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Equality among adults begins with kids

By Teo You Yenn In past decades, we have seen more gender equality in education. Gender gaps in terms of mean years of schooling and as highest levels of education attainment have narrowed. In younger cohorts, we see no significant difference in overall education outcomes. Yet, in the university classroom, I still see some stereotypical differences in how women and …

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How far can pigs fly?

By Property Soul On October 17, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told the press that it is still not time yet to unwind the cooling measures. Price adjustments so far have been moderate compared to the increase in prices in the past few years. Price corrections are moderate So how “moderate” is price adjustments? Have price corrections been “meaningful” so …

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Problem too big, Indonesia may declare national emergency: reports

As the forest fires in Indonesia continue unabated, the country’s government says it is considering declaring a state of “national emergency” because of it. “The problem is too big,” Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla told Reuters on Tuesday. The worsening conditions have also prompted President Joko Widodo to cut short his trip to the United States (US) and to return …

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Tharman outlines 3 key thrusts in Public Service

The Public Service will need strategic vision, deep capabilities as well as close and continuous connections to the ground as it continues to serve the public in a more complex terrain, said Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. “We also have to stay open to ideas from others, and co-develop solutions with the community, the private sector and civil society and …

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WP repeats call for COI into hep C outbreak

The Workers’ Party (WP) has again called for a Committee of Inquiry (COI) to be convened to look into the hepatitis C outbreak at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). The party’s statement on Monday follows its initial one on Sunday where it called for the independent review committee appointed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on 6 October to be …

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WP calls for COI into hep C outbreak but MOH demands evidence first

The Workers’ Party (WP) said that it welcomes “the broadening of the remit of the independent review committee to include review of MOH’s procedures and actions” with regard to the hepatis C outbreak at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). However, the WP said that “the outbreak and the government’s response to it have exposed potential gaps in our public health …

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The Good Son: A story of love, fear and family

People learn through stories, often one another’s. There is nothing like a human story to bring home the realities of broad, abstract concepts from motherhood to immigration to even the death penalty. As a journalist I’ve seen stories transcend borders to help people connect, to make faraway situations seem instantly relatable. Once in a while you find yourself privy to …

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What is Honour Singapore’s “value-based” agenda?

A YouTube video sent by a reader to The Online Citizen has raised new questions over the religious affiliations of non-profit organisation Honour (Singapore). The video features a talk by Honour (Singapore) director Khoo Oon Theam entitled “Leadership Forum of Global Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs” in Taipei on May 2014, in which he explicitly links the supposedly secular organisation to the …

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“Harness your political strap on” – Vinny Sharp takes on GE2015

It’s been over a month since the results of the 2015 general election came out, surprising everyone with the People Action Party’s 70 per cent victory. All those delighted by the results have got over the high of the win – with the party itself launching a post-mortem of the election – while those disappointed have presumably stopped stress-eating and …

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