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    • Girl who burnt dog alive with blowtorch may be from the Philippines, not China :

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8YOX1dg15A

      We are Anonymous posted :
      Hi all, This girl is from the Philippines not Vietnam or China or Brazil. If you look at the investigation We Are Anonymous have done we show the same room this evil girl features in with another incident involving another dog and 2 other girls. These 3 girls were working for the same syndicate who were making Crush Videos. Both of the right leaders named Dorma and Vicente Ridon are now serving LIFE in prison for these crimes. The girls were underage and when they turn 18 will be charged also for these offences. They are under the authority and care of child services in the Philippines. When we have all of their names confirmed we will post them.
      https://www.facebook.com/anonymousforjustice/photos/pb.273925916089983.-2207520000.1434839118./484473281701911/
      https://www.facebook.com/anonymousforjustice/photos/pb.273925916089983.-2207520000.1434839116./484474895035083/

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    • Singapore may be the only corruption-free country in the world...

      Posted 2 years ago on another Sg forum :

      A fortnight ago, I flew to Vietnam last min to attend an important "family" matter there. It wasn't my first time there alone (been there more than 20 times). When I was approaching the immigration counter to get my passport stamp, I notice the officer was smiling saying something while looking at me. I thought he was talking bout my appearance especially my full sleeve tattoo so I didnt really bother much & proceed to Q. While in line, I notice it was longer than normal as the Angmo tourist was talking to the officer. Shortly after, it was my turn & never once in my life I'd have expected such thing to happen to me. When I walked to the counter, these were the dialog:

      Me: Good afternoon (& handed over my passport)
      Officer (look at my passport, look at me): Can I see your return ticket?
      Me (surprised): I do not have as I do not know when will I be going back S'pore.
      (Officer look at my renewed passport which was collected only 2 days ago again & kept quiet)
      Me: Is there any problem?
      Officer: Sir, you cannot enter Vietnam without a return ticket. You have to go back Singapore.
      Me: I'm not aware of such rule here, sorry. I've been here many times & this is first time ask to show return ticket.
      Officer: I cant let you enter our country without a return ticket.
      (he took out a Vietnamese language printed & show me)
      Officer: Sir, Singapore people can have visa up to 6 months with return ticket. Sorry. You have to go buy a ticket & fly back Singapore.
      Me: I'm really sorry I didnt know tt. Can you please help me. My mother-in-law is sick (I lied, she's not sick). Tt's y I do not know when I will go back. I came here very last min. As you can see, I only bought my ticket flying here yesterday night. Please help me. My mother-in-law is very sick & my fiance is waiting for me out there (pointing towards the exit). Please.
      Officer: You have a wife here? Call her.
      Me: Can I borrow phone? I dont have top up for sim to call her.
      (I took out my iPhone 4)
      Officer: No no no.... You call her now.
      Me: Can I borrow something poke my phone? (showed him my phone where the sim are)
      (he ask his colleague for the pin)
      Officer: this is your wife? (took my phone pointing the screen, then start looking at some latest photos)
      (return my phone after a few flicks. I was thinking tt I'm glad not to have other women's pic there.)
      Me: Sir, sim changed but no top up. You lend me your phone & I call her.
      Officer: (Gave me back my passport) You have to go buy return ticket & go back Singapore.
      Me: (stunned) Come on sir. Dont do this to me. Please.

      - If I'm correct, if any deportation should occur to any foreigner, the counter officer or any available officer will escort the foreigner to the secured location/ office to process the deportation procedure.
      But I felt funny shortly cos his butt is still glued to his chair & he didnt even call for any officer. He jus kept looking at me & grin.
      Then I knew what I have to do.

      Me: Please help me sir. thank you. (sandwiched a $50 note in my passport & handed to him)
      Officer: Ok. Next time remember to prepare a return ticket. This (pointing into my passport) is souvenir for me. (stamped my passport)
      Me: Thank you (took my passport & walked off in quick pace pissed)

      I felt relieved when I stepped out of the airport b'cos I finally get to know the feelings of those Beauties coming here happily but instead they were being sent back home.


      I'd like to know:

      1) Since we do not need any visa to enter certain countries, do we still need a return ticket before being granted entry?

      2) Can I choose not to bribe, will I land myself into further trouble?

      3) If you r in my shoe, what's ur next action? Go back? Give in? Report?

      Any members with any different bad encounters with any authorities, pls share w me. Wanna know the Dos & Donts of all these. Thx.

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    • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave
      https://sg.news.yahoo.com/myanmar-fisherman-goes-home-22-years-slave-054429865.html#

      TUAL, Indonesia (AP) — All he did was ask to go home.

      The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again.

