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2 PM’s Wooyoung And ‘Park Se Young’ To Join ‘We Got Married’ 4

By Aglaia Staff

2PM’s Wooyoung and actress Park Se Young have been confirmed as the new couple for MBC TV variety program ‘We Got Married 4’.

A television station staff said, “2PM’s Wooyoung and actress Park Se Young is currently filming for ‘We Got Married 4’ as the new couple.”

The new couple will replace the outgoing couple of SHINee’s Taemin and A PINK’s Son Na Eun in the ‘We Got Married 4’ line-up. Taemin and Na Eun had expressed late last year that they would be exiting the program to focus on other activities.

The staff added, “We will hold a press conference next week to introduce the new couple,” and said that Wooyoung and Park Se Young will most likely appear as well.

Park Se Young has appeared in dramas like ‘Love Rain’, ‘Faith’, and ‘School 2013’, and have impressed many with her stellar and solid acting ability.

 

 

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Singapore Government Refines EC Housing Scheme

By Aglaia Staff

The government has introduced three measures to refine its Executive Condominium Housing Scheme.

“The government will implement three measures for Executive Condominium (EC) developments to bring the terms for ECs closer to that for public housing, and help support a stable and sustainable EC market,” said a Ministry of National Development (MND) statement on Monday.

Reduce EC Cancellation Fee

The cancellation fee for ECs will be reduced from 20% to 5% of the purchase price. This will relieve the financial burden of buyers who have to cancel their EC bookings after signing the Sale & Purchase Agreement.

The new cancellation fee will be applied to EC land sales which are launched on or after 9 December 2013, including those where the tenders have not closed.

The cancellation fee for ECs is currently set at 20% of the purchase price, similar to those for private housing.

However, unlike buyers of private housing, buyers of EC units cannot sub-sell their units if they cannot complete their purchase, and have to pay the cancellation fee.

This has especially imposed significant financial burden on young couples who subsequently are not able to proceed with their marriage and hence the EC purchase.

The reduction will align the cancellation fee for EC units with that for HDB Build-to-Order (BTO) flats.

Resale Levy for Second-Timer Applicants 

Second-timer applicants who buy EC units directly from property developers will have to pay a resale levy, similar to second-timer applicants who buy BTO flats.

The levy will range from S$15,000 to S$50,000 depending on the flat type of their first HDB property.

The new requirement will be applied to EC land sales which are launched on or after 9 December 2013, including those where the tenders have not closed.

Currently, second-timer applicants who buy EC units directly from property developers benefit from the lower EC prices arising from the initial eligibility and ownership restrictions imposed on EC purchases.

However, they do not need to pay a resale levy. The alignment of treatment with second-timer applicants who buy BTO flats will ensure greater parity.

Revision of Mortgage Loan Terms 

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will cap the Mortgage Servicing Ratio (MSR) for housing loans granted by financial institutions for EC units bought directly from property developers at 30% of a borrower’s gross monthly income.

This is in line with earlier measures introduced by the HDB and MAS to encourage financial prudence among buyers of public housing.

It discourages EC buyers from over-stretching their finances and supports an affordable and sustainable EC market.

The 30% MSR cap will apply to EC purchases where the Option to Purchase is granted on or after 10 December 2013. 

Previously, only the total debt servicing ratio rules apply to EC buyers, where up to 60 per cent of household income can be used to repay a mortgage for a new home purchase, over a maximum period of 30 years.

With these measures in mind, analysts expect developers to be more cautious with land bids and demand for ECs may moderate.

 

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Joanne Teh, Bobby Tonelli End 4 Year Romance

By Aglaia Staff

Singapore actress Joanne Peh and actor-deejay Bobby Tonelli have called it quits.

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Peh recently told Singapore entertainment magazine “8 Days” that they have ended their four-year relationship because “we grew apart over the years”.

“It slowly dawned on me that I don’t know him. I don’t know what he’s thinking. I don’t think he knows what I’m thinking, what I’m feeling, what I’m going through either.

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Visit aglaia.co.in English: Joanne Peh at the Star Awards 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I felt like I couldn’t really express myself as genuinely as I can,” Peh was quoted as saying.

“The more time I had to think about it, the clearer it became that we’re not moving in the same direction.”

“I’m scared of being in a lifetime commitment with someone where I have to keep up an appearance.”

The actress, who began dating Tonelli after they met on the set of the 2008 drama “The Little Nyonya“, went on to tell the magazine that she felt “more at peace with myself” after the break up.

Tonelli has declined to comment on their split.

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Singapore Can Improve Meritocracy System

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Visit aglaia.co.in English: Lawrence Wong speaking at the Singapore International Energy Week conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Aglaia Staff(Source: News Report)

Singapore‘s system of meritocracy can be improved for the benefit of all, as part of the ideals of a fair and just society, said Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong

He highlighted this as an area that the country can do better in when he spoke at the Singapore Perspectives seminar on Monday morning.

The seminar also heard from opposition politician Sylvia Lim on how the Workers’ Party can contribute to politics in the country.

Governing the future together will mean casting new roles and ties between the government and citizens, as well as refreshing the values that Singaporeans cherish.

Mr Wong said while meritocracy ranks top among the values, he stressed that Singapore does not want a system where its people seek to advance individual interests at the expense of others.

Mr Wong said: “We do not want a meritocracy that results in a closed group of winners where advantages to any individual are ascribed by birth. What we want is to shape a system of meritocracy in Singapore that works for the benefit of all and is consistent with our ideals for a fair and just society.

He added that it is not going to be easy to do this and there are “no ready-made solutions”.

 

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Gangnam Style Star Proud Of His Chubby Physique

By Sunil Kumar

K-pop sensation Park Jae Sang, 34, better known as Psy, is proud to have achieved worldwide fame despite his chubby physique.

He says: “Usually K-pop is known for boy and girl bands and most of them are skinny. But I am not skinny.”

The song has become the second most watched video in YouTube history.

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Singaporeans Spend 19% Of Time On Social Networking

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By Sunil Kumar

The people in Singapore spend the most time on their mobile gadgets on social-networking sites, not counting texting and making calls, according to a survey.

Apart from the 100 minutes they spend a day using their devices, they spend 19 per cent of the time accessing sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Other salient findings of the survey:

They also spend 18 per cent of the time playing games on their cellphones or tablets, and another 18 per cent on activities like watching videos or listening to music.[

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Singapore Off Tsunami Watch List

By Sunil Kumar

The earthquake in Indonesia had sparked fears across the region, including the closest countries, Malaysia, Singapore etc. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre lifted the city-state off the list. India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives are also off the list.

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