• A 'Marvel'ous snowman: Illinois man builds The Hulk in his front yardA 'Marvel'ous snowman: Illinois man builds The Hulk in his front yard

    When life gives you snow, build The Hulk.

    Luke Harris built the giant green Marvel character out of snow on his front lawn in Alton, Illinois, simply to make local kids smile.

    “What I did it for originally was the kids on the school bus would come by. There’s a lot of school buses that come by and they just wave. And that`s what it’s about,” Harris, a wood carver, told KTVI.

    Harris has been making snow sculptures for a few years now. 

    Last year, he built a gorilla out of snow:

    A 'Marvel'ous snowman: Illinois man builds The Hulk in his front yardA 'Marvel'ous snowman: Illinois man builds The Hulk in his front yard

    Each sculpture takes about a day to make.

    “’I have a way to get in the neighbours’ driveways and I gather the snow and bring it over and put it in a big pile and pack it,” said Harris. “Then I take a shovel and block it in real good and remove the waste. Then I use a cement trowel and you can do all the detail work with that.”

    When a photo of Harris’ Hulk was posted on Facebook, adults and children alike flocked to his yard for a glimpse of the impressive sculpture.

    Apparently Harris isn’t the only one

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  • Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    It’s good for a country to look back on its history once in awhile. Good to stop and take stock of how far we’ve come, how much more we’ve got to go. It makes sense that we’re doing this on a massive scale during Singapore’s Jubilee year, but there’s one myth that really, really needs to be busted: the narrative of “fishing village to sparkling metropolis”.

    A recent BBC article framed Singapore’s growth as “swamp to skyscrapers” – a narrative most Singaporeans are familiar with by now. It’s a story we were told in schools, reinforced by numerous National Day Parades and referred to so regularly that it’s often left unquestioned.

    Yet it doesn’t take very long to find the flaws in the story. Colonised by the British in the early 1800s,

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  • Mr Lee Kuan Yew is in stable condition and doctors at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) are monitoring him closely, said Minister for Communication and Information Yaacob Ibrahim in a Facebook post on Friday night.

    “I understand that many people are concerned and anxious about Mr Lee Kuan Yew's condition. I have been informed that he is stable and that the doctors are monitoring him closely,” he wrote.

    “In the meantime, let us continue to give him our well wishes and keep him in our prayers,” he added.

    Mr Lee, 91 has been warded at SGH since 5 Feb for severe pneumonia. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on 26 February said Mr Lee is in the Intensive Care Unit on mechanical ventilation. Doctors also restarted him on antibiotics.

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  • Doctors look at a radiography of lungs. AFP file photo.

    Pneumonia is a lung inflammation that can occur in chronically ill elderly people and young children below the age of five.

    Here are ten things that you need to know about pneumonia and how to treat it.

    1. Pneumonia is an inflammation of the air spaces in the lungs.

    2. Pneumonia may be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi.  Streptococcus pneumoniae, a type of bacteria, is the most common cause of pneumonia. And the most common cause of viral pneumonia is the influenza virus.

    3. Pneumonia can be fatal in severe cases.

    4. Signs and symptoms of the infection are similar to a cold - sneezing, coughing, a sort throat and shortness of breath. A high fever, chest pains and chills follow.  

    5. The following factors increase the risk of developing pneumonia:

    - a weakened immune system due to disease
    - chronic disease such as sickle cell anemia, heart disease or diabetes
    - being in the intensive-care unit of a hospital, especially if on ventilator support

    6. A chest x-ray can detect pneumonia but not

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  • Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    Before the Budget speech was delivered there was some speculation about a Jubilee Budget of angpows to sweeten the population before the inevitable election. I suppose one could say that Singaporeans are still getting “angpows” in various forms, but it’s thankfully a little more holistic than that.

    2015’s Budget has shown a willingness – albeit not a whole-hearted plunge – to move towards more redistributive policies. High income earners will have to pay more income tax, but low- and middle-income families will be receiving more support in the form of concessionary levies for foreign domestic workers, childcare subsidies, and the Silver Support Scheme that will help provide for low income earners who may not have substantial amounts of CPF

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  • The more than two-hour long speech delivered by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Monday attracted a wide array of social media reactions, ranging from the witty to the wacky.

