Daily Archives: 2018-08-14

Rainforest school doesn’t teach by the book

by Tan Yi Han The little girl clenched her jaws as she pinched her teacher with all her strength. Yet the teacher remained calm and spoke to her in an angelic voice: it hurts a lot when you do this. Eventually, the girl relaxed and cooperated when the teacher asked her again to finish her food. At Rainforest Treehouse Wonderland, …

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EIU says Singapore is the 37th most livable city in the world…not that it matters to the average Singaporean

It’s that time of the year again when cities around the world are ranked for their level of liveability by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of The Economist Group charged with analysing how the world is changing. Specifically, their Global Liveability Index is an annual report where they rank different cities around the world based …

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Malaysian Parliamentary Select Committee will appoint Auditor-General, Prime Minister no longer involved, says Mahathir

In a bid by Malaysia to decentralise power from the Prime Minister and to restore checks and balances in the government, a Parliamentary Select Committee will be convened and placed in charge of appointing the Auditor-General, according to Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The transfer of authority from the Prime Minister to the Select Committee was part of the reforms …

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Chee Soon Juan to deliver SDP’s NDP message on Sat, 3pm

Secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chee Son Juan will be giving the SDP's National Day message on Saturday (18 August) at 3 pm. The leader of the party said that he will talk about current issues that affect our nation such as ministerial salaries and the rising cost of living, noting that the speech will be delivered across SDP's …

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Malaysian politicians send conflicting signals to Singapore, but our own politicians confound and dumbfound their own citizens

One minute, the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail is called off, the next minute it is on again, subject to negotiation. Same with water. They say they will abide by the water agreement, but two days later, they say no, the water price must be re-negotiated. This is the style adopted by Malaysian politicians in their dealings with Singapore. Maybe there …

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K-pop fans protest unfair ticketing promotions by Hallyupopfest organisers

Trouble is brewing in the local K-pop scene with the first and ‘biggest’ K-pop event in Singapore, Hallyupopfest, running into some ticketing issues. The festival, which is happening on 7th - 9th September 2018, already started selling tickets on 7th July ranging from S$148/day to S$498/day for the special ‘Daebak’ or VIP pass. According to the event website, tickets are available …

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Island-wide sting operation against errant PMD and PAB retailers

A total of 18 personal mobility devices (PMDs) and 2 power-assisted bicycles (PABs) were seized in an island-wide sting operation by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) from 17 July to 2 August 2018 on 18 retailers of PMDs and PABs. In a press release on Tuesday (14 February), LTA stated that such enforcement blitzes against errant retailers will help to …

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Employees affected by IBM manufacturing hub closure; union silent on petition against termination conditions

Approximately 200 workers, including "blue-collar" workers involved in manufacturing and "white-collar" workers in managerial and executive positions, have been retrenched from the International Business Machines (IBM) plant at the Singapore Technology Park. An IBM subcontractor told TODAY Online last month that two layoffs have already taken place in May and June, and that a third exercise was scheduled to take place at …

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NDP seating arrangement at The Float shows the pervasiveness of entitlement

I know I have already written articles aplenty in relation to the sense of entitlement that our elected government has been displaying. From parking perks to the refrain of "we deserve epic salaries", this culture of misguided expectation on the part of our ruling party seems to be pervasive. Another example of how government members set themselves apart from the …

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