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  • 05 Sep 2018
    Taking a step back, we might find that beyond setting boundaries, it is the parent-child relationship that remains foundational to this conversation on screen time. 바카라사이트  By nurturing a closer relationship with our children in everyday life, we can raise them to be disciplined and discerning users of online media. When we are sincere about sharing our children's online activities without judgment and criticism, they will reciprocate and want to know what we think. In ScreenEd, Focus on the Family Singapore's workshop on media usage, we first encourage parents and children to share and understand each other's perspectives on online media. 안전놀이터 This enables two-way communication, where parents can naturally teach principles of discipline and discernment to their children, instead of being perceived as enforcing rules and boundaries without reason.   Moreover, enjoying everyday conversations builds love and trust between parents and children, making it easier for parents to later address inappropriate content and behaviour where necessary. Our children learn to recognise that we speak to them about rules and boundaries out of wholehearted concern and a hope to protect them, instead of a desire to punish. The discussion on managing screen time ultimately presents an old issue under a new guise. 인터넷카지노 Before smartphones and online media became widely accessible, parents and experts were concerned about the excessive use of television and inappropriate programmes. Likewise, the importance of a strong parent-child relationship remains unchanged. It is the foundation for us to teach our children wisdom and independence in making life choices.
    531 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Taking a step back, we might find that beyond setting boundaries, it is the parent-child relationship that remains foundational to this conversation on screen time. 바카라사이트  By nurturing a closer relationship with our children in everyday life, we can raise them to be disciplined and discerning users of online media. When we are sincere about sharing our children's online activities without judgment and criticism, they will reciprocate and want to know what we think. In ScreenEd, Focus on the Family Singapore's workshop on media usage, we first encourage parents and children to share and understand each other's perspectives on online media. 안전놀이터 This enables two-way communication, where parents can naturally teach principles of discipline and discernment to their children, instead of being perceived as enforcing rules and boundaries without reason.   Moreover, enjoying everyday conversations builds love and trust between parents and children, making it easier for parents to later address inappropriate content and behaviour where necessary. Our children learn to recognise that we speak to them about rules and boundaries out of wholehearted concern and a hope to protect them, instead of a desire to punish. The discussion on managing screen time ultimately presents an old issue under a new guise. 인터넷카지노 Before smartphones and online media became widely accessible, parents and experts were concerned about the excessive use of television and inappropriate programmes. Likewise, the importance of a strong parent-child relationship remains unchanged. It is the foundation for us to teach our children wisdom and independence in making life choices.
    Sep 05, 2018 531
  • 05 Sep 2018
    From ofo to Mobike to GBikes, bike-sharing firms are everywhere now and they owe their rise to two factors.Those who are health-conscious, and those who want to move away from using vehicles like cars and buses, which have a larger environmental footprint. 온라인바카라 Bike-sharing has been immensely popular, but it has also seen irresponsible parking of bikes and other anti-social behaviour. Users, however, are not completely at fault. The firms' poor administration of the usage of their bikes and their failure to implement comprehensive solutions have resulted in such behaviour. 카지노사이트주소 The Government, too, needs to take a closer look at the architecture of buildings and find ways to make it easier and safer for the bike users to park their bikes. To ensure that bike-sharing firms internalise the costs of irresponsible bike usage, government intervention is required to impose penalties on firms that fail to inculcate appropriate behaviour when using shared bikes. 바카라사이트주소   The authorities may also need to educate users, for instance, about responsible parking. With the right policies, bike-sharing can provide a more pleasant experience for everyone.
    644 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • From ofo to Mobike to GBikes, bike-sharing firms are everywhere now and they owe their rise to two factors.Those who are health-conscious, and those who want to move away from using vehicles like cars and buses, which have a larger environmental footprint. 온라인바카라 Bike-sharing has been immensely popular, but it has also seen irresponsible parking of bikes and other anti-social behaviour. Users, however, are not completely at fault. The firms' poor administration of the usage of their bikes and their failure to implement comprehensive solutions have resulted in such behaviour. 카지노사이트주소 The Government, too, needs to take a closer look at the architecture of buildings and find ways to make it easier and safer for the bike users to park their bikes. To ensure that bike-sharing firms internalise the costs of irresponsible bike usage, government intervention is required to impose penalties on firms that fail to inculcate appropriate behaviour when using shared bikes. 바카라사이트주소   The authorities may also need to educate users, for instance, about responsible parking. With the right policies, bike-sharing can provide a more pleasant experience for everyone.
