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  1. Just joined a new team. This senior like to stand too close when he talk. When I back off, he close the distance. Got any polite way to handle? Might be a little sensitive to tell him directly. Advice appreciated. Kum Siah.
  2. chitchatboy

    Tesla to close down most retail stores

    Tesla has announced that it will close down most of its retail outlets in a move that will allow it to price its cars cheaper. According to Electrek, the electric car maker wants to focus on online sales as it says that 78% of the Model 3 orders the company received last year were placed online. Interestingly, it added on that 82% of Model 3 customers purchased the vehicle without test driving first. With that in mind, the company believes that there was no need to operate the 120 retail store that it has now and will be closing most of it down. Doing so will allow it to reduce prices for its vehicles by an average of 6% and give it the ability to produce the entry-level Model 3 earlier than anticipated. Furthermore, it has been reported that Tesla started removing commissions from retail employees earned from sales, prompting employees to speculate that the manufacturer has cut bonuses to try and push them out before Tesla needs to layoff staff and pay severance.
  3. Blacksnow


    Another one bites the dusts. Will Ezra follow next?
  4. Jman888

    Sony PC business close shop...

    Not a good horse year to begins with
  5. On 07-July, we purchased a 2006 Audi A6 (Reg# SKD 6169 G) from Mich Automobile Pte Ltd in Turf City for S$39,011 and paid the full amount upfront via trading in our old car (Honda Accord, Reg # SDQ 902 K) for $15,999 and DBS bank transfer of $23,012 to the company account of Mich Automobile Pte Ltd. The Sales Agreement was signed together with Michael Boey (Boey Fook Weng, NRIC: S1750030I); while the sole director of this company, his wife, Michelle (Ow Yin Fun, NRIC: S6914096C) was physically present during the sale, however did not sign any contracts / sales agreements. Sales agreement attached for your consideration. Mich Automobile is a Singapore registered company which at this point is solvent. We also had the car insured on the day of purchase by Aviva Insurance Pte Ltd. Upon not receiving the title transfer confirmation from LTA (Land transport Authority) until 27-July, which Michael claimed to have completed, we tried to contact Michael however he was no longer contactable – our messages were ignored and phone calls not answered. At 1am on 01-Aug, a tow truck with 2 individuals in it, gained entry to our condominium, One Amber on false claims without producing any documentation and towed the aforementioned car away. We are separately pursuing the building management and security for a case of negligence and trespassing. Upon not finding the car in our carpark the next morning, we lodged a Police Report at Marine Parade police station. We later found out that Skyway Credit Pte Ltd repossessed this car as they were owed $33,000 from Mich Automobile for this car. Michael absconded from Singapore on 27-July. I am reaching out to fellow members here to check if you or someone you know has been a victim of Mich Automobile. If so, I welcome you to please share my details so we can join forces in taking action against these corrupt individuals. We have all but lost our hard earned money and are running out of options to recover anything from the system at play here…
  6. Guys where do you buy your electronic eg. Camera GoPro etc after Funan now close shop? I am looking to buy GoPro hero 4 any suggestion where to buy? Thank you
  7. wat you think? will it be the next Asia euro travel company to close shop.....
  8. carloverguy2017

    Amazing Extreme Close up of Dyed Brown Hairs

    What does my hair looks like up closed after I dyed my black hair ( and whites , greys ) into brown ? Check this out. My hair looks really matt and brown and dry when you see me in person. But the magnified video of my brown hair is surprisingly different though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhh2Sm5r-s8
  9. Picnic06-Biante15

    Another Close Called To Extinctions

    Another close called after Ison .... Yahoo news: Earth marks close encounter with enormous asteroid REUTERS - An asteroid estimated to be the size of three football fields whizzed close to Earth on Monday, roughly a year after one exploded over Russia and injured 1,200 people. Slooh Space Camera tracked the approach of the asteroid as it raced past the planet at about 27,000 mph (43,000 kmph), starting at 9 p.m. EST (2 a.m. GMT, February 18), the robotic telescope service said in a statement on Slooh.com. The Dubai Astronomy Group provided Slooh photos of the part of the sky where the rock was expected to be seen, but its motion could not be picked out immediately in a live webcast against the backdrop of night-time stars. The 295-yard (270-m) asteroid was streaking past Earth at a distance of about 2.1 million miles (3.4 million km) little more than a year after another asteroid exploded on February 15, 2013, over Chelyabinsk, Russia. That asteroid injured 1,200 people following a massive shock wave that shattered windows and damaged buildings. Chelyabinsk region officials had wanted to mark the anniversary by giving a piece of the meteorite to each 2014 Winter Olympic athlete who won a medal on Saturday at the Sochi Games. However, the International Olympic Committee at the last minute said it could be done only after the games and separately. Slooh's flagship observatory on Mount Teide in Spain's Canary Islands was iced over and unable to be used for the 2000 EM26 viewing, Paul Cox, Slooh's technical and research director, said on the one-hour webcast. "We continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids - sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth," Cox said in a statement before the show. He added, "We need to find them before they find us!" Its seem we are getting closer to extinction as years gone bye with so many 'BIG' rocks flying pass our mother Earth and each one getting nearer .... This one not even spotted until last minutes and some telescopes observing the universe were frozen cos of unexpected winter storms.
  10. This was a protest in Brazil. A policeman's cap got accidentally knocked off by the banner of the protestors. It was clearly and accident. However, the Policeman lifts up his weapon and SHOOTS one protestor at close range! Ouch. Police brutality? It was a rubber bullet, but still. At that range, it could be lethal. Check out the video.
  11. Prices of resale (ECs) are catching up with those of private mass market homes as the increasingly luxe features at recent ECs have boosted the profile of these homes. The price gap between resale executive condo and comparable mass market homes has narrowed to just 17.2 per cent this year, data from the Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX) found. This is a sharp fall from the previous market peak of 32.2 per cent in 2007. SRX added that the price gap has been narrowing and stabilising since then. Last year, the gap was 17.4 per cent while it was 14.5 per cent in 2010. Executive condo combine elements of private and public housing and often have premium furnishings and condo-like facilities. Experts said they are becoming more popular now as many home buyers see them as value buys, particularly those that offer innovative and high-end features. Units at new executive condominiums launches are also typically 20 per cent to 25 per cent cheaper than new mass market homes owing to Housing Board rules applying to ECs such as a household monthly income cap of $12,000. Knight Frank research head Png Poh Soon added: "As buyers' perceptions of ECs and private homes are blurred, when ECs reach that fifth and 10th year, the price gap could narrow even further provided that the quality of EC finishings and features is equivalent to (that of) private homes." PropNex chief executive Mohamed Ismail expects the gap to be "marginal and as little as 5 per cent" as more and more EC projects, especially the recently launched ones, approach their 10-year-old mark. ECs are subject to a minimum occupation period of five years. They can then be sold only to Singaporeans and permanent residents. They become private property after 10 years and can then be sold to foreigners. Recently, developers have also upped the ante at EC