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Government paying for everyone has great appeal of simplicity but leads to greater inequality, says PAP’s Tharman

A strategy for greater inclusivity in society and lesser inequality. This is what the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been focused on doing in the last decade. And there is still much to do, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a live broadcast o
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Government paying for everyone has great appeal of simplicity but leads to greater inequality, says PAP’s Tharman

A strategy for greater inclusivity in society and lesser inequality. This is what the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been focused on doing in the last decade. And there is still much to do, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a live broadcast on PAP’s Facebook page today (July 7). And this is even more important now given the Covid-19 situation. “Covid is becoming a major social crisis in many countries around the world. It is fracturing societies because it is impacting some people much more than others,” he said. “And it is going to lead to slow growth,… it is going to lead to increased tensions amongst people. And we must avoid that.”   He added emphatically: “We’ve got to build a society with a stronger social compact. And we can do it.”  Starting with the young, especially those who are from lower income backgrounds Tharman highlighted the efforts that the government has initiated for children, even before they enter school. 

Ex-principal and tutors found guilty of helping students cheat during O-level exams

SINGAPORE - The principal of an education centre and three of her tutors schemed to help six students cheat during the 2016 O-level examinations. The students, who are Chinese nationals and were aged between 17 and 20 at the time, smuggled mobile phones and
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Ex-principal and tutors found guilty of helping students cheat during O-level exams

SINGAPORE - The principal of an education centre and three of her tutors schemed to help six students cheat during the 2016 O-level examinations. The students, who are Chinese nationals and were aged between 17 and 20 at the time, smuggled mobile phones and Bluetooth devices into exam halls in Singapore. Answers were then whispered to them through their skin-coloured earphones. The ruse involved exam papers for subjects, including English and mathematics. On Tuesday (July 7), District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt convicted three of the offenders after a trial. Principal of the now-defunct Zeus Education Centre Poh Yuan Nie, 54, and two tutors - her niece Fiona Poh Min, 33, and Feng Riwen, 28 - were each found guilty of 27 counts of cheating. They committed the offences on multiple occasions in October 2016. A fourth offender, former tutor Tan Jia Yan, then 33, was sentenced to three years' jail in April last year over her role in the ruse.

GE2020: Nicole Seah shares story of cabby crying while offering her 'small donation' of $200

We've heard the heartwarming stories from candidates as they meet constituents on the election campaign trail, and last night, Nicole Seah had a particularly «emo» story to share. The Workers' Party member in its East Coast GRC team posted yes
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GE2020: Nicole Seah shares story of cabby crying while offering her 'small donation' of $200

We've heard the heartwarming stories from candidates as they meet constituents on the election campaign trail, and last night, Nicole Seah had a particularly «emo» story to share. The Workers' Party member in its East Coast GRC team posted yesterday (July 6) that a morning house visit at Simei had been «emo» — short for «emotional» — but an even more heart-tugging incident occurred after she hopped into a cab after the house visits. In her Instagram Story, Seah described how after arriving at her destination, the taxi driver reached into his wallet and teared up while offering her a donation of $200.

Deutsche Bank and Google agree multi-year, strategic partnership

Deutsche Bank said on Tuesday it has agreed a strategic, multi-year partnership with Google to give the German lender access to cloud services and drive innovation in technology-based financial products for clients.
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Deutsche Bank and Google agree multi-year, strategic partnership

Deutsche Bank said on Tuesday it has agreed a strategic, multi-year partnership with Google to give the German lender access to cloud services and drive innovation in technology-based financial products for clients.

IPL will only be staged abroad as a last resort: BCCI

India's cricket board will only consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) abroad as a last resort if there is no other way to salvage the lucrative limited-overs tournament this year, a top BCCI official has told Reuters.
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IPL will only be staged abroad as a last resort: BCCI

India's cricket board will only consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) abroad as a last resort if there is no other way to salvage the lucrative limited-overs tournament this year, a top BCCI official has told Reuters.

India's COVID-19 death toll hits 20,000 as infections surge

India's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its almost two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts.
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India's COVID-19 death toll hits 20,000 as infections surge

India's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its almost two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts.

