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RamaDone: Comedian Farah Lola perfectly captures how Singapore influencers behave when they try fasting

It's that time of the year again — Muslims worldwide have started fasting from dawn till dusk during the holy month of Ramadan which started on Tuesday (April 13). The act of worship is religiously significant, but what happens when non-Muslims take up fa
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RamaDone: Comedian Farah Lola perfectly captures how Singapore influencers behave when they try fasting

It's that time of the year again — Muslims worldwide have started fasting from dawn till dusk during the holy month of Ramadan which started on Tuesday (April 13). The act of worship is religiously significant, but what happens when non-Muslims take up fasting as part of a «challenge» just for clicks on social media? If you've seen any local influencer doing so in a video — probably titled «Chinese try fasting for a week» — you've probably heard something along the lines of «I'm not used to waking up so early» or «Oh my god, I'm so hungry!» «Can someone describe to me the taste of a burger,» local comedian Farah Lola whines in a TikTok video, her accent and expressions a perfect imitation of the influencers. The clip has gone viral since it was posted on Wednesday.

Have ideas on how to repurpose Old Changi Hospital or enhance Changi Point? You could win up to $6,000

SINGAPORE - Can the derelict Old Changi Hospital, a site for many a ghost-hunting expedition, find new life? The authorities hope so, and want ideas on how to repurpose it, as well as the history-rich Changi Point, while retaining its charm. Bearing in min
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Have ideas on how to repurpose Old Changi Hospital or enhance Changi Point? You could win up to $6,000

SINGAPORE - Can the derelict Old Changi Hospital, a site for many a ghost-hunting expedition, find new life? The authorities hope so, and want ideas on how to repurpose it, as well as the history-rich Changi Point, while retaining its charm. Bearing in mind the area's current zoning for sports and recreation, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have launched a competition seeking ideas to enhance the area, while retaining its abundant built and natural heritage. The competition begins on Thursday (April 15) and will run till June 9 when submissions are closed. Entries can be submitted in two categories - for students in design-related disciplines in tertiary institutions, and an open category for all from other backgrounds. Participants can tackle one or both challenges.

Singapore-Hong Kong bubble: 'Mid-May' target for Covid-19 travel deal

A long-awaited Covid-19 travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore could be up by as early as mid-May, three sources have told the Post, kicking off a second attempt to revive quarantine-free tourism between the two major Asian financial hubs. The exact l
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Singapore-Hong Kong bubble: 'Mid-May' target for Covid-19 travel deal

A long-awaited Covid-19 travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore could be up by as early as mid-May, three sources have told the Post, kicking off a second attempt to revive quarantine-free tourism between the two major Asian financial hubs. The exact launch date is still considered a «moving target», according to those familiar with the discussions. One of the sources said mid-May was the timeline authorities were working towards, but added it was still premature to disclose the new conditions. Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines will be the first two carriers to launch the bubble, as previously planned. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor earlier this week insisted city residents had to be vaccinated before flying to Singapore under the bubble, though there is no similar requirement made as yet by the other side. The insistence on vaccinations could limit the number of people immediately eligible to fly, depending on requirements for inoculation. It could also serve as an incentive for those keen to travel outside Hong Kong.

'I'm now out of time and options': Naiise founder files for bankruptcy as he winds up business

SINGAPORE - Multi-label retailer Naiise, once the biggest platform for local designers, is winding up. It stopped operations late Wednesday night (April 14), after years of payment delays to its vendors. The Naiise storefront at Jewel Changi Airport, on Apri
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'I'm now out of time and options': Naiise founder files for bankruptcy as he winds up business

SINGAPORE - Multi-label retailer Naiise, once the biggest platform for local designers, is winding up. It stopped operations late Wednesday night (April 14), after years of payment delays to its vendors. The Naiise storefront at Jewel Changi Airport, on April 10, 2021.  PHOTO: The Straits TimesIn a Facebook post early Thursday morning, Naiise founder Dennis Tay announced the decision to liquidate the firm. «It has been an extremely difficult two years, and the last few weeks have been the darkest of my life,» he wrote. «I cannot apologise enough to the brand partners whose trust I've misplaced, and to whom monies are still due. I assure you all that the situation remains so because of an inability to pay, and not unwillingness.»

Goh Meng Seng, Singapore Uncensored issued Pofma correction orders over Covid-19 vaccination falsehoods

SINGAPORE - The Republic's fake news law was invoked after unsubstantiated claims about adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines were posted on Facebook and published online by a website. In a statement on Thursday (April 15), the Ministry of Health (MOH) sai
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Goh Meng Seng, Singapore Uncensored issued Pofma correction orders over Covid-19 vaccination falsehoods

SINGAPORE - The Republic's fake news law was invoked after unsubstantiated claims about adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines were posted on Facebook and published online by a website. In a statement on Thursday (April 15), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said the Health Minister had instructed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) Office to issue the correction directions. They were directed at the Facebook pages of Goh Meng Seng People's Power Party and Goh Meng Seng (Satu Singapura), as well as at the Singapore Uncensored website. Posts published on April 2 on the Facebook pages of Goh Meng Seng People's Power Party and Goh Meng Seng (Satu Singapura) implied that the Covid-19 vaccination had caused or substantially contributed to a doctor in Singapore suffering a stroke.