projects as they battle for buyers spoilt for choice owing to the flood of new home launches. Penthouses and skysuites, for instance, have become more common at executive condominium projects. Some even feature private jacuzzi pools. However, the price gap varies among the six suburban districts that have at least two EC projects eligible for resale here, SRX noted. For instance, the gap in District 19 - comprising estates like Hougang, Punggol and Sengkang - is the highest at 22.4 per cent. Resale ECs in this area include The Florida and Park Green. District 18, made up of Pasir Ris, Simei and Tampines, and District 20, including EC projects like Bishan Loft and Nuovo in Bishan and Ang Mo Kio, have the lowest price gap of just 10 per cent. Experts said this is likely due to the string of new EC launches and sites being sold in the north-eastern estates that provide stiff competition to existing ones. OrangeTee managing director Steven Tan said home buyers are willing to pay more for ECs in mature estates such as Bishan as there is a limited supply of resale and new EC projects there. Estates with resale EC projects that are more than 10 years old are also likely to see narrower price gaps as these EC projects are fully privatised. "Some new buyers or foreigners might not even know that what they are buying are actually ECs," he added. The price gap is also expected to narrow further as ECs cement their reputation as being on a par with private condos. PropNex's Mr Mohamed noted that the new EC launches have been getting a lot of hype with lifestyle elements - such as concierge services and infinity pools - taking centre stage at some projects. "There is also an increasing demand for ECs as home prices increase. The overall quantum for private homes might no longer fit the budget of a buyer and so he might turn to ECs instead as an alternative," he added. "And so as demand for ECs increases, the price gap narrows in turn." Knight Frank's Mr Png noted that the many larger ECs units at recent launches are likely to see a smaller price gap after the fifth and tenth year of completion as their higher-end offerings could appeal more to buyers. The SRX collates transactions by major property agencies, which account for more than 80 per cent of the market.
  12. Interesting case. wonder why our law minister didn't take this up with our defense minister since he supports Dr Ting? Watch the video from the link below for better understanding. http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/01/inventor-forced-by-mindef-to-close-company-over-patent-rights/ Facing a long-drawn and uphill lawsuit with the Ministry of Defence over a patent issue, Dr Ting Choon Meng, an innovator and medical professional, decided to withdraw his case due to mounting legal costs and a battle for which he saw no end in sight. Even worse, given that Mindef is now demanding about S$580,000 in legal fees, to have his patent revoked and assign the rights to the Ministry, Dr Ting is looking at the very grim prospects of closing down his company Mobilestats Technologies Pte Ltd, the company holding the patent rights to his invention, the Station With Immediate First-Aid Treatment (SWIFT) vehicle. “I am completely disheartened,” said Dr Ting. “After this incident, suffice to say that I have lost confidence in Singapore’s ability to be a global IP hub.” What made his case even more poignant is that Dr Ting was appointed to the board of directors for the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) since April 2013. He has since stepped down in January 2014, after he withdrew his case against Mindef. “It has come to a point whereby I am honestly convinced that there is no true conviction right at the top of our government for Singapore to be transformed into a Global IP Hub,” he had written in his resignation letter. “Recent events and processes in my own encounter have unfortunately shown me that without real conviction and internalization from the top, what we are trying to do in IPOS are but lip service.” International certification for innovation Dr Ting and his partners invented SWIFT, effectively a quick-deployment first aid station for crisis use, after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US. Television footage of 9/11 made him realise that a vehicle-based medical facility would be a great game-changer in managing casualties during crises. Subsequently, he applied for patent rights for his invention in no less than nine countries and successfully obtained the rights to intellectual property (IP) in almost all of them, including his home country Singapore. His application to IPOS was filed on 27 December 2002, whereby it received a few rounds of checks through the reputed Danish Patent and Trademark Office, before it was finally approved on 6 July 2005. Dr Ting and his partners continued to file for patent rights in eight other countries and regions, and received similar approvals in Australia, Japan, Israel, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the United States of America and Europe. During the long journey of certifying the IP for SWIFT, Dr Ting and his partners presented the concept to Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force Singapore Civil Defence Force, Mr James Tan, in 2004 and was asked to help build a prototype for trial purposes SCDF eventually called for a tender in 2006 for vendors to manufacture SWIFT, and within the tender documents, indicated that interested bidders need to first sign a licensing agreement with Mobilestats before SCDF would consider their bid. The SWIFT vehicles went on to serve its operational needs, and were publicised several times as an icon of “SCDF innovation”. “It needs to be ruggedized” However, Dr Ting had a less pleasant experience with Mindef. At a trade fair in 2005, Dr Ting spoke to BG (Dr) Wong Yue Sie, then chief of the SAF Medical Corps, about the SWIFT vehicle that was on display. “He told me that changes would have to be made to the vehicle if it were to be adapted for SAF’s use,” recounted Dr Ting. “For example, the vehicle would have to be painted to camouflage and it needed to be ruggedized. I told him that such changes would not be a problem, but I informed him the vehicle was patented.” “He told me that he would contact SCDF and said to me that, “maybe we can do it on our own” or words to that effect. I remember that clearly because I remember telling him that he could not do that because the vehicle was patented.” Dr Ting never heard from Mindef since. However, in April 2009, the Defence Science and Technology Agency called a tender to procure a “Mobile First-Aid Post”. While the tender required bidders to obtain licensing agreements for IP, DSTA’s tender did not specifically mention Dr Ting’s SWIFT, as SCDF’s has done. The contract was eventually awarded to Syntech Engineers Pte Ltd for production, which did not contact Dr Ting or his partner about the patent. “In fact, I didn’t know that they infringed our IP until we saw the vehicle exhibited at National Day Parade 2011,” said Dr Ting. It was supposedly the same vehicle that was featured in the 2011 National Day Parade, apparently as a fully operational model. Intention to infringe? Dr Ting decided to pursue the legal route with Mindef. “I can’t take it up with the vendor – they will just throw it back to Mindef, because they set out the tender. In any case, it was Mindef who drew up the specifications, they decided on the vehicle, so they should uphold the IP.” Curiously, in the exchange of legal letters, Mindef’s representing lawyers from Wong and Leow LLC accidentally faxed him a letter from Syntech, dated March 2009 and addressed to Mindef, outlined the company’s clear intent not to pay any heed to Dr Ting’s patent. Syntech wrote: “We noted your concern with regards to the possible infringement of their patent rights under their SG Publication Number 113446. Together with our legal advisors, we have studied their patent design as compared to our Medical Shelter design submitted under Tender Ref No. 7108105610. We have conclude that there is no infringement of their patent rights. Moreover, we have also concluded that their patent lacked novelty and/or inventive step… As such, it will be very difficult for them to defend their patent rights.” After receiving the fax, Dr Ting said Wong and Leow LLC frantically called him to ask him to destroy the letter. “It’s clear that Mindef is aware of potential infringement and had asked Syntech about it, but the company has decided not to obtain the IP license from us,” said Dr Ting. “Why did Mindef let that happen? Instead, they have effectively decided that our IP can be contested. And this was after IPOS has certified the patent!” War of attrition What Dr Ting did not count on was that the case would drag on for two years, costing him a fortune that effectively outweighed any licensing fee he would have been able to obtain from a successful case. “It’s a war of attrition,” he said. “Mindef not only had the Attorney General defending them, they also contracted Wong and Leow. Why did they need so many lawyers? They kept delaying the case, claiming that their witness was not available. Meanwhile, every delay cost me in legal fees. I have no more money to fight this case.” Eventually, Dr Ting decided to drop the case in January 2014, as the legal cost was too high for him to bear. Just as perturbing was Mindef’s actions to “settle” the case. Dr Ting had offered them settlement terms indicating that each party pay for their legal fees, that he would not claim IP license fees for the vehicles Mindef has already built and allowing them royalty-free use for up to three years. However, charges will apply for subsequent vehicles built by Mindef. Fairly reasonable, he thought. However, just two weeks before the scheduled trial, Mindef dropped a bombshell with their “counter-offer”: Dr Ting had to pay for Mindef legal costs, drop all claims to IP, and surrender his patent for SWIFT in Singapore as well as for the other seven countries the patent is registered in. This meant that Dr Ting not only lost the right to claim damages for the original infringement, but can no longer exercise his patent rights to SWIFT with other developers anywhere else in the world. Just as strangely, although the courts awarded Mindef the right to revoke Dr Ting’s patent for SWIFT in October 2014, he heard from his sources that the agency has to date not gone to IPOS to complete the revocation. “When I dropped the case, my conditions was that I would not claim for the vehicles Mindef has made, so long as they stop infringing on my IP,” said Dr Ting. “Instead, they countered by demanding that I pay their legal fees, and grant them free use of the patent.” Meanwhile, Wong and Leow LLC slapped him with a legal bill of about S$580,000. Dr Ting had no more money to pay, and would likely have to put the company in receivership. Which means any party that takes over Mobilestats would still have the IP rights to SWIFT, until Mindef chooses to revoke it with IPOS. “I honestly have no idea what Mindef is now planning to do with the IP for SWIFT,” said Dr Ting. “What I do know is that Mindef has produced up to 58 copies of the same vehicles. What for? I was a battalion commander in the Medical Corps before, and by my estimate, the entire SAF would only need about 12 to 14 SWIFT vehicles for its entire operational needs. Why produce 58?” The Online Citizen has sent a request to Mindef to comment on this article. We will publish their response, if any, when they reply
  13. Perhaps some of you had your wedding dinner there? Boon Lay Raja Restaurant may close next year http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/boon-lay-raja-restaurant/1404056.html The owners are retiring, and are seeking a reserve price of S$15 million for the 11,248 square foot space at Jurong Gateway Road. SINGAPORE: The Boon Lay Raja Restaurant, a popular Chinese dining establishment that has been operating for more than 20 years, will close next year if a buyer for its Jurong premises is found. Marketing agency Savills Singapore, which is managing the sale of the 11,248 square foot space at Jurong Gateway Road, said the vendors "would have preferred to continue operating if not for their impending retirement". "This is a rare opportunity for restaurateurs facing escalating rentals to operate on their own premise, and establish or consolidate their presence in this highly sought-after location," Savills said in a media statement on Wednesday (Oct 8). Boon Lay Raja Restaurant is located about 200 metres from Jurong East MRT station and bus interchange, and is near the Jurong Regional Library and JCube shopping mall. Savills said the vendors are looking at a reserve price of S$15 million, or S$1,334 per square foot, for the restaurant space, which has a remaining lease of 69 years. The tender closes on Nov 6 at 3pm. - CNA/xy
  14. 2BDriver

