Some real pressure did the trick and now NATAS will be offering free admission to its travel fair next year. NATAS had initially refused to do so, causing 24 travel agencies to quit and set up their own fair. The agencies said that they would offer free admission since NATAS would not. And a day after this was announced, NATAS made an about-turn and agreed to making its fairs free, at least for next year. Talk about real competition!
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That guy who won $1 million in the lottery and immediately bought a Ferrari might be a victim oflifestyle inflation, the phenomenon that makes one’s spending rise whenever one’s income increases. But so is that regular Joe who works in an office. Over the years, as his salary creeps upwards, his Toyota gets replaced by an Audi and he stops patronising the neighbourhood swimming complex, having upgraded to a fancy gym in the CBD.
The Singapore model is broken and the current PAP politicians to do not have the foresight to fix it. The new model which is dependent on foreign-labour substitution and costs which have been driven up by foreign investment has led to the Singapore society being drawn apart. If there is no fix done to mediate the effects, the development path of Singapore can potentially be thwarted.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has ranked Singapore as having the second best health outcomes in the world, in a report released yesterday. However, the health outcomes refer only to life expectancy and mortality rates and does not look at other indicators, such as disease prevalence or hospital quality standards. Also, the spending ranking does not break down for government expenditure versus out-of-pocket expenditure by Singaporeans. Singaporeans actually have to pay the highest amount out-of-pocket
Malaysia is Southeast Asia's fattest country, where a nationwide foodie culture is feeding mounting concern over what its health minister calls "an obesity epidemic." "We are the most obese nation in Southeast Asia, and Malaysians are becoming more obese," Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam told AFP, warning of a "crisis in unhealthy behaviour."
While the government always talks about the importance of national security and uses it to impose many unpopular policies such as NS, in practice, there are many huge flaws in the way things are run here that expose us to so many threats. One recent example is the vandalism of an SMRT train by two German tourists.
A Singaporean has done the country proud by winning the second runner-up at an international singing competition. 24-year-old music student Kamsani Jumahat came in third at the Karaoke World Championships (KWC) last week. Kamsani is also the first Singaporean to come in at the top three in the championships. TRS spoke to Kamsani about his win and what inspiring words he has for Singaporeans.
The Police have warned the public to be extra vigilant and careful of their belonging especially during the peak holiday season when they are travelling in crowded places. In the last three weeks, Police have seen 16 cases of pickpocketing along Orchard Road and all of them happened in broad daylight between 12pm and 6pm.