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Volunteers Spread Christmas Cheer with “Cups of Love”

Singapore, 21 December 2011 – Forty kids from Child at Street 11 moo-ed carols
along with Santa Cow and other volunteers  yesterday during an early Christmas
celebration hosted by Ben & Jerry’s at The Cathay scoop shop. Organised by the
hardworking elves of the Temasek Polytechnic Community Service Club and
supported by Ben & Jerry’s, this event is part of the Club’s “Cups of Love”
programme, aimed at bringing joy to less privileged children, while  promoting the
spirit of caring and volunteerism in Temasek Polytechnic’s student body with some
cups of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

In November, student leaders in the Community Service Club sold 2,040 cups of
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on campus to raise funds for the Cups of Love programme.
These funds will be used to stage fun-tastic events for economically and socially
disadvantaged children in homes and centres across Singapore, starting with Child
at Street 11, a provider of high quality early years education to children, many of
whom come from disadvantaged families. As an added incentive for the students to
participate, Ben & Jerry’s will donate a cup of ice cream for each cup sold, to be
distributed amongst the children at these events.

“Organisations like Child at Street 11 play an important role in the lives of
disadvantaged young children and their families. Our committee felt that it was only
natural that we pitched in to help and do something nice for them this Christmas,”
said Keith Lim, President of the Temasek Polytechnic Community Service Club,
“Through Ben & Jerry’s generous support, the Community Service Club has been
able to expand and deepen our Cups of Love programme.”

At  yesterday’s Cups of Love event, the children were treated to a fun-filled
afternoon of games and interactive activities, led by student volunteers and Child at
Street 11 caregivers.  Many Ben & Jerry’s moo-niacs also  helped put smiles on 2
faces by donating gifts for the children after a call for support on the Ben & Jerry’s
Facebook page. And of course, there was loads of ice cream for everybody!
In the coming months, the remaining quantity of ice cream cups will be distributed
at events and visits scheduled with various homes, care centres and organisations
identified by the Community Service Club.

“When we were approached  with the Cups of Love programme, we knew it was
something we had to support. Ben & Jerry’s places great importance of on social
activism and doing good, but we also believe it is important to encourage and be
supportive of those who are looking to do good in their own communities,” said
Kenneth Lau, Brand Champion at Ben & Jerry’s Singapore, “Through our platform
of Fairness, we are working to empower Singaporeans to take ownership of social,
economic and environmental issues, and support them in their mission to create a
better, fairer community for all Singaporeans.”

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2009

 

The current crisis has wiped out the global market confidence but not the ambitions of the entrepreneurs.

 

And the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) and the Rotary Club are aiming to recognise those who have succeeded this year despite the many obstacles. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is now into its 21st year. It seeks to honour successful entrepreneurs who have been able to recognise opportunities, take appropriate actions and accept the associated risks.
Past winners include homegrown firms like Charles and Keith, Breadtalk and Qian Hu.

 

What are the qualifying requirements? 

  1. The Candidate must be an entrepreneur who has been in business for at least three years, and has demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial qualities in growing and developing the business.
  2. The Candidate must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, who is above 21 years of age.
  3. The Candidate’s company must have a minimum 30% local equity.
  4. If the Candidate owns between 10% and 30% of the Company’s shares, he/she has to be nominated by the Board of Directors.
  5. Total fixed production assets of the Candidate’s company should not exceed S$30 million. Total number of employees must not exceed 400 if the Candidate’s business belongs to the service industry.
  6. The Candidate’s company must neither be a listed company nor a subsidiary of a listed company.
  7. The Candidate’s company must hold at least three years of audited books of accounts, which must be submitted for evaluation.

Submissions for the award will close at noon on June 30, 2009. Visit the website at http://www.eya.com.sg/

 

how 3r is practised in prison?

 

I was travelling on SBS Bus no. 5 to my dad’s factory and I saw rows of door hangers near the ceiling of the bus. The one that captured my attention is the job advertisement by Singapore Prison Service.

 

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(Pic above) “Do Not Disturb” side

 

Captains of Lives. 3R stands for Rehab, Renew and Restart

 

 

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(Pic above) “What Do You See” side

 

The other side of the door hanger shows a picture illustrating visual perception. This picture can be interpreted as “outside the cell” and “inside the cell”.  

 

It is an interesting campaign and probably, they are expecting many applicants to join Singapore Prison Service.

 

Website: http://www.prisons.gov.sg/

 

 

Sponsored Review: Microsoft Press – Win a Xbox 360

A lot of people might not know of Microsoft Press but among software developers, Microsoft Press is not an unfamiliar name. For the benefits of those who don’t know, Microsoft Press is the publishing arm of Microsoft which releases books primarily dealing with Microsoft technologies.

So what book I got from Microsoft Press?

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(Picture above) “Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition.”

Unlike most of the software guidebooks you found in the market, this book is rather “readable”. As an amateur, I like the short and sweet step-by-step description as what really concern to me are the examples and tutorial practices. This is one of the key attributes that I look at when comes to buying of such guidebook.

Through an end-to-end example, it helps me to understand some of the essential skills to build a working Web site, plus the fundamental skills needed to advance to the next level of Web development—ASP.NET.

The author – Eric Griffin is a senior Technical Strategy Advisor at Microsoft. He has led and mentored developers creating a variety of commercial applications. He is also the author of “Foundations of Popfly: Rapid Mashup Development.”

This book comes with a CD that contains searchable ebook and exercises.

 

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For Singapore amateur and professional developers, if you have some books which you want to buy, you can visit mspress.sg. If you are a member with Microsoft community, you can enjoy a 30% discount with Partner Code. For terms and condition, please visit the official website at mspress.sg.

That’s not all. You may also stand a chance to win 3 Xbox 360 and 15 Microsoft Office 2007 if you purchase book from Microsoft Press

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Thanks to blog2u for making this review possible.

Updates from TAWA and TND

Hi guys! Sorry for not updating The Neo Dimension (TND) for some time.

Recently, I was helping The Young Businessman as a guest blogger. The latest blog post that I have written for The Young Businessman is “Should Entrepreneurs Venture in Recession-Resistant Industry”

Also, I was being interviewed by Chasing The Storm on the entrepreneurship experience with Technopreneurs’ Association of Wireless Applications (TAWA). Questions are well thought and to a certain extend, it is a public’s impression of TAWA.

Will update you guys more about the latest development of TAWA.

Sponsored Review: Feel the air of entrepreneurialism!

Feel lost in the job market? Lack of motivation? I believe these are some emotional struggles among young Singaporean. However in the midst of poor market condition, there always exist an opportunity. Successful entrepreneurs usually emerge during bad weather. Why not get yourself de-stressed and feel the air of entrepreneurialism with Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008?

Global Entrepreneurship Week (The Week) lasts from 17 to 23 Nov 2008. It is a celebration of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. The Week will bring together millions of young people across the globe through online and local activities and encourage them to think innovatively and unleash their ideas.

This is not an “All Talk, No Action” event. M.Y. FBI Holiday Camp, targeted at children (age 10-12), will required participants to think of creative ideas to sell their craft on 22nd November as a closing for the camp. All profits will go to a charity benefiting children which will be selected by the participants themselves.

Besides business educations for the young children, Youths-4 Charity Flea market is targeted at youths from Secondary Schools and ITE with a focus on social entrepreneurship. Youths-4 Charity Flea market is a competition. Each team will be required to produce items/ crafts for sale on the flea market. To make the competition more realistic, rental and interest will be imposed.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 is organised by ACE and NUS Enterprise. The sponsored review is provided by BLOG2u (http://blog2u.sg). If you wish to find out more information of the event, please visit the official site: http://www.entrepreneurshipweeksg.org

Business Times – S’pore firm scores mobile wallet success abroad

 

WITH Singapore’s efforts to promote payments via mobile phones slow to get off the ground, a local firm is dialling overseas to exploit the market potential of this emerging technology.  

 

 

Following the success of earlier trials, Cassis International is working with a Malaysian operator on the commercial rollout of its mobile wallet initiative, according to company CEO Chua Thian Yee. This comes on the heels of a similar deployment for Korea’s SK Telecom (stock quote: SKM)in 2007.

The homegrown tech upstart, formed in 2002 by a group of executives from the smartcard industry, plays an integral role in realising the payment promise of near field communication (NFC), the technology that is being used to allow consumers to tap and pay for purchases with their handsets.

This is because Cassis provides the solutions needed to allow financial services players to securely distribute credit-card and other payment applications over the air to NFC-enabled mobile phones. By loading the relevant applications, the phone can be used to pay for everything from train rides to burgers and movie tickets.

Cassis was roped in for all the NFC trials that were sanctioned by Visa International(stock quote: V),  and is the only Asian firm on the payment provider’s international mobile payment platform consortium.

Helped by the two overseas projects, the firm is expected to maintain its revenue growth at 30 per cent in 2008, but its big break could come within the next year with more commercial rollouts around the world.

‘2009 will be a big year for us,’ Mr Chua told BizIT in an interview on Tuesday, without disclosing details of the deals in the pipeline.

To tackle its overseas projects, the company currently has a team of 70 staff across Malaysia, China, Korea, France, and its headquarters in Singapore.

While inter-operability and fragmentation issues dogged earlier attempts to promote mobile payments, Mr Chua is confident that the outcome will be different this time around with NFC.

Instead of loading credit-card applications into the chip of a plastic card, the data is instead sent over the cellular network to an NFC handset. There is no need to replace existing payment terminals, Mr Chua stressed.

‘NFC uses a standard that has already been established. It’s not about introducing new equipment but merely using another form factor (the mobile phone instead of a plastic credit card) to pay using the same transaction terminal,’ Mr Chua said.

While telcos in countries such as Japan and Korea have introduced mobile payments, local operators here are just starting to dip their toes into the fledgling technology.

Singapore Telecommunications and its partners Nets and United Overseas Bank are assessing the feasibility of a new coupon redemption feature with NFC-enabled handsets.

Rival StarHub, however, has chosen to join hands with Japanese operator NTT Docomo (stock quote: NTT) to test out the latter’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet platform in Singapore.

Source Business Times 20 Oct 2008

 

 

Entrepreneurship in Meltdown

 

A follow-up of Ridzuan’s email – “Keep it going. Don’t lose heart!” It is pretty clear that the market is filled with pessimism especially of the poor performance in the US retail sector. The retail sales in US declined to 1.2% in the month of September. (Read article here). It is pretty obvious that export-driven Asia economies will be badly affected as the demand of US falls.

 

In Ridzuan’s email, I understand the anxiety faced by many startups in Singapore as funding activities will be greatly reduced due to the US subprime crisis. The market sentiment has been worsened when Singapore government has announced that Singapore has entered into a technical recession. A technical recession refers to 2 consecutive quarters of contraction. (Read article here)

 

For those who are involved in a high burn-rate technology early-stage startup, it is going to possess a really big problem in your venture as many PE/VC are reducing their positions instead of investing more on new ventures. In fact, big MNCs are taking the opportunities to look for “bargain” in the market. M&A will still remain strong despite the global meltdown but that only benefits private companies which have reached a certain scale (Read article here). For those startups that are still in the infant stage, better know how to control your spending. Only the Fittest Survive! If the company can pull through the bad weather, the market will definitely value it differently.  

 

This blog post is not meant to discourage passionate people who are starting up. In fact, I admired people like Ridzuan and Kelvin for taking the path of an entrepreneur. Bad time doesn’t always mean problems. It possesses opportunities too. As mentioned by Ridzuan and Bernard, it is the best time to hire talented people since the big players have already reduced or froze hiring. 

 

If you haven’t read Ridzuan’s email, you can access from here.  

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

I am glad to participate in the seminar: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? organized by LCI Executive Seminars. Thanks to BLOG2u for informing me of such enriching seminar!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seminar is about effective communication. David Goldwich is the instructor of this seminar. He has a BA degree in political science with a focus on political communication, organisational theory and psychology. He also has an MBA with a specialization in Business Mgt and Organisation and a JD degree. In the United States, David practiced law for more than 10 years and is also trained as a mediator.As a trainer, David’s specialisation is in communications and presentation, negotiations, creativity and innovation.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seminar is a whole day event yet David is able to make what seemingly long-hours lesson into one that is filled with laughter and learning values. All of us have enjoyed the seminar. Rest assure, you will discover the secret of effective communication.

 

Basically, David’s seminar can be summarized into the following:

 

  1. Communicate to express, not to impress
  2. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  3. you learn more by listening than by talking
  4. People do things for their reasons, not yours
  5. People have two reasons for everything: One that sounds good, and the real one
  6. People often act based on emotion and justify their actions with reason
  7. Perception is reality. People see what they want to see, and hear what they want to hear.
  8. Whoever frames the questions wins
  9. Make it easy to say “YES”
  10. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  

 

Something in the seminar that is new to me is the Chinese character shown in the below picture.

 

The ancient Chinese has placed a lot of emphasis on the importance of listening. Very interesting.

 


 

Besides using your ears to hear, listen with your heart, watch very carefully for nonverbal signals and treat the speaker like a king. I think this is the most fundamental of effective communication.

 

If you want to know more about the upcoming event from LCI Seminars, please visit http://www.lciseminars.com/programmes.htm#SES

 

 

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