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    Car-Free Sunday will be extended to Bencoolen Street for the first time this Sunday (May 28), the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said on Tuesday (May 23).

    Bencoolen Street will join the Civic District and Telok Ayer in Chinatown for the May edition of the event and bring the walking, jogging and cycling route to about 6.7km.

    Visitors will get to experience a new car-lite Bencoolen Street where they can try their hands at creative crafts, browse through handcrafted products, or indulge in some gourmet snacks.

    Meanwhile, the Civic District will be bustling with family-friendly activities as the Families for Life Celebrations return this year.

    Families can take part in the first-ever Family Duathlon where families run and cycle around the Civic District, or participate in Family Walk or Family Zumba.

    Foodies can also drop by the Padang for a breakfast picnic and enjoy a spread of local delights by Heritage Hawkers and organic produce at the Farmers' Market.

    Those who enjoy the arts can check out the first edition of the Children's Biennale organised by National Gallery Singapore.

    To take in the sights of the Civic District, visitors can hop on a 15-minute trishaw ride provided by volunteers, or go on a free 30-minute bicycle ride offered by bike-sharing companies Mobike, oBike and ofo.

    At Telok Ayer, fans of Singapore Chinese folk-pop music can soak in nostalgic tunes at the Xinyao Breakfast Concert from 10am to 12pm.

    They can also browse the flea market, pop into cafes that will open from 8am, or participate in guided tours around the area.

    It is best to take public transport or cycle to the event venues, URA added.

    For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/carfreesundaysg/.

    minlee@sph.com.sg

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 17:55
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    Two families decided to spruce up a 'wall' they had constructed to keep a urine splashing auntie out, by adding cacti and durian husks to the structure.

    The two households at Block 112, Yishun Ring Road said they have been harassed daily by an elderly neighbour for over two years.

    She dumped garbage such as toilet paper, sanitary pads, dark sauce and even urine on their doors and bicycles parked on the corridor.

    They attempted to deter her by installing surveillance cameras, lodging police reports, and even erecting a 'wall' with chairs and planks.

    But she did not stop the harassment, Shin Min Daily News reported.

    Reporters who went to down to the block also observed additional metal pieces and pipes with cacti sticking out from the 'upgraded' construct.

    One of the affected residents told reporters that the 'wall' was completed on March 3 and that it was fortified over the following weeks.

    The 61-year-old man said: "I recycled most of the materials used for the wall and completed it in five hours.

    "I picked up the wooden planks, pipes, and various other items outside. As for the cacti, I grow them on my corridors, and they came in handy.

    "I tried using durian husks for a while, but found that they stank after a few days, so I changed them to cacti instead."

    The man also revealed that his neighbour is now unable to get close to the 'wall' because of the cacti, but she has continued to hurl garbage and splash liquids from a distance:

    "We really hope the authorities can help solve this problem," he said.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 11:10

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    An incident that looks to be a hit-and-run case was caught on video this morning by another driver who tried to chase after the car in an attempt to stop the driver from fleeing.

    Ms L. Tan, 36, was on her way to work at about 7.20am this morning when she saw a Toyota Prius knock into a man while pulling out of Surin Road onto Upper Serangoon Road.

    The incident was captured within the first 5 seconds of her in-car camera video.

    When Ms Tan saw that the driver did not stop to help the pedestrian, she tried to stop the driver by driving alongside the car.

    "I honked at the driver and signalled for her to stop but she looked at me nonchalantly and continued to drive away," said the assistant sales manager, who even tried to stop her car in front of the Toyota driver.

    According to Ms Tan, the driver looks to be at least 70 years old and had a small child in the back seat.

    She told AsiaOne that she was not able to stop the car as the woman continued to ignore her and drove off. She then pulled over and called the police immediately.

    Police have confirmed the incident along Upper Serangoon Road.

    According to the Road Traffic Act, the driver of a motor vehicle must render assistance if involved in an accident that causes injury to any person.

    If any person fails to do so, he or she may be found guilty and could face a maximum fine of $3,000 or 12 months' jail.

    on SPH Brightcove

    klim@sph.com.sg

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:46

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    Several Stompers alerted Stomp to a video circulating on Facebook, showing a vehicle reversing into a pram at an carpark.

