Daily Archives: 2014-01-16

Art Stage 2014: Here in Asia Again!

By Alex Yang (Photos – Alex Yang) You must know by now that Art Stage 2014 is in full swing. Now in its fourth edition, the show brings 600 artists, 130 galleries and 28 countries to Singapore. Some quibble that it is not as opulently stashed as Art Basel, which is true, but even as a developing form, it is …

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 31) – Fare increase approved by PTC

I refer to the press releases of the Public Transport Council (PTC) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) on the fare increase. PTC wrote in its press release,  The Public Transport Council (PTC) has decided to grant an overall fare adjustment of 3.2% for the 2013 Fare Review Exercise. This is about half of the combined 2012 and 2013 fare caps of …

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 30) – MCE with no “design flaw”?

I refer to the article “Smooth conditions on MCE during peak hours, no design flaws: LTA” (Straits Times, Jan 16). MCE traffic is smooth? Land Transport Authority (LTA)  said in its press release that the traffic conditions on the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) and its adjoining road network have been generally smooth during peak hours since its opening apart from …

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“Fair and just society”: Minimum Wage for the discussion

I’d like to comment on an article written by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, in the People’s Action Party (PAP)’s party newsletter titled “Reinforcing a fair and just society”. In my comments I provide (what I think to be) a sound justification for a minimum wage here in Singapore, Dispelling the “job loss” myth using elementary …

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Killer HDB lifts – What’s going on?

Saw a disturbing headline today: Dog killed in lift accident after leash gets trapped in lift door (Warning: Disturbing Picture) It was not long ago when a video circulated showing another dog’s leash getting caught in the lift’s door, but it was a small pug and it managed to escape the death trap. Yes, the owner of the golden retriever is …

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Are you proud to be Singaporean, or are you just proud of Singapore?

Stephanie Koh, Singaporean and K-Pop Star Hunt finalist, jumped into the local media limelight recently for mouthing off about not seeing herself as representing Singapore in the competition. The Straits Times reported her fairly outspoken rant, which was directed at a lack of spontaneity among Singaporeans. (ST report) She later clarified in a YouTube posting about why she is not …

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Yes, Take That New Job

A Singaporean perspective on why we should not feel guilty about job-hopping in today’s working environment. A lot of the people we talk to about job-hoppers speak about them with great contempt. These people are described as failures, dysfunctional and inherently defective. They are further dismissed as bad hires with flawed personalities, destined to live out mediocre careers of limited …

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The alternative news in 1 day? (Part 29) – Cheapest broadband in the world?

Straits Times wrote a report on Tuesday citing that Singapore now provides one of the world’s cheapest home broadband connections. (link) The report writes, “with a monthly fee of $49.99, the cost of each Mbps in MyRepublic’s plan is now down to five cents, compared with the previous low of 13.9 cents for each Mbps with SingTel’s 500Mbps plan, which …

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