LTA announces shorter three-month COE recycling periods, COE quotas also set to drop

Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quotas will be announced every three months instead of six, said the Land Transport Authority on Monday.This was done with the aim of making the supply of COEs more responsive to the market and de-registrations, it said. It had contemplated quarterly-recycling periods as early as 2010, but felt that such a change would be too drastic.

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HOW DID INDIANS END UP DOMINATING SG’S IT SECTOR?

Even the very few brave young Singaporeans who dare venture into the IT sector find themselves bullied by the Indian foreign legions who are the majority. Many have told me that senior Indian IT workers will never train a fresh Singaporean IT worker. They will squeeze that Singaporean out. They will make sure that the Singaporean flops so badly in their job that HR will think that all the Singaporean IT workers suck. So Singaporeans will never get to be trained in the IT field, leaving the Indians to continue to dominate that sector. It is the same as any animal species trying to eliminate competition from another species in the same forest.

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Targeted minimum wage – a positive step, but more can be done

We note that there are many enforcement and legislative functions in the suggestions above, to ensure that the worker-centric aspirations of this policy do not go to waste through mismanagement. The Ministry of Manpower needs to play an active role here to ensure the right conduct of companies. The fact that the announcement was made by the DPM clearly demonstrates the gravity of the policy and the need to do right by workers. We also hope that MOM will take DPM’s lead and work towards fair wages for all industries in Singapore.

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Public invited to share ideas for Changi Airport’s Project Jewel

Members of the public can now share their ideas on how Project Jewel, an upcoming lifestyle complex at Changi Airport, should be developed. From today until March 31, the public can share their vision in the form of any two-dimensional medium such as photographs, drawings and sketches on the IMAGINE platform at www.changiairport.com/projectjewel.

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Malays have Special Parking Rights?

On the afternoon of 10 January 2014 between 1.15pm- 1.30pm, I parked my car at Geylang road between Lorong 30 to 32, and left my car to run some quick errands. When I returned, I received a summon ticket for parking along a double yellow line. I am aware that it is an offence to park along a double yellow line, and I accept that I will have to pay for the parking offence.

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Understanding why PSLE needs to be changed...

Much of the student effort in our system which is now supplemented by a burgeoning tuition industry goes into trying to beat someone else at exams and achievement and ability is measured by exam scores....energy is spent getting yourself sorted to a better streams and schools. Such a system also does not distinguish us from the systems in China and India who can pressure cook more children and beat us by sheer numbers.

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Do not penalise all drinkers because of a few troublemakers

Golden Mile Complex, for example, does not have such problems and Thai workers have been here for years to help build our roads and buildings. Foreign workers like to have a drink and have nowhere else to go, so why restrict or ban them, and others, from drinking in public? It is the job of the police to ensure safety here.

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Germany’s progressive prostitution law backfired and turned it into the bordello of Europe.

BERLIN — Bordellos with flat rates, all-you-can-screw package deals, everyone-at-once gangbangs, and airport quickies. This is just a tiny sampling of the erotic specialties on offer these days in Germany, where prostitution has boomed so dramatically since its legalization in 2002 that opponents -- ranging from radical feminists to Christian conservatives -- carp that it's now the "bordello of Europe."

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Khaw: We had to issue summons

With the Lunar New Year approaching, shops in HDB heartlands have come abuzz as residents patronise them to stock up for family gatherings. Shopkeepers would display their goods along public pathways to pull in the crowd. HDB and the local town councils have supported this by designating spaces for the Outdoor Display Areas (ODA) marked by yellow boxes.

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