Blog Posts by Nurul Azliah Aripin

  • Singapore Airlines set to replace SingTel for Singapore Formula 1 night race

    [UPDATE 15 April 2014, 11:22 am: Added updates from Singapore Airlines-Formula One media briefing]

    Singapore Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will be the title sponsor for this year’s Formula One night race happening from 19 to 21 September at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

    The local carrier has signed a two-year agreement with Formula One, according to CEO Goh Choon Phong during a media briefing. The sponsoring amount is "confidential" and cannot be disclosed, he added.

    In a media release, Singapore Grand Prix's Ong Beng Seng said the "synergistic partnership" between SIA and Formula One will provide the "widest exposure" and "fantastic opportunities" in promoting both Singapore and the night race to the world.

    Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone said he is happy to have SIA join the Formula One family.
     
    SIA first made the announcement via two full-page advertisements in The Straits Times on the same day.

    Singapore Airlines Formula One title sponsor announcement in The Straits Times.
     
    On the first page it said there will be a new name on the track this year,

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  • COE quota jumps to 12,060 for May to July of this year

    There will be 12,060 Certificate of Entitlements (COEs) available between May and July of this year, according to the Land Transport Authority on Friday.
     
    This is a big leap of 32 per cent from the COE quota for the previous three months (February to April), which was 9,127. Bidding under the new quota will start with the first bidding exercise next month.

    COE quotas across all categories except for motorcycles have increased by at least 37 per cent.
     
    The quota for cars of 1,600cc and below (Category A) is set to 3,034 as compared to 2,151 previously, and quota for cars above 1,600cc (Category B) is set to 2,897 as compared to 2,102 previously.
     
    There will be 2,311 COEs for goods vehicles and buses (Category C) as compared to 1,571 earlier, and 2,059 COEs for vehicles in the open category (Category E) as compared to the 1,145 previously. The number of COEs in the open category sees the highest jump of 53.6 per cent.
     
    The quota for motorcycles (Category D) has decreased by 4.6 per cent.

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  • Two men rescued from rubble after tree collapse at Alexandra Hospital

    Two men were trapped in rubble on Thursday afternoon after a tree on the grounds of Alexandra Hospital fell onto a building they were in, according to Singapore Civil Defence Force in its Facebook page.

    The two men were later brought to the accident and emergency department at the hospital for treatment. 

    The tree that fell onto the building was 3 metres in diameter and 15 metres in height. The single-storey building, approximately 20 metres by 10 metres, was a pre-war building that was undergoing the finishing touches of a refurbishing project, according to local media reports.

    Singapore Civil Defence Force during a rescue operation at Alexandra Hospital. (Facebook photo)


    SCDF was alerted to the incident at 2:49pm and subsequently dispatched two fire engines, a red rhino, two firebikes, an ambulance and three supporting vehicles. The “intricate” operation took them 40 minutes to rescue the first person, and an additional 45 minutes to extricate the second one.

    Before rescuing the two men, SCDF officers stabilised the tree and the building to prevent further damage.  Hydraulic

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  • Fire put out at construction site in Bukit Panjang near Junction 10

    [UPDATE 9 April 2014, 5:39pm : Added statement from Land Transport Authority]

    Fire broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday morning at a construction site near shopping mall Junction 10, formerly known as Ten Mile Junction, in Bukit Panjang.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to the incident at 2:58am and subsequently deployed three fire engines, a red rhino, an ambulance and five support vehicles.

    Nobody was injured from the fire, which was extinguished in 30 minutes using three water jets, according to SCDF, adding that the cause of fire is under investigation.

    The area affected is part of the construction site for Downtown Line.

    The Land Transport Authority said it happened at a "localised area within the DTL Bukit Panjang worksite...There is also no impact to DTL2 construction."

    LTA also said they are assisting SCDF with investigations.

     

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  • Truck driver arrested after six-vehicle accident in Ang Mo Kio

    [UPDATE at 10:45pm: Adding details of truck driver's arrest, more on the accident]

    A tipper truck driver was on Wednesday arrested by police for his involvement in a traffic accident that morning that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

    According to Today, 59-year-old Soh Choon Seng was driving a truck that reportedly suffered a brake failure. Soh's vehicle hit two cars, a motorcycle, a lorry and a bus that had stopped in front of him at the traffic light on Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, on the extreme left lane of the road.

