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Adventure charity Raleigh International ends run; Singapore chapter not affected

It is the end of yet another era. Adventure charity Raleigh International has called it a day.  A statement on its website says Raleigh International Trust has ceased operating “from Thursday 19 May 2022 and will be entering Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation”. A sustainable development charity with ties to the British royalty, Raleigh International says, “the combination…
20 May 2022 5 mins read

Tokyo recognises same sex partnerships from November

Tokyo will start recognising same-sex partnerships from November, making it the largest city in Japan to do so. The move comes amid growing calls in Japan for equality for sexual minorities. But they still cannot get legally married. What this means is same-sex couples in the country’s most populous area will be issued certificates to…
12 May 2022 2 mins read

Under Armour celebrates Global Running Day with second All Out Mile

Challenge accepted! All over the world, runners and non-runners alike seem to have uttered these words to Under Armour (UA) when it launched its second All Out Mile to challenge them to run their fastest mile or 1.6km anytime between 1 and 5 June. And this will not worry Singaporeans doing the course because they…
7 May 2022 2 mins read

SMU calls the bluff of assistant professor, academic fraud discovered

She applied for a position with the Singapore Management University (SMU) and her appointment as an assistant professor of finance with the Lee Kong Chian School of Business was even announced in the institution’s newsletter. But 11 months after working there, Ms Margaret Zhu is gone. Her profile had been deleted from the official SMU…
6 May 2022 4 mins read

Embrace the inner prima donna of athletes or drop them for the “greater good”?

In 2016, sporting goods brand Adidas came up with an ad to encourage athletes to challenge the status quo in sports through creativity. The ad says for every athlete to embrace his or her “inner prima donna” and fly the personal freak flag. Perhaps this may be a team sport coach’s nightmare, being labelled a…
5 May 2022 5 mins read

Global community continues to plead for clemency for Malaysian drug trafficker

(UPDATED on 27 April 2022) Malaysian drug trafficker Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 34, was hanged at Changi Prison at dawn on Wednesday, 27 April. The news of his execution was confirmed by his sister Sarmila. Nagaenthran’s brother Navin Kumar told Reuters news agency that the body would be sent back to Malaysia where a funeral would be held…
25 Apr 2022 2 mins read

The fate of the world’s first made-in-Singapore floating resort

Mention Hotel Haegeumgang and many would say “ where?”. But did you know that it started out as a floating resort built in Singapore? South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on April 20, that the once five-star resort that was abandoned in North Korea, is being demolished by its government, and that there will no…
20 Apr 2022 4 mins read

Champion of migrant workers Bridget Tan dies

Migrant worker’s rights advocate and the founder of the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) Bridget Tan died today – seven years after suffering a stroke. She was 73. Mrs Tan had been spending the last few years in Batam, where she recuperated while working with non-profit groups there.  Born in 1948, she was the…
18 Apr 2022 3 mins read
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