Temasek's green push taps into Singapore's sustainability focus, China's carbon neutral drive

In 2019, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, one of the world’s most influential state investors, unveiled plans to halve the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to its portfolio assets by 2030.  Last year, the firm – which has majority control over the l
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Temasek's green push taps into Singapore's sustainability focus, China's carbon neutral drive

In 2019, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, one of the world’s most influential state investors, unveiled plans to halve the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to its portfolio assets by 2030.  Last year, the firm – which has majority control over the likes of Singtel, DBS Bank and Singapore Airlines – said it hoped to achieve the vaunted goal of zero net emissions in its portfolio by 2050. Chief executive Ho Ching, who will hand over the reins to Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara in October, at the time said the company was studying “how we can shape a carbon-neutral portfolio sooner than later”.  With Tuesday’s (April 13) announcement that Temasek is teaming up with American firm BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, to fund and invest in companies seeking to help achieve global net-zero emissions by the middle of the century, observers say it is becoming clear the Singaporean state investor is serious about its climate ambitions.

New Covid-19 cluster in Singapore after man from Papua New Guinea linked to 3 other cases

SINGAPORE - The sole Covid-19 case reported in the community on Wednesday (April 14) has been linked to three other cases in the country, prompting the Ministry of Health (MOH) to announce a new local cluster. The patient, a 44-year-old Papua New Guinea nati
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New Covid-19 cluster in Singapore after man from Papua New Guinea linked to 3 other cases

SINGAPORE - The sole Covid-19 case reported in the community on Wednesday (April 14) has been linked to three other cases in the country, prompting the Ministry of Health (MOH) to announce a new local cluster. The patient, a 44-year-old Papua New Guinea national, arrived in Singapore from Australia on March 25 on a short-term visit pass for a work project. Two of the other cases in the cluster are his co-workers, who arrived on a separate flight from Papua New Guinea, said MOH. They were identified as the close contacts of another case, previously reported, who was on the same flight - a 50-year-old Colombian national, also here for work. The latest patient in the cluster tested positive for the coronavirus infection on March 30. The 44-year-old Papuan had previously tested negative for the virus five separate times - including once in a pre-departure test in Australia on March 23 and on arrival in Singapore on March 25. MOH said that prior to being quarantined on April 1, he was on a controlled itinerary in Singapore which was largely limited to his place of work and his accommodation.

Man, 40, arrested after fight involving chopper at Yishun

Some residents in Yishun were awoken by shouts in their estate in the wee hours of April 10. Two men aged 40 and 36 were in a fight where one of them was injured by a chopper, a witness told Stomp. «There were two men shouting at each other. My son
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Man, 40, arrested after fight involving chopper at Yishun

Some residents in Yishun were awoken by shouts in their estate in the wee hours of April 10. Two men aged 40 and 36 were in a fight where one of them was injured by a chopper, a witness told Stomp. «There were two men shouting at each other. My son went over to the lift lobby and saw both men struggling with a chopper in the lift. »One of the men later leaned against my car and left bloodstains on the boot." The police said they were alerted to the fight at Block 722 Yishun Street 71 at 2.59am. Both men were taken to hospital, and the 40-year-old was subsequently arrested for voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon. Photos supplied to Stomp showed paramedics attending to a man who was laying on the ground, as well as bloodstains on the floor of the lift and the boot of a car. Police investigations are underway.

'I got gun in my pocket': Aetos officer arrested after robbing Jurong shop of over $24,000

An auxiliary police officer was arrested after robbing a shop in Jurong East with a gun on Monday (April 12). The suspect entered the shop located along Jurong Gateway Road and showed a staff member a note that read: “This is a robbery, don’t shout.
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'I got gun in my pocket': Aetos officer arrested after robbing Jurong shop of over $24,000

An auxiliary police officer was arrested after robbing a shop in Jurong East with a gun on Monday (April 12). The suspect entered the shop located along Jurong Gateway Road and showed a staff member a note that read: “This is a robbery, don’t shout. I got gun in my pocket. Put all the money in the bag.” After obtaining more than $24,000 in cash from the staff member, the 38-year-old man fled the scene. He was arrested five hours later. In a media briefing today (April 14), the police said that they were alerted to the incident at 3.55pm. The suspect was identified as an on-duty auxiliary police officer from Aetos after the police reviewed the shop’s closed-circuit televisions and police cameras. He reported to work at Aetos’ headquarters and drawn his gun before his deployment. The man then changed out of his Aetos’ uniform, left the headquarters with the firearm without authorisation and allegedly carried out the robbery. He then returned to Aetos’ headquarters to change back into his uniform and to take the company van to his deployment location.

