Blog Posts by Elizabeth Soh

  • News of ‘misleading’ ingredients in Plum Organic, Gerber unsettles Singapore mums

    News that hugely popular baby food brands Plum Organic and Gerber were accused by a non-profit consumer watchdog of deceptive marketing over product ingredients has distressed some mothers in Singapore.
     
    “Plum Organics boasts of healthful and trendy ingredients such as kale, quinoa, blackberry and Greek yoghurt on labels of its baby food pouches, when in fact the pouches typically contain cheaper and less nutritious apple puree or even water as the first ingredients,” reads the press release from the U.S.-based Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued on May 13.
     
    The release alleged that Plum Organics, which is owned by Campbell, had "deceived" customers by "misrepresenting the presence and proportions of its baby food ingredients".
     
    As an example, the CSPI cited a pouch of Plum’s Kale, Apple and Greek Yoghurt as deceiving as the first three main ingredients, which make up the bulk of the pouch were apple puree, water, and pasteurized yoghurt with no healthy live bacteria.

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  • Five things to watch out for in this year's National Day Parade

    Entries into this year’s National Day Parade 2015 ballot officially began on 8 May. And even if you’re sick of the “everything SG50” syndrome, lots of people are hoping to get their hands on tickets to the Golden Jubilee National Day Parade 2015, which will be held at both The Float @ Marina as well as the historically significant Padang.
     
    Here are five things to look forward to this year, whether you’ll be waving from the stands with the thousands who got their Golden Tickets or celebrating with your television (and family) at home.

    1.     NDP 2015 will have a tribute segment dedicated to the late Lee Kuan Yew

    People pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at a community tribute site in Singapore March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar SuPeople pay their respects to the late first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at a community tribute site in Singapore March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed in April that the NDP 2015 would still ‘adopt a celebratory tone’.

    “We have to move on, as Mr Lee would want us to,” he said.

    However, the Parade’s Organising Committee will be adding a tribute segment to the life and accomplishments of Mr Lee, and his seat at the Padang will be kept empty as a mark of remembrance.

    There’s more.

    2.     Black

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  • Commuters kick up a fuss over ‘kawaii’ Sanrio EZ-link cards

    EZ-Link Sanrio CardsEZ-Link Sanrio Cards

    Move over, McDonalds and Hello Kitty marathon runs – it’s Hello Kitty’s friends who have taken the “kawaii” invasion to Singapore’s trains and buses and are driving fans into a frenzy.

    Since EZ-Link launched five limited edition cards on 29 January featuring different characters from Japan’s Sanrio, many Singaporeans have been going from station to station on the MRT line in frenzied search of them.

    The reason? EZ-Link sells certain designs only at certain stations, and Yahoo Singapore understands that this information is not public – meaning that fans have had to go to different stations and check a decal at the Control Station to see if there is stock available.

    For example, the cards come in Little Twin Stars, Bad Badtz Maru, Keroppi, Pom Pom Purin and My Melody designs, but currently, certain stations only stock certain designs – some don’t stock any at all.

    Frustrated Fans

    This has prompted significant backlash from frustrated fans sick of hunting down the different cards at different

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  • Yuan Ching Road domestic dispute: Man sends 'Final Note' after allegedly stabbing wife

    [UPDATE 30 January 2015 11.26pm: Added details of a note written by the man]

    Two of three people found with serious injuries in a condominium at Yuan Ching Road succumbed to their injuries on Friday morning.

    Media reports said Ken Ong, 37 and Karen Koh, 39, and their Filipino maid Jasmen Corpuz, 37 were found badly injured at Parkview Mansions around 8am on Friday morning.
     
    The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told Yahoo Singapore they received a call for assistance around 8am and dispatched three ambulances to the condominium, conveying the three to the National University Hospital.
     
    A police spokesman later confirmed that the Ong and Koh succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead.

    In a Facebook post written by Ong, he wrote in a "Final Note" that he was unhappy with his marriage and with the domestic helper. The couple was going through a divorce.

    Ong also claimed that the helper was disrespectful and that he was dissatisfied with her performance. He wrote that he wanted

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  • Suspension of Hotpot Culture's food licence lifted, but NEA will still take them to court

    [UPDATE on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015 at 7:30pm: Adding update from NEA on suspension being lifted]

    The standing suspension against beleaguered restaurant Hotpot Culture was on Tuesday lifted, announced the National Environment Agency (NEA).

    The restaurant will still be brought to court, however, because it had served food that was unfit for human consumption, a spokesperson added in a statement shared with Yahoo Singapore on Tuesday evening.

    Responding to the lift of the suspension, Hotpot Culture owner Lim Choon Kok announced in a separate press release that he will have a dine-for-free day on Friday, as well as discounts on buffets for its members in February and March.

