Banking and healthcare robots for SEQ? City leaders on tech tour   

The introduction of robots, autonomous vehicles and improved cyber security in south-east Queensland will be discussed by city leaders during a three-day international venture. On Sunday, representatives from seven councils will head to Singapore on a three-day mission to explore the country's smart technology and find out if and how it could work in south-east Queensland.

          Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'   

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers. Under the supervision of Associate Professor Liu Shao Quan from the National University of Singapore Food Science and Technology Programme, student Chan Mei Zhi Alcine has spent nine months creating a recipe that achieves the optimal count of live probiotics in the beer.

          Tuas factory fire: 1 worker dies from injuries, says Migrant Workers' Centre   

SINGAPORE: A worker died on Thursday from his injuries in the fire which broke out at a Tuas factory last Saturday. Chen Qiu, 39, was one of two migrant workers who were taken to the intensive care unit at Singapore General Hospital after suffering burns in the fire.

          2 siblings charged for corruption offences involving S$2.2m in bribes   

SINGAPORE: Two Singaporean siblings were on Thursday charged in court for corruption and bribery offences involving a sum of about S$2.2 million. Judy Teo Suya Bik, 65, is accused of receiving about S$2.2 million in Shanghai as a reward for helping two transportation companies secure contracts with the company her brother worked at, and then getting her brother to buy her a flat with part of the money.

          France's Engie says to weather LNG oversupply with long-term deals   

SINGAPORE, June 29 French gas and power company Engie expects to weather festering oversupply in markets for liquefied natural gas with long-term deals kicking off in the next couple of years, a senior company official said. Production of the superchilled gas has been outpacing demand as new supplies come online in Australia and the United States, driving down Asian spot prices LNG-AS by more than 70 percent since 2014.

          Britney Spears Sings Live (Like, Actually) in Singapore to Prove a Point   
A live performer, thank you very much.
          Mengapa Yahudi?   

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?

Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
Semakan Oleh : Mohd Taha Hassan

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampuri semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian. Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit.

Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular. Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia). Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa? Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi? Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel. Washington mengetahui bahawa jika PM Ehud Olmert sedar akan wujudnya bahawa bumi ini adalah rata, maka AIPAC akan mengadakan Kongres yang ke 109 untuk meluluskan resolusi bagi memberi ucapan tahniah pada satu pertemuan yang akan diadakan bersama Olmert.

William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi. Teka, apakah kepercayaan yang beliau miliki?

So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.

Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.


Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa? Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.


Daripada lingkungan 12 juta orang Yahudi, hanya 0,2 % sahaja populasi dunia. ( 2 setiap dari 1000 orang)


1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1995 - Joseph Rotblat


1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1972 - C.B. Anfinsen
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Ronald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1998 - Walter Kohn
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Irwin Rose
2004 - Avram Hershko
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2006 - Roger D. Kornberg
2008 - Martin Chalfie


1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1973 - Wassily Leontief
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 Rober Fogel
1994 - John Harsanyi
1994 - Reinhard Selten
1997 - Robert Merton
1997 - Myron Scholes
2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
2002 -
Daniel Kahneman
2004 - Richard Axel
2005 - Robert J. Aumann
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire
2007 - Leonid (Leo) Hurwicz
2007 - Eric Maskin
2007 - Roger Myerson
2008 - Paul Krugman

Physiology / Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
2000 - Paul Greengard
2002 - Sydney Brenner
2002 - Robert H. Horvitz
2006 - Roger Kornberg
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire


1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
2000 - Zhores I. Alferov
2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg
2003 - Alexei Abrikosov
2004 - David Gross
2004 - H. David Politzer
2005 - Roy Glauber


          Comment on A postcard from the past: Shaw House and Lido by N Narayanan   
Apologies that the link to the clip 'Singapore in 1956' was inadvertently omitted in my earlier message. It is and runs for 3 1/2 minutes.
          Comment on A postcard from the past: Shaw House and Lido by N Narayanan   
Thanks again Mr Jerome Lim, for this latest post on Orchard Road. Like the proverbial bad penny, here I turn up again (please feel free not to put up my comments if for any reason they are unwelcome, but believe me they are made purely as incidental to your commentary) 'A nation of shopkeepers' is reportedly a not-too-complimentary phrase referring to England going back to 1794 (Wikipedia). Much in the same vein, one could say we Singaporeans could be dubbed 'a nation of shoppers'. 'Orchard Road' is apparently the 'flavour of the moment' with pleas being made 'to restore the vibrancy of the area', mainly by those whose memories &/or experiences go back to more recent times. True, their attitudes may be reflected in the phrase 'Orchard Road, Singapore: Asia's Most Famous Shopping Street ..." as one description goes. But time was when it was less 'glitzy' and a more sedate and respectable upper-middle-class residential area, as would be fitting for its proximity to the 'Governor's House' - in colonial times - and 'The Istana - President's Residence' since Independence. In sharp contrast, Orchard Road has today earned the distinction of being 'Every Shopper's Paradise', with much of the credit being accorded to those who have developed the area. While giving them their due, I personally find it sad that in this context, all-forgotten now is my then-boss the late Mr Moshe J Nassim, founder of the Auctioneers & Estate Agents firm 'Nassim & Co Ltd'. Circa 1950 he persuaded the Hongkong Bank to buy the land where MacDonald House now stands, confidently assuring them 'Orchard Road will be the place of future Singapore'.He was eminently qualified in his observations, as he had been resident in the area from pre-WWII years. Surely Mr Nassim needs to be remembered for his foresight. In property matters, he was largely responsble in opening up the then undeveloped ulu areas of Frankel Estate, Loyang and Sarimbun. Returning to 'Orchard Road, quite by accident, I just stumbled upon a video blog titled 'Singapore in 1956' - MichaelRogge. 'Published on Jun 19, 2013 -- Singapore as a world port more than half a century ago. I see bankers walking around in white tropical suits as I did myself at the time in Hong Kong...' (Source/Link: ) The clear views of the Orchard Road/Dhoby Ghaut corner are stunning, as too Union Building (now Tung Centre) at Collyer Quay, and these, along with others in the clip, will surely evoke nostalgic memories in those who were here in Singapore more than six decades back. For a more recent appreciative view, this post ( sums up:- ''Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned shopper, Orchard Road, a 2.2km shopping belt, is the place for retail therapy. 'Who'd have thought that over 150 years ago, Orchard Road was just a small lane lined with fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms. A look back By the 1850s, these humble origins had changed. People moved in, along with outdoor hawker centres, wet markets, cemeteries, temples, and even an open-air laundry basin. It was only in 1903 that Orchard Road’s shops sprung up, with Singapore's first supermarket, where The Centrepoint now stands. The first department store was opened by local merchant C.K Tang in 1958 on a plot of land facing a cemetery. When it was demolished in 1982, it was replaced by the landmark Tang Plaza, which houses a local department store and hotel. In the 1970s, cinemas, a bowling alley and ever larger malls followed, and Orchard Road’s reputation as an entertainment hub grew. Spoilt for choice Today, Orchard Road is flanked by iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, choc-a-bloc with retail, dining and entertainment choice for every taste and budget. Designer threads, fast fashion, upscale restaurants, ethnic wares, art galleries and relaxed hangouts – you name it, Orchard Road has it. Here’s a tip: while the almond and jambu trees are no more, huge angsana trees lining the large pedestrian mall give ample shade from the blazing sun – making this still a nice place to stroll'''' Thanks for the memories!
          Comment on A postcard from the past: Shaw House and Lido by rhonda deering   
Of course - many times - I never wanted to leave and 2 more sons born in Singapore are very proud of their heritage. I loved the OLD Singapore. We saw it at its best ! Older 2 sons went to Yio Chu Kang School, then St Stephens and St Patricks
          I did not die in car crash in Malaysia, says Singaporean comedian Hossan Leong   
SINGAPORE: Singaporean comedian Hossan Leong on Friday (June 30) posted a video on his Facebook page saying he did not die in a car crash in Malaysia as a fake news article recently reported.
          Woman fined RM5,000 for repeatedly throwing used sanitary pads out of Singaporean flat   
SINGAPORE: A 28-year old woman was fined S$1,600 (RM4,990) and sentenced to three hours of Corrective Work Order (CWO) for repeatedly throwing used sanitary pads out of her home at Block 111, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh between Sept 29 and Oct 1, 2016.
          Functional Jobs: OCaml server-side developer at Ahrefs (Full-time)   

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          Exclusive: India presses Microsoft for Windows discount in wake of cyber attacks   

By Euan Rocha

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks.

Microsoft officials in India have "in principle agreed" to the request, Gulshan Rai, India's cyber security coordinator, told Reuters over the phone on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft in India declined to comment on the matter. Officials at the company's headquarters in the United States and regional headquarters in Asia also declined to comment.

If Microsoft agreed to such a discount, it could open up the global software giant to similar requests from around the world. Rai said the government was in talks with Microsoft management in India. It is not immediately clear whether any other countries were seeking similar deals.

Rai said India began talks with Microsoft after the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, noting that both WannaCry and this week's attack, dubbed by some cyberexperts "NotPetya", exploited vulnerabilities in older iterations of the Windows OS.

"The quantum of the price cut, we expect some detail on in a couple of days," Rai said, adding the Indian government expected the company to offer the software at "throw-away prices."

"It will be a one-time upgrade offer to Windows 10 and it will be a discounted price for the entire country," said Rai, who was hand-picked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the country's first cyber security chief.

Rai declined to be more specific, but said he was confident that it would be "less than a quarter of the current price."

Rai, who has over two decades of experience in different IT areas including cyber security, said his team began coordinating with government agencies and regulators to push for OS upgrades soon after the WannaCry attack began on May 12.

The government's quick action helped minimize the impact of the NotPetya attack, which affected two of India's container port terminals, he said.

The government has also worked with banks to ensure that some 200,000 of the more than 240,000 ATMs in the country, most of which run on older Windows XP systems, have been upgraded with security patches released by Microsoft following the WannaCry attack, Rai said.

This is just an interim solution, however, said Rai, because although the patches fix vulnerabilities in older OS versions, they retain the limitations of those versions.

"New OS versions have different architecture, much improved architecture and much more resiliency," said Rai.


Windows 10 Home currently retails for 7,999 rupees ($124) in India, while the Pro version of the software typically used by large companies and institutions costs 14,999 rupees ($232).

Roughly 96 percent of an estimated 57 million computers in India currently run on Windows, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple- and Linux-based systems account for the rest.

Given that only a small minority of Windows users in India already have Windows 10, Microsoft could be forgoing several billion dollars of potential revenue if they agreed to sell just the more widely used Home version of Windows 10 at a quarter of its current Indian retail price.

In the price-sensitive Indian market, people using computers in households or small businesses often do not upgrade their OS given the steep costs. The wide use of pirated Windows OS versions, which would not automatically receive security patches, exacerbate the vulnerabilities.

In light of the attacks, Rai said, the government "wants to incentivise the common man to upgrade their systems".

The WannaCry attack in May affected a state-run power firm in western India, while the NotPetya attack this week crippled operations at two port terminals in India operated by shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, which was affected globally.

($1 = 64.5175 Indian rupees)

(Additional reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal in Mumbai, Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco and Jeremy Wagstaff in Singapore; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."


The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.


Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."


Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)

          Michelin Guide 2017 Includes Imperial Treasure, Garibaldi, And Cheek By Jowl   
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Michelin Guide 2017 includes 11 newly awarded restaurants Odette received two stars in this year’s Michelin Guide. The bulk of this year’s list of Bib Gourmand restaurants is made up of the same spots as last year’s inaugural list, so we were expecting the Michelin Guide 2017 to be same same but different compared to the Michelin Guide 2016 too. Well, in the list that just came out, 11 new names were awarded one Michelin star, and two restaurants – Forest 森 and Terra – dropped out of this year’s guide. The rest are pretty much the same as last year’s, with Waku Ghin getting two stars instead of one this time.  Here are all the restaurants that were awarded tonight, with the newcomers in bold. Restaurants with one Michelin star Alma by Juan Amador, modern European Beni, modern French Braci, Italian Candlenut, Peranakan Cheek By Jowl, modern Australian Chef Kang’s Kitchen, Chinese (Cantonese) Corner House, contemporary Crystal Jade Golden Palace, Chinese Cut, Steakhouse Garibaldi, Italian Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, street food Iggy’s, modern European Jaan, modern French Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine, Chinese (Teochew) Labyrinth, modern Singaporean Lei Garden, Chinese Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & […]

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          SAMA Curry & Cafe Review: Hokkaido Soup Curry With 30 Levels Of Spiciness   

SAMA Curry & Cafe serves customisable Japanese soup curry Unlike many Singaporeans, my low tolerance for spicy food has prevented me from enjoying popular dishes such as ma la, sambal stingray, curry chicken… you get the idea. Thankfully, I’ve got Japanese curry, which manages to be both comforting and tummy-warming – sans the spicy burn. Hailing from Hokkaido, SAMA Curry & Cafe dishes out soup curry, which is a less jelak variation of Japanese curry that is a rare find in Singapore. The restaurant lets you customise your curry by choosing from four different soup bases – tomato, coconut, shrimp, and chicken – and 30 different levels of spiciness. Food at SAMA Curry & Cafe We eased into our first Japanese soup curry experience with Hungry Bear ($18.90+). We went with a tomato soup base at spiciness level five. This hearty bowl came with an entire chicken leg, vegetables, half an egg, and your choice of a beef hamburger patty or a slice of chashu pork. The tomato soup gave the curry a pleasantly sweet flavour without any overwhelming acidity. Unlike conventional thick Japanese curry, this was much less viscous and had the consistency of a light stew. All of […]

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          10 Epic Cheese Dishes For That Winning #CheesePull Shot On Instagram   

Epic cheese dishes to whip out your phones for Being a foodie and a slave to Instagram means I gotta whip out my phone for the slightest reasons at every meal – especially when it comes to capturing those #foodporn-worthy shots. Based on my Instagrammin’ experience, I found out nothing tops a cheese-pull shot when you want to achieve the ultimate drool-inducing picture. Word of advice: do not upload pictures of these epic cheese dishes in the middle of the night, or you might risk being at the receiving end of your friends’ wrath at your next gathering.   1. Dookki’s Double Cheese Ring Living up to their name, which translates to “two meals” in Korean, Dookki is the first restaurant in Singapore to offer tteokbokki buffet and DIY kimchi fried rice in one seating. $18.80++ gets you 90 minutes of unlimited tteok and noodles in a customisable sauce, along with eomuk (fishcake), kimchi fried rice, and deep-fried sides such as mandu (dumplings). To make the most of your time, add a Double Cheese Ring ($9.80) to your pot. This cheese ring comes with corn that’s mixed into a “secret” cheese. Be sure to keep an eye on the heat […]

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          Qatar Investment Authority Acquires $2.5-B Singapore Tower   

Qatar Investment Authority Acquires $2.5-B Singapore Tower $BLK, $JLL, $GOOGL, $C The acquisition of Asian Square Tower 1 marks the largest single tower real estate transaction in Asia Pacific Sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has acquired a 43-story office tower in Singapore from US private equity firm BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) in a $2.45-B transaction. […]

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          Zecotek China Working with PET OEMs and Gaining Access to Industries Beyond Medical Scanning   

SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - June 30, 2017) - Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX VENTURE: ZMS) (FRANKFURT: W1I) (OTC PINK: ZMSPF), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for healthcare, industrial and scientific markets, is pleased to provide an update to the forming of its new China based subsidiary Zecotek China Ltd. The formation of the new subsidiary has accelerated the potential adoption of the LFS by medical scanner developers as well as non-medical OEMs in China. Zecotek China is working closely with new medical and non-medical OEMs. Testing of the LFS crystals have been completed and we expect to receive purchase orders in the near future.

          Plastic Headgear Market, Trends, Size and Forecasts   

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, "Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries" which is a useful piece of information for the global players in the plastic headgear market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis on the market trends, size, forecast and growth of the overall plastic headgear market.

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Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

Analysis in the report is based on 2006-2012 market data and the report forecasts the global market till the year 2017, which provides insightful market information for the investors, sales, marketing & product managers and analysts in an accessible and well presented format.

The report covers the following topics:

-Global Market size
-Market growth rate
-Market segmentation on the basis of products
-Growth rate of each product segment
-Market forecasts

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Report covers the following geographical regions:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

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          Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
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- Macroeconomic indicators

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- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
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Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

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          Spencer Ogden: Sales Leader - Energy   
benefits: Spencer Ogden: Exciting opportunity for a Sales Leader responsible for winning business. Singapore
          Best of our wild blogs: 30 Jun 17   
Reefy seawalls at East Coast Park wild shores of singapore

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          Construction of Singapore's 4th desalination plant begins in Marina East   
Liyana Othman Channel NewsAsia 29 Jun 17; SINGAPORE: The construction of Singapore's fourth desalination plant began on Thursday (Jun 29) in Marina East. It is the first dual-mode desalination plant, meaning it can treat both freshwater from the Marina Reservoir and seawater, depending on weather conditions. Currently, freshwater from reservoirs is processed at eight water works across Singapore, while seawater is treated at SingSpring and Tuaspring desalination plants. On rainy days when water levels in the reservoirs are high, the excess rainwater will be discharged into the sea. But...

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          Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms   
Reuters 29 Jun 17; Resource-scarce Singapore is turning vacant pockets of land into space for urban farming as the island city strives to ease its reliance on imported food. The wealthy Southeast Asian city-state imports more than 90 percent of its food, much of it from neighboring countries, which can leave it exposed to potential supply chain disruptions. Edible Garden City, a company with a grow-your-own-food message, has designed and built more than 50 food gardens in the tropical city for clients ranging from restaurants and hotels to schools and residences. One of its projects is...

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          Over 50 species of native coastal plants to be introduced at Coney Island Park   
Today Online 29 Jun 17; SINGAPORE — Over 50 species of native coastal plants, including critically endangered species, will be introduced to a four-hectare plot of land at Coney Island Park over the next five years. The five-year habitat enhancement programme is a collaboration between the National Parks Board (NParks) and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank), which will see primarily OCBC Bank management and staff donating S$250,000 to the fund the programme. Among the species to be planted include the Small-leaved Nutmeg (Knema globularia), Silver Bush (Sophora...

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          Malaysia: Death knell for Hawksbill turtles    
R.S.N. MURALI The Star 30 Jun 17; MELAKA: The endangered Hawks­bill turtle population in Melaka that is being threatened by sea reclamation, hunting and habitat destruction, is facing another major threat – fishing nets. Melaka Fishery Department officer Doreen Wee Siew Leen said 13 Hawksbills were found dead between January and June along the beach stretching from Kem Terendak in Sungai Udang to Kuala Linggi. “Most of these deaths occurred when the turtles get entangled in fishing nets. “We managed to nurse back to health two which were found alive on the beach and released them back...

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          The Amazon's new danger: Brazil sets sights on palm oil   
Brazil’s ambition to become a palm oil giant could have devastating social and environmental impacts if the move is not carefully managed, say experts Tom Levitt in Brasília and Heriberto Araujo The Guardian 29 Jun 17; Jorge Antonini takes a palm kernel in his hands and slices it open. Squeezing it between his fingers, the kernel oozes the oily liquid found in hundreds of everyday products, from cakes to chocolate spread. The scientist is standing on a government-owned farm near the Brazilian capital of Brasília. Here, he and a small group of colleagues from Embrapa, the powerful...

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          Stop exporting plastic waste to China to boost recycling at home, say experts   
Governments must end incentives that see plastic waste shipped abroad, where it is often buried or burned, rather than being turned back into bottles at home, say industry leaders Sandra Laville and Matthew Taylor The Guardian 29 Jun 17; Governments must stop exporting so much plastic waste to countries such as China and keep more in-country to be recycled into bottles to tackle the waste crisis, industry insiders say. A day after the Guardian revealed that a million plastic bottles are bought every minute across the world, experts aiming to provide a closed loop in which each bottle is...

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          'Very strong' climate change signal in record June heat in the UK and Western Europe   
Matt McGrath BBC News 30 Jun 17; The June heat waves that impacted much of the UK and Western Europe were made more intense because of climate change say scientists. Forest fires in Portugal claimed scores of lives while emergency heat plans were triggered in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Britain experienced its warmest June day since the famous heat wave of 1976. Human-related warming made record heat 10 times more likely in parts of Europe the researchers say. During June, mean monthly temperatures about 3C above normal were recorded across western parts of the continent....

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          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          Balcony of colours   

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Balcony of colours

This is another unique aspect of the Dakota Crescent public housing apartment. The balconies here are of a very unique design that cannot be found elsewhere in Singapore, especially when compared to the modern HDB flats.

The key difference here are the metal grilles and brightly painted louvered doors, which were said to be painted by the former residents to help identify their apartment easier at night.

          Brick and Window   

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Brick and Window

The Dakota Crescent public housing design is something that is not easily found elsewhere in Singapore due to its 1950s design and rather unusual features, such as having only a single lift and a very unique balcony design.

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP ANNOUNCE THE LEGO ® NINJAGO® MOVIE VIDEO GAME Players Will Experience the Action-Packed Movie as Their Favourite Characters While Mastering the Art of “Ninjagility”  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie Video Game that will allow players to delve into the world of the new big-screen animated adventure The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game will be available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and STEAM on September 22, 2017. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game brings the non-stop action and thrilling combat of the film into the living room so kids can embark on their own Ninjago adventures,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Enhanced movements will help players traverse Ninjago with the fluidity and grace of a secret ninja warrior and improve their combat skills.” “The LEGO Group is pleased to extend the Ninjago play experience with The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans will love playing as their favourite Ninjago heroes and joining an epic adventure of good versus evil.” In the game, players battle their way through waves of enemies with honour and skill as their favorite ninjas Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu to defend their home island of Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army. To do so, they must master the art of Ninjagility which allows them to traverse Ninjago by wall-running, high-jumping and battling the foes of Ninjago to rank up and upgrade the ninja’s combat skills.  Players can harness the power of Spinjitzu combat to defend Ninjago together. The game features eight large, action-packed locations based on the story of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Each location includes its own unique Challenge Dojo where players can put their combat skills to the test and battle with increasingly tougher enemies. And with Battle Maps, players can go up against their friends and family in four different game modes, with competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. # # # About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles. About TT Games TT Games ( is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit LEGO videogame franchises such as LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Indiana Jones™, LEGO® Batman™ and LEGO® Harry Potter™, as well as popular titles LEGO®Marvel™ Super Heroes, LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers and LEGO® Jurassic World™.  Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families. About The LEGO Group The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at About The LEGO NINJAGO Movie In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.  Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.  Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. Opening September 22, 2017 (USA), “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn, and Jackie Chan.  It is directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan, from a screenplay by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, based on LEGO Construction Toys. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” is produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Maryann Garger and Chris McKay. Executive producers are Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone, with John Powers Middleton as co-producer.  From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures/Lord Miller/Vertigo Entertainment Production, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. 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          Reserve Your Place in Singapore July 11-12, 2017   
Worldwide petroleum consulting firm Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. (NSAI) is taking its NSAI Oil & Gas Property Evaluation Seminar to Singapore on July 11-12, 2017. What:  NSAI Oil & Gas Property Evaluation Seminar – Singapore When: July 11-12, 2017 Where: Singapore Exchange SGX Auditorium, 2 Shenton Way #19-00 SGX Centre 1, Singapore 068804 Details: See the Singapore NSAI Seminar fact sheet[Read More...]
          Green-roofed desalination plant is world's first to treat both fresh and saltwater   
Desalination is an important component of Singapore's water supply, and the island country has a new desalination plant in the works decked out with green features. The large scale facility can treat both freshwater and saltwater, and according to Today Online and other local news outlets, it's thought to be the first one of its kind in the world. Related:
          NUS Study: Painted Jezebel Butterflies Deter Predators with Flashy Wing Colours    
Newswise imageA research team from the National University of Singapore has unraveled the mystery behind the wing colours of the Painted Jezebel, a common butterfly found in urban and forested landscapes throughout the Asia-Pacific region, known for its bright yellow and red wing colours.
DasCoin – nowa rewolucyjna kryptowaluta oparta o najnowsze technologie oraz gotowy i sprawdzony system płatności. DasCoin jest kryptowalutą Hong Kongu. Geneza rozpoczyna się w 2007 roku. CoinLeaders posiada licencje umożliwiające nabycie DasCoin’a i są oferowane przez CL Singapore Pte. Ltd z siedzibą w Singapurze. CL Singapur jest licencjonowanym dostawcą usług sieciowych dla DasCoin i jest wyłącznym dystrybutorem licencji związanych z DasCoin Czym jest Licencja Netleaders? Licencja Netleaders jest dokumentem potwierdzającym zakupienie jednej z licencji. Będziesz mógł wtedy otrzymać hybrydową kryptowalutę, która zacznie być tworzona w procesie zwanym „minting”. Proces ten rozpoczyna się już w I kwartale 2017 roku
           UPDATE 3-Race to buy $10 bln-valued GLP narrows down to two groups -sources    
By Anshuman Daga and Kane WuSINGAPORE/HONG KONG, June 30 (Reuters) - The race to buy Global Logistic Properties narrowed to between a Chinese consortium...
          iOS Developer - Photojaanic - Orissa   
We’ve been printing stories since 2007 and are based in Goa and Singapore. With mobile phone cameras, everyone’s an artist and has a story to tell....
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          Android Senior Developer - Photojaanic - Orissa   
We’ve been printing stories since 2007 and are based in Goa and Singapore. With mobile phone cameras, everyone’s an artist and has a story to tell....
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          SEO Specialist - Photojaanic - Goa   
We’ve been printing stories since 2007, are based in Goa and Singapore and have customers around the world. This is an exciting time for visual arts and self...
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          Marketing & Communications Executive - Photojaanic - Goa   
We’ve been printing stories since 2007, are based in Goa and Singapore and have customers around the world. This is an exciting time for visual arts and self...
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          Digital Marketing Manager - Photojaanic - Goa   
We’ve been printing stories since 2007, are based in Goa and Singapore and have customers around the world. This is an exciting time for visual arts and self...
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          Community Manager - Photojaanic - Goa   
We’ve been printing stories since 2007, are based in Goa and Singapore and have customers around the world. This is an exciting time for visual arts and self...
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           Singapore wealth fund GIC to take stake in Mergermarket -sources    
By Pamela BarbagliaLONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has agreed to buy around 30 percent of financial news and data company...
          7-Eleven ‘thất trận’ ở Indonesia   

Được chào đón ở Việt Nam, thành công ở Thái Lan và Singapore, nhưng 7-Eleven lại phải đóng cửa trọn vẹn sau 8 năm có mặt ở Indonesia. 7-Eleven từng đạt được những thành công nhất định ở Indonesia. Modern International, đơn vị điều hành thương hiệu này, khai trương cửa hàng Thứ nhất vào […]

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          Britney Spears Sings Live (Like, Actually) in Singapore to Prove a Point   
A live performer, thank you very much. Continue reading…
          DWF completes NeoLaw acquisition, names new head of costs   
DWF has completed its acquisition of NeoLaw, the costs division of Keely. As part of the acquisition, NeoLaw’s 21 staff members will join an existing in-house costs department at DWF, bringing the department’s total headcount to 57. The new personnel will be split between DWF’s London and Birmingham offices.

Simon Murray has been appointed as the firm’s new head of costs, while Steven Dawson will remain in his current position as senior technical director within the costs department.

The NeoLaw acquisition is part of DWF’s 2017 expansion efforts, which thus far have seen the firm operate new offices in Singapore, Paris and Berlin, along with new associations in Jeddah and Riyadh.

          SMEs Align with SDGs, Tool Helps Companies Achieve SDG 5   
Eco-Business and the Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore convened an event to explore how companies can align their operations with the SDGs and what the SDGs mean for SMEs in Asia. The UN Global Compact, UN Women and partners developed the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool, which will allow to measure progress over time, benchmark against peers and industry standards, and contribute to SDG 5 on gender equality.
          So long Asia — Singapore, Singapore   
Around the world in about 350 days
          Music Alliance Pact – September 2012 Issue   
SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To… FAUXE – Be My Love A mysterious force has been brewing in Singapore, bubbling beneath the shiny veneer of saturated city lights. The glitchy imperfections of static haunt the corridors of abandoned buildings, a sign … Continue reading
          Music Alliance Pact – August 2012 Issue   
SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To… MUON – Aqua Assault The muon is an elementary particle similar to an electron. MUON is also a musical entity that exists in Singapore, whether as one person (Nick Chan) or more (currently, Jordan, Ren … Continue reading
          Music Alliance Pact – June 2012 Issue   
SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To… Basement In My Loft – Just Desserts Basement In My Loft’s second album, Subject To Change, features some of the most heartfelt and emotive rock music we’ve heard in a while. Maybe it’s got something … Continue reading
          Music Alliance Pact – May 2012 Issue   
SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To… Sze Kiat – Once In A While No man is an island, yet one gets the sense that the musical ideas that transpire in Sze Kiat’s mind were born from the stillness of time. There’s … Continue reading
          Music Alliance Pact – March 2012 Issue   
SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To… Shelves – Star Alright The much-anticipated debut album by Shelves was released this month on both vinyl and digital, resurrecting not just the choicest cuts of Britpop and college rock, but the very essence of … Continue reading
          #386 Shelves – Killer Concern / Sussed Out   
Singapore is a peculiar place. It’s a post-colonial state in the barest sense of that term, since everything from street names, laws and spelling conventions continues bearing the colonial imprint, right down to the attribution of the country’s founding to … Continue reading
          Laneway Singapore 2012 – The Horrors   
And what costume shall the poor boy wear? Lest we forget, it’s every effeminate mod’s fantasy to play in a guitar group such as The Horrors — I believe Vince Noir of The Mighty Boosh can attest to that, skinny … Continue reading
          Laneway Singapore 2012 – Feist   
While those familiar with Feist’s live show antics and visual spectacles from The Reminder tour may have been hoping for a sampling of it at Laneway 2012, her more minimal performance was still nothing short of amazing. On tow for … Continue reading
          Singapore armed forces going hi-tech as recruiting levels seen sliding   
Defense minister Ng Eng Hen said that the armed forces plan to increase the use of automation and technology to make up for the reduced manpower.
          German tourist found dead at Indonesian volcano   
Klaus Wolter, 48, who lives in Singapore, went missing last Wednesday after telling the hotel he was staying at that he wanted to trek up Mount Sibayak.
          For sale - Vintage 1970s wrestling singlet Red M Logo olympic... - Auction   

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          Singapore turning vacant space into urban farms. No word on if the major crop is still cane [Followup]   
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          Blanco Court Beef Noodles : relocated to Greenwich V, Seletar   
They have been around since 1979 though not at the same location, they started at Blanco Court then moved to North Bridge Road and then to Guilemard Road before moving to the food court in Greenwich V at Seletar Road. It is currently manned by Uncle Max, the original chef. Their previous shop at Guilemard was opened by 24 years old Mike Loh who gave up pursuing a career related to his Diploma in Sports Science to carry on the family business but what exactly happened later on that led to the closure of this shop?

I was there on a weekday near lunch and I was their only customer at that time. I wanted to order a bowl of Beef Ball Soup ($5/$7/$9) and Mixed Beef Vermicelli (Dry) ($7/$9). That Uncle asked, "Do you want it with Bee Hoon?" I was a little confused and I thought he was referring to my order of Mixed Beef Vermicelli which I specially requested to have it with the sliced beef. I answered, "Yeah". I was served a bowl of Beef Ball Soup with bee hoon. I think Uncle did not get my second order so I repeated it. I waited for another 5 minutes for it to be ready. I asked whether am I supposed to add the cincalok to the chilli and I was told to do so.

The Beef Noodle is still good and satisfying. It is getting difficult to find good Hainanese style beef noodles these days. Their broth and thick gooey sauce are done using a 'secret" recipe that has been handed down and is using beef marrow as part of its main ingredients. Those sliced beef were cooked just right. It was garnished with a handful of grounded peanuts with salted vegetable and a piece of calamansi. To start, squeeze the calamansi then mixed it well with other ingredients and a better than average bowl of beef noodle awaits. 

I went for the Beef Ball Soup next. There were a few slices of beef and a handful of salted vegetable added to it, too. The soup was a little too light with a slight beefy taste. I was not quite impressed with those beef balls as I thought it could be better. 

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          16 Konica Minolta Employees Certified as Fogra Digital Print Experts   

SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - Jun 30, 2017) - Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia (BSA), an integral value provider with customer-centric solutions, is proud to have 16 employees certified as Fogra Digital Print Experts VPC (DPE-VPC). The certification measures a professional's expertise with regards to the latest international colour standards and developments in the world of digital printing.

          Angka Jitu Togel Singapura Hari Sabtu   

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           IT DR EXPERT IMPLEMENTER - BCM Institute , Singapore, Kuala Lumpur    
This course is intended for experienced IT disaster recovery (DR) planners. It is also designed for IT professionals who has minimal DR experience and would like to have an in-depth understanding of this subject.

The main difference is that IT professionals with does not have the required years of IT DR planning experience will need to accumulate the necessary experience before they are awarded with the “Expert” certification.

All aspects of IT DR planning will be discussed. Participants will be guided to review each stage of the DR Planning (DRP) Methodology and the process will include all aspects of creating the DR plan. The course concludes with the understanding on the need for exercising and maintaining the DR plan.

This course will provide participants with the concept and knowledge, which will enable them to:
  1. Identify the threats that affect the IT and business environment and its countermeasures.
  2. Have a thorough understanding of the DR Planning Methodology.
  3. Conduct an application impact analysis for an organization.
  4. Develop and implement business and IT recovery strategies.
  5. Conduct cost benefit analysis for strategies and alternate site selection.
  6. Consolidate and implement a comprehensive IT DR plan.
  7. Create and develop IT DR awareness and training program.
  8. Conduct exercises and tests.
  9. Integrate business continuity with the IT DR initiatives.
  10. Sustain an effective organisation-wide IT DR program.



          ISO 22301 BCMS EXPERT IMPLEMENTER - BCM Institute , Singapore, Kuala Lumpur    
This is an advanced level Business Continuity Management (BCM) course with a 150-Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based examination, following the successful completion of the course.

This course is primarily designed for advanced professionals who have a high degree of exposure to and understanding of BCM, such as BC managers, planners, and project managers. It is the institute’s most comprehensive BCM course for those who are new to BCM or intend to embark on this as his/her BCM professional career. The workshop curriculum will enable participants to get an extremely thorough understanding of the 7 BCM Body of Knowledge or BCM BOK for BCM Practitioners, the globally recognised methodology for implementation and maintenance of BCM programs. On completion of the course, participants should have acquired the skills and understanding to be able to drive complex BCM programs and BC projects for the entire organisation.

The course will also introduce the essential steps of developing business continuity and disaster recovery strategies, design and implementation of BC plans, preparing and conducting awareness and training programmes. Participants will acquire the essential skills and knowledge of project management, risk analysis and review, business impact analysis, recovery strategy, plan development, testing and exercising, and program management.



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          Dollar despairs on hawkish central banks, Asia stocks join global slump   

By Nichola Saminather

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The dollar extended its losses on Friday as major central banks signalled that the era of cheap money was coming to an end in a boon to sterling, the euro and the Canadian dollar, while Asian shares were hit by dismal performances of European and U.S. markets.

European markets were set to open a little lower, with financial spreadbetter LCG expecting Britain's FTSE 100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 to all start the day down 0.1 percent. All three lost between 0.5 percent and 1.9 percent on Thursday.

But global stock market indexes are set for more gains by the end of this year, driven by an economic revival in Europe and bright prospects for much of Asia, a Reuters poll of around 300 financial professionals showed.

The dollar index fell 0.1 percent to 95.549, poised for a 1.8 percent slide this week, having fallen in all sessions but one. It is down 1.4 percent for the month, and 4.8 percent for the quarter.

The Korean won weakened against the dollar after the country reported industrial production rose by 0.2 percent in May from a month earlier, missing expectations for growth of 1.5 percent. That followed a 2.2 percent decline in April

The dollar was up 0.1 percent at 1,142.5 won.

But the greenback remained lower against other major currencies. Adding to the dollar's weakness against the yen was data showing Japanese core consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in May from a year earlier in its fifth straight month of gains, although inflation remains well below the central bank's 2 percent target.

The dollar fell 0.25 percent to 111.95 yen, after losing 0.2 percent on Thursday. It was heading for a 1.2 percent gain for the month, but is down 4.2 percent this year.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney surprised many on Wednesday by conceding a rate hike was likely to be needed as the economy came closer to running at full capacity.

Sterling was 0.1 percent higher on Friday at $1.3017, adding to Thursday's 0.6 percent gain.

Two top policymakers at the Bank of Canada also suggested they might tighten monetary policy there as early as July.

The dollar slipped 0.15 percent to C$1.2984, extending Thursday's 0.26 percent loss.

Despite comments by sources that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi had intended to signal tolerance for a period of weaker inflation, not an imminent policy tightening, the euro on Friday revisited the 13-month high of $1.1445 hit on Thursday.

The euro remained close to that level and was at $1.1439 on Friday, retaining most of Thursday's 0.6 percent gain.

"Obviously there's a shift afoot. It really seems that there's some coordinated effort going on out here among the G10 central banks," said Stephen Innes, head of trading in Asia-Pacific for OANDA in Singapore, referring to the series of hawkish-sounding comments on monetary policy.

In stocks, the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.7 percent, after hitting a two-year high on Thursday. It is up 5.3 percent for the quarter and has risen 18.3 percent this year.

The negative sentiment infected Chinese shares despite surveys showing activity in the country's manufacturing and services sector accelerated in June from the previous month. Manufacturers appeared to enjoy strong external demand, as new orders and production rose at a solid pace.

The CSI 300 index fell 0.3 percent, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.1 percent.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng slid 0.9 percent.

Japan's Nikkei tumbled 1.2 percent, shrinking its monthly gain to 1.7 percent. It is up 4.5 percent this year.

Overnight, the tech-heavy Nasdaq led declines on Wall Street with a 1.4 percent loss. The Nasdaq is poised to post a 0.9 percent loss for the month, but is still up 14 percent this year.

The drop in tech stocks overnight was due to a rotation into bank shares, which have lagged this year, after the biggest U.S. banks revealed buyback and dividend plans that beat analysts' expectations after the Fed approved their capital proposals in its annual stress test program.

The S&P financials index rose as much as 2 percent overnight, while the S&P technology index fell as much as 2.7 percent.

In commodities, oil prices continued their recovery this week on a decline in weekly U.S. crude production.

U.S. crude added 0.7 percent to $45.15 a barrel in its seventh straight session of gains, bringing its weekly increase to 5.05 percent, and narrowing its quarterly loss to 10.75 percent.

Global benchmark Brent gained 0.6 percent to $47.67 a barrel, poised to post a 9.8 percent for the quarter.

The dollar's weakness this year has been a boon for gold, which is up 8.25 percent in the same period. It was up 0.1 percent at $1,246.46 an ounce on Friday.

(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Additional reporting by Masayuki Kitano; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Christian Schmollinger)

          GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar despairs on hawkish central banks, Asia stocks join global slump   

* Dollar slides versus peers on hawkish global central banks

* European stocks poised for slightly lower open

* Poll shows global stocks set for further gains this year

* Asia ex-Japan, Nikkei fall on risk aversion but up forquarter

* China stocks drop despite solid manufacturing, servicesPMIs

* Oil posts 7th session of gains on decline in U.S. crudesupplies

By Nichola Saminather

SINGAPORE, June 30 (Reuters) - The dollar extended itslosses on Friday as major central banks signalled that the eraof cheap money was coming to an end in a boon to sterling, theeuro and the Canadian dollar, while Asian shares were hit bydismal performances of European and U.S. markets.

European markets were set to open a little lower, withfinancial spreadbetter LCG expecting Britain's FTSE 100,Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 to all startthe day down 0.1 percent. All three lost between 0.5 percentand 1.9 percent on Thursday.

But global stock market indexes are set for more gains bythe end of this year, driven by an economic revival in Europeand bright prospects for much of Asia, a Reuters poll of around300 financial professionals showed.

The dollar index fell 0.1 percent to 95.549, poisedfor a 1.8 percent slide this week, having fallen in all sessionsbut one. It is down 1.4 percent for the month, and 4.8 percentfor the quarter.

The Korean won weakened against the dollar after the countryreported industrial production rose by 0.2 percent in May from amonth earlier, missing expectations for growth of 1.5 percent.That followed a 2.2 percent decline in April

The dollar was up 0.1 percent at 1,142.5 won.

But the greenback remained lower against other majorcurrencies. Adding to the dollar's weakness against the yen wasdata showing Japanese core consumer prices rose 0.4 percent inMay from a year earlier in its fifth straight month of gains,although inflation remains well below the central bank's 2percent target.

The dollar fell 0.25 percent to 111.95 yen, after losing 0.2percent on Thursday. It was heading for a 1.2 percent gain forthe month, but is down 4.2 percent this year.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney surprised many onWednesday by conceding a rate hike was likely to be needed asthe economy came closer to running at full capacity.

Sterling was 0.1 percent higher on Friday at$1.3017, adding to Thursday's 0.6 percent gain.

Two top policymakers at the Bank of Canada also suggestedthey might tighten monetary policy there as early as July.

The dollar slipped 0.15 percent to C$1.2984,extending Thursday's 0.26 percent loss.

Despite comments by sources that European Central BankPresident Mario Draghi had intended to signal tolerance for aperiod of weaker inflation, not an imminent policy tightening,the euro on Friday revisited the 13-month high of $1.1445 hit onThursday.

The euro remained close to that level and was at$1.1439 on Friday, retaining most of Thursday's 0.6 percentgain.

"Obviously there's a shift afoot. It really seems thatthere's some coordinated effort going on out here among the G10central banks," said Stephen Innes, head of trading inAsia-Pacific for OANDA in Singapore, referring to the series ofhawkish-sounding comments on monetary policy.

In stocks, the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific sharesoutside Japan fell 0.7 percent, after hitting atwo-year high on Thursday. It is up 5.3 percent for the quarterand has risen 18.3 percent this year.

The negative sentiment infected Chinese shares despitesurveys showing activity in the country's manufacturing andservices sector accelerated in June from the previous month.Manufacturers appeared to enjoy strong external demand, as neworders and production rose at a solid pace.

The CSI 300 index fell 0.3 percent, while theShanghai Composite slipped 0.1 percent.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng slid 0.9 percent.

Japan's Nikkei tumbled 1.2 percent, shrinking itsmonthly gain to 1.7 percent. It is up 4.5 percent this year.

Overnight, the tech-heavy Nasdaq led declines onWall Street with a 1.4 percent loss. The Nasdaq is poised topost a 0.9 percent loss for the month, but is still up 14percent this year.

The drop in tech stocks overnight was due to a rotation intobank shares, which have lagged this year, after the biggest U.S.banks revealed buyback and dividend plans that beat analysts'expectations after the Fed approved their capital proposals inits annual stress test program.

The S&P financials index rose as much as 2 percentovernight, while the S&P technology index fell as muchas 2.7 percent.

In commodities, oil prices continued their recovery thisweek on a decline in weekly U.S. crude production.

U.S. crude added 0.7 percent to $45.15 a barrel inits seventh straight session of gains, bringing its weeklyincrease to 5.05 percent, and narrowing its quarterly loss to10.75 percent.

Global benchmark Brent gained 0.6 percent to $47.67a barrel, poised to post a 9.8 percent for the quarter.

The dollar's weakness this year has been a boon for gold,which is up 8.25 percent in the same period. It was up 0.1percent at $1,246.46 an ounce on Friday.