      So he threw himself on the ground and begged for freedom. Instead, the captain vowed to kill him for trying to jump ship, and chained him for three days without food or water.

      He was afraid he would disappear. And that his mother would have no idea where to look.

      Myint is one of more than 800 current and former slaves rescued or repatriated after a year-long Associated Press investigation into pervasive labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry.

      Thailand's booming seafood business alone runs on an estimated 200,000 migrant workers, many of them forced onto boats after being tricked, kidnapped or sold. It's a brutal trade that has operated for decades, with companies relying on slaves to supply fish to the United States, Europe and Japan — on dinner tables and in cat food bowls.

      Myint, his family and his friends recounted his story to AP, which also followed parts of his journey. It is strikingly similar to accounts given by many of the more than 330 current and former slaves from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand interviewed in person or in writing by AP.

      In 1993, a broker visited Myint's village in southern Myanmar with promises of jobs for young men in Thailand. Myint was only 18 years old, with no travel experience, but his family was desperate for money. So his mother finally relented. When the agent returned, he hustled his new recruits to grab their bags immediately.

      Myint's mother wasn't home. He never got to say goodbye.

      A month later, Myint found himself at sea. After 15 days, his boat finally docked on the remote Indonesian island of Tual, surrounded by one of the world's richest fishing grounds. The Thai captain shouted that everyone on board now belonged to him: "You Burmese are never going home. You were sold, and no one is ever coming to rescue you."

      Myint spent weeks at a time on the open ocean, living only on rice and the parts of the catch no one else would eat. As Thailand's seafood export industry has expanded, overfishing has forced trawlers farther into foreign waters. So migrants are now trapped for months, or even years, aboard floating prisons.

      During the busiest times, the men worked up to 24 hours a day. There was no medicine, and they were forced to drink boiled sea water. Anyone who took a break or fell ill was hit by the captain. Fishermen said that workers on some boats were killed if they slowed down, while others simply flung themselves overboard.

      Myint was paid only $10 a month, and sometimes not at all. By 1996, after three years, he had had enough: He asked for the first time to go home.

      His request was answered by a helmet cracking his skull.

      He ran away. An Indonesian family took mercy on Myint until he healed, and then offered him food and shelter for work on their farm. For five years, he lived this simple life. But he couldn't forget his relatives in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma, or the friends he left behind on the boat.

      In 2001, he heard one captain was offering to take fishermen back home if they agreed to work. So, eight years after he first arrived in Indonesia, he returned to the sea.

      But the conditions were just as appalling as the first time, and the money still didn't come. If anything, the slave trade was getting worse. To meet growing demand, brokers sometimes even drugged and kidnapped migrant workers to get them on board.

      After nine months on the water, Myint's captain told the crew he was abandoning them to go back to Thailand alone. Furious and desperate, the Burmese slave once again pleaded to go home. That, he said, was when he was chained to the boat.

      Searching desperately, he found a small piece of metal to pick the lock. Hours later, he heard a click. The shackles slid off. He dove into the black water after midnight and swam to shore.

      Myint hid alone in the jungle in Tual. He couldn't go to the police, afraid they might hand him over to the captains. He had no numbers to call home, and he was scared to contact the Myanmar embassy because it would expose him as an illegal migrant.

      He had lost nearly a decade to slavery, and had suffered what appeared to be a stroke, leaving his right arm partly paralyzed. He started to believe the captain had been right: There really was no escape.

      By now, he had forgotten what his mother looked like and knew his little sister would be all grown up.

      In 2011, the solitude had become too much. Myint moved to the island of Dobo, where he heard there was a small community of former Burmese slaves. He continued to live quietly, surviving on the vegetables he grew.

      Then one day in April, a friend told him an AP report on slavery had spurred the Indonesian government to start rescuing current and former slaves. Officials came to Dobo and took Myint back to Tual — the island where he was once enslaved — to join hundreds of other free men.

      After 22 years in Indonesia, Myint was finally going home. But what, he wondered, would he find?

      The flight to Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon, was a terrifying first. Myint, now 40, was a stranger to his own country.

      Making his way to his small village, he spotted a plump Burmese woman.

      They exploded into an embrace, and the tears that spilled were of joy and mourning for all the lost time apart. "Brother, it's so good that you are back!" his little sister sobbed. "We don't need money! We just need family!"

      Minutes later, he saw his mother, running toward him.

      He howled and fell to the ground. She swept him up in her arms and softly stroked his head, cradling him as he let everything go.

      He was finally free to see the face from his dreams. He would never forget it again.

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    • Originally posted by KillingUrFeelings4:

      Okay so this is my first year in JC and my subject combi is PCMG . So basically I just don't know what it takes to do well in a JC and like how exactly I'm supposed to study cause I don't have any friends older than me that have gone through JC alrdy ( yes I've got a bad circle of friends ) and I feel that my school is like super slack or maybe it's just me idk like I don't feel good about the lack of revision material and all I'm just afraid I won't be able to qualify for Chem Eng in the end >< 


      You need A for H2 Chem + H2 Phys + H2 Math to get into Chem Engineering. If you're not doing well for any one of these three H2 subjects, you should reconsider your Uni course and career. If you've any qns for these 3 subjects that you need help with, feel free to post here on this forum.

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    • Fatal crash at almost 200kph

      Shanghai Daily, June 30, 2015

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      A BMW driver whose car was involved in a fatal collision with a Mazda in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, on June 20 was traveling at almost 200 kilometers per hour, police said yesterday.

      Wang Jijin, 35, is in custody while an investigation into the accident continues.

      The male and female occupants of the Mazda died at the scene while the driver of a taxi sustained slight injuries.

      Police said Wang, a local businessman, had tested negative for drink or drugs.

      The driver of the Mazda was identified as Xue Wei, 25. His family said he had been giving a colleague, Liu Jia, a lift.

      According to a local TV channel, the three families met two days after the accident when Wang's wife and his father are said to have apologized to the victims' families and gave each 50,000 yuan (US$8,055). However, Xue's father said the money wasn't enough to cover funeral expenses, it reported.

      A witness surnamed Lu told the Modern Express newspaper that the two occupants of the Mazda were thrown from the vehicle on impact. The Mazda then hit the side of an empty bus.

      "I saw the Mazda spinning around in mid-air," Lu said. "Its seats, tires and car battery, and their belongings, like bank cards and cash were scattered everywhere."

      The BMW stopped after hitting the taxi. Wang is said to have run off but police caught him about 400 meters from the scene, the paper reported.

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    • Another regrettable illustration of why the human world of money, finance and economics is unethical and only serves to widen the rich-poor divide : In India, 1/3 of its people suffer from having no access to electricity at all. At the same time, India's power plants are shutting down due to lack of profitability required to sustain operations : because they can't find enough paying customers to buy their electricity : because the poor cannot afford to pay for electricity, and there aren't enough rich paying customers (businesses and industries and even the Indian government have financial problems and are unable to pay the power plants regularly) to sustain profitability of the power plants. This results in India's infrastructure becoming woefully underdeveloped, which in turn condemns the poor to a vicious cycle of ever-worsening poverty.

      http://www.todayonline.com/chinaindia/india/indias-power-plants-struggling-find-customers

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    • Originally posted by qdtimes2:

      love that satisfaction-pay-needs analogy icon_lol.gif


      Thanks, glad you enjoyed that image

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    • Ah ok. Welcome to the Homework Forum, Metanoia :)

      Originally posted by Metanoia:

      Hi there, I do tutoring on the secondary level, occassionly rereading A-level stuff to refresh the concepts.

      Thanks for the detailed explanation. You brought up an important point that systems can be viewed in either isolation or coupled.


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      "I saw two recruits standing hesitantly in the empty train, unsure of whether to sit or not.

      I told them to sit as the trai was empty and they were still hesitant, politely declining. Then I said, ""Eh recruit, I'm a officer and I order you to sit! Anybody say anything ask them to look for me, I'm Major Lim from XXX camp!"" To which they profusely thanked me and sat.

      Actually, I was a lance corporal in the army a long time ago but I think this situation is ridiculous and I think I'm doing my part to protect our young soldiers from the assholes in the public.

      To every non retarded public member, be understanding. Just let the bloody recruits sit down in the train! "

      Source: https://www.facebook.com/safconfession/posts/463658763812822

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    • Originally posted by hoay:

      the Enthalpy change of formation of elements in their standard states have a zero value. Why the same is not true for standard entropy change? 


      By definition, *enthalpy change* of formation of elements in their standard states have a zero value, while the *entropy* of a perfect crystal at absolute zero is exactly equal to zero.

      Here's why standard entropy change for most reactions isn't zero : consider (as an example) the formation of ammonia : notice that in the balanced equation for N2 and H2 elements to combine chemical to form NH3, there are 4 moles of gases on the LHS, and only 2 moles of gas on the RHS, which therefore results in a negative entropy change (whether at standard or non-standard conditions).

      Edited by UltimaOnline 30 Jun `15, 9:55AM
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    • ... upon temperature?? the Enthalpy change of formation of elements ... true for standard entropy change?  Yes, Gibbs free ... By definition, *enthalpy change* of formation of ...

      Edited by UltimaOnline 30 Jun `15, 9:55AM
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