Friday, 28 April 2017

World press freedom index 2017

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Singapore increased by three ranks to 151st place for World Press Freedom Index

Singapore's World Press Freedom Index increased by three ranks this year, as compared to last year. A report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflected Singapore being in the 151st place this year. In 2016, Singapore was in the 154th rank.

This year, other Asian countries above Singapore includes:
  • Taiwan - 45th rank (up two ranks from 51 in 2016)
  • South Korea - 64rd rank (up six ranks from 70 in 2016)
  • Japan - 72nd rank (maintaining the same rank as in 2016)
  • Thailand - 136th rank (up six ranks from 142 in 2016)
  • Indonesia - 124th rank (up six ranks from 130 in 2016)
  • Philipines - 127th rank (up 11 ranks from 138 in 2016)
  • Burma - 131st rank (up 12 ranks from 143 in 2016)
  • Malaysia - 144th rank (up two ranks from 146 in 2016)
Hong Kong fell to the 73rd rank from 69 in 2016.

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Is Taiwan’s Freedom Better than Singapore's ‘Caged Canaries’ and Hong Kong’s 'Lost Soul’?

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) recent remarks about countries south of Taiwan at the 30th anniversary of local magazine The Journalist ruffled some feathers. His comment that Hong Kong “doesn’t even have a soul that is free” drew a rebuttal from Hong Kong's pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong. “Today’s Hong Kong is tomorrow’s Taiwan,” Wong said. “Even though our histories and systems are different, when it comes to the China factor, it is necessary for Hongkongers and Taiwanese to join hands.”

However, Ko's remarks about Singaporeans being “caged canaries” largely went unchallenged. It did not evoke a response from any of Singapore’s political leaders or civil society, perhaps a reflection of the subdued behavior that has evolved in the island state.

Indeed when pressed further on his remarks, Ko said that he had mentioned something along similar lines in the face of a senior Singaporean official when he previously visited Singapore. He also said that he had even once thought of moving to Singapore but gave up on that idea when he realized after visiting that Singapore is not what he had imagined it to be.

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World Press Freedom Index 2016
A “deep and disturbing” decline in media freedom

The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published on 20 April, 2016, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels.

Ever since the 2013 Index, RSF has been calculating indicators of the overall level of media freedom violations in each of the world’s regions and worldwide. The higher the figure, the worse the situation. The global indicator has gone from 3719 points last year to 3857 points this year, a 3.71% deterioration. The decline since 2013 is 13.6%.

The many reasons for this decline in freedom of information include the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of governments in countries such as Turkey and Egypt, tighter government control of state-owned media, even in some European countries such as Poland, and security situations that have become more and more fraught, in Libya and Burundi, for example, or that are completely disastrous, as in Yemen.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Don’t Wait Till You’re 40 To Do This

 With Your Money

As the saying goes, with more power comes more responsibility. If you're turning 40 within the next couple of years, you'll realise that the same thing happens when you hit a milestone age – you become wiser, more experienced, and more likely than not, find yourself with more responsibilities, especially where your money is concerned.

You might also have heard of this saying: knowledge is power. So read on, and get started on these must-dos for a "powerful" 40
th birthday.

As you earn more, spend more wisely. By your mid-30s, you're likely to be in a more powerful position in terms of earning capabilities, as compared to your 20s. But at the same time, you're also likely to have more wants and needs, which might translate to higher expenditure and bigger debts.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Couple in "Chope" table incident arrested

Police arrest couple over Toa Payoh hawker centre incident
Screen capture of an elderly man being shoved from behind by a younger man at a hawker centre in Toa Payoh. (Video: YouTube)

Police on Tuesday (Apr 25) arrested a 46-yr-old man and a 39-yr-old woman for causing public nuisance at a hawker centre in Toa Payoh.

In a statement, the police said they received reports on Sunday about a couple who allegedly used offensive language and force against a 76-yr-old man at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 market & hawker centre.

Investigators established the identities of the 2 people and they were arrested. Investigations are ongoing.

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The Police have arrested a 46-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman for an offence of Public Nuisance.

On 23 April 2017, the Police received reports regarding a couple who had allegedly used offensive language and force against a 76-year-old man at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market & Hawker Centre.

Through follow-up investigations by officers from Tanglin Police Division, the couple's identities were established and they were arrested on 25 April 2017. Police investigations are still ongoing.

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Couple in Toa Payoh hawker centre dispute arrested
A couple who were allegedly involved in a spat at a hawker centre in Toa Payoh have been arrested

A 46-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were arrested for the offence of public nuisance, the police said in a statement early Wednesday (26 April).

The police said they had received reports on 23 April regarding the couple, who had allegedly used offensive language and force against a man, 76, at Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Hawker Centre.

A recent online video showing the encounter has gone viral. Facebook user Janice Lim, who said that she was at the scene, recounted that after an elderly man approached a table with the intention of occupying a seat, a woman claimed that it was “reserved” with a folded umbrella and told him off.

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Daughter of victim at Toa Payoh hawker centre pushing incident speaks

After an eye witness at the Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Food Centre pushing incident, Janice Lim, came forward to share the full account of what actually happened on the scene, the daughter of the victim has stepped forward too to give her account.

Caroline Ng expressed anger and disgust over what happened to his dad and condemned the actions of the couple involved. She also thanked the Singaporeans who showed support for his dad. However, she caution against any online vigilantism, appealing to the public to submit any information regarding the couple to the police or relevant authorities instead of trying to take things in their own hands. One online vigilante, Ang Tock Seng, learned his lesson the hard way, being the subject of an online CSI now after he wrongfully fingered a Cherry Tan as one of the culprit in the pushing incident.