New Zealand government releases first tranche of COVID-19 sport relief funding

New Zealand's government said on Tuesday it has released the first instalment of a NZUS$265 million (US$174.21 million) funding package to help the local sports industry cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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New Zealand government releases first tranche of COVID-19 sport relief funding

New Zealand's government said on Tuesday it has released the first instalment of a NZUS$265 million (US$174.21 million) funding package to help the local sports industry cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: New Zealand to limit returning citizens as quarantine facilities fill up

New Zealand said on Tuesday its national airline will not take new bookings for three weeks as the country looks to limit the number of citizens returning home to reduce the burden on overflowing quarantine facilities.
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COVID-19: New Zealand to limit returning citizens as quarantine facilities fill up

New Zealand said on Tuesday its national airline will not take new bookings for three weeks as the country looks to limit the number of citizens returning home to reduce the burden on overflowing quarantine facilities.

US tech chiefs to testify before House antitrust panel on July 27 - committee

The chief executives of Amazon.com, Apple, Alphabet's Google and Facebook will appear before a U.S. House of Representatives panel on July 27, the committee said in a statement on Monday.
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US tech chiefs to testify before House antitrust panel on July 27 - committee

The chief executives of Amazon.com, Apple, Alphabet's Google and Facebook will appear before a U.S. House of Representatives panel on July 27, the committee said in a statement on Monday.

Hong Kong police granted sweeping security surveillance powers

Hong Kong's police have been granted vastly expanded powers to conduct warrantless raids and surveillance -- as well as issue internet takedown notices -- under Beijing's new national security law.
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Hong Kong police granted sweeping security surveillance powers

Hong Kong's police have been granted vastly expanded powers to conduct warrantless raids and surveillance -- as well as issue internet takedown notices -- under Beijing's new national security law.

KKR hires ex-Danaher executive for industrial deals

Private equity firm KKR & Co Inc said on Monday it had hired former Danaher Corp executive Dan Daniel to bolster its team that focuses on acquiring and operating industrial businesses in the United States.
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KKR hires ex-Danaher executive for industrial deals

Private equity firm KKR & Co Inc said on Monday it had hired former Danaher Corp executive Dan Daniel to bolster its team that focuses on acquiring and operating industrial businesses in the United States.

GE2020: Singapore did not collapse when PAP lost ministers and a GRC in 2011, say WP candidates

Singapore did not collapse when it lost two full ministers and a senior minister of state in 2011, said Workers' Party (WP) candidate for Marine Parade GRC Yee Jenn Jong in a Facebook post on Monday (July 6). He was referring to three of the PAP candidates i
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GE2020: Singapore did not collapse when PAP lost ministers and a GRC in 2011, say WP candidates

Singapore did not collapse when it lost two full ministers and a senior minister of state in 2011, said Workers' Party (WP) candidate for Marine Parade GRC Yee Jenn Jong in a Facebook post on Monday (July 6). He was referring to three of the PAP candidates in Aljunied GRC the year it fell to the WP, namely, then Foreign Minister George Yeo, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hua and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zainul Abidin Rasheed. Mr Yee added that many countries also have different parties represented in Parliament, citing New Zealand as an example of a minority government that has handled the Covid-19 crisis «far better» than Singapore has. He also said investments are healthy even in developed countries without a single party with a supermajority. «The PAP will already have their majority in the 14th Parliament for sure after this general election, which is hurried in the middle of a pandemic to their enormous advantage,» he added. «Vote fearlessly.»

This or That? Baey Yam Keng picks between JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun, favourite K-drama and more

In AsiaOne's latest E-Junkies episode, we tested Baey Yam Keng on some Gen Z lingo and learnt some interesting fun facts – he taught Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong how to take selfies! But it looks like there's more to know about Baey. The Tampines GR
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This or That? Baey Yam Keng picks between JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun, favourite K-drama and more

In AsiaOne's latest E-Junkies episode, we tested Baey Yam Keng on some Gen Z lingo and learnt some interesting fun facts – he taught Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong how to take selfies! But it looks like there's more to know about Baey. The Tampines GRC candidate uploaded a video to his Facebook page last night (July 6), which showed him playing a game of This or That, in between house visits. This or That? I have no more secrets left. ???? In between my house visits. PAP Tampines North #GE2020 #ourlivesourjobsourfuture #TampinesTogether #paptampinesnorth #thisorthat

