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Maserati driver gets a week in jail for hurling racial slur at off-duty cop during Hari Raya

A day of celebrating Hari Raya Puasa for an off-duty police officer and his family was marred after they got into a dispute with a man who hurled a racial insult at him. Walter Goh Chong Han, 43, was jailed for seven days on Friday (Nov 27) for deliberately
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Maserati driver gets a week in jail for hurling racial slur at off-duty cop during Hari Raya

A day of celebrating Hari Raya Puasa for an off-duty police officer and his family was marred after they got into a dispute with a man who hurled a racial insult at him. Walter Goh Chong Han, 43, was jailed for seven days on Friday (Nov 27) for deliberately wounding the racial feelings of the officer, and using insulting words that caused him distress. Goh had pleaded guilty to his offences on Thursday. On June 6 last year, the 51-year-old police officer, who is not named in court documents, and his family went out to do some visiting as it was the second day of Hari Raya Puasa. He drove to a petrol station in Punggol Central and joined the car queue at the petrol pumps. Goh later entered the petrol station and stopped his car — a green Maserati — behind the police officer's vehicle. Deputy Public Prosecutor Lim Ying Min said the officer heard a horn from behind, but did not know why Goh had sounded his horn and ignored him. As Goh was unable to overtake the officer's car on the right, he drove to its left, said the DPP. He then stopped and opened his door, causing a dent on the side of the other car.

Covid-19: 1 new locally-transmitted case detected through testing of Tekka Centre stallholders

There were six new coronavirus cases on Saturday (Nov 28), including a locally transmitted community case. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the local case was detected from its surveillance testing of stallholders in and near Tekka Centre on Thursday. T
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Covid-19: 1 new locally-transmitted case detected through testing of Tekka Centre stallholders

There were six new coronavirus cases on Saturday (Nov 28), including a locally transmitted community case. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the local case was detected from its surveillance testing of stallholders in and near Tekka Centre on Thursday. There were five imported cases, who were placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore. More details of the cases will be announced in the evening. Saturday's new cases take Singapore's total to 58,205. This is the second local case in 19 days. Singapore had gone 16 days without a locally transmitted case until Thursday, when a 32-year-old Singaporean marine service engineer, who had dinner with 12 family members at Seoul Garden in Tampines Mall, was announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Wage woes: Some local employers plan to scrap staff bonuses this year

Some employers in the private sector plan to not pay any bonuses to their staff this year. This is similar to the Government announcing there would be no bonus paid to civil servants at the year's end, given the weakened economic outlook caused by the Covid-1
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Wage woes: Some local employers plan to scrap staff bonuses this year

Some employers in the private sector plan to not pay any bonuses to their staff this year. This is similar to the Government announcing there would be no bonus paid to civil servants at the year's end, given the weakened economic outlook caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Others, however, are still going ahead with plans to pay their staff a bonus on top of the annual wage supplement, or 13th month bonus. Mr Nick Lee, director of IT services firm AIT Technologies, said his firm has been making a loss this year as client projects were delayed amid the coronavirus outbreak. He will not be able to pay his staff an annual bonus or the 13th month bonus. «We already had to let go of two people earlier this year, but the majority of our staff have not had their salaries cut. Saving our company is the priority now,» he said. Dr Kevin Cheong, executive director of local attraction Sentosa 4D AdventureLand, also said it would not be possible for him to pay a bonus to staff. «With as good as half the year's income wiped out overnight, all of us are struggling, even after we have reopened our doors to visitors.»

Seoul Garden outlet in Tampines Mall where Covid-19 community case visited reopens

Patrons who were hoping to have lunch at Seoul Garden in Tampines Mall on Friday (Nov 27) were met with closed doors and a sign that read: «We are closed. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.» The restaurant, which had been open until Thursday, wi
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Seoul Garden outlet in Tampines Mall where Covid-19 community case visited reopens

Patrons who were hoping to have lunch at Seoul Garden in Tampines Mall on Friday (Nov 27) were met with closed doors and a sign that read: «We are closed. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.» The restaurant, which had been open until Thursday, will reopen on Saturday (Nov 28) after disinfection. Last Saturday, a family of 13 had dinner there. One of them, a 32-year-old service engineer, fell ill two days later and tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. He became Singapore's first locally transmitted and unlinked Covid-19 case in 16 days. Mr Garry Lam, Seoul Garden Group's general manager, said in a statement on Friday: «We were contacted by the Ministry of Health (MOH ) on Nov 25, requesting information as part of their contact tracing for a Covid-related case.» He added that the restaurant chain later learnt through the media on Thursday that a confirmed Covid-19 case had dined at their restaurant in Tampines Mall.

