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That said, Mr Lim maintained that his company did not break any competition laws when merging with Uber, despite the decision by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) to fine Grab S$6.42 million over the deal.
 
He also reiterated his stance that CCCS took a very narrow market definition in arriving at its decision. The competition watchdog saw the space Grab operates in as the ride-hailing market, but the company considers the wider point-to-point transport sector, which includes taxi companies, as its playing field.

In dishing out the financial penalties on Grab and Uber, CCCS had pointed out that Grab increased its prices after its rival’s exit. But Mr Lim reasoned that the price increase was due to his company scaling back on the use of promotion codes as it was unsustainable.

“It’s the reason why Uber exited the market,” he said.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/lots-more-work-to-do-grab-s-singapore-head-admits-need-to-up-transport-game-rebuild-ties

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When netizen Rahayu Bte Mazlan went to the Central Provident Fund (CPF) board to collect her late mother’s CPF money, she found that it did not receive any interest, even though her mother had passed away 31 years ago. According to her, it took them 31 years to review her mother’s account, and therefore after the review, the money did not accrue any interest.

CPF are you trying to fool me or mock at me after 31 years? Before I got kids till now I have grandkids Dunno to be happy or angry

Rahayu’s post was shared on Facebook page All Singapore Stuff. In her post, she shared a letter from the CPF Board and wrote, “My mum passed away in 1987. She nominated me as her beneficiary. Last wed, I received a letter from CPF that there is money in her CPF after CPF review”.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/woman-complains-about-how-her-deceased-mother-s-cpf-money-was-given-to-her-only-after-31-years

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Seventy-two accounts on the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) HealthHub portal were recently accessed without authorisation,  prompting authorities here to shut down access to the electronic service for six days early this month.

The HPB and Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) said on Thursday (Oct 18) that they discovered the unauthorised log-ins during  investigations into unusual activities on HealthHub, a one-stop portal  and mobile application for Singaporeans to access their public health records and a range of e-services such as making medical appointments.

The agencies had found “higher than usual attempted log-ins” to the  portal on four days – Sept 28, Oct 3, Oct 8 and Oct 9 – using more than  27,000 unique IDs or email addresses.

Although 98 per cent of the email addresses used were not related to HealthHub account IDs – and these attempts were unsuccessful – 72 accounts were successfully logged into.


More at https://tinyurl.com/yb6xy9fh

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SINGAPORE — To woo and wow visitors, Singapore needs to go bigger and be more creative in order to grow its tourism sector and make it stand  out from the competition, said tourism experts who weighed in on the Government’s plans to reshape and rejuvenate two of its key tourism attractions: Sentosa and Orchard Road.

From space tourism to innovative theatre entertainment, these were some of the ideas thrown up by experts to help Singapore attract and retain visitors for longer stays.

Pulau Brani and the Greater Southern Waterfront, which was first mooted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in 2013, could also play a key role in introducing such innovative ideas and concepts.

With the container ports at Tanjong Pagar set to move out in the coming decade, development plans for the area are set to kick into  higher gear.

Speaking at a tourism industry event on Wednesday (Oct 17), Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said that “this expanded canvas, which is as large as Sentosa Island itself, provides exciting opportunities for us to develop new tourism attractions.


More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/go-big-or-go-home-s-pore-needs-wow-factor-to-grow-tourism-experts/edit

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I would think that it would be common practice to cross your "T"s and dot your "I"s when you are compiling a report that could potentially lead to a court case that could cost the public millions. According to reports, this is not the methodology practiced by PwC partner Goh Thien Phong (Goh). It is mind-boggling that he saw no need to provide FM Solutions and Services (FMSS), agent for Aljunied Hougang Town Council (AHTC) a chance to respond to his allegations before publishing his report.  Goh claims that speaking with FMSS would not have changed his opinion but how can he know whether his mind would have been changed if he does not even know what they would have said to him? He never asked?

Doesn't it sound like Goh's mind was already (subconsciously or otherwise) made up? Has this prejudgment on the part of Goh (unwittingly or otherwise) resulted in a drain of public resources? If so, will there be repercussions? Can the public potentially take a case against PwC for negligence leading to the waste of public resources?

The trial to date has been focused on the minutiae, ranging from the level of one's command of the English language to whether or not trust is the same as control. Come on people! Don't we have real things to be concerned about? What is the actual harm that has been done to the people of Singapore or the residents of AHTC? Secondly, is the purported harm worth the herculean court case and its accompanying costs?

