Occupy Raffles Place – No Show!


For a group that boasted defiance, and even designed a profile picture on Facebook with the words, “we will not remain silent,” the organizers of the planned Occupy Raffles Place event in Singapore were very quiet.

Despite planning a demonstration in Singapore’s financial district at 2 p.m. Saturday, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and global protests happening across Asia, the organizers themselves failed to identify themselves. The small crowd at the central square outside Raffles Place MRT station included mostly journalists and photographers, looking listless and bored.

Some plainclothes policemen were also present, after they had earlier warned potential protesters that such a protest would be “unlawful.”

The Facebook page for the event is no longer available, with the group’s @occupysg account posting this message on Twitter: “We should try this again on Monday morning?” The Twitter page has 30 followers.

At 4:15 p.m. Singapore time, two hours after the event was meant to take place, organizers of “Occupy SG” posted this Facebook update: “We are obviously very disappointed with the lack of on the ground support. We take the blame for lack of logistics and planning and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Respondents to the Facebook post blamed organizers for failing to contact their supporters or organize any meetings before the event


Ben and Jerry’s Chunkfest 2011

Ben & Jerrys ChunkFest 2011 in events

Happening at the Promontory @ Marina Bay on 15th October 2pm to 10pm, Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest returns with a record breaking 32 flavours including some which are not available here locally. There will be lots of carnival activities as well, so ice-cream lovers don’t forget to bring along your friends, families, kids, etc for a jolly good time!

Jordan beats Singapore 3-0 in World Cup qualifier


SINGAPORE (AP) — Jordan beat Singapore 3-0 on Tuesday to stay undefeated in third-round Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Striker Abdallah Deeb opened the scoring for Jordan in the 11th minute by heading in a cross from about 10 yards in front of about 4,000 fans at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Anas Bani Yaseen beat goalkeeper Mohamad Izwan bin Mahbud with a header in the 54th minute to make it 2-0 before Ahmad Hayel added the third 10 minutes later by beating the Singapore ‘keeper with a left-footed shot from 18 yards (meters).

Despite Jordan coach Adnan Hamad’s worries over Jalan Besar artificial turf, the visitors looked comfortable throughout the game and limited the hosts to few scoring chances. Singapore was without coach Radojko Avramovic, who is serving a four-game suspension.

With its third victory in as many matches, Jordan leads Group A with nine points. Iraq is second with six points after beating China 1-0 on Tuesday. China has three points.

Singapore has yet to earn a point in the third round of qualifiers, losing earlier to China and Iraq

Work with Brand Experts

If you happen to need someone in order to help you with building your brand, one of the last things you should do is consult someone who lacks experience. In addition, you should not try to do this type of marketing on your own. Essentially, the type of marketing that you do will likely differ from someone who is a professional. Therefore, you are giving yourself a disadvantage.
Why You Should Never Attempt To Do Your Own Branding?

Any company that wants to expand, needs to utilize the powers of branding. Therefore, this is one area of the business that you should ensure is done right. Below, you will find some of the main reasons on why you should not do your own marketing and instead leave it to branding professionals.

You Lack Experience

If you don’t have the experience to build your brand, you will not have nearly the success that you would if you use a branding company. Without experience, you will be denying yourself the opportunity to reach your full potential. For this reason, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you should avoid doing it.

Experience is Desired

When you opt to use a branding company with a great deal of experience you will increase your chances for success. Marketing can be very challenging and takes years to master. People that repeat processes over and over usually have a better idea of what actually works.

A Variety of Skill Sets

Successful marketers possess a wide variety of skills. These individuals have to be able to think analytically while being able to identify things that are meaningful. Some branding professionals don’t have all the skills, but do have the resources to effectively use these skills.

Differ in Perspective

Many times, companies find it very difficult to market themselves. This is because the way you see your business is often different than how other people see it. Further, if you market a company, you have to have someone that is able to evaluate their observations before creating a marketing strategy. If you try to do this on your own, you might not see areas that need work because most people see their businesses in a very positive light.

One of the most important things that a business owner can do is to find the best branding company. An experienced local branding professional will be able to make suggestions that will help a business grow. If your company doesn’t have a presence, you will not have as much business as you would with a brand.

Business booms along Circle Line

Drinks-store owner Salleh Mashood (centre) enjoyed a big increase in sales during the weekend, thanks to commuters from the new Pasir Panjang Station.

It has been just one weekend, but businesses like retail and food outlets located near the Circle Line’s new stations are already reaping profits.

Pasir Panjang Food Centre drinks-stall owner Salleh Mashood, 50, said his sales went up by at least 25 per cent over the past two days.

The food centre is near Pasir Panjang Station, one of 12 new stations which opened last Saturday.

“Human traffic was really brisk, especially on Saturday evening,” Mr Salleh said yesterday.

“Most people were just exploring the new line, but they came in to eat since they were here.”

One customer at the food centre, administrative executive Helen Chua, said she rode a train on the Circle Line with her family.

“We heard there was good food here and we wanted to take a look at the station. It is so accessible by train, so we thought, why not?” said the 62-year-old.

At the Botanic Gardens Station, bakery shop Simply Bread enjoyed a marked increase in weekend sales of about 30 per cent.

Shop manager Theresa Chan, 33, said the fully opened Circle Line has been a “big help” for business. The shop is located at Cluny Court, one street away from the station.

“We rely a lot on residents who live nearby. With the Circle Line’s opening, we are excited to finally be able to reach out to a bigger market,” she said.

