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Olympics-Puberty not sole factor in transgender eligibility says IOC

Male puberty is not the sole factor in ascertaining whether transgender athletes have an advantage over competitors, the International Olympic Committee's medical chief said on Thursday.

Toddler 'in good spirits' after $2.9m gene therapy treatment

Little Devdan was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in 2019 when he was just a month old. But an infusion treatment last Saturday, thanks to a stunning campaign that raised more than $2.8 million, means the toddler may be well on his way to leadin
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Toddler 'in good spirits' after $2.9m gene therapy treatment

Little Devdan was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in 2019 when he was just a month old. But an infusion treatment last Saturday, thanks to a stunning campaign that raised more than $2.8 million, means the toddler may be well on his way to leading a normal life. Last month, The New Paper reported that Devdan, who is now two years old, was set to be treated with Zolgensma, a onetime gene therapy for children with SMA. SMA is a neuromuscular disorder that affects the nerves and muscles and leads to muscle weakness that worsens over time. Devdan was confirmed to have Type 2 SMA when he was seven months old. Devdan can stand only when supported and is unable to walk or run. If left untreated, his muscles will degenerate and lose strength, and he could face total immobility in his teens. The treatment, widely touted as the most expensive drug in the world, was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019 and costs around $2.9 million.

2 vaccinated Singaporeans die from Covid-19 complications; 1,647 new cases on Sept 27

SINGAPORE - There were 1,647 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore reported on Monday (Sept 27), taking the total number of cases here to 89,539, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.  There were 1,280 cases in the community, and 362 among dormit
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2 vaccinated Singaporeans die from Covid-19 complications; 1,647 new cases on Sept 27

SINGAPORE - There were 1,647 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore reported on Monday (Sept 27), taking the total number of cases here to 89,539, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.  There were 1,280 cases in the community, and 362 among dormitory residents. The remaining five were imported cases. It is the seventh straight day that the number of cases has crossed 1,000. Two people – an 80-year-old Singaporean woman and 74-year-old Singaporean man – also died from Covid-19 complications.  Both of them were vaccinated against the virus but had various underlying medical conditions. MOH, in its statement, did not provide details of their health conditions.  The latest deaths take the total toll of people who have died from Covid-19 complications to 80. A total of 25 people have died from the virus this month, compared with 18 deaths in August.  Among Monday’s community cases are 335 people who are above the age of 60.  The five imported cases were already placed on stay-home notice (SHN) or isolated on arrival in Singapore.

7 vehicles involved in accident on PIE, 10 people taken to hospital

Ten people were taken to hospital in a traffic accident involving seven vehicles on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Monday morning (Sept 27).  The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told AsiaOne that they were alerted to an accident along PIE towards
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7 vehicles involved in accident on PIE, 10 people taken to hospital

Ten people were taken to hospital in a traffic accident involving seven vehicles on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Monday morning (Sept 27).  The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told AsiaOne that they were alerted to an accident along PIE towards Changi, before the Jalan Eunos exit at around 8.05am. «SCDF conveyed 10 persons to Changi General Hospital,» it said, adding that officers also assessed three people for minor injuries and that they refused conveyance to the hospital. In a Facebook video uploaded on the same day, a blue trailer was seen swerving to the right to avoid a lorry in front of them on the left lane – before crashing into the line of vehicles on the right lane and finally into the centre divider. 

Couple spends over $3,000 to hire maid to take care of baby, only to find out she's pregnant

Imagine hiring someone to take care of your child, only to discover that she too, is carrying one of her own.  After spending over $3,000 on agency fees to hire a domestic helper to look after their four-month-old baby, a couple found out that she was p
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Couple spends over $3,000 to hire maid to take care of baby, only to find out she's pregnant

Imagine hiring someone to take care of your child, only to discover that she too, is carrying one of her own.  After spending over $3,000 on agency fees to hire a domestic helper to look after their four-month-old baby, a couple found out that she was pregnant in the first month she started working at their household, Shin Min Daily News reported.  On Sept 2, the maid left the house at 11am, saying that she was going to visit the dentist to treat her toothache. She returned at 5pm, and told her employers that she had incurred a dental bill of $200 without providing a receipt.  Wanting to help foot the bill, the couple called the dental clinic but were told that there was no such bill.  It turned out, their domestic helper had gone out to look for her boyfriend — a Malaysian foreign worker that she had met in Singapore while still working for her previous employer — who had ghosted her. 