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/wp-ahtc-prptc-court-case-making-a-mountain-out-of-a-molehill

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An Afro-Latina YouTuber is slowly building her online fanbase for her videos in which she describes her various escapades in Japan.

The 19-year-old vlogger, who goes by her handle “Morena,” sparked some controversy after she described her life living as a “hoe” in Japan in some of her videos.

More at https://butwalpage.com/american-student-hooks-up-with-50-guys-in-japan-heres-her-verdict/

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The porn star says that he couldn't handle a long session of sexual intercourse. When the interviewer asked her about the affair, she responded with her own question: "How many details can you really give about two minutes?" The witty reply was questioned by the interviewer who asked if Trump really only lasted 2 minutes. Daniels slightly recants in a surprising way: “Maybe. I’m being generous.”

More at https://tinyurl.com/ycgdrz9s

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A leading Russian politician may have just revealed the biggest Russian military secret. Or just invented a non-existent weapon system while ranting about how powerful the country is during a political talk show.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who is well-known for his explosive speeches and eyebrow-rising claims, made his latest one during a talk show last week. He said Russia should double down on its decision to supply the S-300 long-range anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.


“The Americans are afraid that the entire world will see that the Russian S-300 system is the best in the world. And we also have the S-400, S-500, S-600 and S-700! We can cover the entire planet, and not a single warplane will be able to take off!”

The bragging was met with laughter by other guests while the host, Vladimir Solovyev, intervened to joke that Zhirinovsky should be careful not to disclose all of the secrets at once. “What if you tell us about the terrible S-1500 system that we know nothing about,” he said.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/no-warplane-to-take-off-russia-s-s-700-missile-system-can-cover-entire-planet-party-leader

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Bill Gates's close friend and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died at the age of 65. He persuaded Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to develop operating system for computers. It was the best advice he had given to Gates.

Mr Allen is a billionaire with his stakes in Microsoft and he had given away US$2b to various charities and pledged to donate the bulk of it to charities when he dies.

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A US judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says she had a sexual relationship Mr Trump in 2006.

She filed the case after the president tweeted that she had invented a story about being threatened for speaking out about the alleged affair.

But the judge ruled that the tweet was protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.


More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/judge-dismisses-stormy-daniels-defamation-case-against-trump

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Right after the Education Ministry's (MOE) announcement last month that it would be reducing the number of examinations for students in primary and secondary schools, tuition agency Gavin's Tuition quickly surveyed some of its students' parents to find out what they thought of the move.

Over 130 parents responded: While they appreciated the ministry's move to reduce stress on students, an overwhelming majority (90 per cent) said they were concerned this would make it harder for them to assess how their child was doing in school.

The reduction of mid-year examinations would not provide them with "a true gauge" of the child's academic performance in the earlier part of the school year, and they feared that it would lead to a "nasty surprise" at the year-end examinations, said the tuition centre's director Gavin Ng.

He added that parents whom he has spoken to were also largely in favour of keeping the centre's in-house mid-year and end-of-year examinations, which are set by its tutors, even though the schools are removing such examinations for certain levels.

And he has plans to meet the demand: Next year, the tuition centre is officially making available its in-house exams to students who are not enrolled with the centre. Anyone will be able sign up to take the exams for a fee.

He is also piloting a series of classes, known as "stress-free learning programmes" which focus "less on drilling" and more on experiential lessons, such as learning about robotics and coding.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/forum/current-affairs/the-big-read-no-exams-no-problem-some-tuition-centres-rush-in-to-fill-gap-soothe-anxious-parents

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This query comes from a student:


I am currently in Millennia Institute (MI) pursuing the 3 year 'A' level course, fyi the school permits students to repeat once each year for their first 2 years there. Well I was already retained previously in J1, and since I have been scoring mostly U grades once more for most of the major assessments in J2, it means I will most likely get retained yet again. If (a big IF) I succeed in getting promoted to J3 eventually, I would been stuck in the same place for 5 whole years!!!!!!


Should I just quit now altogether and study elsewhere instead, say a polytechnic? Honestly I am very, very worried about having wasted an obscene amount of time compared to my peers with nothing to show for in the end if I hung around and screw up my 'A' levels......:( What should I do? Please do kindly advise, thanks.


More at https://www.domainofexperts.com/2018/10/might-end-up-spending-5-years-studying.html



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