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Toddler becomes Singapore's first Covid-19 death under age 12

SINGAPORE - A 1½-year-old boy who came down with Covid-19 has died, said the Ministry of Health. In a statement on Monday night (June 27), MOH said the child died of encephalitis - or inflammation of the brain - due to Covid-19 and two other viruses. Th
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Toddler becomes Singapore's first Covid-19 death under age 12

SINGAPORE - A 1½-year-old boy who came down with Covid-19 has died, said the Ministry of Health. In a statement on Monday night (June 27), MOH said the child died of encephalitis - or inflammation of the brain - due to Covid-19 and two other viruses. The two viruses are the respiratory syncytial virus and the enterovirus. This is Singapore's first death caused by Covid-19 in a patient below 12, MOH said. It added that the boy had no other past medical history and was previously well. He was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital's (KKH) Children's Emergency Department on the night of June 21 with a high fever and recurrent seizures, and subsequently began to lose consciousness. He was then admitted to the Children's Intensive Care Unit in critical condition on June 22, and was diagnosed with severe meningoencephalitis. This refers to the inflammation of the brain and the meninges, which are membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The boy’s polymerase chain reaction test came back positive for Covid-19, as well as the rhinovirus/enterovirus and the respiratory syncytial virus.

30-year-old Singaporean pianist goes from living on the streets to becoming Steinway Artist

SINGAPORE — Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu was only 16 when he left school to pursue music in Paris. «It was a very bold move and everyone around me was very much against it,» says the 30-year-old, who is now based in Reunion Island, which is
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30-year-old Singaporean pianist goes from living on the streets to becoming Steinway Artist

SINGAPORE — Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu was only 16 when he left school to pursue music in Paris. «It was a very bold move and everyone around me was very much against it,» says the 30-year-old, who is now based in Reunion Island, which is in the Indian Ocean, close to Africa. He was selected for a scholarship to attend Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Moving to Paris without much parental support, however, meant that he struggled both financially and mentally. After going through tough times — including living on the streets and making a living by playing music in bars — Wang has made a mark in the classical music scene. He is the founder and artistic director of the Piano Island Festival, Piano Concerto festival and the International Chopin Competition in South Africa. He was also recently named a Steinway Artist — a prestigious designation for pianists. These artists are chosen to perform on Steinway pianos exclusively.

Singapore's heaviest punishment for sex offences ever for man who raped and filmed multiple children

A 54-year-old man who sexually abused multiple children with learning or physical disabilities after offering to tutor them was sentenced to 45 years' jail on Monday (June 27). The prison term handed down to the man — who lied to victims' parents that he w
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Singapore's heaviest punishment for sex offences ever for man who raped and filmed multiple children

A 54-year-old man who sexually abused multiple children with learning or physical disabilities after offering to tutor them was sentenced to 45 years' jail on Monday (June 27). The prison term handed down to the man — who lied to victims' parents that he was a qualified educational therapist — is the longest imposed here for sexual offences. In a case described by prosecutors as the «worst case of sexual offending against prepubescent children», he admitted sexually abusing a total of eight victims. He pleaded guilty to six charges of aggravated rape committed against three of the victims over a period of 16 years, from 2002 to 2018. The man cannot be named owing to a gag order, as he was in a relationship with the mother of one of the victims. Two of the girls were five years old when they were raped, while the third was eight. The man recorded videos of numerous attacks, which lasted for as long as 17 minutes.

'Super disgusting': Man finds used cigarette butt in roasted duck rice from Tampines stall

While working from home, one man ordered a packet of roasted duck rice from GrabFood — only to be met with a nasty surprise.  The man, who only wanted to be identified as Immanuel, told AsiaOne that he ordered his meal from Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delig
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'Super disgusting': Man finds used cigarette butt in roasted duck rice from Tampines stall

While working from home, one man ordered a packet of roasted duck rice from GrabFood — only to be met with a nasty surprise.  The man, who only wanted to be identified as Immanuel, told AsiaOne that he ordered his meal from Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delight at 827 Tampines Street 81 on Monday (June 27) at 12.17pm.  His meal arrived in about an hour. «I was very hungry, so I didn't think too much and just dug in,» said the 35-year-old business management executive.  On his third mouthful, Immanuel said he realised there was a «cigarette taste» in his food. After spitting it out, he found, to his horror, a used cigarette butt lodged in between the rice and the meat.  «This is super disgusting,» Immanuel recalled. «Even until now I still feel damn disgusted.»  He said he lodged a complaint with GrabFood and the company has since provided a full refund for the order. Immanuel said he has also written to the Singapore Food Agency regarding this incident. 

Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu attains the title of Steinway Artist

SINGAPORE — Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu was only 16 when he left school to pursue music in Paris. «It was a very bold move and everyone around me was very much against it,» says the 30-year-old, who is now based in Reunion Island, which is
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Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu attains the title of Steinway Artist

SINGAPORE — Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu was only 16 when he left school to pursue music in Paris. «It was a very bold move and everyone around me was very much against it,» says the 30-year-old, who is now based in Reunion Island, which is in the Indian Ocean, close to Africa. He was selected for a scholarship to attend Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Moving to Paris without much parental support, however, meant that he struggled both financially and mentally. After going through tough times — including living on the streets and making a living by playing music in bars — Wang has made a mark in the classical music scene. He is the founder and artistic director of the Piano Island Festival, Piano Concerto festival and the International Chopin Competition in South Africa. He was also recently named a Steinway Artist — a prestigious designation for pianists. These artists are chosen to perform on Steinway pianos exclusively.

