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  1. Carbon82

    A New Chapter - Skoda Singapore

    VW Singapore plots Skoda comeback Volkswagen-owned Czech brand Skoda is making a comeback, yet again. But this time, it is parent group Volkswagen which will do its own importing and retailing here. Volkswagen Group Singapore - the manufacturer-owned importer and retailer of Volkswagen vehicles here - has registered a new company for this purpose. According to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, Skoda Centre Singapore was registered last month and will be operating out of 247 Alexandra Road, which is the same address as the VW showroom. The Straits Times understands renovations are being carried out at the facility and that Skoda Centre Singapore will start operations in the first quarter of next year. Volkswagen Group Singapore was not available for comment, but it is understood that a meaningful price differential will be in place to re-launch the Czech brand here. Previously, Skoda cars - which are based on Volkswagens - were the same price or even costlier than equivalent VW models. In other markets, Skodas are cheaper. The brand was last represented by Harvest Automobiles, part of businessman Peter Kwee's now dormant motor group of companies. Harvest Automobiles went bust in 2013 - the third Skoda agency to have failed in Singapore. The Straits Times understands Vertex Automobiles, the dealer for Chinese automobile brand Chery that is owned by egg trader Lian Fong, had made a pitch for the Skoda franchise. But it has since landed Seat, a Spanish brand also owned by Volkswagen Group. Skoda had also been courting Trans Eurokars, a multi-franchise group owned by businessman Karsono Kwee. Among its brands are Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Mini and Mazda. The best year for the Skoda brand here was 2010, when it sold 105 cars. That is less than 4 per cent of Volkswagen sales last year. Will the brand have better success under Volkswagen? Nanyang Business School's Adjunct Associate Professor Zafar Momin, previously an automotive expert with the Boston Consulting Group, said: "Skoda may be able to make a comeback in Singapore if priced and promoted properly. It needs to be very competitive with its Korean competitors in terms of pricing, as it could provide solid, competitive products targeted at value segments of the markets. "With VW Singapore now doing it themselves, it has a better chance than before. Having said that, I wonder what "comeback" really means in a small crowded Singapore car market which has small volumes for many non-mainstream brands. Would it really be worth the effort and to what extent would it cannibalise VW products?" When contacted back in 2014 - when Harvest Automobiles relinquished the business - Volkswagen Group Singapore said it had no plans to take over the Skoda retail business here. It has, however, taken over the maintenance and warranty of Skodas here. There are about 400 Skoda cars in Singapore today. As a onwer of both Skoda and VW model, I can attest that Skoda is indeed better, in almost every aspect, than VW. I can wait to welcome it back to Singapore!! Here are some interesting models in current Skoda lineup, that I hope can be made available to local motorist when sales start next year. Superb Superb Combi Kodiaq
  2. AirAsia's new premium flatbed from Singapore offers comfort on a budget source: https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/travel/airasias-new-premium-flatbed-from-singapore-offers-comfort-on-a-budget?cx_testId=20&cx_testVariant=cx_1&cx_artPos=2#cxrecs_s Travelling abroad can be exciting and exhausting at times, whether it’s a short weekend getaway or an important business trip. The stress of packing and getting ready for the trip can leave you feeling fatigued, especially if the flight is in the early morning. In order to arrive at your destination fresh, you need proper rest on board the flight. Therein lies the predicament: Do you have to break the bank to enjoy premium comfort that is associated with flying business class? Thankfully, with AirAsia, you can fly in luxurious comfort at maximum affordability - no matter how far, or near, your next destination is. Having flown over one million passengers to and from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (KL) to date since January this year, AirAsia has heard its passengers: It now offers 80 flights a week to the Malaysian capital, up from 73, with increased capacity for two of their daily flights. Operating a wide-body Airbus A330, with 377 seats available instead of the usual 180 on the A320, passengers can look forward to a spacious plane which includes quiet zone seats for travellers who prefer fewer disturbances, as well as premium flatbed seats which are new to this route. These seats are perfect for a quick power nap so that you’re recharged and ready to go once you land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. The premium flatbed seats were first available in AirAsia’s inaugural A330 flight to Kuala Lumpur on Nov 10 this year. They provide a highly comfortable flying experience thanks to the ample leg room and adjustable seats which can be fully reclined to become a flatbed. The passengers can stretch out and get some shuteye during the hour-long journey. Plus, these premium flatbed seats come with privacy screens, complimentary meals and convenient power outlets; you can recharge in more ways than one — you won’t have to worry about feeling hungry or your electronics running out of juice when you land. The air fare also comes with a free 40kg check-in baggage allowance so that you can experience fuss-free travelling without any packing woes. Trying these seats in person, one can feel how much of a difference they make compared to flying in a regular economy class seat. The already short flight to KL felt even shorter thanks to the comfort it provided, and the seat controls were simple to operate. Taller passengers will certainly appreciate the generous amount of space afforded, and being able to enjoy the journey in a flatbed made it feel like a truly exceptional flying experience. The best part of AirAsia’s latest offering? Value for money. Choosing the premium flatbed option will not set you back an exorbitant amount. The suite experience in the sky starts from S$169 for AirAsia BIG loyalty members and S$171 for non-members. Flying in comfort and style need not be expensive anymore. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday quickie to enjoy the festive season without breaking the bank, then AirAsia can help you experience the best of both worlds. AirAsia would like to thank its loyal customers for their unwavering belief in the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline. To book your flights today, visit . Fares start from S$51; Premium Flatbed seats start from S$169 for AirAsia BIG loyalty members and S$171 for non-members. No processing fees are included for flights to Malaysia. Click to find out more about AirAsia’s premium flatbed.
  3. Reported in today ST About 30,000 public servants appointed as election officials, to undergo training SINGAPORE - The Elections Department (ELD) has appointed about 30,000 public officers as election officials and has called them up for training. For the 2015 General Election, public servants were called up for training about 11 months before the polls were held. Link : https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/about-30000-public-servants-appointed-as-election-officials-to-undergo-training
