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Monthly Archives: June 2017

What do university rankings mean?

I refer to the article “NTU overtakes NUS in latest QS university rankings” (Channel NewsAsia, Jun 8). It states that “Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was on Thursday (Jun 8) named Asia’s top university in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, surpassing the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the process. NTU is ranked 11th in the world, above …

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Useful tips to unmask the wolves’ sheep clothing

by Property Soul Another property investment company A2A Capital was being put on the investor alert list by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The company marketed a land-banking scheme with investment in the United States and Canada that promised attractive returns of 134 percent or potentially 3 times the initial investment over 10 years. When the Singapore investors did …

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President hopeful struggles to speak Malay, but who cares?

62-year-old, Mr Mohamed Salleh Marican, the founder and chief executive officer of Second Chance Properties had earlier collected his application form on Monday (5 June) for the upcoming Presidential Election in September to assess his qualification prior to the nomination day, signifying that the citizens may not be expecting a walkover for the September election after all. However, under changes …

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Public hospitals should not be in the business of medical tourism

Singapore tops in medical tourism I refer to the article “Singapore tops for medical tourism, but rivals catching up quickly” (Straits Times, Jun 6). Most expensive in Asian countries? It states that “According to data from a medical tourism index released last month, Singapore was ranked the most attractive among seven Asian countries in terms of “patient experience”, but was …

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‘Risk-off’ sentiment prevails ahead of UK election

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets With several major political and economic events dominating market movements, traders are positioning themselves for rising volatility this Thursday and Friday. The three major events on 8th and 9th June are: UK general election (GBP, EUR, FTSE 100, Gold, VIX) ECB meeting (EUR, DAX, FTSE 100) Former FBI Director Comey’s testimony (USD, S&P 500, Treasuries, …

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9,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized at Woodland Checkpoint

A Malaysia-registered truck, driven by a lone 33-year-old Malaysian man, was directed for further checks after arriving at the Woodlands Checkpoint by an officer from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on 2 June 2017 at about 9.30pm. The ICA officer had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the truck which was conveying a consignment declared to be assorted bread. …

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