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    The idea of getting women to serve national service (NS) has not caught on, and I think that we should encourage more women to serve because defending the nation is not just a man's job but that of all Singaporeans.인터넷바카라 Women seek gender equality in society but the idea of women serving NS has not become popular, likely due to the notion that women are smaller and not as fit as men. However, such factors should not stop anyone as both men and women will become stronger - both physically and mentally - when they serve NS. 카지노사이트 n fact, everyone learns discipline, perseverance and teamwork in the army; all skills that will be useful later in life. NS also helps build confidence, independence and maturity. Recently, at a two-day Women's Boot Camp organised by Ang Mo Kio Women's Executive Committee, girls and women from the age of 13 and above were given a taste of the day-to-day routines of full-time national servicemen. 온라인카지노   The camp aimed to help participants decide if they were keen on joining the Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps. Such programmes, I hope, will help more women like me to get some encouragement and inspiration, and bring us closer to a day when both men and women serve NS.
    584 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The idea of getting women to serve national service (NS) has not caught on, and I think that we should encourage more women to serve because defending the nation is not just a man's job but that of all Singaporeans.인터넷바카라 Women seek gender equality in society but the idea of women serving NS has not become popular, likely due to the notion that women are smaller and not as fit as men. However, such factors should not stop anyone as both men and women will become stronger - both physically and mentally - when they serve NS. 카지노사이트 n fact, everyone learns discipline, perseverance and teamwork in the army; all skills that will be useful later in life. NS also helps build confidence, independence and maturity. Recently, at a two-day Women's Boot Camp organised by Ang Mo Kio Women's Executive Committee, girls and women from the age of 13 and above were given a taste of the day-to-day routines of full-time national servicemen. 온라인카지노   The camp aimed to help participants decide if they were keen on joining the Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps. Such programmes, I hope, will help more women like me to get some encouragement and inspiration, and bring us closer to a day when both men and women serve NS.
    Sep 05, 2018 584
  • 05 Sep 2018
    Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa warned that "a passive, or at best reactive, Asean… is guaranteed to be an irrelevant Asean" . 바카라사이트주소 But, before we can be more active, we need to examine whether the conditions for doing so are deteriorating or improving. Let us examine, for example, whether certain Asean nations' power of self-determination on trade and foreign relations has weakened or strengthened in recent years. Asean as a collective body has no intention of taking sides in a United States-China conflict in the region. 안전놀이터 However, each nation has to take care of its own national interests, first and foremost. Each nation is being pulled by different external factors.   Achieving a good balance is getting more challenging and, for certain nations, it has become almost impossible. If the superpowers are sincere in hoping Asean will remain a united, effective and valuable partner, they should respect how we conduct our economic and foreign relation affairs, with least interference from their part. Superpowers should solve their contests and conflicts in the region in an amicable way among themselves. They should not use nations here as pawns, as doing so will diminish the neutrality and, eventually, the unity of Asean. In short, Asean should not be collateral damage in the superpowers' tussles in the region. 바카라사이트 The trade war between China and the US has already started. It is time for Asean to stay united to prevent the region from being used as a battlefield of any sort. Asean nations should collectively and individually exert more influence on the superpowers through various channels. If we stay passive, the result is obvious - Asean will become a disunited and irrelevant body down the road.
