A new virtual mirror is being installed in Jurong Point Shopping Mall in May this year that will allow shoppers to quickly visualise what they might look like in clothes that are on sale. The new technology will allow shoppers to stand in front of a 'mirror' to see what they might look like in clothes that different stores are selling without having to actually try them on.
As the government is now into the second half of their term, it seems that more and more efforts are being made to prepare potential candidates in the GRCs that they may be representing. Last month, Dr Ng Eng Hen expressed that the new potential candidates for election are already active on the ground and working closely with residents at the grassroots level.
Education continues to be a priority for many Singaporean parents with almost all Singaporeans wanting their children to get a degree. According to a recent survey conducted by HSBC, 92% of parents want their children to go to university. 67% said that they wanted their children to get post-graduate degrees and surprisingly, 82% responded that they were considering sending their children overseas for university. The survey itself was a global survey which surveyed over 4,500 parents globally.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, the Minster for Communications and Information, said that Defending Singapore has become more and more challenging. He pointed to the fact that we are facing issues such as terrorism, piracy, pandemics, natural disasters and many other unforeseen events that area threatening our security. He was speaking at a commissioning parade at the SAFTI Military Institute in front of hundreds of officer cadets who were being commissioned as officers.
The Straits Times conducted a survey of 500 Singaporeans and said that people are happier now with the PAP than they were before 2011. The issues that bothered Singaporeans most were transport and foreign worker numbers. According to the ST survey, over 25% of the respondents said that these two issues are now worse than before 2011. However, surprisingly, those surveyed by the Straits Times said that housing was the area where the government has achieved the most since 2011.
A new system of eldercare is being introduced in Singapore by the end of this year with more help going to be given to those who need it most. As Singapore’s population will continue to age and the number of single, elderly residents living alone set to increase, a larger focus is being put on care at home. In 2012, there were only about 35,000 elderly Singaporeans living alone. By 2030, this number is expected to be about 83,000.
We have become aware of journalists from Yahoo Singapore, Kirsten Han and Firdianshah, saying that we are supporting the protest against PIDCS. Please note that this is not true. We have reported that some people are organising a protest, however we have not been advocating or supporting the protest. The articles which have been published which may be construed as supporting the event have been reader contributions.
According to the latest list released by Henley & Partners, Singapore’s passport is the 6th best passport for visa-free access to the world in 2013. With a Singapore passport, citizens can visit 167 out of 219 countries without having to apply for a visa. This is a slight improvement on the previous year when Singaporeans could only access 161 countries. We improved in ranking from 8th to 6th and now tie with Australia and Greece.
In response to a parliamentary question about the language training that foreign healthcare staff working in Singapore receive, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that most foreign workers participate in over 30 hours of language and culture courses while working here. He said that the public health institutions here have programs to teach foreign workers about the local clinical practices and also language and culture.