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Bill Gates's close friend and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died at the age of 65. He persuaded Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to develop operating system for computers. It was the best advice he had given to Gates.

Mr Allen is a billionaire with his stakes in Microsoft and he had given away US$2b to various charities and pledged to donate the bulk of it to charities when he dies.

A US judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says she had a sexual relationship Mr Trump in 2006.

She filed the case after the president tweeted that she had invented a story about being threatened for speaking out about the alleged affair.

But the judge ruled that the tweet was protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.

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Right after the Education Ministry's (MOE) announcement last month that it would be reducing the number of examinations for students in primary and secondary schools, tuition agency Gavin's Tuition quickly surveyed some of its students' parents to find out what they thought of the move.

Over 130 parents responded: While they appreciated the ministry's move to reduce stress on students, an overwhelming majority (90 per cent) said they were concerned this would make it harder for them to assess how their child was doing in school.

The reduction of mid-year examinations would not provide them with "a true gauge" of the child's academic performance in the earlier part of the school year, and they feared that it would lead to a "nasty surprise" at the year-end examinations, said the tuition centre's director Gavin Ng.

He added that parents whom he has spoken to were also largely in favour of keeping the centre's in-house mid-year and end-of-year examinations, which are set by its tutors, even though the schools are removing such examinations for certain levels.

And he has plans to meet the demand: Next year, the tuition centre is officially making available its in-house exams to students who are not enrolled with the centre. Anyone will be able sign up to take the exams for a fee.

He is also piloting a series of classes, known as "stress-free learning programmes" which focus "less on drilling" and more on experiential lessons, such as learning about robotics and coding.

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This query comes from a student:

I am currently in Millennia Institute (MI) pursuing the 3 year 'A' level course, fyi the school permits students to repeat once each year for their first 2 years there. Well I was already retained previously in J1, and since I have been scoring mostly U grades once more for most of the major assessments in J2, it means I will most likely get retained yet again. If (a big IF) I succeed in getting promoted to J3 eventually, I would been stuck in the same place for 5 whole years!!!!!!

Should I just quit now altogether and study elsewhere instead, say a polytechnic? Honestly I am very, very worried about having wasted an obscene amount of time compared to my peers with nothing to show for in the end if I hung around and screw up my 'A' levels......:( What should I do? Please do kindly advise, thanks.

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Food Glorious Food / Say Chiizu stretchy cheese toast review.......
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:06:41 pm »

Say Chiizu began life as a humble snack shack by Khun Jae and Khun Aor at Bangkok's night markets selling cheese fries, subsequently debuting at The Mall Ngamwongwan in Mueang Nonthaburi District. Fast forward to the present day, Say Chiizu has since become synonymous with stretchy cheese toasts snugly slotted in dinky yellow cum black open-faced packaging, and in 2018 "stretched" awareness of its offerings across oceans to land on the shores of Singapore courtesy of a franchise agreement reached (first takeaway kiosk at VivoCity commenced business on 15 January, with many more to follow).

Sampling and thoughts:

Good news: the cheese toasts (available in 6 flavours - original, chocolate, charcoal, strawberry, Nutella and Matcha) are only grilled to order, therefore your purchases are guaranteed warm and fresh. Not so good news: because things are whipped up on the spot, be prepared to hang around for up to 15 minutes if you have to jostle against other folks. As fate would have it, our less than nimble fingers couldn't quite articulate the tensile awesomeness of the cheese blend (comprising mozzarella and two other hush hush varieties) gestating within-hence the absence of foreplay photos herein.

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The best way to preserve hawker centres is to constantly patronize your favorite stalls, yes?


Be mindful of where you spend your moolah.

After news about what those social enterprise hawker centres were really up to broke, I've not had meals at any of those venues. These days I make a conscious decision to deny them my business and hit them where it hurts the most: their bottom line. The hawkers are the unfortunate collateral damage in this case and yes my heart cries for them. That being said, I still fervently pray such an unscrupulous business model will bleed cash so badly things will eventually get shut down.

Then again while a whole lot more folks must unite in this national boycott to foster such an outcome, I am positive this would prove to be far more effective than any bullshit government select committee set up to troubleshoot affairs .

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For years, Facebook grew in size and influence at a staggering rate. But recent reports suggest its hold on users — particularly in the developed world — may be weakening.

Globally, Facebook’s user numbers continue to rise steadily as more people in the developing world connect. In the United States, two in three adults use Facebook but that number has not changed for the past two years. In particular, the number of U.S. teens using Facebook is in decline.

According to the non-partisan Pew Research Center, 71 per cent of U.S. teens who are online used Facebook in 2015. Now, barely half say they do. Among those who remain, an increasing proportion seem to be trying to minimize their Facebook use, even as their use of other social media platforms such as Instagram appears to be on the rise.

As a researcher who studies the “digital divide,” I am concerned about how internet use varies from group to group and whether these differences have important consequences for society.

Why does this shift matter?

Many concerns have been raised about Facebook: it’s addictive, it collects (and distributes) too much personal data and it breeds jealousy and depression. It’s understandable that Facebook’s comeuppance is a cheery prospect to some. But as with any shift in behaviour, there will be winners and losers — and some surprises.

The shift away from Facebook to other social media is important because each service allows or encourages its users to do different things.

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IT WAS hardly a zinger. “Malaysia’s judges are more independent than Singapore’s for cases with political implications,” wrote Jolovan Wham, an activist, on Facebook on April 27th. On October 9th Singapore’s high court found him guilty of “scandalising the judiciary”. He was not the only rabble-rouser. John Tan, a politician from the opposition Singapore Democratic Party, had observed in May: “By charging Jolovan for scandalising the judiciary, the [Attorney-General’s Chambers] only confirms what he said was true.” Mr Tan was convicted of the same crime. The pair have not yet been sentenced, but face up to three years in prison and a fine of as much as S$100,000 ($72,000).

It is the first time that Singapore’s new, beefed-up contempt-of-court law has been used. The amendments came into force last October. One effect was to broaden the definition of scandalising the judiciary. Previously actions that posed a “real risk” of undermining public confidence in the courts were considered a crime. Now a mere “risk” will do. The changes also made the penalties more severe and expanded the scope of the rules to include social-media posts.

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Diners at the Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup restaurant were left bemused when a pornographic video was played on a TV set inside the eatery on Sunday (7 October).

The incident was caught on video by one of the Changi Road eatery’s patrons and ended up being circulated over the Internet. A mischievous diner is believed to have sent the video from his or her device to the TV via the restaurant’s Wi-Fi network.

Shin Min Daily News reported that the restaurant’s proprietors did not immediately notice the lewd film being aired on the screen, which depicted two men behaving intimately while lying on a bed dressed only in their underwear.

In the 12-second clip being shared online, a man and woman dining in the restaurant can be seen gawking at the TV screen while the video plays – what was running through their minds, we may never know.

Restaurant staff quickly turned off the TV set after a diner was spotted filming it with their phone. Staff members also said that they have since turned off the Wi-Fi in their restaurant to prevent such further mischief.

News, Current Affairs Discussions / States Times Review to shut down!!!!!
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:32:24 pm »
Following recent political development in Singapore, the dictatorship  is likely to take down States Times Review on false charges of  propagating fake news and foreign funding.

As such, States Times Review will shut down voluntarily by today (Oct 8) ending its 51 months of operations as a news media.

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