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Commentary: What to do when the HR recruiter ghosts you

You would think that with email and instant messaging, your job application will get at least a response but ghosting is a common experience these ...

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In Singapore

Marina Barrage

Commentary: The Marina Barrage, a dream 20 years in the making

An iconic landmark, a symbol of the city-state’s success in water management, the Marina Barrage is a culmination of decades ...

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A 21st-Century Singapore Story

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Commentary: With more ultra long-haul flights, will globe-trotting travellers bypass Changi Airport?

Amid a global spending spree on long-haul flights and airport upgrading, will Singapore see a dip in arrivals? One aviation ...

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Dealing with Disruption

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Commentary: Can the real social enterprise hawker centre please stand up?

Social enterprise hawker centres must not forget that hawkers are their key beneficiaries, says Jonathan Chang.

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Work Life

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Commentary: When did wanton self-promotion at work become normal?

Puffery on social media has normalised bragging at work, says the Financial Times' Pilita Clark

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Southeast Asia

Rohingya refugees, who crossed the border from Myanmar two days before, walk after they received pe

Commentary: Why the Rohingya refugees should not be repatriated yet

The recent deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh was clearly driven by the desire for swift repatriation, says the Institute of ...

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

Elsewhere in Asia

China is currently in an escalating trade war with the Trump administration

Commentary: Quantum politics and predicting the US-China rivalry

A paradigm shift is needed to understand modern geopolitics, says University of Hong Kong's Andrew Sheng.

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

Rising China

Buskers have been entertaining crowds -- and irking neighbours -- for nearly two decades under the

Commentary: In China, why dialects like Cantonese are on the wane

Languages, including Cantonese and other dialects should be celebrated in China but their usage have been marginalised by ...

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China has touted the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai as a important signal

Commentary: China should throw wide open the doors to trade

Signs with the US and Chinese flags hang outside a store selling foreign goods in Qingdao, in

Commentary: The global economy’s three chess games

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

Spotlight on Malaysia

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Commentary: Malaysia government's budget, crunch time for economic reforms?

The Malaysian government budget projects a deficit of 3.7 per cent of GDP and contracting public investment - plans that ...

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American Global Leadership

US President Donald Trump tweeted that the midterm elections -- in which Democrats defeated his

Commentary: US elections and the magic of Mr Trump

US President Donald Trump's simple and basic way of communication is a skill often underestimated, says one observer.

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Commentary: America’s self-defeating China policy

Supporters cheer behind him as Trump holds a rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, Ohio

Commentary: Remember, Americans like divided government

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World News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin

Commentary: Germany’s Angela Merkel has left her mark at home and abroad

She will be remembered for her courageous stance on refugees and her inflexible approach to European economics among other ...

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Digital World

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Commentary: As digital threats multiply, will cyber insurance take off?

Smart home technologies may be vulnerable to hackers, yet many don’t have insurance to protect themselves against this rising ...

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Commentary: Save me, I'm a screen zombie

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Commentary: Pokemon Go is still alive and changing lives

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Commentary: Beware the culture warriors of social media

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Saving Planet Earth

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Commentary: Dear Singapore, a plastic future is not fantastic

Because plastic poisons our seafood and waters and escalates climate change, moral duty demands we act urgently to eliminate ...

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The Education Debate

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Commentary: What an effective parent-teacher meeting looks like

Trepidation, anxiety, and perhaps, frustration can be common emotions displayed at parent-teacher meetings. National Institute ...

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On Parenting

Mother feeding her baby at home

Commentary: Can young working parents survive without a maid?

Having a helper around helped us to ride out a rough season when we had many young children. Letting her go will not be easy, ...

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The first batch of flats in Tengah will be launched from in November in the plantation district.

Housing Singapore

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Commentary: The Lease Buyback scheme can give singles more housing options

The Lease Buyback scheme will likely see more signing up as Singapore ages over the next decade and the headache might be ...

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Tackling inequality in Singapore

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Commentary: The trouble with helping disadvantaged kids is you don’t know where to start

With the odds stacked up against kids from low-income families, figuring out where to intervene can be tricky, says June Yong.

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Mental Well-being

Smartphone addiction

Commentary: We have been phone snubbing people around us

Boredom isn't the main reason why people 'phone snub' each other,, says one observer.

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Employment Challenges

Traders are awaiting the release of US jobs and wage data, which will give fresh clues about the

Commentary: Disappearing money and labour's diminishing share of income

Workers' wages have stayed stagnant for decades despite economies growing, says one observer.

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The average gender pay gap across all British companies that submitted details stood at 12 percent

On Gender Equality

Women "are sick of sexism and discimination, sick of wage inequality," Switzerland's

Commentary: The unequal, unnoticed life of a female worker

Gender inequality manifests itself in quiet ways that aren’t often picked up, in unpaid care work and unequal pay for equal ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Overhydrating presents health hazards for young athletes

Drinking too much water can be a problem – overhydration is known to have killed young American football players.

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Sick with  the flu? You should have gotten a vaccination.

Commentary: Flu vaccine not effective? Think again

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Commentary: Exercise, not diet, is the key to weight loss

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Commentary: The problem with measuring happiness