    A caption accompanying the post clarified that the incident did not happen in Singapore.

    In the video shared by Sure Boh Singapore, the driver of a black car was seen quickly reversing into the pram so forcefully, the impact shook the dashboard camera of the vehicle behind.

    This was followed by shrieks of panic, as a man in a blue shirt arrived on the scene, seemingly signalling to the driver that he had hit something.

    However, the driver somehow reversed even further, crushing the pram, before moving forward again.

    Amidst the chaos, a woman in blue was also present, seemingly holding her hands to her mouth in horror.

    A baby could be heard crying, as the pram collapsed and fell to the floor.

    Another woman in grey, presumably the infant's mother, dashed to the pram and picked up her baby, as the man and woman in blue made calls.

    It is unclear what happened after, but fortunately, the baby appears unharmed.

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:20

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    A former stocks trader was fined in Singapore Wednesday for his role in an international money-laundering scandal involving Malaysia's state fund 1MDB, the latest person to be penalised over the saga.

    Singapore, a regional financial centre known for its tough stance against corruption, was the first country to hand down criminal convictions related to the 1MDB investigations.

    Allegations that huge sums were misappropriated from the state fund triggered a scandal that has embroiled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, though he has denied any wrongdoing.

    Kelvin Ang Wee Keng was slapped with a S$9,000 fine for bribing a research analyst to expedite a valuation report on PetroSaudi - an oil company which had dealings with the Malaysian fund.

    The Riyadh-based firm entered into a $1.0 billion joint venture with 1MDB in 2009.

    According to court documents, Ang acted as a middleman between Yeo Jiawei - a Singaporean banker sentenced to 30 months in prison in connection with the case last December - and financial consultants NRA Capital.

    Yeo told Ang in 2013 he urgently needed a valuation report to show that PetroSaudi was worth $2.4 billion. Ang agreed on the basis that he would be paid a commission and contacted NRA.

    Ang, who worked for Maybank Kim Eng Securities but whose dealings with Yeo were said to be done on the side, is among a string of people to be punished for involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

    Four private bankers have been jailed so far and in March the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) banned a former Goldman Sachs banker from working in the city's financial industry for 10 years.

    MAS says it also plans to bar three others.

    Ang was described by his lawyer as being at the "bottom of the echelon of people connected to this case".

    "His name had been tainted with the same brush and he has difficulty finding employment," said lawyer Hamidul Haq.

    Singapore has also closed the local branches of two Swiss private banks - BSI and Falcon Private Bank - used in the transfer of illicit funds.

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 13:17
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    If you've received a call informing you that you've won free air tickets from Singapore Airlines (SIA), it may be a scam.

    In a Facebook post on Thursday (May 25), the airline alerted its customers of phishing calls, emails and websites, from people who claim to be from SIA.

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    [ADVISORY] It has come to our attention that there are contests, emails and calls that claim to be from Singapore...

    Posted by Singapore Airlines on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

    These scammers may request for victims' credentials such as Krisflyer login details which can be used to access their online accounts.

    They may use caller IDs that imitate the airline's official telephone numbers or have websites that appear similar to the official SIA website.

    SIA advises members of the public to exercise discretion when sharing their personal data, to verify websites, emails and calls if they are in doubt, and report scams via the airline's website.

    minlee@sph.com.sg

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:48
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    Dragon breath, poke bowls, crepes and fairyfloss are part of the array of treats that will be sold at the Geylang Serai Bazaar, which opens today (May 25) in conjunction with the Hari Raya Light Up 2017.

    The bazaar, which will run until June 24, will house over a thousand stalls selling snacks, goodies and decorations.

    Here's some help navigating around the Bazaar by indulging in seven treats and where to find them:

    1. Fairyfloss

    Photo: Fairyfloss

    What a magical snack! 

    Be enchanted at Fairyfloss, Stall 33 along Engku Aman Road.

    2. Poke bowl

    Photo: Pokerrito Poke Bowl

    A poke bowl is a traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad that has risen in popularity here over the past year.

    You can get your poke bowl fix at Pokerrito Poke Bowl, Stall 48 in front of Geylang Serai market.

