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MALAYSIA: WE MIGHT MISS THE 2020 DEADLINE FOR THE SINGAPORE-KL HIGH SPEED LINK

ROY 29 October 2014 - 5:18pm

The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail may take longer than 2020 to finish. The Malaysian government will try to reduce the inconvenience by using government land to speed up the process. However, the project is still expected to see delays. Japan has also said that it is keen to export its high-speed rail technology to build the rail and would assist in the funding.


GOVERNMENT TO RAISE SECURITY GUARDS' SALARIES TO ONLY $1,100 BY 2016

ROY 29 October 2014 - 4:43pm

The government will increase the basic wage of security guards to $1,100. But this will only take effect after two years, in September 2016. Security guards can also expect to get up to $1,700, but this is only if they are promoted. Security guards also work an average of 95 overtime hours a week and plans to reduce this t 72 will only be discussed in 2017. Security guards still earn the one of the lowest wages in Singapore and among the developed countries.


GAS TARIFF TO DROP BY 1% IN COMING QUARTER

ROY 29 October 2014 - 3:30pm

Gas tariff for households will drop by 1% in the coming quarter. Gas tariff will decrease from 21.06 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 20.83 cents per kWh for the period 1 November 2014 to 31 January 2015. This is a drop of 0.23 cents per kWh. City Gas said that the revised tariff is “due to a drop in fuel costs compared to the previous quarter”.


COURT OF APPEAL THROWS OUT CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE AGAINST S377A

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 October 2014 - 3:28pm

Press Release from Human Rights Lawyer M Ravi's law firm on the Court of Appeal's decision to throw out the constitutional challenge to s377A of the Penal Code which criminalises consentual sex between men: Today, in huge step backwards for human rights in Singapore, the nation’s highest court released a judgment in the Constitutional challenge of statute 377A of the Singapore Penal Code, upholding the law which makes intimacy between men an arrestable offence.


MEN WHO SLEEP WITH MULTIPLE WOMEN WILL REDUCE THEIR RISK OF PROSTATE CANCER

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 October 2014 - 3:27pm

To protect against prostate cancer, take a lover - or 20. According to a new study, men who sleep with multiple women are almost a third less likely to develop the disease. Researchers found men who have more than 20 notches on their bedpost slashed their risk of prostate cancer by 28 per cent.


ANOTHER TRAIN DELAY STRIKES NSL THIS MORNING, CAUSING PACKED CROWDS

ROY 29 October 2014 - 3:20pm

The North-South Line was affected by yet another train delay this morning. A packed platform was seen at the Sembawang MRT Station. Train operator SMRT did not update on the situation. A photo posted up said that it was a #greatstart2wed.


ONLY 5% OF SINGAPOREANS SAY THEY ARE BUYING PROPERTY NOW: SURVEY

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 October 2014 - 3:13pm

With developers rushing to launch or re-launch new and existing projects ahead of the festive season, the Saturday after the Hari Raya Haji public holiday saw twenty-two property advertisements in the Straits Times marketing local property projects. Despite aggressive marketing by developers, the PropertySoul.com Blog Readership Survey revealed that only five percent are saying that they are planning to buy a private property now.


S’POREAN BILLIONAIRE AND NEW OWNER OF VALENCIA, PETER LIM, WELCOMED LIKE A STAR BY FANS

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 October 2014 - 2:53pm

Last Saturday, local billionaire, Peter Lim, was welcomed like a super star at the Mestalla Stadium by the home crowd fans of Valencia, the football club that he had just bought and saved from crippling debt. Mr Lim was officially named the new owner on the Friday before after the contracts for the buyover had been finalised and signed. Mr Lim had been in negotiations with Bankia, the club’s main creditor for over 10 months and they finally agreed to sell 70% of the club’s shares to Mr Lim’s private investment company, Meriton Holdings. 


LTA TO FINALLY INSTALL CLEARER SIGNBOARDS ON EXPRESSWAYS TO WARN YOU ABOUT JAMS

ROY 29 October 2014 - 2:52pm

LTA has finally installed better signboards on the CTE and ECP to give clearer information. The signboards will be able to display graphics of up to seven colours. Travel time will also be colour-coded to be easily read. The signboards will be installed on other expressways by 2017.


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