Felicia Teo missing case: Man charged with her murder gets discharge as alleged accomplice still missing

A man who had been accused of killing Ms Felicia Teo Wei Ling on June 30, 2007 was on Monday (June 27) given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal for the murder charge. Those granted such a discharge can still be prosecuted for the related crime if rele
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Felicia Teo missing case: Man charged with her murder gets discharge as alleged accomplice still missing

A man who had been accused of killing Ms Felicia Teo Wei Ling on June 30, 2007 was on Monday (June 27) given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal for the murder charge. Those granted such a discharge can still be prosecuted for the related crime if relevant information or evidence were to emerge later. Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa'ee, 37, had been accused of committing the offence with another man, Mr Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana, in a flat at Block 19 Marine Terrace. The prosecution called for such a discharge for Ahmad as Mr Ragil, an Indonesian, is still at large. Defence lawyer Shashi Nathan, however, urged the court to grant Ahmad a discharge amounting to an acquittal. Those given such a discharge cannot be charged again with the same offence.

This made my day: Netizens help find missing teen with Down syndrome who wandered from Tampines to Yishun

Maybe the internet can do good after all. When Yasmin Zaini's teenage brother with Down syndrome, Khidir, went missing on Sunday (June 26) after he headed out of their Tampines home to get a bottle of Pokka peach tea, she and the family went on social me
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This made my day: Netizens help find missing teen with Down syndrome who wandered from Tampines to Yishun

Maybe the internet can do good after all. When Yasmin Zaini's teenage brother with Down syndrome, Khidir, went missing on Sunday (June 26) after he headed out of their Tampines home to get a bottle of Pokka peach tea, she and the family went on social media seeking help. The family panicked after spending a few hours searching for Khidir who didn't return home after running his errand. They even made a police report and was hoping that the online community could be of help in their time of need.

When the bulldog's away, the otters will play: Yio Chu Kang homeowner loses goldfish worth $5,000

They may have been deterred by a bulldog the last time, but the otters are back.  A homeowner surnamed Lin, woke up last Sunday (June 26) morning to find that his prized goldfish had been bitten to death by some furry intruders.  The 60-year-old told Shi
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When the bulldog's away, the otters will play: Yio Chu Kang homeowner loses goldfish worth $5,000

They may have been deterred by a bulldog the last time, but the otters are back.  A homeowner surnamed Lin, woke up last Sunday (June 26) morning to find that his prized goldfish had been bitten to death by some furry intruders.  The 60-year-old told Shin Min Daily News that his domestic helper was about to tidy the garden at about 7am when she found the pond's surrounding area in a mess. «She saw the goldfish floating on the water and only one or two of them were still alive. She came into the house to alert me. »I believe the otters came in the middle of the night, we were all sleeping so we didn't hear anything," the self-employed man added.  Lin explained that the otters had sneaked into his home by biting a hole through the plastic mesh which he had installed on his front gate. 

9 taken to hospital in 3-car crash on PIE

SINGAPORE - Nine people, including a 56-year-old female cabby, were taken to hospital on Sunday morning (June 26) after a three-car collision on the Pan-Island Expressway towards Tuas. The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alert
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9 taken to hospital in 3-car crash on PIE

SINGAPORE - Nine people, including a 56-year-old female cabby, were taken to hospital on Sunday morning (June 26) after a three-car collision on the Pan-Island Expressway towards Tuas. The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the crash involving a taxi and two cars after the Adam Road exit at about 9.30am. Those injured in the accident were the taxi driver, her two passengers, aged 43 and 63, as well as a 66-year-old male car driver and his five passengers, aged between 54 and 67, police said. All were conscious when taken to the hospital. SCDF said one person was taken to National University Hospital (NUH), while the other eight were sent to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. A video posted on social media showed at least two police cars, an ambulance, a fire engine and another SCDF vehicle at the scene, which was close to Adam Flyover. Traffic cones were used to close off the three right-most lanes of the expressway. Alerts by the Land Transport Authority said there was congestion until Stevens Road exit about 1km away and warned motorists in the area to avoid lanes 1, 2 and 3.

Free ART kits coming: We can't rule out tightening of Covid-19 measures, says DPM Wong

There is no need to tighten safe management measures for now but this cannot be ruled out as more Covid-19 infections are reported, said Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong. Stressing the need for vigilance and testing, he announced that all households will
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Free ART kits coming: We can't rule out tightening of Covid-19 measures, says DPM Wong

There is no need to tighten safe management measures for now but this cannot be ruled out as more Covid-19 infections are reported, said Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong. Stressing the need for vigilance and testing, he announced that all households will receive 10 antigen rapid test kits. Distribution will begin some time next month. Speaking to reporters after touring a mobile vaccination centre at Nee Soon Central, Mr Wong said the uptick in the number of infections is driven by the newer BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants. «We should expect cases to continue to rise», he said. While there is no evidence yet that the current infections are more severe, and with hospitals still able to cope with the situation, Singapore should be able to «ride through this wave» without having to tighten existing rules. But the situation is fluid, said Mr Wong, who was with Health Minister Ong Ye Kung. On June 21, the Health Ministry said the BA.4 and BA.5 variants accounted for around 30 per cent of all virus cases in the past week, up from 17 per cent the week before.

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