    Very Close Lightning Strike

    The Lightning Strike at 00:23 with volume warning, the taller guy luckily ran passed the strike spot just few seconds ealier and saved his life .
  15. RadX

    A call to close ranks!

    The last few weeks has been trying and good to see what has emerged. First, there was the so called mutiny and was targetted at the mods and showed unfairness, etc and was a good avenue to see and gather feedback. I watched and did not see the need to participate as at the end, my past actions, and those who knew me and see how i act, spoke for itself. It showed that it was important to have a tight watch, and for the benefit of this place to continue. We have been here many times and again, we pulled through. Then there was the debacle of 'clones'. A mistaken identity and the like. Do not get me wrong as there have been too many clones and I also see where TM was coming from. I did my invx as well, and concurred with boss laserjet on that as not being true. I do not support it and for that to show that in all fairness, @tianmo will have a warning for that. The angst and furore that erupted leaves much to be desired on how we handle our emotions and the like in the face of adversity. I seek that we all also think about how much does a 'dislike' mean to us? Does it really? With that, I urge all to close ranks here and continue the spirit of MCF as how we have over the years. @tvt and the rest involved, I trust that you all will do the same and I will say this finally for all TVT IS NOT OWNER-DRIVER. That should clear the air and if i get wind of anyone accusing him again, that person will get a warning GOOD DAY ALL! TO MORE GOOD YEARS
  16. looks like posting of maken place closing down is faster than good one that is opening up.
  17. Do you like Stomp? Someone has came up with an online petition to close down stomp. Just visit http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/sph-stomp-com-sg-close-down-stomp-com-sg
  18. http://multimedia.asiaone.com/multimedia/gallery/bitcoin-ceo-found-dead-top-rubbish-collection-point Ms Autumn Radtke, CEO of First Meta, was found dead on the second storey parapet of Block 8 Cantonment Close on the morning of Feb 26.
  19. Real close call. Good thing for ASS-Auto Start/Stop, I din go faster........balls in my throat.....
  20. Heng ah.......if not have to say hello to Cow and horse. see the video in the stomp link ======================================= http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/what-a-close-shave-for-auxiliary-police-officer-he-nearly-gets-hit-by-oncoming An auxiliary police officer had his lucky stars to thank for him coming out unscathed after he fell off his motorcycle on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE). In an online video dated Jan 22, the officer first appears cruising down the leftmost lane of the expressway before overtaking a van beside him and filtering out to the lane it was on. Suddenly, the officer lost control of his bike then, forcing the van to swerve right to avoid running him over. If he thought that was the luckiest he could have gotten, he would be proved wrong at the very next moment. For the impact of the accident left him rolling onto another lane, and onto the path of a car, which had an dashboard camera that captured the entire accident. Fortunately, the driver was able to come to a complete halt, with just metres between the officer and the car.
  21. ok people, the day is here... let's prepare for a closed shop US govt, and some crashed stock markets time to pick up bargains on the cheap
  22. Napoli have signed Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol for
  23. http://www.zdnet.com/sg/singapore-and-chin...ard-7000019667/ Summary: The transnational smart card will be rolled out in first half of 2014, and be used for public transport in Singapore and Chinese province Guangdong--in what is claimed to be a world first. The world's first dual currency transport smart card is being developed for use in Singapore and the Chinese province of Guangdong. The SINO Visitor Pass will allow travel in both Singapore and Guangdong. Dubbed the SINO Visitor Pass, it will allow commuters to travel in both cities with just one card, according to a press release on Wednesday. The contactless smart card will be launched in the first half of 2014 by Singapore payment service provider EZ-Link and Guangdong Lingnan Pass Company. The smart card will store both Singapore dollars and Chinese Renminbi. Besides public transport, it will also be accepted at more than 100,000 points in both cities, including retail and food and beverage. Additional functions will be progressively added after the launch such as inter-city top-up features and the integration of e-tickets to hold products such as tourist passes. "This means that in the future, visitors can also gain access to tourist attractions, food and beverage, retail deals and other lifestyle applications in both countries with this pass," said EZ-Link's CEO Nicholas Lee, in the statement.
  24. Passing of an Era 1 hour ago I have never posted before but on hearing news that the great Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice is closing by June 2013, I have to write something. Warning: Article/Review below may border on being a little emo and over dramatic. If there is a restaurant that encapsulates the story of the makan nation, it has to be Lim's. From a tender age of 5+ (am mid 30s now), I have patronised this far flung restaurant admist stories of motorbike racing along the "99 corners" road (a.k.a Kent Ridge Road). In all my years of patronage, the food there has never disappointed. If you read the other reviews here, the duck meat is really as good as it gets. It is the combination of the duck meat and the hot porridge doused with luscious gravy that have warmed the stomachs and hearts of many Singaporeans. What is even more charming and rustic of Lim's is that the place has never changed, the staff (that friendly uncle who always insist in speaking English and give you a feeling that he is just estimating your bill rather than calculating) are the same, the look is the same, the drinks are the same.. Everything you see, eat and feel there is a page out of the 1960s. There are very few places left in Singapore that has such tradition and remain staunchly "unfranchised". I will be going there very frequently until the very end.
  25. Osprey23

    Close season transfers

    12/13 season ended. Man U worthy winners and the legendary manager takes a bow and calls time on his illustrious career. All eyes on transfers now. Will share info I received, regardless of clubs. However mostly will be Liverpool as I have more sources on them. To start off, one bad and one good rumoured deals for Liverpool. Bad: Reina leaving for Barcelona.