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SingPass mobile now displays your school examination results; netizens have a field day with it

The past comes back to haunt you when you least expect it. On a government e-service platform, nonetheless. Since the launch of the SingPass app, not only has accessing government-related services been made a lot easier, but all your personal information h
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SingPass mobile now displays your school examination results; netizens have a field day with it

The past comes back to haunt you when you least expect it. On a government e-service platform, nonetheless. Since the launch of the SingPass app, not only has accessing government-related services been made a lot easier, but all your personal information have been made available at your fingertips. While it's great for helping to prove your identity when you don't have your identification card on you, eagle-eyed netizens have recently noticed that the 'profile' section of the app contains a wee bit more personal information than it used to. In particular, their national school examination results. To be fair, the results of your 'O', 'N' and 'A' level exams were always available but accessing it required another layer of verification for the Singpass app to pull the information from the MyInfo service. Now, with their grades laid bare for themselves to see, netizens on Twitter had a field day last night (Sept 17) reminiscing about their academic past, resulting in a couple of amazing gems. For some, seeing their grades were a great reminder of their past accomplishments.

Children in Singapore more anxious about exams than Covid-19, survey reveals

SINGAPORE - Children in Singapore are more anxious about examinations than they are about Covid-19, a survey has found. Seven in 10 children feel negatively about upcoming school exams - «angry», «worried» or «sad» - with
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Children in Singapore more anxious about exams than Covid-19, survey reveals

SINGAPORE - Children in Singapore are more anxious about examinations than they are about Covid-19, a survey has found. Seven in 10 children feel negatively about upcoming school exams - «angry», «worried» or «sad» - with more than three in five feeling «worried». In comparison, six in 10 feel positive - «calm», «secure» or «hopeful» - about the Covid-19 situation in Singapore , said local charity Focus on the Family Singapore, which conducted the online survey. Over 1,050 schoolchildren here aged between 10 and 15 were surveyed, and the results were released on Friday (Sept 18). Focus on the Family Singapore said the findings suggest that exams and grades are «of high importance» for the general population of students here. «While it is natural that examinations cause some anxiety, high levels of worry can lead to test anxiety if left unchecked. This may in turn affect students' academic performance and lead to other forms of anxiety, depression or mental health issues,» the charity said. Parental support can mitigate the negative effects of test anxiety on students, it added.

Smuggling network at dormitories during lockdown revealed

Cut off from the outside world as Covid-19 swept through the dormitories, migrant workers desperate for a smoke or a drink turned to unorthodox means to get their fix. At one dorm, cigarettes and liquor were tossed over the fence. And in at least two purpose
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Smuggling network at dormitories during lockdown revealed

Cut off from the outside world as Covid-19 swept through the dormitories, migrant workers desperate for a smoke or a drink turned to unorthodox means to get their fix. At one dorm, cigarettes and liquor were tossed over the fence. And in at least two purpose-built dorms, smuggling networks involving garbage collectors, cleaners and drivers were able to take root. Speaking on condition of anonymity, some workers told Tamil Murasu and The New Paper how alcohol and cigarettes were smuggled in and sold at marked-up prices, with some items costing four times more than the prices outside. At Sungei Tengah Lodge, they implicated those who have access in and out of the dorm. A resident, who wanted to be known only as Deva, 30, said alcohol has not been allowed in the dorm since April. But booze, legal and illegal cigarettes, and illegal chewing tobacco were smuggled in. He said garbage collectors brought in contraband in their trucks and passed them to cleaners who in turn gave them to a group of selected workers. Residents go to these selected workers to collect their orders.

Ben Yeo's chee cheong fun, Irene Ang's Thai food: Celebs launch new F&B ventures despite Covid-19

It's no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected many businesses in Singapore, be they food-related or retail. But it seems despite the downturn, at least one group of entrepreneurs have remained undeteterred — local celebrities.  The
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Ben Yeo's chee cheong fun, Irene Ang's Thai food: Celebs launch new F&B ventures despite Covid-19

It's no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected many businesses in Singapore, be they food-related or retail. But it seems despite the downturn, at least one group of entrepreneurs have remained undeteterred — local celebrities.  These well-known personalities have launched their new F&B ventures both online and off in the last two months. According to former actress Cassandra See and Fly Entertainment boss Irene Ang at least, times of crises are when they see new opportunities arise.

