SINGAPORE - Singaporeans today, compared with their forefathers, have better lives, with access to world-class education, affordable and high-quality healthcare, and a high rate of home ownership, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 19). But they still feel cost of living pressures, he noted in his National Day Rally speech in Mandarin, which focused largely on the issue. Acknowledging their worries, he said: "They sense that they have to spend more, that their earnings never seem quite enough." He gave four reasons Singaporeans feel this way, and pledged the Government will do its part to ease their concerns. But people need to do their part, too, he said, urging them to adopt some lifestyle changes to ease the squeeze on their wallets. The reasons for feeling financially pressured vary, he noted. For young families, they pay close attention to the costs of housing and pre-school education as they are buying their first property and planning to have children. The … [Read more...] about National Day Rally 2018: PM Lee Hsien Loong gives 4 reasons why people feel cost-of-living pressures
Speech giving tips
The influence of the Catholic Church with some 80 million Filipinos within its fold is being put to a test by President Rodrigo Duterte’s striking an unrepentant posture even while his handlers scramble to head off a costly collision for him. One week into the tiff triggered by the President’s caustic comments about a “stupid” God and allegedly hypocritical prelates, and his questioning a number of Church tenets, Duterte remains unapologetic. His sacrilegious remarks have incensed a growing number of Christians as reflected in social media postings and statements of organizations and opinion leaders in his dominantly Catholic country. If mismanaged, the “stupid God” height of Duterte’s profanity-laced public statements and meandering speeches could be a tipping point leading to the 2019 midterm elections. It helps, however, that despite the irreverence of the highest official of the land, Manila archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle asked … [Read more...] about Who’ll give in first in CBCP-Du30 tiff?
source Jacob Lund / Unsplash Few events in life will be as nerve-wracking as your wedding day – except perhaps the day you’re someone’s best man. Often it’s the best man’s speech that the guests are waiting for, because traditionally it’s the one that’s the most fun. You’re likely to hear uncensored, embarrassing stories of the groom’s youth, and even the bride might learn something new about their new husband. But all of this means there’s a lot of pressure on the best man. The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place on Saturday, and if best man Prince William isn’t prepared, his speech may fall flat – or he may be outshone by his sister-in-law-to-be, who is a professional actress. Based on tips from experts, here are 11 rules you should follow to prepare for and deliver a winning best man’s speech. After all, once your moment is over, you can … [Read more...] about 11 rules for writing a best man’s speech so you don’t crash and burn
caption Grammar is important regardless of the field you’re in. source Strelka Institute/Flickr Poor writing can make others think you aren’t intelligent. I’m the executive editor of a magazine and know firsthand how grammar can change the meaning of a sentence. Don’t get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips. As the executive editor of Avenue Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in New York City, I see the importance of proper grammar every day. But you don’t have to work in publishing to realize the necessity of good writing. Misplaced commas, an incorrect spelling, or a missing hyphen can change the meaning of a sentence. Language rules exist for clarity. A classic example is the sentence “Let’s eat mom,” which reads much differently from “Let’s eat, mom.” In the first, the writer is having her … [Read more...] about Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter
By Neil Pasricha Special to the Star Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 We all have to give speeches. I’ve given more than 250 of them over the past few years. And I’d like to spend some time today sharing what I’ve learned about the common structure every single speech should have. It doesn’t matter whether you’re giving a toast at a wedding, a boardroom presentation to a big client, or a keynote address at a trade show — every single time you get up, you better do these three things: Read more: Opinion | Neil Pasricha: Find ‘Win Circles’ in life to create positive habits Article Continued Below Opinion | Neil Pasricha: Three tips to increase productivity and help clear your mind Opinion | Neil Pasricha: Why your coffee meetings could be cramping others’ style 1. Entertain This is the base of the pyramid. The starting point. Table stakes. Want to know how entertained your audience will be by the time you get … [Read more...] about How to deliver a winning speech in three key steps