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China cannot be absent: Xi Jinping, in new year message

"The world is so big, and the problems are so many," China's president, Xi Jinping, said in his new year message on Thursday. "The international community expects to hear China’s voice and see China’s plans. China cannot be absent." Mr Xi was referring to China's role in the international community and how it can contribute. "Chinese leaders have participated in …

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Sombre reminder in wake of the devastating Paris attacks

By Derek Lim #prayforparis: A hashtag borne out of a collective moral outrage elucidated by a global populace in the wake of the devastating Paris attacks just a few hours ago. The physical hurt caused by these attacks can be contextualised very locally, represented by the many unfortunate deaths of innocents. But let us not forget the transcendental powers such attacks have — …

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No execution today as prisoner gets eleventh hour stay

Note: The author of this article is a founding member of anti-death penalty group We Believe in Second Chances, and has been directly involved in the Kho Jabing case as an activist. No execution took place at dawn on Friday morning, as the Court of Appeal ordered a stay of execution for 31-year-old Kho Jabing less than 24 hours before …

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Judge finds RWS guilty of “wrongful imprisonment” of patron

RWS ordered to pay $4,000 to Aussie PR for wrongful imprisonment In what is believed to be the first case of a private suit for wrongful imprisonment brought against a company here in Singapore, the High Court found Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) guilty of the charge against 43-year old Goel Adesh Kumar. Judge Choo Han Teck found RWS liable for …

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Director was not speaking on our behalf, says Honour (S’pore)

Honour (Singapore), a non-profit organisation (NPO) set up in 2014, says that a speech by one of its directors in a forum in Taipei last year was not made on its behalf. In response to queries from The Online Citizen (TOC) about Mr Khoo Oon Theam’s speech, Honour (Singapore)’s general manager, Tan Nam Seng, said the NPO was “not aware" …

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Winners of 2015 ONE Hero Awards driven by passion for the community

Two Singaporean women – Natasha Lean, a dedicated social worker who assists abused women and their families, and Elsie Oei, a 69-year old volunteer who rises early every morning to help prepare meals for the nation’s less fortunate – have been named the “2015 ONE Heroes” by the anti-poverty charity ONE (SINGAPORE). The ONE (SINGAPORE) Awards recognise individuals who share …

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WP calls for COI again but Health Minister says wait

Wait for outcome of review: Gan’s response to WP’s COI call The Minister of Health, Gan Kim Yong, says “it is best to wait for the outcome of the review and police investigations” before deciding on the next steps. Mr Gan was responding to the call by the Workers’ Party (WP) for the government to reconstitute the independent review committee …

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Parkour Saga: How credible are sites on news?

By Sean Francis Han On 21 October The Straits Times published an article that cited the discipline of parkour as the reason for a girl’s death. The girl, 14 years old, was allegedly trying to jump from the fourth to the third floor of a school building when she fell and later died of injuries. Some members of the general …

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Misunderstood “facts” about property agents in Singapore

No, I don’t make S$1.5m from one property sale…and other misunderstood facts about being a property agent in Singapore By CY Low, BelowVal Recently, a real estate agent became an overnight millionaire after completing the sale of a penthouse at a freehold condominium at a record price of S$51 million. Of course, this has definitely led many people to think that …

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