IT'S a glamour issue,' said Michigan factory worker Dave Van Dam. 'The kids come in here and see a dirty, loud place.' He was explaining the shortage of skilled factory workers in America, as reported in The Washington Post.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
DR GOH PHUAY YEE: 'Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Sim Ann told Parliament that some 45 per cent of foreign scholarship holders complete their undergraduate studies with a second-upper class honours or better while only 32 per cent of Singaporeans do as well ('Foreign scholars closely tracked'; Saturday).
AFTER viewing the film The Iron Lady recently about the life of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, I read a transcript of an interview in 1987 between her and journalist Douglas Keay. The following is an excerpt from that interview taken from the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website:
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
WE ARE hearing a new concept these days in discussions about Iran - the 'zone of immunity'. The idea, often explained by Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak, is that soon Iran will have enough nuclear capability that Israel would not be able to inflict a crippling blow to its programme.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
The Government is promising to raise social spending in the coming and subsequent Budgets. Yet some policy options recommended by local academics remain firmly off the table. Insight takes a look at some of these alternative social policies - and why they might never come to pass.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
CAPITALISM, as it is practised in rich countries, has taken two brilliant ideas too far. The first is return on equity (ROE), one way of measuring value creation that has managed to eclipse many other, and broader, ones. The second is competition, which has come to be seen as an end in itself rather than as a tool for promoting growth and innovation.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
Saturday, February 04, 2012
A FEW weeks ago, a 22-year-old man named Jefferson Bethke produced a video called 'Why I hate religion, but love Jesus'. The video shows him standing in a courtyard rhyming about the purity of the teachings of Jesus and the hypocrisy of the church. Jesus preaches healing, surrender and love, he argues, but religion is rigid, phoney and stale. 'Jesus came to abolish religion,' he insists. 'Religion puts you in bondage but Jesus sets you free.'
Friday, February 03, 2012
Thursday, February 02, 2012
NEW YORK - The future of capitalism is again a question. Will it survive the ongoing crisis in its current form? If not, will it transform itself or will government take the lead?
KABUL: The anticipated withdrawal of most international forces is still two years away, but Afghans who have depended on the decade-old foreign presence for their livelihood are already feeling tremors as the first troops leave and spending and aid money dries up.
on Middle East
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
IF THE latest report card on inflation in Singapore could be summed up in one word, it would simply be this: confusing. For most of last year, inflation was uppermost on the minds of policy makers, as they warned that rising prices from raw commodities as well as higher costs of owning a car would raise headline inflation.