shah Alam, Seberang Jaya 2 in Prai of Penang, and Kampong Air Putih in Taiping all registered between 100 and 200 on the API.

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PROPOSAL TO TWEAK GENDER BIAS IN WOMEN’S CHARTER

MEN who are incapacitated may soon be able to claim maintenance from the wives they are divorcing. The idea of awarding maintenance based on need and not only gender is one of the proposed amendments to the Women's Charter that may be tabled in Parliament after public consultation ends early next year. Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing revealed this yesterday after he joined a women's group dialogue at the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO).

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CHEAT CONS VICTIMS WITH DUD CHEQUES

A SERIAL cheat gave his victims cheques as payment for religious artwork, baby strollers, laptops and even the lease for an apartment in Katong - even though he did not have the money in the bank to pay for them. Mohamed Amir Mohamed Tafel, 31 and jobless, is believed to have sold off some of the goods, worth about $10,000, and pocketed the proceeds. Yesterday, he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to 14 charges.

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START CENTRAL PLATFORM TO LEGITIMISE PETITIONS

Online petitions are not that new in Singapore. Accusations of astro-turfing - or the creation of a fake grassroots movement to suggest that more people feel strongly about an issue than is actually the case - surfaced as far back as 2010, when the Government warned of an online campaign to pressure it to lower property prices ("Yes to feedback, no to pressure campaigns: PM"; March 28, 2010). With a sound SingPass system in place, technical concerns should not be an issue here.

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FITNESS EXPERTS CONCERNED OVER NEW IPPT

Netizens on his Facebook page had mixed reactions to the changes, with some questioning if the new test would be too easy.The removal of three other stations also raised concerns among some fitness experts. Director of Genesis gym Jonathan Wong, who conducts IPPT training, told The Straits Times that while the new test was "significantly easier", it might undermine combat fitness standards.

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