Friday, May 31, 2013

Kelvin Seah Koon Yong

Have you read about him?
Does he blog?

Breaking News on Ex-SCDF Chief Peter Lim Sin Pang

Former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) chief Peter Lim Sin Pang is guilty of corruption.

The 52-year-old was on Friday, handed a guilty verdict by District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim, who ruled that Lim had been the one who initiated the sexual encounter with Ms Angie Pang Chor Mui, whom he was not in an intimate relationship with.

Joseph Lorrennzo Chia

Have you read about him?
Does he blog?

David Loh Kim Kang

Knowing that their eldest son died while helping a needy family in the Sabah northern district of Kota Belud is perhaps one of the consoling thoughts of parents David Loh Kim Kang and Angela Loh Moh Cheng.

Soup Spoon Tampines

Does it still offer the BFF meal?

The PC Show 2013

6 to 9 June 2013
Singapore Expo Halls 5 and 6
12noon to 9pm

Madam Kwan in Singapore

Have you tried this authentic Malaysian cuisine?


Popular Bookstore Whitesands

31 May 2013 to 23 June 2013
20% storewide discount

Psy on His Twins

“Life is not fair you know."
“Their mum spent most of her life on them and I was flying this country, that country. Then I just ‘fly’ once and they love me more,” said Psy with a grin.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Darren Loh Ying Xiu

The teenager was on a service project in Malaysia with his school, hoping to help the less fortunate.
But Darren Loh Ying Xiu, 17, a Year Five pupil of Anglo-Chinese School (International), died in Kota Kinabalu on Monday, said his family in a statement to the press yesterday.

BTO and SBF Schemes

4,900 BTO flats from eight projects in five non-mature towns, and 3,100 sale of balance flats in various non-mature and mature towns were launched today. 


Now to 30 June 2013
Get an exclusive NEX duffle bag with minimum $300 spent

John Little Mega Expo Sale

30 May to 9 June 2013
Singapore Expo Hall 3
10.30am to 10pm

Eastern Region Line

Speaking at the Modern Railways conference at Mandarin Orchard hotel yesterday, Land Transport Authority director of rail services Melvyn Thong said there are plans to extend the upcoming Eastern Region Line (ERL) and link it to the airport's planned Terminal 4.

Kurt Tay

He wanted a boob job to boost his confidence, but he didn't count on how badly his family would react to his new assets.
After a series of fights and confrontations with his mother and father, security guard and aspiring Singaporean singer Kurt Tay finally decided to attend counselling sessions with his parents.
His aim is to help his parents reconcile themselves with his decision to get C-cup breasts - although he is a man.

Panasonic Corp

Panasonic Corp said it will cut around 5,000 workers from its automotive and industrial division in a bid to bolster its operating profit margin over the next three years to a 5 per cent minimum set by the company's president, Kazuhiko Tsuga.

Road Closures for Sundown Marathon 2013

Some roads will be closed from May 31 to June 2 for the Sundown Marathon 2013. The 10km run and the 21km half-marathon will be held on May 31 and the 42km Marathon will be held on June 1.
The races will involve road and lane closures in the vicinity of Marina Bay, Tanjong Rhu estate and East Coast Park. 


Korean fitness and diet guru Jung Da Yeon looks nothing like the hefty 70kg-heavy housewife she was a decade ago.
A far cry from her days as a dowdy housewife, she is now known throughout South Korea as the woman who launched the "momjjang" hot body fad.
The term "momjjang" refers to her nickname "momjjang ajumma" - which means a mom or older woman with a striking figure.

Hate Speech on Facebook

Facebook Inc said its systems to remove hate speech haven't worked as well as the company had hoped, amid reports that advertisers are pulling their brands off the social network in the face of a backlash from women's groups.

Breaking News on Facebook

Facebook pages belonging to well-known public figures and pages with large followings (celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses) will now get an added feature to verify their authenticity.

Madam Kwan's in Singapore


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Istar Sulaiman

What started as a good deed by one man turned into a yelling match between two others, and it ended with one of them spitting at the other thrice.
The confrontation was filmed by Mr Istar Sulaiman on his mobile phone.
The 20-year-old national serviceman had given up his seat to an elderly man.
However, the elderly man insisted that the person seated next to Mr Istar give up his priority seat instead.
The man in the priority seat got offended and an argument ensued.

