How much Singaporeans earn

Singaporean salaries

Singaporean salaries

One out of 10 working Singaporeans earns less than $1,000 a month. That was the gross monthly income from work of more than 207,000 residents as of June last year, excluding the employer’s contribution to the Central Provident Fund (CPF).

More than 44,000 earned less than S$500 a month. [Read more...]

Writing tips from the master, Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker

Bloomberg’s reporters are not allowed to start a sentence with a “but”.

“Clauses that start with although, but, despite or however often confuse more than clarify, because the words connect dissimilar ideas in a single sentence,” writes Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief  Matthew Winkler in his style book, The Bloomberg Way.

Instead, his solution is to break up the sentences into shorter ones, reports Business Insider.

But, according to Steven Pinker…

But there’s nothing wrong in beginning a sentence with a “but”. So says Steven Pinker, the eminent psychologist and one of the foremost writers on language. [Read more...]

The Economist finds CPF wanting

Singapore’s new moves to help the less well-off show its pension fund policy had to change – it was no longer inadequate. So says The Economist in one of its rare articles on the city-state. The commentary follows Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech. [Read more...]

Lee Kuan Yew Chair at Calcutta University? Mamata wants it

Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee

Will there be a Lee Kuan Yew Chair at Calcutta University? I am delighted.

Mamata Banerjee herself wants it. The West Bengal chief minister said so after a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

It’s only fitting that Singapore is the first country she chose to visit since coming to power in 2011, ending 34 years of communist rule in West Bengal. [Read more...]

Ogden Nash: Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker

During his lifetime, Ogden Nash was the most widely known, appreciated, and imitated American creator of light verse, a reputation that has continued after his death, says the Poetry Foundation. Among other memorable verses he wrote:

Reflexions on Ice-Breaking
Candy
is dandy
But liquor
is quicker [Read more...]