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  1. Was talking to my fren who work in gov IT . they anticipating 5th nov to be a busy week. He say gov wide should be preparing for it like last year. so far no news from papers yet, the anon group also still quiet never release video. My coy IT dept like bochup and I already forgot about it until my fren say. LOL. Wonder gov will say anything and haolian they ready or not. Frankly I rather they just STFU, else wait kena hack again malu.
  2. SiLangKia

    Public Buses of Yesterday

    We all have relied / are relying on public transportation to get around our sunny little island. For most of us, before getting that driving license, the 2 door Mercedes (front door+back door ) used to be our mode of transport growing up. Was reading up on the different types of public buses in Sg and realised that we used to have a much less homogeneous range of public buses in the past, so I'm just posting a few to bring back memories and keep them alive! Do feel free to add on and share your fond memories of the buses in your life, and the memories associated with them :) Mods please merge if there's a similar thread thanks, tried to find but can't 1. Starting with my fav, which I have taken alot (being a 90s kid) : Mercedes-Benz O405 This was used by both SBS(1989-2011) and SMRT(1994-2016) in various body types: TIB832Z, Hispano Carrocera Bodywork (last SMRT O405, retired in sep 2016) SBS O405, Duple Metsec bodywork 2. Volvo B57, introduced by SBS in 1979-1983 (New Zealand Motor Body) These ran till 1996, and was one of the common sights in the 80s and early 90s 3. Albion Viking EVK41L , in the 1970s when SBS was first formed Some units were first registered as early as 1967 onwards under the Hock Lee bus company, ran till 1987/88 before it left sg roads 4. Mercedes-Benz OF1413 ,1967 onwards source for above pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnoram/6073688117 Ran till around 1993, early buses were first registered from 1967 under the Green Bus Company 5. Leyland Atlantean AN68/2R , 1977 onwards Ran till 2001, one of the first few double decker buses introduced in Sg, one in the pic is with Alexander L bodywork, registered sometime in 1982-1984
  3. Now this is an interesting sight. As we have mentioned before in previous blog posts, the COVD-19 pandemic has somewhat influenced many who are forced to stay home to start working out as an excuse to head out. Hence, when we went into Phrase 2, there was a noticeable increase in traffic at our parks as many still continued to enjoy exercising, leading to some to come up with new ideas to move away from the overcrowding in parks. Check out this clip which has been shared by SG Road Vigilante, whereby the camera car chanced upon this public outdoor carpark at Fort Canning on the 9th of September which has been 'converted' into an outdoor gym. With the carpark almost full, we bet the sight of those using the carpark as a workout area annoyed the camera car driver. What do you guys reckon? Cool or not cool? Let us know!
  4. Hi guys I need to get a Statutory Declaration endorsed for work purposes. As such, I need to check what are the rough charges to have a one page SD 1. drafted up and endorsed before a notary/ commissioner for oaths 2. just witnessed by a notary/ commissioner for oaths
  5. hi, wonder does anyone has any contact for cheap public notary? need them to certify documents.. thanks.
  6. BreadTalk Will Delist Company On 5 Jun After Posting $5.8 Million Loss In 2019 source: https://mustsharenews.com/breadtalk-delist/ BreadTalk Faces Financial Woes Amidst Decision To Delist Company BreadTalk is synonymous with freshly baked $1 floss buns & an open concept bakery store with their signature white tongs & trays. However, the homegrown brand has been facing financial woes of late, posting a $5.8 million net loss in 2019, reports The Straits Times. Now, the company will be delisting themselves on Friday (5 Jun) after a “compulsory acquisition” by BTG Holding. This means that BreadTalk will no longer be listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and citizens won’t be able to buy or sell shares from the company. BreadTalk will be privately owned again The group first issued a “voluntary conditional cash offer” to buy back shares at a price of $0.77 in Feb 2020. BreadTalk’s share price has previously oscillated between S$0.50-$1.25, according to DrWealth. This was followed by the halting of the trading of BreadTalk’s shares on 21 Apr. Bought back by founders & Thailand hospitality chain United Overseas Bank made an offer on BTG Holding Company’s behalf to buy back remaining ordinary shares issued, before exercising their right to a compulsory acquisition. BTG Holding Company was created by BreadTalk’s founder Mr George Quek, his wife Ms Katherine Lee & Thailand’s Minor International as a “special purpose vehicle” to complete this deal, reports Business Times. Osim, Hyflux & M1 were delisted too Possible reasons for delisting a company from the stock exchange include: Greater freedom to privately execute cost-saving strategies No need to publicly disclose as much financial info Less accountability required to public shareholders BreadTalk will join other homegrown companies who’ve delisted from SGX like: Eu Yan Sang Osim Hyflux M1 Business woes & salary cuts Back in March, BreadTalk shared that paycuts of 10-50% were conducted till June for staff in senior & middle management roles. BreadTalk’s expansion to China was also one of the reasons attributed for a “challenging” business environment, with 4th quarter earnings “dragged down” by the performance of outlets in China & the impact of Covid-19 outbreak. Food Republic, Food Junction & Toast Box are brands which remain & continue to operate under the domain of BreadTalk. Hope restructuring goes smoothly For a company founded in 2000, BreadTalk has achieved much over the short span of 20 years. From a humble single outlet at Bugis Junction, to hundreds of bakeries & food courts in the region, BreadTalk remains one of Singapore’s success stories. We hope that the company’s decision to delist from SGX & restructuring measures will go smoothly.
