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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Defenders of NSman in centre of storm fight back with doctored
photo
Posted on 31 Mar 2011



The now-famous photo of a soldier being followed by a maid carrying his field pack has sparked much debate online. It is no wonder that a doctored picture without the maid has also surfaced. Could this be a move to save the honour of NSmen?

In a report in The Straits Times today (Mar 31), the two pictures were analysed by Photo Editor Michael Sargent. Here are five telltale signs why the picture of the NSman carrying his own fieldpack is a fake.

1) The person did a shoddy job of taking out the maid's outline. There are signs of discolouration on the walkway and grass.

2) The size of the pack has been reduced and placed on the NSF. As a result, the resolution of the pack on the doctored photo looks sharper than the rest of his body.

3) Adding to the original picture's authenticity is the weight of the pack on the maid's shoulder. Her T-shirt is creased and her hand is clearly seen on the front strap. On the other photo, the pack does not seem to fit the NSF.

4) A cloning technique, which allows the user to copy pixels to a different location, was used. When done poorly, it results in a different resolution or a blurred effect compared to the rest of the photo. This is seen on the drain and walkway.

5) In the original picture, there is a stone in the middle of the walkway while there are about three in the doctored one. Two of the rocks are almost translucent, and this form of 'ghosting' is a side effect of the poor cloning technique used here too.

In addition, The New Paper also carried an analysis of the picture, spotting additional flaws.

A STOMPer first wrote in with the doctored picture (Mar 29) and said:

"Saving SAF's reputation, the truth abt the NSF incident.

"I think it will be best to email you this before this turns into a national debacle.

"The image of the NS men and his maid carrying his bag is doctored. I found this on Facebook, so apparently someone went to photoshop (the maid into) the picture and it has spread like wild fire.

"Please publish it so that the SAF’s image will not be tarnished any further."

STOMPer AK47 also wrote in with the same picture:

"This picture has been making the rounds on the internet.

"Some people have been claiming that the picture without the maid is actually the original one.

"Either they don't know better or they want to save the honour of NSmen.

"I mean, look at it, it's so obviously fake. I can even see the outline of the maid there as the ground has a darker patch."

Netizens have also been exercising their creative muscle by making quirky and humourous parodies derived from the original picture.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

intelligenceHottest IT job skills for 2011

CoreITby Kevin FogartyBusiness





Jobs grow slowly, shift dramatically toward cloud, virtualization, businessMarch 21, 2011, 12:49 PM —
The number of jobs in corporate IT is increasing – slowly – according to a new analysis of government statistics from IT-management and HR consulting firm Janco Associates.

That doesn't mean the growth is good news for IT staffers or middle managers, however.

IT is in the middle of a fundamental transition from traditional data-center-based IT to a more distributed, dynamic model that includes cloud- and virtualized services – which require different skills, different organizations and often involves more contract workers and outsourcing, the report concludes.

The result is a much less certain future for everyone in IT, and big changes in what's expected of them:

" Janco predicts there will be more churn in IT staff as CIOs accelerate their move to more flexible staffing models. CIOs are outsourcing more technical work, including managed IP services such as VoIP and VPNs. They are hiring more contractors for desktop and security services, and they are putting more applications such as remote backup in the cloud," the report said.

The result is that CIOs are eager to retrain or replace people with aging or less relevant skills, but are having trouble finding those with the right business-oriented skills, cloud-computing skills and other high-demand specialties.

IT recruitment giant Robert Half Technology's latest IT Hiring Index – a survey of 1,400 CIOs – estimates a net 7 percent increase in the number of companies creating new positions in IT. The survey showed 9 percent of CIOs expect to add positions, while 2 percent expect to cut them.

CIOs are still cautious, though. Only 48 percent said they were extremely confident their companies would fund new IT projects during the second quarter.

A few specifics:

The U.S. Dept. of Labor estimated the U.S. economy created 192,000 new jobs during February, though the unemployment rate held steady at 8.9 percent. Unemployment has dropped .9 percent since November, the report said.

After adjusting for seasonal fluctuation, hiring and firing, Janco estimates there were only about 2,600 new IT jobs created in February.

The labor department classifies IT-related jobs in several different categories, which normally makes it more difficult, rather than less, to figure out what's happening in IT.

In this case the report shows a loss of 43,700 jobs in the Telecommunications sector during the previous 12 months, compared to growth of 48,500 jobs in Computer System Design and Related Services.

The shift from skills consistent with telecom departments and toward more sysadmin-related jobs is probably a reflection on the push by many companies to outsource the complicated tech to which they can't add much value, and expand virtualization, cloud computing and web-related projects.

It probably doesn't hurt that Computer System Design would also cover anyone hired to implement or support mobile-computing projects using tablets, smartphones or other BYOT hardware.

Janco and RHI differ a bit on the list of jobs in highest demand, probably due to their differing focus. RHI's main business is recruiting and hiring contract or full-time workers for specific companies.

Janco's is a combination of analysis, consulting and research, focusing more on the business end result of IT projects, not exclusively who it hired to carry them out.

Tech jobs in highest demand this year, according Janco's annual IT Salary Survey, published in early January of this year:

Hardest skills to hire, according to RHI:

Skills in greatest demand, according to RHI

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty .

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Nuclear watchdog's view


http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/28_20.html

ဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံမွာ ျပင္းအား ၆.၅ ရွိတဲ့ ငလ်င္ ထပ္မံ လႈပ္သြားခဲ့တဲ့အတြက္ ဆူနာမီ သတိေပးခ်က္ ထုတ္ျပန္ထားပါတယ္။
ၿပီးခဲ့တဲ့ ငလ်င္နဲ႔ ဆူနာမီ ျဖစ္ပြားၿပီး ပ်က္စီးသြားခဲ့တဲ့ ႏ်ဴကလီးယားစက္႐ံုမွာ ေနာက္ဆံုး ေရဒီယုိ သတၱိႂကြမႈ အဆင့္က ပံုမွန္ထက္ အဆ ၁၀၀,၀၀၀ ျမင့္မားေနတယ္လို႔ စက္႐ံု တာ၀န္ရွိသူတေယာက္က ေျပာပါတယ္။ ဒီအဆင့္ဟာ တနဂၤေႏြေန႔ အေစာပိုင္းက ေျပာခဲ့တဲ့ အဆင့္ထက္ အမ်ားႀကီး ထိုးက်သြားတာပါ။
ဖူကူးရွီးမား (Fukishima) ႏ်ဴကလီးယား ဓာတ္အားေပးစက္႐ံုရဲ႕ နံပါတ္ ၂ ဓာတ္ေပါင္းဖိုရွိရာ အေဆာက္အဦးထဲက ေရထဲမွာ ေရဒီယို သတၱိႂကြမႈ အဆင့္ အဆ ၁၀ သန္း ျမင့္မားေနတယ္လို႔ ေစာေစာက မွားၿပီး စက္႐ံုတာ၀န္ရွိသူေတြက ဖတ္ခဲ့ၿပီး နာရီအေတာ္ၾကာမွာ ထပ္မံဖတ္႐ႈၿပီး ေျပာၾကားတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
အဲဒီလို မွားဖတ္ခဲ့တဲ့အတြက္ေၾကာင့္ စက္႐ုံ အလုပ္သမားေတြဟာ စက္႐ုံကေန ထြက္ေျပးခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။ စက္႐ံုလုပ္သားေတြဟာ အလြန္အကၽြံ အႏၲရာယ္မ်ားလွတဲ့ အေျခအေနမွာ တိက်တဲ့ သတင္းအခ်က္အလက္ေတြ ရရွိေအာင္ စိတ္ပန္းကိုယ္ပန္းနဲ႔ အလုပ္လုပ္ေနၾကရာက အခုလို မွားဖတ္ခဲ့တာေတြ ျဖစ္ရတာပါလို႔ အေၾကာင္းျပၾကပါတယ္။
စက္႐ံုနဲ႔ မီတာ ၃၀၀ အကြာက ပင္လယ္ေရထဲမွာ ေရဒီယုိ သတၱိႂကြ အိုင္အိုဒင္း အဆင့္ျမင့္မားေနတာကို ရွိေဖြေတြ႕ရွိခဲ့တယ္လို႔ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြက တနဂၤေႏြေန႔ ေစာေစာပိုင္းကလည္း ေျပာခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ သမုဒၵရာထဲမွာ ခုလို ေပ်ာ္၀င္ေနတဲ့ ပစၥည္းေတြက ပ်ံ႕သြားမွာမို႔ ေရထဲက သက္ရွိေတြကို ထိခုိ္က္ႏိုင္မွာ မဟုတ္ဘူးလို႔ တာ၀န္ရွိသူေတြက ေျပာပါတယ္။ ပင္လယ္စာေတြကလည္း စိတ္ခ်ရပါတယ္လို႔ သူတို႔က ဆိုပါတယ္။
Nuclear watchdog's view

