Monthly Archives: July 2012

A revised Team Singapore, a positive new beginning

~ By Howard Lee ~It is barely days to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and as the eyes of the world look towards the greatest show on Earth, there will invariably be those who will ask the inevitable: How many medals will our athletes take home? That question would also undoubtedly be on the minds of Singaporeans. But if you …

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Ballet Under the Stars 2012 – Shining Like Stars

~ by Melissa Tan ~ For the 17th season of Ballet Under the Stars, Singapore Dance Theatre once again brought to the stage, a touch of magic and grace. Performed to a sold-out Saturday crowd last weekend, Singapore’s favourite outdoor dance event comprised a medley of four inspiring and exquisite works across both contemporary and classical dance forms. Fort Canning …

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Prejudice – the silent killer of HIV/AIDS patients

By Saiful Saleem– Very recently someone confided in me that he was HIV-positive. It was the first time I had personally knowingly interacted with someone who had HIV. When I first met him, I had no idea that he was HIV-positive because he was vibrant, dynamic and lively. Him being HIV-positive was likely the furthest thing from my mind. It …

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Bertha Henson: Looking out for Linksters

~ by Bertha Henson ~ My nephew, aged 3, is teaching his grandma how to use the iPhone. His tiny fingers fly across the iPad screen too, killing monsters and turning nursery rhymes on and off, low volume, high volume. Brows furrowed, he can spend hours focused on the gadgets. The house is quiet. Strange how in the past, how parents dump …

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Leong Sze Hian: Give more funds to Mendaki

By Leong Sze Hian- I refer to the articles “More aid for poor Chinese families to move up” (ST, Jun 26), Mendaki  ‘may have to dip into reserves’ for
 subsidy expansion” (ST, Jun 24) and "Mendaki may 'dip into its reserves' to fund tuition subsidy scheme" (ST, Jun 23). Mendaki may need to cut programmes According to Mendaki’s chairman, it …

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Dr Poh Lee Guan's account of Workers' Party CEC Meeting on 10 July 2012

~ by Cheong Yaoming ~ Q: What was your explanation to WP Central Executive Committee (CEC)? A: I felt there was a need for a back-up plan, to prepare for a worst case scenario. What if there was a walkover; would the down-side risks of that be manageable? Therefore I decided to act quietly, behind the scenes mainly because Elections Department …

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Alex Au: Using power to give immunity to the powerful (Part 2)

~by Alex Au ~ The Attorney-General’s Chambers issued a press release yesterday (17 July 2012) in response to my post Using power to give immunity to the powerful which was published on 15 July. The press release opens with a re-assertion of one of the two usual justifications for the law on scandalising the judiciary. It said: “Accusations of bias diminish …

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Kirsten Han: Fellow Singaporeans, we can be better than that

~by Kirsten Han ~ Sometimes my fellow Singaporeans fill me with despair and anger. Sometimes I feel like my faith in this country is misplaced, and that I should probably not bother so much. When there are people like these, how can we ever hope to become better? Yesterday, underground scaffolding at the construction site for the Downtown Line at the …

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Economists urge Singapore to redefine progress, Bhutan-style

By Bhavan Jaipragas– The original story was written for GO-FAR, an overseas journalism programme organised by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. Landlocked and aid-dependent Bhutan may be worlds apart from Singapore and its globalised, advanced economy, but the Himalayan kingdom's unique people-centric growth model could still teach the city-state a thing or …

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