(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Additional reporting byMasayuki Kitano; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and ChristianSchmollinger)

          EM ASIA FX-Chinese yuan on track for best quarter since 2008; won touches 11-week low   

(Adds text, updates prices) By Christina Martin June 30 (Reuters) - China's yuan extended gainsfor a fourth straight session on Friday and was headed for itsbest quarter since June 2008, helped by a weaker dollar andbetter-than-expected manufacturing data. The People's Bank of China set the yuan midpointat 6.7744 per dollar prior to market opening, its strongestlevel since November 7, 2016. The strength in the official guidance reflected weakness inthe dollar, which sank to a near nine-month low against a basketof currencies in the overseas market. The dollar was bogged down by growing expectations of morehawkish monetary policies in Europe and Canada and doubts aboutanother U.S. interest rate increase this year. The yuan was up about 1 percent for the week, set for itsbest week since July 2005, and gained 1.7 percent against thedollar for the quarter. China's manufacturing sector expanded at its quickest pacein three months in June, buoyed by strong production and neworders, reassuring news for authorities trying to strike abalance between de-leveraging and keeping the economy on an evenkeel. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)was at 51.7 in June, the eleventh straight month of expansion,and up from 51.2 in May, a monthly survey by the National Bureauof Statistics showed on Friday. Separately, official data showed that China recorded asurplus in its capital and financial account in the firstquarter, indicating net capital inflows as policymakerstightened supervision of outflows. In other Asian currencies, the Malaysian ringgitgained 0.1 percent and the Philippine peso snappedthree straight days of losses. "The Asian net portfolio flow environment remains generallysupportive except for the Indian rupee, where inflow momentumcontinues to moderate," OCBC said in a note. The Indian rupee was set for its fourth straightday of declines, losing as much as 0.2 percent to hit a two-weeklow. KOREAN WON South Korea's won traded down as much as 0.5percent on Friday, its lowest level in over 11 weeks, asinvestors backed away from emerging markets in the wake of abroad decline in global stock markets. South Korean bond sales by Franklin Templeton raisedconcerns over potential capital outflows, putting furtherpressure on the won. U.S. President Donald Trump will press South KoreanPresident Moon Jae-in to solve trade differences over cars andsteel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threatfrom North Korea. South Korean shares edged down after a big rebound theprevious day, with the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) down 0.5 percent at 2,384.57 points. The won has fallen about 2.1 percent this quarter. SINGAPORE DOLLAR The Singapore dollar rose for a fourth consecutiveday on Friday, up as much as 0.2 percent, touching it highest inmore two weeks. Singapore's total bank lending in May rose 0.32 percent fromApril as lending to general commerce increased, central bankdata showed on Friday. Bank lending in May rose 6.8 percent from a year earlier. The Singapore dollar gained 1.4 percent in the quarter andis headed for its second straight quarter of gains. The following table shows rates for Asian currencies againstthe dollar at 0537 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 112.16 +0.21 Sing dlr 1.377 1.3791 +0.15 Taiwan dlr 30.389 30.370 -0.06 Korean won 1142.700 1141.1 -0.14 Baht 33.978 33.94 -0.11 Peso 50.370 50.53 +0.32 Rupiah* 13325.000 13325 +0.00 Rupee 64.680 64.63 -0.08 Ringgit 4.292 4.292 +0.01 Yuan 6.768 6.7851 +0.26 Change so far in 2017 Currency Latest bid End 2016 Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 117.07 +4.59 Sing dlr 1.377 1.4490 +5.23 Taiwan dlr 30.389 32.279 +6.22 Korean won 1142.700 1207.70 +5.69 Baht 33.978 35.80 +5.36 Peso 50.370 49.72 -1.29 Rupiah* 13325.000 13470 +1.09 Rupee 64.680 67.92 +5.01 Ringgit 4.292 4.4845 +4.50 Yuan 6.768 6.9467 +2.65 * Financial markets in Indonesia are closed for a holiday. (Reporting by Christina Martin in Bengaluru; Editing by SunilNair)

          Morning News Call - India, June 30   

To access the newsletter, click on the link: If you would like to receive this newsletter via email, please register at: FACTORS TO WATCH 9:15 am: CDSL Listing ceremony in Mumbai. 11:00 am: Central Bank of India annual shareholders meet in Mumbai. 11:00 am: Singapore Airlines event in Mumbai. 2:30 pm: SpiceJet to launch its first SpiceStyle Store in Gurgaon. 3:30 pm: Earth Sciences Minister Harshvardhan at an event in New Delhi. 3:30 pm: Hindustan Unilever annual shareholders meet in Mumbai. 5:00 pm: India government to release May infrastructure output data in NewDelhi. 5:00 pm: RBI to release weekly foreign exchange data in Mumbai. 6:00 pm: Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan, World Bank Team at an eventin New Delhi. 6:30 pm: RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya, Banks Board Bureau ChairmanVinod Rai at an event in Mumbai. LIVECHAT - WEEKAHEAD Reuters EMEA markets editor Mike Dolan discusses the upcoming week's mainmarket inflection points at 3:30 pm IST. To join the conversation, click on thelink: INDIA TOP NEWS • Fast forward; GST set to transform face of Indian logistics industry India's greatest tax reform - replacing an array of provincial duties with anationwide goods and services tax - is transforming the logistics industry in acountry where moving stuff around is notoriously difficult to do, executivessay. • IndiGo eyes Air India stake in possible privatisation India's biggest airline, IndiGo, has expressed unsolicited interest inbuying a stake in state-owned Air India, the junior aviation minister said onThursday, a day after the cabinet approved plans to privatise the carrier. • Eris Lifesciences edges lower after $264 million IPO Indian drug maker Eris Lifesciences Ltd's shares swung between gains andlosses in a tepid market debut on Thursday, after raising $263.8 million in aninitial public offering. • Coal India betting big on renewables, says minister Coal India Ltd, the world's largest miner of the dirty fuel, will generate 1gigawatt of renewable electricity this year as part of its plan to produce asmuch as 10 GW clean power in total, a federal minister said on Thursday. • India could raise import taxes on crude, refined veg oils- governmentsource India is likely to raise import duty on refined and crude vegetable oils,like palm and soyoil, as local oilseed prices slumped below the governmentsupport levels, a government official told Reuters on Thursday. • Mutual funds managers need to improve due diligence: SEBI Indian mutual funds need to improve their due diligence before investing incorporate bonds and not rely only on credit ratings given rising concerns aboutpotential defaults, the chairman of the country's capital markets regulator saidon Thursday. • CRISIL Ratings buys 8.9 percent stake in rival CARE for $68 million CRISIL Ltd, majority owned by S&P Global Inc, bought a 8.9 percent stake inrival CARE Ratings for 4.36 billion rupees $67.55 million, expanding into thecountry's ratings business at a time of surging corporate bond issuance. GLOBAL TOP NEWS • China factory growth fastest in 3 months as new orders, output rise China's manufacturing sector expanded at the quickest pace in three monthsin June, buoyed by strong production and new orders, reassuring news forauthorities trying strike a balance between deleveraging and keeping the economyon an even keel. • Trump administration reverses policy on fiancés as travel ban takes effect U.S. President Donald Trump's administration reversed a decision late onThursday as its revised travel ban took effect and said fiancés would beconsidered close family members and therefore allowed to travel to the UnitedStates. • Their fortunes enmeshed, Trump and Putin to hold first meeting next week U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putinnext week at a summit in Germany that brings two world leaders whose politicalfortunes have become intertwined face-to-face for the first time. LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK (As reported by NewsRise) • The SGX Nifty Futures were at 9,504.50, little changed from its previousclose. • The Indian rupee will likely fall against the dollar on expectations localshares will follow regional peers lower, as bond yields harden in developednations amid bets interest rates are headed higher in the U.S. and Europe. • Indian government bonds are likely to edge higher today as some banks mayboost debt purchases on the last day of the fiscal first quarter. However, freshsupply of bonds and higher U.S. yields may lead to selling by some investors.The yield on the benchmark 6.79 percent bond maturing in 2027 is likely to tradein a 6.49 percent-6.54 percent band today. GLOBAL MARKETS • Wall Street fell sharply on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and the Dowindustrials suffering their worst daily percentage drops in about six weeks, asa recent decline in technology shares deepened and outweighed strength in bankshares. • Japan's Nikkei share average stumbled to two-week lows morning afterinvestors turned risk-averse as major central banks signalled that the era ofcheap money was coming to an end, which hurt both U.S. and European marketsovernight. • The dollar languished near a nine-month low against a basket ofcurrencies, bogged down by growing expectations of more hawkish monetarypolicies in Europe and Canada and doubts about another U.S. interest rateincrease this year. • Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose to six-week highs on Thursday on thelikelihood that central banks in Europe will become less accommodative, beforebonds pared price losses as stocks declined. • Crude oil futures were on track for their biggest weekly gain sincemid-May, ending five weeks of losses with prices underpinned by a decline inU.S. output. • Gold prices steadied, supported by an easing dollar and falling equitieseven as comments from global central banks suggested monetary tightening inEurope and Canada. CLOSE FII INVESTMENTS EQUITIES DEBT PNDF spot 64.56/64.59 June 29 -$176.48 mln $145.75 mln 10-yr bond yield 6.87 Month-to-date $498.85 mln $4.55 bln Year-to-date $8.48 bln $17.99 bln For additional data: India govt bond market volumes Stock market reports Non-deliverable forwards data Corporate debt stories [IN CORPD] Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT] Monthly inflows [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN] ($1 = 64.63 Indian rupees) (Compiled by Benny Thomas in Bengaluru)

          Oil up for seventh day but first-half drop biggest since 1998   

By Julia Simon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil climbed on Friday for a seventh straight session as a decrease in the U.S. rig count and stronger demand data from China lifted depressed prices that still finished the first half with the biggest decline for that period since 1998.

U.S. drillers decreased their number of rigs for the first time since January, according to energy services company Baker Hughes. [RIG/U] The rig count had risen for the previous 23 weeks.

Earlier, Chinese data showed factories grew at the quickest pace in three months. Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, said the Chinese data "certainly gives you hope that demand is growing globally."

U.S. crude futures settled up $1.11, or around 2.5 percent, to $46.04 a barrel. Benchmark Brent crude futures settled up 50 cents at $47.92 a barrel.

Both benchmarks ended the first half of 2017 with drops of more than 14 percent since Dec. 30, 2016, the largest drop since Brent and U.S. crude fell about 19 percent in the first half of 1998.

Oil prices have generally increased in first half of most years.

Trading volume was low ahead of the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend. Last week, crude hit a 10-month low as rises in output revived concerns about global oversupply.

The U.S. dollar <.DXY> fell, making dollar-denominated crude oil less expensive for investors using other currencies.

The global crude glut has knocked 16 percent off Brent crude so far this year, even though the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other major producers have agreed to cut production about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd).

"There’s a longer term question of where are prices going to be when the market rebalances," said Haworth.

Money managers cut their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to June 27 to the lowest since late September, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

The market has also seen traders building short positions to the highest levels since mid-August.

Reuters' monthly oil price poll showed analysts have reduced their price forecasts again, with 2017 average Brent and WTI prices lowered by more than $2 since last month. [OILPOLL]

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts cut their forecast for average 2017 Brent crude prices to $50 a barrel from $54 and WTI to $47 from $52. They cited rising output from Libya, Nigeria and U.S. shale fields, coupled with weaker demand growth.

While U.S. drillers cut two oil rigs in the week to June 30, the total rig count of 756 is still more than double the count the same week a year ago, Baker Hughes said on Friday.

(Additional reporting by Karolin Schaps in London, Naveen Thukral in Singapore; editing by David Gregorio)

          Singapore Airlines to unveil A-350 services to India from July 1   
Singapore Airlines will introduce its new Airbus A350-900 services to India starting July 1, as part of the airlines' 70th-anniversary celebrations, a top official said here on Friday. The daily scheduled flight SQ421 will be operated with the new modern aircraft. The inaugural service will depart from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Saturday at 11.45 hrs, said Singapore Airlines General Manager, India, David Lim. Encompassing advanced technology and superior oper..
          Asia diesel margins climb to more than 2-month high on India buying spree   

By Jessica Jaganathan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian diesel margins climbed to their highest in more than two months on Friday as a buying spree from India that began in April and more regional refinery maintenance than usual has tightened supply for the fuel, industry sources said.

If the margins hold at the elevated levels, it could lift Asian refiners' profits over the summer. Diesel margins are a major component of refining profit as the fuel typically makes up 30 to 40 percent of an oil processor's production.

Based on processing Dubai benchmark crude, diesel margins climbed to $11.86 a barrel on Friday, highest since April 25, when it was $11.94, Reuters data showed.

"(The margin) is unseasonably strong ... because maintenance in the first half was so heavy and exports were still maintained at decent levels, so refineries will need to restock in the third quarter," said analyst Nevyn Nah at consultancy Energy Aspects.

About 330,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) more refining capacity in Asia was shut over the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2016, Nah said.

Indian state-owned refineries are also undergoing heavy maintenance until the end of this year, upgrading diesel units to produce cleaner fuels to meet new Euro IV standards implemented in April.

That has prompted large-volume purchases of diesel by Indian state-owned refiners in the spot market starting from April, with the country's imports of the fuel on track to hit the highest since 2011, boosting margins for the fuel.

India does not typically import diesel and is a net exporter of the fuel.

Singapore diesel stocks dropped to a 5-1/2-month low in the week ended June 28, the latest official data showed, likely pulled down by India's imports and a fire at Singapore Refining Company's refinery in mid-June.

Also, diesel exports from Taiwan, Asia's fifth-largest exporter of the fuel, fell 10 percent January-April compared with the same period a year ago due to several refining units undergoing maintenance at Formosa Petrochemical Corp's Mailiao refinery.

The Mailiao refinery is not expected to export diesel in the spot market until the fourth quarter of 2017, which could also boost margins, traders said.

A Formosa spokesman was not available for comment.

Summer demand from the Middle East has also kicked in just as a fire-hit secondary unit in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC)'s Ruwais refinery is expected to be shut until early 2019 for repairs. This is expected to pull barrels from Asia to meet demand there, traders said.

But Asia could still get bogged down by a bump in supplies once most of the refineries return from maintenance in August, Energy Aspect's Nah said.

India's diesel imports could also fall once the monsoon season there is in full swing. Monsoon rains in India typically reduce the need to use diesel for irrigation pumps.

(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          India's largest refiner IOC setting up Singapore oil unit - sources   

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's largest refiner Indian Oil Corp is setting up an office in Singapore that will handle crude oil purchases and the sales of oil products from its refineries later this year, trade sources said on Friday.

The state-run company is part of a growing group of refiners in Asia that have set up offices in Singapore's oil hub to keep closer tabs on the market and react more quickly to changes.

IOCL Singapore - as the Singapore unit will be named - will initially have two staff to handle some of the crude purchases for its refineries, said the sources, who declined to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

IOC, which accounts for over a third of India's 4.6 million barrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity, did not respond to Reuters' request for comment.

IOC's head of finance, A.K. Sharma, previously said the company planned to open a Singapore office that would eventually handle the trading of crude oil and refined fuels.

IOC has increased the volume of crude oil it buys in the spot market as its new refinery in Panipat has begun running at full capacity this year, the sources said.

Once the Singapore office is up and running, it will help to handle these purchases, they said. At a later stage, the office is also expected to handle the sales of IOC products such as naphtha, diesel and gasoline.

IOC will likely export excess reformate or alkylate cargoes from its Paradip refinery, the sources said. The products are typically used as blendstock in gasoline.

It may also export jet fuel when the country phases out the use of kerosene in two years, they said.

It was not immediately clear whether the products from the Paradip refinery would be sold through the Singapore office.

IOC has said it plans to spend 500 billion rupees ($7.73 billion) by 2022 to raise its refining capacity by about 30 percent to 2.08 million bpd.

This includes an expansion at its Panipat refinery in northern India to about 400,000 to 500,000 bpd.

($1 = 64.6852 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Florence Tan and Jessica Jaganathan in SINGAPORE, and Nidhi Verma in NEW DELHI; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          India's largest refiner IOC setting up Singapore oil unit -sources   

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI, June 30 (Reuters) - India's largestrefiner Indian Oil Corp is setting up an office inSingapore that will handle crude oil purchases and the sales ofoil products from its refineries later this year, trade sourcessaid on Friday.

The state-run company is part of a growing group of refinersin Asia that have set up offices in Singapore's oil hub to keepcloser tabs on the market and react more quickly to changes.

IOCL Singapore - as the Singapore unit will be named - willinitially have two staff to handle some of the crude purchasesfor its refineries, said the sources, who declined to be namedbecause they are not authorized to speak to the media.

IOC, which accounts for over a third of India's 4.6 millionbarrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity, did not respond toReuters' request for comment.

IOC's head of finance, A.K. Sharma, previously said thecompany planned to open a Singapore office that would eventuallyhandle the trading of crude oil and refined fuels.

IOC has increased the volume of crude oil it buys in thespot market as its new refinery in Panipat has begun running atfull capacity this year, the sources said.

Once the Singapore office is up and running, it will help tohandle these purchases, they said. At a later stage, the officeis also expected to handle the sales of IOC products such asnaphtha, diesel and gasoline.

IOC will likely export excess reformate or alkylate cargoesfrom its Paradip refinery, the sources said. The products aretypically used as blendstock in gasoline.

It may also export jet fuel when the country phases out theuse of kerosene in two years, they said.

It was not immediately clear whether the products from theParadip refinery would be sold through the Singapore office.

IOC has said it plans to spend 500 billion rupees ($7.73billion) by 2022 to raise its refining capacity by about 30percent to 2.08 million bpd.

This includes an expansion at its Panipat refinery innorthern India to about 400,000 to 500,000 bpd.

($1 = 64.6852 Indian rupees)(Reporting by Florence Tan and Jessica Jaganathan in SINGAPORE,and Nidhi Verma in NEW DELHI; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          Asia diesel margins climb to more than 2-mth high on India buying spree   

* India's imports this year set to be highest since 2011

* About 330,000 bpd more capacity shut over H1 2017 fromyear ago

* Monsoon rains could dent India's imports and halt marginrise

By Jessica Jaganathan

SINGAPORE, June 30 (Reuters) - Asian diesel margins climbedto their highest in more than two months on Friday as a buyingspree from India that began in April and more regional refinerymaintenance than usual has tightened supply for the fuel,industry sources said.

If the margins hold at the elevated levels, it could liftAsian refiners' profits over the summer. Diesel margins are amajor component of refining profit as the fuel typically makesup 30 to 40 percent of an oil processor's production.

Based on processing Dubai benchmark crude, diesel marginsclimbed to $11.86 a barrel on Friday, highest sinceApril 25, when it was $11.94, Reuters data showed.

"(The margin) is unseasonably strong ... because maintenancein the first half was so heavy and exports were still maintainedat decent levels, so refineries will need to restock in thethird quarter," said analyst Nevyn Nah at consultancy EnergyAspects.

About 330,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) more refining capacityin Asia was shut over the first half of this year compared withthe same period in 2016, Nah said.

Indian state-owned refineries are also undergoing heavymaintenance until the end of this year, upgrading diesel unitsto produce cleaner fuels to meet new Euro IV standardsimplemented in April.

That has prompted large-volume purchases of diesel by Indianstate-owned refiners in the spot market starting from April,with the country's imports of the fuel on track to hit thehighest since 2011, boosting margins for the fuel.

India does not typically import diesel and is a net exporterof the fuel.

Singapore diesel stocks dropped to a 5-1/2-month low in theweek ended June 28, the latest official data showed, likelypulled down by India's imports and a fire at Singapore RefiningCompany's refinery in mid-June.

Also, diesel exports from Taiwan, Asia's fifth-largestexporter of the fuel, fell 10 percent January-April comparedwith the same period a year ago due to several refining unitsundergoing maintenance at Formosa Petrochemical Corp'sMailiao refinery.

The Mailiao refinery is not expected to export diesel in thespot market until the fourth quarter of 2017, which could alsoboost margins, traders said.

A Formosa spokesman was not available for comment.

Summer demand from the Middle East has also kicked in justas a fire-hit secondary unit in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's(ADNOC)'s Ruwais refinery is expected to be shutuntil early 2019 for repairs. This is expected to pull barrelsfrom Asia to meet demand there, traders said.

But Asia could still get bogged down by a bump in suppliesonce most of the refineries return from maintenance in August,Energy Aspect's Nah said.

India's diesel imports could also fall once the monsoonseason there is in full swing. Monsoon rains in India typicallyreduce the need to use diesel for irrigation pumps.(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          CORRECTED: Fast forward; GST set to transform face of Indian logistics industry   

(Corrects description for Ascendas-Singbridge in 19th paragraph)

By Promit Mukherjee and Sankalp Phartiyal

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's greatest tax reform - replacing an array of provincial duties with a nationwide goods and services tax - is transforming the logistics industry in a country where moving stuff around is notoriously difficult to do, executives say.

The advent of organised retail and e-commerce began modernising warehouses in India a decade ago, but most firms still rely on musty, dilapidated "godowns", as storehouses are known colloquially.

The unified tax system is expected to bring change on a far grander scale, removing distortions created by differential taxes and duty structures imposed across India's 29 states and 7 union territories.

"When we moved from one state to the other, it felt like moving from one country to another," said Ramesh Agarwal, chairman of New Delhi-based Agarwal Packers and Movers.

From July 1, the new Goods and Services Tax, or GST, introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, will change all that, with the biggest tax reform seen since India won independence from British colonial rule 70 years ago.

Companies that have previously based storage models on tax efficiency can move to the much more cost efficient, demand-based hub-and-spoke model used globally.

Anticipating the change, Agarwal's firm, for example, has carved India into five regions and is setting up one massive warehouse in each.

"There's no tax arbitrage to be gained. So decisions on manufacturing, warehousing and selling will be purely driven by the real costs of manufacturing and going to market, that is the single biggest advantage of GST," said R Subramanian, Managing Director at DHL Express in Mumbai.

Subramanian still anticipates bureaucratic headaches, notably from GST's e-way bill system, requiring vehicle details from pickup to delivery, which he reckons would generate 90 million entries daily for the express delivery sector alone.

But, the reform, along with the gradual shift in India’s service dominated economy toward more manufacturing, has paved the way for ultra-modern storage sites with automated conveyers, RFID-enabled tracking and IT-enabled warehousing management systems. The potential growth, and investment needed for modernisation has spurred a slew of deals between Indian firms and major global private equity players and pension funds.

In the last two years alone, as Modi made GST a priority, these investors have put $1.5 billion in the warehousing business.

"GST is not only a tax reform, it is also a business reform as a whole, and a lot of businesses are now restructuring their supply chains," said Rohit Jain, a partner with Economic Laws Practice in Mumbai.


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board last month committed to spend $500 million in a joint venture with India's IndoSpace. Other foreign firms putting money in the sector include Carlyle Group , Warbug Pincus and Fairfax India Holdings .

JSW Steel , India's biggest domestic steel producer, is also mulling a plan to bring down the number of its 20 plus warehouses across the country to five, and many more companies are following suit, said a company executive.

Reliance Retail, the retail unit of Reliance Industries , which has around 100 distribution centres across the country, also plans to "optimize some," said a company executive.

Mahindra Logistics is exploring an initial public offering, or a sale to a foreign partner, while rival Future Supply Chain Solutions is looking to do likewise, according to media reports.

With 45 percent of India's gross domestic product concentrated around seven major cities, Arif A Siddiqui at Coign Consulting, specialising in supply chain management, expected investment in warehousing to focus on Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

Singapore-based urban and real estate developer Ascendas-Singbridge has just signed a $600 million deal with Firstspace Realty, based in the south Indian city of Bengaluru, to create 14 million square feet (1.3 million square meters) of industrial warehousing space across six major Indian cities.

"Manufacturing, modern retail and the pharma sector were already driving change in Indian warehousing. GST has just fast-tracked the growth rate in logistics," said Aloke Bhuniya, Chief Executive of Ascendas-Firstspace.

He reckoned that GST has boosted the industry's annual growth rate from 12-15 percent to 20-22 percent, and saw plenty of room for a lot more modernisation.

Out of the logistics industry's 980 million square feet (91 million square meters) of captive, agri-based and cold storage warehousing, Bhuniya estimated 85 percent were old godowns and traditional structures.

"This represents a huge opportunity for modern warehousing to tap into," he said.

(Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

          Production outages in Asia lend slight support to prices   

By Mark Tay and Oleg Vukmanovic

SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - Asian spot LNG prices edged up this week as production outages in Australia, Thailand and Russia provided the spot market with some support after multiple weeks of muted activity in the region.

Spot prices for August delivery edged higher to$5.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) 10 cents higher than last week, said five trading sources on Friday.

Production at the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA) A-18 block in the Gulf of Thailand, and Australia's Karratha Gas Plant that hosts the North West Shelf (NWS) project was hit by outages on June 24. Meanwhile, Russia's sole LNG plant at the Sakhalin-2 project was stopped for a planned maintenance from mid-June until mid-July.

The series of outages in the region would have typically caused spot prices to spike, traders said, adding that the limited price rise underscored how thin North Asian demand was.

Deal and market activity has been muted despite North Asia heading into the peak summer demand season as inventories in Japan and South Korea remain full.

"All (the North Asian) buyers have stocks, and don't see any urgency to buy," a trader said. "India also will slow down now as a good monsoon means electricity consumption goes down."

The supply disruptions failed to fully reverse weak Asian spot prices, tightening spreads with key European benchmarks to about 50 cents, and helping sustain a three-month trend of rising deliveries to the continent.

The trend took on a global dimension with spot LNG prices in Japan, Mexico, Spain, Britain, Argentina and the United States trading within the closest range seen since 2009/2010, Thomson Reuters LNG analyst Mathilde Jacobsen said.

Tightening global spreads, such as between Asian and European markets, reflect weak Far East demand and healthy supplies, although there is still no underlying convergence between U.S. Henry Hub gas prices and spot LNG prices on international markets.

With more LNG arriving on Europe’s shores, receiving terminals discharged more gas into local grids, terminal send-out data showed.

Outages at North West Shelf, affecting three of five producing trains, had limited impact on spot prices because the plant mostly supplies Japanese customers who have healthy stored inventories, thus curbing spillover into spot markets.

Production at Train 2 is scheduled to restart between July 1-3, while Train 3 is expected to start up over July 10-15, according to trading sources.

Operations at the JDA A-18 natural gas field in the Gulf of Thailand have yet to resume, Thai energy company PTT said on Friday. The firm declined to specify when operations would restart, but added that it was not seeking LNG imports due to sufficient reserves.

(Editing by Vyas Mohan)

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          It's Coming...   
Today we are hosting a graduation party for Firstborn. It's going to be simple and country, just like her. We stopped along a construction site to snag a pallet, and now she's fixing it up for a picture display. Sweet Cheeks is out collecting wildflowers, but not the ones that make Papa sneeze. We are all working together to make this party fun, but to keep in mind the purpose. The purpose is not to look like Pinterest. It's to honor her and thank those who have invested in her life. I am overwhelmed at gratitude towards the Lord. At a time when we are sorely missing aunts/uncles/cousins/grandparents, our friends here are stepping in to fill the roles. They are bringing food to help me with this Sunday picnic theme.  There's no Hobby Lobby or catering service here. What they are doing for me is tremendously helpful. They are texting, "Wouldn't miss it..." It's helped to ease the blow of an overseas graduation so much.

This has been such a strange mix of bittersweet joy. There's overwhelming joy (This is why we educated her! Well done! Good grades, college decided, future is bright!) and sadness, as she will be not only graduating, but moving her to her passport country for the first time in her life, far away from us.

One of my tasks this week was to gather pictures for the event. I will readily admit it was the hardest part so far. So many memories. Singapore. Turkey. USA summers. They told me it would fly, but how can you really understand until it happens to you?

And so we face the next 10 days. Sunday we party. Wednesday she leaves on her senior trip (to Rhodes, Greece!). On the 13th she graduates.

Here is a little sampling of my memories right now.

1st year picture, and the only professional picture I ever had made of her. She became fascinated with her tongue that week. All the pictures reflect it. And I love that. 

4 days old. We had just checked out of Gleneagles Hospital and walked across the street to the US Embassy in Singapore (most expensive one ever built) to get her "Consular Report of Birth Abroad" (We became the experts of these after 5 of them. And yes, she can be the President. She'd make a good one. But she might not get elected. She's too conservative for our crazy nation.) 

Summers. USA. Cousins. 

And the sports pictures. I used to arrive early to every game. I knew it wouldn't last forever; I wanted every second I could take. Now I understand why my dad would sometimes even come to my practices. I didn't understand that back in the 1980's. 

She's been posting about what's coming. She gets it. Whenever I run to the grocery store down the street, she hops in the car. We are taking everything we can get. 

I slipped out to the bathroom before the piano concert this week. There were the graduation gowns, pressed and ready to go. 

Here's my beautiful soon-to-be graduate. She used to be what some might call "strong willed," but by God's grace, He has turned that into strong conviction. As much as I will miss her, I can say with full confidence that I'm not worried about her. She is in His hands and has given her heart to the Lord. I love you, ME! 

And just to make you's me blogging this. Ha ha! We will survive! 

          Amundi says this equity market offers high yields and stability   
Singapore equities have outperformed many regional peers year-to-date, with yields of 3-3.5 percent, said Amundi.
          Sprint Booster   
Install a sprint booster, part no BDD251. The unit bought in Singapore.
Although there is no increase in hp, but throttle delay was reduced by amplifying the electrical signal from ECU to the throttle body. Thus, you'll feel the a sense of acceleration being improved.

          Bank of Singapore sees only moderate upside potential for USD   

Bank of Singapore says the US dollar has only moderate upside potential as “the US is no longer exceptional” considering that other major central banks are also tightening their monetary policies. Three rounds of quantitative easing have caused the Fed’s balance sheet to swell to US$4.5 trillion, from less than US$1 trillion before the global […]

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          Security & Maintenance Officer - The Bible Society of Singapore - City Hall   
Maintain the security of Bible House:. Any other security duties as deemed necessary. Assumes responsibility for the general security of the building....
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          Housekeeping Assistant - Singapore Cricket Club - City Hall   
Able to follow Club's workplace safety and security policies. Being part of the team, your responsibilities include:....
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          Sales Manager - Virgin Active - Central Business District   
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          Operations Manager - Virgin Active - Central Business District   
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          Fitness Manager - Virgin Active - Central Business District   
The Position: Fun, fit and feisty type? Singapore CBD Full time The Gig: We’re after a Fitness Manager with personality plus to whip this town into shape.
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          Building Services Technician - Virgin Active - Central Business District   
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          Software QA Lead (Singapore) - Ground Labs Pte Ltd - Central Business District   
Familiarity of information security domain preferred. In this role, you will be reporting to the Chief Architect and be part of our engineering team as our...
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          Device Driver Development Engineer - Intel - Singapore   
Knowledge of XDSL, ETHERNET switch, wireless LAN, Security Engine and microprocessor is an advantage. Linux Driver/Kernel development for Ethernet/DSL/LTE Modem...
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          Pensions Timebomb In America – "Global Crisis” Cometh   

Pensions Timebomb - Pensions "Are Going To Be A National Crisis"

- America’s underfunded pension system is “not a distant concern but a system already in crisis”...

- Tax may explode as governments seek to bail out insolvent pension plans

- Illinois, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kentucky and eight other states vulnerable

- The simple mathematical mismatch at the heart of the pension crisis...

- Why the pension crisis really is “America’s silent crisis”...

- Pensions timebomb confronts Ireland, UK and most EU countries

By Brian Maher, Managing editor, The Daily Reckoning

"This is going to be a national crisis..."

“This” being America’s woefully underfunded pension liabilities, according to Karen Friedman. She’s the executive vice president of the Pension Rights Center.

(A place called the Pension Rights Center does in fact exist. We checked.)

MarketWatch columnist Jeff Reeves howls in confirmation that “collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis.”

“This is not a distant concern,” warns he, “but a system already in crisis.”

According to data supplied by the Federal Reserve, pensions — public and private combined — were roughly 27% underfunded at the end of last year.

By some estimates, America’s public pensions alone are sunk in a $6 trillion abyss.

The issue, approached from any direction, is an impossible knot… a tar pit… a minotaur’s maze of blind alleys and dead ends.

How has the American pension come to such an estate?

Most public pension systems were built upon the sunny assumption that their investments will yield a handsome 7.5% annual return.

But consider…

The average public pension plan returned just 1.5% last year.

Last year marked the second consecutive year that plans undershot the 7.5% return rate, according to Governing magazine.

The same plans worked an average gain of 2–4% in 2015.

A highly technical term describes the foregoing if it goes on long enough... and we apologize if it sends you to the dictionary:


Briefly turn your attention to the Golden State, for example. California.

State pensions are only in funds to meet 65% of their promised benefits.

And California pins its hopes on that golden annual 7.5% return to make the shortage good.

But it’s in a devil of a fine fix if the average public pension plan only returns 1.5%.

The math is the math.

California essentially depends on returns 400% above the norm, according to financial analyst Larry Edelson.

But California is by no means alone.

We won’t run the entire roll call of shame.

But the great state of Illinois, for one, risks sinking into a $130 billion "death spiral" from its unfunded pension liabilities, as Ted Dabrowski of the Illinois Policy Institute described it.

S&P Global Ratings has even threatened to downgrade the state's credit score to "junk" status.

New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Kentucky are also among the worst deadbeats.

But the problems run from ocean to ocean and south to north.

A report from Moody’s reads thus:

For many states and municipalities, exposure to unfunded pension liabilities is already at or near all-time highs. Since cost burdens are already expected to further increase, pension fund investment performance is critical for the credit quality of many governments.

Not even a "best case" cumulative 25% investment return on public pension plans would stanch the blood flow, according to Moody’s.

They say that best-case 25% would merely reduce pension liabilities a slender 1% through 2019 due to weak contributions and poor past investment returns.

“But I don’t have a pension,” comes your response. “This doesn’t concern me.”

Ah, but have another guess — at least if you swear off your taxes in these United States.

Is it your belief that governments will let their prized public pension plans flop?

There are votes to consider, after all.

Jilted pensioners are capable of generating a good deal of hullabaloo, hullabaloo to which the official ear is exquisitely attuned.

Besides, do you think kind Uncle Samuel will turn the politically strategic states of California and Illinois out on their ears?

As our resident income specialist Zach Scheidt argues:

Your tax bill could explode as governments around the country seek to bail out insolvent pension plans. And you know how much politicians like to use your tax money to bail out some constituent. They like to prove their “compassion” with your money!

“Expect to pay higher state and local taxes for fewer services in the years to come,” adds Larry Edelson, before mentioned.


“Don’t be surprised if authorities of all shapes and sizes — from local governments to national agencies — up the ante to get ahold of your assets any way they can.”

We would have to agree. You shouldn’t be surprised in the least.

And we can scarcely imagine the holy hell that would follow another financial crisis.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner warns the state’s pension crisis is driving his beloved Land of Lincoln into "banana republic" territory.

But we suspect the good governor’s mouth ran away with him here...

Can you imagine comparing the venerable, eminently worthy banana republic... to Illinois?

The pension crisis is truly “America’s silent crisis” and indeed the world's silent crisis.

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          e27 AMA with David Sanderson, the Founder and CEO of Nugit   

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          With 7-figure equity funding, aureso accelerates toward growth for its automotive-focussed CRM platform   

aureso’s bespoke CRM platform for the automotive industry aims to help dealers sell more cars; The funding will help the company expand its team and grow its operations across the region Singapore-based automitive SaaS startup aureso has announced closing a pre-series A round led by 500 Startups and Wavemaker Partners. The total amount of the […]

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          Pink Dot: Singapore's gay rights rally could be muted this year   
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          World: General Assembly Approves Appropriation of $6.8 Billion for 14 Peacekeeping Operations in 2017/18   
Source: UN General Assembly
Country: Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Western Sahara, World

GA/11927 30 JUNE 2017

Approving the appropriation of $6.80 billion for 14 peacekeeping operations for the 2017/18 fiscal period, the General Assembly today adopted 21 resolutions and one decision contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary). (See Press Release GA/AB/4239.)

Appropriating funds for peacekeeping operations from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, the Assembly adopted resolutions on missions in Abyei, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Golan, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

All texts were adopted without a vote, with the exception of the resolution setting out budgetary arrangements for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which it adopted by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

The Assembly also adopted related drafts on the support account for peacekeeping operations, and financing for the account; on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment; and on the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, and Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda.

As well, it adopted a resolution on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, by which it requested the Secretary-General to immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Also adopted was a text on the United Nations financial reports and audited financial statements on peacekeeping missions, as well as the Board of Auditors’ reports on them.

Finally, the Assembly adopted a draft decision by which it deferred, until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session, consideration of reports from the Secretary-General, and related reports from the Advisory Committee, regarding closed peacekeeping missions.

Action on Draft Resolutions

The Assembly took action on the draft resolutions contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), which were introduced by Committee Rapporteur Diana Lee (Singapore).

First, it adopted a resolution contained in the budget Committee’s report on financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (document A/71/702/Add.1), accepting the financial report and audited financial statements of United Nations peacekeeping operations for the period ending 30 June 2016. It endorsed the recommendations in the corresponding reports of the Board and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and asked the Secretary-General to ensure their full implementation. It went on to ask the Secretary-General to indicate an expected time frame for implementation, and to give, in his next report, a full explanation for delays in implementation of the Board’s outstanding recommendations, the root causes of recurring issues and measures to be taken.

It then turned to the report on administrative and budgetary aspects of financing peacekeeping operations (document A/71/708/Add.1), adopting five resolutions contained therein.

First, it adopted resolution I on the financing of the Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, by which it approved the amount of $33 million for the maintenance of the Centre for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Then it adopted resolution II on the financing of the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, by which the Assembly would approve the cost estimates for the Base in the amount of $81 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Next, it adopted resolution III on the support account for peacekeeping operations. By its terms, the Assembly decided to approve the support account requirements of $325.80 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $25.04 million for the enterprise resource planning project, $821,500 for information and systems security and $868,500 for the global service delivery model. It also approved the requirement of 1,357 continuing and 3 new temporary posts, as well as the abolishment, redeployment, reassignment and reclassification of posts, as set out in annex I of the text; and 77 continuing and 3 new general temporary assistance positions and 59 person-months, as set out in annex II, as well as related post and non-post requirements.

The Assembly went on to adopt resolution IV on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment. By doing so, it took note of the report of the 2017 Working Group on Contingent-Owned Equipment and the report of the Secretary-General. It also endorsed the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report of the ACABQ.

Finally, it adopted resolution V on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. By its terms, the Assembly welcomed the Secretary-General’s determination to fully implement the United Nations policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as his determination to fully enforce the newly promulgated policy of whistle-blower protection. It requested that he immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Turning to reports on peacekeeping missions, the Assembly first adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) (document A/71/945), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNISFA the amount of $285.12 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $266.70 million for the maintenance of the Force, $13.49 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $3.38 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $1.56 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Turning to a report on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) (document A/71/946), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Mission $943.77 million from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $882.80 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $44.65 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $11.16 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $5.16 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (document A/71/715/Add.1). By its terms, the Assembly, recalling Security Council resolution 2284 (2016) extending the mission mandate for a final period until 30 June 2017, decided that, for Member States that had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Operation, shall be credited with their respective share of $65.22 million, comprising the unencumbered balance of $48.68 million and $16.54 million of other revenue in respect of the financial period ending 30 June 2016.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (document A/71/947). By its terms, it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNFICYP $57.41 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $54.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $2.73 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $682,900 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, it adopted a report on financing of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (document A/71/948), appropriating to the Special Account for MONUSCO $1.22 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $1.14 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $57.74 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $14.44 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.67 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution contained in the Committee’s report on financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document A/71/933) by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for that Mission $5.69 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, including $4.55 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.14 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, the Assembly adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (document A/71/950), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMIK $40.29 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $37.90 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $1.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $479,200 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (document A/71/951). By its terms, it appropriated to the Special Account for UNMIL $116.95 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $110.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $5.56 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.91 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The Assembly also adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) (document A/71/952), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINUSMA $1.12 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.05 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $53.00 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $13.25 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.12 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Under its agenda item on financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, the Assembly took action on resolutions contained in two reports.

It first adopted a draft on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (document A/71/953), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Force the amount of $61.30 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $57.65 million for the maintenance of UNDOF, $2.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $729,100 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The representative of Syria said his delegation had joined consensus on the resolutions on United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. However, it believed that it was Israel’s responsibility to pay for those Missions.

The Assembly then turned to a resolution contained in the report on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/71/954).

By a recorded vote of 85 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with 53 abstentions, the Assembly adopted preambular paragraph 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13.

Taking action on the draft resolution as a whole, the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

By its terms, the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNIFIL the amount of $513.53 million, for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $483.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $24.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.11 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Also by the draft, the Assembly expressed deep concern that Israel had not complied with previous resolutions on UNIFIL, and requested that the Secretary-General take the measures necessary to ensure the full implementation of their relevant paragraphs.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (document A/71/955), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMISS $1.14 billion for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.07 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $54.16 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $13.54 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.26 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted the resolution in the report on financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (document A/71/956), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINURSO $55.59 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $52.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $2.63 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $657,600 for the United Nations Logistics Base and $303,800 for the Regional Service Centre.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (document A/71/957), by which it appropriated to the Special Account for UNAMID $33.56 million for the period of 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $24.58 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.15 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $2.84 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Taking up the report on financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009) (document A/71/958), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) $622.19 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $582.00 million for the maintenance of the Office, $29.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $7.36 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $3.40 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Finally, acting on the Committee’s report on review of the efficiency of the administration and financial functioning of the United Nations (document A/71/717/Add.2), the Assembly deferred until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session consideration of the reports of the Secretary-General and the ACABQ on closed peacekeeping missions.

          Structural Design Engineer - Foundation Associates Engineering - West Singapore   
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          Sales Coordinator (Singaporean only) - The Baby Specialist - West Singapore   
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          Data Scientist - Unilever - Singapore   
Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal...
From Unilever - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:40:22 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Senior / Producer, Chinese Current Affairs - MediaCorp Pte Ltd. - Singapore   
As a Current Affairs programme producer, your job will be to research, script, direct and produce shows that span a range of genres, from half hour...
From MediaCorp Pte Ltd. - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:56:17 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Assistant Finance Manager - Category Finance Excellence Team - Unilever - Singapore   
ABOUT UNILEVER: Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2...
From Unilever - Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:36:29 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Assistant Manager - Security - Hyatt - Singapore   
South East Asia will open in the second half of 2017. Andaz Singapore, the first Andaz hotel in....
From Hyatt - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:20:55 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Unilever International Go To Market Quality Assistant Manager - Unilever - Singapore   
Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal...
From Unilever - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:08:12 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Islamic State's fading fortunes are bad news for south-east Asia, says Singapore   

Terrorism will worsen in Asia as Islamic State fighters return from the Middle East, says Singapore.
          WATCH: Maureen Wroblewitz’ First Ever Photoshoot After Winning Asia’s Next Top Model   
Maureen Wroblewitz slayed her very first photoshoot after winning Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5. And of course, it’s for AsNTM partner magazine, Nylon Singapore! Editor-in-Chief, Adele Chan said to Maureen during the finale: “When I look at a model, when I look at the girl I need to think ‘if I put her face on the cover is she gonna sell my magazine?’ And I think, in your case Yes!”
          Miz Opens Up About LaVar Ball Segment, Says That He Was ‘Doing Nothing’ Before Maryse Came Back, Talks Direction of Women’s Division   

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The Miz was recently on the Singaporean pro wrestling podcast Hard Hidz. Miz opened up about his segment with LaVar Bell, his direction in the WWE before Maryse came back, and the direction of women’s wrestling. Here are the highlights: Thoughts on Lavar Ball Segment: “People are still talking about it. It’s all over our […]

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          Corporate Banking IT: Supply Chain Technical Delivery Project Manager - BNP Paribas Personal Finance - Singapore   
He is also the technical subject matter to the project team for any technical matters regarding all the CSC releases....
From BNP Paribas Personal Finance - Wed, 24 May 2017 11:43:38 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Customer Care Manager - Audible Singapore Private Limited - Singapore   
Want to be part of a revolution in digital entertainment? We’re Audible, an Amazon company, and we’re the leading digital provider of spoken word entertainment
From - Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:35:58 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Business Analyst - DXC Technology - Central Singapore is a new company formed from the merger of Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) and HPE's Enterprise Services division. The merger was completed last
From DXC Technology - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:18:08 GMT - View all Central Singapore jobs
          Senior Java Developer - DXC Technology - Central Singapore   
Created by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology serves nearly 6,000 private and public sector...
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          Technical Architect- Analytics and Data Management - DXC Technology - Central Singapore   
Merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard. DXC Technology (NYSE:....
From DXC Technology - Thu, 25 May 2017 11:00:53 GMT - View all Central Singapore jobs
          CSC Network Communications - Asia Pacific - Citi - Central Singapore   
CSC Site Management:. CSC Network Communications – Asia Pacific:. Execute programs to deliver communications objectives throughout the CSC network....
From Citi - Wed, 17 May 2017 11:46:38 GMT - View all Central Singapore jobs
          Desktop Support Engineer - CSC - Singapore   
CSC is an equal opportunity employer. CSC is a great place to work with smart and dedicated people . CSC is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining...
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          Head of Super User Team - AIG - Singapore   
Software product experience in eBao GS, CSC, Pega PRPC framework is a plus. Responsible for implementing and managing release processes for code through...
From AIG - Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:57:56 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Senior Structural Engineer - GS Engineering & Construction Corp. - Singapore   
Coordinate to ensure C&amp;S requirements are met for LTA DAR submission, CKS submission, BCA ST submission) and construction schedule till to obtain TOP, TFP and...
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          Director of Engineering, Security - Grab Taxi - Singapore   
Well versed in security PoliciesWell versed in ISO 27001, SSAE 16, SANS CSC controls and similar. Head of Security Engineering....
From Grab Taxi - Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:23:12 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Digital Producer - Civil Service College - Singapore   
Above all, you must possess the ability to guide contributors toward the creation of meaningful, quality content, with attention to serving the interests of the...
From Careers@Gov - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:38:35 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Senior Executive, Media & Marketing - Civil Service College - Singapore   
Conceptualise and implement marketing strategies, such as events and social media outreach, to position CSC as a preferred learning partner, and to create...
From Careers@Gov - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:38:06 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Digital Content Strategist, Digital Learning Services - Civil Service College - Singapore   
Ability to work collaboratively within CSC and with external partners. Develop digital user experience....
From Careers@Gov - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:38:06 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Assistant Manager/ Senior Executive, Management Development - Civil Service College - Singapore   
Able to work collaboratively within CSC and with external partners and. Design, implement and evaluate milestone programmes for public sector leaders in...
From Careers@Gov - Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:27:53 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Executive (Corporate Services, Customer Service, BCA Academy) - Building and Construction Authority - Singapore   
Work location: 200 Braddell Road Singapore 579700 BCA Academy Corporate Services offers you the opportunity to join our customer service team as an Executive
From Careers@Gov - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:23:17 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Executive, Student Health Centre - Health Promotion Board - Singapore   
Data entry of CSC billings for Pharmacy, Lab and X-Ray. Manage registration and collection of payments at Student Health Centre Registration Counter....
From Careers@Gov - Thu, 08 Jun 2017 06:24:16 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Resident Engineer (C&S)- Infrastructure - Singapore   
a) Degree recognized by PEB b) Must be Qualified Site Supervisor (QSS) and registered as a Resident Engineer (RE) with Building Control Authority (BCA) and
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          Resident Engineer (School Buildings_Ministry of Education) - Singapore   
To take and carry out instruction from and represent the Superintending Officer (S.O.) or the S.O.’s representative on site. To supervise instruction from
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          ::AIR DAN ANGIN::   

Hmmmmm.. syahdu.

Aku paling suka tempat yang ada 'air'. Tak kisahla tepi tasik ka, tepi sungai ka, tepi laut ka. Mana-ja la, janji ada angin, air. Kalau tak, aku paneh.huhu. Tak kira la kalau time hujan, aku paling suka drive time hujan. Sebabnya, kan ada air jugak tu.haha. Memang menenangkan walaupun time hujan selalu jem.

Time ada masalah, aku akan selalu pi cari port lepak yang ada air. huiiiii. Tenang bila tengok air. slow motion ja, dan kadang-kadang taktau puncanya dari mana. Tapi kat penang, kedah tadak air, yang ada cuma ayaq. hmmmm.layan ja la...

Tenang la jugak kepala aku ni dari serabut tengok fail melambak kat opis hari-hari. Agak-agak nak tepu, hujung minggu ja la chance nak jalan-jalan. Tak kira la jauh ka dekat. Janji boleh jalan-jalan jugak.

Tapi ayaq yang deras camtu, boleh tengok dari atas batu. Jangan terjun laaaaaa, kalau tak ikat tali. Satgi takut terlepas sampai Singapore. Tu pun kalau hidup.Kalau mati sebelum masuk tanah, masuk Buletin Utama dulu.kahkahkah. Seronok jugak jalan-jalan cari beruk.kuikui. Tapi sekoq pun takdak.

Sabooooo je la meneman aku ni. COOL macam ayaq jugak gayanya. tetiba lapaq laksa.

p/s : esok la pi jalan-jalan.tadi bangun lambat pulak. punahhh harapan aku.

          Singapore wealth fund GIC in talks to buy stake in Mergermarket   
Deal with private equity owner BC Partners would value data business at £1bn
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          Israel pursuing a strategy that is placing its long-term future at risk   
I came across the following article, written by the Israeli Ambassador to Singapore, in today's edition of TODAY.