GE2020: PSP's Tan Cheng Bock recalls how Lee Kuan Yew shot down his wish to put Singaporeans first

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock may have been shot down by founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew but he's still standing his ground and touting his «Singaporeans first» approach. Dr Tan, who was formerly a member of the People'
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GE2020: PSP's Tan Cheng Bock recalls how Lee Kuan Yew shot down his wish to put Singaporeans first

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock may have been shot down by founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew but he's still standing his ground and touting his «Singaporeans first» approach. Dr Tan, who was formerly a member of the People's Action Party (PAP) and served as MP for Ayer Rajah SMC from 1980 to 2006, reminisced his days in Parliament during a PSP e-rally on July 6, recalling what he described as a «difficult period». He had first floated the «Singaporeans first» idea in 1999 in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, but it was not well-received. «I insisted that we should think Singaporeans first when getting jobs. We were in that state, when the professionals and the PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) were all losing their jobs to foreigners,» Dr Tan said.

Want Andy Murray as your private coach? Bid to win

A dream private coaching session from Andy Murray will become a reality for one tennis fan after top players signed up to an initiative raising funds for professional coaches who are struggling financially during the COVID-19 shutdown.
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Want Andy Murray as your private coach? Bid to win

A dream private coaching session from Andy Murray will become a reality for one tennis fan after top players signed up to an initiative raising funds for professional coaches who are struggling financially during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Tiafoe out of World TeamTennis after positive COVID-19 test

Frances Tiafoe will be unable to compete for the Washington Kastles in the 2020 World TeamTennis season after testing positive for COVID-19 during the advance travel testing window, tournament chief Carlos Silva said on Monday.
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Tiafoe out of World TeamTennis after positive COVID-19 test

Frances Tiafoe will be unable to compete for the Washington Kastles in the 2020 World TeamTennis season after testing positive for COVID-19 during the advance travel testing window, tournament chief Carlos Silva said on Monday.

Blades no longer in free fall, says Wilder

Sheffield United have steadied the ship after a series of poor results following the season's restart and will look to keep the momentum going in Wednesday's Premier League clash at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, manager Chris Wilder said on Monday.
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Blades no longer in free fall, says Wilder

Sheffield United have steadied the ship after a series of poor results following the season's restart and will look to keep the momentum going in Wednesday's Premier League clash at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, manager Chris Wilder said on Monday.

Hong Kong details new powers under controversial China law

Hong Kong released additional details of China's sweeping new national security law for the former British colony on Monday (Jul 6), saying security forces had overriding authority to enter and search properties for evidence and stop people from leaving the c
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Hong Kong details new powers under controversial China law

Hong Kong released additional details of China's sweeping new national security law for the former British colony on Monday (Jul 6), saying security forces had overriding authority to enter and search properties for evidence and stop people from leaving the city.

Weibo-owner Sina gets buyout bid at 12per cent premium from CEO-led company

Sina Corp , the owner of media social platform Weibo, said on Monday it had received a go-private offer of US$41 per share in cash from a holding company led by its Chief Executive Officer Charles Chao.
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Weibo-owner Sina gets buyout bid at 12per cent premium from CEO-led company

Sina Corp , the owner of media social platform Weibo, said on Monday it had received a go-private offer of US$41 per share in cash from a holding company led by its Chief Executive Officer Charles Chao.

US service sector rebounds strongly in June

US services industry activity rebounded sharply in June, almost returning to its pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, but a resurgence in coronavirus cases that has forced some restaurants and bars to close again threatens the emerging recovery.
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US service sector rebounds strongly in June

US services industry activity rebounded sharply in June, almost returning to its pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, but a resurgence in coronavirus cases that has forced some restaurants and bars to close again threatens the emerging recovery.

Cricket: England to face Ireland and Pakistan in packed summer schedule

England will host Ireland in a three-match one-day international series starting on July 30 before taking on Pakistan in a packed summer calendar, the England & Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday.
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Cricket: England to face Ireland and Pakistan in packed summer schedule

England will host Ireland in a three-match one-day international series starting on July 30 before taking on Pakistan in a packed summer calendar, the England & Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday.

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