Filipino news site Rappler and CEO Maria Ressa indicted for tax evasion in an attempt to silence independent media

Philippines independent news site Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa were formally indicted last week for tax evasion, a move that many consider to be politically motivated and designed to silence independent media in the Philippines. Rappler has long been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs that has shocked audiences around the globe. The death toll from …

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What happens when academic achievement is valued more than anything else?

A 16-year old student decides to spend her holidays working to earn a little extra pocket money by working as a salesperson. She comes from a good school and post of her encounters with parents that she knew from those kinds of schools were pleasant people, so she refuted the stereotypes that parents from more elite schools were arrogant. But …

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Singapore’s Miss Universe 2018 national costume bears striking similarities to Turkey’s 2015 entry

A sleuthing netizen uncovered a curious coincidence relating to Singapore’s Miss Universe costume – you know…the one referencing the US-North Korea Summit held in Singapore. Facebook user Ah Sen Hok Fen was browsing through past costumes and came across something oddly familiar in the 2015 archives for Turkey in which the 2015 Miss Universe and Miss World costumes by Turkey …

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AWARE launches Aim for Zero campaign to end sexual violence

Singapore’s leading women’s rights and gender equality group AWARE kicked off their Aim For Zero campaign last week with a hard-hitting video featuring 10 women courageously opening up about their sexual violence and harassment. Their stories give us a glimpse of some common experiences among sexual violence survivors: battling victim-blaming attitudes, unsympathetic employers who took no action, or parents who …

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MOM’s latest report puts median income for local residents at $4,437 (before CPF contributions)

The median income of full-time employed residents has continued to grow according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Since 2013, the median income has risen by 3.5% to S$4,437, which is significantly higher than the 1.9% rise in the previous five years (2008-2013). That's $4,437 including employer CPF contributions, which means the median take-home pay after deducting CPF contributions is …

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Another major case of food poisoning, this time involving 131 kindergarten students and teachers

Another major case of food poisoning hit Singapore this month, this time at a learning camp where 131 kindergarten students and teachers suffered gastroenterities after consuming food prepared by the FoodTalks Caterer and Manufacturer on Monday, 26 Nov. The camp, organised by Learning Horizon which is a subsidiary of Busy Bees, was a suspended immediately after the incident. Thankfully, no …

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