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Man charged with robbery at Chinatown hostel; alleged accomplice still at large

SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man allegedly involved in a robbery at a hostel in Chinatown was charged in court on Saturday (Sept 25). Goh Soon Kim, a Singaporean, is accused of robbing four victims of $1,000 in cash at S Inn Chinatown in Temple Street on Frida
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Man charged with robbery at Chinatown hostel; alleged accomplice still at large

SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man allegedly involved in a robbery at a hostel in Chinatown was charged in court on Saturday (Sept 25). Goh Soon Kim, a Singaporean, is accused of robbing four victims of $1,000 in cash at S Inn Chinatown in Temple Street on Friday while armed with a flick knife. His alleged accomplice, Ng Chek Kiang Angelo, 42, has not been arrested yet. In a press release on Saturday, the police said they were alerted to the incident on Friday at 3.15am. The victims were not harmed. Officers from Central Police Division and Tanglin Police Division arrested Goh at Lorong 1 Toa Payoh five hours later. He is to be remanded at Central Police Division upon discharge from Singapore General Hospital. Court documents did not state why he was in the hospital. If convicted of robbery, Goh can be jailed for between three and 14 years and receive at least 12 strokes of the cane. The police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Ng - Goh's alleged accomplice.

'Hard for everyone to adjust to tighter measures again': Lawrence Wong says reopening to resume once healthcare system stabilises

SINGAPORE - The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 is committed to Singapore's reopening plans and will stay the course to make Singapore a Covid-resilient nation, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday (Sept 24). But the latest round of restrictio
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'Hard for everyone to adjust to tighter measures again': Lawrence Wong says reopening to resume once healthcare system stabilises

SINGAPORE - The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 is committed to Singapore's reopening plans and will stay the course to make Singapore a Covid-resilient nation, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday (Sept 24). But the latest round of restrictions is needed to ensure that the healthcare system can cope with the ongoing surge in cases, and to allow new healthcare protocols to stabilise, he said during a press conference held by the task force. He added: «It is hard for everyone to adjust to tighter measures again, I fully understand that. So I seek your understanding, support and your forbearance. »Once our healthcare system is stabilised, once a new healthcare capacity is in place, we will continue with our reopening plans." Mr Wong, who co-chairs the task force, said he shared the disappointment felt by many Singaporeans at the announcement of the restrictions, which will be in place for a month, from next Monday to Oct 24. The measures include reducing the maximum group size for social gatherings and dining-in from five to two. They will be reviewed at the two-week mark.

First RSAF women aircrew for F-15SG fighter jet take part in exercise in US

SINGAPORE - One has always dreamed of being a fighter pilot, while the other's interest in the air force was sparked by the fighter jets that fly on National Day. While fighter pilot Captain (CPT) Julie Lim and weapon systems officer Lieutenant (LTA) Hannah
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First RSAF women aircrew for F-15SG fighter jet take part in exercise in US

SINGAPORE - One has always dreamed of being a fighter pilot, while the other's interest in the air force was sparked by the fighter jets that fly on National Day. While fighter pilot Captain (CPT) Julie Lim and weapon systems officer Lieutenant (LTA) Hannah Teo did not join the air force by accident, ending up in the same F-15SG cockpit was more fortuitous. They are the first women fighter aircrew duo to fly the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) multi-role combat fighter together.  In April this year (2021), both were posted to the RSAF's Peace Carvin V detachment in the city of Mountain Home, Idaho, in the United States, where they took part in the biennial integrated strike drill Exercise Forging Sabre. The drill started on Sept 14 and ends on Saturday (Sept 25). Asked if there was a deliberate plan to put them together, CPT Lim demurred. Both women started their aircrew training in 2016. "I think we just happened to be at the same place at the same time.

Foodpanda rider refuses to deliver food to customer's unit, duo proceed to hurl insults at each other

A Foodpanda customer and delivery rider hurled insults at each other via text over a disagreement on Sep 16. A Stomp contributor shared with Stomp her unpleasant experience after ordering a meal from Alt. Pizza using the app. «I ordered from Foodpand
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Foodpanda rider refuses to deliver food to customer's unit, duo proceed to hurl insults at each other

A Foodpanda customer and delivery rider hurled insults at each other via text over a disagreement on Sep 16. A Stomp contributor shared with Stomp her unpleasant experience after ordering a meal from Alt. Pizza using the app. «I ordered from Foodpanda and encountered a rude rider,» she said. «The rider asked me to go down to collect the food myself. »I disagreed because she was supposed to be the one to deliver the food to my unit. «She called me and after I refused to go down, she hung up on me and started texting me.» In the text exchange, the rider used a Tagalog swear word and said there was 'no parking'. The Stomp contributor replied in frustration that there was parking behind the building and said, «I will make sure you will lose your job».

