We did the heavy lifting for you

Jan 14, 2017 09.22AM |

Uplifting news?

IF YOU’RE living in a Housing Development Board (HDB) block, go take a look at whether your lift is a Sigma lift. The company has been banned from future lift projects because its lifts, including those in new estates, have been breaking down too often. There are some 3,500 Sigma-installed lifts out of the 24,000 HDB lifts here. According to The Straits Times (ST) which broke the news, half the major reported cases of lift incidents in 2015 and last year involved Sigma as manufacturer or maintenance contractor.

Last year, a Sigma lift in Petir Road shot up and down between floors, injuring a 59-year-old resident. Sigma is a subsidiary of Otis Elevator Company, an American company which also makes lifts for HDB under its own brand. Nothing’s been said about Otis lifts. Presumably, the parent company has higher standards.

Patrons of The Middle Ground enjoy priority access to our best stories. To become a patron, click here.

Ban lifted

You can bet that fresh food, especially fish, is going up in price even as you read this, given that Chinese New Year is around the corner. Chinese silver pomfret sold for $45 per kg last week at the wet market at 4A Eunos Crescent, reported Lianhe Wanbao. Last month, it cost more than $30 per kg and could go up to between $60 and $80 per kg in the next two weeks, the newspaper said.

Now take into account the ban on fish sales from 12 fish farms in the wake of an oil spill that occurred off Pasir Gudang Port in Johor on Jan 3. Less supply, heightened demand equals to even higher price. The good news is that two fish farms have had their suspensions lifted after they cleaned up the oil spill. Prices will still be high… but maybe not that high?


Lifting Trump’s veil?

US-President elect Donald Trump’s nominees have been surprising people who thought they would turn out to be belligerent as their boss. But the men who are now going through a Senate grilling for top positions in the State and Defence departments, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency seem to be breaking ranks with Mr Trump with their own views on Russia, wall-building and water-boarding, which Mr Trump wants resurrected. So while Mr Trump can carry on tweeting whatever he likes, his Cabinet doesn’t seem so half-cocked and scary. Is this a Trump “good cop, bad cop” strategy?

Chinese media, however, are unhappy with Mr Rex Tillerson, who was nominated for Secretary of State which would make him the country’s chief diplomat. They are up in arms over his comments that China’s actions in the disputed South China Sea can be compared to Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Said Global Times: “Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent China access to the islands will be foolish. Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories.”



Featured image from TMG file.

If you like this article, Like The Middle Ground‘s Facebook Page as well!

For breaking news, you can talk to us via email.