Evening Update: Today's headlines from The Straits Times on Jan 14

Good evening! Catch up on some of the main headlines on Tuesday, Jan 14.

Stiffer penalties for employers with discriminatory hiring practices, including debarment of work pass renewal

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo announces updates to the Fair Consideration Framework at the Professional Conversion Programme for Salesforce Platform Professionals on Jan 14, 2020. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said the changes "mean stronger deterrence against workplace discrimination of any kind". 


Logistics firm first to be charged with false declaration on fair hiring of Singaporeans

Ti2 Logistics was charged with falsely declaring that it had considered local applicants fairly for a business development manager position. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

MOM found that Ti2 Logistics falsely declared in an employment pass application that it had interviewed two Singapore citizens and considered local candidates fairly for a business development manager position.


First Singaporean charged with funding terrorism sentenced to nearly 3 years' jail

Imran Kassim (above) was charged with transferring $450 through remittance company Western Union to Mohamad Alsaied Alhmidan in Turkey for his publication of ISIS propaganda. PHOTO: IMRAN KASSIM/FACEBOOK

Imran Kassim's sentence was backdated to April 15 last year. The judge noted that Imran knew the money he sent would help ISIS, which is clearly a terrorist organisation.


Salaries inch up, better job prospects for poly grads in 2019

In a photo taken on May 3, 2019, Nanyang Polytechnic graduates at their graduation ceremony. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The survey, conducted by the five polytechnics here, showed that the median gross monthly salary for graduates who landed full-time jobs rose from $2,350 in 2018 to $2,400 last year.


COE supply for Feb-April period dips

According to the Land Transport Authority, around 6,350 COEs will be available for bidding each month, down from 6,830 in the current quota period. PHOTO: ST FILE

Around 6,350 COEs will be available for bidding each month, down from 6,830 in the current quota period, the Land Transport Authority said.


At least 10 Singapore-Manila flights affected as Taal volcano spews lava, ash for third day

The Taal volcano spews steam and ash into the sky as seen from Tagaytay, Philippines, on Jan 2020. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Several airlines - including Scoot, Jetstar Asia, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air - were affected.


Three people arrested for allegedly entering Singapore illegally by boat

The coast guard detected an unnumbered fibreglass boat at sea, off Eastern Buoy which is located off the coast of Changi, at 9.13pm on Jan 12, 2020. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

Preliminary investigations revealed that two Indonesians had intended to enter Malaysia illegally via the boat steered by a Malaysian man.


New programme to prepare religious groups to handle crisis, including teaching members first aid skills

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu at the seminar during which the the Crisis Preparedness for Religious Organisations programme was launched on Jan 14, 2020. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said religious groups play an important role in safeguarding Singapore against the threat of terrorism.


Lorry driver jailed 7 weeks, banned from driving following accident with cyclist in Pasir Ris

Lorry driver Teo Seng Tiong was found guilty of causing hurt to the cyclist and failing to report the accident to the police within 24 hours. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

Teo Seng Tiong, 59, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for two years.


Man accused of raping 2 teenage girls raises a stink in court by soiling himself

It was not the first time that Isham Kayubi, a part-time food deliveryman and member of a motorcycle gang, has created a disturbance in open court.