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Brazil jumps to world No 2 in COVID-19 cases, behind the US

Brazil became the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, after it confirmed that 330,890 people had been infected by the virus, overtaking Russia, the Health Ministry said.

Hong Kong marks China anniversary as Beijing tightens grip

Thousands of riot police were stationed across Hong Kong on Thursday to stamp out any large democracy rallies as the restless financial hub marked China's National Day under the shadow of a growing crackdown on dissent.
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Hong Kong marks China anniversary as Beijing tightens grip

Thousands of riot police were stationed across Hong Kong on Thursday to stamp out any large democracy rallies as the restless financial hub marked China's National Day under the shadow of a growing crackdown on dissent.

Scorsese, Eastwood say US movie theaters may not survive pandemic

Oscar-winning film directors James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese joined forces with movie theater owners on Wednesday in an appeal for financial help, saying they feared for the future of the industry.
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Scorsese, Eastwood say US movie theaters may not survive pandemic

Oscar-winning film directors James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese joined forces with movie theater owners on Wednesday in an appeal for financial help, saying they feared for the future of the industry.

Christopher Lee, Fann Wong mark wedding anniversary on social media

SINGAPORE - Local power couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary with flowers and kisses. The couple, both 49, married on Sept 29, 2009 in a glitzy ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel. They posted the same photos on Tuesda
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Christopher Lee, Fann Wong mark wedding anniversary on social media

SINGAPORE - Local power couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary with flowers and kisses. The couple, both 49, married on Sept 29, 2009 in a glitzy ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel. They posted the same photos on Tuesday (Sept 29) on their social media accounts to mark the occasion. In one of these photos, Fann is holding a bouquet of roses. She and Lee are each holding up one finger in another photo to symbolise the 11 years that they have been married. In several of the photos, Lee turns his face to kiss his wife on the cheek. Fann wrote on her Instagram, addressing her husband directly: «11 years is neither long nor short, I'm still kept so fair because of you while you still...(please fill this in yourself). Please don't slim down on a whim, I'm afraid I won't recognise you.»

Delivery riders on Orchard pavement worry pedestrians

A retail manager has had several close shaves with food delivery riders on motorcycles on the pavement near his office at Wheelock Place in Orchard. And Mr Nick Smith, 36, who has been working in the area for about two years, is not alone in this. Other ped
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Delivery riders on Orchard pavement worry pedestrians

A retail manager has had several close shaves with food delivery riders on motorcycles on the pavement near his office at Wheelock Place in Orchard. And Mr Nick Smith, 36, who has been working in the area for about two years, is not alone in this. Other pedestrians have also had close encounters with the errant motorcyclists, most of whom were there to pick up food orders from Shake Shack, the popular burger and milkshake joint, in Liat Towers. As there is no direct road access to the outlet, the pavement is the fastest, most convenient way for the food delivery riders who are usually in a hurry. When The New Paper staked out the pedestrian area outside Wheelock Place and Liat Towers for two hours at lunchtime on Monday, about 20 food delivery riders were seen riding and parking their motorbikes on the pavement. There are carparks in the malls nearby, as well as an open-air carpark at Angullia Park next to Far East Shopping Centre. Some malls, like Liat Towers and Far East Shopping Centre, do not have motorcycle parking. But four riders TNP spoke to were not keen on using the carparks.

Man United beat Brighton again to reach last eight

Manchester United earned their second win over Brighton & Hove Albion in five days as they booked a place in the League Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.
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Man United beat Brighton again to reach last eight

Manchester United earned their second win over Brighton & Hove Albion in five days as they booked a place in the League Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.

Dier case prompts Premier League to ask for handball law change

The Premier League wants to change the handball law and is in talks with rule-making body IFAB in a bid to end decisions such as the controversial ruling against Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier.
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Dier case prompts Premier League to ask for handball law change

The Premier League wants to change the handball law and is in talks with rule-making body IFAB in a bid to end decisions such as the controversial ruling against Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier.