  4. THE ALL-NEW ŠKODA OCTAVIA EXTERIOR Emotive exterior design, greater dimensions The new front apron and the sharply drawn, new headlights provide visual highlights for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. The compact vehicle’s increased length and width bring out its self-assured character. At 4,689 mm, the fourth-generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI is 22 mm longer than its predecessor; its width has grown by 15 mm to 1,829 mm (the hatchback’ length has increased by 19 mm to 4,689 mm and by 15 mm in width, taking it to 1,829 mm). The wheelbase measures 2,686 mm. The redesigned, shallow roof rails emphasise the vehicle’s elongated silhouette, whilst alloy wheels measuring up to 19 inches lend it a powerful appearance. New OCTAVIA ranks among the most aerodynamic cars in the world The new design sharpens the ŠKODA OCTAVIA’s visual presence and enables excellent aerodynamics. The hatchback has a drag coefficient (cd) from 0.24 and the OCTAVIA COMBI from 0.26. The new OCTAVIA thereby ranks among the most aerodynamic cars in the world. The improved aerodynamics also reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. First OCTAVIA with full LED Matrix headlights The narrower front headlights and the tail lights use modern LED technology. In the top-of-the-range version, the OCTAVIA is equipped with a real highlight – full LED Matrix headlights. This innovative system generates a light beam consisting of several segments which are controlled individually. Thus, the high beam can be on at all times, without dazzling other road users. Using the camera on the windscreen, the intelligent technology detects vehicles that are approaching or up ahead as well as people and objects reflecting the light. The lights also greet the driver with an animated Coming/Leaving Home function. The full LED tail lights are incorporated into this animation too, and boast – which is a first for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA – dynamic indicators. INTERIOR New interior concept and extraordinarily generous amount of space In the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the usual impressive amount of space is even more generous. The rear passengers enjoy an even more luxurious level of kneeroom than before – now 78 mm. The boot capacity, which is the largest in the segment, has increased to 640 l in the COMBI and 600 l in the hatchback. The ŠKODA designers have completely revamped the OCTAVIA’s interior. The new steering wheel now features just two spokes and has a chrome trim; in the multifunction variant, 14 different functions can be performed via push and new scroll buttons in a chrome finish. The centre console, door trims and dashboard have been redesigned too. Featuring a modular, multi-level arrangement, the dashboard echoes the shape of the ŠKODA grille with a contrasting, coloured area below the large, free-standing central multifunction display. Particularly back-friendly, ergonomic seats are available for the first time. In addition to being heated, these also come with the options of a massage function and/or cooling ventilation. The optional sports seats are covered in a particularly breathable ThermoFlux fabric. Another optional feature in the new OCTAVIA is the tri-zone Climatronic air conditioning. When equipped with the KESSY keyless entry system, any one of the OCTAVIA’s four doors can be opened first. At the time of the market launch, the new OCTAVIA will be available in the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels. Later in 2020, the rugged OCTAVIA SCOUT and the sporty OCTAVIA RS will be added to the range. TECHNOLOGY New: head-up display and two 10-inch screens The OCTAVIA is the first ŠKODA model to feature a head-up display. This projects important information such as the speed or navigational information directly onto the windscreen in immediate view of the driver, allowing them to read it without taking their eyes off the road. The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA’s infotainment systems offer optional streaming services for radio and TV as well as completely cable-free smartphone connection using wireless SmartLink+ technology. Media devices or USB sticks can also be directly linked to the infotainment system via the two USB-C ports in the front out of the up to five USB-C ports; a 230-V socket in the rear is optional too. The acoustically optimised interior and the new optional Canton Sound System ensure perfect sound. ŠKODA has further improved the Virtual Cockpit for the new OCTAVIA. The latest generation of the digital and individually customisable instrument panel comes with a 10-inch screen and is now even more user-friendly. The driver can choose from four different layouts – Basic, Classic, Navigation and Driver Assistance Systems – and specify their desired content using the controls on the multifunction steering wheel. Users can now also opt to display the navigation system’s maps on the Virtual Cockpit and the central display measuring up to 10 inches in two different levels of zoom. Climatronic can be operated via an integrated bar at the bottom of the infotainment display. Via a new touch slider at the bottom of the infotainment system’s display, the volume can be adjusted using one finger and the navigation map can be zoomed in and out using two fingers. DSG with shift-by-wire technology The new OCTAVIA is the first ever ŠKODA to use shift-by-wire technology to operate its DSG transmission. The gear selector is no longer connected to the gearbox mechanically. Instead, it relays which gear has been chosen electronically. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is therefore a new control module located in the OCTAVIA’s centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes – R (reverse), N (neutral) and D/S (drive/sport) – as well as a button for the parking mode, P. Premiere for innovative assistance systems such as Collision Avoidance Assist and Exit Warning The fourth generation of the OCTAVIA sees the introduction of several new and innovative assistance systems, some of which are making their debut in a model made by the Czech manufacturer. The new Collision Avoidance Assist supports the driver by actively increasing the steering moment in the event of an impending collision with a pedestrian, cyclist or another vehicle – ideally preventing the accident with a controlled evasive manoeuvre. The Exit Warning system lets the driver know if another vehicle or a cyclist is approaching from behind when opening the car door. Using Hands-on Detect, the car is able to check whether the driver is touching the steering wheel consistently or whether they no longer have control of the vehicle due to a potential medical emergency. If such an emergency occurs, Emergency Assist can bring the car to a stop. ENGINES Modern engines with increased efficiency and premiere for mild-hybrid technology The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA features modern TDI and TSI engines with increased efficiency that, thanks to significantly improved aerodynamics, lower fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. In addition to the diesel and petrol engines, there is also a particularly eco-friendly variant with CNG drive, plug-in hybrid variants and, for the first time at ŠKODA, engines featuring mild-hybrid technology. When fitted with the 7-speed DSG, the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI producing 81 kW (110 PS) and the four-cylinder 1.5 TSI outputting 110 kW (150 PS) make use of a 48-V belt-driven starter motor and a 48-V lithium-ion battery. This makes it possible to ‘coast’ with the combustion engine completely switched off, recover energy whilst braking and support the engine with an electronic boost. At the same time, the engine is able to start more quietly and with fewer vibrations. Both engines are also available in combination with a 6-speed manual gearbox without mild-hybrid technology. The gearbox that comes with the 1.5 TSI was newly developed for engines that deliver high levels of torque and is being used in conjunction with the OCTAVIA’s diesel engines too. The 2.0 TSI with a power output of 140 kW (190 PS) is exclusively available with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG. All of the TSIs are fitted with a petrol particulate filter. Plug-in hybrid with two different power variants Following on from the first ŠKODA plug-in hybrid, the ŠKODA SUPERB iV, the Czech brand is also offering the new OCTAVIA with a 1.4 TSI petrol engine – the OCTAVIA iV features an electric motor too – and even comes with two different power variants. As well as the model with a power output of 150 kW (204 PS), another version outputting 180 kW (245 PS) is planned to be added to the portfolio. Both variants will come with a 6-speed DSG. Diesels from the new EVO generation of engines emit up to 80 per cent less nitrogen oxide For the OCTAVIA, a total of three new diesel engines provide power outputs ranging from 85 KW (115 PS) to 147 kW (200 PS). The TDIs each have a 2.0-litre cylinder capacity and are from the newly developed EVO generation of engines, which have plenty of torque, and are both efficient and particularly clean. In