Dining in capped at 2, WFH the default: Everything you need to know about Covid-19 rules from Sept 27

SINGAPORE - With local Covid-19 cases climbing, the authorities said on Friday (Sept 24) that they will be tightening restrictions to prevent daily infections from rising at the current rate. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that if the infection rate cont
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Dining in capped at 2, WFH the default: Everything you need to know about Covid-19 rules from Sept 27

SINGAPORE - With local Covid-19 cases climbing, the authorities said on Friday (Sept 24) that they will be tightening restrictions to prevent daily infections from rising at the current rate. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that if the infection rate continues on its current trajectory, Singapore can expect to reach a daily count of about 3,200 cases in the next week. While MOH said Singapore does not have to return to a state of heightened alert, some measures will have to be tightened for about a month from next Monday to Oct 24 to reduce the strain on healthcare capacity.

1,650 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Sept 24; 3 elderly men die

SINGAPORE - A total of 1,650 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Friday (Sept 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update. Three seniors with a host of health problems - of whom two were vaccinated - have died of Covid-19 complica
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1,650 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Sept 24; 3 elderly men die

SINGAPORE - A total of 1,650 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Friday (Sept 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update. Three seniors with a host of health problems - of whom two were vaccinated - have died of Covid-19 complications, taking the death toll here to 73. The latest daily total is the highest since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 1,504 cases reported on Thursday. This is also the fourth day in a row that the number of cases has surpassed 1,000. Of the local cases on Friday, 1,369 were in the community and 277 cases were among dormitory residents, said MOH. Of these, 391 are seniors above 60 years old. The remaining four cases were imported. The three deaths on Friday were Singaporean men. The first, a 83-year-old man who was vaccinated, had a history of diabetes, restrictive lung disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Maid jailed for stealing valuables worth $10,000 from previous employer after returning to work in Singapore

Struggling to pay off her debts, a domestic helper stole nearly $10,000 worth of cash and jewellery from her previous employer. But Yati, who goes by one name, was only arrested after returning to work in Singapore for a new household less than six months af
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Maid jailed for stealing valuables worth $10,000 from previous employer after returning to work in Singapore

Struggling to pay off her debts, a domestic helper stole nearly $10,000 worth of cash and jewellery from her previous employer. But Yati, who goes by one name, was only arrested after returning to work in Singapore for a new household less than six months after she was sent back to Indonesia, Shin Min Daily News reported.  The 41-year-old was sentenced to 15 weeks' jail on Wednesday (Sept 22).  According to the Chinese evening daily, the court heard that Yati started working for a family living in Joo Chiat in April 2019 on a monthly salary of $650.  Facing harassment from illegal lenders after borrowing money on her friends’ behalf in early 2020, the maid decided to steal from her 65-year-old female employer.  According to investigations, Yati had nicked cash and jewellery from her employer’s bedroom and in other areas of the apartment while doing housework from Jan to Dec 2020. The combined worth of the valuables – which included gold and jade ornaments – was around $4,650. 

Work from home to be the default from Sept 27 to Oct 24: MOH

SINGAPORE - Working from home will be the default for employees who are able to do so as part of month-long measures to curb the current wave of Covid-19 infections, the authorities announced on Friday (Sept 24). The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the measure
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Work from home to be the default from Sept 27 to Oct 24: MOH

SINGAPORE - Working from home will be the default for employees who are able to do so as part of month-long measures to curb the current wave of Covid-19 infections, the authorities announced on Friday (Sept 24). The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the measures will be in place from Sept 27 to Oct 24, during which a 10-day snap work from home (WFH) requirement introduced earlier this month will be suspended. There should also continue to be no cross-deployment of workers to multiple worksites, said MOH in its statement. Social gatherings at the workplace will continue to be disallowed. Employers should continue to implement flexible working hours and stagger the start times of employees who need to return to the workplace, added the ministry. The tightened workplace rules, coming amid a surge in daily Covid-19 cases, were part of a range of measures announced by the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 at a press conference on Friday. Daily infections have increased to more than 1,000 cases in recent days.

Dine in, social group sizes cut to 2 from Sept 27 to Oct 24

SINGAPORE - From Monday (Sept 27), people will only be allowed to gather in groups of two, as Singapore tightens restrictions to slow the exponential rise in Covid-19 cases. These measures will last a month and will be lifted on Oct 25, with measures reviewe
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Dine in, social group sizes cut to 2 from Sept 27 to Oct 24

SINGAPORE - From Monday (Sept 27), people will only be allowed to gather in groups of two, as Singapore tightens restrictions to slow the exponential rise in Covid-19 cases. These measures will last a month and will be lifted on Oct 25, with measures reviewed in two weeks and adjusted depending on the community situation. This difficult decision is necessary to prevent the spike in infections from overwhelming the healthcare system, and buy time to scale up home recovery and home care services, said Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday (Sep 24). «I know that many Singaporeans and businesses will be disappointed by today's announcement. I want to assure you that Singapore remains committed to reopening,» said Mr Gan, who co-chairs the multi-ministerial task force tackling the pandemic. «The journey may take longer so that we can do so safely. We seek your patience and support while we adjust our response to ride this wave and future waves of infections.» The country reported 1,500 new cases on Thursday. But could double to 3,200 by next week if the current trend continues.