PlayStation 5 pre-orders crash Singapore retailer websites; sells out almost immediately

Blame it on the pandemic affecting supply chains or blame it on technical issues, but either way, you won’t be getting your hands on a new PlayStation 5 (PS5) anytime soon if your pre-orders weren’t processed this morning.  As soon as the clock struck 1
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PlayStation 5 pre-orders crash Singapore retailer websites; sells out almost immediately

Blame it on the pandemic affecting supply chains or blame it on technical issues, but either way, you won’t be getting your hands on a new PlayStation 5 (PS5) anytime soon if your pre-orders weren’t processed this morning.  As soon as the clock struck 11am today (Sept 18), several websites — including the official Sony Singapore store — crashed from the flood of traffic driven by folks wanting to secure their entry into next-gen gaming when the PS5 drops on Nov 19.  The hype kicked off yesterday morning after an official announcement made by Sony on the availability and pricing of their upcoming console. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Singapore then followed up with a confirmation that the PS5 will be available for online and offline pre-order today. To the chagrin of local gamers, visiting sites like Sony Singapore and Qisahn brought up broken pages when pre-orders opened this morning. Both sites have since gone live again after getting temporarily downed. 

Jail for man who devised scheme to cheat over $700 of food

SINGAPORE - Using multiple accounts with fictitious names on food delivery applications, a 27-year-old man ordered food using his neighbours' addresses and instructed delivery riders to leave the meals there. He also promised the riders that he would pay the
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Jail for man who devised scheme to cheat over $700 of food

SINGAPORE - Using multiple accounts with fictitious names on food delivery applications, a 27-year-old man ordered food using his neighbours' addresses and instructed delivery riders to leave the meals there. He also promised the riders that he would pay them after the delivery but never did so. Leonard Tan Tong Han was sentenced to seven days' jail on Thursday (Sept 17) after pleading guilty to four charges of cheating. Each charge was for a separate incident involving a different delivery rider. Nine other similar charges, involving other delivery riders, were considered during sentencing by Principal District Judge Toh Han Li. Court documents state that Tan ordered more than $700 worth of food using multiple accounts on the mobile apps of food delivery operators GrabFood and Foodpanda. He had used fictitious names and random phone numbers to set up the accounts. Between Feb 25 and March 14, he ordered food to be delivered to either of two neighbours' flats. He also opted to pay for the orders in cash upon delivery of the food.

PS5 confirmed for Singapore launch on Nov 19 at $599 and $729 - here's where you can pre-order

Sony’s next-generation gaming console is officially arriving here, and it’ll officially take the wind out of your wallets too.  Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Singapore confirmed today (Sept 17) that the PlayStation 5 will launch in Singapore on N
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PS5 confirmed for Singapore launch on Nov 19 at $599 and $729 - here's where you can pre-order

Sony’s next-generation gaming console is officially arriving here, and it’ll officially take the wind out of your wallets too.  Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Singapore confirmed today (Sept 17) that the PlayStation 5 will launch in Singapore on Nov 19. There'll be two models: PS5 Digital Edition (the one without a disc drive) goes for a recommended retail price of $599, while the standard PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be available at a gut-wrenching $729.  Both models will be equipped with the same custom processor with integrated central processing units and graphics processing units as well as custom solid-state drives to play games at 4K resolution with lightning-fast loading times.  At launch, players will be able to get their hands on a handful of AAA titles including the Demon’s Souls remake, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and… the new Sackboy game. In yet more painful news for your bank account, exclusive PS5 titles will cost up to $97.90 each. Hey, that’s next-gen gaming for you. 

Lowest number of daily new Covid-19 cases in 6 months

SINGAPORE - There were 18 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Thursday noon (Sept 17), taking Singapore's total to 57,532. This is the lowest daily figure since March 16, which had 17 cases. Thursday's new cases included one community case who is a wor
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Lowest number of daily new Covid-19 cases in 6 months

SINGAPORE - There were 18 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Thursday noon (Sept 17), taking Singapore's total to 57,532. This is the lowest daily figure since March 16, which had 17 cases. Thursday's new cases included one community case who is a work pass holder, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). There were also two imported cases, who had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. On Wednesday, MOH reported that People's Park Complex and People's Park Centre were visited by Covid-19 patients while they were infectious. The malls were added to a list of places visited by community cases during their infectious period. The visits were made on Sunday. Two new cases in the community were reported on Wednesday. Both patients are work permit holders, and were detected from rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who stay outside dormitories. They tested positive on Tuesday.

This Telegram bot lets you find the nearest 7-Eleven outlets with Slurpee machines

With the forecast of cool, rainy days coming to an end soon, a cold cup of icy sugary slush would be a much-needed treat to endure the familiar Singapore heat.  Alas, while 7-Eleven outlets can be found nearly everywhere, not all of them have machines tha
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This Telegram bot lets you find the nearest 7-Eleven outlets with Slurpee machines

With the forecast of cool, rainy days coming to an end soon, a cold cup of icy sugary slush would be a much-needed treat to endure the familiar Singapore heat.  Alas, while 7-Eleven outlets can be found nearly everywhere, not all of them have machines that dispense Slurpee.  Contrary to popular belief, the brain freeze-inducing drink is not available in every store, Redditor u/MeePokUncle found out. The same individual behind other Telegram programs like @rainkorkorbot (which displays where it’s raining in Singapore) then decided to make Slurpee-hunting a lot easier, with yet another single-purpose Telegram bot dedicated to finding the nearest slushy-slinging 7-Eleven outlets to you. “I made a Telegram Bot to let you find the nearest 7-Eleven outlets with Slurpee machines in Singapore,” the Redditor posted. “Now all that’s left is to pray that it isn’t broken/cleaning.” 

