SINGAPORE - Accusations of sob stories and delayed as well as missing payments are emerging from suppliers and partners of beleaguered retailer Naiise a day after founder Dennis Tay announced he was liquidating the company and filing for personal bankruptcy. Several brand owners took to social media to express frustration at how Mr Tay blamed Covid-19 for poor business and the company's undoing. Many said late and missing payments and mismanagement of funds have been a problem since as early as 2016, calling into question Tay's intentions. Co-founder of Nom Nom Plush, Ong Yin Hao, told The Straits Times he dislikes "how (Tay) angled it as 'Covid did me in'". Owed around $15,000 for his food-themed plushies, Mr Ong faced late payments on and off since consigning with Naiise in 2015. He continued as "their sales records were good", and he would eventually get paid - although six to eight months late. "They were expanding, but we vendors were constantly owed money," said Mr Ong, ... » Learn More about Not so Naiise after all: Vendors voice anger at founder Dennis Tay and say rot began much earlier
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SINGAPORE - As students of all levels returned to school this past week, it was announced that home-based learning (HBL) is here to stay. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said recently that online learning is set to become routine, suggesting that HBL could be held once a fortnight, for starters. Amid the coronavirus pandemic , HBL was rolled out nationwide after schools shut in April. After the circuit breaker to stem the spread of Covid-19 ended on June 1, most students in primary and secondary schools alternated between being physically in school and HBL, on a weekly basis, for a month. Now that the weekly rotation is over, it is timely to assess what lessons were learnt from the big HBL experiment and its chief benefits that can also be reaped in the physical classroom. Educators interviewed by The Straits Times say virtual and classroom learning are two distinct beasts, but there are useful synergies between the two, which, when combined, could lead to students ... » Learn More about Home-based learning: What have we learnt from the great HBL experiment?
Seeing children play traditional games is uncommon these days as more often than not, the young ones are glued to electronic devices. Some have probably never even heard of games such as lompat getah, galah panjang or batu seremban. However, some parents believe such games are an important part of childhood and a way to encourage children to stay active. For instance, housewife N. Devika, 44, has decided that she is not going to allow her two daughters to play with just electronic gadgets, but also teach them the fun outdoor games she used to play as a child. “When I was a little girl growing up in Penang, I used to play hopscotch, batu tujuh and lompat getah. “Board games such as snakes and ladders, ludo and chess as well as congkak used to be my favourite, ” she said, as daughters Rhea and Dheana played on their house porch. Seven-year-old Rhea was balancing on one leg while trying to pick up a pebble on the ground, doing her best not to step out of a hopscotch box ... » Learn More about Keeping children active with traditional games
(Reuters) - Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie will play no part in their seven remaining Premier League games of the season after suffering a fracture in his foot, interim manager Paul Heckingbottom said. McBurnie picked up the injury in last weekend's 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal and it could also cost him his place in the Scotland squad for the European Championship this summer. Heckingbottom has now lost two forwards in quick succession after captain Billy Sharp underwent surgery on a thigh problem this week. "He (McBurnie) has got a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal so we've lost two forwards, which isn't positive," said Heckingbottom before Saturday's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sheffield United are bottom of the table with 14 points from 31 games and relegation will be confirmed if they lose to Wolves and Newcastle United avoid defeat against West Ham United. (Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford) ... » Learn More about Sheffield Utd lose McBurnie for last few games of season
GEORGE TOWN: The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) believes that the advanced semiconductor and electrical and electronics (E&E) ecosystem in Penang and Kedah are well-positioned to capitalise on the global shortage of semiconductor microchips. NCIA chief executive Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John said the global chip shortage is spurred by the Covid-19-induced supply crunch. “Microchips are critical in the production of automobiles, household appliances, medical devices, telecommunication equipment and information technology products. “With the global rise in demand for semiconductor microchips, leading E&E players such as Jabil Circuit Sdn Bhd and Inari Amertron Bhd should play a bigger role in addressing unemployment in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), ” he said during a virtual handover of a letter of offer to Jabil and Inari today, subsequently forming a strategic collaboration between the three parties. — Bernama ... » Learn More about Job opportunities expected in NCER
