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INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKOWI FLIES ECONOMY CLASS TO VISIT SON'S GRADUATION IN SINGAPORE

THEREALSINGAPORE 22 November 2014 - 8:06am

Those flying coach from Jakarta to Singapore this afternoon might find themselves seated next to a surprise travel mate: none other than President Joko Widodo. The president and his wife, Iriana, are set to leave for Singapore to attend the graduation ceremony of their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep, from the Anglo Chinese International School. State Palace officials said the president would be flying commercial, in coach, and paying for the trip himself. 


THANK YOU FOR YOUR MILITARY SERVICE… NOW HERE ARE 9 REASONS WHY I WON’T HIRE YOU

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 11:05pm

So, you’ve decided to hang up the uniform after years of distinguished service to our great nation. You’ve attended a few transition classes and have your interview suit and shiny new resume as you make the leap into the civilian world. You feel confident, because you’ve seen your colleagues leave the uniform on Friday and come to work the following Monday in a suit and tie making twice as much salary. 


BIZARRE VIDEO SHOWING THAILAND'S PRIME MINISTER PLAYING WITH A REPORTER'S EAR AND HEAD GOES VIRAL

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 8:57pm

In the ever constant struggle to keep a press pack happy, politicians will try a whole host of tactics from charm and charisma to cajoling and cowing. Thailand's military leader has opted for something a little more unorthodox - patting a reporter's head and scratching behind his ear. A video of the bizarre encounter in which General Prayuth Chan-ocha is seen petting a kneeling reporter during a chat with reporters earlier this week has gone viral in the kingdom. The video was posted by journalist Wassana Nanuam onto Facebook on Wednesday


SINGAPORE BILLIONAIRE'S FOOTBALL CLUB VALENCIA SUED BY BATMAN OVER LOGO

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 2:36pm

Spanish football giants Valencia are on course for a battle with Batman after being sued by DC Comics for an alleged infringement over the trademark of a bat image appearing on their logo. Spanish reports surfaced suggested the iconic comic publisher is preparing to sue Valencia for an adaptation of their club crest which DC Claims is too similar to the open-winged bat symbol famed by superhero, Batman.


STUDENT IN BANGKOK ARRESTED FOR DOING THE HUNGER GAMES SALUTE

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 12:15pm

Thai police detained three university students at Bangkok cinemas on Thursday while at least two theatres in the junta-ruled nation cancelled opening screenings of "The Hunger Games". A female student was escorted out of a cinema in a high-end mall in the capital after flashing the three-finger salute from the films -- an unofficial symbol of resistance against the army's May coup -- while police detained two other students, who did not appear to be protesting, outside a nearby cinema.


WORLD'S ULTRA-RICH GETTING MUCH RICHER: UBS STUDY

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 10:57am

A bare 0.004 per cent of the world's adult population controls nearly US$30 trillion (S$39 trillion)in assets, 13 per cent of the world's total wealth, according to a new study released Thursday. And perhaps unsurprisingly, the study by the Swiss bank UBS and luxury industry consultant Wealth-X said the concentration of money in the hands of the ultra-rich is growing.


HUMAN POOP-POWERED BUS HITS UK ROADS

THEREALSINGAPORE 21 November 2014 - 9:29am

You wouldn’t think that human poop has many uses, but it turns out that the UK is using brown to go green. As of today, Britain’s first “poo bus” will be shuttling passengers between the city of Bath and Bristol Airport. And yes, you guessed it: it’s powered by human waste, alongside food waste. This “Bio-bus” runs on biomethane gas, which is produced from the treatment of human sewage and food that is unsuitable for human consumption.


GUNMAN ON FLORIDA STATE CAMPUS OPENS FIRE

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 November 2014 - 2:23pm

Tallahassee police swarmed Florida State University just after midnight Thursday after a gunman reportedly opened fire inside the library, according to several sources. The university issued an emergency alert warning students and staff to seek shelter and stay away from doors and windows. “Cannot believe any of this. It's stuff u see on tv,” FSU student Blair Stokes tweeted from the fourth floor of the library. “At other schools. But it's here now.”


SWITZERLAND MAY GIVE EVERY CITIZEN $2,600 A MONTH FOR DOING NOTHING

THEREALSINGAPORE 20 November 2014 - 9:27am

Switzerland could soon be the world’s first national case study in basic income. Instead of providing a traditional social net—unemployment payments, food stamps, or housing credits—the government would pay every citizen a fixed stipend. The idea of a living wage has been brewing in the country for over a year and last month, supporters of the movement dumped a truckload of eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern. The publicity stunt, which included a five-cent coin for every citizen, came attached with 125,000 signatures.


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