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Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore

Commentary: The biggest restructuring exercise facing Singapore businesses has just begun

From F&B to retail and fitness, winning Singapore businesses know they must shift gears and rethink their business models to thrive in a pandemic ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

Trade-reliant Singapore is typically among the first countries to be hit during global crises

Commentary: How Singapore will remain a top trading hub in a post-pandemic world

As the world economy collapses, Singapore could face stark choices in forging ahead on trade and growth, while navigating ...

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Commentary: Perhaps now, stay-home mums will get the credit they deserve

The workload of stay-home mothers is far from light and the skills that they have been quietly honing in the background are ...

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Commentary: Europe learns lifting COVID-19 lockdowns doesn’t come cheap

As countries around the world lift COVID-19 restrictions, France, Spain, Germany and Italy reeling from lockdowns offer ...

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COVID-19 Health News

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Commentary: COVID-19 treatment researchers should be cooperating not trash-talking each other

No fair test of the two top contending treatments chloroquine and remdesivir has been conducted yet, says an observer.

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Living Well

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Commentary: Our approach to mental health needs to change. COVID-19 will force us to

The effects of COVID-19 on our collective mental health have yet to be studied systematically, but there are already ...

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Am I a bad mum for leaving my kid in childcare while returning to work?

Research shows modern caregiving arrangements does not adversely impact child development in the way we think it does, says ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

The rise of Netflix in a time of coronavirus

Commentary: The rise and rise of Netflix in a time of coronavirus

The streaming service has benefited from our hunger for news, entertainment and distractions this COVID-19 season, says Ian Dixon

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Southeast Asia

Thai premier Prayut Chan-o-cha is appealing for help from tycoons

Commentary: Thailand has a cunning plan to kickstart the economy. It involves billionaires

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has plans to involve business elites to fund new projects to boost the economy. But that move ...

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Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: Wheels set in motion for another political showdown in Malaysia

The motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is unlikely to be heard come May 18 when the Malaysian ...

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On Indonesia

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Commentary: Indonesia’s half-hearted effort to halt massive Ramadan exodus is all form, no substance

On the cusp of what could be a massive coronavirus super-spreader event, President Jokowi must step up enforcement, enlist ...

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Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai

Commentary: India’s fragmented healthcare system is its Achilles’ heel in the fight against COVID-19

The inequities in availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of health services in the public and private sectors ...

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Aviation News

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Commentary: Singapore’s aviation and tourism recovery will be very slow after COVID-19 but long-term outlook remains bright

Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport have strong state support, and the lack of a domestic market could be partially overcome ...

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Global Headwinds

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Commentary: Investors will soon struggle to find assets to put their cash in

Demand for goods the money can be spent on has disappeared as businesses see little need for new capital spending to meet ...

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Modern Business

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London

Commentary: People cannot just be ordered back to work and to spending

Our least bad future seems to be one in which the disease is suppressed until a vaccine arrives, says the Financial Times’ ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Hello COVID-19 remote working, goodbye cult of presenteeism

The coronavirus-fuelled leap to remote working will overturn the cult of presenteeism, say Carys Chan and Shea Fan.

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

Technology

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Commentary: Alibaba makes a whopping US$28 billion bet on its next breakthrough act

But it comes as no surprise that Alibaba is betting big on the cloud to maintain competitiveness at home and make a play for ...

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Education and Entrepreneurship

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Commentary: It is time to rethink how we do online education

There is a lack of adoption of education technology solutions in schools in Singapore – a gap that has been highlighted by ...

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Caring for the Earth

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Commentary: The enormous growth of plastic packaging as take-outs and food deliveries surge must stop

Amid understandable concern over health and hygiene during the pandemic, the problem of disposable plastics has taken a ...

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Family Life

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Commentary: COVID-19 is giving dads more opportunities to be involved at home

The pandemic has triggered a blurring of home and work, giving working parents, especially fathers, the chance to be more ...

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Rising China

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Commentary: Life in China after COVID-19 lockdown gives normal new meaning

China has reopened parts of the economy for business while taking extra precautions, boosted consumer spending and is ...

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Commentary: Who would Beijing prefer wins the US presidential election in November?

China looms over American politics, yet while bilateral ties are straining, a new president might not be welcome news, says ...

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Sports

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Commentary: COVID-19 - it’s harder to stay sane without sport

For many, fandom is just an excuse to gather with others. In some families, the only tension-free topic of conversation is the ...

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