TL;DR – Everything you need to know daily, summarised for you at 5pm.
1. NUS named top Asian university for third straight year; NTU at No. 3
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And, Singapore Management University (SMU) has also entered the rankings for the first time in 60th place! More here.
2. Test questions from WSQ Communications course replaced
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Test questions from a training course accredited by a Government body to be replaced after Internet users slammed the assessment for perpetuating workplace discrimination. WDA’s response and comments here.
3. Witch hunt for Bryan Lim?
The internet was abuzz with talk of one Bryan Lim’s seemingly anti-LGBT comment in a Facebook group, We are against Pinkdot in Singapore. That particular post that he’d left the comment in was about foreign sponsorship of the annual LGBT rally Pink Dot, held at Hong Lim Park on June 4. Here’s what he’d commented,
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He has since apologised and also removed the above comment. According to the Straits Times, Bryan Lim wrote:
“I apologise for the misunderstanding. My words were strong. I did not mean anyone. I meant Bloomberg and foreign intervention in local matters.”
“This was taken out of context. I hope this clears the air.”
“I did not mean physical bullets nor physical death. I mean open fire in debate and remove them from Singapore domestic matters.”
Netizens have since dug out some personal details, including an old (and very distasteful) post, his work details and there was also some speculation about his national service vocation. At least three police reports had been lodged, and the case is now under investigation.
His employer, Canon, has taken to Facebook to comment on this case,
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The SPF also posted this today,
4. GrabHitch’ing JB-SG
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Ride-sharing platform Grab announced its first cross-border carpooling service by allowing commuters to hitch a ride with drivers travelling between Johor Bahru and Singapore. The GrabHitch JB-SG service will be launched next Mondayand is expected to cost an average of S$12 or RM36 for a round trip. More here.
Updated 20 Jun: LTA says NO
5. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine offered to pay for Christina Grimmie’s funeral
Christina Grimmie, Youtube-star-turned-The-Voice-contestand, was shot dead when she was signing autographs for her fans after a performance. Those of you who follow The Voice would know that Adam Levine coached Christina Grimmie on The Voice, and he was reportedly devastated upon hearing the news. He had called her mother, and also offered to pay for the funeral expenses. More here. Here’s her brother’s Facebook post,
Here’s a clip of the two singing Somebody That I Used to Know.