Day: November 13, 2023

Domino’s Pizza

Domino is a popular game with a long history. A domino is a flat, thumbsized rectangular block of wood or plastic, bearing one to six pips or dots: 28 such pieces constitute a set. The most common domino sets include double six and double nine. The term domino also refers to any of the many games played with these tiles, including positional and scoring games.

In the game, players take turns placing a domino on the table. Each tile must be positioned so that both matching ends are adjacent, and must touch the end of a previous domino. The resulting chain is called a domino chain and may be either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. A player cannot place a domino on top of a chain, but must place it perpendicular to the previous domino.

A basic game can be played with just two players using a standard double six domino set. To begin, all the tiles are placed in a pile called the boneyard or stock. Each player then selects seven of the dominoes to play. The first player places a domino on the table, positioning it so that one side matches the number of pips on the end of another tile that has already been played.

Each subsequent player must try to match the number of pips on the end or face of the previous domino in order to continue building a chain. This process continues until the entire boneyard has been used. The first player to play all of their dominoes wins the game.

Domino has a long history, both as a game and as a name. In fact, the word has been in use for more than a century. It was probably originally derived from the Latin domina, meaning “flip.”

The word’s other senses include a hooded garment worn in carnival or at masquerade and an earlier sense of the game piece as referring to a priest’s cape that contrasted with his white surplice. The game itself appeared in Europe around 1750.

For the company, Domino’s has used technology to change how customers order pizza (using an app, via twitter, or by texting a Domino’s emoji); how they monitor their delivery status; and how the company manages its operations. It’s even trying to deliver pizza through drones.

Domino’s CEO Brandon Doyle has also made a point to listen closely to what employees have to say. He has embraced changes like a more relaxed dress code and new leadership training programs, while keeping true to the company’s core values.

In writing fiction, the domino effect involves plotting a story in such a way that what happens to a character is naturally influenced by what happened before it and what will happen after. This helps readers to understand the logic of the plot and gives them permission, or at least empathy, for a protagonist that goes outside societal norms. If you can establish a strong domino effect, your story is on track to be compelling.

Publishers’ Perspectives Interviews the Winners and Finalists of the Singapore Prize

The Singapore Prize, established in 2021 and backed by Prince William, is designed to accelerate environmental solutions at scale. This year’s prize ceremony, held Tuesday evening at the National Trades Union Congress Centre, saw a host of global leaders, businesses and investors join forces with the three winners and finalists to discuss ways to tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems.

The winners and finalists were awarded GBP 1 million (approximately USD 1.25 million or SGD 1.7 million) in grant funding to accelerate their projects and help them achieve measurable impact on the world. This includes funding to build a new generation of climate scientists, to develop new technologies and to implement policies that will help ensure we can all enjoy a healthy, sustainable future.

This is the third annual edition of the award and it’s been a record-breaking one, with more than 20,000 entries from around the world in categories of nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The winners and finalists have been selected by a panel of 12 judges from a variety of backgrounds, including publishers, literary experts, business people, academics and journalists.

Winners of the main prize were selected across four categories in Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil, with each category carrying a $10,000 cash prize. There was also a Readers’ Choice award, with two works of fiction and two works of creative nonfiction chosen by an audience of book-lovers via online voting.

Publishers’ Perspectives interviewed the winning authors of the Singapore Prize for more insights into their work and how they won their prizes. Click through the slideshow below to read their interviews and find out more about this unique, biennial awards program.

This year, the judges were impressed by the quality of the entries, with the finalists all deserving to win. “The shortlisted books were outstanding, both in terms of writing and in their ability to capture the essence of Singapore,” said NBDCS CEO Phuan Phong Phuan. “It’s a wonderful achievement that these finalists were able to impress the distinguished panel of judges with their creativity, style and quality.”

Among the winners was Ms Hidayah Ibrahim, whose book Leluhur: Singapore Kampong Glam won the NUS History Prize. The citation for the prize described it as an elegantly crafted work that makes an important contribution to our understanding of Singapore’s history. It was written over a period of five years, with two to three years spent interviewing residents and researching archive material. Professor Miksic, a judge for the prize, said Ms Hidayah had an “unfair advantage” as she grew up in one of Singapore’s most interesting areas, and was thus able to contribute primary sources to her work.

We wish all the winners and finalists continued success in their endeavours! The next edition of the Singapore Prize will be announced in 2024. To be eligible for entry, a publication must be either a work of nonfiction or a novel and must address any time period, theme or field of Singapore’s history, or have a substantial element of Singapore history in it.