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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Challenge Julien Blanc with civility and logic

By Ghui Controversial self-styled dating guru Julien Blanc has been banned from entering Singapore. Singapore is not the first country to bar the outlandish self-proclaimed pick up artist from its shores. The United Kingdom has already denied Blanc entry and Australia cancelled Blanc’s visa mid tour. Many petitions have also sprung up across the world to prevent Blanc from entering …

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Why Julien Blanc shouldn’t be barred from entering Singapore

By Sudo Nyme In case you haven't heard, self-proclaimed pick-up artist Julien Blanc has been barred from entering Singapore. According to the Straits Times article, no definite reason was explicitly stated, although it hinted that the bar was due to his seminars/events that propagate violence against women. To be immoderately pedantic, this is the quote (by Chan Chun Sing) that …

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AHPETC found guilty of holding a trade fair without permit from NEA

The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) was found guilty for holding a festive trade fair without approval from the National Environment Agency (NEA), the courts decided on today, 28 November. AHPETC, which is currently run by the Workers' Party, was summoned by NEA under Section 35 of the Environmental Public Health Act (EPHA) for organising a Lunar New Year Fair from 10 January to 30 …

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Recover the courage to assert our constitutional rights

The following was a message from Tan Wah Piow, which was read to those attending the reading of Escape from the Lion's Paw at the Freedom Film Festival 2014, held at the Art House Singapore on 15 November 2014. Hi friends, It's a privilege to be able to make this short contribution to this event. For me, every opportunity to …

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69-year-old man passed away due to dengue

A 69-year-old Chinese man passed away on 27 November 2014 from dengue after his condition deteriorated while hospitalised. The man was earlier admitted to Mount Alvernia Hospital on 24 November 2014. The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) have been notified of the death of the man and expressed their condolences to the family of the patient and shared that …

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Shisha to be banned in Singapore with effect from 28 Nov

Singapore's Ministry of Heath has announced that with effect from 28 November 2014 (Friday), shisha will be banned in Singapore in view of the health risks associated with shisha smoking and to prevent the proliferation and entrenchment of shisha smoking in Singapore The announcement made on Thursday, states that the ban of sale and import will be put into effect via …

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Where have all the IBs gone – Part 3: Their cause and its effect

By Terry Xu We have earlier discussed about the evolution of the People’s Action Party’s Internet Brigade (IB), and how a casual observer can better identify them to ascertain their subversive intent. While it might seem trivial that any attention should be given to those who have nothing better to do than disrupt discussions online, we need to consider the …

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Conflict between cyclists and pedestrians

By Tan Lay Hoon Views on road cycling have shaped the authorities’ attitude towards and management of off-road cyclists. Adult cyclist education is voluntary, enforcement is tempered and barriers are installed occasionally to prevent cycling access on pedestrian facilities (obstructing pedestrians as well). Off-road cycle infrastructure facilitates cycling but some of them sharpen cyclist-pedestrian conflict. As many off-road cyclists value convenience …

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700,000 “lower-income”?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the articles “Shortage of 10,000 guards as people shun low-paid sector” and “When workers get Workfare, spouses work more” (The Straits Times, 26 November). The former states that “only Singaporeans, permanent residents and Malaysians can work as security guards in Singapore. And all security guards are individually licensed by the police." The report …

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