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SINGAPORE: Jurong West Hawker Centre will be closed for at least 10 months for potential renovation work, as the National Environment Agency (NEA) seeks a new operator.

Current operator Hawker Management, a socially-conscious enterprise under Koufu, will not have its three-year contract with NEA renewed after it ends on Aug 6.


In a media release on Tuesday (May 5), NEA said it will conduct a request for proposal to seek new ideas from operators to improve the two-storey hawker centre and market.

"As part of the RFP (request for proposal), NEA will conduct public consultations to gather ideas and suggestions from the community, work with stakeholders and potentially conduct renovation works to enhance the centre’s layout," said the agency.

"It is thus estimated that JWHC (Jurong West Hawker Centre) will be closed temporarily after the exit of Hawker Management until it reopens sometime in the second half of 2021."

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SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - Since she started telecommuting a few weeks ago, she has faced more verbal and physical abuse from her husband, who has always worked from home.

Friction between the couple has become worse now that they are together almost all the time, the woman's social worker, Ms Kristine Lam, told The New Paper.

One of the flashpoints is her husband's harsh disciplining of their two young children, who stopped going to kindergarten a while ago because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

When she tries to help them, he would turn his anger towards her and become violent.

"Her husband would accuse her of being a lousy mother who was incapable of managing the kids," said Ms Lam, who declined to reveal their personal details due to confidentiality.

"He would push her and bang her head against the wall. He also hit her with his hands."

She said the man had always been abusive and controlling, such as checking his wife's phone and laptop, but the frequency of his violence rose after she began working at home.

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Kiasu Singaporean parents, you’ve just gotta love ‘em. If you were born to Singaporean parents and grew up here, you’ve probably heard a few of their classic sayings, such the admonition to beware of the karang guni man or the warning that you’d be kidnapped and sold as beggars in Thailand if you spoke to strangers.

It’s more likely than not that many of us have picked up subliminal messages from the advice, tongue in cheek or not, that our parents gave us when we were kids. Here are some you might have heard before, and why you shouldn’t repeat them to your own kids.

If you don’t study hard you will become a road sweeper

Hands up how many of you remember this one? Back in those days, roadsweepers weren’t even as lowly paid relative to the cost of living as they are now, yet parents liked to scare kids into hitting the books and not rebelling against their tutors with this threat.

The problem with saying things like this is that it perpetuates the attitude amongst many Singaporeans that menial or blue collar jobs are to be shunned, and that only high paying jobs that confer status are worth doing.

This kind of mindset causes workers to go where the money is, even if they have no interest in or aptitude for a particular job. And this has arguably contributed to the famously unhappy state of Singapore’s employees, as well as the low productivity levels of the Singapore workforce.

Instead of trying to scare your kids into submission, modern parents should probably capitalise on the fact that kids these days are much savvier thanks to the internet and all, and start explaining their options at an early age, perhaps giving them a realistic view of salary ranges in Singapore. That way they can make an informed choice about what they want to do in life—instead of freaking out about their options thanks to years of scaremongering.

You can only be happy in Singapore if you are rich

There is this lady I know who takes her kids on first class flights and to stay at five star resorts during the school holidays. Then she tells them that if they don’t become as rich and successful as her when they grow up, they’ll be stuck flying economy and staying in budget hotels together with all the riffraff.

She probably does this with the intention of motivating her kids to study hard and become doctors/lawyers/investment bankers. But to me this sounds like a surefire way to raise insecure little sheep who think driving an expensive car will buy them respect.

While it’s one thing to let your occasionally kids enjoy the finer things in life, it’s another to make them feel that they need lots of money to lead a fulfilling life. Of course, everyone wants to see their kids grow up to be financially secure adults. But making them feel like their lives are not worth living unless they make piles of cash is going to give them so much performance anxiety you’ll be lucky if they get through their school years in one piece.

It’s important to teach your kids the value of money–and that includes letting them know what money can and cannot buy.

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SINGAPORE: Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran has directed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office to order Facebook to disable Singapore users' access to the States Times Review (STR) Facebook page.

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) announced this in a media release on Monday (Feb 17), after the STR Facebook page failed to comply with correction directions it had been served with.

Mei sewed some 3-ply face masks for the family. Resolves the dilemma of whether to wear a mask every time we step out of the house especially when we can wash and reuse them. Keep the professionally...

Mei sewed some 3-ply face masks for the family. Resolves the dilemma of whether to wear a mask every time we step out of the house especially when we can wash and reuse them. Keep the professionally made ones for use in crowded places. But remember, there's no substitute for good hygiene.

Let's continue to keep those infected and those working on the frontline in our thoughts and prayers. Let's be on our best and cooperate with the authorities. We'll get through this.

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Photo taken with a mobile phone on Feb. 5, 2020 shows a doctor writting the name on the protective suit for Peng Zhiyong (L, front), the director of the intensive care unit, at an isolation ward in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. (Photo by Zhong Nanxuan/Xinhua)

Central China's Hubei Province is still in short of at least 2,250 medical personnel in face of the novel coronavirus outbreak, said a provincial official.

A total of 107 medical teams comprising 10,596 medical personnel have been sent to aid the province as of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, of whom 9,061 have been dispatched to Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to Yang Yunyan, deputy governor of the province at the press conference on Thursday.


SCDF confirmed the incident which happened at around 5pm.

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