Japan's nuclear safety watchdog says it believes radioactive elements from
melted nuclear fuel have found their way from one of the reactors at the damaged
Fukushima Daiichi plant to a turbine building here.

Radiation levels 100,000 times that found in water in an normally operating reactor were detected in water puddles in the Number 2 reactor's turbine building on Sunday. High
radiation figures were earlier recorded at similar locations at the Number 1 and
3 reactors.

The Nuclear Safety Commission, an independent body, says the
radiation level at the Number 2 reactor was dozens of times that of the other
two reactors.

The commission says that radioactive substances from
temporarily melted fuel rods at the Number 2 reactor had made their way into
water in the containment vessel and then somehow leaked out.

The commission says the radioactive water should be removed as soon as possible to
ensure the safety of workers.

The commission says the most immediate
concern is the possibility of highly radioactive water seeping into the ground
and the ocean. It said it has asked Tokyo Electric to monitor radiation levels
in the ground water and seawater more closely.

The commission added that
injecting water into the Number 2 reactor from outside should be continued
because the high levels of radiation are being detected only inside the turbine
building.

The watchdog said pumping water into the Number 2 reactor will
not be affected even if highly radioactive water continues to leak from the
containment vessel.

Monday, March 28, 2011 14:26 +0900 (JST)

More radioactive substances found in seawater

More high levels of radioactive material have been found in seawater near the
troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Tokyo Electric Power
Company says samples collected 30 meters from one of the plant's water outlets
on Sunday contained 46 becquerels per cubic centimeter of iodine-131. That's
1,150 times higher than the regulated standard level.

On Friday and
Saturday, water samples collected 330 meters south of another outlet showed
levels of iodine-131 that were higher than 1,000 times the standard level.
However, on Sunday the levels had dropped to 250 times the standard
level.

The government's nuclear safety agency says radioactive materials
may have leaked from the plant and drifted with the current from south to
north.

TEPCO is struggling to remove highly radioactive water from the
turbine buildings of 3 reactors before work to restore their cooling systems can
begin.

On Tuesday, the company intends to pump fresh water, instead of
sea water, into spent fuel storage pools of 2 reactors.

Fresh water was
pumped into the reactors by Saturday, to prevent the salt water from corroding
the cooling system.

Radioactive levels in the air are decreasing at most
observation points in the surrounding areas on Monday.

The reading in
Fukushima City, 65 kilometers northwest of the nuclear power plant, was 3.84
microsieverts per hour at 1 AM.

The annual total limit of radiation
exposure considered safe for humans is 1,000 microsieverts based on standards
set by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

Monday, March 28, 2011 14:26 +0900 (JST

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More hiring and salary increases during 1H 2011 – Achieve Group Hiring Trends Report

Submitted by Amit Puri - Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors on February 9, 2011 – 11:09 amNo Comment

headlines More hiring and salary increases during 1H 2011   Achieve Group Hiring Trends ReportLocal companies are intending to hire in the first half of this  year to capitalise on growth opportunities, with 48% looking to increase  hiring/staff strength by 5% to 10%. Many companies are also planning salary increases.

This  is according to the Hiring Trends 1H 2011 Report by Achieve Group, which recently polled  over 500 companies  to find out their predictions on economic growth  and their hiring plans during  this period. The report also surveyed  respondents on whether they believe it  will be easier to hire  foreign  workers after the upcoming General Elections this year.

Industry Hiring Outlook

The Report classified the participating companies into nine main sectors. Of which, the top sectors that intend to hire in 1H 2011 are Professional Services, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, and Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering. This contrasts with the second half of 2010, when the top industries hiring were IT & Telecommunications, Oil & Gas and Professional Services, according to the ACHIEVE Group’s Hiring Trends Report 2H 2010.

Banking & Finance Hiring/Jobs

51% of those in the Banking & Finance sector said that they would be hiring in 1H 2011 while 49% do not intend to hire.

Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Hiring/Jobs

Slightly more respondents (56%) in the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical industry are planning to hire while 44% are not.

IT & Telecommunications Hiring/Jobs

A slight majority (59%) in the IT & Telecommunications sector are not intending to expand their workforce. However, 41% are planning to expand.

Hospitality, Retail & F&B Hiring/Jobs

45% of those surveyed in Hospitality, Retail & F&B are planning to boost headcounts while 55% are not.

Shipping & Logistics Hiring/Jobs

The majority (64%) in this sector do not plan to hire, with only 36% intending to grow their staff numbers.

Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering Hiring/Jobs

54% of respondents in the Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering industry are expecting to hire more workers while 46% are not.

Oil & Gas Hiring/Jobs

In the Oil & Gas sector, 65% do not intend to hire while the minority of 35% do.

Professional Services Hiring/Jobs

59% of those in the Professional Services sector are planning to hire while 41% are not.

Property & Construction Hiring/Jobs

Just over half of those surveyed (54%) said they would be hiring while 46% said they would not.
“[Companies] are demonstrating a lot of confidence for the future – as exemplified by the more positive indications to hire,” Joshua Yim, founder and chief executive officer of ACHIEVE Group, said.

Additionally, companies are also planning to provide salary increases/increments for new hires.

Out  of the 500 local companies polled, 41% indicated intent to offer salary increases  of 5% to 10% to new employees. One in 10 expect to give salary increases of more than 15%.
But  local companies are finding it challenging to hire foreign workers  in Singapore because of the new governmental quota. Three fifths are expecting the  hiring of foreigners in Singapore to be even tougher until after the upcoming  General Elections.
About 70%  of companies are expecting economic growth of 3% to 5%, with only 20% of  companies anticipating less than 5% growth in the first half of 2011.

