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    AirAsia #QZ8501: Two more bodies found as haunting pieces of wreckage retrieved

    Muslim clerics pray before embarking on a flight with Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter, to fly over the Java Sea to offer prayers for victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501, at Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, January 6, 2015. Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of an AirAsia jet that crashed nine days ago, and to recover bodies and find its black box flight recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have hindered attempts to investigate the debris. REUTERS/Achmad Ibrahim/Pool (INDONESIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER RELIGION)Muslim clerics pray before embarking on a flight with Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter, to fly over the Java Sea to offer prayers for victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501, at Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, January 6, 2015. Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of an AirAsia jet that crashed nine days ago, and to recover bodies and find its black box flight recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have hindered attempts to investigate the debris. REUTERS/Achmad Ibrahim/Pool (INDONESIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER RELIGION)

    Two more bodies have been recovered by a Malaysian and Japanese ship, bringing the total number retrieved to 39, reports Indonesian media.

    Separately, three more bodies have been identified -- Indra Yulianto, based on forensics and CCTV recordings of the 51-year-old's outfit at the airport; Hindarto Halim, 61, and 19-year-old Jou Brian Youvito.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/contact-with-airasia-flight-qz8501-bound-for-singapore-from-surabaya-lost-033803688.html

    Singapore comes down heaviest on foreign buyers: report

    Singapore skylineSingapore skyline

    Singapore and Hong Kong have imposed the heaviest tax burden on foreign property buyers amongst Asia Pacific markets, according to a Knight Frank report.

    In terms of tax burdens on foreign investors, our analysis indicates that the more mature and open markets of Hong Kong and Singapore have some of the highest, while Cambodia, South Korea,

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    AirAsia #QZ8501: Three more unidentified bodies found by Malaysian vessel


    Relatives and friends of 22-year-old Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a passenger of AirAsia flight QZ8501, mourn during his cremation ceremony in Lawang on January 4, 2015Relatives and friends of 22-year-old Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a passenger of AirAsia flight QZ8501, mourn during his cremation ceremony in Lawang on January 4, 2015


    Four bodies in Surabaya have officially been identified, reports Channel NewsAsia, citing BASARNAS in a press conference earlier today — they are 45-year-old Shaime Josal, 42-year-old Tony Linaksita, 61-year-old Lim Yan Koen and 53-year-old Yongke Jou.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/contact-with-airasia-flight-qz8501-bound-for-singapore-from-surabaya-lost-033803688.html

    Four new bus routes for Punggol, CCK and Queenstown by March

    File photo of SBS BusFile photo of SBS Bus

    Residents staying in Punggol, Choa Chu Kang and Queenstown will enjoy enhanced commutes with four new bus routes coming in the first quarter of 2015.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/four-new-bus-routes-for-punggol--cck-and-queenstown-by-march-090049858.html

    Najib struck with E coli infection

    Najib struck with E coli infectionNajib struck with E coli infection

    Datuk Seri Najib Razak has contracted the E. coli infection, the Prime Minister's Office said today.

    In a Twitter posting, it said the prime minister was

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  • [UPDATE 28 December 2014, 10:12PM: This article has been further edited]

    A serial cat killer may be on the loose in Singapore.

    Some 50 cats have died at the Beach Road housing estate over the past three years and they appeared to have been abused, according to a YouTube video posted on Christmas Day by Coconuts TV.

    The dead cats were found with broken bones and some people suspect they were killed using a slingshot or were thrown from a balcony. Some residents have one suspect in mind, but no eyewitnesses have come forward.

    “Problem is a lot of eyewitnesses are not willing to go to the police or AVA to point fingers at this guy,” said resident Anthony Hong, who started the website Save the Beach Road Cats, said in the video.

    Authorities have reportedly looked into the matter. However, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) claimed they could not find evidence to show whether humans caused the wounds on the cats, according to the video report.

    “I do understand that

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  • It seems like the only ones who can successfully convince US President Barack Obama to don headgear, would be a group of young ladies from the girl scouts. 

    On his Instagram yesterday, chief White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo of the US leader wearing a tiara. The photo quickly garnered close to 6,000 Likes. 

    He said, "Still editing 2014 Year in Photos. I may include this one even though it's a posed photo. This is from the annual White House Science Fair. The kids from Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, convinced the President to wear a tiara with them for their group photo. The girls had exhibited a Lego flood proof bridge project."

    The photo was taken in May. 

    According to Good Morning America, nobody has ever convinced Obama to don anything on his head. 

    Back in April, the president refused to put on a head gear created by the US Navy football team.

    He reportedly said, "Here’s the general rule: You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president... That’s

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  • [Warning: Video contains explicit language]

    You might remember this video from sometime back of local comedian Haresh Tilani swimming in the fountain outside Ngee Ann City. 

    The video drew a slew of comments that baffled Tilani - especially those that were quick to assume he was a foreigner behaving badly in Singapore. Some said he was “Ang Mo” (Caucasian) while others believed he was an Indian national.

    Tilani made another video in response to the nasty comments, calling out the xenophobic netizens, and reminding Singaporeans that the local-versus-foreigners debate is getting old.

    “I didn’t like the fact that the xenophobic claim was only subsided once I have yelled explicitly that I was 100 per cent Singaporean and not a foreigner, which opens a whole new topic about locals versus foreigners - which has to stop,” he said. 

    What can we do to stop xenophobic comments?

    “Stop discriminating based on characteristics that people almost always have no control over,” he said.

