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NORTH KOREA: THE NEW GENERATION LOSING FAITH IN THE REGIME

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 1:04pm

North Koreans in Yanji in northern China are more free to talk about the situation back home – but still fear for their families if their faces are shown. If she is lucky - if her husband or children can slip away unnoticed to the riverside, nearer the Chinese phone masts - Chae Un-ee can talk to her family each day. “Talk” is perhaps an exaggeration; her loved ones end the call, made on a smuggled handset and SIM card, almost as soon as it begins. “They have to be very quick because otherwise the phone can be tracked down,” she said. “It’s mainly just to hear their voice and know that they’re okay. If they don’t call me I worry, because the situation is very tense there.”


DOES IT MAKE ECONOMIC SENSE TO HIRE LOCALS IN SINGAPORE?

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 12:49pm

It is no secret that Singapore is overwhelmed with foreign workers. The common justification is that foreigners are ‘cheaper, better, faster’ than locals. Hence, it makes economic (business) sense for companies to hire foreigners over locals. On the other hand, it is also no secret that many locals are unemployed or underemployed. The common belief is that at least partially, it is caused by the availability of too many foreign workers. If the hiring of workers is simply seen from the company (micro-economic) perspective of maximising profit for the company, then hiring foreign workers makes economic sense.


HONGKONGERS CLASH WITH MAINLAND PARENTS AFTER TODDLER URINATES IN MONG KOK STREET

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 12:38pm

A dispute between mainland Chinese tourists and locals over a toddler urinating in a Hong Kong street has once again become a flash point in already tense cross-border relations. This time, the dispute ended in a scuffle that led to the arrest of a mainland couple, the parents of the toddler, and a massive online uproar in both Hong Kong and the mainland.


BRITISH BOY AGED 10 RAPED MALE CLASSMATE IN THE SCHOOL TOILET AFTER WATCHING ONLINE PORN

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 12:29pm

A boy of ten raped a classmate in the toilets of his primary school as he ‘acted out’ scenes from online pornography, a court was told. The jury heard that he approached a fellow pupil during an English lesson and asked if he wanted to have sex with him. Thinking he was joking, the other boy replied: ‘No way.’ But after the lesson the alleged victim went to the toilets and, as he went to leave, the defendant was said to have walked in and grabbed him.


OBAMA SAYS DISPUTED EAST CHINA SEA ISLANDS WITHIN SCOPE OF US-JAPAN SECURITY TREATY

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 12:29pm

US President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan’s defence. Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Tokyo for a visit aimed at reaffirming strong US-Japan ties in the face of rising tensions over China and North Korea. 


FILIPINO GROUP AWAKENS ANTI-FOREIGNER ANGER IN SINGAPORE

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 11:59am

A group of migrant Filipino workers recently criticized online for an event they were organizing in Singapore to celebrate Philippine Independence Day has rekindled discussion about the city-state’s relationship with foreign workers. The Pilipino Independence Day Council Singapore, a volunteer group, was forced to withdraw an advertisement from its Facebook page for the June celebration after hundreds of people commented in online and social media forums that it would have been inappropriate.


MEDICAL FEES, GETTING WHAT YOU PAY FOR?

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 11:49am

‘…according to a study by the University College London (UCL), which was commissioned by the British General Medical Council (GMC) – the equivalent of the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) in Singapore. It found that half of all foreign doctors in UK do not have the necessary skills to work there. However, they were allowed to practise there because the competency exam is too easy.’ 


SIM LECTURER: WHY S’PORE NEEDS PROJECT JEWEL (AND MORE MALLS)

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 11:29am

Announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech in August last year, Project Jewel at Changi Airport will become another iconic international attraction when it opens in 2018. It will cement Singapore’s position as a top tourist destination and also better serve domestic consumers. Project Jewel will also join other recent retail developments in Singapore, namely Westgate and Jem in Jurong East and Bedok Mall. With the iconic Orchard Road area and the many heartland malls already in existence, it begs the question: Does Singapore need so many malls? The answer is yes.


RUDE ROAST MEAT STALL WORKER WHO REFUSED TO SERVE ME APOLOGISED

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 8:42am

Dear TRS, This happened to me over the course of two visits to a roast meat stall at Yishun Blk 630, across from SPC. Both instances happened at around 4 am with the same staff. All conversation took place in mandarin. Incident 1 This happened on 16 April. I ordered, to go, a packet of roast duck breast noodles. Half way through preparing my order, he asked if I wanted the last piece of roast pork for $1. It was late and he was trying to clear the remaining piece of meat. The nature of my job requires me to seek value and not accept the first offer.


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