Home Briefs: NUS, Sembcorp ink new partnership

NUS, Sembcorp ink new partnership

Scientists and engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and home-grown energy and water company Sembcorp Industries have found that the ash from power and incineration plants can be used to make materials that can be used in construction.

Such waste-to-resource research is one of three research thrusts under a new partnership inked yesterday. The new $60 million Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory is supported by the National Research Foundation.

Sex tour: Appeal for lighter term dismissed

An appeal for a lighter sentence by Chan Chun Hong - the first person in Singapore to be convicted of organising an overseas tour for commercial sex with a minor - was dismissed yesterday by the High Court.

The 32-year-old diagnosed paedophile is serving a jail term of four years and eight months, handed down by a district court last year after he pleaded guilty.

Yesterday, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon concluded that, for the most part, the sentences were not manifestly excessive. He cut the jail term, from 20 months to 12 months, for one charge of distributing information to promote child-sex tourism. But this did not impact the overall sentence as it is to run concurrently with two others.

Six arrested in anti-vice operation

Six people were arrested during a 14-hour anti-vice sting in Yishun by the police.

The operation, from Tuesday night to yesterday morning, saw officers from Ang Mo Kio Division raiding residential areas in Yishun. Four women and a man were arrested for alleged involvement in vice-related activities while another man was nabbed for possession of obscene videos. Cash, mobile phones, credit cards and documents were also seized, said police yesterday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2016, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe