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  1. SINGAPORE - Starting April 1 next week, all schools will conduct one day of home-based learning a week, in the light of the recent spike of Covid-19 cases in Singapore. Primary schools will do so on Wednesdays, secondary schools on Thursdays, and junior colleges/Centralised Institute on Fridays. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Friday (March 27) that this move will better prepare parents and students for more days of home-based learning if and when required. Schools will also stagger dismissal times to reduce the congestion when students take public transport or the school bus home. Singapore has ramped up measures over the past few weeks progessively to curb the spread of the virus, said Mr Ong. "So likewise, for schools, which are a major part of people's lives, we have also been stepping up (measures). So we will not want to do something dramatic, sudden, that will result in school closure," he said. "We still have options, we are not like many countries where they are forced into sudden school closures." When asked how long this home-based learning arrangement will last, Mr Ong said: "It depends how long the virus lasts, and how long we feel it will be around." From next Monday (March 30), schools will provide instructions to students and parents on accessing the home-based learning materials. Assistance will be given to students who do not have access to digital devices when their learning requires it. Students will have about four to five hours of learning on the day of home-based learning, of which two hours can be used to access digital devices. It can come in different forms, through e-lessons, or other references like worksheets and textbooks. Teachers could also conduct lessons via "live" videos. Schools will remain open for a small group of students whose parents are not able to make alternative childcare arrangements, and priority will be given to parents working in essential services such as healthcare or public transport. A small number of teachers in schools will supervise these students. Most teachers will stay at home on the day of home-based learning, while about 20 per cent of staff, including the principal, will remain in school. Co-curricular activities (CCAs) will remain suspended for the rest of Term 2, and so will other activities that involve mingling of students across schools like the National School Games. The Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation will be cancelled. On Sunday, Mr Ong had said that he received many questions from parents, with some asking why the March holidays were not extended, especially given the rising numbers of imported Covid-19 cases and impending border closures. He cited scientific evidence showing that young people are not spreaders of the virus, and said that closing schools would also disrupt the lives of many people, particularly parents who are both working, and who have limited childcare options. Various precautionary measures have already been put in place and hygiene protocols have been stepped up. Students now only spend their time with those in their classes, with CCAs and inter-school activities suspended. They sit apart in class and are reminded to wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their faces. Communal activities such as mass assemblies and school camps have been suspended. Recess timings are staggered and temperature checks are conducted daily. Students who are not feeling well - be it with a cough, sore throat or a fever - will be placed in an isolation room in school or sent home. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/coronavirus-students-to-have-home-based-learning-once-a-week-from-april-as-schools-step-up
  2. Community Service Time 2 useful links for our dear MCFers, who are following the bidding exercise: Real Time COE Bidding Results Check Your COE Bidding Status [sunny] Good Luck to all vested! [sunny] Past Bidding Results (2001 - 2015) Past Bidding Results (2016 - 2019) Trend Chart (Apr 2017 - Mar 2019) *chart taken from www.sgcarmart.com PQP (2010 - 2019) The details of the April 2019 1st open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) are as follows: Tender opens: Monday, 1 April 2019, 12 noon Tender closes: Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 4.00 pm Tender results: Wednesday, 3 April 2019 (Available on the www.onemotoring.com.sg website) The total quota available for this tender is 4,396 for the following vehicle categories: NON-TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category A: Cars (up to 1600cc & 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,656 Category B: Cars (above 1600cc or 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,202 Category D: Motorcycles => 829 TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category C: Goods Vehicles and Buses => 309 Category E: Open Category => 400
  3. Azizul Hj Tandek, managing director of Enggang Keramat Automobile, told paultan.org that the company will be launching a new Malaysian car brand called SAF – named after the arrangement of Muslims in prayer – in April this year. The new lineup will consist of rebadged versions of models from the Chinese brand Foday, namely the Lion F22 pick-up truck and the Landfort seven-seater SUV. The two vehicles will be badged as the SAF Striker and SAF Landfort respectively, and will look identical to the Foday models, albeit with SAF badging. Both models will be built at Oriental Assemblers in Tampoi, Johor, the same company that also assembles Chery models in Malaysia. Only one engine will be available from launch – a Mitsubishi-derived 4G69S4N 2.4 litre petrol engine delivering 134 hp at 5,250 rpm and 200 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 3,000 rpm. Five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are on offer, as is a choice of either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (Striker pick-up will be 4×4 only). The Striker is expected to be priced below RM100,000, while the Landfort SUV is slated to cost less than RM150,000. Exact kit has yet to be decided, but both models should come with dual airbags and ABS with EBD; no stability control on offer, however. Enggang Keramat is looking at an initial run of 100 units for each model when the brand is launched next month, available at 20 dealers nationwide – all 3S centres – in both Peninsular and East Malaysia. http://paultan.org/2016/02/29/new-malaysian-brand-saf-to-launch-april-striker-pick-up-and-landfort-suv-to-be-based-on-foday-models/
  4. Good luck to all vested 2001 - 2003 2004 - 2006 2007 - 2009 2010 - 2012 2013 - 2015 2016 - 2018 The details of the April 2018 second open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) are as follows: Tender opens: Monday, 16 April 2018, 12 noon Tender closes: Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4.00 pm Tender results: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 (Available on the www.onemotoring.com.sg website) The total quota available for this tender is 4,334 for the following vehicle categories: NON-TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category A: Cars (up to 1600cc & 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,566 Category B: Cars (above 1600cc or 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,417 Category D: Motorcycles => 518 TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category C: Goods Vehicles and Buses => 260 Category E: Open Category => 573 During the bidding exercise, bidders can check on the status of their bids and revise their reserve price using these banks’ services or the LTA Open Bidding website (https://ocoe.lta.gov.sg).
  5. The details of the April 2018 first open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) are as follows: Tender opens: Monday, 2 April 2018, 12 noon Tender closes: Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4.00 pm Tender results: Wednesday, 4 April 2018 (Available on the www.onemotoring.com.sg website) The total quota available for this tender is 4,375 for the following vehicle categories: NON-TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category A: Cars (up to 1600cc & 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,566 Category B: Cars (above 1600cc or 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,389 Category D: Motorcycles => 516 TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category C: Goods Vehicles and Buses => 292 Category E: Open Category => 612 During the bidding exercise, bidders can check on the status of their bids and revise their reserve price using these banks’ services or the LTA Open Bidding website (https://ocoe.lta.gov.sg).
  6. For once, I am guessing that we shall see a sharp drop in COE premium for Cat C. The details of the April 2017 second open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) are as follows: Tender opens: Monday, 24 April 2017, 12 noon Tender closes: Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 4.00 pm Tender results: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 (Available on the www.onemotoring.com.sg website) The total quota available for this tender is 4,413 for the following vehicle categories: NON-TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category A: Cars (up to 1600cc & 97kW (130bhp)) => 2,052 Category B: Cars (above 1600cc or 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,369 Category D: Motorcycles => 347 TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES: Category C: Goods Vehicles and Buses => 163 Category E: Open Category => 482
  7. First of all, please do allow me to post a few comments before I proceed to the topic. 1. I fully support the call (by Radx?) to disqualify such COE bidding thread for top thread of the month contest. I ever thought of self-declaring it previously, but as I am also one of the winner last year, it may attract some nasty remarks (you know what I mean), if I were to propose the change. To be honest, I am not proud at all to get the $100 vouchers for such posting, which information can be easily obtained from LTA website. 2. The reason why I started these thread is merely as a community service, as there will always be people interested to know about the past bidding results, no. of COE available for each category, as well as to have a platform for all related discussions (hopefully all are healthy one, with no major argument / catfight, name calling, challenging of others, promotion of gambling, etc.). I am neither vested, nor have too much time to waste. 3. And in relation to point #2, I will not be able to ensure I can start the thread for every bidding exercise, as I am also a full time employee with a family to support, so don’t assume I have any personal agenda for starting, or NOT starting such thread. In fact, I welcome others to take the lead, as long as the data are from official source, and with no intention for prize or fame or other personal agenda. 4. Last but not least, a friendly reminder that MCF is a free-for-all public forum, thus there will always be different views / thoughts / opinions along the way (as forumers are likely to be from all walks of life). Praise the post that you like, ignore those that you don’t agree with. I personally do not encourage hitting the “Dislike” button as you will never know if you are stepping on the tail of some mentally unsound… … just joking! OK, I am done. Now back to the topic. For the data lover, let me present you with my 10 years series (or 12 years to be more precise), for your reference and/or further analysis. And good luck to those waiting for your COE! [flowerface] The details of the April 2017 first open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) are as follows: Tender opens: Monday, 10 April 2017, 12 noon Tender closes: Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 4.00 pm Tender results: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 (Available on the www.onemotoring.com.sg website)
  8. i still have functional old nokia & sony ericsson phones leh. meaning these phones will not work from apr 2017?
  9. Guess the COE winners and Prata Meet up on 8 April 2017, Sat Evening from 7pm till late. All are welcome, eat prata, drink kopi, and talk cock. Date: 8 April 2017 time: starting 7pm venue: Springleaf Prata @ Springleaf Garden 1 Thong Soon Ave, S787431. Please fill in the blanks 1) Tianmo 2) @Nzy 3) @Atrecord 4) @Toothiewabbit
  10. Hi all, just a reminder that Acendas car park season fees will increase from usual $60 - $70 to $139.xx per month. I think all the Acendas car park will be affected. This will start from 1st April 2013 if I am not wrong. Just take note. If got query, can ask ur own company HR. Now I feel like crying and wanna sell my car. Sian 1/2
  12. G_mann

    April Meetup

    Hi Guys, Time for our Alfisti meet up for April 24th Apr 2016 Sunday at 4.00pm. We shall be meeting again at 4pm at Sunday Market Cafe, 22 Lim Tua Tow Rd, S(547772) Looking forward to see you guys
  13. Since quota is out, I start the ball rolling.
  14. What's happening in HK in the past 2 days is pretty amazing. Economists have come out to say they don't know what's happening. http://www.businessinsider.sg/why-hong-kong-has-the-hottest-stock-market-it-the-world-right-now-2015-4/#.VSf-JPmUeJQ Since I don't understand economists, what do the bros here think about what's happening?
  15. HELP! Was involved in a multi-vehicle accident Monday night. AMK Ave 6 at junction with Ave 5. Red light, bus and taxi stopped in front of me in leftmost lane. I stopped and was whacked from behind by a black Maserati going real fast. Power to carcam cut off so wasn't captured. Would appreciate it if any member who recorded the Maserati speeding can share the footage. Thanks. http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/4-injured-accident-involving-smrt-bus-and-4-cars-ang-mo-kio-ave-5 The Maserati is hidden from view by my car (silver Avante).
  16. Scenic98

    April's Fool 2009

    Did anyone spot any April's Fool joke in our local papers today? ST used to have one like last year when it mentioned S'pore having their own F1 team. Can't seem to spot any this year. Times are bad, no one in the mood?
  17. Today an accident occurred in front of me. I did not witness the collision as my eyes were not looking in front at the specific moment. Heard tires screeching, bang, looked up and saw the post dragging of the 2 cars. Taxi uncle was pointing his finger furiously, seemingly angry at the carelessness of the avante driver. I believe there were no serious injury involved and continued my way. (Youtube disabled the audio due to the songs playing from my radio)
  18. 4pm at Dempsey Road Car Park Top of the Hill 1. Saabretooth 2. Thingy 3. 4. 5. 6.
  19. Published on Apr 14, 2014 6:30 PM By Venessa Thor Some say it is meaningless. Others dismiss the logo as unfinished. Memes were also spun off, with one depicting it as a bar graph. Yes, the logo for the soon-to-be-opened National Gallery Singapore has been the subject of endless ridicule since it was revealed on April 2. The minimalist logo features two simple rectangular blocks - one taller and narrower than the other. The logo comes in either red or grey. Credit of the revamp goes to home-grown design firm Asylum. What was thought to be a belated April's Fool joke was actually the result of three months' worth of effort, Mr Chris Lee, founder of Asylum. Mr Lee defended his design, saying that the reductionism of the two blocks is open to interpretation, just like art. "The two blocks are originally derived from the two buildings that are joined to form the National Gallery. It could also represent two platforms or two dialog boxes. Art should be a two way conversation," he explained. While netizens bicker over whether the logo is abstract art or just plain ridiculous, we find three other logos that had also left many scratching their heads. London 2012 Olympics First unveiled in 2007, the colourful logo for the 2012 Olympic games in London was criticised as looking like something a child could draw with crayons. Others brayed that it resembled a swastika. Yet there were those who said it spelled the word "Zion" in a pro-Israeli conspiracy, which led Iran to threaten to boycott the Olympics. However, this boycott did not occur eventually. Sebastian Coe, the chairman of aid the chairman of London's 2012 organising committee, defended the logo, saying its vibrant colours and jagged design were meant to appeal to young people. "It is an invitation to take part and be involved." Gap In 2010, Gap changed its 20-year-old logo. The capitalised serif font, Spire, in a blue box was changed to one with 'Gap' in Helvetica, with the 'p' overlapping a small blue square. The new design was blasted as cheap and tacky. Gap quickly switched back to its original logo a week later. iTunes Fans were outraged when Apple switched the simple iTunes logo in 2010. The original design of a CD and a blue music note made its launch in 2001. It was replaced by that showing a black music note on a flat blue bubble in 2010. The switch was to reflect the trend towards digital downloads, and the growing obsoleteness of CDs. Users criticised the design as looking "amateurish". Apple founder Steve Jobs apparently replied in an e-mail to a complainant with just two words: "We disagree."
  20. http://www.iras.gov.sg/irashome/default.aspx Remember to do your declaration by 18 April hor........ Those lich MCFers, please don't under declare hor.....
  21. Picnic06-Biante15

