SINGAPORE - After returning home late from the basketball court, the lanky teenage boy could usually be heard singing covers of pop songs and playing the keyboard in his room, or screaming at his laptop during gaming sessions with his friends. This would often go on past 11pm, when his mother Madam Rahimah Lee Abdullah would be leaving for her night shift as a petrol station attendant in Pasir Ris. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month Latest headlines and exclusive stories In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months* Subscribe now *Terms and conditions apply. ... » Learn More about Mum of teen killed in Bedok basketball court tragedy: He’s a good boy, so I think he’ll be in heaven
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TOKYO: Pure, unbridled joy. While Yu Mengyu’s smile was hidden by her mask, her happiness was evident for all to see as she spoke to journalists. On Wednesday (Jul 28), the Singaporean qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s singles table tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics after beating Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa 4-1. In doing so, she went one step further than she ever has at the Games. Yu made the quarter-finals in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but she fell to North Korea’s Kim Song-i and failed to put herself in contention for a medal. Speaking to reporters after Wednesday's game, Yu could not contain her excitement. “I’m just extremely happy. I never thought I’d get into the top four,” she said. “My ranking is extremely low and because of the pandemic, I have not been able to compete that much ... I was also injured and recovering, so I didn’t have any specific target for myself.” Yu is one win away from a guaranteed medal. If she fails on Thursday to beat her next ... » Learn More about Table tennis: Singapore’s Yu Mengyu beats Japan’s Ishikawa to book Tokyo Olympics semi-final spot
TOKYO: Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be looking to make history on Saturday (Jul 31) as the first woman to win three Olympic 100m gold medals and cement her place as one of the transcendent talents in the sport. Thirteen years after her triumph in Beijing, at the age of 34, and having taken time out to have a baby, Fraser-Pryce arrived in Tokyo on the back of an astonishing 10.63-second run. She is the hot favourite to match compatriot Usain Bolt with a third gold in the blue ribbon 100m event. The performance made her the world's fastest woman alive - the time topped only by Florence Griffith Joyner - and is the fastest sprint in more than three decades, a performance that surprised even Fraser-Pryce herself. "I never expected I would run 10.6," she said after the June race. "Because 10.6 has been a dream, a goal, I've been working so hard, being so patient to see it finally unfold. I'm so ecstatic." Now, she is the woman to beat as she seeks to add to her 2008 ... » Learn More about Athletics: Fraser-Pryce on brink of amazing Olympic 100m hat-trick
TOKYO: Ecuador's Richard Carapaz won Olympic gold in the men's cycling road race on Saturday (Jul 24), timing to perfection a tactical final descent after a tough 234km course worthy of a mountain stage of a Grand Tour. It was only Ecuador's second-ever gold at the Olympics after that of Jefferson Perez in the 50km race walk at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar, bidding to become the first cyclist to win the road race in the same year as the Tour de France, had to be content with bronze in a photo finish with Belgium's silver medallist Wout van Aert. The star-studded peloton rolled out of Tokyo's Musashinonomori Park with the unusual sight - for these pandemic-delayed Games - of tens of thousands of locals lining the roads, masked and with many toting umbrellas as early temperatures soared to 32 degrees Celsius. The entire route accumulated a staggering 4,865m of climbing - more demanding than the major mountain stages of the 2021 Tour de France. After ... » Learn More about Cycling: Carapaz trumps Pogacar to win men’s Olympic road race
Editorial board (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta ● Thu, July 29 2021 The first outing of a new head of government is said to reflect his or her country’s priorities. This also applies to other high-ranking officials, such as defense ministers. The United States Defense Secretary Llyod Austin is touring Southeast Asia by visiting Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. This is the first visit to the region by a Cabinet secretary of US President Joe Biden, as previously Deputy State Secretary Wendy Sherman visited Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand in late May and early June. While Singapore is a long-time ally of the US, Vietnam is considered a key partner in US efforts to contain China. There are still overlapping claims between China and Vietnam over parts of the South China Sea. Then-US defense secretary Jim Mattis promised a waiver for the Countering America’s Adversary Through Sanction Act (CAATSA) to allow V... to Read Full Story SUBSCRIBE NOW ... » Learn More about Maintaining US-RI ties
Rio Christiawan (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta ● Thu, July 29 2021 Corporate social and environmental responsibility is stipulated in Law No. 40/2007 on Limited Liability Companies. Article 1, paragraph 3 of the law defines social and environmental responsibility as “the company’s commitment to participate in sustainable economic development in order to enhance the quality of life and environment to benefit the company, local communities, or the general public”. In practice, corporate social and environmental responsibility is interchangeably used with corporate social responsibility (CSR). The Constitutional Court also considers the two to be synonymous as stated in decision No. 53/PUU-VI/2008. The concept of CSR that is accommodated in national law was born from a shift in the initial concept of a single bottom line (profit-oriented) into a triple bottom line (people, profit and planet). The concept h... to Read Full Story SUBSCRIBE NOW ... » Learn More about CSR as a support mechanism for national COVID-19 response
Dharendra Wardhana (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Jakarta ● Thu, July 29 2021 This was the title of my presentation at the 16 th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) international conference held virtually two weeks ago. In choosing the title, I was inspired by a classic Indonesian adage, banyak anak banyak rezeki (each child brings its own fortune), that runs counter to the Malthusian perspective. My paper itself discusses the nexus of development and demography, which attempts to prove or disprove the seemingly propitious notion of the demographic dividend or bonus. Unfortunately, it appears that the demographic dividend is rarely realized because the quality of Indonesian human resources is still relatively low compared to that of peer countries, not to mention the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before I started my session, I conducted a poll for the audience to choose between two opposing ... to Read Full Story SUBSCRIBE NOW ... » Learn More about Demographic bonus: The more the merrier the wealthier?