    437 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa warned that "a passive, or at best reactive, Asean… is guaranteed to be an irrelevant Asean" . 바카라사이트주소 But, before we can be more active, we need to examine whether the conditions for doing so are deteriorating or improving. Let us examine, for example, whether certain Asean nations' power of self-determination on trade and foreign relations has weakened or strengthened in recent years. Asean as a collective body has no intention of taking sides in a United States-China conflict in the region. 안전놀이터 However, each nation has to take care of its own national interests, first and foremost. Each nation is being pulled by different external factors.   Achieving a good balance is getting more challenging and, for certain nations, it has become almost impossible. If the superpowers are sincere in hoping Asean will remain a united, effective and valuable partner, they should respect how we conduct our economic and foreign relation affairs, with least interference from their part. Superpowers should solve their contests and conflicts in the region in an amicable way among themselves. They should not use nations here as pawns, as doing so will diminish the neutrality and, eventually, the unity of Asean. In short, Asean should not be collateral damage in the superpowers' tussles in the region. 바카라사이트 The trade war between China and the US has already started. It is time for Asean to stay united to prevent the region from being used as a battlefield of any sort. Asean nations should collectively and individually exert more influence on the superpowers through various channels. If we stay passive, the result is obvious - Asean will become a disunited and irrelevant body down the road.
    Sep 05, 2018 437
  • 05 Sep 2018
    hile I appreciate that Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong spoke from experience and with good intentions, I do not think his statement has adequately addressed Singaporeans' concerns over ministerial salaries. 온라인카지노 Singaporean MPs remain significantly higher paid than their counterparts in other developed nations, such as Britainor Germany, even after factoring in additional on-the-job benefits that those countries provide or disparities in the costs of living. Most developed nations pay their ministers an equitable remuneration based on an average of the country's per capita gross domestic product. The significance of this comparison is twofold. 온라인바카라 First, Singaporeans may perceive this salary gap as an incongruity. Even if the Government presents logical justifications for its pay structure, the popular perception of "excessive salary" will remain, and that can have the very tangible effect of undermining faith in public institutions.   Thus, while Mr Goh's position is well argued, I do not think Singaporeans have been convinced. Second, it casts doubts on the argument that competitive salaries are required to attract top talent. 카지노사이트주소 Indeed, the Cabinets of the above-mentioned countries are staffed with highly qualified and capable individuals willing to forgo private-sector opportunities and remuneration to serve their electorate. This harks back to Singapore's first generation of leaders, who poured their talents and energies into the nation-building project without the expectation of a handsome salary. Do we not desire this spirit of self-sacrificial service in our leaders?
    450 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • hile I appreciate that Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong spoke from experience and with good intentions, I do not think his statement has adequately addressed Singaporeans' concerns over ministerial salaries. 온라인카지노 Singaporean MPs remain significantly higher paid than their counterparts in other developed nations, such as Britainor Germany, even after factoring in additional on-the-job benefits that those countries provide or disparities in the costs of living. Most developed nations pay their ministers an equitable remuneration based on an average of the country's per capita gross domestic product. The significance of this comparison is twofold. 온라인바카라 First, Singaporeans may perceive this salary gap as an incongruity. Even if the Government presents logical justifications for its pay structure, the popular perception of "excessive salary" will remain, and that can have the very tangible effect of undermining faith in public institutions.   Thus, while Mr Goh's position is well argued, I do not think Singaporeans have been convinced. Second, it casts doubts on the argument that competitive salaries are required to attract top talent. 카지노사이트주소 Indeed, the Cabinets of the above-mentioned countries are staffed with highly qualified and capable individuals willing to forgo private-sector opportunities and remuneration to serve their electorate. This harks back to Singapore's first generation of leaders, who poured their talents and energies into the nation-building project without the expectation of a handsome salary. Do we not desire this spirit of self-sacrificial service in our leaders?
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    I believe that ministers must be given adequate and comparable pay, taking into consideration the sacrifices they have to make when crossing over from the private to the public sector. 인터넷카지노     Being a high-flying chief executivein the corporate world is very different from being a minister or politician. The CEO's primary job is to ensure that he and his staff bring in profit for the organisation. To this end, the CEO has to fully exploit his business and financial acumen and lay out the strategies for his staff to adhere to. 인터넷바카라 And for this, he and his staff are adequately rewarded with good bonuses by the board of directors at the end of the financial year. But, if the same CEO crosses over to the public sector and becomes a minister, it is no longer about moneymaking but, rather, about the service to the people.   It is an entirely different ball game in the public sector, where the passion to serve the people is paramount. A good minister need not always be a high-flier from the corporate world with a master's degree or PhD. As long as he is reasonably educated, able to mix well and identify with the ground, able to communicate his thoughts well and can lead, he will make a good minister. 카지노사이트 There are so many examples of ministers who were not high-fliers in the corporate world before crossing over. If any high-flier from the private sector insists that he will become a minister only if he gets the same pay he was drawing in the private sector, then he would be a failure as a minister, because being a minister is all about sacrifices and service to the people and nation. Our national servicemen make sacrifices when doing their two-year stints in the uniformed services. Ministers are expected to do likewise for the well-being of our nation.