Eric Khoo's son goes back in time with short film Video Store at ciNE65 2021 launch

Going to the video stores was fun and «a bright kind of moment in my childhood that I felt compelled to capture», 26-year-old Edward Khoo recalls fondly. Video Store, one of the three commissioned short films screened at ciNE65 2021's launch at
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Eric Khoo's son goes back in time with short film Video Store at ciNE65 2021 launch

Going to the video stores was fun and «a bright kind of moment in my childhood that I felt compelled to capture», 26-year-old Edward Khoo recalls fondly. Video Store, one of the three commissioned short films screened at ciNE65 2021's launch at Singapore Discovery Centre today (Nov 27), is Khoo's homage to his childhood memories of frequenting video stores with his father, veteran film-maker Eric Khoo. He also attributed it to the beginning of his passion for film-making. In the three-minute film, the main character, Sofie, reminisces about conversations she had with customers who have come and gone through the years of her time growing up in her mother's video store.  Reflecting on his choice of the setting of a brick-and-mortar video store, a rare sight in Singapore nowadays, Khoo told AsiaOne that he believes that such physical spaces provide a community for people to «come together over a shared interest in films», where they are able to go beyond the easy access of on-demand films, and «not rely on algorithms to recommend [them films]».

Questionable job, embellished illnesses? Woman suing PUB for $5m gives up after lawyers accuse her of numerous lies

She had asked for $20 million in damages before adjusting her claim to $5 million. Now, there's a possibility that the costs of her lawsuit against the Public Utilities Board (PUB) could eat into her damages. Chan Hui Peng, 47, who took PUB to court after f
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Questionable job, embellished illnesses? Woman suing PUB for $5m gives up after lawyers accuse her of numerous lies

She had asked for $20 million in damages before adjusting her claim to $5 million. Now, there's a possibility that the costs of her lawsuit against the Public Utilities Board (PUB) could eat into her damages. Chan Hui Peng, 47, who took PUB to court after falling into a manhole in 2015, accepted a confidential settlement offer from the statutory board's lawyers on Thursday evening (Nov 26), lawyers from both sides told reporters. Just that morning, she had told the High Court that her claim was «honest and legitimate» and confirmed that she would be pursuing it. Following both parties' appearance before Judicial Commissioner Andre Maniam this morning to address the issue of costs, Chan is expected to file a notice of discontinuance against PUB, officially withdrawing her claim. Chan chose to accept the offer as the trial, which commenced on Monday, has «taken a toll on her mental health and emotional well-being», her lawyer Ivan Lee told The Straits Times.

Customer finds cockroach in Each-A-Cup drink - after finishing it

As Stomp contributor Kishen was finishing up his chocolate milk tea, he felt something 'gelatinous' in his mouth. Knowing that it could not be pearls as he did not order them, he spat it out and was horrified to see that it was actually a cockroach. The inc
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Customer finds cockroach in Each-A-Cup drink - after finishing it

As Stomp contributor Kishen was finishing up his chocolate milk tea, he felt something 'gelatinous' in his mouth. Knowing that it could not be pearls as he did not order them, he spat it out and was horrified to see that it was actually a cockroach. The incident, which happened on Nov 20 at 5.53pm, left Kishen feeling disgusted yet thankful that he did not swallow the insect. In the photos, a cockroach can be seen lying face up in an empty Each-A-Cup cup. PHOTO: Stomp«I went to The Poiz Centre at Upper Serangoon Road to purchase a drink from Each-A-Cup. I bought a chocolate-flavoured milk tea drink without pearls and drank it relatively quickly,» Kishen said.

Role models: Family of 5 spotted cleaning Pasir Ris beach

When Jay, a photographer, saw a family of five at Pasir Ris Park in the early morning of Nov 16, he did not think much of it at first. The family only started to catch his attention when he realised that they were holding trash bags and metal tongs. Turns o
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Role models: Family of 5 spotted cleaning Pasir Ris beach

When Jay, a photographer, saw a family of five at Pasir Ris Park in the early morning of Nov 16, he did not think much of it at first. The family only started to catch his attention when he realised that they were holding trash bags and metal tongs. Turns out, they had decided to spend their Monday morning cleaning up the beach. PHOTO: Stomp«I usually head to Pasir Ris Park every morning at about 6am to capture shots of birds and nature,» Jay shared. "But on that day, I was shocked when a family of five came to the beach in the early morning and started picking up trash.