Baby can't wait: Woman delivers child while working from home

Time and tide wait for no one, and neither does the baby. Just after a woman hit send on a work email, her water broke. The 35-year-old civil servant, who had been working from home, ambled to the toilet to discover her unborn child's head had partially eme
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Baby can't wait: Woman delivers child while working from home

Time and tide wait for no one, and neither does the baby. Just after a woman hit send on a work email, her water broke. The 35-year-old civil servant, who had been working from home, ambled to the toilet to discover her unborn child's head had partially emerged. «We were shocked,» her husband, 38, told Lianhe Wanbao about the unusual birth of their second child on Monday (April 12). Earlier that morning, she had felt contractions, but decided to remain in their Fernvale Close apartment to monitor the situation. As the birth of their first child lasted around seven hours, the pair thought it was too soon to head to the hospital. In the meantime, the woman continued to work at home.

Muslims set for a less muted Ramadan and Hari Raya

Last year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Muslims here observed Ramadan differently from what they were used to. Family traditions were shelved as the Islamic holy month fell right in the middle of the circuit breaker, when mosques were closed. Muslims pr
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Muslims set for a less muted Ramadan and Hari Raya

Last year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Muslims here observed Ramadan differently from what they were used to. Family traditions were shelved as the Islamic holy month fell right in the middle of the circuit breaker, when mosques were closed. Muslims praying at Assyakirin Mosque. Worshippers can now break fast and pray at mosques in groups of 50.  PHOTO: Facebook/Assyakirin MosqueThis year, however, even though the pandemic is not over, things are looking up ahead of Hari Raya Puasa on May 13. Muslims can engage in Ramadan congregational prayers and other programmes at mosques and break fast with family and friends, all with safety measures in place. Last year, the circuit breaker was in place from April 7 to June 1, and Ramadan was from April 23 to May 23. Hari Raya was on May 24, and mosques in Singapore opened progressively only from June 2.

Recovered Covid-19 patients may be at risk of blood clots, study finds

SINGAPORE - People who have recovered from Covid-19, regardless of the severity of their disease, may be at risk of developing blood clots due to an overactive immune system, according to a study by local scientists. Blood clots in major arteries, especiall
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Recovered Covid-19 patients may be at risk of blood clots, study finds

SINGAPORE - People who have recovered from Covid-19, regardless of the severity of their disease, may be at risk of developing blood clots due to an overactive immune system, according to a study by local scientists. Blood clots in major arteries, especially those which are linked to vital organs, can increase a person's risk of heart attack, stroke or organ failure. Blood samples from 30 patients who had recovered from mild, moderate and severe Covid-19 were collected a month after they had been discharged from the hospital. All of them were found to have blood vessel damage, possibly arising from a lingering immune response, which could trigger the formation of blood clots. Around half of the patients had pre-existing cardiovascular risks, such as diabetes and hypertension, which put them at higher risk of blood clotting, said Assistant Professor Christine Cheung from Nanyang Technological University's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine on Tuesday (April 13). Speaking at a virtual media briefing, she noted that these patients also had more pronounced blood vessel dysfunction compared with the group who had no cardiovascular risks.

Singapore posts surprise economic growth in first quarter, with GDP expanding 0.2% year on year

Singapore's economy exited negative territory in the first quarter of this year after three consecutive quarters of contraction, signalling that the trade-reliant city is set to recover steadily. The country's export-dependent economy grew 0.2 per cent from
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Singapore posts surprise economic growth in first quarter, with GDP expanding 0.2% year on year

Singapore's economy exited negative territory in the first quarter of this year after three consecutive quarters of contraction, signalling that the trade-reliant city is set to recover steadily. The country's export-dependent economy grew 0.2 per cent from the same period last year, according to advance estimates released by the trade ministry on Wednesday, rebounding from -2.4 per cent in the fourth quarter. On a quarterly seasonally adjusted basis, the economy grew 2 per cent. The growth was driven primarily by the manufacturing sector, which expanded 7.5 per cent year on year, propped up by output expansions in the electronics, precision engineering, chemicals and biomedical manufacturing clusters, the trade ministry said. However, analysts warned the worsening coronavirus situation in Southeast Asia and the slow vaccine roll-out in the region could threaten the rosy outlook. Lee Ju Ye, economist at Maybank Kim Eng, noted the services and construction sectors were still «sluggish», and this could be due to the lack of significant resumption of activities from the fourth quarter of last year to the first quarter of 2021.

