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Daily Archives: 2017-01-17

ABOS: Asia-based executives still expect growth amidst rising political and economic risks

Asia Pacific – The ways in which governments are responding to political and economic risks have an impact on businesses within the Asia Pacific region, according to The Economist Corporate Network’s (ECN) 2017 Asia Business Outlook Survey, “Navigating Asia’s risks and rewards”. Around 50-60% of those surveyed indicated that countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and India are responding to …

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AWARE: More shared responsibility for older people for 2017 National Budget

Gender equality group AWARE has submitted its seventh annual set of recommendations for the National Budget through the public consultation portal REACH on 13 January. “The Budget will be announced on 20 February, the World Day of Social Justice,” said Jolene Tan, Head of Advocacy and Research at AWARE. “We hope the government commemorates the day with a stronger collective …

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At least 100 bodies go unclaimed in Singapore each year

At least 100 bodies are unclaimed in Singapore's funeral homes and morgues every year with 15 among them were sent to hospitals and medical schools for education or research, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH). Many of them are elderly. While, there was a hot debate in New York over a new law that bans the use of unclaimed bodies …

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“No news” is “good news” and better than “fake news”?

Court rules Govt is not a person under anti-harassment law provision The Straits Times article on 17 January, “Is Government a person? Court rules on anti-harassment law provision” states that “fake news” has become a major problem for many societies. It writes, “As recent events elsewhere show, the spreading of false and misleading information can be highly destructive of the institutions of democracy.” …

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Philippines files weak protests over China’s weapons installation on 7 islands

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China over reports that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on the seven artificial islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, where one of islands is within the Philippines' 200 mile exclusive economic zone. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said on Monday (16 Jan) the …

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Laid off workers of Surbana Jurong given two letters to choose from, letter of termination and letter of resignation

Workers who were dismissed by Surbana Jurong for "poor performance" have shared with The Online Citizen that they were given two letters to choose from after meeting their Human Resource department on Friday, 6 January. They had to make a Hobson's choice between a letter of termination and a letter of resignation. Surbana Jurong Private Limited or Surbana Jurong is a …

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Global Talent Competitiveness Index: Singapore ranked #2 globally and #1 in Asia Pacific for four consecutive years

Fontainebleau (France), Singapore, Zurich – The Business School for the World, on 16 January released the fourth edition of Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). Produced in partnership with The Adecco Groupand the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI), the GTCI is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of countries to compete for talent. The GTCI measures how …

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Taxi drivers share their thoughts on rental cut by Trans-cab

Singapore's second-largest taxi company, Trans-cab, announced last year on 28 December that it will be cutting its rental rate for cabbies who operate alone and apply to both new and existing drivers starting from 1 January 2017. Currently, the firm owns a fleet of about 4,500 taxis. It said that about 4,000 are currently on the road, which means that …

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Singapore’s WEF Index rankings worse than one would expect

After writing “S’pore tumbles in WEF Index?” (Jan 16), I just realised after looking at the accompanying chart in the article “Singapore tumbles in WEF index that measures inclusive economic growth” (Straits Times, Jan 16) – that some of Singapore’s rankings may actually be worse. Social Protection: 29 out of 30 countries   For example, Singapore’s ranking for Social Protection …

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