  7. What do you think? http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/penalties-crime-must-reflect-public-opinion-shanmugam Penalties for crime must reflect public opinion: Shanmugam SINGAPORE — How society feels about the punishment meted out in criminal cases has to be something the Government must pay heed to, but this does not equate to bowing to public pressure, said Law Minister K Shanmugam. This is because, if penalties do not reflect the weight of public opinion and people do not find them fair, the law would lose its credibility and would not be enforceable, he added. “You enhance the penalty (for a certain law) to reflect what people feel is the right penalty, what conduct should be more severely punished — that is not bowing down; that is understanding where the weight of public opinion is,” said Mr Shanmugam in an exclusive interview with TODAY last week. He added: “(Paying attention to public expression) is important because these people represent the ground feelings ... Penalties and criminal laws can only be enforced if people believe that they are fair and that certain conduct ought to be made criminal ... Otherwise they lose credibility.” Reviews of laws for a string of offences have been announced by Mr Shanmugam, who is also Minister for Home Affairs, in recent days, including some in high-profile cases that attracted close public attention, and even outcry. For instance, he directed his ministries to relook the sentences for sex offenders such as Joshua Robinson, a mixed martial arts instructor who had sex with two 15-year-olds and showed an obscene film to a six-year-old. The American was sentenced to four years’ jail, which was deemed too light by some — an online petition calling for a harsher sentence has since garnered almost 30,000 signatories. In a Parliament sitting earlier this month, Mr Shanmugam said reviews of the laws relating to the abuse of foreign domestic workers was also being conducted. While he did not cite any specific cases, news of the review came in the wake of a Singaporean couple who starved their maid, causing her weight to plunge from 49kg to 29.5kg in 15 months. The man was sentenced to three weeks’ jail and a S$10,000 fine while his wife was sentenced to three months’ jail. Public outcry over penalties in individual cases do not necessarily lead to a review of the laws, Mr Shanmugam stressed, noting that reviews have been announced by ministries for laws in cases that did not attract any public attention. Drugs, drink-driving, and false and malicious allegations against public officers are some offences that have been flagged recently for review. He said: “Even without public expression, when I see a sentence (and if) I see these needs to be looked at ... (where) I feel need a review, I announce them. And that is our job.” But, he noted: “When there is a reaction to a sentence by the public, as in the Joshua Robinson case, then I think it is important for us as policymakers to sit down and understand why people are upset ... It is important because these people represent the ground feelings — they are mothers, they are sisters, they are people who want their children to be safe.” He added: “But it doesn’t mean automatically you agree with it. You must assess it, whether it is also fair. So, there are two parts to it — one, whether it is fair; two, what does the public believe is right.” In a similar way to how he had urged the public against personal attacks on the High Court judges who recently reduced the sentences of six City Harvest Church leaders for misappropriating church funds, Mr Shanmugam said the announcement of reviews for laws should not be taken as an indictment of the work of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). The Public Prosecutor can only apply the law of the day and it is up to the Government to decide what the laws and penalties ought to be, he noted. “It is the task of the Government to decide what is the appropriate legislative provision. And that is the mixture of ... what is fair, what is right and also where is the weight of public opinion.” A deputy public prosecutor, who declined to be named, had reservations about reviews being announced soon after a case concludes in court. “When the Government says these things, it ties our hands,” he said. A former prosecutor, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that while public perception is a “relevant” concern, it “must not be the overriding consideration”. “Otherwise we may run the risk of undermining the rule of law with mob justice ... In my view, it would help if the AGC engages the public more actively and explains its decisions,” said the lawyer, who is now practising in a private firm. “This way, concerns of bowing to political pressure of public opinion would be allayed to some degree.” Lawyers TODAY interviewed agreed there was nothing wrong with public uproar leading to legislative reviews. Mr Sunil Sudheesan, president of the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore, said: “The Government ultimately is a servant of the people. And if people are legitimately outraged (over a particular court sentence), then it should be of concern to the Government.” He added that the Ministry of Law reviews a whole host of laws, noting “it just happens there has been a number of high profile cases lately”. Legislative reviews are also a “product” of a more vocal and involved citizenry, said Mr Sudheesan. “I hope and trust that the engagement between the authorities and the public carries on for a long time ... The public should continue to speak up.”
  8. pegasi