    539 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I believe that ministers must be given adequate and comparable pay, taking into consideration the sacrifices they have to make when crossing over from the private to the public sector. 인터넷카지노     Being a high-flying chief executivein the corporate world is very different from being a minister or politician. The CEO's primary job is to ensure that he and his staff bring in profit for the organisation. To this end, the CEO has to fully exploit his business and financial acumen and lay out the strategies for his staff to adhere to. 인터넷바카라 And for this, he and his staff are adequately rewarded with good bonuses by the board of directors at the end of the financial year. But, if the same CEO crosses over to the public sector and becomes a minister, it is no longer about moneymaking but, rather, about the service to the people.   It is an entirely different ball game in the public sector, where the passion to serve the people is paramount. A good minister need not always be a high-flier from the corporate world with a master's degree or PhD. As long as he is reasonably educated, able to mix well and identify with the ground, able to communicate his thoughts well and can lead, he will make a good minister. 카지노사이트 There are so many examples of ministers who were not high-fliers in the corporate world before crossing over. If any high-flier from the private sector insists that he will become a minister only if he gets the same pay he was drawing in the private sector, then he would be a failure as a minister, because being a minister is all about sacrifices and service to the people and nation. Our national servicemen make sacrifices when doing their two-year stints in the uniformed services. Ministers are expected to do likewise for the well-being of our nation.
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    Mr Seah Yam Meng claims that society should offer euthanasia as an alternative to reduce the high rate of elderly suicide.  However, euthanasia should not be legalised because it is just a glorified form of suicide. 카지노사이트주소 Just because it involves an official document and a doctor does not change the fact that someone is in such a dark and lonely place that he has decided his life is not worth living. We have to work on creating a community that will help people find a reason to keep living, not give them a quick "solution" to end all their problems. By legalising euthanasia, the responsibility is pushed on to the person in question, not the people around who could make a change. 바카라사이트주소 This would make euthanasia seem ideal to the uninvolved because this places them on a moral high ground.   It is an easier way to deal with illness and suffering. Last, it is illogical to compare putting down animals with euthanasia for humans. Animals do not have a say in ending their lives, their owners do. Often, we focus on our pain instead of how we can come out of it stronger. 안전놀이터 I cannot imagine the pain that terminally ill people go through, but I believe that if they put up a good fight, they would be an inspiration to others who are battling the same illness to keep fighting. To fight is to take a gamble on your life, but to not do so is to guarantee death.
    536 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Mr Seah Yam Meng claims that society should offer euthanasia as an alternative to reduce the high rate of elderly suicide.  However, euthanasia should not be legalised because it is just a glorified form of suicide. 카지노사이트주소 Just because it involves an official document and a doctor does not change the fact that someone is in such a dark and lonely place that he has decided his life is not worth living. We have to work on creating a community that will help people find a reason to keep living, not give them a quick "solution" to end all their problems. By legalising euthanasia, the responsibility is pushed on to the person in question, not the people around who could make a change. 바카라사이트주소 This would make euthanasia seem ideal to the uninvolved because this places them on a moral high ground.   It is an easier way to deal with illness and suffering. Last, it is illogical to compare putting down animals with euthanasia for humans. Animals do not have a say in ending their lives, their owners do. Often, we focus on our pain instead of how we can come out of it stronger. 안전놀이터 I cannot imagine the pain that terminally ill people go through, but I believe that if they put up a good fight, they would be an inspiration to others who are battling the same illness to keep fighting. To fight is to take a gamble on your life, but to not do so is to guarantee death.