US embassy worker in Ukraine dies after suspected park assault

An American woman working at the US embassy in Ukraine's capital Kyiv died after a suspected assault in a park near the mission, authorities said, and a search was underway for the possible perpetrator.
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US embassy worker in Ukraine dies after suspected park assault

An American woman working at the US embassy in Ukraine's capital Kyiv died after a suspected assault in a park near the mission, authorities said, and a search was underway for the possible perpetrator.

Atalanta make early statement with comfortable win at Lazio

Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez scored twice in an impressive 4-1 win for the Bergamo side away to top-four rivals Lazio in Serie A on Wednesday.
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Atalanta make early statement with comfortable win at Lazio

Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez scored twice in an impressive 4-1 win for the Bergamo side away to top-four rivals Lazio in Serie A on Wednesday.

Asana valued at US$4 billion in NYSE debut

Asana Inc was valued at more than US$4 billion in its New York Stock Exchange debut on Wednesday, after the workplace software maker went public through a direct listing rather than a traditional initial public offering.
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Asana valued at US$4 billion in NYSE debut

Asana Inc was valued at more than US$4 billion in its New York Stock Exchange debut on Wednesday, after the workplace software maker went public through a direct listing rather than a traditional initial public offering.

Tennis: Ruthless Nadal stays on course for 13th French Open title

It was business as usual as Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title with a 6-1 6-0 6-3 crushing of American Mackenzie McDonald on Wednesday to reach the third round.
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Tennis: Ruthless Nadal stays on course for 13th French Open title

It was business as usual as Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title with a 6-1 6-0 6-3 crushing of American Mackenzie McDonald on Wednesday to reach the third round.

FAA administrator begins 737 MAX evaluation flight in Seattle

Federal Aviation Administration Chief Steve Dickson began an evaluation flight at the controls of a Boeing 737 MAX Wednesday in Seattle just before 9 a.m. PDT, a key milestone as the U.S. planemaker works to win approval to resume flights, the agency said.
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FAA administrator begins 737 MAX evaluation flight in Seattle

Federal Aviation Administration Chief Steve Dickson began an evaluation flight at the controls of a Boeing 737 MAX Wednesday in Seattle just before 9 a.m. PDT, a key milestone as the U.S. planemaker works to win approval to resume flights, the agency said.

US court voids US$448 million award against AbbVie, AndroGel partner

A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed an order that had required AbbVie Inc and a partner to disgorge US$448 million in profit, in antitrust litigation brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission related to the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel.
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US court voids US$448 million award against AbbVie, AndroGel partner

A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed an order that had required AbbVie Inc and a partner to disgorge US$448 million in profit, in antitrust litigation brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission related to the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel.

Time for national plans to help fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort, says UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday it is time for countries to start using money from their national COVID-19 recovery and response plans to help fund the World Health Organization's global vaccine plan.
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Time for national plans to help fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort, says UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday it is time for countries to start using money from their national COVID-19 recovery and response plans to help fund the World Health Organization's global vaccine plan.

Naked statues? RWS responds to man's feedback

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has responded after a man expressed concerns about the statues found in the lobby of Hotel Michael. Stomp contributor Ramon said he was «shocked» to see the «naked statues» at the five-star hotel located i
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Naked statues? RWS responds to man's feedback

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has responded after a man expressed concerns about the statues found in the lobby of Hotel Michael. Stomp contributor Ramon said he was «shocked» to see the «naked statues» at the five-star hotel located in RWS on Friday evening (Sep 25). «The statues are indecent and there are so many children around,» Ramon said. «Their private parts are huge too. It should be small if it is art.» According to the RWS blog , these statues are the works of Fernando Botero, one of the most famous Latin American artists. His works can also be found all around the world, from Park Avenue in New York City to Champs-Élysées in Paris and even by the Singapore River at Raffles Place. In response to a Stomp query, a spokesman for RWS explained that the artist behind the statues at Hotel Michael is known for his signature style of depicting objects in «oversized and exaggerated» dimensions. The spokesman said: "The artwork – Adam and Eve – by renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero is displayed near the entrance to Hotel Michael at RWS.

