Monthly Archives: October 2017

Sayoni’s 2017 CEDAW Shadow Report on Singapore shows recommendations not heeded, obligations not fulfilled in ending discrimination against LBTQ women

Despite its claims that it has advanced women’s causes in the country, Singapore has fallen short, especially in supporting lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LBTQ) individuals, says Singapore-based LBTQ women’s group Sayoni. Sayoni, a non-government organisation formed in 2006 that is committed to empower queer women, submitted a Shadow Report to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all …

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Disruptions and delays along East-West Line: SMRT stays silent

Again commuters had to endure train delays this Tuesday morning (24 October) along the East-West Line (EWL). At 8:44 Nurul/Izyan‏ tweeted SMRT asking why is the train stuck between Simei and Tampines: @SMRT_Singapore why is the train stuck between simei and tampines? — Nurul/Izyan (@andizyan) October 24, 2017 And Ashrina tweeted at 8:45 that she was stuck at Tanah Merah: …

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LTA cuts vehicle growth rate to zero

Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced on Monday that in view of Singapore’s land constraints and its commitment to continually improve Singapore’s public transport system, it will lower the vehicle growth rate from the current 0.25 percent per annum to 0 percent with effect from February 2018 for COE Categories A, B and D. It added that the existing vehicle growth …

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Finland scheme sees indirect positive effect on people’s mental health

Though a trial program, some Finland citizens receive a basic monthly income 560 euros (£473) every month for two years. According to the Independent UK,  an official leading the trial has said that as part of a radical Finnish pilot scheme have seen a reduction in their stress levels. The first of its kind in Europe, the scheme sees 2,000 people receiving …

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China developers love Singapore so much that it might kill us

Lorong 1 Realty Park Site - Landed housing

Foreign property developers, mainly China property developers, have a real fascination with Singapore. That’s good news for government land sales, because if you haven’t noticed, this island is damned tiny. That means they’re forced to bid aggressively, which ramps up government coffers. On the downside, all those additional costs might be headed in the direction of home buyers: Foreign developers …

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First day of service for DTL3 marred by train delays

DownTown Line 3 (DTL 3) started its first day of service on Saturday (21 October). With DTL, 16 additional stations are added to the DTL and SBS Transit has offered all commuters two-days opportunity of free rides to celebrate the event. The free rides apply on all 34 stations along the line. However, some commuters have expressed their disappointment on …

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Silencing another generation? – Part 1

by Teo Soh Lung Deputy Prime Minister Tharman’s speech in the recent Majulah lecture at NTU is interesting. Why did he say that Singapore today “is a vastly different and more liberal place compared to what it used to be?….” Last year, he shared the same view with pre-university students. He said: “There is more freedom now compared to a …

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New appointments and change of Permanent Secretaries

The Public Service Division (PSD) announces two new staff appointments into the Singapore civil service. Mr Png Cheong Boon, 47, Chief Executive Officer, JTC Corporation (CEO, JTC), will be appointed Second Permanent Secretary (Trade and Industry) on 1 June 2017. Mr Png spent the last 24 years in the Statutory Boards of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), rising …

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