    At the same time, he said he is offering a full refund to all customers who dined at the restaurant on 9 January, the day when the rat was first found in the buffet.

    In a previous interview, Lim told Yahoo Singapore that he wanted to serve the free food “as a way to apologise” to the public after a dead rat was found

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  • Stronger laws to crack down on errant retailers by mid-2015 after Sim Lim saga

    Current legislation will be reviewed so that swifter action can be taken against errant retailers and unfair trading practices, said Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck in Parliament on Monday.

    Teo was responding to questions about when action would be taken against rogue salesmen at Sim Lim Square. The IT mall shot to international notoriety last year after a string of well-publicised cheating cases involving tourists. Sim Lim Square shop MobileAir made headlines when its owner refunded a tourist $1,010 in coins and drove a Vietnamese tourist to tears after overcharging him for an iPhone purchase. 

     

    Teo said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is currently studying the option of appointing an agency to investigate and prosecute such consumer disputes, and has been in consultation with various stakeholders.
     
    “The government will review the legislation to strengthen the provisions so that quicker action can be taken to deter unfair trading practices and prevent
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  • NEA takes action against Hotpot Culture restaurant after two rats, rat droppings found

    [UPDATED on 15 January 2015, 8.45am: Hotpot Culture owner admits there was a rat in the buffet dish]

    Hotpot Culture’s owner Lim Choon Kok admitted that a rat was found in the salted vegetable dish. He also sent a warning letter to the chef for the incident, reported The Straits Times.

    Rat droppings and two more rats were found at the premises of Marina Square's Hotpot Culture restaurant, days after news broke of a rat carcass allegedly being found in one of its buffet dishes.

    The National Environment Agency said it will also be taking action against the eatery, saying it can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points upon conviction.

    In a statement on Wednesday sharing findings from its investigation, the agency said it found dried rat droppings on the floor of the store room as well as on a false ceiling in the restaurant's kitchen.

    "A gap was found in the wall of the storeroom near the ceiling, and another one in the false ceiling of the kitchen," a spokesperson for the agency said

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  • Tuesday #sgroundup: Two more bodies found as haunting pieces of wreckage retrieved

    Here are today's top trending stories in case you missed them:

    AirAsia #QZ8501: Two more bodies found as haunting pieces of wreckage retrieved

    Muslim clerics pray before embarking on a flight with Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter, to fly over the Java Sea to offer prayers for victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501, at Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, January 6, 2015. Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of an AirAsia jet that crashed nine days ago, and to recover bodies and find its black box flight recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have hindered attempts to investigate the debris. REUTERS/Achmad Ibrahim/Pool (INDONESIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER RELIGION)Muslim clerics pray before embarking on a flight with Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter, to fly over the Java Sea to offer prayers for victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501, at Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, January 6, 2015. Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of an AirAsia jet that crashed nine days ago, and to recover bodies and find its black box flight recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have hindered attempts to investigate the debris. REUTERS/Achmad Ibrahim/Pool (INDONESIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER RELIGION)

    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.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/contact-with-airasia-flight-qz8501-bound-for-singapore-from-surabaya-lost-033803688.html

    Singapore comes down heaviest on foreign buyers: report

    Singapore skylineSingapore skyline

    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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  • Here are today's top trending stories in case you missed them:

    AirAsia #QZ8501: Three more unidentified bodies found by Malaysian vessel


    Relatives and friends of 22-year-old Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a passenger of AirAsia flight QZ8501, mourn during his cremation ceremony in Lawang on January 4, 2015Relatives and friends of 22-year-old Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, a passenger of AirAsia flight QZ8501, mourn during his cremation ceremony in Lawang on January 4, 2015


    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.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/contact-with-airasia-flight-qz8501-bound-for-singapore-from-surabaya-lost-033803688.html

    Four new bus routes for Punggol, CCK and Queenstown by March

    File photo of SBS BusFile photo of SBS Bus

    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.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/four-new-bus-routes-for-punggol--cck-and-queenstown-by-march-090049858.html

    Najib struck with E coli infection

    Najib struck with E coli infectionNajib 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

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  • 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.

    Specific details of the four new routes have yet to be worked out.

    The four new bus routes will be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement programme, which has rolled out 36 new or extended services since last year.

    The programme aims to introduce 80 new bus routes by 2017.

    Besides the four new bus routes, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority also announced that 550 new buses have been introduced since December last year.

    Another 450 of these government-funded buses are expected to be put into service by 2017 – with a focus on improving the frequency of feeder bus services during peak hours.

    These will be added to beef up eight out of 10 of all bus feeder routes to improve connectivity across the island.

     

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