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redbean



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Singaporean core

Strong core of Singaporean academics needed to ask ‘critical questions’: NMP
“Singaporeans must be in charge of asking the critical questions about who we are, what the problems in society are, and how to solve them. We have always said that no one owes us a living. But no one owes us an answer either, about the key questions of our society and economy," said Associate Professor Walter Theseira. Today paper
What did Walter Theseira mean by this? Singaporeans must be in charge and asking critical questions about who we are, what the problems in our society and how to solve them?
Look around you will know that many foreigners are in charge in the govt and in govt linked companies. And when they asked critical questions or tried to solve our problems would they be thinking about the interest of Singaporeans or about their comrades in their homeland, especially for the new citizens? How many of these foreigners turned new citizens are using the power given to them to hire more and more of their former countrymen to replace Singaporeans? Are they solving Singapore’s problems or the problems of their former countries?
What about asking critical questions? Look at the editorial pages, the supposedly important pages that dealt with serious issues, domestic and foreign news, and who were the writers, Singaporeans or foreigners with their biased and mischievous agenda and thoughts that may be actually undermining the interests of Singapore and Singaporeans. Yes, they are foreign agents trying to influence our minds and policies and paid knowingly or unknowingly by Singapore to influence Singaporeans and even govt policies.
Why must the serious pages of our main media be written by foreigners with their agenda that may not be to our national interests? No one owes us a living, would these foreigners think they owe it to us to think in our interest? We don’t owe these foreigners a living to pay them to write and think for us. And looking at their biased views, and often western tainted views or propaganda, it is money wasted that could be put to better use paying our Singaporeans to write and think for us. Though many Singaporean writers may still be young and lack the depth, if we don’t give them the opportunity, how are they going to earn their spurs?
This is like the banking industries, if we don’t give Singaporeans the chance to be CEOs and keep on giving such chances to foreigners, how are Singaporeans to be CEOs of our local banks? Give foreigners Singapore citizens to call them Singaporeans is a farce, a sell out of Singaporean interests.
Theseira has a very serious point to make. Singaporeans must think for ourselves and not allow foreigners to think for us. Singaporeans must be in charge, not fake Singaporeans, not instant Singaporeans whose loyalty is questionable.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More instant trees needed in Singapore football
'But Singapore-based AFC Pro Diploma holders have, rather ironically, moved on to other Asean countries, probably because of a lack of home-grown appreciation, such as Micheal Wong (Technical Director, Laos), V. Sundramoorthy (Head Coach, Laos), P. N. Sivaji (Technical Director, Hantharwady United FC, Myanmar) and Robert Lim (previously, youth development in Thailand & Vietnam). Other prominent names out of town are AFC “A”-Licence holders Aidil Shahrin (Head Coach, Kedah, Malaysia) and Stephen Ng (Head, Youth Development, Brunei)...

Another former national coach, who declines to be named, says the “top-qualified coaches should be pushed to the S-League clubs which is the pinnacle of Singapore football”. He adds: “The answer is not always with foreign coaches as we’ve experimented with so many from Trevor Hartley, Micheal Walker, Burkhard Ziese, Jan Poulsen, Barry Whitbread, Raddy Avramovic, Bernd Stange, Slobodan Pavkovic and Michel Sablon”.

Jan Poulsen, the ex-Denmark coach who was with the Danes’ Euro 1992-winning team, says: “Basically I agree with Vincent Subramaniam. In order to get football to progress you must have a good infrastructure, good coaches, a good youth development structure (competitive leagues) and a common philosophy – the Singapore way...'

Oops, I think the above is from thenewpaper or Today. Misplaced the source.

What is the Singapore way? More Singaporeans or more foreigners, more instant trees? By the look of it, the Singapore way is about replacing Singaporeans with foreigners. They are now looking for another national coach. Are they going to bring in another foreigner to do the same again? For so many years, have they not wasted enough money on the foreign myth, that a foreign coach could turn Ah Meng into a football star? Stupidity is about repeating the same mistake over and over again.

Very likely until today they still have no clue why the Singapore football is in the current state of affair, going no where. And they are desperately hoping that a foreigner could tell them what is wrong and how to turn half baked footballers into world beaters.

