Job vacancies rise as Singapore labour market tightens

The tight Singapore labour market continues to push up the number of job vacancies with openings in September last year rising to 61,900, 9.7 per cent more than a year before, the Manpower Ministry said today (Jan 27). Consistent with prevailing trends, services continued to generate the bulk of job openings, making up four in five of all vacancies last year. Overall, there were openings across all occupational groups.

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TEACHER IN M'SIA MADE STUDENTS WEAR COW BELLS AND TOLD THEM TO EAT GRASS

Two Year Four pupils from SJKC Khai Meng are claiming that they were made to wear bells around their necks like cows by a teacher for not doing their homework. Their parents claimed that the teacher had also asked them to pull grass from the field and asked the boys to eat it on Thursday. When Tanjung Malim MP Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan spoke to the school’s headmistress to seek clarification over the issue, she admitted that the pupils were asked to wear the bells around the neck but they were not forced to eat grass.

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SINGAPOREANS THAT THREATEN TO KILL ANTON CASEY ONLINE SHOULD BE PUNISHED

Mr Anton Casey’s remarks were inappropriate. By that measure, many of the responses attacking him and his family, including death threats, were inappropriate and disproportionate to his mistake. Two wrongs do not make a right. While Mr Casey did not commit a crime, threats to him or his family are criminal offences. Under the Penal Code, whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation, property or family commits criminal intimidation.

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Horror in Philippine online child sex abuse village

In a remote Philippine village, toddlers played oblivious at a nursery as the house next door became part of a horrifying child pornography ring, with live footage of children performing sex acts being streamed online to paedophiles around the world. The depraved scenes in the bungalow were being repeated in many homes throughout Ibabao, a secluded community on Cebu island where Internet child pornography had for some of its 5,000 residents become more lucrative than fishing or factory work.

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INDRANEE RAJAH ASKS SINGAPOREANS TO GIVE ANTON CASEY A SECOND CHANCE

Anton Casey caused quite a stir when he posted rude and offensive remarks online about 'poor people' who take public transport. Now, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah has said that "everybody deserves a second chance." She explained that with social media, everyone must be careful of what they write as it impacts a wide audience including current and potential employers.

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Singapore Telcos still battling to air World Cup

WITH less than five months to go before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, Singapore's race to bag television rights for the tournament could head into extra time. At least 208 territories worldwide have already secured the rights, but cable-TV providers SingTel and StarHub told MyPaper that they are still locked in negotiations with Fifa, the sport's world governing bod

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Singapore no longer top expat choice

Aside from being the most pessimistic place in Asean, Singapore also dropped to third place in an annual survey on the most desirable countries for expatriates to work. The nation lost its crown in the recently released Expat Explorer survey by HSBC and fell behind China and Germany amid concerns among respondents over job market security, integration with locals and the rising cost of living.

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Google, Samsung announce global patent agreement

Google and Samsung, which are frequently involved in patent infringement lawsuits but not against each other, announced yesterday (Jan 26) that they have reached a global patent cross-licensing agreement. The deal covers patents currently owned by the companies, as well as any filed in the next 10 years, the companies said in a release. Financial terms were not disclosed. The companies said the deal “would lead to deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future projects”.

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The sex chamber of Libya's Dictator Gaddafi where he raped girls as young as 14

IT has been more than two years since the capture and death of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator whose reign subjected an impoverished people to four decades of murder and terror. The full horror of his brutality has been slow to emerge, with many Libyans still fearing retaliation by those who continue to be loyal to their late leader. But it can now be revealed that the most heartbreaking of Gaddafi’s victims include hundreds, possibly thousands of teenage girls who, throughout his 42-year reign, were beaten, raped and forced to become his sex slaves.

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Use of smartphones leaves people disengaged

People can now leave their offices without fear of being disconnected from their work. Indeed, many would consider smartphones to be among the most important tools ever invented, when it comes to increasing the productivity of knowledge work. However, our new research indicates that greater connectivity comes at a cost: Using a smartphone to cram more work into a given evening results in less work done the next day. The reason for this is that smartphones are bad for sleep, and sleep is very important to effectiveness as an employee.

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