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Daily Archives: 2017-11-21

What Is a VPN And why do you need one?

VPN: a quick definition The term VPN is being thrown around a lot lately, and unless you know about online security, you're probably unsure of what it is. The answer may be technical, but it’s pretty easy to understand, and it’s important that you do. Not only your online security is at stake, but without a VPN you're at risk …

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High Court victory sets precedent for migrant workers’ rights

by Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics Imagine paying thousands of dollars to land a job with a faraway employer you’ve never met or signed a contract with. That’s an unavoidable reality for many low wage migrant workers. Often, prior to arrival, the only assurance they have about the employer, job type and salary is their In-Principle Approval letter (IPA). The …

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19 MRT stations to be fully closed on 10 & 17 Dec for re-signalling work

According to transport operator, SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), 17 MRT stations on East-West Line (EWL) and two MRT stations on North-South Line (NSL) will be fully closed on 10 and 17 Dec (Both Sundays) to allow for extended engineering hours. This announcement follows the recent accident at Joo Koon where a slow-moving train collided with a stationary …

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Framing the concept of privilege – The Privilege Level

Privilege continues to be a sore point for many - even among those who do not dispute that groups of people enjoy unearned advantages purely due to the circumstances of their birth. We now understand that Privilege can come in many forms and is contextually situated across several generations, but we seem to be at an intellectual place where debate revolves around "who's …

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Appalled by Paulin Straughan’s poorly-developed and myopic views on fertility trends in Singapore

Dr Robin Chee Ming Feng I am appalled by Paulin Straughan’s poorly-developed and myopic views on fertility trends in Singapore (“Let’s not condemn Singaporeans to extension”, A24, ST 17-11-2017). I find it disturbing as a Sociologist myself that she would denounce the focus on growing a “quality” Singapore and champion a largely economically pragmatic approach without considering other social and cultural …

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More than 8% GST is needed to meet increased expenditure

by Chris Kuan Hike in Goods & Service Tax (GST) - 1% point not enough - still lots of talk about it and why not? It just reminded everyone of a 2015 pre-election claim that a post-election hike was unlikely. Not quite a broken promise because it was claimed and not promised but it does underlie the issue of trust. …

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SMRT: Lightning did not strike train, disruption caused by trainside equipment affected by lightning

In a press statement by Singapore Mass Rapid Transit, regarding the lightning incident occurred on Monday (20 Monday) which happened along the East-West Line at about 4 pm, it stated that the lightning did not hit a westbound train that stalled as it approached Bedok station. Instead, SMRT noted that the trackside equipment was affected by lightning, causing the disruption faced by …

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Protraying the type of protectionism that back rumours of cronyism

by Ghui No one is in doubt that Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan is working very hard and trying his best. That said, in the face of an ongoing transportation crisis, does hard work equate effective results? Even if Minister Khaw is indeed doing all he can, the point of the matter is that public confidence in him has completely …

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Reports of real wage increase that were based on opinion, not fact

by Gangasudhan This past week, reports have been splashed by the Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia lauding how real wage increase for 2018 will be 2.7%. One might be swayed into thinking that this is some official projection that might translate into an extra $100 or so per month for the average worker next year. However, this figure is presented …

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