Bet you, another foreigner is likely to be on the way here to collect his big fat pay for another few years and Singapore football would be where it is from today until he left laughing to the bank.

The football fraternity are completely lost in coming out with a solution other than repeating the same old trick over and over again. In this case, perhaps you need to bring in a bunch of system engineers, completely clean heads, with no historical baggages, to take a fresh look at the problems and try something new. The same old heads and minds would not be able to see through the veil they covered themselves and no breakthrough is likely to come about.

Maybe a super talent politician could do the trick. It is possible to spend a few billions, like buying the F35s, to buy a complete international team to win football matches. Or at least it would awe the competition that we have the best money can buy.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Govt log in data on sale
Front page news of thenewpaper read like this, ‘Govt log-in data on sale on dark web – Email addresses and passwords were ‘not leaked from government systems but from officers who used them for personal purposes’. Ok, the data were not leaked, but using them for private purposes would only reveal the email addresses, how did the passwords got ‘leaked’ or stolen? Passwords are not things that are laid in the open to be picked up.
The article said among the agencies named by a Russian cyber security company IB ‘were the Government Technology Agency(Gov-Tech), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the Singapore Police Force. MOH has been in the news for losing 1.5 million SingHealth patients’ personal data, including Hsien loong’s, also breaches including illegal access of 72 HealthHub accounts and the infamous ‘leaked of information of 14,200 patients from the HIV Registry and improper handling of data belonging to more than 800,000 blood donors by a vendor last week’.
First question, were these leaked or stolen information arising from hacking by external sources? Or were they leaked by internal sources, or were they leaked due to mishandling or mismanagement? The ways the data were leaked or stolen have different implications. If from external sources hacking into the system, that is a protection problem, poor firewalls or anti hacking systems installed. If from internal sources, then who were the parties involved, Singaporeans, locals or foreigners hired to maintain the IT systems, or if due to mishandling or mismanagement, like the HIV case, the culprits and problems are different and needed to deal with differently.
The most frightening and dangerous part in the chain of IT protection is internal sources. Like they said, it is very difficult to prevent theft from within, thieves living inside the premises.
So what is what? Were the problems highlighted, with so many ministries involved, a matter of officers using their govt emails freely, indiscriminately, showing off their passwords to everyone, or was this a more serious problem that cannot be brushed away so simply and innocently? Cannot tell, don’t want to tell or telling it as something so innocuous?
Smart city with smart people or dumb city with dumb people?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No jokes please, this is Singapore
Edmund Zhong, 20, saw the news clip of the Australian Senator Fraser Anning being hit on the head by a youth with an egg and made a comment in his Facebook ‘I wanna do that to K. Shanmugam. I awear.’ This posting, to him it was a joke, was taken very seriously by the police saying a report was lodged against Zhong for the comment. And Edmund is now assisting the police in their investigation ‘for the offence of communicating an electronic record to incite violence under Section267C of the Penal Code.
This has sent a cold chill down my spine knowing the numerous comments in my blog. KNNCCB, please be warned that no jokes like this is allowed in my blog. Please, please, be very sensitive about other people’s feelings and fear of being attacked. Do not make this kind of jokes in my blog and also, as a piece of friendly advice, not in any where in Singapore. Everything is taken very seriously and all it needs is ‘somebody’ to make a police report against you and you will be in deep shit.
Now let’s here what our brilliant and learned lawyers have to say about this comment by Edmund. Ashwin Ganapathy, a lawyer, said this, and I quote from the ST, ‘The violence is not just in persuading or suggesting. It must go further. It must at least instigate, spur or stimulate vigorously an action.’ Sure, and the police must investigate to see if the comment will at least instigate, spur or stimulate vigorously an action, ie, you will be invited by our friendly police to assist in their investigation. If you want to avoid this, please take my advice, no jokes please, especially against political leaders or rulers in Singapore even if you subscribe to the legal view of Ashwin who had this to add, ‘Saying that you want to egg Mr Shanmugam, without doing or saying anything more, is unlikely to fall within the ambit of the provision(S267C?)’. I am very kiasi and kiasu, so I would avoid making such jokes even with this assurance from Ashwin.
Ok, another view by a criminal lawyer, Rajan Supramaniam, ‘the action taken by the police sought to send a strong signal against irresponsible and extreme Facebook postings…this action will serve as a deterrent…’ This is good advice for the kiasi and kiasu Singaporeans. Just be careful, be very careful in what you post or say, always remember the OB markers.
Ok, you are free to take the advice of the lawyers or my advice on such matters. Not that I have not warned you, this is Singapore and Singapore law and Singapore is a rule by law country and it takes is law very seriously.
Thank you very much.
PS. When you post ‘fuck Matilah’ or ‘sodomise Matilah’ I hope no one would make a police report against you.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Investing in junks is gambling, $713m is placing big bets
The Asia Times reported last week (8 Mar) that Singapore’s Government Investment Corporation will subscribe to 50 billion rupees ($713 million) worth of Bharti Airtel’s rights issue in exchange for an approximately 5% stake in the latter. The Delhi-based Telecommunications Company is the second largest mobile network operator in India and the third largest in the world with operations. It has operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa.
Airtel said that the rights issue was initiated to “further strengthen our balance sheet with desired financial flexibility so as to meet future opportunities, particularly in the rapidly transforming Indian mobile market.””....


