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Singapore Ranked Eighth in Global Government EPayments Adoption: Visa Study

Singapore ranks eighth among 73 countries in the 2018 Government E-Payments Adoption Ranking (GEAR). GEAR is an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global index and benchmarking study commissioned by Visa, which ranks governments by quantifying their e-payment capabilities based on various indicators such as policies and infrastructure. The EIU evaluates the extent to which major countries around the world have enabled …

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Firing the COA, CDF does not solve the problem

by James Lee First of all, my condolences to the family of Aloysius Pang. With the passing of another Singaporean son, another witch hunt begins. This time, the hunt is directed towards those at the top - Goh Si Hou, Melvyn Ong and Ng Eng Hen. Once again, the question of NS is being put into the spotlight, and similarly, …

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Research reveals Singaporeans children need to focus on different skills to be successful in the careers of the future

LEGO Singapore has launched new research which reveals that a regime of school and extracurricular work is resulting in a lack of time and opportunity for children to explore their more imaginative playful sides and develop essential skills for the future. Today’s children can expect to have very different career paths from their parents and a less traditional life, with …

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MOE should go beyond motherhood statements and victim-blaming

by Sean Lim The Straits Times reported on 14 Jan that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is going to take action against ‘lewd’ Instagram account targeting junior college girls.  While it is worth applauding that MOE is taking action against questionable Instagram accounts, their spokesperson’s response is quite lacking. The spokesperson said that students ought to be “mindful of privacy …

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Women’s national team headed for Hockey Series Finals

Singapore’s national women’s hockey team has qualified for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey Series Finals to be held in Dublin in June, following the withdrawal of Austria from the Hockey Series Finals (HSF). When the curtain came down on the Hockey Series Open 2018, the national women’s team had achieved a third-place finish ahead of higher ranked Kazakhstan, but …

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Aloysius Pang’s death: Where is thy honour, Mr Ng?

by Law Kim Hwee I write this now at 0245 hours, 24 Jan 2019. It’s not possible to go back to sleep after I awoke to take a pee and happened on the Yahoo-reported news of death of Aloysius Pang based on an SAF news release dated 23 Jan 2019, 2329 hours i.e. less than 2 hours 45 mins when Corporal First …

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Aloysius Pang passed away due to injuries sustained while carrying repair works in self-propelled howitzer

Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Operationally Ready National Serviceman, Corporal First Class (National Service) [CFC (NS)] Pang Wei Chong, Aloysius passed away at 2045hrs on 23 January 2019 (SG time) at Waikato Hospital, New Zealand. CFC (NS) Pang who serves as an Armament Technician from the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, was said to be carrying out repair works inside the Singapore …

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