Following the Israeli Ambassador's article is an essay by John J. Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. I've read the book which he co-authored with Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at JFK School of Government at Harvard University. The controversial book, published in 2007, started out as a controversial essay in 2006 published in the London Review of Books. (At the end of this post is a video of a 2007 documentary on the Israel Lobby in America)

Read also Stephen M. Walt's essay The myth of Israel's strategic genius and Avi Shlaim's essay How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.
Lasting peace in the Middle East...

Accepting the existenceof a Jewish state there, and abandoning the dream of destroying it, is the answer

Thursday • January 22, 2009

Ilan Ben-Dov
Israeli Ambassador to Singapore

THREE weeks of fighting in Gaza have once again put the Middle East at the focal point of the international media.

Now, after another round of violence has ended, we have to ask ourselves again, what is the real root of the problem? What is the key which will lead us to peace in the Middle East?

The basic Arab argument is that the root of the problem is occupation. The Arab world accuses Israel of controlling occupied Arab territories and claims that this is the main issue which prevents peace in the Middle East.

This argument is utterly baseless. The Israelis believe that the root of the problem is the very fact that a large fraction of the Arab-Islamic world still rejects Israel’s right to exist, and rejects the basic right of Jews to live in their independent state of Israel.

Israel has shown in the past that in order to achieve peace, it is ready for territorial concessions, exactly as it did when it signed a peace treaty with its neighbour in the south, Egypt, and its neighbour in the east, Jordan. In both these cases, the dispute over territory was not an obstacle to peace.

Moreover, Israel endorses the establishment of a Palestinian independent state that will live in peace next to it.

In the last two military confrontations in the Middle East — the one with the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the one with Hamas in Gaza — Israel had to defend itself from radical Muslim terrorist organisations which are motivated by extreme religious, Jihadistic ideology that calls for the destruction of Israel.

It is time to reveal these facts loud and clear: Both Hamas and Hezbollah are heavily and directly influenced by Iran. It is the same Iran whose President is calling for the annihilation of Israel, the same Iran which does everything possible to sabotage and to harm any attempt of a dialogue and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel.

Iran does not only supply the ideological basis for Hezbollah and Hamas, it supplies them with huge amounts of weapons, ammunition and money.

It is also important to answer the question of what exactly do Hamas and Hezbollah mean by speaking about “occupied territories”? For them, the whole of Israel is considered a so-called “occupied territory”. They do not distinguish between Gaza and Tel-Aviv, between the West Bank and the city of Haifa. For the Iranian President who supports them, Israel must be “wiped out of the map”.

Should this lead us to despair? Of course not.

The Middle East is nowadays divided into two parts. The first is the radical, fundamentalistic-jihadistic part that dreams of the disappearance of Israel from the region. Whoever dreams these dreams is doomed to lead the Palestinians to a deadlock and to many more years of wars, suffering, poverty and hopelessness.

On the other hand, we find the moderate and pragmatic Arab world which aspires to find a peaceful solution based on mutual recognition, justice for both sides and a territorial compromise. Such a solution will pave the way for all people in this region — and especially for the Palestinian people, who have suffered so much in recent years — to a better future.

The key to a lasting solution of the Middle Eastern conflict is therefore not a question of occupied territories. For this question, we can find a compromise.

The real key to a solution is the willingness of the Arab and the Muslim countries to recognise the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East and to abandon the dream of destroying it.
Another War, Another Defeat
by John J. Mearsheimer
Published in the Jan 26, 2009 edition of The American Conservative

The Gaza offensive has succeeded in punishing the Palestinians but not in making Israel more secure.

Israelis and their American supporters claim that Israel learned its lessons well from the disastrous 2006 Lebanon war and has devised a winning strategy for the present war against Hamas. Of course, when a ceasefire comes, Israel will declare victory. Don’t believe it. Israel has foolishly started another war it cannot win.

The campaign in Gaza is said to have two objectives: 1) to put an end to the rockets and mortars that Palestinians have been firing into southern Israel since it withdrew from Gaza in August 2005; 2) to restore Israel’s deterrent, which was said to be diminished by the Lebanon fiasco, by Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, and by its inability to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

But these are not the real goals of Operation Cast Lead. The actual purpose is connected to Israel’s long-term vision of how it intends to live with millions of Palestinians in its midst. It is part of a broader strategic goal: the creation of a “Greater Israel.” Specifically, Israel’s leaders remain determined to control all of what used to be known as Mandate Palestine, which includes Gaza and the West Bank. The Palestinians would have limited autonomy in a handful of disconnected and economically crippled enclaves, one of which is Gaza. Israel would control the borders around them, movement between them, the air above and the water below them.

The key to achieving this is to inflict massive pain on the Palestinians so that they come to accept the fact that they are a defeated people and that Israel will be largely responsible for controlling their future. This strategy, which was first articulated by Ze’ev Jabotinsky in the 1920s and has heavily influenced Israeli policy since 1948, is commonly referred to as the “Iron Wall.”

What has been happening in Gaza is fully consistent with this strategy.

Let’s begin with Israel’s decision to withdraw from Gaza in 2005. The conventional wisdom is that Israel was serious about making peace with the Palestinians and that its leaders hoped the exit from Gaza would be a major step toward creating a viable Palestinian state. According to the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, Israel was giving the Palestinians an opportunity to “build a decent mini-state there—a Dubai on the Mediterranean,” and if they did so, it would “fundamentally reshape the Israeli debate about whether the Palestinians can be handed most of the West Bank.”

This is pure fiction. Even before Hamas came to power, the Israelis intended to create an open-air prison for the Palestinians in Gaza and inflict great pain on them until they complied with Israel’s wishes. Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s closest adviser at the time, candidly stated that the disengagement from Gaza was aimed at halting the peace process, not encouraging it. He described the disengagement as “formaldehyde that’s necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.” Moreover, he emphasized that the withdrawal “places the Palestinians under tremendous pressure. It forces them into a corner where they hate to be.”

Arnon Soffer, a prominent Israeli demographer who also advised Sharon, elaborated on what that pressure would look like. “When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.”

In January 2006, five months after the Israelis pulled their settlers out of Gaza, Hamas won a decisive victory over Fatah in the Palestinian legislative elections. This meant trouble for Israel’s strategy because Hamas was democratically elected, well organized, not corrupt like Fatah, and unwilling to accept Israel’s existence. Israel responded by ratcheting up economic pressure on the Palestinians, but it did not work. In fact, the situation took another turn for the worse in March 2007, when Fatah and Hamas came together to form a national unity government. Hamas’s stature and political power were growing, and Israel’s divide-and-conquer strategy was unraveling.

To make matters worse, the national unity government began pushing for a long-term ceasefire. The Palestinians would end all missile attacks on Israel if the Israelis would stop arresting and assassinating Palestinians and end their economic stranglehold, opening the border crossings into Gaza.

Israel rejected that offer and with American backing set out to foment a civil war between Fatah and Hamas that would wreck the national unity government and put Fatah in charge. The plan backfired when Hamas drove Fatah out of Gaza, leaving Hamas in charge there and the more pliant Fatah in control of the West Bank. Israel then tightened the screws on the blockade around Gaza, causing even greater hardship and suffering among the Palestinians living there.

Hamas responded by continuing to fire rockets and mortars into Israel, while emphasizing that they still sought a long-term ceasefire, perhaps lasting ten years or more. This was not a noble gesture on Hamas’s part: they sought a ceasefire because the balance of power heavily favored Israel. The Israelis had no interest in a ceasefire and merely intensified the economic pressure on Gaza. But in the late spring of 2008, pressure from Israelis living under the rocket attacks led the government to agree to a six-month ceasefire starting on June 19. That agreement, which formally ended on Dec. 19, immediately preceded the present war, which began on Dec. 27.

The official Israeli position blames Hamas for undermining the ceasefire. This view is widely accepted in the United States, but it is not true. Israeli leaders disliked the ceasefire from the start, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the IDF to begin preparing for the present war while the ceasefire was being negotiated in June 2008. Furthermore, Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, reports that Jerusalem began to prepare the propaganda campaign to sell the present war months before the conflict began. For its part, Hamas drastically reduced the number of missile attacks during the first five months of the ceasefire. A total of two rockets were fired into Israel during September and October, none by Hamas.

How did Israel behave during this same period? It continued arresting and assassinating Palestinians on the West Bank, and it continued the deadly blockade that was slowly strangling Gaza. Then on Nov. 4, as Americans voted for a new president, Israel attacked a tunnel inside Gaza and killed six Palestinians. It was the first major violation of the ceasefire, and the Palestinians—who had been “careful to maintain the ceasefire,” according to Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center—responded by resuming rocket attacks. The calm that had prevailed since June vanished as Israel ratcheted up the blockade and its attacks into Gaza and the Palestinians hurled more rockets at Israel. It is worth noting that not a single Israeli was killed by Palestinian missiles between Nov. 4 and the launching of the war on Dec. 27.

As the violence increased, Hamas made clear that it had no interest in extending the ceasefire beyond Dec. 19, which is hardly surprising, since it had not worked as intended. In mid-December, however, Hamas informed Israel that it was still willing to negotiate a long-term ceasefire if it included an end to the arrests and assassinations as well as the lifting of the blockade. But the Israelis, having used the ceasefire to prepare for war against Hamas, rejected this overture. The bombing of Gaza commenced eight days after the failed ceasefire formally ended.

If Israel wanted to stop missile attacks from Gaza, it could have done so by arranging a long-term ceasefire with Hamas. And if Israel were genuinely interested in creating a viable Palestinian state, it could have worked with the national unity government to implement a meaningful ceasefire and change Hamas’s thinking about a two-state solution. But Israel has a different agenda: it is determined to employ the Iron Wall strategy to get the Palestinians in Gaza to accept their fate as hapless subjects of a Greater Israel.

This brutal policy is clearly reflected in Israel’s conduct of the Gaza War. Israel and its supporters claim that the IDF is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties, in some cases taking risks that put Israeli soldiers in jeopardy. Hardly. One reason to doubt these claims is that Israel refuses to allow reporters into the war zone: it does not want the world to see what its soldiers and bombs are doing inside Gaza. At the same time, Israel has launched a massive propaganda campaign to put a positive spin on the horror stories that do emerge.

The best evidence, however, that Israel is deliberately seeking to punish the broader population in Gaza is the death and destruction the IDF has wrought on that small piece of real estate. Israel has killed over 1,000 Palestinians and wounded more than 4,000. Over half of the casualties are civilians, and many are children. The IDF’s opening salvo on Dec. 27 took place as children were leaving school, and one of its primary targets that day was a large group of graduating police cadets, who hardly qualified as terrorists. In what Ehud Barak called “an all-out war against Hamas,” Israel has targeted a university, schools, mosques, homes, apartment buildings, government offices, and even ambulances. A senior Israeli military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, explained the logic behind Israel’s expansive target set: “There are many aspects of Hamas, and we are trying to hit the whole spectrum, because everything is connected and everything supports terrorism against Israel.” In other words, everyone is a terrorist and everything is a legitimate target.

Israelis tend to be blunt, and they occasionally say what they are really doing. After the IDF killed 40 Palestinian civilians in a UN school on Jan. 6, Ha’aretz reported that “senior officers admit that the IDF has been using enormous firepower.” One officer explained, “For us, being cautious means being aggressive. From the minute we entered, we’ve acted like we’re at war. That creates enormous damage on the ground … I just hope those who have fled the area of Gaza City in which we are operating will describe the shock.”

One might accept that Israel is waging “a cruel, all-out war against 1.5 million Palestinian civilians,” as Ha’aretz put it in an editorial, but argue that it will eventually achieve its war aims and the rest of the world will quickly forget the horrors inflicted on the people of Gaza.

This is wishful thinking. For starters, Israel is unlikely to stop the rocket fire for any appreciable period of time unless it agrees to open Gaza’s borders and stop arresting and killing Palestinians. Israelis talk about cutting off the supply of rockets and mortars into Gaza, but weapons will continue to come in via secret tunnels and ships that sneak through Israel’s naval blockade. It will also be impossible to police all of the goods sent into Gaza through legitimate channels.

Israel could try to conquer all of Gaza and lock the place down. That would probably stop the rocket attacks if Israel deployed a large enough force. But then the IDF would be bogged down in a costly occupation against a deeply hostile population. They would eventually have to leave, and the rocket fire would resume. And if Israel fails to stop the rocket fire and keep it stopped, as seems likely, its deterrent will be diminished, not strengthened.

More importantly, there is little reason to think that the Israelis can beat Hamas into submission and get the Palestinians to live quietly in a handful of Bantustans inside Greater Israel. Israel has been humiliating, torturing, and killing Palestinians in the Occupied Territories since 1967 and has not come close to cowing them. Indeed, Hamas’s reaction to Israel’s brutality seems to lend credence to Nietzsche’s remark that what does not kill you makes you stronger.

But even if the unexpected happens and the Palestinians cave, Israel would still lose because it will become an apartheid state. As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently said, Israel will “face a South African-style struggle” if the Palestinians do not get a viable state of their own. “As soon as that happens,” he argued, “the state of Israel is finished.” Yet Olmert has done nothing to stop settlement expansion and create a viable Palestinian state, relying instead on the Iron Wall strategy to deal with the Palestinians.

There is also little chance that people around the world who follow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will soon forget the appalling punishment that Israel is meting out in Gaza. The destruction is just too obvious to miss, and too many people—especially in the Arab and Islamic world—care about the Palestinians’ fate. Moreover, discourse about this longstanding conflict has undergone a sea change in the West in recent years, and many of us who were once wholly sympathetic to Israel now see that the Israelis are the victimizers and the Palestinians are the victims. What is happening in Gaza will accelerate that changing picture of the conflict and long be seen as a dark stain on Israel’s reputation.

The bottom line is that no matter what happens on the battlefield, Israel cannot win its war in Gaza. In fact, it is pursuing a strategy—with lots of help from its so-called friends in the Diaspora—that is placing its long-term future at risk.

          Video - Barack Obama taking the Oath of Office and Inaugural Address   

I was watching this LIVE on TV. It was about 1.10am on 21 Jan 09 (Singapore time) when Obama took the oath of office and delivered his inaugural speech (see here for the text of his speech). I was also micro-blogging over at my twitter before, during and after the inauguration ceremony. What else can i say other than it was historic! ;-)

          After winning 13 year court battle, Malaysian human rights activist plans to run for parliament   
When it comes to persecuting activists, the Singapore government is no different from their Malaysian counterparts. Just to mention some very recent examples, see my posts here, here and here.

Rights Champion Seeks Political Career
By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 (IPS) - After winning a gruelling 13-year court battle to avoid being jailed on charges of maliciously publishing false news, Malaysia's best-known human rights champion seeks a political career to continue defending migrant workers and other vulnerable sections of society.

"I refused to yield, I was focused and relentless and in the end won," said Irene Fernandez, executive director of Tenaganita, a leading human rights non-government organisation (NGO) that has a reputation for defending migrant workers against ill treatment and exploitation.

"It is also a major victory for human rights activism," she told IPS in an interview. "The authorities now know that we will fight and fight good and hard and will not be cowed."

Fernandez now plans to run for parliament. "It’s important that I have the opportunity to be a member of parliament, to be a voice for the communities that I have been working with," she said.

It was widely believed by diplomats, the political opposition and human rights organisations that Fernandez was targeted by the authorities for her persistent efforts to protect and champion legions of Asian migrant workers from mistreatment and exploitation by employers, a vigilante force called ‘RELA’ and other enforcement agencies.

Her ordeal began in 1996 when she was charged under Section 8A (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, with publishing "false news" -- a serious crime in Malaysia punishable with a mandatory one year in prison.

That year she had circulated a memorandum to the media, foreign missions and international human rights organisations in which she drew attention to deplorable conditions in overcrowded detention centres and the shoddy treatment meted out to migrant workers.

She alleged, in the memorandum, that migrant workers were mistreated, poorly fed, abused and regularly beaten.

The memorandum, based on research conducted by her staff and other experts, sparked an international outcry that severely embarrassed the government, but brought immediate relief to depressed migrant workers.

The government took steps to improve camp conditions, provide more nutritious food and medicine and assure the international community but charged Fernandez in court.

After a long and harrowing trial and despite international objections, she was found guilty in 2003 and sentenced to the mandatory one year in jail.

She appealed the sentence immediately but for five years she was dragged from one court to another as her appeal suffered numerous delays and postponements.

On Nov. 24, eight years after she filed her appeal, the Attorney General finally made the decision to withdraw the charge on the grounds that the appeal record was incomprehensible.

At one point in the appeal the court was informed that notes of evidence of important prosecution witnesses were missing. Later the notes were miraculously found but not legible. Further delays occurred after a computer virus wiped out notes required for the trial.

"The trial and sentence were hanging over me like a sword for 13 years," Fernandez said. "I suffered hugely but remained unbowed."

"The 13-year long trial was a heavy burden. I could not travel, stand for elections, raise funds or even speak at some forums," Fernandez,62, recalled. "This is a case of political persecution designed to force me to give up on my campaigns and retire."

By persecuting her the authorities had wanted NGOs to do charity work and leave advocacy and political activism alone, Fernandez said.

"They wanted to cow human rights activists by making an example out of me," she said. "They wanted to show the people that rights activism is dangerous and dirty work and anti-national."

She has vowed to step up her work helping migrant workers, women and HIV/AIDS campaigns.

"The struggle is far from over...there is a significant rise in the number of cases of sexual and physical abuse, torture of migrant workers," she said. "Conditions at detention centres and prisons remain deplorable."

"In fact the struggle has just started with the world economy in turmoil and millions of migrant workers on the front line of unemployment," she said adding that nearly four million -- legal and undocumented-- Asian migrant workers in Malaysia might end up being jobless if the turmoil persist.

In 2005 Fernandez won the Right Livelihood Award -- the alternative Nobel Prize -- in recognition of her wide-ranging human rights activism. "Migrants are human beings. They have the same rights as all of us.’’

"It is bad that Fernandez had to suffer for 13 years before justice was finally granted,’’ said Bar Council chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan. "The ordeal is over for her but for the Malaysian judiciary the journey ahead is long to regain its lustre as an equal and capable branch of a democratic government."

"If Malaysia had respected rights, freedom, democracy and an independent judiciary the system would have never charged her in the first place," said Brad Adams, Asia director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

"It is a trial where freedom of expression was challenged, where human rights defender is criminalised and where there is absolute disregard for the rights of detainees and minorities like migrant workers and refugees," he said.
          India's 9/11   
A fellow Singaporean, 28-year-old Lo Hwei Yen, was one among many who were killed in the cowardly and brutal attacks in Mumbai. I would like to express my condolences to the husband, family & friends of Ms Hwei Yen.

My condolences also goes out to the families & friends of the many others who were killed.

And to those who were injured, I pray for your quick recovery.

Click here for CNN-IBN website

India clears last Mumbai siege site
By JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press Writer, 1 Dec 08

MUMBAI, India – As authorities finished removing bodies Monday from the bullet- and grenade-scarred Taj Mahal hotel, a Muslim graveyard refused to bury nine gunmen who terrorized this city over three days last week, leaving at least 172 people dead and wreaking havoc at some of its most famous landmarks.

The United States, meanwhile, has told Pakistan it needs to fully cooperate on investigations into the siege.

Pakistan must "follow the evidence wherever it leads," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a press conference aboard her plane en route to London. "I don't want to jump to any conclusions myself on this, but I do think that this is a time for complete, absolute, total transparency and cooperation and that's what we expect."

Rice said she was cutting short a European trip to visit India later this week.

In Mumbai, security forces declared the landmark 565-room Taj Mahal hotel cleared of booby traps and bodies. The hotel was the scene of the final battle Saturday morning.

"We were apprehensive about more bodies being found. But this is not likely — all rooms in the Taj have been opened and checked," said Maharashtra state government spokesman Bhushan Gagrani.

The army had already cleared other sites, including the five-star Oberoi hotel and the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group. Israeli emergency workers sorted through the shattered glass and splintered furniture at the Jewish center Monday to gather the victims' body parts. At one point, one of the men opened a prayer book amid the rubble and stopped to pray.

The only gunman captured after the attacks said he belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, said Joint Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria. Maria added that the gunman, Ajmal Qasab, said he was trained at a camp in Pakistan.

Pakistani President Asif Zardari's spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, dismissed the claim, saying Islamabad has "demanded evidence of the complicity of any Pakistani group" but has received none.

Qasab was among 10 who paralyzed the city in the attack, which also wounded 239 people.

A Muslim graveyard in Mumbai said Monday it would not bury the dead gunmen, with an official saying they are not true followers of the Islamic faith.

"People who committed this heinous crime cannot be called Muslim," said Hanif Nalkhande, a trustee of the influential Jama Masjid Trust, which runs the 7.5-acre (three-hectare) Badakabrastan graveyard in downtown Mumbai. "Islam does not permit this sort of barbaric crime."

While some Muslim scholars disagreed with the decision — saying Islam requires a proper burial for every Muslim — the city's other Muslim graveyards are likely to go along because of the authority of the Jama Masjid trust.

Mumbai returned to normal Monday to some degree, with parents dropping their children off at school and many shopkeepers opened their doors for the first time since the attacks began.

"I think this is the first Monday I am glad to be coming to work," said Donica Trivedi, 23, an employee of a public relations agency.

The attack revealed the weakness of India's security apparatus. India's top law enforcement official resigned Sunday, bowing to growing criticism that the attackers appeared better trained, better coordinated and better armed than police.

Maharashtra's top official, Vilasrao Deshmukh, offered to resign Monday, as did his deputy, R.R. Patil, who had sparked outrage by referring to the attacks as "small incidents."

The announcement blaming militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba threatened to escalate tensions between India and Pakistan. However, Indian officials have been cautious about accusing Pakistan's government of complicity.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash denied a news report that India was preparing to end a 2003 cease-fire with Pakistan. An intelligence official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said there was no unusual mobilization of troops along the India-Pakistan border.

Pakistan has warned that any buildup of troops on its border with India would require troops to be pulled from its western frontier, where it is fighting militants suspected of launching attacks throughout the country and on American troops in Afghanistan.

The group the Indians have blamed, Lashkar, has long seen as a creation of the Pakistani intelligence service to help fight India in disputed Kashmir. It was banned in Pakistan in 2002 under pressure from the U.S., a year after Washington and Britain listed it a terrorist group. It is since believed to have emerged under another name, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, though that group has denied links to the Mumbai attack.

As more details of the response to the attack emerged, a picture formed of woefully unprepared security forces.

"These guys could do it next week again in Mumbai and our responses would be exactly the same," said Ajai Sahni, head of the New Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management and who has close ties to India's police and intelligence.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to strengthen maritime and air security and look into creating a new federal investigative agency.

Singh promised to expand the commando force and set up new bases for it around the country. He called a rare meeting of leaders from the country's main political parties, hours after the resignation of Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

The death toll of 172 was revised down from 195 Sunday after authorities said some bodies were counted twice.

Among the 19 foreigners killed were six Americans. The dead also included Germans, Canadians, Israelis and nationals from Britain, Italy, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Mexico.

Associated Press reporters Ravi Nessman, Paul Peachey, Anita Chang and Ramola Talwar Badam contributed to this report from Mumbai, Ashok Sharma contributed from New Delhi and Asif Shahzad from Islamabad, Pakistan.
          The Gaza humanitarian crisis   
About a week ago, a fellow blogger posted an open letter Did Singapore raise the Gaza humanitarian crisis issue with Israel? in which he wrote,
Given the close trade and diplomatic relationships between Singapore and Israel, there is a need for Singaporeans and the Singapore government to highlight this particular concern to Israel. At the very least and for a start, we need to urge the Israelis to stop the economic blockade imposed in Gaza which has subjected the population to greater economic misery.
In his follow-up post today Humanitarian crisis in Gaza is worsening - why is everyone keeping mum? he writes he's appalled with the silence,
It has been close to a week since I have sent out my emails to the Ministers and MPs of Singapore who went on a delegation trip to Israel; the Association of Muslim Professional (AMP) and possibly concerned bloggers which included some prominent Singaporean citizen bloggers. With the exception of World Without War, who has kindly posted my letter on their blog, I have yet received any replies from any of the parties.
There'll surely be some who might be wondering if i'm one of the prominent bloggers mentioned. (Yes these are very petty issues compared to the crisis which is happening but unfortunately there are very petty individuals out there who will rather nitpick on such stuff) So to those nitpickers, here's my answer(s). I'm hardly a prominent blogger. In fact, i don't even come close to being prominent. So no i didn't receive any email.

I created a post, and saved it as a draft, when i first read his open letter but I didn't get round to publishing it. Among other things, i was looking for related stuff about the crisis to go along with this post but eventually decided to keep it short and simple with this two-part video of a recent episode of an Al-Jazeera English programme, Inside Story, about the Gaza humanitarian crisis. You can watch these and other videos of this crisis at their youtube channel.

          Russian, Singaporean scientists reveal how plants weather cold temperatures   
Plants sacrifice their newborn cells of the root tip in order to survive cold temperature conditions and retain their own ‘stem cells’
          Singapore Food Festival 2008   
Singaporean cuisine, being a fusion of Indian, Malay and Chinese cooking, is possibly the most diverse in flavors among Asian cuisines. If you’re in the island over the weekend, it’s the perfect time to sample local cuisine as the Singapore Food Festival comes to a close. Here are the Top 10 Must-Try Dishes: 1. Chili Crab 2. Rojak 3. Hainanese Chicken Rice 4. Bak Kut Teh 5. Satay 6. Char Kway Teow 7. Fried Carrot Cake (no, there’s no carrots in there at all) 8. Fish Head Curry 9. Roti Prata 10. Laksa For tourists, just present your passport to any of the Singapore Visitors’ Centres (located at the airport, Orchard Road, [...]

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          Singapore Sun Festival   
A festival also held in Napa and Tuscany, this premier arts and lifestyle festival will also be held in Singapore for the second time. From 17 – 26 October 2008, embark on an exciting journey to celebrate the Art of Living Well through over 90 premium lifestyle and arts events encompassing Music, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Wine, Cuisine and Wellness. Join over 250 artists, musicians, chefs, writers and celebrities at various beautiful locations along the Singapore River and Marina Bay throughout the 10 days. Check out the calendar of events and ticketing details from their official website. If you book until end [...]

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          Resorts World Sentosa, July 2008   
A friend of mine emailed some illustrations of the future casino currently under construction in Sentosa Island in Singapore, set to open early in 2010. I can’t post them here as I can’t trace the origins and provide credit, but they are basically the same as those featured in the headers of the Resorts World Sentosa website. I am awed at those illustrations, not just with the sheer expanse and attractions planned, but mainly because it’s blows my mind that something so extraordinary and sophisticated can rise from a site that currently looks like this: This photo is from my personal collection, [...]

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          E-scooter startup tests zero-emission, solar-powered rentals - CNET   

For at least a few days, people will be zipping around on e-scooters in Singapore's One-North business district to get to places that are too far for walking and too near for driving. German startup Floatility will launch rental trials for its solar-powered e-scooters for employees of partner Autodesk from July 24 to 28. The rental will cost just 10 Singapore cents per minute.

          Homes you can buy for a million US dollars in Hong Kong, London and Singapore   
HONG KONG This year, Hong Kong home prices soared to a new record high, with buyers apparently undeterred by successive interest rate rises and the fact that, according to the latest annual Demographi ... - Source:
          New Vegetarian Restaurant in St. John's, NL   
The Heavenly Loft on Duckworth Street in St. John's has only been open a few months. This small vegetarian restaurant has a loyal and growing following. Four of us dropped in last night on our way to a Christmas event at the nearby LSPU Hall. I explained to the very polite waiter/maitre d'/bus boy/co-owner that we had 25 minutes to order, be served, eat and pay, and asked if it was possible. He thought for a split second and told me he'd advise us what to order and it could be done. We stayed and were glad we did. We ordered spring rolls, Singapore noodles and a lotus seed bun. All were good and what was going out to the other tables, the 20 seat dining room was 3/4 full, looked even better. Way better. There was complementary tea and carrot-sweet potato soup that was perfect for the cold wet night. I heartily recommend the Heavenly Loft and commit to going back again soon to try that delicious and delicate looking order of deep-fried enoki mushrooms! A better eview is sure to follow. Stay tuned!
          Singapore In-House Legal Counsel Pro Bono Guide    
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          MERO Asia Pacific   
MERO Asia Pacific Pte Ltd are a multi-national company specializing in design of building envelopes. & construction.They  are inviting ambitious and energetic individuals who want to develop his/her career to join them.

Marketing Executive(s)
  • Diploma/Degree in a related field
  • Experience in the construction industry especially fagade systems is an added advantage 
  • Highly motivated individual and willing to learn 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Possess a class 3 drivinq license
  • Fresh graduates are encouraged to apply
  • Reporting to the Business Development Manager
  • Responsible for the administration of marketing and promotional

lnterested candidates, please send/email your detailed resume to:
MERO Asia pacific Pte Ltd
51 Benoi Road, Blk 8 #05_O5, Singapore 629908

          Singapore Flyer新加坡观景轮   
根据观察,新加坡最新地标Singapore Flyer公司正在招聘人员:

1. Human Resource and Admin Executive
2. Operations Crew
Job Responsibilities
GCE ‘O’ Level or its equivalent
1 year experience in Crowd Management, Ticketing, Ushering, and having worked in amusement centers, stadiums, would be preferable
Confident in facing large crowds
Knowledge of foreign languages an asset
3. Ticketing Officers
Relevant Ticketing and Cashiering experience

Email: hr@singaporeflyer.
          吉宝集团KEPPEL GROUP   
根据观察,新加坡吉宝集团KEPPEL GROUP旗下各大子公司都有很多工作机会,不妨了解多一些,以下只是一部分:

Keppel Corporation
Corporate Communications / Investor Relations
Executive / Senior Executive, Group Corporate Communications
Country : Singapore

Key Responsibilities
Handle media relations, publicity and advertising campaigns and corporate publications for the Group Plan, organise and implement corporate communication initiatives and activities.
Write press releases and produce newsletters and marketing collaterals
Manage local and overseas corporate, media and marketing events

Degree in English, Business Administration, Mass Communication or related discipline
Good networking and media handling skills
Flair in writing, with strong command of English and Mandarin
Able to multi-task and work well under pressure to meet tight deadlines
Creative self-starter with an outgoing personality

Assistant Engineer/Sales Coordinator -Cable ladder Keppel Seascan,(Singapore).
Assistant Marketing Executive Keppel FELS (Singapore)
Assistant Sales Engineers - Trading Keppel Seascan (Singapore)
Marketing Executive Keppel FELS (Singapore)
Marketing Executive Keppel Land (Vietnam)
Marketing Manager Keppel Land (China)
Marketing Manager Keppel Land (Vietnam)
Marketing Officer Keppel Shipyard (Singapore)
Retail Marketing Manager Keppel Land (Indonesia)
Sales Coordinator - Building Keppel Seascan (Singapore)
Sales Engineer Keppel Seascan (Singapore)
Sales Engineers - Equipment Keppel Seascan (Singapore)
Sales Executives - Building Keppel Seascan (Singapore)
Sales Manager / Executive Keppel Logistics (Singapore)
Showflat Assistants Keppel Land (Singapore)

正确资讯请上网查核, 以免谬误:
1. Treasury Officers
截止日期:October 08, 2008
2. Management Associate - Audit
截止日期:September 26, 2008
3. Management Associate - Consumer Financial Services
截止日期:September 26, 2008
4. Management Associate - Corporate Banking
截止日期:September 26, 2008
5. Management Associate - Operations
截止日期:September 26, 2008
6. Management Associate - Technology
截止日期:September 26, 2008
7. Management Associate - Risk Management
截止日期:September 26, 2008
8. Management Associate - Global Treasury
截止日期:September 26, 2008
9. Management Associate - Finance
截止日期:September 26, 2008
10. Management Associate - Investment Banking
截止日期:September 26, 2008

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          Singapore SBS Transit   

1. HR & Admin Officer
Posting Date:11 Sep 2008
Involve in staff activities including selection, hiring, induction, exit interview and recruitment drive
Coordinate and track monthly Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reports
Prepare periodic statistical reports
Administer staff recognition programme
Assist in the annual budgeting, office administrative duties, ad-hoc projects / activitiesRequirements
Diploma in Business Administration / Studies / Human Resource Management
2 years of relevant working experience
Familiar with Singapore Employment Laws and Regulations
Proficient in MS office applications
Knowledge in SAP HR is an advantage
Possess pleasant personality, good verbal and written communication skills
Meticulous with a flair for figures

2. Part-time Security Officers
Posting Date:08 Sep 2008
Must have WSQ/EBSC certifications
Able to read & write simple English
Physically fit & healthy
Those with policeforce background are welcomed to apply

3. Service Controller (West District)
Posting Date:08 Sep 2008
Ensure optimal deployment of resources to the fullest using GPS Automatic Vehicle Management System (AVMS)
Lead and manage a team of Assistant Service Controllers using online resources and support systems to monitor the bus service performance in a real-time environment and take necessary action to minimize service delays, resolve emergencies or restore service disruption and to ensure service reliability on the road
Make critical decisions and ensure appropriate communication with all parties involved
Analyse trends and put up recommendation for improvement of overall service performance and resource applicationsRequirements
Degree in any discipline
Minimum 2 years of working experience in operations
Mature, calm and controlled in responding to stressful or unpredictable situations
Strong situational awareness ability and leadership qualities
Analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
Bilingual in English and one other local language with ability to understand local dialects
Able to perform rotating shift work
No hearing impairment or colour vision deficiency
You will undergo a series of aptitude tests and interviews if you are shortlisted. Extensive training will be provided for successful candidates to acquire operations policies, procedures and service controls in addition to the use of the system. Good candidates may also be considered for other bus operations positions.

4. Technical Officer (Technology & Projects)
Posting Date:08 Sep 2008
Diploma in Engineering
Minimum 2 years of working relevant experience
Proficient in Microsoft Office
Meticulous and hardworking

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          SHIMIZU 建筑公司   

Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering or its equivalent
Minimum 10 years' relevant experience
High degree of initiative and independence with strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

Degree in Architecture or Civil/Structural Engineering or its equivalent
Minimum 8 years’ relevant experience
Able to carry out basic engineering design calculations
Experienced in construction planning and coordination with consultants
Experienced in preparation of shop drawings, method statement & temporary works planning
Well-versed in MS Office, MS Project and the latest version of Autocad

Degree/Diploma in Building/Quantity Surveying or its equivalent
Minimum 10 years’ relevant experience
Experienced in budgeting, contract administration and procurement preferred
Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills

Degree/Diploma in Architecture or Civil/Structural Engineering or its equivalent
Minimum 5 years' relevant experience
Able to coordinate with consultants and sub-contractors

Degree in Architecture or Civil/Structural Engineering or its equivalent
Minimum 3 years' relevant experience
Able to carry out basic engineering design calculations
Experienced in construction planning, coordination with consultants as well as document control such as monitoring of sample submission, approval status of shop drawing and reply status to request for information
Well-versed in MS Office, MS Project or Primavera

Graduates with a good degree from a recognized university in Civil and Structural Engineering
Graduates with a Master Degree from a recognized university in Civil and Structural Engineering are also welcome to apply
Familiar with structural design software such as ETABS and SAP2000 preferred
Strong interest in design development and construction planning preferred
Able to work under stress
Good interpersonal skills so as to be able to work in a team

Degree/Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or its equivalent
Minimum 5 years' relevant experience
Able to plan and check combined services drawings
Able to identify variation works and submit accurate cost implications
Able to schedule, supervise and control sub-contractors to carry out their works accurately and timely in accordance to the contract drawings and specifications
Able to lead and manage a team of Supervisors(M&E) and sub-contractors
Well-versed in MS Excel, MS Project or Primavera

Degree/Diploma in Building/Quantity Surveying or its equivalent
Minimum 5 - 10 years' relevant experience
Strong interpersonal, communication skills and negotiation skills

9)QS (M&E)
Degree/Diploma in Building/Quantity Surveying/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or its equivalent
Minimum 5 years' relevant experience
Well-versed in identifying variation orders, submitting accurate cost implications, spreadsheets and formation of sub-contract documents and conditions
Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills

Possess relevant Certificate (e.g. BCSS or NCCS)
Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience

Possess relevant Certificates (e.g. Certificate in M&E Co-ordination)
Minimum 3 years' relevant experience
Able to ensure sub-contractors execute their works accurately in accordance to the approved shop-drawings, technical submissions and checklists
Able to plan, carry out and record M&E inspections
Able to co-ordinate work activities among sub-contractors

Possess relevant Certificates
Minimum 5 - 8 years’ relevant experience in coordinating architecture works
Experienced in architecture planning, coordination with consultants and document control such as monitoring of sample submission, approval status of shop drawing and reply status to request for information including site supervision
Well-versed in MS Office and MS Project

Degree or Diploma in Engineering discipline or its equivalent
Possess relevant certificates (i.e. Safety Officers Training Course)
Minimum 5 years' relevant experience
Familiar with OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 preferred
Registered WSH Officer and Environmental Control Officer preferred

Possess relevant Certificate (i.e. Certificate in Safety Coordinators Training Course)
Minimum 5 years' relevant experience
Familiar with OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 preferred

Degree/Diploma in Architecture/Structure/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or its equivalent
Minimum 10 years' relevant experience
Registered with BCA, Singapore as a Clerk-of-Works
Able to make frequent overseas business trips

          GIC Looks to Own a Stake in Mergermarket Group   
Singapore’s GIC Private Limited is looking to make a play into the world of subscription-based financial data. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]
          GIC Invests in Visma   
A group of investors including Singapore’s GIC Private Limited have acquired KKR’s stake in Visma, a Norwegian software company, for £1.4 billion. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]
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          News regarding Dangerous Sex Supplements   
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          News: Sales increase for Adult Toys   
SALES OF ADULT TOYS RISE EVEN WITH ECONOMIC CRUNCHBy Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 20 December 2008 2207 hrs

SINGAPORE: Children are not the only ones getting toys this festive season. Adults are also indulging in trinkets of their own, with some putting the "X" in Christmas.

Retailers said sales of adult toys have never been better even with the economic crunch. Michelle Heinesen, manager, Oohtique, said: "A lot of couples plan little dirty weekends during the holiday season. So holiday-oriented lingerie like little Santarina costumes, or a piece of lingerie that makes you look like a present that's wrapped up, are really popular."

The store has seen sales double since it opened three years ago. Its customers are an equal mix of Singaporeans and expatriates, mainly professionals working in the central business district. But older couples also patronise the outlet. Heinesen added: "A lot of moms and typical aunties come to the shop. There's something that comes with age, that you become very comfortable with your sexuality. And there's a certain quiet confidence that you don't have to show on the outside."

The company said whether they're naughty or nice, most of their customers have been quite generous in spending their money on adult toys. Some of them even fork out up to S$1,000 per trip on lingerie and other novelty items. - CNA/vm

          Singapore Morning News For June 30   

Singapore, Global Economy Will Be Able Adjust to Fed Hikes-MAS The global economy should be able to adjust to rising U.S. interest rates but vigilance will be required as financial markets and households have become accustomed to ultra-loose monetary conditions, Singapore central bank’s managing director said on Thursday. — The New York Times  Could Singapore […]

The post Singapore Morning News For June 30 appeared first on AEC News Today.

           Donate your Growth Dividends    
NVPC has worked with CPF Board to provide SG Gives charities another online fundraising option. As an existing SG Gives charity, SPD will be able to receive donations from eligible Singaporeans who wish to donate their Growth Dividends in 2011.
           SPD wins Prestige Brand Award the second time    
For the second year, SPD has clinched the Singapore Prestige Brand Award - Special Merit.
           SHAS Speech Therapy Week    
In conjunction with this year's Speech Therapy Week which will take place from 1 to 6 November, SPD will collaborate with the Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Singapore (SHAS) to organise a public forum to raise awareness of communication and swallowing difficulties and its impact on quality of life.
           IAC Network    
The growth and constant evolution of social media often makes it an uphill task for us to keep abreast with its developments. IAC is committed to helping you and your clients harness these new technologies so that they serve your needs. We have invited speakers from Microsoft Singapore, 24 seven Communications and Australian Communications Exchange to share on the various social media platforms and how it can enrich the lives of people with disabilities.
           Tiger Balm Record Roar 2010    
Tiger Balm of Haw Par Healthcare celebrated the Lunar New Year with the Tiger Balm Record Roar 2010 at the Underwater World Singapore. Apart from games and song performances by SPD's clients, one of the main draws of the event was an attempt to leap into the Singapore Book of Records with the largest number of people born in the Year of Tiger gathered at one place. The event attracted 308 participants
           SPD wins Singapore Prestige Brand Award 2009 - Special Merit    
SPD wins Singapore Prestige Brand Award 2009 - Special Merit
          Phuket Banyan Tree Opens in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands Posted By : Rebecca JK   
Phuket, Thailand: Phuket's award winning Banyan Tree Spa has opened its first branch in Singapore, on the 55th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Although Banyan Tree Holdings is a Singaporean company headed by founder and chairman, Ho Kwon Ping, this is the firm's first venture on home soil.
          APL Awarded ‘Best Shipping Line In The Transpacific’   
APL has been named the ‘Best Shipping Line in the Transpacific’ at the 2017 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards last evening, in Singapore.
          Comment on About Me by Ruhie   
Hi Ashish, I am a writer in Singapore who desperately needs pics of Karachi darbar restaurant for an article. Please email me some good resoltion ones if you have. URGENT! Regards Ruhie
           Primi droni multiuso con ali e ruote    
ROMA - Pronti i primi droni con eliche e ruote, capaci di volare e spostarsi senza il rischio di collisioni. Il risultato, che apre la strada alla realizzazione di future automobili in grado sia di volare che di spostarsi su ruote, &#232; di un gruppo di ricercatori del Massachussets Institute of Technology (Mit) guidato da Brandon Araki. I prototipi dei nuovi droni 'multiuso', otto in tutto, sono stati presentati a Singapore, alla Conferenza internazionale sulla robotica e automazione. Tanti i fronti nei quali potrebbero essere impiegati questi robot, tra tutti rilevare i danni e cercare le vittime in caso di incidenti e disastri naturali. I robot attuali sono specializzati solo per volare oppure per muoversi sul terreno, ma nessun modello finora &#232; stato mai in grado di fare entrambe le cose. I nuovi droni sono invece in grado di volare e spostarsi su ruote anche in ambienti complessi, come le citt&#224;.
          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

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          Record for Wolfgang Tillmans as Phillips and Bonhams achieve top results in contemporary sales   
Wolfgang Tillmans's Freischwimmer #84 sells for a record £500,000 (£605,000 with fees) at Phillips (Image courtesy of Phillips /
Echoing the sentiment at Sothebys this week, Ed Dolman, the chief executive of Phillips, last night (29 June) emphasised the significance of the June season in London after Christies decision to cancel its contemporary sales.

For us the June sale season is a really important one, he affirmed. It comes after Venice, Documenta and Basel, and falls squarely in the middle of events in London.

It is a strategy that appears to have paid off. Phillips took 20.2m (24.4m with fees) against an estimate of 17.9m to 25.4m, with only two lots failing to find a home. The sale doubled last years total, which was mustered under the cloud of Brexit and turbulence on the stock markets. It is the second highest result for Phillips in London in June. 

Earlier in the day Bonhams achieved one of its best ever results in a contemporary sale, taking 5.8m (7.1m with fees) against a 4.7m low estimate. Here too, only two lots failed to sell. 

At Phillips, the single record of the night went to Wolfgang Tillmans, whose Freischwimmer #84 (2004) sold on the phone to the Russian specialist Svetlana Marich for 500,000 (605,000 with fees). The price pipped the 410,000 (500,750 with fees) achieved the night before at Sothebys for a similar work. It was satisfying to go another step, Dolman said with a smile. 

Female British artists had a solid night. Rebecca Warrens Fascia III (2010) sparked a contest between five bidders, selling on the phone for 270,000 (329,000 with fees), just short of her record. Bridget Riley was the only woman to make the top ten. Rill (1974) sold for 1.2m (1.4m with fees). Cheyenne Westphal, the new chairman of Phillips, says there are plans to capitalise on the growing demand for female artists with a strong showing in the October sales. 

Even Damien Hirst, whose market has looked shaky, came out on top. A spot painting executed in 2007 sold for 360,000 (437,000 with fees; est 250,000-350,000) to the New York-based adviser Ronald Harrar, who was bidding on behalf of a client. Hirsts market is on the rebound; we are betting on him, Harrar said.

Bidding from Asia was strong, particularly in Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, according to Phillips. One Japanese collector bidding online at 4am local time snapped up the two paintings by Jonas Wood on the block. Japanese bidding is more significant now, and its not just one person, Dolman said. The arrival of new Japanese bidding into the middle market is having a real impact.

Dolman attributed the success of the night to the expertise of his burgeoning team, as well as the wider economic situation. The art market is more and more linked to the stock markets, which are just off historic highs, he said.

However, the impressive 94% sell-through rate was always going to be strong thanks to the number of third party guarantees. Of the 31 lots, five were guaranteed by a third party and a further seven were backed by the house.

          White genocide discussed on CNN show as "a kind of utopia" and "the only solution"   
What a world we live in. In the clip below two middle-aged men discuss Angela Merkel's open borders immigration policy. One is a celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. The other is an Austrian chef, painter and artist, René Stessl.

The conversation begins with Bourdain asking if it's possible to assimilate the million immigrants that Merkel brought into Germany in a single year. Stessl answers that it's possible, but he fears that it will lead to a right-wing resurgence. Both men then assert that Europe is falling back into the politics of the 1930s.

Stessl then says "I'm allowed to be naïve and talk about utopias. It's a kind of utopia, just the fact that the whole world will mix up with each other. That in 70, 80 years there will be no white people anymore and only cappuccino coloured people."

Bourdain replies "That's the only way. This is the only solution. It's our only hope. It's our way out of this. It's going to take some time. But it's really the only way. The Singaporean model where everybody is so mixed up that you really don't know who to hate because everybody is so hopelessly intertwined."

Note how Bourdain can only conceive of identity in terms of hatred, rather than positively as an expression of love for one's own tradition. Note too that he can only conceive of Nazism as an alternative to hedonistic individualism.

We just have to keep building a political opposition to these kind of men. The "diversity" that they support doesn't include us - we are to be bred out of it. Utopia will come, they believe, once we are gone. Stessl articulates this thought exactly: "I'm allowed about utopias...That in 70, 80 years time there will be no white people anymore."

The progressive utopia is no longer a society without the bourgeoisie but one without us.

It is no longer sensible for ordinary white people to support progressive "ideals" - why support a politics that is so openly hostile to your existence?

