Singapore snippets

American to get stern warning for SQ flight bomb hoax

The 37-year-old man who claimed there was a bomb on board an Singapore Airlines flight is set to receive a stern warning for using threatening words.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Lim Ying Min on Thursday said the prosecution intended to issue a stern warning to Hien Duc after reviewing a report from the Institute of Mental Health.

The American was one of 208 passengers on board SQ33 which left San Francisco for Singapore on Sept 26.

'Sovereign citizen' found to be fit for court

A self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" claiming trial over allegedly failing to wear a mask in public during the Covid-19 pandemic has been found fit to plead and follow court proceedings.

A report from the Institute of Mental Health following a psychiatric evaluation also found that Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, 57, was fit to enter his defence in court.

He appeared in a district court on Thursday and his case has been adjourned for a pre-trial conference on Nov 30.

Cycle & Carriage sells 4 properties

Cycle & Carriage Singapore sold four of its properties - Mercedes-Benz Centre and Jardine Cycle & Carriage headquarters on Alexandra Road, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle showroom at 209 Pandan Gardens and Mercedes-Benz service centre for passenger and heavy commercial vehicles at 188 Pandan Loop - to M&G Real Estate.

The four properties, which were sold for an undisclosed sum, will be leased back at $26 million per annum.

NTUC, SNEF aiming for 12,000 certified HR professionals by 2025

The National Trades Union Congress and Singapore National Employers Federation aim to double the nearly 6,000 certified human resource (HR) professionals, as the adoption of fair work practices gathers pace in Singapore.

NTUC assistant secretary-general Patrick Tay on Wednesday announced the push to have 12,000 certified HR professionals by 2025, saying the need for more certified HR professionals came amid efforts to enshrine workplace fairness guidelines in law.

Culinary icon Violet Oon and children take legal action against business partner

Local culinary doyenne Violet Oon and her children Tay Yiming and Tay Su-Lyn have commenced legal proceedings to buy out the stake that luxury and lifestyle company Group MMM has in its restaurant business.

According to a report by The Business Times, Group MMM - owned by Hong Kong-born businessman Manoj M. Murjani - disagreed with the allegations made by the 73-year-old and her family. The group said it would take necessary actions to protect and defend its legal rights, and address the allegations at the appropriate forum, which includes filing of its defence by Nov 8.

4 imported Covid-19 cases of BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 variants in S'pore

Four Covid-19 cases infected with the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 variants had been detected in Singapore as at Oct 23.

They were all imported cases and none was hospitalised, the Ministry of Health on said Tuesday without specifying where the cases came from. It added that observations from countries with these cases suggested that the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 variants were possibly more transmissible than previous Omicron sub-lineages but there was no evidence they caused more severe illness.

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