You can download the entire report here – Hiring Trends 1H 2011 Report by Achieve Group

Sources & References: Achieve Group; Topics: Hiring, Jobs, Salary, Salary Increases

 

More hiring and salary increases during 1H 2011 – Achieve Group Hiring Trends Report

Submitted by Amit Puri - Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors on February 9, 2011 – 11:09 amNo Comment

headlines More hiring and salary increases during 1H 2011   Achieve Group Hiring Trends ReportLocal companies are intending to hire in the first half of this  year to capitalise on growth opportunities, with 48% looking to increase  hiring/staff strength by 5% to 10%. Many companies are also planning salary increases.

This  is according to the Hiring Trends 1H 2011 Report by Achieve Group, which recently polled  over 500 companies  to find out their predictions on economic growth  and their hiring plans during  this period. The report also surveyed  respondents on whether they believe it  will be easier to hire  foreign  workers after the upcoming General Elections this year.

Industry Hiring Outlook

The Report classified the participating companies into nine main sectors. Of which, the top sectors that intend to hire in 1H 2011 are Professional Services, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, and Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering. This contrasts with the second half of 2010, when the top industries hiring were IT & Telecommunications, Oil & Gas and Professional Services, according to the ACHIEVE Group’s Hiring Trends Report 2H 2010.

Banking & Finance Hiring/Jobs

51% of those in the Banking & Finance sector said that they would be hiring in 1H 2011 while 49% do not intend to hire.

Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Hiring/Jobs

Slightly more respondents (56%) in the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical industry are planning to hire while 44% are not.

IT & Telecommunications Hiring/Jobs

A slight majority (59%) in the IT & Telecommunications sector are not intending to expand their workforce. However, 41% are planning to expand.

Hospitality, Retail & F&B Hiring/Jobs

45% of those surveyed in Hospitality, Retail & F&B are planning to boost headcounts while 55% are not.

Shipping & Logistics Hiring/Jobs

The majority (64%) in this sector do not plan to hire, with only 36% intending to grow their staff numbers.

Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering Hiring/Jobs

54% of respondents in the Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering industry are expecting to hire more workers while 46% are not.

Oil & Gas Hiring/Jobs

In the Oil & Gas sector, 65% do not intend to hire while the minority of 35% do.

Professional Services Hiring/Jobs

59% of those in the Professional Services sector are planning to hire while 41% are not.

Property & Construction Hiring/Jobs

Just over half of those surveyed (54%) said they would be hiring while 46% said they would not.
“[Companies] are demonstrating a lot of confidence for the future – as exemplified by the more positive indications to hire,” Joshua Yim, founder and chief executive officer of ACHIEVE Group, said.

Additionally, companies are also planning to provide salary increases/increments for new hires.

Out  of the 500 local companies polled, 41% indicated intent to offer salary increases  of 5% to 10% to new employees. One in 10 expect to give salary increases of more than 15%.
But  local companies are finding it challenging to hire foreign workers  in Singapore because of the new governmental quota. Three fifths are expecting the  hiring of foreigners in Singapore to be even tougher until after the upcoming  General Elections.
About 70%  of companies are expecting economic growth of 3% to 5%, with only 20% of  companies anticipating less than 5% growth in the first half of 2011.

You can download the entire report here – Hiring Trends 1H 2011 Report by Achieve Group

Sources & References: Achieve Group; Topics: Hiring, Jobs, Salary, Salary Increases

 

list of Career Fairs & Job Fairs in Singapore (2011)

Submitted by Amit Puri - Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors on January 21, 2011 – 2:21 pm36 Comments

headlines Complete list of Career Fairs & Job Fairs in Singapore (2011)Below is a listing of career fairs and job fairs expected in Singapore in 2011, along with information from the respective organisers.

JobsDB Career Expo & Job Fair 2011

The JobsDB.com Career Expo is an annual career and learning exhibition that has been held in Singapore since 2008.
It is a fully paperless career fair that enables all  its exhibitors to enjoy maximum efficiency and convenience by being  electronically equipped to collect the contact            details of job fair visitors. This eliminates  administration paperwork for processing jobseeker resumes and translates  to tangible cost savings for hiring companies as well.
The career fair also provides an excellent physical platform to facilitate face-to-face            interaction between jobseekers and hiring companies from a diverse range of industries. This in turn gives both parties greater insights into the career options and the caliber of talent available respectively. Besides job opportunities,  education exhibitors also provide job fair visitors with a wide  array of courses and programs for them to equip themselves with new  skills and knowledge to enhance their career prospects.
Date:
25 – 27 March 2011
Venue:Suntec Convention Halls 402 & 403
Time:10.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m
Open to public (16 years old & above)
Registration is required.
(Last registration at 6.45pm)
Admission is FREE
.

JobsCentral Career Fair & Learning Fair 2011

The JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair is the must-visit event  for serious jobseekers and education-minded people in Singapore since  its inauguration in 2006. The overwhelming reception from both the  public and exhibitors has helped the annual event to grow dramatically  in scale. With its primary focus on employment and strong education  twist, the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2010 serves as an  ideal platform for job and education seekers to meet potential employers  and training organisations in a casual yet professional setting.
This annual job fair event is held in partnership with the five polytechnics  in Singapore, and aims to attract 55,000 jobseekers with the majority of  them having at least diplomas and degrees. The Fair will be held at the  popular Suntec City Convention Hall which is highly accessible and has  great traffic flow. Our multi-pronged marketing approach promises  extensive promotion to the target audience. It is therefore an excellent  platform for employers to conduct recruitment and branding among  professional jobseekers in Singapore.
All visitors need to register (either online or on-site) to gain admission to the career fair. To maintain  the professionalism of the entire career fair, only visitors 16 years and up  are allowed to visit the event.
13 – 14 August 2011, 10am – 7pm Suntec Singapore
.

Career Fair 2011

CAREER 2011 is a platform for education institutions and consultants  offering  local and overseas education options, employers with job  openings and  career advancement opportunities as well as training  institutes  providing options for employees to remain relevant in today’s  fast  moving economy. In 2011, we are pleased to announce that the  Career  series will be highlighting the 3 key segments (Education,  Recruitment,  Training) essentially focusing on providing the tools and  resources to  improve the quality of highly skilled workforce in  Singapore.
CAREER 2011 returns from 3 to 6 March 2011 at Suntec Level 6.
.

Early Childhood Career Fair 2011

If you are interested in teaching and working with young children, you can attend the Early Childhood Career Fair 2011, to learn more about job opportunities and training available.
Saturday, 26 March 2011, 10AM to 7PM, Singapore Marriot Hotel

Topics: Job Fairs in Singapore, Career Fairs in Singapore 2011

See www-
http://www.google.com.sg/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1024&bih=714&q=foreigner+jobs&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&fp=a8a44920f6e0c829
http://www.indeed.com.sg/jobs?q=foreigners&gclid=CJKa-sqE56cCFcZ56wodwUoYaA
http://singapore.gumtree.sg/f-foreigners-Jobs-W0QQCatIdZ8QQKeywordZforeigners
http://www.careerjet.sg/foreigners-jobs.html
http://www.singaporejobsmarket.com/forum/singapore-jobs-foreigners-china-prc-india-vietnam-philippines-myanmar-malaysia/

list of Career Fairs & Job Fairs in Singapore (2011)

Submitted by Amit Puri - Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors on January 21, 2011 – 2:21 pm36 Comments

headlines Complete list of Career Fairs & Job Fairs in Singapore (2011)Below is a listing of career fairs and job fairs expected in Singapore in 2011, along with information from the respective organisers.

