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S’poreans convinced Andy’s father responsible for Genting S’pore’s S$7.8 million net loss in Q4 2015

S’poreans convinced Andy’s father responsible for Genting S’pore’s S$7.8 million net loss in Q4 2015

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He will not stop until he has won everything.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe there are no such things as coincidences, are looking at one another conspiratorially.

This after Genting Singapore, the company that operates Resorts World Sentosa integrated resort with casino, suffered a net loss of S$7.8 million in the three months ending Dec. 31, 2015.

The Singapore-listed company had posted a net profit of $89.2 million in the same last-quarter period 2014.

It’s revenue of $547.4 million in 2015 is down 14 percent from S$638 million a year ago

For the full year ended Dec. 31, its net profit plunged 85 percent to $75.2 million.

One Singaporean, Pok Kai, said he has an explanation for this result: “It must be Andy’s father. He won everything at Marina Bay Sands casino during this Chinese New Year.”

“He has been on a rampage since World Cup 2014.”

“He will take over Singapore soon. No doubt about that.”

 

 

 

 

 











Shut down casinos on Sunday as mark of respect for Lee Kuan Yew, S’poreans petition government

Shut down casinos on Sunday as mark of respect for Lee Kuan Yew, S’poreans petition government

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Allowing the two venues of sin in the first place was a difficult decision for our former prime minister to make.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who are mourning the passing of Lee Kuan Yew on an unprecedented scale, have formally written to the government urging them to shut down both casinos on Sunday as a mark of respect for the founding prime minister.

This after it was announced that all Singapore Pools branches, authorised retail outlets and Livewire venues will be closed on Sunday with vice put on hold.

One Singaporean, Kee Puah Keow, said he understands the rationale behind this gesture: “It was a difficult decision for Lee Kuan Yew to make and for him to even consider allowing casinos to operate in Singapore.”

“As we have seen so far, casinos have brought nothing but strive and debt to thousands of people and ruined countless of lives.”

“As a mark of respect, it is imperative for both Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa be shut down and have all their revenue for the day donated to charity.”

Another Singaporean, Mei Chu Xi, said the closing down of casinos would be something Lee Kuan Yew would have wanted if he really had his way: “Lee Kuan Yew was an industrious man who believed Singaporeans had to be rugged in order to survive. Casinos are antithetical to what he believed in as it left the fate of Man to the vagaries of chance.”

“To show that we love Lee Kuan Yew, both casinos need to be closed down or else it will sully his good name and show that Singapore is beholden to vice.”

“Why not shut them down for two weeks to show our sincerity to Lee Kuan Yew?”

 

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RWS to reuse same blog post template announcing dolphin’s death each time another one dies

RWS to reuse same blog post template announcing dolphin’s death each time another one dies

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There are 23 dolphins left so that means they can use it 23 more times until all the dolphins are dead.

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Resorts World Sentosa will be reusing the same blog post template to announce the death of its dolphins over and over again as long as its dolphins in captivity keep dying, it has been revealed.

In a May 12, 2014 blog post by the Marine Life Park site, a blog maintained by RWS, it announced the death of Sharmila, a bottlenose dolphin, which was the fourth dolphin that died so far.

The post read:

We are extremely saddened by the passing of our dolphin, Sharmila.

Sharmila left us on 11 May 2014.

We are conducting tests to confirm the exact cause of death. Prior medical tests indicated that she was healthy.

We are closely monitoring all our animals, and as always, no effort or resources will be spared in ensuring the health and well-being of our dolphins at Dolphin Island.

We will provide further updates on this blogpost when available.

Previously, three dolphins linked to Marine Life Park called it a day abruptly.

In 2010, two dolphins meant for the park died in Langkawi due to a water-borne bacterial infection.

In November 2012, a third dolphin died on board a flight to Singapore.

Sha Dong Wu, a Singaporean, said this template is convenient and will come in handy as it can be easily copied and pasted in the next blog post to notify the public of the next dolphin death: “The message quite short. And no need to be accountable to anyone. Just say will have future updates but actually don’t have.”

After this fourth dolphin death, RWS will still be able to use the template another 23 more times.

RWS gives dolphins in captivity pedicure, manicure

RWS gives dolphins in captivity pedicure, manicure

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Public relations charm working wonders for dolphin captors.

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In a bid to prove to mankind that dolphins in captivity have it better, Resorts World Sentosa went on a public relations offensive to woo back a sceptical public.