Daily roundup: From Singapore to Hong Kong, how many will die even after most are jabbed? — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. From Singapore to Hong Kong, how many will die even after most are jabbed? Since the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, a crucial but largely unspoken question has loomed large for countries looking tow
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Daily roundup: From Singapore to Hong Kong, how many will die even after most are jabbed? — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. From Singapore to Hong Kong, how many will die even after most are jabbed? Since the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, a crucial but largely unspoken question has loomed large for countries looking towards returning to pre-pandemic life:... » READ MORE 2. Exclusive: Shane Pow talks about his drink driving, time in prison and signing with Li Nanxing's agency

Good Samaritan plans sweet gesture for dad who brings autistic son to see trucks daily

Singaporean Raymond Lee taught us recently how his kind act can strike the right chord with netizens, not just on the island but in other parts of the world as well. He recently shared his encounter with a father and son duo, who were hanging around his co
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Good Samaritan plans sweet gesture for dad who brings autistic son to see trucks daily

Singaporean Raymond Lee taught us recently how his kind act can strike the right chord with netizens, not just on the island but in other parts of the world as well. He recently shared his encounter with a father and son duo, who were hanging around his company’s trucks. When he found out that the dad would bring his boy with autism regularly to see the trucks, the good Samaritan decided to do something special. Boy with autism loves trucks Lee shared the incident in a Facebook post on Sept 20, which has since gone viral on the Internet. He explained that he noticed the father and son hanging around his company’s trucks – the Scania S500 Highline prime mover – in the evening when he punched out from work. “It wasn’t the first time that I had met them but I didn’t manage to speak to them during that time on one of the early mornings a few weeks ago,” Lee explained. 

'He should not be allowed to hide behind the gag order': Prosecution on 23-year-old Singaporean undergrad who illicitly filmed female friends

SINGAPORE - Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on Friday (Sept 24) upheld a lower court decision to lift a gag order on the identity of a university student who had filmed voyeuristic videos of several women. Colin Chua Yi Jin, 23, had pleaded guilty on July 29 t
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'He should not be allowed to hide behind the gag order': Prosecution on 23-year-old Singaporean undergrad who illicitly filmed female friends

SINGAPORE - Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on Friday (Sept 24) upheld a lower court decision to lift a gag order on the identity of a university student who had filmed voyeuristic videos of several women. Colin Chua Yi Jin, 23, had pleaded guilty on July 29 to seven counts of insulting the women's modesty and an offence under the Films Act. It was earlier reported the clips he recorded involved 11 women, whom he knew personally, and one unknown victim. He had filmed them mostly during gatherings at his home. On Friday, the Chief Justice said courts have the power to impose gag orders to protect victims - to prevent them from suffering further and so that victims are not afraid to come forward. Chua's lawyer had gone to the High Court to object to the gag order being lifted - but Chief Justice Menon described it as a hopeless application. The Chief Justice said: «A gag order has nothing to do with the benefit of accused persons.» He noted that Chua's victims spoke with one voice and had wanted his identity revealed for a variety of reasons.

Driver in Lucky Plaza crash that killed 2 sentenced to jail

SINGAPORE - A man involved in the 2019 Lucky Plaza crash that killed two women pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving on Friday (Sept 24) and was sentenced to two years and six months' jail. He has also been disqualified from driving all classes o
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Driver in Lucky Plaza crash that killed 2 sentenced to jail

SINGAPORE - A man involved in the 2019 Lucky Plaza crash that killed two women pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving on Friday (Sept 24) and was sentenced to two years and six months' jail. He has also been disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for ten years. Two dangerous driving charges involving four other women who survived the crash were considered during sentencing.   Shortly before the tragedy, the six Filipino women had gathered along a pedestrian walkway in Nutmeg Road near the Orchard Road shopping mall on their day off at around 4.40pm on Dec 29, 2019. The Malaysian offender, Chong Kim Hoe, now 66, was then working as a private-hire car driver. The court heard he had a history of beating red light signals. Deputy Public Prosecutor Samyata Ravindran said that before the crash, the Singapore permanent resident had stopped his car along Nutmeg Road for a smoke break after dropping off a passenger.

