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    SINGAPORE: The Rising Together Baton Run, which was held to promote the Aug 19-21 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and 9th Asean Para Games, has ended in Singapore Saturday.

    The Baton Run, covering all countries taking part in the games, ended with Singapore para-athlete Yip Pin Xiu handing over the baton to the island republic's Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu.

    Fu then handed the baton to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

    Khairy, accompanied by a group of Malaysian delegates, travelled by train to Johor Baru to launch the Torch Run which will pass through the city centre and 13 states in Malaysia as well as Labuan, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

    About 40,000 athletes from 10 countries in Asean took part in the baton run which started in Brunei on March 5.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 17:23

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    With the June school holidays fast approaching, some parents may be making plans for a vacation with their children. If you are not, why not head down to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio for "Arts From The Heart", a fulfilling charity fun run and carnival?

    Organised by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) Cultural Activities Club, Arts From The Heart is an annual event that aims to raise awareness and funds for an adopted beneficiary through performances and carnival activities.

    This year, it will take place on Sunday, June 11, from 12pm to 8pm at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Activity Lawn I.

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    Have you signed up for Arts From The Heart 2017 yet? Run for fun and a good cause! Our main sponsor, The Young...

    Posted by Arts From The Heart on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    There will be family-friendly games and activities, snack booths and performances. Admission to the carnival is free-of-charge, and all proceeds from carnival ticket sales will be donated to The Salvation Army Haven, which is the event's main beneficiary.

    There will also be a 2.7 kilometre fun run, where runners can run as many rounds as they wish to within the stipulated time. For every kilometre covered, the event's official sponsor, The Young Scientists, will donate a dollar in support of The Haven.

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    Take a look at how much fun we had at last year's edition of Arts From The Heart: Faire Un Voyage! Have you signed up for this year's fun run yet? If you haven't, do so now at http://cacafth.com/!

    Posted by Arts From The Heart on Sunday, 23 April 2017

    The Haven is a residential home set up by The Salvation Army that cares for children and young people who are unable to be cared for by their own families.

    With the funds raised from the event, the organisers of Arts From The Heart hope to support the home's operations and to provide the children with better care.

    Registration ends on May 31.

    Interested participants can sign up for the fun run at Arts From The Heart's official website at http://cacafth.com.

    pariel@sph.com.sg

    Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:09
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    Another three months have passed in 2017 and that means another Build-To-Order (BTO) launch is just around the corner.

    Scheduled for launch in May 2017, Singapore families looking to own or upgrade to a new HDB flat will have a choice of 4 different locations to choose from.

    Here's an early peek into the different locations and flat types you can expect for the upcoming launch.

    North-Siders Delight

    If you happen to be looking for a flat in the northern part of Singapore, this will be a BTO launch to look out for because there are two locations are on offer.

    The increasingly busy and important estate of Woodlands and *hold your breath*…Yishun.

    For those who prefer mature towns nearer to the city centre, there are also two locations on offer, Bidadari and Geylang.

    # 1 Woodlands - 1,250 Units, Location: Beside Marsiling Secondary (2-Room, 3-Room, 4-Room, 5-Room. 3Gen)

    Photo: Housing & Development Board

    Though it says Woodlands, the estate is actually nearer to Marsiling MRT station and situated right beside Marsiling Secondary School.

    It's going to be a huge estate with 1,250 units on offer across different types of HDB flats (from 2-room to 3Gen)

    Our Analysis:

    The map above may suggest that the MRT station is walking distance away but don't let that fool you.

    Unless you are someone who enjoys 20-minute walk under the sun each morning in your office attire, chances are that you would need to wait and take the feeder bus to Marsiling MRT station.

    Location wise, it isn't that great unless you happen to love the Marsiling/Woodlands area.

    Cost wise, we don't expect flats to be expensive and you can get a good deal as long as you are prepared to compromise on location.

    # 2 Yishun - 750 Units, Location: Hard To Describe (2-Room, 3-Room, 4-Room, 5-Room)


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    It's hard for us to describe the location and we think even Yishunites themselves may not be familiar with the location.

    Instead, we tried to get a screengrab from Google Street to help us describe the location.

    Photo: Screengrab

    Our Analysis:

    As it is, Yishun is not exactly a preferred location in Singapore thanks to the never-ending jokes about it from the likes of Mothership and SGAG.

    Unfortunately, the location on offer here fits what is called "ulu", even within Yishun.

    Expect at least a 15-minute daily commute by bus to Yishun MRT station and Northpoint Shopping Centre.

    Aside from Northview Primary School, there isn't really any other school nearby. For the time being, amenities are also lacking.

