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Singapore to launch a scheme to help companies recruit talents from Indonesia

In a meeting between the two foreign ministers of Singapore and Indonesia, it was said that Singapore companies are interested in recruiting talent from Indonesia while Indonesia will increase its skilled workers to the city-state, among them related to caregiver therapists. Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said in the meeting, "We believe Indonesian universities and technical institutes will produce …

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The train station and the high school girl: what’s the truth?

It was a little story about Japan Railway keeping a tiny station in a remote part of Hokkaido open for three years just so that one high school girl can get to school and back. Unsurprisingly, the report, posted by Chinese broadcaster CCTV on its Facebook page, went viral. People were delighted, in this day of business efficiency and ruthless …

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Italian boss leaves factory workers 1.5 million euros in will

Workers at an Italian factory were delighted by an unexpected Christmas bonus, receiving cheques for thousands of euros bequeathed to them by their late boss who died last July, reports said yesterday. Their late boss is Piero Macchi, the founder of Enoplastic, a company founded in 1957.  The company has been an industry leader in the production of capsules, caps …

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The AEC’s agreement on free flow of skilled labour needs careful attention

A momentous thing just happened – but perhaps few have paid any attention to it. After almost 10 years of negotiation, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was finally brought into existence on Thursday. The agreement to establishment the trade pact was signed by member countries in 2007 at the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast …

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Cambodian Prime Minister warns critics on Facebook that they can be traced

Phnom Penh Post, Cambodian independent newspaper reports that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that Facebook users who insult him or criticise government policy on sensitive issues could be traced in a matter of hours. “My opponents should not make insults, because we can identify you,” Hun Sen said during a speech at a Phnom Penh graduation ceremony. “I’m not …

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Ruling does not address legality of Trademark Ban under International Law, says tobacco company

Philip Morris Asia Limited (PMAL), a Hong Kong based cigarette and tabacco company that is the parent of Philip Morris Australia, said today that an arbitral tribunal has declined jurisdiction to hear the merits of PMAL’s case against the Commonwealth of Australia under Australia’s 1993 Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) with Hong Kong. On 1 December 2011, the Tobacco Plain Packaging …

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“The power of ideas” – David Harvey at the LSE

By Tan Wah Piow For many, the world is in a bigger mess now than at the start of 2015. As the year comes to an end, politicians compete to offer solutions to global issues ranging from terrorism, the financial crisis, income inequalities through to global warming. We hear them prescribing the  “how” to solve the myriad of problems, but …

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Greece on a knife edge

By Isidoros Karderinis It's been five years since Greece joined the European Support Mechanism, with the close cooperation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At that time (around the end of 2010), the nation's GDP amounted to about 222 billions dollars. The public debt was 148.3 per cent of the GDP. Unemployment stood at 12.5 per cent. The percentage of Greeks living below …

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