Taking cue from other global brands such as KFC and McDonald’s, Starbucks has also vowed to halt the use of single-use plastic straws in their stores by 2020. But what seems like an initiative targeted at saving the environment has received some flak from disability groups, with some calling the move an “ableist” one. It […]

“SINGAPOREAN SIGNS FOR FULHAM FC”

Well, that’s if young Benjamin Davis decides to stay a Singaporean, and not change his citizenship. The 17 year old just signed a two-year professional contract with English Premier League side Fulham, becoming the first Singaporean to do so with a top-tier English club. However, like every Singaporean son, Ben Davis has to serve NS […]

HEALTHCARE INSURANCE INEQUALITY

Charissa Guan, Anneliese Quek and Chan Jia En had much to say about the soon-to-be implemented Careshield Life Scheme- and they made their voices clear. They took to an online petition, which garnered 1,600 signatures the day after it went live, to appeal for a revision of the higher premiums charged to women in the […]

EDUCATION OF THE FUTURE

What happened? On July 11, the motion ‘education of the future’ was debated in parliament. Central to the discussion was the paradox of meritocracy and inequality. This refers to how our meritocratic system of standardised examinations has ironically seemed to lead to unfairness. The hosts of tuition and extra-curricular activities that well-off families can place […]

“GOD SAVE THE QUEEN FROM THE ORANGE TANGERINE”

That is probably one of the many iconic catchphrases one might have spotted in the latest “Dump Trump” resistance against Trump’s UK visit. On Friday (Jul 13), around 250,000 anti-Trump campaigners took to the streets of central London to show opposition to Trump’s four-day trip to Britain, according to Stop Trump, the group organising the […]

TRUMP IS NOT-O HAPPY WITH NATO

What happened? The NATO Summit happened. Held on July 11-12 in Brussels, Belgium, the summit was characterized by growing transatlantic tensions. It has been a known fact that Trump isn’t the biggest fan of NATO. On the first day of the summit, Trump has insisted that the US is paying too much for NATO and […]

PHUKET BOAT ACCIDENT; DEATH TOLL ABOVE 40

On July 5, The Phoenix, a three decker boat travelling off the coast of Phuket, capsized after being caught in a storm with 5m high waves. The boat held 93 Chinese Tourists and 12 Thai crew members or guides. Unfortunately, the accident has left over 40 individuals dead with 11 still missing. So far, officials […]

Japan Underwater

In a sad turn of events, following a series of quakes over the past month, yet another catastrophe has hit Japan. At least 100 people are believed to be dead after record rainfall befell parts of western Japan, according to a government spokesperson. Most of the deaths happened in the Hiroshima prefecture, while hundreds of […]

“BEBAS NAJIB!”

Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested in relation to the 1MDB corruption scandal earlier this week by anti-corruption officers. This came as no surprise to many, as Najib remains embroiled in a widening corruption investigation, which also saw officials wheeling treasure troves of luxury handbags, jewellery and cash out of Najib’s apartment. In the […]

OBIKE’S SAGA: COMPANY GOING INTO LIQUIDATION, USERS LEFT IN A LURCH, AND OWNERS FAILED TO GET A GRIP.

Mounting complaints have been flooding the Consumers Association of Singapore, immediately after oBike announced that it was ceasing operations in Singapore. The company had gone into liquidation in Singapore and attributed this to its difficulties to meet new rules under a licensing regime to tackle indiscriminate parking. With a fleet of about 14,000 bicycles and […]