JobsDB Career Expo & Job Fair 2011

The JobsDB.com Career Expo is an annual career and learning exhibition that has been held in Singapore since 2008.
It is a fully paperless career fair that enables all  its exhibitors to enjoy maximum efficiency and convenience by being  electronically equipped to collect the contact            details of job fair visitors. This eliminates  administration paperwork for processing jobseeker resumes and translates  to tangible cost savings for hiring companies as well.
The career fair also provides an excellent physical platform to facilitate face-to-face            interaction between jobseekers and hiring companies from a diverse range of industries. This in turn gives both parties greater insights into the career options and the caliber of talent available respectively. Besides job opportunities,  education exhibitors also provide job fair visitors with a wide  array of courses and programs for them to equip themselves with new  skills and knowledge to enhance their career prospects.










Date:

25 – 27 March 2011
Venue:Suntec Convention Halls 402 & 403
Time:10.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m
Open to public (16 years old & above)
Registration is required.
(Last registration at 6.45pm)
Admission is FREE
.

JobsCentral Career Fair & Learning Fair 2011

The JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair is the must-visit event  for serious jobseekers and education-minded people in Singapore since  its inauguration in 2006. The overwhelming reception from both the  public and exhibitors has helped the annual event to grow dramatically  in scale. With its primary focus on employment and strong education  twist, the JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2010 serves as an  ideal platform for job and education seekers to meet potential employers  and training organisations in a casual yet professional setting.
This annual job fair event is held in partnership with the five polytechnics  in Singapore, and aims to attract 55,000 jobseekers with the majority of  them having at least diplomas and degrees. The Fair will be held at the  popular Suntec City Convention Hall which is highly accessible and has  great traffic flow. Our multi-pronged marketing approach promises  extensive promotion to the target audience. It is therefore an excellent  platform for employers to conduct recruitment and branding among  professional jobseekers in Singapore.
All visitors need to register (either online or on-site) to gain admission to the career fair. To maintain  the professionalism of the entire career fair, only visitors 16 years and up  are allowed to visit the event.
13 – 14 August 2011, 10am – 7pm Suntec Singapore
.

Career Fair 2011

CAREER 2011 is a platform for education institutions and consultants  offering  local and overseas education options, employers with job  openings and  career advancement opportunities as well as training  institutes  providing options for employees to remain relevant in today’s  fast  moving economy. In 2011, we are pleased to announce that the  Career  series will be highlighting the 3 key segments (Education,  Recruitment,  Training) essentially focusing on providing the tools and  resources to  improve the quality of highly skilled workforce in  Singapore.
CAREER 2011 returns from 3 to 6 March 2011 at Suntec Level 6.
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Early Childhood Career Fair 2011

If you are interested in teaching and working with young children, you can attend the Early Childhood Career Fair 2011, to learn more about job opportunities and training available.
Saturday, 26 March 2011, 10AM to 7PM, Singapore Marriot Hotel

Topics: Job Fairs in Singapore, Career Fairs in Singapore 2011

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http://www.indeed.com.sg/jobs?q=foreigners&gclid=CJKa-sqE56cCFcZ56wodwUoYaA
http://singapore.gumtree.sg/f-foreigners-Jobs-W0QQCatIdZ8QQKeywordZforeigners
http://www.careerjet.sg/foreigners-jobs.html
http://www.singaporejobsmarket.com/forum/singapore-jobs-foreigners-china-prc-india-vietnam-philippines-myanmar-malaysia/

Michael Page Employment Index Q1-2011

Submitted by Amit Puri - Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors on February 15, 2011 – 12:11 pm2 Comments

headlines Michael Page Employment Index Q1 2011Here are the key findings from the Michael Page Employment Index, which provides insights on expectations for the economy, salaries, talent management, hiring and job opportunities in Singapore.

The professional employment market in Singapore will continue to grow strongly in the first quarter, with over half of the employers’ surveyed planning to increase staff numbers. This reflects rising confidence in domestic business conditions following 12 months of steady economic growth. Over half of the employers surveyed expect business conditions to improve in the first quarter, with a further 37% predicting conditions will remain stable.
Most companies in Singapore (56%) will be offering performance-based rewards to help retain their most valuable staff. A further 27% of businesses will be providing training and development opportunities for employees as an incentive to remain with their company. Despite the strong focus on staff retention in the first quarter, the majority of respondents in Singapore (58%) expect turnover to increase during this period. This is higher than the comparative figures for China (48%), Hong Kong (46%) and Australia (32%).
Employers in Singapore have varying levels of confidence about the strength of the global economic recovery. Some 47% of the employers surveyed are unsure about international demand for their products/services in the first
quarter, however a further 41% anticipate that demand will improve.

You can download the entire report here [Michael  Page Employment Index - Economy, salaries, talent management, hiring and job opportunities in Singapore]

Michael Page Employment Index Q1-2011

Submitted by Amit Puri - Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors on February 15, 2011 – 12:11 pm2 Comments

headlines Michael Page Employment Index Q1 2011Here are the key findings from the Michael Page Employment Index, which provides insights on expectations for the economy, salaries, talent management, hiring and job opportunities in Singapore.

The professional employment market in Singapore will continue to grow strongly in the first quarter, with over half of the employers’ surveyed planning to increase staff numbers. This reflects rising confidence in domestic business conditions following 12 months of steady economic growth. Over half of the employers surveyed expect business conditions to improve in the first quarter, with a further 37% predicting conditions will remain stable.
Most companies in Singapore (56%) will be offering performance-based rewards to help retain their most valuable staff. A further 27% of businesses will be providing training and development opportunities for employees as an incentive to remain with their company. Despite the strong focus on staff retention in the first quarter, the majority of respondents in Singapore (58%) expect turnover to increase during this period. This is higher than the comparative figures for China (48%), Hong Kong (46%) and Australia (32%).
Employers in Singapore have varying levels of confidence about the strength of the global economic recovery. Some 47% of the employers surveyed are unsure about international demand for their products/services in the first
quarter, however a further 41% anticipate that demand will improve.

You can download the entire report here [Michael  Page Employment Index - Economy, salaries, talent management, hiring and job opportunities in Singapore]

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A joint operation to enforce a UN-backed no-fly zone over Libya has begun





Western and Arab leaders met in Paris to agree how to enforce the UN resolution

A joint operation to enforce a UN-backed no-fly zone over Libya has begun - aimed at protecting Libyan civilians from government forces.
France, in diplomatic terms, has been one of the main promoters of UN Security Council resolution 1973 allowing the use of force. French aircraft were the first to operate over Libya ensuring, according to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, that Libyan government aircraft could not operate over Benghazi.

But the US and Britain have also been key players, with a barrage of cruise missiles being launched from US and British surface ships and submarines over the weekend.

While the US is overseeing the operation, it has said it expects to hand over control to a coalition headed by France, Britain or Nato in a matter of days.