Man Spits on MRT

A man was caught on video spitting and hurling vulgarities at an elderly man who had argued with him over who could have the priority seat on an MRT train.


The International Monetary Fund's executive board on Tuesday reiterated confidence in managing director Christine Lagarde after she was grilled for two days in a French court over the 2008 Tapie scandal.

American Eagle

The US Mint said on Tuesday it is resuming sales of its one-tenth ounce American Eagle gold bullion coins, a month after the precious metal's plunge to two-year lows triggered soaring demand.


Cisco Systems Inc, the world's leading network equipment maker, will try to convince Europe's second highest court on Wednesday that it should overturn the EU's approval of Microsoft's purchase of Skype.


Scientists have established for the first time that a new strain of bird flu which has killed 36 people in China is, in some cases, resistant to pharmaceutical company Roche's widely-used flu drug Tamiflu.

Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel seen as a major tourist attraction in the city-state, has been put in receivership just five years after it was launched to much fanfare.

S.H.E in Singapore

Taiwan Mandopop trio S.H.E will perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26 as part of their S.H.E 2GETHER 4EVER World Tour 2013.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NAFA Lecturer

Police are investigating a molest case at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), where a lecturer allegedly molested a student.

Breaking News on Tey Hsun Hang

The termination of Tey Hsun Hang's appointment as law professor was with immediate effect and was in response to the verdict passed on the sex-for-grades case earlier in the day, said NUS.

Deepavali 2013

According to the Indian almanac, it is on Saturday 02 November 2013.


Two pilots from Vietnam Airlines have been fined and suspended for a month, after a letting model pose in the co-pilot's seat during a flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi last month. 

Guilty Tey Hsun Hang

Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye, who delivered his verdict on Tuesday, said: "I find the accused guilty and he is to be convicted on all the six charges."

Yu Pa Aung

The police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of 17-year-old Yu Pa Aung who was last seen at Blk 832 Woodlands St 83 on May 18, 2013 at about 11am.
Yu Pa Aung is described as follows:
Height: 175cm
Build: Medium
Complexion: Fair
Hair: Black, short
Last seen wearing: Long-sleeved grey T-shirt, with black or blue striped bermudas
Anyone with information on this person is requested to call the Police Hotline at 1800-255 0000.

Traffic Survey

Singapore General Hospital will be conducting a survey among the pedestrians in its compound today and tomorrow.

Tey Hsun Hang

The verdict of the case involving the law professor accused of corruptly obtaining gifts and sex from a former student will be delivered on Tuesday, following a trial that spanned four months.

Pat Pet Ding Dong Belle

Changi City Point

Monday, May 27, 2013


His facade came tumbling down. 

What else can we say? 

God is great!

David Mark Papkin

Have you read about him?
Does he blog?

Ilo Ilo

Singapore's home-grown director Anthony Chen was highly praised at Cannes Film Festival. His debut feature "Ilo Ilo" won the Camera d'Or.

This is the first time that a Singaporean feature has won at Cannes.

Female Bloggers

Singapore Police Force is getting a few female bloggers to help in recruitment.

Device that Charges Phone in 30 Seconds

Eesha Khare of Saratoga, California recently won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her breakthrough made with the nano gadget, called a supercapacitor.

Leonard Louis Boyd

Have you read about him?
Does he blog?

OCBC Jurong East Branch

It will cease operations at 7pm today.

From 29 May 2013 it will be relocated to

Singapore 608549

Vicious Cell Group Leader

Is it necessary for her to tag the others online when she shamed someone else? Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black? Why is she so vicious? Is she qualified to be a cell group leader all these years?

Please remember that she chased an old member out from the church just last year. 

Does the church belong to her and her alone? Who is the leader of the church? Isn't she overriding God? Is she a child of God in the first place?

Please reflect and grow!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Goh Lee Yin

Have you read about her?
Does she blog?

Koh Cheow Chuan

Have you read him?
Does he blog?

True Colours

A huge drama had happened in the cell zone. He is looking for a new church to attend today. He had removed the cell group photos from his Facebook.

He cannot keep up the facade for long. His true colours are seen by all so clearly now.

God is great!

