Singapore may not be Silicon Valley, New York, London or Oxford. But Singapore is one of the best places in the world for computer science, communication and media, and English language and literature studies. And for politics and international relations studies as well.Continue Reading
Malaysia was Singapore’s biggest trading partner in 2012 followed by the European Union, China, Indonesia and the United States – in that order. Singapore’s total merchandise trade in 2012 amounted to S$985 billion (about $800 billion). These figures are from the Singapore Department of Statistics March 2013 newsletter. They may have appeared elsewhere, but here they are in colourful charts created with a free online infographics tool.Continue Reading
There’s so much anyone can do online – even create infographics on one’s own.Continue Reading
The Straits Times editorial today says wages can go up only if the economy grows. Is Singapore getting uncompetitive because of labour costs? That’s what the Economist seems to be saying this week.
I am so sorry to hear that journalism professor Cherian George’s appeal for tenure has been rejected by Nanyang Technological University (NTU). It is sad that one of Singapore’s finest journalists won’t be able to teach journalism any longer at a university in his own country.Continue Reading
One can’t have too much of a good thing. Singapore is in such an enviable position that the government is trying to cool property prices and slow down employment growth. Apparently if they rise any higher, there could be economic overheating.
Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat sales have dropped sharply on the resale market. Sales are down to a 16-year low, reported the Straits Times. They have never been this low, it said, since HDB started reporting the sales of resale flats in 1997.Continue Reading
Property sales are sharply down in the Singapore public housing resale market. We will look at the prices fetched by the resale HDB flats in different areas in Singapore since the beginning of this year. Resale flat sales dropped to a 16-year-low, said the Straits Times, and prices rose just 1 per cent.
Ordered to share the English Premier League soccer telecasts with arch-rival StarHub, SingTel is naturally unhappy with the referee, the Media Development Authority (MDA). And StarHub is predictably pleased. But has the EPL been such a game-changer in the battle between the two networks?
A student was found dead at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and not a word on it in the Straits Times today! How can a tragedy like that be completely ignored by Singapore’s leading English-language newspaper?