    3. Fried durian

    Photo: Hao-Rian

    Unless you think durian smells like feet, you'll definitely love this.

    Found at Hao-Rian, which is located at Stall 190, opposite Paya Lebar MRT Station.

    4. Crepes

    Photo: Mak

    Besides crepes, Mak (mum in Malay) will be selling berry smoothies as well.

    Find them at Stall 65, opposite Geylang Serai market, along Engku Aman Road.

    5. Dragon Breath

    on Facebook

    We are back @ Tampines Location: Tampines MRT Date: 1st April - 30th April 2017 PS: not aprilfool.😂😂😂

    Posted by MrQ Snacks on Saturday, 1 April 2017

    What's better than dragon breath? Dragon breath and fried oreos.

    Look for Mr Q's Snacks, which has two stalls - Stall 63 at Old Haig Road and Stall 25 at the old Malay Village.

    6. Coconut ice-cream

    Photo: Coco 2 Go

    You'll go nuts over these (they have coconut shakes too!).

    Time to go to Coco 2 Go, Stall 53 at the old Malay Village.

    7. Goreng pisang cheese

    Photo: Pisang Melokek

    In case you didn't know, cheese is the in thing now.

    Clearly, Pisang Melokek knows this, because even a traditional snack like goreng pisang gets a new lease of life when you add cheese to it.

    Head over to Stall 66 at the old Malay Village to get this.

    Selamat Hari Raya!

    pariel@sph.com.sg

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:43
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    Another eyewitness who saw the incident involving a car and a pedestrian along Upper Serangoon on Wednesday morning has revealed more details about the incident.

    Madam Juliana Loh, 43, told AsiaOne she was making U-turn when she saw a black Toyota Prius run over a person's arm at Surin Road while turning out onto Upper Serangoon Road.

    The car then drove away and did not stop to assist the pedestrian. Another eyewitness who caught the incident on her in-car camera gave chase but did not manage to stop the driver. 

    According to Madam Loh, the victim is an elderly woman in her 80s known as Madam Cheah.

    "I stopped to help her off the road and sent her to Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Accident & Emergency," said Madam Loh. 

    The research manager added that Madam Cheah seemed "very calm" but was "in shock".

    "I didn't see if she fell herself or was knocked over. I only saw the back wheel of the car roll over her arm," added Madam Loh, who was sending her two daughters to school when she witnessed the incident. 

    Madam Cheah told Madam Loh that she lives in Kovan and was walking home after church when the incident happened at 7.23am. Madam Loh lodged a police report that morning.

    Police told AsiaOne that reports were made and a 66-year-old female driver is assisting with investigations.

    on SPH Brightcove

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    Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 18:01

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    The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has confirmed that the plastic-looking grass jelly seen in videos circulated online is real. 

    AVA said in a Facebook post on Thursday night (May 25) that laboratory tests had been conducted on samples of the grass jelly from feedback providers, and they were confirmed to be "real chin chow".

    AVA also added that they had inspected the manufacturing facility of the grass jelly, which was found to be "satisfactorily maintained with no abnormalities in their manufacturing process".

    The spongy appearance of the grass jelly might have been due to the "different extents of freezing and defrosting after manufacturing", said AVA. Freezing and thawing of grass jelly can damage its physical structure, as the gelatin bonds within the jelly are broken and then clumped together.

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    It is OK to chow on chin chow! We are aware of two videos circulating on social media regarding chin chow that appeared ...

    Posted by Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) on Thursday, 25 May 2017

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    WOULD you pay four times the retail price of a limited edition pair of sneakers? Or thousands for a $200 ticket to a sold-out concert? The Weekend magazine studies the phenomenon of the reselling market.

    Meanwhile, enjoy the simple life in Australia's Bellarine Peninsula, find out how restaurants are benefitting from discount dining apps and test drive the cool new Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet.

    What is the difference between "OK" and "OK."? Everything. This week's Brunch feature examines how the meaning of punctuation is changing at warp-speed in the digital world.

    Elsewhere in the paper, Cult Status looks at products from possibly the hottest beauty company now, while Cubicle Files examines the value of managers getting out their office and finding out what is happening on the ground.

    To subscribe, visit btsub.sg/weekend

    Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:22
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