Psy on Gangnam Style

“That song was a literal miracle, and miracles never happen twice … I got to move on. I cannot live with ‘Gangnam Style’ forever.” ~ Psy

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lee Yew Nam

Have you read about him?
Does he blog?


There is a sale by Burberry at

ION Orchard
Marina Bay Sands

Olive Oil

Hard pressed to justify a proposition slammed by critics, the European Commission withdrew on Thursday a planned ban on restaurants serving olive oil in jugs on diners' tables pending consultations with the industry and consumers.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Shane M SIM

Have you about him?
Does he blog?

Shane M from SIM

The intern who captured footage of a fellow intern being hit and scolded by a software firm owner has been lauded by the public for exposing the abuse.
He has been getting praise from the online community for recording the abuse and stepping forward to expose it.


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From today until 16 June 2013
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Angelina Jolie

Will her acting career be affected?

Tampines Polyclinic

1 Tampines Street 41

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jenny Chew Siew Hoon

Have you read about her?
Does she blog?

Eu Yang Sang

Roadshow at Nex
Until 26 May 2013


Japan's number two carmaker Nissan said Thursday it would recall some 841,000 compact cars worldwide due to a steering wheel problem.
The recall will cover the Micra, known as the March in some markets, and Cube models produced in Japan and Britain between 2002 and 2006, a company spokeswoman said.

Chris Tong

MediaCorp artist Chris Tong (above), 30, was buying supper in the early hours of yesterday morning in her hometown in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur when someone tried to rob her.
Tong, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, was returning with her one-year-old Maltese, Baby, to where her car was parked at the side of a road when she was suddenly shoved from behind by a robber.
She was sent sprawling onto the gravel of the road, bruising the left side of her face and scrapes and bruises to her arms and legs.
Fortunately, the robber was foiled by Tong’s dog, who started barking and attacking the man. Bystanders heard the commotion and started shouting, so the man ran off.

Encore eServices

It was reported on Omy.com that Encore eServices was a '$2 husband and wife company', with the supervisor Alan as the head. The office space is reportedly only about the size of three parking lots.

Social Star Awards

Will you be watching it at 8pm today?
It is being held at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands.

Pippa Middleton

Is she beautiful?

Sengkang Polyclinic

2 Sengkang Square

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New "E-exam" for Mother Tongue Language "B" Paper

Some 300 students from 20 junior colleges under the Mother Tongue Language B programme will complete their functional writing on a computer, where they will type out either an email response or a blog entry. Previously, students had to write their answers using traditional pen and paper method. They will still be allowed to bring in dictionaries to the exam.

COE 22 May 2013

May 22 COE

  • CAT A $64,839

  • CAT B $67,304

  • CAT C $56,889

  • CAT D $1,663

  • CAT E $66,701

Alejandro Andro Montes

Have you read about him?
Does he blog?

Ho Yeow Sun's $14m Album

It was revealed in court that a loss of more than $14 million was made from the production of an album for pop singer Sun Ho.

Ronan Keating in Singapore

Irish pop singer Ronan Keating will be holding a concert at The Star Performing Arts Centre on July 8.
Tickets will go on sale from May 23, with prices starting from $98.


British fashion retailer Primark said on Tuesday it would provide short-term financial assistance to all victims and families affected by the collapse of Rana Plaza last month in Bangladesh while the clothing industry continues to formulate a long-term compensation plan.

Carole Middleton

Is she an aggressive social climber as being portrayed by the media?

Queenstown Polyclinic

580 Stirling Road

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Briarwood Elementary School

Briarwood Elementary School was also reportedly severely hit by a tornado in Oklahoma.

Plaza Towers Elementary School

Plaza Towers Elementary School was flattened by a tornado in Oklahoma.

Slapping Video Intern

The family of a 29-year-old intern, who was filmed being repeatedly slapped by his boss at a software company, is demanding $100,000 in compensation for lost wages over the years.

Kew Guozhi

Kew Guozhi, 31, is alleged to have used a camera pen to capture 423 video recordings of the inner thighs and underwear of his victims over a two-year period between 2009 and 2010.

Tornado in Oklahoma

Samina Baig

Pakistan on Monday congratulated Samina Baig on becoming the first woman from the country to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Milk Powder from Singapore

Parents in China have been paying double to buy baby formula from Singapore, and are willing to pay up to $200 to have the product couriered to their home, reported the Shin Min Daily News.

