“Queuing Up” Now a Popular Part Time Job

A new part time job is now gaining popularity in Singapore. “Queuing up for others” has apparently become quite a big thing in the country.

In this job, a worker would queue on behalf of his or her client to buy tickets for concerts, events or places, and pay for stuff during big sales event.

A person can earn S$30 per hour, which is higher compared to other job such as fast-food outlet worker (S$5 per hour) or call center operator (S$9 per hour). It is also known as one of the most relaxed and easiest part time jobs around.

How to Make US$150K with a 56-Second YouTube Video Clip

Howard Davies-Carr is a proud father of four. Few years back, while 2 of his kids, Harry and Charlie were sitting next to each other, something casually funny happened. It was recorded by Howard, in a footage that lasts for merely 56 seconds, and uploaded in YouTube in 2007.

In the short video, the older Harry puts his finger into Charlie’s mouth only to see the latter not letting his finger go. Harry’s facial expression progressively evolves from excitement to a painful howling and later, a scream. Charlie just giggles.

It was just meant to be one of those moments. Except this one makes them a fortune.

What began as a private family moment suddenly became an instant online hit. The video went crazily viral has now become the sixth most viewed clip all time, garnering more than 430 million views.

Sensing the popularity of the video, Howard the father was contacted by a YouTube representative, offering them to place relevant advertisements next to the clip.

Within a year or two, the family makes more than US$150 thousand dollars, with the video clip continued to be watched all over the world.

Not bad for a less-than-a-minute YouTube video clip.

Singapore PM Highest Paid Prime Minister in the World

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Singapore PM highest paid Prime Minister in the world. Surprise? Not really

The world’s highest paid Prime Minister in the world is not so far down south.

Singapore has decided to cut the salary of its Prime Minister and other government top posts following growing complaints and recommendations from government-assigned panel. That, nevertheless, would not stop the country’s PM from still being the highest paid Prime Minister in the world.

The salary of Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong will be cut by 36% from S$3 million (US$2.33 million) to S$2.2 million (US$1.71 million). The President’s annual pay will be reduced by 51% to S$1.54 million, while new ministers will take home about (still generous) S$1.1 million.

In spite of major cut, Lee’s status as the world’s highest paid country leader remains intact. The S$2.2 million figure is way above the next highest paid country head—Donald Tsang, Hong Kong Chief Executive—who earns roughly about US$550,000 annually. Statistically, Lee would earn as much as three times the amount Tsang receives.

The third highest paid leader goes to Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who receives about A$480,000 (US$497,000) while American President Barrack Obama is fourth with earnings of a rather moderate salary figure at $400,000.

US Department of Defense the World’s Largest Employer

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US DoD world’s largest employer

A few days ago, The Economist named the US Department of Defense as the world’s largest employer, based on the number of personnel employed. Altogether, the DoD is now an employer to about 3.2 million workers who provide their service inside and outside of the States.

Where ratio is concerned, the DoD provides job to 1% of the total population in the US.

The usual suspects: Wal-Mart, McDonald’s and China National Petroleum also made it to the top 10 list.

With colossal ambitions, goals and security interest, the DoD is often backed with the largest amount of budgetary resources, far exceeding other government bodies. Some three years back, the annual budget was close to hit the US$800 billion mark, and the figure now certainly has excessively surpassed the amount.  In fact, it was said that the new budget resources for 2010 (covering base and contingencies) amounted up to US$1.2 trillion.

The so-called war on terrorism, to date had cost an estimated US$5 trillion. Other than expenses, wars in which the US is involved had taken many lives of the US armies.

A more detailed observer would also realize that from the 10 largest employers list, more than half of them are from the government sector. They include the Chinese Army, UK’s National Health Services (NHS) and India’s national railway company.  While many governments these days (US included) are being subject to harsh treatment and condemnation for allegedly failing to provide adequate jobs, the truth defies the popular opinion.

A lot has been said about how countries should not rely on the government’s jobs in providing employment but from here, seems some people certainly overestimated the ability of the private sector, which is often hailed as the savior for any country’s vibrant economy. Nevertheless, it is always good to keep in mind that the largest employers in the world may not churn out the best profits, as state-run companies do not work mainly based on financial goals.

Well, who would expect the world’s largest employer is this DoD?