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Archive for August, 2008

How’s your English?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 27, 2008

In all fairness, new immigrants should be expected to learn the local language as well. Singaporeans are accommodating and do their best to help foreigners and immigrants but this does not absolve them from doing their part. Learn the local language, don’t expect the locals to learn yours. You are, after all, in Singapore. English is not the first language here.

“Two-thirds of the respondents in the survey, which polled 1,200 Singaporeans between 15 and 39 years, said their standard of spoken English has improved in the last two years.

Many gave wanting to express better and be better understood as the main motivation for speaking better.” (story)

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Are you frustrated with work?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 27, 2008

The biggest problem in the workplace is communication. Management needs to communicate with their employees. Knowing the direction, expectations, and access to information make employees feel like a part of the company and not just another disposable asset.

Employees need to do their part as well. Most importantly, do your job. Remember you being paid to perform your duties and not stand around the water cooler and chit chat all day. Always be professional in the workplace. Give a little and take a little on both sides and everyone benefits.

“The frustration faced by Asian workers seems to stem from various management failures, said Hay Group Insight, the employee and customer research division of global management consultancy Hay Group.

Issues identified include ineffective work structures and procedures, poor leadership styles and unproductive work environments.” (story)

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Tang Wee Sung pleads guilty

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 27, 2008

A Singapore retail magnate pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two charges related to the city-state’s first organ trading case, local radio reported.

Tang Wee Sung, whose Tangs department store sits in the prime Orchard Road tourist and shopping belt, pleaded guilty to entering an illegal arrangement to purchase a kidney, 938Live reported.

He also pleaded guilty to falsely declaring that the donor was a distant relative, it said.

A court official reached by AFP could not confirm the pleas because the hearing was continuing.

Tang could receive up to three years in jail and a fine on the most serious charge of the false declaration, the radio report said.

It quoted Tang’s lawyer as saying he committed the offences because he is seriously ill and was desperate to survive. (story)

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Government lowers contractual age to 18

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 25, 2008

As part of broader efforts to encourage entrepreunership among young Singaporeans, the Government has proposed lowering the age of contractual capacity from 21 years to 18.

The current minimum age of contractual capacity is tied to the age of majority, which is 21 years in Singapore.

This legal barrier has prevented young people from starting or doing their own business.

The Pro-Enterprise Panel has received feedback for this to be removed. (story)

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Exorcism priest gets attacked

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 25, 2008

1 of the two Catholic priests embroiled in a lawsuit concerning an ‘exorcism’ on a woman was attacked by a woman during a service at the Novena Church on Saturday.

In front of a packed congregation, the woman ran up the aisle to the altar where Father Simon Tan, 45, was standing and used her black handbag to hit the priest’s arms and shoulders.

The attack lasted just a few seconds. The woman managed to get a few swings at Father Simon before a younger woman ran up to pull her aside, with the help of several churchgoers.

Witnesses described the attacker as tanned, slim and wearing jeans and a turquoise polo T-shirt. (story)

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