160,000 Singaporeans to receive $100 worth of grocery vouchers to help with household expenses

SINGAPORE - About 160,000 eligible Singaporeans will receive $100 worth of grocery vouchers next month to support them with their household expenses amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This is part of the Care and Support Package announced at last year's Budget. Al
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160,000 Singaporeans to receive $100 worth of grocery vouchers to help with household expenses

SINGAPORE - About 160,000 eligible Singaporeans will receive $100 worth of grocery vouchers next month to support them with their household expenses amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This is part of the Care and Support Package announced at last year's Budget. All Singaporeans aged 21 and above this year who live in one- and two-room Housing Board flats and do not own more than one property are eligible for the vouchers, said the Ministry of Finance in a statement on Monday (Sept 27). The grocery voucher scheme will provide a total of about $63 million in assistance to those eligible. Last year, the recipients received $300 worth of vouchers in two equal batches: one in October and one in December. Next month's $100 distribution of $100 worth of vouchers will be the third batch.  The vouchers will be delivered to eligible households on Saturdays throughout next month, from Oct 2.

Daily roundup: Survey shows 1 in 2 Singapore residents cannot cope financially in event of illness or job loss — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. 1 in 2 Singapore residents say they cannot cope financially in event of illness or job loss: Survey​​​​​​​ 47 per cent of respondents said their finances have worsened since the onse
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Daily roundup: Survey shows 1 in 2 Singapore residents cannot cope financially in event of illness or job loss — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. 1 in 2 Singapore residents say they cannot cope financially in event of illness or job loss: Survey​​​​​​​ 47 per cent of respondents said their finances have worsened since the onset of the pandemic... » READ MORE 2. Drama in the heartlands: 5 undercover policemen pin down suspected loanshark runner at Sembawang

1 in 2 Singapore residents say they cannot cope financially in event of illness or job loss: Survey

SINGAPORE - With people living longer lives on average, achieving financial security for one's old age has grown more challenging. A study commissioned by Prudential Singapore found that the Covid-19 pandemic has put further strain on Singaporeans' financia
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1 in 2 Singapore residents say they cannot cope financially in event of illness or job loss: Survey

SINGAPORE - With people living longer lives on average, achieving financial security for one's old age has grown more challenging. A study commissioned by Prudential Singapore found that the Covid-19 pandemic has put further strain on Singaporeans' financial planning. Two reports were released on Monday (Sept 27) covering the the topics of financial planning amid a crisis and the pandemic's impact on longevity. The first report showed that more than half, or 54 per cent, of Singapore residents surveyed said they would struggle or be unable to meet their financial needs in the event of unexpected illness or job loss. The study was conducted between May and June, with the participation of 1,218 residents. It examined how the pandemic has impacted Singaporeans' ability to finance their retirement, assuming they live to be a 100, as well as their personal health and well-being in that scenario. Similar surveys have been conducted in previous years.

Squid Game fever is real, here's how Singaporeans are joining the game

Everyone loves Squid Game, and you can't escape its influence on the Internet.  Since its release on Sept 17, original series Squid Game has become the number one trending show on Netflix in Singapore, and the first Korean show to rank #1 on the same pl
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Squid Game fever is real, here's how Singaporeans are joining the game

Everyone loves Squid Game, and you can't escape its influence on the Internet.  Since its release on Sept 17, original series Squid Game has become the number one trending show on Netflix in Singapore, and the first Korean show to rank #1 on the same platform in the US.  Many netizens have found their own way of joining in on the fun, either by recreating some of the scenes in the show, or imagining themselves as one of the participants.  One of the more popular videos – garnering over nine million views – show TikToker Jaze Phua dressed in a suit at Aljunied MRT station, 'slapping' another person while playing traditional Korean game Ddakji. This game involves folded origami tiles, where a player throws a Ddakji tile to try and flip over the opponent's tile. 