Bubble Tea Pearls

Sunright brand tapioca balls, also known as bubble tea pearls, have been recalled by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration as they contain a substance that might cause kidney damage in the long term.

Slapped Intern

A video showing a man abusing a co-worker has gone viral online.
Yesterday morning, the victim and his parents went to confront the man, believed to be his supervisor.
In their hour-long meeting, the abuser apologised profusely, but the parents refused to forgive him.
The victim's father said: "He is my only son, and for him to get abused when he's being paid so little, it breaks my heart."
A police report has also been made.

City Harvest Church and Justin Herz

It has emerged in court on Monday that $6 million was paid to producer Justin Herz by City Harvest Church through Xtron Productions. The amount, reflected on an excel sheet and listed under "additional JH needs", came attached in an email from accused Serina Wee in Oct 2009.

Alan the Slapping Supervisor

Who is he?
Who was the intern whom he had slapped a few times?
Which company are they working in?

Kate Middleton

Is her due date on Saturday 13 July 2013?

Supervisor Slapped Intern

The supervisor who was filmed repeatedly slapping a 29-year-old intern has apologised to his parents.
However, they refused to accept the apology from the supervisor known as Alan, the Shin Min Daily News reported.

Outram Polyclinic

3 Second Hospital Avenue
Level 2

Monday, May 20, 2013

Huang Biren

Actress Huang Biren has also reportedly pulled out of a blockbuster drama, The Journey: A Voyage, due to a painful 10cm cyst in her kidney.

Pan Ling Ling

According to a report in Shin Min Daily, Pan Ling Ling has been hospitalised after undergoing a surgery to remove a tumour in her breast. She is currently on a long medical leave that will last two to three months.

Shane M

Who is Shane M?
He witnessed the supervisor who slapped the intern repeatedly.

Internet Coma

Iran is tightening control of the Internet ahead of next month's presidential election, mindful of violent street protests that social networkers inspired last time around over claims of fraud, users and experts say.


Based on the experience of many army boys, it is so much easier to be able to matriculate in the local universities in the coming new academic year 2013/2014.

Marine Parade Polyclinic

Block 80 Marine Parade Central

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Google Inc

A US judge on Thursday denied class-action status to copyright owners suing Google Inc over the use of material posted on YouTube without their permission.

Pasir Ris Polyclinic

1 Pasir Ris Drive 4

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jessica Alba in Singapore

Jessica Alba, who will be in Singapore next week for the Social Star Awards, does not consider herself a sex symbol.
“I’m a sex symbol? I’ve no idea!” Alba told The New Paper, laughing.
“I was just taking on roles that came along, as it was difficult sometimes to find jobs,” she added matter-of-factly.


The COE (certificate of entitlement) categories may be tweaked to ensure that Category A retains its original purpose of serving buyers of smaller budget cars.

Geylang Polyclinic

21 Geylang East Central

Friday, May 17, 2013


The so-called "Abenomics" propelled Japan's economy into high-growth mode in the first quarter of this year, sending real gross domestic product (GDP) up by a better-than-expected 0.9 per cent from the previous quarter, official data released yesterday showed.

Bukit Merah Polyclinic

Block 163 Bukit Merah Central

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Luxury Goods

Growth in sales of luxury goods is expected to ease slightly this year, hit by subdued spending in Europe and slower growth in China, consultancy Bain & Co said in a study on Thursday.


Mr Greg Karber would like to have a hand in readjusting the brand's image by giving Abercrombie & Fitch clothes to the homeless.
In the YouTube video, posted on May 13, he asks people to give all Abercrombie & Fitch clothing that they come across to homeless shelters. He also asks viewers to share what they have done on social media sites Facebook and Twitter with the hash tag - #FitchTheHomeless.

Bedok Polyclinic

Block 212 Bedok North Street 1

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Koh Siow Ngea

Have you read about him?
Does he blog?

Angie Koh

Have you read about her?
Does she blog?

Lai Baoting

Have you read about her?
Does she blog?

City Harvest Church Trial

The trial begins in court today.
Will you be following it?


7 to 8 June 2013
St Andrew's Cathedral

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Message from Ho Yeow Sun

“Your unceasing prayers are moving mountains and are so important to us in the days to come.”

