Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fear of Ebola virus in Asia and Europe, but no confirmed cases

By Howard Lee Countries in Asia and Europe are on alert following fears that the Ebola virus could get out of control. This is in the wake of serious outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, although suspect cases reported outside of these countries have thus far tested negative for the virus. International medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has reported …

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Sungei Rd flea market to be erased, NEA confirms

A week after the authorities announced that one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates would make way for redevelopment, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has confirmed that the iconic flea market at Sungei Road will also be erased forever. It is the latest casualty in Singapore’s redevelopment plans, this time the Thieves Market will be making way for the new Sungei …

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Alumni barred from school for being “politically active”?

By Terry Xu Like the year before, graduate of First Toa Payoh Secondary, Ariffin Sha was preparing to return to his former school to help out with its involvement in the National Day celebrations. He was former parade commander and also vice president of the student council. This year was different, as his teacher told him that he need not come to …

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App site tracks dengue cases in Singapore using Google Maps

By Terry Xu A new app site, outbreak.sgcharts.com has been created by a concerned member of public to present the dengue situation in Singapore with data published by the National Environment Agency. The website has a user-friendly map to show the physical location of dengue cases. It also has an interactive timeline slider for users to access information on past dengue clusters. …

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X-Men not axed

By Howard Lee Fans of the X-Men series of comics will be relieved to know that the Media Development Authority (MDA) has decided not to ban “Astonishing X-Men Issue 51” from local shelves, despite the depiction of homosexual content, as the authority deemed that it contained a “balanced treatment of the issue”. The cover of the issue featured an image of gay …

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New schemes to promote flexi-travel in firms

By Howard Lee Employers who wish to adopt flexi-travel initiatives for their workforce to travel during off-peak hours can tap on incentives as part of the Travel Smart Network launched by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) today. The three initiates, to be rolled out from tomorrow to November 2014, aims to encourage employees “to travel on public transport during off-peak periods, and …

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Singaporeans show concern for Gaza conflict at Hong Lim Park

More than 1000 people gathered at Hong Lim Park last Saturday afternoon to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza. The event was organised by Mr Muhd Firdaus Bin Marzuki, founder of the facebook group, From Singapore to Palestine (FS2P). Mr Firdaus created the fanpage in 2012 to create awareness in Singapore about the situation in Palestine. Although the …

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EU to Singapore: Reinstate moratorium, abolish death penalty

By Howard Lee The European Union has responded yesterday to the recent executions of two inmates – Tang Hai Liang and Foong Chee Peng, who were convicted in 2011 and sentenced to death for drug-related offences – in Singapore, calling for the Singapore government to reinstate a moratorium on executions and work towards the abolishment of the death penalty. Tang and Foong were hanged to death …

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CPF – government insists on tweaking a broken system, sows more distrust

By Phillip Ang I refer to “CPF system will evolve to meet changing needs: DPM Tharman” and “CPF under review to better buffer against inflation: Manpower Minister”. Both ministers were speaking at a CPF forum organised by IPS on 22 July. Recall we had “Our Singapore Conversation” 2 years ago where, strangely, CPF was a non issue. Now that a …

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Abolish CPF and the retirement age

By Benedict Chong It was only several months ago when PM Lee Hsien Loong launched a defamation lawsuit against Roy Ngerng for insidious and damaging attacks upon his character and name. The scope of this article, however, is not to question the morality of the lawsuit. Instead, it aims to delve into a field not visited by Roy in his …

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