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SINGAPORE - A female student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was allegedly filmed by another student in a bathroom at one of the residence halls on Saturday morning (May 11).


A police report has been made about the incident at Raffles Hall and the suspect has been apprehended by the police for further investigations, said an NUS spokesman.


Police said they received a call for assistance around 8.10am, and subsequently arrested a 26-year-old NUS male student, a resident of the same residential hall, for criminal trespass.


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Chit Chat Corner / Bikini goddess for uncle beaver
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 I am feeling really crappy and upset right now.


I don't get why government agencies must be so f**king opaque in their hiring practices. I am a fresh university graduate who applied to the Ministry of Education (MOE) to teach secondary level History and was interviewed last month. Spent this whole time waiting for them to revert, meanwhile also attended other interviews with private companies and organizations. Most of the interviewers blanched when I truthfully informed them I was awaiting a response from the education ministry; I can only assume it's because they were probably already aware of how HR departments at governmental establishments love to drag their feet when it comes to furnishing replies, consequently disallowing me to absolutely commit to any other job offer when my heart is still somewhat hopeful about securing that teaching gig.


So one whole f**king month flew by just like that.....completely wasted. Went through six interviews during this while including the one by MOE, only 2 besides MOE have yet to get back to me, then again they were held in the last week of April. And today afternoon MOE finally responded via e-mail.


"We refer to your application for a teaching position.


Thank you for your interest in teaching, and the time you had taken to be at the interview. After careful consideration of your application in totality and in competition with the other applicants, we would like to inform you that your application is unsuccessful.


We wish you every success in your future endeavours."



Not even a "not successful now but we'll KIV your resume for future job openings", but a curt, straight up "no we don't want you, don't bother applying again" reply. I just wasted one whole month plus some counting so very much on my dreams of being an educator coming true. Now every last aspiring molecule within me is murdered with just one e-mail.


More at https://www.domainofexperts.com/2019/05/wasted-entire-month-applying-to-be.html

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 In August last year, the police received information about a drunk man in Ang Mo Kio. When they arrived, they saw Muhammad Shawal Said, 24, lying on the floor. He was given a drip by a paramedic, Mr Joshua Tan, as his blood sugar was low.

The paramedics then loaded him into the ambulance.

Mr Tan tried to communicate with Shawal to establish his medical condition.

But Shawal shouted vulgarities at him and started to kick inside the ambulance, resulting in damage amounting to over $1,000.

He was sent to Yishun Community Hospital. While there, Shawal spat five times on a police officer on escort duty for him.

Shawal's right hand had been handcuffed to the bed frame as he was receiving drips, but he jerked his hand and kicked the bed frame.

He hurled vulgarities at the police officer after being told his grip restraint could not be loosened. He spat on the officer when told to calm down.

In October, the police received a report that Shawal had beaten his 16-year-old girlfriend.

Her mother made a report after the victim contacted her with a passer-by's mobile phone.


More at https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/odd-job-worker-jailed-caned-spitting-cops-and-assaulting-teen-girlfriend

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In a speech in parliament during the debate on the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) hours before the bill was  passed, Worker’s Party (WP) Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera said that  while ridding falsehoods from public discussion is the right thing to do, the bill is ‘a cure worse than the disease’ and it requires a  radical overhaul instead of just minor tweaks.


While WP agrees with the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) on the need for tools to “limit the reach of truly dangerous falsehoods spread by malicious actors”, Mr Perera notes that the two parties disagree on the means of achieving said goal.


Mr Perera said that POFMA would create a country where too much power is given to individual ministers and where  free speech, debate and even thinking could be stifled, especially on important matters of public policy and politics.

Defining what is misleading

Mr  Perera highlights that Section 2 of POFMA defines falsehood as  statements of fact that are false or misleading, not false and  misleading. This mean that a Minister could deem a statement to be misleading just by virtue of the omission of facts. The statement could also be construed as misleading if the ‘opposite facts’ are not given as sufficient weight according to the Minister.


He said, “Under POFMA, a falsehood can be deemed grave  enough to warrant correction or penalties for being a misleading  collection of facts, even if it does not contain one single false statement of fact.”

On top of that, the same Minister may not even  correct statements made by the government of its supporters that  present only ‘their facts’. Mr Perera notes that politicians are likely to further their political interests where possible.


“In this case, shouldn’t the court at least be the first arbiter of truth?” asks Mr Perera.

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Located on a high floor, the 112 sq m flat in Boon Tiong Road has a remaining lease of 95 years.

A standard 5-room HDB flat was sold for $1.2 million in April this year – the first time that a standard HDB flat price surpassed the most expensive non-standard flats (DBSS units, terraces, maisonettes or flats at [email protected]) ever sold, revealed an OrangeTee & Tie report.

Located between the 34th and 36th storeys, the 112 sq m flat in Boon Tiong Road has a remaining lease of 95 years.

Looking to buy an HDB flat? Get more insights on the right locations for your new home at AreaInsider.

It smashed the previous records set by a 5-room DBSS unit at Boon Keng Road sold in January this year and a 237 sq m HDB Terrace at Jalan Bahagia in September 2018, both of which were sold at $1.185 million.

