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Singapore threatens legal action against local firms blamed for smog from Sumatra

Singapore threatens legal action against local firms blamed for smog from Sumatra | Possibilities | Scoop.it
Singapore said yesterday that it would pursue local firms found to be involved in starting forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, as Greenpeace said the blazes were on palm oil plantations owned by Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean companies....

Via SustainOurEarth, Yong Jian
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From what I have seen, Singapore's environment and lifestyle were highly affected due to the haze produced by the burning of dead crops in Sumatra, Indonesia. When Indonesia was being questioned about the origin of the haze problem by the government, the Indonesians pushed the blame to the companies from Singapore and other countries who invested in burning. I think Indonesia should not be so irresponsible in pushing the blame to the other countries. Instead, Indonesia should cooperate with countries like Singapore, hand in hand together, find out the culprits and solve the problem together. All the countries are diverse in a world, thus everyone should stay together especially in times of danger and problems. I wonder how the Singapore government will act if the situation is vice-versa.

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Jun Liang's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:17 AM

The recent haze problem in Singapore had caused many problems. I witnessed many elderly's health being affected and needed to visit the hospital. When the government of Singapore requested Indonesia to resolve the situation, indonesia blamed other countries' companies situated in indonesia for burning forest illegally and this includes Singapore. I feel that since everyone live in the same place called Earth, we should not be harming one another but taking good care of each other. We should also work together to solve any problem quickly. If this problem is not quickly solved, when will it be? How many more people have to go to the hospital until the haze problem can actually subsidies and turn better?

Samantha Chan's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:23 AM

This is my insight using see-think-wonder thinking routines. The recent haze from the forest fires in Indonesia has affected the neighbouring countries people’s daily lives in many ways. Singapore reached a new haze reading record on Friday. Singapore government had spoke to Indonesia’s officials, but no action was taken and they blamed it on other countries. They are irresponsible for starting the fire and pushing blame to others. They should start finding out the culprit instead of not doing anything and pushing blame onto others.

Thinesh Kannan's curator insight, July 1, 2013 6:11 AM

The recent haze problem in Singapore had caused many problems. A lot of people were affected and had to go to the hospital. When the government of Singapore requested Indonesia to resolve the situation, indonesia blamed the illegal forest burning. They even said that other countries were involved including Singapore. I feel that since everyone live in the same place called Earth, we should not be harming one another but taking good care of each other. We should also work together to solve any problem quickly. How many more people have to go to the hospital until the haze problem can actually subsidies and turn better? What if students get affected and cannot study properly?

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From rags to riches: Singapore’s success stories | Five Stars And a Moon

From rags to riches: Singapore’s success stories | Five Stars And a Moon | Possibilities | Scoop.it
Who are some of Singapore’s most successful business executives? How did they grow their businesses from their humble beginnings?

Via NeoJiaLing
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After reading this article, I understand that they actually went through several rough sloops in their life. Despite the unknowns heading their way, they did not give up nor back off. The constant hard work and willing to learn from failures are one of the reasons why they were successful in various ways. With the right attitude, mind set and determination, I believe that everyone would be able to fulfil our dreams. I think that their stories would act as an inspiration to those who are struggling. I wonder if they would be willing to help others in future.

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Seah Jun Hao Reynard's curator insight, July 1, 2013 10:12 AM

I see that their hard work and perseverance has paid off. I think they have worked very hard and went through many obstacles to become successful. I wonder if everyone was like that, would becoming successful be 'successful'?

Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:43 PM

After reading this article, I know that it is not easy to achieve success. The people in this article came from different backgrounds but they all faced setbacks in order to become successful. Although they struggled, these businessmen and businesswomen were able to achieve success through their determination as well as their willingness to sacrifice. Many of them took up several jobs to pay for their education fees. They were humble and had the courage to take risks. Through their hard work and effort, they eventually became successful. I think that if you want to be successful in life, you must have the determination to achieve your goal and believe that you are able to survive through the obstacles faced in the process. These people serve as my role model as they are local and they inspire me to work harder in everything I do. I wonder if they ever had the thought of giving up at the most difficult times in their lives.

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Seeing Possibilities

Seeing Possibilities | Possibilities | Scoop.it
You are today where your thoughts have brought you & you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will lead you. Engage in the future when seeing possibilities.

