A NUMBER of speculations has surfaced from the continuing controversy on the Julian Felipe Reef in the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana appears the most persistent in hammering on the issue in the media so that one sector believes the incident has given him the opportunity to craft his political designs, i.e., running for president in 2022. A popular radio commentator, who pretends to authority on diplomatic matters, confided to me recently that it is all about the procurement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines of allegedly five patrol boats from the United States. Considering that driving away the Chinese from the South China Sea has been America’s magnificent obsession, hyping the incident in the media becomes an effective bargaining leverage in the deal. In other words, make it appear that China is intruding into Philippine territory, which the US does not want to happen, and with the Philippines combating such intrusion, it can get those needed patrol ... » Learn More about How Julian Felipe Reef brouhaha impacts on CPP-NPA-NDF insurgency
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SINGAPORE: In a full-day hearing on Friday (Apr 16), Ms Parti Liyani’s lawyer crossed swords with a deputy chief prosecutor in an unprecedented bid to seek a compensation order of S$73,100 for a “frivolous and vexatious” prosecution of Ms Parti. Ms Parti, who returned to Indonesia in January , was convicted in March 2019 by a lower court of stealing items worth S$34,000 from then-Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong and his family. The High Court overturned her conviction in September 2020 and acquitted her of all theft charges. In the aftermath, two prosecutors in charge of Ms Parti's trial at the lower courts are facing a disciplinary tribunal after Ms Parti sought an investigation into their alleged misconduct. READ: Chief Justice grants investigation into Parti Liyani's complaint of misconduct against prosecutors The sum of S$73,100 that Ms Parti is seeking includes salary losses of S$37,500 over 50 months, "ang paos" or red packets, pay increments and ... » Learn More about Parti Liyani’s lawyer crosses swords with deputy chief prosecutor in unprecedented compensation bid
Wherever you work and whatever you study, you surely know the PDF documents file format well. It is an essential type of file that we use in our daily lives in almost any field, from journalism to architecture, through marketing, human resources, design or teaching. What you may not know is that PDF files go far beyond a simple document to print or to view on the screen. Far from being static files, PDF documents lend themselves to editing and are quite flexible if you have a powerful editor like Wondershare PDFelement . It is one of the most popular PDF editors, if not the most popular one. If you are looking for a solution for editing PDF files on the Internet, you are sure to find a lot of information about this application. Wondershare PDFelement: What is it? We will now talk about Wondershare PDFelement for managing PDF documents, explaining how it is used. With it, it is possible to create, edit PDF , and convert documents of this type on computers and mobile ... » Learn More about How to Edit PDF Documents with Wondershare PDFelement
We’ve written about dining deals in Singapore, from afternoon high tea, dim sum buffets and all-you-can-eat meals. Now, we present to you the best steamboat buffets and promotions you can find on our sunny island Despite Singapore’s humid weather, hotpot and steamboat still remain a, um, hot favourite among Singaporeans, because it gives friends and families the opportunity to bond over good food. Besides, no self-respecting Asian would turn down a buffet filled with a wide variety of meat, fresh seafood, delicious broths and sauces! So if you’re looking for your next hotpot buffet sesh, we’ve got you covered with this list of steamboat restaurants in Singapore. How to save money when eating at buffets Save more money by not only using the best dining credit cards, but also taking advantage of Eatigo discounts, lunch pricing and birthday promotions. Pro tip: remember not to take more than you can eat as restaurants will charge you food wastage fees! Restaurant ... » Learn More about Best steamboat buffets: Cost and promotions
SINGAPORE - The iconic Golden Mile Complex building, with its terraced facade facing Nicoll Highway, is being proposed for conservation because of its historical and architectural significance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said on Friday (Oct 9). The decision, taken after a two-year study, starts the process to have it gazetted as a conserved building. But to help ensure that the move will not inhibit a future collective sale, the URA, in an unusual move, is offering developers additional planning incentives, including a one-third increase in floor area with a waiver of part of its development charge (DC) and the option to adjust the boundary of the 1.3ha site. In turn, developers have to abide by the conservation guidelines. Most importantly, they have to retain the development's landmark main building that is famed for its signature stepped terraces atop the podium facing Nicoll Highway. Other key features that have to be kept include the stepped building ... » Learn More about Golden Mile Complex to be conserved, with incentives to attract developers in future en bloc sale: URA
Unless you’re living it up in a mega-mansion, homes in Singapore are hardly ever considered sprawling. Both economical and spacious, jumbo HDB flats could be the answer to your space woes. Let’s face it, spaciousness is not a term you would commonly use to describe HDB flats. Nowadays, we’d be lucky if our five-room BTO flat crossed the 110 square-metre threshold. With space in such short supply, our homes might start feeling too cramped for comfort, especially when the family starts to grow. Plus, once we’ve reached a certain age, sharing our bedrooms and that one communal bathroom just doesn’t quite cut it anymore. If you’re on the lookout for HDB flats that come with more than three bedrooms and two bathrooms, look no further than jumbo flats, particularly if you have a multi-generational family moving in. What is a jumbo flat? It is essentially a supersized version of your typical HDB flat. Think of it as two three-room or even four-room HDB flats combined to ... » Learn More about Jumbo HDB flats: Are they worth the price you’re paying?
