SINGAPORE: A man who lied in his application for Singapore citizenship and went on to represent the country in polo games was sentenced to jail for two weeks on Thursday (Jul 18). Abdul Sattar Khan, 53, was born in Pakistan and has been described as the "highest-ranked Singapore polo player". He first tried to become a Singapore permanent resident in 2000 after he was offered a job at the Singapore Polo Club, claimed the defence. However, Khan was unsuccessful in that application. He tried again six years later with forged educational documents and successfully attained Singapore permanent residence. He was given Singapore citizenship three years after this. Khan, who is a polo manager at the Singapore Polo Club, then managed to gain Singapore citizenship for his son in 2010. The court heard that Khan's first lie to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) was in Jan 24, 2000, when he stated falsely in his application for permanent residence that he had attended … [Read more...] about Singapore’s ‘highest-ranked polo player’ gets jail for lying in citizenship application
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SINGAPORE: For families with school-going children, time is a shrinking resource in Singapore. Since my eldest daughter began Primary 3, and my second-born started Primary 1 this year, our time together as a family has been stretched thin – slowly but surely. Outdoor play is now a rarity on weekdays. The siblings don’t get to play with one another as often as they wish. Even the time spent on bedtime rituals – such as reading a bedtime story, saying our prayers and hugging goodnight, is cut short. In the recent Committee of Supply debates, Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng spoke about the importance of giving children applied learning experiences to nurture innovation and a joy of learning. Applied learning focuses on experiences that go beyond the classroom (and grades), so that children dabble in solving real-world problems. It also cultivates skills and interests in areas which are deemed relevant to supporting industries and developing 21st century … [Read more...] about Commentary: Applied Learning a good move, but how about some school-life balance first?
The entrepreneurial spirit is a cornerstone of American culture, but history books too often leave out the extensive contributions of minorities and women. In honor of Black History Month, Stacker is shining a light on 50 Black entrepreneurs who made a lasting influence on the business world—and, often in the process, civil rights—from the Revolutionary War to today. The abrupt end to slavery in 1865 following the conclusion of the Civil War freed about 4 million people but left them without a clear trajectory forward. Black Codes afforded freed people the right to sue in court and marry but stipulated other discriminatory rules like keeping them from serving on juries or in state militias. During the Reconstruction Era, which lasted until 1867, the government sought to mitigate the fallout from slavery and integrate African Americans into society. But white business owners withdrew from Black clientele and kept African Americans from participating in the industrial sector … [Read more...] about 50 Companies Founded by Black Entrepreneurs
Singapore's Odette restaurant leapfrogged into the Top 20 of the World's 50 Best Restaurants at the ceremony held at the Marina Bay Sands' Sands Theatre on Tuesday night (Jun 25). Helmed by chef-owner Julien Royer, the modern French restaurant located at the National Gallery climbed to No 18 on the list, up 10 spots from its ranking last year. “It feels amazing! It’s an amazing journey since we started this place. Jumping 10 spots has been amazing," Royer told CNA Lifestyle after the ceremony. "Last year was our first year on the list. We were No 28 and one year later we are No 18 – so I guess 8 is our lucky number. So let’s push further and let’s work harder to be No 8 next year!” Royer, who moved to Singapore in 2008, added that the globally-recognised awards being held in Singapore was proof of the country's standing in the world of gastronomy. READ: World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards 2019: The full winners list "Singapore cuisine is already well recognised and … [Read more...] about Proof that Singapore is a ‘food capital’: Odette restaurant is No 18 globally