Via John Michel
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With right attitude, influence from the outside world and the effort one put in, one will develop a good character and thus, success could be achieved easily. Everyone should step out of our comfort zone and venture different routes and possibilities. One would to be affected in their daily performances be it, in work or school. This will make a huge impact in the future of one's life. I wonder why does people gives up easily or start to have negative mindsets when they face problems that do not have straightforward solutions. Isn't life a challenge? 

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:23 AM

I can see that when people are awlays being exposed to negative thoughts and information, they tend to make bad choices due to their negative thoughts, affecting the way he or she lead their life. This cause people to feel demoralised , which will also affect the way they think.Thus, it is important to think positive, and see the brighter side of life. This will allow people to strive towards their goal, and have their desired outcome. I think attitude plays a important role in the way we think. i wonder why do people not think the positive side of life.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:59 AM

After reading this article, I realized that positive attitude is needed to determine the life we're living in and also the possibilities that we can achieve. Many people may be affected in their life due to the negative thoughts and attitude that they have, if they had positive attitude in all the things they do, they would live a better life and discover things that they might have never discovered before. These positive attitude and thoughts leads to finding even more possibilities and lead us to the right path onto our future.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:09 AM

From this article, i realise that with the right attitude, we can come up with all different kind of outcome in some situations. If your attitude is positive for everything, everything might just turn out the way that you want it. However if you have a negative attitude, things will not go the way you want it to and it might get even worse. Thus, i wonder why some people dont think with a positive attitude.

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How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail

How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail | Possibilities | Scoop.it

 

When Gregory Wade left Research In Motion’s Asia Pacific headquarters here last fall, the logical thing to do might have been to pack up his family and head home to his native shore of British Columbia.

 

Instead, the eight-year expat joined an equity firm and continued preaching the economic miracle of Singapore, coaching Canadian firms looking to set up shop in the region as a vice-president for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

 

“You will sense a vibe of growth, of energy, a sense of entrepreneurship and the desire and interest to create new and innovative products and services,” said Mr. Wade, who is now managing director of mobility at InflexionPoint Acquisition Corp. “I didn’t get that same vibe in Canada, regardless of locale.”

 

For a city-state with no resources, limited land and a small population, creating the explosive growth and development of the past half-century has meant running it like a corporation – using highly trained, highly paid leaders, inviting the world’s best and brightest to its work force with an open-door policy, and with a near-zero tolerance for dissent among the masses.

 

The result is a planned, modern economy with efficient public services, an educated population and a per-capita share of gross domestic product of more than $60,000 (U.S.), the highest in Southeast Asia. Singapore ranks No. 2 on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness rankings.

 

Today, as Singapore nears the 50th anniversary of its independence, the original economic miracle is slowing. Hit hard by the Asian financial crisis, the dot-com bust, the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and then global recession in 2008, the city-state is at an economic turning point.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Annisa Ilham, Tan Ying Shan, Eliza Koh JL, YingLing Tan, YanTingg. ♔
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Even though Singapore is a small country, we are still comparable to well developed countries such as Europe or the United States as we are economically stable. I think that Singapore is doing great even during difficult times because we have great leaders to lead us. However in the article it states that the government would help solve the crisis. Therefore, nothing is impossible, That makes me think that we are actually very honoured and lucky to have countries from all the over the world to help us. However, I think that Singapore should be independent and do something to help itself despite of all those limitations.  I wonder what will happen if other countries did not step in to assist and help Singapore. Will Singapore be able to pull through the crisis ourselves?

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:13 AM

I see that the economy of Singapore has hetting better but recently, the progress hadbecome slower because of many things that happened which hit hard on our economy.Many countries were affected, including Singapore as our economy relies mainly on exports. Despite this, many big organisations and businesses are willing to set up companies and develop in Singapore. I think that there is still alot that Singapore can do and offer despite the challenges it is facing and the limitations it has.Eventhough things may have been slowing down, Singapore still receives offers. The reason Singapore is slowing down is because since Singapore is such a small country, the amount of natural resources we have here is very limited. Despite the limited and small space, Singapore is not affected as there are still people who wants to work and start businesses here. This shows that Singapore has done a great job making itself known to the world, and has already found a space for itself.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:44 AM