addition to a diesel particulate filter, the engines are equipped with a new development stage in SCR exhaust gas treatment. Using what is known as ‘twin dosing’, AdBlue is specifically injected in front of two SCR catalytic converters that are arranged one after the other. This method and the use of the second catalytic converter reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by around 80 per cent in comparison to the previous generation of each engine. As a result, the EVO engines provide the technical preconditions to fulfil the future Euro 6d emissions standard. The variants delivering 110 kW (150 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS) are available with all-wheel drive as an option. G-TEC: CNG variant ŠKODA is also offering the fourth generation OCTAVIA as a G-TEC model with particularly eco-friendly CNG drive. Compared to a car running on petrol, the OCTAVIA G-TEC will thereby once again produce around 25 per cent less CO2, significantly less nitrogen oxide (NOx) and no soot particles. The 1.5 TSI providing 96 kW (130 PS) is designed to run on CNG. The total capacity of the three CNG tanks is 17.7 kg. If required, the car can make use of its 9-litre petrol tank too. Both body design variants of the OCTAVIA G-TEC are available with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmission. Three chassis options and Dynamic Chassis Control Besides the standard chassis, ŠKODA is offering two other options for the OCTAVIA, a 15-mm-lower sports suspension and a Rough Road chassis providing 15 mm more ground clearance. Dynamic Chassis Control – which constantly adjusts the suspension and damping, provides a range of different profiles for Driving Mode Select – is available as an option. When fitted with DCC, the ground clearance remains unchanged in plug-in hybrids, all other variants are lowered by 10 mm. SIMPLY CLEVER Sleep package, convenient filler tube for AdBlue and USB-C port on the overhead console True to ŠKODA’s guiding principle of Simply Clever, the new OCTAVIA offers the highest degree of functionality as well. Several brand-typical Simply Clever solutions make day-to-day mobility easier for the driver and passengers. The Sleep package is available as an option for the first time in the OCTAVIA, giving the back seat two comfortable, larger headrests and a blanket. For the estate, an improved net package with comfortable use in the boot and an automatically retractable load cover are also new. A multifunction storage pocket below the boot cover offers further space for stowing items. Child safety locks for the rear doors can be operated electronically and the rear passengers can make use of two smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks. Two USB-C sockets are available in the front and, as an option, two in the rear; another optional USB-C port on the overhead console above the rear-view mirror is brand new. One classic ŠKODA feature is the umbrella in a storage compartment in the driver’s door; there is now space in this compartment for a hand brush as well, which is also a genuine ŠKODA accessory. The funnel integrated into the lid of the windscreen washer tank is present in the OCTAVIA too, whilst the optional tow bar can be electrically unlocked by pushing the corresponding button in the boot. The car also comes with a new, convenient filler tube for AdBlue, enabling it to be filled up using lorry pump nozzles too. HISTORY In January 2019, the OCTAVIA celebrated 60 years since its start of production. The first units of this legendary model range rolled off the production line at the plant in Mladá Boleslav at the beginning of 1959. In the mid-1990s, the first OCTAVIAs of the modern-day generation inherited the legacy from the popular compact car. The Czech car manufacturer has built more than 6.5 million OCTAVIAs since its launch in 1959. Over the past few years, the third generation of the large compact car has sold about 400,000 units a year worldwide, accounting for about one third of ŠKODA’s total sales. Currently, the OCTAVIA is the overall bestselling model in the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Belarus. The leading role in this success story is played by the COMBI variant: nearly two thirds of all OCTAVIA buyers opt for this body design. The OCTAVIA is the bestselling estate in Europe and the most popular import car in Germany. Therefore, ŠKODA AUTO will first launch the COMBI variant of the bestseller’s latest edition; the hatchback will follow a few weeks later.
  5. Nearly a decade after Goal 2010, the ambitious plan to qualify Singapore's national football team for the Fifa World Cup, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is reviving its hopes of competing in the world's biggest football tournament in 2034. Speaking exclusively to The Straits Times on Saturday, FAS vice-president Edwin Tong said that it was a "realistic" goal for the Lions to achieve in 15 years' time. "We've always wanted to be somewhere on the world stage, so we need to start," said Mr Tong, the Senior Minister of State for Health and Law. "2034 is 15 years away...so you're looking at boys today who are maybe eight, nine to 14, 15 and if you can cultivate the programme that has that endgame in mind, it will do us a lot of good." The FAS' goal for the Lions to play in the 2034 World Cup will inevitably draw comparisons with Goal 2010, which flopped over a decade after it was first mooted in 1998. Sceptics will also point to Singapore football's slump in recent years, which saw the Lions' Fifa ranking dipping to an all-time low of 173 in October 2017 after a winless run of over 11 months. Singapore are currently ranked 162nd. But Mr Tong remains unfazed, saying: "If we're worried about trying to set up a goal and failing, we'll never get there. So we have to be realistic about our prospects; we're not aiming for the next 10 years, but set ourselves a 15-year horizon." He also pointed to the expanded 48-team format for the 2026 World Cup and beyond, which will see the number of Asian places increased by the current 41/2 to eight. He added: "There are a bit more opportunities...The obvious powerhouses, Korea, Japan, Australia, maybe some of the Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the next tier you have Uzbekistan, Central Asians, and of course South-east Asians." "We can look at that as a goal. So it's not unrealistic, but it's also not easy," added Mr Tong, who was speaking at the unveiling of Singapore's first "Friendly Street" at Jalan Bintang Tiga by the Singapore Kindness Movement. Goal 2034 would be used to "focus and shape everything" that the FAS and its stakeholders do and he stressed that grassroots football, youth development, infrastructure and schools would be key to achieving success in 15 years' time. The FAS is currently engaging its stakeholders and refining its proposal, he added. In November 2017, the FAS unveiled its three-point plan for youth development aimed at widening the base of players, improving the quality of coaches and increasing opportunities for youth to play football. The national sports association said then that it hoped to reap the benefits in five to 10 years' time and that the ultimate aim was to develop talented young players to compete in a professional league and eventually the national team. However, Mr Tong said on Saturday that this was "not enough". He added: "We need to have key pillars, we start with grassroots and schools, we must align the way in which kids play football in schools and then we must have the support of facilities for training and matches. "Inevitably we have to work out what to do with National Service (NS), how we can align NS, which is important, with the needs of football." He suggested a "relook" into former club models such as the Singapore Armed Forces Sports Associations (Safsa) and Home United, which allowed full-time National Servicemen to train and play competitive matches. While qualifying Singapore for the 2034 World Cup may seem like a lofty goal, Mr Tong said it would "mean a lot to Singaporeans and sports fans" to see the Lions on the world's biggest football stage. He added: "It will give the country a lift and it is a goal that we want to be realistic about. It's not easy, but if you don't try, you'll never get anywhere. So we set ourselves a target, we try to lift everyone and push everyone behind it."
  6. jameskarlchan

