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    MND looks to better protect public funds held by town councils

    Results of the MND's Town Council Management Report ending March 2013. (Screengrab from MND's Town Council report website)Results of the MND's Town Council Management Report ending March 2013. (Screengrab from MND's Town Council report website)

    The Ministry of National Development is looking for ways to better protect public funds held by town councils, its minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Monday.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/mnd-looks-to-better-protect-public-funds-held-by-town-councils-095620966.html

    Ukraine mobilises after Putin's 'declaration of war'

    People march during a procession in central Moscow, March 2, 2014. People gathered on Sunday to support the people of Crimea and Ukraine, including Russian speakers, and to protest against the policies conducted by Ukraine's new authorities recently elected in Kiev, according to organisers. (Reuters photo)People march during a procession in central Moscow, March 2, 2014. People gathered on Sunday to support the people of Crimea and Ukraine, including Russian speakers, and to protest against the policies conducted by Ukraine's new authorities recently elected in Kiev, according to organisers. (Reuters photo)

    Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/putin-ready-invade-ukraine-kiev-warns-war-011938871--finance.html

    China vows to punish deadly station rampage, blames separatists

    A police investigator inspects the scene of a mass stabbing at the railway station in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, on March 2, 2014. (AFP photo)A police investigator inspects the scene of a mass stabbing at the railway station in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, on March 2, 2014. (AFP photo)

    China Sunday promised tough punishment for knife-wielding attackers who killed 29 people in an unprecedented train station rampage, blaming separatists from

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    High Court overturns former NUS law professor's sex-for-favours corruption charge

    Former NUS law professor Tey Tsun Hang (C) arrived at court in Singapore on June 3, 2013. (AFP photo)Former NUS law professor Tey Tsun Hang (C) arrived at court in Singapore on June 3, 2013. (AFP photo)

    Former National University of Singapore law professor Tey Tsun Hang, who was previously convicted in a sex-for-grades scandal, was on Friday morning acquitted of all his charges in Singapore’s High Court on appeal. Justice Woo Bih Li criticised his character strongly in court, however, calling him “a man without honour” and adding that his actions were morally reprehensible, even if they were not corrupt.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/former-nus-law-don-tey-tsun-hang-acquitted-of-corruption-charges-on-appeal-040720257.html

    Mobile messaging becoming a bane to telcos

    Mobile chat apps like WhatsApp and WeChat are decimating telcos' traditional revenue streams. (AFP photo)Mobile chat apps like WhatsApp and WeChat are decimating telcos' traditional revenue streams. (AFP photo)

    Times are tough for telecommunications companies, according to a CNBC report. It said that the proliferation of Over the Top (OTT) messaging apps, which use the Internet to deliver content, is eating into the SMS revenue telcos used to enjoy. Instead of paying a set amount to send

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  • No university degree = meaningless life?

    I once spoke to a teacher (I'll call him Sean) who taught for a number of years at a school where most of the students weren't academically inclined.

    He shared with me the sense of helplessness he felt.

    "I knew that few of my students would attend university, so for most of them, their lives would never amount to much," Sean explained matter-of-factly.

    I was stunned.

    Did I actually hear a teacher say that a person's worth in life is primarily based on whether he or she receives a university degree?

    Did Sean really believe that you need to be a university graduate in order for your life to "amount to something"?

    Please don't misunderstand; I think that education is important and that tertiary education can be an enriching experience. But your success or failure in life isn't defined by what certificates, diplomas or degrees you've been awarded. Far from it!

    Sean's words rang in my head again and again over the next few days.

    "Good, better, best"

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  • Police officers watch over migrant workers as they wait for shuttle buses to take them back their dormitories in Little India. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)Police officers watch over migrant workers as they wait for shuttle buses to take them back their dormitories in Little India. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

    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.

    The Committee of Inquiry into last December’s riot in Little India is now underway. Different witnesses appear each day, providing their perspective of what happened that night.

    The findings of the committee won’t be published for about six months, and so it’s still impossible to comment what their investigation will reveal. But what we can already see from the inquiry is the layers and layers of complexity surrounding what happened on the fateful night of December 8.

    For example, Senior Staff Sergeant Mydeen Sahul Hameed said the workers who rioted were upset that their friend had died, but also felt that they were not respected in Singapore.

    Other accounts by auxiliary police officers said the female bus timekeeper Wong Geck Woon had

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    SingTel draws flak for proposal to charge WhatsApp, Skype for network usage

    SingTel's chief Chua Sock Khoong calls for right to charge for WhatsApp and Skype usage. (Getty Images)SingTel's chief Chua Sock Khoong calls for right to charge for WhatsApp and Skype usage. (Getty Images)

    An outcry began on Wednesday after local telco SingTel’s chief executive Chua Sock Koong called on regulators to give carriers the right to charge rivals WhatsApp and Skype for the usage of their networks, according to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singtel-criticised-for-proposal-to-charge-whatsapp--skype-for-network-usage-030719966.html

    Proposed anti-harassment law to clamp down on cyber-bullying in Singapore

    Law Minister K Shanmugam will propose a new harassment law in Parliament next Monday.(Yahoo photo)Law Minister K Shanmugam will propose a new harassment law in Parliament next Monday.(Yahoo photo)

    A proposed anti-harassment law to be tabled in Parliament next week will criminalise harassment, both in the physical as well as online world. The proposed bill will cover a broad range of behaviour such as stalking, bullying of children, sexual harassment within and outside the workplace as well as cyber-bullying.

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  • Winston Chew, 43, saw an otter coming out of the water near Marina Barrage at around 8:30 am. (Winston Chew Photo)Winston Chew, 43, saw an otter coming out of the water near Marina Barrage at around 8:30 am. (Winston Chew Photo)

    It came to sleep and have a bit of a sun tan along the shores of the Marina Barrage.