Canada, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Qatar are also offering military support

 
Country-by-country involvement

Key hardware Usual role Capability Libya deployment

FRANCE

Source: Federation of American Scientists, UK Ministry of Defence, Global Security, Air Force Technology, Naval Technology, news agencies

 Dassault Rafale
A multi-role, twin-engined delta wing aircraft capable of mounting air defence, ground attack, and reconnaissance missions

CapabilityCrew: One/two
Max speed: Mach 1.8

Libya deployment
Weapons: Air-to-ground missile, including Apache and Exocet, air-to-air missiles and anti-ship missiles
France has mobilised 20 warplanes - Rafale and Mirage - and they were
the first to operate over Libya. They were used to strike Libyan targets at the weekend




Mirage 2000
Again a multi-role fighter, the descendant of the famous Mirage III of the 1960s
Crew: One/two

Max speed: Mach 2.2
Weapons: built-in twin DEFA 554 30mm revolver-type cannons. Air-to-air missiles
Mirage 2000 jets are also in action in Libya



Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier
Flagship of the French navy, the nuclear-powered 38,000-tonne carrier can deploy 40 combat planes and conduct 100 air missions a day

Crew: 1,150 ship's crew, 550 aircrew, 50 air support staff

Max speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)

Weapons: Aster 15 missiles, Mistral missiles, Nexter 20mm guns

Libya deployment

The carrier was deployed to the region from Toulon, accompanied by the anti-submarine frigate Dupleix, the Aconit frigate and a refueling ship, La Meuse



UNITED STATES


B-2 stealth bomber
A long-range, multi-role heavy bomber capable of staying airborne for many hours. Its shape is part of its stealth design to minimise its appearance on enemy radar
Crew: Two
Max speed: High subsonic
Weapons: Capacity to carry up to 40,000lb of weapons, including conventional and nuclear weapons, precision-guided munitions, gravity bombs and maritime weapons
The bombers took part in a series of dawn raids - some of the first strikes on Libya over the weekend



F-16
The F-16 "Fighting Falcon" is a compact, multi-role jet
Crew: One
Max speed: Mach 2
Weapons: Capable of deploying a wide range of weapons, including Sidewinder and Maverick missiles, and a range of bombs and rockets
As well as the US, other nations including Norway, Denmark and Italy are sending F-16s to bases in southern Italy



E-3 Sentry (Awacs)
The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system, or Awacs, aircraft
Crew: Flight crew of four plus mission crew of 13-19
Systems: Command and control battle management system for surveillance, target detection, and tracking
Awacs are currently being used by the US as well as Nato, the UK and France in Libya



RC-135
The RC-135 is a reconnaissance aircraft, based at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
Crew: Flight crew of five (three pilots, two navigators) plus mission flight crew of 21-27
Systems: Sensor suite for reconnaissance and communications
Aviation expert Paul Eden says the aircraft will be in Libya "sniffing for electromagnetic emissions from air defence radars"



USS Mount Whitney
A sophisticated command, control, communications, computer and intelligence ship
Crew: Ship can carry 450 enlisted personnel and officers
Max speed: 23 knots
Weapons: Armed with two 20mm weapons systems, rockets, 25mm chain guns and .50-caliber machine guns

Currently in the Mediterranian, it is acting as the main command ship for the joint operation in Libya



USS Providence, Scranton and Florida
Nuclear attack submarines
USS Providence,

Crew: Four officers and 115 enlisted men
Max speed: Surfaced - 20 knots; Submerged - 20+ knots

Weapons: The submarine class features a potent weapons array, including the Tomahawk missile
A barrage of cruise missiles
was fired at Libyan targets from USS Providence, Scranton and Florida as well as from destroyers USS Stout and USS Barry



Tomahawk missile
Long-range weapon designed to hit strategic targets with minimum collateral damage
Warhead: Able to deliver a 1,000lb (450kg) warhead Range: About 1,000 miles (1,600km)
US and British warships and submarines launched Tomahawk missiles over the weekend


UK

Typhoon - Eurofighter
The RAF's Typhoon, or Eurofighter, is an agile aircraft which can be used in air-to-air combat
Crew: One
Max speed: Mach 2
Weapons: Air-to-air missiles, Brimstone, Enhanced Paveway, Paveway IV
A number of RAF Typhoons, along with Tornados, are in place in the southern Italian air base of Gioia del Colle


Tornado
The Tornado GR4 is mainly used as a strike or attack aircraft
Crew: Two
Max speed: Mach 1.3
Weapons: Storm Shadow, Brimstone, ALARM, AIM-9 Sidewinder, Paveway II, Paveway III, Enhanced Paveway, General Purpose Bombs, Mauser 27mm cannon
British Tornados, flying from RAF Marham in Norfolk, have been carrying out bombing missions on targets around Tripoli. They have been moved to Gioia del Colle in southern Italy


Nimrod
Nimrod R1 reconnaissance aircraft are used for surveillance operations. It can sit over an area, flying at low speeds for long periods - which can be extended by mid-air refuelling
Crew: 29
Max speed: 360 knots
The reconnaissance aircraft are involved in surveillance operations in Libya

Sentinel
The reconnaissance aircraft are fitted with radar and monitoring systems which can be used to track and target enemy ground forces. They are scheduled to be scrapped after the UK withdraws its forces from Afghanistan
Crew: Five
Max speed: Mach 0.89
Systems: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI)
The Sentinel is being used for reconnaissance in Libya


HMS Cumberland
Royal Navy warship
Max speed: 30 knots
Weapons: 114mm MK 8 gun Goalkeeper close-in weapons system, Sea Wolf anti-missile system, Quad Harpoon missile launchers, close-range guns Nato Seagnat decoy launchers
HMS Cumberland and HMS Westminster are in the region ready to support operations, the British government has said


Storm Shadow
Deployed from Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft, the Storm Shadow is a conventionally armed cruise missile
Warhead: Armed with conventional explosive warhead
Range: Can be launched 155 miles (250km) from its target
The British government has confirmed the RAF dropped Storm Shadow missiles from Tornado jets over the weekend



CANADA

CF-18 Hornet
The Canadian Armed Forces' front-line multi-role fighter, a version of the US F-18 Hornet, is used for air superiority and tactical support
Crew: One/two
Max speed: Mach 1.7
Weapons: Vulcan cannon, Sniper pod, four AIM-9M Sidewinders - supersonic, heat-seeking air-to-air missiles
Canada has committed six Hornets to help enforce the no-fly zone. The Canadian jets are based in Sicily.



ITALY, DENMARK, BELGIUM

F-16
A multi-role fighter aircraft
As above
Italy has offered four F-16s; Denmark six; and Belgium six



SPAIN

F-18
Used as an interceptor and as an all-weather attack aircraft
As above
Spain has deployed four F-18 fighter planes. They were in action on Monday



QATAR
Mirage
Multi-role fighter - as above
As above
Qatar has offfered four Mirage aircraft to join with the French in patrolling the no-fly zone

from bbcnews

More than 5 in 10 S'pore workers willing to relocate for the right job

More than 5 in 10 S'pore workers willing to relocate for the right job

By Mustafa Shafawi
Posted: 22 March 2011 1107 hrs



SINGAPORE: Singapore's workers are stretching their horizons as the search for jobs goes global.

According to a survey by recruitment firm Kelly Services, almost nine in 10 Singaporean respondents are willing to switch to more suitable jobs.

And more than five in 10 Singaporean respondents are even prepared to relocate to another country or continent in order to secure their preferred position.

Gen Y (aged 18-29) and Gen X (aged 30-47) workers are more footloose than their baby boomer (aged 48-65) counterparts, including being more willing to travel across the globe for the right job.

The most desirable destination for globetrotting Singaporean job-seekers is elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region (41 per cent), well ahead of Europe (26 per cent), North America (16 per cent), Middle East (five per cent), and South America (two per cent).

Those working in science, and oil & gas, are the most prepared to relocate to other countries for work (77 per cent and 63 per cent respectively).

The survey says the overwhelming factor preventing people from moving abroad for a job is "family and friends," (59 per cent), followed by the cost of moving (20 per cent), language barriers (nine per cent), and cultural differences (six per cent).