Just last week, Moody’s has lowered the credit rating of Bharti to “junk” grade Baa3 as it has concerns over weak cash flows over the next few quarters.
In the same article, Moody’s forsees that this would increase Airtel’s cost of borrowing by 30 to 50 basis points.
As at 31 Dec 2018, Airtel’s net debt stood at more than $15 against a Market Value of around $17.5 billion.
Would you invest in debt-heavy Airtel?

Above is TRE Editorial article.

Over a longer time frame of 25 years, the Indian rupee and Indonesian rupiah have fallen against S$ by 62% and 87% respectively. Philip Ang

People reading the above would have the impression that this kind of investment in junk status companies is bad. No need to think further. Why would anyone throw good money after bad money? This is the view of the common laymen, taking things superficially. This investment made good sense, just like buying all the junk American and western banks during the world financial crisis. It is a rare opportunity to be able to buy once good companies at junk prices.

Think long term, in the long run or long term, junk companies would turn from ashes to gold. The rupee too in the long term would turn up as India is the next super power. They claimed they had shot down a Pakistani fighter aircraft, which the Pakistani have proven to be a lie. They also claimed to have shot down a satellite, no one has proven that this is also a lie. Lie or truth, in the long term everything would be right or alright.

It takes geniuses to invest in junks and hoping to turn them into gold. It requires exceptional talent and foresight. This is better than venture capital investment where they hope to make one good killing after hundreds of failures. The principle of investing in junks or failed companies is the same. Sure one would be lucky after a few hundred misses and the one good junk stock could earn back all the monies lost. So do not worry about the hundreds of millions lost or billions lost in failed investments. In the long run, all the losses would be recouped with a few successes in junk stocks.

This is just my view, please feel free to disagree.
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garden on bus tops
'When I read this article about plants on top of buses, my immediate reaction was – what a bad idea. It will never work. It will take too much maintenence.

My common sense tells me that a better idea is to put solar panel on top of the buses. To keep the bus cool, it should be possible to have a cushion of air below the solar panel and the top of the buses. This works like a cladding to an office building. '

This was posted by Tan Kin Lian in the TRE.

A bad idea? Come on, this is excellent idea. Only exceptionally clever Singaporean thinkers can come up with such brilliant and worthy idea. Next, the follow up, would be to rear goats or chickens on top of bus tops, or have a little garden on every bus. Then instead of Garden City, they could rename it Rolling Garden City, and the whole world would fly here to see the Jewel and Rolling Gardens on bus tops.

And this is not the end, they will likely follow up to submit to UN World Heritage Board to accept this as our unique culture or idea, something better than those head kosong countries everyday trying to get themselves into the Guinness Book of Records.

The ultimate idea along this kind of thinking is to have a garden on the head of every Singaporean. Imagine what the creative mind of Singaporeans would take this idea to, flower heads, coconut heads,....The foreigners might not buy the idea, but daft Singaporeans would. Everything new is novel and worthy of doing, except serious stuff.

I dunno whether we have progressed or digressed with this kind of flirtatious dreams to be great, to achieve greatness, or stupid attention because there is nothing else better to do.

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