Industrial rentals started rising in the second half of 2009, from a low base, as our economy recovered from the financial crisis (“Stop rent hikes from killing small firms” by Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi, and “No room for negotiation” by Ms Andeline Wong; both published on Monday). Some small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) faced higher increases than average as they operate in locations that have become more attractive. Rentals have stabilised since last year.
- I really hope Filipinos can show some basic respect to us Singaporeans
- Dear TRS, My Neighbour Secretly Took my Clothes to Wipe his Buttocks Late at Night
- Roy Ngerng: I have been labelled a criminal just for speaking out at Hong Lim Park
- Bachelorette Party Ends With Bride Getting Pregnant With Dwarf Stripper’s Baby
- Should Joss Paper Burning in Common Corridors Be Tolerated?
- Asked to remove her hijab, this photographer created a picture of principles
- Can’t we be a little more magnanimous towards LKY?
- Number of Domestic Workers Complaining about a Lack of Food Increased 20%
- If the Profit-Driven Sports Hub continues what they are doing, many Singaporeans will get fed up
- Singapore has the Lowest Pensions Spending in the World?
PM Lee Hsien Loong as well as a several ministers and senior officials are visiting KL today and tomorrow on a 'leader's retreat'. The retreat is an annual event to reaffirm the good relations that Singapore and Malaysia enjoy. It involves a tour, some meetings and private dinners for the ministers of both countries. This afternoon, the ministers arrived in KL and PM Lee visited the Petronas twin towers as well as receiving updates on the happenings of Malaysia.
While MINDEF continues to look at ways to improve National Service, some people are suggesting that compulsory fitness programs be introduced for students before they enlist. This was one of the suggestions raised at a public forum on Saturday. Some of the other things being considered include making reservist more flexible to fit in better with work. The idea of compulsory fitness programs for male students, particularly in Poly come as the passing rates of poly students in fitness exams is much lower than it is for students in ITE and JC.
Minister for Social and Family Development, Chan Chun Sing said that families are facing more pressures now than in the past. He was speaking at a family empowerment lecture when he shared a story of an elderly couple that had told him about their children. This couple had 6 children and raised them in a 1-room flat. Now, all their children are graduates and in a much better position financially than their family was before.
He sold his mansion, Porsche, and yacht and set off for Cambodia to provide food, shelter, and education to destitute children. Scott Neeson's final epiphany came one day in June 2004. The high-powered Hollywood executive stood, ankle deep in trash, at the sprawling landfill of Stung Meanchey, a poor shantytown in Cambodia's capital. Scott Neeson, a former head of 20th Century Fox International, cares for more than 1,000 Cambodian children and their families.
A soldier at Buckingham Palace pointed his bayonet-fixed rifle at a member of the public after an argument erupted at the gates, it was reported Sunday. The soldier, on guard duty, left his post to intervene when a man refused to stop shouting at a police officer manning the gates of Queen Elizabeth II's London official residence on Friday.
I refer to the article “NKF to get back to active fund-raising” (Sunday Times, Apr 6). Need to return to active fund-raising? It states that “Nearly a decade after the T. T. Durai scandal, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is ready to come out of its shell and return to active fund-raising. It needs to do this because the number of donors has plunged to a record low even though more money is needed to cope with the rising number of kidney failure cases here.”
Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said yesterday that Singapore will be working closely with Sri Lanka over the next few years to boost the education system there. Sri Lanka has suffered from a long civil war and Shanmugam said that Singapore wants to help with education as this can have a big impact on the lives of the locals. Education is an area where it is clear that help can make a difference, so several Singapore organisations are already helping to train teachers and librarians in order to further education.
Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing said yesterday that MINDEF is exploring more ways to make the lives of NSmen easier in terms of training time. One of the measures that is currently being discussed it allowing NSmen to complete training for IPPT in a gym at their own time. This could give more flexibility to NSmen to fit their physical training around their own work lives.