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I See Dead Fishes
Singapore Today

I See Dead Fishes

A variety of marine life have recently washed up dead along the shores of Pasir Ris, leaving many concerned about the safety of consuming fish. The biggest concerns however surround that of the fish farms in the area. Many farmers have lost almost 80 percent of their produce thanks to the recent plankton boom. A post morterm conducted on the dead marine life revealed that the cause of death was due to a bloom in the amount of micro-organisms in the water, affecting the fishes ability to breathe. Despite the […]

Opposition Unity?
Observations

Opposition Unity?

  Media attention has now been focused on four ex-National Solidarity Party (NSP) members attempting to join the Singapore People’s Party (SPP). The past few elections have seen opposition parties grouping together in what they call “opposition unity”. Their theory is this: because various political parties are all against the People’s Action Party (PAP), it is hence wise to group together and call the coalition the “opposition”. Coalitions are not uncommon. Germany is a case-in-point of a functioning coalition, the success of which can be seen in Chancellor Merkel leading […]

A Better future for all
Observations / Politics / Singapore Today

A Better future for all

It is the time of the year when Singapore’s Parliament sets into motion the annual Budget debate. Deputy Prime Minister and  Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered the Budget speech on 23 February 2015 outlining the priorities for the nation in the coming years as Singapore celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2015. And beginning from 3rd March 2015 till 13 March 2015, Members of Parliament will analyse the financial policy of the government both in the main Budget and also during the Committee of Supply when MPs will scrutinise […]

Teens starting to drink earlier
Observations / Singapore Today

Teens starting to drink earlier

Teenagers in Singapore starting to drink earlier, according to an article by The Straits Times. From starting in their mid-teens at around 15-years old, Singaporean teens are are starting as young as 12-years old, according to the article. Drinking has been more socially accepted in recent years, compared to when it was largely considered a vice in the past. It only stands to reason that as a result, people are more open and acceptable about drinking. I had my first real drink when I was 15-years old, and it wasn’t […]

Wait no longer…start innovating!
Singapore Today

Wait no longer…start innovating!

Yes, everyone’s been talking about Productivity and Innovation these days. The Budget mentioned it, even this site talked about it. But you can talk and talk about it till the cows (or should it be goats, since its the Lunar New Year??) come home and some companies will still refuse to do anything. So what do you do when you get a company that refuses to implement productivity enhancements and innovate? Well, either you pack up and leave, or you go on an individual productivity drive! Here’s how you could start: Attend […]

Axing of law schools: Every school isn’t a good school after all?
Observations

Axing of law schools: Every school isn’t a good school after all?

The following is a personal opinion of Sujatha Selvakumar, 30, working in the legal profession. The following opinions are hers and hers alone and does not represent the opinion of any organization.     [Caveat: Any comparisons drawn are purely for discussion and no offence is intended, I do not subscribe to the idea that one’s law school makes one a better legal practitioner or person. The practice of law is a lifelong love affair.]   It has been a disturbing couple of days as various opinions have been shared over […]

Manpower Minister falls ill, advices readers to “listen to our bodies”
Observations

Manpower Minister falls ill, advices readers to “listen to our bodies”

It’s been an ill start to the new year (no pun intended). First it was Goh Chok Tong, then the Prime Minister and ex-Minister Mentor have all went through medical treatment. Today the Manpower minister spoke on his Facebook page about “a pain in the right chest area being uncomfortable for about a week plus”…and that “Every deep breath brought with it some discomfort”.   Embedded post will show on publish   Whatever it is, keep us posted – and like you said, life goes on.          

Singapore’s Gambling Culture
Singapore Today

Singapore’s Gambling Culture

An article pointing to the amount of Singapore Pools outlets and the accessibility of these outlets ran in the Straits Times, leaving many to ponder about the gambling culture in Singapore. 4D, TOTO and football bets are the major gambling draws for Singapore Pools. It’s not difficult to find a Singapore Pools outlet, you can find them in Fairprices, CHEERS outlets and almost every heartland centre. Sometimes you’ll find two in close proximity to one another. The idea that there’s actually a need to have more than one Singapore Pools […]

Girlfriend cheat sheet: Wine talk
Singapore Today

Girlfriend cheat sheet: Wine talk

A quick guide on how to sound like you know what you’re talking about. You’re at the table. The drinks menu is put before you. Your boyfriend is not big on wine, but having wine with your dinner is just, you know.. more romantic. How do you respond to make it seem like you totally know what you’re talking about? I spoke with Zachary Tay, Senior Sales Executive at Enoteca Co, Ltd. is a dude who has 17 years of kitchen and sommelier experience under his belt- and here are some quick conversation starters […]

A Reply to Mr Low:  The Role of Town Councils as a Governance Laboratory
Observations

A Reply to Mr Low: The Role of Town Councils as a Governance Laboratory

This article has been sent to us by Dennis Theseira.   In the face of fire of the problems faced by the Aljunied Town Council, Mr Low Thia Khiang says that town councils should be “depoliticised”. This point follows his argument that the opposition party was not able to get the expertise it needed to run the council “for political, not professional reasons”. Among other things, it had to scramble to set up its IT system, and had problems hiring experienced personal. The MPs meanwhile had to deal with the […]