The London attacks last night was a stark reminder that any acts of terrorism can happen anywhere, anytime. One does not need a cache of weapons to start a terror attack. Just a car as a weapon would do. Singapore, like the rest of the world, has rightly condemned the attack.
No matter who the perpetrator is, or whichever race or religion he claims to represent, this was clearly a cowardly act, and no race or religion will stand for such attacks. How can anyone defend an attack by mowing down defenseless pedestrians, and killing of a policeman who was just doing his job? This was no act of bravado, just senseless killing.
Now, the question is where these bikes can be parked. Some town councils have already said that public bicycle racks are not to be used for commercial purposes, even though the companies have said that their business is for the benefit of users. Actually, this is more for the benefit of the companies, isn't it? No need to pay any rental space for their bikes, that's why can charge low cost for use of the bikes. Because, at the end of the day, any money that comes in in the rental of the bikes, those are just profits.
Singtel has warned all its subscribers that there is a fake billing email going around that is supposedly sent by Singtel, telling subscribers that their bills are ready for download. However, Singtel has said that they did not send such email, and that the emails were probably phishing emails, out to obtain sensitive information from users, such as passwords.
Singtel also confirmed that once they were informed of such emails going around, they immediately took "prompt action to take down the malicious sites linked to these e-mails and to block them". Singtel also advises recipients of suspicious e-mails "not to respond to or click on any links in the message" and to delete such e-mails immediately.
These workers paid between $15,000 to $20,000 in recruitment fees to work in Singapore only to find themselves out of a job after their employer stopped paying them since last September. Later, the employer pressured them individually to sign payslips for those months in his office. For those who agreed to sign on the pay slips, he only gave $100- $120, a far cry from what was stated on the payslips. They have not been able to recover their hefty recruitment fees as they have worked only 8 months to a year. Their claim was filed at MOM and they are allowed to look for a new employer while MOM investigates the matter.
S'poreans still buy the PAP narrative that min wages will breed a lazy dependent class and drive costs + prices, leading to job losses. The updated view is that min wages (when set properly) help to raise welfare without exacting very costly knock on effects on the labour market and prices. That is the modern up to date view of the role & impact of min wage legislation on labour markets.
Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, speaking during the opening ceremony of the new HQ of Palo Alto Networks in the Asia Pacific region, said that the cyber security sector in Singapore is going to grow by as much as $900m by 2020. He also said that the sector has the potential to create 2,500 new jobs by 2018.
That is a lot of new jobs in the next year. The question is, will these jobs be offered to Singaporeans, or are they going to go to foreign talents? We all know that the cyber security sector is a brand new area, where there might not be enough qualified Singaporeans yet, or locals experienced enough to jump into this industry straight away.
Hong Kong’s ratio of hospital beds double S’pore’s? There were a total of 31,819 hospital beds in Hong Kong (Number of Hospital Beds in Hospitals in Hospital Authority 27,805 + Number of Hospital Beds in Private Hospitals 4,014) for end 2015. This works out to a hospital beds to population ratio of 44 hospital beds per 10,000 population (31,819 beds divided by 7,305,700 population).
In contrast, Singapore’s 13,490 hospital beds in 2015, according to the Department of Statistics’ Yearbook of Statistics 2016 – works out to a ratio of only 24 beds per 10,000 population (13,490 divided by 5,540,000). So, does it mean that Hong Kong’s ratio is almost double (44 divided by 24 = 83 per cent more) Singapore’s?
The survey about salary increases in Singapore really brings out the stark reality between what employees want, and what employers are willing to give.
Seems like 20% employees polled indicated that they expect a 6-10% increase in their salary, while a further 14% expect a 10% or more increase. This is in stark contrast to employers, where only 8% of employers expect to award a 6-10% increase, while only 3% plan on awarding more than a 10% increase.
HK Customs confirmed that the transportation was done without a required licence, and they would be charging the company, APL under criminal charges for a suspected breach of the law.
Not sure how our MINDEF is going to answer this. No doubt the company is not under MINDEF's purview, but they were obviously hired to transport the Terrex back to Singapore. Surely proper licensing had to be done. After all, they were carrying our nation's asset. How could MINDEF let this lapse occur?