Message from Kong Hee

"You've been holding on for three years. One more year. One more year and it will be all over."

Shirley Sarmiento

Have you read her?
Does she blog?

City Harvest Church Court Case

The names of three of the prosecutor's witnesses in the City Harvest Church trial are released. They are Ms Lai Baoting, a former accounts staff member of the church, Ms Angie Koh, an employee in a firm that handles the church's accounts, and Mr Koh Siow Ngea, director of Xtron Production.

Richard Chang

"What's lost is lost. Instead of burying yourself in sorrow, why don't you look forward. Do not waste your time on unnecessary misery. I also miss my six-pack abs in my younger days!" ~ Richard Chang

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rei Tay

Rei Tay's toddler son has been missing since yesterday. She had just posted a photo on Facebook.

May her son return home soon and safe.

Peach Garden Noodle House

1-for-1 set meals with Citibank credit card

White Sands
Tel: 65853833

The offer is from now until 31 July 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

What to Wear to Court

It's your big day in front of the cameras.

You'll be facing the glare of thousands of flashes as everyone wants a glimpse of your face.
With all that attention, you will want to look your best.

But what if you're feeling shy, or just want to hide those dark eye circles and other blemishes?
Take a leaf from the books of our recent court-attendees and wear a smart pair of shades.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Raffles EduHub

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is investigating the founder and managing director of a tuition centre who is listed as a medical doctor and a child psychologist on the centre's website.

Raffles EduHub, which also boasts a teacher with an "MBBS in mathematics", has been featured in the New York Times, and in both print and TV media here in stories about the private tuition industry.

In the New York Times report, Raffles EduHub's founder and managing director, Dr Zhong Rui Wen, was described as a medical doctor and child psychiatrist.

Checks with both the Singapore Medical Council and the Ministry of Health (MOH) showed that her name is not on their lists of registered doctors.


Mother's Day Special
Adults and Kids Print Tees at $8 each
Today and tomorrow only

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terence Cao

Terence Cao and Shi Shimei, a Shangahi lady, are the biological parents of a 2-year-old daughter according to the DNA results.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

8 May 2013 COE

  • CAT A $62,999

  • CAT B $61,700

  • CAT C $57,051

  • CAT D $1,700

  • CAT E $62,301


Is winning all that counts? Are you absolutely sure about that?

Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai - bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner - the certain winner of the race - mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:
"But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn't have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well."

He said at the beginning: unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it's a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy ...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Samantha Lo Xin Hui

Samantha Lo Xin Hui and her accomplice have been sentenced on Wednesday to three months of Day Reporting Order (DRO), under which they have to report to a reporting centre run by the Singapore Prison Service for supervision and counselling.

Tey Tsun Hang

A forensic psychiatric evaluation revealed that law professor Tey Tsun Hang, 42, could have been feigning his mental condition, Deputy Public Prosecutor Andre Jumabhoy said during the sex-for-grades trial on Monday.

Page One

Sharing internal traumas on page one makes us immediately knowable, lovable and engrossing. When we are privy to gut-wrenching secrets like these up front, we are dying to find out more, to go on an internal journey that offers vicarious pain, thrills and wisdom.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Account holders who turn 55 between July 1 and June 30 next year will need to set aside a minimum sum of $148,000 in their CPF retirement account. This is up from the $139,000 required last year.

Meanwhile, the minimum sum for healthcare savings scheme Medisave will be raised to $40,500, up from the current $38,500.

Amanda Berry

Three women abducted about a decade ago were found alive on Monday at a Cleveland house and police said a school bus driver was arrested in connection with their disappearance.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight found alive.


Think less feel more
Frown less smile more
Talk less listen more
Judge less accept more
Watch less do more
Complain less appreciate more
Fear less love more

Monday, May 6, 2013

Chinese Tsunami

What is the meaning of this phrase?

Kym Ng

Why is she so secretive over so many particulars?
Her age.
Her supposedly husband.

Can she continue to behave in such a weird manner?
After all she is in the local entertainment scene.

Kym Ng's Age

She said that she is not 45-year-old as reported in the press.
How old is she actually then?

Kym Ng's Husband

Who is he?
Even her closest friends and colleagues have not met him before.
Even the paparazzi do not have any photos of him.

