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Commentary: PSLE scores and the problem with the beloved late bloomer narrative

Some people might never bloom at all, at least according to society’s standards. But in a performance-driven society, so what? Does being ...

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InTheUnited States

Election 2020 Salt Lake City

Commentary: Don’t forget record numbers of Americans voted for Donald Trump

Perhaps the most lasting narrative of this election is how fearful, uncertain, and polarised Americans are, says an observer.

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Smoking near windows dismissed as neighbourly nuisance but has public health costs

As people spend more time at home, smoke wafting into people’s homes can be a deadly public health menace, and should not be ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

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Commentary: I never planned to visit Hong Kong anytime soon, but the air travel bubble might change that

In a dark year marred with uncertainty and struggle, the inability to travel forces us to reflect on the role of travel in our ...

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Commentary: Pfizer reaches COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough – a step closer to pandemic's end

News that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90 per cent effective is promising, but there’s a lot more we now need to find out, ...

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: What struggling Malaysians need from this Budget is a stronger safety net – and higher taxes

A rethinking of Malaysia’s tax regime and social welfare programmes is overdue, says Stewart Nixon.

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Global Headwinds

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Commentary: Worried about keeping your job? Here’s advice to soothe your concerns no matter how old you are

Managing your career is an individual responsibility, with or without a pandemic, says Paul Heng.

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create

Technology

The Singapore government unveiled a bill last week containing tough measures to tackle "fake

Commentary: Singapore's new growth strategy for tomorrow involves luring 500 global tech leaders today

The Tech.Pass scheme is a needed booster in attracting tech talent in a fiercely competitive digital world, says NUS Business ...

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Climate Change and Sustainability

Indonesia forest fire

Commentary: Little smoke this haze season – but fires rage on in Indonesia

Much of the destruction to Indonesia's forests and peatlands have taken place behind the veil of COVID-19 restrictions, says ...

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Southeast Asia

Indonesia forest fire

Commentary: Little smoke this haze season – but fires rage on in Indonesia

Much of the destruction to Indonesia's forests and peatlands have taken place behind the veil of COVID-19 restrictions, says ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

China is phasing out some subsidies, which is expected to drive a rush to complete wind and solar

Commentary: China will bet big on clean energy to achieve carbon neutrality

Its greenhouse gas emissions are more than the US and EU combined, but China has big ambitions for carbon neutrality, says Dr ...

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Gender Issues

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Commentary: Why men should care and do more about women’s issues

The upcoming review of gender issues in Singapore must involve an often overlooked demographic – men – says AWARE member ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Work appraisals can’t depend on what your boss thinks of you

COVID-19 has shown us why it’s time to reinvent the way performance appraisals are designed and conducted, says EngageRocket ...

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised the team's mental strength

Sports

Salim Moin

Commentary: Salim Moin’s death reminds us of a rare breed of Singapore footballers

The former player’s sudden passing away on Saturday reminds us of the days when local footballers brought Singapore together, ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

Chong Pang

Commentary: Seeing Singapore in a Chong Pang hair salon

While a brand new integrated mall with swimming pools and gyms may be an important part of urban rejuvenation, there is ...

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Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Top Asia Pacific

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden meets China's now president, Xi Jinping, in Los

Commentary: A US led by Joe Biden will focus on Asia and China

Joe Biden will place Asia back at the centre of foreign policy – but will his old-school diplomacy still work? An observer ...

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Family Life

Punggol East HDB flat

Commentary: Why living close to my siblings works for me

Living within walking distance to your sibling has many upsides but there are challenges too and it boils down to one thing, ...

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World News

Mrs Toh Yin Ching came to Marina Barrage at 8.45am with her sons Sean, 8, Howard, 6, and Jayden, 2.

Commentary: Forces of climate action are reshaping finance in Singapore and around the world

A stronger-than-ever business case and the current pandemic call for finance to go green, says WWF-Singapore.

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Education and Entrepreneurship

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Commentary: To survive COVID-19 disruptions, Singaporeans must learn how to learn better

With a quick crash course on better learning, Fung Fun Man and Ng Chia Wee say workers and those aspiring to join the ...

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Commentary: Why that unusually high rainfall in Singapore during the last summer monsoon may be our new normal

The June to September season this year was the wettest season in terms of most rainy days at the Changi climate station since ...

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