Daily Archives: 2014-01-22

Desserts with cats, what’s not to love?

Situated along the Singapore River carefully nestled amongst the countless restaurants and bars, Neko no niwa (Cat Café 猫の庭) is the first of its kind to be in operation in Singapore. Overlooking the iconic Singapore River, its cosy environment makes up for the rather small space and the sunlight shines in to reflect the pleasant wooden finish of the interior. …

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The alternative news in day? (part 36) – “Beds crunch” due to “care model” – MOH “blank” page?

I refer to the article “Singapore’s care model needs to be changed to resolve hospital bed crunch: Gan Kim Yong” (Channel NewsAsia, Jan 20). Solving “Beds crunch” means have to change “care model”?  It states that “Resolving the hospital bed crunch is not just about expanding capacity, but it is also about changing Singapore’s care model, said Health Minister Gan …

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Student defies and makes teacher apologise

A video of a classroom exchange between a student and his teacher is now doing the rounds on the Internet. It shows what is apparently a classroom with a male teacher telling a student to go back to his seat. The student ignores the teacher’s words and walks over to another student’s desk and starts to fidget with the friend’s …

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Thinking about a trip to Hong Kong?

Thinking about a trip to Hong Kong? Then you have to be wary of the counterfeit notes that might be currently circulating the economy. Just recently, 2 Hong Kong banks found 5 counterfeit 1000-dollar notes (2003 edition) (SGD$164), triggering much alarm amongst the banks in Hong Kong. Banks immediately started to disallow the acceptance of the 1000-dollar notes. Some shops …

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The Alternative news in 1 day? (part 35) – University spending, 464% less than GDP growth?

More money for universities? I refer to the article “S$100m grant to help local universities build research strengths” (Channel NewsAsia, Jan 19). Spending per university student? According to the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Education Digest 2013 – Government recurrent expenditure on education per university student in 2012/2013 was $20,978. According to the Department of Statistics’ (DOS) Singapore 2005 Statistical Highlights – the …

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The alternative news in 1 day? (part 34) – “Tourists” job seekers

I refer to the article “Johor Baru’s transient homes for job seekers in Singapore” (Sunday Times, Jan 19). Foreign “tourist” job seekers stay in JB? It writes that some of the “tourists” are prospective maids and restaurant staff who had entered Singapore as tourists to look for work and then crossed over the border to Johor Baru to wait for …

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Public transport and social equity – from physical to emotional connectivity

By Howard Lee To quote Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo, our government must really be scratching its head about citizen’s unhappiness over the recent transport fare hikes. Unfortunately, we cannot sympathise with their cloudiness, because a lot more clarity can be achieved if they actually bothered to listen to why people are unhappy. And to be completely …

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PTC in danger of losing credibility and public’s trust

By Andrew Loh While its approval of the public transport operators’ (PTO) application to hike fares may draw criticisms, it is the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) inability to convince the public of the reason for the hike that is erasing the credibility of the 16-member council. The operators had submitted their applications on 19 December 2013. They were approved on …

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Checkpoint breach – DPM expresses “deep dissatisfaction”

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister,  Teo Chee Hean, has expressed his “deep dissatisfaction” over the security breach at Woodlands Checkpoint by a 27-year old Malaysian woman driver last Friday. In what is seen as a serious lapse in border security, the woman, who is believed to be from Kuala Lumpur, had driven past the checkpoint without being stopped …

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Taxing the Poor to feed the Rich

By Joseph Teo On 16 January 2014, the Public Transport Council (PTC) approved, according to them a 3.2% increase in public transport fares. A fare increase was not unanticipated. However, this coupled with persistent train failures – three in the first 3 weeks of this yeari with at least one which required evacuation, has nonetheless caused much unhappiness amongst Singaporeans. …

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