Daily Archives: 2019-06-13

Ecuador legalises same-sex marriages in landmark ruling

After over a week of postponing its decision on the legality of same-sex marriages, Ecuador’s apex court has issued a ruling in favour of same-sex marriages on Wed (12 Jun), following two lawsuits by two same-sex couples intending to wed. Five out of the nine judges presiding over the closed hearing in the Latin American nation’s constitutional court voted to …

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Where is the magic moving escalator in Singapore?

by Khush Chopra “Society needs a moving escalator where everyone is moving up, and policymakers must bear this in mind in the basic design of economic and social policies, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in London yesterday. Speaking at British think-tank Institute for Government’s 10th anniversary conference, he stressed the need to be concerned about inequality and social mobility, with …

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Prof Donald Low lashes at claims that Hong Kong demonstrators were provoked by foreigners to go against the extradition bill

Senior Lecturer and Professor of Practice at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Prof Donald Low took to his Facebook on Wednesday (12 June) to lash out at those who said that Hong Kong demonstrators were “instigated by foreigners and foreign agents to oppose the extradition bill”. The Professor was referring to the ongoing protest in Hong Kong …

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Can NUS regain the trust of its students and restore the counselling profession?

by James Leong You could say National University of Singapore (NUS)’ actions to deter sex offenders post Monica Baey were as swift as a voyeur making his escape after getting caught. In typical Singapore clockwork efficiency, the university entered damage control mode and in just six weeks unveiled the “Recommendations for Safer Campus” sanctions. The tougher sanctions are more punitive …

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Who runs the Facebook pages of cabinet ministers? Who pays them?

In early 2019, Facebook released a new tool called ‘Page Transparency’ which allows people access to more information about a page and who is managing it. The tool is intended to help users determine whether a page can be trusted or not. The Page Transparency tab shows users information about when the page was created, a history of page name …

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Recall of “Starfresh” bottled water from Malaysia due to environmental bacteria detected

“Starfresh” bottled drinking water, a product which was imported from Malaysia by Radha Exports Pte Ltd, has been recalled as the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) detected the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. According to the agency, pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common environmental bacteria and can be found in faeces, soil, water and sewage. It said that the bacteria can multiply …

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Don’t believe the 70/30 hype!

by Brad Bowyer The 70/30 myth has been pushed so heavily recently, especially on my posts that I felt I had to address it clearly because when you analyse the election results of the People’s Action Party (PAP) era alongside key data points the trends are clear and it’s not what you are being led to believe. The PAP came …

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