Tn The Straits Times yesterday, they tried to show that RWS’s Marine Life Park employed 36 trainers for its 24 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins ahead of the opening of the Dolphin Island attraction, insinuating superiority in cultivating care-giving conditions.

Hong Kong’s Ocean Park only has 40 trainers caring for 40 marine animals, including 18 dolphins, insinuating that Singapore is doing a far better job.

And Singaporeans are biting the bait, hook, line and sinker.

Bu Hu Hu, a local, said: “If you look carefully at those ST photos, you’d wouldn’t be able to see the tears in dolphins’ eyes. Because the tears have already been washed away by the water.”

However, the effusive praise for RWS is still flowing from some other Singaporeans.

Tong Wu Yuan, a Singaporean, said: “Ya, after I read the article I feel that it is totally justified to steal dolphins from their natural wild habitat so that they can learn stunts and perform to a paying audience to boost the share prices of Resorts World group.”

“Ya, that’s great. All animals deserve to be eaten or played with. Come Resorts World, I clap for you.”

Three of the original 27 dolphins caught from the Solomon Islands in 2008 and 2009 have died from bacterial infections, two in October 2010 while being held in Langkawi, and one last November on the way from the Philippines to Singapore.

The current surviving dolphins have been christened “Saddest Dolphins in the Universe” by rights group.

Floodwater caused ponding in many parts of Singapore

Floodwater caused ponding in many parts of Singapore

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Deceased RWS dolphin sends storm warning to island-state.

A massive torrential downpour struck all parts of Singapore on Friday afternoon resulting in floodwater causing ponding to occur in various parts of the island.

Enjoy water skiing? Why not head down to Yishun every time it rains? Or go to where the ponding is! Photo stolen from Sailesh Aswath.

A Public Utilities Board spokesperson, Loh Tua Hor, said the ponding was a result of unforeseen stormy weather and we shouldn’t focus on reporting such negative aspects of urban living in Singapore.

We should be more like The Straits Times, for example, where there is more good news than the Bible.

However, a professional medium consulted by New Nation said the ominous dark skies at 430 p.m. on a Friday afternoon is in fact a warning issued by Mother Nature, who is bent on fighting back against humanity’s evil ways the same way Na’vi inhabitants of Pandora fought back against humans in the movie, Avatar.

A day after a RWS dolphin died on its way to Singapore, Mother Nature sends its wrath. Photo stolen from Xue Jianyue.

It is believed that the originator of the weather warning is from the recently deceased Resorts World Sentosa male bottlenose dolphin, Wen Wen, who died on Thursday while on its way from the Philippines to Singapore, where it was supposed to spend the rest of its existence entertaining humans in an aquarium.

Zhou Tang Kee, the medium, said: “RWS thinks it can get away with this. It won’t. Nature works in mysterious ways.”

“It will take 10,000 years before this sin can be washed away.”

RIP Wen Wen. Those bastards will pay.

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter confesses…

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter confesses…

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…to being an embarrassed omnivore.

This is a 60-second reduction of the original article that appeared in The Sunday Times on Jan. 29.

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter, Lee Wei Ling, is in a bind.

She considers dolphins to be “celebrity” animals with a lot of people rallying in protest against their capture for exhibition by Resorts World Sentosa.

She then wonders what makes dolphins more worthy of sympathy given that there are other “non-celebrity” animals that are subjected to cruel treatments without protest?

So, she recounted an incident about how she met a Jewish psychologist in the US. He was a vegetarian. He avoided meat but ate scallops.

She found it odd, and later discovered that he ate scallops because he felt no empathy for them. Unlike dolphins, scallops are not cute.

Following which, she also questions if Singaporeans who eat meat are aware of the cruel conditions of rearing and slaughtering animals for food.

She contends that farmed animals killed for dietary purposes suffer more than laboratory animals killed in the name of medical science as established ethics mandates that animals killed in laboratories are euthanised in the absence of other animals in the laboratory.

This makes animals that are awaiting slaughter less terrified.

So she cannot understand why are people protesting against the cruelty against laboratory animals and not against slaughterhouse animals.

But that’s not all.

She is aware that two of the 27 wild-caught dolphins from the Solomon Islands destined for Resorts World Sentosa have died in captivity.

In her mind, she thinks this practice is cruel but these dolphins caught for exhibition should not be released back to the wild again as they might have lost their survival skills and might be attacked by sharks or drown in rubbish dumped into oceans by men.

They, therefore, should be kept in captivity since these dolphins can make RWS some money.

However, she also objects to killing sharks for their fin as this causes sharks suffering.