After reading this article, I found out that Singapore's econmy has boomed since its independence. However this is only due as Singapore has traded with other countries in order to survive. On one end, this sounds great as Singapore is thriving due to this but, on the other end, this is also worrying as this clearly shows that Singapore is dependent on other countries in order to survive. This clearly shows us that Singapore is extremely vulnerable. However after ssingapore survived the SARS, H5N1 and the H1N1 period, I believe that the future of this nation is bright.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:13 AM

As we all know , Singapore is a young nation which has been rediscovered and rebuilt a few years ago. Singapore may be small and that it doesn't have any nature resources but it's position in the world is what makes it stands out. It started of as a port and has slowly been created to how it is now , a successful country , the country which practices meritocracy which is known worldwide. All of these wouldn't have happened if our forefather's didn't protect and built our country well. This is their results of their hard work. However , as it is , Singapore is a very tiny red dot on the globe and is extremely vulnerable to everything that's happening in the world. However , no matter how many crisis we faced we're still standing as strong as ever because we didn't give up , we singaporeans all have a sense of belonging and we all fought and stood with singapore when it was weak. Nowadays , competition is really getting more and more intense as the days , the hours , the minutes and the seconds past. Its like between everyone and everything , there's a competition going on , no matter big or small , all of us are under intense pressure , trying our very best to be the victor. This is why , i hope that this article which is published would make an impact to all its reader's out there , slapping them in their face that they would definitely have to step up and work together to maintain how everything is now. Once they stop and start turning lazy , everything will just go down and i really don't want to think how it will be then. Thus i hope that since singapore has survived so many major crisis , we would forever be like this , the bright and successful nation which everyone looks up to.

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The Different Types of Prejudice | eHow

The Different Types of Prejudice | eHow | Possibilities | Scoop.it
Prejudice is a preconceived judgment or opinion that is usually based on limited information about a group or groups of people.

Via Lim Xin Hwee
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After reading the article, I learn that there are many types of prejudice in the world like, sexism and ableism. Discrimination would become a serious and big issue in the future as people constantly make false assumptions and judgement of other people whom they view as 'not right'. I think being judgemental something that is being taught when we are very young. For example, parents would teach us, children like this kind of behaviour is not upright, newspaper always have articles on small issues like parents being “kiasu” and when teenagers do something wrong, other parents would be gossiping behind their backs, talking about how bad their parents are. All these are examples of being judgemental to one’s actions. Thus, everyone is living in this kind of judgmental world, trained to live in this kind of society. No one is perfect, and when people make mistakes, it’s common. Just correct your mistakes and life goes on. Even wrong doers have feelings and we should respect them and consider them and not discriminate them. I think inequality should be spread around the world so as to stop all the discriminating. I wonder if there's any way to spread kindness and accept for who they really are.

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Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:47 PM

This article describes the different types of prejudice that lead to stereotyping and misjudgments. From this article, I have learnt that prejudice is a preconceived judgment or opinion that is usually based on limited information about a group or groups of people. The most common types of prejudice are those based on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
I feel that we should not judge people based on their skin colour or gender as it is unfair and rude to make false comments about them. Everyone should be treated with justice in spite of their race, religion and gender. We all should think twice before making comments or evaluating one's character and personality.
I wonder what good can even come out of making judgments and if there are none, why do people still judge?

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:26 AM

From this article i can infer that there are still many acts of discrimination happening in the world today like racism or gender discrimination. There is also social discrimination happening in schools and even in school places. This does not only happen in our time as in the past many acts of discrimination is practised throught the world.This can be seen as the blacks were socially discriminated in europe centuries due to their skin colour. Women in the past are discriminated as they aren't allowed to study, work or have any form of political power in the past as they are females. Eventhough these acts of discrimanation is actively happening in the past it is also rather saddening that mankind does realise his mistakes and infact still practises discrimmination.For example, in school, some of the students are discrimanted as they fat, ugly and slow in processing knowledge. I sometimes wonder when will people change their and begin accepting these group of people in the society. Thus I believe that we should stop discriminating each other but accept each strength and weakness in order to create a utopian society.

Asha Begum's curator insight, July 6, 5:29 AM

This article talks about the different types of acts of prejudice existing today. Prejudice is judgement people make of others which may not be a truth.