Carpark ward? Tan Tock Seng Hospital sheds light on viral video showing beds in makeshift area

As the number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore continues to climb daily, a video showing the situation at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has attracted many people's attention. The 31-sec clip shared on Facebook on Thursday (Sept 23) showed patients lying on hos
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Carpark ward? Tan Tock Seng Hospital sheds light on viral video showing beds in makeshift area

As the number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore continues to climb daily, a video showing the situation at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has attracted many people's attention. The 31-sec clip shared on Facebook on Thursday (Sept 23) showed patients lying on hospital beds laid out in a makeshift area as medical staff made their rounds wearing full personal protective equipment. «The carpark in TTSH is converted to a hospital ward. The situation doesn't look good,» the video's caption read. The carpark in TTSH is converted to a hospital ward. The situation doesn’t look good ⬇️. Try to stay home as much as possible

1,504 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore - highest since the pandemic began; 2 unvaccinated women die

SINGAPORE - A total of 1,504 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Thursday (Sept 23), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its latest nightly update. Two unvaccinated Singaporean women, aged 71 and 93, have also died of Covid-19 complications, ta
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1,504 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore - highest since the pandemic began; 2 unvaccinated women die

SINGAPORE - A total of 1,504 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Thursday (Sept 23), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its latest nightly update. Two unvaccinated Singaporean women, aged 71 and 93, have also died of Covid-19 complications, taking the death toll to 70. The latest daily total is the highest since the pandemic began, up from the previous high of 1,457 cases reported on Wednesday. Of the local cases on Thursday, 1,218 were in the community and 273 cases were among dormitory residents, said MOH. Of these, 343 are seniors above 60 years old. The remaining 13 cases were imported. As for the latest deaths, the 71-year-old woman died on Thursday, the same day she tested positive for Covid-19. She had a history of cancer, said MOH.

'Too early to consider': Infectious disease expert responds to WP MP Jamus Lim's suggestion on easing outdoor mask rules

SINGAPORE - Mask-wearing rules should not be eased until the impact of such a move on the healthcare system is deemed to be minimal, said infectious diseases specialist David Lye. This assessment is likely to be dependent on the number of unvaccinated senior
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'Too early to consider': Infectious disease expert responds to WP MP Jamus Lim's suggestion on easing outdoor mask rules

SINGAPORE - Mask-wearing rules should not be eased until the impact of such a move on the healthcare system is deemed to be minimal, said infectious diseases specialist David Lye. This assessment is likely to be dependent on the number of unvaccinated seniors over the age of 60, said Associate Professor Lye, who is the director of the Infectious Disease Research and Training Office at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). «If everyone can bring the remaining 80,000 unvaccinated seniors to get vaccinated, it will be really helpful,» he said. While it is understandable that many are tired of Covid-19, Prof Lye said it is too early to consider relaxing restrictions now, given the ongoing rise in daily new cases. «With rising cases that need oxygen or intensive care, and deaths, this is not the time to relax safe management measures. Eventually, when we are certain that the impact on our healthcare system is minimal from Covid-19, our government may relax mask-wearing outdoors.»

From Singapore to Hong Kong, how many will die even after most are jabbed?

Since the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines , a crucial but largely unspoken question has loomed large for countries looking towards returning to pre-pandemic life: How much sickness and death will occur even after nearly everybody has been jabbed? Possible answe
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From Singapore to Hong Kong, how many will die even after most are jabbed?

Since the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines , a crucial but largely unspoken question has loomed large for countries looking towards returning to pre-pandemic life: How much sickness and death will occur even after nearly everybody has been jabbed? Possible answers to that question are coming into view as a growing number of territories get close to their maximum vaccination rates. Although varying considerably, the emerging picture points to a post-vaccinated future in which societies may have to accept significantly more Covid-19 deaths than those caused by the flu to move beyond restrictions such as lockdowns and border closures. While European countries with high vaccination rates have largely returned to normal life, living with Covid-19 could prove more difficult to accept for Asia-Pacific economies that avoided even flu-level death rates by sealing their borders.

'Melting snowskin mooncakes', 'damaged tins' among complaints of InterContinental Singapore's Mid-Autumn Festival offerings

The Mid-Autumn Festival has come and gone, but it appears that some people weren't too chuffed with their mooncake hauls.  Over the past few weeks, disgruntled customers have voiced their unhappiness over the mooncakes in the comments section of  InterC
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'Melting snowskin mooncakes', 'damaged tins' among complaints of InterContinental Singapore's Mid-Autumn Festival offerings

The Mid-Autumn Festival has come and gone, but it appears that some people weren't too chuffed with their mooncake hauls.  Over the past few weeks, disgruntled customers have voiced their unhappiness over the mooncakes in the comments section of  InterContinental Singapore's Facebook post promoting its snowskin mooncakes.   In response to the slew of negative feedback, the hotel apologised to customers on Wednesday (Sept 22), saying that it will reach out to each guest to address and resolve the issues. 

