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Ageing cars may keep COE prices up |
ingapore's car population is older than it has been for more than a decade, fuelling a growing pent-up demand for new cars as thousands of certificates of entitlement (COEs) reach their 10-year lifespan.
Last year, the number of cars aged between eight and 10 years old trebled to 107,251, according to the latest Land Transport Authority data.
Of more than 621,000 cars on the Republic's roads, more than half were over six years old, up from less than a quarter in 2003. Those aged seven and eight made up 18 per cent of cars - up from 3 per cent in 2003.
COE premiums currently hover at just below the $80,000 mark, more than three times their value a decade ago
Posted on : 2014-03-04
Govt taps recruiters to lure overseas Singaporeans home |
The Government is turning to headhunters to woo overseas Singaporeans back to the country.
Contact Singapore, a state outfit focused on attracting skilled foreigners, is stepping up efforts to draw overseas Singaporeans as well.
While it has done things like giving out job information to Singaporeans abroad previously, it is now going one step further by involving headhunting firms.
Contact Singapore has invited recruitment firms to come up with proposals to help overseas Singaporeans land jobs here. It is thought to be the first time it has turned to professional headhunters.
Posted on : 2014-03-03
S’poreans aware of govt assistance schemes but unsure if they benefited: Poll |
Most Singaporeans are aware of the assistance schemes and benefits available to them, but they do not know if they did receive those subsidies, according to a poll done by the Government’s feedback unit Reach.
The telephone survey of 2,219 citizens done late last year also flagged the elderly and low-income groups as the ones who are less likely to know if they have benefited from the schemes.
This is the first time a survey has been done to find out how much people know about the schemes and policies meant to help them.
They were asked questions pertaining to areas such as housing, healthcare as well as employment and assistance.
Its findings show that most people have heard of the various subsidies and benefits. For example, 94 per cent of those polled knew about benefits that are given to promote families. 88 per cent have heard about the GST Voucher Scheme.
Source : http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/s%E2%80%99poreans-aware-govt-assistance-schemes-unsure-if-they-benefited-poll-
Posted on : 2014-02-28
Six primary schools to merge into three |
Qiaonan Primary will turn 81 this year, but it will not see its 82nd birthday - it was named as one of six schools to be merged into three next year.
Qiaonan will combine with Griffiths Primary, a street away in Tampines, to form Angsana Primary. This will be run out of the Griffiths Primary compound.
In Bukit Batok, Hong Kah Primary will combine with Lianhua Primary, and will take on the latter's name and run out of Lianhua's current location.
Over in Bedok, Damai Primary will retain its name and building while absorbing Bedok West Primary.
Source : http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/six-primary-schools-merge-three-20140227
Posted on : 2014-02-27
NUS maintains top spot in Asia; NTU courses rise in global standing |
Two Singapore universities have emerged world-beaters in a ranking released today by London-based education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
The National University of Singapore (NUS) maintained its position as Asia's best performer since the rankings by subject began in 2011, topping 18 out of 30 disciplines in the region.
It was ranked fifth in the world for chemical engineering. Ten other subjects including politics, statistics and modern languages made the global top 10. But NUS had more subjects in the global top 10 last year, with 12.
"We are happy that NUS continues to be recognised as among the best universities in the world," said NUS deputy president of academic affairs and provost Tan Eng Chye. He noted that the institution had done well across disciplines such as engineering, arts and humanities and natural sciences.
Posted on : 2014-02-26