Monthly Archives: October 2017

Is the teaching of racial harmony in schools effective?

by Marie I am appalled to find out that as much as our country’s leaders continuously boast in mainstream media and even international media about how Singapore is a racially and religiously harmonious society, such may not be true on ground. A friend of mine who works in the education sector mentioned that this was nowhere true, especially in schools …

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Narrow path walked by the non-religious just got narrower

by Tan Tatt Si Lately, the non-religious are in the news for all the wrong reasons : from Malaysia’s minister denouncing atheists and wanting them tracked down; to Singapore’s former top civil servant insinuating atheists to be the potential cause in Singapore’s imminent demise; to  Amos Yee’s release from a Chicago immigration jail and vowing to ply his old tricks. …

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SMRT maintenance Vice-President replaced, news source reports inadequate maintenance of water-pumping system behind tunnel flooding

According to Straits Times, local train operator SMRT has announced through an internal circular that its vice-president of maintenance will be replaced. This change in appointment comes after the recent flooding incident at its train tunnel at Bishan. LTA had earlier disclosed that a malfunctioning water-pumping system was behind the underground tunnel flooding that started on Saturday evening that interrupted train services …

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Possible pitfalls when you DIY a property transaction

Co-authored by Mr. Ku Swee Yong, Co-founder of HugProperty with Janice Chin Li Ping, undergraduate from the Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore Self-service property websites lure property buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants (let us collectively address them as “Clients”) with the bait of substantial savings in agents’ fees. The proliferation of self-service portals and mobile applications has …

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Security guard billed with huge medical bills from private hospital

It has been reported by Straits Times that a security guard, Mr Thomas Lukose, suffered a heart attack at Gleneagles Hospital and he was billed by the hospital for a staggering sum of $78,000. His family now appealing for funds from the public to help to pay off his bill. According to the Straits Times, the man was on night duty …

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2017 Online Journalism Awards honour media organisations’ coverage on leaked data, prison reform and undue police force

Superlative reporting on leaked data, prison reform and undue police force led coverage that garnered top honors for 29 media organizations Saturday night at the 2017 Online Journalism Awards, which closed the Online News Association Conference.  The Online Journalism Awards™ (OJAs), launched in May 2000, are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world. At …

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Amnesty International: Executions continue in flawed attempt to tackle drug crime, despite limited reforms

Singapore’s continued reliance on mandatory death sentences, which violate international law, has meant that dozens of low level drug offenders have been sent to death row in recent years, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Cooperate or Die also reveals how death penalty reforms introduced in 2013, while reducing the number of people sentenced to death, do not …

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Can inviting a foreign company to enter Singapore’s rail market, really solve the problems faced by commuters?

A Today forum letter dated 9 October (Monday) by Toh Han Shih comments that following the state of rail serviceability in Singapore, it may be time to seriously consider engaging a competent foreign rail operator as a partner or player. He wrote that his letter was published in May last year, where he suggested that Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation could be allowed to enter …

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World Egg Day highlights Singapore’s growing preference for cage-free eggs

This World Egg Day, on Friday 13th October, Humane Society International celebrates the growing number of Singaporeans buying cage-free eggs. The Singaporean cage-free market has grown over the past two years, with at least five brands of cage-free eggs now available at supermarkets in the city-state. A growing number of socially responsible restaurants and hotels are also featuring cage-free eggs …

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