And the desire to move to a different continent is driven by "the experience" rather than setting up permanent residence, with 58 per cent prepared to stay for three years or less.

Explaining the results, Kelly Services Managing Director, Mark Sparrow, said the market for talent is becoming global.

The findings are part of the Kelly Global Workforce Index which obtained the views of about 97,000 people in 30 countries, including 900 in Singapore.

The survey, conducted from October 2010 through January 2011, also reveals a significant number of people working in "unconventional arrangements."

These involve long or unusual hours and multiple jobs.

- CNA/fa

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More governments advising citizens to leave Tokyo


TOKYO -Australia, Britain and Germany advised their citizens in Japan on Wednesday to consider leaving Tokyo and earthquake-affected areas, joining a growing number of governments and businesses telling their people it may be safer elsewhere.

The advisories came as the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in the northeast deepened in the wake of last week's earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Surging radiation forced Japan to order workers to temporarily withdraw from the plant Wednesday, a setback to efforts to cool its overheating reactors.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, however, said its advice to Australians had nothing to do with the threat of nuclear contamination from the damaged plant.

"We are providing this advice because of the continuing disruption to major infrastructure, its impact on the welfare of people on the ground and continuing aftershocks," its notice said.

Tokyo, which is about 140 miles (220 kilometers) south of the stricken nuclear complex, reported slightly elevated radiation levels Tuesday. Officials said the increase was too small to threaten the 39 million people in and around the capital, but some countries have relocated their embassies or suggested their citizens leave the area.

Germany's Foreign Ministry advised its citizens living near the nuclear plant or in the capital region to either leave the country or move to the Osaka area west of Tokyo.

Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said an estimated 5,000 Germans were in Japan before the earthquake, but now only about 1,000 are believed to remain in and around the capital. Germany's embassy in Tokyo also has been "partly relocated" to the consulate general in Osaka, Peschke said.

Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office advised against all nonessential travel to Tokyo and northeastern Japan, and urged British citizens within that zone to consider leaving.

France has urged its citizens with no reason to stay in Tokyo return to France or head to southern Japan. The government has asked Air France to mobilize aircraft in Asia to assist with departures.

Serbia and Croatia advised their citizens to leave Japan, while Croatia said it was moving its embassy from Tokyo to Osaka because of the nuclear crisis.

More than 3,000 Chinese have already been evacuated from Japan's northeast to Niigata on Japan's western coast, according to Xinhua News Agency. On Tuesday, Beijing became the first government to organize a mass evacuation of its citizens from the quake-affected area.

Other governments, including the U.S., are taking a more measured approach.

The White House recommended Wednesday that U.S. citizens stay 50 miles (80 kilometers) away from the stricken nuclear plant, not the 20-mile (32 kilometer) radius recommended by the Japanese.

The order came after President Barack Obama met with top advisers and the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As late as Tuesday, the U.S. had not issued its own recommendations, advising citizens instead to follow the recommendations of the Japanese.

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo told its citizens to follow advisories issued by Japanese authorities. It added, however, that Filipinos who are concerned about possible radiation exposure "may wish to voluntary relocate to areas further away, or depart voluntarily from the country using their own means."

If relocation and repatriation become necessary, the Philippine government will defray the costs involved, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

An Indian software services company, L&T Infotech, on Wednesday ordered the temporary evacuation of 185 employees and their family members from Japan. It said in a release that it had chartered a special Kingfisher Airlines flight that will depart Friday to Chennai, India.

Cirque du Soleil has also decided to move its performers and staff working in Japan to Macau, spokeswoman Chantal Cote said in an e-mail. Its show "ZED" is based at Tokyo Disneyland, and the touring "KOOZA" show was performing at the Fuji Dome in Tokyo.



Associated Press writers Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, Erika Kinetz in Mumbai, Camille Rustici in Paris, Juergen Baetz in Berlin, and Joe McDonald in Tokyo contributed to this report.



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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More than 115,000 jobs created last year

Posted: 15 March 2011 1159 hrs







Singapore office workers

SINGAPORE: There were a total of 115,900 jobs created
in Singapore for the whole of last year. This was a slight adjustment to an
earlier estimate of 112,500.

The Manpower Ministry said the total
employment growth far exceeded the 37,600 jobs in 2009.

In its labour
market report for 2010, MOM highlighted that the labour market recovered
strongly last year from the 2009 recession, bolstered by the robust economic
performance.

Recruitment companies also said that job-seekers are also
finding work in shorter periods of time.

Foong Wei Liang, Talent
Attraction Manager at Adecco, said: "Due to the fact that employers are going to
need to hire quickly when they have determined that a candidate is right for
their organisation, experienced and qualified job seekers know that they may
have several job offers to choose from.

"Any procrastination from hiring
managers could see lost recruitment opportunities and that's not something that
any organisation wants to endure when the labour market is so tight."

The
services sector contributed the bulk of employment gains of 111,000 in 2010,
almost double that the previous year.

Construction employment grew by
2,500 down substantially from the gains of 25,100 in 2009.

This was
mainly due to the completion of several large building projects and fewer new
projects coming on stream.

Manufacturing employment declined by 1,100.
However, this was much lower than the losses of 43,700 in 2009.

Last
year, local employment grew by 56,200 while the number of foreigners, excluding
foreign domestic workers, employed increased by 54,400.

As at December
2010, there were 1,992,700 locals in employment, forming around two in three of
the 3,105,900 persons employed in Singapore. The remaining 1,113,200 were
foreigners.

Overall unemployment rate was 2.2 per cent last year, down
significantly from 3 per cent in 2009.

Fewer workers were laid off for
the whole of 2010, despite an increase in the last quarter.

Redundancies
for the whole year totalled 9,800 down from 23,430 in 2009. This was the second
lowest redundancy level, since the start of the data series in 1998.

With
the strong economy, job vacancies rose by 23 per cent in December last year,
after dipping slightly in September.

With the tighter labour market,
workers' earnings have risen.

Nominal earnings grew by 7.5 per cent over
the year in the fourth quarter of 2010. Weighed down by higher inflation, real
earnings rose by 3.4 per cent.

Labour productivity has also increased,
driven by the strong output growth. It grew over the year by 7.8 per cent in the
fourth quarter, higher than the 6.2 per cent increase in the previous
quarter.

-CNA/ac

Singaporeans work to raise funds

From iTODAY:



Hoe Yeen Nie | Mar 15, 2011 6:00 AM
The disaster in Japan has spawned a ground-swell of fund-raising efforts in Singapore.

From humanitarian organisations to companies and individuals, Singaporeans are coming together to do their bit. Mercy Relief and the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) have received fund-raising permits to accept donations from the public and a two-person Mercy Relief team is in Japan to determine the needs there before sending over supplies such as ready-to-eat porridge.

According to SRC, banks such as Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, as well as individuals have come forward offering help. It is also working with The Japanese Association to raise funds.

The SRC is also working with DBS, OCBC and UOB to allow donations through ATMs and the Internet.

Companies are also getting in on the act: Groupon Singapore, a website that sells discount coupons, is holding its own fund-raiser, with proceeds going to SRC, while Japanese food restaurant Yakiniku Daidomon plans to donate a day's earnings. Yakiniku Daidomon managing director Stanley Yeoh said it hopes to raise at least S$5,000.

On Facebook, word spread of a charity concert at Blu Jaz cafe on Thursday to raise funds for Mercy Relief.

