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Monthly Archives: November 2015

US Embassy enjoys a happy Thanksgiving with AWWA seniors

Close to 200 guests – most of them elderly – gathered in the void deck of a HDB block in Ang Mo Kio, chatting merrily among themselves as volunteers served “bento boxes” of rice and vegetables. Set in the middle of each table was a large dish of neatly sliced turkey and stuffing. For the first time, the US embassy, with …

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How you can sell your HDB flat without a housing agent

By Peter Lim, MoneySmart.sg Last I checked, we’re enjoying the Internet age in Singapore, with blazing fast broadband speeds and a high tech living environment. Already there are cars that can park on their own and some that can even drive themselves. So why is it that, when it comes to selling our HDB flats, we’re still getting a housing …

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Balance between overreaction and unpreparation

By Ghui The brutal and bloody string of attacks in Paris on Friday night has horrified the world. In a merciless series of calculated acts, at least 129 have been cruelly slain while many more lie injured. Tidings of these sorts are by their very nature shocking and sobering but is it a surprise? While any wanton waste of life …

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3 tips to determine a good value buy in current market conditions

By CY Low, http://www.belowval.sg/ Opportunities abound in this current property market for newbie investors and first-time home buyers to get great value out of their property purchases. Being newcomers to buying property, buying property can sometimes be difficult and confusing. But do not fret, because this article offers 3 tips on how to determine a good value property purchase. Tip #1: …

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Singapore strengthens defence cooperation with Thailand

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen is currently visiting Thailand from 16 to 17 November 2015. The Defence Minister called on Thai Prime Minister General (GEN) Prayut Chan-o-cha and Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence GEN Prawit Wongsuwon on Monday, and interacted with the newly-appointed military leaders, Thai Chief of Defence Forces GEN Sommai Kaotira, Thai Permanent …

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Contraband cigarettes seized from Malaysia registered buses at custom checkpoints

Two attempts of illegal smuggling of contraband cigarettes were foiled by officers at the custom checkpoints over the previous weekend. Contraband cigarettes were found concealed in a school bus with students on board at Woodlands Checkpoint and boxes of contraband cigarettes were found in the luggage compartment of a bus at Tuas Checkpoint. The first case took place on 6 …

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Being cautious about liberalising the domestic electricity market

By Ezra Ho Last month, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced that by 2018, the electricity retail market would be fully liberalised, allowing households to choose from a range of electricity retailers. According to the experts interviewed in the various reports by ST, CNA and TODAY, a fully liberalised electricity market would introduce more competition among electricity retailers, consequently providing …

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3 ways to spend less on public transport in Singapore

By Joanne Poh, MoneySmart.sg If only SMRT’s bus services could be as frequent as their MRT breakdowns. The only thing that seems to be improving year on year is SMRT’s profits. If you’re the sort of person who likes to “pay for quality”, sorry to break it to you but so long as you’re stuck paying for public transport, the …

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Chee Soon Juan completes marathon walk around Singapore

Members and supporters of the Singapore Democratic Party gathered at Hong Lim Park on Sunday to celebrate the end of Walk the Talk 2015, in which the SDP’s Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan successfully completed a four-day, three-night walk around the country. “What Dr Chee has done in the last four days is to demonstrate what commitment is all about,” added …

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Sombre reminder in wake of the devastating Paris attacks

By Derek Lim #prayforparis: A hashtag borne out of a collective moral outrage elucidated by a global populace in the wake of the devastating Paris attacks just a few hours ago. The physical hurt caused by these attacks can be contextualised very locally, represented by the many unfortunate deaths of innocents. But let us not forget the transcendental powers such attacks have — …

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