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          Right to Education Debate on Arktiect India   
Practical Stuff: For those who are not private school owners/publicists:

"India’s education sector currently offers an estimated US$40 billion market. This spans the kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) segment (US$20 billion) (905 billion INR), private professional colleges (US$7 billion) and tutoring (US$5 billion), vocational training (US$1.4 billion), test preparation (US$1.7 billion), and preschools (US$1 billion)."

This quote is from a market analysts's article.

School education budgets have been hiked to 31,036 crores. A whole range of private interests like the one below see this public fund as one more source of private income. The ready-made, publicly available criticisms of government schools come in handy to create a market buzz. Private education managements bar all public scrutiny so we don't really know (unless it is first-hand as children) what goes on inside a low-cost private school. Here are some trends:
1. Parents have reported a 160% hike in fees over an 8 year period, with High Court notices being slapped against schools for such increases.
2. Teachers and school employees are not passed on these benefits, with the real profits going to school owners.

While there is no doubt that there are certain private schools upholding the highest values of quality teaching, transparency and commitment to children's best interests at low costs, the value of government schools which are free, publicly managed, and come with midday meals is irreplaceable.

Why 'low price' when Education is free, like the Right to Life?

I end with a lesson from someone who has become a star footballer. Till a few years ago, she was a child labourer. She joined a school and fought bullying there to reach State levels in football (Yes, all is not well with schools, whether they are government or not). The point? The school she went to was a government school. Ergo: It was free. Because if it was paid, it would simply mean stars like Shakti would never be allowed an education.
I thought that your questions were already answered, but let me make another try. Please see answers in parenthesis, following each of your question.

Warm regards.
Hi Mr. Jain,
Couldn't help notice that you have uploaded a ppt about your position and chosen to ignore some critical questions on WHY the GoI should fund private schools to meet India's education needs. Your ppt makes your position very clear so am selecting some key points to raise here. Am re-articulating my questions of my earlier email in simple terms:
1. How does paying taxpayer's money to private schools ensure quality education? {Tax paper's money for education is meant to give education to children. Who ever provides this education better deserves to get this. Private schools are also manned by Indian citizens. Tax payer's money is not to give salary to only Govt. employees, but to meet national social goals.}
2. On what grounds are teachers replaceable by para-teachers? How would you justify poor quality teaching? {The payment to schools are to be linked to measurement of learning outcome tested by an agency appointed by the Govt., so the quality of education better than those of Govt. schools is ensured.}
3. How does making public schools weaker by channeling the public's money to private schools justify India's long-term eductaion goals? {India's long term goal is not served by dependence on public sector alone. More efficient private/ NGO/ Coop sector are better for citizen than public sector for long term benefit of Indian citizen. The examples of AMUL in dairy sector, telecommunication, airlines, sectors prove this.}
4. Are you really saying that parents and children's rights should be curtailed further by putting the responsibility of eductaion in private hands? Private schools have no democratic school management committees. {Children are empowered by having freedom and choice and not dependence on unresponsive bureaucracy of Govt. schools.}
5. If private schools are the answer, why hasn't UK stopped funding its public schools? Why won't the UK public and its MPs allow it? {Slowly, most western countries are now introducing private/ charter school in preference to Govt. schools, and this might happen in UK too. Anyhow, we need our own solutions, not blind copying of UK.}
Many education activists have argued/ held that Government is not spending enough on school education and paying less attention to school education.

In this regard, it is useful to know the following uncontested facts:

1. Official salary level of school teachers in India is highest in the world, in comparison to their country's per capita income. Most countries pay to teachers between 1.2 to 2 times their average per capita income, but under the latest Pay Commission, this has been pegged above 7 of per capita income in India.
2. The teacher qualification standards, mostly graduation+B.Ed. is again amongst the highest in the world, as in most countries, teacher qualification is pursued after school, not graduation.
3. The provision of on the job continuous training of 20 days/ yr. under SSA is highest in the world.
4. The structure of academic support to school teachers, in the form of DIET, BRC/CRCs is most elaborate and extensive in the world.
5. Provision of free text books, which are periodically revised by the concerned SCERT, is one of the most liberal in the world.
6. The current cost of school education as per official salary level is so high that covering all children in Govt. funded school facility, a right under RTI, will require an education budget equal to more than 20% GDP, (See a paper by Jain & Dholkia in EPW, June 20, 2009) while all countries in the world have ensured universal govt. funded school education at merely 3.5 (China & Singapore) to 6% of GDP as education budget.

All these measures are already existent and funded in the state and central budgets.

You can decide if the poor performance of school system is because Govt. spends less money or pays less attention, or because Govt. run school have become essentially platforms for Govt. education department employees to obtain high salaries without Govt. schools doing their basic task..

It seems that the only practical way for the nation to honor RTI commitments is to rely in low cost private schools, and link any payment to them with their performance in ensuring required learning levels among children, specifically those from poor and backward communities/ groups. If only 25% of education budget is devoted to this, by leaving 75% to non-performing inefficient govt. schools, India could still obtain universal govt. funded and regulated school education for all its children.

Pankaj Jain
The "Uncontested facts" on the Indian Government's expenditure on school Education, as produced by Mr Jain, appear fallacious and at times, just poor assertions.
As a rule, numbers/figures should be read cautiously as they can be interpreted in several ways; each interpretation will have specific political meaning/s. Mr Jain may want to consider the following queries, for instance:
- what is the significance of linking up salary with per capita income? what sense will it have if a substantial percentage of Indians is forced to survive on less than half a dollar/day?
- what will change if we went by the Gross Domestic Product numbers?
- and, what will happen if we bring in the, so called, Growth Rate to determine the salary structure? Should we not?
- The Teacher Qualification Standard (B.Ed), let's assume, is among the best in the world, but the fact is that over 6 million teachers in this country are under-paid, contractual, and severely lack in skills and training.
- Some say that today the country needs over 1.2 million teachers, the number will go up if 1:30 teacher-pupil ratio is enforced. How many teacher training institutes are there? 450. Of which, over 150 should be closed straight away, so poor is their standard, as per the admission of the NCERT itself. So, the 300 TTIs will give us the number we need?
- Why do you need 20% of the GDP today to ensure universalization of education? Why does China need 3.5% only of its GDP? The answer rests in your desire to look into comparative investments patterns of these countries since 1952.

As far as the overall performance of the Indian State is concerned, it has more than met its target in the field of education: It has ensured education to 10-15% of the populace that matters to it; the rest struggles to get basic numeracy & literacy.

Partnership with Private bodies to secure universalization of Education can be considered, of course. The same goes to Health and Food as well. There is just one condition, however: People should not be forced to pay taxes to a National government, for there won't be either a Nation or its moral legitimacy to collect taxes. Isn't it? This is what will happen if Fundamental Rights are conflated with Market Rights, after all. One should then be allowed to lease out defense, finances, laws as well. Say, some arms producing American company... his CEO as your Defense Minister! That would be some departure! It may be a good way to dismantle the nation state and to realize the true Global Village,don't you think?

Arun Kumar

In all critical responses to our paper, our facts/ computations have never not been contested. You too are not giving any information to establish that the fact outlined by me are fallacious, as you have branded them to be, but are rightfully demanding reasonable explanations. So, let me try to provide some.

1. Per capita income comparison is the only way to make fair economic comparison of policies related to relative income in different countries.
2. Changing GNP with GDP as the comparative base would not materially affect the ratios. 3. The EPW paper already gives detailed consideration to the annual growth in income and its impact.
4. You would need 20% of GDP to cover all children because the main cost of a school program is staff/ teacher salary, which in India is 3-4 times the international trends, when seen in respect to those countries' per capita GDP. That is the reason other countries could cover all children with roughly 1/3rd of budget required in India as % of GDP.
5. The current salary of teachers in China has nothing to do with their historical attainment of universal literacy. It has to do only with China's (and most other countryies') current policy to pay its teachers what can be justified by its current income and its current goal to provide universal school education to all its children.

I share many of your concerns about the distortions in the overall political priorities of the country and the government, but school education policy should be only to educate the children, not to balance/ correct/ compensate the imbalances/ injustices elsewhere.

Let us fight political battles separately, and use education policy and budget only to educate children. Let us not use the money which rightfully should be spent on children's education to correct the implication of India's poverty on one of its section, i.e. teachers.

I would also share your concern that involvement of private-public partnership in education delivery should be guided by the social goal of ensuring quality education to all children from poor families, not only a small section that might get 25% seats in a few elte private schools, which are discussed in our TV/ media debates

Warm regards.

Pankaj Jain

Hi Mr. Jain,
I was wondering where the conclusion of supporting low-cost private schools is coming from. Has your paper explored in what ways are low-cost private schools that
- pay their teachers meager salaries
- charge money for fees from parents
- offer very poor quality of teaching and
- retain the profits as unaudited accounts, by the school management,

The other conclusion, missing from your paper, of improving the quality of government schools.

Is the solution for mismanagement of funds by GoI's schools, private schools? I wouldn't jump to that conclusion, without an emperical data of the kind you quote on how these schools are superior. Because in a country where purchasing power is as low as ours (38% BPL according to the limited re-definition of India's BPL by the Suresh Tendulkar Committee), expecting parents to bear the cost of school education (which happens to be a RIGHT - not a 'product' to be purchased) is just plain illogical and wrong.

Would request you to rethink your argument form the point of view of children. Couldn't agree more with you when you say, keep politics (and vested interests) out, just bring in the children's point of view: Should a child be expected to pay for what should come free to her?


I feel compelled and drawn to this discussion as the issues raised are important. The idea of nation State and its role is not an uncontested one and so is not the role of education. Even in a domocracy, education and educational thought can not be left to the purview of the Government. It is important to distinguish between the Government and the State. There is often this confusion as we still live in times where the State was feudal and therefore the relationship of people to the State was that of a subject being governed by the State. The king and and the king's key officers decided who would be a part of the decision maker and how things would proceed. They also decided many other things including the rights people would have. Inspite of the fact that we are not a democracy in practice and have not given up our feudal governance sensibilities there is an alternative conception that has been formulated by the constitution that governs us. We need to think of the State in the context of what we pledged in the preamble and then think about what the State includes and what it would leave out to limit the notion of the State to the Government may not be sufficiently explanatory?

When I look at the arguments of Mr Arun Kumar I am stuck by his sympathy with the people in the education system but perhaps he is not saying that. I may have missed the point and he maybe saying that all this is an irrelevant discussion. I maybe misreading his letter as an concern about quality. (Problem with satires is that dumb like me fail to grasp the full meaning. I will ask forgiveness and continue) I am also impressed by the argument that people should not live below the half a dollar expense that they are able to make now and that they should have more. The point is that the gross domestic product is a number that gives you an idea of the amount of exchange in the economy and that would indicate what would be available to the entire population in the country. ( I am dimly aware that this is not strictly correct but the figures would not be different by a large amount, please excuse this as i am not an economist) So if you have a large segment of the available resources distributed to a specific section, namely the govt employees or the corporate employees here then it is obvious that unless these lead to a proportionately higher increase in the economy the available resources for the rest would decline. Therefore there is an argument in relating the expense to the GDP. In health and in education the expenditure is said to be critically important as it would lead to more completeness in life but perhaps there is expectation that it would also lead to economic growth as the people are healthier and more capable.

So where does that lead us, we live in a country that claims that it wants to be moving towards democratic equality of opportunity and choice. (Nice words) and we have a large space that we want to be available for the initiative of the people. We are not a State that is autocratic or a State that is totalitarian. I think the RTE and some of the implications of it and the rules that are being formulated for it need to be looked at in that context. they have also to be looked at in the context of the Governance mechanisms available and the how rules are implemented. To me there is a lot of sense in including people's concerns in education and as in the time of independence struggle encourage those interested in providing liberal education within the norms of Indian constitutional framework to run their educational institutions. There is exploitation all around, clerks are exploited, workers are exploited and there is wide spread disparity of compensation for apparently similar roles. The reason for being so concerned about the salaries of only Govt employees and of teachers in private schools seem to be disproportionate to their numbers and the extent of exploitation. A daily wage worker is not even confident of a useful role and not confident of regular employment is not the matter of same concern as the teacher is. The budget in the economy is a sharing of resources and to say 20% of that should go to education and that we do not care where it comes from is denying the role as a responsible democratic citizen in my view.

I of course do not know the answer but do know that closing private schools or forcing them to cheat and issue false salary slips in connivance with the monitoring mechanisms would further compound the problem. There are private schools that get poor children and where the teachers are paid low are part of the family. they fulfill the needs of people who send their children to them then there are also social interveners who may not be substantial but are significant. They are also creators of ideas and extend education. Their existence and survival, thought, autonomy and innovative spirit has been critical to development of educational ideas in the country in many ways. It is not clear why we want to close down the options for all these citizens initiatives and close down open schools that provided opportunity to those who the schools could not bring in.

The RTE discussions and the arguments of its promoters have in them a ring of the touching faith in the system that they criticize voiciferously. There is no comment on Governance and how it would allow space and autonomy. There is on the other hand further monitoring proposed by a system that has not functioned. The system for its faliures has held the teachers and the community responsible and the present formulations are in the same direction. We can only see theMore later 'identical boxes' production syndrome that RTE seems to push towards. The only points about Governance are a demand for more budget, more centralization and stronger monitoring. It is almost assumed that only those who would be in bureaucracy or formulating rules for them and with them know what is to be done and are responsible and quality conscious. The fact that education is a dialogue and no monitoring can ensure that the dialogue be meaningful as the meaningfulness of that would also have to be determined in the context of children and the community as well as the teacher does not seem to be reflected in the design. Forming rules that take away initiative, flexibility and explorations can not improve education, which is a process of releasing human thought.

Yes we need to strengthen and improve the Govt system but not by forcing the alternatives to close. You can not prove your line longer by erasing the other persons line. How do we enlarge the quality line of the Govt schools is something we need to address and that is an issue of governance. we need to read the NCF 2005 that the RTE endorses and the spaces that NCF wants to encourage and increase and the path that of openness, autonomy and multiple explorations that it proposes.

More later. Ready for the brick bats

1. There is some/ considerable evidence of low cost privately managed schools delivering better than Govt. school education. Some is cited in my paper, but much more exists. There is almost no evidence that average Govt. school is doing better than a private school whose cost is more than Rs. 200-300/- per child / month.

2. I do not support private schooling provision where poor parents have to pay. I argue for the Govt. contracting out delivery of service to privately managed but publicly regulated low cost schools that can be held accountable to meet socially preferred goals, so that children get their due, which they are not getting from very expensive Govt. managed schools. Many NGO schools are examples of this. Currently, Govt. would have to spend more than 8000-9000/- per child per year in its schools if it pays 6th Pay Commission salary to all its teachers. By paying Rs. 3500/- to privately managed schools, the same Govt. could ensure much better education to children, by linking payment to school with exam results.

3. I do not have reliable remedies to improve govt. schools, this task must be undertaken by those who support Govt. managed schools and payment of salary to teachers in these schools at the rate prescribed by the 6th Pay Commission.

Warm regards.

Just responding to the points raised:
1. There is considerable evidence that govt school education is doing very well: you only have to see the Navodaya schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Sainik Schools. If the problem is mismanagement of funds, i can see the point about bringing accountability - still cannot see how this makes a case for paying teachers less.

Many other government employees fall under the 6th Pay Commission raise. How will paying them lesser help?

Also I wouldn't agree that low-cost teachers are all India's children deserve and you really need to look at the motivation behind such a thought. All children deserve fully trained, qualified teachers because the work of teachers is serious and they need to be equipped to handle this, like any other profession.

Isn't the answer creating accountability among teachers? And talking about those lakhs of schools where a government teacher teaches diligently, often balancing 3-4 classes, due to personnel shortages?

2. The crux of the argument is that education is the state's business because it is a RIGHT, one it cannot outsource to private parties, by either footing the bill of private school fees or by expecting private schools to reserve 25%. If the state gives up this responsibility by quoting the poor state of teaching, it might as well start giving up its other responsibilities too - notably security (nobody will agree to that!).

Why are we arguing about cost-saving in something as basic as schools? Countries that do spend on public education are the UK and France - countries where the level of civic awareness is relatively high. Spending on public services ups the ante as far the overall level of the citizens go - and no one can deny education is among the most fundamental of public services. And the people in charge of something as fundamental as education need just pay.

3. In summary, there is no alternative for working on improving accountability. If we dissolve public schools, we hand over public accountability permanently to private players. If by international standards India is paying its teachers well that is something to uphold, not dilute, by arguing that we can get teaching 'cheaper'.

(Have you considered puchasing power parity in your analysis -
What people get paid and what it affords them are two different stories)

I only have a small comment on the costing. The provision suggests not more than 30 children per teacher. This implies a cost that would be more than the Rs 8000-9000 cost worked out by Mr Jain. I am not sure if he accounted for the text books and the learning materials, teacher development & support and administeration and the monitoring.
I also do not see the advantage of linking payment with exam results that is suggested by Mr Jain.
I wish to make four points.
First Point:
It looks logical that allocations will depend on the size of the pot.
And yet we are drawing different conclusions.
The economy of a country may or may not reflect the nature of its investment priorities. This is so because priorities are often determined by political expediencies. Consider Bangladesh, for instance, a poorer economy that has far greater investment in education, compared to India. How much is okay to shell out for education may be a viable economic decision only in the long run – which governments invariably choose to ignore. A State must not.
An economic argument is also a political concern (and the other way). My queries were emanating from this location.
I assign Mr. Hardy’s following supposition to precisely this location: “The budget in the economy is a sharing of resources and to say 20% of that should go to education and that we do not care where it comes from is denying the role as a responsible democratic citizen in my view”. The responsible citizenry would also ask why the requirement has become 20% today. The Universalization of Education is at least a five decade old promise to the people. School buildings, provisions, teachers, teacher training institutes, etc, are not suddenly-arrived emergencies. In the post-1990 Structural Adjustment show, the World Bank and its functionaries, nation states included, came up with MDG and how we all have begun pushing for EFA has actually become part of modern folklore.
Second Point:
Holding the State responsible for what is ensured as Rights by the Constitution is not to make the State the sole arbiter in deciding what education is or should be. Bidisha makes this point clearly. There can’t be disagreement with Mr. Hardy’s following remark - Even in a democracy, education and educational thought can not be left to the purview of the Government. [I would go a step further and say that it must not be left even to the purview of the State]. What is being underlined is that the responsibility to provide infrastructure, system and mechanism belongs to the State. The public sphere should and will continue to play a role in challenging, sharpening, researching, innovating issues related to education, its meaning and content.
This brings me to my third point.
In several write-ups of late, one senses a slip up between non-government and market, between people and private. This linguistic corruption, for the lack of a better term, if what I feel has any substance, is the marker of how market has invaded our senses. Of course, private schools too are about people, so often also about poor people, students and teachers, and their ideas and thoughts. The moot question, however, is: are all of them there because the government schools can’t function properly? Should the question of poor functioning of government institutions be addressed by market solutions? Is there a difference between Public-Private Partnership and Government-Market tie up? Is the market today becoming all-powerful institution because the State is weak? Or, is the State actually facilitating the stronger role for the market? There is neither need nor feasibility to shut all private schools. But, while saying this we must make it clear that we are not advocating privatization of school/education. Else, there always will be a follow-up question: why not privatize the nation-state itself. And, this is not a polemical point or satirical statement.
Just for the record, asking for greater budgetary provisions for Education, I hope, does not necessarily make one a supporter of the current Right to Education Act.
Finally, the question about bringing up other concerns, issues, struggles to the field of Education and budget. If I got it right, I do not quite know how else to address it. For me and many others, they are not separate. The specifics of Education may belong to educationists, but the political-economy of Education is everybody’s concern. A mazdoor woman who survives on 20 rupees/a day is also the one who didn’t get quality education. Nor are her children likely to get it.

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          Estas son las fotos ganadoras de los iPhone Photography Awards 2017   


Un año más, los organizadores del certamen que premia a las mejores fotografías realizadas con un iPhone nos presentan los ganadores de su concurso para demostrarnos que no hace falta una gran cámara para hacer buenas fotos y que lo más importante es la creatividad del fotógrafo. Os mostramos las fotos ganadoras de los iPhone Photography Awards 2017.

Y aunque estemos de acuerdo en que sí, que efectivamente la mejor cámara es la que uno tiene, lo cierto es que tampoco es que el conocido terminal de Apple nos parezca el mejor dispositivo para hacer fotos. A pesar de lo cual, está claro que, al margen de con qué estén hechas, las imágenes del concurso son en términos generales de una gran belleza.

ippa 'The nomads of Europe' Foto de Samuel Nacar (Albacete), primer puesto en la categoría Actualidad

Por cierto que el concurso celebrababa este año su décima edición en la que participaron, según la organización, cientos de fotógrafos de 140 países de todo el mundo. Entre los ganadores destacan chinos y norteamericanos, pero también hay algunos españoles (dos concretamente), que lograron estar entre los elegidos. Se trata de Samuel Nácar (Albacete), ganador en la categoría Actualidad con su foto “Los nómadas de Europa” o Javier Wandosell (Madrid), segundo puesto en la categoría Series con su colección “Hidden Parts”.

Y ya sin más os dejamos ya con todos los ganadores de las 19 categorías a concurso, empezando por la categoría principal, la de Fotógrafo del Año, cuyo ganador absoluto (se lleva un iPad Pro) fue el neoyorkino Sebastian Tomada, con una foto de unos niños recorriendo las calles de Qayyarah (Irak) cerca del fuego y el humo que sale de los pozos de petróleo que han sido incendiados por los soldados del ISIS.

Categoría Fotógrafo del Año

El ganador absoluto en la categoría fue Sebastiano Tomada (EEUU) con la foto “Children of Qayyarah”:

 0grand Prize Poty Sebastiano Tomada Sebastiano Tomada.Brooklyn, New York. Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year

El primer clasificado en esta categoría fue Brendan O Se (Irlanda) con la foto “Dock Worker”:

 1stplace Poty Brendan O Se Brendan O Se (Cork, Ireland) 1st Place, Photographer of the Year

El segundo clasificado en esta categoría fue Yeow-Kwang Yeo (Singapur) con la foto “The Performer”:

 2ndplace Poty Yeow Kwang Yeo Yeow-Kwang Yeo (Singapore) 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year

El tercer clasificado en esta categoría fue Kuanglong Zhang (China) con la foto “The City Palace”.

 3rdplace Poty Kuanglong Zhang Kuanglong Zhang (Shenzhen, China) 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year

Categoría especial 'The America I Know'

ippa Juan Carlos Castañeda (Astoria NY, United States) 1st Place – The America I Know
ippa Davis Bell (Los Angeles CA, United States) 2nd Place – The America I Know
ippa Maria K. Pianu (Pordenone, Italy) 3rd Place – The America I Know

Categoría Abstracta

ippa Christopher Armstrong (Sydney, Australia) 1st Place – Abstract
ippa David Redhill (Sydney, Australia) 2nd Place – Abstract
ippa Lee Jones (Shanghai, China) 3rd Place – Abstract

Categoría Animales

ippa Francesca Tonegutti (Milan, Italy) 1st Place – Animals
ippa Dongrui Yu (Yunnan, China) 2nd Place – Animals
ippa Shuo Li (Beijing, China) 3rd Place – Animals

Categoría Arquitectura

ippa Paddy Chao (Taipei, Taiwan) 1st Place – Architecture
ippa Naian Feng (Shanghai, China) 2nd Place – Architecture

Categoría Infancia

ippa Szymon Felkel (Poznan, Poland) 1st Place – Children
ippa Varvara Vislenko (St. Petersburg, Russia) 2nd Place – Children
ippa Barry Mayes (Herts, United Kingdom) 3rd Place – Children

Categoría Flores

ippa Sidney Po (Cebu, Philippines) 1st Place – Floral
ippa Smetanina Julia (Moscow, Russia) 2nd Place – Floral
ippa Laura Warren (Putney, VT, United States) 3rd Place – Floral

Categoría Paisajes

ippa Christian Horgan (Fremantle, Australia) 1st Place – Landscape
ippa Sergey Pesterev (Mendeleevo, Russia) 2nd Place – Landscape
ippa Alexandra Maldonado (Quito, Ecuador) 3rd Place – Landscape

Categoría Estilo de Vida

ippa Nick Trombola (Pittsburgh, PA USA) 1st Place – Lifestyle
ippa YuMing Guan (Guangdong, China) 2nd Place – Lifestyle
ippa Chung Hung (Taipei, Taiwan) 3rd Place – Lifestyle

Categoría Naturaleza

ippa Aaron Sandberg (Chicago IL, United States) 1st Place – Nature
ippa Dongrui Yu (Yunnan, China) 2nd Place – Nature
ippa Joseph-Cyr (Tucson AZ, United States) 3rd Place – Nature

Categoría Actualidad

ippa Samuel Nacar (Albacete, Spain) 1st Place – News/Events
ippa Thea Mihu (Sibiu, Romania) 2nd Place – News/Events
ippa Xirui Huang (Hunan, China) 3rd Place – News/Events

Categoría Otras

ippa Darren Boyd (London, United Kingdom) 1st Place – Other
ippa Zarni Myo Win (Yangon, Myanmar) 2nd Place – Other
ippa Glenn Homann (Ipswich Queensland, Australia) 3rd Place – Other

Categoría Panorámicas

ippa Nick Trombola (Pittsburg PA, United States) 1st Place – Panorama
ippa Andrew McCausland (Abbotsford BC, Canada) 2nd Place – Panorama
ippa Brian Marchuck (Lancaster PA, United States) 3rd Place – Panorama

Categoría Gente

ippa Dina Alfasi (Israel) 1st Place – People
ippa Jiabing He (Zhejiang, China) 2nd Place – People
ippa Marina Spironetti (Milano, Italy) 3rd Place – People

Categoría Retrato

ippa Gabriel Ribeiro (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil) 1st Place – Portrait
ippa Dan Liu (Sichuan, China) 2nd Place – Portrait
ippa Vlad Vasylkevych (Kiev, Ukraine) 3rd Place – Portrait

Categoría Bodegón

ippa David Hayes (Milford OH, United States) 1st Place – Still Life
ippa Deena Berton (Weston MA, United States) 2nd Place – Still Life
ippa Waldemar Nowak (Gdańsk, Poland) 3rd Place – Still Life

Categoría Puestas de Sol

ippa Kuanglong Zhang (Guangdong, China) 1st Place – Sunset
ippa Xiaoying Tang (Shenzhen, China) 2nd Place – Sunset
ippa Joseph Cyr (Tucson AZ, United States) 3rd Place – Sunset

Categoría Viajes

ippa Jen Pollack Bianco (Seattle WA, United States) 1st Place – Travel
ippa Joshua Sarinana (Cambridge MA, United States) 2nd Place – Travel
ippa Li Jinquan (Beijing, China) 3rd Place – Travel

Categoría Árboles

ippa Magali Chesnel (Ferney-Voltaire, France) 1st Place – Trees
ippa Dyllon Wolf (Huntingtown MD, United States) 2nd Place – Trees
ippa Kaiyuan Teng (Taipei, Taiwan) 3rd Place – Trees

Categoría Series

El primer clasificado en esta categoría fue Joshua Sarinana (EEUU) con la serie “Image of Structure”:




El segundo clasificado en esta categoría fue Javier Wandosell (España) con la serie “Hidden Parts”: ippa



El tercer clasificado en esta categoría fue Pierfrancesco Ajroldi (Italia) con la serie “Alzheimer”: ippa



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          How confluence of cloud, UC and data-driven insights newly empowers contact center agents   
The next BriefingsDirect customer experience insights discussion explores how Contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) capabilities are becoming more powerful as a result of leveraging cloud computing, multi-mode communications channels, and the ability to provide optimized and contextual user experiences.

More than ever, businesses have to make difficult and complex decisions about how to best source their customer-facing services. Which apps and services, what data and resources should be in the cloud or on-premises -- or in some combination -- are among the most consequential choices business leaders now face. As the confluence of cloud and unified communications (UC) -- along with data-driven analytics -- gain traction, the contact center function stands out.

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We’ll now hear why traditional contact center technology has become outdated, inflexible and cumbersome, and why CCaaS is becoming more popular in meeting the heightened user experience requirements of today.
Here to share more on the next chapter of contact center and customer service enhancements, is Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenovain Austin, Texas. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: What are the new trends reshaping the contact center function?

Triant:What’s changed in the world of contact center and customer service is that we’re seeing a generational spread -- everything from baby boomers all the way now to Gen Z.

With the proliferation of smartphones through the early 2000s, and new technologies and new channels -- things like WeChat and Viber -- all these customers are now potential inbound discussions with brands. And they all have different mediums that they want to communicate on. It’s no longer just phone or e-mail: It’s phone, e-mail, web chat, SMS, WeChat, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and there are other channels coming around the corner that we don't even know about yet.

When you take all of these folks -- customers or brands -- and you take all of these technologies that consumers want to engage with across all of these different channels – it’s simple, they want to be heard. It's now the responsibility of brands to determine what is the best way to respond and it’s not always one-to-one.

So it’s not a phone call for a phone call, it’s maybe an SMS to a phone call, or a phone call to a web chat -- whatever those [multi-channels] may be. The complexity of how we communicate with customers has increased. The needs have changed dramatically. And the legacy types of technologies out there, they can't keep up -- that's what's really driven the shift, the paradigm shift, within the contact center space.

Gardner:It’s interesting that the new business channels for marketing and capturing business are growing more complex. They still have to then match on the back end how they support those users, interact with them, and carry them through any sort of process -- whether it's on-boarding and engaging, or it’s supporting and servicing them.

What we’re requiring then is a different architecture to support all of that. It seems very auspicious that we have architectural improvements right along with these new requirements.

Triant:We have two things that have collided at the same time – cloud technologies and the growth of truly global companies.  

Most of the new channels that have rolled out are in the cloud. I mean, think about it -- Facebook is a cloud technology, Twitter is a cloud technology. WeChat, Viber, all these things, they are all cloud technologies. It’s becoming a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based world. The easiest and best way to integrate with these other cloud technologies is via the cloud -- versus on-premises. So what began as the shift of on-premises technology to cloud contact center -- and that really began in 2011-2012 – has rapidly picked up speed with the adoption of multi-channels as a primary method of communication.

The only way to keep up with the pace of development of all these channels is through cloud technologies because you need to develop an agile world, you need to be able to get the upgrades out to customers in a quick fashion, in an easy fashion, and in an inexpensive fashion. That's the core difference between the on-premises world and the cloud world.

At the same time, we are no longer talking about a United States company, an Australia company, or a UK company -- we are talking about everything as global brands, or global businesses. Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communication with a brand.
Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communications with a brand.

Gardner:We have been speaking about this through the context of the end-user, the consumer. But this architecture and its ability to leverage cloud also benefits the agent, the person who is responsible for keeping that end-user happy and providing them with the utmost in intelligent services. So how does the new architecture also aid and abet the agent.

Triant: The agent is frankly one of the most important pieces to this entire puzzle. We talk a lot about channels and how to engage with the customer, but that's really what we call listening. But even in just simple day-to-day human interactions, one of the most important things is how you communicate back. There has been a series of time-and-motion studies done within contact centers, within brands -- and you can even look at your personal experiences. You don’t have to read reports to understand this.
The baseline for how an interaction will begin and end and whether that will be a happy or a poor interaction with the brand, is going to be dependent on the agents’ state of mind. If I call up and I speak to “Joe,” and he starts the conversation, he is in a great mood and he is having a great day, then my conversation will most likely end in a positive interaction because it started that way.

But if someone is frustrated, they had a rough day, they can’t find their information, their computers have been crashing or rebooting, then the interaction is guaranteed to end up poor. You hear this all the time, “Oh, can you wait a moment, my systems are loading. Oh, I can’t get you an answer, that screen is not coming up. I can't see your account information.” The agents are frustrated because they can’t do their job, and that frustration then blends into your conversation.

So using the technology to make it easy for the agent to do their job is essential. If they have to go from one screen to another screen to conduct one interaction with the customer -- they are going to be frustrated, and that will lead to a poor experience with the customer.

The cloud technologies like Serenova, which is web-based, are able to bring all those technologies into one screen. The agent can have all the information brought to them easily, all in one click, and then be able to answer all the customer needs. The agent is happy and that adds to the customer satisfaction. The conclusion of the call is a happy customer, which is what we all want. That’s a great scenario and you need cloud technology to do that because the on-premises world does not deliver a great agent experience.

One-stop service

Gardner:Another thing that the older technologies don't provide is the ability to have a flexible spectrum to move across these channels. Many times when I engage with an organization I might start with an SMS or a text chat, but then if that can’t satisfy my needs, I want to get a deeper level of satisfaction. So it might end up going to a phone call or an interaction on the web, or even a shared desktop, if I’m in IT support, for example.

The newer cloud technology allows you to intercept via different types of channels, but you can also escalate and vary between and among them seamlessly. Why is that flexibility both of benefit to the end-user as well as the agent?

Triant: I always tell companies and customers of ours that you don't have to over-think this; all you have to do is look to your personal life. Most common things that we as users deal with -- such as cell phone companies, cable companies, airlines, -- you can get onto any of these websites and begin chatting, but you can find that your interaction isn’t going well. Before I started at Serenova, I had these experiences where I was dealing with the cable company and -- chat, chat, chat, -- trying to solve my problem. But we couldn't get there, and so then we needed to get on the phone. But they said, “Here is our 800 number, call in.” I’d call in, but I’d have to start a whole new interaction.

Basically, I’d have to re-explain my entire situation. Then, I am talking with one person, and they have to turn around and send me an email, but I am not going to get that email for 30 to 45 minutes because they have to get off the phone, and get into another system and send it off. In the meantime, I am frustrated, I am ticked off -- and guess what I have done now? I have left that brand. This happens across the board. I can even have two totally different types of interactions with the company.

You can use a major airline brand as an example. One of our employees called on the phone trying to resolve an issue that was caused by the airline. They basically said, “No, no, no.” It made her very frustrated. She decided she’s going to fly with a different airline now. She then sent a social post [to that effect], and the airline’s VP of Customer Service answered it, and within minutes they had resolved her issue. But they already spent three hours on the phone trying to push her off through yet another channel because it was a totally different group, a totally different experience.

By leveraging technologies where you can pivot from one channel to another, everyone will get answers quicker. I can be chatting with you, Dana, and realize that we need to escalate to a voice conversation, for example, and I as the agent; I can then turn that conversation into a voice call. You don't have to re-explain yourself and you are like, “Wow, that's cool! Now I’m on the phone with a facility,” and we are able to handle our business.

As agent, I can also pivot simultaneously to an email channel to send you something as simple as a user guide or a series of knowledge-based articles that I may have at my fingertips as an agent. But you and I are still on the phone call. Even better yet, after-the-fact, as a business, I have all the analytics and the business intelligence to say that I had one interaction with Dana that started out as a web chat, pivoted to a phone call, and I simultaneously then sent a knowledge-based article of “X” around this issue and I can report on it all at once. Not three separate interactions, not three separate events -- and I have made you a happy customer.

Gardner:We are clearly talking about enabling the agent to be a super-agent, and they can, of course, be anywhere. I think this is really important now because the function of an agent -- we are already seeing the beginnings of this -- but it's going to certainly include and increase having more artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and associated data analytics benefits. The agent then might be a combination of human and AI functions and services.

So we need to be able to integrate at a core communications basis. Without going too far down this futuristic route, isn't it important for that agent to be an assimilation of more assets and more services over time?

Artificial Intelligence plus human support

Triant:I‘m glad you brought up AI and these other technologies. The reality is that we've been through a number of cycles around what this technology is going to do and how it is going to interact with an agent. In my view, and I have been in this world for a while, the agent is the most important piece of customer service and brand engagement. But you have to be able to bring information to them, and you have to be able to give information to your customers so that if there is something simple, get it to them as quick as possible -- but also bring all the relevant information to the agent.

AI has had multiple forms; it has existed for a long time. Sometimes people get confused because of marketing schemes and sales tactics [and view AI] as a way for cost avoidance, to reduce agents and eliminate staff by implementing these technologies. Really the focus is how to create a better customer experience, how to create a better agent experience.

We have had AI in our product for last three years, and we are re-releasing some components that will bring business intelligence to the forefront around the end of the year. What it essentially does is alIow you to see what you're doing as a user out on the Internet and within these technologies. I can see that you have been looking for knowledge-based articles around, for example, “why my refrigerator keeps freezing up and how can I defrost it.” You can see such things on Twitter and you can see these things on Facebook. The amount of information that exists out there is phenomenal and in real-time. I can now gather that information … and I can proactively, as a business, make decisions about what I want to do with you as a potential consumer.

I can even identify you as a consumer within my business, know how many products you have acquired from me, and whether you're a “platinum” customer or even a basic customer, and then make a decision.

For example, I have TVs, refrigerators, washer-dryers and other appliances all from the same manufacturer. So I am a large consumer to that one manufacturer because all of my components are there. But I may be searching a knowledge-based article on why the refrigerator continues to freeze up.

Now I may call in about just the refrigerator, but wouldn't it be great for that agent to know that I own 22 other products from that same company? I'm not just calling about the refrigerator; I am technically calling about the entire brand. My experience around the refrigerator freaking out may change my entire brand decision going forward. That information may prompt me to decide that I want to route that customer to a different pool of agents, based on what their total lifetime value is as a brand-level consumer.

Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to my customer and to the agent, because I will tell you, an agent will act differently if they understand the importance of that customer or to know that I, Vasili, have spent the last two hours searching online for information, which I posted on Facebook and I posted on Twitter.
Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to the customer and to the agent.

At that point, the level of my frustration already has reached a certain height on a scale. As an agent, if you knew that, you might treat me differently because you already know that I am frustrated. The agent may be able to realize that you have been looking for some information on this, realize you have been on Facebook and Twitter. They can then say: “I am really sorry, I'm not able to get you answers. Let me see how I can help you, it seems that you are looking online about how to keep the refrigerator from freezing up.”

If I start the conversation that way, I've now diffused a lot of the frustration of the customer. The agent has already started that interaction better. Bringing that information to that person, that’s powerful, that’s business intelligence -- and that’s creating action from all that information.

Keep your cool

Gardner:It’s fascinating that that level of sentiment analysis brings together the best of what AI and machine learning can do, which is to analyze all of these threads of data and information and determine a temperature, if you will, of a person's mood and pass that on to a human agent who can then have the emotional capacity to be ready to help that person get to a lower temperature, be more able to help them overall.

It’s becoming clear to me, Vasili, that this contact center function and CCaaS architectural benefits are far more strategic to an organization than we may have thought, that it is about more than just customer service. This really is the best interface between a company -- and all the resources and assets it has across customer service, marketing, and sales interactions. Do you agree that this has become far more strategic because of these new capabilities?

Triant:Absolutely, and as brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall business, it will continue to evolve, and gain pace around global adoption.
As brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall businesses, it will continue to evolve and gain global adoption.

We have only scratched the surface on adoption of these cloud technologies within organizations. A majority of brands out there look at these interactions as a cost of doing business. They still seek to reduce that cost versus the lifetime value of both the consumer, as well as the agent experience. This will shift, it is shifting, and there are companies that are thriving by recognizing that entire equation and how to leverage the technologies.

Technology is nothing without action and result. There have been some really cool things that have existed for a while, but they don’t ever produce any result that’s meaningful to the customer so they never get adopted and deployed and ultimately reach some type of a mass proliferation of results.

Gardner:You mentioned cost. Let’s dig into that. For organizations that are attracted to the capabilities and the strategic implications of CCaaS, how do we evaluate it in terms of cost? The old CapEx approach often had a high upfront cost, and then high operating costs, if you have an inefficient call center. Other costs involve losing your customers, losing brand affinity, losing your perception in the market. So when you talk to a prospect or customer, how do you help them tease out the understanding of a pay-as-you-go service as highly efficient? Does the highly empowered agent approach save money, or even make money, and CCaaS becomes not a cost center but a revenue generator?

Cost consciousness

Triant:Interesting point, Dana. When I started at Serenova about five years ago, customers all the time would say, “What’s the cost of owning the technology?” And, “Oh, my, on-premises stuff has already depreciated and I already own it, so it’s cheaper for me to keep it.” That was the conversation pretty much every day. Beginning in 2013, it rapidly started shifting. This shift was mainly driven by the fact that organizations started realizing that consumers want to engage on different channels, and the on-premises guys couldn’t keep up with this demand.

The cost of ownership no longer matters. What matters is that the on-premises guys just literally could not deliver the functionality. And so, whether that's Cisco, Avaya, or Shoretel, they quickly started falling away in consideration for technology companies that were looking to deploy applications for their business to meet these needs.

The cost of ownership quickly disappeared as the main discussion point. Instead it came around to, “What is the solution that you're going to deliver?” Customers that are looking for contact center technologies are beginning to take a cloud-first approach. And once they see the power of CCaaS through demonstration and through some trials of what an agent can do – and it’s all browser-based, there is no client install, there is no equipment on-premises - then it takes on a life of its own. It’s about, “What is the experience going to be? Are these channels all integrated? Can I get it all from one manufacturer?”

Following that, organizations focus on other intricacies around - Can it scale? Can it be redundant? Is it global? But those become architectural concerns for the brands themselves. There is a chunk of the industry that is not looking at these technologies, and they are stuck in brand euphoria or have to stay with on-premises infrastructure, or with a certain vendor because of their name or that they are going to get there someday.

As we have seen, Avaya has declared bankruptcy. Avaya does not have cloud technologies despite their marketing message. So the customers that are in those technologies now realize they have to find a path to keep up with the basic customer service at a global scale. Unfortunately, those customers have to find a path forward and they don’t have one right now.
It's less about cost of ownership and it’s more about the high cost of not doing anything. If I don't do anything, what’s going to be the cost? That cost ultimately becomes - I’m not going to be able to have engagement with my customers because the consumers are changing.
It's less about cost of ownership and it's more about the high cost of not doing anything.

Gardner:What about this idea of considering your contact center function not just as a cost center, but also as a business development function? Am I being too optimistic.

It seems to me that as AI and the best of what human interactions can do combine across multichannels, that this becomes no longer just a cost center for support, a check-off box, but a strategic must-do for any business.

Multi-channel customer interaction

Triant:When an organization reaches the pinnacle of happiness within what these technologies can do, they will realize that no longer do you need to have delineation between a marketing department that answers social media posts, an inside sales department that is only taking calls for upgrades and renewals, and a customer service department that’s dealing with complaints or inbound questions. They will see that you can leverage all the applications across a pool of agents with different skills.

I may have a higher skill around social media than over voice, or I may have a higher skill level around a sales activity, or renewal activity, over customer service problems. I should be able to do any interaction. And potentially one day it'll just be customer interaction department and the channels are just a medium of inbound and outbound choice for a brand.

But you can now take information from whatever you see the customer doing. Each of their actions have a leading indicator, everything has a predictive action prior to the inbound touch, everything does. Now that a brand can see that, it will be able to have “consumer interaction departments,” and it will be properly routed to the right person based on that information. You’ll be able to bring information to that agent that will allow them to answer the customer’s questions.

Gardner:I can see how that agent’s job would be very satisfying and fulfilling when you are that important, when you have that sort of a key role in your organization that empowers people. That’s good news for people that are trying to find those skills and fill those positions.

Vasili, we only have a few minutes left, but I’d love to hear about a couple of examples. It’s one thing to tell, it’s another thing to show. Do we have some examples of organizations that have embraced this concept of a strategic contact center, taken advantage of those multi-channels, added perhaps some intelligence and improved the status and capability of the agents -- all to some business benefit? Walk us through a couple of actual use cases where this has all come together.

Cloud communication culture shift

Triant:No one has reached that level of euphoria per se, but there are definitely companies that are moving in that direction.

It is a culture change, so it takes time. I know as well as anybody what it takes to shift a culture, and it doesn't happen overnight. As an example, there is a ride-hailing company that engages in a different way with their consumer, and their consumer might be different than what you think from the way I am describing it. They use voice systems and SMS and often want to pivot between the two. Our technology actually allows the agent to make that decision even if they aren’t even physically in the same country. They are dynamically spread across multiple countries to answer any question they may need to answer based on time and day.

But they can pivot from what’s predominantly an SMS inbound and outbound communication into a voice interaction, and then they can also follow up with an e-mail, and that’s already happened. Now, it initially started with some SMS inbound and outbound, then they added voice – an interesting move as most people think adding voice is what people are getting away from. What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.
What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.

That's one example. Another company that provides the latest technology in food order and delivery initially started with voice-only to order and deliver food. Now they've added SMS confirmations automatically, and e-mail as well for confirmation or for more information from the inbound voice call. And now, once they are an existing customer, they can even start an order from an SMS, and pivot back to a voice call for confirmation -- all within one interaction. They are literally one of the fastest growing alternative food delivery companies, growing at a global scale.

They are deploying agents globally across one technology. They would not be able to do this with legacy technologies because of the expense. When you get into these kinds of high-volume, low-margin businesses, cost matters. When you can have an OpEx model that will scale, you are adding better customer service to the applications, and you are able to allow them to build a profitable model because you are not burning them with high CapEx processes.

Gardner:Before we sign off, you had mentioned your pipeline about your products and services, such as engaging more with AI capabilities toward the end of the year. Could give us a level-set on your roadmap? Where are your products and services now? Where do you go next?

A customer journey begins with insight

Triant:We have been building cloud technologies for 16 years in the contact center space. We released our latest CCaaS platform in March 2016 called CxEngage. We then had a major upgrade to the platform in March of this year, where we take that agent experience to the next level. It’s really our leapfrog in the agent interface and making it easier, bringing in more information to them.

Where we are going next is around the customer journey -- predictive interactions. Some people call it AI, but I will call it “customer journey mapping with predictive action insights.” That’s going to be a big cornerstone in our product, including business analytics. It’s focused around looking at a combination of speech, data and text -- all simultaneously creating predictive actions. This is another core area we are going in an and continue to expand the reach of our platform from a global scale.

At this point, we are a global company. We have the only global cloud platform built on a single software stack with one data pipeline. We now have more users on a pure cloud platform than any of our competitors globally. I know that’s a big statement, but when you look at a pure cloud infrastructure, you're talking in a whole different realm of what services you are able to offer to customers. Our ability to provide a broad reach including to Europe, South Africa, Australia, India, and Singapore -- and still deliver good cloud quality at a reasonable cost and redundant fashion –  we are second to none in that space.

Gardner:I’m afraid we will have to leave it there. We have been listening to a sponsored BriefingsDirect discussion on how CCaaS capabilities are becoming more powerful as a result of cloud computing, multimode communications channels, and the ability to provide optimized and contextual user experiences.

And we’ve learned how new levels of insight and intelligence are now making CCaaS approaches able to meet the highest user experience requirements of today and tomorrow. So please join me now in thanking our guest, Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenova in Austin, Texas.

