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SINGAPORE — A secondary school art teacher who engaged in sex talk with a student and claimed trial to molestation charges was found guilty on Monday (July 16).

District Judge John Ng convicted the 38-year-old of three charges of outrage of modesty following a ten-day trial. The judge said he was convinced of the accused’s guilt, based on the “totality of the evidence”.

The teacher, who has been suspended from duty since February 2016, will be back in court on Aug 14, when he is expected to be sentenced. He is out on bail of S$15,000.

He taught at a co-ed school in western Singapore and cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity.

The victim, who was 13 and in Secondary Two at the time, was molested on Feb 17, 2016 in the school’s art room.

The boy got to know the teacher the previous year as he would sometimes help out in the latter’s art classes. The man became his art teacher the next year.

On the day of the offences, the boy and his classmates were assigned to make a sculpture for an art project. Together with two other classmates, he stayed back after school to work on it as he knew he would not have enough time to complete it during school hours.

His classmates left at around 2.30pm, but there were other students in the room, sitting at least a table away.

About half an hour later, the teacher walked over, stood on his right side, and used his fingers to jab the boy in the ribs. He then tickled the boy’s underarm and squeezed his chest.

He also told the boy that he looked like a character from Japanese pornographic comics.

The boy was shocked but did not tell the students nearby what had happened as he did not know them.

The teacher went to an unoccupied art room and the boy later followed to seek advice on his sculpture.

While helping the boy, the teacher asked if he had a girlfriend, whether he masturbated and whether he watched pornography.

He told the boy that his leg hair was very long and “very sexy”.

He then grabbed the boy’s left ankle, slid his hand up to the boy’s thigh, put his hand into the boy’s shorts and touched his buttocks.

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Another citizen, a man named Mr. Teo, has come forward claiming to have been denied his ElderShield claims in spite of his blindness. He had been certified to have lost sight in the right eye, and in his left eye, he can only see shadows. Unbelievably, Mr. Teo has been deemed not severely disabled enough to qualify for ElderShield benefits.

Recently, the story of a Mr. K made rounds in media. He was an elderly amputee with advanced kidney failure and had been denied assistance from ElderShield until Worker’s Party MP Sylvia Lim interceded on his behalf for his status to be reassessed. He passed away, however, before he could fully use the benefits.

ElderShield is a government program designed specifically to give financial protection for individuals whose health condition necessitates long-term care. Citizens and permanent residents enrolled under MediSave are automatically placed under ElderShield from age 40 onwards, unless they decide to dis-enroll from the program.

People who cannot perform at least three of the following Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are deemed severely disabled and are given insurance benefits: washing, dressing, feeding, using the toilet, moving around indoors, and moving from a bed to an upright chair on their own.

Doctor’s reports from early 2015 clearly showed that he needed assistance for bathing to help prevent falls, as well as dressing, food preparation, wiping after using the bathroom, and even while he moved around at home.

However, NTUC Income, one of the authorized insurers that offers ElderShield, wrote Mr. Teo in April 2015 that since he could still perform more than three ADLs, he did not yet qualify for ElderShield benefits.

In other words, Mr. Teo was assessed as not severely disabled enough to qualify for the benefits.

The letter from NTUC read, “Based on the assessor’s report, we note that you are able to perform more than three ADLs. Therefore, we regret that you do not qualify for benefits. You may still submit the application for the benefit payout if you satisfy the claim criteria in the future.”

What adds insult to injury is that Mr. Teo’s three other insurance plans allowed him to claim permanent disability benefits, whereas ElderShield did not.

Ironically enough, the ElderShield website reads, “You are covered for life. Once you start paying premiums, you can make a claim at any age, should you suffer from severe disability. Even after your premium term is completed at age 65, you remain insured for life.”

The assessment of his condition despite his present disabilities has left Mr. Teo wondering if the program is a scam.

“I think this ElderShield is a scam. Normal disability only cannot claim – only severe disability – must be more like a vegetable in order to claim. What kind of disability – most people not sure – many think can claim, but 2 legs chopped off also cannot.

