Role of Boards in Managing Risks

Introduction In an increasingly vulnerable economic and social landscape, non-profit organisations (NPOs) and Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWOs) are now playing a greater role in plugging social gaps, addressing social problems and meeting the needs of the under-served customer segments. Because of the trust that are placed on NPOs and VWOs, their Boards are expected to… Read more »

Teen Violence

Introduction Teen violence refers to the deviant behaviour of youths (in the adolescent age group between 13 and 21 years old) intended to cause harm to others such as their peers from school or people from their neighbourhoods. Violent acts may involve fighting, use of weapons (for example, guns and knives) and bullying. The resulting… Read more »

Gaming Addiction

Introduction Gaming addiction comprises of computer game addiction, Internet or online game addiction and video game addiction. Computer game addiction generally refers to an excessive and unhealthy amount of playing computer games. The addicted gamer often isolates himself from others and ignores more important responsibilities. He uses most of his free time for gaming, regularly… Read more »

Open Innovation

Introduction Open innovation is the crowdsourcing of knowledge and resources from external sources to drive internal innovation. This concept was developed by Henry Chesbrough, a professor at the University of Berkeley’s Haas Business School, in 2003. Since then, many organisations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Unilever, Samsung and JTC Corporation, have… Read more »

Contemporary China

Introduction 1978 marks the launch of economic reforms for China when veteran statesman Deng Xiaoping assumed leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and introduced a new economic development strategy aimed at rebuilding China’s ailing economy and society. The new Chinese government led by Deng Xiaoping adopted an open-door policy and encouraged foreign trade and investment… Read more »

Leong Yoon Pin 梁荣平

Introduction Leong Yoon Pin 梁荣平 (b. 5 August 1932, Singapore–d. 13 April 2011, Singapore) was a composer, conductor and educator. Described as the doyen of Singapore composers, Leong was well-known for his choral compositions, many of which were locally commissioned and performed by both amateur and professional choirs. His compositions were often infused with a… Read more »

Humanitarianism

Introduction Humanitarianism is defined as the act of improving the welfare and happiness of people in relation to saving lives and alleviating the suffering of people who have been caught in or displaced by man-made and natural disasters and warfare.  It also involves helping communities to prevent and/ or to make vigorous preparations for potential… Read more »

Role of boards in setting executive director’s compensation

Introduction Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organisation towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical and legal governance and financial management policies as well as by making sure the organisation has adequate resources to advance its mission. The director/executive compensation environment continues to evolve and the benchmarked best practices continue to change. Besides… Read more »

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    Georgette Chen

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    Introduction Georgette Chen, neé Chang Li Ying, was a Singaporean artist most well-known for her still-life and figure/landscape portraits in oil. She also worked with other mediums such as watercolour and pastels. Chen’s official recognition as a Pioneer Singapore Artist and her being awarded the Cultural Medallion for Fine Art in 1982 testify to her… Read more »

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    Chua Ek Kay

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    Introduction Chua Ek Kay (1947–2008) was a Singaporean visual artist and a Cultural Medallion recipient for Visual Arts in 1999. Chua worked primarily with ink as a paint medium and his works both constituted and later departed from the Chinese ink painting tradition. His iconic works include Song of the Cicada (1995), Street Scene at Jalan Sultan… Read more »

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    Learning Disabilities

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    Introduction Learning disabilities affect the way people read, learn, and process information that they see and hear. Manifestations include delays and difficulties with reading, speaking, writing, coordination, self-control and learning in a classroom setting. Some people may have difficulty in making the logical connections between words and their meanings, experience difficulty in expressing themselves in writing… Read more »

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    Family Violence

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    Introduction Family violence or domestic violence encompasses spousal or intimate partner abuse, child abuse, parental or elderly abuse and in Singapore’s context, it extends even to maid abuse. The abuse may take the form of physical, verbal, sexual or psychological acts with the intention to subject the victim to humiliation and force them to the… Read more »

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    Occupational Safety and Health Resource Guide

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    Introduction Occupational health is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “the aspects of health and safety in the workplace, with a strong focus in the primary prevention of hazards”. Occupational safety and health (OSH) deals with the protection of the safety, health and well-being of employees in the workplace, as well as the… Read more »

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    Usability on the Web

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    Introduction Usability is generally defined as the ease in which a product or application can be learned and used efficiently. Products with high usability allow users to accomplish specified goals effectively, and with a high degree of satisfaction. According to Jakob Nielsen, a leading expert in usability studies, usability is far more important on the… Read more »

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    Psychology

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    Introduction [Image] [online] taken from Charley Parker (2006, May 7). On the couch: cartoons from The New Yorker. Retrieved on March 27, 2017 from: http://linesandcolors.com/2006/05/07/on-the-couch-cartoons-from-the-new-yorker/ This resource guide provides a broad overview of psychology and lists library materials and online resources that can help you to understand more about the subject. Psychology originates from the Greek word pschye,… Read more »

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    Introduction to Military Science

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    Introduction The field of military science covers the theory and practice of maintaining and improving a military force and its competitive edge in peace and during war. The field involves multi-disciplinary subjects like politics, economics, psychology, social science, science and technology. This resource guide will focus on strategy and technology used, research and development, within the… Read more »

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    Environment Champion

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    Introduction This resource guide is specially compiled to assist teachers and students in their research efforts focussing on the topic of environment. For easy reference, the resources are grouped according to the formats in which the information are presented. They are (a)Books and Online Resources (b) Posters and Videos and (c) Lesson Plans and E-Games…. Read more »

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    Air Pollution

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    Introduction Air pollution is the accumulation in the atmosphere of substances that in sufficient concentrations, degrade ecosystems and endanger human health. Most air pollution is caused by human activities, but certain natural processes such as a forest fire can pollute the air. Pollutants and Sources  The following substances are common air pollutants: Carbon monoxide, an… Read more »