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 […]

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 […]

BREXIT: THE EXIT STRATEGY

What happened? Two years after UK announced that it was leaving the EU, Theresa May and her cabinet have finished ironing out how the UK will be leaving the EU. May’s soft exit plan will allow the UK to maintain close ties with the EU. The agreement proposes that EU citizens living in the UK, […]

SHOULD I GET AN E-VEHICLE? A CHARGED QUESTION

Singapore is an ideal place for electric vehicles (EV) because it is highly urbanised and compact. Yet, many Singaporeans are sceptical about getting an EV because of the worry that they will run out of electricity in the middle of their commute. Electric utilities provider SP Group has come up with a solution to this […]

TO SUMMIT UP

What Happened? The long-awaited summit has finally come and gone, here’s what happened. The summit was held at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa, where Trump and Kim met on 12 June (and where Kim felt the brunt of Trump’s fat joke). The two leaders signed a joint statement, with Kim reaffirming North Korea’s commitment to […]

THE SAUDI DRIVE TOWARDS MODERNISATION?

Ten women have so far collected their driving licence in Saudi Arabia, a conservative country that has only recently decided to lift the ban on women driving. These ten individuals will be able to drive once the ban is officially lifted on June 24 and it is expected that 2,000 more women will join the […]

A SPLIT BETWEEN FRIENDS: CANADA AND USA

What happened? Just minutes after joint G7 communique was published by Canada, Trump announced via his favourite medium, Twitter, that he has instructed US representatives not to endorse the joint communique. This comes after Trump took offence at the tariffs that Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, pledged to impose on the US in response to Trump’s […]

MODI IN SINGAPORE

Last week, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, came to Singapore in a three-day official visit. His trip was part of an “Act East” policy that saw him visiting Indonesia and Malaysia as well to strengthen regional relations. This is in response to China’s increasing activity in and claims over the South China Sea, […]