    Yahoo Singapore understands that the motorcyclist, an Indian man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene where the accident occurred, at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 and Marymount Road. Meanwhile, another four people were sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where three were later discharged and one was warded for further assessment.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the incident at about 9:50am, and they deployed three ambulances, a fire

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  • Teen fishing at Bedok Reservoir could have been warned more diplomatically: Certis Cisco

    Certis Cisco Singapore says that an incident involving two officers and a teen fishing at a non-designated area in Bedok Reservoir could have been better managed in a more “professional and diplomatic manner”.

    “Our Protection Officers are assigned to look out for people who engage in inappropriate use of the premise including fishing and endangering their lives. The 16 year old boy has been warned on several occasions not to fish in non-designated fishing areas,” the company said in a statement to Yahoo Singapore on Wednesday.

    The explanation came a day after a three minute 44 second clip of the incident was posted on local commentary blog The Real Singapore, stirring debate.

    In a post titled ‘2 Cisco officers abusing their authority and harassing me while I was fishing’, the teenager tells how he had felt harassed when being approached by two officers prohibiting him from fishing at that spot.

    He said, “I am a regular fisherman and I know the spot I am in is perfectly legal and they

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  • Nearly 8 out of 10 in Singapore wish to die at home: survey

    According to a recent “Death Attitudes Survey” commissioned by Lien Foundation, 77 per cent of people in Singapore wish to die at home.

    However, according to government statistics, only 27 per cent of deaths in the city-state last January to December took place at home.

    The findings of the survey, which was conducted by Blackbox Research in the last two months of last year, were released on Tuesday.

    A total of 1,000 people 18 years old and above responded to the survey, which was commissioned to gain insights into hospice palliative care.

    Hospice palliative care, which focuses on pain and symptom control at patients’ own homes, usually involves patients who no longer benefit from curative treatment and have a life expectancy of less than 12 months, according to local charity HCA Hospice Care.

    The survey shows that medical cost has been a barrier to patients when deciding on hospice palliative care.

    Almost half of the respondents who would not consider the healthcare service cited high

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  • Singapore news website Mothership.sg agrees to register under Broadcasting Act

    [Update on 4 April 2014, 12:21pm: Added statement saying that Singapore news website Mothership.sg has agreed to register under Broadcasting Act]

    Mothership.sg, the third Singapore news website asked by the Media Development Authority (MDA) to register under the Broadcasting Act in the past year, has agreed to do so.   

    In a statement to Yahoo Singapore on Friday, they said, “We will accede to MDA's request to register under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act, and to comply with all laws, rules, regulations and codes of practice that have been put in place to regulate broadcasting in Singapore.”

    The corporate entity behind the site, Project Fisher-Man Pte Ltd, was asked by MDA on 27 March to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification, enacted under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act, MDA said.

    Registering will require Mothership.sg to agree not to receive foreign funding for its “provision, management and/or operation”. However, the registration will not affect the

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  • Free education, medical consultations, among Singaporeans’ top Jubilee Baby Gift suggestions

    Free education, medical consultation and printed baby T-shirts.

    These are some top baby gift ideas suggested by Singaporeans on social media after the government announced on Tuesday that it will be distributing gift packs to babies born next year as part of the nation’s 50th birthday celebrations.

    Called the Jubilee Baby Gift programme, the government has enlisted the help of the public to come up with creative baby hampers.

    Facebook user Wydiariny Shaharudin said, “Medical coverage, especially for chargeable vaccination e.g. chicken pox jab. Can also consider giving milk powder/diaper vouchers… And also make sure enough infant care/child care centres too.”

    Another user Siang Hwee Sherlyn said, “Free golden egg with SG50 inscription. A momento keepsake to pass down to next generation.”

    Lesley F M Wong said, "Free education and medication till 21. Free supplies of milk powder, diapers."

    Some have also asked the government to ensure that only Singaporean babies would qualify for the

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  • 7 men arrested after mass brawl outside Zouk

    Police arrested seven men aged between 17-19 on Tuesday after they were involved in two fights that took place near night club Zouk during the wee hours of Sunday morning.

    One of the fights had occurred along Jiak Kim Street at 3:56am whereby a group of assailants had kicked and punched a victim before fleeing. 

    While officers were investigating this incident, another police report was filed regarding another attack that occurred along the connecting Kim Seng Road. Another victim was involved in the latter fight. Police believed  the assailants were the same for both cases.

    Five of the suspects will be charged in court this week while investigations against the remaining two suspects are ongoing.

    The offence of rioting is punishable by a jail term of seven years and/or caning.

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