    There is no other way for us to put it if we want to be honest. You really have to enjoy staying in Yishun for the location to appeal to you.

    # 3 Bidadari - 1,340 Units, Location: Near Maris Stella High School (2-Room, 3-Room, 4-Room, 5-Room. 3Gen)

    Photo: Housing & Development Board

    Though it's parked under Toa Payoh, the estate is actually walking distance from Woodleigh MRT and not at all near to Toa Payoh.

    It's near schools such as Maris Stella High, Cedar Primary and Cedar Girls' Secondary School.

    Our Analysis:

    There is no mega mall nearby but being walking distance away from Woodleigh MRT is the main sell here, along with its relatively centralised location.

    We expect demand for the BTO to be high, especially among second-timers who are looking to upgrade to a bigger flat in a more central location.

    # 4 Geylang - 1,260 Units, Location: Beside Mountbatten Community Club

    Photo: Housing & Development Board

    Situated at about a 10 to 15 minutes walk away from Aljunied MRT and about 5 minutes walk away from Dakota MRT makes this BTO one of the rare gem that is walking distance away from two separate MRT lines. Nearby amenities include as well the famous Old Airport Hawker Centre.

    Our Analysis:

    This BTO launch has hit the jackpot as far as location goes.

    Demand is going to be highly intense, especially among people staying in the east.

    It's near to the city and has many amenities.

    The only question left to be answered is how much flats will cost and how oversubscribed it would be.

    Different Flats For Various Needs

    It's easy to think that all HDB flats are built equal, which leads to comparison over which location is better than the other.

    A better to way to think about it is how different BTO flats are built to cater to different needs.

    A flat in a more central location will cost much more.

    One that is further away from the city centre will cost less.

    Have a question about HDB flats in Singapore?

    Join the open SG Property Discussion group on Facebook to discuss with other like-minded individuals about property related matters in Singapore.

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    When the Nintendo Switch was first released to the public, it came with only a handful of games. Not a great start to a hotly anticipated console, and certainly not enough to draw potential buyers, normally. But one of the launch titles was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Switch went on to sell millions.

    It is no mystery how immensely popular the Zelda franchise is and now, Zelda fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the series' soundtrack live - right here in Singapore.

    To be held at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will come to live for one day only on August 26, 2017.

    Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions with oversight and approval from the game's developers and composers, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season.

    The two-hour concert comes to life with a 56-piece orchestra, 20-person choir and a reimagined score that draws from requested Zelda games, including the Ballad of the Wind Fish from the original programme.

    The concert's five-movement symphony regales ears with original music from Nintendo composers, including Koji Kondo.

    It will be conducted by Jessica Gethin.

    Fans can expect a video collage that will sync up with the adventurous tunes to feature exciting moments from the franchise, like moments of the protagonist Link conquering dungeons in Hyrule, running through forests, defeating Ganon, and saving Princess Zelda.

    Tickets are available for sale from May 15 and will start from $115.

    Monday, May 15, 2017 - 18:05

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    Stomp contributor Lee was along Yishun Ring Road yesterday (May 14) at around 6.30pm when he saw a group of curious onlookers gathering around a young boy lying on the road. 

    The boy was knocked down by a car while he was crossing the road to get to a bus stop, said Lee, adding that he sustained 'serious injuries'.

    Said the reader: "I heard a loud bang and when I turned around, I saw a boy lying on the road.

    "His whole head was bloody. The boy tried sitting up but passersby told him not to move.

    "Soon after the accident, some medical personnel came to the scene and tended to the boy before the ambulance arrived."

    In the photos the reader contributed, onlookers can be seen surrounding the boy as he is tended to by paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and medical personnel.

    A police spokesperson told Stomp: "On 14th of May 2017 at 6.30pm, police were alerted to an accident involving a car and a pedestrian along Yishun Ring Road, towards Yishun Avenue 2.

    "A 10-year-old male pedestrian was conscious when conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Police investigations are ongoing."

    A spokesperson from the SCDF added that the boy sustained head injuries.

    Monday, May 15, 2017 - 18:38

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    NTUC FairPrice is investigating a viral videos showing plastic-looking and sticky grass jelly that the uploader claims he purchased from the supermarket chain.

    On May 12, Facebook user Sng Hock Huat uploaded a video of a packet of Tan Soon Mui grass jelly, which he claims he bought at a FairPrice outlet, that had bad texture and colour.

    The video was shared widely on social media and WhatsApp, with many Stompers alerting Stomp to the clip.

    In the clip, Sng says that the contents of the packet feel more like plastic than grass jelly.

    "It is sticky as well. How to eat this? Chin chow is not like this," says Sng.

