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  1. Previous thread http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2706528-singapore-reckless-driver-part-v/page-421 New Thread here. Let's move on positively here with constructive discussions. The previous thread was too big
  2. China is known for many things, but they’re perhaps most infamous for their counterfeit items. From clothes to bags to electronics—even whole towns—China has it all. However, they’ve recently taken the counterfeit business a little further and have entered the disturbing realm of counterfeit foods. 10Plastic Rice If there’s one food that should be impossible to counterfeit, it would be rice. But the Chinese did it anyway. China’s fake rice is also called plastic rice. It’s made from potatoes, sweet potatoes, and synthetic resin molded into the shape of real rice. The faux rice was commonly sold in Chinese markets, especially in Taiyuan in Shaanxi Province. The rice remained as hard as stone even after it was cooked and did not digest easily. It’s also pretty dangerous, since consuming three bowls of it is equal to consuming one bag of vinyl, or one plastic bag. Aside from producing artificial rice, dishonest Chinese rice sellers also add flavors to ordinary rice and sell them to the unsuspecting public as “Wuchang rice,” which is more costly and generally considered one of the better brands of rice sold in Chinese markets. Only 800,000 tons of this Wuchang rice are produced annually, while about 10 million tons are sold. In other words, more than 9 million tons are fake 9Rat Mutton When they’re not tampering with rice, dishonest Chinese food sellers are adding chemicals to meat from rats, minks, and foxes and selling them as mutton. The scheme was so popular and successful that the police arrested more than 900 people and seized about 20,000 tons of this meat, all within three months. One of the sellers, a man named Wei, even raked in more than £1 million from sales alone. He mixed fox, rat, and mink meat with nitrate, gelatin, and carmine before selling it in markets to unsuspecting buyers. Chinese police posted a tutorial on Sina Weibo, China’s biggest microblogging site, to teach people how to differentiate between real and fake mutton. While the difference between them is hard to tell at first glance, the white and red parts of real mutton don’t separate after getting thawed, torn by hand, or boiled, while the fake meat does. 8 Chemical Tofu Tofu, also called soya curd, is a cheese-like food made from a mixture of soy milk and a coagulant. Chinese authorities recently closed down two factories in Wuhan, Hubei Province for selling fake tofu, which was made by mixing various chemicals together. One worker confessed that they combined soy protein with flour, monosodium glutamate, pigment, and ice to make the fake tofu before packaging it and selling it under the name of another company that was producing real tofu. Using soy protein to make tofu isn’t the most dastardly of deeds, but not all the schemes were so innocent. Another criminal gang made counterfeit tofu by adding rongalite, an industrial bleaching agent that’s been linked to cancer. Supposedly, the chemical made their tofu chewier and brighter. The syndicate was headed by three cousins who sold about 100 tons of the tainted product to the unsuspecting public. When police raided their factory, they found employees making the counterfeit food with grimy, unwashed equipment. 7Formaldehyde And Duck Blood Duck blood tofu is a delicacy in China. It’s made from blood extracted from slaughtered ducks. The blood is then heated until it thickens, allowing it to be cut into squares and sold. That’s strange already, but it gets worse: Sellers have been known to mix deadly ingredients like formaldehyde with much cheaper pig or buffalo blood, then sell the concoction as duck blood. Chinese authorities once broke a fake duck-blood ring that was being run by a couple in Jiangsu Province. In this instance, the couple wasn’t using pig or buffalo meat. Instead, they used chicken blood mixed with inedible dye and materials used for printing. One ton of fake duck blood was confiscated. The use of fake duck blood for duck blood tofu is so prevalent in China today that customers have become pretty good at spotting the difference between the real stuff and the fake stuff. 6Adulterated Honey There are two types of counterfeit honey: the adulterated one, which is a mixture of real honey and sugar syrup, beetroot syrup, or rice syrup, and the fake honey, which looks more like real honey than real honey itself. It is made from a mixture of water, sugar, alum, and coloring. One kilogram (2.2 lb) of fake honey can be produced for just 10 yuan (about $1.60) and sold for as much as 60 yuan ($9.50). About 70 percent of the honey sold in China’s Jinan Province is fake and, as usual, Chinese newspapers have offered instructions on how to differentiate between real and fake honey. Police raided several fake honey production sites where 38 buckets of honey were seized. China is the world’s biggest producer of honey, which it exports to other countries. A study revealed that 10 percent of the honey sold in France was fake and most likely originated in either East Europe or China. US Customs also busted a fake honey-smuggling ring made up of US honey producers. It was discovered that they had been bringing fake honey into the US from China via Australia. 