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  • 12 Sep 2018
    I hesitated for the longest time over whether to watch Nirvana In Fire II. 바카라사이트주소 And that is because Nirvana In Fire (2015) was so good. The Chinese period drama about a frail strategist, Su Zhe/Lin Shu, who seeks justice for his framed family, was a riveting game of thrones. He had to keep 10 steps ahead of everyone else because a wrong move would mean exposure and death. It was a critical and popular hit and boosted the careers of its stars Hu Ge and Wang Kai. What are the chances of a sequel measuring up when the characters and actors are different? It turns out that Nirvana In Fire II is a most worthy successor. Other than the change in cast, the behind-the-scenes talent has returned, from directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue to writer Hai Yan, whose Web novel of the same name was the basis of the first series. So quality-wise, there is definitely a sense of continuity. There is that same satisfyingly cerebral approach to the storytelling in the way characters analyse things: Who might have done this? What is at stake? What is the most advantageous move to make? But Nirvana In Fire II is also its own animal. 안전놀이터 It takes place after the events of the earlier show and is set during the tumultuous period of the northern and southern dynasties in the sixth century. The Changlin army defends the Liang Dynasty's northern frontier and is led by Xiao Tingsheng (Sun Chun) and his son Xiao Pingzhang (Huang Xiaoming); younger son Pingjing (Liu Haoran) wants to be a carefree wanderer. They have the trust of the emperor, but others at court are wary of the power wielded by the house of Changlin. The story begins with Pingzhang holding down the fort in the north and in desperate need of supplies - but the ships never make it. After the battle, Pingjing sets out to investigate the sinking of the vessels. The opening arc sets in motion court rivalry and intrigue with ideas of loyalty and sacrifice. Add to the mix an ailing emperor, an insecure empress, a young crown prince and things become even more fraught. A-list actor Huang brings gravitas and intelligence to the role of Pingzhang and there is warmth and even moments of humour in interactions with his younger brother and his wife, played by Tong Liya from 2015's comedy mystery Detective Chinatown. Relative newcomer Liu, 20, more than holds his own playing a mischievous and good-hearted young man who learns that the world can be a treacherous place. 바카라사이트 Pacing wise, Nirvana In Fire II unfolds at a more stately pace. It is not until about one-third into the 50 episodes that we get a glimpse into why the empress' spiritual adviser Puyang Ying (the silkily villainous Guo Jingfei) is nefariously scheming away. The sequel is more of a slow burn, but it remains compelling. The show of strength by Chinese television shows in recent years is not just in scripted dramas, but also in variety programmes. They have a wide range of absorbing formats plus the draw of top celebrities. On a recent holiday in Beijing, I found myself glued to the quiz show Who's Still Standing?; the creative music programme PhantaCity, featuring the still-luminous Faye Wong; and Chinese Restaurant, a reality show about celebrities running an eatery in a foreign land. Incidentally, Huang had appeared in the first season of Chinese Restaurant (2017), which was set in Thailand's Ko Chang. In the second season, actresses Zhao Wei and Shu Qi, singer-actor Alec Su, TFBoys' leader Karry Wang and singer Bai Jugang set up shop in the picturesque town of Colmar in France. It's fun seeing the stars interacting with one another and finding out who can cook. Shu often plays sexy on screen, but Bai calls her "Qi ge", or brother Qi, and it's like she's one of the guys. And despite his young age, Wang, 18, is most assured in the kitchen. There is also some drama in the form of problems, such as the language barrier and an unexpectedly heavy storm that lashes down. It comes as something of a jolt to realise that Zhao and Su were co-stars on My Fair Princess in 1998, the period comedy drama that turned her into a star. And there's a touching reunion when actor Zhang Tielin, who played the Qianlong emperor in the show, makes an imperious guest appearance here.
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  • I hesitated for the longest time over whether to watch Nirvana In Fire II. 바카라사이트주소 And that is because Nirvana In Fire (2015) was so good. The Chinese period drama about a frail strategist, Su Zhe/Lin Shu, who seeks justice for his framed family, was a riveting game of thrones. He had to keep 10 steps ahead of everyone else because a wrong move would mean exposure and death. It was a critical and popular hit and boosted the careers of its stars Hu Ge and Wang Kai. What are the chances of a sequel measuring up when the characters and actors are different? It turns out that Nirvana In Fire II is a most worthy successor. Other than the change in cast, the behind-the-scenes talent has returned, from directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue to writer Hai Yan, whose Web novel of the same name was the basis of the first series. So quality-wise, there is definitely a sense of continuity. There is that same satisfyingly cerebral approach to the storytelling in the way characters analyse things: Who might have done this? What is at stake? What is the most advantageous move to make? But Nirvana In Fire II is also its own animal. 안전놀이터 It takes place after the events of the earlier show and is set during the tumultuous period of the northern and southern dynasties in the sixth century. The Changlin army defends the Liang Dynasty's northern frontier and is led by Xiao Tingsheng (Sun Chun) and his son Xiao Pingzhang (Huang Xiaoming); younger son Pingjing (Liu Haoran) wants to be a carefree wanderer. They have the trust of the emperor, but others at court are wary of the power wielded by the house of Changlin. The story begins with Pingzhang holding down the fort in the north and in desperate need of supplies - but the ships never make it. After the battle, Pingjing sets out to investigate the sinking of the vessels. The opening arc sets in motion court rivalry and intrigue with ideas of loyalty and sacrifice. Add to the mix an ailing emperor, an insecure empress, a young crown prince and things become even more fraught. A-list actor Huang brings gravitas and intelligence to the role of Pingzhang and there is warmth and even moments of humour in interactions with his younger brother and his wife, played by Tong Liya from 2015's comedy mystery Detective Chinatown. Relative newcomer Liu, 20, more than holds his own playing a mischievous and good-hearted young man who learns that the world can be a treacherous place. 바카라사이트 Pacing wise, Nirvana In Fire II unfolds at a more stately pace. It is not until about one-third into the 50 episodes that we get a glimpse into why the empress' spiritual adviser Puyang Ying (the silkily villainous Guo Jingfei) is nefariously scheming away. The sequel is more of a slow burn, but it remains compelling. The show of strength by Chinese television shows in recent years is not just in scripted dramas, but also in variety programmes. They have a wide range of absorbing formats plus the draw of top celebrities. On a recent holiday in Beijing, I found myself glued to the quiz show Who's Still Standing?; the creative music programme PhantaCity, featuring the still-luminous Faye Wong; and Chinese Restaurant, a reality show about celebrities running an eatery in a foreign land. Incidentally, Huang had appeared in the first season of Chinese Restaurant (2017), which was set in Thailand's Ko Chang. In the second season, actresses Zhao Wei and Shu Qi, singer-actor Alec Su, TFBoys' leader Karry Wang and singer Bai Jugang set up shop in the picturesque town of Colmar in France. It's fun seeing the stars interacting with one another and finding out who can cook. Shu often plays sexy on screen, but Bai calls her "Qi ge", or brother Qi, and it's like she's one of the guys. And despite his young age, Wang, 18, is most assured in the kitchen. There is also some drama in the form of problems, such as the language barrier and an unexpectedly heavy storm that lashes down. It comes as something of a jolt to realise that Zhao and Su were co-stars on My Fair Princess in 1998, the period comedy drama that turned her into a star. And there's a touching reunion when actor Zhang Tielin, who played the Qianlong emperor in the show, makes an imperious guest appearance here.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    THE "shelf life" of an athlete is relatively short. In most sports, the athlete will peak at around age 25 to 28. A few will continue with the sport, as coaches, for instance, but most will have to embark on a career in something else. 카지노사이트 Thus, the years leading up to their peak are very important if we want them to be able to stand up to competition on the regional, if not world, stage, as well as prepare them for life after sports. Here in Singapore, certain sports like football and basketball have a go-professional option, where the athletes can focus on their sport full time and earn a living from it. In other sports, the athletes may not be so lucky. They are, at most, semi-pro and, for the 20 to 23 age group, most have to balance intense sports training with their studies. In a society where decent post-secondary education is a basic requirement, most of our young athletes are pressured to pursue a post-secondary education on top of pursuing sporting excellence.   Sadly, I have seen talented athletes give up their sport as they enter higher education because they struggle with this tension. Studies win and our sports suffer. 온라인카지노 One suggestion would be for our universities and polytechnics to allow such students to do their courses of study in extended time. For example, a typical university course is about three yearslong, with an additional year for honours. Can a student-athlete be permitted to complete his degree in six or seven years? With a more manageable workload, they can then balance both sports and studies effectively. Something similar may already be available on a case-by-case basis, but student-athletes may still struggle as they may feel they are lagging behind their peers. There is also the problem of key competition dates clashing with examinations. What possible pathways do higher-education institutions have available for these talented athletes? Singapore wants champions but we also have a duty to help them level up for their post-sports careers.
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  • THE "shelf life" of an athlete is relatively short. In most sports, the athlete will peak at around age 25 to 28. A few will continue with the sport, as coaches, for instance, but most will have to embark on a career in something else. 카지노사이트 Thus, the years leading up to their peak are very important if we want them to be able to stand up to competition on the regional, if not world, stage, as well as prepare them for life after sports. Here in Singapore, certain sports like football and basketball have a go-professional option, where the athletes can focus on their sport full time and earn a living from it. In other sports, the athletes may not be so lucky. They are, at most, semi-pro and, for the 20 to 23 age group, most have to balance intense sports training with their studies. In a society where decent post-secondary education is a basic requirement, most of our young athletes are pressured to pursue a post-secondary education on top of pursuing sporting excellence.   Sadly, I have seen talented athletes give up their sport as they enter higher education because they struggle with this tension. Studies win and our sports suffer. 온라인카지노 One suggestion would be for our universities and polytechnics to allow such students to do their courses of study in extended time. For example, a typical university course is about three yearslong, with an additional year for honours. Can a student-athlete be permitted to complete his degree in six or seven years? With a more manageable workload, they can then balance both sports and studies effectively. Something similar may already be available on a case-by-case basis, but student-athletes may still struggle as they may feel they are lagging behind their peers. There is also the problem of key competition dates clashing with examinations. What possible pathways do higher-education institutions have available for these talented athletes? Singapore wants champions but we also have a duty to help them level up for their post-sports careers.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    I AM saddened that the Little India riot on Sunday has attracted so much attention worldwide (“Foreign media shocked, notes rising tensions here”; Tuesday). 카지노사이트주소 For more than 40 years, Singapore has been a peaceful place for people from all walks of life to live in, work and play. The latest incident does not do justice to the efforts of the Government to foster close interaction and integration between Singaporeans and foreigners. Most Singaporeans welcome foreigners to live and work here, and we expect them to adapt to our way of life. So, the culprits who caused wilful damage in Little India should be dealt with severely and all necessary measures put in place to prevent a repeat of such incidents. Singaporeans should avoid stereotyping and negative perceptions of foreigners who come to live and work among them. Rightly or wrongly, we are aware of the differences between “us” and “them”. However, “us” and “them” does not have to mean “us” versus “them”. As adults, we should be better able to deal with human diversity. 바카라사이트주소       Those opposed to immigration and the influx of foreign labour see it as legitimate to fear the economic and social costs arising from the presence of large numbers of foreigners here. While some of these perceptions may appear justifiable, we must realise that the overwhelming majority of foreigners in our midst are hard-working, peace-loving and law-abiding. Foreign workers sacrifice a lot to come here to help in our infrastructure development, giving us roads and beautiful homes. Understandably, our image as a peaceful nation has been affected by the riot. So it is imperative that we should all help in ensuring that there is no repeat.
    358 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I AM saddened that the Little India riot on Sunday has attracted so much attention worldwide (“Foreign media shocked, notes rising tensions here”; Tuesday). 카지노사이트주소 For more than 40 years, Singapore has been a peaceful place for people from all walks of life to live in, work and play. The latest incident does not do justice to the efforts of the Government to foster close interaction and integration between Singaporeans and foreigners. Most Singaporeans welcome foreigners to live and work here, and we expect them to adapt to our way of life. So, the culprits who caused wilful damage in Little India should be dealt with severely and all necessary measures put in place to prevent a repeat of such incidents. Singaporeans should avoid stereotyping and negative perceptions of foreigners who come to live and work among them. Rightly or wrongly, we are aware of the differences between “us” and “them”. However, “us” and “them” does not have to mean “us” versus “them”. As adults, we should be better able to deal with human diversity. 바카라사이트주소       Those opposed to immigration and the influx of foreign labour see it as legitimate to fear the economic and social costs arising from the presence of large numbers of foreigners here. While some of these perceptions may appear justifiable, we must realise that the overwhelming majority of foreigners in our midst are hard-working, peace-loving and law-abiding. Foreign workers sacrifice a lot to come here to help in our infrastructure development, giving us roads and beautiful homes. Understandably, our image as a peaceful nation has been affected by the riot. So it is imperative that we should all help in ensuring that there is no repeat.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    TASTE and sensitivity in the use of pictures is a matter photographers and editors of The Straits Times grapple with routinely. Each day, we select for publication about 80 to 100 photographs from among the hundreds taken by our photographers or supplied by wire agencies, readers or other sources. It is a painstaking task, and often, difficult decisions have to be made relatively quickly regarding the choice of pictures. And readers do not always agree with those decisions. A photograph on the front page of The Straits Times last month caught the attention of ST reader John Stuart. It showed a fatally wounded Egyptian police general being carried away after a bombing in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Mr Stuart, took issue with the publication of the picture which he found professionally distasteful and insensitive. 바카라사이트 Citing the American national code of photographers, he stated that no reputable newspaper should publish an identifiable picture of a dead or dying person, as we did in publishing the picture of the Egyptian police general. Mr Stuart, who had worked as a journalist and photographer in the United States and resides currently in Singapore, noted that no major America newspaper would publish such pictures. To buttress his view, he cited  the American National Press Photographers Association's Code of Ethics which states in part: "Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see." This is an excellent guideline which ST's newsroom editors agree with; in fact, we practise it every day. In many cases, we would refrain from publishing pictures which show clearly the face of a dead or dying person, provided there is no compelling reason in the public interest to use them. For instance, one of our reports on the current crisis in the Ukraine on April 24 described a shootout during which three men were killed. One picture which came through the wires showed a body in a coffin, the face clearly visible. We decided against publication  and opted for a less striking picture where the body was not visible. That was a fairly clear-cut case. On the other hand, the picture of the dying Egyptian police chief was less clear-cut. While a morbidly curious reader could form a fairly good idea of how the victim looks, most ST readers would have been struck less by the look, than the drama of the panic and desperation surrounding the movement informed by the picture which the photographer captured; and this latter point convinced us to use it. The picture told our readers in the best way possible about the consequences of this particular outbreak of violence in the Middle East. 인터넷카지노 There are grey areas here - and in many other situations - which call for editorial judgment. Much as we agree with the view that special consideration should be accorded to the vulnerable, it is not possible to subscribe to a blanket ban on publishing images that show the face of a dying or dead person, as some readers would prefer. We believe that the decision to publish such a picture should be approached on a case-by-case basis. If the victim is a prominent newsmaker or a key official, the public's right and need to see, as well as the considerable implications of the tragedy involving the newsmaker, may well override the considerations of personal intrusion. One instance was the picture of a fatally-injured  American ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens caught in the horrific terrorist attack against the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya two years ago. Mr Stuart took issue with the publication of this photograph as well and wondered whether ST practised a policy of using pictures of only foreign victims but not of Singaporeans. We don't. While a strict observance of the code would deny the use of such a picture, many major newspapers published it because of the international implications of the attack.  The picture of Ambassador Stevens rescued finally, albeit tragically, resonated because it described - more than  the proverbial thousand-word description could - the horror and cruelty of the terror attack on an internationally recognised sanctuary like an embassy. The ambassador was the fatal victim and the US embassy was the target in this instance. But the picture drove home the message to law-abiding citizens everywhere that terrorism recognises no legal boundaries; it also suggests why terrorism must be rooted out, or suffer the tragic consequences. 인터넷바카라 Like The Straits Times, major American publications such as the Los Angeles Times published the picture of Ambassador Stevens. While America's leading mainstream paper, the New York Times did not use the picture in its print edition, it published the photograph in its online edition, which drew the criticism of the US Government. The US Government sought to have the picture removed but NYT refused and its associate editor Phillip Corbett explained: "Such decisions are never easy, and this one was harder than most. But this chaotic and violent event was extremely significant as a news story, and we believe this photo helps to convey that situation to Times readers in a powerful way. On that basis, we think the photo was newsworthy and important to our coverage."   Where The Straits Times draws a line is when the picture is about blood and gore. If a picture's sole value is that it is crude and gruesome, we ban it. We are not alone in adopting such a policy. Many other major newspapers around the world do as well, despite the constant persistence of alternative media, especially online, in ignoring this line in the sand. Our job is to report major, dramatic news events well while being sensitive to family members of victims and never to come across as trying to sensationalise an event. We sometimes receive requests from families to not publish pictures of their grief, and we often accede. At times, we know we will upset some family members and readers. Every picture published involves a judgment call. One of our guiding principles is to err on the side of caution. Sometimes we still get it wrong. That is a key reason we keep our dialogue open with ST readers who see what we sometimes do not. We are grateful when ST readers point out instances where we have let our guard down. Their constructive feedback makes us relook our assumptions and processes continuously and helps us to improve our product.