    Not all heroes wear capes, some ride PMDs

    Your faith in humanity will be restored by a recent post on Roads.sg about an elderly taxi uncle who received help to change a flat tire by a kind soul – A GrabFood PMD rider. Image taken from Roads.sg No one bothered to help the uncle The taxi uncle experienced a flat tire on his SMRT Toyota Prius at 1 am on the 13th of November 2019. He tried asking people to help him, but no one came to his aid. Enter the hero, a GrabFood Rider, the only person to offer assistance True to his word, this kind soul comes back awhile later to help change the tire Image taken from Roads.sg But the ban? It’s been about a week since the ban of Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs), and there’s been a lot of attention on errant PMD riders. Image taken from Straits Times Prior to the ban, numerous videos and posts had been exploding all over social media that showcased irresponsible behaviour from some PMD riders. These “incidents” are what motivated the government to implement the ban as they want to return safety to pedestrians on footpaths. However, the ban also implicates law-abiding and good citizens who need PMDs to carry on their food delivery jobs. So hypothetically, if there are more examples of good and kind PMD riders in Singapore, will the ban then be lifted?
  7. Tan Cheng Bock forms a new political party - Progress Singapore Party.
  8. Ah_roy81

    Marathons in Singapore

    Hey guys, any1 knows which marathon is in Feb - April 2011 which has the 10km distance? Cos i planning to train for marathon but i dun wan to go straight for the 42km, i prefer to gradually increase the distance..so im hoping to run 10km beginning of next yr..den 21km at adidas sundown in May..den eventually the StanChart 42km in Dec next yr. Any advice? Thanx in advance.
  9. Is it just me or has there been an increase in idiot drivers in Singapore lately? In a video uploaded on Roads.sg, a Honda Vezel can be seen driving against the flow of traffic along Onan Road (near Joo Chiat-ish). In case you haven’t seen the video, here you go Video taken from Roads'sg YouTube channel According to the accompanying caption on Roads.sg, this happened at 1840hrs (that’s 6.40pm) Apparently, on this road, it seems to be the “norm” and these offences are allegedly committed by residents. Idiot driver? Indeed. Comments taken from Roads.sg Facebook Page But wait, there’s more! An image of yet another car going against traffic. This time from All Singapore Stuff’s Facebook page. Image taken from All Singapore Stuff Facebook Page The car in question, a Toyota Altis, can be seen facing the wrong way (notice the “SLOW” marking on the road?). This incident happened at Holland Flyover. On an unrelated note, did you notice the human at the background? I digress. Back to the topic at hand, we did some digging and driving against the flow of traffic is labelled as “Dangerous Driving”. The penalties are as follows if you’re a “non-serious offender”, which means you were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Serious offenders naturally will have longer jail term and stiffer fines. So please, don’t be an idiot.
  10. Carbon82