Singapore's first-time homebuyers in a bind as public housing prices close in on record levels

In 2017, Brandan Chan and his girlfriend thought they had the perfect plan: buy a Built-To-Order (BTO) flat constructed by Singapore's Housing and Development Board (HDB) and get the keys to their new home within three to four years. Marriage and a family wou
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Singapore's first-time homebuyers in a bind as public housing prices close in on record levels

In 2017, Brandan Chan and his girlfriend thought they had the perfect plan: buy a Built-To-Order (BTO) flat constructed by Singapore's Housing and Development Board (HDB) and get the keys to their new home within three to four years. Marriage and a family would follow soon after. Applying for a new government flat was the typical route taken by most young Singaporeans looking to land their first homes. But fast forward four years and the couple's housing dream has been shattered. While it typically takes three or four attempts to secure a BTO flat, which requires a balloting process that is akin to a property lottery, Chan and his girlfriend have failed seven times. Time is also no longer on their side - the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the completion of ongoing BTO projects and extended the waiting time for future builds. Some buyers are now facing a wait of almost six years for their homes to be ready, instead of the usual three to four years.

Next stop, police station? 2 men fight on MRT train, send passengers fleeing

It was a shocking brawl in a train that left terrified passengers getting up from their seats to flee the scene. In a Facebook video uploaded on Saturday (Sept 25), the train was heading towards Yio Chu Kang station when a maskless man wearing a red t-shir
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Next stop, police station? 2 men fight on MRT train, send passengers fleeing

It was a shocking brawl in a train that left terrified passengers getting up from their seats to flee the scene. In a Facebook video uploaded on Saturday (Sept 25), the train was heading towards Yio Chu Kang station when a maskless man wearing a red t-shirt was seen hitting and spewing expletives at another man wearing grey, who retaliated by shoving him to the ground in front of other passengers. It is unknown what had caused the fight. Refusing to back down, the pair continued their tussle while commuters were seen walking away. The fight then reached its climax when the man in red fell to the floor after the tussle, before the man in grey kicked him in the face – which left him lying on the floor.  In that post, the video has been viewed over 75,000 times on Facebook. Netizens were shocked and disgusted by violent behaviour from the two men. 

2 unvaccinated women die of Covid-19; 1,939 new cases on Sept 26

SINGAPORE - Two unvaccinated Singaporean women, aged 97 and 69, have died of Covid-19 complications. The 97-year-old died on Saturday (Sept 25) after testing positive on Sept 18, while the 69-year-old died on Friday after testing positive that day, said the
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2 unvaccinated women die of Covid-19; 1,939 new cases on Sept 26

SINGAPORE - Two unvaccinated Singaporean women, aged 97 and 69, have died of Covid-19 complications. The 97-year-old died on Saturday (Sept 25) after testing positive on Sept 18, while the 69-year-old died on Friday after testing positive that day, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday. The first woman had a history of hyperlipidaemia - or a high level of fats in the blood - and the second had a history of hypertension. Their deaths bring Singapore's death toll from the coronavirus to 78. MOH also reported 1,939 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, surpassing Friday's record high of 1,650 infections. It is the sixth consecutive day that the number of cases crossed 1,000. The number of fatalities in September now stands at 23 - which exceeds the 18 deaths in August. The local cases on Sunday comprised 1,536 in the community and 398 among dormitory residents. Among the local cases are 417 seniors who are above 60 years old.  Five new cases were imported.

'We just want to fight this together': Family warded in 3 hospitals for Covid-19

SINGAPORE - Ms Sharina Mohd Sharif's fears came true when she tested positive for Covid-19, along with four family members - her 3½-year-old son, her elderly parents and her youngest brother. Ms Sharina, 47, and her son, Tengku Raeesh Ammar Mohd Yusof, hav
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'We just want to fight this together': Family warded in 3 hospitals for Covid-19

SINGAPORE - Ms Sharina Mohd Sharif's fears came true when she tested positive for Covid-19, along with four family members - her 3½-year-old son, her elderly parents and her youngest brother. Ms Sharina, 47, and her son, Tengku Raeesh Ammar Mohd Yusof, have been warded in KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH). Her father, Mr Mohammad Sharif Imam Khan Sahib, 75, is in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), her mother, Madam Fatimah Bevi Abdul Kadeer, 68, is in Changi General Hospital (CGH), while her brother, Mr Mohd Faizal Khan Mohd Sharif, 45, is isolating in their Ubi Avenue 1 home with their domestic helper. Madam Fatimah first reported feeling flu symptoms and shortness of breath on Sept 17. Three days later, her husband took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test when he consulted a general practitioner after coming down with flu symptoms and a cough. When his test result came back positive the next day, Ms Sharina performed antigen rapid tests (ART) at home on herself, Madam Fatimah, Mr Faizal and their domestic helper. Her mother and brother tested positive, while Ms Sharina and the helper tested negative.

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