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The Online Citizen

Comparison of public healthcare financing between Taiwan and Singapore

by Roy Yi Ling Ngerng In an article Channel NewsAsia wrote yesterday, it talked about a Ms Serynn Guay who said that "one of her worries is "unpredictable" healthcare bills". She said: “We don't know how much we’ll need when we're older ... Will we be able to retire comfortably? Will our savings be enough?” She added: “It’s likely that …

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Scholars are trying to be what they don’t have the DNA for

by Brad Bowyer While there are many things I agree with here in Heng Swee Keat’s statement there are two fundamental flaws and those are competency and core Key Peformance Indexes (KPIs) I have no doubt that when Ng Yat Chung ran NOL he worked very hard and to the best of his ability he tried to make what used …

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Heng Swee Keat: “where individuals are found culpable or wanting, we do not hesitate to take action.”

Statement from Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat which was first published on Straits Times in response to the editorial from Zaobao about accountability of public services. Is complacency the cause of our recent spate of distressing failures - from training deaths in national service to the SingHealth cyber attack; from power failures to misplaced postal mail? Have we become so …

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Three reasons your startup should hire an intern

by ValueChampion Do you think an intern could help you get your startup off the ground? Here are 3 reasons you should consider hiring an intern and a few others to make you think twice about this move. Growing a small business can be an arduous endeavor. Not only do business owners need to create, market and sell their product, they …

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TikTok’s Rise: What does it mean for Facebook and Snapchat?

by ValueChampion TikTok's viral growth has been superbly impressive. But what does its success mean for more established competitors like Snapchat and Facebook's Instagram? We've analysed the latest download trends to assess potential outcomes. Tiktok's huge rise in popularity is no secret. In fact, it has been so successful in gaining users that its owner Bytedance overtook as the most valuable startup in …

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Five uncomfortable financial conversations you must have with your loved ones

by ValueChampion Being open and honest is always beneficial in your important relationships. It is equally important to have these qualities when discussing personal financial matters in order to maintain healthy relationships and finances. It can be awkward or even painful to have tough financial discussions with your loved ones. However, avoiding these conversations can be disastrous for your relationships and …

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Should you share your credit card account with your partner?

by ValueChampion It may be a nice, romantic gesture, but is it wise to share your credit card account with your partner? We assess the economic benefits and downsides of credit card account sharing to help you decide if this is the right move for your relationship. For both long-term couples and newlyweds, there has been an unending debate around whether …

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It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one

The above headline is a quote from George Washington, the first President of the United States. How often have we been saddled with not only bad excuses but excuses that are both insulting and mind boggling? The latest one from Temasek Polytechnic is a gem. Asked by the media how American Mikhy Farrera-Brochez was able to dupe the institution into …

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