Triant:Thank you very much, Dana. I appreciate you having me today.

Gardner:This is Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, your host and moderator for this ongoing series of BriefingsDirect discussions. A big thank you to our sponsor, Serenova, as well as to you, our audience. Do come back next time and thanks for listening.

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

The man responsible for throwing an ofo bike off the 15th storey of a HDB flat at Block 11, Upper Boon Keng Road have been revealed. He was named as Selamat Mohamed Ali, 47, who is understood to be a butcher. He has been sentenced to nine weeks jail.

Selamat committed the offence on June 22, and he becomes the first person to be sentenced for throwing a shared bicycle from height. A second charge of dishonestly misappropriating a $300 ofo bicycle was taken into consideration in sentencing. Selamat's act of throwing the bike had narrowly missed Madam Rajamanickam Jayalakshimi, 42, and her husband, who were sorting out newspapers to sell and deliver to residents at the void deck at 5.36am that day. The bike fell barely 5m away from them.

It was understood that the bike was one of two belonging to an ofo employee, whose job was to collect and return ofo bikes. Selamat was also reportedly on the way home after a drinking session at an Orchard Towers pub when he made a detour for the 15th floor lift landing to rest. He lives at the block. No reason was given by Selamat on why he had thrown the bicycle down.

Rizal S

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

Not sure if everyone knows this, but LTA has barred applicants for obtaining the Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL) for life, if anyone of the applicants were found to have been convicted of extremely serious offences, such as rape, murder or kidnapping.

LTA reiterated that getting the PDVL is serious business, and they considers the nature of the offences committed by former convicts when assessing their applications to become a private-hire car driver. "This is done out of concern for the safety of passengers," an LTA statement said. Those who committed less serious offences like housebreaking and cheating are barred for "a few years" from the date of conviction, after which their applications will be considered if they have reformed and not gone back to crime.

The LTA did not specify the number of years they are barred from getting the PDVL. Offences that do not pose any danger to the physical safety of the public, such as forgery, do not attract any debarment. As for drug related offences, the LTA will consider the applications on a case by case basis.

Imran Jufri

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

An unemployed man have been jailed for four months or two counts of ill-treating his 10-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter. He had used a folded cloth belt to hit his two children multiple times and placed an ignited lighter near them after he accused them of lying that they had no information on their mother.

The man, a 33 year old father of five, is estranged from his wife. The wife had left him and their children after she left the flat in Boon Lay some time before January last year. The man was not named to protect the identity of his children. On Jan 29 last year, the accused was at home with four of his children when he asked the victims if they had any information about their mother. Both said they did not. He became angry and believed that they were lying. The children protested that they did not lie. This was when he flew onto a rage and started beating up his son and daughter with a cloth belt.

Multiple bruises were found on both children's bodies, with red markings on the 10-year-old's arms and chest area. Less we feel sorry for this man for his wife having left him, he was also caught stealing $41 worth of cigarettes from a minimart in Boon Lay. The man will start serving his sentence after the expiry of his current three-year and six-month sentence for taking drugs.

Pity his kids more. Mother left them without any contacts, and father is abusive, with a string of criminal convictions under his name.

Zaki Bani

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

A 28 year old woman have been fined $1,600 and sentenced to three hours of CWO for her disgusting habit and acts of repeatedly throwing used sanitary pads out of her home at Block 111, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh between Sept 29 and Oct 1, 2016.

NEA had received 10 complaints about the high rise littering at the block between January and September 2016. Despite their best efforts to reach out and educate the residents of the block via educational outreach conducted by the town council and stake-outs by NEA officers at the block, the problem persisted. It was then NEA decided to to place a surveillance camera at the problem area of the block. The camera subsequently caught the woman throwing three sanitary pads out her window in three days.

On each of the days, the offender would open her window to throw a used sanitary pad out, and shut it immediately after that. Reports did not indicate why the woman had developed the disgusting habit. The woman was also not named.

Mary Chan

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Dear All Singapore Stuff,

I had put the following on Ms Indranee Rajah's post "4 Further things...." for her consideration.

""Permit me to raise this....Was there a draft will attached attached in the email sent by Lee Suet Fern to MM Lee of which Ms Indranee mentioned in the summary of events? While the email correspondence did not specifically mentioned about the demolition as pointed out, did the draft in fact contains the demolition clause? This would be critical consideration for any party wanting to know the truth behind the 7th Will. One can draw the attachment if there is one and make a comparison with what was signed by MM Lee, and you will inevitably know if there is any inconsistency between the two.

Then the question about the short time taken for MM to sign the documents in the presence of two lawyers from Stamford Law, has Ms Indranee also consider that MM Lee had in fact read the draft the night before, and it suffice that the document was taken as true, and therefore MM Lee signed without reading again?

Third point, that MM Lee had made six wills before and changed his mind once, and Ms Indranee questioned if MM did change his mind again, does it also indicates the possibility MM Lee did occasionally review the will he signed? From the time of the will being signed to MM Lee's demise, could he not at any one time review and question about the existence of the demolition clause? Particularly when an incident occurred that the "Gift-Over" clause was omitted and reinserted? Does that not cause MM Lee's curiosity to want to review what he has already signed?

MM Lee has had the authority and benefit of time to make an 8th will had he deemed that the 7th was improperly drafted and prepared. ""

Anthony Kan

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Dear Editors,

This Singaporean lady named Tiffanie XX bought a new iphone from me on installment plan but she cannot pay back full amount. And after not paying for few payments I requested her to return the phone but she refused, stating that she sold away the phone already.

Please make her viral so others will know and beware not to sell her anything on installment plan as she is out to scam anyone and everyone. She will stalk carousell and similar online platform for victims. While still not able to make her installment payment, she called my friend wanting to buy an E-scooter and another rose gold color iphone.

Seller on online platform please BEWARE of her scamming tactics to avoid being scam by her.

Jenny Chen
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Dear A.S.S. Editor

Many videos have been posted on Facebook pages and online that showed bad driving practices. This has prompt the Traffic Police to come out with initiatives for those who are still learning to drive or ride.

Motorists who are still learning to drive or ride their vehicles will have to undergo mandatory simulator training from the start of 2019, through the use of driving or riding simulations that will be made available at driving schools here. Trials will commence at all three driving schools to allow Class 2B, 2A, 3 and 3A learner motorists to undergo simulation training by the first quarter of next year.

The initiative, which will be trialed in the first quarter of 2018, will allow these learner motorists to practise defensive driving or riding in a safe and controlled environment, said the Traffic Police (TP) at a press conference on Friday (June 30). Additionally, the validity period of the provisional driving licence (PDL) will be extended from six months to two years from the fourth quarter of this year, giving more time for those learning to ride or drive to attain their respective licences.

Hans J

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Generally agree with this

"My personal view remains that Mr Lee’s wish to demolish 38 Oxley Rd should be granted the moment you are no longer living in it, which may be 20, 30 or more years in the future. I am as baffled as most Singaporeans why Hsien Yang and you wish to consume all of us in your personal family matters." (Janadas Devan)

Indeed why? Lee Wei Ling is a spoilt brat - yeah maybe. She lives in a cocoon shielded from the harsh reality of the house that her father built - the house that is the Singapore system not 38OR. Yes to that too. But why she is so consumed with this?

The rest of us mere mortals have to content with life's uncertainties, faced with risks to well being, financial status, personal and familial stability and unbeknownst as to how we are judged by posterity. The vast majority take these in our stride as lives or fates we had to live with. But the doctor neither face nor had to contend with much of such things.

Not knowing if her brother, the PM, using the machinery of the state or not, renege on her father's desire to demolish 38OR must have given her the sort of uncertainties that she seldom had to face. What's gonna happened to dear papa's house after she is gone. It must have gnawed in her mind and she had another what 20 or more years to go? Same with brother Yang - what is posterity gonna say about him if he did not defend his daddy's wishes.

Same to with brother Loong - how is posterity gonna judge him as a filial son and prime minister, both roles seems to be mutually exclusive in this affair. These go round and round in the head, affecting emotions, for years to come to a bunch who had their lives mapped for them. Hence the affair is like a psychodrama with all sides wanting it resolved now, not in 20, 30 years and on their own terms to assuage their own particular psychological uncertainties and needs.

I think all 3 behaved abominably - Wei Ling and Hsien Yang trying to rope in the public, Hsien Loong using the political set-up where only his side of the story gets to be assessed by people of his own choosing. Yet both audiences were usually treated as an afterthought in normal times and now are being asked for support and understanding.

Meritocracy or Aristocracy someone asked? That's not even worth making a choice, the former isn't what is all what it is made out to be, the latter is an anachronism.

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

A man was arrested by the police for actually stealing a lorry. Yes, the man stole a lorry. Wonder how he thinks he can hide the lorry, and how far and fast can he go to avoid getting arrested. Police said that the victim, a woman, had alerted the police that her company lorry had been stolen from Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre on June 21.

On June 28, after extensive ground inquiries carried out by the Police, the man was arrested along Pasir Panjang Road. No details were released by the police on the identity of the man, or the reason why he stole an actual lorry.

If convicted of theft of motor vehicle, the suspect will face up to seven years of imprisonment, and will be liable to a fine.

Linda Li

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IN 2006, MR Lee Hsien Loong and Mr Lee Kuan Yew sued the SDP for defamation over an article we published in our party's newspaper, The New Democrat, about the National Kidney Foundation and governance in Singapore.

The PM's lawyer Davinder Singh said then that the words in the piece, in their ordinary meaning and innuendo, alleged that Mr Lee was dishonest and unfit for office.

Specifically, Mr Lee said that the article had accused him of being “guilty of corruption, nepotism, criminal conduct, dishonesty, and had advanced the interests of [his] family”.

The suit relied on “innuendo” because nowhere in the article had we mentioned him (or anyone else for that matter) by name. Mr Lee read it to be that he was the one referenced and, thereby, had to sue to protect the government's reputation.

He said: “We have to act because they are alleging corruption. If we do not act, and the lies and defamation are repeated throughout and in election rallies and spread around, I think the government's reputation goes down.” (emphasis added)

This utterance 11 years ago has now come back to haunt Mr Lee in his current dispute with his siblings. Both Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang have not resorted to innuendo – the accusations they level at their brother are direct and plain. The words employed are, or at least should be by PM Lee's own assessment, defamatory of him and the present government.

That the PM seems unenthusiastic on the legal front is telling. Dr and Mr Lee's allegations, if made by anyone else would have been met by a writ of defamation and the legal process well under way by now.

His defenders argue that Mr Lee is in an untenable position; one doesn't sue one's siblings. Such a quarrel is disingenuous. His reputation as prime minister and – in his own words – the reputation of the government is at stake. State affairs cannot be subordinate to familial relations.

Seen another way: If this was a criminal matter, the government would have to prefer charges against the wrong-doers and prosecute them in a court of law regardless of whether the perpetrators are the PM's siblings or not.

After all, Mr Lee did, upon his swearing in as PM, take the Oath of Office to discharge his duties “without fear or favour, affection or ill-will”.

To this end, the gold standard of defamation for the government was sealed by former PM Goh Chok Tong in 1999: “...if a minister is defamed and he does not sue, he must leave cabinet...if he does not dare go before the court to be interrogated by the counsel for the other side, there must be some truth in it. If there is no evidence, well, why are you not suing?”

PM Lee is staring at his predecessor's damning indictment in the face as he ponders his next move. (At the minimum, he must convene a public inquiry where his accusers have representation.) Absolving himself in Parliament does not quite meet Mr Goh's clear edict.

Which brings us to the bigger issue of character.

When politicians step down from all the jousting and verbal combat and, more consequentially, bow out of the stage of life, what do they leave behind? Do they impart values that uplift humanity? Do they inspire decency and compassion amongst the people? Do they embolden citizens to speak truth to power even if – and especially when – they are the ones wielding that power?

Or are they more interested in strengthening their political purchase by silencing dissent and crushing their opponents?

The former speaks to character while the latter to reputation. This is what I meant when I said in a rally during the general elections in 2015: “Reputation is temporary, but character is permanent”.

At that time, Mr Lee riposte was: “I agree. Of all people, Dr Chee should know character is permanent, doesn’t change.”

With the current mess that he finds himself and the predicament he has placed the nation, let us hope that the Prime Minister, going forward, treats the matter of character less glibly.


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Dear A.S.S. Editor

The body of the 27 year old man who fell into the waters of Clarke Quay last Sunday was finally found on Friday morning, five days after he went missing. Police confirmed that the man's body was found this morning at about 9:45am by the SCDF DART divers.

His body was retrieved from the Singapore River, and paramedics pronounced him dead. Police are still investigating the death. The man reportedly went missing at 3D River Valley Road. It is understood the man was a Singaporean, and he had fallen off into the waters near Read Bridge.

Although it is not confirmed by the police yet, media reports indicated the man has been identified as Mr Neo En Rui.

Tay S Ling

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<Facebook response by Chief of Government Communications Janadas Devan>


Dear Wei Ling:

Your latest post blares, tabloid-style, misleading information. Having edited you for many years, I know this is not your style.

The email you quote was written when I was Associate Editor of Straits Times, not Chief of Government Communications. And as you know well, I had met Mr Lee Kuan Yew with a few other journalists to discuss a book that he had proposed on 38 Oxley Rd.

When he met us in July 2011, he made plain that he wanted the house to be demolished. But as the months and years passed, the nature of the project changed as it became less definitive whether the house would be demolished – and if so, when.

For example, we were told that you will be staying in the house for as long as you live. Then I learnt plans to build a model of the interior of 38 Oxley Rd was dropped – because, I gathered, Mr Lee was considering plans to gut the interior of the house altogether to remove traces of the private space.

There was no doubt then or now that Mr Lee’s preference was to demolish the house. But as the shifting instructions we heard from the family in 2011-12 – including from you – indicated, the fate of the house had by no means been decided at that point.

I ceased to be involved in the Oxley Rd book project in July 2012, when I left ST. My personal view remains that Mr Lee’s wish to demolish 38 Oxley Rd should be granted the moment you are no longer living in it, which may be 20, 30 or more years in the future.

In the meantime, I am as baffled as most Singaporeans why Hsien Yang and you wish to consume all of us in your personal family matters.

Please: Think of Singapore, and forget the rest.

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Hi All Singapore Stuff,

Commuters in Singapore had experienced disruptions to train service for the past few days. Transport Minister, Khaw Boon Wah and SMRT CEO Desmond Quek have not come out to make any statement on the breakdowns. This has caused many unhappiness for their silence.

A reddit user xinjiaporen had even suggest to organize a protest or sit-in at Speaker’s Corner for the recent breakdowns. Any form of protest will not improve the situation. SMRT have to expedite their process of managing the new signalling system and reduce the number of breakdowns. Meanwhile, commuters have to bear with the situation in order to have an improved transportation system.


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I try to minimize my complaints about our rail transit system because I personally think it is much maligned. That said, the recent spate of disruptions has been bad. And the announcement that it will take 4-6 months to iron out the kinks is testing even my patience. I've been caught in the congestion the last 2 days. What is going on, and is SMRT deserving of all the brickbats it's getting? I think it's not all their fault.

First off, having taken public transport overseas, I think Singaporeans are quite spoiled when it comes to our commuter rail. It is relatively cheap and the wait times are tolerable. And there's 4G in the tunnels. I think the problem is that people are comparing it to what they remembered in the 1990s and early 2000s, when seats were abundant and delays were rare. So what happened? 4 main factors, I think, have contributed to the underlying problem (signaling fiasco aside): increasing ridership, ageing infrastructure, poor urban planning and incompatible immigration policies and insufficient maintenance. Only the last one is SMRT's fault.

1. Ridership is a huge factor. Another subway line facing similar issues is the NYC subway. The system is aging badly, as it is 120 years old in some places. But the main problem is the relentless increase in ridership, for very little increase in network length. This causes compounding problems because more riders increases the loading times at stations, which causes knock-on ripple delays. The system was designed for 30 seconds at each station, but the more the passengers, the longer they take at each station, resulting in more congestion. In ops management this is called a queueing problem. Unfortunately the only solution is to increase the number of trains or lines, both of which have long lead times. Read more here:

The increased ridership isn't SMRT's fault. If anything, it is the govt which may have underestimated the ridership growth or otherwise didn't fully account for it when planning immigration policy. Our trunk lines (NSEW) were not designed with the current ridership figures in mind. They were designed more than a decade before our govt embarked on its massive immigration policy.

2. Aging equipment. Our SMRT uses a mix of rolling stock, with the latest new build C151A models being less than 3 years old, and some of the original Kawasaki C151s in service since 1987 still running. The design lifespan for such trains is about 40 years, which means that the C151s are nearing the end of the so-called bathtub curve. Basically, after the initial infant mortality phase, equipment will enjoy a long period of low malfunctions, before gradually increasing at an increasing rate until retirement. Likewise for the signaling systems and the electrical relays in the original track sections.

3. Also, urban planning and immigration policy (which SMRT has no control over) have a huge impact on rail congestion. The addition of hundreds of thousands of sq ft of office space in the downtown area, without a commensurate increase in rail network there, has no doubt contributed to the congestion. I think, for example, that the Marina Bay Area should have been developed as a recreational space rather than a bigger CBD. A satellite CBD should've instead been set up, like Canary Wharf in London. Changi Business Park is a step in the right direction.

4. Finally, what I think is SMRT's fault: I think during the Saw Phaik Wah years, they (reportedly) scrimped on maintenance in favour of aggressive retail (and hence revenue) expansion. The amount they spent on maintenance as a % of revenues was significantly below what HK's MTR spends. This was a mistake. Like how brushing teeth daily keeps cavities away, routine maintenance isn't something that should be scrimped on. By the time you have gum disease and cavities, the options you have are costly and may not leave you as good as before.

So, that's the underlying problem. What about the testing, which has unleashed this round of chaos?

"What are they testing?" Some of my friends believe they are covering up track faults under the guise of testing. But if you follow the news, SMRT is rolling out communications based train control (CBTC) systems to replace the fixed block system in 2017. The original system breaks the track into fixed 500m blocks, with a minimum separation of 1 empty block between trains. This means that to maintain a separation between trains ("headway") of 500m, you get gaps of up to 1000m. With CBTC, each train constantly tells the system where it is, and a constant 500m gap can be maintained. This will allow trains to run closer during peak periods, giving a modest but noticeable frequency boost especially during the peak periods.

"Should they be testing it live now? Clearly it's not ready!" Actually, the system was tested during the off peak periods starting in March this year. But at some point, live testing has to happen. Dynamic commuter loads and passenger flows are chaotic and sensitive systems that defy accurate simulation. The only way to verify it is to test it live. There may also be timing factors outside of SMRT's control that come from LTA or transport ministry side.

"Why didn't we see this problem with other lines when they started out? What's gone wrong now?" In engineering, there is a difference between clean sheet designs ("greenfield") and retrofits ("brownfield") designs. Brownfield designs are trickier because there are interactions with legacy infrastructure that may be obsolete or incompatible.

In conclusion, I believe Desmond is no fool. SMRT's maintenance spend has increased since SPW's era (although I haven't checked the most recent figures against MTR's). Things feel like they're deteriorating, but as outlined above, some of the factors are beyond SMRT's control. And they are trying. Ultimately I think it's going to get worse before it gets better. By all means, grumble. It is our god given right to grumble! But we should hopefully do so with a better understanding of the underlying causes. If you've made it this far, sorry for wall of text! I got kinda carried away adding more and more points from stuff I'd read up about in the past.

Disclaimer: I'm no expert in public transit systems, but this is what I've gathered from what I've read.

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

Hi, yesterday on 29 June 2017 Thursday, I went to eat at Food Republic at Vivo City on the 4th floor. I ordered at the cai fan, cause i wanted to eat something cheaper. I ordered egg with some small prawns, one fish and a veg with curry sauce.

The total price was $10.30! When the guy read out the pricing, I was shocked and thought it was a joke at first as i thought that my 10 dollars note that I was holding in my hand should be enough. In the end I have no choice but to pay. The portion they gave was not even worth the price. Me and my friend tried to clarify with the guy but he still insist that the price was accurate.

Please never ever go to the stall again as the pricing, the quality and quantity is such a scam. $10.30 for an 'economical' cai fan seems a bit too expensive, not to mention that the portion is small compare to other stalls too.


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Dear Editors

I refer to the article “NGO study finds ‘gaps in Labour Court system’“(Straits Times, Jun 30). It states that “MOM said it will keep working “with constructive NGOs and the public” to better protect workers.” I am rather puzzled – what are “constructive NGOs”? Are we saying that we won’t work with NGOs that are not “constructive”?

As to “Responding to the report, MOM said over 90 per cent of the 4,500 salary-related claims from foreign workers in the past three years were resolved via mediation within one month, and 95 per cent are resolved in two months”

– since the report says “But the mediation process “fails to take into consideration the unequal bargaining power of workers vis-a-vis employers”, resulting in the workers getting coerced by employers to sign documents and accept unfair employment terms.

The claims process is also problematic in evidence gathering and enforcement, said the report. “Workers lack access to the evidence required to substantiate their claims, while employers are accused of manipulating evidence to their advantage.”

Errant employer behaviour includes retaliation and violations of the law during the claim process. Employers would, among other things, use threats and blackmail, restrict movements and even forcibly send workers home, it added”

– what are we saying? – that 95 per cent of the workers’ claims get settled within two months in the mediation process that the report bemoans as being unfair and problematic?

Leong Sze Hian

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Dear Dr Lee Wei Ling,

Just move out of the house NOW. Then we'll see what happens and end this saga. For the sake of ending this saga for the people of SG.

Bertha Henson
Ex-Straits Times Editor

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The transport minister, Khaw BW, has been extremely quiet. In the past, when he was the national development minister, he posts regularly in Facebook to share his views on how to solve the housing problem.

He should now post in FB to tell the public about what is happening in MRT and how the problem can be fixed. But he is still in meditation?

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

The rich old woman who drives a Ferrari and is currently facing charges for punching a fellow motorist in 2014, has admitted in court that she had assaulted the man. However, 72 year old Shi Ka Yee clarified that she had actually slapped the man, and not punched him, as was the charge.

In a sign of the elites losing touch with reality, she told the court that her actions was justified, as the man, Mr Raphael Chong Yen Ping had abused her with vulgar language. So, in order to retaliate against the vulgar language and verbal abuse directed at her, she felt that physically harming the other person was a justifiable action. The conflict first arose as Shi was not confident of driving her Ferrari past the stationary vehicle of Mr Chong, so she sounded her horn at him. She got furious when he did not respond to her whims.

In her signed statement to the police in October 2014, she had said: "I was angry at his remarks and I gave him a punch with my right hand." She now disputes this, and claims it was a slap rather than a punch. However, Mr Chong said Shi had punched him on the right side of his forehead through his open car window. He added that she had rings on her fingers and the blow caused a cut on his forehead. His version of the event was corroborated by an eye witness.

So. let's see if this rich elite who thinks she can get away with murder, gets away with punching a motorist just because she was not happy.

Sam Lee

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From 1 July next year, smoking will be banned along the entire Orchard Road stretch from Tanglin to Dhoby Ghaut, says a National Environment Agency (NEA) today.

By 30 June next year, the existing 16 smoking corners will be removed, leaving only 5 remaining smoking permitted areas at Somerset MRT Station, Cuppage Terrace, Far East Plaza, Orchard Towers and The Heeren.

The NEA has also announced that it will no longer accept applications for food retail establishments throughout Singapore. Existing smoking corners will be unaffected, unless the existing license is terminated or cancelled.

Smokers caught smoking in prohibited zones face a fine of up to $1,000 from 1 October next year.

Building owners within the smoke-free zone in Orchard Road, however, have the option of building their own designated smoking areas, which must meet certain guidelines, like not being situated beside main thoroughfares, and come with cigarette butt canisters or litter bins with ash trays, and display smoking cessation messages.*

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A track fault that shut down the North South (Red) MRT line this morning has been followed up with yet another delay in MRT services along the East West (Green) line.

Commuters have reportied seeing waiting times of up to 19 minutes along the EWL. On Twitter, a commuter wrote that she had been left waiting aimlessly without any proper guidance or announcements from SMRT staff in the station.

At the time of reporting, SMRT has yet to make any announcements over the delay on the EWL. It has also not issued any apologies for the delays along the NSL.

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

The Health Science Authority (HSA) has confirmed that one of its staff was diagnosed and tested positive for active tuberculosis (TB). What is more worrying, the staff in question was working at at the front desk of Bloodbank @ HSA and handles donor registration. So, the interaction of the staff with the public should be quite high.

The staff member was tested positive in April and the staff member was given medical leave and has started on treatment. The Bloodbank@HSA is located within the HSA building in Outram, and handles the collection of blood from donors. TB is an airborne bacterial infection that is spread through close and prolonged contact with a person with the active form of the disease.

It is also understood that not all staff at the Bloodbank @ HSA were tested for TB. HSA had also not stated if any of its other staff members have latent TB. In a move to reassure the public, HSA said TBCU, which handles the national TB control programme and is responsible for the prevention and control of the disease, advised that there was "no risk to blood donors as they did not have prolonged contact with the affected staff".

Hairil Yusoff

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Dear Editors,

It's a really bad day to be Lee Wei Ling's friend, another high profile friend.. maybe now ex-friend. Dr Lee just pulled the Government's Chief of Government Communications, Janadas Devan into the heart of her ongoing family feud with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

She quoted Devan as saying that only small minded people will deny Lee Kuan Yew his personal demolition wish.

Friends who have spoken or are speaking to Dr Lee Wei Ling before, you better beware, she is out for blood and will do anything to demolish her brother Lee Hsien Loong.

First it was Shanmugam, now its Janadas, which of her high profile friends will she hang out to dry next? Exciting times for Singapore innit?

The Lee family feud will be remembered in our country's history as the best family feud drama ever!

Ricky Loh

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

The LTA has moved to remind all Uber and Grab drivers that starting from tomorrow onwards, all private-hire car drivers must display the licence or special decals to show that they are private hire drivers. Failure to do so will result in a fine or even jail time for the drivers.

The LTA reiterated in a statement released yesterday that those who do not display the decals on their windscreens, or tamper with them in any way, are guilty of an offence under the Road Traffic Act. The LTA takes this seriously, and those first time offenders can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed up to three months, or both. he punishment goes up to $2,000 and six months for repeat offenders. They may also have their Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL) revoked. Those who provide services without a PDVL or a concession letter from the LTA could be fined up to $500, jailed up to three months, or both. They could also be banned from holding such a licence. People who have committed extremely serious offences - such as rape, murder or kidnapping - are barred from obtaining a PDVL.

Thus far, 27,000 private hire car drivers have been affixed with the tamper proof decals. The decals are meant to make it easier for commuters to identify registered drivers, and also allows enforcement against those who are unlicensed.

Diana Ang

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Dr Lee Wei Ling, younger sister of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has revealed yet another official email chain showing Lee Kuan Yew's wish to demolish his 38 Oxley Road home.

This time, Dr Lee showed an email from the Chief of Government Communications Janadas Devan, which read: "Saw MM today. First meeting on Oxley book, together with team. He was in good form. He said house will be torn down. It is obvious that is what he wants. It will be a small minded people that denies him this personal wish. I think he's wrong wishing it but I'd feel awful denying him what he obviously wants."

Coincidentally, Janadas Devan and Dr Lee had a very public falling out in April last year over the lack of freedom of speech for writers in the Straits Times. 


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Dear A.S.S. Editor

In a case of loan shark activity, police are seeking the public's help in giving information about a man and woman to help in police investigations.

The loan shark activity was reported at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 on the 31st May 2017. Those with information is urged to contact the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000 or leave an online information at

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Raihan K

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Netizens are in an uproar again today as the MRT trains along the North South Line experienced yet another delay this morning between 6 to 9AM. This is the 4th day of delays for the aging MRT train system in Singapore.

Those caught in the breakdown have been providing live updates on the situation since 6.13AM. A commuter in the train heading from Woodlands to Ang Mo Kio was among the first to post online about the delay, adding that an announcement on the MRT train that he boarded had informed commuters of a 10 minute delay in travel time.

Other netizens were quick to point out the irony of a train breakdown today. SMRT had been advertising a day of unlimited free rides on 30 June for national servicemen who wear their uniform in celebration of NS50, a commemoration event for those who are serving or have served national service.

One netizen JRMZ did not miss the irony: "Thank God never wear uniform and take train. Train fault la.."

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

After 44 years of history making bak kut teh, the famous bak kut teh restaurant at Joo Chiat is forced to close its doors for the final time today due to a manpower shortage.

Customers have been flocking to the Lau Hock Guan Kee Bak Kut Teh, Fish Head Curry & Steam Fish restaurant for a final taste of its signature pork rib broth and curry fish head. They first started out in 1973 as a street stall in Dunman Road, and only moved to its current location at 328 Joo Chiat Road on 1985. The restaurant was run by two brothers for more than four decades, but the elder brother died in March this year.

The younger brother told reporters that they were unable to retain staff for the past one to two years, and that most local workers wanted to quit after two days. Extended family members, who used to help, are now too busy with their own lives to continue helping, and currently only the younger brother, his wife and one employee are manning the restaurant. But the employee also quit in March this year, due to her husband's ill health, thus the shortage of manpower issue became severe.

It was not known why local workers wanted to leave after just two days working there, or why it was difficult to find new staff.

Chan T M

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

I am always wary when I see a grass cutting machine, or even those foreign workers who cut the grass. Whenever i walk near them, I hope and pray that nothing serious will ever happen.

My fears were proven right, when I saw a report that said a woman was hit by a rock allegedly tossed up by a grass cutting machine in Tampines. She was taken to hospital after she was hit on the right side of her forehead, and left a deep cut.

The woman, a hairdresser, said she was attending to a customer when she saw the grass cutting machine being operated nearby. She decided to go outside her shop to remove some towels that was being aired, worried about the debris that would dirty them. This was when she was hit by a palm sized rock.

The injuries were not serious, and the worker operating the machine has stopped work temporarily. Tampines Town Council has not responded to the media about the incident. So I was right, those grass cutters are dangerous.

Sally Chio

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Dear A.S.S. Editor

Yet another pervert was caught secretly taking videos of women using public toilet. An NTU male accountancy student had secretly taken videos of women using toilets at NTU for over four months beginning December 2015, using a pen-like device and his mobile phone.

Toh Chik Heng, 25, was caught after a female student noticed a mobile phone held above the toilet cubicle she was in. Toh, who had since graduated from NTU, was jailed 8 weeks for his deplorable acts. he had carried out his perverted activities at the handicap toilet at the NTU Business School at Block S4, Level B2 and at a laundry room female toilet at Block 9 of Hall 2, which was where he was finally caught.

As usual, his defense trotted out the amount of academic pressure that he was under at the time he committed the offences. Why is it that when a pervert become stressed or depressed, he thinks secretly filming women an intruding on their privacy is the answer?

Sabrina Shukor

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30 June 2017 Some Singapore students are reportedly using prescription medication to help with last-minute examination cramming, according to investigative journalism done by the mainstream media recently. These students range from undergraduates to secondary school students. They are allegedly buying and taking drugs such as modafinil and methylphenidate which can be obtained on online platforms […]
          When President Trump pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many assumed that the mega-regional trade deal was dead. But Koichi Hamada says such assumptions may have been premature   

By Koichi Hamada*

When Donald Trump, in one of his first acts as president, announced that the United States would not participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), many assumed that the mega-regional trade deal was dead. But such assumptions may have been premature.

The TPP was originally envisioned as a rules-based economic area spanning the Pacific and comprising 12 member countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam – which collectively account for about 40% of the world economy. The negotiations, which lasted five years, were undertaken with great care and diligence. In Japan’s case, for example, the negotiators, headed by Akira Amari, then the minister of state for economic and fiscal policy, worked day and night to assuage opposition by various sectors of the domestic economy (say, rice growers) and to secure favorable outcomes.

Trump’s announcement in January, which came just as the deal was set to be ratified, certainly shook the endeavor at its core. But many relevant players, eager to prevent the TPP from crumbling, soon began to discuss moving forward without the US.

By May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was declaring that, though he still hoped for America’s return to the TPP, Japan was willing to take the lead in bringing the deal to fruition. Soon after, Japan and New Zealand announced that they would seek an agreement with other signatories by November to move the TPP forward. If they succeed, TPP signatories will benefit substantially – and the US may well find that it has missed a massive opportunity.

In general, there are two distinct approaches to achieving freer trade. First, there is the global model embodied by the World Trade Organization. The chief advantage of this approach is its scale: it ensures that a huge share of the world economy is interconnected, with most of its constitutive economies adhering to a common set of rules and submitting to a dispute-resolution mechanism that enables these rules’ enforcement.

But scale may also be the WTO’s chief weakness, given the difficulty of getting so many countries to agree to a single set of rules. Indeed, the negotiation process is often painstaking and time-consuming – even more so than that leading to the TPP. That is a key reason why WTO negotiations lost momentum during the Doha Round of trade talks, which began in 2001 and petered out without an agreement.

The second approach to achieving freer trade, bilateral agreements, mitigates the challenge of scale. With only two (or a few) countries involved, negotiations are far more straightforward and often take less time. Japan and the European Union, for example, have recently redoubled their efforts, which began in 2009, to reach a bilateral trade deal, and an end may be in sight, despite continued disagreement on a small number of key points.

But this approach, too, has its downsides. Not only does it produce benefits for only a couple of countries; a win-win deal for the participating countries may also hurt non-participating countries. In the case of the Japan-EU deal, one such country may well be the US, given that American companies compete in Japan with European businesses in many of the same sectors.

The TPP, with its 12 (now 11) participants, falls somewhere between these two approaches – and is intended to secure the best of both worlds. The TPP’s mega-regional approach can bring greater economic gains than a bilateral deal, as it spurs trade and investment flows – including by harmonizing regulations and standards – across a larger swath of the global economy. But, unlike the WTO, it is not so large, and does not encompass such diverse parties, that it is overwhelmingly difficult to reach agreement.

The mega-regional approach may have one more advantage, shared with the WTO: the involvement of more parties can dilute the authority of a major country and thus limit its ability to strong-arm its negotiating partners into an unbalanced agreement. Indeed, this may be precisely why Trump, with his penchant for “deal-making” and promises of an “America first” trade policy, rejected the TPP. In his view, bilateral negotiations put the US, as a political and economic hegemon, in a stronger bargaining position.

What Trump fails to recognize is that, while a small country may feel intimidated by the US at the negotiating table, it can still stand up and walk away. More important, even if the US can use its weight to secure more favorable provisions in a bilateral negotiating context, the benefits do not necessarily outweigh those of larger-scale agreements.

That is certainly the case with the TPP, which contained some provisions that were highly beneficial for the US economy. Specifically, the agreement would have given US businesses access to markets that had long been largely closed. The provisions on intellectual property rights, accounting, and conflict resolution were so favorable to Wall Street and US lawyers that they have been criticized for being unfair to the other parties. They were agreed, however, because of the expectation that China would eventually have to adhere to those standards.

In that sense, as Columbia University’s Jagdish Bhagwati said to me, “the TPP was a bit like allowing people to play golf in a club, but only if they also attended a particular church over the weekend.” The deal’s signatories were in it for the golf – that is, the expanded trade and investment flows. But they couldn’t avoid the obligation to accept rules that would benefit the US, in the hope that the liturgy might help to constrain China’s behavior.

The US is unique in this scenario, because it had a strong national interest in both the golf and the church. Now it will get neither. And when the new TPP, excluding the US, begins to flourish, US businesses will be wishing Trump had not canceled their tee time.

Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Yale, is a special adviser to Japan’s prime minister. This content is © Project Syndicate, 2017, and is here with permission.

          Siah Hwee Ang on China and the US addressing their beef, the growing global population, Asia's cost challenges, the return of the conglomerate, protectionism vs 'what's appropriate', Japan steps on to the Belt Road...gingerly, and more   

Today's Top 10 is a guest post looking at the latest international business happenings from Professor Siah Hwee Ang, the BNZ Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University.

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1. China and US smoothing things out

China has lifted the 13-year import ban on some US beef.

Although the lift only applies to specific types of beef, the announcement represents another achievement under the Sino-US 100-day action plan to boost bilateral economic ties.

China banned imports of most US beef since 2003, after the spread of mad cow disease. Before the outbreak, the US was the largest supplier of beef for China.

China consumed 8 million tons of beef last year, and is the fastest growing consumer of beef.

The lifting of the ban represents competition for other suppliers of beef to China.

The world will be a better place if China and US can smooth things out. But there are implications for competition out there.

2. World population continues to grow

The report “World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision” was published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs last week. It suggests that the global population will reach 9.8 billion by the year 2050.

The revised report was a response to high rates of population growth in Africa and India.

The UN report predicts, the populations of 26 African countries will double between 2017 and 2050.

Nigeria, in particular is projected to surpass the U.S. as the third most populous country shortly before 2050.

China, the most populous country in the world for a while now, might see its population size overtaken by that of India by 2024.

The world population grows by around 83 million people each year. This in itself presents a lot of challenges around issues such as food security and sustainability.

3. Asia is attractive for expatriates, but is also starting to present cost challenges

The latest survey results on the cost of living for expatriates show that Asian cities make up 5 of the top 10 most expensive cities.

Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, and Shanghai are in the Asian cities that are becoming costly cities to live in.

The survey, conducted by HR firm Mercer, compares global prices for more than 200 items.

Three other Asian cities are in the top 25: Beijing (11), Osaka (21) and Taipei (25).

The north Asian cities of Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei have risen up the ranking significantly since the previous survey.

Asia has provided excellent employment opportunities in the last decade. In many cases with competitive salaries.

But have rising costs and newly-upskilled Asian residents brought about the end of this golden era?

The window is indeed closing for expatriates, but doors are still open for those seeking to establish employment in Asia.

4. Another milestone for China

Just last week, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index included China’s A-shares as part of its portfolio.

The index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and is designed to measure equity market performance in global emerging markets.

The agreement to admit mainland-listed stocks, thereby allowing them to be traded by foreigners, comes after China’s three failed attempts at expanding its global market influence.

Analysts have said that China’s inclusion on the Emerging Markets Index could lead to as much as US$12 billion of capital inflows. This is because many overseas investors measure the performance of their portfolios against MSCI indexes and are obliged to buy shares in them.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission stated that the inclusion demonstrates international investors’ confidence in a stable Chinese economy with better prospects and in the steadiness of China’s financial market.

MSCI said the move has “broad support” from international institutional investors and was the result of a loosening of restrictions enacted by China on foreign ownership of ‘A’ shares yuan-denominated stock in mainland China-based companies. Ownership of the shares had once been limited to mainlanders.

5. Welcome back, conglomerates

Last week, Amazon Inc. spent US$14 billion on the purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc.

The purchase brings disruption to the US grocery chain sector.

Whole Foods’ 460 stores will run head-to-head with Wal-Mart’s 4,700 stores.

Last year, Wal-Mart bought online retailer in a move towards using e-commerce as a strategy.

The latest acquisition represents the challenge that brick-and-mortar-only and ecommerce-only companies face.

Price wars as a result of the increasing number of players and rising costs are forcing both sets of companies to look to more than one way of reaching out to customers.

This has led to heated battles between these companies.

We are bearing witness to the return of conglomerates, and high levels of intensity of rivalry as large conglomerates collide.

6. Protectionism at its prime? Or is it all about industry structure?

Airbus and Boeing have been involved in a 13-year World Trade Organisation (WTO) battle over illegal state aid.

Most recently, the WTO’s compliance panel has rejected several EU claims that the US had failed to withdraw all illegal subsidies to Boeing.

The WTO found all but one of the 29 issues highlighted by the EU to be in compliance with global trade rules.

Both sides are likely to appeal against parts of Friday’s ruling. That would take the EU case to the WTO’s appellate body, which is already considering a separate US case over state aid to Airbus.

Though there seems to be no winner from this the latest round, one can argue that it is ideal for both parties to stick to the status quo for the time being, rather than to lose a battle that could costs hundreds of millions.

Overall, Airbus maintained that illegal state support for Boeing had cost it roughly $100bn in sales over time.

These disputes raise questions over what constitutes protectionism and what’s considered appropriate as part of an industry structure.

Aircraft businesses are government-owned/linked, which also means it makes little sense to think that the owners cannot get involved. How does this differ from engagements by other state-owned or state-linked enterprises in the international business arena?

On a more fundamental level, to what extent do we allow governments to participate in business?

7. Japan starting to play on Belt Road Initiative … with conditions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that his government is ready to cooperate with China on the Belt and Road Initiative, but only under the right conditions.

Previously Japan, along with India had indicated they were not keen to get involved in the China-initiated project.

Japan’s involvement is contingent on the projects adhering to international norms.

Abe emphasized that it is critical for infrastructure to be open to use by all, and to be developed through transparent and fair procurement. Projects must also be economically viable and the debt sustainable.

Given the strained bilateral relationship that Japan and China have had in recent times, the slight shift in Japan’s stance represents a significant move to smooth the relationship. It also shows a willingness to continue to engage with Asia more deeply, and to avoid being left behind.

8. Opening the online floodgates for foreign participation in India

Despite being a very technology savvy country, the Indian market is hardly an easy one for foreign companies.

Only since last year has the country allowed foreign companies to sell groceries directly to consumers, on the condition that the produce and processed foods are sourced locally.

Due to this limited window of opportunity, only major players have been able to enter the markets.

The latest one is Inc., who has committed to investing around US$500 million over the next five years to build a nationwide network to stock and deliver groceries.

Nonetheless, the Indian government is working on streamlining the process of foreign direct investment into the South Asian country.

Competition can be intense, and in many cases already is intense: large markets are full of strong local players seeking to defend their turf from foreign players.

9. The yuan makes another move

The renminbi weakened 6.5% against the US dollar last year, its worst year ever.

But late last year, China tightened capital controls to curb downward pressure on the currency. That effort has largely succeeded, with the renminbi appreciating 1.2% in 2017.

Late last month, China’s central bank changed the way it guides the renminbi exchange rate, a move designed to enhance the government’s ability to prevent renminbi depreciation at a time when authorities are still concerned about capital flight.

In the recently revised formula, dealers will incorporate a “counter-cyclical adjustment factor” in their quotes, according to a statement on the website of the China Foreign Exchange Trading System.

The move will hedge against pro-cyclical fluctuation in market sentiment and alleviate the potential for ‘herd behaviour’ in the foreign exchange market.

The People’s Bank of China permits the US dollar’s value against the renminbi to fluctuate by 2% above or below a so-called “central parity rate” published each morning, also known as the midpoint or fixing. The midpoint is ostensibly formulated by compiling quotes from a group of dealer banks, but the price is understood to be largely determined by the central bank.

10. Shipping is back to business

The shipping industry has been in some trouble for many years now.

Container shipping, which accounts for 95% of movements of manufactured goods, went into a state of limbo when Hanjin Shipping of South Korea went bankrupt.

Lots of cargo was stranded at sea.

Since then, the industry has consolidated.

Freight rates went down at the same time. This has led to an intensification in competition. Containers, typically 20 or 40 feet long are increasingly being used for inland activities.

A.P. Moller Maersk A/S sold 70,000 of these containers last year alone. Many such containers are used in the construction of buildings and houses.

Signs over the last few months suggest that demand is finally growing faster than capacity.

The world cannot afford for shipping industry to suffer, as the ripple effect extends to trade. It looks like we’re set for a turnaround.

          For sale - 1968 C 10 Chevrolet Truck Original Right Front... - Auction   
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          For sale - 85 wagoneer fender emblems - Auction   
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          Crude oil prices firm, set for biggest weekly gain since mid-May   
Crude oil prices firm, set for biggest weekly gain since mid-May
30 June 2017, Singapore — Crude-oil futures on Friday were on track for their biggest weekly gain since mid-May, ending five weeks of losses with prices underpinned by a decline in U.S. output. U.S. crude futures CLc1 have added 5.1 percent this week, while benchmark Brent LCOc1 has gained 4.8 percent, marking the biggest rise […]
          Malari Titik Balik Terpenting Bangsa Ini   

Tiga Puluh Tujuh tahun yang lalu pecah peristiwa Malari (Malapetaka 15 Januari) 1974. Dalam sejarah Malari sama sekali tidak dikenal bahkan hanya dibaca simpang lalu, peristiwa ini kalah dengan peristiwa yang dianggap penting lainnya dan nilainya sama dengan kerusuhan-kerusuhan yang biasa terjadi di Jakarta. Padahal dalam sejarah Indonesia modern, Malari 1974 adalah satu-satunya peristiwa yang paling penting dalam membentuk ke Indonesiaan, Malari adalah satu peristiwa yang membentuk peradaban ke Indonesiaan kita sekarang, Malari juga adalah pengantar untuk menjelaskan alam pikiran orang Indonesia dalam melihat bangsanya : Kenapa bangsa ini menjadi manusia-manusia yang terbudaki alam kebendaan.

Dalam perjalanan sebuah bangsa dikenal satu line, dimana satu garis itu ada milestone, hidupnya tonggak-tonggak penjungkirbalikkan tatanan masyarakat. Di Indonesia tonggak itu terjadi pada 1928 dimana kesadaran berbahasa dan wilayah terbentuk disinilah fase pertama sebuah bangsa terjadi : Fase kekuasaan. Kemudian pada tahun 1948 sebuah pilihan politik penting diputuskan melalui sebuah mitos di kaki gunung Lawu pada peristiwa konferensi Sarangan, ada atau tidaknya konferensi Sarangan 1948 sebagai sebuah fakta tidak lagi menjadi begitu penting setelah penyerbuan pasukan Siliwangi ke Madiun. Pada tahun 1948 seluruh gerakan kiri menjadi musuh bersama, pada tahun itu penasbihan kekuatan angkatan bersenjata yang anti gerakan kiri bertransformasi menjadi kekuatan elitis yang menentukan arah bangsa. Pada tahun 1948 tercipta fase kedua : Orientasi Bangsa Yang Melihat Amerika Serikat Sebagai Role Model Pembentukan Masyarakat Republik. Lalu di tahun 1965 merupakan tahun pembuka bagi keputusan apakah Orientasi itu menjadi sebuah tatanan masyarakat yang berdikari. Disini tatanan pembebasan diletakkan pada landasan paling dasarnya yaitu : Modal, lewat sebuah sistem politik antitesis dari pembebasan : Demokrasi Terpimpin yang akan mengantarkan pada Demokrasi Murni setelah tiga prasyarat dasar kemandirian terbentuk yaitu : 1. Kemandirian Politik 2. Berdikari secara Ekonomi 3. Berkebudayaan Otentik. Tiga landasan ini akan membentuk satu peradaban baru bernama Indonesia Raya sebuah peradaban alternatif yang memecah kebekuan dualisme yang tercipta akibat penyelesaian perang dunia yang tidak sempurna : Peradaban Komunis-Stalinis di Timur dan Peradaban Liberal di Barat.