You can now choose which Covid-19 jab to take with listing of vaccination centres and vaccines

SINGAPORE - People who want to choose which Covid-19 vaccine to take can now refer to the Ministry of Health's (MOH's) website, where the full list of vaccination centres and vaccines has now been made available. The Moderna shot is being given at 11 out of
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You can now choose which Covid-19 jab to take with listing of vaccination centres and vaccines

SINGAPORE - People who want to choose which Covid-19 vaccine to take can now refer to the Ministry of Health's (MOH's) website, where the full list of vaccination centres and vaccines has now been made available. The Moderna shot is being given at 11 out of the 38 centres, while the rest are using the Pfizer-BioNTech product. People are able to pick which vaccination centre or polyclinic they wish to go to, although a notice on the site adds that certain centres may have limited slots «due to the strong demand for Covid-19 vaccinations in Singapore and limited supplies». The Pfizer shot was the first Covid-19 vaccine to be approved for use in Singapore, with the earliest shipments arriving here last December. Last month, MOH announced that the Moderna vaccine would be administered at four community clubs: Hong Kah North, Marsiling, Punggol 21 and Radin Mas. Another seven centres have since been added to this list. They are Kolam Ayer, Buona Vista, Potong Pasir, Tampines East, Woodlands, Kebun Baru and Yew Tee.

Singapore, Malaysia to discuss reopening of border during Muhyiddin's visit on May 4

Political leaders from both sides of the Causeway are expected to discuss the reopening of the border at a meeting in early May, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Monday (April 12). Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will make a
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Singapore, Malaysia to discuss reopening of border during Muhyiddin's visit on May 4

Political leaders from both sides of the Causeway are expected to discuss the reopening of the border at a meeting in early May, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Monday (April 12). Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will make an official visit to Singapore to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on May 4, Bernama reported. Besides other topics at the meeting, Hishammuddin told reporters that he will «make sure» the re-opening of the Singapore-Malaysia border will be a point of discussion. He added that he had discussed the reopening of the border with his Singaporean counterpart Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan during the latter's state visit to Malaysia on March 23.  At the meeting, the two countries said they were committed to «progressively restore» cross-border travel beyond the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA).

$1,000 in cash: YouTuber gives GrabFood delivery man massive tip, here's how he reacted

Considering how tipping culture is pretty much non-existent in Singapore, receiving a tip at the end of an arduous trip never fails to warm the hearts of food delivery men here. Wanting to show his appreciation and gratitude to these «messengers of n
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$1,000 in cash: YouTuber gives GrabFood delivery man massive tip, here's how he reacted

Considering how tipping culture is pretty much non-existent in Singapore, receiving a tip at the end of an arduous trip never fails to warm the hearts of food delivery men here. Wanting to show his appreciation and gratitude to these «messengers of nourishment» for bringing his meals to him, local YouTuber Sneaky Sushii decided to tip three different GrabFood delivery riders various amounts of money — $50, $200, and a thicc wad of notes that amounted to $1,000. In a YouTube video posted on Monday (April 12), he stuck a GoPro on his gate to record the reactions of the delivery men. «Can I give you a tip?,» Sneaky Sushii, whose real name is Jay, asked as the men delivered food to his door.

Singaporean mover, 23, dies after falling 7 storeys at condominium

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Singaporean mover died after he fell backwards from a ladder over a parapet wall at a 10th floor unit of a condominium. He fell seven storeys and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics last Monday (April 5) at Watermark @
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Singaporean mover, 23, dies after falling 7 storeys at condominium

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Singaporean mover died after he fell backwards from a ladder over a parapet wall at a 10th floor unit of a condominium. He fell seven storeys and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics last Monday (April 5) at Watermark @ Robertson Quay. His employer, Apex Worldwide Movers & Services, has been ordered to stop work by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). In response to queries from The Straits Times, MOM said on Tuesday that the man was moving and disposing of furniture at the condominium unit at 5 Rodyk Street in the River Valley area when he fell. «He was standing on a ladder when he fell backwards over an opening that was above a 1m-high parapet wall in the service yard. He fell from the 10th floor and landed on the third floor,» said an MOM spokesman. The ministry added that this was the 13th workplace fatality this year from 11 incidents. It is currently investigating the incident.

'Oi robot, you want to fight?': Food delivery rider challenges robot at NTU

A food delivery rider recently got up close and personal as he crossed paths with the future of food delivery — a robot — in a TikTok video posted on April 11. The amusing clip showed the pair in a face-off as the rider threw down the gauntlet to the f
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'Oi robot, you want to fight?': Food delivery rider challenges robot at NTU

A food delivery rider recently got up close and personal as he crossed paths with the future of food delivery — a robot — in a TikTok video posted on April 11. The amusing clip showed the pair in a face-off as the rider threw down the gauntlet to the friendly looking robot at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He bantered with the droid in a mixture of Malay and English, saying, «Oi robot, you want to fight? I do the delivering of food here okay. I work at GrabFood, not you.» When the bot moved towards him, the rider asked, «Where are you going? Oi, oi!» But it went on its merry way, crossing the road in front of him while avoiding any physical contact with the rider. Many TikTok users were tickled by the exchange, with one commenting: «Robots are taking over.»

