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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Parkour Saga: How credible are sites on news?

By Sean Francis Han On 21 October The Straits Times published an article that cited the discipline of parkour as the reason for a girl’s death. The girl, 14 years old, was allegedly trying to jump from the fourth to the third floor of a school building when she fell and later died of injuries. Some members of the general …

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Misunderstood “facts” about property agents in Singapore

No, I don’t make S$1.5m from one property sale…and other misunderstood facts about being a property agent in Singapore By CY Low, BelowVal Recently, a real estate agent became an overnight millionaire after completing the sale of a penthouse at a freehold condominium at a record price of S$51 million. Of course, this has definitely led many people to think that …

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ASEAN ministers agree to share info on haze: S’pore minister

“The root cause of fires that produce transboundary haze is commercially driven,” said Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Masagos Zulkifli, reiterating the Singapore government’s position on the issue. “We need to prevent these companies from starting fires, mismanaging land, and causing harm to people in the region,” the minister said in a Facebook post on Thursday. …

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No protests for Malaysian PM to resign since 1998, says Home Minister

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that there have been no mass protests specifically demanding the resignation of Malaysia's Prime Minister since 1998. “According to police records, there have been no demonstrations in the country since 1998 which has specifically demanded that the country's Prime Minister step down,” Ahmad Zahid said in a written parliamentary reply …

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Equality among adults begins with kids

By Teo You Yenn In past decades, we have seen more gender equality in education. Gender gaps in terms of mean years of schooling and as highest levels of education attainment have narrowed. In younger cohorts, we see no significant difference in overall education outcomes. Yet, in the university classroom, I still see some stereotypical differences in how women and …

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How far can pigs fly?

By Property Soul On October 17, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told the press that it is still not time yet to unwind the cooling measures. Price adjustments so far have been moderate compared to the increase in prices in the past few years. Price corrections are moderate So how “moderate” is price adjustments? Have price corrections been “meaningful” so …

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Otters find a shiok sandbath in Potong Pasir

Potong Pasir residents were treated with a delightful sight when a family of otters turned up at their estate and performed a “sand bath” right in front of their eyes. This video of otters sand-bathing was taken by "Fast Snail" on the evening of 26 October 2015 at Potong Pasir. The otter is a threatened native species that is found …

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President rejects clemency plea of Malaysian in unique case

President Tony Tan has rejected the clemency appeal of Malaysian Kho Jabing to be spared the death sentence. The 31-year old from Sarawak, along with an accomplice, Galing Kujat, were arrested in 2008 for the murder of 40-year old Cao Ruyin. Mr Cao, a Chinese national, was bludgeoned to death by the two in Geylang during a robbery where he …

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Haze to lessen in November, says Indonesian weather agency

The haze which has affected the region is expected to lessen in November, said Andi Eka Sakya, the head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Indonesia. The Jakarta Post cited him on Wednesday as having said that while hot spots could still be found in several regions in the country, the number has decreased. The newspaper says …

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