However, many business owners and managers feared the brisk sales would taper off once the novelty of the new stations wears off.

“We can only hope that business will stay good,” Ms Chan said.

While boosting sales is at the top of their minds, many business owners are relieved that they no longer have to endure inconveniences caused by the Circle Line’s decade-long construction. Jewellery-and-clothing-shop owner Rash Shalla, 40, said he opened his two shops at Holland Village four years ago with high expectations.

But business was not as good as he had hoped, thanks to parking woes caused by widespread con- struction work, which was also unsightly, he said.

With the opening of the Holland Village Station, just a few steps away from his shops, his weekend sales increased by about 15 per cent.

“My shops are finally going to reach their full potential,” he said.

Mr Salleh also had to put up with a lot of inconvenience in his four years at Pasir Panjang Food Centre.

The food centre was blocked from sight during the Circle Line’s construction and many people did not know it was still open for business, he said.

“I was shocked in the beginning. I made enough only to get by and business came mostly from the construction workers and engineers working around the area,” he said.

“But after this weekend, I know it’s only going to get a lot better.”

Zoukout 2011

Forget the mundanity of daily living, leave it all behind and heed the call to become “One World, One Music, One Tribe, One Dance” at ZoukOut 2011! Senses will be aroused and bodies will respond to the beat as you join thousands of other like-minded musical pilgrims on a mind-bending trip that will alter your perspectives forever, in the most eagerly anticipated event this side of the globe.

For 14 wonderful hours, commune with blissful abandonment amongst your music idols and other creatures of the night over 1 unforgettable night on 10 December at Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island from 6pm – 8am.

Aside from the usual diet of Techno, House, Trance, Hip Hop and our homegrown Mambo Jambo, this year’s LIVE acts are bound to get you moving your beautiful beach body all night long! For the first time ever, start your night right  (and earlier) by partying before the sun sets, beach concert style, with world-class LIVE acts that will make you wish you were 17 again!

Come with an open mind and immerse yourself in an experience that will revitalize both body and soul, celebrating that unparalleled sense of togetherness under the stars as we dance into the sunlight. Celebrating 11 magical years of music, dance and art in the great sandy outdoors, ZoukOut 2011 promises to satiate your hunger for a festival experience unlike any other whether it’s the phenomenal line-up or the jaw-dropping surprises that turn up at every corner to lead you into uplifting raptures.
Join your fellow pilgrims and heed the clarion call; leave the comfort of your city and delve into the wilderness of your intuition. Lose yourself to find yourself at ZoukOut 2011!


Armin Van Buuren
Ladytron (LIVE)
Bob Sinclar
Scratch Perverts

6PM – 8AM

Ticket Categories:

** $78
Happy Hour Tickets (**entry to ZoukOut venue before 8PM only)
Limited to the first 4,000 tickets, available at the Zouk ticketing booth only.
Citibank Clear Platinum credit cards enjoy 15% discount off tickets (with a min. purchase of 10 tickets)

Advance tickets (up till 9th December)
All Citibank credit cards enjoy 10% discount off tickets

Event Day tickets on 10th December available from the Zouk ticketing booth (all day) and at the venue (from 5pm onwards)
All Citibank credit cards enjoy 10% discount off tickets

Ticketing Information:

Available from Friday 21st October, all major credit cards are accepted.

•    Zouk ticketing booth or through phone bookings (Applicable for all ticket categories)

(Zouk Office hours: Tues – Sat, 10am – 3am or call +65 6738 2988 or fax + 65 6738 3988)

•    Through the SISTIC website http://www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC Hotline +65 6348 5555 and all SISTIC Authorised Agents. (Applicable for Advance tickets only)

Minimum age of entry 18 years old and photo ID is required to gain entry.
For overseas guests, valid passport verification is required to gain entry.

Note: The entire Zouk complex will be closed on this night.

* This is a rain or shine event. Swimming is strictly prohibited during the entire event.

For more infromation visit: www.zoukout.com

Former NUS don under probe for research fraud


A former National University of Singapore (NUS) professor, Dr Alirio Melendez, is being investigated for scientific fraud, The Sunday Times reported.

If allegations are true, it will be the first major case of scientifc fraud here, the report said.

The university was alerted to the possible fraud through an anonymous tip-off, the report added. It usually disregards anonymous tip-offs but here, the evidence was ‘compelling’ enough to start an inquiry.

The professor, who joined NUS a decade ago and left for professorships in Britain in 2009, had published two papers in journals Nature Immunology, and Science, in February and last year respectively.

The piece in Nature Immunology was retracted following some irregularities identified in the paper, The Sunday Times said.

The report added that questions had also been raised about the validity of findings in the Science paper, which will soon be retracted as well.

In both papers, Dr Melendez was the corresponding author, meaning that he led research efforts and acted as guarantor of the work. The majority of the work was done here, the report added.

The papers claimed to have made breakthroughs that would lead to better treatments of generalised blood infections.

The work involved other international universities and organisations. Eight researchers in Singapore, including scientists, academics and students from NUS and DSO National Laboratories were also involved, the report said.

A ‘high-level’ panel, including professors experienced in examining fraud cases, has been assembled for it.

NUS has also started to relook all the work done by the scientist and his team, which amounts to about 70 papers.

The University of Liverpool, Dr Melendez’s current employer, has suspended the man without prejudice pending the outcome of the inquiry.

He had been considered to be a brilliant young researcher in immunology who climbed up the ranks quickly.

For full article pls visit: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Edvantage/Story/A1Story20111009-304020.html

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