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Daily Archives: 2017-02-08

Flash flood at Orchard Road and other parts of city central due to heavy rain

Heavy rain which occurred in the afternoon has caused flash flood in several areas in central Singapore, including Orchard Road on Wednesday (8 February). Singapore's National Water Agency PUB tweeted at 5.56pm that there was flash floods at Orchard Boulevard towards Paterson Road, noting that the traffic was still passable. At 6.02pm, Hill street or Stamford Road also experienced flash …

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Sin Ming Fowl Incident: Can we trust AVA to ownself check ownself?

By Georgia Tong In the recent case of culling of chickens in Sin Ming, who can verify that all those birds culled were domestic fowls? There is a high probability that there are red jungle fowls among them. A healthy brood of red jungle fowls which are protected endangered species has been featured in a few documentaries (besides Wild City). …

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Taking Tharman’s ‘Inclusive Prosperity’ seriously

By Tan Wah Piow What I like about Tharman Shanmugaratnam's Inclusive Prosperity talk at the London School of Economics (30 Jan 2017) is that it was not reported in the Straits Times. As a newspaper of record, I would have thought it would report the Deputy Prime Minister's speech outlining his vision for the future of Capitalism. The Government-friendly Straits …

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RFP put up for development of 5th desalination plant on Jurong Island

Singapore’s national water agency PUB has put up a Request for Proposal (RFP) on Tuesday (7 Feb) for the development of Singapore’s fifth desalination plant on Jurong Island, to be ready by 2020. The plant will add another 137,000 cubic metres, or approximately 30 million imperial gallons of desalinated water (mgd) a day to Singapore’s water supply, enhancing water supply …

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MOM: 5 in 10 job vacancies are PMET – Education, healthcare, infocomm and service-related jobs

Nearly half of all vacancies as at 30 September 2016 were for Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs). The job openings were mainly education, healthcare, infocomm and service-related occupations. These are the key findings from the ‘Job Vacancies 2016’ report released on 7 February 2017 by the Manpower Research and Statistics Department (MRSD), Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The steady increase …

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Dollar Index rebounds, oil tumbles

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets China’s foreign reserves fell more than expected to US$ 2.998 trillion – a lowest level in six years. The drop is even larger if we take into consideration the drop in the US dollar in the month of Jan, which lifted the foreign reserve by approximately US $22 billion. This added to concerns over China’s …

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4,844 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized at Woodlands checkpoint

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers made a seizure of 4,844 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes at Woodlands checkpoint on 6 February 2017 at about 3.20pm. It said that its officers directed a Malaysia-registered lorry, driven by a lone 50-year-old male Malaysian, for further checks upon its arrival. ICA said that its officers had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the …

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Cleaner in world’s 34th most expensive city, earns 6 times more than a cleaner in world’s most expensive city, Singapore

I refer to the article “San Francisco janitor who earned S$380k in a year caught hiding in closet during work hours” (Straits Times, 8 Feb). It states that “Mr Liang Zhao Zhang, who cleans the Powell Street station in downtown San Francisco, reportedly earned a total of US$271,243 (S$385,000) in 2015. US janitor’s basic monthly salary S$6,856? "The sum includes …

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