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The Online Citizen

The best restaurants in Asia: How much do their tasting menus cost?

by ValuePenguin For the biggest foodies in Singapore, we've rounded up the cost of the best possible meal at the finest restaurants around Asia and Asia Pacific. But, can you really afford these meals? It's no secret that foodie culture has deeply penetrated every corner of the world. Some of the most popular TV shows are now about food, and an …

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Could solar energy make your electricity bill cheaper?

by ValuePenguin Individuals and businesses using solar energy are able to have a significant environmental impact. For instance, a 5-room HDB flat using electricity from solar power energy instead of fossil fuel-based electricity has the environmental impact equivalent to taking one car off the road for a year. Could this environmentally friendly practice also help individuals and businesses save money? Solar …

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Unsolicited waivers by authorities when law is broken

by Sean On the evening of June 18, an uncle of mine was cycling from his condominium at The Estuary towards Khatib Central, on the way to have dinner. As he was cycling near Block 845, he was stopped by two town council officers and a policeman. He was questioned by them that cycling was prohibited in that area, and …

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HOME: World day against trafficking in persons; right based approach in victim protection

The US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report in June 2018, in which Singapore was given a Tier 2 ranking.1 Even though the government has taken steps to tackle the problem, there is significant scope for improvement in terms of meeting international standards. Migrant workers in Singapore continue to experience exploitative and coercive conditions strongly indicative of …

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Bored of your vacations? Six types of travel styles and their costs

by ValuePenguin There comes a time when holidays start to feel like they're missing something, whether it's the desire to do something more adventurous or to just sit back and have everything planned for you. With different styles of travel becoming more popular, we broke down the cost of some of the most popular ones to help you plan your next …

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Rising credit card frauds in Singapore: What you need to start doing immediately to protect yourself

by ValuePenguin Cyber attacks represent a big threat to consumers' finances. Here are a few things Singaporeans can do to immediately reduce the risk of a financial identity theft. From incidents involving global giants like Apple to local entities like SingHealth, Singapore has had no shortage of news regarding cybersecurity data breaches and credit card frauds recently. In fact, this has been a global …

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Joint statement from 10 international NGOs calling for judicial harassment of Singaporean activist Jolovan Wham to end

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and its partners Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Forum Asia, Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo (ICD), West African Human Rights Defenders Network, Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association, Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN),  European Civic Forum (ECF) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) call on the Singapore …

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Statement by CAPE on SJI Vice Principal’s comments on activism in Singapore

As a community of students concerned with political literacy and civic engagement, CAPE is disappointed with the comments made by the Vice Principal (VP) of Saint Joseph’s Institution (SJI) Mr Leonard Tan on the role and relevance of activism. Mr Tan had made those comments to explain SJI’s rescindment of its invitation to Ms Rachel Yeo, Director of Research & …

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