Man jailed and banned from driving for life after repeated drink-driving

SINGAPORE - After sharing a bottle of red wine with a prospective employer, the former head of an investment company, Levin Lee Keng Weng, decided to drive home. As he drove along Bukit Timah Road in the leftmost lane at about 11pm on Nov 28 last year, the 5
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Man jailed and banned from driving for life after repeated drink-driving

SINGAPORE - After sharing a bottle of red wine with a prospective employer, the former head of an investment company, Levin Lee Keng Weng, decided to drive home. As he drove along Bukit Timah Road in the leftmost lane at about 11pm on Nov 28 last year, the 53-year-old lost control of his car, swerved to the left and crashed into concrete construction barricades in front of Balmoral Plaza. While no pedestrians were hurt and there was no damage to public property, the accident was Lee's third drink-driving offence and earned him a lifetime ban from driving all classes of vehicles. Appearing in court on Wednesday (Nov 25), Lee hung his head as he was handed the sentence, which also included 12 weeks' jail and a $15,000 fine. The court heard that Lee had been convicted of drink driving in 2001 and 2010. Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Koh called Lee a «serious repeat offender» and urged the court to sentence Lee to at least 12 weeks' imprisonment, a fine of $15,000, and lifetime disqualification.

'A therapy horse is not a circus animal': Boutique clarifies after in-store horse-petting event draws backlash

Setting up a mini petting zoo in an Orchard Road boutique may be unconventional but does it fall within the realm of animal cruelty? Following online pushback over a fundraiser where guests will get to meet and pet miniature horses in its ION Orchard bouti
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'A therapy horse is not a circus animal': Boutique clarifies after in-store horse-petting event draws backlash

Setting up a mini petting zoo in an Orchard Road boutique may be unconventional but does it fall within the realm of animal cruelty? Following online pushback over a fundraiser where guests will get to meet and pet miniature horses in its ION Orchard boutique, homegrown fashion label In Good Company clarified in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 24) that the horses are «specially selected and trained therapy animals». It will be going ahead with the event, which is scheduled to be held over three weekends in December, the company added. The fashion brand had announced its Miniature Horse Sessions, held in partnership with animal charity Equal, on Nov 15.

Latest Covid-19 community case dined with 12 family members at Tampines Mall

SINGAPORE - Singapore's first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in 16 days is a Singaporean who works as a service engineer, and had dinner with 12 family members at Seoul Garden in Tampines Mall last Saturday (Nov 21), the Health Ministry (MOH) said on Thu
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Latest Covid-19 community case dined with 12 family members at Tampines Mall

SINGAPORE - Singapore's first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in 16 days is a Singaporean who works as a service engineer, and had dinner with 12 family members at Seoul Garden in Tampines Mall last Saturday (Nov 21), the Health Ministry (MOH) said on Thursday (Nov 26). The family had occupied three tables at the restaurant, and there was mingling between the groups. Investigations are currently ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant safe management measures, MOH added, and epidemiological investigations are in progress. Among those present at the dinner was his two-year-old niece. She had earlier been issued a five-day medical certificate from Nov 20 to Nov 24 for a runny nose, and has since tested negative for Covid-19.  In the meantime, all his identified close contacts, including his family members at the dinner, have been isolated and placed in quarantine and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period, so that asymptomatic cases will be detected, the ministry said. Serological tests on his household and family contacts will also be conducted to determine if he could have been infected by them.

Combo breaker: Singapore sees first community Covid-19 case in 16 days

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed five new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (Nov 26). Out of these, there is one case in the community — the first in 16 days. The other four are imported cases who had been placed on Stay-Home No
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Combo breaker: Singapore sees first community Covid-19 case in 16 days

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed five new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (Nov 26). Out of these, there is one case in the community — the first in 16 days. The other four are imported cases who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon their arrival in Singapore, MOH said. This brings the total number of cases to 58,195, with 58,091 patients discharged and 28 deaths. The ministry said it would share more updates in a press release later tonight. MOH had last reported two locally transmitted cases on Nov 10 — one symptomatic case in the community and one case residing in a dormitory. The 16-day period which saw no new Covid-19 cases in the community was the longest since Singapore confirmed its first case in January this year. For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit here. kimberlylim@asiaone.com

Car makes reckless illegal U-turn to VivoCity in front of police car, immediately regrets it

In a disastrously funny moment fit for a Curb Your Enthusiasm meme, a motorist aptly landed on the wrong side of the law after breaking it right in front of the cops. Netizens have been enjoying this bit of schadenfreude that took place near the VivoCity mal
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Car makes reckless illegal U-turn to VivoCity in front of police car, immediately regrets it

In a disastrously funny moment fit for a Curb Your Enthusiasm meme, a motorist aptly landed on the wrong side of the law after breaking it right in front of the cops. Netizens have been enjoying this bit of schadenfreude that took place near the VivoCity mall earlier today (Nov 26), when a Honda Vezel was caught on dashcam performing an illegal — and reckless — U-turn in full view of a police patrol car. The offending driver very nearly caused an accident too after the turn, cutting across the path of the police vehicle and heading straight for the entrance to VivoCity. Immediately (and unsurprisingly), the police officers flashed the sirens and pulled over the driver. Cue the “Directed by Robert B. Weide” credits.

