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Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas”

A short review of Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas”. Continue reading

Help For Jobless PMETs Should Be Evaluated

That the government has recognised more targeted assistance is needed for jobless professionals, managers, executives, and technicians (PMETs) is a useful start, though additional help is probably needed to profile these unemployed Singaporeans, to evaluate – especially quantitatively – the success of job-matching or job-training programmes, and ultimately to ascertain the effectiveness of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, in particular, explained that “organising a job fair with 10,000 jobs won’t solve the problem [for PMETs who have been out of work for six months or longer]” (ST, Mar. 18), though in fact the same need for specificity could be applied to the unemployed in general. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Game-Changing Elections? Not Really (March 13 to March 18, 2017)

In Europe, in the Netherlands, far-right politician Geert Wilders gained seats in Dutch elections, but failed to “persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his [anti-European Union and anti-Muslim positions]”, and did not drastically cross the traditional threshold. The party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte won the most number of seats, in an election which drew an 81 per cent turnout, the highest in the country for 30 years. Whereas in Asia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party secured a stunning mandate in the state elections of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, while former South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the Blue House after a court ruling which upheld her parliamentary impeachment, and will be questioned as a criminal suspect. Continue reading

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