• Troubled Universal Studios Singapore ride Battlestar Galactica may close for good. (Getty Images)

    The Battlestar Galactica, a star attraction at the Universal Studios Singapore theme park, may be closed for good.

    It was reported in MyPaper that the sci-fi themed rollercoaster, which has been closed since July 2013, will be replaced by a new ride by the end of this year.

    It was also reported that the new ride will follow a movie theme, and is expected to have new interiors and a fresh coat of paint, among other changes.

    Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which manages the theme park, has not issued any statements with regards to the closing of Battlestar Galactica.

    RWS has only previously said that the “ride is unavailable as it undergoes an attraction review”.

    Touted as the world’s tallest dueling roller coaster, the “Battlestar Galactica” ride was closed for over nine months, about a week after the theme park opened in March 2010. The ride was closed due to technical problems, when cracks were found in the seat-post supports of the coaster cars. It re-opened in February 2011.

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    Malaysia releases transcript of MH370 radio log

    A copy of the full transcript from the conversation between flight MH370 and Malaysian Air Traffic Control, provided by Malaysia Airlines. (Click for larger version)A copy of the full transcript from the conversation between flight MH370 and Malaysian Air Traffic Control, provided by Malaysia Airlines. (Click for larger version)

    Malaysia released the full transcript of communications recorded between the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and local air traffic controllers on Tuesday, noting that there was no indication of anything abnormal in the words that were spoken.

    While MAS had initially said the person who spoke the last words from the cockpit, "Goodnight, Malaysian three seven zero" was co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, police have yet to confirm via forensic examination that it was him.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/malaysia-releases-transcript-mh370-radio-log-093700376.html

    Man arrested for kicking, punching SBS bus

    Screengrabs from a video showing a 51-year-old man kicking up a fuss after being denied access to an SBS bus that had already left a bus stop in Serangoon. (Screengrabs from video)Screengrabs from a video showing a 51-year-old man kicking up a fuss after being denied access to an SBS bus that had already left a bus stop in Serangoon. (Screengrabs from video)

    A 51-year-old man was arrested on Saturday afternoon after kicking and punching the windscreen of an SBS bus.

    In the process, he damaged the bus's ride side mirror as well as one of its front wipers.

    The video of the incident moved quickly on social media, however, getting 3,000

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    1. Koreas trade fire; island residents in shelters

    North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters Monday. (AP photo)
    North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters Monday in a flare-up of animosity that forced residents of five front-line South Korean islands to evacuate to shelters for several hours, South Korean officials said.

    The exchange of fire into the Yellow Sea followed Pyongyang's sudden announcement that it would conduct live-fire drills in seven areas north of the Koreas' disputed maritime boundary. North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean but rarely discloses those plans in advance. The announcement was seen as an expression of Pyongyang's frustration at making little progress in its recent push to win outside aid.

    North Korea fired 500 rounds of artillery shells over more than three hours, about 100 of which fell south of the sea boundary, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. South Korea

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  • Being too engrossed when using your smartphone can cause unawareness of bad posture or doing repeated actions for long durations. (Thinkstock photo)Being too engrossed when using your smartphone can cause unawareness of bad posture or doing repeated actions for long durations. (Thinkstock photo)

    Staying connected via a smartphone or tablet can be a health hazard. Texting or gaming – with the hand and fingers repeatedly making the same actions – on a smart device can put the user at risk of injury. The repetitive action can cause damage, while the way that the device is held – especially for long periods – can also lead to soreness and pain in the wrist, thumbs and fingers.

    Likewise, sitting or standing hunched over a tablet can strain the neck ligaments and muscles. Most people stretch their neck and head forward when reading, watching a film, or typing on a tablet, and if they hold that posture for a long time, micro or very tiny tears can occur in the muscle fibres or tendons.

    “The bad posture occurs when reading a book too, but you are more likely to adjust your posture when you start feeling some strain. With digital media that includes sound and moving pictures, people are usually engrossed to the point of not moving, at least not until the battery dies!” said Dr Darren

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    Stars of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx visit Singapore school

    Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx plant trees in the garden of Commonwealth Secondary School on Friday, 28 March 2014. (Yahoo photo/Shirly Hamra)Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx plant trees in the garden of Commonwealth Secondary School on Friday, 28 March 2014. (Yahoo photo/Shirly Hamra)

    Stars from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx made an appearance on Friday morning at Commonwealth Secondary School to learn more about the green initiatives being practiced by students and staff there -- and of course, also to hang out with more than a thousand screaming uniform-clad fans.

