Monday, 4 March 2013

Watz Buzzing - 4 Mar 2013

Wooden Planks Found on MRT Track: SMRT staff tries to cover up incident by forcing passenger to delete photos

Mr Tan says SMRT staff asked him to delete his photos. But he kept these 5.

Hardwarezone Forum, 3 Mar 2013 Full story
 
Related: SMRT claims strong winds cause plywood pieces to fall onto train tracks - XIN MSN News

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Strong winds cause plywood pieces to fall onto train tracks



Some passengers travelling on a SMRT train from Woodlands to the city on Saturday evening may have noticed some wooden pieces on the tracks.

Channel NewsAsia viewer Edward Tan, who had spotted pieces of plywood on both sides of the track, said his journey was delayed by about 20 minutes.

A SMRT spokesman told Channel NewsAsia that the plywood, which is the hoarding to mark out the walkway for workers during sleeper replacement works, had fallen from the track walkway onto the track due to heavy rain and wind on Saturday evening.



Time for a relook at housing policies: Researcher


Dr Tan Meng Wah says that Singapore's public housing achievements, on most counts, are enviable. But success can create its own problems too. Indeed, for some years now, concerns have been aired about its affordability, due to current high public housing prices. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA 

Singapore's public housing achievements, on most counts, are enviable. But success can create its own problems too. Indeed, for some years now, concerns have been aired about its affordability, due to current high public housing prices.

At the core of such concerns is whether public housing is more a "public and a consumption good" or a "private and an investment good". This is not just academic.

If the role of the Housing Board is sole provider of public housing as a public good, then its monopoly allows it to more effectively acquire and allocate limited land parcels and achieve economies of scale. Home buyers get reasonably priced quality housing.

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A Controversial US Warship to Singapore
 
Crappy' boat or revolutionary new naval weapon?

In the next day or so a sleek, futuristic warship painted in newly-applied grey and black 'dazzle' camouflage will push off from a naval dock in San Diego, California, at the start of a voyage that will end in Singapore in about a month.

The USS Freedom, the first of the US Navy's controversial Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) to be sent to Asia, is a new class of warship intended - as its name suggests - to operate on the ocean's margins rather in the blue open waters traditionally favored by naval strategists and commanders. The tri-hulled catamaran USS Independence and two other LCSs are also due to be sent to Singapore over the next four years.

While the arrival of Freedom at Singapore's Changi naval base for an eight-month 'deployment' will have no direct impact on naval dispositions or power within the Asia-Pacific region, it is set to serve a wider purpose for the US Navy

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Singaporean female tour guide sacked by her company after she reported being assaulted by three PRC tourists over dinner dispute


Omy.sg, 3 Mar 2013


为了一顿晚餐,狮城女导游声称被3游客动粗,扯发抓手臂,还被出言辱骂,气得她报警并打算采取法律行动。

女导游林小姐(40来岁)向本报申诉,她前晚9时按旅行社指示,到机场接待一团为数15人的中国团。

女导游声称,由于她所属的旅行社规定,不会为晚上7时以后接待的旅行团提供晚餐,加上旅行团的住宿地点偏远,因此她在机场见到团员时,好意提醒他们可以先在机场兑换新币并在该处用了晚餐后,才回下榻地点。 Full story

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KL-Singapore high-speed rail has potential to extend to Penang

The high-speed rail (HSR) link between Malaysia and Singapore has potential to be extended to Penang and even further afield to Bangkok and Beijing, said Datuk Seri Idris Jala

But such a move, if it were to happen, would only take place 50 to 100 years from today, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said at Standard & Poor's Asean capital markets seminar on Friday.

"For now our immediate focus is on the Malaysia-Singapore HSR," said Idris, who is also the CEO of PEMANDU, the Government body tasked with carrying out Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme

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PH gambling business seen surpassing Singapore’s $5.6B market by 2018

The Philippines’ burgeoning gaming industry may surpass Singapore’s $5.6-billion gaming market by 2018 on the back of a larger local mass market and likely spillover of foreign high-rollers, foreign bank Credit Suisse said

In a new equity research dated February 27, “Let the Games Begin,” Credit Suisse initiated coverage of the Philippine gaming sector with a rosy outlook of 28 percent compounded annual growth rate for the industry over the 2012 to 2018 period

“We view the Philippines as having a potentially larger domestic market in the high-margin mass segment compared to other Asian gaming hubs on the back of favorable demographics,” the report said, noting that the Philippine population of 97 million was almost three times that of Singapore, Malaysia and Macau combined

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Body found floating in Sungei Kallang

The body of a man was found floating in Sungei Kallang on Sunday morning.

The police were alerted to the find near Block 15 Upper Boon Keng Road at about noon.

Police are investigating what has been classified as unnatural death.

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