Daily Archives: 2018-10-04

Accept that Singapore has the world’s lowest fertility rate

Last Friday a Straits Times article said Singapore’s total fertility rate plunged to a seven-year low of 1.16 last year. It is well below the replacement rate of 2.1. Do you know that Singapore has the lowest fertility rate in the world? According to the 2017 World Factbook published by the Central Intelligence Agency, the four countries with the lowest …

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How much could you actually save by not owning a car?

by ValueChampion As Singapore becomes a “car-lite” city, it has led us to wonder how this affects consumers. Is it possible for Singaporeans to save money by avoiding owning and driving a car altogether? Owning a car in Singapore is very expensive. For example, most sedans cost about 4 to 5 times more in Singapore than in the United States or …

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AWARE welcomes repeal of marital rape and suicide decriminalisation, recommends clear definition of consent and comprehensive public education

Gender equality group AWARE released a statement recently applauding the repeal of marital immunity for rape and the decriminalisation of suicide in its submission to the public consultation on the Penal Code review. To increase reporting of sexual crimes, the group recommended comprehensive education for the public, professionals and all officials in the criminal justice system, and a clear definition …

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DBS Bank and FPAS announce first of its kind partnership to promote financial planning, CFP certification

Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS), part of the global assembly of the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) in the US, and DBS Bank today announced a partnership to develop training and assessment programs for more than 1,000 wealth planning managers within the bank. This is the first time FPAS is collaborating with a bank for a large-scale training programme. …

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The flaw in privatising public services

by Dr Joseph Teo I am sure many Singaporeans are as flabbergasted I was upon learning that public hospitals were paying agents to solicit foreign patients (The Straits Times, 30 Sep 2018, “MOH puts a stop to foreign agent referral contracts”).  Hospitals that are set up with public funds, ostensibly to provide healthcare to Singaporeans, are instead trying to make …

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Rethinking total defence, in terms of cyber-security

by Lee Yew Tian James I was having a conversation over dinner with some friends today and the topic chanced upon the SingHealth hacking incident. He lamented that the responsibility of cybersecurity was still very much up to each organisation, government or private to maintain. In comparison, for physical threats, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is there as a deterrent to …

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ST senior editors Daryl Chin and Marc Lim to be redeployed, following findings by Committee of Inquiry over purported “improper relations” with intern

Disciplinary actions have been taken by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) on two senior editors in The Straits Times (ST), following findings by a Committee of Inquiry (COI) regarding an alleged affair with an intern. Earlier on Wednesday, TOC broke the story of Marc Lim, who was appointed as news editor in Sep 2016, being demoted due to the alleged affair. Mr …

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