Explainer: Why is Singapore's Covid-19 death rate the world's lowest

Singapore has the lowest coronavirus case fatality count globally, with just 27 deaths among the more than 57,000 people who have been infected with Covid-19 in the Southeast Asian island. At 0.05 per cent, Singapore's death rate is well below the global ave
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Explainer: Why is Singapore's Covid-19 death rate the world's lowest

Singapore has the lowest coronavirus case fatality count globally, with just 27 deaths among the more than 57,000 people who have been infected with Covid-19 in the Southeast Asian island. At 0.05 per cent, Singapore's death rate is well below the global average of around 3 per cent, according to data compiled by Reuters from countries that have recorded more than 1,000 cases. A comparison with countries with a similar sized population shows a stark difference - Denmark's death rate is around 3 per cent, while Finland's is around 4 per cent.  Further, nobody has died from the disease in Singapore for more than two months, according to its health ministry. The country's leading disease experts said the following are the main factors behind the phenomenon: Infection demographics About 95 per cent of Singapore's Covid-19 infections are among migrant workers, mostly in their 20s or 30s, living in cramped dormitories and employed in labor-intensive sectors such as construction and shipbuilding.

3 in 10 have vitamin D deficiency - despite Singapore's sunny reputation

SINGAPORE - A study published on Sept 3 in medical journal JAMA Network Open suggested that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with a higher risk of Covid-19. Vitamin D is mainly produced in the skin when it is exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) B rays of t
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3 in 10 have vitamin D deficiency - despite Singapore's sunny reputation

SINGAPORE - A study published on Sept 3 in medical journal JAMA Network Open suggested that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with a higher risk of Covid-19. Vitamin D is mainly produced in the skin when it is exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) B rays of the sun. But despite Singapore's reputation as a «sunny island», many here are deficient in this vitamin. The 2010 National Health Survey found that 40 per cent of Singaporeans were deficient in vitamin D, while another 8 per cent were very deficient. And the figures do not seem to have improved much over the past decade. Assistant Professor Verena Tan, an expert in dietetics and nutrition at the Singapore Institute of Technology, cited a 2019 study which found that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among indoor workers here was 32.9 per cent. Office workers, those who work in workshops and those on night shift were also found to be at a greater risk of this condition. Dr Tan told The Straits Times on Tuesday (Sept 15) that the condition is prevalent not only in Singapore but also elsewhere in South-east Asia - despite the presence of sunlight all year round.

Telegram job scam: Middleman allegedly cheated over 80 students out of $7,000 in wages

From the latest deals to transport updates, it seems that there's a Telegram Channel for just about anything. Unfortunately, some are also using the app for more nefarious purposes. A police report has been made against one middleman who has been accused of
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Telegram job scam: Middleman allegedly cheated over 80 students out of $7,000 in wages

From the latest deals to transport updates, it seems that there's a Telegram Channel for just about anything. Unfortunately, some are also using the app for more nefarious purposes. A police report has been made against one middleman who has been accused of withholding over $7,000 in unpaid wages from at least 80 workers he had engaged via Telegram job advertisement channels, the police confirmed to AsiaOne today (Sept 17). The man allegedly ran a Telegram job advertisement channel with a following of almost 20,000 before it was deleted. It would recruit part-time workers for events and various companies. A screengrab of the now-defunct Telegram channel.PHOTO: Screengrab/InternetSpeaking to AsiaOne, one victim, who declined to be named, said that the man had engaged him to work at a music festival in June last year. Since then, he has not received his wages of about $92.

Man alleges eldercare staff put soiled mask back on mum after she vomited

A man unhappy with how his elderly mum was treated at an eldercare centre recently took to Facebook to air his grievances. In his post on Tuesday (Sept 15), Royston Tan wrote: «Shame on you to treat a helpless elderly with such insensitive & inhuman tr
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Man alleges eldercare staff put soiled mask back on mum after she vomited

A man unhappy with how his elderly mum was treated at an eldercare centre recently took to Facebook to air his grievances. In his post on Tuesday (Sept 15), Royston Tan wrote: «Shame on you to treat a helpless elderly with such insensitive & inhuman treatment [sic].» His 76-year-old mother, who has dementia, attends daycare at St Luke's ElderCare Hougang Centre. She felt unwell that day and vomited after lunch, he said. Tan then took her to see a doctor and was appalled to find vomit not only on her clothes but also on the inside of her mask. According to Tan, the care staff had placed the soiled mask back on his mum after helping to clean her up.

