It was the second day of a three-day freshman orientation camp at the National University of Singapore when students were notified by organisers of a positive Covid-19 case among participants. The WhatsApp message stated that disinfection of the lecture halls would be conducted, but activities at the camp carried on, said a freshman and participant at the camp organised by NUS Business School. The 19-year-old female undergraduate, who was not named, told Shin Min Daily News that «20 of my friends and I ended up testing positive after the camp ended». In its report published on Saturday (June 25), the student shared that the camp was attended by more than 200 students, and was held from June 15 to 17, from 8am to 10pm. «We were allowed to take off our masks outdoors, but there were some who didn't wear them when they returned to their seats [indoors], and they also didn't wear masks when taking photos.»
The elderly man found dead in a flat in Bukit Batok is understood to be a Mr Teo Ah Nee. His 14-year-old granddaughter who lived in the same unit was found dead at the foot of another block about 2km away. Checks online show that cremation halls were booked for Mr Teo, who was 84, and the girl on Saturday, The Straits Times reported. The two were found dead a few minutes apart on Thursday (June 23) evening. When ST visited the family's home at Block 363 on Saturday, no one answered the door. Furniture from the flat - including a cabinet stained with blood - was being disposed of by contractors earlier that afternoon. The contractor said the items were from the master bedroom of the flat, where the workers saw dried blood on the floor, Lianhe Zaobao reported. A neighbour told the Chinese language newspaper that the girl's mother was in tears in the morning. Other neighbours told ST that the grandfather had lived in the flat for at least 25 years. The girl and her parents also lived there.
Former Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) co-founder's Ryan Tan's confession on social media that he is «officially broke» has prompted one man to send him $1,000. Tan's candid admission comes about six months after his announcement that he'd left the media company he co-founded with ex-wife Sylvia Tan, amid a maelstrom of controversy surrounding the alleged mistreatment of NOC's employees by Sylvia. In his IG stories believed to have been published on Friday (June 24), the 33-year-old shared that he was «officially broke» and «it's not a joke». Tan revealed that he'd «lost more than 90 per cent of my money since I left my previous company» and that he's «barely holding on». Screengrab from HardwarezoneHe explained that his income was affected by legal fees as well as the starting of new companies, hinting that he has yet to pay himself in his new roles. There is a silver lining, however
SINGAPORE - About 40 per cent of applicants who have been invited to book a Build-To-Order (BTO) flat end up declining the offer. This is despite robust housing demand in the past two years, with some of the most popular BTO projects seeing up to 16 applicants vying for each of the four-room flats available. PHOTO: HDBIn a statement on Sunday (June 26), the Housing Board said applicants who are invited to book a flat should take up the offer. For those who turn down a chance to book a flat in the BTO or Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise, any additional ballot chances accumulated from previous unsuccessful applications will be set to zero. HDB also said four in 10 BTO projects in 2020 and 2021 had application rates of 1.7 or lower, meaning that each unit only has 1.7 applicants or fewer vying for it. The flats range from three to five-room units and are located in both mature and non-mature estates.
Mr Rajendran K. Sethuraj loves teaching but left his job as a junior college lecturer for his son Kirisnah, who is autistic. After spending his primary and secondary school years at Pathlight School, Kirisnah became anxious about studying in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in 2017. His parents decided that Mr Rajendran, 56, would ask for a half-load at work, so he could ferry his son to and from the campus. The arrangement did not work out, so he turned freelance to better cater to his son's school schedule. «My world circles around him. So even when I'm teaching in some schools, I will always tell them that I can come only at 9am and must leave by 3pm,» he says. It has been a bittersweet journey caring for his elder child, who is now age 23 and was a miracle baby after four years of marriage. «My career is now zero,» he lets slip midway through a Zoom interview. His wife, educator Kalyani Kuppusamy, 49, is the main breadwinner and they also have a daughter, Varsha, 15.
In a double tragedy for a family, a 14-year-old girl and her grandfather, 84, were both found dead at two separate Bukit Batok blocks on Thursday (June 23) evening at around the same time. The police told AsiaOne that at 5.50pm that day, they were alerted to a case of unnatural death involving a 14-year-old female teenager along Bukit Batok West Avenue 6. The teenager, who was found lying motionless at the foot of block 115, was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. On that same evening at about 5.55pm, the police said they were alerted to another case of unnatural death in a residential unit along Bukit Batok Street 31. A 84-year-old man was found lying motionless with chest wounds in his unit at block 363 and was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. The female teenager is the granddaughter of the 84-year-old man, said the police, and both were residing in the same unit before their deaths. The police said they are investigating if the two cases are linked.