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Friday, October 31, 2008

Have a Mind opened by wonder

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.

-- Gerry Spence

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Be more concerned with your character

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.

Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

-- Dale Carnegie

I like to read Dale Carnegie's books, and the above quote is what I like most.

The other quote I echo is:

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving."

Dexterine Ho

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cost and Value

Some one said "An accountant is someonewho knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

If you are an accountant, you may not agree.

If you are someone who needs to get funding allocation from an accountant, I think you will agree with it sometimes!

Making money is important in life, yet creating value is more meaningful for people who value life, and I am trying to mirror the later.

That may be why I cannot be an accountant and do not know how to count and account for a lot of things.

Did you know that I ever applied for an accountancy degree course and got rejected by the university?

I think the admission officer had the foresight to save me from being a drop-out of that university!


Dexterine Ho

A light atmosphere at work...

A light atmosphere at work will provide an opportunity for us to unwind. I enjoy working in my home office as it is a place where I feel very relaxed and at home!

With the flowers and plants in the garden along the five foot way, I can always enjoy a nice view from my window.

I created some paper art/craft work suitable for school displays and kept them in the glass cabinets below my office desk.

It is always nice to feel inspired by the many different ways paper can be engineered to serve different purposes.The pair of wooden black swans in the air well with the big bowl of water plants placed beside them create the illusion that they are real and happily swimming in the sunlit pond!

I like the small porcelain Merlion placed next to five birds over the ledge of the window. They seem to send their greetings to me whenever I look through the little window.

Maybe it is all these little things that make the small work space a cosy place for me to work and relax!

Sometimes, when I am tired being indoors, I just take a morning or afternoon off to do something enjoyable, like listening to talks at the museum/library, watching a performance/movie or doing some window shopping.

Sometimes, I may call a friend to chat or have lunch/tea.

On some fortunate occasions, I might unexpectedly run into an old friend or some one I know and we have a fun-filled gathering or engage our time in nostalgic talk.

Dexterine Ho

Do It Well

No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things.

-- Channing Pollock

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Architecture Photography Seminar

Architecture Photography Seminar

Saturday Oct 11, 2:00PM - 4:00Pm

Level 1

Visitors' Briefing Room in National Library Building

Learn a lot from the speaker Mr Albert Lim

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Taxation Information System in LawNet2

Taxation Information System in LawNet2

Practitioner' Toolkit
Taxation Database
This database contains the summaries of taxed Bills of Costs for cases from 2004 onwards.
Search Bills by Bill number or free text or search critirial

Fix Field search and Free Text Search is available.

Search within the search:
Seach Free Text within Results
all the words (AND search)
any of the words (OR search)
none of the words (NOT search)

Taxation (latest Updates)
Case Ref
Click on the Ref Number and you have the full details of the Case

LawNet2 by Signapore Academy of Law

LawNet2 by Signapore Academy of Law

The HOME page is the "Legal Workbench Components"

Here is the contents from the first section:

Legal Research

Legal Research is an integrated environment that allows you to search different types of legal content and multiple sources at a single go.

It provides an efficient and comprehensive research experience across the following areas:

Singapore Case Law:
Contains the Singapore Law Reports, Judgments, Tribunal/Board Decisions of Singapore, The Heritage Law Reports and more.

Malaysia Case Law Contains the Malayan Law Journal (MLJ) from 1932. The MLJ is the only local series of law reports to be published continuously since 1932, except during the war years. It includes cases from Singapore prior to full independence in 1965, as well as from the Straits Settlements, Federated Malay States, Malayan Union and Federation of Malaya. The Malayan Law Journal currently reports judgments of the Malaysian Federal Court, Court of Appeal and High Courts; the Brunei Court of Appeal and High Court, and appeals from Brunei to the Privy Council. PDF format is available for MLJ cases from 2006 onwards.

English Case Law Contains the complete archive of judgments and PDF's of the Law Reports and the Weekly Law Reports from 1865 onwards, as provided directly by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales under licence from Eastern Book Company. More information can be found here.

