• This image of Comet ISON was captured by the Hubble Telescope on April 10, 2013Hubble Space Telescope is turning the tables and giving us a present on its 23rd birthday, treating us to a fantastic new image of Comet ISON.

    The telescope snapped this shot of the comet — expected to swing through the inner solar system this autumn — on April 10th, 2013, showing that the astronomical visitor is already sporting a significant coma, or head, and tail, despite still being pretty distant from our Sun.

    "As a first-time visitor to the inner solar system, Comet C/ISON provides astronomers a rare opportunity to study a fresh comet preserved since the formation of the solar system," Jian-Yang Li, of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz., said according to SPACE.com. "The expected high brightness of the comet as it nears the sun allows for many important measurements that are impossible for most other fresh comets."

    [ More Geekquinox: ‘Pink’ full moon will coincide with lunar eclipse ]

    Comet ISON is forecast to make its closest pass to the Sun — about 1.2 million

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  • Anthony Tan Kim Hock appeared at the subordinate court for his verdict on misappropriating $67,000 in school funds. (Yahoo! Photo)

    Former principal of Maris Stella High School (MSHS) Anthony Tan Kim Hock, 66, was found guilty on Wednesday of misappropriating $67,679 in school funds.

    Tan had been charged with embezzling the funds from MSHS’s Chapel Building Fund between 27 March and 10 September of 2009.

    The verdict was handed down by district judge Soh Tze Bian, who had heard that the former school principal had misappropriated the said amount of money for expenses related to construction works at the Champagnat House, a private home for the Marist Brothers, which is a religious congregation Tan belonged to.

    "I was satisfied that the prosecution had established its case beyond reasonable doubt against the AP (Accused Person) at the close of the and I convicted the AP of the charge preferred against him on 24 April 2013," judge Soh said in his decision.

    Tan will be sentenced on 28 June of this year after both the defense attorney and the prosecution file their sentencing submissions on 31 May.

    In May 2011, Tan was

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  • Lost... and found: a wallet that was recovered at Gourmet Paradise at HDB Hub. (Yahoo! photo)Lost... and found: a wallet that was recovered at Gourmet Paradise at HDB Hub. (Yahoo! photo)

    COMMENT

    Say what you will but, sometimes, I feel truly grateful about living in Singapore.

    I was at Gourmet Paradise at HDB Hub in Toa Payoh for dinner on Monday night. My dinner companion and I got there at about 8pm. We had a quick dinner because we needed to do some housework before bedtime. We left the food court at about 845pm and I did not realise then that I had left my wallet behind on the table.

    It was only at 9am the next day when I was on my way to work that I discovered that my wallet was missing and I could not take the train to work because my EZ-link card was in there. I retraced my steps and remembered that the last time I saw my wallet was after I paid for dinner.

    I walked back to the food court on a gamble. First, I approached the cleaners there and asked them if they saw a black wallet on the table where I last sat. They immediately informed the management office and directed me there. They told me that even if I did not get it back, there were CCTV cameras all

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  • Cartoonist Leslie Chew has been arrested for two cartoon posts under his "Demon-cratic Singapore" series. (Facebook screengrab) .Cartoonist Leslie Chew has been arrested for two cartoon posts under his "Demon-cratic Singapore" series. (Facebook screengrab) .

    Singapore police arrested Mr Leslie Chew, 37, the person behind the cartoon strip, Demon-cratic Singapore, on Friday morning, for alleged sedition.

    He was held in custody and questioned over the weekend, and was released at 8.45pm on Sunday after posting bail of S$10,000.

    The police confiscated his handphone, computer and hard disk. He was also asked to surrender his passport to the police at the Cantonment Police complex.

    The charges relate to two of the comic strips on his Demon-cratic Facebook page. Mr Chew has produced more than 600 cartoons thus far, including those on the page. 

    The first cartoon, published on his Facebook page on 14 December last year, and titled “Demon-cratic Singapore Episode #438, Eliminating the thorn first...”, had also been the subject of a letter of demand from the Attorney General Chambers (AGC) last year.

    The AGC, in a letter to Mr Chew on 17 December, said the cartoon “scandalises our Courts through allegations and imputations that are scurrilous and

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  • Some roads in Singapore have become notorious for accidents. (Yahoo! photo/Singapore taxi driver)Some roads in Singapore have become notorious for accidents. (Yahoo! photo/Singapore taxi driver)

    Mr M, 47, was a former senior sales and marketing manager at an electronics MNC for nine years before he was retrenched in 2009. Married with a wife and twin teenage sons, he tried his hand at being a financial advisor for a year before deciding to become a taxi driver. He has been running his taxi service since 2011. He survived a heart-attack in late 2012 and now has four stents in his heart. His philosophy on life is now to live well, stay healthy and to share his real-life experiences. In his third post on Taxi Talk, he talks about the top 10 accident hotspots in Singapore.

