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Daily Archives: 2014-08-26

Government ups cyber-security measures

By Howard Lee Following a spate of security breaches to government websites late last year, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) will implement a number of additional measures to help the government prevent and manage such "security threats" in the future. These include setting up a Monitoring and Operations Control Centre, which will complement the existing Cyber-Watch Centre, to be ready by January next year. …

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The disparities of the Lease Buyback Scheme

By Aloysius Chia I have written earlier about how the Lease Buyback Scheme, a plan that allows Central Provident Fund contributors to sell part of their lease on Housing Development Board flats to the government, in exchange for an annuity, might actually lead to intergenerational inequality – essentially, where allowing the less well off to monetise their assets leads to …

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On the rise – vacant private homes

  According to the Property Guru website, “the number of vacant private homes in Singapore is steadily rising, climbing 10.3 percent to 21,268 units in Q2 2014 from 19,284 units in the previous quarter.” Property Guru was citing a report by Savills, a global real estate consultancy. The vacancy rate of these homes rose from 6.6 per cent to 7.1 …

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Yes to recommendations to improve progression prospects: MOE

By Howard Lee The Singapore government has accepted the 10 recommendations proposed by the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) Committee, which was set up in January to ensure that graduates from the country’s polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) can have good career and academic progression prospects. The ASPIRE Committee was first announced in In November 2013 …

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Pakatan wants S’pore to rejoin M’sia: Menteri Besar

  Mohamad Hasan, the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Malaysian state Negri Sembilan, has charged the opposition coalition – Pakatan Rakyat – of intending “to invite Singapore to rejoin Malaysia if it wins control of the Federal Government. Malaysia news portal, Free Malaysia Today, reported: Launching the Rembau Umno divisional meeting, [Mohamad Hasan] said: “I guarantee that three days after …

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$41.6 billion – record high amount of taxes collected

In its annual report for the Financial Year (FY) 2013/14, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has announced a record tax collection of S$41.6 billion. This is 0.5 per cent higher than what the IRAS collected in the last financial year. Several factors have contributed to the rise in collection, including on-time tax returns by taxpayers, levies on consumption, …

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No change in foreign sports talent policy: STTA’s candidate for president

  Ms Ellen Lee, who is expected to replace Ms Lee Bee Wah as the president of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), says she has no plans to change the sport association’s policy on using foreign-born paddlers to represent Singapore. “For anyone to do well in anything, competition is necessary,” the Straits Times quoted her as saying. “We need …

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AWARE launches fundraiser for Sexual Assault Care Centre

By Howard Lee MediaCorp Artiste Zoe Tay and comedian Judee Tan have put their names and faces behind the Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC), announced by gender equality group AWARE in May this year, by releasing two online videos yesterday. The videos will be the first of several planned video releases accompanying a newly launched crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise S$30,000 in …

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