Sunday, March 11, 2018

North Korea - Ready for Peace?

Over wine and soju, N Korean leader Kim Jong Un joked about himself: S Korean officials 

09 March, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made light-hearted remarks about how he is viewed outside North Korea in international media and elsewhere, one Blue House official said. Photo: Korean Central News Agency via Reuters

SEOUL ― North Korean leader Kim Jong Un joked about his image in international media while serving South Korean officials local spirits and cold noodles during their unprecedented visit to Pyongyang this week, two South Korean government sources said.

During the meeting, Mr Kim committed to giving up his nuclear weapons and told the South Korea officials he would like to meet US President Donald Trump, delegation leader Chung Eui-yong told reporters at the White House on Thursday (March 8) – a potentially dramatic breakthrough in nuclear tensions with Pyongyang.

Friday, March 9, 2018

S’pore’s first Islamic college could have broad-based curriculum to equip students with employable skills

By Faris Mokhtar

The Republic’s first Islamic college could have a broad-based curriculum which teaches Islamic sciences as well as equips students with skills so that they can also be employed in the general workforce, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim

Commentary: Uber drivers’ earnings show some choices made more freely than others

Employers puzzled by pay gaps should be asking a different question, says one observer at the Financial Times.

By Sarah O'Connor
09 Mar 2018

LONDON: Is the gender pay gap caused by discrimination, or the different choices men and women make in the labour market?

Unless you are at either extreme end of this debate, you are unlikely to think it is wholly one thing or the other.

But the truth is that we are in the dark about where the balance lies. No wonder that policymakers across the world are reaching for their flashlights.

11 countries, including S’pore, sign landmark Asia Pacific trade pact

09 March, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

No plastic bag surcharge as ‘greener’ disposables not better for environment

By Siau Ming En

06 March, 2018

SINGAPORE — Often touted as “greener” alternatives to plastic bags, paper and degradable bags may not actually be better for the environment — at least not in Singapore’s case.

Compared to plastic bags, they may require as much resources to produce and have a similar environmental impact, as waste here is incinerated before going to the landfill and not left to decay.

Revealing the findings of a study commissioned by the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (March 6), Senior Minister of State (Environment and Water Resources) Amy Khor said the authorities would thus not impose a charge on plastic bags.

“Imposing a charge or ban on disposable plastic bags and substituting them with other types of disposable bags is unlikely to improve environmental outcomes,” said Dr Khor.

Friday, March 2, 2018

AgNews (Aggregated News): The New Employment Scene

This is AgNews - aggregated news or articles from various sources on a topic.

The topic for this first AgNews:
Millennials and Employment

Excerpts from:

Millennial Careers 2020 Vision.
By 2020 Millennials will make up over a third of the global workforce.
That’s one reason so many reports about them exist. Some say they are
disloyal, self-absorbed and lazy, while others claim they’re a generation
of digital entrepreneurs and innovators.
Some aim to dispel the myths
others have created. Just type “Millennials are...” into a Google search
to see the stereotypes.
This report presented findings that were contrary to the above stereotypes of Millennials. They expect to work longer than their parents.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The NRA is losing its grip — on reality and on politicians

By Jennifer Rubin
The Washington Post

February 26 2018

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and spokeswoman Dana Loesch have in recent days helped pull back the curtain on the mind-set of the NRA. This is not a group that wants responsible gun ownership. (Do responsible people have a weapon of war designed purely to kill as many people as possible as fast as possible?) This is not a group that is focused on making cogent arguments about gun legislation. Instead, like President Trump and Fox News, the NRA now operates in the fever swamp of what used to be a conservative party. Now, it’s a cult based on the preservation of Trump, a cult that requires conspiracies, bizarre rhetoric and out-and-out lies to keep its members in a high-pitch frenzy.

LaPierre ranted at the Conservative Political Action Conference, “If they seize power, if these so-called European socialists take over the House and the Senate, and God forbid they get the White House again, our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever.” If someone were mumbling like that at a bar, the bartender would be obligated to cut off his drinks.

The NRA’s arguments no longer depend on or even include facts; they are tribal calls to signal that it’s time for the faithful to toss away rational debate. (What about all the people saved by guns?! Any cursory look at the facts would tell you that’s a horrible argument, but it’s part of the NRA playbook. It’s what the NRA crowd says because … socialists are out to get them?)