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  • TASTE and sensitivity in the use of pictures is a matter photographers and editors of The Straits Times grapple with routinely. Each day, we select for publication about 80 to 100 photographs from among the hundreds taken by our photographers or supplied by wire agencies, readers or other sources. It is a painstaking task, and often, difficult decisions have to be made relatively quickly regarding the choice of pictures. And readers do not always agree with those decisions. A photograph on the front page of The Straits Times last month caught the attention of ST reader John Stuart. It showed a fatally wounded Egyptian police general being carried away after a bombing in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Mr Stuart, took issue with the publication of the picture which he found professionally distasteful and insensitive. 바카라사이트 Citing the American national code of photographers, he stated that no reputable newspaper should publish an identifiable picture of a dead or dying person, as we did in publishing the picture of the Egyptian police general. Mr Stuart, who had worked as a journalist and photographer in the United States and resides currently in Singapore, noted that no major America newspaper would publish such pictures. To buttress his view, he cited  the American National Press Photographers Association's Code of Ethics which states in part: "Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see." This is an excellent guideline which ST's newsroom editors agree with; in fact, we practise it every day. In many cases, we would refrain from publishing pictures which show clearly the face of a dead or dying person, provided there is no compelling reason in the public interest to use them. For instance, one of our reports on the current crisis in the Ukraine on April 24 described a shootout during which three men were killed. One picture which came through the wires showed a body in a coffin, the face clearly visible. We decided against publication  and opted for a less striking picture where the body was not visible. That was a fairly clear-cut case. On the other hand, the picture of the dying Egyptian police chief was less clear-cut. While a morbidly curious reader could form a fairly good idea of how the victim looks, most ST readers would have been struck less by the look, than the drama of the panic and desperation surrounding the movement informed by the picture which the photographer captured; and this latter point convinced us to use it. The picture told our readers in the best way possible about the consequences of this particular outbreak of violence in the Middle East. 인터넷카지노 There are grey areas here - and in many other situations - which call for editorial judgment. Much as we agree with the view that special consideration should be accorded to the vulnerable, it is not possible to subscribe to a blanket ban on publishing images that show the face of a dying or dead person, as some readers would prefer. We believe that the decision to publish such a picture should be approached on a case-by-case basis. If the victim is a prominent newsmaker or a key official, the public's right and need to see, as well as the considerable implications of the tragedy involving the newsmaker, may well override the considerations of personal intrusion. One instance was the picture of a fatally-injured  American ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens caught in the horrific terrorist attack against the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya two years ago. Mr Stuart took issue with the publication of this photograph as well and wondered whether ST practised a policy of using pictures of only foreign victims but not of Singaporeans. We don't. While a strict observance of the code would deny the use of such a picture, many major newspapers published it because of the international implications of the attack.  The picture of Ambassador Stevens rescued finally, albeit tragically, resonated because it described - more than  the proverbial thousand-word description could - the horror and cruelty of the terror attack on an internationally recognised sanctuary like an embassy. The ambassador was the fatal victim and the US embassy was the target in this instance. But the picture drove home the message to law-abiding citizens everywhere that terrorism recognises no legal boundaries; it also suggests why terrorism must be rooted out, or suffer the tragic consequences. 인터넷바카라 Like The Straits Times, major American publications such as the Los Angeles Times published the picture of Ambassador Stevens. While America's leading mainstream paper, the New York Times did not use the picture in its print edition, it published the photograph in its online edition, which drew the criticism of the US Government. The US Government sought to have the picture removed but NYT refused and its associate editor Phillip Corbett explained: "Such decisions are never easy, and this one was harder than most. But this chaotic and violent event was extremely significant as a news story, and we believe this photo helps to convey that situation to Times readers in a powerful way. On that basis, we think the photo was newsworthy and important to our coverage."   Where The Straits Times draws a line is when the picture is about blood and gore. If a picture's sole value is that it is crude and gruesome, we ban it. We are not alone in adopting such a policy. Many other major newspapers around the world do as well, despite the constant persistence of alternative media, especially online, in ignoring this line in the sand. Our job is to report major, dramatic news events well while being sensitive to family members of victims and never to come across as trying to sensationalise an event. We sometimes receive requests from families to not publish pictures of their grief, and we often accede. At times, we know we will upset some family members and readers. Every picture published involves a judgment call. One of our guiding principles is to err on the side of caution. Sometimes we still get it wrong. That is a key reason we keep our dialogue open with ST readers who see what we sometimes do not. We are grateful when ST readers point out instances where we have let our guard down. Their constructive feedback makes us relook our assumptions and processes continuously and helps us to improve our product.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    WHEN an e-mail by "The Knowns" landed on the morning of Sept 16, purporting to have exposed the personal data of some 300,000 customers of a local karaoke bar chain,  the instant reaction in The Straits Times newsroom was to verify. Despite its moniker, the sender, or senders, was not known. And the newsroom of a national broadsheet does receive thousands of e-mails daily, some with credible news tip offs, others simply sharing their views and the rest containing what can at best be described as factually-challenged assertions. 안전놀이터 In an e-mail titled A Warning To Singapore Government, the hackers said it was releasing the information as it was unhappy that toll charges will soon be increased on this side of the Causeway. Reporters at the  local news desk reached out to the authorities immediately. Three bodies were contacted: the Infocomm Development Authority, the Personal Data Protection Commission and the Police.  Not surprisingly, they could not confirm the veracity of the e-mail on the spot. We waited, contacted the K Box company and combed through its membership database ourselves. It became apparent that the content was most likely to be accurate because our journalists found their personal details of addresses, e-mails, and phone and identity-card numbers on the list. Clearly, some of us in the newsroom like to unwind with a song or two after work. We started working on stories on the incident, for both print and online. Granted, the checks mentioned above caused The Straits Times to be slower in this instance with the news compared to its rivals and other websites. But reliability and trustworthiness remain the lifeblood of a newspaper and even in this age of fast breaking news on digital platforms, the three cardinal rules of journalism remain unchanged: accuracy, accuracy and accuracy. 카지노사이트 Nonetheless, problems started to arise as we tried to find out more. A reporter was working on reactions of K Box members whose information has been leaked and she gave the feedback that none of them wanted to be named in our stories. That goes against the rulebook, which maintains that we usually put not only a name to those whom we spoke to, but also his age and occupation. The reason is because of credibility.   Readers must know that when they come across a view or opinion expressed in this newspaper, it is genuine and not manufactured. It is for this same reason that the paper's Forum pages insist on letter writers carrying their names in full. But exceptions are made in our stories, when personal safety, legal constraints and occupational compromises come into play. In this instance, the reason cited by the newsmakers was fear that it could encourage further privacy intrusions.  An editorial call was made that the concern was valid and we would run a story without the respondents' full names and details. Problem No 1 solved. The second one, which is trickier, popped up soon.  While the K Box database was leaked, the expose was initially a limited one. The hackers had placed the membership list on a website. It is believed to have sent a hyperlink of the website to only mainstream and social media outlets. But the link was quickly tossed out in public. Socio-political site The Real Singapore took a screengrab of the e-mail from the hackers and uploaded it on its website and Facebook account. Should The Straits Times report this trail of exposures? We could have opted for omission. But it would leave readers none the wiser as to how the database went from the e-mail accounts of journalists to the  public domain, a doubt which could impact the integrity of the reporters and editors. 바카라사이트주소     The decision was to include the factual chain of events and report how the leak went viral. It is important to inform our readers that the perpetrators did not publish the information publicly. It was subsequent actions which opened the doors.  After the report was published, some readers wrote in to criticise The Straits Times for mentioning The Real Singapore website and its report of the leak. But we have stuck to the facts and took pains not to publish the link to the leaked database on any of our platforms. There is a fine balance between privacy and public interest. When faced with the pace and pressure of producing content daily for a national broadsheet, it is hoped that we get it right more often than not. More than just The Knowns, it is a relentless challenge to deal with the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns - to quote former US defence chief Donald Rumsfeld - in the fast-changing terrain of Singapore.
    350 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • WHEN an e-mail by "The Knowns" landed on the morning of Sept 16, purporting to have exposed the personal data of some 300,000 customers of a local karaoke bar chain,  the instant reaction in The Straits Times newsroom was to verify. Despite its moniker, the sender, or senders, was not known. And the newsroom of a national broadsheet does receive thousands of e-mails daily, some with credible news tip offs, others simply sharing their views and the rest containing what can at best be described as factually-challenged assertions. 안전놀이터 In an e-mail titled A Warning To Singapore Government, the hackers said it was releasing the information as it was unhappy that toll charges will soon be increased on this side of the Causeway. Reporters at the  local news desk reached out to the authorities immediately. Three bodies were contacted: the Infocomm Development Authority, the Personal Data Protection Commission and the Police.  Not surprisingly, they could not confirm the veracity of the e-mail on the spot. We waited, contacted the K Box company and combed through its membership database ourselves. It became apparent that the content was most likely to be accurate because our journalists found their personal details of addresses, e-mails, and phone and identity-card numbers on the list. Clearly, some of us in the newsroom like to unwind with a song or two after work. We started working on stories on the incident, for both print and online. Granted, the checks mentioned above caused The Straits Times to be slower in this instance with the news compared to its rivals and other websites. But reliability and trustworthiness remain the lifeblood of a newspaper and even in this age of fast breaking news on digital platforms, the three cardinal rules of journalism remain unchanged: accuracy, accuracy and accuracy. 카지노사이트 Nonetheless, problems started to arise as we tried to find out more. A reporter was working on reactions of K Box members whose information has been leaked and she gave the feedback that none of them wanted to be named in our stories. That goes against the rulebook, which maintains that we usually put not only a name to those whom we spoke to, but also his age and occupation. The reason is because of credibility.   Readers must know that when they come across a view or opinion expressed in this newspaper, it is genuine and not manufactured. It is for this same reason that the paper's Forum pages insist on letter writers carrying their names in full. But exceptions are made in our stories, when personal safety, legal constraints and occupational compromises come into play. In this instance, the reason cited by the newsmakers was fear that it could encourage further privacy intrusions.  An editorial call was made that the concern was valid and we would run a story without the respondents' full names and details. Problem No 1 solved. The second one, which is trickier, popped up soon.  While the K Box database was leaked, the expose was initially a limited one. The hackers had placed the membership list on a website. It is believed to have sent a hyperlink of the website to only mainstream and social media outlets. But the link was quickly tossed out in public. Socio-political site The Real Singapore took a screengrab of the e-mail from the hackers and uploaded it on its website and Facebook account. Should The Straits Times report this trail of exposures? We could have opted for omission. But it would leave readers none the wiser as to how the database went from the e-mail accounts of journalists to the  public domain, a doubt which could impact the integrity of the reporters and editors. 바카라사이트주소     The decision was to include the factual chain of events and report how the leak went viral. It is important to inform our readers that the perpetrators did not publish the information publicly. It was subsequent actions which opened the doors.  After the report was published, some readers wrote in to criticise The Straits Times for mentioning The Real Singapore website and its report of the leak. But we have stuck to the facts and took pains not to publish the link to the leaked database on any of our platforms. There is a fine balance between privacy and public interest. When faced with the pace and pressure of producing content daily for a national broadsheet, it is hoped that we get it right more often than not. More than just The Knowns, it is a relentless challenge to deal with the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns - to quote former US defence chief Donald Rumsfeld - in the fast-changing terrain of Singapore.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    Stories of the Botanical Gardens, or BG as we called it,  brought to mind the times my friends and I used to spend in the Botanical Gardens, and after rummaging through old pictures I came across one particular photograph which featured the second Tembusu tree. It was taken in August 1941, when “life was a breeze”  just before the outbreak of World War II. The camera used was a Brownie and was developed at home. I was only 18 then. 온라인카지노 During the August school holidays my friends and I would take a morning walk from Hooper Road to the BG and spent carefree moments with Mother Nature.  We would wake up at 5am, prepare a few sandwiches (prawn sambal or corned beef wrapped by French bread), and with bottles of water and thermos flask’s of tea or coffee make our way to the BG. Plastic was unheard of then and we used  small enamel cups to quench our thirst.  The BG in those days was a fairyland for us with its resplendent greenery. We played games on the open spaces of grass, sat on the lake after a game of hide and seek. There were two swans there. Photographs were taken and this particular snapshot was on the limb of the Tembusu tree which is located  at the corner of Palms Valley. Unfortunately the branch has been cut off but the tree still stands there tall and majestic. It must be over 100 years old. 온라인바카라 Sadly all my friends have passed on, so this particular photograph brings back memories of the  good old days when the outdoors was a source of so much fun and activity – no computer, no distracting HP – only the radio and records of lovely music to listen to – not to mention a few good books. How nostalgic.
    105 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Stories of the Botanical Gardens, or BG as we called it,  brought to mind the times my friends and I used to spend in the Botanical Gardens, and after rummaging through old pictures I came across one particular photograph which featured the second Tembusu tree. It was taken in August 1941, when “life was a breeze”  just before the outbreak of World War II. The camera used was a Brownie and was developed at home. I was only 18 then. 온라인카지노 During the August school holidays my friends and I would take a morning walk from Hooper Road to the BG and spent carefree moments with Mother Nature.  We would wake up at 5am, prepare a few sandwiches (prawn sambal or corned beef wrapped by French bread), and with bottles of water and thermos flask’s of tea or coffee make our way to the BG. Plastic was unheard of then and we used  small enamel cups to quench our thirst.  The BG in those days was a fairyland for us with its resplendent greenery. We played games on the open spaces of grass, sat on the lake after a game of hide and seek. There were two swans there. Photographs were taken and this particular snapshot was on the limb of the Tembusu tree which is located  at the corner of Palms Valley. Unfortunately the branch has been cut off but the tree still stands there tall and majestic. It must be over 100 years old. 온라인바카라 Sadly all my friends have passed on, so this particular photograph brings back memories of the  good old days when the outdoors was a source of so much fun and activity – no computer, no distracting HP – only the radio and records of lovely music to listen to – not to mention a few good books. How nostalgic.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    My family and I have enjoyed countless hours of fun at the very Marina Barrage that Lee Wei Ling's Papa, Lee Kuan Yew, dreamed of.  인터넷카지노 On one of those trips to the Barrage, my three daughters, my husband and I had the privilege of seeing her beloved Papa. It was about four years ago, on a quiet weekday afternoon during the school holidays, and he must have taken that opportunity to visit the Barrage to soak in its sights and sounds.  He was dressed in a light pink shirt and cream-coloured trousers, looking very happy as the buggy passed by families just like ours, mums and dads with young children in tow. We didn't dare approach the buggy but just like the other excited children (and parents!), waved frantically to him while calling out "Hello Mr Lee!". He acknowledged every one of us by happily waving back. 인터넷바카라 As he approached the end of the Barrage, Mr Lee met two groups of university students who had gone there in their convocation gowns to take the requisite graduation photos. How thrilled they must have been to see the founding father of Singapore, the man who had a vision for Singapore, who dreamed about building the very Barrage they were standing on, alight from his buggy and pose with them for a few pictures! He took the time to exchange pleasantries with these graduates and shook their hands.      We stood afar and envied the lucky group of fresh graduates. What a fitting start to their foray into the world! To be standing next to a man without whom their education would not have been possible. To start their careers after having been wished well by the first Prime Minister of their country. I know the memory of this experience will be indelibly etched in the minds of these students for years and years to come. The nation wept together for the passing of Dr Lee's Papa. My family sent him off in the pouring rain as the gun carriage made its final journey past City Hall. Everywhere triggered a memory of him. The raintrees flanking the East Coast Parkway, the riot of colours from the bougainvillea along that same expressway, little things here and there that became a reality after your Papa sowed the seeds of a dream. 카지노사이트 I am grateful to Mr Lee for dreaming big dreams for Singapore. Every Singaporean owes what we enjoy today from the vision he had for our fledgling nation. My children can continue to build upon their hopes and aspirations for their future to fulfil dreams of their own.  We prayed as a family last night before going to bed that we will work hard and contribute to the continued success in Singapore, even if in small ways. There is a hope and a dream for our future. Because her Papa believed in this country, fought hard for it, and never gave up on it even when the challenges seemed insurmountable.  We will strive to do the same.
    384 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • My family and I have enjoyed countless hours of fun at the very Marina Barrage that Lee Wei Ling's Papa, Lee Kuan Yew, dreamed of.  인터넷카지노 On one of those trips to the Barrage, my three daughters, my husband and I had the privilege of seeing her beloved Papa. It was about four years ago, on a quiet weekday afternoon during the school holidays, and he must have taken that opportunity to visit the Barrage to soak in its sights and sounds.  He was dressed in a light pink shirt and cream-coloured trousers, looking very happy as the buggy passed by families just like ours, mums and dads with young children in tow. We didn't dare approach the buggy but just like the other excited children (and parents!), waved frantically to him while calling out "Hello Mr Lee!". He acknowledged every one of us by happily waving back. 인터넷바카라 As he approached the end of the Barrage, Mr Lee met two groups of university students who had gone there in their convocation gowns to take the requisite graduation photos. How thrilled they must have been to see the founding father of Singapore, the man who had a vision for Singapore, who dreamed about building the very Barrage they were standing on, alight from his buggy and pose with them for a few pictures! He took the time to exchange pleasantries with these graduates and shook their hands.      We stood afar and envied the lucky group of fresh graduates. What a fitting start to their foray into the world! To be standing next to a man without whom their education would not have been possible. To start their careers after having been wished well by the first Prime Minister of their country. I know the memory of this experience will be indelibly etched in the minds of these students for years and years to come. The nation wept together for the passing of Dr Lee's Papa. My family sent him off in the pouring rain as the gun carriage made its final journey past City Hall. Everywhere triggered a memory of him. The raintrees flanking the East Coast Parkway, the riot of colours from the bougainvillea along that same expressway, little things here and there that became a reality after your Papa sowed the seeds of a dream. 카지노사이트 I am grateful to Mr Lee for dreaming big dreams for Singapore. Every Singaporean owes what we enjoy today from the vision he had for our fledgling nation. My children can continue to build upon their hopes and aspirations for their future to fulfil dreams of their own.  We prayed as a family last night before going to bed that we will work hard and contribute to the continued success in Singapore, even if in small ways. There is a hope and a dream for our future. Because her Papa believed in this country, fought hard for it, and never gave up on it even when the challenges seemed insurmountable.  We will strive to do the same.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    The SkillsFuture scheme is a great example of a national movement to help bring about relevancy and employability, and through that, a sense of security in an increasingly volatile socio-economic climate. 카지노사이트주소  However, perhaps one aspect of SkillsFuture that could do with some further attention is how to help learners make informed choices about what they should learn and how it will improve their prospects when it comes to employability. While there are a number of online and offline initiatives that provide useful insights on career advancement and how to remain employable, it is up to the thousands of trainers under the SkillsFuture banner to impart how the training offered helps in enhancing employability.   Such awareness can be brought about by including basic employment counselling skills as part of the training that SkillsFuture trainers receive. 바카라사이트주소  At the very least, SkillsFuture trainers ought to be aware of the broad employment trends and the in-demand skills in their own domains, so as to help transfer such insights to their trainees.
    124 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The SkillsFuture scheme is a great example of a national movement to help bring about relevancy and employability, and through that, a sense of security in an increasingly volatile socio-economic climate. 카지노사이트주소  However, perhaps one aspect of SkillsFuture that could do with some further attention is how to help learners make informed choices about what they should learn and how it will improve their prospects when it comes to employability. While there are a number of online and offline initiatives that provide useful insights on career advancement and how to remain employable, it is up to the thousands of trainers under the SkillsFuture banner to impart how the training offered helps in enhancing employability.   Such awareness can be brought about by including basic employment counselling skills as part of the training that SkillsFuture trainers receive. 바카라사이트주소  At the very least, SkillsFuture trainers ought to be aware of the broad employment trends and the in-demand skills in their own domains, so as to help transfer such insights to their trainees.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    The rise in suicide rates among Singaporeans above the age of 60 is deeply disconcerting. 바카라사이트 While it is frequently assumed that intractable pain and financial woes are the chief motivating factors, it is premature to arrive at such conclusions (Consider legalising euthanasia, by Mr Seah Yam Meng; Aug 1). Palliative care has rapidly progressed in the past decade to include specialist-led services spanning hospitals, daycare centres and home care. Access to palliative care is now commonplace in Singapore. Medical advancement has also enabled physicians to effectively alleviate pain and other distressing symptoms in the vast majority of patients at the end-of-life stage. Over the years, there has been an increase in Medisave withdrawal limits and increased subsidies for end-of-life care. These help to alleviate the financial concerns of the elderly facing terminal illnesses.   Not all elderly people who attempt suicide suffer from terminal illnesses. 인터넷카지노 There needs to be a comprehensive evaluation to identify specific unmet needs that compel the elderly to hasten death. Significant risk factors include undiagnosed depression, social isolation, loneliness as well as progressive functional disabilities from chronic, but not necessarily life-limiting, illnesses. Resolving these issues requires proactive advocacy for holistic programmes that empower our elderly to lead active and fulfilling lives. Public spaces can also be reinvented to promote inclusivity for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. Greater efforts to promote societal literacy regarding mental wellness in older adults will be crucial to identifying the vulnerable elderly, as well as in enhancing their early access to professional help. In contrast, euthanasia provides a cold and overly convenient end to what is essentially a deeply humanistic issue - how to enable the elderly to age and die in a graceful and dignified manner. Legalising euthanasia will inadvertently lead society down a steep and slippery moral slope, as is seen in the Netherlands. 인터넷바카라 There, approved indications for medically assisted deaths extend to include people with dementia, people with psychiatric conditions, young people from the age of 12 and, more recently, elderly folk who express a non-specific tiredness for living. The elderly among us should be cared for and supported. For our society to evolve in a wise and compassionate manner, suicide - self-inflicted or medically-assisted - must remain an unnecessary end.
    110 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The rise in suicide rates among Singaporeans above the age of 60 is deeply disconcerting. 바카라사이트 While it is frequently assumed that intractable pain and financial woes are the chief motivating factors, it is premature to arrive at such conclusions (Consider legalising euthanasia, by Mr Seah Yam Meng; Aug 1). Palliative care has rapidly progressed in the past decade to include specialist-led services spanning hospitals, daycare centres and home care. Access to palliative care is now commonplace in Singapore. Medical advancement has also enabled physicians to effectively alleviate pain and other distressing symptoms in the vast majority of patients at the end-of-life stage. Over the years, there has been an increase in Medisave withdrawal limits and increased subsidies for end-of-life care. These help to alleviate the financial concerns of the elderly facing terminal illnesses.   Not all elderly people who attempt suicide suffer from terminal illnesses. 인터넷카지노 There needs to be a comprehensive evaluation to identify specific unmet needs that compel the elderly to hasten death. Significant risk factors include undiagnosed depression, social isolation, loneliness as well as progressive functional disabilities from chronic, but not necessarily life-limiting, illnesses. Resolving these issues requires proactive advocacy for holistic programmes that empower our elderly to lead active and fulfilling lives. Public spaces can also be reinvented to promote inclusivity for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. Greater efforts to promote societal literacy regarding mental wellness in older adults will be crucial to identifying the vulnerable elderly, as well as in enhancing their early access to professional help. In contrast, euthanasia provides a cold and overly convenient end to what is essentially a deeply humanistic issue - how to enable the elderly to age and die in a graceful and dignified manner. Legalising euthanasia will inadvertently lead society down a steep and slippery moral slope, as is seen in the Netherlands. 인터넷바카라 There, approved indications for medically assisted deaths extend to include people with dementia, people with psychiatric conditions, young people from the age of 12 and, more recently, elderly folk who express a non-specific tiredness for living. The elderly among us should be cared for and supported. For our society to evolve in a wise and compassionate manner, suicide - self-inflicted or medically-assisted - must remain an unnecessary end.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    The annual Yellow Ribbon Prison Run will take place on Sept 9. It has three goals: To create awareness of giving second chances to former convicts, generate acceptance of former convicts in the community, and inspire community action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of former offenders. 인터넷바카라 According to the Singapore Prison Service last year, the rate of former convicts going back to jail within two years of being released remained stable at 26.5 per cent. This can be attributed to inmates securing gainful and stable employment, strong support from their families and the community, as well as their personal resolve to steer clear of crime, the prison service said. However, in my opinion, reintegrating former convicts remains a complicated and multi-dimensional challenge. The best rehabilitation regime during imprisonment is useless if former convicts find themselves rejected every time, after they are released and are trying to reintegrate into society. 카지노사이트 For example, many people still hold a dim view of former convicts. This is because they are afraid the former convicts will stray from the straight and narrow and go back to their old ways. However, taking such a view is not good for the future growth of Singapore. Former convicts served their time and paid the price for their crimes. I urge all Singaporeans to help more former convicts by giving them a second chance. It is said that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. A second chance means a lot to former convicts. They will never have the courage to put their mistakes behind them and work on rebuilding their lives if they do not get the chance to do so.
    72 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The annual Yellow Ribbon Prison Run will take place on Sept 9. It has three goals: To create awareness of giving second chances to former convicts, generate acceptance of former convicts in the community, and inspire community action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of former offenders. 인터넷바카라 According to the Singapore Prison Service last year, the rate of former convicts going back to jail within two years of being released remained stable at 26.5 per cent. This can be attributed to inmates securing gainful and stable employment, strong support from their families and the community, as well as their personal resolve to steer clear of crime, the prison service said. However, in my opinion, reintegrating former convicts remains a complicated and multi-dimensional challenge. The best rehabilitation regime during imprisonment is useless if former convicts find themselves rejected every time, after they are released and are trying to reintegrate into society. 카지노사이트 For example, many people still hold a dim view of former convicts. This is because they are afraid the former convicts will stray from the straight and narrow and go back to their old ways. However, taking such a view is not good for the future growth of Singapore. Former convicts served their time and paid the price for their crimes. I urge all Singaporeans to help more former convicts by giving them a second chance. It is said that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. A second chance means a lot to former convicts. They will never have the courage to put their mistakes behind them and work on rebuilding their lives if they do not get the chance to do so.
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  • 12 Sep 2018
    Ms Stephanie Chok Juin Mei, from the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, called for better protection for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) who are abused (Time to consider rights-based protection for abused maids, Forum Online; July 24). 인터넷카지노 Indeed, Singapore is committed to protecting the well-being and interests of all FDWs. Our laws and regulations, which are reviewed regularly, provide strong and comprehensive protection to FDWs working in Singapore. The Government takes all cases of abuse seriously, and thoroughly investigates all complaints. During the investigation period, FDWs are provided with care and support, including shelter, food and medical treatment. 인터넷바카라 For FDWs who are willing and able to continue working, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) facilitates their employment, so that they can maintain an income.   Singapore also has a clear record of strict enforcement against abuses and exploitation of FDWs. This means errant employers are investigated and punished accordingly. Anyone who abuses a FDW faces 1.5 times the maximum punishment under the Penal Code, and will be barred from hiring such workers in future. Through multiple platforms, MOM informs and educates FDWs on their rights and responsibilities as well as on the various channels through which they can seek help, such as at the Settling-In Programme, which is mandatory for all first-time FDWs. FDWs in distress can and do contact MOM, the police, non-governmental organisations, employment agencies, and their embassies for assistance. 바카라사이트주소 We urge FDWs and members of the public to swiftly report suspected abuse cases to MOM on 6438-5122 or the police on 1800-255-0000, dial 999 if urgent police assistance is required. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
    342 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Ms Stephanie Chok Juin Mei, from the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, called for better protection for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) who are abused (Time to consider rights-based protection for abused maids, Forum Online; July 24). 인터넷카지노 Indeed, Singapore is committed to protecting the well-being and interests of all FDWs. Our laws and regulations, which are reviewed regularly, provide strong and comprehensive protection to FDWs working in Singapore. The Government takes all cases of abuse seriously, and thoroughly investigates all complaints. During the investigation period, FDWs are provided with care and support, including shelter, food and medical treatment. 인터넷바카라 For FDWs who are willing and able to continue working, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) facilitates their employment, so that they can maintain an income.   Singapore also has a clear record of strict enforcement against abuses and exploitation of FDWs. This means errant employers are investigated and punished accordingly. Anyone who abuses a FDW faces 1.5 times the maximum punishment under the Penal Code, and will be barred from hiring such workers in future. Through multiple platforms, MOM informs and educates FDWs on their rights and responsibilities as well as on the various channels through which they can seek help, such as at the Settling-In Programme, which is mandatory for all first-time FDWs. FDWs in distress can and do contact MOM, the police, non-governmental organisations, employment agencies, and their embassies for assistance. 바카라사이트주소 We urge FDWs and members of the public to swiftly report suspected abuse cases to MOM on 6438-5122 or the police on 1800-255-0000, dial 999 if urgent police assistance is required. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    I do not deny that there have been attempts to encourage re-employment. However, the glacial pace of progress has cast doubts on whether these have really been effective or supportive. 인터넷바카라 In addition, despite the efforts of agencies advocating fair employment and non-discriminatory employment, unfair practices exist with very little recourse for the mature employee. For example, despite an employee doing exactly the same job, there are employers that extract a pay cut the moment that employee crosses a certain age - and the guidelines do not prohibit it. It is in the national interest that re-employment efforts be given some teeth without further delay. The measures thus far have been more business-friendly than fair. As corporate citizens, businesses have a responsibility to ensure that willing, able-bodied Singaporeans are employed. This has become more pressing given our ageing population. 카지노사이트  Furthermore, it is no encouragement that despite the longstanding tripartite engagement and despite the efforts of Cabinet ministers helming the NTUC, employers still have to be encouraged to re-employ fairly. It has been at least a decade since re-employment was mooted. Either the Government is being too soft on employers or the employers are not taking the Government seriously.
    113 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I do not deny that there have been attempts to encourage re-employment. However, the glacial pace of progress has cast doubts on whether these have really been effective or supportive. 인터넷바카라 In addition, despite the efforts of agencies advocating fair employment and non-discriminatory employment, unfair practices exist with very little recourse for the mature employee. For example, despite an employee doing exactly the same job, there are employers that extract a pay cut the moment that employee crosses a certain age - and the guidelines do not prohibit it. It is in the national interest that re-employment efforts be given some teeth without further delay. The measures thus far have been more business-friendly than fair. As corporate citizens, businesses have a responsibility to ensure that willing, able-bodied Singaporeans are employed. This has become more pressing given our ageing population. 카지노사이트  Furthermore, it is no encouragement that despite the longstanding tripartite engagement and despite the efforts of Cabinet ministers helming the NTUC, employers still have to be encouraged to re-employ fairly. It has been at least a decade since re-employment was mooted. Either the Government is being too soft on employers or the employers are not taking the Government seriously.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    I agree with Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi that the design of our social and family development policies should be based on hard evidence, rather than stereotypes, generalisations and misconceptions (Simplistic to blame individual choices for social inequality) . 바카라사이트 Unfortunately, a framework that advocates universal benefits without any conditions seems a tad simplistic and naive as it does not take into account the vagaries of human nature. Like Mr Chan, I am all for assisting those who are truly in need, including through a programme of guided and assisted self-reliance. But, it is just as important for us to acknowledge that not all hardship cases occur because of events beyond an individual's control. Hard evidence from some cases do point to poor choices as well as a penchant for free-ridership and a crutch mentality. It does not mean that help should not be rendered to such individuals or families. 인터넷카지노 But it certainly means that help should not be dished out to them unconditionally and indefinitely.   What isa disservice to "fellow Singaporeans who are struggling daily with harsh realities in one of the world's richest city states" is a system that hands out grants indiscriminately, especially when such public funds could be channelled to those most in need. The sooner "bleeding heart liberals" eschew the melodramatic stereotyping of citizens in distress as mere victims of the system who are doing their utmost to make ends meet, the more credible their cause will be.
