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    Romanian ex-diplomat convicted for Singapore crash dies


    Former Romanian Embassy charge d'affaires in Singapore, Silviu Ionescu, leaves Bucharest's courthouse after a hearing in his trial on December 14, 2011Former Romanian Embassy charge d'affaires in Singapore, Silviu Ionescu, leaves Bucharest's courthouse after a hearing in his trial on December 14, 2011

    A former Romanian diplomat convicted for a deadly 2009 hit-and-run accident in Singapore died on Tuesday in a Bucharest jail hospital, local media reported.

    Silviu Ionescu, Romania's charge d'affaires in Singapore at the time, had been sentenced to six years behind bars in February by a Bucharest appeals court. He died of cardio-respiratory problems, judiciary sources told Mediafax news agency.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/romanian-ex-diplomat-convicted-singapore-crash-dies-202249405.html?linkId=11069943

    China tycoon ties up with Singapore firm, entrepreneur to launch US$100-million media fund

    (L-R) Bona Film Group chairman and founder Yu Dong, Lumina-Looque International executive director and co-founder Calvin Cheng, Tembusu Partners chairman Andy Lim and Chia Tai executive senior vice president Tanawat Wanson.(L-R) Bona Film Group chairman and founder Yu Dong, Lumina-Looque International executive director and co-founder Calvin Cheng, Tembusu Partners chairman Andy Lim and Chia Tai executive senior vice president Tanawat Wanson.

    A Chinese film tycoon, a Singaporean entrepreneur and a Singapore private equity firm launched on Tuesday a US$100 million fund based in the city-state that will open the way for foreigners to invest in China’s media and entertainment industry.

    Local media entrepreneur Calvin Cheng, who

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  • Are today’s students addicted to studying?

    Do they wake up excited about going to school? Are they thrilled about exams?

    Definitely not.

    More likely, they’re addicted to online gaming. It could be Minecraft, Blackshot, Audition, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, ArcheAge, DotA, Call of Duty, or others.

    I’ve worked with thousands of students, so I know that many students see their academics as a distraction from their gaming – not the other way around!

    What makes online gaming so addictive? 6 key characteristics

    The reasons vary from game to game, but these are six common characteristics of the most addictive ones:

    1. The game is ongoing, and doesn’t have a fixed end point.

    2. Players feel like they’re making constant progress. (Every time you play, you see your points or level or rank increasing.)

    3. Players get to explore imaginary worlds and discover new, unexpected things.

    4. The missions or quests involve teamwork, and a sense of community grows as friendships form.

    5. Every

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    Why Singapore Airlines Had To Honour Mispriced Business Class Tickets


    Yesterday, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that they will be honouring the mispriced business class tickets at its economy class prices. The mispricing, caused by a computer glitch, affected 400 Autralia-based passengers, who had bought the tickets through travel agents. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the business class tickets were sold for roughly AU$3,500 (US$2,899), [...]  The post Why Singapore Airlines Had To Honour Mispriced Business Class Tickets appeared first on Vulcan Post.Yesterday, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that they will be honouring the mispriced business class tickets at its economy class prices. The mispricing, caused by a computer glitch, affected 400 Autralia-based passengers, who had bought the tickets through travel agents. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the business class tickets were sold for roughly AU$3,500 (US$2,899), [...] The post Why Singapore Airlines Had To Honour Mispriced Business Class Tickets appeared first on Vulcan Post.

    Yesterday, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that they will be honouring the mispriced business class tickets at its economy class prices. The mispricing, caused by a computer glitch, affected 400 Autralia-based passengers, who had bought the tickets through travel agents.

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the business class tickets were sold for roughly AU$3,500 (US$2,899), while the original price was AU$6,000 (US$4,970) a piece. That’s AU$2,500 lost per ticket.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/why-singapore-airlines-had-honour-074223731.html?linkId=11055701

    AFF demands answers over Malaysia brawl

    Malaysian supporters light flares after the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Shah Alam Stadium in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2014Malaysian supporters light flares after the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Shah Alam Stadium in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2014

    Southeast Asia's football federation said Tuesday it has told Malaysia's soccer body to explain its failure to prevent a violent attack on visiting Vietnamese fans during the Suzuki Cup semi-finals.

    The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) sent the written demand on

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  • It's official: Aussie star Hugh Jackman is Wolverine-like in strength, too.

    The X-men star posted a clip of himself lifting 184kg of weights in a New York gym on Instagram on Sunday.

    As of Tuesday, Jackman received more than 35,000 likes for the video in which the 46-year-old hunk lifts the weights for five whole reps, which he claims to be his "personal best". 

    Watch as Jackman does the intense  workout while his trainer, whose voice can be heard in the background, pushes him on. 

     

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    Delhi government bans Uber taxi company    

    Indian residents take part in a protest against the alleged rape of a passenger by a driver working for the Uber taxi company in New Delhi on December 7, 2014

    The Delhi government Monday banned "all activities" by Uber taxi company after one of its drivers was arrested on charges of raping a woman.

    An official statement said the Delhi government's transport department had also blacklisted the company from providing any transport service in the national capital in future.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/delhi-government-bans-uber-taxi-company-093306212.html

     

    PM Lee ahead of next GE: Our country is at stake... if PAP fails, Singapore is in deep trouble. We shall not fail

    PM Lee says the next GE will be a "deadly serious fight" for Singapore's future.

