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Daily Archives: 2018-02-09

LTA to conduct in-depth island-wide noise measurement study to reduce impact of railway noise near residential areas

Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced that it will be doing a more in-depth island-wide noise measurement study as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of railway noise near residential areas to be used to plan for the appropriate noise mitigation measures in the future. "The installation of the railway noise barriers is gaining momentum, thanks to the …

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More than 1,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized at Tuas Checkpoint

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers found 1,057 cartons and 10 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed within modified compartments behind the driver seat, floorboard and undercarriage of the bus on Wednesday (7 February) at about 1 pm. The authority said that its officers directed an arriving Singapore-registered tour bus for further checks at Tuas checkpoint, which was driven by a 57-year-old …

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The mystery of “so many” IT job vacancies

I refer to the article “Fewer job openings in 2017, with more for PMETs: Ministry of Manpower” (Straits Times, Feb 8). The article from ST states that though the number of job vacancies declined for the third year in a row last year, but more vacancies are available for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), reflecting the overall shift towards …

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34% of Singapore households are “in-work poverty”?

I refer to the article “Household incomes rise in 2017, but at slower pace for bottom 50%” (Straits Times, Feb 8). It states that “From 2012 to 2017, median monthly household income from work rose by 15.5 per cent cumulatively in real terms, or 2.9 per cent a year.” As we have consistently refused to have a “poverty line” indicator …

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SingPass down for the second day

Citizens took to social media to complain about the disruption of hundreds of essential e-government services, including SingPass and CorpPass which started as early as 11 am on Friday (9 February). This is the second day that the service outage has taken place. Social media users went to their social media to complain regarding the matter. Singpass is down , macam …

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Ms Teo says initiatives like PCP have achieved its goal but didn’t reveal PCP can inflict heavy liquidated damages

by Vincent Low Second Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo told Channel News Asia in an interview last Tuesday (30 Jan) that the "Adapt and Grow" initiatives, which were designed to help Singaporeans affected by economic slowdown and restructuring, have achieved its goal of helping those in need. "We should not just merely look at the numbers to determine whether the …

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Devotee beseech SPF for resolution on music at Thaipusam, warns festival will be eradicated from how things are progressing

by Prakash Ramdas, (This post first appeared as a response to Singapore Police Force's clarification on the incident that transpired on Thaipusam 2018) According to this post, my SPF believes a good night's sleep for 1 resident is more important than the religious practices of an official founding community of Singapore. Music is an intrinsic part of how Hindu Tamils worship. …

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HDB lose billions because it pays SLA land at market price?

Is the HDB making losses because it pays for land at market prices to the Singapore Land Authority (SLA)? I refer to the article “Bank Negara’s land buy sparks talk of 1MDB bailout” (Straits Times, Feb 9). The article states that “Questions are growing around the Malaysian central bank’s recent purchase of government land for RM2 billion (S$678 million), with observers …

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