SINGAPORE: Singapore and New Zealand are “natural partners”, the countries' prime ministers said on Friday (May 17), after establishing an Enhanced Partnership, a milestone in the countries' 54-year relationship.They were speaking at a press conference after inking the partnership, which set the stage for the two island nations to deepen cooperation in the areas of trade and economics, defence and security, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links.The two countries share similar strategic perspectives on the region, believe in trade liberalisation and support an open, rules-based international trading system, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.He added that Singapore is one of New Zealand’s top trading partners and investors. The countries enjoy strong defence and tourism ties, as well as robust research links, he added.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was here on her first official visit, similarly … [Read more...] about Singapore and New Zealand are ‘natural partners’, say PMs
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It is my view that your Letters page is unique in the publishing game. It is imaginative, topical and interactive. Rather than restricting contributors to news of the day you let the chickens range free, and it’s really popular. Everyone I know who reads the papers at my favourite coffee shop turns first to read your page rather than the boring stuff on the page up front. I don’t know if you are a Thai guy or farang, but what I do know is that you are an excellent journo with a great sense of humour and pretty rare feel for what your readers want and appreciate. I have just heard the news today that the hard copy Nation will shortly cease to exist. I find this decision quite unfathomable and depressing. I love the smell and feel of newsprint and smile to myself if I detect a touch of ink on my fingertips after my daily flicking through the pages. To be honest, an important part of my day will be lost if this loss does actually come about. I … [Read more...] about Three chaiyos for Have Your Say!
It took me all of 11 minutes to vote last Monday, from the time I looked for the classroom where my precinct was assigned, to the moment indelible ink was daubed on my forefinger. And the ink is truly indelible; after several applications of acetone and washing with soap, my fingernail is still stained. It helped that I have stored my voting precinct number in my cell phone. And it helps to look on the bright side of the midterm elections, disappointing as some of the voters’ choices might be. One noteworthy aspect is the low level of armed violence. In previous general and midterm elections, a death toll of 80 from the start of the year until election day was not unusual. This time, the Philippine National Police recorded only about 20 election-related killings since January, with not a single case reported on election day itself. Credit goes to the PNP and the Armed Forces; they should do an even better job in 2022. Or maybe there’s a new breed of Pinoy politician that … [Read more...] about The positives
By Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Mon., May 13, 2019 Premier Doug Ford says his Progressive Conservative MPPs are welcome to “speak their mind” but emphasized the provincial government is not touching the abortion issue. “I don’t dictate to anyone what their beliefs are,” Ford said Monday when asked by the NDP if he supports the views of three of his members — including Sam Oosterhoff of Niagara West — who spoke at an anti-abortion rally in front of the legislature on Thursday. “Can any of my members speak their mind? Yes, they can speak their mind, because not everyone in this legislature thinks the same,” the premier added. “We have a big tent there,” Ford continued, referring to the PC party. “We are not — I’m going to repeat — we are not reopening any abortion issues here in this legislature. It’s very simple.” Oosterhoff stood up with fellow Conservative … [Read more...] about Doug Ford says abortion issue won’t be reopened
Faith, family and finance are the three “F” words that all of us try to keep a good balance in life. And over at Kape at Salita, the Saturday morning program on DZMM hosted by Brothers Bo Sanchez, Alvin Barcelona, Randy Borromeo and Sister Rissa Singson-Kawpeng, the discussion mainly centers on the importance of the three Fs in our day-to-day existence. Perhaps, Kape at Salita is the only local teleradyo presentation that speaks freely about money and the benefits every listener gets in handling it correctly. It may sound too conflicting to some to combine faith with money since it has been said many times over that money is the root of all evil and most people are likely to believe in it. “I think that’s the uniqueness of the show,” began Bo. “Our perspective of money is that money is not the root of all evil. When you examine the Bible it says, the love for money is the root of all (sorts of) evil. Not money. We just want to point out that money … [Read more...] about Faith, family & finance