GAY BAR OWNER: "GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN VERY KIND TO GAYS"

But gay Singaporeans say they've never had it so good. Although nightspots like Taboo have existed for years, the emergence of a gay "district" like Tanjong Pagar was unthinkable a few years ago. Now the government closes one eye to the existence of these places as long as the patrons behave. If the laws are still weighted against them, gays reason that the government has its compulsions. "Singapore is an island nation surrounded by Muslim states. It would be too provocative to repeal any anti-gay laws now," explains Addie Loh, on of Taboo's owners.

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ROY NGERNG WORKS 2 WEEKS AS A TOILET CLEANER

My back was aching from the cleaning, but the clinic was going to open in another hour and I couldn’t stop to rest. Otherwise, I would be cleaning while the patients were walking in and it would be inconvenient to them. Unknown to most people, after I lost my job in the middle of June, I took up a cleaning job for about 2 weeks. A friend of mine had asked me if I knew anyone who could do some cleaning work for the clinic that he works at, as his cleaning lady was going on leave. I volunteered as I had just got out of a job, and I thought that it would be a useful experience to learn from.

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MALAYSIA TO CHARGE SINGAPORE MOTORISTS ENTERING JOHOR 20 RINGGIT PER ENTRY

Malaysia on Wednesday announced that it will charge drivers of all foreign vehicles entering Johor Bahru. According to The Star, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the decision to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee was made following a request from the state. Johor Chief Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin had said the Johor government suggested a VEP charge of RM20 (S$7.80), with RM5 going to the state government for road maintenance, for Singapore vehicles entering Malaysia through the Causeway and the Second Link.

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RSAF F-15 & F-16 FIGHTERS TAKE ON USAF IN EXERCISE RED FLAG

The Singapore RSAF are at Exercise Red Flag - Nellis in the USA. Exercise Red Flag - Nellis is: A realistic combat training multilateral exercise hosted by the United States Air Force. Earlier today, the first wave of our F-15SGs and F16C/Ds took to the skies with our counterparts from USAF and FAF to fight against USAF Aggressor Squadrons.

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WORLD CUP WINNING GERMAN FOOTBALL TEAM IS LIKE SG EDUCATION SYSTEM?

In contrast, I wonder what Andy Chen, the ST deputy editor who compared Germany’s recent success to Singapore’s education system will say to Singapore’s very own Goal 2010 – the exciting aim to get the Lions to appear in their first World Cup Finals ever. Did our education system produce a nation of quitters who dissipate at the first sight of failure instead of carrying on the goal the manner we would expect from people who went through a ‘rigorous education system that should be celebrated’?

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UNFAIR THAT WOMEN WANT EQUAL RIGHTS BUT AREN'T REQUIRED TO SERVE NS

While the recently released Institute of Policy Studies survey reveals ambivalence over whether National Service (NS) should be obligatory for women, my stand on the matter is unequivocal: Yes, it should. In a TODAY commentary last week, Mr Ho Shu Huang made an eloquent case for increasing efforts to accommodate volunteerism but, again, the manifest inequality embedded in the suggestion is that women should have a choice while men don’t — which I believe to be wrong on a number of levels. It has long irked me that NS should be a “male-only” affair: A sacred institution to be preserved, unquestioned like Catholic priesthood.

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MOE JC TEACHER JAILED FOR SEX WITH 14 YR OLD BOY HE MET ON FB

A junior college teacher who engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy he befriended on Facebook was jailed for 25 months yesterday. Physics teacher Paul Tan Sze Aik, 37, admitted to three charges with three other offences, including having obscene films, taken into consideration during sentencing.

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VALENCIA FC WANTS SINGAPORE STRIKER ALEKSANDAR DURIC

Valencia made surprise offer for Tampines and Singapore star striker Alec Duric. Straight Times Corrospondent is said to have witness Duric's agent Durian at the Mestalla training ground. It was rumored the transfer fee to be around $1.2m, with the Singapore star striker getting a whopping 5 digit salary per week for 1 year.

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CHC TRIAL: CHC LEADER PUSHING BLAME TO EX-CHC FUND MANAGER CHEW ENG HAN

City Harvest Church’s former fund manager Chew Eng Han was again singled out yesterday as the person who had suggested the bond investments at the heart of the criminal trial involving six church leaders. John Lam Leng Hung — one of the accused and the defence’s first witness — named Chew — a fellow accused who has since left the church — as the one who had proposed investing in Indonesian glassware company PT The First National Glassware (Firna).

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