Monthly Archives: June 2013

GST offset: Less people getting more or less cash?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Singaporeans to receive letters next month on benefits from Budget 2013” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 28). Report everything except? Such a long news article, but guess what? The most important and obvious piece of information that arguably everyone who read such news may be asking is missing? The very long article talks about everything else …

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Pink Dot 2013

By Ng Yi Shu The fifth annual LGBT gathering at Hong Lim Park drew a record breaking 21,000 turnout today with support from all around Singapore from different walks of life. Pink Dot 2013 began with a charming rendition of the National Anthem by Vocaluptous, which was (coincidentally) followed by the National Flag flying past Hong Lim Park on its …

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When emperors start to burn books?

By Leong Sze Hian Curbing free speech in history? What has the new MDA licensing regime got to do with the history of the world? Well, if you study the rise and fall of empires in history – arguably when emperors and kings start to silence their critics and free speech (such as by burning books and having laws that …

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Primary School Admissions- Disadvantageous to the poor?

By: Jeraldine Phneah I am writing this post because I am deeply concerned by the existing admission of primary school students on it’s impact on children from disadvantaged backgrounds in our society. The recent statistics released by the Ministry of Education revealing that one in every five primary school students enter by ‘connections’ is a worrying one ("20% of P1 …

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Cast Away Like Dirt

Singapore Armchair Critic for The Online Citizen   I have a soft spot for animals and have been a pescetarian for years. It pains me that thousands of pets are abandoned every year in Singapore, when their novelty wears out, when they become sickly, when their owners relocate, when it’s spring cleaning time, et cetera et cetera . . . the …

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Average 24hr PSI reading

By Andre I refer to the news article on Today Online - http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/24-hour-psi-reading-betterreflection-haze-impact-health “The health impact of the air pollutants is determined by both the concentration and the duration of exposure. When we measure the health impact, the 24-hour measurement is a better reflection of the total exposure of the individual to particulate matter,” said Ms Fu, who was standing …

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Govt should be more aggressive in its response to the haze "crisis"

By Sin Wei Xiang I welcome the slew of measures unveiled by the Government to tackle the haze (Jun 21). These measures introduced during the press conference held on Jun 20 include: hourly updates of the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) readings, daily updates of the following day’s air quality outlook and health advisories, and subsidized medical attention for haze-related ailments …

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Just A Bad Day: Forum Theatre by AWARE

By: Ng Yi Shu Three women experience different sorts of gender stereotyping and gender violence in three different settings in Singapore. Iris, a mother having financial difficulties paying her rent, is abused both at home (by her husband Paul) and in the office (by gossiping office ladies and the boss, Mr Tan). She faces a difficult situation being sexually harassed …

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Mentor Access Project 2013 now open for application

Mentor Access Project (MAP) 2013 is now open for application for the  aspiring authors, poets and playwrights. Established in 2000, MAP is a unique annual writing mentorship programme organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) that aims to develop emerging literary talent in the four official languages. New, emerging Singaporean authors, poets and playwrights writing in English, Chinese, Malay and …

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