Reference Material :
A stable of secondary legal materials is available, including Singapore and Malaysia's leading academic legal journals, legal updates from leading Singapore and Malaysian law firms, and a variety of textbooks such as Court Practice Manuals for Civil Procedure and Sentencing Practice in the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. More information can be found here.

Singapore Legislation:
Provided by the Attorney-General's Chambers of Singapore, the Legal Workbench hosts Singapore's only versioned legislation database, which captures all versions of statutes, subsidiary legislation and selected Government Gazette supplements created after 1 January 1997.

Singapore Parliamentary Reports:
A service of the Parliament of Singapore, the Singapore Parliament Reports System makes available in full-text format the official reports of debates (commonly known as Hansard) in the Legislative Assembly of the Colony and later the State of Singapore, and the present Parliament of Singapore, as well as sessional and select committee reports, from 1955.

Singapore Treaties:
The Singapore Treaties Database, maintained by the Attorney-General's Chambers, contains records of treaties to which Singapore is a party, including exchanges of letters, memoranda of understanding, and other agreements regarded as treaties under international law. Key treaties are available in full-text format.

What is New in LawNet2 ?

As compared to the previous version of LAWNET, LawNet2 now have the following enhancements:

Advanced search

Boolean Searches
And, Or, Not

Proximity Operators
introduction W/3 judgment

Wildcard (? for one letter * for any numbers of letter)
Appl? : E.g. Apply, Apple
Appl* : E.g. Applcation, Applications. Applies, Apples!

Combination search, for example:
interlocutory w/3 judg* and jurisdiction?

Fuzzy Search (%)
% for the letter or the missing letter
Judgement or Judgment

Advance Search (Cases Tab)

  • Research using Field Search terms

Reference Trace

  • Legislation Reference Trace
  • Case Reference Trace

Upcoming Plan for LawNet

English Case Law Contents

Quicker Performance Time
More Effective Citation Searches
Synopsis in Search Results

Indian Supreme Court Cases
Tageted First Quarter 2009

Other Jurisdictions
Austraila (Australia Reports and Commonwealth Reports)
New Zealand
Strategy Underwway

Singapor law Reports Reissue

Reheadnoting the backset (1965-2003)

  • Pinpoint Paragraphs
  • Additional 50 Cases

Currently headnotes for Pdf and onscreeen HTML headnotes differ

Targeted Release: First Half 2010

What is Singapore Law Watch (SLW)

Event: What’s New with LawNet?

Date: 2nd Oct 2008 (Thur)

Time: 9.30am (registration)

Venue: Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore Management University (SMU).

As a member of Library Association of Singapore, I was invited to attend a hands-on LawNet training session, co-organised by Special Libraries Section Committee, LAS, Singapore Management University and Singapore Academy of Law.

The aim of the session is to provide participants with a refresher on search techniques and to update users on new developments for LawNet.

Although light refreshments were provided at registration before the session starts, I was unable to make it on time so missed the opportunity to meet and catch up over coffee with counterparts before the session start.

Nevetheless, I was with one of the Speaker, Clifford and his colleague in the lift on the way to 5th floor in Li Ka Shing Library, SMU. We have a brief chat and entertained by each other's humous.

When I visited the wash room, I met Hayati, the other Speaker. With her help, I was able to look good in my new outfit. I appreciate her spontaneous guesture in assiting me with my brooch pin at the back of the Kapaya!

So, that was the social interaction I had before the session start.

Now look at what I learn from the session:

Ist Speaker: Ms Tan Pin Pin

What is Singapore Law Watch (SLW)?
  • Online legal news service (Pull from over 30 sources)
  • News aggregtor
  • Easy to digest format
  • Overview of the recont legal devel
  • Daily Service updateds at 11am
  • Generalisht, wide and very current
  • Singapore forcused
  • Free

Target Audience

  • Legal professional
  • small and Medium sized firms
  • More knowledge, better coverage

The Various Sections

  • Headlines
  • Judgements
  • Commentaries

  • From the Supreme Cout
    On Legislation
    On Judgement
    About Business
  • Legislaton

Click "More" to read more on each section.

Best Way to read SLW

  • Website
  • Daily email
  • RSS
  • Intranet

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