Daily Archives: 2016-08-15

SAF grants NS deferment for Joseph Schooling to compete in Olympics 2020

On 15 August, the Armed Forces Council approved Joseph Schooling’s appeal for his National Service (NS) deferment to be extended and his NS enlistment to be after the 2020 Olympic which will be held in Tokyo. The appeal was granted since Schooling has fulfilled the necessary condition for deferment, in his case, winning the gold medal for Olympics. Defence Minister, …

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US retail sales disappoint, dollar retraces

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets S retail sales see stagnant growth in July  The US retail sales were flat in July, which fell short of the 0.4% as initially expected. This was also lower than June, which saw a growth of 0.6%. Weak retail growth signals the cooling of discretionary spending despite strong job data in the last two months. …

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Parliamentary questions for 15 August 2016

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12.00pm today for the 22nd session of the 13th Parliament. 108 oral questions and 36 written questions have been scheduled to be asked. One of the key topics in the parliamentary sitting is the defective trains supplied by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Sifang to the Land Transport Authority in 2013. On 5 July, FactWire …

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Oppressive laws to curb free speech and expression

By Teo Soh Lung It is not uncommon for Singapore’s parliament to enact laws that target individuals. In 1986, the Legal Profession Act was amended to remove the popularly elected Mr Francis Seow as President of the Law Society of Singapore. He was compelled by law to step down as its president. A few months earlier, the Law Society had …

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Schooling’s Olympic gold, an excellent opportunity to talk about Singapore’s sporting history

By Z’ming Cik Is Joseph Schooling’s Olympic gold medal indeed a triumph for Singapore? Or should it be better attributed to his family’s resourcefulness and the efforts of his Spanish coach from Florida in nurturing his talent?? That million-dollar question should be moot now, since what matters most to a whole new generation of Singaporean children and teenagers would be this: …

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