Juvenal was a Roman satirist and poet who lived in the 1st Century AD and who coined the term “Bread and Circuses” in describing the entertainment and offerings to the common people to keep them quiet in the the dying days of the Roman Republic before its collapse and transition to the Roman Empire. Wikipedia explains it this way: “Bread and circuses” (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement.
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Minister for Manpower, Tan Chuan-Jin, said today that Singaporeans who spread xenophobic hatred are “repulsive” and that other Singaporeans should not tolerate bigotry. He was speaking in reference to the recent foreigner bashing which has occurred over the planned celebration of the Philippines Independence Day in Singapore’s Orchard Road. Tan Chuan Jin praised the netizens who have stood up to the hate mongers.
The issue of legal action being taken on AHPETC comes into the spotlight again. What many are unaware of, however, is that this is because AHPETC refused to apply for health permits to protect the health of its residents, and also refused to ensure there are no safety hazards by refusing to apply for a fire permit. AHPETC also refused to get a consensus from nearby permanent shops' shopkeepers to agree to this trade fair held in the vicinity of their shops, by refusing to apply for a license.
A young local girl has expressed her utter disgust at Straits Times reporter Amanda Wong for twisting an interview that they had conducted and producing a report which portrayed the her and some friends as ‘slutty’ and hungry for attention and fame for doing lingerie photo shoots. The report in question features video footage of a number of girls conducting lingerie photoshoots and it interviewed the girls about why they did the shoots.
Samereh Alinejad, mother of the victim, asked the crowd if they know “how difficult it is to live in an empty house.” Mrs Alinejad also lost another son in a motorbike accident four years ago. Convicted murderer Balal wore a black hood and was standing on a chair before the gallows with the noose around his neck when Mrs Alinejad approached, slapped him in the face, and removed the rope from around his neck.
The vice principal rescued from the doomed South Korean ferry has been found hanged, Korean police said Friday. Out of the ferry's 475 passengers, 325 had been second year high school students from Danwon High School in Ansan, about 20 miles south of Seoul. They were on a four-day trip to the island of Jeju, a popular South Korean tourist destination.
Surgeons in Delhi found 12 small gold bars inside a patient complaining of pain in his gut, a news report said Friday. The 63-year-old businessman swallowed the 33-gram bars, known as gold biscuits, in Singapore and brought them to India on March 28, the Times of India newspaper reported. But he was unable to recover them after they lodged in his small intestine despite drinking lots of water and taking laxatives.
Dear The Real Singapore, I am inspired by the kind deed of this bus driver which came out of his driver's seat at EVERY SINGLE STOP and opened his umbrella to passengers boarding the bus so as to prevent them from getting wet from the rainwater dripping off from the bus doors when the bus door open.
A multimedia feature on the life and influence of opposition veteran Chiam See Tong was created by 4 Nanyang Technological University communications students. The documentary which can be seen at http://mykindoftown.sg/ features various features of Mr Chiam See Tong’s life and his contribution to his constituency and Singapore’s Politics.