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HOW DOES FOOD CENTER RENOVATION BENEFIT DINERS?

With the dreadful noon temperatures, I had been anticipating the installation of large fans found at surface MRT stations, which can offer better cooling coverage. But there was only a one-for-one replacement of wall fans. There may have been upgrading of operational facilities not obvious to the casual eye, but this renovation has brought no benefits to diners.

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STOP UNNECESSARY HAWKER CENTRE RENOVATIONS

After two months of renovation, the hawker centre at Aljunied Crescent reopened last month. One stallholder said her rent was now S$1,400; it was S$1,000 pre-renovation. She was aware that many of her customers were elderly and poor, but said she had to increase the prices of some dishes. Wanton noodles that were S$2.50 are now S$3. Half the stalls are still closed. Surely the town council’s surplus funds could have been used for the renovation to stall the increase in food prices?

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THE POLITICAL FORCES SHAPING OUR FUTURE

Liberalism demands an informed and interested citizenry that accepts and is better for its differences. This is a tall order, but is a worthy goal and a mark of a mature and humane society. However, we cannot be naive and ignore the realities of our economic condition. Populism is the real threat among the three forces. It throws up weak leaders with no normative vision. We need confident leadership that can accept feedback from the ground, offer a vision to the people and develop a plan to realise our collective aspirations.

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LOCAL FILM BARRED FOR “UNDERMINING NATIONAL SECURITY”

Political analyst Eugene Tan, a law lecturer at the Singapore Management University, said that if the views of these political exiles were to be easily and widely available, it could deal a “severe injustice” to those who suffered during the violent confrontation. Former Nominated Member of Parliament Siew Kum Hong felt that it is natural for history to have different narratives and accounts, and what the MDA did “is to insist that the government’s official account is the one, single unequivocal truth”.

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Parents welcome move to better reward non-graduate teachers

Ms Madeline Ang, who has two children in primary school, feels that it is better to have graduates teaching in secondary schools as the syllabus is tougher. Raffles Girls’ School principal Poh Mun See said a degree is one way for teachers to master the content they teach and, together with good teaching skills, enhances teaching.

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M RAVI: CANING DRUG TRAFFICKER IS AGAINST CONSTITUTION

Yong, the first drug trafficker on death row to be resentenced under amendments made to the Misuse of Drugs Act — he was sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane — is appealing against his caning sentence.. His lawyer M Ravi said in court yesterday that caning is a form of torture or inhuman punishment and is in contravention of Article 9(1) of the Constitution.

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80-YEAR OLD MAN BEATS 54-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER-IN-LAW TO DEATH

A chilling murder involving an 80-year-old suspect — one of the oldest Singapore has seen — and the 54-year-old daughter-in-law he lives with rocked the Tampines Street 43 neighbourhood yesterday. When Madam Ong Guat Heng’s daughter discovered her mother’s blood-drenched body at home shortly after 10am yesterday, the suspected assailant, her grandfather, was already heading towards Bedok North Neighbourhood Police Centre, where he was arrested

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SINGAPOREANS PRAISE PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG

Netizens participating in a discussion of the National Day Rally speech organised on Facebook by government feedback unit REACH yesterday lauded Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments about valuing those with lower academic qualifications and enhancing the career prospects of non-graduates.

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FOREIGN WORKER LOSES APPEAL AGAINST LIFE SENTENCE FOR MURDER

A Bangladeshi construction worker, who was convicted of murder, had escaped the hangman’s noose — but he still wanted to appeal against the sentence, which will see him being locked away behind bars for life. However, the court, led by Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang, dismissed Kamrul’s appeal, saying that his sentence could not be reduced as it was the “minimum” punishment for his charge.

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SINGAPOREANS & PERMANENT RESIDENTS PAY THE SAME TO ENJOY SPORTS FACILITIES

First to come under the new structure is the Singapore Sports Hub, which posted its rates for the use of its facilities on its website today (Aug 14). Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) will pay S$8 an hour during peak hours for the use of badminton facilities at the OCBC Arena, compared to foreigners who will have to pay S$13 an hour. To play basketball at the arena during peak hours, Singaporeans and PRs will pay S$40 for an hour while foreigners will pay S$52. The new rates will be implemented on Aug 18, following more than a month of free play in celebration of National Day.

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