    New VERS scheme for aging HDB

    NDR 2018: Scheme planned to redevelop more old HDB flats before leases end source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ndr-2018-scheme-planned-to-redevelop-more-old-hdb-flats-before-10631458
  9. ShepherdPie

    Public transport business models

    http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/publi...not-sustainable And how much of 13 millions is incurred is once-off expense even due to earlier breakdown. 1) legal fee 2) expert fee 3) repair fee ? Already we can account 2mil to fine that incurred because of the breakdown. Makes me wonder how much the CEO is paid and was the sever package Ms Saw received. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/16/...E8IG36W20120716 Singapore subway operator SMRT will be given the maximum fine of S$2 million ($1.58 million) for two major disruptions in December that affected hundreds of thousands of commuters, a regulator said on Monday. SMRT, which also operates buses and taxis, had net profit of S$120 million in its 2011 fiscal year on revenues of nearly S$1.06 billion, according to Temasek's latest annual report. ($1 = 1.2650 Singapore dollars) (Reporting by Kevin Lim; Editing by John O'Callaghan)
  10. This should be interesting: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/on-demand-public-bus-services-from-dec-17-as-part-of-6-month-trial
  11. i went to this island a few times many years ago... canoe or raft there n camp overnight. Never knew it was closed to public... maybe it was closed when they started the land reclamation? http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/coney-island-open-october-10 Known for its natural, rustic charm, Coney Island will open on Oct 10 to the public, the National Parks Board (NParks) said today (Sept 3). The 45ha island, which is also known as Pulau Serangoon, is located off the north-eastern coast of Singa­pore. It will open at 10am on October 10. NParks is looking for volunteers to conduct guided walks and other activities such as bird-watching for the public on the day of the opening and the year-end school holidays. The agency will hold training sessions for volunteers, during which they will learn about the flora and fauna of the island. The island, which is located off Punggol, is known as a stop for migratory birds. Tender documents released last year revealed that infrastructure on Coney Island includes a bird-watching station, walkways, and solar street lights. According to the master plan by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, a part of Coney Island is zoned for residential, sport, and recreational use. Those who would like to volunteer may contact NParks at cin@nparks.gov.sg.
  12. Benarsenal

    Public transport to go cashless

    Surprised nobody start thread yet on this... http://www.sgcarmart.com/news/article.php?AID=17435 Next time cannot bring out coins to take bus liao...
  13. lai lai lai ... mai tu liao ! plan ahead to avoid mother father jam at custom but no matter how you plan ... double confirm, stamp and chop sibei jam till cock stand la ... . . . CNY when is the best time cheong msia ar?
  14. This is a little tardy but we still got 6mths to go. For those planning to go in, it would be good to check out the following to plan your travel dates. http://www.fmm.org.my/p_ne_it.asp?NewsID=1231
  15. Berncsp76