    No worries and no harm done, but it did create quite a stir when it slinked out of the water on Thursday morning.

    Revealed to be an otter, it even gamely posed for photos.

    Winston Chew, 43, who works in the finance industry, said that he saw the otter coming out of the water while walking near Marina Barrage at around 8:30 am.

    “It crossed the walkway and onto the grass area, rolling and having fun…,”said Chew, who estimated the body of the black, furry long-tailed creature to be about half a meter excluding its tail.

    Winston Chew, 43, saw an otter coming out of the water while walking near Marina Barrage at around 8:30 am. (Winston Chew photo)Winston Chew, 43, saw an otter coming out of the water while walking near Marina Barrage at around 8:30 am. (Winston Chew photo)

    The animal gave chase after Chew tried to come closer to take a photo.

    “I think it wanted to play or was looking for breakfast… I wasn’t sure if it will bite!”

    The animal stopped chasing after Chew when it saw some birds in the area and became distracted.

    It was still on the grass patch when Chew left.

    Chief executive of Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) Louis Ng said

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    Singapore e-passport holders can use self-service counters at Australia airports

    Singaporeans can now go through immigration counters at Australia's airports via their self-service facilities, SmartGate, after Canberra extended its use to travellers from the city-state. (Getty Images)Singaporeans can now go through immigration counters at Australia's airports via their self-service facilities, SmartGate, after Canberra extended its use to travellers from the city-state. (Getty Images)

    Singaporeans can now go through immigration counters at Australia's airports via their self-service facilities, SmartGate, after Canberra extended its use to travellers from the city-state.

    Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb reportedly said on Wednesday, “Customs and Border Protection is launching a trial to allow Singaporean e-passport holders aged 16 years and over to use SmartGate self-processing facilities in Australia’s eight major airports."

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/self-service-passport-counters-in-australia-now-available-for-singaporeans-102524763.html


    Hong Kong editor at centre of protests attacked with cleaver

    The former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose ouster triggered protests over media freedom and Beijing's influence, is in a critical condition after being attacked with a cleaver, authorities said Wednesday. (AFP Photo)The former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose ouster triggered protests over media freedom and Beijing's influence, is in a critical condition after being attacked with a cleaver, authorities said Wednesday. (AFP Photo)

    The former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose ouster triggered protests over media freedom and Beijing's influence, is in a critical condition after being attacked with a cleaver, authorities said

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  • Look familiar?

    A luxury car driver avoids traffic congestion by tailgating what seemed to be an emergency vehicle moving on the road shoulder, according to this video.

    The 48-second clip on YouTube of a black  Mercedes-Benz following what sounds like an ambulance has attracted over 12,000 views since being posted on 18 February.

    Chee Ong from the Singapore Reckless Drivers Community said in the description of the video, “Tailgating an emergency vehicle on the road shoulder. Road shoulders are strictly for emergencies. Driving on them to avoid traffic congestion is an offence and has led to serious accidents.”

    Moving on the road shoulder for emergency vehicles, the black luxury car with licence plate number SDP 9630R sped past a long stretch of stationary vehicles before switching to the main road at the end of the traffic jam.

    According to some of the users who commented on the video, the plate number has already been reported to the Singapore Traffic Police.

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  • Viral myocarditis may be a cause of unexplained sudden deaths. (Thinkstock photo)Viral myocarditis may be a cause of unexplained sudden deaths. (Thinkstock photo)

    If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or swollen feet and ankles following a bout of flu or viral infection, you should see a doctor to rule out a potentially fatal heart condition called viral myocarditis.

    People with mild viral myocarditis may feel no symptoms at all or they may experience a heart attack or severe heart failure (dilated cardiomyopathy) as the condition worsens.

    “Viral myocarditis may be the cause for a significant number of unexplained sudden deaths in seemingly healthy young people,” says Associate Professor Lim Chong Hee, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), a member of the SingHealth Group.

    Patients with viral myocarditis may be mistaken as having the flu because of the initial flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue and heart palpitations, adds Assoc Prof Lim, who is also Director of the Heart and Lung Transplant Programme at NHCS.

    Women who get viral myocarditis in their final month

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    SMRT slammed for trying to downplay Monday's peak hour train delay

    The scene at Khatib MRT station during a train disruption on the North-South Line earlier in 2014. (Yahoo file photo)The scene at Khatib MRT station during a train disruption on the North-South Line earlier in 2014. (Yahoo file photo)

    Beleaguered transport operator SMRT came under fire after attempting to downplay its 90-minute rail service failure during Monday morning's rush hour, insisting that train services were not disrupted and that trains "ran at a slower speed".

    This even as commuters reported that their trains were stalled, in particular between Yew Tee and Kranji stations, for more than an hour, with others saying they did not care what the incidents were called.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/smrt-slammed-for-trying-to-downplay-monday-s-peak-hour-train-delay-084557197.html

    What's that smell in the air, Singapore?

    A view of Upper Seletar Reservoir in Singapore. Reservoirs here are partially drying up after Singapore's longest-ever dry spell, which is expected to last through the first half of March. (Getty Images file photo)A view of Upper Seletar Reservoir in Singapore. Reservoirs here are partially drying up after Singapore's longest-ever dry spell, which is expected to last through the first half of March. (Getty Images file photo)

    Singapore's dry weather has persisted to create the longest dry spell the nation-state has ever seen, with 27 days sans rain from 13 January to 8 February, and it's caused minor vegetation fires that have resulted in a slight "burning" smell in the air over the past

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