Netizens show compassion for auntie who allegedly insisted on placing handbag on MRT passenger's lap

Instead of throwing shade, netizens sympathised with an elderly woman who was said to be acting impolitely on an MRT train ride. A member of the Facebook group Complaint Singapore recounted in a post on Tuesday (Nov 24) how the auntie had repeatedly placed h
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Netizens show compassion for auntie who allegedly insisted on placing handbag on MRT passenger's lap

Instead of throwing shade, netizens sympathised with an elderly woman who was said to be acting impolitely on an MRT train ride. A member of the Facebook group Complaint Singapore recounted in a post on Tuesday (Nov 24) how the auntie had repeatedly placed her handbag on her lap while they were sitting next to each other. The first time the elderly woman placed the “Bonia bag” on her lap, she returned it back. When it was done the second time, the bag was returned once again — prompting the auntie to scold the other party, demanding to know why the bag couldn’t be placed on her lap. “So I [stood up], she [stared] at me from Pasir Ris all the way until now in Bugis,” noted the Facebook user, who sought real-time advice on what to do in response to the invasion of personal space. A picture was posted as well, depicting the elderly lady seated on an MRT train, holding on to a walking stick and her handbag.

'Will your lies stop?' Woman suing PUB confronted over Carousell account and $11,500 salary

SINGAPORE - The woman who is suing PUB for $5 million after she fell into a manhole five years ago was confronted in court on Wednesday (Nov 25) with her highly rated Carousell account, which has garnered 194 reviews over the past three years and seven months
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'Will your lies stop?' Woman suing PUB confronted over Carousell account and $11,500 salary

SINGAPORE - The woman who is suing PUB for $5 million after she fell into a manhole five years ago was confronted in court on Wednesday (Nov 25) with her highly rated Carousell account, which has garnered 194 reviews over the past three years and seven months. Her account on the online shopping platform listed a variety of items, including essential oils, potted plants, a Scrabble set, a mattress, a pink bikini and even a Punggol flat for rent. Lawyers for PUB's insurers pointed out that Madam Chan Hui Peng, 47, had met numerous buyers who left her positive reviews, despite her claims that the accident caused her to become wary of strangers and hesitant about going out to meet new people. Madam Chan, who fell into a 1.8m-deep manhole in Simon Road, near Kovan, on Dec 1, 2015, has alleged that the accident caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia, in addition to a fractured ankle.

My messages were not abusive, insists GrabHitch driver suspended after sending anti-LGBTQ texts to passenger

A few weeks ago, a GrabHitch driver got into some trouble after it was revealed that he sent a passenger some messages that chastised her over a profile picture banner in support of the Ready 4 Repeal movement. The affected passenger had taken to Reddit on
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My messages were not abusive, insists GrabHitch driver suspended after sending anti-LGBTQ texts to passenger

A few weeks ago, a GrabHitch driver got into some trouble after it was revealed that he sent a passenger some messages that chastised her over a profile picture banner in support of the Ready 4 Repeal movement. The affected passenger had taken to Reddit on Nov 12 her brush with homophobia while booking a ride the day before under Grab’s social carpooling service. She wrote that the driver accepted a request for a ride, but before he arrived at the pick-up point, he sent strongly-worded messages to the passenger that made his stance against the movement — which seeks to abolish Section 377A of the Singapore Penal Code — quite clear. As a result, he was suspended from the service, albeit for engaging directly with a passenger.

6 of 12 people who gathered at Southern Islands fined $3,000 each

SINGAPORE - Six people have been fined $3,000 each for taking part in an unlawful gathering on Lazarus Island amid the Covid-19 outbreak on Aug 8. They were part of a 12-person gathering on the island that violated Covid-19 regulations, which prohibited soci
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6 of 12 people who gathered at Southern Islands fined $3,000 each

SINGAPORE - Six people have been fined $3,000 each for taking part in an unlawful gathering on Lazarus Island amid the Covid-19 outbreak on Aug 8. They were part of a 12-person gathering on the island that violated Covid-19 regulations, which prohibited social gatherings of more than five people who do not stay in the same place of residence. Natalie Joanna Sarkies, 29; Zoe Louise Cronk, 30; Jeff Richard Alexander, 32; Lowri Mair Jeffs, 31; Richard Henri Lagesse, 31, and William Edwin Dunford, 32, had each pleaded guilty to an offence under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. Sarkies is Singaporean while the rest are British. Alexander, Jeffs and Dunford were represented by Mr Shafiuddin Ong from Emerald Law, while Sarkies, Cronk and Lagesse were unrepresented. According to court documents, the group of 12 took a ferry from mainland Singapore to St John’s Island at 11am on Aug 8.

