SURGE PRICING TO START NEXT WEEK, ANOTHER PRICE INCREASE FOR SG

Today's news all but confirms what people have been fearing for the past few weeks. Five taxi companies are making the surge pricing their norm, with 10,600 cabs offering this next week onwards. Yet, the taxi companies said to expect to pay less most of the time.

Who are they kidding? Trans-Cab, SMRT, Premier, Prime and HDT Singapore Taxi will join GRab Taxi Singapore in using surge pricing, with Comfort expected to come up with their own pricing structure in two to three weeks. So, from next week onwards, expect less taxis to be on the road in non-peak periods, because who would want to drive when fares are at its lowest? And during peak hours, you want a cab, you pay more. Probably waiting time also longer.

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NETIZEN THINKS AUTISTIC CHARACTER ON SESAME STREET WILL LEAD TO LGBT INVASION

There is controversy brewing over the newly introduced autistic character on Sesame Street, but not for the reasons you might expect. In a Channel News Asia report about the show, a netizen by the name of Meng Lee accused the show's producers of introducing the character as a precursor to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual) characters on the show.

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MOTORCYCLIST PINNED UNDER BUS @ TOA PAYOH LORONG 6 ACCIDENT

A motorcyclist ended up pinned under a bus after a colliion at Toa Payoh Lorong 6 yesterday at 11AM. According to a witness, 3 passers-by rushed forward to offer assistance to the injured biker, who was still conscious. One man provided aid to the victim while another sheltered him from the sun with an umbrella.

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MEDISAVE MORE BURDEN THAN HELP FOR SICK S'POREANS

I’m writing to question and hopefully clarify the purpose of the Medisave scheme. Both me and my wife are self -employed and are required by law to contribute almost $5,000 each to our Medisave accounts annually in cash. Just how does Medisave help us? We found out the hard way that the Medisave scheme is causing us more financial burden instead of helping us. cpf

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NTU STUDENT CREATES ELITIST DATING APP, NO BANGLAS, MAIDS OR UGLIES ALLOWED

This creepy NTU student started an elitist dating app called HighBlood. It markets itself as an app without banglas, maids, uglies (ugly people?) or escorts. The creator claims that there are no uglies in the app but puts himself in the app and rates himself in the 92th percentile. Is this the world class standard of NTU?

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MALAYSIA U-TURN ON BEAUTY & THE BEAST MOVIE, TO SCREEN WITHOUT CUTTING GAY SCENE

Walt Disney announced on Tuesday that Beauty and the Beast will finally be released in Malaysia without any censorship cuts after the Censorship board backed down and gave it a PG13 rating instead. The Censor Board had earlier demanded Walt Disney to cut out a gay scene or risk barring the movie from screening in Malaysia. When Disney refused to censor the movie, local film distributors pressured the censor board to change their decision to ban.

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S'PORE HISTORIAN: OUR HISTORY TEXTBOOKS ARE TOO DAUNTING FOR STUDENTS

The lower secondary history syllabus is a pretty daunting introduction to the history of Singapore for a freshly minted Sec 1 student, I must say. As a historian and teacher, I can see much thought has gone into the syllabus, with interesting and innovative ideas such as how historians work with varied sources and historical concepts such as evidence and causation. But it's a little too much too quickly.

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S'POREAN WRITES TO CPF: DO NOT ABUSE OUR TRUST IN YOU & STOP SHIFTING THE GOALPOSTS

I must apologise for my lack of faith in you but that has been lost ever since you told me I would not be withdrawing my retirement fund at whatever age you decided, and the goal post is still shifting as we speak. Instead you told me I will receive only payouts like an unemployed working receiving handouts from Centrelink in Australia. I entrusted my money in you because I was not given a choice. It is more than a privilege for you, an entitlement in fact. Do not abuse it. This is not a warning, just a simple advice from a friend.

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TIME FOR GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE FROM THE HEART, NOT FOR GOODIES OR BENEFITS

Grassroot volunteers have long been blessed with benefits such as free parking and priority to Primary schools within the estate. All these unfair benefits should be removed so that the volunteers we attract for the community are helping out for the right reasons. It is high time to remove all these perks and accept only those who have the community at heart and wish to serve. This way it also helps the Peoples Association improve their image and shut those critics who accuse volunteers of helping out for ulterior motives.

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