1 dead, 2 seriously injured after explosion at Tuas incineration plant

An explosion at the Tuas Incineration Plant is believed to have killed one person and seriously injured two others on Thursday (Sept 23) afternoon. When The Straits Times arrived at the scene at Tuas Avenue 20 at about 4.30pm, several police cars and at le
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1 dead, 2 seriously injured after explosion at Tuas incineration plant

An explosion at the Tuas Incineration Plant is believed to have killed one person and seriously injured two others on Thursday (Sept 23) afternoon. When The Straits Times arrived at the scene at Tuas Avenue 20 at about 4.30pm, several police cars and at least six Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) vehicles were spotted in the compound. A worker told ST that one person died in the blast. Another worker said that the bodies of the two injured workers were blackened and their clothes were torn.  The plant is run by the National Environment Agency (NEA). Other workers wearing helmets and dressed in light blue uniforms were gathered outside the building. Police officers were seen speaking to some of them. At about 5pm, four SCDF vehicles, including an ambulance and two fire engines, left the plant. The Tuas plant is one of two refuse incineration plants in Singapore. It was constructed at an estimated cost of $200 million and sits on 6.3ha of reclaimed land. It is able to incinerate 1,400 tonnes of refuse with its five units of incinerators.

Security guard fined $4,500 for pouring hand sanitiser into colleague's water bottle to 'sanitise her mouth'

SINGAPORE - Unhappy with a colleague who he felt gossiped too much, a 49-year-old security guard added hand sanitiser into her water bottle as a prank - to «sanitise her mouth». The victim, also a security guard, experienced pain and irritation
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Security guard fined $4,500 for pouring hand sanitiser into colleague's water bottle to 'sanitise her mouth'

SINGAPORE - Unhappy with a colleague who he felt gossiped too much, a 49-year-old security guard added hand sanitiser into her water bottle as a prank - to «sanitise her mouth». The victim, also a security guard, experienced pain and irritation in her throat after drinking from the bottle. She did not seek medical attention. Dilip Kumar Gobind, a Singaporean, was fined $4,500 on Thursday (Sept 23) after pleading guilty to one count of committing a rash act with a harmful substance that was likely to cause hurt to another person.   The court heard that Dilip was working the night shift at a condominium in Bedok in April last year when he committed the offence. He took the victim's water bottle, which was half-filled with water, from the guardhouse and squirted at least two pumps of hand sanitiser into it. The victim, aged 54, tasted the sanitiser when she drank from the bottle the next morning, and spat some of the liquid out. But what she had consumed left a painful sensation in her throat.  

'Cher, mummy took my homework to work': Netizens tickled by Sun Xueling's Facebook post

One parent thought she was ready to take on the day at work, only to find a surprise in her file. Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling was attending a press conference and when she took out her file, she found something quite diff
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'Cher, mummy took my homework to work': Netizens tickled by Sun Xueling's Facebook post

One parent thought she was ready to take on the day at work, only to find a surprise in her file. Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling was attending a press conference and when she took out her file, she found something quite different from her usual notes. In a Facebook post on Wednesday (Sept 22), the 42-year-old shared a photograph of her 'paperwork' which had neat boxes, blocks to count and cute handwriting.   When u go for a press conference, take out your files and realise you have brought your daughter’s homework instead

'I took your mummy away for hurting daddy': Retiree who killed ex-wife at an ITE campus had written chilling notes

Weeks before he fatally stabbed his former wife in a carpark at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central campus, retiree Seet Cher Hng wrote in a note: «She has made me the best I can be, to be a killer.» On Wednesday (Sept 2
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'I took your mummy away for hurting daddy': Retiree who killed ex-wife at an ITE campus had written chilling notes

Weeks before he fatally stabbed his former wife in a carpark at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central campus, retiree Seet Cher Hng wrote in a note: «She has made me the best I can be, to be a killer.» On Wednesday (Sept 22), the 69-year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was convicted of a reduced murder charge by the High Court last week, after he indicated that he would not be contesting the charge. Seet, who believed he did not get a fair share of the matrimonial assets, had been demanding money from Ms Low Hwee Geok, 56, and even threatened to sue her. He also blamed her alleged infidelity for their marriage ending and went as far as engraving on a knife the dates when he purportedly caught her. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Seet had penned several letters - addressed to his daughter, sister, a friend and the police - before the fatal confrontation. In a note to his sister, Seet wrote: "I have decided on another action, to take her along with me.