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    CHIN CHOW BUY FROM N T U C

    Posted by Sng Hock Huat on Friday, 12 May 2017

    On May 13, NTUC FairPrice posted a response to this video on its Facebook page.

    Here is the NTUC response in full:

    "Dear fans, we understand a video on a chin chow product is being circulated. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    "We take food and safety matters very seriously and we have since been in contact with our supplier for the product in question.

    "We would like to appeal to the creator of the video to contact us directly through private message, email: general.feedback@fairprice.com.sg or through our hotline at 6552 2722 to aid in our investigation.

    "Thank you."

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    Dear fans, we understand a video on a chin chow product is being circulated. Thank you for bringing this to our...

    Posted by NTUC FairPrice on Friday, 12 May 2017
    Monday, May 15, 2017 - 19:25

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    SINGAPORE - After being teased for almost a month, Singapore fans of American rock band Foo Fighters can finally rejoice with the band announcing their intention to perform here again since their last performance 20 years ago.

    Foo Fighters will perform at the National Stadium on August 26. 

    This announcement also comes as a relief for fans who saw their hopes dashed four years ago when Dave Grohl had to cancel the show due to medical issues with his vocal cords.

    Tickets will be up for sale on May 23 at 10am via Sports Hub Tix and will be priced from $128 to $238. 

    Sale of tickets may play out like the Ed Sheeran concert so don't take your time.

    For more information on ticket sales, click here.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:22

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    Working in financial services? You might be on the way to a bigger paycheck this year.

    73 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) within the financial services sector here plan to award raises to all of their employees or to their top performers, as companies unveil a variety of rewards to attract and retain talent in an increasingly competitive industry that is facing a growing skills shortage.

    According to a new study commissioned by specialist recruitment company Robert Half, almost a quarter (24 per cent) of Singapore's CFOs say salaries will rise for all their financial services staff. Another 49 per cent intend to award raises to their top-performing staff.

    Salaries of Singapore's financial workers have been steadily rising over the years, according to the 2017 Robert Half Salary Guide, in tandem with an increase in non-monetary perks offered by financial service organisations for both prospective and current employees.

    These benefits include increased workplace flexibility and a greater range of professional development opportunities, and reward and recognition programmes.

    "Financial services workers are increasingly interested in work-life balance initiatives and - especially millennials - are generally eager to develop and advance their career, so offering non-monetary incentives such as flexible work hours, as well as a clearly defined career path can be a key factor in building employee loyalty," said Managing Director of Robert Half Singapore, Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard.

    The full 2017 Robert Half Salary Guide can be downloaded via this link.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:47
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    SINGAPORE - A man was caught secretly filming a woman on a North East Line MRT train on Saturday (May 13).

    In an ironic twist, the man was exposed by none other than his victim, known as Ms Uma Mageswari.

    Ms Uma had shot a video of the man taking a video of her and uploaded the video on her Facebook page on Monday night (May 15).

    Her video has since picked up steam and garnered over one million views in less than 24 hours.

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    This is a video that I had recorded on 13th May 2017 Saturday at 7.40pm a minute or so after I had boarded the train at...

    Posted by Uma Mageswari on Sunday, 14 May 2017

    His actions were exposed by a reflection on the MRT window.

    Netizens lauded Ms Uma for sticking up for herself and exposing the man for his misdeed.

    Facebook user Danie Dharma said: "Thank you for standing up and taking action. Women are facing much harassment ... (and) the victims I know so far don't wanna (sic) take action or call the police. Thank you once again."

    Another user Harsh Bosamia said: "Hats off Uma, great job done and the best part is your presence of mind."

    Her post has been shared over 10,500 times with almost 5,000 likes on Facebook.

    Ms Uma had been travelling towards Harbourfront MRT station when she noticed the man sitting directly opposite her. Even though the train wasn't crowded, the man had rushed to that seat across from her, she claimed in her post.

    "He then proceeded to whip out his phone and I think the rest speaks for itself once you view the video," Ms Uma wrote.

    "I made my own recording of him but understandably lost my temper afterwards when confronting him over his actions."

    According to Ms Uma, she received help from MRT staff and the authorities arrived "within minutes".

    In a statement, the police said: "At 7.52pm, police received a call for assistance at 81 Telok Blangah Road.

    "The police has classified the case as intentionally causing alarm under the Protection from Harassment Act. Investigations are ongoing."

    Ms Uma claimed that the man was also "found to be in possession of similar videos" and was told that they were "rather obscene in nature".

    The maximum penalty for insulting the modesty of a woman, or attempting to do so, is one year's jail and a fine.

    AsiaOne has contacted Ms Uma for more details.

    ssandrea@sph.com.sg

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:01
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