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    Woman found dead in Tampines

    Tampines murder on 17 Dec (video screengrab)Tampines murder on 17 Dec (video screengrab)

    A bloody trail at Tampines Central 1 Block 505 led to a murder scene on the ninth floor.

    A woman was found dead at Tampines Central 1 just after midnight on Wednesday morning (17 Dec).

    A 37-year-old male has been arrested for suspected murder, reported Channel NewsAsia.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/woman-found-dead-in-tampines-232108677.html?linkId=11194164

    Beleaguered Cuddles cat café owner giving up business

    Cuddles Cat Café's store front, located on the third floor of *Scape youth mall. (Yahoo file photo)Cuddles Cat Café's store front, located on the third floor of *Scape youth mall. (Yahoo file photo)

    The owner of Cuddles Cat Café, which has been hit by allegations of mistreatment of its 20 cats, has announced he is putting up his business for "a takeover".

    In a lengthy Facebook status on the cafe's Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon, Jonathan Tan said it would be "in the best interest" of the cats to be kept together under a new owner.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/beleaguered-cuddles-cat-caf%C3%A9-owner-giving-up-business-085933141.html

    LTA Has Probably Just Released The Most Useless Taxi App

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    Pakistan minister: 84 dead in Taliban attack

    Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)


    A top Pakistani official says that 84 students have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

    Pervez Khattak, the chief minister of the province where the attack is underway, says that roughly the same number of students have been wounded.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/pakistan-taliban-attack-military-school-kill-2-072153239.html

    Australia mourns after tragic end to cafe siege

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his wife Margaret lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his wife Margaret lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014

    Grieving Australians on Tuesday eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism.

    Emotions were raw as Australia awoke to the news that two hostages were killed when the day-long siege reached a climax in the early hours, as police commandos stormed the Lindt eatery in response to the Islamist gunman opening fire.

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  • New 5 Cs that define Singaporean success

    You’ve probably heard of the 5 Cs: cash, car, credit card, condominium, and country club.

    If you have those 5 Cs in Singapore, you’re considered successful.

    But I think it’s time for us to redefine success, both as individuals and as a nation.

    We’ve come a long way since Singapore gained independence five decades ago. If we want to take it to the next level, however, we need a new set of 5 Cs to aspire toward.

    To quote Guy Kawasaki, we need to make meaning, not just money. Adopting this mindset will enable us to move from good to great.

    Two years ago, I wrote about the 5 Cs that will make us happy. But we won’t find lasting happiness without a revised definition of success. That’s why I wrote this article.

    I propose these new 5 Cs of Singaporean success:

    1. Contribution

    We emphasise the importance of achievement, whether it’s in school, business, or any other area. We feel the pressure to work longer, harder and smarter, so that we can accomplish more.

    I’m a firm believer in hard work,

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  • Hostage taking in Sydney cafe sparks fears of Islamist-linked attack

    A hostage who escaped runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014A hostage who escaped runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014

    Australian police locked down the centre of the country's biggest city on Monday after an armed man walked into a downtown Sydney cafe, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack.

    Police said they knew of one armed assailant involved in the incident at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the heart of Sydney's financial district, but there could be more.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/hostages-held-sydney-cafe-forced-hold-islamic-flag-022551671.html

    680 HDB blocks to get solar panels

    HDB FlatsHDB Flats

    The Housing Board plans to equip 680 HDB blocks and three of its commercial & industrial properties by end-2016 under its Solar Capability Building Programme, according to media reports.

    Aside from the four towns -- Tampines, Sembawang, Jurong East and Marine Parade that will benefit from the latest round of solar panel installations, 200 HDB blocks across Singapore will be fitted with these energy savers by

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  • Morality against legality. That’s what inspired Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan, 33, to shoot ‘Dahdi,’ a short film that won the Best Southeast Asia Short Film award at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) Silver Screen Awards.

    The idea behind the film came about after Tan read a news story in December 2012 about a group of Rohingya refugees who were turned away by the Singapore authorities.

    “I felt emotional and upset about the news, so I decided to make a film on a hypothetical situation based on that, Tan said.

    The film revolves around a young Rohingya girl who escapes and is found by an old lady in her home in Singapore and the conversations they have before the police arrive to take her away.

    “This was my thesis film for my masters at New York University, and probably my last short film before moving on to feature films.

    “It felt meaningful to come back to Singapore for this because I made my first short film here,” said Tan, who will soon be embarking on a feature

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  • video showing a group of compassionate foreign workers rescuing a cat from a drain after a heavy rain has warmed the hearts of netizens.

    The 30-second clip, posted on Facebook on Thursday showed foreign workers rescuing a cat from the gushing waters in the drain using a traffic cone.

    “See...sometimes it is the people that a lot of people choose not to look at will rush in the first sec to save life that is insignificant to alot of people.. I'm touched and thankful for their brave and selfless act!” said a Tiffy HaoShao Foo 

    “Thanks for helping the helpless cat. God bless you,” said a Joycelyn Ong.

    The incident took place in Bukit Batok West at about 6pm, according to the lady who recorded the video, known by her Facebook username as Yvonne Hairstyles.

    In the video description she explained that she was on her way home when she heard the sound of a cat meowing in distress. It was a team effort for the three workers who were finishing work when they were approached to save the cat.