    Emerging Fault Lines in Singapore

    By mean of fault lines, I am not referring to NSL, EWL, NEL, CCL, DTL, etc. (we are seeing less service disruption lately right?) Neither am I referring to any new geographical discovery that might put us at risk of natural disasters such as earthquake or volcano eruption, but... Majority now aware of race, religious issues, but study flags new fault lines A large majority of Singaporeans are aware of the seriousness of race and religious issues, and feel the Government has done enough to manage these divisions. But fault lines have emerged on class, immigration and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, where more Singaporeans, especially younger ones, want to see greater state involvement and public discourse. These emerging issues, if mismanaged, are also seen to affect Singaporeans' trust in the Government the most, compared with race and religion. These and other findings from a study of public opinion on fault lines in Singapore, carried out by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), were released yesterday. Besides Dr Mathews, the other researchers were IPS research associate Melvin Tay and research assistant Shanthini Selvarajan. Based on a survey of about 4,000 citizens and permanent residents last year, the study noted that about a third of the respondents identified race and religion as having the potential to result in violence in Singapore if not managed properly - significantly more so than class, immigration and LGBT issues. Yet only about a quarter tied race and religion to trust in the state and politicians, compared with almost 40 per cent who said trust levels in the Government would likely fall if class and immigration issues are mismanaged. Close to half of both younger and older respondents felt there should be more state involvement in immigration, reflecting possible higher levels of xenophobia and job insecurity in recent times, regardless of age, said the researchers. These results could mean that citizens now accord the Government more responsibility to do more to manage class differences and immigration issues, they added. "People may feel that the Government already has clear policies and frameworks that are fairly robust when it comes to race and religion. But perhaps for immigration, socio-economic status and LGBT issues, people might want the state to be more involved in managing those issues," said IPS senior research fellow Mathew Mathews. This is unlike in the early years after independence, when the focus was on surviving communal politics. YOUTH LESS KEEN ON MORE GOVT INTERVENTION ON RACE AND RELIGION Just over a fifth of young people aged between 18 and 25 surveyed wanted more state involvement in race issues, compared with one-third of those aged above 65. Similar results were observed for religion. This could be due to the lived experiences of the older generation, who experienced the Maria Hertogh and 1964 race riots, said researchers. The former took place in 1950, after a court decided that a child who had been raised by Muslims should be returned to her Catholic biological parents. In 1964, clashes took place between the Malays and Chinese amid rising ethnic and political tensions. For older Singaporeans, these events drove home the need for a robust state apparatus to intervene and keep the peace, added the researchers. Significantly more Malays and Indians (about 40 per cent each) wanted greater state involvement in race issues than Chinese (24 per cent) - a sign that ethnic minorities are more likely to perceive or experience discrimination than the majority. A similar trend was seen for religion. In addition, people of minority races with a university degree and above desired more state intervention than their less-educated counterparts, showing that increased education results in greater awareness of, and desire to resolve, racial and religious issues, said the study. MINORITY RACES, YOUTH MORE LIKELY TO PROBE POTENTIAL DISCRIMINATION When asked how they would respond after getting an e-mail or phone message that a business had refused to serve people from a certain race or religion, nearly half of both Malays and Indians said they were likely to investigate the issue, compared with 37 per cent of Chinese. About 30 per cent each of Malays and Indians were also more likely to take the allegation seriously by reporting it to the authorities, compared with 13 per cent of Chinese. Younger Singaporeans would also be more proactive in tracing the source of such a message, with two-thirds saying they would check with their friend who sent it, compared with only half of respondents aged 65 and above. This could be because younger people aged 18 to 25 are more sensitive and concerned about discrimination. Being digital natives, they are likely to investigate matters further, said the study. Overall, the study showed that an overwhelming 92 per cent of respondents believed the Government had done well to improve racial and religious harmony. An example of vigorous state intervention to combat social divides, it said, can be seen in the area of religion - where a range of hard and soft legislation like the Internal Security Act, Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, and the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles has prevented potential discord and wider conflict. But while seven in 10 aged above 65 agreed that the Government is responsible for racial and religious harmony in Singapore, only half of respondents aged 18 to 25 felt this way, it added. The researchers said this shows older Singaporeans may attribute greater responsibility to the state, or believe these fault lines are most effectively managed by strong government intervention. But going forward, younger generations could prefer a more community-driven approach to race and religion. Aiyah, why waste time and $$$ to conduct such survey, just sit at neighborhood coffee shop, food court, or even surfing HWZ, MCF, etc. will get you the same results. May I add that this is a typical example of people at the top loosing touch with people on the ground...
  11. Theman

    Crazy weather in Singapore ?

