Tag Archives: Straits Times 1 Aug 2014

CHANGI AIRPORT IS NOT BEING COMPLETELY HONEST?

It is a common practice for hawkers to capitalise on the name of a well-known, location-specific type of food such as Katong laksa and Jalan Kayu roti prata. Mr Boo Geok Beng, 63, owner of Kampong Carrot Cake in Tiong Bahru, said: "It is common for people to use the Tiong Bahru name because of the popularity of the hawker centre." But the prevalence of the practice does not make it right, said Mr K.F. Seetoh, 50, street food advocate and founder of street food guide Makansutra. He said: "The new stall will be living off someone else's reputation, someone else's good will. You cannot register a street name and there is no law against it, but it is not right."

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PROTEST AT JOHOR CHECKPOINT BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN INSTIGATED BY TWO BUS DRIVERS

The protest by factory bus drivers at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex, Johor Baru on Friday morning may have been instigated by two drivers, several news portals reported. According to reports, the two drivers blocked the bus lane heading towards Singapore, forcing many to walk across the Causeway. It is believed that the protest was staged to voice dissatisfaction over the new toll charges which came into effect on Friday.

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DON’T BE TOO HARSH ON PRs!

As a small nation, Singapore depends on foreign talent. Foreigners from Europe, Asia and other nations are required in fields like microbiology, biomedicine and nanotechnology, as we do not have enough local talent. If we hound these foreigners with compulsory NS and community service, they may think twice before coming here.

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More nursing home beds to cater for rising demand

FOR the first time, the Health Ministry (MOH) is planning to run its own nursing homes to help Singapore cope with the demands of a greying population. It is also looking into releasing land for new facilities and helping operators scale up more quickly, after revising its initial target of 15,600 beds by 2020 to 17,150 - a 10 per cent increase.

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