As demand for healthier food products has increased over the years, organic food is becoming more and more common in Singapore's supermarkets, shops and even wet markets. However, is it really true that organic food is healthier than non-organic food? What does "organic" really mean? WHAT DOES ORGANIC FOOD MEAN? The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) does not have a definition of organic foods. However, organic food and drink generally refers to products that are made in compliance with organic standards in Singapore, meaning that they are: Grown naturally without the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and insecticides; and Not modified or processed using synthetic products and additives. LABELLING FOOD AS "ORGANIC" IN SINGAPORE According to section 9B(5) of the Food Regulations , food can only be labelled as "organic" if it has been certified as "organic" under an inspection and certification system that: Complies with section 6.3 of the Codex Guidelines for ... » Learn More about ‘Certified organic’ food in Singapore: What does it mean?
Young gymnasts train at the Li Xiaoshuang Gymnastics School in Xiantao, Hubei province. BEIJING: Under the twin emblems of the Chinese flag and the Olympic rings, two tiny boys dangle from the high bar in a cavernous gym -- the cradle of China's elite gymnasts. Elsewhere, rows of children as young as four hold the splits and handstands under the watchful eye of coaches at the Li Xiaoshuang Gymnastics School in Xiantao, west of Wuhan. They are among the latest recruits to China's notoriously demanding state sports system, which has attracted legions of critics but has also made it one of the most successful Olympic nations. AFP has gained rare access to China's gymnastics training centres over the past four years, chronicling the lives of children and young athletes who are being honed for Olympic glory. Despite the tough nature of the drills, officials at the Li Xiaoshuang school say the focus is now on fun for the children -- "happy gymnastics" -- rather than the ... » Learn More about Inside China’s gymnastics machine: the children training for Olympic glory
Bounded by Tampines ECO Park and the TPE, Tampines GreenVerge , Tampines GreenCourt and Tampines GreenVines sit within a huge cluster of BTOs in this east-side neighbourhood. With the estimated completion dates looming for these estates, there’s no time like the present to start planning for your home renovation. For those who are still uninspired, our blog today will take a closer look at the floor plans of these Tampines BTOs. Using real-life designs that have been done elsewhere, we show you how to incorporate these layout ideas into your own flat. Hopefully, they will get you one step closer to your dream home. Tampines GreenVerge 1. Bathroom vanity on the outside Bathrooms in 3-room flats are often quite small, even for the en-suite bathroom. The solution? Place the bathroom vanity outside within the bedroom so you can have the option of a larger shower area. For this to work, you will need to sacrifice a nightstand and have your wardrobe just next to the bed. 2. ... » Learn More about 12 layout ideas for upcoming Tampines BTOs: Tampines GreenVerge, Tampines GreenCourt and Tampines GreenVines
MELAKA: It sounds unbelievable but a 23-year-old female entrepreneur from Masjid Tanah here actually ended up paying RM19,681 as processing fees to apply for a RM20,000 loan that she never received. On top of that, the handphone number for the loan scam has been red-flagged by police on the "Semak Mule" app. Melaka Commercial Crime chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said it was baffling that the owner of a catering company had paid up the sum, which was almost the amount that she had intended to borrow. "The case doesn't make sense but our investigation revealed that the same fraudster has previously cheated eight individuals using the same tactic with losses suffered by all the victims amounting close to RM72,000. "This shows that there are still many gullible people falling for loan scams despite media reports on the existence of such scammers," he said on Monday (Feb 8). Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim had paid the amount into five different bank accounts provided by the conman ... » Learn More about Entrepreneur conned after paying RM20k to apply for RM20k loan