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Monthly Archives: Oct 2014

RWS false advertising for dolphin attraction?

"Few things are as magical as spotting a double rainbow. Swimming with dolphins is one of them. Unfortunately, unlike countries like Hawaii or Australia, dolphins aren’t native to the waters of Singapore, and not all of us have the privilege to travel overseas to do that. The next best alternative? Dolphin interaction programmes at Dolphin Island." - Marine Life Park Blog, …

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Mystery of “No degree needed” solved?

By SY Lee and Leong Sze Hian "Do not go on a paper chase for qualifications or degrees, especially if they are not relevant because pathways and opportunities to upgrade and to get better qualifications will remain open throughout your career. It is never the last chance. You always have the possibility to advance, to improve yourself, to take another …

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Response by Interagency Taskforce inappropriate for civil service

Stop Trafficking SG, a group made up of six non-governmental organisations, had responded to a letter by the Interagency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons, stating that the letter from the Taskforce "is inappropriately timed as the matter is now in Parliament and that process ought to take over first." The matter in question is the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill. Stop Trafficking SG had …

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Welcome to the Istana!

By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss Disclaimer: This is just a pointless piece I wrote to entertain and console myself.  No socio-political commentary is being expressed.  Any semblance of socio-political opinion or innuendo detected is purely coincidental and imaginary. "The Istana is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore.  It occupies over 40 hectares of land along Orchard Road.  …

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Constitutional right against discrimination is a challenge for all of us

By Howard Lee It was a verdict that most people might have expected, and even lawyer M Ravi, with the best commendations to his effort, might have anticipated the final outcome. Yesterday, the Court of Appeal ruled against the two Constitutional challenges mounted by Tan Eng Hong, Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee, who have sought to remove Section 377A of …

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Court ruling major setback for gay rights: HRW

A Singapore Supreme Court ruling on October 29, 2014, to uphold the country’s ban on same-sex relations between consenting adult men is a major setback for equal rights in Singapore, Human Rights Watch said today. The court decision sends a message that gay men may lawfully be subject to discrimination. The Supreme Court held that section 377A of Singapore’s penal …

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SPCA claims cat carcass was split by pack of dogs.

Warning: Graphical image in content. Singapore Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has released its findings that the injuries on the mutilated cat at Marine Crescent are the doing of dogs in the community and not of human(s). They have also sent the cat's carcass to Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) for an independent post-mortem. In …

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A-Mei leads openly gay men to strip for awareness campaign

SINGAPORE (29th October 2014) – Asia’s first  high fashion and lifestyle digital journal for the Asian LGBT community ELEMENT Magazine publishes its 10th issue alongside the launch of The Rainbow Campaign. In line with the upcoming Taiwan Pride Parade, renowned Taiwanese singer A-Mei will be fronting the campaign as well as appearing on the cover of ELEMENT Magazine. The only …

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Culture of dissent – barometer of ground sentiment

By Howard Lee Many of us in Singapore stared in awe and admiration as the protests in Hong Kong extended into weeks. We marvelled at the miracle of a street protest that has all the makings of a courtesy campaign, as pro-democracy protesters made up mostly of students – in any other part of the world generally dismissed as unruly …

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Section 377A of Penal Code upheld in Constitutional challenge

  The Court of Appeal today rejected two separate Constitutional challenges to Section 377A of the Penal Code, the law that criminalises sex between men, maintaining that the law does not contravene Singapore's Constitution. Judges Andrew Phang, Belinda Ang and Woo Bih Li, the three-judge in the Court of Appeal, rejected the two challenges that sought to strike down the law. …

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