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Daily Archives: 2016-07-18

Big Splash to be closed on Oct 21, 2016

In its glorious day, Big Splash was known for having the tallest water slides in Singapore, but the water attractions were demolished a decade ago. Although the attraction kept its name and still pulls in 300,000 visitors a month with its dining and recreation amenities. But as reported in Straits Times, after 40 years in operation, the establishment is going …

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The stranded F-17 Football Academy Team has arrived in Gothenburg

The team from F-17 Football Academy that was stranded in Turkey's Antalya Airport has caught a flight to Istanbul on Sunday (July 17) afternoon and from Istanbul, they have departed for Copenhagen in Denmark on an 8pm flight. The team has arrived safely to their hostel in Gothenburg this early morning. A team of 21 players from Singapore's Youth Football Academy, …

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WDA warns public of new scam on SkillsFuture credit, offering vouchers in exchange for sign ups

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) said on July 15 that it has been alerted to a training organisation which is offering vouchers in exchange for individuals signing up for their courses and claiming their SkillsFuture Credit via SingPass. Writing on its Facebook page, it wrote, "WDA takes a serious view of any individual or organisation that abuses the SkillsFuture Credit scheme …

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Qandeel Baloch’s “honor killing”, one of thousands in Pakistan

A social media celebrity from Pakistan was killed on Friday night (July 15) in another case of “honor killing”, a custom which had claimed a thousand lives every year in the country. Qandeel Baloch, 26, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was strangled to death by Muhammad Waseem, her own brother, for “disgracing the family”. He said he has "no regrets" …

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“We want to live together in peace and harmony”

Punggol North festival has been an annual grassroots initiative since 2005, celebrating the dynamism of Singapore’s multi-racial society. The festival also aims to promote racial harmony, inter-faith understanding, as well as religious harmony among residents in Punggol North. Speaking at the annual street parade and carnival to celebrate racial and religious harmony in Punggol North yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo …

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Iran seeks more aircraft as sanctions are lifted

Iran is looking to order dozens more jets worth around US$50 billion with Airbus and Boeing, said Iranian officials and Western industry sources. This announcement follows the end of international sanctions against Iran in January after it reached a nuclear deal with US and other Western powers. Iranian airline executives attended the Farnborough Airshow in Britain over the past week and held preliminary discussions …

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How much more business friendly does the government really want to be?

By Chris Kuan An open letter in 2014 published on Transitioning.org writes how a IT professional with 12 years of working experience was forced to resign from his work after being bullied by his boss at a bank. Even after speaking to a Member of Parliament, he found out that there is no framework/structure for his grievance. When I was gainfully employed, …

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China GDP beats expectations, showing signs of stabilization

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets  China announced its 2Q GDP data on Friday. Its economy grew at an annualized pace of 6.7%, unchanged from the previous quarter, and higher than the market’s expectation of 6.6%. Although this is still the slowest pace of growth since 2009, the economic slowdown seems to have stabilised. If we breakdown the GDP into sub-industries, …

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A Singapore Engineering Lament

By Yeoh Lam Keong Want to know the real underlying economic reason why we face a shortage of good Singaporean engineers and IT professionals? Because we have been far too liberal in importing cheaper regional engineers and IT staff for over 2 decades. This has bid down the real wages and working conditions of such professions such that the return …

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