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    It was disheartening to learn that Singapore's plastic recycling rate lags far behind other developed countries. 카지노사이트  Many Singapore retailers, supermarket chains and customers may not easily change their behaviour over single-use plastic bags in the near future. To help reduce the use of plastic bags, the National Environment Agency (NEA) could financially reward retailers that give incentives to customers who bring their own bags. Retailers will be thus able to offset the cost of giving more monetary rewards, and more customers will be interested in bringing their own bags. 온라인카지노 Retailers could impose a small fee of 10 cents to 20 cents on each customer who wants to use plastic bags for their purchases. This fee will make customers think twice before using plastic bags, especially for small purchases that can be easily taken away. 온라인바카라   The NEA could also reward or recognise retailers that use biodegradable bags or make an effort in their business practices to reduce single-use plastics. I hope all the stakeholders will make a real effort to reduce plastic usage and protect our wonderful garden city.
    525 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • It was disheartening to learn that Singapore's plastic recycling rate lags far behind other developed countries. 카지노사이트  Many Singapore retailers, supermarket chains and customers may not easily change their behaviour over single-use plastic bags in the near future. To help reduce the use of plastic bags, the National Environment Agency (NEA) could financially reward retailers that give incentives to customers who bring their own bags. Retailers will be thus able to offset the cost of giving more monetary rewards, and more customers will be interested in bringing their own bags. 온라인카지노 Retailers could impose a small fee of 10 cents to 20 cents on each customer who wants to use plastic bags for their purchases. This fee will make customers think twice before using plastic bags, especially for small purchases that can be easily taken away. 온라인바카라   The NEA could also reward or recognise retailers that use biodegradable bags or make an effort in their business practices to reduce single-use plastics. I hope all the stakeholders will make a real effort to reduce plastic usage and protect our wonderful garden city.
    Sep 05, 2018 525
  • 05 Sep 2018
    Some say that the rich or richly paid are not likely to be corrupt. Not really. Many drug lords and politicians who have fingers in their national coffers are, as the Chinese saying goes, "snakes that are so avaricious that they even attempt to swallow an elephant". 바카라사이트         The intrinsic value of a Singapore dollar - the value of the plastic and ink that make up the dollar - should be lower than its currency value. But, the intrinsic value of a person is his innate character. It should be higher than the values of his title and his pay. A learned Roman refused to serve his emperor and was reduced to eating porridge, considered a poor man's food. Someone taunted him, saying: 인터넷카지노  "If you know how to serve Caesar you don't have to eat porridge."   He replied: "If you know how to eat porridge, you don't have to serve Caesar." Once, I was surprised that a millionaire was caught for financial corruption. "Didn't he have enough?" I exclaimed. My wife, who overheard me, said: "What do you know? You have never even smelled a million!" 인터넷바카라 Good point. If I already had a million, would I be practising the philosophy of one of my very rich students who once told me: "Sir, you can never have too much money." A really great man is one who, while serving Caesar, also knows how to eat only rice or even porridge, if necessary. Such integrity is a rarity.
    628 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Some say that the rich or richly paid are not likely to be corrupt. Not really. Many drug lords and politicians who have fingers in their national coffers are, as the Chinese saying goes, "snakes that are so avaricious that they even attempt to swallow an elephant". 바카라사이트         The intrinsic value of a Singapore dollar - the value of the plastic and ink that make up the dollar - should be lower than its currency value. But, the intrinsic value of a person is his innate character. It should be higher than the values of his title and his pay. A learned Roman refused to serve his emperor and was reduced to eating porridge, considered a poor man's food. Someone taunted him, saying: 인터넷카지노  "If you know how to serve Caesar you don't have to eat porridge."   He replied: "If you know how to eat porridge, you don't have to serve Caesar." Once, I was surprised that a millionaire was caught for financial corruption. "Didn't he have enough?" I exclaimed. My wife, who overheard me, said: "What do you know? You have never even smelled a million!" 인터넷바카라 Good point. If I already had a million, would I be practising the philosophy of one of my very rich students who once told me: "Sir, you can never have too much money." A really great man is one who, while serving Caesar, also knows how to eat only rice or even porridge, if necessary. Such integrity is a rarity.
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