    Has anybody feel that yesterday(Mon 8-Dec-2008) was indeed very cold? From my flat i have to wear sweater in the morning, i am jsut wondering whether it was below the official announced 24 deg C, anyone felt the same?
  12. JOHOR BARU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced that the Government has decided to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit fee for all foreign vehicles entering Johor. Najib said that the decision was made following a request made by the state. "I have discussed the matter with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and have also informed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Wahid Omar of our decision. "I have instructed him to inform the Road Transport Department (JPJ) so they can work out the details before the VEP is implemented," he said during a buka puasa event organised by the state Wednesday. "We will make an announcement later on the date of implementation and the rates for the VEP," he said. Najib also assured that a portion of the collection would be channelled to the state Government.
  13. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/fire-st-regis-residences-tanglin-orchard-scdf-evacuation-11267600 Last month my mum neighbour house caught fire. With the huge surge in mobile scooters, it seems that fires is more common now... Do u guys have any fire protection in house like smoke detector, fire extinguishers? Thinking of getting some...
  14. This is the first time I hear about horse therapy and still wondering how it work. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/horse-therapy-is-gaining-traction-in-singapore SINGAPORE - The weather on this September afternoon is hazy and humid, but it does nothing to dampen the spirits of the 10 nursing home residents - some of whom are in wheelchairs - who are eagerly waiting to walk with and groom two gentle beasts. Argentinian former polo ponies Costera and Valentina are the stars of this session by charity Equal-Ark Singapore, whose Elderly Programme has used equine therapy to help improve the emotional well-being of hundreds of seniors with dementia or depression. Working with the animals is a novelty for long-time St Theresa's Home resident Bertha Hang, 74. "I'm very happy with the horses - I can go round with them; touch them," she said as she deftly slotted a body brush onto her amputated right arm to groom Valentina. Ms Hang, who had lost parts of her four limbs to gangrene in 2003, had become downbeat after she was hospitalised for sepsis - a life-threatening illness as a result of the body's extreme response to an infection - last year. Grooming the horses is a role reversal and an empowering activity for Ms Hang, who, like other nursing home residents, are usually the care recipients. While the use of dogs and cats in animal-assisted therapy is more common here, equine therapy has been gaining some traction in land-scarce Singapore. Organisations such as Equal-Ark, Therapeutic and Educational Riding in Singapore (Theris), Healing Horses Singapore and Hovi Club Horsecity have been growing their clientele and expanding their programmes over the last few years. The goal of equine therapy is to help people develop necessary skills and attributes, through their interaction with the horses. It includes therapeutic horseback riding, where riding lessons are adapted to the person's disability and needs, and hippotherapy, which uses equine movement to engage the sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems. "Being prey animals - as compared to dogs, cats and even humans, who are predators - horses are incredibly sensitive to their environment, and are able to perceive and respond to the smallest of changes, including our tone of voice, body language, behaviours, emotions and even our biochemistry," said Theris' founder and managing director Jessamine A. Ihrcke. "They also provide immediate feedback in response to these aspects, which creates an opportunity for people to reflect on or be more aware of their behaviours and emotions, and adjust themselves accordingly in order to build a relationship with the horse," she added.
  15. Informative article on OCD. I always thought OCD refers to those who like to keep things clean and tidy, but there are so much more to it. I guess I am one of them too. https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/ocd-nation-children-as-young-as-eight-have-been-diagnosed Helplines Mental Health Helpline Tel: 6389-2222 Singapore Association of Mental Health Helpline Tel: 1800-283-7019 TOUCHline (Counselling) Tel: 1800-377-2252 SINGAPORE - Two years ago, when Vera was in her first year of junior college, she had problems taking notes. She would rewrite them repeatedly to ensure that her handwriting was neat and "perfect", using copious amounts of correction tape. She sometimes stayed up till 2am, tearing up sheets of notes that did not meet her expectations. She found it embarrassing to study in groups as it hindered her rewriting obsession, which she wanted to keep to herself. Now a 19-year-old university student, she says: "I was always looking at my handwriting, but I was not absorbing the information. I felt very tired doing my homework because it took so long." "I didn't seek help immediately because the stereotype of OCD behaviour is handwashing. I was doubtful whether mine was an OCD symptom," says Vera, who declined to give her full name. She sought professional help in her second year of junior college and has since learnt to manage her condition. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features obsessive and unreasonable thoughts and fears, and compulsive, repetitive behaviours. In Singapore, which has a higher prevalence of OCD than global norms, children as young as eight have been diagnosed with the mental disorder. DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE Despite warning signs, the condition is not easy to diagnose in children and youth as they are less able to verbalise what they are going through. Ms Haanusia Prithivi Raj, a senior clinical psychologist at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), says OCD is usually triggered by an obsession that incites anxiety or discomfort, prompting the sufferer to engage in repetitive actions to alleviate the uncomfortable feelings. Common obsessions include those revolving around "order or symmetry"; religious anxiety with excessive fears of offending a higher being; or worries about contamination and falling ill. Dr Adrian Loh, a visiting consultant at IMH's department of developmental psychiatry, says the national prevalence for OCD is 4 per cent of the population, higher than global figures of 2 to 3 per cent. From 2014 to last year, IMH's Child Guidance Clinics saw an average of about 130 children and adolescents with OCD annually. Figures have remained consistent, with about 50 new cases each year, according to IMH. Dr Loh says OCD can develop from the pre-school years through to adulthood, but there are two peak ages where OCD is more likely to appear. These are "the upper primary school years, just before puberty; and the late teen years, the transition from junior college and polytechnic to