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    Next General Election may not be when Singaporeans expect: PM Lee

    Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives at the Beijing Capital International Airport November 9, 2014, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings.    REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives at the Beijing Capital International Airport November 9, 2014, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the city-state’s next General Election (GE) may not happen “when everybody is expecting it”.

    Speaking on the sidelines of an Asean-Korea summit in Busan, South Korea, PM Lee told reporters present that various factors would be considered before making the decision.

    Those included local and international events, as well as Singapore’s 50th birthday celebrations, which span the whole of next year.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/next-general-election-may-not-be-when-singaporeans-expect--pm-lee-082003219.html?linkId=11118169

    Korean Air CEO apologises for daughter's 'foolish act'

    Korean Air's CEO Cho Yang-ho has publicly apologised after his daughter triggered public anger and ridicule by kicking the head of cabin crew off a flight because of the way she had been served some nutsKorean Air's CEO Cho Yang-ho has publicly apologised after his daughter triggered public anger and ridicule by kicking the head of cabin crew off a flight because of the way she had been served some nuts

    Korean Air CEO Cho Yang-Ho publicly apologised Friday after his daughter triggered public anger and ridicule by kicking the head of cabin crew off a flight because of the way she had been served some nuts.

    Addressing a televised press conference, Cho

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    Singapore airport to get indoor rainforest and world's tallest indoor waterfall


    Jewel Changi AirportJewel Changi Airport

    An indoor living forest of trees, plants, ferns and shrubs that spans five levels. The world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Walking trails and gardens. These are among some of the features planned for the Jewel Changi Airport, a steel and glass biodome structure that will grace the Singapore skyline and raise the bar in luxury airports.

     https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-airport-indoor-rainforest-worlds-tallest-indoor-waterfall-162614143.html?linkId=11094070

    Singaporeans Are Wordy Travellers, Among Top Contributors On TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor has announced its top contributors of 2014, based on the reviews and opinions submitted on TripAdvisor from its community of millions of travellers worldwide. It seems that Singapore has come out on top, this time as some of TripAdvisor’s top contributors. The online travel platform now features more than 200 million reviews and opinions from [...] The post Singaporeans Are Wordy Travellers, Among Top Contributors On TripAdvisor appeared first on Vulcan Post.TripAdvisor has announced its top contributors of 2014, based on the reviews and opinions submitted on TripAdvisor from its community of millions of travellers worldwide. It seems that Singapore has come out on top, this time as some of TripAdvisor’s top contributors. The online travel platform now features more than 200 million reviews and opinions from [...] The post Singaporeans Are Wordy Travellers, Among Top Contributors On TripAdvisor appeared first on Vulcan Post.

    TripAdvisor has announced its top contributors of 2014, based on the reviews and opinions submitted on TripAdvisor from its community of millions of travellers worldwide. It seems that Singapore has come out on top, this time as some of TripAdvisor’s top contributors.

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    Romanian ex-diplomat convicted for Singapore crash dies


    Former Romanian Embassy charge d'affaires in Singapore, Silviu Ionescu, leaves Bucharest's courthouse after a hearing in his trial on December 14, 2011Former Romanian Embassy charge d'affaires in Singapore, Silviu Ionescu, leaves Bucharest's courthouse after a hearing in his trial on December 14, 2011

    A former Romanian diplomat convicted for a deadly 2009 hit-and-run accident in Singapore died on Tuesday in a Bucharest jail hospital, local media reported.

    Silviu Ionescu, Romania's charge d'affaires in Singapore at the time, had been sentenced to six years behind bars in February by a Bucharest appeals court. He died of cardio-respiratory problems, judiciary sources told Mediafax news agency.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/romanian-ex-diplomat-convicted-singapore-crash-dies-202249405.html?linkId=11069943

    China tycoon ties up with Singapore firm, entrepreneur to launch US$100-million media fund

    (L-R) Bona Film Group chairman and founder Yu Dong, Lumina-Looque International executive director and co-founder Calvin Cheng, Tembusu Partners chairman Andy Lim and Chia Tai executive senior vice president Tanawat Wanson.(L-R) Bona Film Group chairman and founder Yu Dong, Lumina-Looque International executive director and co-founder Calvin Cheng, Tembusu Partners chairman Andy Lim and Chia Tai executive senior vice president Tanawat Wanson.

    A Chinese film tycoon, a Singaporean entrepreneur and a Singapore private equity firm launched on Tuesday a US$100 million fund based in the city-state that will open the way for foreigners to invest in China’s media and entertainment industry.

    Local media entrepreneur Calvin Cheng, who

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  • Are today’s students addicted to studying?

    Do they wake up excited about going to school? Are they thrilled about exams?

    Definitely not.

    More likely, they’re addicted to online gaming. It could be Minecraft, Blackshot, Audition, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, ArcheAge, DotA, Call of Duty, or others.

    I’ve worked with thousands of students, so I know that many students see their academics as a distraction from their gaming – not the other way around!

    What makes online gaming so addictive? 6 key characteristics

    The reasons vary from game to game, but these are six common characteristics of the most addictive ones:

    1. The game is ongoing, and doesn’t have a fixed end point.

    2. Players feel like they’re making constant progress. (Every time you play, you see your points or level or rank increasing.)

    3. Players get to explore imaginary worlds and discover new, unexpected things.

    4. The missions or quests involve teamwork, and a sense of community grows as friendships form.

    5. Every

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