The property consultancy noted that while only 26 standard flats were sold for over $1 million as of April this year, the number has been steadily rising through the years.

In fact, it expects more of such transactions “as many new flats in mature estates like Bukit Merah and Queenstown will be reaching minimum occupation period (MOP) in the coming months”.

OrangeTee & Tie added that demand for HDB resale flats remains resilient, with sales volume for Q1 2019 hitting a seven-year high of 4,835 units sold.

More at https://sg.yahoo.com/finance/news/5-room-hdb-flat-bukit-053636007.html

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Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (7 May), MP for Aljunied GRC Low Thia Khiang said that the latest Protection against Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill was to “protect the ruling party and achieve  political monopoly”.

“To introduce such a bill is not to defend democracy and public interest, it is more like the actions of a dictatorial government that will resort to any means to hold on to absolute power”, he added.

Such a law would curb freedom of expression and compel people to  protect themselves by engaging in self-censorship: “The government can selectively punish a few offenders to achieve a chilling effect, to  scare the monkey by slaughtering the chicken.”

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The U.S. Trade Representative’s office announced that tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would increase to 25 percent from 10 percent at 12:01 a.m. (0401) GMT on Friday, right in the middle of two days of meetings between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and Trump’s top trade officials in Washington.


Speaking to supporters at a rally in Florida on Wednesday, Trump accused China of breaking the deal and that Beijing would pay if no agreement is reached.


“I just announced that we’ll increase tariffs on China and we won’t back down until China stops cheating our workers and stealing our jobs, and that’s what’s going to happen, otherwise we don’t have to do business with them,” Trump told a cheering crowd.


“They broke the deal,” he added. “They can’t do that. So they’ll be paying. If we don’t make the deal, nothing wrong with taking in more than $100 billion a year.”


Trump’s comments fueled a round of selling in Asian markets.


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This query comes from a student:

Hi there,

I am currently a JC2 student offering H2 BCME and H3 Pharmaceutical Chemistry. I plan to apply to study medicine locally, however I have heard accounts by acquaintances that NUS's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine is far more prestigious and harder to qualify for compared to NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, notwithstanding the fact it is more established /reputable because it has been around for far longer. Might I know your take on this? Which school in your opinion offers a more rigorous curriculum with possibly greater opportunities for exposure to the healthcare industry career-wise upon graduating? Thanks in advance.

The Response: 

Hi,

We note your interest in medicine.

First of all, is your definition of "more prestigious", rooted primarily in terms of the image projected by an institution, such as a stronger advertising brand name and reputation insofar as the general public is concerned? Or does it take guidance with respect to the proportion of graduates with sound work ethics and technical competence? Some schools are also ranked based on the number of science journal papers they has published lest you aren't aware.

Just FYI, a significant proportion of my Biology students are reading medicine in both local and overseas universities. Interestingly what caught my attention was that a student with apparently non-perfect 'A' Level grades was admitted into NUS Medicine, while another student with straight As and a distinction in H3 Chemistry (who by the way also a national sports representative) ended up in NTU Medicine. Both these students of mine attempted their 'A' levels around the same time.

You've asked very good questions on curriculum and healthcare opportunities that many wish to know too. But I'm afraid answering such key questions via this platform is politically sensitive to various parties involved. Moreover, suitability of a medicine school is more dependent on the fit between school and student, and much less of the school's perceived "ranking". For instance, a positive learning experience depends much on whether your expectations and experiences are aligned with those of the medical school’s style of teaching and choice of ethical medical treatment options articulated in its curriculum.

Hopefully the links provided below (which you may already have explored) might help shed some light:

https://nusmedicine.nus.edu.sg/images/resources/content/media/corporate/brochures/NUS_Medicine_Admission_Brochure_2018.pdf

http://www.lkcmedicine.ntu.edu.sg/Programmes/Intro-to-MBBS-Programme/Pages/Why-LKCMedicine.aspx


The following are my personal opinions of a good medicine candidate, as highlighted in one of my earlier responses via this platform:

I salute people who are committed to pursuing medicine as their careers. These are folks who have the fortitude to put in grueling 100-hour workweeks, yet are still able to remain consciously alert over 24-hour stretches as and when required of them whilst on duty; endure endless hurtful complaints from patients and pressurizing demands heaped upon them by higher levels of management (most graduates start out as lowly medical officers). Not to mention they may not be able to adequately match their counterparts in many other industries remuneration-wise given the amount of effort and talent invested.

More at https://www.domainofexperts.com/2019/05/nus-medicine-vs-ntu-medicine-which.html



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Dr Ng said that although the COI has completed its investigations, it does not mean the case has been closed. Under military law, the SAF’s Special Investigation Branch (SIB) has jurisdiction to investigate Pang’s death.


The SIB has “nearly completed its investigations” and will report directly to the chief military prosecutor, who will determine if any servicemen are to be prosecuted under the military court for offences relating to Pang’s death.


Dr Ng said: “Servicemen under investigation are reassigned to administrative duties and if found to have been culpable, will be charged and punished accordingly.”


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