university or a corporate environment". The onset of OCD, like other psychiatric conditions, can be triggered by "excessive stress", such as the stress experienced during key transition years, says Dr Loh. Although OCD is the third-most prevalent mental disorder in Singapore - after major depressive disorder in first place and alcohol abuse in second - the condition can be difficult to diagnose. Dr Loh says: "What makes OCD different in children is that they frequently lack insight and awareness into the abnormal nature of their symptoms, and may be more unwilling to seek help or accept the problem. "In some cases, all they can explain is that something just 'feels right', leading to parental frustration." "Some sufferers who are unable to obtain relief from overwhelming anxiety (by engaging in rituals) may end up having rage attacks that can be misunderstood as misconduct. This can lead to disciplinary measures instead of taking the child to seek professional help," Dr Loh says. EVERYTHING HAD TO BE PERFECT At age 15, Mr Wayne Kee was taking part in the National Physical Fitness Award Scheme (Napfa) test in school when he landed "wrong" after doing the standing broad jump. He complained that his neck felt stiff, but all scans and physical checks showed nothing was wrong. After psychological tests, he was diagnosed with OCD and started receiving therapy. His mother, Ms Evelyn Chng, said: "The initial difficulty was that we couldn't see physical rituals (associated with OCD). We only knew he was anxious but we couldn't understand why, because he couldn't relate what was wrong with him." "Neither could he verbalise his thoughts to his psychologist," says Ms Chng, 49, who is married to a 51-year-old financial consultant. They also have a 20-year-old daughter. Ms Chng recalls a profound indecisiveness in her son at that time. "He would call me and ask what he should eat at the school canteen. I had to reassure him that eating caifan (economy rice) or yong tau foo was the right decision," says the counsellor with Caregivers Alliance Limited. But "the monster in his head", as she describes it, surfaced in full force a couple of years later, when he started opening and closing the fridge door, in addition to other hours-long rituals. By age 17, OCD had taken over his life and he had to drop out of polytechnic. Mr Kee, now 23, recalls: "I had mental rituals and a certain way of doing things which I thought was right, but it was OCD. "I had the feeling that something would go wrong. It's like acting, every scene must be exact. If not, my life is not recorded properly and I would have to re-edit the scene and ask people to redo it." TOLL ON THE FAMILY Family meals were agonising, his mother recalls, because everything had to be put in its exact place. A dish of fish had to be passed to and fro, in the same direction. Dragging Mr Kee away from performing his rituals would result in screaming or he would find a way to return later to complete his rituals. The police were called in by neighbours several times when arguments got heated between Mr Kee and his father. Ms Chng was caught in the middle. Sometimes, when Mr Kee engaged in rituals such as opening and closing the fridge door for hours, he got tired and asked his mother to do it for him. His relationship with his sister deteriorated too. "It was crazy. There was shouting and screaming, fights between him and his dad and quarrels between me and my husband," says Ms Chng, who suffered two mental breakdowns. Things got better in 2015 when Ms Chng, then working in retail, and her husband went for a workshop on OCD and started attending classes at Caregivers Alliance which they had come across at IMH. Three years ago, she started working at Caregivers Alliance. She learnt to be a caregiver for a person with mental illness and engaged Mr Kee in chores that he enjoyed, such as cutting and preparing vegetables with precision. Mr Kee, too, felt the need for a change and started to commit to his treatment at IMH, which he previously felt was a waste of time and money. This involved Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. In ERP, the person with OCD is exposed to the source of his fear, without acting out any compulsions to ease the fear. Mr Kee says: "I decided I wanted to start afresh. I had just turned 21 and I wanted things to improve." Today, his condition is under control and he works as a peer support specialist at IMH, where he helps and supports clients with OCD. He says he wants to talk about his experiences to combat the stigma associated with the illness. "At the start, I was afraid. But I wanted to stand up because no one else would," he says. COMMON OBSESSIONS IN OCD Here are some common obsessions in OCD, according to Ms Haanusia Prithivi Raj, senior clinical psychologist, department of developmental psychiatry, IMH. • Fear of contamination, such as of places deemed "dirty"; or fear of contagious diseases like Ebola or H1N1 • Intrusive aggressive thoughts, such as the fear of being harmed or of harming family or friends • Intrusive, sexually explicit or violent thoughts or images • Fear of losing important things • Discomfort if things are not symmetrical or evenly numbered • Needing to tell or confess everything Watch our for these common compulsions, which are repetitive actions to reduce anxiety: • Excessive washing of one's hands, body or important items like wallets • Checking doors, locks, phones, bags • Mental rituals such as the repetition of prayers to negate intrusive negative thoughts • Avoiding possible OCD triggers, such as avoiding throwing things into the dustbin, suggesting the child might have intrusive thoughts about dirt • Seeking reassurance by repeatedly asking seemingly mundane questions that the child is worried about • Counting, tapping, repeating certain actions such as rewriting or re-reading, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety
  16. You probably have seen a video that went viral recently about a woman removing her clothes in anger on Middle Road. She even went as far as pulling down her panties! If you haven’t, here’s the video courtesy of Roads.sg In the video, you can see a woman taking off her clothes in response to a man (a cab driver) walking away from her. She is believed to have done this to play the victim card and make false accusations that the cab driver was the one who did it to her. Crucial eye witness account An eye witness of the incident posted the video on Roads.sg According to the witness, he saw the lady kicking the cab. She then began chasing the cab driver, scratching, punching and going all bat shit crazy. The driver did not retaliate to her provocation. So what triggered this? There have been no reports (as of yet) as to what led to this behaviour, but theories are being thrown around on social media. Even I would be offended. At least give me $10 What happened in the end In a recent STOMP article posted earlier today, it’s been confirmed that the lady, a 31-year old woman was arrested for PUBLIC nuisance. Yeap, I spelt that one right. You can read the full article here Header image by STOMP
  17. Became a tourist, took a walk yesterday at Gardens by the Bay
  18. Scb11980

