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Iran to ask Japan's Abe to mediate over US oil sanctions: Officials

Iran plans to ask Japan to mediate between Tehran and Washington to ease oil sanctions imposed by the United States, Iranian officials told Reuters ahead of a visit to Iran by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Free XO durians for Pioneer and Merdeka Generation members & other deals this week

We scour the island for the best deals to help you stretch your dollar, and keep you in the loop on the hottest shopping trends. 'Cos good things must share. [UPDATE, Aug 22] XO DURIAN GIVEAWAY FOR PIONEER AND MERDEKA GENERATION MEMBERS Seniors, rejoice!
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Free XO durians for Pioneer and Merdeka Generation members & other deals this week

We scour the island for the best deals to help you stretch your dollar, and keep you in the loop on the hottest shopping trends. 'Cos good things must share. [UPDATE, Aug 22] XO DURIAN GIVEAWAY FOR PIONEER AND MERDEKA GENERATION MEMBERS Seniors, rejoice! A durian stall in Choa Chu Kang will be giving away 540kg of XO durians to Pioneer and Merdeka generation seniors this Saturday (Aug 24). The giveaway is organised by Yi Liu Ji Durian, located on the first floor of Sunshine Place.  Eligible customers can simply show their Pioneer or Merdeka Generation cards to redeem one XO durian each from 4pm to 7pm that day. The stall is also calling for volunteers to help manage the queue situation on the day, no word on whether they'll be rewarded in kind with free durians though. For more information, click here. Where: 475 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, #01-23 Time: 4pm - 7pm

Diners horrified after 'U-shaped white stuff' turns out to be '50 to 100 worms' in Seng Kee mee sua

Stomp contributor Wang and her friends were dining at Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup last Friday night (Aug 16) when they discovered many «U-shaped white stuff» in their mee sua. The group of five, who visited the Changi Road eatery at aroun
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Diners horrified after 'U-shaped white stuff' turns out to be '50 to 100 worms' in Seng Kee mee sua

Stomp contributor Wang and her friends were dining at Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup last Friday night (Aug 16) when they discovered many «U-shaped white stuff» in their mee sua. The group of five, who visited the Changi Road eatery at around 9pm, were shocked when they realised that the foreign objects in their food were actually worms. In a video that she sent to Stomp, white worms can be seen floating in a bowl of mee sua soup. Wang recounted: «One of my friends noticed many U-shaped white stuff in his soup when he had eaten about half the portion. »He asked us if it was just his bowl that had it or if it was the same for everyone else. «After some debate, we realised that all of us had the same stuff in our individual bowls. »Still in disbelief thinking that it might just be part of the soup broth, we picked up a few spoonfuls to scrutinise before we realised that the U-shaped particles had eyes and legs."

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee released from jail

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee was released from jail on Thursday (Aug 22) after serving time for his role in misusing millions of dollars in church funds. His release came one day before he turned 55. Mr Kong's sentence was the longest a
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City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee released from jail

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee was released from jail on Thursday (Aug 22) after serving time for his role in misusing millions of dollars in church funds. His release came one day before he turned 55. Mr Kong's sentence was the longest among six church leaders, who were involved in misappropriating $50 million in church funds. His sentence had been reduced from eight years' jail to 3½ years upon appeal. The rest of the leaders also had their terms shortened.

Exclusive: Two groups, one backed by China's Fosun, bid for NMC Health stake - sources

Two groups, including one backed by China's Fosun , have made competing offers to buy a 40per cent stake in London-listed NMC Health worth up to US$1.9 billion, four sources familiar with the deal said.
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Exclusive: Two groups, one backed by China's Fosun, bid for NMC Health stake - sources

Two groups, including one backed by China's Fosun , have made competing offers to buy a 40per cent stake in London-listed NMC Health worth up to US$1.9 billion, four sources familiar with the deal said.

Singapore's miracle man: He returns to rock climbing just 4 months after being told he'd never walk again

Let it be known that in life, the only obstacle is yourself. In a glorious feat of mind over matter, Chua Chee Beng got to his feet a mere two months after he was told he would be paralysed for life. Some four months later, he was back to rock climbing. Thi
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Singapore's miracle man: He returns to rock climbing just 4 months after being told he'd never walk again

Let it be known that in life, the only obstacle is yourself. In a glorious feat of mind over matter, Chua Chee Beng got to his feet a mere two months after he was told he would be paralysed for life. Some four months later, he was back to rock climbing. This November, the 50-year-old will be taking part in a 50km charity walk organised by Raleigh Singapore. It's a vast turnaround from just two years ago, when life took a bleak turn.   Chua, a rock climbing instructor and a sports enthusiast, had gone climbing at Bukit Timah's Dairy Farm outdoor reserve when disaster struck. He fell from a height of seven metres while abseiling as his climbing rope had slipped loose, he told Shin Min Daily News. Chua suffered fractures in his heels, ankles, and a crack in his spine which damaged his spinal cord. The doctor had told him he would be bound to his wheelchair, paralysed for life.