Floor tiles suddenly pop at Bedok North coffee shop

Stomp contributor Anonymous and his wife were having their lunch at a coffee shop at Block 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 when all of a sudden, the tiles on the floor started popping up. The Stomp contributor was shocked when he saw this happen on Sunday (Sep 27)
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Floor tiles suddenly pop at Bedok North coffee shop

Stomp contributor Anonymous and his wife were having their lunch at a coffee shop at Block 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 when all of a sudden, the tiles on the floor started popping up. The Stomp contributor was shocked when he saw this happen on Sunday (Sep 27) at 1.30pm and told Stomp about this incident. He also sent photos of the popped-up floor tiles. PHOTO: Stomp«My wife and I were having lunch at the coffee shop when suddenly, we heard a commotion near the stalls,» the Stomp contributor said. «I soon realised it was because the floor tiles were starting to pop up. »It was quite a scary sight. «This area of Bedok is an older estate and there were tons of elderly there. »An elderly man in a wheelchair actually got stuck as the tiles were popping up. «A few patrons of the coffee shop and some stall holders immediately went to help him. »Many others also helped each other get out of the coffee shop safely.

Suicide scare: Yishun woman locks self in flat after landlord asks her to move out

Relocating can be a stressful process. But one woman took it especially hard when her landlord asked her to move out, culminating in her arrest after a four-hour stand-off. The 47-year-old woman was arrested under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act a
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Suicide scare: Yishun woman locks self in flat after landlord asks her to move out

Relocating can be a stressful process. But one woman took it especially hard when her landlord asked her to move out, culminating in her arrest after a four-hour stand-off. The 47-year-old woman was arrested under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act at Block 625 Yishun Street 61 on Sunday (Sept 27), police confirmed. The landlord, a 78-year-old woman, had asked the woman, her tenant of one year, to move out that morning, she told Shin Min Daily News. However, the tenant refused, locking herself in the flat for four hours. According to a neighbour, who did not want to be identified, the pair had argued prior to the stand-off and the landlord had called the police that day as she was afraid the tenant would commit suicide. A second neighbour, who also did not wish to be named, said that the landlord had two tenants. A few days before the incident, she had heard the people in the unit having a row in the middle of the night and even saw several items being thrown out of the flat, she told the Chinese daily.

He sent lewd message with upskirt photos - to policewoman

SINGAPORE - A man who received a WhatsApp message from a policewoman about his traffic offences replied by sending her two upskirt pictures of an unidentified woman. In his message, Muhamad Idris Kairudin also said: «So what if you are traffic police.&
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He sent lewd message with upskirt photos - to policewoman

SINGAPORE - A man who received a WhatsApp message from a policewoman about his traffic offences replied by sending her two upskirt pictures of an unidentified woman. In his message, Muhamad Idris Kairudin also said: «So what if you are traffic police.» The 34-year-old Singaporean was sentenced on Wednesday (Sept 30) to a fine of $3,000 after pleading guilty to a harassment charge. Police said in an earlier statement that the inspector had contacted Idris on May 29, asking him to «make timely payment» of outstanding fines for two traffic offences. Court documents did not disclose the nature of his traffic offences. After receiving the message, Idris replied with the lewd message shortly after midnight. The officer lodged a report at Sengkang Neighbourhood Police Centre at around 4pm on June 3, stating that Idris had sent her insulting messages via WhatsApp. He was arrested about 4½ hours later at Block 670A Jurong West Street 65. Officers also seized his mobile phone, the court heard.