Ng also shared that she might be pursuing a civil lawsuit against the couple. Whoever they are, they probably are having a hard time sleeping now.

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Caroline Ng Yesterday at 13:26

Our hawker and food centres are public places. Seatings are first come first serve basis. While I understand it's common practice for many of us (including myself) to leave an artifact to reserve seats while queuing for food, since when does this equate to entitlement or ownership of these public items?

To get in depth with Singapore's infamous "chope seat" system will require a whole separate discussion, which I am not about to get into here .... Bottom line is (doesn't matter who is there first), my dad only wanted to share the table, there were only 2 of them (the couple) and their food wasn't even ready .... Will it kill them just to share the seats??!

I mean .. seriously??!! Not only the woman was uncouth with her hurling of abusive profanities, her companion just had to despicably ram my dad from behind, trying to knock him off his feet! ... no matter who is in the right or wrong, nobody should be treated in this manner, let alone to an old folk.

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Toa Payoh Lor 8 Hawker Centre Pushing Incident – First Person Witness Account from Janice Lim

We got in touch with Janice Lim, identified via her Facebook comments on the viral video to be a credible first person witness when the pushing incident happened at Toa Payoh Lor 8 Market and Food Centre last night.

In the video, a well-dressed lady is seen arguing with an old man over the seats at a round table in the hawker centre.

She called someone for help and an equally well-dressed young man came to her rescue, shoving the old man from behind, causing him to fall forward.

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Be more gracious and stop reserving tables

The spat at a Toa Payoh hawker centre over the reservation of seats led to readers writing to the Forum page calling for a ban on "choping". Here are some excerpts from the letters.

The incident highlights the need to address this anti-social behaviour.

I have no issue when a person sits at a table and reserves it for his friends or family. But I do find it inconsiderate when tissue packs, name cards, umbrellas and other objects are used to "chope" a table.

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Putting Packets of Tissue to “Chope” Seats
Chope, This Seat Mine: The Immutable Laws Of Singapore’s Hawker Centers

I have witnessed overly-cultured and genteel visitors from strange lands descend onto our popular hawker centre (where they serve flavors that define the country’s culinary culture), at mad peak hour moments and wonder, “Ahem, so is someone going to show us to a table for 4?” Not going to happen ma’am.

The technique of securing seats at those feeding frenzy hours had long ago been reduced and translated to a fine art form called “chope.” The first thing chope master artists do is to hone in on an empty table and mark their turf — by putting the cheapest or most useless personal item they have on them, usually a half used tissue pack, a cheap ball point pen or even a worthless bargain stall umbrella on the seat. That, in mod-Singapore street food speak, means “lay off, she’s taken,” or in local vernacular called Singlish “Chope, this seat mine” (a local English slang, sans the polite grammar and attitude the British left us with).

These are the 10 immutable laws of using Singapore’s hawker centres:
  • Firstly, scour the hawker centre for empty tables or chairs
  • Chope also an extra seat for your bags
  • Say your order in slow but clear broken English (loose all the polite grammar) for best effect
  • If you are wearing white tops that need to stay clean, stay away from curries, thick soups and dark sauces
  • Choose who you want to share a table with
  • Ordering drinks from the beverage auntie or uncle
  • When seated, wipe the edge of table directly in front of you with wet tissues
  • If it’s not a self-service stall and they offer to bring the food to your table, sit close to them
  • Transfer the leftover crockery of your vacated table to another, so the cleaner will attend to your table faster
  • If you are clueless as to what to order, just follow the queues

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Full Coverage:
Police arrest two for Toa Payoh hawker centre dispute
Police arrest couple over Toa Payoh hawker centre incident
Couple in Toa Payoh hawker centre dispute arrested
Couple arrested for causing public nuisance @ Toa Payoh market hawker centre
Daughter of victim at Toa Payoh hawker centre pushing incident speaks
Couple who abused elderly man at Toa Payoh Lor 8 food centre arrested on Tue
Couple in viral video arrested by police for public nuisance
Be more gracious and stop reserving tables
No words can express my disgust:Daughter of elderly in Spore hawker centre table
Toa Payoh Lorong 8 hawker centre couple identified and arrested by police
Police have arrested couple who bullied old man at Toa Payoh hawker centre
Police reports lodged over dispute at hawker centre
Petition against couple caught in heated dispute with elderly @ hawker centre
Police reports lodged over Singapore hawker centre table dispute
Witness says woman in table dispute at Spore hawker centre swore at elderly man
Police reportedly spoke to Toa Payoh Lorong 8 hawkers
Online vigilantes identified the wrong parties in viral Toa Payoh hawker centre clip
S'porean petition for MSF to take action against the Toa Payoh old man pusher
Folks pissed abt Toa Payoh hawker centre incident, someone started a petition
UOB releases statement to distance itself from coffee shop drama
Couple who bullied elderly man at Toa Payoh: UOB confirms they are not its staff
CSI attempt on Toa Payoh couple bully went wrong
Toa Payoh Hawker Centre Pushing Incident – 1st Person Witness from Janice Lim
Internet mob wrongly lynched couple & UOB based on unfounded allegations
Couple Scolds Elderly Sitting At 'Reserved' Kopitiam Table Guy Even Pushes him
UOB said couple in Toa Payoh hawker centre video not its staff
Eyewitness a/c of what led to young man shoving the old man at a hawker centre
Public outraged at couple bullied old man, queries sent to UOB & petition started
Young couple caught on camera bullying old man over seat at TP hawker centre
Young chap knocks old man who was having dispute with woman in hawker centre
No room for vigilantism in Singapore