AUSTRALIA GOING TO USE EXTREME FORCE AGAINST ISLAMIC TERRORISTS

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said "extreme force" was justified in battling Islamic State militants as he played down reports that an Australian plane delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq came under fire. Australia will "in coming days" join ally the United States in an international effort to transport weapons to Kurdish forces fighting IS extremists in northern Iraq. It has also been conducting humanitarian air drops to the besieged town of Amerli.

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ELDERLY HAD TO DELAY MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE

Many elderly people who went to their neighbourhood polyclinics were aware that they could use the Pioneer Generation (PG) cards for the first time and took them along. Some had even postponed treatment last week to take advantage of the subsidies. "My daughter wanted to bring me here on Friday as I was feverish, but I wanted to wait till today to get the discount," said retiree Ang W.F., 82.

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SHUT UP WHEN A MINORITY IS TALKING ABOUT RACE

Despite Chinese privilege in Singapore being very real, there is little or no recognition of this concept within the national public sphere and discussions of race. Attempts by minorities such as Thanapal to name this privilege often receive hostile attack from Singapore Chinese, who employ defensive mechanisms similar to deniers of white privilege--to name privilege is divisive, to name privilege is not a solution, to name privilege is rude, to name privilege is racist. In a stroke of unfunny irony, what happens then is that minorities who call out Chinese racism are then termed racist by their aggressors.

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88 YR OLD MAN WAITS 36 HRS BEFORE GETTING A BED AT KHOO TECK PUAT HOSPITAL

My 88-year old grandfather was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) from Woodlands Polyclinic on 31/07/14 (Thursday) after he had a bad fall and injured himself. He was registered at KTPH A&E at 12.06pm. Later that day, after underwent x-ray and scanning, as suggested by the doctor, the family agreed to have him admitted for further observation. He stayed overnight at the A&E Care Corner as there was no available bed at any of the subsidised wards and we were told that the waiting time was expected to be at least 36 hours.

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ANGRY GAMBLER PUNCHES 2 WOMEN BYSTANDER AFTER LOSING 4D LOTTERY

Incensed that he hadn't won the lottery, an unemployed man vented his anger by punching a mother and daughter who just happened to be nearby. Gavin Khoo Theam Min, 37, was jailed for six weeks on Monday after pleading guilty to punching Madam Ho Sok Kan, 58, a telemarketer, and Ms Jessie Li Li Wen, 22, a student, at Clementi Avenue 3 on Aug 4.

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S'POREAN MADE BIGGEST MISTAKE TO RELOCATE BACK HOME

I am a 50+ years old Singaporean. Not able to get into the local university because PAP said we are not good enough (back then they already planned to reserve places in local university for the foreign students, and kept daft Singaporeans in total darkness, including myself). End up I went overseas for my degree, and also studied for free for my Masters in Engineering paid by my company in US, which I got my first job in (it’s part of the employee benefits to advance his/her study). After graduated and worked in US for almost 10 years, I made the biggest mistake of my life to come home, because I love my country and my family (I have 8 siblings).

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CAN OUR ELITE SCHOLARS PERFORM WELL IN THEIR JOBS?

Forty years ago, your education level opened the doors, determined your starting pay when you entered the job market. After that, it was up to you, up to your abilities to determine how fast you rose, how much you earned. If you were good at what you did, it did not matter whether you had a degree. Not having one did not hold you back. Then, the govt made a big deal out of scholarship and scholars. After that, it did not matter whether you could do the job, whether you could really think at a higher level. It all depended on how many A’s you had.

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LOCALLY BORN AND BRED GURKHA IS PREFERRED THAN IMPORTING PRC

Singapore needs more citizens and permanent residents, and the children of the Gurkha officers would be prime candidates. Some were born here, many have studied in local schools, they know our cultures well, love Singapore and can assimilate easily. I welcome more Singapore-born Gurkha national servicemen, nurses, social workers, teachers, engineers and hospitality staff.

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