Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bravehearts Soccer Academy crowned Danone Nations Cup Singapore Champions

PRESS RELEASE Bravehearts Soccer Academy were crowned the inaugural Danone Nations Cup Singapore Champion Sunday night after a dramatic 2-1 penalty shootout win over WSA Soccer Academy. The win means Bravehearts Soccer Academy will represent Singapore against the rest of the World this September in Poland. Both Bravehearts and WSA were the teams of the tournament, finishing undefeated and joint …

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Only 1 in 8 meet Minimum Sum balance

~ by Leong Sze Hian ~ From the 1 July 2012, the CPF Minimum Sum (MS) and Medisave Minimum Sum (MMS) will be raised to $139,000 and $38,500, respectively. The gradual phasing-out of the MS withdrawal rule, which is currently set at 10%, will be fully implemented on 1 January 2013. Those who reach the age of 55 will now …

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Amnesty International: Proposed change a welcome step

Government needs to do more to abolish mandatory death penalty for all crimes Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) welcomes the Singaporean Government’s move towards putting an end to the mandatory death sentencing for drug trafficking and homicide cases, and the moratorium on executions in place until proposed changes in the law are enacted. Mandatory death sentences …

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MARUAH welcomes changes as first step towards universal human rights norms

As highlighted in MARUAH's submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of Singapore in 2011, the mandatory death penalty fundamentally conflicts with international human rights norms. MARUAH is therefore glad at this first step towards consistency with universal standards of human rights%2 but calls on the Singapore Government to do much more. MARUAH President Braema …

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TOC Breaking: MDP to be abolished for drug couriers under certain circumstances

~by Atticus ~ The Government has proposed amendments to abolish certain mandatory provisions in the Misuse of Drugs Act. The proposals will make drug trafficking offenses by drug mules no longer punishable with a mandatory death penalty, but will instead provide discretion for the courts to provide a term of life imprisonment with caning provided that the drug mule cooperates substantively …

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My Thoughts on Religion and Faith

By Li Yiming– Disclaimer: this article is not meant to discredit anyone or any beliefs, but instead merely seek to reflect the thoughts on the recent events and some questions that have arisen from the perspective of a teenager growing up in a Catholic family. With the recent happenings at City Harvest Church, I believe that it is important that …

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Kenneth Jeyaretnam: Response to MSM reports on Singapore's US$4b loan to IMF

~ by Kenneth Jeyaretnam ~ Firstly, contrary to the impression conveyed by the Today Online report (7 July 2012), I took this action in my personal capacity as an ordinary Singapore citizen rather than as Secretary General of the Reform Party. Secondly, I strenuously object to the above Today report which states that: "Over the past few weeks, Mr Jeyaretnam has been arguing on his …

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Bertha Henson: Solemnity at breakfast

~ by Bertha Henson ~ I was at breakfast this morning in my Phnom Penh hotel with two Vietnamese and a Myanmar. One V lady is from the state television, the other from a newspaper and the M represents a company that has both web and print editions. They were among 11 other journalists – from Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor Leste – …

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Why I prefer the London Tube to MRT

By Luke Lu – I know what I’m about to say may sound controversial, and utterly absurd to some. Surely the London underground can’t be better than Singapore’s own Mass Rapid Transit system? Well, I’m not about to embark on some academic spiel comparing the technicalities of both rail networks and emerge with conclusive scientific data proving my view is …

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