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AirAsia #QZ8501: Two more bodies found as haunting pieces of wreckage retrieved
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.
Singapore comes down heaviest on foreign buyers: report
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
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.
Four new bus routes for Punggol, CCK and Queenstown by March
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.
Najib 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
[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 thatRead More »from Is a serial cat killer on the loose in Singapore?
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | What’s buzzing? – Fri, Dec 26, 2014
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’sRead More »from US President Barack Obama breaks rule for girl scouts
- Nurul Azliah Aripin | What’s buzzing? – Tue, Dec 23, 2014
[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.Read More »from Singaporean comedian calls out racist netizens in humorous video
- Jeanette Tan | What’s buzzing? – Tue, Dec 23, 2014
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North Korea's internet links restored amid U.S. hacking dispute
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.
Australia fears fresh attacks as Sydney mourns siege victims
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday warned of heightened "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the fatalRead More »from Tuesday #sgroundup: North Korea suffers complete internet outage
- Kerene Ng | What’s buzzing? – Mon, Dec 22, 2014
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Govt to empower HDB to enter flats for repair works
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.
Medical tourism booms in Asia
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.
Hong Kong tycoon andRead More »from Monday #sgroundup: Govt to empower HDB to enter flats for repair works
- Daniel Wong | SingaporeScene – Mon, Dec 22, 2014
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. TheyRead More »from Parents, were you too busy in 2014? 4 ways to slow down in 2015
- Kirsten Han | SingaporeScene – Sun, Dec 21, 2014
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,Read More »from COMMENT: Appreciate Singaporeans' diverse opinions and experiences
- Elizabeth Soh | What’s buzzing? – Fri, Dec 19, 2014
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Tuition for toddlers – necessary or over the top?
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.
Woman's body found near Yishun Dam
The body of a Chinese woman was found near the shore off Yishun Avenue 1, close to Yishun Dam, on Friday morning.
LTA Spokesman On Taxi-Taxi@SG App: “We Might Link It To Third-Party Apps.”
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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