10 suspected cases of blood clot in brain among those who received Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines in Singapore

SINGAPORE - There are 10 suspected cases of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), or blood clot in the brain, among those who have received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for Covid-19. CVT is a very rare type of blood clot occurring in the veins of the brain, w
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10 suspected cases of blood clot in brain among those who received Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines in Singapore

SINGAPORE - There are 10 suspected cases of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), or blood clot in the brain, among those who have received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for Covid-19. CVT is a very rare type of blood clot occurring in the veins of the brain, which can happen naturally regardless of vaccination. There are risk factors and these include a medical history of blood clotting disorder, head trauma and the use of medications such as oral contraceptives and drugs for hormonal replacement therapy. The yearly background incidence rate of CVT in the general population is 1.3 to 2 in 100,000 people, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in its fifth safety update of Covid-19 vaccines. Among the suspected cases of vaccine-related CVT, HSA noted that none was fatal. It also cannot be determined if there is an increased rate of CVT associated with the use of mRNA vaccines, said HSA. The authority is monitoring such occurrences closely and reviewing the reported cases with local expert panels, though it noted that no overseas regulators have identified CVT as a safety signal of mRNA vaccines.

Marathoner Soh Rui Yong loses defamation suit to former teammate Ashley Liew, ordered to pay $180k in damages

SINGAPORE - The District Court has ordered the nation's top marathoner Soh Rui Yong to pay former teammate Ashley Liew $180,000 for defamation. The sum includes $120,000 in general damages and $60,000 in aggravated damages. The long-running legal dispute be
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Marathoner Soh Rui Yong loses defamation suit to former teammate Ashley Liew, ordered to pay $180k in damages

SINGAPORE - The District Court has ordered the nation's top marathoner Soh Rui Yong to pay former teammate Ashley Liew $180,000 for defamation. The sum includes $120,000 in general damages and $60,000 in aggravated damages. The long-running legal dispute between the former national teammates began over two years ago in June 2019 when Liew filed proceedings against Soh over five statements over an act of fair play by the former which the latter disputed, the first of which was made in October 2018. In a statement after the verdict was issued on Thursday morning (Sept 23), Liew wrote: «My family is so grateful for the vindication received through today’s verdict. It has been a long and arduous road since October 2018. We thank God for His continued mercy and grace on us all... »Moving forward, it is my prayer that we can all heal, for the betterment of sport in Singapore, especially for the values that athletics stand for.

I took your mummy away for hurting daddy': Retiree who killed ex-wife at an ITE campus had written chilling notes

Weeks before he fatally stabbed his former wife in a carpark at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central campus, retiree Seet Cher Hng wrote in a note: «She has made me the best I can be, to be a killer.» On Wednesday (Sept 2
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I took your mummy away for hurting daddy': Retiree who killed ex-wife at an ITE campus had written chilling notes

Weeks before he fatally stabbed his former wife in a carpark at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central campus, retiree Seet Cher Hng wrote in a note: «She has made me the best I can be, to be a killer.» On Wednesday (Sept 22), the 69-year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was convicted of a reduced murder charge by the High Court last week, after he indicated that he would not be contesting the charge. Seet, who believed he did not get a fair share of the matrimonial assets, had been demanding money from Ms Low Hwee Geok, 56, and even threatened to sue her. He also blamed her alleged infidelity for their marriage ending and went as far as engraving on a knife the dates when he purportedly caught her. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Seet had penned several letters - addressed to his daughter, sister, a friend and the police - before the fatal confrontation. In a note to his sister, Seet wrote: "I have decided on another action, to take her along with me.

Daily roundup: Loopholes around Covid-19 rules? Seniors intermingling at coffee shop in Jurong worries residents — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Loopholes around Covid-19 rules? Seniors intermingling at coffee shop in Jurong worries residents A group of seniors who gather nightly to drink and chat late into the night at a coffee shop in Jur
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Daily roundup: Loopholes around Covid-19 rules? Seniors intermingling at coffee shop in Jurong worries residents — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Loopholes around Covid-19 rules? Seniors intermingling at coffee shop in Jurong worries residents A group of seniors who gather nightly to drink and chat late into the night at a coffee shop in Jurong West has raised some concerns... » READ MORE 2. Caught in 4K: TikToker chases down Woodlands residents, asking them to clean up Mid-Autumn Festival candles

Lawrence Wong talks about jobs and livelihoods but all people want to know is who made those hot mic comments in Parliament

For some who were wondering if another individual was involved in the hot mic situation recently in Parliament, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong has said no. Wong was responding to a comment on his Facebook Live post on jobs and livelihoods in Singapore on
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Lawrence Wong talks about jobs and livelihoods but all people want to know is who made those hot mic comments in Parliament

For some who were wondering if another individual was involved in the hot mic situation recently in Parliament, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong has said no. Wong was responding to a comment on his Facebook Live post on jobs and livelihoods in Singapore on Wednesday (Sept 22).  The netizen wrote: «Actually I think people are more interested to know whether you were the one who made the 'lousy school' comment in Parliament.” Wong replied hours later, saying: »Thanks for the question. I assure you that I did not make any of those comments."