Buffets are back, but self-service still not allowed under Covid-19 measures

SINGAPORE - Buffets are making a comeback, with safety measures in place, more than a year after they were taken off the menu since the circuit breaker period kicked in on April 7 last year to stem the spread of Covid-19. According to guidelines sent out b
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Buffets are back, but self-service still not allowed under Covid-19 measures

SINGAPORE - Buffets are making a comeback, with safety measures in place, more than a year after they were taken off the menu since the circuit breaker period kicked in on April 7 last year to stem the spread of Covid-19. According to guidelines sent out by the Association of Catering Professionals Singapore, staff-served food lines can resume as of Monday (April 12) at food and beverage outlets, corporate and work-related events, and events in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) industry. Buffets at weddings, funeral services and social activities within corporate settings are still not permitted. Popular buffet eatery Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts resumed its buffet line on Monday, while StraitsKitchen at the Grand Hyatt Singapore will do so from Tuesday. However, diners will not be allowed to help themselves to the food as they did before the pandemic hit. According to the guidelines seen by The Straits Times, servers must dish out the food items for diners, who are not allowed to have any contact with the food.

Licensing, theory tests: Expert panel to review rules on cycling on the road

SINGAPORE - An expert panel will review existing regulations governing cyclists on the roads, and study whether theory tests and licenses should be required for riding on roads. Announcing this on Monday (April 12), Senior Minister of State for Transport Che
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Licensing, theory tests: Expert panel to review rules on cycling on the road

SINGAPORE - An expert panel will review existing regulations governing cyclists on the roads, and study whether theory tests and licenses should be required for riding on roads. Announcing this on Monday (April 12), Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat said the Active Mobility Advisory Panel will take several months to conduct this review, and seek feedback from the public. A video posted on April 1 of a group of cyclists disregarding traffic rules prompted calls to register all bicycles. Mr Chee said the Government is aware of concerns from both motorists and cyclists about cycling on the roads. The panel will look into the pros and cons of licensing cyclists, he said, and study the experiences of other countries. He noted that countries which have many cyclists - like the Netherlands - do not require bicycles to be registered or cyclists to be licensed. «But it is a proposal that the panel can look at... while we do (the review), it's important that we do so in a balanced and fair manner, because we don't want to inadvertently end up discouraging cycling,» he told reporters after meeting some members of the panel.

'Very selfish ah': Motorist rages as supercars hog roads at Suntec City, Nicoll Highway

Sunday is the day for rest for many in Singapore, but some found themselves rudely awakened by the noise from a convoy of Lamborghinis and Bentleys on April 11 morning. In videos posted on social media, about 40 supercars were seen travelling on the roads a
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'Very selfish ah': Motorist rages as supercars hog roads at Suntec City, Nicoll Highway

Sunday is the day for rest for many in Singapore, but some found themselves rudely awakened by the noise from a convoy of Lamborghinis and Bentleys on April 11 morning. In videos posted on social media, about 40 supercars were seen travelling on the roads at Nicoll Highway and Suntec City. A clip taken from a high-rise building showed the colourful vehicles occupying all the lanes at the Fountain of Wealth's roundabout as they circled the landmark several times, making public buses and other vehicles wait to enter the lanes. A close-up shot showed a traffic police officer getting off his motorcycle and approaching one of the supercars, which had stopped at the side of the road, to speak with the driver. The vehicles left the roundabout afterwards.

'Their house was smoking': Man puts out fire in neighbour's flat after they left the stove on

A middle-aged man had retired early for the night last Thursday (April 8) when his children awoke him sometime after 8pm saying there was smoke coming out of their neighbour's house. «They said their house was smoking, so I rushed out to take a look,&r
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'Their house was smoking': Man puts out fire in neighbour's flat after they left the stove on

A middle-aged man had retired early for the night last Thursday (April 8) when his children awoke him sometime after 8pm saying there was smoke coming out of their neighbour's house. «They said their house was smoking, so I rushed out to take a look,» he told Lianhe Wanbao.  Seeing white smoke wafting out of the Tampines flat's kitchen, and that the family that stayed there was nowhere to be found, he took matters into his own hands.  The 54-year-old climbed in through their window — which was left open — and ran into the kitchen to switch the gas stove off, preventing a fire from breaking out. In response to AsiaOne's queries, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the fire involved a pan in the kitchen, though the cause of the fire is still under investigation. According to neighbours, the couple that lives in that unit were often careless.

