SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man allegedly involved in a robbery at a hostel in Chinatown was charged in court on Saturday (Sept 25). Goh Soon Kim, a Singaporean, is accused of robbing four victims of $1,000 in cash at S Inn Chinatown in Temple Street on Friday while armed with a flick knife. His alleged accomplice, Ng Chek Kiang Angelo, 42, has not been arrested yet. In a press release on Saturday, the police said they were alerted to the incident on Friday at 3.15am. The victims were not harmed. Officers from Central Police Division and Tanglin Police Division arrested Goh at Lorong 1 Toa Payoh five hours later. He is to be remanded at Central Police Division upon discharge from Singapore General Hospital. Court documents did not state why he was in the hospital. If convicted of robbery, Goh can be jailed for between three and 14 years and receive at least 12 strokes of the cane. The police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Ng - Goh's alleged accomplice.
SINGAPORE - The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 is committed to Singapore's reopening plans and will stay the course to make Singapore a Covid-resilient nation, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday (Sept 24). But the latest round of restrictions is needed to ensure that the healthcare system can cope with the ongoing surge in cases, and to allow new healthcare protocols to stabilise, he said during a press conference held by the task force. He added: «It is hard for everyone to adjust to tighter measures again, I fully understand that. So I seek your understanding, support and your forbearance. »Once our healthcare system is stabilised, once a new healthcare capacity is in place, we will continue with our reopening plans." Mr Wong, who co-chairs the task force, said he shared the disappointment felt by many Singaporeans at the announcement of the restrictions, which will be in place for a month, from next Monday to Oct 24. The measures include reducing the maximum group size for social gatherings and dining-in from five to two. They will be reviewed at the two-week mark.
SINGAPORE - One has always dreamed of being a fighter pilot, while the other's interest in the air force was sparked by the fighter jets that fly on National Day. While fighter pilot Captain (CPT) Julie Lim and weapon systems officer Lieutenant (LTA) Hannah Teo did not join the air force by accident, ending up in the same F-15SG cockpit was more fortuitous. They are the first women fighter aircrew duo to fly the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) multi-role combat fighter together. In April this year (2021), both were posted to the RSAF's Peace Carvin V detachment in the city of Mountain Home, Idaho, in the United States, where they took part in the biennial integrated strike drill Exercise Forging Sabre. The drill started on Sept 14 and ends on Saturday (Sept 25). Asked if there was a deliberate plan to put them together, CPT Lim demurred. Both women started their aircrew training in 2016. "I think we just happened to be at the same place at the same time.
A Foodpanda customer and delivery rider hurled insults at each other via text over a disagreement on Sep 16. A Stomp contributor shared with Stomp her unpleasant experience after ordering a meal from Alt. Pizza using the app. «I ordered from Foodpanda and encountered a rude rider,» she said. «The rider asked me to go down to collect the food myself. »I disagreed because she was supposed to be the one to deliver the food to my unit. «She called me and after I refused to go down, she hung up on me and started texting me.» In the text exchange, the rider used a Tagalog swear word and said there was 'no parking'. The Stomp contributor replied in frustration that there was parking behind the building and said, «I will make sure you will lose your job».
SINGAPORE - With local Covid-19 cases climbing, the authorities said on Friday (Sept 24) that they will be tightening restrictions to prevent daily infections from rising at the current rate. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that if the infection rate continues on its current trajectory, Singapore can expect to reach a daily count of about 3,200 cases in the next week. While MOH said Singapore does not have to return to a state of heightened alert, some measures will have to be tightened for about a month from next Monday to Oct 24 to reduce the strain on healthcare capacity.
SINGAPORE - A total of 1,650 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Friday (Sept 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update. Three seniors with a host of health problems - of whom two were vaccinated - have died of Covid-19 complications, taking the death toll here to 73. The latest daily total is the highest since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 1,504 cases reported on Thursday. This is also the fourth day in a row that the number of cases has surpassed 1,000. Of the local cases on Friday, 1,369 were in the community and 277 cases were among dormitory residents, said MOH. Of these, 391 are seniors above 60 years old. The remaining four cases were imported. The three deaths on Friday were Singaporean men. The first, a 83-year-old man who was vaccinated, had a history of diabetes, restrictive lung disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.