    Singapore Prime Minister and People's Action Party chief Lee Hsien Loong has launched his fiercest salvo against the opposition ahead of the next General Elections due to be held by January 2017.

    Speaking at the PAP60 Rally at Singapore Expo on Sunday in front of 6,000 party cadres, PM Lee didn't mince his words as he called the next General Elections a "deadly serious

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  • YouTube screen grab of Solowheel. YouTube screen grab of Solowheel. 

    How about riding an electric unicycle to work or school?

    It’s almost like riding the Segway, except with one wheel and nothing to hold on to.

    It is also weighs about 30kg lighter than the Segway, which typically weighs about 40kg.

    The hassle-free and easy-to-use ride has been gaining popularity in Singapore in the past year, as several locals have been spotted using them at public parks.  

    Some electric unicyclists have formed a group called The Wheelies and meet every week to “wheel” together.

    According to their Facebook page, which has 1,793 Likes since it was set up in August last year, members usually wheel at places like the Marina Barrage, East Coast Park and the Singapore Sports Hub.

    A local tech vlogger, Simon Tay, put up a video on Sunday of his experience wheeling about with The Wheelies in a park in Choa Chu Kang.

    He said, “It’s a very interesting and adventurous way of travelling. We travelled 11.6km, but according to The Wheelies, it can go much further.”

     

    What is an

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  • You’re standing in line at the supermarket, waiting for your turn to pay for the groceries. It’s a pretty mundane time for you as everyone in the market are busy preparing for Christmas.

    Suddenly the lights go out, and you hear the beginnings of a familiar tune from the beeping of the cashier’s scanner.

    This is what happened at an Edeka supermarket in Germany, where patrons were treated to an innovative and unique musical performance by the cashiers.

    The classic “Jingle Bells” tune was played using the typical cash-beeping from the cashier counter. Together with beat-boxing and synchronised red and green lights, the ‘Jingle Bells’ performance brought smiles to customers’ faces.

    The video, titled “EDEKA – Kassensymphonie” (Cash Symphony), was created and uploaded on Youtube on 30 November by the German supermarket chain itself. It was filmed with 13 hidden cameras and performed by 9 cashiers using the grocery scanner as the Christmas tune was played.

    The video has since gotten more

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    Computer error sells 900 business class tickets at economic prices

    Singapore Airlines' (SIA) Boeing 747-400 passenger jet with registration 9V-SPQSINGAPORE-AIRLINE/TATA-SONS-INDIA REUTERS/Tim Chong/Files (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT)Singapore Airlines' (SIA) Boeing 747-400 passenger jet with registration 9V-SPQSINGAPORE-AIRLINE/TATA-SONS-INDIA REUTERS/Tim Chong/Files (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT)

    What a deal! Over the weekend a computer glitch caused around 900 Singapore Airlines Business Class tickets from Australia to destinations in Europe to be sold at coach prices.

    The tickets, sold between, Saturday and Monday, were purchased from various online retailers in Australia. The Business Class tickets should have sold for more than $6,000 a piece, but when they were loaded into the global distribution system for tickets they were priced around $3,500.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/computer-error-sells-900-business-class-tickets-at-economy-prices-213034900.html

     

    COMMENT: What does approval of 'Lang Tong' with no cuts mean for censorship in Singapore?

    Media Development Authority (MDA)Media Development Authority (MDA)

    The trailer for Lang Tong is one-and-a-half minutes of steamy, raunchy debauchery. Sex, sex, bak kut teh, violence, sex, sex… one would have expected the Media Development Authority (MDA) to scramble for a

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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.

    The trailer for Lang Tong (Cantonese for "nice soup") is one-and-a-half minutes of steamy, raunchy debauchery. Sex, sex, bak kut teh, violence, sex, sex… one would have expected the Media Development Authority (MDA) to scramble for a ban, but the film – surprise surprise! – has been given an R21 classification, no cuts necessary. 

    The decision came as a surprise to director Sam Loh, who in 2004 had withdrawn his previous film, Outsiders, from screening because he would have been required to make cuts to it. “To be honest, I really didn’t expect it to be passed, (so) I guess you can say that censorship here has changed a bit from 10 years ago when I made Outsiders,” he told the Business Times.

    Has censorship changed?

    It stands to reason that

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    Malaysian law lecturer in sex-for-grades scandal loses Singapore PR case

    Malaysian law lecturer loses Singapore PR caseMalaysian law lecturer loses Singapore PR case

    A Malaysian law professor, embroiled in a sex-for-grades scandal, has lost his bid to have his Singapore permanent resident status reviewed after it was revoked last year, reports The Straits Times today.

    Tey Tsun Hang lost his PR status when he left the country without a re-entry permit (REP).

    The former National University of Singapore (NUS) lecturer had been convicted in June 2013 of corruptly obtaining sex and gifts, including a Mont Blanc pen and an iPod, from his former student Darinne Ko, as an inducement to give her better grades.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/malaysian-law-lecturer-sex-grades-scandal-loses-singapore-012942320.html

     

    Careless motocyclist crashes while lane splitting


    A motorcycle rider in Georgia, USA pays the price and ends up crashing into a vehicle after recklessly lane splitting through freeway traffic.

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