Apart from raising funds, the SRC has opened a hotline to help people in Singapore get in touch with relatives in Japan.

The SRC will take down details of the missing family member and the information will be forwarded to the Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross to help trace the missing person.

Location:,Singapore

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism







February 24, 2011 3:51:00 AM
Power-talkers with cell phones glued to their ears may be getting more than conversation. A 50-minute call boosts activity in brain regions near the ear where a phone is located, a brain-scanning study published February 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows.

“This is the first paper that really shows there are changes in the brain,” says bioengineer Henry Lai of the University of Washington in Seattle, who coauthored an editorial published in the same issue of JAMA. Talking on a cell phone pressed to the ear, he says, “is not really safe.”

In the study, researchers measured the brain activity of 47 participants who had pairs of Samsung cell phones strapped to their heads, one on each side. The phone on the left ear was turned off, while the one on the right received a 50-minute recorded message. This phone was kept muted so that the subject didn’t know which phone was on, and also to prevent stimulation of the brain’s hearing center.

A few minutes after the call, a PET scan revealed that brain regions next to the working phone had higher levels of glucose metabolism. The left side of the brain and other areas, even those quite close to the phone, showed no changes. Since active brain cells require glucose, the increase suggests that cell phone radiation is boosting brain activity. “The human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation that is emitted from cell phones,” says study coauthor Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Md.

The particular brain regions affected would probably change depending on a phone’s design and how a person held it, Volkow says. On the phones used in the study the antennas are near the bottom, so the brain areas involved were the orbitofrontal region, which sits right behind the eyes, and the temporal pole below it.

Glucose metabolism rose in these areas by about 7 percent — an increase typically seen when brain regions become active. For instance, glucose metabolism in the language centers of the brain rises by about 10 percent when a person is talking, Volkow says.

The increase in brain metabolism observed in the experiment may be an underestimate, because cell phones emit more radiation when a person is talking, Lai says. Radiation levels also change depending on the phone type, the distance to the nearest cell phone tower and the number of people using phones in the same area. These variables have prevented scientists from getting good epidemiological evidence about potential health risks of cell phone usage.


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Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami in Japan: At least 300 killed as mega quake triggers 12-foot tidal waves

Martin Fackler and Kevin Drew, The New York Times, Updated: March 11, 2011 19:55
IST

Tokyo: A massive earthquake struck Japan  on
Friday, setting off a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland
along the northern part of the country and threatened coastal areas throughout
the Pacific.
(In Pics: Japan earthquake triggers tsunami)


Walls of water swept
away houses and cars in northern Japan and pushed ships aground. Trains were
shut down across central and northern Japan, including Tokyo, and air travel was
severely disrupted. A ship carrying more than 100 people was swept away by the
tsunami, Kyodo News reported.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the disaster
caused major damage across wide areas.  Associated
Press reports
Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in a
northeastern coastal area. (Japan
PM: Quake caused major damage)


The United States Geological Survey
said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.9, which the agency labeled a "mega"
quake. The tremor occurred at about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo and at a
revised depth of about 17 miles, the American agency said. The Japanese
Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 8.8. News reports said
it ranked among the biggest in a century.
(Watch: Fire at oil refinery, Tsunami strikes airport)


Tsunami waves
swept away houses and cars in northern Japan and pushed ships aground. Trains
were shut down across central and northern Japan, including Tokyo, and air
travel was severely disrupted. The government held an emergency session to
coordinate response as the death toll rose to 23 in five prefectures, officials
said. At least 30 people were injured in the cities of Tokyo and Osaka. (Watch
- Japan: The day the earth shook)


The quake occurred at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time and hit off
Honshu, Japan's most populous island. The quake was so powerful that buildings
in central Tokyo, designed to withstand major earthquakes, swayed.

"This
tremor was unlike any I've experienced previously, and I've lived here for eight
years. It was a sustained rolling that made it impossible to stand, almost like
vertigo," said Matt Alt, an American writer and translator living in
Tokyo.

Television images showed waves of more than 12 feet roaring
inland. The tsunami drew a line of white fury across the ocean, heading toward
the shoreline. Cars and trucks were still moving on highways as the water rushed
toward them.
(Watch: Biggest quake in 140 yrs)


The floodwaters, thick with
floating debris shoved inland, pushed aside heavy trucks as if they were toys,
in some places carrying blazing buildings toward factories, fields, highways,
bridges and homes. The spectacle was all the more remarkable for being carried
live on television, even as the waves engulfed flat farmland that offered no
resistance.

The force of the waves washed away cars on coastal roads and
crashed into buildings along the shore. Television footage showed a tsunami wave
bearing down on the Japanese coastline near the community of Sendai.

NHK
television transmitted aerial images of columns of flame
rising from an oil refinery
and flood waters engulfing Sendai airport, where
survivors clustered on the roof of the airport building. The runway was
partially submerged. The refinery fire sent a plume of thick black smoke from
blazing spherical storage tanks. A television commentator called the blaze an
"inferno."

The images showed survivors in a home surrounded by water,
waving white sheets from the upper floors of buildings. News reports said the
earthquake had forced the Tokyo subways to empty while airports were closed and
many residents took to the streets, desperately trying to leave the
city.

Initial television coverage from coastal areas showed very few
people actually in the water. The initial impact of the wave seemed to have been
enormous, tipping two huge cargo vessels on their sides at one port and tearing
others from their moorings.

Smaller vessels, including what looked like
commercial fishing trawlers, were carried inland, smashing into the
superstructure of bridges as the waters surged. A senior Japanese official said
foreign countries had offered to help and Japan was prepared to seek overseas
assistance.

A second major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude was reported as
aftershocks shook the region. Japanese media reported mobile phone networks were
not working.

Power blackouts were affecting about 2 million residents
around Tokyo alone, the government said. Cell phone service was severely
affected across central and northern Japan as residents rushed to call friends
and relatives as aftershocks struck.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
extended a tsunami warning across most of the Pacific Ocean, and said the
tsunami would threaten coastal areas of Russia, Taiwan, Hawaii, Indonesia, the
Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia later in the day. The agency,
based in Hawaii, added the west coasts of the United States, Mexico, Central
America and South America to the list of countries that given tsunami alerts. (Read:
Tsunami warning for 19 countries)



Russia's Emergency Situations
Ministry said that the tsunami had reached the Russian-controlled Kurile Islands
north of Hokkaido, Japan at about 6 p.m. local time. "The tsunami has reached
three population centers in the Kurile Island chain. The average height of the
wave has been recorded at less than one meter. There have been no casualties or
damage," the ministry said in a statement. In response to the tsunami threat,
about 11,000 people have been evacuated from four population centers in the
Kuriles, the ministry said.

Japanese television showed major tsunami
damage in northern Japan. Public broadcaster NHK reported that a large ship
swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in
Miyagi prefecture. Video footage also showed buildings on fire in the Odaiba
district of Tokyo, The Associated Press reported.

"It just seemed to go
on and on," Katherine Wallace told the BBC, who was in an office building in
Tokyo, said of the quake tremor.

Several quakes have struck the same
region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on
Wednesday.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, was briefed on the disaster
during a trip to Brussels. Geoffrey Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, said
there were no reports of damage to American military facilities or naval
vessels.

