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First student "residential village" launched at Temasek Poly
A residential village - the first of its kind at a polytechnic here - was launched at Temasek Polytechnic on Friday. Students taking a transnational studies module will complete a two-week compulsory residential stay, which will see them living in groups of five in apartments previously used as staff housing. The village will also have facilities such as pottery studios, art exhibition spaces and language labs. Getting local and foreign students to mingle is part of the polytechnic's aim to be future-oriented and connected to the world.
Posted on : 2012-11-23
Shopping done overseas may be subject to GST
Travellers carrying goods with values exceeding the Goods and Services Tax (GST) relief and duty-free allowance have to declare the goods at the Customs Red Channel at checkpoints, for the payment of tax. All goods brought into Singapore, such as new articles, souvenirs, gifts or food items meant for the traveller's own use or consumption, are subject to 7 per cent GST. Travellers who spend more than 48 hours overseas will get GST relief for goods valued at up to S$600. Those who are away from Singapore for less than 48 hours will get GST relief for goods valued at up to S$150.
Posted on : 2012-11-22
Changi set to cross 50 million passenger mark this year
Changi Airport handled 4.27 million passengers last month - a 10-per-cent increase compared to October a year ago. Flight movements increased by about 5 per cent to 27,600 take-offs and landings. In an update on Tuesday, Changi Airport Group said that passenger traffic to and from the Middle East continued its upward trend with the region contributing double-digit growth every month this year. Traffic to and from traditional growth regions such as South-east Asia and North-east Asia also grew strongly.
Posted on : 2012-11-20
Singaporeans most long-lived among people in tropical countries.
Singaporeans live longer than people in other tropical countries, a new international study has found. The average Singaporean can live up to about 81 years old, which is 16 years longer than people in other tropical countries, the study said. It also found that infant mortality rates here have plunged from 61 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1950 and 1955, to just two deaths per 1,000 live births between 2005 and 2010. The study was conducted by 13 research institutions from 12 countries as part of a global initiative to define the challenges of people living in the tropics. The instutitions included the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.
Posted on : 2012-11-19
US pushing 'jobs diplomacy' after costly wars: Clinton
The United States will push its economic interests more aggressively to preserve its global leadership after being tied down by two wars in the past decade, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday. "We are shaping our foreign policy to account for both the economics of power and the power of economics," she said in a speech in Singapore en route to an Asia-Pacific summit in Cambodia to be attended by US President Barack Obama. After a decade attending to "a war in Iraq that is now over and a war in Afghanistan that is winding down," Mrs Clinton said the "first and most fundamental task is to update our foreign policy and its priorities for a changing world". Even non-military powers are gaining clout "less because of their size of their armies than because of the growth of their GDP", she said. "For the first time in modern history, nations are becoming major global powers without also becoming global military powers," she added, citing the example of Singapore, a city-state whose two-way trade with the United States now exceeds US$50 billion (S$61 billion).
Posted on : 2012-11-17

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