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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Dyslexia Association of Singapore launches book to commemorate 25th anniversary

The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) is launching “Clearly Different: Dyscovering the Differences”, a book to commemorate the association’s 25th Anniversary. The book chronicles DAS’ incredible journey from having just 12 students in its first learning centre, to helping thousands of children with dyslexia overcome their learning difference and changing mindsets about dyslexia in Singapore. From its humble beginnings in 1991, …

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The inversion of feedback in university

By Eugene Lim Report books were fascinating at a younger age. Whether you were struggling or soaring, the numbers mattered as a symbol of pride and a validation of one’s infant identity. I took relish in gradually climbing up the overall school rankings from Pri 2 to Pri 6. Yet despite my love for numbers, my favourite part of opening …

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Should the government fund the arts?

by Aloysius Chia Some comments arose recently that said that the government should not fund the arts, and that preferably, funding for the arts should be eliminated given how governments get the flak whether it funds or does not fund particular art works with an ideological or subjective bent. This piece argues for why the government should fund the arts. …

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Scrap town councils & revert to the HDB?

I refer to Yeoh Lam Keong’s article in his facebook (26 July) which states that “MPs running town councils is a terrible idea that largely only serves to effectively stifle opposition politics in Singapore by raising near impossible barriers to entry”. As a resident of Aljunied, I agree with Mr Yeoh Lam Keong, and am appalled by what is arguably, yet another …

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AHTC court case is an opportunity for Workers’ Party to put their side of the story to the public

Workers' Party Secretary General Low Thia Khiang, Aljunied Hougang Town Council (AHTC) Chairman Pritam Singh and Vice-Chairman Sylvia Lim were interviewed by members of the press on 26 July in regards to the ongoing legal suit that was filed by the independent panel on behalf of AHTC. The independent panel which is chaired by senior counsel Philip Jeyaretnam, and comprises senior …

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DBS becomes first bank in Singapore to introduce QR code payment for taxis

Commuters can now pay instantly with QR codes using DBS PayLah! across all 16,000 ComfortDelGro taxis – no credit/debit cards required In another industry first, users of DBS PayLah! – Singapore’s leading mobile wallet at 600,000 users – can now make instant QR code payments in all 16,000 ComfortDelGro taxis here. This development means that DBS/POSB is on track to …

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How can MRT reliability improved 3 times, when there are so many breakdowns? 

I refer to the article “Khaw Boon Wan sets new rail network reliability target as MRT becomes three times as dependable as in 2015” (Straits Times, Jul 27). Ownself delude ownself? The article writes, “The MRT system’s reliability has improved by three times since Mr Khaw Boon Wan moved to the Transport Ministry in 2015, but the minister wants to raise the bar much …

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Latest updates to Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is happy to announce programme updates for this year’s Festival that runs from 28 June to 9 September, including the new ‘SIFA Shares’ initiative, extra shows added for the sold-out Becoming Graphic, and finalised venues for dance creation MARK. THE ALL-NEW SIFA Shares SIFA Shares is a programme aimed at encouraging dialogue between artists and audiences, and …

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