Tahun 1965 adalah masa penentuan apakah tatanan masyarakat menjadi tatanan yang mandiri dan otentik atau tatanan yang bergantung pada kekuatan kiblatnya dalam hal ini Amerika Serikat. Sukarno menolak tatanan yang bergantung pada kiblat itu, dengan jenius ia menyelesaikan seluruh persoalan wilayah yang menggantung pada masa perang revolusi, ia berhasil membangun lumbung modal. Lalu ia membuat konsep geopolitik ala Jawa terciptanya : Negara Inti dan Negara Mancanegara sebagai magersarinya. Negara Inti adalah Republiek Indonesia sementara Mancanegara atau Satelit Ring Satu adalah Singapore, Malaysia, Filipina dan Australia. Negara inti dan Satelit Ring Satu inilah yang akan digunakan sebagai kekuatan inti yang akan dijadikan modal dasar dalam pembentukan Triumvirat Asia : India-Indonesia-Cina. Triumvirat ini akan menjadi pusat industri yang mandiri dan tidak bergantung pada Amerika Serikat, Sovjet Uni atau Inggris. Tapi nasib Sukarno sangat tragis ia ditinggal sendirian oleh para Jenderalnya, dan ia marah soal pembangkangan Jenderal-Jenderalnya soal Malaysia, ia marah soal penyabotan pikiran Angkatan Ke V, sebagai sebuah kolone kekuatan massal yang mampu mengepung secara bersamaan front utara berhadapan dengan Malaysia dan front selatan membuka perang dengan Australia. Lalu penyelesaian lama terjadi, penyelesaian ala Jaman Revolusi 1945 : PENCULIKAN. Penyelesaian yang biasanya diselesaikan dengan cara penghadapan paksa ke penguasa ini malah diselesaikan hanya dengan tembakan prajurit-prajurit kroco di depan pintu rumah para Jenderal dan ini membuat Sukarno tersudut, jutaan orang harus kehilangan nyawanya. Impian Sukarno hancur lebur bersamaan dengan membusuknya ginjal Sukarno dan ia mati dalam kondisi lebih buruk dari pengemis di pasar yang tergeletak tanpa perawatan. Tragedi Sukarno ini akan membuka tragedi bangsanya.

Tembakan prajurit di depan rumah Jenderal itu mengantarkan Indonesia masuk ke dalam fase ketiga : Fase Pembentukan Fundamen Kekuasaan Elite yang sah digunakan saat beberapa Jenderal memaksa Sukarno untuk menandatangani sebuah diktum militer yang kemudian diselewengkan menjadi sebuah nota penyerahan kekuasaan pada 11 Maret 1966.

Seluruh intelektual yang berpikiran barat, anak-anak muda kritis pembaca banyak buku, dan seluruh kekuatan yang ingin Indonesia meloncat ke peradaban liberal yang tidak mau dicekoki : Patung dan Pidato, bersatu menjungkirkan Sukarno. Sementara nun jauh dari Jakarta pembantaian massal terjadi, sungai-sungai banjir darah manusia dan jutaan nyawa manusia dipenggali kepalanya. Sebuah keinginan modernisasi bertemu dengan pembantaian yang akan menjadi trauma seluruh keluarga-keluarga di Indonesia dan ini dua peristiwa ini menemukan muaranya : Bangsa Yang Sakit Jiwa.

Lalu setelah 6 tahun berjalan menjauhi tahun 1965, bangsa yang sakit jiwa ini dikoreksi, muncul gerakan revolusi Mahasiswa di Perancis pada tahun 1968 yang menyadarkan bahwa kehidupan sosial yang penuh nilai-nilai moral akan rusak oleh tatanan kapitalisme. Sementara di Indonesia kapitalisme menemukan benihnya yang jahat : MODAL ASING, HUTANG LUAR NEGERI DAN PEJABAT-PEJABAT KOMPRADOR. Pertemuan-pertemuan politik mahasiswa diadakan dimana-mana, jaringan kampus terbentuk lagi tapi kali ini bukan soal membantai mahasiswa PKI atau CGMI tapi soal membentuk arahan politik baru yang lucunya ketika mereka menendangi pantat PKI di tahun 1966 mereka menoleh pada dasar-dasar pemikiran Karl Marx yang mereka sebut : KIRI BARU, New Left. Gelombang kiri baru ini menjadi arus besar pemikiran di Eropa Barat dan Amerika Serikat, ia membangun bentuknya pertama kali pada pemikiran sastra dan teater lalu merambah pada kritik tatanan masyarakat, di Eropa Barat Kiri Baru diterima tanpa kekerasan karena masyarakat demokrasi sudah terbentuk sempurna, bahkan kiri baru menjadi landasan ekonomi paling penting bagi Eropa Barat dimana kekuatan ekonomi tidak bergantung pada pusat-pusat modal dan barisan pejabat yang korup.

"Negara Tanpa Ketergantungan" adalah tema besar yang awalnya diteriakkan Arif Budiman ditengah seminar New Left pada tahun 1971 menjadi dasar pemikiran baru mahasiswa, mereka menyerang Jenderal-Jenderal kaya, mereka mengeritik negara dengan kekuatan militer dan mereka tersadarkan 'Demokrasi Terpimpinnya Sukarno, Sudah menjadi Negara Neo Fasis oleh Suharto'. Lalu mereka bertanya siapa cukong negara neo fasis ini? jawabnya : Cukong dari kekuasaan neo fasis ini adalah Modal Asing. Dan ketika kelompok Widjojo Nitisastro menyerang Pertamina, kelompok ini juga menyadarkan Orientasi tatanan barat yang diinginkan, muncul kelompok lain yang tiba-tiba menjadi penyeimbang Widjojo cs. Kelompok Hoemardani yang dekat dengan jaringan modal Jepang. Widjojo dan Hoemardani bertempur, sementara rivaalitas para Jenderal berlangsung ketat. Ali Sadikin membangun basisnya, Jenderal Mitro membangun benih-benih pemberontakan mahasiswa dan Ali Murtopo membentuk skenario penjebakan bagi Jenderal-Jenderal yang mulai berlagak menyaingi Suharto. Lalu mahasiswa tanpa sadar terkooptasi permainan para Jenderal ini, mereka gagal membangun kekuatan otentiknya, mereka tidak percaya diri untuk bertindak kecuali bergerak dengan jaminan perlindungan para Jenderal dan mereka tanpa sadar toh para Jenderal itu juga terjebak sebuah permainan intelijen.

Lalu ditengah rapat mahasiswa menemukan momentumnya : Kedatangan Tanaka. Kemudian mereka menyiapkan barisan, menyerbu pusat-pusat negara dan berpidato dimana-mana tapi tahun 1974 bukan jamannya revolusi 1945 dimana rakyat memiliki ruang spontannya, tahun 1974 adalah tahun dimana para intel pegang peranan. Masuklah isu Ramadi, kemudian dokumen itu dibaca Suharto lalu Ali Murtopo mendapat angin, kemudian beberapa sektor di Jakarta rusuh, Jenderal Mitro kehilangan kendali di Jakarta dalam hitungan enam jam dia terlambat menghambat pembakaran di Senen, secara legitimasi sebagai Pangkopkamtib dia gagal dan dia terjebak masuk ke dalam skenario intelijen. Jenderal Mitro dipanggil Suharto dan akan dibuang ke AS sebagai dubes, tapi Mitro menolak lalu keluar dari ruangan Suharto ia bukan siapa-siapa lagi.

Suharto marah-marah di depan helikopter yang mengantarkan Tanaka ke Bandara, tapi Suharto punya kesempatan menggebuk unsur terakhir para Jenderal yang menggangunya dan Suharto memenangkan pertarungan paling penting bagi pembentukan peradaban Indonesia paling fundamental : MODAL ASING DAN KETERGANTUNGAN EKONOMI. Inilah kemenangan yang tidak mungkin lagi dilawan oleh kekuatan apapun. Modal Asing dan Ketergantungan ekonomi menjadi tiang paling kokoh pembentukan elite pejabat. Dari sinilah kemudian lahir pemodal-pemodal kecil di dalam lingkaran Pertamina atau Cendana dan lingkaran ini kelak akan menjadi penguasa justru setelah Suharto jatuh.

Malari 37 tahun adalah sebuah kisah yang bisa menjelaskan peradaban kita. Kenapa di Jalan-jalan raya sistem transportasi hancur lebur tapi mobil-mobil mewah berkeliaran, status manusia bergantung dengan sistem kebendaan, merk mobil akan menjadi status sosial di masyarakat bukan intelektualnya atau gerak sosialnya, Metro Mini dan Kopaja sampai detik ini masih menjadi angkutan ditengah negara lain bisa menyediakan sistem angkutan massal seperti kereta bawah tanah atau trem yang murah tapi nyaman. Manusia Indonesia dibudaki oleh barang-barang asing yang harus ia beli. Pembangunan mall-mall menjadi ruang publik satu-satunya, pusat kebudayaan tidak lagi berada di taman-taman kota dan Balai Masyarakat tapi dibangun di plaza-plaza pembelanjaan. Inilah tragedi sebuah negara yang di awalnya ingin membangun masyarakat sejahtera berkeadilan sosial malah melahirkan : Masyarakat Budak Kebendaan.

          Newsletter ICE Singapore - giugno 2017   
ICE Singapore ci mette a disposizione una Newsletter con le principali notizie del mese.
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          Mooncake - Episode 1 - Movie - Mooncake   

Singapore – the booming economic center of Asia, a kaleidoscope of cultures, and blessed with natural greenery, it is said to be the most beautiful country under the sun. Singapore’s exotic allure as the crossroads of the unique Asian culture of the East with that of the West provides the perfect backdrop for a dramatic love-story between a Japanese woman from Tohoku and a Singaporean man. The man, a former elite banker, has lost his family to the Great Sumatran earthquake and tsunami, has chosen to re-start his life as a rescue and search professional. The woman is looking for a new life as well. The two meet under the radiant Singapore sun, and are magnetically attracted to each other.
          Batu Puteh: Tomorrow We’ll See   
I’m revisiting this topic after months, and for one reason only. To tell those of you who DON’T read the papers, (I still do, albeit electronic ones), that the decision on the ownership of Pulau Batu Puteh will be announced tomorrow. A Singapore media speculates on 4 possible outcomes.  The Malaysian side is so confident of […]
          The Philippines a Century Hence   
(by José Rizal Translated by Charles E. Derbyshire)

NOTE: This famous essay of Rizal entitled "Filipinas de cien años" was first published in La Solidaridad, Madrid, between September 30, 1889, and February 1, 1890

PART ONE: Following our usual custom of facing squarely the most difficult and delicate questions related to the Philippines, without weighing the consequences that our frankness may bring upon us, we shall in the present article treat of their future.

In order to read the destiny of a people, it is necessary to open the book of its past, and this, for the Philippines may be reduced in general terms to what follows.

Scarcely had they been attached to the Spanish crown than they had sustained with their blood and the efforts of their sons the wars and ambitions, and conquest of the Spanish people, and in these struggles, in that terrible crisis when a people changes its form of government, its laws, usages, customs, religion and beliefs; the Philippines was depopulated, impoverished and retarded -- caught in their metamorphosis without confidence in their past, without faith in their present and with no fond home of the years to come. The former rulers who had merely endeavored to secure the fear and submission of their subjects, habituated by them to servitude, fell like leaves from a dead tree, and the people, who had no love for them nor knew what liberty was, easily changed masters, perhaps hoping to gain something by the innovation.

Then began a new era for the Filipinos. They gradually lost their ancient traditions, their recollections, -- they forgot their writings, their songs, their poetry, their laws in order to learn by heart other doctrines, which they did not understand, other ethics, other tastes, different from those inspired in their race by their climate and their way of thinking. Then there was a falling-off, they were lowered in their own eyes, they became ashamed of what was distinctively their own, in order to admire and praise that was foreign and incomprehensible; their spirit was broken and they acquiesced.

Thus years and centuries rolled on. Religious shows, rites that caught the eye, songs, lights, images arrayed with gold, worship in a strange language, legends, miracles and sermons, hypnotized the already naturally superstitious spirits of the country but did not succeed in destroying it altogether, in spite of the whole system afterwards developed and operated with unyielding tenacity.

When the ethical abasement of the inhabitants had reached this stage, when they had become disheartened and disgusted with themselves, an effort was made to add the final stroke for reducing so many dormant wills and intellects to nothingness, in order to make of the individual a sort of toiler, a brute, a beast of burden and to develop a race without mind or heart. “Then the end sought was revealed, it was taken for granted, and the race was insulted, an effort was made to deny it every virtue, every human characteristic, and there were even writers and priests who pushed the movement still further by trying to deny to the natives of the country not only capacity for virtue but also even the tendency to vice.

Then this which they had thought would be death was sure salvation. Some dying persons are restored to health by a heroic remedy.

So great endurance reached its climax with the insults, and the lethargic spirit woke up to life. His sensitiveness, the chief trait of the native, was touched, and while he had the forbearance to suffer and die under a foreign flag, he had it not when they whom he served repaid his sacrifices with insults and jests. Then he began to study himself and to realize his misfortune. Those who had not expected this result, like all despotic masters, regarded as a wrong every complaint, every protest, and punished it with death, endeavoring thus to stifle every cry of sorrow with blood, and they made mistake after mistake.

The spirit of the people was not thereby cowed, and even though it had been awakened in only a few hearts, its flame nevertheless was surely and consumingly propagated, thanks to abuses and the stupid endeavors of certain classes to stifle noble and generous sentiments. Thus when a flame catches a garment, fear and confusion propagate it more and more, and each shake, each blow, is a blast from the bellows to fan it into life.

Undoubtedly during all this time there were not lacking generous and noble spirits among the dominant race that tired to struggle for the rights of humanity and justice, or sordid and cowardly ones among the dominated that aided the debasement of their own country. But both were exceptions and we are speaking in general terms.

Such is an outline of their past. We know their present. Now what will their future be?

Will the Philippine Islands continue to be a Spanish colony, and if so, what kind of colony? Will they become a province of Spain, with or without autonomy? And to reach this stage, what kind of sacrifices will have to be made?

Will they be separated from the mother country to live independently, to fall into the hands of other nations, or to ally themselves with neighboring powers?

It is impossible to reply to these questions, for to all of them both yes and now may be answered, according to the time desired to be covered. When there is in nature no fixed condition, how much less must there be in the life of a people, being endowed with mobility and movement! So, it is that in order to deal with those questions, it is necessary to presume an unlimited period of time, and in accordance therewith try to forecast future events.

PART TWO: What will become of the Philippines within a century? Will they continue to be a Spanish colony?

Had this question been asked three centuries ago, when at Legazpi’s death the Malayan Filipinos began to be gradually undeceived and, finding the yoke heavy, tried in vain to shake it off without any doubt whatsoever the reply would have been easy. To a spirit enthusiastic over the liberty of the country, to those unconquerable Kagayanes who nourished within themselves the spirit of Mgalats, to the descendants of the heroic Gat Pulintang and Gat Salakab of the Province of Batangas, independence was assured, it was merely a question of getting together and making a determination. But for him who, disillusioned by sad experience, saw everywhere discord and disorder, apathy and brutalization in the lower classes, discouragement and disunion in the upper, only one answer presented itself, and it was: extend his hands to the chains, bow his neck beneath the yoke and accept the future with the resignation of an invalid who watches the leaves fall and foresees a long winter amid whose snows he discerns the outlines of his grave. At the time discord justified pessimism -- but three centuries passed, the meek had become accustomed to the yoke, and each new generation, begotten in chains, was constantly better adapted to the new order of things.

Now then, are the Philippines in the same condition they were three centuries ago?

For the liberal Spaniards the ethical condition of the people remains the same, that is, the native Filipinos have not advanced; for the friars and their followers the people have been redeemed from savagery, that is, they have progressed; for many Filipinos ethics, spirit and customs have decayed, as decay all the good qualities of a people that falls into slavery that is, they have retrograded.

Laying aside these considerations, so as not to get away from our subject let us draw the brief parallel between the political situation then and the situation at present, in order to see if what was not possible at that time can be so now, or vice versa.

Let us pass over the loyalty the Filipinos may feel for Spain; let us suppose for a moment, along with Spanish writers, that there exist only motives for hatred and jealousy between the two races; let us admit the assertions flaunted by many that three centuries of domination have not awakened in the sensitive heart of the native a single spark of affection or gratitude; and we may see whether or not the Spanish cause has gained ground in the Islands.

Formerly the Spanish authority was upheld among the natives by a handful of soldiers, three to five hundred at most, many of whom were engaged in trade and were scattered about not only in the Islands but also among the neighboring nations, occupied in long wars against the Mohammedans in the south, against the British and Dutch, and ceaselessly harassed by Japanese, Chinese, or some tribes in the interior. Then communication with Mexico and Spain was slow, rare and difficult; frequent and violent the disturbances among the ruling powers in the Islands, the treasury nearly always empty, and the life of the colonists dependent upon one frail ship that handled the Chinese trade. Then the seas in those regions were infested with pirates, all enemies of the Spanish name, which was defended by an impoverished fleet, generally manned by rude adventurers, when not by foreigners and enemies, which was checked and an expedition of Gomez Perez Dasmariñas, which was checked and frustrated by the mutiny of the Chinese rowers, who killed him and thwarted all his plans and schemes. Yet in spite of so many adverse circumstances the Spanish authority had been upheld for more than three centuries and, though it has been curtailed, still continues to rule the destinies of the Philippine group.

On the other hand, the present situation seems to be gilded and rosy -- as we might say, a beautiful morning compared to the vexed and stormy night of the past. The material forces at the disposal of the Spanish sovereign have now been trebled; the fleet relatively improved: there is more organization in both civil and military affairs; communication with the sovereign country is swifter and surer; she has no enemies abroad; her possession is assured and the country dominated seems to have less spirit, less aspiration for independence, a world that is to it almost incomprehensible. Everything then at first glance presages another three centuries, at least, of peaceful domination and tranquil suzerainty.

But above the material considerations are arising others, invisible, of an ethical nature, far more powerful and transcendental.

Orientals and the Malays, in particular, are a sensitive people: delicacy of sentiment is predominant with them. Even now, in spite of contact with the Occidental nations, who have ideas different from his, we see the Malayan Filipino sacrifice everything -- liberty, ease, welfare, name for the sake of an aspiration or a conceit sometimes scientific, or of some other nature but at the least word which wounds his self-love he forgets all his sacrifices, the labor expended, to treasure in his memory and never forget the slight he thinks he has received.

So the Philippine peoples have remained faithful during three centuries, giving up their liberty and their independence, sometimes dazzled by the hope of the Paradise promised, sometimes cajoled by the friendship offered them by a noble and generous people like the Spanish, sometimes also compelled by superiority of arms of which they were ignorant and which timid spirits invested with a mysterious character, or sometimes because the invading foreigner took advantage of internecine feuds to step in as the peacemaker in discord and thus after to dominate both parties and subject them to his authority.

Spanish domination once established, was firmly maintained, thanks to the attachment of the people, to their mutual dissensions, and to the fact that the sensitive self-love of the native had not yet been wounded. Then the people saw their own countrymen in the higher ranks of the army, their general officers fighting beside the heroes of Spain and sharing their laurels, begrudged neither character, reputation nor consideration; then fidelity and attachment to Spain, love for the fatherland, made of the native encomendero and even general, as during the English invasion; then there had not yet been invented the insulting and ridiculous epithets with which recently the most laborious and painful achievements of the native leaders have been stigmatized; not then had it become the fashion to insult and slander in stereotyped phrase, in newspapers and books published with governmental and superior ecclesiastical approval, the people that paid, fought and poured out its blood for the Spanish name, nor was it considered either noble or witty to offend a whole race, which was forbidden to reply or defend itself, and if there were religious hypochondriacs who in the leisure of their cloisters dared to write against it, as did the Augustinian Gaspar de San Agustin and the Jesuit Velarde, their loathsome abortions never saw the light, and still less were they themselves rewarded with miters and raised to high offices. True it is that neither were the natives of that time such as we are now: three centuries of brutalization and obscurantism have necessarily had some influence upon us, the most beautiful work of divinity in the hands of certain artisans may finally be converted into a caricature.

The priests of that epoch, wishing to establish their domination over the people, got in touch with it and made common cause with it against the oppressive encomenderos. Naturally, the people saw in them learning and some prestige and placed its confidence in them, followed their advice, and listened to them in the darkest hours. If they wrote, they did so in defense of the rights of the native and made his cry reach even to the distant steps of the Throne. And not a few priests, both secular and regular, undertook dangerous journeys, as representatives of the country, and this, along with the strict and public residencia then required of the governing powers, from the captain-general to the most insignificant official, rather consoled and pacified the wounded spirits, satisfying, even though it were only in form, all the malcontents.

All this has passed away. The derisive laughter penetrates like mortal poison into the heart of the native who pays and suffers and it becomes more offensive the more immunity it enjoys. A common sore the general affront offered to a whole race, has wiped away the old feuds among different provinces. The people no longer have confidence in its former protectors, now its exploiters and executioners. The masks have fallen. It has been that the love and piety of the past have come to resemble the devotion of a nurse, who, unable to live elsewhere, desires the eternal infancy, eternal weakness, for the child in order to go on drawing her wages and existing at its expense, it has seen not only that she does not nourish it to make it grow but that she poisons it to stunt its growth and at the slightest protest she flies into a rage! The ancient show of justice, the holy residencia has disappeared; confusion of ideas begins to prevail; the regard shown for a governor-general, lie La Torre, becomes a crime in the government of his successor, sufficient to cause the citizen to lose his liberty and his home; if he obeys the order of one official, as in the recent matter of admitting corpses into the church, it is enough to have the obedient subjects later harassed and persecuted in every possible way; obligations and taxes increase without thereby increasing rights, privileges and liberties or assuring the few in existence; a regime of continual terror and uncertainty disturbs the minds, a regime worse than a period of disorder for the fears that the imagination conjures up are generally greater than the reality; the country is poor; the financial crisis through which it is passing is acute, and every one points out with the finger the persons who are causing the trouble, yet no one dares lay hands upon them!

True it is that the Penal Code has come like a drop of balm to such bitterness. But of what use are all the codes in the world, if by means of confidential reports, if for trifling reasons, if through anonymous traitors any honest citizen may be exiled or banished without a hearing, without a trial? Of what use is that Penal Code, of what use is life, if there is no security in the home, no faith in justice and confidence in tranquility of conscience? Of what use is all that array of terms, all that collection of articles, when the cowardly accusation of a traitor has more influence in the timorous ears of the supreme autocrat than all the cries for justice?

If this state of affairs should continue, what will be come of the Philippines within a century?

The batteries are gradually becoming charged and if the prudence of the government does not provide an outlet for the currents that are accumulating, some day the spark will be generated. This is not the place to speak of what outcome such a deplorable conflict might have, for it depends upon chance, upon the weapons and upon a thousand circumstances which man cannot foresee. But even though all the advantages should be on the government’s side and therefore the probability of success, it would be a Pyrrhic victory, and not government ought to desire such.

If those who guide the destinies of the Philippines remain obstinate, and instead of introducing reforms try to make the condition of the country retrograde; to push their severity and repression to extremes against the classes that suffer and think they are going to force the latter to venture and put into play the wretchedness of an unquiet life, filled with privation and bitterness, against the hope of securing something indefinite. What would be lost in the struggle? Almost nothing: the life of the numerous discontented classes has no such great attraction that it should be preferred to a glorious death. It may indeed be a suicidal attempt -- but then, what? Would not a bloody chasm yawn between victors and vanquished and might not the latter with time and experience become equal in strength, since they are superior in numbers to their dominators? Who disputes this? All the petty instructions that have occurred in the Philippines were the work of a few fanatics or discontented soldiers, who had to deceive and humbug the people or avail themselves of their powers over their subordinates to gain their ends. So they all failed. No insurrection had a popular character or was based on a need of the whole race or fought for human rights or justice, so it left no ineffaceable impressions, but rather when they saw that they had been duped the people bound up their wounds and applauded the overthrow of the disturbers of their peace! But what if the movement springs from the people themselves and based its causes upon their woes?

So then, if the prudence and wise reforms of our ministers do not find capable and determined interpreters among the colonial governors and faithful perpetrators among those whom the frequent perpetrators among those whom the frequent political changes send to fill such a delicate post; if met with the eternal it is out of order, preferred by the elements who see their livelihood in the backwardness of their subjects, it just claims are to go unheeded, as being of a subversive tendency; if the country is denied representation in the Cortes and an authorized voice to cry out against all kinds of abuses, which escape through the complexity of the laws; if in short, the system, prolific in results of alienating the goodwill of the natives, is to continue, pricking his apathetic mind with insults and charges of ingratitude, we can assert that in a few yeas the present state of affairs will have been modified completely -- and inevitably. There now exists a factor which was formerly lacking -- the spirit of the nation has been aroused and a common misfortune, a common debasement has united all the inhabitants of the Islands. A numerous enlightened class now exists within and without the Islands, a class created and continually augmented by the stupidity of certain governing powers, which forces the inhabitants to leave the country, to secure education abroad, and it is maintained thanks to the provocation and the system of espionage in vogue. This class, whose number is cumulatively increasing, is in constant communication with the rest of the Islands, and if today it constitutes only the brain of the country in a few years it will form the whole nervous system and manifest its existence in all its acts.

Now, statecraft has various means at its disposal for checking a people on the road to progress; the brutalization of the masses through a caste addicted to the government, aristocratic, as in the Dutch colonies, or theocratic as in the Philippines; the impoverishment of the country; the gradual extermination of the inhabitants; and fostering of feuds among the races.

Brutalization of the Malayan Filipinos has been demonstrated to be impossible. In spite of the dark horde of friars in whose hands rests the instruction of youth, which miserably wastes years and years in the colleges, issuing therefrom tired, weary and disgusted with books: in spite of the censorship which tries to close every avenue to progress; in spite of all the pupils, confessionals, books, and missals that inculcate hatred toward not only all scientific knowledge but even toward the Spanish language itself; in spite of this whole elaborate system perfected and tenaciously operated by those who wish to keep the Islands in holy ignorance; there exist writers, freethinkers, historians, philosophers, chemists, physicians, artists, and jurists. Enlightenment is spreading and the persecution it suffers quickens it. No, the divine flame of thought is inextinguishable in the Filipino people and somehow or other it will shine forth and compel recognition. It is impossible to brutalize the inhabitants of the Philippines!

May poverty arrest their development? Perhaps, but it is a very dangerous means. Experience has everywhere shown us and especially in the Philippines, that the classes which are better off have always been addicted to peace and order, because they live comparatively better and may be the losers in civil disturbances. Wealth brings with it refinement, the spirit of conservation, while poverty inspires adventurous ideas, the desire to change things and has little care for life. Machiavelli himself held this means of subjecting of a people to be perilous, observing that loss of welfare stirs up more obdurate enemies than loss of life. Moreover, when there are wealth and abundance, there is less discontent, less compliant and the government, itself wealthier, has more means for sustaining itself. On the other hand, there occurs in a poor country what becomes in a house where bread is wanting? And further, of what use to the mother country would a poor and lean colony be?

Neither is possible gradually to exterminate the inhabitants. The Philippine races, like all the Malays, do not succumb before the foreigner, like the Australians, the Polynesians and the Indians of the New World. In spite of the numerous wars the Filipinos have had to carry on, in spite of the epidemics that have periodically visited them, their number has trebled, as has that of the Malays of Java and the Moluccas. The Filipino embraces civilization and lives and thrives in every clime, in contact with every people. Rum, that poison which exterminated the natives of the Pacific islands, has no power in the Philippines, but rather, comparison of their present condition with that described by the earlier historians, makes it appear that the Filipinos have grown soberer. The petty wars with the inhabitants of the south consume only the soldiers, people who by their fidelity to the Spanish flag, far from being a menace, are surely one of its solidest supports.

Three remains the fostering of internecine feuds among the provinces.

This was formerly possible, when communication from one island to another was rare and difficult, when there were not steamers or telegraph lines, when the regiments were formed according to the various provinces, when some provinces were cajoled by awards of privileges and honor and other were protected from the strongest. But now that the privileges have disappeared, that through a spirit of distrust the regiments have been reorganized, that the inhabitants move from one island to another, communication and exchange of impressions naturally increase, and as all see themselves threatened by the same peril and wounded in the same feelings, they clasp hands and make common cause. It is true that the union is not yet wholly perfected, but to this end the measures of good government, the vexations to which the townspeople are subjected, the frequent changes of officials, the scarcity of centers of learning, forces of the youth of all the islands to come together and begin to get acquainted. The journeys to Europe contribute not a little to tighten the bonds, for abroad the inhabitants of most widely separated provinces are impressed by their patriotic feelings, from sailors even to the wealthiest merchants, and at the sight of modern liberty and the memory of the misfortunes of their country, they embrace and call one another brothers.

In short, then, the advancement and ethical progress of the Philippines are inevitable, are decreed by fate.

The Islands cannot remain in the condition they are without requiring from the sovereign country more liberty. Mutatis mutandis. For new men, a new social order.

To wish that the alleged child remain in its swaddling clothes is to risk that it may turn against the nurse and flee, tearing away the old rags that bind it.

The Philippines, then, will remain under Spanish domination, but with more law and greater liberty, or they will declare themselves independent after steeping themselves and the mother country in blood.

As no one should desire or hope for such an unfortunate rupture, which would be an evil for all and only the final argument in the most desperate predicament, let us see by what forms of peaceful evolution the Islands may remain subjected to the Spanish authority, with the very least detriment to the rights, interests and dignity of both parties.

PART THREE: If the Philippines must remain under the control of Spain, they will necessarily have to be transformed in a political sense, for the course of their history and the needs of their inhabitants so required. This we demonstrated in the preceding article.

We also said that this transformation will be violent and fatal if it proceeds from the ranks of the people, but peaceful and fruitful if it emanates from the upper classes.

Some governors have realized this truth, and impelled by their patriotism, have been trying to introduce needed reforms in order to forestall events. But notwithstanding all that have been ordered up to the present time, they have produced scanty results, for the government as well as for the country. Even those that promised only a happy issue have at times caused injury, for the simple reason that they have been based upon unstable grounds.

We said and once more we repeat, and all will ever assert, that reforms, which have a palliative character, are not only ineffectual but even prejudicial when the government is confronted with evils that must be cured radically. And were we not convinced of the honesty and rectitude of some governors, we would be tempted to say that all the partial reforms are only plasters and salves of a physician, who, not knowing how to cure the cancer, and not daring to root it out, tries in this way to alleviate the patient’s sufferings or to temporize with the cowardice of the timid and ignorant.

All the reforms of our liberal ministers were, have been, are, and will be good -- when carried out.

When we think of them, we are reminded of the dieting of Sancho Panza in this Barataria Island. He took his seat at a sumptuous and well-appointed table “covered with fruit and many varieties of food differently prepared,” but between the wretch’s mouth and each dish the physician Pedro Rezio interposed his wand, saying, “Take it away!” The dish removed, Sancho was as hungry as ever. Truth is that the despotic Pedro Rezio gave reasons, which seem to have been written by Cervantes especially for the colonial administrations. “You must not eat, Mr. Governor, except according to the usage and custom of other islands, where there are governors.” Something was found to be wrong with each dish: one was too hot, another too moist, and so on, just like our Pedro Rezio on both sides of the sea. Great good did his cook’s skill do Sancho!

In the case of our country, the reforms take the place of the dishes, the Philippines are Sancho, while the part of the quack physician is played by many persons interested in not having the dishes touched, perhaps that they may themselves get the benefit of them.

The result is that the long suffering Sancho, or the Philippines, misses his liberty, rejects all government and ends up by rebelling against his quack physician.

In this manner, so long as the Philippines have no liberty of the press, have no voice in the Cortes to make known to the government and to the nation whether or not their decrees have been duly obeyed, whether or not these benefit the country, all the able efforts of the colonial ministers will meet the fate of the dishes in Barataria Island.

The minister, then, who wants his reforms to be reforms, must begin by declaring the press in the Philippines free and by instituting Filipino delegates.

The free press in the Philippines, because their complaints rarely ever reach the Peninsula, very rarely, and if they do they are so secret, so mysterious that no newspaper dares to publish them, or if it does reproduce them, it does so tardily and badly.

A government that rules a country from a great distance is the one that has the most need for a free press more so even than the government of the home country, if it wishes to rule rightly and fitly. The government that governs in a country may even dispense with the press (if it can), because it is on the ground, because it has eyes and ears, and because it directly observes what it rules and administers. But the government that governs from afar absolutely requires that the truth and the facts reach its knowledge by every possible channel so that it may weigh and estimate them better, and this need increases when a country like the Philippines is concerned, where the inhabitants speak and complain in a language unknown to the authorities. To govern in any other way may also be called governing, but it is to govern badly. It amounts to pronouncing judgment after hearing only one of the parties; it is steering a ship without reckoning its conditions, the state of the sea, the reefs and shoals, the direction of the winds and currents. It is managing a house by endeavoring merely to give it polish and a fine appearance without watching the money chest, without looking after the servants and the members of the family.

But routine is a declivity down which many governments slide, and routine says that freedom of the press is dangerous. Let us see what History says: uprisings and revolutions have always occurred in countries tyrannized over, in countries where human thought and the human heart have been forced to remain silent.

If the great Napoleon had not tyrannized over the press, perhaps it would have warned him of the peril into which he was hurled and have made him understand that the people were weary and the earth wanted peace. Perhaps his genius, instead of being dissipated in foreign aggrandizement would have become intensive in laboring to strengthen his position and thus have assured it. Spain herself records in her history more revolutions when the press was gagged. What colonies have become independent while they had a free press and enjoyed liberty? Is it preferable to govern blindly or to govern with ample knowledge?

Someone will answer that in colonies with a free press, the prestige of the rulers, that prop of false governments, will be greatly imperiled. We answer that the prestige of the nation is not by abetting and concealing abuses, but by rebuking and punishing them. Moreover, to this prestige is applicable what Napoleon said about great men and their valets. Who endure and know all the false pretensions and petty persecutions of those sham gods, do not need a free press in order to recognize them; they have long ago lost their prestige. The free press is needed by the government, the government which still dreams of the prestige which it builds upon mined ground.

We say the same about the Filipino representatives.

What risks does the government see in them? One of three things, either that they will prove unruly, become political trimmers, or act properly.

Supposing that we should yield to the most absurd pessimism and admit the insult, great for the Philippines but still greater for Spain, that all the representatives would be separatists and that in all their contentions they would advocate separatist ideas; does not a patriotic Spanish majority exist there, is there not present there the vigilance of the governing powers to combat and oppose such intentions? And would not this be better than the discontent that ferments and expands in the secrecy of the home, in the huts and in the field? Certainly the Spanish people does not spare its blood where patriotism is concerned but would not a struggle of principles in parliament be preferable to the exchange of shot in swampy lands, three thousand leagues from home in impenetrable forests, under a burning sun or amid torrential rains? These pacific struggles of ideas, besides being a thermometer for the government, have the advantage of being cheap and glorious, because the Spanish parliament especially abounds in oratorical paladins invincible in debate. Moreover, it is said that the Filipinos are indolent and peaceful -- then what need for government fear? Hasn’t it any influence in the elections? Frankly speaking, it is a great compliment to the separatists to fear them in the midst of the Cortes of the nation.

Now then, if the real objection to the Filipino delegates, is that they smell like Igorots, which so disturbed in open Senate the doughty General Salamanca, then Don Sinibaldo de Mas, who saw the Igorots in person and wanted to live with them, can affirm that they will smell at worst like powder, and Señor Salamanca undoubtedly has no fear of that odor. And if this were all, the Filipinos, who there in their own country are accustomed to bathe every day, when they become representatives may give up such a dirty custom, at least during the legislative session so as not to offend the delicate nostrils of Salamanca with the odor of the bath.

It is useless to answer certain objections of some fine writers regarding the rather brown skins and faces with somewhat wide nostrils. Questions of taste are peculiar to each race. China, for example, which has four hundred million inhabitants and a very ancient civilization, considers all Europeans ugly and calls them “fankwai”, or red devils. Its taste has a hundred million more adherents than the Europeans. Moreover, if this is the question, we would have to admit the inferiority of the Latins, especially the Spaniards, to the Saxons, who are much whiter.

And so long as it is not asserted that the Spanish parliament is an assemblage of Adonises, Antoniuses, pretty boys and other like paragons, so long as the purpose of resorting thither is to legislate and not to philosophize or wonder through imaginary spheres, we maintain that the government ought not to pause at these obligations. Law has no skin nor reason nostrils.

So we see no serious reason why the Philippines may not have representatives. By their institution many malcontents would be silenced, and instead of blaming its troubles upon the government, as now happens, the country would bear them better, for it could at least complain and with its sons among its legislators, would in a way become responsible for their actions.

We are not sure that we serve the true interests of our country by asking for representatives. We know that the lack of enlightenment, the indolence, the egotism, of our fellow countrymen, and the boldness, the cunning and the powerful methods of those who wish their obscurantism, may convert reform into a harmful instrument. But we wish to be loyal to the government and we are pointing out to it the road that appears best to us so that its effort may not come to grief, so that discontent may disappear. If after so just, as well as necessary, a measure has been introduced, the Filipino people are so stupid and weak that they are treacherous to their own interests, then let the responsibility fall upon them, let them suffer all consequences. Every country gets the fate it deserves and the government can say that it has done its duty.

These are the two fundamental reforms, which properly interpreted and applied, will dissipate all clouds, assure affection toward Spain, and make all succeeding reforms fruitful. These are the reforms sine quibus non.

It is puerile to fear that independence may come thorough them. The free press will keep the government in touch with public opinion, and the representatives, if they are, as they ought to be, the best from among the sons of the Philippines, will be their hostages. With no cause for discontent, how then attempt to stir up the masses of the people?

Likewise inadmissible is the obligation offered by some regarding the imperfect culture of the majority of the inhabitants. Aside from the fact that it is not so imperfect as is averred, there is no plausible reason why the ignorant and the defective (whether through their own or another’s fault) should be denied representation to look after them and see that they are not abused. They are the very ones who most need it. No one ceases to be a man, no one forfeits his rights to civilization merely by being more or less uncultured, and since the Filipino is regarded as a fit citizen when he is asked to pay taxes or shed his blood to defend the fatherland why must this fitness be denied him when the question arises of granting him some right? Moreover, how is he to be held responsible for his ignorance, when it is acknowledged by all, friends and enemies that his zeal for learning is so great that even before the coming of the Spaniards every one could read and write, and that we now see the humblest families make enormous sacrifices to the extent of working as servants in order to learn Spanish? How can the country be expected to become enlightened under present conditions when we see all the decrees issued by the government in favor of education meet with Pedro Rezios who prevent execution whereof because they have in their hands what they call education? If the Filipino, then, is sufficiently intelligent to pay taxes, he must also be able to choose and retain the one who looks after him and his interests, with the product whereof he serves the government of his nation. To reason otherwise is to reason stupidly.

When the laws and the acts of officials are kept under surveillance, the word justice may cease to be a colonial jest. The thing that makes the English most respected in their possessions is their strict and speedy justice so that the inhabitants repose entire confidence in the judges. Justice is the foremost virtue of the civilized races. It subdues the barbarous nations, while injustice arouses the weakest.

Offices and trusts should be awarded by competition, publishing the work and the judgment thereon, so that there may be stimulus and that discontent may not be bred. Then, if the native does not shake off his indolence he can not complain when he sees all the offices filled by Castilas.

We presume that it will not be the Spaniard who fears to enter in this contest, for thus will he be able to prove his superiority by the superiority of intelligence. Although this is not the custom in the sovereign country, it should be practiced in the colonies, for the reason that genuine prestige should be sought by means of moral qualities, because the colonizers ought to be, or at least to seem, upright, honest and intelligent, just as a man stimulates virtues when he deals with a stranger. The offices and trusts so earned will do away with arbitrary dismissal and develop employees and officials capable and cognizant of their duties. The offices held by natives, instead of endangering the Spanish domination, will merely serve to assure it, for what interest would they have in converting the sure and stable into the uncertain and problematical? The native is, moreover, very fond of peace and prefers a humble present to a brilliant future. Let the various Filipinos still holding office speak in this matter, they are the most unshaken conservatives.

We could add other minor reforms touching commerce, agriculture, security of the individual and of property, education, and so on, but these are points with which we shall deal in other articles. For the present we are satisfied with the outlines and no one can say that we ask too much.

There will be lacking critics to accuse us of Utopianism: but what is Utopia? Utopia was a country imagined by Thomas Moore, wherein existed universal suffrage, religious toleration, almost complete abolition of the death penalty and so on. When the book was published these things were looked upon as dreams, impossibilities, that is Utopianism. Yet civilization has left the country of Utopia far behind, the human will and conscience have worked greater miracles, have abolished slavery and the death penalty for adultery -- things impossible for even Utopia itself!

The French colonies have their representatives. The question has also been raised in the English parliament of giving representation to the Crown colonies, for the others already enjoy some autonomy. The press there is also free. Only Spain, which in the sixteenth century was the model nation in civilization, lags far behind. Cuba and Puerto Rico, whose inhabitants do not number a third of those of the Philippines, and who have not made such sacrifices for Spain, have numerous representatives. The Philippines in the early days had theirs, who conferred with the King and Pope on the needs of the country. They had them in Spain’s critical moments, when she groaned under the Napoleonic yoke, and they did not take advantage of the sovereign country’s misfortunes like other colonies but tightened more firmly the bonds that united them to be the nation, giving proofs of their loyalty and they continued until many years later. What crime have the Islands committed that they are deprived of their rights?

To recapitulate: the Philippines will remain Spanish if they enter upon the life of law and civilization, if the rights of their inhabitants are respected, if the other rights due them are granted, if the liberal policy of the government is carried out without trickery or meanness, without subterfuges or false interpretations.

Otherwise, if an attempt is made to see in the Islands a lode to be exploited, a resource to satisfy ambitions, thus to relieve the sovereign country of taxes, killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, and shutting its ears to all cries of reasons the, however, great may be the loyalty of the Filipinos, it will be impossible to hinder the operations of the inexorable laws of history. Colonies established to subserve the policy and the commerce of the sovereign country, all eventually become independent said Bachelet, and before Bachelet, all the Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek, Roman, English, Portuguese, and Spanish colonies have said it.

Close indeed are the bonds that unite us to Spain. Two peoples do not live for three centuries in continual contact, sharing the same lot, shedding their blood on the same fields, holding the same beliefs, worshipping the same God, interchanging the same ideas, but that ties are formed between them stronger than those engendered by affection. Machiavelli, the great reader of the human heart said: la natura degli huomini, e cosi obligarsi pe li beneficii che essi fanno come per quelli che essi ricevono (it is human nature to be bound as much by benefits conferred as by those received). All this, and more, is true but it is pure sentimentality, and in the arena of politics stern necessity and interests prevail. Howsoever much the Filipinos owe Spain, they can not be required to forego their redemption, to have their liberal and enlightened sons wander about in exile from their native land, the rudest aspirations stifled in its atmosphere, the peaceful inhabitants living in constant alarm, with the fortune of the two peoples dependent upon the whim of one man. Spain can not claim, nor even in the name of God himself, that six millions of people should be brutalized, exploited and oppressed, denied light and the rights inherent to a human being and then heap upon them slights and insults. There is no claim of gratitude that can excuse, there is not enough power in the world to justify the offenses against the liberty of the individual, against the sanctity of the home, against the laws, against peace and honor, offenses that are committed three daily. There is no divinity that can proclaim the sacrifice of our dearest affections, the sacrifice of the family, the sacrileges and wrongs that are committed by persons who have the name of God on their lips. No one can require an impossibility of the Filipino people. The noble Spanish people, so jealous of its rights and liberties, cannot bid the Filipinos to renounce theirs. A people that prides itself on the glories of the past cannot ask another, trained by it, to accept abjection and dishonor its own name!

We, who today are struggling by the legal and peaceful means of debate so understand it, and with our gaze fixed upon our ideals, shall not cease to plead our cause, withou t going beyond the pale of the law, but if violence first silences us or we have the misfortune to fall (which is possible for we are mortal) then we do not know what course will be taken by the numerous tendencies that will rush in to occupy the places that we leave vacant.

If what we desire is not realized. . .

In contemplating such an unfortunate eventuality, we must not turn away in horror, and so instead of closing our eyes we will face what the future may bring. For this purpose, after throwing the handful of dust due to Cerberus, let us frankly descend into the abyss and sound its terrible mysteries.

PART FOUR: History does not record in its annals any lasting domination exercised by one people over another, of different races, of diverse usages and customs, of opposite and divergent ideals.

One of the two had to yield and succumb. Either the foreigner was driven out, as happened in the case of Carthaginians, the Moors and the French in Spain, or else these autochthons had to give way and perish, as was the case with the inhabitants of the New World.

One of the longest dominations was that of the Moors in Spain, which lasted seven centuries. But, even though the conquerors lived in the country conquered, even though the Peninsula was broken up into small states, which gradually emerged like little islands in the midst of the great Saracen inundation and in spite of the chivalrous spirit, the gallantry and the religious toleration of the caliphs, they were finally driven out after bloody and stubborn conflicts, which formed the Spanish nation and created the Spain of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

The existence of a foreign body within another endowed with strength and activity is contrary to all natural and ethical laws. Science teaches us that it is either assimilated, destroys the organism, is eliminated or becomes encysted.

Encystment of a conquering people is possible, for it signifies complete isolation, absolute inertia, and debility in the conquering element. Encystment thus means the tomb of the foreign invader.

Now applying these considerations to the Philippines, we must conclude, as a deduction from all we have said, that if their population be not assimilated to the Spanish nation, if the dominators do not enter into the spirit of their inhabitants, if equitable laws and free and liberal reforms do not make each forget that they belong to different races, or if both peoples be not amalgamated to constitute one mass, socially and politically, homogeneous, that is, not harassed by opposing tendencies and antagonistic ideas and interests some day the Philippines will fatally and infallibly declare themselves independent. To this law of destiny can be opposed neither Spanish patriotism, nor the love of all Filipinos for Spain, not the doubtful future of dismemberment and intestine strife in the Islands themselves. Necessity is the most powerful divinity the world knows, and necessity is the resultant of physical forces set in operation by ethical forces.

