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Commentary: Why do employers still insist on an MC for staff who call in sick?

Employees should be given some flexibility to call in sick without providing a medical certificate, say two observers.

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In Singapore

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Commentary: The rise of the rockstar engineer in smart city Singapore

Engineering is about solving problems and removing roadblocks, skills that are essential in building a smart city, says ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

China's President Xi Jinping attends the retreat session during the APEC Summit in Port Moresb

Commentary: The year China's luck ran dry

China's approach to United States President Donald Trump's trade war reveals weakness in the country's leadership, says King's ...

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American Global Leadership

US President Donald Trump started his day with more criticism of special counsel Robert

Commentary: Mueller now one step closer in long road to prosecuting Donald Trump

The evidence could one day put Donald Trump in jail when the US President leaves office, Pulitzer prize winner Tim Weiner says

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Southeast Asia

Rescue workers load up recovered debris of Lion Air flight JT610 onto a truck at Tanjung Priok port

Commentary: After Lion Air crash, some ask if Boeing’s 737 jets are safe to fly

While Lion Air has said it might cancel Boeing 737 MAX orders, Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg has told ...

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Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Elsewhere in Asia

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Commentary: Most Japanese think their country’s best days are behind them

Japan’s leaders have their work cut out for them as they attempt not only to lead their nation to a brighter future, but also ...

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World News

The global economy faces an 'unprecedented' combination of threats, the IMF has warned

Commentary: The grand macro divergence, the growing cracks in the global economic system

Advanced economies are neither structurally nor cyclically aligned, unevenly vulnerable to recession, making international ...

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Digital World

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Commentary: How Twitter got blindsided by India’s caste system

Caste sensitivities remain explosive in the country, home to Twitter's most important developing market, two observers say.

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India's Vishwanathan Anand plays during a FIDE World chess championship match against

Commentary: Where is the fun of playing chess against a robot?

Facebook launched its "war room," pictured in October 2018, at its Menlo Park headquarters

Commentary: Can Facebook maintain staff morale?

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Commentary: A safer online playground powered by hackers

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Dealing with Disruption

Stan Lee rose through the ranks to become a comics writer, and eventually led the Marvel empire for

Commentary: Lessons from San Jose and Stan Lee as Singapore’s Smart Nation efforts enter new phase

The momentum in Singapore’s Smart Nation drive has picked up but this doesn’t guarantee adoption of upcoming services and ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: The freelance life is passion made possible but not for all

Becoming a gig worker is all the rage right now but the secret to succeeding as one is by loving, not hating what you do, says ...

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A 21st-Century Singapore Story

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Commentary: When did English become a second language and jargon our first?

Forget about our analysis being read or our proposal approved if readers have to plow through a morass of jargon and ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Infant deaths and the shock of waking up to a lifeless baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics has formulated a policy on safe infant sleep given the rising figures of infant deaths, ...

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Saving Planet Earth

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Commentary: Dear Singapore, a plastic future is not fantastic

Because plastic poisons our seafood and waters and escalates climate change, moral duty demands we act urgently to eliminate ...

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

In Singapore, Grab cut driver incentives after its merger with Uber.

Commentary: On both sides of the Causeway, Grab’s grand ambition hits road bumps

Amid higher fares and lower incomes for drivers after the Grab-Uber merger, many Malaysians aren't standing by idly, says Khor ...

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The Education Debate

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Commentary: Public trust in our educators is fragile and can be easily fractured

Recent cases of misconduct and alleged impropriety should spur us to think about how to preserve strong relations between ...

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In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, a child in a stroller holds a sign as people rally

On Parenting

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Commentary: So your child wants to be a YouTube star?

Marvel at Ryan ToysReview but there are valuable considerations we as parents ought to bear in mind before we let our kids ...

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The first batch of flats in Tengah will be launched from in November in the plantation district.

Housing Singapore

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Commentary: The Lease Buyback scheme can give singles more housing options

The Lease Buyback scheme will likely see more signing up as Singapore ages over the next decade and the headache might be ...

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Tackling inequality in Singapore

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Commentary: A wake-up call, when a disadvantaged child gets 8 out of 100 for an exam

Uplifting disadvantaged children requires us to create ecosystems of support and actively facilitate their access to this ...

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Employment Challenges

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Commentary: The freelance life is passion made possible but not for all

Becoming a gig worker is all the rage right now but the secret to succeeding as one is by loving, not hating what you do, says ...

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The average gender pay gap across all British companies that submitted details stood at 12 percent

Gender Shouldn't Matter

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Commentary: Women over-invest in workplace capabilities to make up for the gender qualification gap

Women invested more in education and workforce experience over what is required for their job, one researcher found.

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Mental Well-being

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Commentary: Why I quit my day job and started cycling to Bhutan

Burnt out from his former job, researcher Christopher Boyce decides to set off on his journey to find happiness.

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Commentary: Are you dating a psychopath?

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Commentary: No locked cell doors, life in an Iceland prison

Smartphone addiction

Commentary: We have been phone snubbing people around us