Taka Jewellery IMM

Roadshow until 12 May 2013
11am to 9:30pm

Sunday, May 5, 2013

General Election in Malaysia

Are you following Malaysia's hard-fought general election which promises a long night of great suspense?


Forget diamonds being a girl's best friend. With the recent plunge in gold prices, gold will be your new BFF.
And there certainly is a demand in goldsmith shops here from Little India to Chinatown. Crowds are thronging the shops demanding gold jewellery and bars such that some shops have even run out of stock.

Chan Si Neng

Police are appealing for assistance to look out for a missing 13-year-old girl.
Chan Si Neng was last seen on May 3 at about 5.30 pm at Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, said the police in a statement.
The Chinese girl is about 156cm-tall, slim built, has a light tan and black hair.
She was last seen wearing a black physical education T-shift and a black uniform skirt. She is a student of Zheng Hua Secondary School.
Anyone with information, please call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000.

Luthfi Bin Abdul Khalid

Police are appealing for assistance to look out for a missing 15-year-old boy who was last seen at Blk 541, Choa Chu Kang Street 52 on Friday.
Luthfi Bin Abdul Khalid is 1.6m-tall and weighed about 40kg. He was last spotted wearing a white shirt with blue collar, dark blue pants and carrying green Nike haversack.
Anyone with information, please call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000.


Belgian authorities on Saturday evacuated nearly 300 people from their homes after several cars of a train carrying chemicals derailed, causing a major fire near the city of Gent.

Springs Fire

A raging California wildfire nearly tripled in size Friday as it threatened 4,000 homes, although firefighters said they had gained more control over it.
The Springs Fire, near Malibu 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Los Angeles, grew to 28,000 acres (11,300 hectares) from 10,000 acres in the morning, although it was now 20 per cent contained.

Singapore Story

There are worries that the Singapore Story - of a meritocratic society that rewards hard work regardless of one's background - will not survive the decades ahead.

The level playing field now seems inexorably tilted towards the privileged, upset by a tuition arms race and the social capital of those born into success.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Unit 37

Why did that woman spray a lot of foul-smelling insecticide at 10:55pm yesterday?!

Desired Policy Outcome

The desired policy outcome should be a high and constant degree of social mobility, not just a meritocratic system. When meritocracy leads to social mobility, that is when it is doing its job.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Suraj Kumar Sarabajeet

A polytechnic student, who committed a series of cheating and forgery offences, while on probation was sentenced to 22 months' jail on Friday. Suraj Kumar Sarabajeet, 22, admitted to 10 charges - three forgery for the purpose of cheating, one forgery, four for converting the benefits of criminal conduct and two for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.

Social Mobility

While social mobility has not halted, it is slowing. Singapore finds itself nearing the edge of a cliff that other developed countries like France and the US have already fallen off.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


The time has come to seriously ask whether antioxidant use much more likely causes than prevents cancer.

A number of studies have shown that taking antioxidants such as vitamin E do not reduce the risk of cancer but can actually increase it, and can even shorten life.

But drugs that block antioxidants - "anti-antioxidants" - might make even existing cancer drugs more effective.
Anything that keeps cancer cells full of oxygen radicals "is likely an important component of any effective treatment," said cancer biologist Robert Benezra of Sloan-Kettering.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tom Wheeler

President Barack Obama will nominate venture capitalist and former wireless and cable lobbyist Tom Wheeler on Wednesday to head the Federal Communications Commission, according to a White House official.


Home prices in Australia's major cities dipped in April after a strong first quarter, though rising rents and high auction clearance rates pointed to underlying resilience in demand, an industry survey showed on Wednesday.


The deadly collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory has piled pressure on Western fashion stores that churn out the season's hottest looks at cheap prices, many of which are sourced from sweatshops in poor countries.


A plaster-making factory in China is allegedly enslaving mentally-handicapped workers.

The workers are woken up at 6am every morning to work in hazardous conditions. They are also only given two meals of unsalted plain noodles.

The factory does not provide them with protective equipment such as gloves or dust masks even though they work with dangerous machines.

Some of the workers are reportedly deaf and mute.

They are housed in single-storey mud houses which are unhygienic and also caked in white powder.

This article can break our hearts.
Are they considered as slaves in this modern era?