RIO DE JANEIRO: The Brazilian government's "failed response" to the pandemic led to thousands of otherwise avoidable deaths and created a humanitarian catastrophe that is still playing out, aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday (Apr 15). Brazil's COVID-19 outbreak is the deadliest in the world after the United States and is currently leading in average daily mortalities. Last week more than a quarter of all global deaths were in Brazil. A brutal second wave has hospitals saying they are running short of crucial drugs for intubating patients and most Brazilian states report that intensive care units are at or near capacity. Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed lockdowns, and has held large events in which he often does not wear a mask. He has only recently embraced vaccines as a possible solution. "More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the failed response in Brazil has caused a humanitarian catastrophe," said Christos Christou, a medical ... » Learn More about Brazil’s COVID-19 response cost thousands of lives, says humanitarian group
Chonburi – Chonburi province will, as of Sunday, April 18th, officially become one of 18 provinces that is designated as a red zone in Thailand, which means the highest controlled zone for Covid-19 measures. You can read more about those measures here. The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume addressed the status change and told The Pattaya News and associated Thai media this afternoon, “The number of confirmed Covid–19 cases in Chonburi is in the top five highest number of cases in the country.” “Five rules that provinces in the red zone must follow are restaurants must close at 9:00 P.M. and serving alcohol is not allowed, the closure of all entertainment venues like bars and nightclubs which are a main feature of Pattaya City, shopping malls can open but playing zones, arcades, etc. are not allowed and the mall must close by 9:00 P.M., the closure of educational places and schools, and finally places for exercising can be opened but must limit the number of people and ... » Learn More about Pattaya Mayor addresses Chonburi becoming a red zone, Pattaya Music Festival postponed
Our verdict: 77 per cent Unit efficiency 3.5/5 Unit size 4/5 Quality of fittings 4/5 Design 3/5 Variety of facilities 4.5/5 Quality of facilities 4/5 Surrounding amenities 3.5/5 Developer 4.5/5 Transport links 3.5/5 Driving accessibility 4/5 Upkeep of property 4/5 Price point 3.5/5 The Crest offers buyers a chance to own a home in a central location while enjoying unblocked views, but it's not exactly the most affordable option out there. What we like What we don't like Big pool 11-min walk to mrt Good facilities Could do with more deck chairs Bigger than usual units Project: The Crest District: 03 Address: Prince Charles Crescent Tenure: 99-year Leasehold No. of Units: 469 Site Area: 256,026 sqft Developer: Wingcrown Investment Pte Ltd TOP: 2017 ‘Life peaks at the top’. Now that’s a slogan that befits The Crest in more ways than one. Before I go into greater detail ... » Learn More about The crest condo review: Giant pool + bigger than usual units
If you've watched or heard of the Netflix film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you'd be familiar with the concept of interactive films — imagine the video version of the hit 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book series. But the 2018 award-winning movie isn't the first to have viewers make choices for the protagonists. That honour goes to Late Shift, a British crime thriller first screened in 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival and made available on PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, and other platforms. Now, it is also the first feature-length interactive film to receive a wide theatrical release, and the film will soon be available in Singapore at Golden Village. The movie's about a student Matt (Joe Sowerbutts) who is kidnapped and sort of forced into doing a heist at an auction house while working the late shift at a car park. I say 'sort of' because some of the decisions you, in the audience, get to decide are whether Matt agrees to do the heist and how big of a percentage cut he'd get in ... » Learn More about We try the new ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ interactive movie theatre experience: How is it better than what we already have?
Migrants protesting against the military junta in Myanmar hold a picture of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a candlelight vigil at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. (Photo: Reuters) The Myanmar junta's brutal military repression against anti-coup demonstrators and airstrikes against innocent villages near the Thai border between March 27 and 30 has prompted acute rebukes and trade sanction threats from the international community. Concerns of civil war risks loom as pro-democracy protesters and ethnic armed groups vow to fight back, putting Myanmar on the verge of an economic collapse after enjoying economic growth of between 5.9% to 7.3% from 2015 and 2019. The World Bank late last month slashed Myanmar's economic outlook this year to a contraction of 10%, a sharp reversal from the bank's previous economic update in October of 5.9% growth in 2021, one of the strongest rates of expansion in the region. Earlier in February, a report by Fitch Solutions warned the political ... » Learn More about Neighbourly neglect