‘Unknown freak luck’: Flying bats crash into cyclist’s face, groin at Punggol park connector

The first time it happened he could've brushed it off thinking he was just unfortunate, but the second time a bat flew smack into him while he was cycling, Facebook user Feng Stan cursed his «unknown freak luck». During his ride along the Punggo
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‘Unknown freak luck’: Flying bats crash into cyclist’s face, groin at Punggol park connector

The first time it happened he could've brushed it off thinking he was just unfortunate, but the second time a bat flew smack into him while he was cycling, Facebook user Feng Stan cursed his «unknown freak luck». During his ride along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk stretch of the North Eastern park connector on Friday night (April 9), a bat unwittingly flew into his path and crashed straight into him. Or rather, it crashed into his groin area. In a Facebook post uploaded on Saturday, he recounted how the bat wasn't able to fly off immediately as it was stuck between his thighs. Though it tried to free itself by thrashing its wings about, all that did was to freak him out even more. PHOTO: Screengrab/Facebook via Love Cycling SGWhen he was finally able to regain his senses, he unclipped his right leg from the pedal and nudged the critter away, all while cycling still.

NUS expels student who allegedly filmed sexual acts with 2 students without their consent

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS) has expelled a student after allegations that he had filmed two female students without their consent while engaging separately in sexual acts with them. In response to queries from The Straits Times on
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NUS expels student who allegedly filmed sexual acts with 2 students without their consent

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS) has expelled a student after allegations that he had filmed two female students without their consent while engaging separately in sexual acts with them. In response to queries from The Straits Times on Monday (April 12), a NUS spokesperson confirmed that a Body of Discipline (BOD) had been convened in February regarding the allegations. The BOD decided to terminate the student's candidature with immediate effect from Feb 10. The disciplinary sanction will form part of the student's formal educational record at NUS. On March 29, an Instagram post by The Parrot Review claimed that the fourth-year undergraduate, who was also a residential assistant at Prince George's Park Residences, had been expelled after accusations of sexual assault. According to The Parrot Review, the residential assistant was evicted five days after a victim's complaint.

'Unknown freak luck': Flying bats crash into man's face, groin while cycling through Punggol park connector

The first time it happened he could've brushed it off thinking he was just unfortunate, but the second time a bat flew smack into him while he was cycling, Facebook user Feng Stan cursed his «unknown freak luck». During his ride along the Punggo
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'Unknown freak luck': Flying bats crash into man's face, groin while cycling through Punggol park connector

The first time it happened he could've brushed it off thinking he was just unfortunate, but the second time a bat flew smack into him while he was cycling, Facebook user Feng Stan cursed his «unknown freak luck». During his ride along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk stretch of the North Eastern park connector on Friday night (April 9), a bat unwittingly flew into his path and crashed straight into his person. Or rather, it crashed into his groin area. In a Facebook post uploaded on Saturday, he recounted how the bat wasn't able to fly off immediately as it was stuck between his thighs. Though it tried to free itself by thrashing its wings about, all that did was to freak him out even more. PHOTO: Screengrab/Facebook via Love Cycling SGWhen he was finally able to regain his senses, he unclipped his right leg from the pedal and nudged the critter away, all while cycling still.

Man carries elderly father home after both lifts break down at Toa Payoh HDB block

One of the two lifts in his Housing Board block was not working, and the one he was in did not stop on his floor but went up and down several times before stalling between the 12th and 13th storeys. The 75-year-old man, whose flat was on the 19th storey, cal
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Man carries elderly father home after both lifts break down at Toa Payoh HDB block

One of the two lifts in his Housing Board block was not working, and the one he was in did not stop on his floor but went up and down several times before stalling between the 12th and 13th storeys. The 75-year-old man, whose flat was on the 19th storey, called his son and told him he was stuck in the lift. The son, who wanted to be known only as Mr Shen, said the moment he heard the news, he started to worry for his father. The 39-year-old had just dropped him off at the block in Toa Payoh. He told Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao: «Because my father had suffered a heart attack, I was worried he would have difficulty breathing while trapped in the lift, and I was afraid he would have a sudden heart attack.» His father, though alone in the lift, was among several elderly residents affected when both the lifts at Block 196 Kim Keat Avenue were not operational for six hours on Saturday. After Mr Shen got the call from his father, he rang the town council, who sent a technician to the block. Mr Shen's father was rescued 30 minutes later.

Vaccinated migrant worker among 20 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Indian work permit holder who had received both doses of Covid-19 vaccination was the sole locally transmitted case, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported on Sunday. The man, who works as a lashing specialist, was one of 20 new coro
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Vaccinated migrant worker among 20 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Indian work permit holder who had received both doses of Covid-19 vaccination was the sole locally transmitted case, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported on Sunday. The man, who works as a lashing specialist, was one of 20 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Sunday, taking Singapore's total to 60,653. The other 19 cases, all imported, were placed on stay-home notice (SHN) on arrival in Singapore, said MOH. The case of the 23-year-old, who stays in a dormitory in Brani Terminal Avenue, was detected through pooled rostered routine testing on April 7. After his pooled test results came back positive for Covid-19 on April 8, he was immediately isolated and had an individual test on April 9. His test result came back positive again, after which he was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. «This case is a reminder that it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected,» said MOH.