    COE - April 2014

    hur...... long time no one wanted to post COE anymore ... OK, I just post the latest bidding.... at 15.57hrs A CAR UP TO 1600CC & 97KW 77,000 367 535 B CAR ABOVE 1600CC OR 97KW 84,400 363 520 C GOODS VEHICLE & BUS 48,790 265 295 D MOTORCYCLE 1 388 353 E OPEN 83,104 199 276 Wow... m/cycle still at $1/- ... OK..... COE closed at the following prices : A CAR UP TO 1600CC & 97KW 77,400 367 537 B CAR ABOVE 1600CC OR 97KW 84,504 363 523 C GOODS VEHICLE & BUS 49,503 265 303 D MOTORCYCLE 4,489 388 520 E OPEN 84,100 199 283 look like all drop ....
  22. Picnic06-Biante15

    Capitol Theatre Reopen in April 2015

    CNA : Capitol Theatre to reopen in April 2015 SINGAPORE: The historic Capitol Theatre will reopen in April 2015 with the staging of a musical that depicts the lives and struggles of Singaporeans, including former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, as they built a new nation. Called "Singapura - The Musical", the show will be produced by The 4th Wall Theatre Company. The musical will travel to London's West End and Broadway in New York following its Singapore debut. A private and invitation-only "listening preview", featuring a number of songs from the musical, will be held later this month. The plans for Capitol Singapore -- which comprises the former Capitol Theatre, Capitol Building, Capitol Centre and Stamford House -- was announced at a topping out ceremony held on Thursday. Following the S$750-million makeover, the development will comprise a luxury 157-room hotel, an upmarket retail mall, 39 high-end residences as well as Capitol Theatre, which will have close to 1,000 seats. - CNA/xq link: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/capitol-theatre-to-reopen/1057388.html Will they keep the 'stone' flying horses ... Bring back the "Magnolia" Bar, the corner 'Kachang Puteh' man, and 'Orange Julius' ....
  23. Looked up and down but didn't find anyone starting this regular topic although COE is closing tomorrow. Everybody lost interest already? So anyway I shall do the honours :)
  24. A section of the Tampines Expressway (TPE) will be temporarily closed this Thursday, April 25 from 12.01am to 5am. The stretch of expressway between Jalan Kayu and Sengkang East Road will be affected. The temporary road closure will facilitate the erection of a new overhead gantry sign along the TPE for the widening of the roadway, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) said in a statement today. Motorists travelling on the TPE in the direction of Tampines are advised to use alternative routes along Jalan Kayu, Sengkang West Way and Sengkang East Road. Source: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/secti...-close-thursday
  25. Hi all, Not sure if some kind souls can help with starting a new thread under "General" as i have not reach 25 posts yet. I had a accident on the 4th April around 1040 pm, Along Punggol Road slip road towards Jalan Kayu/ SLE/CTE. I was on the extreme left filter lane (there were 2 lanes), and after checking clear i proceeded. Suddenly a cyclist (Foreign worker , dark skinned either indian or bangadeshi, wearing a black tshirt with dark colored bottoms ) cycled acrossed the pedestrian crossing without checking. He was going at a fast speed, cycling across and i could not react in time. Jammed brakes but still hit the rear wheel of the bicycle. He fell and i believe sustained some injuries towards his wrist and foot. I dialed for police and ambulance , statements were given and the case is still pending. Would anyone happen to see the accident? I have been prowling the net to search for other such incidents, however, all pointed to the fault of the driver. Would really appreciate any advice from the seniors here. http://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/bi...-accidents.html http://srsc.org.sg/advisories/cyclists-bic...fety-accidents/ There are some articles which states that the cyclist should dismount before proceeding , however, i believe the TP would be aware of these rules and regulations as well.