    The minister tabled the country’s budget for 2015 in Parliament during which he spoke about various revisions made to several areas such as petrol duties, personal income tax rates for top earners as well as CPF contribution rates.

    Tharman also announced the introduction of various schemes, such as the Skills Future scheme, which aims to support Singaporeans in their lifelong learning, and the Silver Support Scheme, which aims to support the bottom 20 per cent of Singaporeans aged 65 and above. You may also visit our live blog for more information on the speech.

    So what do some Singaporeans think of this year’s budget? Well, it really depends on what parts stood out for them.

    Here are some that we’ve handpicked for you:

    1. Silver Surfer Scheme you say?

    While DPM

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  • You drop a S$50 note down the escalator of an MRT station. What are the odds of getting it back?

    For commuter Nishal John Vethanayagam, it was a mere two hours before the note he considered lost was handed back to him.

    According to his Facebook post, the note slipped through his hands while riding the escalator and went between the gaps of the escalator steps and the metal wall on the side.

    He decided to lodge a report at the station anyway, but didn't think much of it after getting a non-commital response.

    "They noted my name, phone number and my IC, and gave me a very non-committal ‘Can’t make any promises - if we find it, we’ll let you know’."

    Very unexpectedly, he received a call upon the retrieval of his note two hours later.

    "Now just so we’re all clear on how big a deal this is: to retrieve the $50, they had to stop the escalator, open up each and every stair (in case it was stuck inside any of them), and when they couldn’t find it, then go down to the bottom inside and fetch

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  • At 40 weeks pregnant, Bonnie Northsea was ready to meet her baby boy. So she learned a few moves and started dancing, hoping to induce labour.

    She had no idea a video of her routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” would go viral.

    Northsea, 32, originally intended to share the video with just family and friends on Facebook.

    “Someone told me Thriller would induce labor,” Northsea wrote on Facebook. “Here I am on my due date 40 weeks looking like a fool. I’m so awesome!”

    "I had no idea this would happen," the Gainesville, Florida, mom told TODAY.com of the viral success of her pregnant dancing. “It was just something funny that I did. I’m ready for the baby to come out, and somebody told me to exercise a little bit. I’ve always been a huge Michael Jackson fan!”

    She told TODAY.com that the video has been a pick-me-up for her family, as her husband is currently undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer and they’re struggling financially.

    “It’s been a really hard month, but I did this

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  • Tips on preventing prostate cancer (Getty Images photo)Tips on preventing prostate cancer (Getty Images photo)

    Prevention is better than cure. There may not be any scientifically proven sure-fire ways to prevent prostate cancer, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of prostate cancer such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips based on information from the Mayo Clinic.

    Eat healthy
    A healthy diet full of greens may help reduce risk of prostate cancer. Although this hasn’t been proven scientifically, males who want to prevent prostate cancer can consider trying to have a healthy diet by:

    Choosing a low-fat diet
    Males who eat the highest amount of fat per day increases the risk of getting prostate cancer, according to some studies. Although it hasn’t been proven that too much fat can cause prostate cancer, eating a smaller amount of fat per day has other benefits, such as controlling your weight. It also helps keep a healthy heart.

    Eating more plant-based fat than animal fat
    Some studies on fat consumption and prostate cancer risk show that fats from animals had the

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  • Prostate cancer occurs four times more frequently compared to 30 years ago, and is now the fifth most common cancer in Singapore, according to a SingHealth report.

    Here are ten things that you need to know about the cancer, based on a booklet on prostate cancer by the National Cancer Institute.

    1. What is the prostate?

    It is part of a male’s reproductive system that is located in front of the rectum and under the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, which is the urinary tract.

    For a healthy male, the size of a healthy prostate is about the size of a walnut. If it grows too big, it will squeeze the urethra, which may cause slowness or stopping of the normal flow of urine.

    The prostate is also an important part during sexual intercourse. As the prostate is a gland, it makes up part of the seminal fluid, which, during orgasm, helps carry sperm out of the man’s body as part of semen.

    2. Cancer cells in the prostate

    Growth in the prostate can be benign, which means it’s not cancer.

    Benign

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