From 2002 to 2015, around $2.6 billion was collected from the premiums of ElderShield insurance. Claims gave amounted to $100 million, and $130 in rebates have been issued to policyholders in 2007 and 2012.

The new CareShield Life, which takes effect in 2020, will be completely mandatory, with no option out of it. However no actuarial reports for this program have been made public as yet, something that has raised citizens concerns.

Two weeks ago, on July 4, it was announced that members of CPF (Central Provident Fund) who are 30 years old and above and who are “severely disabled” can withdraw from their own CF Medisave account. Gan Kim Yong, the Health Minister said, “When a Singaporean is facing severe disability and, at the same time, facing financial difficulties, I feel that we can afford to be more flexible.”

People with $5000 in their Medisave account are able to withdraw $50 every month, and those with $20,000 or above can withdraw up to $200.

Ironically enough, Mr. Teo has not been deemed severely disabled, and therefore will not be able to withdraw from his own Medisave account.

SINGAPORE — It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that young footballers can only dream of, and Mr Harvey Davis is not about to let the chance to play for English Premier League club Fulham FC slip by for  his 17-year-old son Ben.

While he remains hopeful that Ben will be able to defer his National Service (NS) pending an appeal, he told TODAY that the family  is prepared to allow him to to renounce his Singaporean citizenship in  order to fulfil his footballing dreams.

Should Ben give up his citizenship, he would be eligible to play for England or Thailand according to Fifa’s rules, as Mr Davis is originally from the United Kingdom and his mother is Thai.

“I’m still hopeful that with the Football Association of Singapore’s (FAS) support for the appeal, and with the sentiment that the public are expressing, that will help,” said Mr Davis, who runs the JSSL Arsenal  Soccer School here, on Monday (July 16).

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This study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars. The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos.

The American public probably is not aware of these numbers and knows even less about the proxy wars for which the United States is also responsible. In the latter wars there were between nine and 14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan.

But the victims are not just from big nations or one part of the world. The remaining deaths were in smaller ones which constitute over half the total number of nations. Virtually all parts of the world have been the target of U.S. intervention.

The overall conclusion reached is that the United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world.

 IMO priority should be accorded to NSMen with children in a bid to recognize 2-2.5 years of service rendered to safeguarding our nation. This should comprise points awarded and consideration of proximity of one's residence to school. Set forth are my humble recommendations:

Phase 1A

1. Child who already has a sibling studying in the school (P5 or below)

2. Child who is a Singapore Citizen

3. Father who has served NS earns 1 point

4. Significant grassroots involvement is awarded 1 point (minimum service of 2 terms and subjected to People's Association approval on evidence-based involvement)

5. Significant grassroots involvement with longer years of service (> = 4 terms) earns an extra 1 point

6. Priority given to families living within 1km, 1-2km, >2km of school

Phase 1B

1. Child who already has a sibling studying in the school (P5 or below).

2. Child who is a Permanent Resident

3. Father who has served NS earns 1 point

4. Significant grassroots involvement earns 1 point (minimum service of 2 terms and subjected to People's Association approval on evidence-based involvement)

5. Significant grassroots involvement with longer years of service (> = 4 terms) earns an extra 1 point

6. Priority given to families living within 1km, 1-2km, >2km of school

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News, Current Affairs Discussions / CPF in good hands? Think again
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:38:17 pm »
Fact: Except for a handful of PAP elites, nobody knows where our CPF monies are invested.

The PAP government has repeatedly told Singaporeans a half truth: CPF is invested in special Singapore government bonds.

But if PAP had any intention of investing on behalf of ordinary Singaporeans to ensure retirement funding adequacy, CPF monies would  have been invested in different classes of assets, eg equities, inflation indexed bonds, real estate, private equity, etc.

Instead, PAP simply legislated CPF monies as cheap loans to the government.

To complete the wayang, all who have been entrusted with the  responsibility of jaga-ing our CPF (also part of reserves) are PAP appointees.

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Online travel agent and its subsidiaries may have their licences suspended by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), after the company's auditor flagged concerns about its "ability to continue as a going concern" due to its losses and liabilities.