Grab explains how a driver near Botanic Gardens got booked to pick up a passenger in Sembawang

A Grab driver was recently tasked with picking up a passenger in Sembawang, which would have been business as usual if not for the fact that he was somewhere in the vicinity of Dempsey Hill when he got the alert.  Meaning he would've had to travel from the
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Grab explains how a driver near Botanic Gardens got booked to pick up a passenger in Sembawang

A Grab driver was recently tasked with picking up a passenger in Sembawang, which would have been business as usual if not for the fact that he was somewhere in the vicinity of Dempsey Hill when he got the alert.  Meaning he would've had to travel from the southern district of the country all the way to the northern tip to pick his next passenger, potentially wasting petrol and the customer’s time in waiting for the ride.  Fortunately, the customer was fully aware of how ridiculous the situation was and cancelled the booking so the driver wouldn’t have to travel 23 kilometres just to give her a $6 ride.  In a post made on the Complaint Singapore Facebook group page, the woman chided Grab and demanded that the ride-hailing service fix its system so drivers wouldn’t have to undergo such trouble. According to her, the driver had tried to reach out to Grab support hotline to get the issue fixed after repeatedly facing the same problem of receiving far-off passenger pickups. 

Electricity tariffs, gas prices to rise from Oct 1

SINGAPORE - The electricity tariff for the three months starting Thursday (Oct 1) will rise by an average of 1.83 cents per kWh compared with the previous quarter. Gas tariffs for households are also set to increase by 0.83 cent per kWh for the same period.
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Electricity tariffs, gas prices to rise from Oct 1

SINGAPORE - The electricity tariff for the three months starting Thursday (Oct 1) will rise by an average of 1.83 cents per kWh compared with the previous quarter. Gas tariffs for households are also set to increase by 0.83 cent per kWh for the same period. SP Group said on Wednesday (Sept 30) that the increase in electricity tariffs in the coming quarter is due to higher energy costs, which form a major component of the electricity tariff and are paid to power generation companies. Likewise, fuel cost hikes have also pushed the gas tariff up, said City Gas in a separate statement on Wednesday. SP Group noted that in spite of the increase, the electricity tariff is still the second lowest rate in the past three years. ALSO READ: Vampire power costs Singapore households $150m each year - here's how you can finally stop your wallets from getting sucked dry Other components of the electricity tariff, such as network costs and market support services, remain unchanged.

Online scammer gets ridiculed for broken English and unconvincing impersonation of DBS bank staff

To be fair, nobody’s expecting online scammers and swindlers to be paragons in the English language — but perhaps crafting proper sentences would help when impersonating a corporate representative.  A woman recounted her experience with a scammer last S
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Online scammer gets ridiculed for broken English and unconvincing impersonation of DBS bank staff

To be fair, nobody’s expecting online scammers and swindlers to be paragons in the English language — but perhaps crafting proper sentences would help when impersonating a corporate representative.  A woman recounted her experience with a scammer last Sunday (Sept 27) on the Complaint Singapore Facebook group, where she shared screenshots of her exchange with the other party.  Impersonating a staff of DBS Bank, the fraudster contacted the woman on messaging app Viber (of all places) and tried to get her to do… something. The instructions weren't exactly clear from the scammer’s side of things, making it all seem confusing and absolutely unconvincing.  From the screenshots of the chat, it would appear that “John Michael” wanted to inform the bank customer that her account was blocked for some reason and needed to be updated. The poor grammar and incoherent messages didn’t help, though. 

No plans to fine those who fly national flag beyond allowed timeframe: Edwin Tong

Will residents in Singapore really be fined for displaying the national flag outside their homes after Sept 30? According to Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the answer is: «No one has ever been fined for this, [Flying ou
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No plans to fine those who fly national flag beyond allowed timeframe: Edwin Tong

Will residents in Singapore really be fined for displaying the national flag outside their homes after Sept 30? According to Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the answer is: «No one has ever been fined for this, [Flying our National Flag ????????] There are few sights as stirring and revealing of our national pride and solidarity as...Posted by Edwin Tong on Tuesday, September 29, 2020»>nor do we plan to do so."