Lucky Plaza, Peninsula Plaza buzzing after lifting of weekend entry curbs

SINGAPORE - Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza shopping centres were buzzing for the first time in months on Sunday (April 11) after restrictions limiting entry to the two malls on weekends were lifted the day before. The tills rang as workers on their day off
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Lucky Plaza, Peninsula Plaza buzzing after lifting of weekend entry curbs

SINGAPORE - Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza shopping centres were buzzing for the first time in months on Sunday (April 11) after restrictions limiting entry to the two malls on weekends were lifted the day before. The tills rang as workers on their day off, mainly from the Philippines and Myanmar, flocked to their popular hangout spots to shop, eat and get their hair done. «I'm tired but happy,» said Ms Sanda Kyaw Naint, owner of Ye Yint Cafe in Peninsula Plaza. The 51-year-old could hardly catch a break on Sunday as she served, during breakfast and lunch hours, almost twice as many customers as she had the previous weekend. Mr Bob Kok, 60, who owns a grocery store in Lucky Plaza, told The Straits Times that the weekend entry restrictions imposed from Aug 29 last year made business even worse for shop owners already struggling with the pandemic. Under the restrictions, those whose identification numbers end in even digits could visit the two malls only on even dates, while those whose numbers end in odd digits could visit only on odd dates.

Hopes of moving in, starting families in new homes dashed due to BTO project delays

SINGAPORE - Ms Ellen Neo, 29, and her fiance, operation executive Felix Lua, 36, were supposed to receive the keys to their three-room Build-To-Order (BTO) flat last December, and move in early this year. The couple, who have been together for six years, go
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Hopes of moving in, starting families in new homes dashed due to BTO project delays

SINGAPORE - Ms Ellen Neo, 29, and her fiance, operation executive Felix Lua, 36, were supposed to receive the keys to their three-room Build-To-Order (BTO) flat last December, and move in early this year. The couple, who have been together for six years, got a unit in Pine Vista in Geylang on their third try in 2017. They first balloted in 2015. But last June, Ms Neo, an administrative executive, was told the flat delivery would be delayed to the second quarter of this year. Ms Neo said: «I was really looking forward to seeing my finished home as it has been years in the making. I have been looking through Pinterest for home decor ideas and talking to my neighbours about them.» She was hoping against hope that their project would not be one of the delayed ones but it was not to be. «Part of the reason I liked Pine Vista was that I could get it earlier than the others (in the area). But it seems like it doesn't matter any more.»

Local retailer Naiise closes last store at Jewel Changi, owes vendors over $30k, may wind up operations

SINGAPORE - Multi-label retailer Naiise may wind up, after years of payment delays to its vendors. It said on Friday (April 9) that it is closing its last store at Jewel Changi Airport. Jewel Changi Airport confirmed to The Straits Times on Saturday that th
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Local retailer Naiise closes last store at Jewel Changi, owes vendors over $30k, may wind up operations

SINGAPORE - Multi-label retailer Naiise may wind up, after years of payment delays to its vendors. It said on Friday (April 9) that it is closing its last store at Jewel Changi Airport. Jewel Changi Airport confirmed to The Straits Times on Saturday that the retailer will be closing its outlet at the mall. «A tenant has been found to take over the space and this will be shared when the store is ready to open,» its spokesman said. In a video posted on Facebook on Friday by debt collectors, Naiise founder Dennis Tay could be seen explaining that he is unable to pay back their client Bespoke Parfums Artisanaux, which said it is owed about $10,000. Citing factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic and weak retail sales, Mr Tay explained that he was unable to honour the debt repayment plan he had promised some vendors due to a lack of funds. Another man in the video who identified himself as Mr Tay's financial adviser added: «When a private limited (company) closes, the liquidator will split whatever assets we have.»

Man quits $20k Singapore job to build own startup, matches previous salary after 3-year grind

In this series, AsiaOne speaks to individuals who find themselves changing careers and steering their lives in a new direction, whether by choice or circumstance.  Jon Yongfook Cockle did what many wouldn't at the peak of their career in 2018. Then 38, h
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Man quits $20k Singapore job to build own startup, matches previous salary after 3-year grind

In this series, AsiaOne speaks to individuals who find themselves changing careers and steering their lives in a new direction, whether by choice or circumstance.  Jon Yongfook Cockle did what many wouldn't at the peak of their career in 2018. Then 38, he quit his cushy job in Singapore as Aviva's Head of Digital Product & Design to bootstrap his own startup. He also set himself a formidable challenge: to launch one product every month for a year. By his own admission, his corporate career looked great on paper. He was drawing a good salary of about $20,000 a month and was also leading a great team. But something gnawed at him. The experienced software developer shared with AsiaOne that it was clear to him that he had «reached the peak of [his] career». «Any higher in rank and I would be looking at a much more political-style role where your job is more about influence and relationships rather than hands-on building stuff. »I'm really good at the latter, and terrible at the former. So I had nowhere to go."

