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Workers cheer NWC recommendations?

I refer to the report “Workers, HR experts expect wage increases of 3-5%” (Channel NewsAsia, May 25). It states that “After weathering one of the worst global recessions, workers have cheered the National Wages Council‘s (NWC) latest recommendations”. While the council did not spell out a quantum, workers and HR experts are predicting a salary hike of anything from 3-5 percent. For …

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Drink savvy; drink safe

Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) has recently embarked on a first-of-its-kind campaign that aims to put the fun back into drinking whilst keeping a firm eye on safety and responsibility. Instead of leaving the advising to the authorities, APB – the ‘mother’ of the prodigal Tiger Beer – has taken up the gauntlet to lead by example. The campaign, called Drink …

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Death Penalty for drug offences decline but hundreds still executed

A comprehensive study released today by the International Harm Reduction Association finds that hundreds of people are executed for drug offences each year around the world, a figure that very likely exceeds one thousand when taking into account those countries that keep their death penalty statistics secret. In many instances, foreign nationals make up the majority of those executed or …

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A world cup for the red-green giants (only)

Even before soccer’s biggest show – the FIFA World Cup – has even started, the public is already divided. The facebook group lobbying for the boycott of Singtel-Starhub world cup packages has gathered storm over the past week and, surely, this is no mere rhetoric because succumbing to the high prices will only prove that Edward Ying is right. He …

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Pink Dot 2010 – this Saturday, 15 May

Following its strong showing last year when 2,500 people turned up at Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park, Pink Dot Sg has planned another event this year at the same location on 15th May 2010. Singaporeans are thus invited to come together in a show of unity and solidarity to celebrate the Freedom to Love. Pink Dot 2010 will be …

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One year on, AWARE ‘reinvigorated’ since saga, says president

– By Wong Chun Han – A year ago today, one of the most tumultuous episodes in the history of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) came to a spectacular close. The Economist billed it as a clash between liberals and the Christian right. The local media and blogosphere dubbed it a decisive “showdown” between the “Old …

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Civic Life: Operation Tiong Bahru

– By Ho Rui An – In March, Work-Life: The Making of Community, organised by the Theatre Training and Research Programme (TTRP), the British Council, and the National Museum of Singapore asked the question of what makes community and if art can bring communities together. This month, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, Irish filmmakers who have lived in the UK for over 20 …

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Politics is Theatre

By Ho Rui An The programme booklet of W!LD RICE‘s revival of Animal Farm features a quote which appears strikingly appropriate for the occasion. The words are attributed to none other than the sage lips of our Minister Mentor himself: “One must understand human nature. I have always thought that humanity was animal-like. The Confucian theory was man could be improved, …

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Director Ivan Heng of W!ld Rice on his Animal Farm

The highly anticipated revival of W!LD RICE’s Animal Farm opened this week. The play, based on the classic tale by George Orwell, opened to rave reviews back in 2002 and this revival has played to full houses and standing ovations at the 38th Hong Kong International Arts Festival last month. In this exclusive interview, our writer, Ho Rui An, speaks …

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Homeless in Singapore due to technicality

Zia is a 42-year old divorcee with five children. Four of the younger ones are in school whilst her eldest son is due to complete his National Service this year. As a Patient Service Assistant at a health care centre, she earns a gross income of $1500 a month. After deductions, she takes home approximately $1100. Over the last twenty …

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