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Commentary: We must save Singapore Airlines from this existential crisis

Amid questions concerning how much more Singapore Airlines may have to lay off staff and cut costs, NUS Business School Associate Professor Nitin ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

Is Singapore's love affair with cars resilient even to COVID-19? (Illustration: Rafa Estrada)

Commentary: Will COVID-19 dim Singapore’s love affair with cars?

One of the silver linings of the pandemic has been decreased car usage and better air quality – but will this last? Annie Tan ...

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In Singapore

HDB flats are seen in Toa Payoh in central Singapore

Commentary: How much should young couples spend on their first home?

It is a question on the minds of couples looking to buy their first home: Pull out all the stops for your dream home or get ...

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Climate Change and Sustainability

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Commentary: Air-conditioning – the unspoken energy guzzler in Singapore

The good news is a sea change has been underway to curb unsustainable use of air-conditioning, says Kavickumar Muruganathan.

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Commentary: Malaysia goes slow on COVID-19 reopening for good reason

A look at economic headline figures suggest Malaysia’s management of the coronavirus has been impressive, says Stewart Nixon.

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Repatriated Filipino workers stuck in quarantine amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-

Commentary: Worst time ever to be an overseas Filipino worker

The ongoing pandemic has made the precarity of these workers’ lives all too clear, says an observer.

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

Technology

Apple Marina Bay Sands

Commentary: Does tiny Singapore really need a third Apple store?

Are Singaporeans so obsessed with Apple that a third store seems justified? SUSS’ Vanessa Liu and Lau Kong Cheen discuss what ...

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InTheUnited States

U.S. President Trump holds news conference in Washington

Commentary: Donald Trump aims to win the US election, one way or another

To win again, Donald Trump attacks both Joe Biden and mail-in voting, say Steven R Okun and Thurgood Marshall Jr.

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

Rising China

People walk past a Tencent sign at the company headquarters in Shenzhen

Commentary: How Tencent became world’s most valuable social media company – and then everything changed

Is China’s Tencent the next victim of a technology Cold War? Alex Capri outlines the implications of US policy impacting the ...

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Sports

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Commentary: Klopp will lead Liverpool to EPL glory again

The German coach’s knack of getting the best out of his players will contribute to the Reds’ success despite a quiet transfer ...

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

Top Asia Pacific

Sonia Gandhi (L) has retaken the reins of India's main opposition Congress Party after her son

Commentary: Can there be an Indian National Congress without Gandhi leadership?

A recent episode involving an attempt to reform the moribund Congress is yet another reminder of how the party cannot think ...

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Aviation News

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft operated by long-haul budget carrier Scoot, a subsidiary of

Commentary: Does COVID-19 spell the end of long-haul budget airline flights?

Long haul low-cost has revolutionised air travel in recent years but profits were elusive and COVID-19 poses huge challenges, ...

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After failing to board a second flight and fearing they were about to be 'forcibly

In Hong Kong

More than 800 infections had been confirmed in the last fortnight alone in Hong Kong

Commentary: How did Hong Kong get to a third wave of COVID-19 infections?

After a year of dealing with protests and months fighting the pandemic, Hong Kong residents have become nonchalant, says Doris ...

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COVID-19 Disruption

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed stock graph and Opec logo in t

Commentary: Oil set for a long and rocky road to recovery

Current price stability is partly an anticipation of strengthened demand over the rest of 2020 and the OPEC plus stepping up ...

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COVID-19 Health News

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Commentary: When COVID-19 symptoms last for months, recovery feels slow and strained

Epidermologist Margot Gage Witvliet says she went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight – ...

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World News

FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern speaks during a joint press conference at Admiralty H

Commentary: How Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand's most popular political influencer

Jacinda Ardern's command of social media and her celebrity-level engagement rates make her a formidable campaigner in the ...

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Work Life

Colleagues in the office

Commentary: Maybe bosses shouldn’t try to be funny and make jokes at the office

Should bosses be funny? And when should they quit joking around? Lily Cheng and Peter Cheng discuss how to navigate humour in ...

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Family Life

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Commentary: Let’s move away from caning and corporal punishment for our kids

The common view that corporal punishment is an effective way to correct a child's misbehaviour is misguided, says Professor Ho ...

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Living Well

It’d be nice if we could collectively call for friendship timeouts.

Commentary: COVID-19 has killed some friendships - but that’s okay

Not having to attend obligatory meetups during the circuit breaker period made me reconsider certain friendships and why I’d ...

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Modern Business

Single-use plastics such as cutlery and pouches will then be removed from Air India flights in two

Commentary: COVID-19 a chance for F&B to finally go green

While the food and beverage sector is reeling from the impact of the pandemic, they have a window of opportunity to adopt more ...

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Global Headwinds

Worker scans a WeChat Pay QR code to buy takeaway meal for lunch near a construction site following

Commentary: Why China is one of few countries to achieve growth this year

Unlike most of the world, China seems unlikely to become mired in a long recession, not least because of its rapid digital ...

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Southeast Asia

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Manila

Commentary: Philippines’ returning workers are heroes. Yet many are stranded, competing with countrymen for jobs in Manila

This wholesale collapse of the global economy demands the country relook the social safety nets for exported labour, says Jeff ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: The mooncakes we buy speak volumes about ourselves

Like many Chinese cultural objects, mooncakes contain numerous symbolisms. What does their marketing and consumption tell us ...

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