Second fire in 2 years breaks out at popular Chinese restaurant

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out on Monday (Nov 23) afternoon at a popular restaurant in Boon Keng Road. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted at 5.10pm to a fire at Ban Heng restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of Block 22 Bo
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Second fire in 2 years breaks out at popular Chinese restaurant

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out on Monday (Nov 23) afternoon at a popular restaurant in Boon Keng Road. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted at 5.10pm to a fire at Ban Heng restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of Block 22 Boon Keng Road. The fire was linked to the kitchen exhaust duct, said the SCDF in a statement. About 20 people were evacuated before SCDF officers arrived to put out the fire. No injuries were reported. The SCDF said it is still investigating the cause of the fire. This is the second time in two years that there has been a fire at the Boon Keng branch of the restaurant, which serves Chinese cuisine and has four other branches around the island. In 2018, the blaze was also linked to an exhaust duct. This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

'I'm not a beggar': Man in wheelchair turned away by Tangs security officer

Wesley Wee is a published author who suffers from cerebral palsy, but in the eyes of security staff at Tangs, he was just a wheelchair-bound beggar and chased out of the department store. «I'm not a beggar,» he lamented in an interview with Lian
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'I'm not a beggar': Man in wheelchair turned away by Tangs security officer

Wesley Wee is a published author who suffers from cerebral palsy, but in the eyes of security staff at Tangs, he was just a wheelchair-bound beggar and chased out of the department store. «I'm not a beggar,» he lamented in an interview with Lianhe Wanbao. The 40-year-old recounted how he had gone to Tangs at Orchard road on Sunday (Nov 22) to buy some household products when he encountered the security officer. Seeing there were several pop-up booths in front of Tangs, he went over to take a look before deciding to purchase from one of them. However, the booth owner ignored him, Wee said. Knowing that his condition left his speech unclear, he typed out his request — to pay for an item through Paylah — and approached a pair of cashiers for help. He was rejected by one of them before they even read his message, while the other apologised and said they did not accept payment via Paylah.

To order or not? Netizens debate after barefooted food delivery rider spotted braving heavy rain

When it's raining heavily, it's easier to pick up the phone and have your meal delivered to you than to brave the storm yourself. However, netizens are now questioning whether they should or shouldn't call for food delivery after a photo of a delivery man 
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To order or not? Netizens debate after barefooted food delivery rider spotted braving heavy rain

When it's raining heavily, it's easier to pick up the phone and have your meal delivered to you than to brave the storm yourself. However, netizens are now questioning whether they should or shouldn't call for food delivery after a photo of a delivery man soaked to the bone went viral. The photo circulating on Facebook yesterday (Nov 24) captured the back of a GrabFood delivery rider as he made his way back to his motorcycle in the pouring rain. Along with plastic bags filled with food items, he carried a plastic bag with his shoes in them. A caption accompanying the photo read: «Remember that when u order delivery, someone is going through a rough time to do your delivery, a little tips for them will help [sic].»

Couple collect PSLE results on behalf of son who died

SINGAPORE - In 2008, when he was but an eight-month-old baby, Raphael Lee was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in his left forearm. He underwent treatment for this rare form of soft tissue cancer for a year and the disease went into remission. But in 2016, w
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Couple collect PSLE results on behalf of son who died

SINGAPORE - In 2008, when he was but an eight-month-old baby, Raphael Lee was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in his left forearm. He underwent treatment for this rare form of soft tissue cancer for a year and the disease went into remission. But in 2016, when Raphael was a Primary 2 pupil, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. It started in his left arm again, and eventually spread to his right collarbone and both lungs. On Nov 13, the 12-year-old died due to complications from surgery. His parents, Mr William Lee, 47, and Mrs Winnie Lee, 45, collected his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results from Alexandra Primary School on his behalf on Wednesday (Nov 25). Raphael was their only child. Mr Lee, who works as a course manager with St John Singapore, said: "We expected his lifespan would be shortened, but we didn't know death would come so soon.

Enough of using sex to get clicks, Singaporean YouTuber Sneaky Sushii says

For all the success that Singapore’s legion of popular YouTubers have achieved – and some, like JianHao Tan with his media empire, have achieved a lot – they aren’t without their critics. The most vocal and beloved of these is satirist Sneaky Sushii.
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Enough of using sex to get clicks, Singaporean YouTuber Sneaky Sushii says

For all the success that Singapore’s legion of popular YouTubers have achieved – and some, like JianHao Tan with his media empire, have achieved a lot – they aren’t without their critics. The most vocal and beloved of these is satirist Sneaky Sushii. With 105,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Sneaky Sushii is small fry compared to some of the YouTubers and social media figures he frequently attacks. Still, he has carved out a niche for himself in Singapore’s saturated YouTube scene and made criticising popular figures into something of a career, armed with scathing one-liners like: “Just because you got a few people to sign up for a free yoga treatment doesn’t make you the next [serial entrepreneur] Gary Vaynerchuk.” Jay – who declines to reveal his full name – says he dropped out of film school to become a full-time YouTuber because he wanted to make content that he’d enjoy watching himself. That, and he simply couldn’t stand the “shallow” formula that most other popular channels follow.

