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  • Coronavirus: Singapore shifts primary schools to online learning; fatigued Philippine nurses battle resignations
    by Agencies on September 18, 2021 at 4:19 am

    Singapore’s primary schools will shift to home-based learning for 10 days ahead of a key national examination, the education ministry said on Saturday, as the city state reported 935 new Covid-19 cases the previous day, the highest since April last year.Primary 1 to 5 students will move to home-based learning from September 27 to October 6.Primary 6 students will go on a study break for a few days from September 25 before sitting for the national examination to minimise risk of school-based…

  • China must prove ‘track record of compliance’ with free, open trade if it wants to join CPTPP, Canberra says
    by Su-Lin Tan,Cissy Zhou,Orange Wang on September 18, 2021 at 4:15 am

    Australia said it would not be willing to negotiate China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) unless Beijing removes retaliatory tariffs on Australian goods, as other member countries also flagged caution over Beijing’s application to join the mega trade bloc.Beijing’s new trade minister Wang Wentao on Thursday lodged a long-awaited application to join the 11-member CPTPP with member country New Zealand’s trade minister Damien…

  • Leading Hong Kong chef dies days after a first Michelin star was awarded to Shang Palace restaurant at Shangri-La Singapore, where he led the kitchen
    by Bernice Chan on September 17, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    A leading Chinese-cuisine chef who spent his career in Hong Kong and Singapore has died, days after the fine-dining restaurant whose kitchen he headed won its first Michelin star. Mok Kit-keung was 58.Mok, a married father of three, died suddenly on September 17 in Singapore. The cause of death has not been disclosed.On September 1, Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Singapore hotel, where Mok had been executive chef since transferring there from Hong Kong in 2017, was awarded a Michelin star for…

  • Thais can’t get enough of Blackpink Lisa’s favourite meatballs from Buriram
    by Jitsiree Thongnoi on September 17, 2021 at 10:00 am

    From meatball vendors to clothes stores, small business owners in Thailand have reported a rise in sales on the back of the success of Thai-born Blackpink member Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban’s first solo single. The K-pop star last Friday released the music video for LALISA, a hip-hop track featuring scenes from her culture and hometown, to the delight of fans in Thailand and elsewhere. Dressed in a shimmery Thai silk dress while donning a traditional golden headgear, known as a chada, Manoban…

  • Singapore foreign minister’s apology lays bare angst over elite school obsession and class divide
    by Kok Xinghui on September 17, 2021 at 7:45 am

    When Singapore’s foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan remarked on an opposition politician’s educational background to a party colleague in parliament on Tuesday, he did not expect what he said to go viral.But his asides were caught on microphone – and with the session being live-streamed, an audio clip with the comments “He’s illiterate”, “Seriously, how did he get into RI?” and “Must be a lousy school” quickly made the rounds.Online, public attention focused more on the exchange than the…