    58 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I agree with Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi that the design of our social and family development policies should be based on hard evidence, rather than stereotypes, generalisations and misconceptions (Simplistic to blame individual choices for social inequality) . 바카라사이트 Unfortunately, a framework that advocates universal benefits without any conditions seems a tad simplistic and naive as it does not take into account the vagaries of human nature. Like Mr Chan, I am all for assisting those who are truly in need, including through a programme of guided and assisted self-reliance. But, it is just as important for us to acknowledge that not all hardship cases occur because of events beyond an individual's control. Hard evidence from some cases do point to poor choices as well as a penchant for free-ridership and a crutch mentality. It does not mean that help should not be rendered to such individuals or families. 인터넷카지노 But it certainly means that help should not be dished out to them unconditionally and indefinitely.   What isa disservice to "fellow Singaporeans who are struggling daily with harsh realities in one of the world's richest city states" is a system that hands out grants indiscriminately, especially when such public funds could be channelled to those most in need. The sooner "bleeding heart liberals" eschew the melodramatic stereotyping of citizens in distress as mere victims of the system who are doing their utmost to make ends meet, the more credible their cause will be.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    Whether 17-year-old Ben Davis should be granted national service deferment to pursue what is deemed by some to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a football career with English Premier League side Fulham has raised different perspectives among Singaporeans. 인터넷바카라 In explaining its decision to turn down the family's request, the Ministry of Defence laid out its principles clearly (Eng Hen explains why request from Ben Davis was rejected). I am disappointed to hear Ben is playing as an English national for the football club despite his Singaporean citizenship. The family was also non-committal about a possible return date, and made it dependent on whether his contract would be renewed. 온라인바카라 Deferring an individual on these grounds would be very unfair to those who have had to forego similar distinguished opportunities in order to dutifully serve NS. If NS is necessary to ensure Singapore's continued peace and prosperity, then the principles of national security, universality and equity that underpin NS must not be compromised. My family and I had the opportunity to watch the National Day Parade preview last weekend.   More than a parade and a show, it was a strong symbol of what the past and present generations of servicemen continue to defend - Singapore's freedom and sovereignty. 인터넷카지노 A strict adherence to the said principles is why we can commit to NS, and why NS has continued to be the backbone of our defence since the early years of our independence. It is one of the reasons why we have been able to celebrate Singapore's National Day year after year, for the last 53 years.
    359 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Whether 17-year-old Ben Davis should be granted national service deferment to pursue what is deemed by some to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a football career with English Premier League side Fulham has raised different perspectives among Singaporeans. 인터넷바카라 In explaining its decision to turn down the family's request, the Ministry of Defence laid out its principles clearly (Eng Hen explains why request from Ben Davis was rejected). I am disappointed to hear Ben is playing as an English national for the football club despite his Singaporean citizenship. The family was also non-committal about a possible return date, and made it dependent on whether his contract would be renewed. 온라인바카라 Deferring an individual on these grounds would be very unfair to those who have had to forego similar distinguished opportunities in order to dutifully serve NS. If NS is necessary to ensure Singapore's continued peace and prosperity, then the principles of national security, universality and equity that underpin NS must not be compromised. My family and I had the opportunity to watch the National Day Parade preview last weekend.   More than a parade and a show, it was a strong symbol of what the past and present generations of servicemen continue to defend - Singapore's freedom and sovereignty. 인터넷카지노 A strict adherence to the said principles is why we can commit to NS, and why NS has continued to be the backbone of our defence since the early years of our independence. It is one of the reasons why we have been able to celebrate Singapore's National Day year after year, for the last 53 years.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    While nature interest groups generally welcome inclusion and encourage the public to participate in their activities, I am surprised that Mr Neeraj Prabakharan advocated exclusion in his letter (Feeding wild animals does more harm than good). 온라인바카라 The late president S R Nathan made wild birds feel at home in the Istana, and ensured that hornbills had adequate food and shelter so that they would breed there. Heartened by Mr Nathan, private citizens with the means to do so and with support from people involved in the Istana project emulated his example, thereby encouraging hornbills and other desirable birds, once scarce in Singapore, to re-establish themselves. Yet, Mr Prabakharan supports prohibiting the feeding of wildlife. This will discourage nature lovers from actively attracting songbirds to their gardens. While he admits that bird-feeding stations are frequently set up to see birds through the winters in temperate countries, he is incorrect to claim that in Singapore there is an abundance of food all year round. 인터넷카지노 For local songbird species, breeding is dependent on the supply of food. During the dry season mid-year, breeding activity drops off. But if food is provided, breeding continues throughout the year.   His statement that the feeding of wildlife by untrained individuals would often do more harm than good is unsubstantiated and supercilious. Many desirable bird species are quite adaptable as far as diet is concerned. It is inaccurate for him to claim that what is used in bird feeders is nutritionally inadequate. Very reliable and well-researched products are readily available in Singapore. Pet birds grow, sing and breed on these diets. Wild birds will flourish just as well. 온라인카지노 His mention that the feeding of "wild" pigeons caused them to procreate and become pests is irrelevant to the subject of wildlife. The pest pigeons are not truly wild but are domestic stock that has gone feral. I will support steps the authorities take to humanely remove them. Mr Prabakharan's position that we should keep our distance from wildlife and that nature appreciation can be achieved by visiting parks and nature reserves is too extreme a stand.
    59 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • While nature interest groups generally welcome inclusion and encourage the public to participate in their activities, I am surprised that Mr Neeraj Prabakharan advocated exclusion in his letter (Feeding wild animals does more harm than good). 온라인바카라 The late president S R Nathan made wild birds feel at home in the Istana, and ensured that hornbills had adequate food and shelter so that they would breed there. Heartened by Mr Nathan, private citizens with the means to do so and with support from people involved in the Istana project emulated his example, thereby encouraging hornbills and other desirable birds, once scarce in Singapore, to re-establish themselves. Yet, Mr Prabakharan supports prohibiting the feeding of wildlife. This will discourage nature lovers from actively attracting songbirds to their gardens. While he admits that bird-feeding stations are frequently set up to see birds through the winters in temperate countries, he is incorrect to claim that in Singapore there is an abundance of food all year round. 인터넷카지노 For local songbird species, breeding is dependent on the supply of food. During the dry season mid-year, breeding activity drops off. But if food is provided, breeding continues throughout the year.   His statement that the feeding of wildlife by untrained individuals would often do more harm than good is unsubstantiated and supercilious. Many desirable bird species are quite adaptable as far as diet is concerned. It is inaccurate for him to claim that what is used in bird feeders is nutritionally inadequate. Very reliable and well-researched products are readily available in Singapore. Pet birds grow, sing and breed on these diets. Wild birds will flourish just as well. 온라인카지노 His mention that the feeding of "wild" pigeons caused them to procreate and become pests is irrelevant to the subject of wildlife. The pest pigeons are not truly wild but are domestic stock that has gone feral. I will support steps the authorities take to humanely remove them. Mr Prabakharan's position that we should keep our distance from wildlife and that nature appreciation can be achieved by visiting parks and nature reserves is too extreme a stand.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    The issue is whether the pay packet given to a particular minister is justified by the effort he puts in to build the nation and look after its people. If the minister is the right person for the job, a high salary is reasonable. 온라인카지노 If you look at multinational companies, their chief executive is rewarded if he is able to achieve good yearly growth. The Singapore Government should give special bonuses or set up a pension fund as compensation to those who are willing to sacrifice the benefits they enjoyed in the corporate world. Any increment would be based on his performance. 온라인바카라 But, money should not be the main attraction to woo the best people to join the Government. They should also have the passion, interest and determination to do the job well.
    126 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The issue is whether the pay packet given to a particular minister is justified by the effort he puts in to build the nation and look after its people. If the minister is the right person for the job, a high salary is reasonable. 온라인카지노 If you look at multinational companies, their chief executive is rewarded if he is able to achieve good yearly growth. The Singapore Government should give special bonuses or set up a pension fund as compensation to those who are willing to sacrifice the benefits they enjoyed in the corporate world. Any increment would be based on his performance. 온라인바카라 But, money should not be the main attraction to woo the best people to join the Government. They should also have the passion, interest and determination to do the job well.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    About 2.5 years ago I started an experiment, could I leave Google. 온라인카지노 I was nervous, finding information is often important to my work; and after more than 10 years I had come to trust the relationship between my search methodology and Google's responses. I had also read so much bad stuff about Bing, starting with its silly name through to only being useful in the USA. First I test switched to Bing on my work desktop. It felt quicker there to be able to repeat the search in Google if I didn't trust the result. Initially I did not like the web results or the news search but what did win me over was image search on Bing. So after image search next I started appreciating the video search interface and then switched my laptop to Bing. It was a gradual mental process and perhaps my methodology shifted but I came to observe that web results did return what I was looking for even if it was not exactly the same sites or order of sites.  Letting go of comparing the order of results was the turning point. It may seem obvious but the actual goal here is finding information, not that a results window looks the same. How often is that your real comparison? 바카라사이트주소 Next I switched my iOS devices over to Bing. but my transfer was not complete as I still defaulted to Google Maps on web. That has also stopped. So has relying on Google for local business information. I like Bing. Where does Google still play? There are rare occasions where I seek a second search opinion when I don't find what I am looking for. I still use Google Maps when I am measuring a distance between two places - once or twice a year. I do view content on YouTube and breaking that I think at this time is a near impossible task. If the content is there and nowhere else.... Of course if I am placing something on the web and want it found I make sure it is known to Google. Also ironically perhaps, at work on Windows I use Chrome, Firefox is too slow. I also do use Chrome on my Mac if I am uploading to YouTube as it has a resume feature not available on Safari. 카지노사이트 Do I Bing it? No I never say that, I search for things and I tell people to "search for it" Oh and... how sweet is Chrome + Bing
    83 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • About 2.5 years ago I started an experiment, could I leave Google. 온라인카지노 I was nervous, finding information is often important to my work; and after more than 10 years I had come to trust the relationship between my search methodology and Google's responses. I had also read so much bad stuff about Bing, starting with its silly name through to only being useful in the USA. First I test switched to Bing on my work desktop. It felt quicker there to be able to repeat the search in Google if I didn't trust the result. Initially I did not like the web results or the news search but what did win me over was image search on Bing. So after image search next I started appreciating the video search interface and then switched my laptop to Bing. It was a gradual mental process and perhaps my methodology shifted but I came to observe that web results did return what I was looking for even if it was not exactly the same sites or order of sites.  Letting go of comparing the order of results was the turning point. It may seem obvious but the actual goal here is finding information, not that a results window looks the same. How often is that your real comparison? 바카라사이트주소 Next I switched my iOS devices over to Bing. but my transfer was not complete as I still defaulted to Google Maps on web. That has also stopped. So has relying on Google for local business information. I like Bing. Where does Google still play? There are rare occasions where I seek a second search opinion when I don't find what I am looking for. I still use Google Maps when I am measuring a distance between two places - once or twice a year. I do view content on YouTube and breaking that I think at this time is a near impossible task. If the content is there and nowhere else.... Of course if I am placing something on the web and want it found I make sure it is known to Google. Also ironically perhaps, at work on Windows I use Chrome, Firefox is too slow. I also do use Chrome on my Mac if I am uploading to YouTube as it has a resume feature not available on Safari. 카지노사이트 Do I Bing it? No I never say that, I search for things and I tell people to "search for it" Oh and... how sweet is Chrome + Bing
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    When I heard about Amazon Video Direct earlier on today, I was pretty excited. It was written about as a YouTube competitor and, as much as I love YouTube, I was pretty keen to get in on AVD on the ground floor. 인터넷카지노  Amazon just seemed like such a good place to publish short fiction videos; it's already the prime place for independent e-books, I thought it would be the perfect place for my video fictions. Now, I'm under no illusions - my stories are my pleasure, but they are never going to be a big earner for me. I write and record for the love of the story. Right now, I'm happy with that. But the thought of entering a less crowded marketplace was also appealing. I just want people to enjoy my work and AVD is so new, it is going to make discovery of my fictions a whole lot easier. 인터넷바카라 *BUT IT IS NOT.* Youtube's success comes partly from the fact that it is so damn easy to upload. I teach 11 year old kids who do it better than me, because it just works well. But Amazon Video Direct is not only ugly, but cumbersome and (worst of all) insists you include _closed captions_ when you upload. WHAT??! Ain't nobody got time for that. 카지노사이트주소 And this is why Amazon Video Direct is going to be a completely different kettle of fish to YouTube. YouTube is for everyone; AVD is for those who are serious about their work. Sure, it might end up meaning a smaller, but better quality, selection of videos - but it is never going to have the reach and cultural penetration of YouTube.
    65 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • When I heard about Amazon Video Direct earlier on today, I was pretty excited. It was written about as a YouTube competitor and, as much as I love YouTube, I was pretty keen to get in on AVD on the ground floor. 인터넷카지노  Amazon just seemed like such a good place to publish short fiction videos; it's already the prime place for independent e-books, I thought it would be the perfect place for my video fictions. Now, I'm under no illusions - my stories are my pleasure, but they are never going to be a big earner for me. I write and record for the love of the story. Right now, I'm happy with that. But the thought of entering a less crowded marketplace was also appealing. I just want people to enjoy my work and AVD is so new, it is going to make discovery of my fictions a whole lot easier. 인터넷바카라 *BUT IT IS NOT.* Youtube's success comes partly from the fact that it is so damn easy to upload. I teach 11 year old kids who do it better than me, because it just works well. But Amazon Video Direct is not only ugly, but cumbersome and (worst of all) insists you include _closed captions_ when you upload. WHAT??! Ain't nobody got time for that. 카지노사이트주소 And this is why Amazon Video Direct is going to be a completely different kettle of fish to YouTube. YouTube is for everyone; AVD is for those who are serious about their work. Sure, it might end up meaning a smaller, but better quality, selection of videos - but it is never going to have the reach and cultural penetration of YouTube.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    Facebook looks certainly like company hellbent on changing how human beings interact with each other. There are close to 1.5 billion people who now use Facebook on one or more of the available platforms (Web and Apps), and if you include its subsidiaries/acquisitions such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Oculus, then that pool of users grows significantly. 온라인카지노  Facebook introduced live broadcast on its news feed enabling users to share videos with their followers in real time. However, I can't stop to imagine that Facebook could do more with its live video streaming feature by adding more functions. Chances are that some of the functions could be in the works already behind the scenes, which means we could see them soon. But that hasn't happened yet. 온라인카지노 Facebook has the potential to top that list of the world's largest companiesby market capitalization by the year 2020, especially if it can fully utilize its addressable market. One of the things that Facebook could add to live video is conferencing and group discussions. It can integrate these features to be visible in the on pop out window broadcast. This would allow the company to broaden the services offered thereby giving it a chance to even challenge other platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. 카지노사이트  With the modern work environment shifting from the physical offices to cloud computing, this feature might actually become a realistic revenue contributor to Facebook's business model. In summary, Facebook's live video broadcast feature could be made better by adding more functions as pointed out. It's a great product with great potential of making a difference in the company in dollar terms.
    112 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Facebook looks certainly like company hellbent on changing how human beings interact with each other. There are close to 1.5 billion people who now use Facebook on one or more of the available platforms (Web and Apps), and if you include its subsidiaries/acquisitions such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Oculus, then that pool of users grows significantly. 온라인카지노  Facebook introduced live broadcast on its news feed enabling users to share videos with their followers in real time. However, I can't stop to imagine that Facebook could do more with its live video streaming feature by adding more functions. Chances are that some of the functions could be in the works already behind the scenes, which means we could see them soon. But that hasn't happened yet. 온라인카지노 Facebook has the potential to top that list of the world's largest companiesby market capitalization by the year 2020, especially if it can fully utilize its addressable market. One of the things that Facebook could add to live video is conferencing and group discussions. It can integrate these features to be visible in the on pop out window broadcast. This would allow the company to broaden the services offered thereby giving it a chance to even challenge other platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. 카지노사이트  With the modern work environment shifting from the physical offices to cloud computing, this feature might actually become a realistic revenue contributor to Facebook's business model. In summary, Facebook's live video broadcast feature could be made better by adding more functions as pointed out. It's a great product with great potential of making a difference in the company in dollar terms.
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  • 11 Sep 2018
    Not many years ago, artificial intelligence seemed impossible. Today, it’s not only possible, it’s already being used. AI is already benefiting your life in a number of ways whether you realize it or not. Soon, it’s going to be making life even easier. Here are just three of the ways. 바카라사이트  Shorter security lines at the airport The worst thing about air travel—and that’s saying a lot—is getting through security. There is a nationwide shortage of TSA personnel and it’s the human element that really slows down security checkpoints. Soon, AI will be used to screen your baggage instead of humans. And it will do it much more quickly and accurately. 온라인바카라 Smarter customer service Few things are as annoying as calling a customer service number only to spend the next half hour on hold or transferred from department to department until you talk to the right person. Large companies can’t afford to have a live person answer every phone call and automated answering services are a poor substitute. But with the power of AI, customer service is going to be automated in such a way that you’ll be off the phone within just a few minutes of placing your call. Very cheap car insurance 인터넷카지노 Driverless cars are soon to be a reality and when computers are doing the driving, there’s going to be far fewer accidents. So few in fact, that the only reason you’ll need car insurance at all is bad weather and bitter exes which means insuring your car is about to get a whole lot cheaper.
    54 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Not many years ago, artificial intelligence seemed impossible. Today, it’s not only possible, it’s already being used. AI is already benefiting your life in a number of ways whether you realize it or not. Soon, it’s going to be making life even easier. Here are just three of the ways. 바카라사이트  Shorter security lines at the airport The worst thing about air travel—and that’s saying a lot—is getting through security. There is a nationwide shortage of TSA personnel and it’s the human element that really slows down security checkpoints. Soon, AI will be used to screen your baggage instead of humans. And it will do it much more quickly and accurately. 온라인바카라 Smarter customer service Few things are as annoying as calling a customer service number only to spend the next half hour on hold or transferred from department to department until you talk to the right person. Large companies can’t afford to have a live person answer every phone call and automated answering services are a poor substitute. But with the power of AI, customer service is going to be automated in such a way that you’ll be off the phone within just a few minutes of placing your call. Very cheap car insurance 인터넷카지노 Driverless cars are soon to be a reality and when computers are doing the driving, there’s going to be far fewer accidents. So few in fact, that the only reason you’ll need car insurance at all is bad weather and bitter exes which means insuring your car is about to get a whole lot cheaper.
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    Just wondering why there's no real coverage or conversation on today's massive DDoS attack? Having to scour the other parts of the 안전놀이터 Internet for news and updates which I would have expected The Verge to automatically and masterfully cover. #wassup
    570 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Just wondering why there's no real coverage or conversation on today's massive DDoS attack? Having to scour the other parts of the 안전놀이터 Internet for news and updates which I would have expected The Verge to automatically and masterfully cover. #wassup
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    Since comments are disabled on the article: I'm really interested in people's opinion. What do you think about this? 안전놀이터 Why did my boyfriend like Emily Ratajkowski's butt on Instagram? Personally: I think an Insta "like" has such different value to different people that it's basically impossible to interpret what that means (for your relationship) without discussing that with the other person first. Or at least looking at what their regular behaviour is (do they follow 3 people and like almost nothing or follow 1000 people and like everything that passes under their thumb?) 인터넷바카라Then there's the whole aspect of guys looking at other girls than their girlfriend. It shouldn't matter, but it does. How do you deal with that?
    70 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Since comments are disabled on the article: I'm really interested in people's opinion. What do you think about this? 안전놀이터 Why did my boyfriend like Emily Ratajkowski's butt on Instagram? Personally: I think an Insta "like" has such different value to different people that it's basically impossible to interpret what that means (for your relationship) without discussing that with the other person first. Or at least looking at what their regular behaviour is (do they follow 3 people and like almost nothing or follow 1000 people and like everything that passes under their thumb?) 인터넷바카라Then there's the whole aspect of guys looking at other girls than their girlfriend. It shouldn't matter, but it does. How do you deal with that?
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    This is a preview of a Wikipedia concept we’re working on. Besides improving overall layout and readability, we decided to see what could be done with original Wikipedia concept and what it should be today.   For more info check out this Dribbble shot with 2 full previews 바카라사이트주소       Import photo/video/social content from web By embedding Article clips, Tweets, Quotes, Flickr and Instagram Photos, Youtube videos and Podcasts each article would be much more media rich, up to date and wouldn’t have an outdated encyclopaedic look. Nowadays you can embed a live Feed related to the content without a need for a human update. Content sharing Wikipedia should have an easy sharing system with widgets, content cards and content feeds.
    124 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • This is a preview of a Wikipedia concept we’re working on. Besides improving overall layout and readability, we decided to see what could be done with original Wikipedia concept and what it should be today.   For more info check out this Dribbble shot with 2 full previews 바카라사이트주소       Import photo/video/social content from web By embedding Article clips, Tweets, Quotes, Flickr and Instagram Photos, Youtube videos and Podcasts each article would be much more media rich, up to date and wouldn’t have an outdated encyclopaedic look. Nowadays you can embed a live Feed related to the content without a need for a human update. Content sharing Wikipedia should have an easy sharing system with widgets, content cards and content feeds.
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    What is the future of Youtube shows? 인터넷카지노 Youtube and by default all of its hit channels are less than ten years old, but let's talk about how time affects Youtube. We've already seen the top channels peak and descend. The crown for most subscribed channel went from Ray William Johnson to Smosh to Pewdiepie. The crown for most watched recently from Machinima to Rihanna. Some Youtubers have made the transition to other media, or are trying to, like Toby Turner and the Fine Bros.  But I'm wondering if the future YT channels will be like other media or not. What will happen whenever someone wants to end their channel or a member of a duo wants to leave and the other wants to stay? Will Youtube channels die like cancelled television shows? Viewers are not as accustomed to endings like that online as on TV. How will audiences respond? 온라인바카라 If one of the Fine Brothers or Smosh guys wants to move on to something else, will the show continue with a new person like a late night talk show or SNL? Or are YT channels and their viewership not built to outlast their creators?
    65 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • What is the future of Youtube shows? 인터넷카지노 Youtube and by default all of its hit channels are less than ten years old, but let's talk about how time affects Youtube. We've already seen the top channels peak and descend. The crown for most subscribed channel went from Ray William Johnson to Smosh to Pewdiepie. The crown for most watched recently from Machinima to Rihanna. Some Youtubers have made the transition to other media, or are trying to, like Toby Turner and the Fine Bros.  But I'm wondering if the future YT channels will be like other media or not. What will happen whenever someone wants to end their channel or a member of a duo wants to leave and the other wants to stay? Will Youtube channels die like cancelled television shows? Viewers are not as accustomed to endings like that online as on TV. How will audiences respond? 온라인바카라 If one of the Fine Brothers or Smosh guys wants to move on to something else, will the show continue with a new person like a late night talk show or SNL? Or are YT channels and their viewership not built to outlast their creators?
    Sep 10, 2018 65
  • 10 Sep 2018
    ...and you probably aren't thinking about it because it's hot as balls outside right now. 인터넷카지노 BUT if you do live in New York, you probably know that landlords are required to turn the heat on by a certain date in October every year — and that every year certain scummy landlords will try to save money by not doing it. Of course, this happens most in poor neighborhoods in South Brooklyn and the Bronx. Yay! The universe is horrible. 바카라사이트주소     Tenants in these neighborhoods often have to fight with their landlords to get heat in the winter, and one thing makes this fight really tough — the lack of data. Tenants may be tracking the temperature in their apartments, but it's just not that convincing when you hand a judge a handwritten diary, especially if your landlord is right there calling you a liar. My brother started a nonprofit project to fix this. It's called HeatSeekNYC. They're placing XBees outfitted with thermometers in individual apartments and using a Raspberry Pi as a hub for a mesh network to get whole buildings online. The sensor takes regular temperature readings and records that data on a website that can be used by tenants, lawyers, and housing advocates. 카지노사이트  The system provides easy to read, incontrovertible data from the entire building so that landlords will be forced to stay honest. And if the landlord ever tries to turn the heat off or keep the temperature even just below the legal limit, it's easy to prove. HeatSeek is competing for funding from the NYC BigApps competition, and they need votes! Please consider giving them your support. A win would pay for 600 sensors.
    56 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • ...and you probably aren't thinking about it because it's hot as balls outside right now. 인터넷카지노 BUT if you do live in New York, you probably know that landlords are required to turn the heat on by a certain date in October every year — and that every year certain scummy landlords will try to save money by not doing it. Of course, this happens most in poor neighborhoods in South Brooklyn and the Bronx. Yay! The universe is horrible. 바카라사이트주소     Tenants in these neighborhoods often have to fight with their landlords to get heat in the winter, and one thing makes this fight really tough — the lack of data. Tenants may be tracking the temperature in their apartments, but it's just not that convincing when you hand a judge a handwritten diary, especially if your landlord is right there calling you a liar. My brother started a nonprofit project to fix this. It's called HeatSeekNYC. They're placing XBees outfitted with thermometers in individual apartments and using a Raspberry Pi as a hub for a mesh network to get whole buildings online. The sensor takes regular temperature readings and records that data on a website that can be used by tenants, lawyers, and housing advocates. 카지노사이트  The system provides easy to read, incontrovertible data from the entire building so that landlords will be forced to stay honest. And if the landlord ever tries to turn the heat off or keep the temperature even just below the legal limit, it's easy to prove. HeatSeek is competing for funding from the NYC BigApps competition, and they need votes! Please consider giving them your support. A win would pay for 600 sensors.
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    Saw this on Kickstarter. It sounds like an interesting way of delivering tech news. I’ve seen many detailed discussions and lengthy article-like posts on forums like this one, 카지노사이트주소  so it’d definitely be interesting to see how effective this would be.
    69 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Saw this on Kickstarter. It sounds like an interesting way of delivering tech news. I’ve seen many detailed discussions and lengthy article-like posts on forums like this one, 카지노사이트주소  so it’d definitely be interesting to see how effective this would be.
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    I would like to know, is it possible to remove or report my own questions that I have? I have asked some questions on Yahoo Answers that have some personal details in them and I would like to have them removed. I asked the website there but they so far the answers that I got was not that helpful. 안전놀이터   So far when I ask there they just give me 1. Click on the pencil icon and delete your questions 2. Once you have a best answer you cannot delete it. 바카라사이트 I know that you can report questions so I have other accounts on YA and I have been reporting my questions and so far that works. But I want to know what more effective measures that I can use to delete my questions?
    84 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I would like to know, is it possible to remove or report my own questions that I have? I have asked some questions on Yahoo Answers that have some personal details in them and I would like to have them removed. I asked the website there but they so far the answers that I got was not that helpful. 안전놀이터   So far when I ask there they just give me 1. Click on the pencil icon and delete your questions 2. Once you have a best answer you cannot delete it. 바카라사이트 I know that you can report questions so I have other accounts on YA and I have been reporting my questions and so far that works. But I want to know what more effective measures that I can use to delete my questions?
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    One of the points brought up by the opponent of Title ii was that he feels like Netflix should be paying ISPs extra for using up so much bandwidth. He felt like it made more sense for customers to pay Netflix more, so that Netflix can then go and pay his company extra for "clogging" up the internet. 온라인바카라 My confusion in all this is, what exactly am I paying for with my internet service plan and what am I paying Netflix for? If my ISP is getting paid so that I can have a certain amount/tier of bandwidth and GBs a month (as long as I stay under a cap), then shouldn't the delivery of Netflix /HBO Go/Hulu Plus/Amazon Video be part of that service? I thought I was paying Netflix for the content, and not the delivery. 카지노사이트주소    If my ISP cannot handle the video delivery because the content takes up too much bandwidth and resources, I'd expect that they should tell me, "Hey radderthanrad, all these video services take up a lot of resources and you're using more than most customers, so you should probably upgrade to a better connection so that you can maintain high-quality delivery of the videos you want to watch." 바카라사이트주소     In fact, when I had Xbox Gold and lived with someone else who liked to online game a lot, I paid Comcast extra for a better quality connection to make sure I could enjoy a good experience. I don't understand why I would expect Xbox's online gaming services to subsidize Comcast or Verizon for using up internet connections. What do you all think?
    126 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • One of the points brought up by the opponent of Title ii was that he feels like Netflix should be paying ISPs extra for using up so much bandwidth. He felt like it made more sense for customers to pay Netflix more, so that Netflix can then go and pay his company extra for "clogging" up the internet. 온라인바카라 My confusion in all this is, what exactly am I paying for with my internet service plan and what am I paying Netflix for? If my ISP is getting paid so that I can have a certain amount/tier of bandwidth and GBs a month (as long as I stay under a cap), then shouldn't the delivery of Netflix /HBO Go/Hulu Plus/Amazon Video be part of that service? I thought I was paying Netflix for the content, and not the delivery. 카지노사이트주소    If my ISP cannot handle the video delivery because the content takes up too much bandwidth and resources, I'd expect that they should tell me, "Hey radderthanrad, all these video services take up a lot of resources and you're using more than most customers, so you should probably upgrade to a better connection so that you can maintain high-quality delivery of the videos you want to watch." 바카라사이트주소     In fact, when I had Xbox Gold and lived with someone else who liked to online game a lot, I paid Comcast extra for a better quality connection to make sure I could enjoy a good experience. I don't understand why I would expect Xbox's online gaming services to subsidize Comcast or Verizon for using up internet connections. What do you all think?
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  • 10 Sep 2018
    First off, forgive me if there is an article on this - I haven't been paying much attention to the news (mainly because there isn't much relevant shit to me in it most of the time) ANYWAY... 카지노사이트Anyone noticing some weird subtle things going on between Facebook and Google/Youtube?   There's a Facebook "view" counter on videos now (yeah, I know that doesn't seem important but that is one more Youtube feature that Facebook is enabling - won't be long before a thumbs down button shows up ;) ) 온라인카지노 Is it me, or do embedded Youtube videos no longer support playback within the post? It seems when clicking on embedded Youtube thumbnails, I get taken to another tab with the Youtube URL now instead of it playing directly Thanks for indulging. Curious on your thoughts. Yes, YOU :D
    93 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • First off, forgive me if there is an article on this - I haven't been paying much attention to the news (mainly because there isn't much relevant shit to me in it most of the time) ANYWAY... 카지노사이트Anyone noticing some weird subtle things going on between Facebook and Google/Youtube?   There's a Facebook "view" counter on videos now (yeah, I know that doesn't seem important but that is one more Youtube feature that Facebook is enabling - won't be long before a thumbs down button shows up ;) ) 온라인카지노 Is it me, or do embedded Youtube videos no longer support playback within the post? It seems when clicking on embedded Youtube thumbnails, I get taken to another tab with the Youtube URL now instead of it playing directly Thanks for indulging. Curious on your thoughts. Yes, YOU :D
    Sep 10, 2018 93
  • 10 Sep 2018
    Anyone else having issues with Rdio today? 바카라사이트  I have $125 of pending activity on my account (Rdio Gift Certificates) that I didn't authorize. Fifty dollars worth posted after I contacted Rdio via email to ask about the first $75. Tried to get them on the phone but failed. Already contacted my bank. Thanks, Mike
    82 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Anyone else having issues with Rdio today? 바카라사이트  I have $125 of pending activity on my account (Rdio Gift Certificates) that I didn't authorize. Fifty dollars worth posted after I contacted Rdio via email to ask about the first $75. Tried to get them on the phone but failed. Already contacted my bank. Thanks, Mike
    Sep 10, 2018 82
  • 10 Sep 2018
    Look at your new site. At first feels clean. But it is very bad, with bad text fonts and tiny columns. This is the next generation of responsive html. The one that let you having the same layout in a tablet or a widescreen monitor. 안전놀이터 Did you like Game Life articles? I dare you to find Game Life in this new site. Everything is Entertainment.
    82 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Look at your new site. At first feels clean. But it is very bad, with bad text fonts and tiny columns. This is the next generation of responsive html. The one that let you having the same layout in a tablet or a widescreen monitor. 안전놀이터 Did you like Game Life articles? I dare you to find Game Life in this new site. Everything is Entertainment.
    Sep 10, 2018 82
  • 10 Sep 2018
    Meerkat was starting to become a social darling for the social media crowd. Meerkat allowed people to start streaming personally and made it a simple cleaning app. They were doing so well until Twitter decided to act up again. Again, Twitter is attempting to kill a competitor through API death. They want to keep to their own company which they recently acquired for no good reason as the main streaming client. The irony: the thing that kept then going, invented ways to improvement to their platforms and arguably made them is the thing they want to kill off. As I heard arguably the thing that made their company known, hashtags, were not designed by them but by a third party. That just proves to me that Twitter should stop being a network and start being a platform. 인터넷바카라 Their setup doesn't allow for proper social network based setup. We recently go the ability to mute (which should have rolled out sooner) and yet that isn't enough. Thomas Ricker goes into better detail but we can't temporarily mute hashtag or people for a time duration. We can't hide particular posts we don't want to see. Search is STILL loathsome even with their advance search (certain ways of searching does not feel optimum). You would think that for a company that wants to deliver a great experience they would put time and effort into these things. Instead they have not. They do however have the setup for a platform: low data prints, easy to communicate with great authorization and great broadcasting features for a lot of people. It makes it easy for people to jump in and out of said platform easily and thus get included into conversations quickly like a platform. These things are what make Twitter not only fun but good enough so that a person can MacGyver their way into creating an experience that people want to use. They have frame work ready, so now they just got to make the framework get tools, those tools should be 3rd Party APIs. 카지노사이트         Back in the days of Twitter being a company that let users join up on their API, a lot of places came up with interesting ways to connect to Twitter. It could be their own client, it could be to their own services for a platform, or it could even be creating a service that extends the platform. One experience: When there was a "decent" Chrome Twitter client, I rarely checked Twitter because it did everything I needed to. In that moment, Twitter should have focused into being that main API area. Instead, they restricted and are now paying the price. They now have to take harassment even more seriously because people are leaving. They are having middling results trying to keep those here and grow the platform. All of these things cut into their profits and otherwise financial interests as a company. Moreover, it really makes it hard to talk to investors about how bad things are getting, and especially when you have an email come out admitting you suck at your job. Which now brings me back to this news with Meerkat. Twitter, once again, botches what could make it better by being a platform by opposing anyone to run with said platform and instead trying to lock people into said ecosystem. Which now means they're going to now manage streams which can make them even MORE overextended than they usually are. Twitter doesn't have to walk this path. Instead they could brach out: Create better tools and methods for your API including better ways for 3rd parties to show you how harassment works and how to deal with it (including action plans for Swatting). Get Digits out and become THE de facto phone number authorization protocol (which can then help verify accounts). Get crazy: acquire Disqus, create new ways to make Disqus that social API for commenting as well as arguably user interaction that anyone can custom make under the hood and tie up Twitter with it. 온라인카지노 Just whatever you do, stop trying to be a social network, because you're not a social network. Facebook is a social network, LinkedIn is a social network, Snapchat, Google+, and even Ello are social networks and better at the game than you could ever need to, would want to, or should be.
    124 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Meerkat was starting to become a social darling for the social media crowd. Meerkat allowed people to start streaming personally and made it a simple cleaning app. They were doing so well until Twitter decided to act up again. Again, Twitter is attempting to kill a competitor through API death. They want to keep to their own company which they recently acquired for no good reason as the main streaming client. The irony: the thing that kept then going, invented ways to improvement to their platforms and arguably made them is the thing they want to kill off. As I heard arguably the thing that made their company known, hashtags, were not designed by them but by a third party. That just proves to me that Twitter should stop being a network and start being a platform. 인터넷바카라 Their setup doesn't allow for proper social network based setup. We recently go the ability to mute (which should have rolled out sooner) and yet that isn't enough. Thomas Ricker goes into better detail but we can't temporarily mute hashtag or people for a time duration. We can't hide particular posts we don't want to see. Search is STILL loathsome even with their advance search (certain ways of searching does not feel optimum). You would think that for a company that wants to deliver a great experience they would put time and effort into these things. Instead they have not. They do however have the setup for a platform: low data prints, easy to communicate with great authorization and great broadcasting features for a lot of people. It makes it easy for people to jump in and out of said platform easily and thus get included into conversations quickly like a platform. These things are what make Twitter not only fun but good enough so that a person can MacGyver their way into creating an experience that people want to use. They have frame work ready, so now they just got to make the framework get tools, those tools should be 3rd Party APIs. 카지노사이트         Back in the days of Twitter being a company that let users join up on their API, a lot of places came up with interesting ways to connect to Twitter. It could be their own client, it could be to their own services for a platform, or it could even be creating a service that extends the platform. One experience: When there was a "decent" Chrome Twitter client, I rarely checked Twitter because it did everything I needed to. In that moment, Twitter should have focused into being that main API area. Instead, they restricted and are now paying the price. They now have to take harassment even more seriously because people are leaving. They are having middling results trying to keep those here and grow the platform. All of these things cut into their profits and otherwise financial interests as a company. Moreover, it really makes it hard to talk to investors about how bad things are getting, and especially when you have an email come out admitting you suck at your job. Which now brings me back to this news with Meerkat. Twitter, once again, botches what could make it better by being a platform by opposing anyone to run with said platform and instead trying to lock people into said ecosystem. Which now means they're going to now manage streams which can make them even MORE overextended than they usually are. Twitter doesn't have to walk this path. Instead they could brach out: Create better tools and methods for your API including better ways for 3rd parties to show you how harassment works and how to deal with it (including action plans for Swatting). Get Digits out and become THE de facto phone number authorization protocol (which can then help verify accounts). Get crazy: acquire Disqus, create new ways to make Disqus that social API for commenting as well as arguably user interaction that anyone can custom make under the hood and tie up Twitter with it. 온라인카지노 Just whatever you do, stop trying to be a social network, because you're not a social network. Facebook is a social network, LinkedIn is a social network, Snapchat, Google+, and even Ello are social networks and better at the game than you could ever need to, would want to, or should be.
    Sep 10, 2018 124
  • 08 Sep 2018
    So I used to have Adblock on Chrome on my Windows laptop. I already didn't use one on my Android because I simply don't browse enough on it for it to be of any use. 온라인바카라 Ok, so back to my Chrome browser. I used to have Adblock on by default for any and every website and it was great: clean webpages, fast load times, no annoying popups! Then I started whitelisting certain websites (The Verge was one, but also Facebook and Google). And then, I switched to having Adblock off by default and blacklisting certain websites (most notably, torrent sites and their terrible, terrible ads) but I was also blacklisting Youtube, because I watch a lot of it and the same ads kept coming on and when you've seen some crappy bank ad 5 times in a row it gets really old. 카지노사이트주소    Ok, so why did I end up completely uninstalling Adblock you ask? Well, the reason is actually kinda simple, I felt guilty I was stealing money away from content creators that I loved. A lot of the channels on Youtube I follow deliver top-tier content every week and even sometimes every day! These guys deserve to get paid for their work! Like I watched a VSauce video and god damn Michael deserves to have wads of money thrown at him! But since I can't do that, I watched a 5sec pre-roll instead. Same thing for Casey Neistat's vlog, Epic Meal Time, TheSmokingTire, LifeAccordingToJimmy, all these guys deliver great content super regularly! I'm not gonna pretend my time is that valuable, clearly I'm already spending hours watching YouTube every week I'm not fooling anybody. 바카라사이트  And yeah, every time I see that crappy ad about Russian girls in my area or some bank that wants to loan me money I still wanna punch my screen. It's worth it though, because at the other end of that screen there's the Verge staff, there's Michael Stevens or Harley Morenstein. And in the end, those guys are doing a hell of a job. And if I can pay them for their job by spending a couple minutes each day listening to the dude with a Lamborghini and seven bookshelves in his garage then I'll do it.   So how about you guys? Do you use Adblockers?
    69 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • So I used to have Adblock on Chrome on my Windows laptop. I already didn't use one on my Android because I simply don't browse enough on it for it to be of any use. 온라인바카라 Ok, so back to my Chrome browser. I used to have Adblock on by default for any and every website and it was great: clean webpages, fast load times, no annoying popups! Then I started whitelisting certain websites (The Verge was one, but also Facebook and Google). And then, I switched to having Adblock off by default and blacklisting certain websites (most notably, torrent sites and their terrible, terrible ads) but I was also blacklisting Youtube, because I watch a lot of it and the same ads kept coming on and when you've seen some crappy bank ad 5 times in a row it gets really old. 카지노사이트주소    Ok, so why did I end up completely uninstalling Adblock you ask? Well, the reason is actually kinda simple, I felt guilty I was stealing money away from content creators that I loved. A lot of the channels on Youtube I follow deliver top-tier content every week and even sometimes every day! These guys deserve to get paid for their work! Like I watched a VSauce video and god damn Michael deserves to have wads of money thrown at him! But since I can't do that, I watched a 5sec pre-roll instead. Same thing for Casey Neistat's vlog, Epic Meal Time, TheSmokingTire, LifeAccordingToJimmy, all these guys deliver great content super regularly! I'm not gonna pretend my time is that valuable, clearly I'm already spending hours watching YouTube every week I'm not fooling anybody. 바카라사이트  And yeah, every time I see that crappy ad about Russian girls in my area or some bank that wants to loan me money I still wanna punch my screen. It's worth it though, because at the other end of that screen there's the Verge staff, there's Michael Stevens or Harley Morenstein. And in the end, those guys are doing a hell of a job. And if I can pay them for their job by spending a couple minutes each day listening to the dude with a Lamborghini and seven bookshelves in his garage then I'll do it.   So how about you guys? Do you use Adblockers?
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  • 08 Sep 2018
    I've been using the Steam Controller for the past week and I enjoy it a lot as a game controller. It has quite a learning curve in that kind of use, but I've found it comfortable to use with every game that I've tried thus far. However, the real kicker for me is as a new way of input for browsing the web on a large TV. 카지노사이트 Trying to do it with a previous controller was pretty much impossible. Windows as an OS never worked correctly with a controller. Even if you could get an analog stick to work as a mouse, the speed was so slow it felt aggravating. 인터넷카지노 With the Steam Controller, the trackpads emulating a trackball and scroll wheel feel excellent in use, and it turns the web into much more of a lean-back experience instead of a lean-forward-while-throwing-the-controller-out-of-a-window one. Netflix? Amazon? Youtube? Hulu? Google Music? Pocketcasts? I don't have an issue with these anymore... ...Well, I would imagine I don't with all of them. I never said anything about the UI problem. 인터넷바카라 UPDATE: The newest Beta for the Steam Client introduced a way to bring the keyboard outside of Big Picture mode. There is an option in the power menu to "Minimize" Big picture. When you do that, you can click down on the left stick to bring up the keyboard in any app you're in, even outside of Steam.
    79 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I've been using the Steam Controller for the past week and I enjoy it a lot as a game controller. It has quite a learning curve in that kind of use, but I've found it comfortable to use with every game that I've tried thus far. However, the real kicker for me is as a new way of input for browsing the web on a large TV. 카지노사이트 Trying to do it with a previous controller was pretty much impossible. Windows as an OS never worked correctly with a controller. Even if you could get an analog stick to work as a mouse, the speed was so slow it felt aggravating. 인터넷카지노 With the Steam Controller, the trackpads emulating a trackball and scroll wheel feel excellent in use, and it turns the web into much more of a lean-back experience instead of a lean-forward-while-throwing-the-controller-out-of-a-window one. Netflix? Amazon? Youtube? Hulu? Google Music? Pocketcasts? I don't have an issue with these anymore... ...Well, I would imagine I don't with all of them. I never said anything about the UI problem. 인터넷바카라 UPDATE: The newest Beta for the Steam Client introduced a way to bring the keyboard outside of Big Picture mode. There is an option in the power menu to "Minimize" Big picture. When you do that, you can click down on the left stick to bring up the keyboard in any app you're in, even outside of Steam.
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  • 08 Sep 2018
    The T-Mobile plan does violate Net Neutrality – And that’s okay! 온라인카지노 All of the debate about Net Neutrality has focused on nightmare scenarios, conspiracy theories. The fear that ISPs would block out competing products, or deny bandwidth to political websites that disagree with the company. But I think what we’re seeing in the real world is real benefits from not having Net Neutrality. Here in the US, T-Mobile is doing interesting things with music streaming and now TV streaming. You can imagine other companies jumping to offer similar deals. 온라인바카라 In the developing world, you have programs like Facebook’s Internet.org, where the company is investing heavily in internet infrastructure where no one else is, on the premise that Facebook will make back some money from new internet users using Facebook services. If net neutraility were enforced globally, Facebook would lose its financial incentive to pursue this project. Anyway, you can see lots of reasons why companies would want to experiment in this area. I know The Verge just wants mobile carriers and internet providers to become "dumb pipes," but it’s worth looking at things from those company’s perspective. If Verizon and T-Mobile were forced to compete on price and coverage alone, they would have very little incentive to experiment and make their service more appealing. 카지노사이트주소 Folks would simply choose the plan that a) has coverage in their area and b) is cheapest. What if Verizon just undercuts T-Mobile's price? How would T-Mobile counter that, besides just lowering prices further? Same with cable television providers. Instead, we get this wild offering from T-Mobile, with other carriers sure to offer similar deals.
    70 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The T-Mobile plan does violate Net Neutrality – And that’s okay! 온라인카지노 All of the debate about Net Neutrality has focused on nightmare scenarios, conspiracy theories. The fear that ISPs would block out competing products, or deny bandwidth to political websites that disagree with the company. But I think what we’re seeing in the real world is real benefits from not having Net Neutrality. Here in the US, T-Mobile is doing interesting things with music streaming and now TV streaming. You can imagine other companies jumping to offer similar deals. 온라인바카라 In the developing world, you have programs like Facebook’s Internet.org, where the company is investing heavily in internet infrastructure where no one else is, on the premise that Facebook will make back some money from new internet users using Facebook services. If net neutraility were enforced globally, Facebook would lose its financial incentive to pursue this project. Anyway, you can see lots of reasons why companies would want to experiment in this area. I know The Verge just wants mobile carriers and internet providers to become "dumb pipes," but it’s worth looking at things from those company’s perspective. If Verizon and T-Mobile were forced to compete on price and coverage alone, they would have very little incentive to experiment and make their service more appealing. 카지노사이트주소 Folks would simply choose the plan that a) has coverage in their area and b) is cheapest. What if Verizon just undercuts T-Mobile's price? How would T-Mobile counter that, besides just lowering prices further? Same with cable television providers. Instead, we get this wild offering from T-Mobile, with other carriers sure to offer similar deals.
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  • 08 Sep 2018
    Hello all, 바카라사이트주소 While I respect this forum for discussion and showing our passion for tech related issues, I feel compelled to use it to spread awareness regarding malpractice by Facebook in India to undermine Net Neutrality. Moderators, please remove my post if you deem it necessary. 안전놀이터 For all in India, Facebook has been misrepresenting consent for Freebasics. People who have just looked at the body of the text are being marked as ones who have sent letter to the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), India's version of the FCC. Funnily enough, people who have inactive accounts, and have even passed away are also being shown as those who have responded. 바카라사이트 In fact they are being *thanked* for their support. Please take it up as your moral responsibility to send private messages to those friends, notifying that Facebook indicates them corresponding to TRAI. It would give them an opportunity ti remedy the situation. Just copy paste the following text and send it to them. Thank you very much.
    122 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Hello all, 바카라사이트주소 While I respect this forum for discussion and showing our passion for tech related issues, I feel compelled to use it to spread awareness regarding malpractice by Facebook in India to undermine Net Neutrality. Moderators, please remove my post if you deem it necessary. 안전놀이터 For all in India, Facebook has been misrepresenting consent for Freebasics. People who have just looked at the body of the text are being marked as ones who have sent letter to the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), India's version of the FCC. Funnily enough, people who have inactive accounts, and have even passed away are also being shown as those who have responded. 바카라사이트 In fact they are being *thanked* for their support. Please take it up as your moral responsibility to send private messages to those friends, notifying that Facebook indicates them corresponding to TRAI. It would give them an opportunity ti remedy the situation. Just copy paste the following text and send it to them. Thank you very much.
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  • 08 Sep 2018
    I am convinced that the within 5 years, most EU member states will completely ban encryption. 인터넷카지노 Why? It has to do with growing social tensions between ethnic groups. You might have noticed that some EU immigrants have a special idea of having a good time... Those NO GO ZONES... They do exist. But it is not like most imagine. These are areas where police and the fire department or any other officials are systematically harassed, by throwing stones and other items on them.인터넷바카라 The UK... they pretty much banned private handgun ownership out of fear that too many immigrants would be shoot in self defense during home invasions... So, for sure the UK will ban encryption. Then the French will do it, the Swedes and it will become EU law. I also expect a total gun ownership ban in Europe within the same time frame. 카지노사이트 Look, out of 300 French Main Battle tanks, less than 30 are operational. The Eurofighters have cracks in their front wing cage... With every nation having its own weapons, trucks, the EU can't cope with any form of revolution, they could not even buy nor get spare parts as many manufacturers are out of business.
    123 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I am convinced that the within 5 years, most EU member states will completely ban encryption. 인터넷카지노 Why? It has to do with growing social tensions between ethnic groups. You might have noticed that some EU immigrants have a special idea of having a good time... Those NO GO ZONES... They do exist. But it is not like most imagine. These are areas where police and the fire department or any other officials are systematically harassed, by throwing stones and other items on them.인터넷바카라 The UK... they pretty much banned private handgun ownership out of fear that too many immigrants would be shoot in self defense during home invasions... So, for sure the UK will ban encryption. Then the French will do it, the Swedes and it will become EU law. I also expect a total gun ownership ban in Europe within the same time frame. 카지노사이트 Look, out of 300 French Main Battle tanks, less than 30 are operational. The Eurofighters have cracks in their front wing cage... With every nation having its own weapons, trucks, the EU can't cope with any form of revolution, they could not even buy nor get spare parts as many manufacturers are out of business.
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  • 08 Sep 2018
    It's become unbearable these days. full page, front page ads on leading dailies, web ads on youtube, ads on leading news channels, and that nagging notification when you open facebook. Handshakes with the prime minister..... 인터넷카지노 You want to destroy net neutrality and you want my help in doing so? please f*** off. I'm not dumb enough to see the business interests associated with a supposedly charitable program- you know that too, so why this sly marketing? Please don't show us (supposedly) underprivileged indians in your hideous ads (btw, if you are wondering, they are actors wearing particularly bad clothes and unkept hair). Please stop bombarding my mornings with full page front page newspaper ads (yes we still get our news from printed newspapers). 인터넷바카라 OK, but Mr.Zuckerberg wants to help underprivileged indians! LIE! a big lie. the real average income for a low income household (say a farmer / labourer ) in a rural setting is around 1500 us$ a year. and we have a huge selection of smartphones that cost less than 100$ ( see xiaomi redmi prime 2). 3g plans (where available) cost 1-2 $ per gigabyte per month. So essentially anyone who wants to use a smartphone CAN afford it and use it (NOTE: the cost of living in a rural setting is way low compared to western countries- and according to the indian govt is 1-2$ for a (classified poor) family ).카지노사이트 The problem for net access in india is not the cost of entry (usually a smartphone) or even the cost of data, but it is connectivity- the country is quite large and though most of the land mass has 2g connectivity, 3g is a rarity in the rural setting. The private telecom players do not find the rural market profitable for 3g services as they need larger infrastructure to cater to the same amount of customers. SO is Mr.Zuckerberg really addressing these problems? in two words, HELL, NO!
    333 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • It's become unbearable these days. full page, front page ads on leading dailies, web ads on youtube, ads on leading news channels, and that nagging notification when you open facebook. Handshakes with the prime minister..... 인터넷카지노 You want to destroy net neutrality and you want my help in doing so? please f*** off. I'm not dumb enough to see the business interests associated with a supposedly charitable program- you know that too, so why this sly marketing? Please don't show us (supposedly) underprivileged indians in your hideous ads (btw, if you are wondering, they are actors wearing particularly bad clothes and unkept hair). Please stop bombarding my mornings with full page front page newspaper ads (yes we still get our news from printed newspapers). 인터넷바카라 OK, but Mr.Zuckerberg wants to help underprivileged indians! LIE! a big lie. the real average income for a low income household (say a farmer / labourer ) in a rural setting is around 1500 us$ a year. and we have a huge selection of smartphones that cost less than 100$ ( see xiaomi redmi prime 2). 3g plans (where available) cost 1-2 $ per gigabyte per month. So essentially anyone who wants to use a smartphone CAN afford it and use it (NOTE: the cost of living in a rural setting is way low compared to western countries- and according to the indian govt is 1-2$ for a (classified poor) family ).카지노사이트 The problem for net access in india is not the cost of entry (usually a smartphone) or even the cost of data, but it is connectivity- the country is quite large and though most of the land mass has 2g connectivity, 3g is a rarity in the rural setting. The private telecom players do not find the rural market profitable for 3g services as they need larger infrastructure to cater to the same amount of customers. SO is Mr.Zuckerberg really addressing these problems? in two words, HELL, NO!
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  • 06 Sep 2018
    I like stories - short ones in particular. I write and publish 2-minute fictions on YouTube every day from pieces I post on Medium . 카지노사이트주소 When I heard about Amazon Video Direct earlier on today, I was pretty excited. It was written about as a YouTube competitor and, as much as I love YouTube, I was pretty keen to get in on AVD on the ground floor. Amazon just seemed like such a good place to publish short fiction videos; it's already the prime place for independent e-books, I thought it would be the perfect place for my video fictions. 바카라사이트주소 Now, I'm under no illusions - my stories are my pleasure, but they are never going to be a big earner for me. I write and record for the love of the story. Right now, I'm happy with that. But the thought of entering a less crowded marketplace was also appealing. I just want people to enjoy my work and AVD is so new, it is going to make discovery of my fictions a whole lot easier. Youtube's success comes partly from the fact that it is so damn easy to upload. I teach 11 year old kids who do it better than me, because it just works well. But Amazon Video Direct is not only ugly, but cumbersome and (worst of all) insists you include when you upload. WHAT??! Ain't nobody got time for that. 안전놀이터 And this is why Amazon Video Direct is going to be a completely different kettle of fish to YouTube. YouTube is for everyone; AVD is for those who are serious about their work. Sure, it might end up meaning a smaller, but better quality, selection of videos - but it is never going to have the reach and cultural penetration of YouTube.
    86 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I like stories - short ones in particular. I write and publish 2-minute fictions on YouTube every day from pieces I post on Medium . 카지노사이트주소 When I heard about Amazon Video Direct earlier on today, I was pretty excited. It was written about as a YouTube competitor and, as much as I love YouTube, I was pretty keen to get in on AVD on the ground floor. Amazon just seemed like such a good place to publish short fiction videos; it's already the prime place for independent e-books, I thought it would be the perfect place for my video fictions. 바카라사이트주소 Now, I'm under no illusions - my stories are my pleasure, but they are never going to be a big earner for me. I write and record for the love of the story. Right now, I'm happy with that. But the thought of entering a less crowded marketplace was also appealing. I just want people to enjoy my work and AVD is so new, it is going to make discovery of my fictions a whole lot easier. Youtube's success comes partly from the fact that it is so damn easy to upload. I teach 11 year old kids who do it better than me, because it just works well. But Amazon Video Direct is not only ugly, but cumbersome and (worst of all) insists you include when you upload. WHAT??! Ain't nobody got time for that. 안전놀이터 And this is why Amazon Video Direct is going to be a completely different kettle of fish to YouTube. YouTube is for everyone; AVD is for those who are serious about their work. Sure, it might end up meaning a smaller, but better quality, selection of videos - but it is never going to have the reach and cultural penetration of YouTube.
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  • 06 Sep 2018
    Facebook looks certainly like company hellbent on changing how human beings interact with each other. 인터넷카지노 There are close to 1.5 billion people who now use Facebook on one or more of the available platforms (Web and Apps), and if you include its subsidiaries/acquisitions such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Oculus, then that pool of users grows significantly. Facebook introduced live broadcast on its news feed enabling users to share videos with their followers in real time. However, I can't stop to imagine that Facebook could do more with its live video streaming feature by adding more functions. Chances are that some of the functions could be in the works already behind the scenes, which means we could see them soon. But that hasn't happened yet. 카지노사이트 Facebook has the potential to top that list of the world's largest companies by market capitalization by the year 2020, especially if it can fully utilize its addressable market. One of the things that Facebook could add to live video is conferencing and group discussions. It can integrate these features to be visible in the on pop out window broadcast. This would allow the company to broaden the services offered thereby giving it a chance to even challenge other platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. With the modern work environment shifting from the physical offices to cloud computing, this feature might actually become a realistic revenue contributor to Facebook's business model. 인터넷바카라 In summary, Facebook's live video broadcast feature could be made better by a dding more functions as pointed out. It's a great product with great potential of making a difference in the company in dollar terms.
    66 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Facebook looks certainly like company hellbent on changing how human beings interact with each other. 인터넷카지노 There are close to 1.5 billion people who now use Facebook on one or more of the available platforms (Web and Apps), and if you include its subsidiaries/acquisitions such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Oculus, then that pool of users grows significantly. Facebook introduced live broadcast on its news feed enabling users to share videos with their followers in real time. However, I can't stop to imagine that Facebook could do more with its live video streaming feature by adding more functions. Chances are that some of the functions could be in the works already behind the scenes, which means we could see them soon. But that hasn't happened yet. 카지노사이트 Facebook has the potential to top that list of the world's largest companies by market capitalization by the year 2020, especially if it can fully utilize its addressable market. One of the things that Facebook could add to live video is conferencing and group discussions. It can integrate these features to be visible in the on pop out window broadcast. This would allow the company to broaden the services offered thereby giving it a chance to even challenge other platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. With the modern work environment shifting from the physical offices to cloud computing, this feature might actually become a realistic revenue contributor to Facebook's business model. 인터넷바카라 In summary, Facebook's live video broadcast feature could be made better by a dding more functions as pointed out. It's a great product with great potential of making a difference in the company in dollar terms.
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  • 06 Sep 2018
    I found this article off of Gizmodo today, called "Use This Tool to See If Your Name Was Used to Support Net Neutrality Repeal," and was interested to see if mine was. While I am very much in favor of Net Neutrality, 인터넷카지노 I never posted any comment on the orginal proposal, so any use of my name would be false. So I clicked the link, which took me to this page. I put in my name and, lo-and-behold, comments came up. Actually, seven comments came up. One of them didn't have any trace of my name in it (weird, but whatever), and another seemed to be from a real person who just shared my name (bad grammar, misspellings, "u" for "you" and such, etc.), so those two passed my cursory examination. 인터넷바카라 It was the other 5 comments that used my exact name (and, for one of them, my address) and several pre-generated variations of anti-NN comments that made me VERY angry. Now, I somewhat understand; my name is remarkably close to a very commonly used "filler" name (a variation that is similar in nature to "Jon Smith" and "John Smith"), so it's not that far-fetched that they just used variations on that name. But 5 times? Come on, that's obscene. I'm a pretty internet-active citizen, so it makes sense that my name would be a pretty easy choice, but it's not right. 카지노사이트 I urge you to check it out, put your name in to see if it's been used fraudulently, and to report usage. If you don't know anything about Net Neutrality, please go learn, either from my post from earlier this year, or the hundreds of professionalvideos and articles. It's a really big deal, so please keep educated. Then go call your local officials to demand answers as to why, in a month, we might be living in a completely different internet.
    127 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I found this article off of Gizmodo today, called "Use This Tool to See If Your Name Was Used to Support Net Neutrality Repeal," and was interested to see if mine was. While I am very much in favor of Net Neutrality, 인터넷카지노 I never posted any comment on the orginal proposal, so any use of my name would be false. So I clicked the link, which took me to this page. I put in my name and, lo-and-behold, comments came up. Actually, seven comments came up. One of them didn't have any trace of my name in it (weird, but whatever), and another seemed to be from a real person who just shared my name (bad grammar, misspellings, "u" for "you" and such, etc.), so those two passed my cursory examination. 인터넷바카라 It was the other 5 comments that used my exact name (and, for one of them, my address) and several pre-generated variations of anti-NN comments that made me VERY angry. Now, I somewhat understand; my name is remarkably close to a very commonly used "filler" name (a variation that is similar in nature to "Jon Smith" and "John Smith"), so it's not that far-fetched that they just used variations on that name. But 5 times? Come on, that's obscene. I'm a pretty internet-active citizen, so it makes sense that my name would be a pretty easy choice, but it's not right. 카지노사이트 I urge you to check it out, put your name in to see if it's been used fraudulently, and to report usage. If you don't know anything about Net Neutrality, please go learn, either from my post from earlier this year, or the hundreds of professionalvideos and articles. It's a really big deal, so please keep educated. Then go call your local officials to demand answers as to why, in a month, we might be living in a completely different internet.
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  • 06 Sep 2018
    I'm sure most of us have heard about the mission to save the 12 Thai boys and their coach who were trapped in a cave. It's been in the headlines for a couple weeks. What's also grabbed headlines is Musk's attempt to have his team engineer a sub that could help the divers save the boys and the coach. 온라인바카라 What's also grabbed headlines is Musk's attempt to have his team engineer a sub that could help the divers save the boys and the coach. First, the rescue chief calls Musk's sub impractical. In response, Musk questions the rescue chiefs knowledge on the matter. This is rude and shouldn't have been done, but not the end of the world. Frankly, he should have just provided proof that his sub is practical and would have been capable of saving the 12 children and the coach. 카지노사이트주소 Then, because a diver and cave explorer (no he didn't dive this time, but offered expertise on the cave's structure and mapping) had the audacity to call Musk's sub a PR stunt and told him to "stick it where it hurts", he responds by calling the diver a pedo. You cannot make this stuff up. I think the diver had some harsh words for Musk, who once again could have simply set the record straight without resorting to libel. Now he's opened himself up to a lawsuit. 바카라사이트주소 This is obviously disturbing behavior from a CEO of multiple companies. I'm not sure how anyone can read what he tweeted and still defend him. The best thing he can do at this point is to apologize and hand his Twitter account over to a PR team. Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company would benefit from having a focused CEO, not one that's unhinged on Twitter. Edited to add the diver's unmentioned childish comment.
    128 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I'm sure most of us have heard about the mission to save the 12 Thai boys and their coach who were trapped in a cave. It's been in the headlines for a couple weeks. What's also grabbed headlines is Musk's attempt to have his team engineer a sub that could help the divers save the boys and the coach. 온라인바카라 What's also grabbed headlines is Musk's attempt to have his team engineer a sub that could help the divers save the boys and the coach. First, the rescue chief calls Musk's sub impractical. In response, Musk questions the rescue chiefs knowledge on the matter. This is rude and shouldn't have been done, but not the end of the world. Frankly, he should have just provided proof that his sub is practical and would have been capable of saving the 12 children and the coach. 카지노사이트주소 Then, because a diver and cave explorer (no he didn't dive this time, but offered expertise on the cave's structure and mapping) had the audacity to call Musk's sub a PR stunt and told him to "stick it where it hurts", he responds by calling the diver a pedo. You cannot make this stuff up. I think the diver had some harsh words for Musk, who once again could have simply set the record straight without resorting to libel. Now he's opened himself up to a lawsuit. 바카라사이트주소 This is obviously disturbing behavior from a CEO of multiple companies. I'm not sure how anyone can read what he tweeted and still defend him. The best thing he can do at this point is to apologize and hand his Twitter account over to a PR team. Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company would benefit from having a focused CEO, not one that's unhinged on Twitter. Edited to add the diver's unmentioned childish comment.
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  • 06 Sep 2018
    The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) takes a serious view of such offences. 인터넷바카라 We adopt a multi-pronged approach through deterrent laws, stringent border checks as well as inland enforcement. We regularly conduct raids (an average of more than 100 monthly) targeted at immigration offenders, harbourers and employers of immigration offenders.  We collaborate closely with agencies such as the Singapore Police Force and the Ministry of Manpower in our enforcement efforts. 카지노사이트 The public can play a part by not offering employment or shelter to immigration offenders.   Home owners should exercise due diligence in checking the status of their foreign tenants, before signing or renewing their tenancy agreements. They should also check if their tenant has sublet rooms illegally. Members of the public with information on immigration offenders can report via the ICA website or call 1800-391-6150. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence. Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane. 온라인카지노 If anyone is found guilty of recklessly or knowingly harbouring overstayers or illegal immigrants, he may be sentenced to a jail term of between six months and two years and a fine of up to $6,000. If a person is found guilty of negligently harbouring overstayers or illegal immigrants, he may be sentenced to a jail term of up to 12 months, or a fine of up to $6,000, or both.  
