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Meet the ‘rebel girls’ of Singapore poetry

When Marylyn Tan published her debut poetry collection Gaze Back, she received this glowing endorsement from her mother: “Eh, not very nice to write like that.” Gaze Back is not in the least “nice”. Tan, 25, writes about women, bodies and sexuality with unflinching frankness. She re-imagines Jesus as a teenage girl who “finds walking […]

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Endgame has $7.52m opening in Singapore

Avengers: Endgame has broken Singapore box-office records by ringing up $7.52 million in ticket sales during its Wednesday to Sunday opening weekend. The Marvel superhero movie, the second of a two-part story, beat the $6.13 million five-day opening weekend record set last year by the first chapter, Avengers: Infinity War. Endgame had built up such […]

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Seniors with the Cool factor

The Cool Kids is a sitcom about a rambunctious group of friends living in a retirement community. But do not expect the usual “old people jokes” and cliches, say its producers and cast, which includes veteran performers Vicki Lawrence (The Carol Burnett Show, 1967 to 1978) and David Alan Grier (In Living Colour, 1990 to […]

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Cool victory at a tremendous cost

In a daring move, the makers of Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 decided to release the Battle of Winterfell as a radio play. Against a black screen, one could hear thrilling sounds of the combat promised in last week’s episode. However, it becomes clear that this is a normal episode, not a radio […]

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Unmasking The Phantom Of The Opera

The musical The Phantom Of The Opera, back in Singapore till June 8, has enthralled millions since it opened on West End about three decades ago. When I saw it last week for the third time, I was impressed by the improved set and the lead actor’s pitch-perfect vocals. This is Phantom at its finest, […]

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Veterans sweep top prizes at ST Life Theatre Awards

Veteran performers win Best Actor and Best Actress at The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2019, both taking the top prizes more than a dozen years after their last wins in these categories. The awards have been given out annually since 2001 by The Straits Times Life to honour the best of Singaporean theatre in […]

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Socialists Win Spanish Election But Fail To Secure Majority

MADRID, April 29 (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling Socialists were considering possible partners for a new government for the politically polarized country on Monday after they won a national election but failed to secure a majority. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces a choice between a complex alliance with fellow leftists Podemos or joining forces across the […]

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Hundreds Of Workers Die From Overwork Following World’s Biggest Single-Day Elections

Hundreds of election workers have died of overwork and almost 2,000 have fallen ill following the world’s biggest single-day elections, held in Indonesia earlier this month. Indonesian officials said over the weekend that at least 272 election officers had died since the April 17 vote, mostly from fatigue-related illnesses caused by the long hours they […]

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Spain votes in early election marked by far-right resurgence

MADRID: Spain voted on Sunday in an uncertain snap general election marked by a resurgence of the far-right after more than four decades on the outer margins of politics.Opinion polls give outgoing socialist premier Pedro Sanchez a win but without the necessary majority to govern alone, meaning he will have to seek alliances in a […]

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Green New Deal Activists Make First 2020 Endorsement In Wildfire-Burned California

The Green New Dealers are making their first endorsement of the 2020 election. At a rally on Saturday, Sunrise Movement, the youth-led grassroots group whose protests pushed the Green New Deal into the political mainstream, endorsed Audrey Denney, an agricultural educator running to replace Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) in California’s wildfire-scorched 1st congressional district. “She’s […]

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Alleged ringleader was an Islamist firebrand

KATTANKUDY (Sri Lanka) • Zaharan Hashim was 12 when he began his studies at Jamiathul Falah Arabic College in the small town of Kattankudy. He was a nobody, with no claim to scholarship other than ambition. But the world now knows his name. Sri Lankan officials have identified him as the suspected ringleader of a […]

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Sri Lanka explosions: Muslim community tries to mend ties amid rising tensions

The target was Pakistani asylum seekers from a persecuted minority Muslim group living in Sri Lanka as refugees. But as the gang of men, reportedly Christians, stomped around in Negombo demanding revenge for the Easter Sunday attacks that targeted churches in the country, including one in their city, fear also struck the Muslim community in […]

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15 killed in gun fight between troops, militants in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO • A gun battle between troops and suspected Islamist militants on Sri Lanka’s east coast left 15 dead, including six children, a military spokesman said yesterday, six days after suicide bombers killed more than 250 people on the island. The shoot-out at a safe house erupted on Friday in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara district, south […]

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Handling of NUS offender’s case was fair, say legal experts

While some have taken issue with the police’s explanation for why undergraduate Nicholas Lim, 23, was let off with a conditional warning, legal experts that The Sunday Times spoke to said they believe the matter was handled fairly. Considerations such as the age of the offender and the prospects of re-offending – which were cited […]

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Sexual misconduct on campus: How can NUS make things right?

Does the National University of Singapore (NUS) know how to handle sexual offences? Going by the way it had treated a recent case involving two of its students, many members of the public and students do not think so. A female undergraduate’s frustrated Instagram posts after she was filmed in a hall shower has, in […]