Man filmed slashing himself in Choa Chu Kang carpark arrested, taken to hospital

A young man's violent outburst in a carpark led to his arrest on Tuesday (Sept 29). In video clips circulating on Facebook on the same day, the agitated youth yelled «Why?» before slashing his own arm with a weapon at Block 409 Choa Chu Kang Av
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Man filmed slashing himself in Choa Chu Kang carpark arrested, taken to hospital

A young man's violent outburst in a carpark led to his arrest on Tuesday (Sept 29). In video clips circulating on Facebook on the same day, the agitated youth yelled «Why?» before slashing his own arm with a weapon at Block 409 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3. A woman screamed as he did so. Another man was seen trying to fend off the youth with a hoe, but he soon dropped it after seeing the youth harming himself and attempted to wrestle the weapon away from him. At least two other passers-by rushed over to the pair to render help. Meanwhile, another video clip showed a young woman, who appeared to have blood on her face, approaching a passer-by for help. According to CNA, an off-duty police officer in the vicinity helped to defuse the situation. The police told AsiaOne that they arrested a 23-year-old man after they were alerted to a case of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon. He was later taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital.

She not only gave $80k to her online 'lover', but laundered money for him

SINGAPORE - It had all the qualities of a fairy-tale romance to Ms Cassandra Tan (not her real name) - meeting an eligible American-Chinese businessman online, and falling in love, with the promise of a «happy ever after». But she was just being
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She not only gave $80k to her online 'lover', but laundered money for him

SINGAPORE - It had all the qualities of a fairy-tale romance to Ms Cassandra Tan (not her real name) - meeting an eligible American-Chinese businessman online, and falling in love, with the promise of a «happy ever after». But she was just being led down the garden path. Over two years, Ms Tan, a clerk in her 50s, was not only cheated of around $80,000 by her online «lover», but she had also been manipulated into becoming a money mule for a scammer, laundering $13,500 on his behalf. She first met the man on Facebook in mid-2018. He claimed to be a 59-year-old American Chinese businessman working for «Keppel», who wanted to come to Singapore to see her. But the man proceeded to spin tall tales regarding his «business». He claimed, among other things, that his money had been «taken by the CIA», and that he and his staff were «trapped at Customs and needed money to get out». The man also sent her images of «himself» lying in hospital, feigning serious medical emergencies. «I started falling in love with him. I also took pity on him and wanted to help,» Ms Tan said.

Lawyer jailed for pocketing over $31k in clients' legal fees

Zaminder Singh Gill, a former lawyer from Hilborne Law, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal breach of trust as an attorney, with another 10 charges taken into consideration. Gill, 57, had pocketed more than $31,000 from his clients and also failed to r
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Lawyer jailed for pocketing over $31k in clients' legal fees

Zaminder Singh Gill, a former lawyer from Hilborne Law, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal breach of trust as an attorney, with another 10 charges taken into consideration. Gill, 57, had pocketed more than $31,000 from his clients and also failed to register the clients with the firm. The court heard that Gill was called to the Singapore bar in 2005 and was a legal associate at Hilborne between 2016 and 2019. Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Chew said Gill's offences came to light only following complaints by his clients. In 2018, one of the victims had engaged Gill as she was under investigation for some offences. In May and June last year, she entrusted $4,000 in legal fees to him, which he misappropriated instead of depositing it into Hilborne's client account. In July last year, she tried to contact Gill for an update on her case but was unable to reach him. She was then told by his company that he was overseas.

Keppel launches major revamp, review of offshore and marine business

SINGAPORE - Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp said on Tuesday it had identified assets worth S$17.5 billion ($12.8 billion) that could potentially be monetised, including through sales, and started a review of its lossmaking offshore and marine (O&M) busi
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Keppel launches major revamp, review of offshore and marine business

SINGAPORE - Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp said on Tuesday it had identified assets worth S$17.5 billion ($12.8 billion) that could potentially be monetised, including through sales, and started a review of its lossmaking offshore and marine (O&M) business. The plans unveiled on Tuesday are part of Keppel’s 10-year strategy that it had flagged earlier this year to refocus its portfolio to energy and environment, urban development, connectivity and asset management. Keppel said it was exploring options including strategic mergers and disposals for its offshore and marine business, which builds oil rigs and has been battered by falling energy prices. In August, state investor Temasek Holdings abandoned its $3 billion (S$4.1 billion) offer to raise its stake in Keppel to a majority holding after the company reported weak results.

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