ICA officer charged for receiving sexual services to help women remain here

An officer from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) allegedly received bribes and sexual services from two Chinese nationals to help them stay here. Teo Hwee Peng, 47, was hit with 12 charges of corruption yesterday. The checkpoints inspector al
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ICA officer charged for receiving sexual services to help women remain here

An officer from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) allegedly received bribes and sexual services from two Chinese nationals to help them stay here. Teo Hwee Peng, 47, was hit with 12 charges of corruption yesterday. The checkpoints inspector allegedly received 7,000 yuan (S$1,420) in loans from Liang Qinglan, 37, from Oct 25, 2018, to July 30 last year.

Coronavirus: No active clusters for first time since Feb 3

SINGAPORE - There were no active Covid-19 clusters for the first time since Feb 3, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Nov 24). This is after the cluster at Cassia @ Penjuru at 15 Penjuru Walk was closed as it had no new cases for the past two incu
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Coronavirus: No active clusters for first time since Feb 3

SINGAPORE - There were no active Covid-19 clusters for the first time since Feb 3, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Nov 24). This is after the cluster at Cassia @ Penjuru at 15 Penjuru Walk was closed as it had no new cases for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days. On Tuesday, MOH also announced 18 new coronavirus cases including 13 foreign domestic workers.   With Tuesday's new cases being all imported, it means that there were no new community cases and none from worker's dormitories for the 14th day in a row. This is the longest stretch without a community case since the first coronavirus case was reported in Singapore on Jan 23. There were 12 days between the first reported case, which was imported, and the first recorded community cases on Feb 4. Tuesday's new cases take Singapore's total to 58,183. The new patients were placed on stay-home notices on arrival in Singapore. Of the 18 new cases, two were Singaporeans who returned from the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Chinatown's Chinese New Year bazaar cancelled due to Covid-19

SINGAPORE - There will be no Chinese New Year Bazaar at Chinatown next year because of the ongoing pandemic. The decision to halt the bazaar for the first time in its history was a result of concerns over crowd control, said the organisers. The Kreta Ayer-K
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Chinatown's Chinese New Year bazaar cancelled due to Covid-19

SINGAPORE - There will be no Chinese New Year Bazaar at Chinatown next year because of the ongoing pandemic. The decision to halt the bazaar for the first time in its history was a result of concerns over crowd control, said the organisers. The Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee also told Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao that the organisers had considered other solutions but faced uncertainties over when phase three of Singapore's reopening would begin. Shop owners in Chinatown, some of whom have been selling their wares for more than 15 years, were disappointed. Ms Jane Yee, 60, who owns a decoration shop near the Chinatown MRT station, told The Straits Times that she was «quite upset» when she heard the news. She has no plans to sell her lanterns on the Internet, with stiff competition from wholesalers there. «We're old already... we don't know how to sell things online,» said Ms Yee.

Adorable robots are making food deliveries for free at Nanyang Technological University

Food delivery robots with cartoon faces on them seemed to have made the day of one Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student, who shared a clip of the roaming automatons on Reddit. The video, uploaded by u/penguinoni on Monday (Nov 23), depicted the wh
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Adorable robots are making food deliveries for free at Nanyang Technological University

Food delivery robots with cartoon faces on them seemed to have made the day of one Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student, who shared a clip of the roaming automatons on Reddit. The video, uploaded by u/penguinoni on Monday (Nov 23), depicted the wheeled robots rolling about campus, with one stopping right in front of a canteen, presumably awaiting deployment. Fun fact: if you order food in NTU, it gets delivered via robot from r/singapore The little rovers are, in fact, Singapore’s first outdoor delivery robots. Developed by a group of NTU students who manufacture and operate the robots under their startup Whizz, the droids are operated remotely to deliver food to hungry students across the campus for free.

