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Commentary: Thailand’s Phuket sandbox can peel open travel despite limitations

Phuket’s travel “sandbox” has the potential to be a game changer for the long-term suffering travel industry in Thailand, says NUS Business ...

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Revenge bedtime procrastination in Singapore is coming at a cost

Many people feel the strong need to reclaim time for themselves, freeing themselves from the constant demands of their jobs, ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

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Commentary: Inaccurate public understanding of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy has implications for vaccination rates

High vaccination uptake is key to easing COVID-19 restrictions, but a majority of polled respondents misunderstand how much ...

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Commentary: Here’s the kind of normal you should aim to return to after COVID-19

COVID-19 has given us the gift of a reboot, and we can be intentional about what we choose to do with it, says a psychologist.

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Spotlight on Malaysia

Composite photos of Malaysia King Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah and PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

Commentary: Will Malaysian king take PM Muhyiddin’s government to task for huge COVID-19 mess?

All eyes are on the Conference of Rulers’ decisions this Wednesday. The royals are likely to strike a middle path to put the ...

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Climate Change and Sustainability

Singapore's elite are increasingly nervous about the unrest in rival financial hub Hong Kong

Commentary: The merits of Singapore’s new carbon trading marketplace

Climate Impact X is a welcome addition to the country’s climate action initiatives that provide new economic opportunities, ...

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

Rising China

China under President Xi Jinping launched a programme in 2015 to make the country a leading power in

Commentary: Some soul-searching needed in China’s fresh push to make friends and influence people

China’s aggressive diplomatic tactics and wolf-warrior diplomacy have cost it dearly, but there’s some hope President Xi ...

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Commentary: What’s really behind fresh calls for investigations into COVID-19 origins

Investigations into the origins of COVID-19 are not just about scientific interest, but part of the competition for influence ...

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Business & Economy

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Commentary: Foreign labour shortages in construction sector is a wake-up call for change

Delays and stop-work orders because of COVID-19 shows this is the right time to re-think the way we do business, says labour ...

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create

Technology

Reddit down Jun 8

Commentary: What if another widespread Internet outage happens?

Societies have become more reliant on Internet connection for work, play and life, making us more vulnerable to another Fastly ...

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Work Life

Office workers scan a Safe Entry QR code to enter a mall, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) o

Commentary: Why do some bosses still want their workers to come back to the office?

Eleven companies have been taken to task for insisting their employees come back to the office. Adrian Tan gives his take on ...

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Living Well

With youths more open about mental health, it’s time others learn to listen (3)

Commentary: Worries over COVID-19 situation are taking a mental toll on Singapore

Urgent attention must be paid to the impact of this raging pandemic on our mental health, former NMP and mental health ...

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World News

Israel's army said the Iron Dome anti-missile system had intercepted over 1,000 rockets fired

Commentary: How Israel’s Iron Dome became a double-edged sword

The Irone Dome air defence system against rockets was a game-changer for Israel – including in ways that have also been ...

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

Top Asia Pacific

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Commentary: Why South Koreans don’t want to be friends with colleagues on social media

Young South Koreans are pushing back against unhealthy work practices and putting up barriers to seize back work-life balance.

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In Southeast Asia

FILE PHOTO: Mass vaccination program for Green Zone Tourism in Sanur, Bali

Commentary: Indonesia’s company-funded vaccination drive boosts the national rate but has limitations

Over 20,000 Indonesian firms are vaccinating their workers but this isn't going to help the country reach herd immunity, says ...

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Women's Issues

Mother holding baby working from home

Commentary: The struggle mums in their 30s, 40s face juggling young kids and work is real

Mums might check out of the workforce or take a backseat at work after judgemental reactions. But it does not have to be this ...

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Education

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Commentary: Parents play an outsized role in academic stress children face

With home-based learning back on the horizon, parents have to step up even more in helping their children learn. But they also ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

Empty dining tables at hawker centres and eateries. (Photos: Agencies)

Commentary: Why we missed dining out in Singapore these few weeks

As dabao fatigue sets in, many of us in the little red dot cannot wait for F&B outlets to reopen not just for the convenience ...

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Aviation & Travel

A view of an empty beach a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Ph

Commentary: Goodbye Boracay, hello Tagaytay – less well-known places could be the future for domestic travel

COVID-19 has altered overseas travel behavior, triggering a need for a new paradigm of promoting tourism. This means market ...

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised the team's mental strength

Sports

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Commentary: Singapore’s hosting of F1 Grand Prix – time to reconsider?

The F1’s elite stature appeals to a narrow fanbase, and benefits from hosting it seem to diminish the longer the race goes on, ...

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