SINGAPORE - Mr RK Suriya Varshan discovered his interest in engineering at the age of 15 after countless hours spent watching videos of air crash investigations that unravelled the reasons behind such incidents. Now the former Temasek Polytechnic student, who enjoys tinkering with housing appliances and fixing them, has been awarded the Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship to pursue an engineering degree at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Mr Suriya, 23, said he was excited to embark on this next phase. "I would look into adopting newer technology to help others and to make sure that no one is left behind," he told The Straits Times. He is one of 59 PSC scholarship recipients from last year and 2021 who started or will start their studies this year. On Wednesday (July 28), Education Minister Chan Chun Sing presented the awards to recipients at a virtual closed-door ceremony. In his speech, Mr Chan announced a new mid-career leaders track bringing in ... » Learn More about 59 receive PSC scholarships; new PSC track for mid-career applicants
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After all the hype… and ultimately disappointment of Marvel and Square Enix’s Avengers, any Marvel game that follows will inevitably face a huge burden of trying to surpass that failed title. Luckily, the next one out the door doesn’t have the heavy expectation of a massive production that has players pay US$60 (S$81) for the base game. Instead, it’s free to play on mobile, feeds off the massive fanbase that Marvel has amassed over the years with their comics and cinematic universe, and if you want to pay to win, by all means. If you’ve been following the latest movies and Disney+ series such as Loki, you’d be aware that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is gearing up towards a clash of the multiverse and dimensions. And that’s also the basis of the upcoming mobile game by Marvel and Netmarble. Known for their successful Marvel Future Fight, Netmarble is back with a brand new open-world RPG, MARVEL Future Revolution, that offers players an impressive gameplay experience that’ll ... » Learn More about Marvel Future Revolution is an open-world RPG that brings the multiverse chaos to your fingertips
PARIS (AFP) - From lettuces farmed on New York's skyline to thick corridors of trees occupying once desolate Colombian roadsides, green initiatives are running wild in cities around the world. At a time when coronavirus lockdowns have amplified the need for nature in urban areas, AFP has gathered images and footage of projects optimising precious city space. Replanting initiatives have sprouted up since the start of the 21st century as urban development goals have shifted and alarm about global warming has grown. And they've had an impact. In nine cities in the world, thanks to planting schemes on walls and roofs, the temperature during the warmest month in so-called street canyons - flanked by high-rise buildings on either side - can be reduced by 3.6 to 11.3 degrees Celsius at the hottest time of day, according to a report by the French Agency for Ecological Transition. Green spaces have also been shown to improve health and wellbeing, including by reducing stress, anxiety ... » Learn More about From grey to green: World cities uprooting the urban jungle
SINGAPORE: Improving ventilation and the flow of fresh air inside buildings could help to prevent the concentration of aerosol particles, though experts that CNA spoke to had differing views on how effective this would be in reducing COVID-19 transmission. On Tuesday (May 25), authorities issued updated guidelines for building owners and facility managers on enhancing ventilation and air quality in indoor spaces, aimed at helping to tackle a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the community. It spelled out measures such as keeping windows and doors open at all times in premises that are not air-conditioned, and installing outward-facing fans to increase air exchange. For premises that are air-conditioned, authorities said they should ensure that their ventilation systems are in good working order and set to maximise the intake of outdoor air. Air should be purged at least once a day, and more frequently at higher-risk areas. Weighing in on the new guidelines, Professor Dale ... » Learn More about How better ventilation in buildings could help stem the spread of COVID-19
A Hong Kong man has admitted hacking his son with a knife so badly that the younger man had to be hospitalised for 27 days to treat a skull fracture and multiple cuts suffered in an attack stemming from a dispute over bathroom use. The District Court heard the vicious attack in a public housing flat at Lei Yue Mun Estate in Yau Tong on Oct 2 last year was sparked by the son of then 78-year-old Wong Pak-chung ignoring his request to let him use the toilet. At the time, his 31-year-old son, Wong Wa-lee, was smoking in the bathroom with the door open. Without warning, the father went to the kitchen and returned with a 30cm knife, and slashed his son. The son pushed his father out of the bathroom and asked him to stop and calm down, but to no avail. His father cut him a few more times in his head, neck and upper body before the son ran into a bedroom and called police. When officers arrived, the elder Wong answered the door wearing bloodstained trousers and slippers. The living ... » Learn More about Hong Kong man admits to hacking son with knife in dispute over bathroom use
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, October 7, declared his COVID-19 illness a "blessing from God," as he got back to work in the Oval Office despite warnings that his return could put others at risk. Trump has worked hard since he checked out of the hospital on Monday – including a made-for-television return to the White House – to cast his illness as a personal triumph. "I think this is a blessing from God that I caught it," Trump said in a video, referring to the virus which has killed over 210,000 people in the United States. But Democrat Joe Biden, who leads Trump in the latest polls ahead of the November 3 vote, attacked the president's downplaying of the risk. "I think it's a tragedy that the president deals with Covid like it is something not to worry about when over 210,000 people (in the US) have died," Biden told reporters. The behavior of the president – who has faced fierce criticism for his handling of the outbreak – is under ... » Learn More about Trump hails COVID-19 ‘blessing’ as he returns to Oval Office
Tempers flare in US Congress as mask mandates return Tempers flared in the US Congress on Wednesday after its chief physician urged lawmakers to resume wearing masks to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19, with the top Democrat labelling Republican opposition as "moronic." A high-ranking aide to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped short of confirming a report based on garbled audio that Pelosi called her Republican counterpart "such a moron" because of his opposition to the new directive. "The Speaker believes that saying a mask requirement is 'not a decision based on science' is moronic," Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said in a tweet. Hammill was referring to a tweet by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in which he said, "Make no mistake - The threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue ... » Learn More about While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 29
For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?