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If you are interested in the issue of journalism the linkages with free speech, do check out this article (important to read the headings in bold).
Aaron OngFeb 21, 2013 – Discussion
Aaron OngFeb 25, 2013 – Discussion
24 Feb Summary:
1. Reviewed White Paper Executive Summary
2. Watched Video on different parliamentarians views on White Paper
3. Writing Assignment for White Paper Qn
5. Submission for ‘last sunday of the month’ newspaper review due on 26 Feb (Tue) – on Google+
6. Handed out Essay questions for YJC Prelim for class practice next lesson 3 March
I was certainly shocked when I saw this headline. To me, Switzerland is one of the best countries in the world to live in. The word “Swiss” reminds me of peace, fine watches and chocolates. In fact, Switzerland is ranked number 1 on the Quality of Life index. It is extremely rare and shocking to see such a violent event occurring in this serene country.
Anne WongFeb 28, 2013 – Discussion
In my opinion, children are growing up too quickly nowadays because of a combination of early testing in schools, advertising, good childcare and a reliance on media. On the other hand, people often lament about children of the new generation being weak and depend heavily on their parents, reflecting their immaturity. It is a fact that the widespread use of digital devices and the ability to get information anywhere by anyone has allowed children into some adult worlds that they have never experienced before. I feel that the pace at which children grows varies from individuals to individuals, but generally, children are indeed maturing at a faster pace due to certain advancements and motivations.
Aaron OngMar 3, 2013Edit
It would be useful if you could find a few reasons why on one hand the article claims that children are going up fast but there is still a reliance on their parents. In what sense is the article saying that children are growing up fast? You also mentioned about children of the new generation being ‘weak’. Were you referring to mental weakness in the sense that children have less perseverance or physical weakness? The article I have linked shows how children grow weaker because they play more computer games. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/21/children-weaker-computers-replace-activity
Clover YapFeb 28, 2013 – Discussion
I feel that the high-speed rail is a worthy investment coming up. Malaysia and Singapore share close bilateral ties and this project is bound to strengthen the relationship between both nations. Not only that, it saves the traveling time of commuters from either nation. Currently, transports between the two cities by train takes 8 hours and 5 hours by bus/car. The high speed railway that is projected to be completed in 2020 will be a good medium for traveling between both countries for a quick get-away, for it only takes 90 minutes. This might even create business opportunities within.
Aaron OngMar 3, 2013Edit
Malaysia and Singapore have definitely grown closer bilaterally. You should also read up about the development of the Iskandar Region and also a though-provoking question of whether elderly Singaporeans would one day be ‘forced’ to retire in Malaysia because Singapore has become too expensive to live in. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporebusinessnews/view/1255416/1/.html
Lee yi tingMar 3, 2013 – Discussion
Aaron OngMar 3, 2013Edit
+Lee yi ting You need to post a short write up on the article that you have linked. Thanks!
Aaron OngMar 3, 2013 – Discussion
I remembered posting an article on overpopulation on cars in China and I have asked the class whether Singapore policies of the COE and ERP system is effective in curbing the growing car population in Singapore. In a recent swift car ownership policy move, the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) have placed certain financing restrictions on car ownership in Singapore. It involves restricting the loan tenure to 5 years and, depending on the Open Market Value (OMV) of the car, a downpayment of between 50% – 60%? Does this policy spell financial prudence for the car buyer or does it dash the dreams of middle-class Singaporean families who wish to own a car for convenience? Also, would you consider a priority system which gives priority to young married couples with children to own small cars?
How has social media affected the behaviour of some people to such an extent?
Aaron OngMar 3, 2013 – Discussion
3 March Summary:
1) Reviewed Google+ Posts (+Colin Foong Hao Sheng +Maverick Lim +Donavan Mui @zhengxuan +Mark Lim +Lee yi ting
2) Argumentative Essay Structure
3) Sample Essay on Competition
4) YJC 2012 Prelim Essay
4.1) Outline (Due 10 March)
4.2) Essay (Due 17 March)
I remembered teaching last class on the essay topic of competition and how some companies can be involved in unscrupulous tactics in order to increase their sales. I received this letter a few days ago in my mail box from Reader’s Digest telling me that I’ve been one of the lucky 2% of Singaporeans who have been given the chance to enter into their Sweepstakes draw (I.e. lucky draw). This gives me the chance to win $250,000. I was rather unconvinced by this and I went to google if anyone else has received this kind of letter from Reader’s Digest before just in case this was a kind of scam. Unsurprisingly, I found out from some forums that this is actually a ploy to get people to sign up for their magazines when they reply to this letter that they wish to enter the Sweepstakes. Lesson learnt here is that there is no such thing as quick cash and to be careful of such marketing gimmicks. In any event, from a legal stand point, there is no formation of a valid contract even if I sent my reply to Reader’s Digest because I had the intention of entering into the Sweepstakes and not to subscribe to their magazine. However, there may be some fine print somewhere in the reply slip which may prove troublesome if it states that by replying, I am contracting to subscribe to their magazines. On a related note, Reader’s Digest has filed for bankruptcy. What an irony! http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/18/us-rda-bankruptcy-idUSBRE91H0PL20130218
Anyway the fate of this letter is that it found its rightful place in the end: in the trashcan.
Aaron OngMar 8, 2013 – Discussion
In light of the fact that today is international women’s day.
Colin Foong Hao ShengMar 9, 2013 – Discussion
Initially, I felt that in this case, the death penalty was justifiable but as I thought deeper, I wondered who gave the right to the prosecutors and the judge to determine the life and death of another person, regardless whether he is a murderer or an innocent man, he is still a fellow human being. People may say that it is in the name of the Law to maintain order but once again Laws are being set-up by another group of human beings to maintain order with accordance to what they perceive as “right” and “wrong”.
I continued to read on about death penalties and I found out that some people have been put to death wrongly (http://www.inquisitr.com/236994/carlos-deluna-wrongfully-executed-in-texas-says-report/) and in most countries, death penalties has never deterred further crime as crime rates in countries such as America still remain high. And there was one article which interestingly described death penalties as “private revenge”.
Maverick LimYesterday 2:09 PM – Discussion
I think this is a good scheme to ensure the income disparities between the rich and the poor do not become further widened.
Aaron OngYesterday 3:48 PMEdit
It’ll be good to post at least a paragraph of your thoughts after stating your stand that you agree with this scheme.
Donavan MuiYesterday 3:36 PM – Discussion
I picked this article as I felt that it has a very close relation to the prevalent issue of gender inequality within the society. Among all the countries, Saudi Arabia is actually rated one of the countries with the worst “gender gap index”, which measures the extent of discrimination between the 2 genders. However, this article serves to be excellent news as they are finally able to progress as a society, signaling the increasing importance of women rights within the society. However, they still have a long tedious road in front of them as they attempt to strike a balance between religion and humanity.
Aaron OngYesterday 3:47 PMEdit
Some info on the Saudi’s Shura Council: http://www.saudiembassy.net/about/country-information/government/Majlis_al_shura.aspx
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