Dear Straits Times, a simple apology would have sufficed

Furthermore, the Straits Times is guilty here of a terrible doublethink. On one hand, Yap emphasises the importance of factual verification when he slams the dismissal by critics of such a version of events as "premised on assumption, not factual verification" and affirms that "a newspaper's duty and credibility depend on getting the facts right". Yet on the other hand, he contradicts himself by spinning a strange concoction about how "truth in media is as much a function of opinion as it is of fact" and how "truth is often as nuanced as the currently proverbial fifty shades of grey".

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Random thoughts on today’s news

The Thai teen who lost her case against SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) may not have to pay trial costs which amount to more than $200,000. That is, if the teen, who lost her legs in the accident, doesn’t appeal, said SMRT and LTA. That seems like a lot of money to deter anyone…It’s a warning that the girl is going to have to pay through her nose if she fails again in the next round. Or it’s a plea to her to think very carefully about whether she really has a case against them.

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MAS refutes Forbes.com article on imminent meltdown

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today (Jan 14) rejected suggestions that a credit bubble was brewing in the Republic, after an article published on Forbes.com predicting an imminent meltdown of Singapore’s economy went viral. In response to media queries, the MAS reiterated that Singapore is not facing a credit bubble that puts the country or its banking system at any risk of crisis. It added: “Serious observers and investors are not in doubt about the country’s financial health.”

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Alleged Rioters Surviving as best they can

The first thing I noticed when we met up with 3 of the 25 workers being charged for participating in the riot was the clear look of exhaustion that was evident on their faces. They were as apprehensive as I was (since it was the first time I had such close communication with foreign workers) as they introduced themselves to us. Arun Kalimurthy, 28, was in Singapore as a tourist when he was caught by the police in the early hours of December 9; while Rajendran Mohan, 25, was working as a spray painter in the Marine sector. Arun spoke extremely fluent English as he explained to us the system in which they were under.

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16-year-old boy collapsed and died after jogging during physical education lesson

A 16-year-old boy collapsed and died after a physical education lesson in his school on Monday morning. The Tanglin Secondary student had been jogging during the lesson, before he collapsed and was sent from his school in Clementi to the National University Hospital, according to a Shin Min Daily report on Tuesday. The boy's father told the evening paper that he had sent his son to school that morning and he had looked "normal".

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Minister surprises web with swift action on ‘archaic’ NEA rule

Goh said he spoke to some people in the industry and found out that the rule came about because in the 1970s and 80s, the government did not want people to sell “restaurant type” food in hawker centres to ensure that they would not charge “restaurant type” prices. This was done to keep food affordable for the masses.

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Conservationists find Marine Life Park partnership with Conservation International puzzling

When Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)’s Marine Life Park (MLP) in Singapore announced a new partnership it is undertaking with non-profit environmental organisation Conservation International (CI), the news raised a few eyebrows among conservationists in Singapore. According to an announcement by the two parties, the partnership will “allow collaboration on important marine issues in Singapore”, and will last for five years.

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Woman arrested on harassment charges after using 'proxy stalker'

Police in Okinawa have arrested a 23-year-old woman after she used a “revenge” website to get another woman to harass her ex-boyfriend. According to police, Ayaka Ishii, a food-service employee and a resident of Okinawa city, was one of two women who met on an online ex-boyfriend “revenge” site set up to harass former partners.

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Award ceremony turns into feedback session with MP

A microphone was passed to me and I made a feedback about my daughter’s former school. I told them about CHIJ St. Theresa’s. I told that they are still holding my daughter’s O level Certificate as ransom. The reason – I am not paying for an overseas trip which I was informed at first that it was ‘all expenses paid for’ by the MoE but later denied and I was asked to pay. I still insist that the school misinformed me and that I am not paying so the school is holding my daughter’s O level certificate as ransom.

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