Local singer-songwriter Haven has a new single

Despite the damper Covid-19 has put on all of us, 17 year-old Haven reckons that the year has been “quite a rollercoaster” for her. Signed to local music label AOR Global, the musician has released six songs since she debuted in 2019. But what’s curren
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Local singer-songwriter Haven has a new single

Despite the damper Covid-19 has put on all of us, 17 year-old Haven reckons that the year has been “quite a rollercoaster” for her. Signed to local music label AOR Global, the musician has released six songs since she debuted in 2019. But what’s currently on the forefront of her music career is her upcoming single, EGO, which launches on Sept 18. “A lot is happening right now for me,” says the singer-songwriter, who is also a secondary school student. “Friends coming and going, delayed projects and most importantly… I’ve been studying like crazy for my ‘N’ Levels!” PHOTO: Instagram/theonlyhavenThough youthful, the singer is retrospective and shares that she’s been taking time to “reflect on what she’s done so far”. While her heartfelt lyrics and wispy vocals, juxtaposed against her e-girl aesthetic, has caught the attention of some 5000 followers on Instagram, the music artist maintains that she’s been finding new ways to get creative during the dry season. 

NTU student took upskirt, upshirt videos of 335 women in just 171 days

Almost every day for close to six months, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduate would go on the prowl. Shaun Ho Yan Liang would seek out women in shorts and skirts and walk near them to discreetly record an upskirt or under-shirt video usi
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NTU student took upskirt, upshirt videos of 335 women in just 171 days

Almost every day for close to six months, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduate would go on the prowl. Shaun Ho Yan Liang would seek out women in shorts and skirts and walk near them to discreetly record an upskirt or under-shirt video using his phone. Yesterday, the 26-year-old admitted to taking 469 such videos of 335 different victims over a period of 171 days. He was convicted on two charges of insulting the modesty of a woman and one charge under the Films Act. Another charge under the Films Act was taken into consideration. Ho, who was a final-year psychology student at NTU at the time, took the videos from Feb 2, 2018, at numerous locations including Eastpoint Mall, a lab in the National Institute of Education's School of Science, and the student activity centre and overhead bridge at the North Spine of NTU. Describing Ho's modus operandi to the court, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sean Teh said he would trail a woman and squat or stand close to her with his phone's rear camera aimed at her.

Facing 'personal difficulties', man hosted gathering of 11 during circuit breaker

SINGAPORE - An illegal get-together at Eastbay condominium during the circuit breaker has cost 11 men a total of $25,200 in fines. The men pleaded guilty on Wednesday (Sept 16) to an offence under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. Members of the publi
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Facing 'personal difficulties', man hosted gathering of 11 during circuit breaker

SINGAPORE - An illegal get-together at Eastbay condominium during the circuit breaker has cost 11 men a total of $25,200 in fines. The men pleaded guilty on Wednesday (Sept 16) to an offence under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. Members of the public were banned from leaving home without a valid reason or meeting other people not living in the same place for social reasons during the circuit breaker period from April 7 to June 1. Alex Teo Han Yuan, 27, was given the steepest fine of $3,000 for holding the event in May at his Eastbay unit in Tay Lian Teck Road, near Upper East Coast Road. Teo Wee Liang, 27, was fined $2,700, while three others - Zane Lucas Quek, 27; Joey Seng Koon Hwee, 32; and Nicholas Tan Zhi Qin, 34 - were each fined $2,500. A fine of $2,000 each was levied on the other six men: Darren Ho Shu Qiang, 23; Neo Hwee Siang, 24; Ryan Tan Jia Wei, 25; Jeffrey Foo Chek Suan, 28; Lim Cheng Yao, 29; and Winston Lee Wei Zheng, 35. The case involving a 12th man - Nicholas Lau Wei Chong, 25 - is still pending, with a pre-trial conference to be held on Oct 15.

Tencent to mitigate setbacks in US and India with new regional hub in Singapore, analysts say

Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings is expected to mitigate its recent setbacks in the United States and India, according to analysts, with the opening of a new office in Singapore, a move designed to broaden its operations across Southeast Asia. Estab
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Tencent to mitigate setbacks in US and India with new regional hub in Singapore, analysts say

Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings is expected to mitigate its recent setbacks in the United States and India, according to analysts, with the opening of a new office in Singapore, a move designed to broaden its operations across Southeast Asia. Establishing a new regional hub in Singapore is “a choice for Tencent to mitigate risks” amid trade restrictions in the US and India, said Shawn Yang, Shenzhen-based managing director of Blue Lotus Capital Advisors. Tencent’s move to Singapore and a renewed focus on Southeast Asia have come after the company found itself caught in the middle of geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington. The Trump administration plans to ban business transactions in the US with Tencent’s ubiquitous social media app WeChat from Sept 20. WeChat and other Tencent apps have also been blacklisted by New Delhi, following a clash between Indian and Chinese troops in a disputed Himalayan border in June.

