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What is the country that pays the highest bonuses?

Singapore – Bonuses for Singaporeans this year are set to be the highest in Asia for 2011. According to a recent poll by human resources consultancy firm HR Business Solutions (HRBS), bonuses for Singaporeans this year are set to be 17% of the annual base pay. That works out to be about two months’ salary, …

Singapore’s fertility rate hits record low of 1.16

THE average number of children that a Singapore woman would bear in her lifetime dropped to yet another nadir last year. Preliminary estimates of the Total Fertility Rate put it at 1.16, down from 1.22 – already a record low – the previous year, announced Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Wong Kan Seng on Monday. Meanwhile, …

Chinese man trains 60 cats to guard granary

January 17, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Animal Care & Pets, Asia, International, News and Society

DALIAN – A MAN has trained 60 cats to guard a grain depot from rats, the Dalian-based Peninsula Morning Post reported on Monday. Yin Chunzhu, an employee at a storage and transportation company in Dalian, north-east China’s Liaoning province has been dubbed ‘Cat commander’ for his army of feline guards. The barn, stocked with organic …

Schools should nurture ‘three loves’ in students: SM

SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong on Saturday identified two additional challenges that Singapore now faces, on top of its perennial efforts to ensure inter-racial harmony. These are: the widening income gap and the need to welcome foreigners. Speaking to 300 students and parents at an Edusave award ceremony in his Marine Parade ward, SM Goh …

Women must wear bras at work: Court

January 16, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Business, Human Resources (HR), News and Society

BOSSES in Germany came out on top on Wednesday in a court ruling that said they can insist female workers wear bras. The State Labor Court in North Rhine-Westphalia ruled on a case between an airport security agency and its employees, the British newspaper The Daily Mail reported. Moreover, supervisors have the right to check …

What is the aftermath of the Australia floods?

BRISBANE (Australia) – SNAKES clung to floating debris, crocodiles lurked near homes and sharks swam the streets in Australia’s epic floods – but many more animals died in the deluge, experts say. The devastating floods that smashed through the nation’s north-east would have drowned wombats in their burrows, trapped and starved kangaroos in waterlogged paddocks, …

YouTube Now Exceeds 200 Million Views a Day on Mobile

January 15, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in E-business & E-marketing, News and Society

Yesterday, the YouTube Blog buried its lead. Midway through a post that proclaimed “Music videos now on YouTube app for Android,” was the really important news for marketers: “YouTube now exceeds 200 million views a day on mobile, a 3x increase in 2010.” Now, don’t get me wrong. Making VEVO’s extensive library of official music …

What is the jail term for SLA fraud case?

January 15, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Crime, News and Society, Society

SINGAPORE: A former swimming instructor, who pleaded guilty to his role in the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) cheating case, has been sentenced to 2 years’ jail for each of the 21 charges he had pleaded guilty to. But the sentence runs consecutively for only five of the charges and concurrently for the remaining. That means …

What is the damage to the Brisbane properties that are affected by the floods?

January 15, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Environmental, International, News and Society, Society

SINGAPORE : Some Singaporeans living in Brisbane say they are shocked at the damage to their properties following the recent floods. The swamped Australian city on Friday began the heartbreaking task of cleaning up after its worst floods in decades. More than 26,000 homes were flooded, electricity remained cut off to thousands of homes, and …

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