    Home D

    Against Mark Lee where one of the winning contestants complained that the DIY tv console had fallen off after two months and indirectly causing his LCD tv to be damaged...tot the winning furniture are around 6k?nowadays LCD TV so exp meh? http://www.jialat.com/2010/02/17/lousy-wor...eco-survivor-4/ http://showbiz.omy.sg/Showbiz/E-News/Story...450-129077.html 《摆家乐4》赢奖公众投诉:电视墙架两个月就松脱 公众参加家居摆设比赛获得胜利,却指李国煌亲手制作(DIY)的家具中看不中用,短短两个月就坏了。 据说,李国煌亲手制做的电视墙架,在比赛后两个月就松脱,导致整台电视机从墙上掉下来,结果被批手工有问题。公众参加的是《摆家乐4》比赛,由李国煌和王禄江主持。第四系列的《摆家乐4》在去年12月8日播出第一集,至今已播出10集,整个系列的节目要在3月31日才结束。 李国煌在第9集的
  16. http://news.xin.msn.com/en/singapore/spore...ransport-system If they only want profit. There is no way we can learn from them. Hong Kong and Taipei transport system are under subsidy if I not wrong.
  17. SuPerBoRed

    Public Parking on Sundays

    I completely do not understand one thing... the rationale of carpark charges in certain areas Why do some HDB carparks still implement charges during Sundays when its intended for visiting? My mum... right beside a popular sub urban mall... free parking on sunday My mum-in-law... new HDB block.. about 800m away from nearest MRT station... Parking is chargeable... why??
  18. Public toilets are getting convenient and hygienic in many public areas like shopping malls, schools, community centers, and even parks. Everytime after washing our hands in the public toilets, there will be choices of how to dry your wet hands fitted in the toilets, either paper towels or hand dryers or both. http://theconversation.com/the-great-bathroom-debate-paper-towel-or-hand-dryer-51197 Which one would you normally prefer to use? PAPER TOWELS OR HOT AIR DRYERS - WHICH IS BETTER & WHY? http://info.debgroup.com/blog/bid/297155/Paper-Towels-or-Hot-Air-Dryers-Which-is-Better-Why We all know 80% of common infectious diseases are spread by our hands and effective hand washingremains our best defense - but what about hand drying? Are all methods created equal? A recent hygienic efficacy study of different hand drying methods, led by researches at Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia put this question to the test. Hand drying after all is an essential part of the hand washing process, as the spread of bacteria is more likely to occur with wet skin than from dry skin. Scientists reviewed twelve independent studies comparing paper towels, cloth towels, and hot air dryers. Hand drying effectiveness included, "the speed of drying, degree of dryness, effective removal of bacteria, and prevention of cross-contamination." Before you read the results of this latest study, please cast your vote on which drying method is more effective. Please also use the comments section below to share your feedback and insight about other studies and best practice recommendations. The study revealed, "from a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electronic air dryers" and "drying hands thoroughly with single-use, disposable paper towels is the preferred method of hand drying." It concluded by recommending, "The provision of paper towels should be considered as a means of improving hand hygiene adherence." When it came to drying efficiency for example, the results indicated that, "residual water was more efficiently removed from the hands by cloth or paper towels." In fact, with just 10 seconds of drying with a single serve towel, the residual water on the hands was reduced to just 4% and dropped to just 1% with 15 seconds of drying. Air dryers were much slower and required 45 seconds to reduce the residual water to 3%. The bottom line, paper towels can generally achieve 90% or more dryness with normal use. The effectiveness in the removal of bacteria was measured by assessing the, "changes in the number of bacteria on the hands before and after the use of paper towels, hot air dryer, or jet air dryer. Finger pads were sampled by contact plates, and the palms were sampled by swabbing and inoculation of agar plates." They found that paper towels, "reduced the numbers of all types of bacteria on the hands" and hot air dryers were the least effective method of removing bacteria from washed hands. Many studies have found that friction is the key component in hand drying as it helps to remove contamination. Micobiological testing of the paper towels after use, demonstrates that many bacteria are transferred from the hands to the paper towels." Even more terrifying for all of us is the fact that every time a toilet is flushed, "a fine aerosol mist can be sprayed into the air. This mist may contain may types of fecal bacteria that can cause diseases. Air movement can encourage the dispersal and transmission of bacteria and increase the chance of cross-contamination. Used air dryers in washrooms are often contaminated and can emit bacteria in their air flow. So there is a potential risk of persons standing in front of air dryers acquiring the bacteria being dispersed into the air current towards them. The bacteria can then be inhaled or can be deposited on the person's body or clothes, thus making him/her a potential mobile source of infection." No such spread was seen with either paper or cloth towels. The review suggests that ultimately paper towels are the best option for settings where infection prevention is critical. However you may have no choice, which is often the case in public or workplace washrooms in which only hot air dryers are provided. The study did reveal that users have a strong preference for using paper towels and that "hand hygiene adherence would possibly decrease if paper towels are not available in washrooms." Also, air dryers that are used in many washrooms allow for only one user at a time and each person could take up to one minute to dry their hands. This is not convenient and often leads to avoidance or incomplete drying. In several studies, on average people spent just 22.5 seconds drying hands, and 41% wiped their hands unhygienically on clothes. In instances where paper towels are not available remember to always follow recommended hand washing technique, take extra time to dry your hands with an air dryers and consider carrying a personal size bottle of alcohol hand sanitizer as an added level of defense.
  19. As above. How will you react in such embarrassing moments in the public? Farts are natural and sometimes we cannot control when it just come out suddenly. Whether you are in office, shopping mall, crowded bus, home or in the lift, what will you react if this happens to you? Quiet, tactical, make a big fuss, etc?
  20. Victor68

