• Singapore anti-gambling ad gets updated following Germany World Cup winSingapore anti-gambling ad gets updated following Germany World Cup win

    2014 is another year where Singapore’s vocal online citizens took great delight in mocking and laughing at others. 

    Remember the Singapore anti-gambling ad that everybody made fun of for predicting Germany’s win at the World Cup?

    And let’s not forget local trolls SMRT Feedback’s vigilante antics against Sim Lim shop owner Jover Chew. 

    After trawling the Internet archives, we present you Yahoo Singapore’s top five things Singapore netizens made fun of in 2014.

    1.    Singapore anti-gambling ad backfires during World Cup season

    The National Council for Problem Gambling ran a timely ad campaign in Singapore during the World Cup season to remind gamblers how their nasty habits could affect their loved ones. 

    They spread this message through an ad that showed Andy, the young son of a gambling addict, looking depressed because his father had gambled his savings away by betting on the World Cup result -- a win for Germany. 

    Well, the Germans did win and if the scenario had happened in real

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  • A number of videos caught the attention of the Singapore online community this year, and we've chosen five that sparked a lot of reactions -- good and bad. Watch them to take yourself back to events that happened this past year.

     

    1)   Singapore Tourism Board advertisement

    A promotional video by the Singapore Tourism Board produced for the Philippines by Philippine network ABS-CBN drew flak for its cheap production values and cheesy content.

     

    2)   Singapore road bully car video footage

    Footage of a Honda Civic chasing and tailgating two other cars led to a young man being dubbed a “road bully” by netizens. He later released a video apology.

     

    3)   SMRT captain brings smiles to commuters

    Many people responded positively to our own video of an SMRT train captain who makes cheerful announcements while on duty.

     

    4)   ShiGGaShay – Lion City Kia

    Singaporean hip hop artist Pek Jin Shen brought together youths of different ethnicities in one multiligual music video that truly defines
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    Free WiFi at all NEL stations by next year: LTA


    Free WiFi will soon be available at all North East Line platforms by the end of 2015. (Graphic by LTA)Free WiFi will soon be available at all North East Line platforms by the end of 2015. (Graphic by LTA)

    Free WiFi will soon be available at all North East Line platforms by the end of 2015.

    Selected platforms at three stations - Bishan, Dhoby Ghaut and Outram Park - are already equipped for free WiFi access. All the platforms at these stations will be WiFi-equipped by the middle of 2015, says the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/free-wifi-at-all-nel-stations-by-next-year--lta-031628157.html?linkId=11220426

    Loud argument heard before alleged murder in Tampines

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

    After allegedly killing a woman, a Chinese national threatened to jump from the ninth-floor of a HDB block.

    The 37-year-old suspect eventually climbed back to safety after negotiations with police officers and was arrested, reported The Straits Times.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/woman-found-dead-in-tampines-232108677.html?linkId=11218124

    Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

    In this file photo, a group of Chinese college students are seen promoting AIDS awareness, during a World AIDS Day campaign in Liaocheng, Shandong province, on December 1, 2013In this file photo, a group of Chinese college students are seen promoting AIDS awareness, during a World AIDS Day campaign in Liaocheng, Shandong province, on December 1, 2013

    The plight of

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    A mysterious shadow appearing in the waters of Oke Bay, off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island, on Google Earth has people talking. 

    Engineer Pita Witehira, who first spotted the huge wake believes the image is that of a sea monster. (He dismissed the suggestion that the mass was a boat as it doesn’t have the frothy white wake usually created by motors.)

    Witehira, using the size of the wake as an indicator, believes the unidentified creature could be up to 40 feet long

    ‘The Native Maori would call this a “Taniwha” (‘Troll’) as it appears not to be a whale and it is far too big to be a shark. It is moving too fast and turning too sharply to be a whale,” he told the MailOnline. 

    ‘I spotted it about a week ago. We have some property near Oke Bay and I’m about to build a beach chalet up there, I zoomed down and found that,’ he said, describing how he discovered the “creature.”

    He added, “It’s got to have a lot of weight under the water to create that kind of drag.”

    Not everyone is

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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 Caf&eacute;'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&#39;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

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    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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