    National Service in Singapore

    Personally, the mindset of the national is if it is FREE we will keep it hence, i dont envisage a possible reduction in our NS duration what i am very worried about is the world is moving so very fast we already had been disadvantaged by NS, resulting in being 2 or 2 1/2 years behind our girls and our foreign classmates in the future it will be worse for our children even 6 months can mean a break or score the economic cycle also is shorter hence, i am just worried about our children am i worrying too much for our kids or should i just relax TAIPEI
  19. I know we have a separate property thread, but IMO, this deserves a separate discussion. This area will be big, in size and impact.. https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/9000-housing-units-including-hdb-be-built-keppel-club-site https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ndr-2019-greater-southern-waterfront-pulau-brani-sentosa-keppel-11819376?cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_24082018_cna https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/specific-measures-could-dampen-lottery-effect-of-public-housing-11825766 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6xz58yCqGk
  20. Read about the rich R.R Park today ( To be completed in 2020 ) Eager to check out after years of walks and trekking in Venus Drive, Treetops trail along MacRitchie Reservoir Link, Bt Timah, Diary Farm, Lower Pierce / Upp Pierce, Hort Park, Mt. Faber, Yishun Dam and Coney Island etc, kinda wanting to explore new terrain. 67 hectare of hiking trail and less disturbance to wildlife and surrounding greenery with elevated walkway plus a host of wildlife such as Malayan Colugo - a glider from tree to tree, Flying squirrel, pangolin- endangered animal, Palm civet cats also known as " Musang ", Coral snake, a venomous snake, Species of malayan butterflies and other migratory birds can be sighted only from Sept-Novenber annually, not forgetting Fireflies. Yes fireflies . . . i'm ready to explore more
  21. VteckiCk

    where's the street food in sg?

    Singapore has been ranked as the best city in the world for street food in 2019 msians are triggered n rightfully so. as a singaporean, first thing i ask is, wheres our street food? our hawker centres are considered as street food? well it used to be out on the streets until the government decided to put them under 1 roof. Ceoworld reported that the ranking was conducted based on four parameters: Number of street food vendors, Affordability, Number of street food experiences, and Food hygiene. perhaps for Caucasians visiting the cities, hygiene should be placed quite high up on the list. generally asians are used to "street food" but for an angmoh they may not be so accustomed to it. with the number of flies... msia have lots of street food but they're not number 1 on the list for sure.. i love msian food. cheap n good but not so much of the street ones if we talkin abt night markets etc?? where's considered street food? jonker street considered?? ipoh? penang? jb night market considered? Jalan Alor considered? night markets? cameron highland night market?? bought street food from jonker walk many times alrdy n real disappointed each time.. my list for asian countries Taiwan Thailand Hong Kong Vietnam China
  22. therock

    Christmas Trees in Singapore

    Dear bros Can anyone advise on where I can these? I want those with roots that I can plant - not just those that you throw after the festive season. Thanks!
  23. Asking out of curiosity only. Does anyone know what is the record for a private house sold in Singapore? I am talking about houses for private residence so please don't tell me Istana
  24. StreetFight3r

    Ichiran popup in sg!! Dun say bojio!

    The legendary Ichiran is finally coming to Singapore! From 3 to 20 October 2019, Ichiran will be having a pop-up in Singapore at Takashimaya Square as part of the third edition of annual ramen festival Ramen Revolution at the Japan Food Matsuri event If you’ve ever been to Japan, you’ll know that ramen is a must-try item; leaving Japan without slurping down a bowl of this goodness is an absolute crime! There are a plethora of ramen shops scattered across Japan but one of the more famous brands that is high up on everyone’s list is the well-loved Ichiran. Ichiran has been widely accepted as the god of tonkatsu ramen and they definitely set a high benchmark for a classic bowl of ramen. We are so damn excited that Ichiran Ramen is finally having a pop-up in Singapore (and hopefully a permanent shop next?!). That means that you no longer have to book a plane ticket to Japan just to satisfy your cravings for a bowl of the best ramen in the world. The secret to Ichiban’s exceptional tonkotsu ramen is its ambrosial broth; rich, thick and chock full of umami, every sip is pure bliss. Paired together with the ramen noodles which are cooked to perfection — springy, chewy and al dente — and outrageously tender chashu slices, it is no wonder that they are one of the most popular ramen chains in Japan! Obviously, the experience of Ichiran’s pop-up in Singapore won’t be similar to the shop in Japan since it’s part of a Japanese fair. But still, we are not complaining. For those of you who are not familiar with Ichiran Ramen, what makes Japan’s Ichiran special is the fact that they value alone time and solitary dining so much that they have individual booths where people can huddle up in their own space to enjoy their piping hot bowl of ramen. We are keeping our fingers crossed that Ichiran Ramen will be opening a permanent shop in Singapore after the pop-up. For now, we are just very happy to know that they will be coming to Singapore, albeit just for two weeks.
  25. Two suspected drug offenders have been arrested for the possession of a loaded pistol, which was found by police and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers. In a press conference on Wednesday (Oct 9), CNB and police said they have arrested two men, aged 24 and 25, in a joint operation held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Superintendent Aaron Tang, CNB's director of intelligence division, said the agency had acted on information that the two suspects were involved in "illicit drug activities" and were in possession of firearms. The police were called in for assistance, and officers from both agencies arrested the 24 year-old in the vicinity of Jurong West Street 72 on Tuesday. The pistol, which was loaded with four bullets, was found in his unit along with four spare bullets, said the police and CNB. The second man was arrested at about 2.25am on Wednesday in Woodlands Street 13 after further investigations revealed that he knowingly remained in the company of the first man, despite being aware of the firearm. No drugs were found on the two, and results of their urine analysis are pending. Superintendent Daniel Wong, deputy head of the special investigation services in the Criminal Investigation Department, said there is nothing to indicate the gun has been fired in Singapore. Both suspects are Singaporeans and are acquaintances, he added. The authorities declined comment on the origins of the firearm - believed to be a Seahawk pistol - or what its intended purpose was. This is understood to be the first case since 2009 involving the illegal possession of firearms. The two men will be charged in court on Thursday. Investigations are ongoing. If found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm, both suspects could be jailed for at least five years and given at least six strokes of the cane.
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