Heng Swee Keat steps aside as 4G leader: How does this affect Singaporeans

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans' social media accounts and chat groups have been busy since news broke last Thursday (April 8) that Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat would step aside as leader of the People's Action Party's fourth-generation team. What are the i
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Heng Swee Keat steps aside as 4G leader: How does this affect Singaporeans

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans' social media accounts and chat groups have been busy since news broke last Thursday (April 8) that Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat would step aside as leader of the People's Action Party's fourth-generation team. What are the implications of his move? We tackle the key questions. 1. How did the 4G get its name? From the 1G to the 4G, the «G» was coined by political observers to denote each generational change in leadership for different prime ministers' Cabinets. The term is inexact, given that each of Singapore's three prime ministers so far has had a mix of ministers who were new to politics and young, as well as older and more experienced. Several ministers also served in the Cabinets of more than one PM. Founding PM Lee Kuan Yew's team was the 1G leadership, though that term is seldom used. Mr Lee's key Cabinet colleagues, more commonly referred to as the Old Guard, included Messrs Goh Keng Swee, S. Rajaratnam and Toh Chin Chye.

19 puppies rescued from Upper Thomson pet store fire; no injuries reported

SINGAPORE - Firefighters rescued 19 puppies on Saturday morning (April 10) after a fire broke out in a pet store in Upper Thomson Road, near the planned site of the Upper Thomson MRT station. Eyewitnesses said the puppies were carried out of the smoking stor
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19 puppies rescued from Upper Thomson pet store fire; no injuries reported

SINGAPORE - Firefighters rescued 19 puppies on Saturday morning (April 10) after a fire broke out in a pet store in Upper Thomson Road, near the planned site of the Upper Thomson MRT station. Eyewitnesses said the puppies were carried out of the smoking store in boxes and a group of passers-by helped to hold and soothe the animals. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire at 197 Upper Thomson Road at about 1.15am. The unit is occupied by Wellfond Pets. Its website lists another outlet in Tanjong Katong Road. Firefighters made a forced entry into the premises and extinguished the blaze with one water jet. They thanked several passers-by who had helped by taking care of the puppies outside the store while firefighting operations were ongoing. An SCDF spokesman said 19 puppies were rescued from the store and The Straits Times understands there were no deaths nor injuries reported. The cause of the fire involved a dehumidifier in the store, said the SCDF. Investigations are ongoing.

Government to decide on wearing of tudung for nurses in August: PM Lee

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes a decision on the wearing of the tudung by Muslim nurses, as part of their uniform, can be announced by the National Day Rally at the end of August. PM Lee told reporters this on Saturday (April 10) after a cl
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Government to decide on wearing of tudung for nurses in August: PM Lee

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes a decision on the wearing of the tudung by Muslim nurses, as part of their uniform, can be announced by the National Day Rally at the end of August. PM Lee told reporters this on Saturday (April 10) after a closed-door dialogue with about 70 Malay/Muslim community and religious leaders on the issue at the Civil Service Club in Tessensohn Road. He added that while the Government should prepare to make such a move, as attitudes have changed and the tudung is now more common in social and work settings, more work needs to be done. PM Lee said: «Before we actually make the change, we have to prepare the ground. We have to make sure that everybody understands this is a careful adjustment, not a wholesale change, and we want people to realise what the limits are, as we make these changes.» He added that the Government must make sure that Singaporeans, both Muslims and non-Muslims, were ready to accept the move. He said the last time he had such a dialogue on the same issue was in 2014, and Saturday's dialogue was candid and sincere.

Maids neglect elderly and young charges as they dance at Bukit Batok playground

Every weekday morning, they gathered at a playground in Bukit Batok to practise their dance moves. With many dancing in public for TikTok videos nowadays, the sight wouldn't be surprising to residents at Bukit Batok Street 25, except that the group of wome
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Maids neglect elderly and young charges as they dance at Bukit Batok playground

Every weekday morning, they gathered at a playground in Bukit Batok to practise their dance moves. With many dancing in public for TikTok videos nowadays, the sight wouldn't be surprising to residents at Bukit Batok Street 25, except that the group of women were domestic helpers who had their charges — both young and elderly — with them as they danced. In photos shared by a Lianhe Wanbao reader on April 10, the women appeared to be busy dancing while two elderly men were left sitting in the fitness corner behind them. A young boy was also seen playing at the playground without anyone watching over him. The resident who took the photos voiced their concern for the safety of the people the maids were supposed to care for. Besides dancing in the morning, the women also gathered at the playground in the evenings to chat and have meals together, other residents told the Chinese evening daily. They were also spotted filming dance videos for TikTok.