5Contaminated Bottled Water Selling fake honey is one thing; messing with people’s water supplies is a whole other criminal ballpark. Police have recently uncovered a scam in which plastic bottles are filled with tap water or poorly treated water and sealed with quality standard seals—the same used by genuine bottled water companies. Among other things, the bottles have been found to contain E. coli and a stew of harmful fungi. More than 100 million bottles of this bacterial soup are sold annually, with the sellers raking in more than 1 billion yuan (about $120 million). For comparison, about 200 million bottles of water (both genuine and counterfeit) are produced in Beijing annually. The bottled water scam is not new and has been going on since at least 2002. It costs producers about three yuan to produce fake water, which can then be sold for nearly 10 yuan. Real bottled water costs six yuan to produce. 4Rotten Rice Noodles China’s counterfeit rice noodles are made from rotten, stale, and moldy grains which are usually used as animal feed. These are then mixed with cancer-causing additives such as sulfur dioxide to get the final product. And this isn’t a one-man show—almost 50 factories in Dongguan city were found to be in on the scheme, churning out 500,000 kilograms (1.1 million lb) of counterfeited rice noodles per day. Another inspection of 35 other factories showed that 30 of them were producing substandard rice noodles. Producers bleached spoiled rice and mixed it with additives to get triple the amount of rice noodles. Aside from using stale rice, some producers use flour, starch, and corn powders instead. These noodles usually have a very low protein content—as low as 1 percent compared to 7 percent for pure rice noodles and 4.5 percent for mixed rice noodles. Some pigs that were fed these fake rice noodles ended up with weak limbs and several other problems. 3Clenbuterol-Laced Pork Clenbuterol, also called “lean meat powder,” is an additive added to animal feed. It burns fat in the animals but can cause sickness, heart problems, unnecessary sweating, and dizziness in humans. Its use in animal feed began in the 1980s, but was banned in 2002 because of its health risks. However, some meat-processing companies still give it to their pigs because it makes their pork leaner, and leaner pork fetches more money on the market. To make matters worse, one of the companies involved is China’s largest meat processor and a subsidiary of Henan Shuanghui Investment and Development Company. The company issued an apology for the act, then recalled more than 2,000 tons of their pork. Twenty-four workers were sacked or suspended. In an attempt to minimize losses, the company’s shares were suspended to stop the scandal from affecting its stock price. The China Meat Association also tried to downplay the incident so that it would not damage the Chinese meat market. Between 1998 and 2007, China witnessed 18 outbreaks of banned clenbuterol, during which one person died and more than 1,700 people became sick. 2Fake Wine Fake and counterfeited wine is a big problem in China. China Central Television (CTV) reported that half of all the wine sold in China is fake. A lot of people in China’s wine industry also believe that about 90 percent of premium wines sold in China are fake as well. To counter the sales of fake wine, the Guangdong Provincial Wine Testing Center was founded to determine the authenticity of wines. Wine producers have joined forces with the government to produce an app meant to track wine bottles and cartons to determine whether they’re original or fake. The scam was simple: Counterfeit wine makers would use the original name, label, and design from expensive wine bottles, but would slightly alter the names and logos on theirs to differentiate them. Others would simply collect empty bottles from expensive wines and then refill them with dirt-cheap wine. Today, big hotels, restaurants, and auction houses break wine bottles after use to prevent them from being reused. During a raid on a fake wine-making syndicate in China, police recovered more than 40,000 bottles of counterfeited wine worth more than $32 million. The group had been buying cheap wine and dumping it into fake bottles from expensive wine brands. In 2012, police also recovered more than 350 cases of counterfeited wine in Shanghai. The total haul was worth about $1.6 million. 1Yangcheng Hairy Crabs Yangcheng hairy crabs are the most expensive crabs in China, so it’s no surprise that people would try to pass off regular crabs as the pricier breed. The real deal comes exclusively from Yangcheng Lake, but there are a few sneaky ways around that. For example, some sellers take water from Yangcheng Lake and put other crabs in it for several hours before selling them as Yangchengs. Others use chemicals on the crabs to make them look like Yangcheng crabs. Only 1 in every 300 Yangcheng hairy crabs sold is real. The total number of crabs produced from Yangcheng is less than 3,000 tons annually, but more than 100,000 tons of crabs are sold. To counter the fake crabs, the Suzhou Crab Business Association demanded that a plastic ring with a special numerical code be attached to one of the claws of each original Yangcheng hairy crab. That plan soon failed when sellers of the real Yangcheng hairy crabs sold their tags to those selling fakes. +Cardboard Buns Cardboard buns are made from cut cardboard mixed with chemicals and pork flavors. An investigation carried out by CTV showed a video of a seller making the buns, commonly called baozi, out of cardboard. The cardboard is first mixed with caustic soda—which is used in the production of soap and paper—and then cut before being mixed with pork and seasoning. The video went viral and was picked up by several international media organizations. The Chinese government responded this time, saying that the foreign media organizations had taken the news too far and that the fake buns were actually a hoax. The reporter who filmed the video was also arrested. The government said that he had done it to earn more audience ratings for the station.
  3. Amoebas devour girl's cornea after contact lenses stay in for 6 months File photo depicting a case of Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Acanthamoeba keratitis, first recognized in 1973, is a rare, vision threatening, parasitic infection seen most often in contact lens wearers. Thursday, Jul 03, 2014The China Post/Asia News Network By Lin-Yi Shen TAIPEI, Taiwan - A college girl was found to have had both the corneas of her eyes devoured by amoeba after wearing disposable contact lenses for over half a year without taking them out. The girl bought a pair of disposable contact lenses that were supposed to be used for one month and wore them for more than six months, even while she was sleeping. After feeling acute pain in her eyes, she went to hospital and was diagnosed with acanthamoeba keratitis, which is caused by a protozoon called an amoeba. The infection was brought on by dirty water that she used to clean her face, doctors said. Acanthamoeba keratitis, commonly referred to as amoeba keratitis, usually afflicts contact lens wearers or people whose eyes come into contact with dirty water. Director of ophthalmology at Wan Fang Hospital Wu Jian-liang indicated that contact lens wearers are a high-risk group that can easily be exposed to eye diseases. A shortage of oxygen can destroy the surface of the epithelial tissue, creating wounds in the eyes and cultivating an environment suitable for amoebas to survive. Wu said that the college girl did not follow the correct procedure in maintaining the hygiene of her contact lenses and her overuse of the lenses gradually damaged her corneas. After half a year of wearing them, her corneas were devoured by amoeba and shrank to half their normal size. Unfortunately, polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) or chlorhexidine, which are considered to be effective medicines in eliminating such amoebas, haven't yet been introduced to Taiwan, said Wu. Director of ophthalmology at Tri-Service General Hospital Lu Da-wen warned that no matter whether they are soft or hard, contact lenses should not directly come into contact with water, as this will increase their chances of becoming infected by other viruses and protozoon. Lu also stated that cases of acanthamoeba keratitis usually increase markedly during summer, and people should therefore pay more attention to proper hygiene at this time. - See more at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/amoebas-devour-girls-cornea-after-contact-lenses-stay-6-months#sthash.90qOvv55.dpuf
  4. I was travelling around 90km/h, suddenly my meter show 0km/h. then from 0 went to 90 and back to 0 again. i slow down but still the same, show my speed for 1 sec and drop back to 0. please view this video. anyone can help me out by telling me wat happen? do i need to change the whole speedomter? thanks! speedometer.3gp
  5. Was at NTUC, HDB Hub just now and was looking at the Advertising Board at the entrance. HAPPY DEEPAVALI 2 Days offer. Can you spot the mistake ?
  6. it was raining heavily yesterday afternoon at bukit timah area. and this vios driver was so kan jiong to provide shelter for his mother and GF waiting for him at a pickup point that he engaged a R gear instead of P. he was lucky that i was sitting inside my car at the time and i saw the vios was actually started to move and reversing without a driver. at first i was really thought someone could have taken over the wheel from the inside. the heavy rain dropping on my screen was also affecting my visual too. later, i decided to make a dash to stop the car from any damages. so guys, this is what MT is safer than AT. double check your gear position.
  7. Hi guys, i brought the wrong NGK Iridium spark plug model for my Honda civic EK SiR B-series model. Will i damage the engine or cause any problems to it? After i had changed, i kinda smell some sort of buring smell inside my car. I'm quite worried is it the cause of wrong model of spark plug i brought? I brought ZFR6FIX-11 instead of BKR6E-N-11..
  8. What do you think should happen to the guy? In an official email, sent to all staff, speaking as the CEO of Science Centre he said... That wasn't the only foolish / stupid / off colour remark in the email....you can read the full text at TOC Generally speaking - I am pretty forgiving of what people say in their personal capacity. In a case like this however - given his senority, the nature of the business and the business owner - I think he should be fired. Not only is he creating, what I think is a "hostile work environment" - but his views are obviously sexist and the views are, in my opinion ""incompatible with the values and standards expected of employees" of an institution like Singapore Science Centre. So what say you?
  9. Do we need to pay rental company
  10. Hi Forumers Recently, sometimes when I stop at traffic junction and try to accelerate when traffic light turn green.. the gear does not engage into the next. Then I have to filter to the side n stop...fiddle with the 1st gear and move forward... Anyone encounter with this problem.. btw I driving a slow sunny. Thanks for your feedback.
  11. Already say boliao, so dun come here if u busy hor..... Ok, see what is wrong and who faces this kind of thing? See pic below. I will put my answer later
  12. Quekahwhye

    Will it happen in Singapore one day?

    Rich Russians beat rush hour traffic with taxis disguised as ambulancesby Stomp|28 March 2013Keywords: russian, richRussia - Wealthy businessmen in Moscow pay around S$248 per hour to travel in 'ambulance taxis' so they can scatter traffic and make it to work on time, much to the dismay of many.According to a Heavy report, news of this trend first broke when police patrol stopped one of these medical cars for breaking traffic rules.Inside, they found ordinary but well-dressed citizens sitting on VIP-styled seats.This has angered medical professionals, law enforcement officers and citizens alike.Heavy traffic complicated by poorly parked cars and police roadblocks is common in the Russian city.Police have stepped up on spot checks on ambulances.
  13. SGCMmaomao

    Will this happen in sg one day... D:

    Sad case in China My understanding, in China, motorists there have a mindset that if they gonna hit on anyone on the road, they have to make sure that the victim must die cos it's cheaper to compensate the dead than the injure.. I hope... I pray.. nothing like this will happen in SG, knowing tat quite abit of FT drivers on the road driving heavy vehicles, if you r reading this, PLEASE... Drive safe, for the sake of others and their families and for your own safety...
  14. Darth_mel

    What happen to Rover now ?

    Heard last time taken over by Chinaman... Are they still in the market ?
  15. any one what happen to ceratofortekoup.sg forum? Every time i try to acces, it will show me: Forbidden You don't have permission to access /index.php on this server.
  16. if car is beyond repair and consider total loss by insurance. how will they pay out?scrap value?thanks.
  17. Picnic06-Biante15

    What Happen Lately ....