'No sense of urgency': Frustration and confusion mounting from Covid-19 home recovery patients

SINGAPORE - Frustration and confusion are mounting on the ground as Singapore's healthcare system works to cope with the latest surge in Covid-19 cases. While some people have said they are unable to contact the Ministry of Health (MOH) for official advice
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'No sense of urgency': Frustration and confusion mounting from Covid-19 home recovery patients

SINGAPORE - Frustration and confusion are mounting on the ground as Singapore's healthcare system works to cope with the latest surge in Covid-19 cases. While some people have said they are unable to contact the Ministry of Health (MOH) for official advice on their specific situations, others have complained about the long lag times between testing positive and being taken to a recovery facility. A chat group - SG Quarantine Order Support Group - has surfaced on messaging app Telegram for people to share their experiences and pool information. The Straits Times spoke to five people who have either contracted the virus themselves, or have family members who did. Most requested not to use their full names. Home recovery with no support Shortly after Mr Chow tested positive on Sept 13, he received a call telling him to pack seven days' worth of clothes as he would be taken to a community care facility. But there was no follow-up.

Loopholes around Covid-19 rules? Seniors intermingling at coffee shop in Jurong worries residents

A group of seniors who gather nightly to drink and chat late into the night at a coffee shop in Jurong West has raised some concerns among residents, in light of the current high number of Covid-19 cases. Even though the seniors - mostly men - are seated in
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Loopholes around Covid-19 rules? Seniors intermingling at coffee shop in Jurong worries residents

A group of seniors who gather nightly to drink and chat late into the night at a coffee shop in Jurong West has raised some concerns among residents, in light of the current high number of Covid-19 cases. Even though the seniors - mostly men - are seated in pairs, they are frequently seen talking to one another across tables, the residents said. Housewife Jenni Ang, who lives a couple of blocks away from S-11 Taman Jurong Food House in Yung Sheng Road, told The New Paper: «It is worrying because they look like they are following the rules, but they are actually finding loopholes around it.» The 42-year-old, who buys takeaway from the coffee shop about three times a week, added: «Look at the number of Covid-19 cases now. What if a cluster forms here?» Current rules state that patrons at hawker centres and coffee shops are to sit either alone or in pairs, regardless of vaccination status. The rule was implemented after a dining ban, imposed on July 22, was lifted on August 10.

50-year-old unvaccinated Singaporean man with no known medical conditions among 3 Covid-19 deaths; 1,457 new cases in Singapore

SINGAPORE - A total of 1,457 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Wednesday (Sept 22), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its nightly update. Three Singaporeans have also died of Covid-19 complications, taking the Republic's Covid-19 death tol
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50-year-old unvaccinated Singaporean man with no known medical conditions among 3 Covid-19 deaths; 1,457 new cases in Singapore

SINGAPORE - A total of 1,457 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Wednesday (Sept 22), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its nightly update. Three Singaporeans have also died of Covid-19 complications, taking the Republic's Covid-19 death toll to 68, said MOH. Before this, the highest number of new Covid-19 cases recorded in Singapore stood at 1,426 cases on April 20 last year. Of the local cases reported on Wednesday, 1,277 were in the community and 176 cases were among dormitory residents. The remaining four cases were imported. The authorities have warned that Singapore would see a major wave of Covid-19 transmission as the country transitions to living with the virus.

Accident at Changi Airport: 3 taken to hospital, 1 trapped at driver's seat of bus

SINGAPORE - A person was trapped at the driver's seat of a bus following an accident at Changi Airport on Wednesday (Sept 22). The SBS Transit bus appeared to have crashed into a pillar of a Skytrain track which was running above it. Three people, a 59-year
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Accident at Changi Airport: 3 taken to hospital, 1 trapped at driver's seat of bus

SINGAPORE - A person was trapped at the driver's seat of a bus following an accident at Changi Airport on Wednesday (Sept 22). The SBS Transit bus appeared to have crashed into a pillar of a Skytrain track which was running above it. Three people, a 59-year-old male bus driver, and two passengers - a woman, 34, and a man, 42 - were conscious when they were taken to Changi General Hospital, said the authorities. The accident occurred at about 1.05pm at along 65 Airport Boulevard, between Terminal 3 and Terminal 1. «A person was found trapped at the driver's seat of a bus. SCDF rescued the person using hydraulic rescue equipment,» said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). Police investigations are ongoing.