    Public support required.

    http://www.thelocalsociety.com/man-was-pinned-down-by-the-authorities-at-changi-airport/ I read some jokers comment why this and that. I feel more force should be taken if suspect fails to cooperate when told to. not only the safety of the police is of concern, general public safety also. what happen if this guy is carrying a bomb?
  21. Blacksnow

    How to move to public sector?

    I am contemplating a move into the public sector so I had a good look at careers@gov All my friends are in the private sector so I have no one who can help me with the questions that I have. Short summary about me: - mid 30s - so about 10 years working experience - poor honors degree in engineering (NUS) 1) Is it easy to move to public sector (considering my degree is just 3rd class)? Do they usually reserve the vacancies for people who have previously worked in the public sector? 2) I am confused by the job titles. How do I know what is suitable for me? Manager, assistant manager, deputy director....I don't want to appear a fool to apply for a wrong position. There is so much variation in the title. 3) And salary. how do I know what salary does a manager or AM or DD get?
  22. Porker

    Public Speaking

    This question has been on my mind after watching the parties speak yesterday. Do they go for public speaking lessons? LTK's english is terrible Of course there are many others too but I will not name them. Just watch for yourself.
  23. SINGAPORE — There will be at least seven long weekends next year, according to a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) release on Tuesday (April 5) that shows a number of public holidays falling either on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday . The seven long weekends for 2017 are high by usual standards, though still one short of the record eight seen in 2009. There are six long weekends this year (2016), compared to seven in 2015 and four in 2014. New Year’s Day in 2017 will fall on a Sunday meaning that the following Monday will be a designated public holiday. Meanwhile, Chinese New Year will be on Jan 28 and Jan 29 (a Saturday and Sunday). Other public holidays that will result in long weekends include Good Friday (April 14), Labour Day (May 1, Monday), Hari Raya Puasa (June 25, Sunday), Hari Raya Haji (Sept 1, Friday), and Christmas (Dec 25, Monday). Under the Employment Act, if a public holiday falls on a Saturday, an employee who is not required to work on a Saturday is entitled to another day off or an extra day’s salary in lieu of that public holiday, said the MOM. In its statement, the ministry added that employees are entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay if he/she is required to work on a public holiday. Alternatively, the employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day. An employer also has the additional option of granting managers or executives, earning up to a basic monthly salary of $4,500, time-off-in-lieu for working on a public holiday. The time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours, said the MOM. http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-public-holidays-7-long-weekends-expected-2017