Viral Hokkien parody of Mulan by Singaporean comedy-rap duo taken down over copyright issues

Disney’s newest live-action remake of a beloved classic has proven to be quite contentious, but one thing that some folks in Singapore enjoyed without issue was a parodic dubbing of Hokkien over a scene in Mulan.  Unfortunately, the viral clip was deemed
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Viral Hokkien parody of Mulan by Singaporean comedy-rap duo taken down over copyright issues

Disney’s newest live-action remake of a beloved classic has proven to be quite contentious, but one thing that some folks in Singapore enjoyed without issue was a parodic dubbing of Hokkien over a scene in Mulan.  Unfortunately, the viral clip was deemed dishonourable. The video, which had garnered over 11,000 views and hundreds of shares on Facebook, was subjected to a takedown notice over copyright infringement.  Posted on Sunday (Sept 13) by Singaporean comedy-rap duo Yung Parents, the short excerpt from Mulan — a scene in which her elderly father is seen struggling to accept the conscription — featured the characters’ dialogue playfully dubbed over in Hokkien. 

Vampire power costs Singapore households $150 million each year - here's how you can finally stop your wallets from getting sucked dry

Scroll to the end of this article to find out how you can win a GrabFood voucher! It may be the lunar seventh month, but what you should be afraid of is not ghosts — it is vampires. Vampire electronics, that is. These devices, which are on standby mode 2
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Vampire power costs Singapore households $150 million each year - here's how you can finally stop your wallets from getting sucked dry

Scroll to the end of this article to find out how you can win a GrabFood voucher! It may be the lunar seventh month, but what you should be afraid of is not ghosts — it is vampires. Vampire electronics, that is. These devices, which are on standby mode 24/7, leech energy even when you are not using them. They continuously consume energy in the background to perform updates, connect to remote servers, document data, and respond quickly to commands. So, the more wired up and connected you get, the more vampires you end up inviting into your home.

Man rains punches on bus captain's head after he was told to put on a mask

A reminder to put on a face mask angered a passenger so much, he rained punches on the bus captain. Without wearing a mask, the man boarded bus service 21 at a bus stop along Pasir Ris Drive 6 yesterday (Sept 15) afternoon. He only put it on after getting
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Man rains punches on bus captain's head after he was told to put on a mask

A reminder to put on a face mask angered a passenger so much, he rained punches on the bus captain. Without wearing a mask, the man boarded bus service 21 at a bus stop along Pasir Ris Drive 6 yesterday (Sept 15) afternoon. He only put it on after getting on the bus and started to hurl vulgarities at the bus captain, SBS Transit said in a Facebook post. The verbal abuse continued as the vehicle travelled for two more bus stops. After alerting the police to the incident, the bus stalled at a bus stop along Pasir Ris Drive 1 to wait for officers to arrive. This was when the passenger grabbed the bus driver's neck and collar, holding on for more than a minute. He refused to let go despite the latter's pleas.

Lasalle student, 22, falls to her death from dormitory in Selegie

A 22-year-old student from Hong Kong fell to her death from the 10th storey of her dormitory on Monday morning (Sept 14). She was found lying motionless at the foot of dwell Selegie at about 5.04am and was pronounced dead on the scene by a paramedic, the p
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Lasalle student, 22, falls to her death from dormitory in Selegie

A 22-year-old student from Hong Kong fell to her death from the 10th storey of her dormitory on Monday morning (Sept 14). She was found lying motionless at the foot of dwell Selegie at about 5.04am and was pronounced dead on the scene by a paramedic, the police told AsiaOne. Speaking with Lianhe Zaobao, a student staying at the dormitory explained that as most people were attending online classes, few would have been awake when the incident happened. As he and his roommates were asleep, none of them was aware of what had happened. «It was only after I woke up and saw police cars and an ambulance did I realise something had happened.» According to a cleaner working at the dormitory, male and female students are separated into different levels and are generally grouped according to their schools. The deceased, who was not identified, was a student at Lasalle College of the Arts, which is located a rough five to 10 minutes walk away from the dormitory.

