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  • While social class division exists, it does not mean Singapore is divided

    By: Tan Ern Ser, Vincent Chua and Gillian Koh | Jan 12, 2018 | Hits: 600

    As the adage goes, no man (or woman) is an island. We each have our own personal, social network, which may include a relative with whom we could share and discuss important matters or a close friend who would readily help us in times of need. A recent study we did found that on average,…..

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  • Getting Singaporeans to pay for news

    By: Siti Nadzirah Samsudin | Jan 02, 2018 | Hits: 751

    The recent upheavals in the news industry in Singapore have sparked a conversation on the future of news organisations. How do media companies like the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which announced that it would terminate 230 staff members by year-end, remain competitive on a rapidly changing media landscape? What can small online publications like The…..

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  • Why language is a source of pride for Singaporean Indian millennials

    By: Shanthini Selvarajan | Dec 21, 2017 | Hits: 573

    This year’s Singapore Writers Festival, organised annually by the National Arts Council, chose as its theme, aram, the Tamil word for goodness. The line-up included Tamil millennial poets such as Harini, and the screening of a short Tamil film, Between Pudukottai and Singapore: Poems by N. Rengarajan. They touched on the social issues of our…..

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  • In Low-Crime Singapore: Understanding the Link between Diversity and Crime at the Neighbourhood Level

    By: Leong Chan-Hoong and Ili Kaiyisah Rahan | Dec 13, 2017 | Hits: 644

    We have heard from managers about the merits of diversity within organisations, whereupon a more diverse workforce tends to produce more effective teams, be more effective at problem-solving and musters greater innovations. When it comes to diversity in residential communities, however, the effects are mixed. Diversity within Communities Several social science researchers have pointed to…..

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  • Striving towards a multi-abled Singapore

    By: Zhuang Kuansong and Justin Lee | Dec 05, 2017 | Hits: 945

    Tomorrow is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and marks the 25th anniversary of its proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. It is an opportune moment to reflect on what policies for people with disabilities in Singapore have achieved and identify possible future directions. The beginnings of inclusion for people with…..

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  • Emerging sense of S’porean identity independent of ethnic heritage

    By: Leonard Lim and Mathew Mathews | Dec 01, 2017 | Hits: 767

    A recent survey on ethnic identity shows that many Singaporeans rate speaking English as a more important trait of being Singaporean than being able to trace one’s ethnic heritage. The run-up to Singapore’s first reserved presidential election two months ago was marked by contention over what exactly constitutes an “authentic” Singapore Malay. As the 2017…..

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  • Why S’pore needs to honour innovation, excellence and outwardness

    By: Lim Siong Guan | Nov 15, 2017 | Hits: 557

    To ensure the country’s continuing survival and success, Singaporeans need to be a people who embrace innovation and excellence and be prepared to go out of their comfort zones, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan on Tuesday (Nov 14). This would help create “a new economic ascent”, added Mr Lim, who was previously…..

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  • Silver lining in the battle against fake news

    By: Elmie Nekmat and Carol Soon | Nov 02, 2017 | Hits: 698

    Younger people are more likely to believe they are less susceptible to falling for fake news, an optimistic bias that could hurt their ability to discern the truthfulness of online information. That is one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Communications and New Media Department at the National University of Singapore…..

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  • Building a gracious society in Singapore

    By: Lim Siong Guan | Oct 11, 2017 | Hits: 2073

    Singaporeans have expressed the wish for a more gracious society in the next 50 years and while the government can encourage and facilitate this graciousness, it is something the citizens themselves have to produce, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan on Tuesday (Oct 10). This could take a generation, and Singapore has to…..

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  • Hydrogen a more sustainable bet for S’pore’s energy future

    By: Jason Tan Han Wei | Oct 02, 2017 | Hits: 686

    The Government recently announced big steps forward in Singapore’s renewable energy future — it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks, with costs of installation about 40 per cent less than before. That is not surprising for a small, low-lying, island city-state that is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Last…..

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