Hence, she confesses to being hypocritical for condemning cruelty to animals and yet still eating meat.

So what’s her problem? She cannot survive with a diet free of meat and eggs and finds being a vegan unpalatable after a few days.

She also dreams of a future where meat can be reared painlessly in cell culture for dietary and medical needs.

For now she will remain an embarrassed omnivore.

Lee Wei Ling is the daughter of His Leeness, Lee Kuan Yew.

 
 
 
 

How you feel after reading her article:

Dolphin in captivity refuses to be freed

Dolphin in captivity refuses to be freed

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Efforts by conservationists to coax him into his natural habitat on the Solomon Islands fail. 

In a shocking evolutionary twist, the world's first talking dolphin also turned out to be gay

He was once hailed as a milestone of the dolphin evolutionary chain. Henry, as he was christened by his trainer, uttered his first word at age 1, squeaking a barely decipherable “Tiger” as he pointed his fin at the beverage his trainer was guzzling.

But conservationists were disappointed at his rejection of freedom yesterday, when Resorts World Sentosa finally caved in to years of dolphin activism by agreeing to release the most popular and intelligent of their dolphins.

Instead of leaping out into the sea, Henry swam back to his mates and proceeded to play with a soccer ball floating at the corner of his pool.

“Look, the sea stinks,” he told journalists after some coaxing and a serving of ikan bilis. “Solomon Islands? They hunt dolphins there and you want to send me back? What the hell is wrong with you people?”

Repeated prodding and coaxing from activists only incited a short spray of water from his blowhole which he later explained, was the dolphin equivalent of “piss off”.

“It’s touching how dolphins will refuse to leave their mates behind,” remarked an activist. “But at the same time, long-term captivity has altered Henry’s behavior so much that he’s completely reliant on his trainer for food. And beer? I’m a vegan – even I don’t drink that toxic stuff. Real dolphins only eat organic food and definitely not chips and alcohol.”

Ex-flipper trainer turned dolphin activist Ric O’Barry said marine parks “run a risky business” and rebunked research claims, saying, “Their behavior is radically altered, and you can’t keep them mentally healthy. As for research, the dolphins at SeaWorld don’t represent real dolphins any more than Mickey Mouse represents a real mouse.”

Henry the dolphin has attracted much media attention for being the first talking dolphin in the world and made the headlines last week again with a revelation that he was in a gay relationship with a pink dolphin named Charles.

Strong arguments exist for keeping dolphins in captivity

Strong arguments exist for keeping dolphins in captivity

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Therefore, you need to apply emotions to destroy them.

By Belmont Lay

About 1,000 animal lovers showed up at Hong Lim Park on Aug. 28 to form the shape of a dolphin to campaign against Resorts World Sentosa's decision to keep dolphins in captivity for an interactive programme.

Recently, a friend of mine asked if opposition political parties in Singapore can pull some weight in helping animal rights activists with the dolphin issue at Resorts World Sentosa (more about this issue spelt out below).

I thought about it for a long time, about 15 minutes to be exact, and came to the conclusion that civil society would be in a better position to deal with this particular issue.

Here’s why:

1. Haven’t we in Singapore been fed up by the consistent intervention on the Goverment’s part to lord over us? Aren’t you sick of the Government having to tell you who you can marry, what you can smoke, where you can smoke, how many children you must have and which party or president to vote for?

2. If that’s the case, why would I want an opposition party to pull their weight and tell a legitimate business entity what they should be doing or how they should be running their business BEFORE they even get to parliament? What happens when they eventually get into parliament? PAP version 2.0?

So, no. After considering the situation, I told my friend that as much as I think political parties can stand up and make a case for something or other, there must be limits.

Anyways, subsequently, I more or less forgot about this issue until Aug. 18.

In a column that day which promotes his philosophical musings, columnist-wordsmith Andy Ho, the senior writer at The Straits Times, chimed in with his thoughts on this ongoing debate in his little missive titled, “Of animals, rights and moral agency”.

The issue (here we are getting to it) is regarding 25 dolphins to be shipped to RWS some time soon to be held in eternal captivity for the purpose of pleasuring humans through an interactive programme. (The dolphins are bottlenose dolphins by the way, and I really don’t want to know how they interact with humans.)

Leading the angst against RWS is animal rights group, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), which has gathered something like one million signatures of protest from around the world (through the Interweb, I presume).

So, according to the resident philosopher at this nation’s broadsheet, is Andy taking aim at the activists with what he wrote? What arguments did he use to discredit the thinking of activists? What is his stand?