At the headquarters of the Navy's Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka,
Japan, sailors were preparing for a potential tsunami. "We've issued
instructions to our pierside ships in Yokosuka to stand by their lines to be
prepared to quickly adjust them as necessary to prevent damage during any
resulting tsunami," said Cmdr. Jeff Davis, the Seventh Fleet
spokesman.

It was unclear on Friday morning to what extent the American
military in the Pacific was preparing to help with disaster response.

The
Hang Seng index in Hong Kong and the Straits Times in Singapore slumped after
news of the quake, ending about 1.6 percent and 1 percent down, respectively.(Watch:
Financial markets hit by Japan quake)
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Need to more than jobs for Singapore(old er2009)


Older postnews for 2009, would be don'nt know people!

Banking & Finance'need 140,000,Info-Communications & Digital Media (“Intelligent Nation 2015″ (iN2015) 10-year masterplan) IT  Technicians 80,000 , Biomedical'd15,000 up, Tourism & Hospitality'd 100,0000, Electronics Industry'd 95,000, Healthcare'd13,000 would be traning  Gervenment orginaztion at NTUC,WDA and may be other more than publi orginazation.
(Note- Bachelor myanmar youngth people and profectional only but oldage'd be difficult)

Key Sectors with Job Opportunities in Singpore
On April 1, 2009, in Life in Singapore, ….

Perhaps you are a skilled and experienced professional in your line of work and are seeking a more challenging career in Singapore. Or perhaps you are a graduating student looking for a job in Singapore. Regardless of reasons, this “Global City with a World of Opportunities” could be the place for you to make the most out of your career.
Singapore requires skills, talents and experience to contribute in both established and emerging sectors.
Jobs in Banking & Finance Sector
The banking and finance industry of Singapore provides more than 114,000 jobs in over 500 financial institutions, accounting for more than 11% of Singapore’s GDP.
Singapore probably owes its status as the world’s fourth largest foreign exchange trading centre and the world’s leading financial centre to its deep financial talent pool – a good mix of local and international financial experts. As Singapore’s banking and financial sector moves to strengthen its title as the “Financial Centre of the Future”, it sees a need to increase its employment of experienced, highly-skilled private bankers, compliance officers, IT development officers, product controllers, risk managers etc.
Jobs in IT Sector
Since the convergence of information technology and telephony in 1999, the growth of Information Technology (IT) in Singapore has been phenomenal – pervading into all aspects of lives and businesses. IT specialists are in great demand in almost every forward-looking industry i.e. banking and finance, manufacturing, logistics, finance, entertainment, transportation, healthcare etc.
Jobs in Biomedical Sciences
Singapore’s Biomedical Sciences sector – made up of pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology and related healthcare services – were developed in 2000 to make up one of the key pillars of Singapore’s economy. This industry is predicted to open up 15,000+ new Singapore jobs by 2015 to a skilled talent pool of chemists, production engineers, quality assurance engineers, quality controllers and quality control engineers etc.
Some of the key players in Singapore’s biomedical industry include:
•Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology
•Institute of Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
•Bioprocessing Technology Institute
Chemical Industry is also one of the key components of Singapore’s economy. The industry has achieved several worldwide recognitions such as as being one of the top oil refining centres in the world; one of the top three oil trading and price discovery centres in the world; one of the top ten petrochemical hubs in the world; one of the top three bulk liquid ports in the world; and houses eight of the world’s top ten flavours and fragrances companies. Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) received investments from several industry associations in 2006 that will result into creation of thousands of jobs in the chemical industry by 2009.
Some of the key players in Singapore’s Chemical Industry include:
•Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES)
•Singapore Petroleum Company Ltd

Jobs in Electronics Industry
A significant contributor to Singapore’s GDP and the biggest contributor to Singapore’s manufacturing sector, the electronics industry is also the largest manufacturing employer. It welcomes driven and highly skilled global talents i.e. IC designers, media engineers, wafer fabrication engineers etc to be part of its vibrant family of 95,000 strong employees.
Some of the key players in Singapore’s Electronics Industry include:
•Singapore Manufacturers Federation
•Professional Engineers Board
•Spring Singapore (Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board)
•Singapore Precision Engineering & Tools Association
Jobs in Healthcare Sector
Singapore’s regional reputation of healthcare service excellence and international reputation as a leading medical tourism destination has garnered more than 400,000 international patients who flew here for medical treatments in 2006. This figure is set to increase to a million by 2012, thus creating at least 13,000 new jobs for doctors, nurses, dieticians, radiographers, therapists, clinical audiologists etc.
Some of the key players in Healthcare Industry include:
•SingHealth Services
•National Healthcare Group
•Ministry of Health
Jobs in Info-Communications & Digital Media Sector
Singapore’s Info-Communications & Media (ICM) sector has established itself as Asia’s broadcast hub which houses world’s top 19 cable & satellite broadcast networks such as BBC, CNBC Asia, Discovery Channel Asia, ESPN STAR Sports, HBO etc.
Recently, Singapore embraced a so called “Intelligent Nation 2015″ (iN2015) 10-year masterplan to realise the potential of infocomm over the next decade. The IN2015 is predicted to open up 80,000 new Singapore jobs for animators, game specialists, applications developers, production managers etc.
Key players in Singapore’s info-communications & digital media industry include:
•Infocomm Development Authority


Jobs in Maritime/Marine & Offshore Industry

As Singapore works towards becoming the leading International Maritime Centre in the regional and global arenas, job careers such as designer engineer, geologist, geophysicist, geoscientist, marine engineer, naval architect, petroleum engineer, process engineer, project manager etc are becoming in high demand. There are also plenty of onshore job opportunities as executives and professionals in shipping, port operations, ship broking, maritime insurance, maritime finance etc.
Key players in Singapore’s maritime/marine & offshore industry include:
•Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore
•Singapore Maritime Foundation
Jobs in Tourism & Hospitality Sector
Jobseekers in this important sector for Singapore can look forward to new and interesting jobs, refreshing existing jobs, world-class training opportunities and a lot more.
The establishment of the two casino resorts with building costs running into billions of dollars will no doubt have a big positive impact on Singapore’s job market in the Singapore’s Tourism & Hospitality Sector. In fact, it will turn a new chapter in Singapore’s history. Upon their completion from the year 2009, the two casino projects will double the number of tourists in Singapore to 17 million, triple tourism revenue to S$30 billion and most importantly create some 100,000 direct and indirect Singapore jobs.
Best Global City for Global Talents
The non-Singaporeans that make up 30.9% of Singapore’s total job pool today have benefited from Singapore’s friendly employment policies, great working environment and vast employment opportunities, amongst many others. It’s important to note that Singapore was ranked as having the best labour force (BERI Labour Force Ranking 2005-2007) and the most attractive environment for highly skilled foreigners (IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2005). For the well-educated as well as experienced professionals, there should be no problem in finding a job in Singapore
For Foreigners jobs –
http://singapore.job-q.com/jobs-open-to-foreigners.htm
http://www.careerjet.sg/foreigners-jobs.html
http://www.indeed.com.sg/jobs?q=For+Foreigners&gclid=CL72i-3DvKcCFQd66wodEmCJXA
http://www.ihipo.com/group/Entry-level+jobs+for+foreigners+in+Singapore
http://dsv.adsdeck.net/singapore-jobs/for%20foreigners#utm_source=Adwords&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=&utm_content=jobs+for+foreigners
http://www.singaporejobsmarket.com/forum/foreigners/
http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/insights/transition-job-search-strategy/job-opportunities-foreigners-singapore .....Other www....

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