Bangladeshi man, 26, arrested under ISA for terrorism-related activities: MHA

SINGAPORE - A 26-year-old Bangladeshi man was picked up under the Internal Security Act earlier this month for his involvement in terrorism-related activities. Ahmed Faysal was arrested on Nov 2, and preliminary investigations by the Internal Security Depart
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Bangladeshi man, 26, arrested under ISA for terrorism-related activities: MHA

SINGAPORE - A 26-year-old Bangladeshi man was picked up under the Internal Security Act earlier this month for his involvement in terrorism-related activities. Ahmed Faysal was arrested on Nov 2, and preliminary investigations by the Internal Security Department found he had been radicalised and intended to carry out acts of armed violence in support of his religion, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 24). Faysal, who is Muslim, left Bangladesh for Singapore in early 2017 to work as a construction worker, and became radicalised the following year after absorbing online propaganda on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He began to create social media accounts under fictitious names to avoid detection, and actively shared material promoting armed violence. He went a step further and bought foldable knives that he later confessed to the authorities he was planning to use for attacks back home. The MHA said investigations so far have not indicated that Faysal intended to carry out any acts of violence in Singapore.

Glass mug shatters, sends shards flying towards woman at Eunos food court

A woman was having a chat with her colleagues in a Eunos food court when the glass mug she was holding shattered before she could take another sip of her tea. Glass shards flew everywhere — at her face, onto her arms and even into her mouth — whil
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Glass mug shatters, sends shards flying towards woman at Eunos food court

A woman was having a chat with her colleagues in a Eunos food court when the glass mug she was holding shattered before she could take another sip of her tea. Glass shards flew everywhere — at her face, onto her arms and even into her mouth — while her drink spilt all over a laptop she had placed on the table, causing the screen to go black immediately. In an interview with Lianhe Wanbao, the 40-year-old woman said: «I spat out the glass in my mouth, then took a tissue to brush the glass shards off my arm. That's when I realised I was scratched.» The incident, which occurred last Thursday (Nov 19), frightened her so badly that she was haunted by the image of flying glass shards hitting her face and mouth. She went to a temple to pray for protection the day after. The woman recounted how she had only drunk a third of her teh halia tarik when the glass mug shattered, with the sound attracting the attention of nearby patrons. According to her, a staff member from the drink stall immediately rushed over to help clean up the mess.

Heading out saves breasts? Actress Pam Oei calls out confusing breast cancer posters, reveals mum's struggle with disease

With one in 13 women — and one in 1000 men — likely to suffer from breast cancer in their lifetime, there's no overstating the importance of awareness campaigns. But if the online confusion is anything to go by, the Breast Cancer Foundation's (BCF) lat
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Heading out saves breasts? Actress Pam Oei calls out confusing breast cancer posters, reveals mum's struggle with disease

With one in 13 women — and one in 1000 men — likely to suffer from breast cancer in their lifetime, there's no overstating the importance of awareness campaigns. But if the online confusion is anything to go by, the Breast Cancer Foundation's (BCF) latest campaign may have missed the mark. BCF has apologised for causing «confusion and or offence» after actress Pamela Oei took to Facebook last Thursday (Nov 19) to express her exasperation at the social service agency's posters. The first of the two posters in question read: «To stop the spread, mask up. For your breasts, go up, down, in, out and all around.» The second read: «Staying home saves lives. Heading out saves breasts.» Succinctly summing up her sentiments, Oei wrote in Hokkien, «Hah li kong simi? (What are you saying?)» She was certainly not alone. Others, including fellow actress Janice Koh, were left scratching their heads.

Turning blind eye to law: Enforcement officer suspended after smoking and littering at Woodlands

Oh, how the tables have turned. A Certis Cisco enforcement officer was suspended after he was spotted smoking at a void deck and casually tossing the cigarette butt aside on Saturday (Nov 21), shortly after he tried to prevent a pair of delivery men from st
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Turning blind eye to law: Enforcement officer suspended after smoking and littering at Woodlands

Oh, how the tables have turned. A Certis Cisco enforcement officer was suspended after he was spotted smoking at a void deck and casually tossing the cigarette butt aside on Saturday (Nov 21), shortly after he tried to prevent a pair of delivery men from stopping at the loading and unloading bay at Woodlands Avenue 6. Video clips of his actions were uploaded onto Facebook the same evening by one of the affected delivery riders along with the caption: «Enforcing the law. Breaking the law.» In the first clip, the officer was seen calmly telling the delivery man behind the camera that he was not allowed to park where he was, despite the latter pointing out that he had stationed his vehicle at the loading and unloading bay. Another delivery rider strode over with a similar complaint, saying that the officer had noted down his license plate number too. The officer maintained his stance, telling them: «Loading bay is not allowed for delivery. You have to go to the car park. And I didn't tell you that you can't do delivery. I gave you five minutes.» «Then why did you take down my number?» the other delivery rider bit back.

