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  • The lesbian blogger who claimed in a blog post that her Singapore niece got an 'F' grade and detention over an essay on her said on Friday that she would not disclose details of the school or teacher involved.

    In an entry titled “The Internet Zombie Horde Is Here”, Jane, who says she is a Singaporean-Dutch lesbian, wrote that it was "completely unfair of the school but I am not going to throw a young child out in front of a selfie needing crowd..."

    Her niece "will only end up in the center of two sides where they for all the wrong reasons focus on her, what she wrote and then afterward anally dissect if she wrote anything right or wrong out from an (sic) somehow adult perspective that got no interest in her wellbeing or person,” she explained.

    Jane had earlier written that a niece in Amsterdam received a gold star and an 'A' for her essay on why Jane is the best aunt, while the niece in Singapore received an 'F' for her work on the topic of “describe a family member who inspire (sic)

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  • By now, you might have noticed your social feeds are getting packed with short clips of your friends lip-syncing to famous lines by celebrities.

    If you’re starting to get annoyed by these hilarious clips, then brace yourselves for more as the Dubsmash trend appears to be taking off in Singapore.

    Here’s what you need to know about the new social phenomenon:

    Dubsmash is a mobile app launched in November 2014, which basically allows users to lip-sync to recordings of famous voices available from the app’s library. Users can video-record their dubs and then share it to their friends on other social media platforms.

    Since its launch, the German app has garnered over 20 million users across 192 countries, according to its website. On Instagram alone, the total number of clips with the hashtag, #dubsmash, has reached 1.6 million clips. 

    In Singapore at least, many “Dubsmashers” have been sharing them on the platform.

    Here are some of our favourite Singapore Dubs:

     

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  • Does your domestic worker get a day off?

    In the run up to Labour Day on May 1, a short video titled "Maids and Mums" is urging employers to give their helpers a weekly day off. It features mothers and domestic workers talking about the children under their care. 

    In the video, eght pairs of mothers and maids are asked questions such as "What did your child have for breakfast?" and "Who is his/her best friend?". 74 per cent of the helpers had more accurate answers than the mothers. 

    The video's stated goal - to show that domestic workers’ absence is not an inconvenience, but an opportunity for parents to bond with their children.

    The video is the product of a partnership between Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)  and Ogilvy & Mather (O&M).  

    Quoting figures from the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), TWC2 notes that around 40 per cent of Singapore’s 222,500 domestic workers do not have a weekly day off, despite a 2013 law that makes it mandatory.

    Acknowledging in

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    Chelsea’s star players came out to celebrate their 1-0 win over Man United over the weekend at a charity ball.

    The event was arranged by star striker Didier Drogba, 37, and held at the fancy Dorchester hotel in London.

    The players arrived suited and booted and ready to party at the Ivorian’s bash on Saturday night.

    The charity event raised funds for the Didier Drogba Foundation.

    Eden Hazard, Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Chelsea captain John Terry were all in attendance to support their teammate and help raise money to give young Africans access to better healthcare and education.

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    American singer Christian Milian also provided entertainment for the night, getting both Drogba and Hazard, 24, to groove on the dance floor while belting out her hit songs.  

    Hazard, who topped off his outfit with a hat, arrived at the hotel with a smile on his face after scoring the only goal which secured Chelsea all three points at Stamford Bridge.

    Cech, Ivanovic and Terry arrived

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  • The social media savvy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday thanked his fans on Facebook and Twitter for their support, as he celebrates his third year anniversary of using the two platforms.

    Lee said in his latest post, published at about 10am, saying, “Today marks my third year on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you have enjoyed my posts. I’ve certainly had fun doing them, and hearing from you.” 

    The 63-year-old added, “Thanks especially to those who have shared your own stories, suggested places for my ‪#‎guesswhere and ‪#‎justforfun posts, and raised ideas on many issues.”

    The post was accompanied with a video showing highlights of his posts from the past year. The two-minute video was uploaded on YouTube on Sunday, which included photos taken at Redhill Food Centre, at a Ramadhan Bazaar, as well as a photo of his father, the late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, during last year’s National Day Celebration.

    The video, which was done by an Alex Qiu from the Prime Minister’s

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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.

    I arrived at the State Courts on Friday just in time to see journalists pouring out of the courtroom, following a Deputy Public Prosecutor into a media huddle. He was going through the conditions of Amos Yee’s bail, now transferred from police to court bail. His parents had not yet decided whether they were going to post bail this time.

    Friends who had been in the courtroom told me that Amos had been whisked out of his closed pre-trial conference in handcuffs. The whole thing had been so quick that he hadn’t even had a chance to look up and see that people he knew were there for moral support.

    The major events have since been reported in the media. Amos is spending the weekend in remand. No one has yet come forward to bail him out. The bail

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  • An Oklahoma City restaurant owner’s note left for a dumpster-diver is going viral.

    Ashley Jiron, owner of the P.B. Jams sandwich shop told KFOR that she noticed someone had been rummaging through the food containers in her restaurant’s trash.

    “It hurt me that someone had to do that,” she said.

    So she posted a sign in her window, offering a free meal to the person who was scanvenging for food in the dumpster.

    “To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster,” her note read.

    “Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. – your friend, the owner.”

    A photo of Jiron’s sweet gesture went viral — and earned her plenty of new fans:

    “You are an AMAZING person. This story touched my heart in a way that most people have not been able to. The kind of love and altruism that you display radiates across the world. I hope that this inspires people

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    Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 25, enjoyed a vacation in Portugal recently and posted a photo at the dinner table with his family and friends.

    Rojo went away during his club’s week off and shared a private jet with teammate Angel di Maria as their families headed for a short break after United’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

    This comes three days after an alleged affair with a fitness instructor was exposed, with the woman claiming she was offered money to keep quiet. 

    The fitness instructor and her friends were drinking cocktails in bar in Manchester when they were approached by a bouncer and invited to join Man United’s private Christmas party upstairs.

    The venue was packed with pretty young girls who were hand-picked by minders and told to leave their mobile phones in a bucket to prevent them from taking any embarrassing pictures.

    Sarah Watson, 34, the woman at the centre of the blackmail claims said Rojo offered her money to spend the night with him after the

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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.

    After decades of waiting, Singapore finally has two Malay full ministers in Cabinet.

    The recent Cabinet reshuffle saw Masagos Zulkifli promoted to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office as well as Second Minister for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs. It’s a step forward for Malay representation in local politics, but Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comment on his promotion deserves more scrutiny:

     

    “I am promoting Masagos Zulkifli to full Minister. He has performed well, both in his ministries and as an MP in Tampines. It is the first time we are having two Malay full ministers, which reflects the progress of the Malay community.”

     

    There’s quite a bit here to unpack. Firstly, why has it taken so long to have two Malay full ministers? And

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