In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE - China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite experts' concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standar
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In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE - China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite experts' concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing. China launched a vaccine emergency use programme in July, offering three experimental shots developed by a unit of state pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and United States-listed Sinovac Biotech. A fourth Covid-19 vaccine being developed by CanSino Biologics was approved for use by the Chinese military in June. Aiming to protect essential workers and reduce the likelihood of a resurgence, the vaccines are also grabbing attention in the global scramble by governments to secure supplies, potentially helping reframe China's perceived role in the pandemic. Beijing has not released official data on the uptake in domestic targeted groups, which include medical, transport and food market workers.

2 men in 'drunken' fight at Upper Serangoon View

«>Two men were seen fighting in Upper Serangoon View on Saturday morning (Sept 12). Stomp contributor Adam, a resident in the vicinity, witnessed the incident that occurred between Block 477B and Block 477C at around 7am. He said: »I heard shout
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2 men in 'drunken' fight at Upper Serangoon View

«>Two men were seen fighting in Upper Serangoon View on Saturday morning (Sept 12). Stomp contributor Adam, a resident in the vicinity, witnessed the incident that occurred between Block 477B and Block 477C at around 7am. He said: »I heard shouting and looked out of my window and found these people fighting.« A »>video taken by Adam shows a man wearing a white shirt in a tussle with a man clad in a black shirt, while a woman tried to break up the fight. Another man can be seen watching the scene.

Think you've OCD? You may just be a neat freak: We take a peek into an extremely organised HDB home

Being called «OCD» is a term that wholesale manager Frederick Chan is accustomed to hearing. In fact, it's what he often uses as well to describe himself. His 3-bedroom flat is impeccably spotless and orderly, and a peek into his wardrobe will r
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Think you've OCD? You may just be a neat freak: We take a peek into an extremely organised HDB home

Being called «OCD» is a term that wholesale manager Frederick Chan is accustomed to hearing. In fact, it's what he often uses as well to describe himself. His 3-bedroom flat is impeccably spotless and orderly, and a peek into his wardrobe will reveal uniformly-folded T-shirts and his work attire hung neatly on the clothes rack. And by neatly, we mean clothes on identical black hangers hung equidistant from each other. And it is done instinctively, without the use of any kind of measuring tool. His rack of checkered shirts that he uses for work, all neatly hung. PHOTO: Frederick ChanFrederick, who's married, reveals that between him and his wife, he's actually the more particular one when it comes to neatness. It's a trait which he got from his mother, he says, but he has definitely surpassed the master.

'Suffering helps to nourish my life': Taiwanese singer Aaron Yan

The coronavirus pandemic has created a major upheaval in all of our lives - more so for some. Which is why Taiwanese singer-actor Aaron Yan hopes the upcoming Singapore Ren Ci Hospital Online Charity Show this Saturday (Sept 19) will cheer up Singaporeans
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'Suffering helps to nourish my life': Taiwanese singer Aaron Yan

The coronavirus pandemic has created a major upheaval in all of our lives - more so for some. Which is why Taiwanese singer-actor Aaron Yan hopes the upcoming Singapore Ren Ci Hospital Online Charity Show this Saturday (Sept 19) will cheer up Singaporeans and encourage them to lend a hand to those grappling with the double whammy of ailing health and dried-up income. In an exclusive interview, he shared with AsiaOne his unusual perception of hard times.

Don't do this for an MC: PM Lee tries to get bitten by mosquitoes

Mosquitoes may be the bane of many Singaporeans' lives but Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong didn't bat an eyelid when he got up close and personal with a scourge of them on Tuesday (Sept 15). Documenting his visit to the Environmental Health Institute on his I
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Don't do this for an MC: PM Lee tries to get bitten by mosquitoes

Mosquitoes may be the bane of many Singaporeans' lives but Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong didn't bat an eyelid when he got up close and personal with a scourge of them on Tuesday (Sept 15). Documenting his visit to the Environmental Health Institute on his Instagram Stories, PM Lee shared a behind-the-scenes look at the facility, which produces Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes to fight dengue. As part of his visit, he got a close-up look at the mosquitoes and had a go at a nifty-looking mozzie launcher. PHOTOS: Instagram/ leehsienloongHe even sacrificed his arm for science, sticking it into an enclosure full of Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes. However, the mozzies did not seem to be taking the bait, prompting PM Lee to quip: «I'm not tasty enough!» Of course, the insects' lack of interest probably has more to do with the fact that male mosquitoes do not bite.