Singapore upgrades third-quarter GDP, sees economy returning to growth next year

Singapore’s economy contracted much less than initially estimated in the third quarter due to gradual easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures and authorities expect the city-state to bounce back to growth next year from its worst recession. Gross domestic pro
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Singapore upgrades third-quarter GDP, sees economy returning to growth next year

Singapore’s economy contracted much less than initially estimated in the third quarter due to gradual easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures and authorities expect the city-state to bounce back to growth next year from its worst recession. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 5.8 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, the ministry of trade and industry said on Monday, versus the 7 per cent drop seen in the government’s advance estimate. Analysts expected a 5.4 per cent contraction, according to the median of 10 forecasts. The government said it now expects full-year GDP to contract between 6.5 per cent and 6 per cent versus its prior forecast for a 5 per cent to 7 per cent decline. The country is still facing the biggest downturn in its history. The economy is expected to grow 4 per cent to 6 per cent next year. “The recovery of the Singapore economy in the year ahead is expected to be gradual, and will depend to a large extent on how the global economy performs and whether Singapore is able to continue to keep the domestic Covid-19 situation under control,” the MTI said in a statement.

Decision to defer travel bubble with Hong Kong based on clear parameters: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE - The joint decision by Singapore and Hong Kong to defer the air travel bubble was based on «clear parameters» that had been set out in the agreement between the two cities, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Monday (No
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Decision to defer travel bubble with Hong Kong based on clear parameters: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE - The joint decision by Singapore and Hong Kong to defer the air travel bubble was based on «clear parameters» that had been set out in the agreement between the two cities, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Nov 23). The travel bubble had been slated to start on Sunday, but its delay was announced a day earlier in light of a recent spike of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong. Addressing questions on the travel bubble during a press conference where Singapore's economic figures for the third quarter were released, Mr Chan said that the terms had been laid out during earlier discussions between Singapore and Hong Kong. Both sides made «a very fast agreement that when the conditions are changed, when the conditions have evolved, we will take the decisions accordingly», he added. Under the agreement, the travel bubble would be suspended with a two-day notice if the seven-day moving average for unlinked cases in either city exceeds five. Mr Chan said both cities' authorities present the other with daily updates on their Covid-19 numbers.

Landed homes to get anti-mosquito kits due to more mosquito breeding: NEA

The number of dengue cases remains high as landed residential homes become the main areas for mosquito breeding.  As of Nov 18, there have been 33,844 dengue cases reported this year, with 355 cases from the previous week. To counter this, the Nationa
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Landed homes to get anti-mosquito kits due to more mosquito breeding: NEA

The number of dengue cases remains high as landed residential homes become the main areas for mosquito breeding.  As of Nov 18, there have been 33,844 dengue cases reported this year, with 355 cases from the previous week. To counter this, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) will be giving out anti-mosquito kits to residents living in landed homes, the agency announced in press release on Thursday (Nov 19).  Kits For Mosquito-Free Homes  As part of NEA’s new campaign for mosquito prevention, they will be distributing Mozzie-Proof Your Home tool kits to people living in landed residential residences. The kit contains:

Internet marvels at motorcyclist's sheer luck after he escapes car crash and flying railing

Call it dumb luck or call it divine intervention — whatever it was, this motorcyclist is just happy that he survived a close shave with flying chunks of metal. In footage shared by the Roads.SG Facebook page, an accident along the Yishun Dam stretch on Su
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Internet marvels at motorcyclist's sheer luck after he escapes car crash and flying railing

Call it dumb luck or call it divine intervention — whatever it was, this motorcyclist is just happy that he survived a close shave with flying chunks of metal. In footage shared by the Roads.SG Facebook page, an accident along the Yishun Dam stretch on Sunday (Nov 22) morning saw a driver losing control of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) while making a bend. The driver ended up crashing through a median barrier and right into the opposite lane, where a motorcyclist had been riding in the vicinity. Through some kind of cosmic coincidence, the motorcyclist narrowly escaped being hit by both the MPV and the debris that had been hurtling towards him. Nobody would have believed the story too if it wasn’t for another vehicle that recorded the whole incident via its rear dashcam.

Group plays badminton 'during wee hours daily' in Sengkang

Stomp contributor Rebecca was frustrated after being constantly kept awake by the slamming of shuttlecocks against rackets at 2am. And, according to Rebecca, this is not a one-off incident -- it has been happening daily. She shared with Stomp that a group
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Group plays badminton 'during wee hours daily' in Sengkang

Stomp contributor Rebecca was frustrated after being constantly kept awake by the slamming of shuttlecocks against rackets at 2am. And, according to Rebecca, this is not a one-off incident -- it has been happening daily. She shared with Stomp that a group of youths has been gathering at Block 127 Rivervale Street since Oct 19 to play badminton. «These people gather every day at 2am to play badminton and it is causing such a ruckus,» Rebecca said. "They are not wearing masks and there is no social distancing among them too.