    Since Monday, terrible accidents had been happen every morning and evening along the Expressways and causing long jam .... its either AYE, PIE, CTE or TPE. It's suppost to be school holidays and light traffic but nowadays, it seem like in-thing everyday, morning or evening along AYE & PIE. This morning, one happen at PIE towards Pioneer Road North. Yesterday evening along PIE after Kallang flyover toward airport. Very sian caught in this jam at crawling speed ... Why nobody goes for holidays meh ? Traffic not like last time where during school holidays, roads are smooth near schools but it doesn't seem like it since 2010...
  18. http://sg.news.yahoo.com/strike-iran-trigg...-154738986.html Strike on Iran would trigger 'World War III': Guards Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned that conflict was inevitable. Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, "nothing is predictable... and it will turn into World War III," Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran's Arabic-language television network. Hajizadeh, who is in charge of Revolutionary Guards missile systems, said: "In circumstances in which they (the Israelis) have prepared everything for an attack, it is possible that we will make a pre-emptive attack. But we do not see this at the moment." He added that Iran would deem any Israeli strike to be conducted with US authorisation, so "whether the Zionist regime attacks with or without US knowledge, then we will definitely attack US bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan." He warned that Israel "cannot imagine our response -- and it will sustain heavy damage and that will be a prelude to its obliteration." On Saturday, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said war between Iran and Israel "will eventually happen, but it is not certain where and when." It was the first time a senior Iranian official had acknowledged a probability of war breaking out between the two arch-foes. Jafari, quoted by the ISNA and Fars news agencies, also said such a conflict would lead to the annihilation of Israel. "If they begin (aggression), it will spell their destruction and will be the end of the story," he said. On Sunday, Jafari's deputy, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, told Fars in an interview that Iran's "defensive strategy is based on the assumption that we will engage in a war, a massive battle against a global coalition led by the US." He said the Islamic republic had made preparations to "crush" the enemy by hitting "enemy bases in the region, the security of the Zionist regime (Israel) and the energy market, as well as the lives of enemy forces." He added: "We will not start a war. But if someone wages war against us, we will launch continuous offensives." Tensions have risen significantly in recent weeks, with Israel threatening to unleash air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities. Israel believes Iran's nuclear programme to be aimed at developing an atomic weapons capability that would menace its existence and its current status as the Middle East's sole, if undeclared, nuclear weapons power. Iran insists that its atomic programme is exclusively for peaceful, civilian ends, but it is locked in a deepening stand-off with the UN nuclear watchdog and the UN Security Council over the issue
  19. Posted on 11 Sep 2012 Tree crashes onto car on SLE STOMPer Woon Even spotted a tree that had fallen onto a car along the SLE. Woon Even said: "I saw this today at 12.15pm at the exit point of SLE to BKE towards Jurong. "A tree had fallen across the expressway and it hit a car in the process. "I don't think anyone was hurt though. "There was quite a big jam, 2 lanes were unavailable." See lar..... without bicycles no one checks those trees by the road side ....
  20. What happen to our highly rated CERTIS CISCO? So many cases of report loss. Somemore, the lost jewellery can come back (or walk back) to the deposit box =============================== http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/stomp/sg...odged_in_3.html 8 reports of loss items from Certis CISCO safe boxes lodged in 3 weeks Eight reports of items being lost from Certis CISCO safe boxes have been lodged in the past three weeks since one of its customers, Mr Tham Choon Kan, reported that $40,000 worth of jewellery went missing from his safe box on July 11. Mr Tham had spoken to the press about the missing jewellery. According to a Straits Times report (Aug 16) Mr Tham's items were found in the box a few days later. The report says that another customer claimed to have lost about $20,000 worth of jewellery. A Certis CISCO spokesman confirmed that the report had been lodged by Madam S. E. Goh, 50. The claim relates to a diamond bangle and a cat's-eye ring, which Madam Goh found missing from her box in June, and made a police report a month later. A letter from the security company was delivered to Madam Goh at 10pm on Tuesday (Aug 14) to remind her to check her home and office for the lost items. STOMPer Jean, who ascertained with STOMP that Madam Goh is her mother, had made a post about the letter that said that her mum should not make any public statements or approach the media during the police investigation. Madam Goh said, "I was hoping that they had found my jewellery and were bringing them to me, but they gave me a letter telling me to keep mum and asked me to sign an acknowledgement slip. It is very tactless on their part to treat clients like that." A Certis CISCO spokesman told The Straits Times that the company had sent letters to seven clients who filed reports about alleged missing items. However, two clients who also claimed items were missing and had spoken to the press did not receive the letters. In a press statement, the Certis Cisco spokesman said that clients who issue public statements raise "undue concerns and panic" over the security of its facilities. According to the Straits Times report, only 25 reports of losses have been made since 1986, and six of these cases were dropped after customers found the items at home. The spokesman said seven levels of security are in place at each of the company's facilities, with four auxiliary police officers on guard, and closed-circuit television units located outside each safety deposit room. Photo identity is also needed to access each box. Madam Goh said that thorough audits should be conducted as soon as possible by a third party to verify the company's claims of tight security controls. She has removed all her valuables from the box and will not be renewing her contract when it ends next year.
  21. saw this message flashing across ch 8 and ch u saying they are going to broadcast an emergency drill programme at 1am. the shows originally scheduled to broadcast at 1am will be cancelled. what happened ah?
  22. MacDuck

    Wow ... how did this happen ...

  23. [sweatdrop] From STOMP: http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/stomp/sg..._moves_off.html Posted on 20 Jun 2012 How could this happen? Doors remain open even as train moves off STOMPer wasabi was on her way home when one of the train doors remained stuck open even as the train moved off from Lakeside station. Said the STOMPer: "I was on my way home from Boon Lay MRT to Cityhall MRT at about 10pm last night. "At Lakeside station, one of the doors started making noises during 'Doors Closing' and remained stuck open even while the train started moving. "Thank goodness the train was relatively empty, if not it would have been dangerous for people standing near that door in a crowded train! "The doors eventually closed at the next station."
  24. Action begins on the 43s mark!