Disgruntled customer calls cops after zi char stall upsized his dishes without consent

One man's attempt to flame a zi char stall online backfired when he became the target of criticism instead. The reason? For calling the cops on the stallholder who had allegedly upsized his order without his permission. In his bid to name and shame the sta
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Disgruntled customer calls cops after zi char stall upsized his dishes without consent

One man's attempt to flame a zi char stall online backfired when he became the target of criticism instead. The reason? For calling the cops on the stallholder who had allegedly upsized his order without his permission. In his bid to name and shame the stall, the man alleged in a Facebook post on Saturday (Sept 12) that Lucky BBQ Seafood at Pasir Panjang had changed his order from small to medium dishes and attempted to charge him an extra $21. The man had paid for the food before discovering the discrepancy and realised something was amiss when his order of four small dishes and rice added up to $69, he told Lianhe Wanbao. However, the man, who was having dinner with his family, only confronted the stallholder after being served a suspiciously large plate of cockles. «The cockle dish that was served was clearly a bigger portion, not what I ordered. So I went up to the stallholder to ask for an explanation,» he recalled.

Singaporean creatives forced home rediscover the Lion City's unique characteristics

When California-based performance artist and actor Loo Zihan returned home to Singapore in March, he began taking long walks along the Rail Corridor – a stretch of greenery that spans the country’s old railway line. The three-hour, 9.5km (6 mile) hikes t
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Singaporean creatives forced home rediscover the Lion City's unique characteristics

When California-based performance artist and actor Loo Zihan returned home to Singapore in March, he began taking long walks along the Rail Corridor – a stretch of greenery that spans the country’s old railway line. The three-hour, 9.5km (6 mile) hikes through nature were a balm for the social isolation he endured during Singapore’s partial lockdown, when people were only permitted to leave their homes for essential business or exercise. “Being a performance-based artist, I was interested in observing how the body adjusts to restrictions of mobility, and how it adapts to being confined within a limited space for long periods of time,” says Loo, who decided to return to Singapore at the urging of friends and family worried about the rapidly worsening spread of Covid-19 in the United States. His isolation walks inspired him to create a performance project titled Temporary Measures, a series of one-on-one long-distance “processions” along the Rail Corridor accompanied by donors to a fundraiser for migrant workers.

Facebook avatars & stickers launched in Singapore

Having avatars and stickers that look like you makes messaging your friends and family a much more engaging experience. Who could forget Snapchat’s Bitmoji in 2007? Oh and Kim Kardashian-West’s Kimoji in 2015? Apple even followed suit 2 years later and l
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Facebook avatars & stickers launched in Singapore

Having avatars and stickers that look like you makes messaging your friends and family a much more engaging experience. Who could forget Snapchat’s Bitmoji in 2007? Oh and Kim Kardashian-West’s Kimoji in 2015? Apple even followed suit 2 years later and launched Memoji. Well, Facebook just launched their own avatars and stickers and there are so many options to choose from. Available to all Facebook users, Facebook’s new Avatars feature gives users a way to convey their authentic identity when expressing themselves on the social media platform. You can pop champagne in celebration of a Friendversary, send a flirty sticker to your partner to hint at the saucy plans for the night ahead and more.

Mum who hit daughter with phone charging cable sentenced to detention order

SINGAPORE - A Chinese national was sentenced to a 10-day short detention order on Tuesday (Sept 15) after she used a mobile phone charging cable to hit her then eight-year-old daughter on her arms and lower back. The 39-year-old mother, who is currently on
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Mum who hit daughter with phone charging cable sentenced to detention order

SINGAPORE - A Chinese national was sentenced to a 10-day short detention order on Tuesday (Sept 15) after she used a mobile phone charging cable to hit her then eight-year-old daughter on her arms and lower back. The 39-year-old mother, who is currently on a long-term visit pass, faced a charge of voluntarily causing hurt, with three other charges taken into consideration during sentencing. Neither can be named due to a gag order to protect the child's identity. The court heard that when the incident occurred in August 2018, the girl was still residing under a voluntary care arrangement but allowed weekend home leave to see her mother. Court documents said that the girl was removed from her mother's care and placed under interim protection from May 31, 2017, to July 27, 2018. The documents did not reflect why this was so. At about noon on Aug 10, 2018, the girl was with her mother at the massage outlet where the woman worked as a massage therapist. The girl was playing with her phone when it ran out of battery and she asked her mother to help her charge it. But the woman was busy with work and told her to wait or to go home.

SIA's 400-plus trainee pilots, cabin crew: Half let go, other half to leave when training completes

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) has let go of about half of its cadet pilots and cabin crew trainees as it continues to downsize its workforce. The rest will have to leave after their training is completed. The Straits Times understands that there are
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SIA's 400-plus trainee pilots, cabin crew: Half let go, other half to leave when training completes

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) has let go of about half of its cadet pilots and cabin crew trainees as it continues to downsize its workforce. The rest will have to leave after their training is completed. The Straits Times understands that there are more than 400 at various stages of training. Those who had to abort their training are mainly foreigners. A spokesman for the airline said of the decision to allow the rest to continue: «SIA is committed to supporting them through their training programme.» It takes over two years and costs about $250,000 to train one pilot. The programme for cabin crew lasts less than three months. However, the airline will not be able to keep them after that due to the «current surplus in staff numbers», he said. Retained cadet pilots who need to complete the overseas segment of their training will be put on no-pay leave until SIA is able to safely resume this segment of the training programme, he added.