We have said and statistics prove that it is impossible to exterminate the Filipino people. And even were it possible what interest would Spain have in the destruction of the inhabitants of a country she can not populate or cultivate, whose climate is to a certain extent disastrous to her? What good would the Philippines be without the Filipinos? Quite otherwise, under her colonial system and the transitory character of the Spanish who go to the colonies, a colony is so much the more useful and productive to her as it possesses inhabitants and wealth. Moreover, in order to destroy the six million Malays, even supposing them to be in their infancy and that they have never learned to fight and defend themselves, Spain would have to sacrifice at least a fourth of her population. This we commend to the notice of the partisans of colonial exploitation.

But nothing of this kind can happen. The menace is that when the education and liberty necessary to human existence are denied by Spain to the Filipinos, then they will seek enlightenment abroad, behind the mother country’s back or they will secure by hook or by crook some advantages in their country with the result that the opposition of purblind and paretic politicians will not only be futile but even prejudicial because it will convert motives for love and gratitude into resentment and hatred.

Hatred and resentment on one side, mistrust and anger on the other, will finally result in a violent terrible collision, especially when there exist elements interested in having disturbances, so that they may get something in the excitement, demonstrates their mighty power, foster lamentations and recriminations, or employ violent measures. It is to be expected that the government will triumph and be generally (as is the custom) severe in punishment, either to teach a stern lesson in order to vaunt its strength or even to revenge upon the vanquished the spells of excitement and terror that the danger caused it. An unavoidable concomitant of those catastrophes is the accumulation of acts of injustice committed against the innocent and peaceful inhabitants. Private reprisals, denunciation, despicable accusations, resentments, covetousness, the opportune moment for calumny, the haste and hurried procedure of the court martials, the pretext of the integrity of the fatherland and the safety of the state, which cloaks and justifies everything, even for scrupulous minds, which unfortunately are still rare and above all the panic-stricken timidity, the cowardice that battens upon the conquered -- all these things augment the severe measures and the number of the victims. The result is that a chasm of blood is then opened between the two peoples that the wounded and the afflicted, instead of becoming fewer, are increased, for to the families and friends of the guilty, who always think the punishment excessive and the judge unjust, must be added the families and friends of the innocent, who see no advantage in living and working submissively and peacefully. Note, too, that if severe measures are dangerous in a nation made up of homogeneous population, the peril is increased a hundred-fold when the government is formed a race different from the governed. In the former an injustice may still be ascribed to one man alone, to a governor actuated by personal malice, and with the death of the tyrant the victim is reconciled to the government of his nation. But in a county dominated by a foreign race, even the most just act of severity is construed as injustice and oppression, because it is ordered by a foreigner, who is unsympathetic or is an enemy of the country, and the offense hurts not only the victim but his entire race, because it is not usually regarded as personal and so the resentment naturally spreads to the whole governing race and does not die out with the offender.

Hence the great prudence and fine tact that should be exercised by colonizing countries, and the fact that government regards the colonies in general and our colonial office in particular, as training schools, contributes notably to the fulfillment of the great law that the colonies sooner or later declare themselves independent.

Such is the descent down which the peoples are precipitated. In proportion as they are bathed in blood and drenched in tears and gall, the colony, if it has any vitality, learns how to struggle and perfect itself in fighting while the mother country whose colonial life depends upon peace and the submission of the subjects, is constantly weakened and even though she makes heroic efforts, as her number is less and she has only a fictitious existence, she finally perishes. She is like the rich voluptuary accustomed to be waited upon by a crowd of servants toiling and planting for him and who on the day his slaves refuse him obedience, as he does not live by his own efforts, must die.

Reprisals, wrongs and suspicions on one part and on the other the sentiment of patriotism and liberty, which is aroused in these incessant conflicts, insurrections and uprisings, operate to generalize the movement and one of the two peoples must succumb. The struggle will be brief, for it will amount to a slavery much more cruel than death for the people and to a dishonorable loss of prestige for the dominator. One of the peoples must succumb.

Spain, from the number of her inhabitants, from the condition of her army and navy, from the distance she is situated from the Islands, from her scanty knowledge of them, and from struggling against a people whose love and goodwill she has alienated, will necessarily have to give way, if she does not wish to risk not only her other possessions and her future in Africa, but also her very independence in Europe. All this is at the cost of bloodshed, and crime, after mortal conflicts, murders, conflagrations, military executions, famine and misery.

The Spaniard is gallant and patriotic, and sacrifices everything in favorable moments, for his country’s good. He has the intrepidity of his bull. The Filipino loves his country no less and although he is quieter, more peaceful and with difficulty stirred up, when he is once aroused he does not hesitate and for him the struggle means death to one or the other combatant. He has all the meekness and all the tenacity and ferocity of his carabao. Climate affects bipeds in the same way that it does quadrupeds.

The terrible lessons and the hard teachings that these conflicts will have afforded the Filipinos will operate to improve and strengthen their ethical nature. The Spain of the fifteenth century was not the Spain of the eighth. With their bitter experience, instead of intestine conflicts of some islands against others, as is generally feared, they will extend mutual support, like shipwrecked persons when they reach an island after a fearful night of storm. Nor may it be said that we shall partake of the fate of the small American republics. They achieved their independence easily and their inhabitants are animated by a different spirit from what the Filipinos are. Besides the danger of falling again into other hands, English or German, for example, will force the Filipinos to be sensible and prudent. Absence of any great preponderance of one race over the others will free their imagination from all mad ambitions of domination, and as they tendency of countries that have been tyrannized over, when they once shake off the yoke, is to adopt the freest government, like a boy leaving school, like the beat of the pendulum or by a law of reaction, the Islands will probably declare themselves a federal republic.

If the Philippines secure their independence after heroic and stubborn conflicts, they can rest assured that neither England or Germany, nor France, and still less Holland will dare to take up what Spain has been unable to hold. Within a few years Africa will completely absorb the attention of the Europeans, and there is no sensible nation which, in order to secure a group of poor and hostile islands, will neglect the immense territory offered by the Dark Continent, untouched, undeveloped and almost undefended. England has enough colonies in the Orient and is not going to sacrifice her Indian Empire for the poor Philippine Islands -- if she had entertained such an intention she would not have restored Manila in 1763, but would have kept some point in the Philippines whence she might gradually expand. Moreover, what need has John Bull the trader to exhaust himself over the Philippines, when he is already lord of the Orient, when he has Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai? It is probable the England will look favorably upon the independence of the Philippines, for it will open their ports to her and afford greater freedom to her commerce. Furthermore, there exist in the United Kingdom tendencies and opinions to the effect that she already has too many colonies, that they are harmful, that they greatly weaken the sovereign country.

For the same reasons Germany will not care to run any risk, and because a scattering of her forces and a war in distant countries will endanger her existence on the continent. Thus we see her attitude, as much in the Pacific as in Africa, is confined to conquering easy territory that belongs to nobody. Germany avoids any foreign complications.

France has enough to do and see more of a future in Tongking and China, besides the fact that the French spirit does not shine in zeal for colonization. France loves glory, but the glory and laurels that grow on the battlefields of Europe. The echo from battlefields in the Fear East hardly satisfies her craving for renown, for it reaches her quite faintly. She has also other obligations, both internally and on the continent.

Holland is sensible and will be content to keep the Moluccas and Java. Sumatra offers her a greater future than the Philippines whose seas and coasts have a sinister omen for Dutch expeditions. Holland proceeds with great caution in Sumatra and Borneo, from fear of losing everything.

China will consider herself fortunate if she succeeds in keeping herself intact and is not dismembered or partitioned among the European powers that they are colonizing the continent of Asia.

The same is true with Japan. On the north side she has Russia, who envies and watches her, on the south England, with whom she is in accord even to her official language. She is, moreover, under such diplomatic pressure from Europe that she can not think of outside affairs until she is freed from it, which will not be an easy matter. True it is that she has an excess of population, but Korea attracts her more than the Philippines and is also easier to seize.

Perhaps the great American Republic, whose interests lie in the Pacific and who has no hand in the spoliation of Africa, may dream some day of foreign possession. This is not impossible, for the example is contagious, covetousness and ambition are among the strongest vices, and Harrison manifested something of this sort in the Samoan question. But the Panama Canal is not opened nor the territory of the States congested with inhabitants, and in case she should openly attempt it the European powers would not allow her to proceed, for they know very well that the appetite is sharpened by the first bites. North America would be quite a troublesome rival, if she should once get into the business. Furthermore, this is contrary to her traditions.

Very likely the Philippines will defend with inexpressible valor the liberty secured at the price of so much blood and sacrifice. With the new men that will spring from their soil and with the recollection of their past, they will perhaps strife to enter freely upon the wide road of progress, and all will labor together to strengthen their fatherland, both internally and externally, with the same enthusiasm, with which a youth falls again to tilling the land of his ancestors who long wasted and abandoned through the neglect of those who have withheld it from him. Then the mines will be made to give up their gold for relieving distress, iron for weapons, copper, lead, and coal. Perhaps the country will revive the maritime and mercantile life for which the islanders are fitted by their nature, ability and instincts, and once more free, like the bird that leaves its cage, like the flower that unfolds to the air, will recover the pristine virtues that are gradually dying out and will again become addicted to peace -- cheerful, happy, joyous, hospitable and daring.

These and many other things may come to pass within something like a hundred years, but the most logical prognostication, the prophecy based on the best probabilities, may err through remote and insignificant causes: An octopus that seized Mark Anthony’s ship altered the face of the world; a cross on Calvary and a just man nailed thereon changed the ethics of half the human race, and yet before Christ, how many just men wrongly perished and how many crosses were raised on that hill! The death of the just sanctified his work and made his teaching unanswerable. A sunken road at the battle of Waterloo buried all the glories of two brilliant decades, the whole napoleonic world, and freed Europe. Upon what chance accidents will the destiny of the Philippines depend?

Nevertheless, it is not well to trust to accident, for there is sometimes an imperceptible and incomprehensible logic in the workings of history. Fortunately, peoples as well as governments are subjects to it.

Therefore, we repeat and we will ever repeat, while there is time, and that is better to keep pace with the desire of a people than to give way before them; the former begets sympathy and love, the latter contempt and anger. Since it is necessary to grant six million Filipinos their rights, so that they may be in fact Spaniards, let the government grant these rights freely and spontaneously, without damaging reservations, without irritating mistrust. We shall never tire of repeating this while a ray of hope is left us, for we prefer this unpleasant task to the need of some day saying to the mother country: “Spain, we have sent our youth in serving thy interests in the interests of our country; we have looked to thee, we have expended the whole light of our intellects, all the fervor and enthusiasm of our hearts in working for the good of what was tine, to draw from them a glance of love, a liberal policy and that would assure us the peace of our native land and thy sway over loyal but unfortunate islands! Spain, thou hast remained deaf, and wrapped up in thy pride, hast pursued thy fatal course and accused us of being traitors, merely because we love our country because we tell thee the truth and hate all kinds of injustice. What dost thou wish us to tell our wretched country when it asks about the result of our efforts? Must we say to it that, since for it we have lost everything -- yo
          Lost in Thoughts?   

As seen inside a Singaporean Cab :P

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          Tổng Bí thư, Thủ tướng tiếp Đoàn cấp cao Đảng Hành động Nhân dân Singapore cầm quyền   

 Chiều 29/6, tại Hà Nội, Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc đã có các cuộc tiếp ngài Khô Bun Oan, Chủ tịch Đảng Hành động Nhân dân Singapore (PAP) cầm quyền, Bộ trưởng điều phối Cơ sở hạ tầng, Bộ trưởng Giao thông Singapore đang thăm chính thức Việt Nam. […]

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          Q&A: Things to know about me   
Hello, guys! I had another busy week and finally found time to answer on all of your questions. Thanks to my Instagram followers who left so many cool questions that I don't even know how to reply. I hope these answers will let you know me better. Actually, while collecting all these questions, I noticed that I got too many, and decided that should split them into two different blog posts. Most of the questions you asked were about blogging, travels, a few private, and photography tips. In this one, I decided to answer personal question first.

Where is your home? Where do you dream to live?
I actually get asked this question very often, and my answer is simple. I find my home where I feel comfortable and happy, which is with my husband. I know many of you wondered how I got to live in different places, but it is mostly part of my husband's job. Originally, I am from Kazakhstan. I dream to live in Singapore or Australia.

What is your favorite book?
Hmm, I believe Crime and Punishment, I have probably read this book a dozen times.

How old are you? Do you have any kids? 
I am almost 30, and no, we don't have kids yet.

What products do you use to curl your hair? How do you maintain your hair.
I have been using the hair curler Infiniti Pro Conair and flat iron Remington. You can buy at any Walgreen's or CVS store. Most of the time, I will use hair mask, but sometimes I use olive oil for my scalp. Also, I love hair products from Davine's.

Who takes your photos? 
Most of the time my husband, but when he has no time, I take myself or ask my friends. 

What is your favorite city to visit?
I have traveled to quite a few cities and countries. My favorites are New York (of course), Seoul and Konstanz.

What is your favorite skincare brand? 
Most of the time, I have been using Shiseido skin products, and a few other Korean products.

White chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Definitely white and milk chocolate. Both are equally yummy.

How did you and your hubby meet? 
We have quite an interesting story. We met in Germany. He was partying with his friends and I was having a good time with my bestie.  It happened that we were at the same club on the same night. I guess it was fate.

Do you prefer your hair long or short?
I love seeing short hair, and I did try short hair at one point. Sadly, my head is too small compared to my body (lol). Long hair looks better on me.

Your favorite guilty food.
It is a good question. Because I love ice cream, chocolate and cookies. My husband tries to not buy these items because they will disappear very quickly.

Who is your favorite actor? 
Don't have one, but I do like few actors that I enjoy watching on the silver screen: Robert De Niro,  Jude Law,  Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Joe Pesci, and Johnny Depp (of course!). 

          Singapore Turf Club Selections for June 11   

Singapore Turf Club Selections for June 11 Some great racing in Singapore this weekend here are the tips for the day brought to you by Asia’s Fastest Growing Syndicate Knightsbridge RACE 1: CLASS 5 (1) – 1400M COURSE D (SC) (TURF TRACK) TIME: 12:40 PRIZE MONEY: S$35000 FRENCH VINTAGE 5yo B NZ G SH Sire […]

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          Singapore Queen Elizabeth II Cup Selections   

Singapore Queen Elizabeth II Cup Selections RACE 9: QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP GROUP 1 (3 YEAR OLD AND UPWARDS) (WEIGHT FOR AGE) – 1800M 9f COURSE B (LC) (TURF TRACK) TIME: 17:00 PRIZE MONEY: S$500000 Our Selections: 15   JUPITER GOLD 9   BAHANA 1   WAR AFFAIR 3   TIME ODYSSEY   Jupiter Gold is a young horse from Australia by rising […]

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          Singapore: Beauty Queens Head to Queen Elizabeth II Cup   

Singapore: Beauty Queens Head to Queen Elizabeth II Cup An anticipated yearly tradition, Singapore Turf Club will host the annual Queen Elizabeth II Cup (QE II Cup) on Sunday, 4 June 2017. The Singapore Racecourse will be decked out with classic British grandeur to pay homage to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her […]

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          A new countdown   
started last night. Uh huh, counting down until the *next* trip to Australia, which is happening a year earlier than I anticipated.

It all began the last time I was there, half a year ago. Heino and I tracked Gary down; found the bastard two days before I had to return to Phoenix! Gary, if you've forgotten (or haven't poked around in the archives under 'our movie' over there --->) was the third member of the triumvirate involved in the making of the movie aforesaid.

Heino and I were the other two.

We spent a wonderful evening, the three of us, watching our movie and reminiscing. As the senior member I wussed out around 3 AM - I was falling asleep. I understand the two of them kept at it for another two hours! On the Sunday Gary met us at the airport as I was leaving and we got a shot of the three of us.

Well, just because I was condemned to a long flight back home to the US did not mean that Heino and Gary were. They, it seems, repaired to Garys house and continued the reminiscence.

Now you have to understand that Heino, in particular, just can't let sleeping dogs lie. I reckon he'd see one in proximity to a stick and just have to use the latter to poke the former. Hence the latest project - the digital remaster, in widescreen dolby thundervision, of our movie. I've been roped in to write the soundtrack. I'm not sure I *can* write 47 minutes of music of interest to a general audience but I'll sure try.

Hence the planning of a trip back to Australia in September 2010 - we reckon we might have finished the remastering by then! Besides, it's always good, on projects such as this, to have a deadline.

Things have proceeded to the point where they've already selected the venue, the Sun Theatre[^] in Yarraville. They couldn't have chosen a better venue! It is, after all, one the cinemas I used to frequent with my mates back in the early 60's when they still did Saturday afternoon matinees. If you can be bothered clicking on the link you'll see that it's moved on a bit since those days; what was once one large cinema is now 6, each named after cinemas of the area from the 30's on, most of them now closed and most of them once enjoying my patronage as a small urchin!

It seemed to me, a couple of weeks ago, that it might be fun for Sonya to come with me to Australia this time (September 2010). Thus to some planning. Minor details such as how much it will cost!

Now you can't actually book a flight that far ahead so we thought we could at least get some indicative pricing by looking at pricing for September 2009. It didn't come as much of a surprise; approx $1800 each, return via United, a little less on Air New Zealand, a bit more on Qantas and a staggering $3400 each on Singapore Airlines. Chalk that up to Australian Federal Government policy over the last quarter century; there were only two airlines permitted to fly direct from the US to Australia (Qantas and United). Air New Zealand get around that by going through New Zealand, which is, at least, in the right direction. Singapore? That's a bit out of the way but they're Star Alliance so frequent flyer points accrue.

Last week Delta Airlines announced their fares for US to Australia, commencing in July. Uh huh, that 25 year old (at least) policy is relaxing a tad and by the end of the year there should be 4 airlines doing US to Australia direct. The opening fare was very tempting, $A777 return. Translated into US currency somewhat cheaper again. I started thinking, wouldn't it be great to go, alone, a year earlier *and* go again in 2010 with Sonya?

Of course there's a fly in the ointment. Ain't that always the way? This particular winged insect in the unguent is that the quoted price is Los Angeles to Sydney. Heck, all I want is an extra hours flight at each end, Phoenix to Los Angeles and Sydney to Melbourne.

Deltas offering is ridiculous. To fly from Phoenix to Sydney on Delta I'd have to do the following - Phoenix to Atlanta, Atlanta to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Sydney and then I'm on my own as far as Delta are concerned. Same on the way back. Total travel time not counting the Sydney Melbourne leg? 33 hours each way! Delta don't even list *my* Melbourne as a destination; they only have the one in Florida.

Thus, last night, I found myself juggling itineraries on three airlines, one to get from Phoenix to Los Angeles, Delta itself to Sydney and then the parlous choices in Australia to get to Melbourne. Considerable scheduling difficulties (do I really want to try and catch a 5AM flight out of Phoenix?) and the ticket price was starting to add up.

On a whim I checked the United pricing again. And bugger me drunk if the fare hadn't dropped a thousand dollars in one week. Amazing what a new entrant to the market can do! On top of that, it's the familiar route, on the one airline, from Phoenix to Melbourne and back. Drop off my baggage in Phoenix and worry about it again in Melbourne!

Some quick emails back and forth to Heino (I *do* impose on the poor bastard) and it was settled. I clicked the booking button and went to bed with visions of fish and chips, dim sims and the whole rigamarole dancing in my head.

Oh, the countdown? 184 days at the time of writing. Not that I'm counting!
          Hotel News: Olovson Takes Charge Of Luxurious Getaway Destination Near Singapore   

Olovson Takes Charge Of Luxurious Getaway Destination Near Singapore The Sanchaya welcomes seasoned professional with diverse background A man with over two decades of luxury hospitality experience and an enthusiasm for employee development and relations has been appointed to the helm of the award-winning Sanchaya. Magnus Olovson comes to the 9.6-hectare beachfront property on Bintan […]

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          Singapore armed forces going more hi-tech as recruiting levels seen sliding   
A growing threat of terrorism is putting a strain on Singapore's small and shrinking army, pushing it towards greater reliance on automation and techn...
          Authentic Models Cadillac Head Lamp 1928   

Art Deco Style

This Cadillac Head Lamp by Authentic Models exhibits a clear 1920s Art Deco style with its polished aluminium and brass. Check out its details, its imposing size and its tall ebonised tripod complete with a travel compass dating back to the Mille-Miglia of the 1920s. Piercing the dark with its curved and polished hood nestled between sculpted wheel fenders while framing a huge chrome radiator, it would make a wonderful feature floor lamp. Place it in a sophisticated library or study to give the room setting a vintage feel. Direct the light at your favourite art work or sculpture for maximum effect.

Elegant and Functional

This is an intricate replica in metal and pressed glass of a late 1920s original. It is made from polished aluminium, with antique brass hardware. The lamp head adjusts up and down, and the tripod also adjusts and locks into place with the tri-arm locking mechanism. The coil cord is stylish and eliminates extra cord all over the floor. As beautiful and elegant as it is functional, this is a true masterpiece by Authentic Models.

Historical Lighting

Authentic Models have produced a selection of wonderfully varied lighting, and their designs are inspired by a variation of historical lighting from around the world. These lights are beautiful replicas of lights from other times and places; from the hanging lamps that were suspended from the rafters of a dockside depository in Singapore, to spotlights that lit the seas from the bridge of a tramp steamer on course to Venice. Their lights are romantic, nostalgic and appealing, as well as being highly functional. 

Price: £470.83 Special Price: £353.13

          Authentic Models Coast Guard Patrol Spotlight   

Vintage Decor

The original of this 1930s Authentic Models Coast Guard Patrol Spotlight was unearthed in an antique store in Greenwich, England. The light is a wonderful combination of old technology, romantic seafaring and practical lighting. Perched on its imposing rosewood tripod the light dominates, adding character to a room, an important element in today’s design philosophy. It has a classic vintage look, and would make a wonderful piece of lighting or decor in a sophisticated library or study.

Skilled Craftsmanship

The lamp is made from hand polished heavy aluminium cast cradle with brass hardware. The moulded industrial glass sits in a bronze cooling cap and the large coil cord ensures the lamp is adjustable. The tri-arm is made from real bridle leather and the tripod is height adjustable. The rosewood tripod has been French finished, where at least five coats of varnish have been applied, with sanding in between. The idea is to create a rich coat that, together with applications of subtle patinas and mixed waxes, results in an aged and lived-in look.

Exclusive to Authentic Models, this handmade spotlight is a signature piece; a wonderful gift for those who value master craftsmanship and technical skills.

Historical Lighting

Authentic Models have produced a selection of highly varied lighting, and their designs are inspired by a variation of historical lighting from around the world. These lights are replicas of lights from other times and places; from the hanging lamps that were suspended from the rafters of a dockside depository in Singapore, to spotlights that lit the seas from the bridge of a tramp steamer on course to Venice. Their lights are nostalgic, romantic and highly functional. 

Price: £633.33 Special Price: £475.00

          Race to buy $ 10 billion-valued GLP narrows down to two groups   

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG  - The race to buy Global Logistic Properties is now between a Chinese consortium backed by the company's management and a rival group led by Warburg Pincus, sources said ahead of a Friday deadline to submit bids for the $10 billion-valued firm.

An acquisition offers a chance for bidders to grab control of Asia's biggest warehouse operator which counts Amazon among its clients and is benefiting from rising demand for modern logistics facilities, driven by a boom in e-commerce business.

At current valuations, a successful transaction will rank as the largest Asian buyout by private equity groups, which are increasingly targeting bigger takeovers after raising record funds, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Singapore-listed GLP was thrust into the spotlight late last year after sovereign wealth fund GIC, which owns a 37 percent stake, nudged it to start a strategic review of its business. JPMorgan was then hired by GLP as its financial adviser.

GLP's shares have since soared nearly 50 percent to the highest in more than three years.

After months of negotiations with a special committee of GLP's independent directors, the race has narrowed to between a group led by Chinese private equity firms Hopu Investment Management and Hillhouse Capital Group, with the support of GLP CEO Ming Mei, and a rival consortium headed by Warburg Pincus and its logistics partner e-Shang Redwood, the sources said.

GLP, GIC, Warburg Pincus, Hopu and Hillhouse declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. The sources declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak about the deal.

Hopu's founder Fang Fenglei, one of China's best known dealmakers, is a GLP board member, and Hopu, partly owns GLP's China business. The Chinese consortium has also brought in co-investors such as property developer China Vanke  and Ping An Insurance Group of China  for a bid for GLP, sources have said.

"The management group and Warburg Pincus are the most serious bidders. Some other parties are keen on picking up specific assets and not the entire company," said one source.

Concerns over the transparency of the sale process and business ties of the management-backed consortium have forced some potential bidders to re-evaluate their interest and sparked complaints to GIC, sources said.

Last week, GLP said it is in discussions with shortlisted bidders and had taken measures to alleviate potential conflicts of interest following a Financial Times report that almost all the potential bidders were dropping out due to concerns an insider bid will make other submissions pointless.

Some of the potential bidders such as Blackstone Group and Asian buyout firm RRJ Capital are unlikely to submit individual bids, sources said.

Blackstone declined to comment. RRJ did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

GLP owns and operates a $41 billion portfolio of industrial assets spread across China, Japan, Brazil and the United States. It gets two-thirds of its revenue from China, where it has a dominant market position.

Around 20 lenders are working with three consortia in the hope of securing a role on the deal, IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication, reported last week.

          China M&A scrutiny to cast shadow on Asia deals volume   

HONG KONG  - China's outbound M&A volumes nearly halved in the first six months of 2017 following Beijing's crackdown on capital outflows, data showed, and its new scrutiny of acquisitive groups, including Anbang and HNA, is set to dampen Asian dealflow further.

Overseas deals by Chinese companies - the engine of M&A activity in Asia - fell 49 percent in the first half of 2017 from the year-ago period to $64.2 billion, dragging down regional deal volumes, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The total value of announced M&A activity in Asia Pacific fell 15 percent in the first half of this year to $458.4 billion from the year-ago period, the data showed. China was the top nation for both inbound and outbound deals in Asia Pacific for the half-year, attracting $28.5 billion worth of inbound deals.

A slowdown in Chinese deals, especially large-sized ones, could inflict further pressure on Asian revenues of Wall Street banks, who are already feeling the pain of growing competition from Chinese investment banks. M&A is among the few areas where Chinese banks haven't already gained a strong foothold.

Chinese firms spent a record $221 billion on assets overseas, ranging from movie studios to football clubs in 2016, but Beijing's move to prop up the yuan by restricting capital outflows has made it tougher for buyers to win deals abroad.

China's banking regulator tightened the screws further last week, ordering a group of lenders to assess their exposure to offshore acquisitions by several big companies that have been on an overseas buying spree, two people familiar with the matter said.

"The latest crackdown takes away people from the market who were very active on the M&A scene and creates a sense of uncertainty. You will see the impact on volumes," said an Asia financial institutions M&A banker at a large European bank.

The elevated regulatory hurdles for Chinese buyers to get their cash out of the country have caused delays and even withdrawals of a number of China outbound M&A transactions targeting U.S. and European assets.

"The sellside needs to ascertain the credibility of a buyer (from China). The second thing is to address any questions around certainty, in particular funding and approvals," said John Kim, head of M&A for Asia ex-Japan at Goldman Sachs.

Still, Chinese state-owned firms struck some of Asia's top deals in the first half. China Investment Corp wrote a 12.25 billion euros ($13.93 billion) cheque to acquire European warehouse firm Logicor from private equity group Blackstone , the region's largest during the first half.

But this year is unlikely to see any blockbuster deals such as last year's around $44 billion ChemChina-Syngenta tie-up. Bankers instead expect more activity to be driven by private equity firms which have plenty of capital after a busy fundraising period in 2016.

They are already heavily involved in some of Asia's most high-profile takeovers and take-private deals, including the potential sale of Singapore-listed warehouse operator Global Logistic Properties Ltd , which will likely be the region's biggest buyout this year.

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          Authentic Models Marconi Spotlight 1930's   

Specialised Function

Dating back to the 1930s, and likely used on a French battleship, this Authentic Models Marconi Spotlight had a highly specialised purpose. It functions as both a ship bound lighthouse and a device for transmitting detailed messages. It would have sat next to the wheel house on the bridge of a boat.

By moving the slatted louvers the ship's signalman could send short and longer spaced beams of light in Morse Code that could be read by trained soldiers in the distance. This way, they could send messages to each other. International maritime communication used Morse Code as the standard code until 1999. Created in the 1840s, Morse combined long and short pulses to convey a message. A ship in distress would send an S.O.S in Morse to other ships requesting aid.

Elegant Decor

The Marconi Spotlight has a beautifully polished aluminium pipe for its tripod. The brass hardware and solid brass folding floor parts ensure it is built to last. Stylish and elegant, as well as being used as lighting it could also be used as a wonderful piece of decor in a sophisticated living room. A true masterpiece in design. 

Historical Lighting

Authentic Models have produced a selection of wonderfully varied lighting, and their designs are inspired by a plethora of historical lighting from around the world. These lights are nostalgic replicas of lights from other times and places; from the hanging lamps that were suspended from the rafters of a dockside depository in Singapore, to spotlights that lit the seas from the bridge of a tramp steamer on course to Venice. Their lights are romantic, appealing and highly functional. 

Price: £929.17 Special Price: £696.88

          Authentic Models Marconi Spotlight II   


The Marconi Spotlight II has adjustable louvers that allow light to be regulated and focused. Intricate cog and wheel gear mechanics adjust the height of the lamp and allow the lamp head to move up and down. The lamp housing is made of aluminium with brass hardware and parts, and the tripod is made from nickel plated, machine steel and brass. The design of the Marconi Spotlight II ensures it is a true masterpiece; capable of adjusting to the exact needs of the customer, whilst still being so beautifully made. It would look wonderful as a piece of decor in a sophisticated living room.

Specialised Function

Dating back to the 1930s, and likely used on a French battleship, this Authentic Models Marconi Spotlight II had a highly specialised function. It can be used both as a ship bound lighthouse and a device for transmitting detailed messages. It would have sat next to the wheel house on the bridge of a boat.

By moving the slatted louvers the ship's signalman could send short and longer spaced beams of light in Morse Code that could be read by trained soldiers in the distance. This way, they could send messages to each other. International maritime communication used Morse Code as the standard code until 1999. Created in the 1840s, Morse combined long and short pulses to convey a message. The elements making up the code were formed by sounds, marks and light pulses of varying length. A ship in distress would send an S.O.S in Morse to other ships requesting aid.

Historical Lighting

Authentic Models have produced a selection of wonderfully varied lighting, and their designs are inspired by a plethora of historical lighting from around the world. These lights are nostalgic replicas of lights from other times and places; from the hanging lamps that were suspended from the rafters of a dockside depository in Singapore, to spotlights that lit the seas from the bridge of a tramp steamer on course to Venice. Their lights are romantic, appealing and highly functional. 

Price: £1,262.50 Special Price: £946.88

          Under Bridge Spicy Crab   
Having crappy crab at fatty crab really left me craving for some real seafood for days! While talking about it over brunch on Sunday, K suggested going to Under Bridge Chili Crab, “TONIGHT”! Even though it doesn’t come close to how awesome Singaporean black pepper crab is, it is a decent substitute (there’s “No signboard […]
          Milk Prices: What alternatives do Singaporean parents have?   
With the recent hype surrounding soaring infant milk powder prices in Singapore, parents have had an increasing headache as to how to provide for their children without burning holes in their wallets.  CupoNation, a leading online savings platform present in 19 countries around Read More
          Calvin Cheng: People pushing “mythological version” of Singapore through interviews and writing to foreign media, are committing treason   
In a post yesterday, former Nominated Member of Parliament and Young PAP member, Calvin Cheng wrote that those who are giving interviews and writing to foreign media on the "Oxley 38 saga" might be committing an act of treason. "Oxley 38 saga", or Read More
          Singapore athletes’ brutal reactions to $600 a year grant   
Exactly a week ago, The Online Citizen ran a story after a Facebook post by Jose Raymond about government agency Sport Singapore’s current funding policy for national athletes. In the Facebook post and subsequent story, it was revealed how Singapore national athletes were Read More
          Why Umno will fall - Malaysiakini (subscription)   

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Why Umno will fall
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COMMENT | Faith is belief in the absence of evidence. By this token, the argument that Umno will fall must seem like a fanciful notion. It appears to be based on faith since Umno has not and never collapsed before. With the National Security Council ...
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          Prediksi Togel Singapore Tanggal 01 Juli 2017   
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          For sale - air jordan 7 retro olympic Youth - Auction   
Retro 4723, Australia
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          For sale - Canon ae-1 Official Camera 1984 Olympic Games With... - Auction   

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          Britney Spears Sings Live (Like, Actually) in Singapore to Prove a Point   
A live performer, thank you very much. Continue reading…
          For sale - early hardy brothers 4 piece split cane fishing rod... - Auction   
Cane 6710, Australia
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          Trump, PM Lee to meet next week at G20 summit   

SINGAPORE: US President Donald Trump and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet at a summit of world economic powers in Germany next week in their first face-to-face encounter, US officials said on Thursday . Besides Mr Lee, Mr Trump will also meet other Asian leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

          Singapore Dreams of Its Own J.P. Morgan an hour ago   

Andy Mukherjee is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering industrial companies and financial services. He previously was a columnist for Reuters Breakingviews.

          PS4 exclusive Matterfall launches on 16 Aug starting at $26.90   
Matterfall key art

Housemarque’s slick-looking PlayStation 4 exclusive, Matterfall, is set to launch in Singapore on 16 August. The sci-fi platformer will be available as a physical disc or a digital download with suggested retail prices of $28.90 and $26.90 respectively. Sony are sweetening the deal with some launch incentives too, which we’ve detailed further below. “Matterfall follows […]

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          Harga Kurs Rupiah dan Kurs Dollar hari ini 30 Juni 2017 Sore Hari   
Hari ini 30 Juni 2017 Sore Hari Nilai tukar kurs Rupiah dan kurs Dollar di spot market hari ini adalah : – terhadap mata uang US Dollar (USD IDR) di harga = Rp.13359 – terhadap mata uang Singapore Dollar (SGD IDR) di harga = Rp.9699 – terhadap mata uang Australia Dollar (AUD IDR) di harga […]
          Harga Kurs Rupiah dan Kurs Dollar hari ini 30 Juni 2017 Siang Hari   
Hari ini 30 Juni 2017 Siang Hari Nilai tukar kurs Rupiah dan kurs Dollar di spot market hari ini adalah : – terhadap mata uang US Dollar (USD IDR) di harga = Rp.13324 – terhadap mata uang Singapore Dollar (SGD IDR) di harga = Rp.9672 – terhadap mata uang Australia Dollar (AUD IDR) di harga […]
          Harga Kurs Rupiah dan Kurs Dollar hari ini 30 Juni 2017 Pagi Hari   
Hari ini 30 Juni 2017 Pagi Hari Nilai tukar kurs Rupiah dan kurs Dollar di spot market hari ini adalah : – terhadap mata uang US Dollar (USD IDR) di harga = Rp.13340 – terhadap mata uang Singapore Dollar (SGD IDR) di harga = Rp.9674 – terhadap mata uang Australia Dollar (AUD IDR) di harga […]
          HOT! Non-stop flights from Manchester to Houston for only £258!   
Singapore Airlines
          Jobs: Lecturer in Arabic, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore   
Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally. It is also placed 1st among the world’s best young universities. The School of Humanities (SoH), NTU Singapore, pursues disciplinary excellence as well as promotes interdisciplinary teaching and research. The School aims to equip our students with up-to-date knowledge, critical thinking, research, as well as communication skills to enable them to realise their potential and aspirations and
          How Much Do Academic Grades Really Matter to You?   

Academic grades is not a good indicator of our kids’ abilities. Even if we can't quit the rat race, we can always set our own rules and pace. Exam is just a small part of our children's lives.

The post How Much Do Academic Grades Really Matter to You? appeared first on Singapore Parenting & Lifestyle Blog.

          10 Ways to Savour the Moments of Your Kid’s Childhood   

Children grow up so fast before our very eyes. Slow down, live in the moment. Here's sharing with you 10 ways to savour the moments of your kid’s childhood.

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          6 Ways to Stop Yelling at Your Kids   

#116362183 / . I love my mom, but there is one thing that I used to hate about her when I was a kid. She yelled too often, it was very annoying and I seriously couldn’t stand it. I told myself that as soon as I’m financially-independent, I would move out of the house. And I really did! Okay seriously, I moved out because I went to study in a university, but not to avoid her yelling. My mom is 59 years old now, and of course, she doesn’t yell anymore. But as a mom now, I can really understand where the yelling comes from. A lot of times, it’s hard to keep our cool (although it’s not impossible to do so!). In my parenting journey, one of my biggest battles was YELLING too. It didn’t have to be something major to set me off, but in fact, it felt quite good to yell sometimes (I feel ashamed to admit this). I began to feel like yelling is the only way to get my message across effectively. Whenever I shout, I felt that I regained control of the situation. But when the moment passed by, I saw my ugly […]

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          Taking Care of Our Children’s Safety   

As a parent, we can only do so much to protect them the best that we can. Therefore, teaching our children about safety measures is a very important factor to keep them safe.

The post Taking Care of Our Children’s Safety appeared first on Singapore Parenting & Lifestyle Blog.

          Parenting: What to Do When Your Child Lies   

Many parents think that lying is one of the most difficult children's behaviors to deal with. Do you agree?

The post Parenting: What to Do When Your Child Lies appeared first on Singapore Parenting & Lifestyle Blog.

          That’s My Joy of Parenting!   

In this post, I’m reflecting on my joy of parenting in my six years of parenthood. Thanks to Little Edison, my life is now more complete, meaningful and fulfilling!

The post That’s My Joy of Parenting! appeared first on Singapore Parenting & Lifestyle Blog.

          A Professional Woman and a Loving Mother   

Between the stress at work, the guilt and the sheer physical demands of juggling family and work, I find joy and happiness being a full-time working mother. Here's why ...

The post A Professional Woman and a Loving Mother appeared first on Singapore Parenting & Lifestyle Blog.

          Life Lessons I’ve learnt from my Son   

Little Edison is six years old now; I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. It feels like it was only yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital. I still remember the newness of those early days. As a first-time parent, every day is a new learning experience for me. Back then, six years felt like the distant future, and yet here I am today, six years later. My friend once told me – When you have a child, the days are long, but the years are short. It is such an interesting paradox. In these six years, I’ve taught Little Edison many things. By the same light, he has also taught me many wonderful life lessons. It often amazes me how he can go up to any child at the park and play with him or her. Everyone is his “friend”. It also makes me realize that children possess certain qualities that we, adults, often lack. Here are some of the wonderful life lessons I have learnt from my six-year-old: 1. How to be happy Unlike most adults, a child has a very natural and uncomplicated approach to happiness. He doesn’t need expensive gifts or elaborated […]

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          More on Composite Architecture   
As i posted earlier that i will be presenting @ IASA Singapore’s chapter evening. It turned out to be an interesting session and i got the chance to interact with the audience and hear their pain points on composite architecture and enterprise mashups. Enteprisewise initiatives, sharing data across services/apps and need for top quality tools came out as the most crucial elements to the success of composite architecture. I also heard some interesting remarks from the audience. One of the gentlement mentioned that there is nothing that composite arch/enterprise mashup offers that couldnt be done with traditional apps/services. I’d say … Continue reading More on Composite Architecture
          [1Coffeehound] The Canadian Yahoo Finance site appears to be the best one. It allows the user t...   
The Canadian Yahoo Finance site appears to be the best one. It allows the user to navigate to all of the Edgar filings. The Singapore site gives an error message.
          [1Coffeehound] Yahoo's Singapore Finance page still uses the old format. Just put in the stock ...   
Yahoo's Singapore Finance page still uses the old format. Just put in the stock symbol and hit enter.

          Singapore scientists uncover how the liver unclogs itself   
(National University of Singapore) A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore at the National University of Singapore, the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of A*STAR, and BioSyM, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have described the mechanical principles adopted by liver cells as they remove excess bile during obstructive cholestasis. This study was published online in the Journal of Hepatology.
          The Best Restaurants in Singapore Just Got Their Michelin Stars   
           This is the real reason why Rajinikanth flew to US    

This is the real reason why Rajinikanth flew to USA

With the release of 2.0 being delayed, Rajinikanth decided to utilize his free time in his hand and decided to fly to US. However, he hasn’t flown abroad for a vacation or a break but he did so for a health check-up.

The 69 year old actor took off to the States along with his daughter Aishwaryaa for a routine check-up a day ago and will return to Tamil Nadu by mid-July. The South megastar recently wrapped up one schedule of Pa Ranjith’s forthcoming film Kaala Karikaalan and once he returns, he will kick start the next schedule for the same.

Reportedly, Rajinikanth has been regularly taking check-ups ever since his health deteriorated in the year 2011 when he was admitted in Singapore owing to respiratory infection and kidney related ailments. While the six week treatment given to the actor definitely improved his health by leaps and bounds, he was once again advised rest in 2016 post the promotions of Kabali since he had overstressed. Now, the actor has turned more cautious and decided to fly to the US for the same.

As for his much awaited film 2.0, although it was slated to release in Diwali this year, considering that it is heavy on VFX, the release of the same has been pushed to next year. It also stars Amy Jackson as the leading lady as well as Akshay Kumar as the antagonist. The makers are keen on scheduling the release in January next year.

          Rumah Unik Beratap Rumput dan Berlantai Kolam Renang   

Design rumah unik ini dibuat dan diarsiteki oleh Guz Architects, mereka menyebutnya Meera House (lokasi di Sentosa Island, Singapore) dengan kolam renang tembus pandang dan mengadopsi sistem "Atap hijau" atau yang dikenal dengan Green-Roof.

Coba lihat bagaimana sang arsitek meletakkan taman di setiap atap lantai yang ada sehingga tidak hanya membuat sistem "Atap hijau" menjadikan rumah ini sejuk tetapi juga asri banget keliatannya.

Apalagi ditambah dengan kolam renang tembus pandangnya, siapa sih yang tidak mau tinggal di rumah seperti ini, ramah lingkungan dan indah.


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          Inilah Indonesia Di Mata Orang Singapura   
Mungkin cerita ini sudah banyak beredar di internet dan tidak ada yang tahu siapa yang menulis cerita ini. Ceritanya memang benar-benar luar biasa, membuat kita semakin bangga jadi orang Indonesia !

Begini ceritanya, seorang backpacker dan seorang pengusaha dari Singapore.

...Suatu pagi di Bandar Lampung, kami menjemput seseorang di bandara. Orang itu sudah tua, kisaran 60 tahun. Sebut saja si bapak.

Si bapak adalah pengusaha asal singapura, dengan logat bicara gaya melayu, english, (atau singlish) beliau menceritakan pengalaman2 hidupnya kepada kami yang masih muda. Mulai dari pengalaman bisnis, spiritual, keluarga, bahkan percintaan hehehe..

“Your country is so rich!”

Ah biasa banget kan denger kata2 begitu. Tapi tunggu dulu..

“Indonesia doesn’t need the world, but the world needs Indonesia”

“Everything can be found here in Indonesia, u don’t need the world”

“Mudah saja, Indonesia paru2 dunia. Tebang saja hutan di Kalimantan, dunia pasti kiamat. Dunia yang butuh Indonesia!”

“Singapore is nothing, we cant be rich without Indonesia . 500.000 orang Indonesia berlibur ke Singapura setiap bulan. Bisa terbayang uang yang masuk ke kami, apartemen2 dan condo terbaru kami yang membeli pun orang2 indonesia, ga peduli harga yang selangit, laku keras. Lihatlah rumah sakit kami, orang Indonesia semua yang berobat.”

“Kalian tahu bagaimana kalapnya pemerintah kami ketika asap hutan Indonesia masuk? Ya, benar2 panik. sangat terasa, we are nothing.”

“Kalian ga tau kan klo Agustus kemarin dunia krisis beras. Termasuk di Singapura dan Malaysia, kalian di Indonesia dengan mudah dapat beras”

“Lihatlah negara kalian, air bersih dimana2.. lihatlah negara kami, air bersih pun kami beli dari malaysia. Saya pernah ke Kalimantan, bahkan pasir pun mengandung permata. Terlihat glitter kalo ada matahari bersinar. Petani disana menjual Rp3000/kg ke sebuah pabrik China. Dan si pabrik menjualnya kembali seharga Rp 30.000/kg. Saya melihatnya sendiri”

“Kalian sadar tidak klo negara2 lain selalu takut meng-embargo Indonesia?! Ya, karena negara kalian memiliki segalanya. Mereka takut kalau kalian menjadi mandiri, makanya tidak di embargo. Harusnya KALIANLAH YANG MENG-EMBARGO DIRI KALIAN SENDIRI. Belilah dari petani2 kalian sendiri, belilah tekstil garmen dari pabrik2 sendiri. Tak perlu kalian impor klo bisa produksi sendiri.”

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Ngày 27 tháng 6 năm 2017

Lần đầu tiên, một lãnh đạo Trung Quốc sang Việt Nam – tướng Phạm Trường Long –  đã tuyên bố công khai, trực tiếp với lãnh đạo Việt Nam, rằng “vùng lãnh hải Biển Đông là thuộc chủ quyền Trung Quốc từ thời cổ đại”, điều mà Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình đã phát biểu tại Singapore sau khi rời Việt Nam, mà không dám nói khi còn ở Việt Nam.

Phạm Trường Long, đại diện lập trường bành trướng của Trung Quốc, đã tiến thêm một bước khiêu khích mới, đe dọa chủ quyền Việt Nam, đồng thời Trung Quốc tiến hành manh động gây hấn ở lãnh hải và một số điểm trên đất liền của Việt Nam.

Dù yêu chuộng hòa bình hữu nghị, và đã từng trải qua chiến tranh, nhân dân Việt Nam  không sợ hãi và kiên quyết chống lại cuộc xâm lấn của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh, như đã từng thể hiện qua lịch sử mấy ngàn năm chống giặc Tàu xâm lược.

Chúng tôi, các công dân Việt Nam và các hội đoàn xã hội dân sự Việt Nam, long trọng tuyên bố:

1) Phản bác và lên án các hành vi xâm lược lãnh hải, lãnh thổ Việt Nam của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh đang diễn ra. Dù bất cứ tình huống nào, sự đánh trả của nhân dân Việt Nam để bảo vệ đất nước là tất yếu.

2) Nhân dân Việt Nam đồng lòng, đoàn kết, gác bỏ mọi khác biệt và ủng hộ tất cả các Nhà nước của Quốc gia Việt Nam ở mọi thời kỳ, trong cùng lập trường bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia, chống mọi hành động xâm lược.

