Daily Archives: 2019-06-25

From government to media: More and more public officers are becoming journalists

The relationship between media and the government – especially independent and alternative media – is oftentimes in most countries rather strained. A country like the United States where ‘freedom of the press’ is a constitutional right which is so staunchly guarded sees a media that can be brutally honest and sometimes just brutal. Such is the price of free speech. …

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Singaporeans being more kind and gracious towards others, reveals Singapore Kindness Movement survey

According to the latest Graciousness Survey commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), it is said that considerate behaviour among local residents have progressed and corresponded with an improvement in more international acts like volunteering and donating. In addition to that, more youths are aware of their roles towards building a gracious society, and want to make an impact in …

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Fundraising dinner to support TOC in upcoming General Election coverage

We are embarking on a fundraising initiative in hope to build our warchest, which will go towards the expenses involved in our coverage of the upcoming General Election – most likely to be held in a few months’ time. Meanwhile, the excess will go towards supporting our mission for independent news coverage in Singapore, as we continue to provide readers …

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Malaysia’s MOE orders three-day closure of all 475 Pasir Gudang schools following latest pollution incident

Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has instructed all 475 schools in Pasir Gudang to close for three days starting today (25 Jun) after residents reported experiencing vomiting and difficulty in breathing as a result of the latest pollution incident in the Johorean town. Johor’s education department director Azman Adnan said that the purpose behind ordering the three-day closure is to …

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Who is being educated for the future economy?

by Brad Bowyer The World Economic Forum Global Jobs Report 2018 opens with the following statement in its key findings: “As technological breakthroughs rapidly shift the frontier between the work tasks performed by humans and those performed by machines and algorithms, global labour markets are undergoing major transformations. These transformations, if managed wisely, could lead to a new age of …

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Retrenched young working Singaporeans cannot find jobs; Many turn to becoming a private-hire driver

It was recently reported in the media that a young Singaporean in his late 20s lost his engineering job and was unable to secure another job. Feeling hopeless, he holed himself up at home, mostly playing computer games and eventually developed the “hikikomori” syndrome. The term “hikikomori” was coined by Japanese psychologist Tamaki Saitoō in the late 1990s, referring to …

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