Man caused death of poodle after hitting it against a bath, dumping it in river

SINGAPORE - A man caused the unnecessary death of his pet poodle after he hit the dog's head against a bathtub, put it in ice water and then dumped the animal into a river, a court heard on Wednesday (Aug 21). Yeo Wee Soon, who pleaded guilty to the charge,
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Man caused death of poodle after hitting it against a bath, dumping it in river

SINGAPORE - A man caused the unnecessary death of his pet poodle after he hit the dog's head against a bathtub, put it in ice water and then dumped the animal into a river, a court heard on Wednesday (Aug 21). Yeo Wee Soon, who pleaded guilty to the charge, bought the poodle named To-Bi online about a week before the abuse occurred. On Feb 6 last year, Yeo, 41, was washing To-Bi, whose fur was smeared with faeces. The dog struggled and Yeo «tapped» it twice to discipline it, said NParks prosecutor Packer Mohammad. When the dog responded by biting Yeo's finger, the man «tapped» the dog harder the third time and it collapsed. Yeo tried to revive the dog by hitting its head against the bathtub twice. He then put To-Bi in ice water and showered it in cold water, added Mr Packer. The dog then became motionless. Yeo put To-Bi in a pail and dropped it into the river along Delta Avenue, the court heard. «The action was unreasonable and led to the unnecessary death of the dog,» Mr Packer added.

Over half of Singaporeans believe there’s life after death: Survey

Of all the polling data Singapore has on hand — from the salary increment expected when switching jobs to what we think of doing nothing — we now have one on death and the afterlife. It's official: most Singaporeans believe there's life after death.
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Over half of Singaporeans believe there’s life after death: Survey

Of all the polling data Singapore has on hand — from the salary increment expected when switching jobs to what we think of doing nothing — we now have one on death and the afterlife. It's official: most Singaporeans believe there's life after death. Fifty-six per cent of the 1,106 Singapore citizens polled by research firm YouGov might not agree on the same form of afterlife, but they do share the sentiment that our existence does not end with our final breath. Published on Aug 19, the results revealed that more than half of the respondents reckon humans experience the following when we die:

Sudan's new ruling body to be sworn in

Sudan prepared to take two further steps in its transition towards civilian rule Wednesday with the swearing in of a new sovereign council and the appointment of a prime minister.
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Sudan's new ruling body to be sworn in

Sudan prepared to take two further steps in its transition towards civilian rule Wednesday with the swearing in of a new sovereign council and the appointment of a prime minister.

Japan's Kono wants progress in resolving wartime labour feud with Seoul

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Wednesday said he wanted to see progress toward resolving a feud with South Korea over compensating Korean wartime workers that brought a deep chill in ties between Washington's two Asian allies.
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Japan's Kono wants progress in resolving wartime labour feud with Seoul

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Wednesday said he wanted to see progress toward resolving a feud with South Korea over compensating Korean wartime workers that brought a deep chill in ties between Washington's two Asian allies.

Former 1980s actresses Chen Bifeng, Ye Sumei pay last respects to late veteran actor Bai Yan

SINGAPORE - Leading 1980s television actresses Chen Bifeng, Zeng Huifen and Ye Sumei were among the artists who paid their last respects to veteran local actor Bai Yan, who died early on Monday (Aug 19). The trio had all been goddaughters to Bai, who died m
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Former 1980s actresses Chen Bifeng, Ye Sumei pay last respects to late veteran actor Bai Yan

SINGAPORE - Leading 1980s television actresses Chen Bifeng, Zeng Huifen and Ye Sumei were among the artists who paid their last respects to veteran local actor Bai Yan, who died early on Monday (Aug 19). The trio had all been goddaughters to Bai, who died months after celebrating his 100th birthday in May. Bai's granddaughter Jenny told Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao that former actress Zeng turned up at the wake on Monday afternoon. Best known for her role in Samsui Women (1986), Zeng is now based in the United States but was back for a visit. Showing up at the wake at the Singapore Casket on Monday too were Chen and Ye, as well as veteran actors Zhou Quanxi and Zhang Jinhua. Chen had starred in Flying Fish (1983), Happy Trio (1986) and On The Fringe (1988), while Ye is known for playing sworn sisters with Zheng Wanling in Two Different Lives (1989). Chen said she was most impressed by Bai's enthusiasm in show business.