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    North Korea's internet links restored amid U.S. hacking dispute

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front C) gives field guidance at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 20, 2014. REUTERS/KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front C) gives field guidance at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 20, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

    North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, but U.S. officials said Washington was not involved.

    U.S.-based Dyn, a company that monitors Internet infrastructure, said the reason for the outage was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said the U.S. government had not taken any cyber action against Pyongyang.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/north-koreas-internet-links-restored-amid-u-hacking-040510492--finance.html

    Australia fears fresh attacks as Sydney mourns siege victims

    Two candle tributes with photos of siege victims Tori Johnson left, and Katrina Dawson are seen at a temporary memorial site close to the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, where people continue to stream past to leave floral tributes on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that a deadly siege in the Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)Two candle tributes with photos of siege victims Tori Johnson left, and Katrina Dawson are seen at a temporary memorial site close to the Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, where people continue to stream past to leave floral tributes on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday that a deadly siege in the Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday warned of heightened "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the fatal

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    Govt to empower HDB to enter flats for repair works

    Singapore HDB apartment block at nightSingapore HDB apartment block at night

    The Ministry of National Development (MND) is considering giving the housing board more authority to enter a flat for the purpose of investigating and repairing leaks in ceilings.

    This comes after several cases of lengthy disputes involving uncooperative neighbours have inconvenienced residents.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/govt-empower-hdb-enter-flats-repair-works-053633934--sector.html?linkId=11281882

    Medical tourism booms in Asia

    Bangladeshi woman Nusrat Hussein Kiwan sits at the International Patients Centre reception area, at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur, on December 9, 2014Bangladeshi woman Nusrat Hussein Kiwan sits at the International Patients Centre reception area, at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur, on December 9, 2014

    The lines snaking into Bangladesh's overwhelmed hospitals are often so long, says Nusrat Hussein Kiwan, that they extend into the street outside -- too many patients seeking too few quality doctors.

    So, through a Google search, the wife of a Bangladeshi construction executive chose a Malaysian hospital for her heart bypass surgery.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/seeing-doctor-overseas-medical-tourism-booms-asia-080438764.html

    Hong Kong tycoon and

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  • Let me ask you three simple questions about the year gone by:

    - Did you often feel like your to-do list was endless?

    - Did you often sacrifice sleep to get things done?

    - Did you frequently complain about how busy you were?

    If you answered “yes” to those questions, you were probably too busy in 2014.

    It doesn’t have to be like this in 2015.

    The strange reason why we ignore the most important things in life

    In an era where we’re connected 24/7, the line between work and leisure has become blurred. Even on a Sunday afternoon, you could send that email. You could reply to that text. You could do something “productive”.

    But should you?

    I face this temptation every time I have a day off. The temptation is even greater because I enjoy my job so much!

    And it’s not just me. Through my work with parents – many of whom are busy and stressed out – I know this is a widespread problem.

    Author Charles Hummel once observed that the most important things in life are also the most well-mannered. They

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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.

    SG50 is nigh. The official celebrations will kick off with a huge countdown on New Year’s Eve; not a single second of 2015 to be wasted. 2014 might barely be remembered as anything more than the year that led up to the epic fiftieth anniversary. 

    There have been many discussions, opinions and Big Ideas about the journey Singapore has been on so far, the sort of society we live in, and where we want to go. We’ve argued over equality (or the lack thereof), Chinese privilege, prejudice and inclusivity. We might not have the answers, but at least there’s been some sort of start. What we need is to keep building upon it, and not to be afraid of talking about previously “taboo” subjects.

    Last week I chatted with a few elderly security guards,

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    Tuition for toddlers – necessary or over the top?


    File Photo of Children attending preschool/kindergartenFile Photo of Children attending preschool/kindergarten

    As his tutor flashed one flashcard after another to him, little Gabriel Tan glanced longingly towards the door.
     
    A sharp look from his mother put him back in focus, and he obediently repeated the words on the flashcards.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/what-is-buzzing/tuition-for-toddlers-%E2%80%93-necessary-or-over-the-top-053116125.html?linkId=11242471

    Woman's body found near Yishun Dam

    View of a reservoir in Singapore (Yahoo file photo)View of a reservoir in Singapore (Yahoo file photo)

    The body of a Chinese woman was found near the shore off Yishun Avenue 1, close to Yishun Dam, on Friday morning.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/woman-s-body-found-near-yishun-dam-060110201.html?linkId=11242548

    LTA Spokesman On Taxi-Taxi@SG App: “We Might Link It To Third-Party Apps.”

    This article first appeared on Vulcan Post. Singaporean netizens would be familiar with the notorious Taxi-Taxi@SG app by now. Everyone is talking about it:   The article we wrote also made its rounds on social media. But in case you missed it, Taxi-Taxi@SG is a free app launched by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, which aims [...]  The post LTA Spokesman On Taxi-Taxi@SG App: “We Might Link It To Third-Party Apps.” appeared first on Vulcan Post.This article first appeared on Vulcan Post. Singaporean netizens would be familiar with the notorious Taxi-Taxi@SG app by now. Everyone is talking about it:   The article we wrote also made its rounds on social media. But in case you missed it, Taxi-Taxi@SG is a free app launched by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, which aims [...] The post LTA Spokesman On Taxi-Taxi@SG App: “We Might Link It To Third-Party Apps.” appeared first on Vulcan Post.

    In response to all the negative feedbacks, an LTA spokesman, told Straits Times that the app is indeed not designed for the booking of taxis. He also added that they “will monitor users’ feedback and enhance the app based

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