    Apart from sampling some Singlish, the pair also planted trees and answered a couple of green-themed questions at a brief session with the media.

    http://sg.movies.yahoo.com/photos/stars-of-amazing-spider-man-2-andrew-garfield-and-jamie-foxx-visit-singapore-school-slideshow

    Chinese travel agencies ban sales of Malaysia Airlines tickets

    A screengrab of eLong, a Chinese travel ticket-booking site which is among others that have banned the sale of tickets from Malaysia Airlines. (Screengrab from eLong.com)A screengrab of eLong, a Chinese travel ticket-booking site which is among others that have banned the sale of tickets from Malaysia Airlines. (Screengrab from eLong.com)

    Several top online travel agencies have started to boycott Malaysia Airlines over its handling of the missing MH370, until it "gets to the bottom of the truth on flight MH370".

    At least four of

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  • Joanne Milne's life is just one of many that's been revolutionized with the use of cochlear hearing implants.

    The 40-year-old British woman was recently captured on video hearing for the first time with bilateral cochlear implants. It was an experience so emotionally moving that she burst into happy tears and has had a difficult time closing the floodgates since.

    "The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I'm still in shock now. I have to learn to recognise what these sounds are as I build a sound library in my brain," Milne tells The Journal.

    "Hearing things for the first time is so emotional -- from the ping of a light switch to running water. I can't stop crying and I can already foresee how it's going to be life-changing."

    Also see: Self magazine under fire for mocking cancer survivor

    Being born hearing-impaired was once considered a lifelong disability. Today the technology of cochlear hearing implants gives new hope to the deaf, giving them

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    World's first $1m virtual property

    A Singapore-based game developer is offering investments in the world's first million-dollar virtual property. (Getty Images)Singapore-based game developer Planet Arkadia is offering investments in what is believed to be the world's first million dollar virtual property.

    The company is offering players of the Entropia Universe game the chance to invest in 200,000 deeds priced at US$5.00 each – or PED 50 which is the in-game currency.

    This innovative offering has been launched in direct response to player demand for more opportunities to invest.

    http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/worlds-first-1m-virtual-property-232753250--sector.html


    Thai satellite spots 300 floating objects in search for flight MH370

    A Thai satellite has spotted 300 floating objects in the search for flight MH370. (Malaysian Insider/AFP photo)

    A Thai satellite is the latest to spot floating objects in the Indian Ocean close to the spot where a massive search operation is on for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, reported The Nation daily.

    The Thai newspaper said Thailand Earth Observation Satellite (Thaichote) has spotted 300 floating objects about 200

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    Plane turns back due to engine fire

    A Malindo Air flight was forced to turn back to Subang airport after its engine caught fire on Wednesday morning. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)A Malindo Air flight was forced to turn back to Subang airport after its engine caught fire on Wednesday morning. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

    A Malindo Air flight was on Wednesday morning forced to turn around and land at the airport where it took off from after one of its engines caught fire.

    The plane, which took off from Subang Airport in Malaysia, is believed to have caught fire during its ascent at about 7,000 feet.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/plane-turns-back-due-to-engine-fire-033156251.html

    New satellite photos show 122 objects in Indian Ocean, minister reveals

    Aussie Air Force pilots scour the Indian Ocean for signs of debris from the missing MH370. (Reuters photo)Aussie Air Force pilots scour the Indian Ocean for signs of debris from the missing MH370. (Reuters photo)

    New satellite images have revealed sightings of some 122 objects in the southern Indian Ocean, said Malaysia on Wednesday.

    In the latest evening press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the debris field was within 400 square kilometres and showed some "bright" objects, which could indicate that they are "solid material" from the missing aircraft.

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    MH370: Chinese relatives of passengers protest at embassy

    Relatives of Chinese passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 take to the streets in protest against the way investigations have been conducted by Malaysian authorities. (AP photo)Relatives of Chinese passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 take to the streets in protest against the way investigations have been conducted by Malaysian authorities. (AP photo)

    Relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the still-missing MH370 plane took to the streets of Beijing in protest a day after Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak declared their loved ones lost, despite not having physical evidence of debris found yet.

    On day 18 into the search for the missing jet, the families in Beijing marched to the Malaysian embassy, where they threw plastic water bottles, tried to rush through the gates and chanted, "Liars!"

    The Chinese government also demanded to see the satellite data that investigators based their conclusion upon.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chinese-relatives-passengers-protest-embassy-044947904.html

    Indonesia bans Hollywood epic 'Noah' over Islamic concerns

    Russell Crowe is pictured with a billboard for "Noah" in Moscow. (AFP photo)Russell Crowe is pictured with a billboard for "Noah" in Moscow. (AFP photo)

    Indonesia has banned the Hollywood biblical epic "Noah", the latest in a string of Muslim countries to do so over concerns of contradictions to Islamic values.

    The

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