    After last week’s unfortunate accident involving a Mercedes and taxis last week at Bugis Junction (and before that the infamous Ferrari crash), this week I thought I would share the top 10 accident areas in Singapore. This list is not in any way scientific or according to any official data by the Singapore Police, but it identifies the trouble spots as shared in the taxi driver community.

    1. Cross junction

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  • Pros and cons of different diets

    Different diets suit different folks. (Getty Images)Different diets suit different folks. (Getty Images)

    Whenever a person comes in for a consultation with us at Genesis Gym, one of the key questions my team and I ask is, "What kind of food do you eat every day?" About half of all the people we consult with say that they have been on some kind of diet in the past. Some had good results, and some had terrible results with the same diet.

    How can this be?

    Because everyone is different!

    Here is a summary of some of the popular methods of dieting, and their pros and cons. This information is collected from what my team and I have seen from more than 3,000 data points i.e. clients we train for at least 3 months, tracking their nutrition, training and results.

    While our gym locations are not "universities" with big budgets for research, we are very particular about tracking data, and we have no motive other than helping clients get results!

    • Atkins Diet - very low carbohydrates, eat protein and fat in an unlimited way

    Pros: Most people eat too many carbs to begin with, leading to excess fat gain

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  • Before going overseas, make visiting a travel clinic your first stop and get the necessary vaccines you need to stay protected. (Thinkstock photo)Before going overseas, make visiting a travel clinic your first stop and get the necessary vaccines you need to stay protected. (Thinkstock photo)

    Cases of rabies may be unheard of in Singapore, but you may want to take precautions if you are travelling overseas. Left untreated, this viral infection of the nervous system is nearly always fatal.

    Annually, there are about 50,000 deaths from rabies in Asia and Africa. In a majority of these cases, infection is transmitted by dog bites and scratches. Besides dog bites, rabies can also be spread by infected bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.

    “An animal infected with rabies carries the virus in its saliva. When it bites, it can transmit the infection to a human,” explains Dr Limin Wijaya, Consultant, Travel Clinic, Singapore General Hospital (SGH). “The virus can also spread if you come into contact with the animal’s saliva through broken skin like cuts and scratches.”

    One of the most recognisable signs of a rabies infection is a tingling or twitching sensation around the bite area. This is often accompanied by a fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue.

    But

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  • A lake in Pulau Ubin off Singapore where people can kayak. (AFP photo)

    The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has criticised a blogger's post regarding the recent developments happening among Pulau Ubin residents as "inaccurate" and some of its facts “misleading”.

    In his article entitled, “Pulau Ubin: Rent will increase at 35% p.a.?” published Thursday on news site The Online Citizen, economist and statistician Leong Sze Hian said the government had forgotten to compensate residents for 20 years since the state’s development plans on the island began in 1993.

    But in a statement to Yahoo! Singapore on Friday, SLA slammed this as “false” and explained that those who did not receive compensation were tenants and their owners have been renting out the properties since 1993. Therefore, these tenants are “not entitled to compensation from the government”.

    However, SLA also stated that resettlement benefits were still provided to these tenants on an “ex-gratia basis” in terms of “money” and “priority for HDB flats”.

    In the same article, Leong highlighted the 5-year

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  • A lake in Pulau Ubin off Singapore where people can kayak. (AFP photo)

    Pulau Ubin residents can stay where they are provided they pay the monthly fee for use of state land, according to government agencies.

    In a joint statement, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Housing and Development Board (HDB) explained that residents must pay a Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) fee, which is based on “the gross area and land area occupied” by the residents.

    The fee will be phased in over five years so that for the first year residents will only have to pay “between $6 per month and $35 per month, with 90 per cent paying less than $20 per month”, they said.

    From the sixth year onwards, “TOL fees will range between $31 and $205 per month, with 90 per cent paying less than $120 per month”, they added.

    Meanwhile, SLA and HDB apologised “for the anxiety caused to the residents” by the notice of census survey dated 12 March 2013 that stirred fears that the residents were being evicted.

    They said the document “could have been more carefully worded and the language

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  • Tips on what not to do if you want to be CEO. (Getty Images)Tips on what not to do if you want to be CEO. (Getty Images)

    As some of you might know, in addition to the work I do with students, young adults and parents, I also work a day job as a project engineer.

    I’ve come to realize that there are many factors involved in getting to the top of the corporate ladder.

    It’s a long, complex journey!

    I know many people who want to become the CEO one day, but I’ve seen the things they sometimes do that will likely prevent them from reaching that goal.

    I’m writing this article from the perspective of someone who’s a keen observer of what successful people do and don’t do.

    Is your ladder leaning against the right wall?

    I firmly believe that getting to the top of the corporate ladder won’t make you fulfilled, if that ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.

    In order to ensure that your ladder is leaning against the correct wall, you’ll need to determine your purpose and motivation for climbing the ladder in the first place.

    It’s crucial to ask yourself “Deep down, why do I want to get to the top?” before you ask

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