Middle-class British pupils are worse at maths than children of Shanghai cleaners

Miss Truss said: ‘Shanghai is the top-performing part of the world for maths – their children are streets ahead.‘Shanghai and Singapore have teaching practices and a positive philosophy that make the difference. They have a belief that diligence redeems lack of ability. ‘Our new curriculum has borrowed from theirs because we know it works – early learning of key arithmetic and a focus on times tables and long division, for example.

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FACEBOOK TO BUY WHATSAPP FOR USD $19 BILLION

Facebook Inc will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion USD in cash and stock, as the world's largest social network looks for ways to boost its popularity, especially among a younger crowd. The acquisition of the hot messaging service with more than 450 million users around the world stunned many Silicon Valley observers with its lofty price tag. But it underscores Facebook's determination to win the market for messaging, an indispensable utility in a mobile era.

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MALAY SCHOLAR SHARES THE DIFFICULTY OF BEING A LESBIAN IN SINGAPORE

I’ve been taken by Adrianna Tan’s recent stream of posts about her experience as a gay woman in Singapore, namely The One About Having It All,Dear Gay Teen, and Dear Fundamentalist Christian, not least because localised narratives are so few and far between. Conservative voices would have us believe that the LGBTQ community is disproportionately loud here, but there were definitely too few stories – especially from those who aren’t cis men – when I needed them (and I still do).

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Unauthorised credit card charges: comGateway emerges as focal point

In what is believed to be a case of data theft, online shopping and shipping portal comGateway has made a police report after it was identified as the “common point of purchase” for credit cards here that were recently hit by a wave of unauthorised charges. comGateway Chief Executive Officer Danny Lim said the company was on Feb 11 notified by banks of the issue and it made its police report the next day. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) yesterday said comprehensive security measures for payment cards in Singapore were in place, but payment transactions also involve parties other than regulated financial institutions — such as merchants — and data theft can occur at these entities.

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LAWRENCE KHONG: BEING GAY IS THE SAME AS A DRUG ADDICT TELLING ME THAT HE CAN'T QUIT!

I hear the same from wife beater, gambler, kleptomaniac, pedophile, homosexual, lesbians, etc. I have them crying profusely in my office about their struggles. They are so genuine, so honest with their feelings, so sincere but SO WRONG. I have to challenge them to act against their own passion. Confront them with their wrong. Help them not to give excuses. Teach them to take personal responsibility and not to blame others. And above all help them to encounter God and His power.

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AUDITOR-GENERAL TO AUDIT THE AHPETC FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS

The Auditor-General has been ordered to take a look at the financial accounts of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) for the Financial year 2012-2013. This comes after the National Development and Finance Ministries released a joint statement emphasising that town councils have to keep proper financial records to ensure that their assets are properly under control. The Workers' Party run town council has been in the spotlight for quite some time since an independent auditor found that there were missing financial records from certain transactions such as expenses for lift upgrading and repair as well as missing receipts for advances on S&CC since 2012. The auditor also commented that the town council had not adhered to the requirements to keep good financial records.

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THE FORCE IS WITH THEM

"Under the enhanced powers, police officers would be allowed, for instance, to strip search a person for alcohol. Police officers holding the rank of sergeant and above would be empowered to raid any place within Little India, without a warrant, if the officer reasonably suspects an offence has been, is being, or likely to be committed."

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COMGATEWAY AND BANKS ARE HIDING INFORMATION FROM CONSUMERS

So after the reading the letter from comgateway shared on Hardwarezone, I am pretty sure something must be wrong at comgateway and it is the point of compromise of the large numbers of credit card fraud. The scary thing is for people like my wife, whose cards were not scammed yet, but her credit card and personal info could already be in the hands of crooks. Shouldn't somebody, be it the banks, or the company, or the authorities come out to inform the public of where is the point of compromise, is it comgateway?

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Pastor defends publication of pro-377A guide

A guide on how to support Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code — a leaked copy of which has gone viral, triggering strong reactions online — was meant to be confidential and disseminated to about 120 senior decision-makers in churches here, said LoveSingapore Chair Lawrence Khong. In response to TODAY’s queries, Mr Khong confirmed that he was the main person who drafted the guide, but added that it was meant to be circulated internally “as a private communication to group leaders for their personal reference (and) study, and for their wise and discerning response”.

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Youth in Singapore optimistic about their future: Survey

Young people in Singapore are optimistic about their future, a new survey has found. The Mastercard Youth Confidence Index measures the short-term outlook and confidence levels among youth aged 18 to 29 in the Asia-Pacific region, with zero being the most pessimistic and 100 as most optimistic. Through online surveys and face-to-face interviews, respondents were asked about their six-month outlook on five economic factors: their employment prospects, the economy, regular income, and their present versus expected quality of life in five years.

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