NTU pops up as the top search result when you Google 'kukubird kukubird'

While most (emphasis on most) of us have moved on from the amusingly juvenile antics of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students yelling phallic rallying cries during a student camp, the internet doesn’t forget.  The 11th top university in the worl
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NTU pops up as the top search result when you Google 'kukubird kukubird'

While most (emphasis on most) of us have moved on from the amusingly juvenile antics of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students yelling phallic rallying cries during a student camp, the internet doesn’t forget.  The 11th top university in the world is now suggested as the top Google search result when you key in the term “kukubird kukubird”.  For the pure of mind, “kukubird” is a slang term used by Singaporeans that refers to “penis”. It’s interchangeable with the term “kukujiao” (which also refers to the male member) with the Hokkien word “jiao” translating to “bird”.  Try searching the term “kukubird kukubird” on Google — if you’re lucky, the search result might still pull up NTU as an automatic suggested answer. As of writing, we can't seem to replicate the same results that were pulled up on Google last night. 

Top seeds Paire, Shapovalov advance at Winston-Salem Open

Top seeds Benoit Paire and Denis Shapovalov cruised into the third round of the Winston-Salem Open with straight set wins on the North Carolina hardcourt on Tuesday.
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Top seeds Paire, Shapovalov advance at Winston-Salem Open

Top seeds Benoit Paire and Denis Shapovalov cruised into the third round of the Winston-Salem Open with straight set wins on the North Carolina hardcourt on Tuesday.

74-year-old delivery rider dies after being hit by falling glass bottle at condo party

SINGAPORE - A 74-year-old has died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a glass bottle his family believes was thrown down from a 35-storey condominium flat in Spottiswoode Park. Mr Nasiari Sunee, a delivery driver, was in the Spottiswoode 18 condom
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74-year-old delivery rider dies after being hit by falling glass bottle at condo party

SINGAPORE - A 74-year-old has died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a glass bottle his family believes was thrown down from a 35-storey condominium flat in Spottiswoode Park. Mr Nasiari Sunee, a delivery driver, was in the Spottiswoode 18 condominium for a housewarming party on Sunday night (Aug 18) when he was hit on the top of his head by a glass bottle, said his two older children. Speaking to The Straits Times after their father's burial on Tuesday, they said he had just sat down at a table at the condominium's barbecue pit area to eat when he was hit. His wife and relatives were sitting with him. «Suddenly our relatives heard a big thud and another thud. They realised my dad had collapsed on the floor and his head was bleeding,» said Madam Nas Suriati Nasiari, the oldest of Mr Nasiari's four children. «They saw a glass bottle on the table,» said the 44-year-old service manager. Her family believes the bottle, after hitting Mr Nasiari, ricocheted and hit their mother, who had bruises on her shoulder, she added.

Fire breaks out at Singapore General Hospital after scanner overheats; 70 people evacuated

SINGAPORE - Seventy people, including patients and staff, were evacuated after a fire broke out at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Monday afternoon (Aug 19). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a fire at 1 Hospital Drive, at the basemen
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Fire breaks out at Singapore General Hospital after scanner overheats; 70 people evacuated

SINGAPORE - Seventy people, including patients and staff, were evacuated after a fire broke out at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Monday afternoon (Aug 19). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a fire at 1 Hospital Drive, at the basement 1 level of Block 2, at 1.50pm. The small fire, which involved an electrical component, had burnt itself out before firefighters arrived, said SCDF. Due to smoke from the fire, SCDF evacuated 70 people from the premises as a safety precaution. No injuries were reported in the incident, and SCDF is investigating the cause of the fire. Preliminary investigations by SGH showed that an electrical component inside a scanner had overheated and emitted smoke, said the hospital's chief operating officer Tan Jack Thian. The scanner was shut down immediately. The hospital arranged for patients to have their scans done using other scanners in the department after the premises were cleared of smoke and SCDF had given the clearance to re-enter, he added. The hospital also made arrangements for a few patients to have their scans re-scheduled.

Team GB lose European dressage silver after Dujardin elimination

Britain dropped out of the silver medal position at the Dressage European Championships in Rotterdam on Tuesday after Charlotte Dujardin's score was excluded because blood was found on her horse.
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Team GB lose European dressage silver after Dujardin elimination

Britain dropped out of the silver medal position at the Dressage European Championships in Rotterdam on Tuesday after Charlotte Dujardin's score was excluded because blood was found on her horse.

Indian bowler Sreesanth's ban reduced to seven years, to end in September 2020

Indian fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's ban for alleged spot-fixing has been reduced to seven years, with the sanction period coming to an end on Sep. 13, 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said.
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Indian bowler Sreesanth's ban reduced to seven years, to end in September 2020

Indian fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's ban for alleged spot-fixing has been reduced to seven years, with the sanction period coming to an end on Sep. 13, 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said.

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