Auditor Ernst and Young noted that incurred a net loss of S$34.6 million for its 2017 financial year. The group's liabilities also exceeded their assets by S$11 million as of end last year.

Meanwhile, the group's controlling shareholder also missed a scheduled payment deadline to provide S$7.35 million in funding to by Jun 30, which is "critical to the group’s continuing operations and payment of its debt".

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Chit Chat Corner / F**K you PAP
« on: July 15, 2018, 11:52:48 am »

A tout approached his two friends who had excess baggage for their flight back to Chennai in India at Terminal 2 recently.

The tout, who gave his name as Raju, said he could arrange for their excess baggage to be checked in for $5 per kg, which is significantly lower than Scoot's rate of $20 per kg.

"He said he would keep $1 per kg while $4 would go to the person manning Counter 10," the man said.

When they went to Counter 10 and mentioned Raju, the check-in person put in their luggage without charging them. They later paid Raju, who told them that he holds a work permit, $65 for 13kg of excess baggage.

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 Singaporean advertising veteran Tham Khai Meng was on Thursday terminated from his longtime position as worldwide chief creative officer of The Ogilvy Group.

The global advertising agency's chief executive officer John Seifert told employees in a memo that this followed an internal investigation into complaints over Mr Tham's behaviour.

According to trade publication Adweek, the memo said that the complaints surfaced two weeks ago and were serious enough that an external legal counsel was appointed to investigate the matter.

"After carefully reviewing the investigation's findings with several  of my partners, we concluded that Khai's behaviour was a clear breach of our company values and code of conduct," Mr Seifert wrote.

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A mother of two was sentenced to three months jail on Tuesday, after she glued the doors of several HDB homes shut in a bid to help her husband’s failing locksmith business. Unfortunately, 36-year-old Mdm Wang Bao Fen’s husband committed suicide after her arrest, leaving her to raise their children alone.

According to the Chinese daily, Mdm Wang gave up being a housewife to work as a secretary for a company that paid her $1000 monthly after her husband, Mr Lim Wei Ming, became bankrupt and accumulated gambling debt.

Hoping to start afresh, the couple began a locksmith business together in Mdm Wang’s name so that Mr Lim could get back on his feet. Unfortunately, despite Mdm Wang’s attempts to publicise the company by going door-to-door to distribute flyers, business was slow and the family continued accumulating more debt.

In a bid to keep the failing business afloat, Mdm Wang returned to the units at Block 443 Sin Ming Avenue where she distributed flyers and began gluing the doors of the homes shut. Hoping that the flatowners would engage her husband’s services, Mdm Wang used toothpicks to insert the glue into the keyholes of the units.

Instead of calling her husband, the irate homeowners called the police and Mdm Wang was arrested early last year. Months later, on 3 Nov 2017, Mr Lim left home and killed himself.

Mdm Wang was sentenced to jail after being convicted of 9 counts of mischief. The court also ordered her to pay S$1070 in compensation to her victims.


news from zaobao:

Yesterday, The Straits Times published an op-ed by associate opinion editor Lydia Lim on how the newspaper has been trying to innovate.

In turn, companies who are facing inertia in their bid to transform themselves could take a leaf out of SPH’s book.

However, Ms Lim’s column reads more like a PR piece to defend the company’s financial struggles than an actual dissection of innovation; her 1,300-word article is also locked behind the newspaper’s “premium” paywall. No surprise that for the longest time, most Singaporeans have considered SPH and innovation to be as compatible as Donald Trump and immigration.

SPH’s main challenge, Ms Lim writes, is how it can “better engage audiences”. Yet, as the company still attempts to recover from a 25% drop in profit in Q2, its only solution has been to widen the coverage of its paywall.

What started as a few in-depth articles branded with the ‘Premium’ tag has now expanded to include about 80% of Singapore-centric articles.

On its site, ST calls its subscriber-only articles as “some of its best content”: exclusive stories, interviews, features, as well as in-depth opinion pieces by the paper’s senior writers and network of contributors.

But just by looking at ST’s premium stories over the weekend, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Should the company be surprised at all that Singaporeans aren’t reading them any more when they are forced to pay for content as such?

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