No visitors to hospital wards for 4 weeks with more Covid-19 cases detected among staff, patients, and visitors

SINGAPORE - No visitors will be allowed in hospital wards for four weeks, from Friday (Sept 24) to Oct 23, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday. This tightened restriction came amid the rise in Covid-19 cases in the community, and with more cases
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No visitors to hospital wards for 4 weeks with more Covid-19 cases detected among staff, patients, and visitors

SINGAPORE - No visitors will be allowed in hospital wards for four weeks, from Friday (Sept 24) to Oct 23, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday. This tightened restriction came amid the rise in Covid-19 cases in the community, and with more cases detected among hospital staff, patients, and visitors. This has led to ward closures and staff quarantine, putting a strain on hospital bed capacity and staffing at a time when more hospital beds are needed to care for hospitalised Covid-19 patients, MOH said. The ministry added that from Friday, higher-risk patients - regardless of their vaccination status - will also have to undergo mandatory antigen rapid testing (ART) at the hospital emergency departments. MOH noted that certain patient groups will be allowed visits on a case-by-case basis, as assessed by the hospital. They include patients who are in critical condition, paediatric patients, those giving birth or post-partum mothers, and patients requiring additional care support from caregivers.

Caught in 4K: TikToker chases down Woodlands residents, asking them to clean up Mid-Autumn Festival candles

Mid-Autumn Festival's the time for families to gather, snack on mooncakes and carry lanterns, but a TikToker found herself going after two people for celebrating the occasion in an inconsiderate manner.  On Tuesday night (Sept 22), TikTok user jszsaf po
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Caught in 4K: TikToker chases down Woodlands residents, asking them to clean up Mid-Autumn Festival candles

Mid-Autumn Festival's the time for families to gather, snack on mooncakes and carry lanterns, but a TikToker found herself going after two people for celebrating the occasion in an inconsiderate manner.  On Tuesday night (Sept 22), TikTok user jszsaf posted a video that showed her chasing after a man and a woman in a public housing estate in Woodlands, asking them: «Are you going to put out the fire?» The pair had lit a number of small candles on a public bench as part of the festivities.  «FYI I know that it’s the lantern festival. Is it so hard to be responsible? And clean up after you’ve had your fun?», the TikToker wrote.  In the video, which has since garnered over 180,000 views, the TikToker could be heard telling the man and woman that the candles were lit near a grass patch that could possibly catch fire. However, the woman replied: «Near the grass ah, I thought I burn on the tiles what.»  According to the TikTok user, an «Indian uncle» had «confronted them for placing candles on the bench», but his words fell on deaf ears as they «left without blowing the candles out». 

'Working from home is so scary': Bedok resident on incident of man who allegedly held knife outside neighbour's home

A man locked himself in his unit at Block 747C Bedok Reservoir Crescent after he allegedly held a knife outside his neighbour's home. Stomp contributor Minifigbin, a resident at the Belvia block, shared photos of the incident that occurred on Tuesday aftern
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'Working from home is so scary': Bedok resident on incident of man who allegedly held knife outside neighbour's home

A man locked himself in his unit at Block 747C Bedok Reservoir Crescent after he allegedly held a knife outside his neighbour's home. Stomp contributor Minifigbin, a resident at the Belvia block, shared photos of the incident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon (Sep 21). The police told Stomp that they received a call for assistance at around 1.15pm, about a person who was allegedly seen holding on to a knife when standing outside his neighbour's unit. «When police officers arrived, the person was found to have locked himself in his own unit and refused to open the door,» they added. Officers from the Crisis Negotiation Unit and the Special Operations Command (SOC) were subsequently deployed to the scene. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for assistance at about 3.45pm. SCDF deployed two safety life air packs and rescuers from the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) were on standby as a precautionary measure.

Victory in 60 seconds: Singapore's first WWE wrestler Sean Tan comes out on top in debut fight

SINGAPORE - Sean Tan, the first Singaporean to join the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) outfit, secured a win on his debut on Tuesday (Sept 21). Fighting under the moniker Dante Chen, the 25-year-old beat Trey Baxter in less than a minute with an inside
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Victory in 60 seconds: Singapore's first WWE wrestler Sean Tan comes out on top in debut fight

SINGAPORE - Sean Tan, the first Singaporean to join the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) outfit, secured a win on his debut on Tuesday (Sept 21). Fighting under the moniker Dante Chen, the 25-year-old beat Trey Baxter in less than a minute with an inside cradle move on WWE NXT. For the past few months, Tan has been training alongside other recruits from Asia at the WWE Performance Center in Florida, where new WWE recruits are trained and developed. Tan had participated in a WWE tryout in Shanghai two years ago, which involved 40 athletes from China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. In 2012, he joined professional wrestling school SG Pro Wrestling, training and competing under the name Trexxus. ALSO READ: Future 'Superstar'? 25-year-old wrestler Sean Tan aka Trexxus is first Singaporean to join WWE