LESS DISCOUNTS + LESS INCENTIVES = GOOD VALUE??

While this ‘equation’ seems impossible, this is what ride-hailing company Grab claimed after rolling back its discounts for customers and incentives for drivers. Grab Singapore head Lim Kell affirmed the public that these decisions had been made way before the company’s acquisition of rival Uber’s South-east Asia business two months ago, thus calming down the […]

SHOULD TEKAN CULTURE COME TO AN END?

What happened? Last weekend, the funeral the late full-time national serviceman, Dave Lee, was held at Mandai Crematorium, with an attendance of almost 900 people. At the wake, his mother called for an immediate end to “tekan” sessions in the military. She expressed that she did not want her son’s death to be in vain, […]

WHEN THE NOBEL PRIZE BECOMES IGNOBLE

On Friday (May 4), the Swedish Academy confirmed that the winner for the Nobel Prize in Literature will not be revealed this autumn – instead, two laureates will be revealed in 2019. This is a move decided upon after crowds of protestors roared against the unprecedented sex abuse scandal of Jean-Claude Arnault, a photographer and […]

ASEAN SUMMIT 2018: IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN

Last week, Singapore hosted the ASEAN summit at the good ol’ Shangri-la Hotel. At the summit, top leaders discussed details of the preliminary phase of the ASEAN smart cities network, and looked at a statement on the network and on cyber-security cooperation. Another important focus were regional and international developments, including maritime cooperation and security […]

CHANGE OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS FOR BETTER ROAD SAFETY

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is aiming to install red-amber-green arrow traffic lights at most intersections by 2023. The changes follow a split-phase traffic timing system, which assigns the right of way sequentially to both vehicles and pedestrians. Given how it would be rather impossible to do so at all 1600 right-turning junctions, it was […]

O-LEVEL CHEATING: COUGH FOR CODES.

A 17-year-old Chinese national Zhou Zice coughed into his phone for his tutors to repeat the answers in the middle of his Combined Science (Physics/ Chemistry) practical examination. During his trial testimony on Thursday (April 19), Zhou admitted to the offence, claiming that he had trouble understanding the English-written paper. According to Zhou, the cheating […]

HELLO! IF YOU DRINK DON’T DRIVE

On Saturday morning (April 21), a 50-year-old man was arrested at Woodlands checkpoint for drink driving. While the police refused to give further details about the suspect when asked by local reporters, the man was identified to be SMRT Trains Chief Operations Officer Alvin Kek.  Before assuming his current position, Mr Kek was a former […]