Andy’s primary question is: Would freer animals indeed be happier?

This I must add, is the primary motive that Acres is pressuring RWS. They want the dolphins back in the wild where they are freer to roam and happier.

So, to the conclusion first. Andy’s stand is pretty straightforward: The hard sell comes when Acres has to convince people (like normal non-eco-vegan people) that animals in captivity are indeed subjected to cruelty.

Because Andy himself can hardly see how bad it is for dolphins to be wandering around aimlessly in a tank. Hey, he says, the dolphins are in the company of five vets. It can’t be that bad? No pain for them, right?

His entire argument, therefore, is premised on pain and whether animals suffer from it. Well, he says, yes, animals do feel pain and are likely to suffer.

But we as humans cannot assure pain and suffering doesn’t befall upon animals. Ever.

Moreover, as humans, we can’t access the animals’ mind and we can’t see it from their point-of-view. So, to pretend we can feel their pain is ridiculous. We shouldn’t try.

Besides, Osama bin Laden, who was a human (but ask an American and it will beg to differ), being able to feel pain was no reason not to kill it, right?

So animals have no special protection from pain or suffering because, hey, even Osama took one in the gut (actually, above the left eye).

So, to Andy, the killing of animals, which do not have moral agency or come with rights, and hence, do not have responsibilities, is categorically different from killing humans, who come with rights and responsibilities as moral agents.

But if humans are not spared some times, what more for animals?

But going by nature, dolphins can also be some other animals’ lunch when they’re roaming wild. Which means there will be pain and suffering and that is something no one can prevent from happening.

Moreover, it is perfectly fine for animals to kill animals because that’s what animals do. Because animals have no moral agency unlike humans.

So, philosophically speaking, if humans slaughter humans, like what that loser Anders Behring Breveik did in Norway to 91 people one fine day because he felt like it, it is inappropriate to compare it to the slaughtering of animals for food in McDonald’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken. (That’s what rocker Morrissey said on stage recently and he shouldn’t say it again because he just committed a philosophical faux pas with that statement).

Because once people are accorded rights, they cannot commit senseless killing. To kill another human is to take away the rights, responsibilities and agency of that person. Which would be wrong.

Therefore, murdering someone is wrong. Except in cases such as Osama’s.

But this mass killing does not apply to fast food animals and is not considered senseless as they have to die because people need to eat, so it’s ok, plus animals don’t come with that kind of rights and moral baggage like people do.

And this is where things get a little grey: Andy only says we are required to treat animals humanely, because as human agents, human morality dictates that that is what we have to do.

This means we need to know where to draw the line: And here’s where I’m guessing. Stabbing a bunny for fun to stain its white fur pink is not ok. But to kill a chicken in a controlled environment to make sure it dies swiftly and using its flesh for food would probably be ok. We just need to take care in doing so.

Therefore, back to the dolphin issue. Left out in the wild, dolphins can roam freely and this makes animal rights activists warm and fuzzy inside. But going by nature, dolphins can also be some other animals’ lunch when they’re roaming wild. Which means there will be pain and suffering and that is something no one can prevent from happening.

Based on Andy’s reasoning then, that’s why he is saying it is ok for dolphins to be in captivity as long as they are treated ok.

Leaving them out in the wild is an alternative, but you can’t assume it is an overwhelmingly better alternative.

Going by the arguments so far, the eco-vegans are down about four-nil now. So what else can we use to bring the score back to a tie?

This is where Andy exits, and where I come in.

I guess we need to ask the important question then: Do animals out in the wild live longer than animals in captivity? If you ask animal rights activist, they will probably insist it to be the case as captive animals suffer stress and die prematurely.

I thought about this pretty long as well, about 15 minutes to be precise, and I can only rebut and conclude as thus: Sometimes baby dolphins get born, and they get eaten by a walrus and their life span amounts to about 20 minutes.

Sometimes they live to a ripe old age of about 50 years old. And they can also appear in Hollywood movies.

But because scientists and aquariumistas do not have access to the cemetery of dead dolphins, it might be hard to find an average age that they live up to. The dead dolphins would have exited the sample and you can’t reason based on survivorship bias.

So this question about how long dolphins can live in capitivity compared to the wild is void.

Nonetheless, here’s the point of today’s missive: I hate the idea of dolphins in captivity for purpose of pleasuring people.

I hate the idea that the dolphins have to do all kinds of funny things with hairless apes. That’s sick!

Let them go RWS, damn it!