- Tại Hội nghị quốc tế San Francisco – Mỹ, 1951, Thủ tướng Chính phủ Quốc gia Việt Nam Trần Văn Hữu đã khẳng định quần đảo Hoàng Sa - Trường Sa thuộc Việt Nam, và được hội nghị công nhận.

- Chính phủ VNCH (Miền Nam), 1974, đã chiến đấu quyết liệt chống quân Trung Quốc xâm lược Hoàng Sa, tuy thất bại nhưng tinh thần không khuất phục.

- Chính phủ CHXHCN Việt Nam, sau khi thống nhất đất nước, dưới thời Tổng Bí thư Lê Duẩn 1979 đã tiến hành cuộc đánh trả oanh liệt cuộc xâm lăng 6 tỉnh miền Bắc Việt Nam. Tuy Việt Nam chưa giành lại được 6 đảo ở Trường Sa và quần đảo Hoàng Sa còn bị Bắc Kinh chiếm đóng, nhưng năm 2011 trước Quốc hội Thủ tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng đã tiếp tục khẳng định chủ quyền của Việt Nam về Hoàng Sa và Trường Sa.  Chính phủ Việt Nam cũng có những tuyên bố khác có nội dung thống nhất như trên. Và Quốc hội Việt Nam đã công khai thừa nhận là Việt Nam chưa hoàn thành nhiệm vụ lịch sử khôi phục sự toàn vẹn lãnh thổ.

Lập trường của nhân dân Việt Nam và sự nhất quán của các Chính phủ của Quốc gia Việt Nam đã rõ ràng trong suốt chiều dài lịch sử. Tham vọng ngông cuồng, lạc thời đại của bè lũ Bành trướng Tập Cận Bình – Phạm Trường Long không tránh khỏi sự thất bại thảm hại.

3) Nhân dân Việt Nam luôn ghi nhận và tri ân các thế hệ quân đội thuộc các thời kỳ, đã chiến đấu và hy sinh vì Tổ quốc, để chống các loại giặc ngoại xâm bất cứ từ đâu đến và dưới màu sắc nào.  

4) Cải thiện nội trị là điều khẩn thiết để có nội lực hùng mạnh bảo vệ Tổ quốc chống ngoại xâm. Các tầng lớp nhân dân đang phấn khích, ủng hộ và theo dõi xu thế làm trong sạch bộ máy nhà nước, và cải tổ về mọi lãnh vực: kinh tế, y tế, giáo dục, quốc phòng, tư pháp. Đặc biệt, canh tân quân đội, từ bỏ sự sa đà vào lợi ích nhóm bất chính, chấn chỉnh hệ thống hành chánh quan liêu, diệt trừ tham nhũng. Và quan trọng hơn hết là từ bỏ hệ tư tưởng lạc hậu ảo tưởng, sửa Điều 4 Hiến pháp nhằm hiệu chính vai trò của Quốc hội, tăng cường sức mạnh đoàn kết của nhân dân, thực thi nền dân chủ cho kịp đà tiến của thời đại.

Tổ quốc là trên hết, gác lại quá khứ, chấp nhận khác biệt.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi các tầng lớp nhân dân, các tổ chức xã hội dân sự, các thành viên trong bộ máy nhà nước, cùng đồng bào Việt Nam ở nước ngoài, ủng hộ tuyên bố này.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi nhân dân các nước ủng hộ cuộc đấu tranh chính nghĩa, bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia Việt Nam theo công ước quốc tế, góp phần bảo dưỡng môi trường tài nguyên vùng biển, đảm bảo tự do hàng hải và hàng không ở Biển Đông.

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Ho Chi Minh City June 27/6/2017
Recently, Fan Changlong, a Communist China leader made official statements to the leaders of Vietnam in Hanoi: "The islands in the China Sea have belonged to China since antiquity". Even the Chinese President Xi Jinping did not dare to do such a thing in Vietnam. He only did it in Singapore after leaving our country.
As the representative of the Chinese hegemonic lines, Fan Changlong took a new step in the provocation and threats against Vietnamese sovereignty. At the same time, China is deliberately attacking some parts of the continental shelf and the national territory of Vietnam.

The Vietnamese people, enamored of peace and friendship, even after having suffered so many wars, is determined to struggle obstinately against these aggressions carried out by the Chinese leaders. Our people have proved throughout their millenary history, this unwavering will of resistance against Chinese aggression.

We, citizens and civil organizations of Vietnam, make the following solemn declarations:
1. We reject and condemn the actions of the current aggressions of the Beijing leaders against the waters and territories of Vietnam. In all circumstances, our fight for the defense of our country is an absolute necessity!
2. In all the epochs of its history, the Vietnamese people were united in the support of the Vietnamese states in the struggle for the defense of the sovereignty of Vietnam against the external aggressions.
-          At the International Conference in San Francisco in 1951, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) reaffirmed that the Hoang Sa-Truong Sa Islands were belonged to Vietnam. And this position was approved by all participating delegates.

-          The Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) carried out a heroic but unsuccessful struggle against the Chinese aggression at Hoang Sa in 1974.

-          In 1979, under the leadership of General Secretary Le Duan, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stubbornly resisted Chinese aggression on the 6 provinces bordering North Vietnam.

-          Although the Hoang Sa archipelago and the 6 Truong Sa islands remain still occupied by China, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed Vietnam's rights on Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands before the National Assembly. This consistent position was subsequently confirmed in various statements. Among other things, the National Assembly has officially recognized the fact that Vietnam has missed its historic duty in restoring territorial integrity.
-          The unfailing position of the Vietnamese people and successive governments is constant throughout our history. The extravagant and out-of-date ambitions of Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong will certainly encounter lamentable failures!

The Vietnamese people always express their deep gratitude to their armed bodies, which have fought and sacrificed themselves for their fatherland in the struggle against the aggressors from wherever they come and under any color.
Internal consolidation is the sine qua non condition of strengthening the country's defense forces against invasion. The different layers of the Vietnamese population are enthusiastically following and firmly supporting the State's transparency policy, the policy of reforming the economy, health, national education, national defense, justice ... Particularly, the reform of the army, the abandonment of financial interests related to particular selfish groups, the reorganization of the bureaucratic administration system, the liquidation of corruption. The most important of all, will be the abandonment of ideological illusions, the amendment of Article 4 of the Constitution to restore the rights of the National Assembly, strengthen national unity, achieve democracy in order to catch up with the times.

The country must be above all. The past must be put on hold, the difference must be accepted.
We appeal to all segments of the population, all civil and social organizations, all members of the apparatus of the state and all Vietnamese compatriots living both in Vietnam and abroad to support the present declarations.

We also appeal to the people of the world to support our just struggle for the defense of Vietnamese sovereignty, in accordance with international laws, for the protection of the environment, for the preservation of natural resources, guaranteeing the freedom of maritime and air navigation, for the international legal order, in China Sea.
If you are supporting these declarations, please provide your contact information (surname and first name, occupation, place of residence) via the following e-mail address:

Ho Chi Minh City, June 27/2017

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Ho Chi Minh ville le 27/6/2017

Récemment, Fan Changlong, un dirigeant de la Chine communiste a pour la première fois, fait des déclarations officielles devant les dirigeants du Vietnam à Hanoi : « Les iles dans la mer de Chine appartenaient à la Chine depuis l’antiquité ». Même le Président Chinois Xi Jinping n’osait pas fait une telle chose au Vietnam. Il l’a fait seulement à Singapore après avoir quitté notre pays.
Etant le représentant des lignes hégémoniques chinoises, Fan Changlong a fait un nouveau pas dans la provocation et les menaces contre la souveraineté vietnamienne. En même temps, la Chine procède à des agressions délibérées sur quelques endroits de la plate-forme continentale et le territoire national du Vietnam.

Le peuple vietnamien, épris de paix et de l’amitié, même après avoir subi tant de guerres, est déterminé à lutter avec opiniâtreté contre ces agressions menées par les dirigeants chinois. Notre peuple a prouvé tout au long de son histoire millénaire, cette volonté inébranlable de résistance contre l’agression chinoise.

Nous, citoyens et organisations civiles du Vietnam, faisons des déclarations solennelles suivantes :

1. Nous rejetons et nous condamnons les actions d’agressions actuelles des dirigeants de Beijing contre les eaux et les territoires du Vietnam. En toutes circonstances, notre combat de défense de notre pays est une nécessité absolue !

2. Dans toutes les époques de son histoire, le peuple vietnamien s’est montré unis dans le soutien des états vietnamiens dans la lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté du Vietnam contre les agressions extérieures.

A la Conférence Internationale de San Francisco en 1951, le Premier Ministre de la République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a réaffirmé l’appartenance des îles Hoang Sa  - Truong Sa au Vietnam. Et cette position a été approuvée par tous les délégués participants.

-          La République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a mené un combat héroïque mais sans succès contre l’agression chinoise à Hoang Sa en 1974.

-          En 1979, sous la direction du Secrétaire Général Le Duan, la République Socialiste du Vietnam a résisté avec opiniâtreté contre l’agression chinoise sur les 6 provinces frontalières au Nord Vietnam.

Malgré que l’archipel de Hoang Sa et les 6 îles de Truong Sa soient restés encore occupés par la Chine, devant l’Assemblée Nationale, le Premier Ministre Nguyen Tan Dung a réaffirmé les droits du Vietnam sur les îles Hoang Sa et Truong Sa. Cette position constante a été confirmée par la suite dans différentes déclarations. Entre autre, l’Assemblée Nationale a reconnu officiellement le fait que le Vietnam a manqué son devoir historique dans la restauration de l'intégrité territoriale.
La position sans faille du peuple vietnamien et des gouvernements successifs est constante tout au long de notre histoire. Les ambitions extravagantes et hors d’époque de Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong vont certainement rencontrer des échecs lamentables !

1.       Le peuple vietnamien marque toujours sa profonde reconnaissance envers ses corps armés qui ont lutté et se sont sacrifiés pour la patrie dans les combats contre les agresseurs d’où qu’ils viennent et sous n’importe lesquelles couleurs.

2.       La consolidation intérieure est la condition sine qua non du renforcement des forces de défense de la patrie contre l’invasion. Les différentes couches de la population vietnamienne sont entrain de suivre avec enthousiasme et soutiennent fermement la politique de transparence de l’appareil de l’état, la politique de réforme de l’économie, de la santé, de l’éducation nationale, de la défense nationale, de la justice… Particulièrement, la réforme de l’armée, l’abandon des intérêts financiers liés aux groupes particuliers égoïstes, la réorganisation du système de l’administration bureaucratique, la liquidation de la corruption. Le plus important de tout sera l’abandon des illusions idéologiques, la modification de l’article 4 de la Constitution pour remettre en selle l’Assemblée Nationale, renforcer l’union nationale, réaliser la démocratie afin de rattraper le retard de l’époque.

La patrie doit être au-dessus de tout. Il faut mettre en veilleuse le passé, accepter la différence.

Nous faisons appel à tous les couches de la population, toutes les organisations civiles, sociales, tous les membres de l’appareil de l’état, tous les compatriotes du Vietnam vivant au Vietnam comme à l’étranger pour soutenir les présentes déclarations.

Nous faisons appel aussi au peuple du monde entier à soutenir notre juste lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté vietnamienne, conformément aux lois internationales, pour la protection de l’environnement, pour la préservation des ressources naturelles, garantissant la liberté de navigation maritime et aérienne, pour l’ordre légal international dans la Mer de Chine.

Si vous soutenez ces déclarations, veuillez indiquer vos coordonnées (nom et prénom, occupation, lieu de résidence) via l’adresse d’e-mail suivante:


I. Hội đoàn tổ chức xã hội dân sự

  1. Ban Vận động thành lập Văn đoàn Độc lập Việt Nam do nhà văn Nguyên Ngọc đại diện
  2. Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng do ông Lê Thân, Chủ nhiệm Câu lạc bộ, đại diện
  3. Diễn đàn Xã hội Dân sự do TS Nguyễn Quang A đại diện
  4. Người Bảo vệ Nhân quyền (Defend the Defenders) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện
  5. Mạng lưới Các Tổ chức Xã hội Dân sự Độc lập (Vietnam Independent Civil Society Organizations - VICSON) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện
  6. Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ do TS Hà Sĩ Phu và cán bộ cộng sản Tiền khởi nghĩa Đoàn Nhật Hồng đại diện
  7. Diễn đàn Bauxite Việt Nam do GS Phạm  Xuân Yêm và GS Nguyễn Huệ Chi đại diện

II. Cá nhân

  1. Nguyễn Quang A, TSKH, nguyên Viện trưởng Viện IDS, Hà Nội
  2. Hồ An, nhà báo, Sài Gòn
  3. Vũ Hồng Ánh, nghệ sĩ, Sài Gòn 
  4. Lại Nguyên Ân, nhà nghiên cứu độc lập, Hà Nội
  5. Nguyễn Trọng Bách, kỹ sư động lực, Nam Định
  6. Trần Văn Bang, kỹ sư, cựu chiến binh chống Trung Quốc xâm lược, Sài Gòn
  7. Nguyễn Nguyên Bình, nhà văn, Hà Nội
  8. Huỳnh Ngọc Chênh, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  9. Nguyễn Huệ Chi, GS, hưu trí, Hà Nội
  10. Nguyễn Kim Chi, nghệ sĩ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  11. Tống Văn Công, nguyên Tổng Biên tập báo Lao Động, Hoa Kỳ
  12. Ngô Thị Kim Cúc, nhà văn, nhà báo, Sài Gòn
  13. Tiêu Dao Bảo Cự, nhà văn tự do, Đà Lạt
  14. Nguyễn Trung Dân, nhà báo,  Sài Gòn
  15. Nguyễn Đắc Diên, bác sĩ, Sài Gòn 
  16. Nguyễn Xuân Diện, TS, Hà Nội
  17. Hoàng Dũng, PGS TS, Sài Gòn
  18. Nguyễn Duy, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn
  19. Lê Công Định, luật sư, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  20. Trần Tiến Đức, nhà báo độc lập, đạo diễn truyền hình và phim tài liệu, Hà Nội
  21. Phạm Nam Hải, Hà Nội
  22. Nguyễn Trần Hải, cựu sĩ quan Hải quân Nhân dân Việt Nam, Hải Phòng
  23. Chu Hảo, nguyên Thứ trưởng Bộ Khoa học, Công nghệ và Môi trường, Hà Nội
  24. Đặng Thị Hảo, TS, hưu trí, Hà Nội
  25. Nguyễn Thị Thanh Hằng, dược sĩ, Pháp
  26. Vũ Thư Hiên, nhà văn, Pháp
  27. Bùi Hiền, nhà thơ, Canada
  28. Ngô Kim Hoa (Sương Quỳnh), nhà báo tự do, Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  29. Lại Thị Ánh Hồng, nghệ sĩ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  30. Đoàn Nhật Hồng, nguyên Giám đốc Sở Giáo dục Lâm Đồng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt
  31. Phaolô Nguyễn Thái Hợp, Giám mục Giáo phận Vinh
  32. Nguyễn Đăng Hưng, GS Danh dự Đại học Liège, Bỉ, cư ngụ tại Sài Gòn
  33. Hoàng Hưng, nhà thơ, dịch giả, Sài Gòn
  34. Đoàn Thị Thu Hương, nội trợ, Sài Gòn 
  35. Lê Phú Khải, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn 
  36. Lê Xuân Khoa, GS, Hoa Kỳ
  37. Mai Thái Lĩnh, nhà nghiên cứu, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt
  38. Gioan Baotixita Huỳnh Công Minh, linh mục Giáo phận Sài Gòn
  39. Lê Khánh Luận, TS Toán, TP HCM
  40. Phan Đắc Lữ, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn
  41. Kha Lương Ngãi, nguyên Phó Tổng Biên tập báo Sài Gòn giải phóng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn 
  42. Nguyên Ngọc, nhà văn, Hội An
  43. Nguyễn Đình Nguyên, TS Y khoa, Australia
  44. White Rose Cruise

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          Artificial Sweeteners Market to Witness Durable Growth During the Forecast Period 2014-2020   

Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Artificial Sweeteners Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 - 2020" report to their offering.

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2017 -- Artificial sweeteners are synthetically produced sugar substitutes that are sweet in taste. Some of the major artificial sweeteners include aspartame, acesulfame-K, monosodium glutamate, saccharin and sodium benzoate. Second generation artificial sweeteners include sucralose and neotame. Artificial sweeteners are also called "intense sweeteners" as they are many times sweeter than the regular sugar. For instance, neotame is 8000 times sweeter than sugar. These are potential alternatives to sugar as they add virtually no calories to one's diet and help maintain low blood sugar levels. Additional advantages reflect in pricing and labelling.

Artificial sweeteners are widely used in processed foods, like baked goods, powdered drink mixes, candies, puddings, jams and jellies, dairy products and a variety of other foods and beverages. The market can be segmented based on application such as bakery items, dairy products, confectionery, beverages and others. Regionally, the market can be segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America (the U.S., Canada and Mexico), Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East & North Africa and RoW (Rest of the World including Latin America and South Africa). The market can also be segmented on the basis of distribution channels, like supermarkets and hypermarkets, departmental stores, mom-and-pop shops, convenience stores and others.

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The demand for low-calorie food items in various verticals of food service industry has triggered the growth of artificial sweeteners market. The demand for artificial sweeteners also witnessed growth in the past few decades due to growing health issues like diabetes and obesity. Till 2012, aspartame enjoyed the largest market share as compared to other artificial sweeteners. However, sucralose has surpassed its demand in recent times, globally. Sucralose-based sweeteners are expected to dominate the market space due to their natural profile. New product launches with natural ingredients would fuel the demand for the same. Demand for aspartame in diet soft drinks would continue, perhaps its demand is expected to decline in tabletop market in the forecast period. Application-wise, demand for artificial sweeteners for diet soft drinks is expected to decline. Also, tabletop would emerge as the largest category leaving behind confections and the candy market by 2020.

Researchers are continuously working on the efficacy of artificial sweeteners and found out that they can potentially disrupt the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, which in turn can trigger diabetes. Artificial sweeteners, viz. Sweet'N Low (saccharin), NutraSweet and Equal (aspartame) account for a major market share in the U.S. They have reported a continuous decline in their market share from 2010 to 2013, which shows that the market for artificial sweeteners is shrinking in North America. However, the market for artificial sweeteners is growing moderately in emerging economies. In May 2009, Tate & Lyle (T&L) had stopped the production of aspartame in its manufacturing site at McIntosh, Alabama to concentrate its production in their state-of-the-art plant located in Singapore.

There is a growing trend towards blending two or more artificial sweeteners to mask their bitter or metallic taste in products. For instance, companies blend sucralose and neotame to enhance the quality of the final product. With extended government approvals for the use of artificial sweeteners in different regions and applications have significantly boosted the demand for these products. In August 1999, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had approved the use of aspartame as a general purpose sweetener and expansion of categories in the range of food & beverage applications. The European Union made a new amendment in December 2009 to use neotame as a sweetener across Europe.

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Tate & Lyle, Ingredion Incorporated, Roquette, Ajinomoto Co., Inc., JK Sucralose, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC (manufacturer of Splenda), The NutraSweet Company, Archer Daniels Midland Company and Cargill Inc. are among the top players in this market.

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          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to

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          Sandia Joins Forces with Singapore Energy Market Authority to Develop Energy Storage Test-Bed   
Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy Storage Projects team within the Stationary Energy Storage Program is working with the government of Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) to help set up Singapore’s first grid energy storage test-bed. This will lead to the selection and development of three energy storage test-beds at existing electrical substations. Sandia will help develop [...]
          A blog post by Benjamin Boyd was featured   
A blog post by Benjamin Boyd was featured

LA+ Takes on Landscape Identity in Their Spring Issue

LA+, published by ORO Editions, started out in the spring of 2015 as a unique, landscape-focused journal that deviated from the pack by not only bringing designers, but philosophers, artists, geographers, ecologists, planners, scientists, and others to the table for their take on a core theme in each issue. Since then, the folks over at the UPenn School of Design have covered the themes of Wild, Pleasure, Tyranny, and Simulation. Along with the individual theme, each issue ends up with its own unique tone and perspective. This season’s issue is Identity.The concept of identity shapes the very core of what we do as landscape architects. “Place-making” is often the seminal charge of clients and the means they use to create, reinforce, or change the identity of a place. This process pulls from every aspect of our skill set. LA+’s Spring Edition explores how the ideas of place have evolved and how “sense of place as the the manifestation of cultural identity has been landscape architecture’s raison d'être and its main aesthetic contribution to the cultural landscape of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.”Not easing in, the editors start by literally comparing the landscapes of Nazi Germany to those “mass produced by today's so-called 'placemakers.'” Shots fired. The creative backlash against organizations like Project for Public Places is real and mentioned more and more often. What are we to make of manufactured identities? Is a 21st century programmed place any less authentic than one developed in centuries past? Images courtesy of LA+The initial brushes of the Identity issue wax romantic on the notions of self and personal identity. It surmises that only through the lens of yourself, can you truly take the next logical step and consider a symbiotic relationship with your convenient planet of reference. This symbiotically connects the life and health of the planet directly to you and your actions. However, though these philosophical ruminations are clear and convincing, are they really arguments that need to be made to the intended audience? A philosophical understanding of our entire industry notwithstanding, the invocations of meaning are thoughtfully pondered, but for this reader, mostly end up in the same place they started.A more interesting evolution of the symbiotic premise is then applied to the idea of colonizing other planets. If humans are currently in a thoroughly vetted, interdependent relationship with Earth, then how do humans sync up with worlds of different origins and inhospitable environments? Are we hopelessly confined to being but guests and never capable of the sort of congruence we have with our current home? Images courtesy of LA+A brief and fascinating passage by Dirk Sijmons asserts that identity is, in fact, a verb, or more specifically, a process. He asserts that though in the past century, designers have clung to the idea that landscape form is just a creative output of the project constraints and an application of art, we forget to consider the massive importance of macro processes that shape space. In his example, the massive dam and weirs projects in Holland attest to human's ability to shape and augment space to fit basic needs. Modern designers have used remnants and echoes of these forms to derive designs that supposedly echo the “genus of place.” Their assertion, however, under weighs the agricultural, industrial, and defensive motivations for the augmentation in the first place. The changing needs of inhabitants over centuries and their willingness to take on massive scale revolutions in the landscape are the true basis of identity. Consider the canals of Egypt, the rapidly spreading swaths of suburban China, the Hoover Dam of Nevada, or the artificial islands of Dubai where Sijmons asks if processes of civilization are the generators of identity, rather than social or colloquial elements landscape architects often use to derive form. Images courtesy of LA+Further considering manufactured uniqueness, Andrew Graan and Aleksander Takovski mine Macedonia's "Skopje 2014 for lessons in identity." Skopje 2014 is an extraordinary architectural makeover project in the namesake capital city of Macedonia that seeks to clear asunder the remnants of Ottoman and Socialist markers that unfortunately results in a "sense that one has stumbled into a fantastic landscape that desperately wants to be noticed." Skopje's array of massive statues of Alexander the Great and others seeks to create a "political economy of architectural spectacle." While the statues and buildings are derived from historical references and hit all the notes of place-derived focuses, the product borders on infatuation and excess. How are we to consider the identity of these places years, and even decades, from now? Will Skopje be viewed as an exercise in abject nationalism, or will it meld into the fabric of Macedonia's identity causing future designers to derive their forms from it? Images courtesy of LA+Finally, one of the most interesting reads from this issue is Branding Landscape by Nicole Porter. She asserts that 'place' itself has obvious intrinsic economic value and the strategic practice of 'place branding' seeks to exploit that value. Two case studies, Singapore's Gardens by the Bay and Norway's national park branding, outline her argument that these branded landscapes have been reduced to "functioning as commodified objects functioning as brands." In both instances, the government harnesses the most cost effective way to impress and, consequently, express the commitment and efficiency of said government. She laments that "the irony is that producing place identities according to market-friendly typologies can destroy their true uniqueness and inherent value at the same time." Her worry is that a capitalist ideology injected into the human-nature relationship is a slippery slope that forces everyone to be consumers.LA+ Identity is another excellent entry into an already thoughtful collection of varied perspectives on the work that landscape architects do. While some of the more existential explorations of philosophy are valuable and necessary, the critique of pervasive ideologies and popular landscapes is even more essential.-- Benjamin Boyd is a landscape architect practicing at Mahan Rykiel Associates in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out his profile on Goodreads to see what he has been reading. Ben often tweets about landscape at @_benboyd.See More

          Trackfiles Episode 27 - April 9, 2011   

In this episode, I look at government getting involded with caching, a new caching blog and the latest photo caption contest from Groundspeak. Also, there's Podcast Rewind, upcoming events and a YouTube video featuring MOGA 2011.
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Geocaching workshop held at Landmark Park - Dothan Eagle
Toronto Area Geocachers - Parks Canada - Geocaching Event in Ontario - July 16, 2011
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The Blog From The Bog, Scratchings from the Wizard of Ooze Caption Contest 23 - Win a Barely Coveted Prize - Latitude 47
YouTube - FTF FRENZY! MOGA 2011
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GC2RAE0 GEOCACHING BREAKFAST (Event Cache) in Yorkshire, United Kingdom created by Goldfish58
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Cache – A – Maniacs
Geocaching Podcast
Cachers of the Round Table
Trackfiles Photo Challenge
          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

How can I get involved as a Contributing Editor?

All applicants should have excellent writing skills and an enthusiasm for giving local theaters and productions some prominence on - the largest theater site on the net!

As a Contributing Editor, you will have the opportunity to review the shows of your choice, conduct interviews with local and touring talent, design features of your own choosing for publishing, and work/network with your local theater press reps to bring exposure to the theatrical offerings in your area.

Your compensation as a featured writer with us not only includes exclusive press seats to all of the shows you cover (as is standard in your area and arranged between you and the theater) but also the opportunity to be published under your own byline and publishing profile on both the local and main pages of the site for maximum exposure to our 4M+ monthly visitors!

The position offers flexible hours and the convenience of working remotely from your hometown. (**Access to New York City is NOT necessary**). There are no administrative duties associated with the contributorship. You simply see the shows, meet the talent, and write on your own time and terms! (Note that some projects require a specific publishing turnaround which you will discuss with your editor on a case-by-case basis).

To apply, or for more information, send an email to

Check out the worldwide BroadwayWorld regions below!

United States:

Anchorage, Casper, Dayton, Des Moines, Fargo, Hawaii, Jackson, Montana, Sioux Falls , and Vermont.


Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia Cuba, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montreal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ottawa, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Prague, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Toronto, Turkey, Vancouver, and Venezuela.

          Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Official Trailer   

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Chewing gum is completely banned in the country of Singapore. I used to be a chewer and out of habit carry it in my purse - but I honestly haven't chewed a piece in a few years. These facts above are an even greater reason not to start back up again :)
          German tourist found dead at Indonesian volcano   
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          India's largest refiner IOC setting up Singapore oil unit: Sources   
The state-run company is part of a growing group of refiners in Asia that have set up offices in Singapore's oil hub to keep closer tabs on the market and react more quickly to changes.
          There are many ways to fight a battle   
Lately, we have witnessed the sabre-rattling stance between North Korea and USA. The threat of nuclear war is alarming and cannot be discounted.

China has been spreading its economic power in Africa and elsewhere where there is an urgent need, which effectively gain itself friendship as well as immense influence in the process. Its special interest in South China Sea has seen the building of military bases within, with total disregard of international verdict at The Hague. Besides, it is investing heavily in Malaysia which many believe it can gain undue political influence from Malaysian leaders.

But how many of us have ever thought of using education as a weapon of destruction?

A University professor wrote an expressive message to his students at the doctorate, masters and bachelors levels and placed it at the entrance in a university in South Africa. 

And this is the message:

*"Collapsing any nation does not require use of atomic bombs or the use of long range missiles. It only requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating in the examinations by the students".*

The patient dies in the hands of such doctors

And the buildings collapse in the hands of such engineers

And the money is lost in the hands of such accountants

And humanity dies in the hands of such religious scholars

And justice is lost in the hands of such judges...

*"The collapse of education is the collapse of the nation"*

Malaysia has all along shy away from meritocracy in education, unlike Singapore. The latter gained from the brain drain of Malaysians unappreciated locally, and prospered to become one of the most advanced and richest nation in the world.

Through its own lack of foresight or nationalistic reasons, the level of education dropped drastically since it gained independence in 1957. Will we see the collapse of Malaysia in the long term because of this? Collapse seems too strong a term, but in comparison, the glaring success of Singapore which has nothing but human resources, and that also depended partially on foreign input, would put Malaysia which has natural resources to shame.


          Gan Tee Jin: Keeping an open mind on ‘unproven’ treatments    
"I AM writing in response to the joint letter by the Malaysian Oncological Society and the President of the Singapore Society of Oncology (The Star, March 3).

Your letter is generally well written, offering sensible cautionary advice to cancer patients about “unproven” treatments.
While I cannot offer the breadth of data you demand (“clinical trials involving thousands of patients”) I will share one data point in an in-depth manner, in the hope that you see prima facie evidence that maybe Human Initiated Therapeutic Vaccine (HITV) works after all.
And since I am “replying” to oncologists, I will convey facts accurately from medical reports and supplemented by personal notes. I hope that laymen readers will bear with me.
My mother’s recent journey with cancer started with a transurethral resection of a bladder tumour (TURBT) to remove a low-grade bladder tumour in June 2012. Soon after, she noticed blood in her urine and this led to surgery to remove her left kidney and some surrounding tissues three weeks after the TURBT.
“Invasive high-grade transitional cell carcinoma of left renal pelvis....Resected margins are free from tumour,” the histopathology report concluded. While the surgeon was confident he had excised all the at-risk tissues, my mother was offered chemotherapy as a precaution.
After completing the cycles of carboplatin and gemcitabine chemotherapy, the CT scan radiologist reported on Jan 10, 2013 a “lymph node consistent with metastatic node. This is a new finding.”
A presumably stronger regime of chemotherapy involving taxol was given and once again the CT scan three months later showed the lymph node had grown.
A third concoction of chemo was administered (taxol and ifosfamide for four months).
Half way through, the oncologist prepared us for the worst, saying that if this chemo failed, then she could only offer hope to slow disease progression with future treatments.
Cure would be out of the question and future chemo would involve experimental drugs which the patient could import personally with the right paperwork.
I decided to check out the treatment at a clinic in Bangsar. I had no idea they offered immunotherapy, having heard only vague accounts through a friend that they had an alternate cancer treatment.
I went there (without my mother because I didn’t want to overload her with too much information), with an open mind and very inquisitive. I learnt that they offered P53 gene therapy and HITV.
I asked for scientific literature and explanation. While literature was skimpy the scientific explanation resonated with me and I also liked the idea that they did not entail serious side effects because they did not involve drugs.
Subsequently, a clinical response paper involving 167 patients was published in October 2013.
This paper showed very good success. It, however, did not influence our decision because it was published after my mother underwent HITV.
Getting back to the treatment time line, I decided (and my mother agreed) to try P53 mid-way through her third concoction of chemo. This was disclosed to the chemo oncologist.
The Bangsar clinic was quite upfront about the probability of success, or the lack of it. The post-chemo imaging report CT scan (PET scan this time) revealed that the “hypermetabolic left para-aortic nodal mass has increased in size. Neither chemo nor P53 worked.
We then abandoned further chemo, although the paperwork for the experimental drug was in order. In short, HITV commenced about a year after chemo was started.
The first PET CT, about three months after HITV treatment, reported: “The left para-aortic hypermetabolic nodes are gone, but there are other mildly hypermetabolic lesions situated more cranially and laterally” showed complete remission. As you rightly alluded in your letter, this is no proof that immunotherapy worked, given that high dose radiotherapy was administered.PET CT were done at three-month intervals, subsequently relaxed to six-month intervals. I’m happy to say that all these scans did not detect any cancer tumours. The latest scan is 38 months after HITV treatment.
Now, please recall how aggressive this cancer was – a new tumour in the para-aortic lymph node swelled it to 2.5 x 2cm in a span of about five months.
Take note also that HITV involves intratumoral injection of immature dendritic cells, a process that risks seeding tissues adjacent to the injection pathway with cancer cells.
By logical deduction, the radiotherapy part of HITV cannot have provided the systemic protection required to keep the patient free of any new tumours for 38 months, especially in the context of the aggressiveness of this cancer (my opinion).
Whereas the activated immune system could and probably did. To be clear, she received no cancer treatment other than HITV during this period.
Lastly, while clinical trial is a gold standard to aim for, you probably also know that it is very costly and a long journey. Meanwhile, the clock ticks for many cancer sufferers.
Just as my mother was allowed to import an experimental chemo drug, so too should patients have the option of HITV. I have certainly received more information on HITV than on the experimental chemo drug we were offered.
I believe doctors are taught the principle primum non nocere (Latin for first, do no harm). On this score, HITV does well with minimal side effects. One cannot say the same for the experimental chemo drug we were offered or FDA-approved immunotherapy drugs such as keytruda.
HITV was honed to its present state over decades by Dr Kenichiro Hasumi in Japan. Evidently America has cottoned on to this idea; former President Barack Obama launched the Moonshot 2020 programme last year to find “vaccine-based immunotherapies” against cancer! Wow, Obama was so specific when there are so many different approaches in immunotherapy.
Some background on me. I come from a family with strong history of cancer. My brother succumbed to colon cancer at only 32.
I would like to think that his premature death has a purpose for it spurred the rest of the family to do regular colonoscopy.
Several years later, we all went for genetic testing which revealed I have the HNPCC gene mutation.
With that, I undergo colonoscopy annually (for the past 20 years), and latterly annual ultrasound and biennial MRI as well.
These efforts paid off when I discovered a colon tumour (1997 at age of 38) and bladder tumour (2016) in very early stages and dealt with them successfully.
Kuala Lumpur


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          Comment on Sino-Indian standoff must be defused by mg   
It is high time that India got its acts together and went for once in the offensive– instead of being defensive and reacting to after the fact– and then even so— BARELY. India should be employing the SAME tactics that the Chinks are using to keep them on their toes. India should be putting and going into defense, strategic, economic, political, business, commercial and all other relationships possible with countries in the South China Sea– specially Vietnam. Then they should not only stop there but expand their role with Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Phillipines, Sri Lanka and whoever they can get them to be on board with them. AND they must start now and start simultaneously so that the chinks have no idea where to pay attention. Give it to them the same way—ONLY 50times harder and stronger. SECOND: Indians should STOP buying and purchasing any items from China... Let the government of India encourage the Indian consumers to stop buying – -just like the chinks do. And then see them squirm. Nothing gets them more than when people start boycotting their dam products. Finally: It is high time that India should start displaying arrogance towards the chinks. Having a friendly relations with them will not help. Last of all, India should STOP sending any pilgrims to China. In fact, India should start a serious campaign informing its pilgrims that all Hindu and Buddhism sites in China have been contaminated by its very presence for being in China and within China. They should stop promoting ANY pilgrims going to China for it and instead inform that the same CAN be achieved by doing similar stuff in India or in Nepal or even at home. As soon as the Indian official start this sort of a thinking... even if it doesnt catch up, you will see how the chinks start squirming for nothing hits them hardest than MONEY... They earn hundreds of millions from all the pilgrims and this must be stopped. Nothing draws a chinks attention more than money does.

It's that time again my fellow readers! The time where socks are dangled up for Santa (at least mine are). The time where weird trees are placed all over malls and restaurants and saloons and every other place. The time where LipChung would be the merriest man on earth!

Yuppie yup! It's Christmas peeps!! =D

And this year I want things to be different. So the plan is to head down to the 'Lion-City' and spend Christmas there! But due to some reasons, I'm having doubts on whether I should persist this plan of mine or not.

Was chatting with Yeeling about this and that's when she wisely advised that I come up with a list of all the pros and cons of this trip. Thus the following list.

- Get to hug Yingtuan my honey bunny.
- Get to kiss Yingtuan my honey bunny.

- Get to celebrate Christmas in Spore for the very first time.

- Get to meet Yingtuan’s gf and show off my mandarin speaking skill.
- Might bump into Phua Chu Kang. *excited*

- Get to meet up with S, G, & J – after a year!

- Get to see BIG Christmas tree – still tryin’ to figure out the fun of it.

- Geylang!!

- Jeslin say she’s bringing me to safari night.
- Get to experience clubbing without cigarette smoke. Yay?

- Have to eat bread throughout the whole trip.
- Miss housemates’ christmas P.D trip.
- Can’t throw my sugus wrapper on the floor.
- Miss KL and Ipoh gatherings.
- Will have to declare bankrupt after trip.
- Have to spend my remaining days living like a beggar.

- Might not be able to join housemate’s New Year countdown.

- Might get raped in Johor. (What, my friends say Johor’s filled with rapist okay!)

Gah, list making really is tiring. But if you ask me, it doesnt seem to be of help at all. Lol. Oh well I guess time will tell.

Anyone out there celebrating Christmas in Spore as well?

          Consulates General of Colombia and Singapore, San Francisco   
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          Does Eating Too Much White Rice Cause Diabetes?   

Last year, the head of Singapore's Health Promotion Board announced new plans to fight diabetes that focus on educating the public on the health risks of eating white rice based on research data from the Harvard School of Public Health that links daily consumption of white rice to an increased risk of developing diabetes. Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland spoke with Harvard Professor Dr. Qi Sun & University of Sydney researcher Dr. Bruce Neal to learn more about how white rice has been linked to the disease.

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          Seoul "Asia's Unlikely Expat Haven"   

Seoul-based reporter Jason Strother recently wrote for the BBC that "while not an obvious choice for the jet-setting expat, South Korea’s high-energy capital has a lot to offer foreign professionals." Strother joins Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to discuss the pros & cons of Seoul's expat lifestyle & how that differs from typical expat favorites in the region such as Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo. Check out his BBC article at

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Mahjong este foarte asemănător cu Rummy si este jucat cu gresie. Obiectivul principal este de a construi seturi cu gresie prin desen şi eliminându-le. În diferite variante are dale de diferite, dar întotdeauna este jucat de patru jucători. Nu există pic de uniformitate în modul Mahjong este jucat în diferite provincii din China şi a jucat în mod diferit în Hong Kong, Taiwan şi Singapore. Mahjong chineză tradiţională este jucat cu 144 dale inclusiv 8 flowerseason dale şi unele variante să includă doar 136 dale fără flowerseason placi care sunt optional dale folosite pentru a aplica bonusuri. Regulilor prezentate aici se bazează pe o consolidare a diferitelor abordări diferite care este documentat în conformitate cu normele WSOM World Series de Mahjong care a încercat un set mai standardizat de reguli.
          Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa (Regency Suite)   
It has been slightly over five years since my last visit to Vietnam and after hearing quite a bit about Danang, I decided to make use of a weekend to go check it out for myself. At the time of writing, there are only two airlines that connect Singapore (SIN) to Danang (DAD) directly - SilkAir and Jetstar. While I have previously considered the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort (especially since it has won the Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific), I decided to go with the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa in the end and I am truly glad I made that right decision. Check out my review of the Regency Suite here!
          Episode 97: The novel strategy of making money, and investing to do so - Amazon + Whole Foods   
Looks like we’ll be getting cheaper organic food what with Amazon buying Whole Foods. What exactly is the strategy at play here, though? Other than the obvious thing of doing online groceries, how is Amazon advantaged here such that others (like Wal-mart), can’t simply do this themselves. We go over these questions and how they related to M&A in general. Plus recommendations and some podcast meta talk. Mid-roll This episode is sponsored by Casper, who’s looking for some good senior SREs ( If you’re into building out and managing infrastructure that keeps code running and makes sure you can sleep soundly at night, check out the job listing, apply (, and be sure to mention that you heard about it on Software Defined Talk. According to Glassdoor reviews (,17.htm), it’s a damn fine place to work. You can also just email and browse all their openings at ( LOOK, MA! I PUT IN DATES! DevOpsDays Minneapolis, July 25 to 26th: get 20% off registration with the code SDT ( (Thanks, Bridget!). SpringDays ( - Atlanta (July 18th to 19th) ( Matt will be at: DevSecOps at RSA Conf APJ ( Sydney Chef Meetup August 1st ( Auckland AWS User Community August 3rd ( Brisbane Azure User Group October 11 ( Podcast meta-talk to be able to track what you listen to ( Just paying for podcasts. $220m+ estimated TAM ( We have a Casper ad! Amazon Buys Whole Foods This was not covered in the Mary Meeker slide-fest. Coté’s notebook on the topic ( Stratechery on WF Acquisition ( Exponent Podcast ( What exactly are the barriers to entry here for other grocery stores. The business: online, and just the grocery store on it’s the 460+ physical stores for other goods? Barriers to entry, Amazon buyers (Whole Foods looks good now?), culture clash?, HEB love, private label BONUS LINKS! Not covered in episode. Gartner Magic Quadrant for IAAS is Here! Larry D. ( Once again, what a change from way back when: CRN ( The Register ( Johnny Leadgen can get a copy ( On Oracle: “Gartner warns potential customers to be cautious of high-pressure sales tactics.” How Microsoft Is Shifting Focus to Open Source Link ( “Chef is used to manage thousands of nodes internally across Azure, Office 365 and Bing.” Amazon Eyeing Slack? Link ( “Buying Slack would help Seattle-based Amazon bolster its enterprise services as it seeks to compete with rivals like Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.” Walmart Buys Bonobo I’ve got a Bonobo suit I really like ( They had ModCloth and some others. Their M&A strategy has really shifted of late. Walmart Sez Get Off the AWS Finally a reason for multi-cloud ( BigCo’s gonna bully that supply-chain. What’s Wrong with Jenkins? Jenkins is the Nagios of CI/CD ( “No toolchain is perfect, but you can achieve software delivery perfection (or something close to it, at least) when you implement the right culture.” Tools don’t substitute culture. Oracle’s Swinging For the Fences (and missing) Link ( “He was also unwilling for Specsavers to become a guinea pig for Oracle's cloud.” Ubuntu Mobile Post Mortem Not much strategy… ( Serverless and the Death of DevOps Link ( Spoiler: “DevOps is the ultimate reactive, or event-driven, tech use case. It’s not going anywhere” State of DevOps 2017 Report Johnny Leadgen to the rescue (! Commercial Open Source Software Companies Link ( A bit of sourcing on the numbers would be valuable Glad Chef’s not on the list, wouldn’t want to comment on the numbers Cloud Foundry Summit A whole mess of videos! 121 of them. ( Heptio Out of Stealth Mode with K8s Management Tool TheNewStack covere ( Official page ( File under “It didn’t already do that. I see.” Not sure this qualifies as “coming out of stealth”, everyone knows they work on open source K8s. I’m not seeing a monetization strategy yet beyond support & training. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but they raised $8.5 for their A-round BMC Software Exploring Merging with CA STOP THE PRESSES! TERRIBLE MEETS TERRIBLE ( So far, no confirmation, but ( “While the two companies were once dominant in the systems management industry, the analyst notes that CA and BMC have 7.5% and 8% share respectively as of FY16 which combined would put them on a near even footing with IBM, the largest vendor, at 15%.” “There are also many other vendors in the market including MSFT (7%) and NOW (5%) so anti trust concerns should not be an issue.” High Level Kubernetes Overview Link ( “Basically Kubernetes is a distributed system that runs programs (well, containers) on computers. You tell it what to run, and it schedules it onto your machines.” More on Service Meshes From James Governor, RedMonk ( Recommendations Brandon: The Scholar and the Drop Out podcast (; Coté’s add-on: Karl Lagerfella’s day (, no exercise and long night-shirts. Matt: Commando: Johnny Ramone’s Autobiography ( Coté: Gulf Shores, Alabama; Hillbilly Elegy ( and “The Dead Pig Collector.” (
          Maintenance Lead - RLC Group Singapore Pte Ltd - Seletar   
CNC machinery maintenance and facilities equipment:. Minimum Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with at least 4 years’ working experience in CNC machinery...
From Indeed - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:51:49 GMT - View all Seletar jobs
          CNC Machinist - National Oilwell Varco - Singapore   
Minimum 2 years’ experience in operating CNC turning/milling/lathe machine. Be proficient in the use of all machine tools and to carry out the basic repair and...
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          Repair Technician (Machinist) - ST Aerospace Engines Pte Ltd - Singapore   
Minimum 3 years of working experience in aviation repair involving CNC &amp; conventional machining (milling, turning and grinding)....
From Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:20:52 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Associate QA/QC Coordinator - Halliburton - Singapore   
Experience or knowledge in CNC machining, assembly and pressure testing, torque machine, Welding, special process (Coatings), NDE, threading (premium and...
From Halliburton - Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:13:45 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          MACHINIST - Barnes Group Inc. - Singapore   
Operate CNC Grinding / Milling / Turning machine. Set-up jigs, fixtures and tooling required for machining....
From Barnes Group Inc. - Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:59:01 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN (MACHINIST) - Singapore Precision Repair & Overhaul Pte Ltd - Singapore   
CNC operating experience will have an advantage. Perform machine set up, trouble shooting, installation and testing....
From ST Engineering - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 03:07:35 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Machinist - Drilmaco - Singapore   
Responsible to set-up and operating CNC milling/ CNC turning/ turn-mill/ gun drill / honing. To perform simple programming....
From Drilmaco - Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:29:44 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Component Repair Technicians - Aviation - General Electric - Singapore   
About Us: At GE Aviation Services, we are imagination at work. Whether we’re setting new standards for performance and reliability with our commercial
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          Machinist - Cameron - Singapore   
Experience with CNC Fanuc, Tosnuc or Mazatrol control. Responsible for CNC machines operate and work pieces set-up....
From Cameron - Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:57:46 GMT - View all Singapore jobs
          Engraving Specialist (CNC) - ABC ENGRAVING SERVICE - Central Singapore   
Experience in CNC. We are a one-stop business centre offering a wide range of engraving and printing services:....
From Indeed - Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:05:55 GMT - View all Central Singapore jobs
          Laboratory Technologist - National University of Singapore - Queenstown   
Familiarity with prototyping equipment like 3D printers and CNC mills. To assist in the setting up of 3D printers, laser cutters, drill presses, electronic test...
From National University of Singapore - Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:20:34 GMT - View all Queenstown jobs
          Design Engineer - Division of Industrial Design - National University of Singapore - Queenstown   
Knowledge of digital fabrication skills, CAD, CNC, 3D Printing and Generative Design. Planning and Execution of design research and student projects initiated...
From National University of Singapore - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:57:58 GMT - View all Queenstown jobs
          Lit Hub Daily: June 29, 2017   
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          Race to buy $10 billion-valued GLP narrows down to two groups: sources   
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) - The race to buy Global Logistic Properties narrowed to between a Chinese consortium backed by the company's management and a rival group led by Warburg Pincus, sources said, as bidders submitted offers for the $10 billion-valued firm.

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