Beer in teapot again as 23 more F&B outlets caught for breaking Covid-19 rules

SINGAPORE - A total of 23 food and beverage outlets were caught flouting Covid-19 safe management measures during stepped-up checks by government agencies over the weekend. Many of these breaches involved groups of more than five people seated together or m
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Beer in teapot again as 23 more F&B outlets caught for breaking Covid-19 rules

SINGAPORE - A total of 23 food and beverage outlets were caught flouting Covid-19 safe management measures during stepped-up checks by government agencies over the weekend. Many of these breaches involved groups of more than five people seated together or mingling between tables, as well as serving and consuming alcohol past 10.30pm, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 15). A total of 149 F&B outlets in known hot spots were inspected over the weekend. Police officers were also involved in the checks. The MSE said that the agencies are reviewing the breaches and «appropriate enforcement actions will be taken, including temporary closure of the outlets and the issuance of fines». This comes after Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry Covid-19 task force, said last Wednesday that enforcement agencies will be stepping up checks on F&B outlets that flout Covid-19 rules.

Owners, vets who euthanised dog Loki cleared by AVS

SINGAPORE - The owners of a dog that was put down in April and the veterinarians involved in the case were found to have not breached the law and code of ethics after investigations by the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS). The euthanasia of the dog named
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Owners, vets who euthanised dog Loki cleared by AVS

SINGAPORE - The owners of a dog that was put down in April and the veterinarians involved in the case were found to have not breached the law and code of ethics after investigations by the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS). The euthanasia of the dog named Loki drew widespread public attention earlier this year, with some netizens alleging that Loki's owners and the vet had put down the dog unnecessarily. In its four-month-long investigation, AVS said it found that there was «no failure in duty of care or cruelty» by the owners - a married couple - as they had provided Loki with its «basic needs such as food, water, shelter and veterinary attention, and treated it well». Three vets from two clinics involved in the case were found to have complied with the code of ethics for veterinarians and other regulations such as the Animals and Birds Act. In addition, there was no breach of the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act by all parties as «veterinary acts that uphold public safety», including the humane euthanasia of animals, were considered an essential service during the circuit breaker period.

Police looking into complaint filed against woman who raised middle fingers to police camera

A woman was accompanied by her fellow activists to Tanglin Police Division last Friday (Sept 11), after she got in trouble for posting an image that was deemed alarming.  It was a picture of her flipping the bird at police cameras situated at Speakers’ C
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Police looking into complaint filed against woman who raised middle fingers to police camera

A woman was accompanied by her fellow activists to Tanglin Police Division last Friday (Sept 11), after she got in trouble for posting an image that was deemed alarming.  It was a picture of her flipping the bird at police cameras situated at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park. The activist — known as Averyn — had posted the image on her Facebook page on November 6 last year, when she pointed her middle fingers up at the CCTV security cameras while wearing a camouflage outfit. It was accompanied by a caption that expressed her dismay over “militarised surveillance” and the silence over marginalised communities.  This, according to social worker and activist Jolovan Wham, garnered a police report filed against her on May 15 earlier this year. PHOTO: Twitter/Screengrab/@kixesWham and other activists, including journalist Kirsten Han, accompanied the woman in a show of solidarity when she attended an interview with the police last Friday. 

Aliff Aziz jailed 2 weeks for theft and behaving in disorderly manner

[UPDATE 4.10pm] Aliff Aziz has been given two weeks of imprisonment and fined $500 for theft and an unrelated charge of behaving in a disorderly manner in public. Actor-singer Aliff Aziz is facing possible jail term after being found unfit for a mandator
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Aliff Aziz jailed 2 weeks for theft and behaving in disorderly manner

[UPDATE 4.10pm] Aliff Aziz has been given two weeks of imprisonment and fined $500 for theft and an unrelated charge of behaving in a disorderly manner in public. Actor-singer Aliff Aziz is facing possible jail term after being found unfit for a mandatory treatment order (MTO), The Straits Times reported. An offender is sentenced to an MTO in lieu of imprisonment — they'll undergo psychiatric treatment to address their condition. However, it was not mentioned in court on Monday (Sep 14) why Aliff wasn't eligible for MTO. Aliff, 29, pleaded guilty last month to one count of theft. He stole $300 and one million rupiah (S$94) from Indonesian actress Raja Yunika Perdhana Putri. The scandal-ridden Singaporean also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of behaving in a disorderly manner in public.