    81 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) takes a serious view of such offences. 인터넷바카라 We adopt a multi-pronged approach through deterrent laws, stringent border checks as well as inland enforcement. We regularly conduct raids (an average of more than 100 monthly) targeted at immigration offenders, harbourers and employers of immigration offenders.  We collaborate closely with agencies such as the Singapore Police Force and the Ministry of Manpower in our enforcement efforts. 카지노사이트 The public can play a part by not offering employment or shelter to immigration offenders.   Home owners should exercise due diligence in checking the status of their foreign tenants, before signing or renewing their tenancy agreements. They should also check if their tenant has sublet rooms illegally. Members of the public with information on immigration offenders can report via the ICA website or call 1800-391-6150. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence. Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane. 온라인카지노 If anyone is found guilty of recklessly or knowingly harbouring overstayers or illegal immigrants, he may be sentenced to a jail term of between six months and two years and a fine of up to $6,000. If a person is found guilty of negligently harbouring overstayers or illegal immigrants, he may be sentenced to a jail term of up to 12 months, or a fine of up to $6,000, or both.  
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    In January, I had requested a copy of the estimated payout from the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Life scheme from the age of 65 to 70. 카지노사이트주소 Last month, I again wrote to the CPF Board for an update of the estimated payout. Since interest would have accrued, I was curious to know what the new increased payout would be. To my horror, the new estimated payout amount was lower than that in January. 바카라사이트주소 My immediate thought was that there might have been an unauthorised withdrawal from my CPF Retirement Account (RA). I logged in to my CPF account, and, to my relief, found that the amount in the RA remained untouched. Feeling puzzled as to why the payout was lower when the RA amount remained the same (without the interest accrued), I wrote to the CPF Board for clarification. After a few days, a CPF staff member called and explained that the computation method used for the payout in the month of January was different from the one used in July. But he could not explain why, as the computation was carried out by a different department. 안전놀이터 I hope that the CPF Board can be more transparent and consistent in the processing of our CPF Life payouts. It is very difficult for a layman to accept that the same amount in the RA will give a lesser payout as time passes. This defieslogic. There is interest accrued as time goes by, and so the payout should be more (regardless of how insignificant it is).
    57 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • In January, I had requested a copy of the estimated payout from the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Life scheme from the age of 65 to 70. 카지노사이트주소 Last month, I again wrote to the CPF Board for an update of the estimated payout. Since interest would have accrued, I was curious to know what the new increased payout would be. To my horror, the new estimated payout amount was lower than that in January. 바카라사이트주소 My immediate thought was that there might have been an unauthorised withdrawal from my CPF Retirement Account (RA). I logged in to my CPF account, and, to my relief, found that the amount in the RA remained untouched. Feeling puzzled as to why the payout was lower when the RA amount remained the same (without the interest accrued), I wrote to the CPF Board for clarification. After a few days, a CPF staff member called and explained that the computation method used for the payout in the month of January was different from the one used in July. But he could not explain why, as the computation was carried out by a different department. 안전놀이터 I hope that the CPF Board can be more transparent and consistent in the processing of our CPF Life payouts. It is very difficult for a layman to accept that the same amount in the RA will give a lesser payout as time passes. This defieslogic. There is interest accrued as time goes by, and so the payout should be more (regardless of how insignificant it is).
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    As a father of three, I can imagine the anger and frustration felt by his parents, in particular his mother who rightfully pointed out that the punishment should serve as a deterrent for the sake of future full-time national servicemen (NSFs) who may be subject to similar treatment. 온라인카지노 What confounds me is the lack of common sense on the part of the commanders who chose to conduct a run a day before the fast march in the belief that it would "enhance fitness and foster cohesion". In order to perform well in physically strenuous activities, we need sufficient rest. In this case, not only did they conduct a run the day before but they also chose to spot check the soldiers after lights out. Based on a few soldiers using their phones, the whole platoon was punished. 온라인카지노   If the commander felt the need to punish them, couldn't the punishment have been meted out after the fast march? Again, common sense was lacking. The next question is, was the punishment in proportion to the so-called offence. Push-ups, crunches, sprints, bear crawls and leopard crawls done in the middle of the night are cruel and unnecessary punishment. This punishment, carried out the night before the fast march, would have added to the physical, mental and emotional stress of the soldiers. Although the Committee of Inquiry (COI) reports that the soldiers had six hours and 15 minutes of sleep, this is based on the time they went to bed after the punishment. No one knows how long they took to fall asleep and how many of them actually had restful sleep after undergoing such punishment. 카지노사이트 Although the COI seems to focus on other factors, including measures to prevent heat injuries and reduce the delay in getting medical attention, the fact remains that CFC Lee's death was mostly caused by the irresponsible and unprofessional behaviour of his commanders. We need to send a strong message to those who would perpetrate such offences that the law will come down very hard on them.
    77 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • As a father of three, I can imagine the anger and frustration felt by his parents, in particular his mother who rightfully pointed out that the punishment should serve as a deterrent for the sake of future full-time national servicemen (NSFs) who may be subject to similar treatment. 온라인카지노 What confounds me is the lack of common sense on the part of the commanders who chose to conduct a run a day before the fast march in the belief that it would "enhance fitness and foster cohesion". In order to perform well in physically strenuous activities, we need sufficient rest. In this case, not only did they conduct a run the day before but they also chose to spot check the soldiers after lights out. Based on a few soldiers using their phones, the whole platoon was punished. 온라인카지노   If the commander felt the need to punish them, couldn't the punishment have been meted out after the fast march? Again, common sense was lacking. The next question is, was the punishment in proportion to the so-called offence. Push-ups, crunches, sprints, bear crawls and leopard crawls done in the middle of the night are cruel and unnecessary punishment. This punishment, carried out the night before the fast march, would have added to the physical, mental and emotional stress of the soldiers. Although the Committee of Inquiry (COI) reports that the soldiers had six hours and 15 minutes of sleep, this is based on the time they went to bed after the punishment. No one knows how long they took to fall asleep and how many of them actually had restful sleep after undergoing such punishment. 카지노사이트 Although the COI seems to focus on other factors, including measures to prevent heat injuries and reduce the delay in getting medical attention, the fact remains that CFC Lee's death was mostly caused by the irresponsible and unprofessional behaviour of his commanders. We need to send a strong message to those who would perpetrate such offences that the law will come down very hard on them.
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    The Committee of Inquiry report on Corporal First Class (CFC) Dave Lee Han Xuan's death raises some disturbing questions regarding the safety procedures and treatment of heatstroke in the Singapore Armed Forces. 카지노사이트주소 First, why was full-time national serviceman (NSF) Lee treated for physical exhaustion instead of heatstroke after his fast march? Surely it would have been easier to treat it as the latter first and downgrade it otherwise. Next, why was his platoon subjected to physical punishment the same night after a run? 바카라사이트주소 In Singapore's hot weather, CFC Lee and his fellow soldiers had to undergo three physiologically demanding activities in less than 24 hours. Finally, mistake upon error ultimately led to the death of CFC Lee. 안전놀이터 Where were the unit's senior commanders and why didn't anyone intervene on the troops' behalf to stop this or at least ensure there were sufficient safety measures in place?
    105 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The Committee of Inquiry report on Corporal First Class (CFC) Dave Lee Han Xuan's death raises some disturbing questions regarding the safety procedures and treatment of heatstroke in the Singapore Armed Forces. 카지노사이트주소 First, why was full-time national serviceman (NSF) Lee treated for physical exhaustion instead of heatstroke after his fast march? Surely it would have been easier to treat it as the latter first and downgrade it otherwise. Next, why was his platoon subjected to physical punishment the same night after a run? 바카라사이트주소 In Singapore's hot weather, CFC Lee and his fellow soldiers had to undergo three physiologically demanding activities in less than 24 hours. Finally, mistake upon error ultimately led to the death of CFC Lee. 안전놀이터 Where were the unit's senior commanders and why didn't anyone intervene on the troops' behalf to stop this or at least ensure there were sufficient safety measures in place?
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    At the same time, Dr Yik's letter should encourage Singaporeans to think carefully about the role that opposition parties should play in our society. 카지노사이트 Singaporeans will not be content with just having a voice. They need a plan and want to see a clear direction. Banners and slogans will neither address the concerns of Singaporeans nor fix the country's problems. We have to recognise that real, meaningful change is not made from condensing complex and difficult national problems into simple political catchphrases. 온라인카지노 Instead, it is brought about by addressing these problems directly and solving them through sound policies and competent governance.   Yes, lending an ear to the people is undeniably important - and leaders of all stripes should strive to do so. But the work does not end there. Rather, it is only the beginning: Having heard the people, actions have to be taken promptly. Leaders from opposition parties should not be telling people only about "what went wrong". They should also tell Singaporeans "what to do" and, more importantly, "how to do it". Words and resolutions without solutions are nothing more than castles in the air. 온라인바카라 Opposition parties should be less a political force to oppose than a constructive bloc to propose new and innovative solutions to remedy the country's problems. Major pieces of a constructive political or governance architecture always comprise strong leadership and clear direction. They are never built upon mere rhetoric and pithy talk. The last thing that Singaporeans would want is a political landscape dabbed by specks of parochial party interests and political bickering devoid of form and meaning. Despite the fact that a coalition of opposition parties may be in the making, it still comes down to having policies and proposals for real, meaningful change to make the difference.
    82 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • At the same time, Dr Yik's letter should encourage Singaporeans to think carefully about the role that opposition parties should play in our society. 카지노사이트 Singaporeans will not be content with just having a voice. They need a plan and want to see a clear direction. Banners and slogans will neither address the concerns of Singaporeans nor fix the country's problems. We have to recognise that real, meaningful change is not made from condensing complex and difficult national problems into simple political catchphrases. 온라인카지노 Instead, it is brought about by addressing these problems directly and solving them through sound policies and competent governance.   Yes, lending an ear to the people is undeniably important - and leaders of all stripes should strive to do so. But the work does not end there. Rather, it is only the beginning: Having heard the people, actions have to be taken promptly. Leaders from opposition parties should not be telling people only about "what went wrong". They should also tell Singaporeans "what to do" and, more importantly, "how to do it". Words and resolutions without solutions are nothing more than castles in the air. 온라인바카라 Opposition parties should be less a political force to oppose than a constructive bloc to propose new and innovative solutions to remedy the country's problems. Major pieces of a constructive political or governance architecture always comprise strong leadership and clear direction. They are never built upon mere rhetoric and pithy talk. The last thing that Singaporeans would want is a political landscape dabbed by specks of parochial party interests and political bickering devoid of form and meaning. Despite the fact that a coalition of opposition parties may be in the making, it still comes down to having policies and proposals for real, meaningful change to make the difference.
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    I do not deny that there have been attempts to encourage re-employment. 바카라사이트 However, the glacial pace of progress has cast doubts on whether these have really been effective or supportive. In addition, despite the efforts of agencies advocating fair employment and non-discriminatory employment, unfair practices exist with very little recourse for the mature employee. For example, despite an employee doing exactly the same job, there are employers that extract a pay cut the moment that employee crosses a certain age - and the guidelines do not prohibit it. 인터넷카지노 It is in the national interest that re-employment efforts be given some teeth without further delay.   The measures thus far have been more business-friendly than fair. As corporate citizens, businesses have a responsibility to ensure that willing, able-bodied Singaporeans are employed. This has become more pressing given our ageing population. Furthermore, it is no encouragement that despite the longstanding tripartite engagement and despite the efforts of Cabinet ministers helming the NTUC, employers still have to be encouraged to re-employ fairly. 인터넷바카라 It has been at least a decade since re-employment was mooted. Either the Government is being too soft on employers or the employers are not taking the Government seriously.
    124 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I do not deny that there have been attempts to encourage re-employment. 바카라사이트 However, the glacial pace of progress has cast doubts on whether these have really been effective or supportive. In addition, despite the efforts of agencies advocating fair employment and non-discriminatory employment, unfair practices exist with very little recourse for the mature employee. For example, despite an employee doing exactly the same job, there are employers that extract a pay cut the moment that employee crosses a certain age - and the guidelines do not prohibit it. 인터넷카지노 It is in the national interest that re-employment efforts be given some teeth without further delay.   The measures thus far have been more business-friendly than fair. As corporate citizens, businesses have a responsibility to ensure that willing, able-bodied Singaporeans are employed. This has become more pressing given our ageing population. Furthermore, it is no encouragement that despite the longstanding tripartite engagement and despite the efforts of Cabinet ministers helming the NTUC, employers still have to be encouraged to re-employ fairly. 인터넷바카라 It has been at least a decade since re-employment was mooted. Either the Government is being too soft on employers or the employers are not taking the Government seriously.
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    I agree with Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi that the design of our social and family development policies should be based on hard evidence, rather than stereotypes, generalisations and misconceptions. 카지노사이트주소 Unfortunately, a framework that advocates universal benefits without any conditions seems a tad simplistic and naive as it does not take into account the vagaries of human nature. Like Mr Chan, I am all for assisting those who are truly in need, including through a programme of guided and assisted self-reliance. But, it is just as important for us to acknowledge that not all hardship cases occur because of events beyond an individual's control. Hard evidence from some cases do point to poor choices as well as a penchant for free-ridership and a crutch mentality. 안전놀이터 It does not mean that help should not be rendered to such individuals or families. But it certainly means that help should not be dished out to them unconditionally and indefinitely.   What isa disservice to "fellow Singaporeans who are struggling daily with harsh realities in one of the world's richest city states" is a system that hands out grants indiscriminately, especially when such public funds could be channelled to those most in need. 바카라사이트주소  The sooner "bleeding heart liberals" eschew the melodramatic stereotyping of citizens in distress as mere victims of the system who are doing their utmost to make ends meet, the more credible their cause will be.
    125 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I agree with Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi that the design of our social and family development policies should be based on hard evidence, rather than stereotypes, generalisations and misconceptions. 카지노사이트주소 Unfortunately, a framework that advocates universal benefits without any conditions seems a tad simplistic and naive as it does not take into account the vagaries of human nature. Like Mr Chan, I am all for assisting those who are truly in need, including through a programme of guided and assisted self-reliance. But, it is just as important for us to acknowledge that not all hardship cases occur because of events beyond an individual's control. Hard evidence from some cases do point to poor choices as well as a penchant for free-ridership and a crutch mentality. 안전놀이터 It does not mean that help should not be rendered to such individuals or families. But it certainly means that help should not be dished out to them unconditionally and indefinitely.   What isa disservice to "fellow Singaporeans who are struggling daily with harsh realities in one of the world's richest city states" is a system that hands out grants indiscriminately, especially when such public funds could be channelled to those most in need. 바카라사이트주소  The sooner "bleeding heart liberals" eschew the melodramatic stereotyping of citizens in distress as mere victims of the system who are doing their utmost to make ends meet, the more credible their cause will be.
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  • 05 Sep 2018
    Whether 17-year-old Ben Davis should be granted national service deferment to pursue what is deemed by some to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a football career with English Premier League side Fulham has raised different perspectives among Singaporeans. 바카라사이트주소 I am disappointed to hear Ben is playing as an English national for the football club despite his Singaporean citizenship. The family was also non-committal about a possible return date, and made it dependent on whether his contract would be renewed. Deferring an individual on these grounds would be very unfair to those who have had to forego similar distinguished opportunities in order to dutifully serve NS. 안전놀이터 If NS is necessary to ensure Singapore's continued peace and prosperity, then the principles of national security, universality and equity that underpin NS must not be compromised. My family and I had the opportunity to watch the National Day Parade preview last weekend.   More than a parade and a show, it was a strong symbol of what the past and present generations of servicemen continue to defend - Singapore's freedom and sovereignty. 바카라사이트 A strict adherence to the said principles is why we can commit to NS, and why NS has continued to be the backbone of our defence since the early years of our independence. It is one of the reasons why we have been able to celebrate Singapore's National Day year after year, for the last 53 years.
    57 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Whether 17-year-old Ben Davis should be granted national service deferment to pursue what is deemed by some to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a football career with English Premier League side Fulham has raised different perspectives among Singaporeans. 바카라사이트주소 I am disappointed to hear Ben is playing as an English national for the football club despite his Singaporean citizenship. The family was also non-committal about a possible return date, and made it dependent on whether his contract would be renewed. Deferring an individual on these grounds would be very unfair to those who have had to forego similar distinguished opportunities in order to dutifully serve NS. 안전놀이터 If NS is necessary to ensure Singapore's continued peace and prosperity, then the principles of national security, universality and equity that underpin NS must not be compromised. My family and I had the opportunity to watch the National Day Parade preview last weekend.   More than a parade and a show, it was a strong symbol of what the past and present generations of servicemen continue to defend - Singapore's freedom and sovereignty. 바카라사이트 A strict adherence to the said principles is why we can commit to NS, and why NS has continued to be the backbone of our defence since the early years of our independence. It is one of the reasons why we have been able to celebrate Singapore's National Day year after year, for the last 53 years.
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