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    A Singaporean man in his 20s, and his instructor were killed after the two crashed onto a driveway at a property in Sydney during a skydive, conducted by Sydney Skydivers.

    The incident happened yesterday (July 15) at 2pm in Wilton, a town about 85km south-west of Sydney, and the two were on a tandem skydive at about 4,200m-high, reports The Straits Times.

    The pair landed about 1km away from their intended landing area in an open field, and It is believed that both died on impact.

    Footage from local media showed that their parachutes had been deployed, either partially or fully, prior to their deaths.

    The Police are investigating the cause of the tragedy.

    A spokesman from Sydney Skydivers said that the deceased instructor, in his 60s, was a very experienced individual, and it is unclear what went wrong.

    The Owner of Sydney Skydivers, Mr Phil Onis, also reaffirmed the statement, saying that the instructor had been skydiving for 20 years.

    Said Mr Onis: "He was an experienced skydiver.

    "We are keen to get in there and find out what happened.

    "This has never happened before."

    A spokesman for the New South Wales Police would not confirm details regarding the two deceased, and said that they would not be adding anything else until their next of kin have been informed.

    Another tourist, Mis Catalina Granados, who participated in a separate jump, said that she had been on the same bus as the Singaporean deceased, going from Sydney to the skydiving base.

    She added that she was shocked by the tragedy, and said that the other skydivers were only informed about what had happened when they returned to Sydney afterwards.

    She said: "I was in shock, I couldn't believe it.

    "The conditions on the flight were good and I never imagined this could happen."

    Another skydiver who had jumped before the Singaporean recalled the instructor raising concerns about the wind directions.

    The two bodies were discovered by a young girl who lived on the property on which they had crashed onto.

    Mr Brad Turner, the chief executive of Australian Parachute Federation said that it was assisting the police with its investigators.

    He added: "The main focus will be on the equipment, as long as it's not too badly disturbed… We should be able to establish exactly what happened with the equipment.

    "Whether it was equipment failure or human failure is something that will have to be established over time."

    Monday, July 17, 2017 - 09:34

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    Singapore residents will be able to immerse themselves in the spirit of National Day even while on their daily commute, with the launch of NDP 2017 themed trains today (July 17).

    Photo: LTA

    Four of these trains will put into operation, one for each MRT line - the North South and East West Line (NSEWL), the North East Line (NEL), the Circle Line (CCL) and the Downtown Line (DTL). 

    Photo: LTA

    According to a statement from the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the project is in collaboration with SBS Transit and SMRT, and in partnership with the NDP executive committee to "foster positive commuter culture and improve transport experiences". 

    Photo: LTA

    The trains will be in service until August 27, so there's plenty of time to catch a ride in them.

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    ‘Red-y’ for our latest themed train? Keep your eyes ‘white’ open as the National Day Parade (NDP) 2017 themed #train has...

    Posted by Land Transport Authority – We Keep Your World Moving on Monday, 17 July 2017

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    SINGAPORE - A 20-year-old woman has been arrested for suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases.

    Police said they received reports last month from at least two victims who were cheated after responding to a listing in marketplace app Carousell.

    The listing was purportedly selling tickets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and staycation packages at Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa at a discounted rate. Police told AsiaOne that the total amount that was allegedly cheated is in the range of hundreds for each victim.

    The victims met up with the suspect to make the payments and were promised the delivery of the USS tickets and staycation package the next day. However, the delivery failed to materialise and the suspect became uncontactable after payments were made by the victims.

    Police managed to establish the identity of the suspect and arrested her on Sunday (July 16). If found guilty of cheating, she may face up to 10 years imprisonment and shall also be liable to a fine.

    The police have also advised members of the public to take the following precautions when shopping online:

    • Make purchases only from authorised sellers, and take note of the terms and conditions of the sale;
    • If advanced payments are required, use shopping platforms that provide arrangements to only release your payment to the seller upon your receipt of the item; and
    • Try to arrange for a physical meet-up with the seller to verify the the party that you are dealing with online is a stranger.

    klim@sph.com.sg

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    The man who allegedly took an upskirt video on board an MRT train is believed to be a PE teacher from Xinmin Primary School and police investigations into the incident are ongoing.

    In an earlier Stomp article, it was reported that a video circulating online showed the man placing his mobile phone on top of his duffel bag with its rear camera facing upwards.

    Thereafter, he positioned the bag and the device beneath the skirt of a female passenger behind him, presumably taking an upskirt video.

    After the video made its rounds on social media, netizens have identified the man to be a PE teacher from Xinmin Primary School.

    Xinmin Primary School teacher being investigated for allegedly taking upskirt video on MRT train

    Stomp reached out to the school for comment, and received a response from its vice-principal.

    He told Stomp in an email: "The safety of our students is of top priority.

    "The case is under police investigation and the teacher is currently on leave."

    Stomp also contacted the police with regard to the incident and they have confirmed that an investigation has been launched.

    Said a spokesperson: "The Police confirm a report was lodged and investigations are ongoing."

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    He was lost in the jungle at Tengah for four days after picking durians.

    But nothing will stop Mr Low Ah Kay, 57, from continuing to look for the fruit he loves.

    The retired taxi driver told The New Paper from his flat in Jurong yesterday: "After I recover from my injuries, I will go again during the durian season."

    Mr Low recounted how he ate leaves and drank rainwater during the four days that he sat in a ditch which he had fallen into, waiting for help to arrive.

    "When I go in the forest, I usually sit down somewhere to wait for durians to fall from the trees and I pick them up," he said.

    "On that day, I found somewhere to sit and wait, but I fell into a ditch. I could not stand up so I just sat there."

    The father of four did not move from the spot for four days and was rescued last Monday at around noon in the forested area near Kranji Expressway.

    He was hospitalised at Ng Teng Fong Hospital for a few days before being discharged. He is due to undergo physiotherapy for his muscles that were affected after his fall.

    Investigation officers Inspector Jane Chen, 31, and Assistant Superintendent Melvin Seah, 31, who helped to find Mr Low, were concerned when they found out about his medical conditions.

    Mr Low has mild dementia and recently suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk quickly.

    ASP Seah said: "We knew he went durian picking so we tried to narrow down the possible areas he could be. On Saturday, our team split up and we searched in areas around Mandai, Tengah, Rifle Range Road and Bukit Batok Nature Reserve."

    At around 2pm on Sunday, Mr Low's family informed the officers that his motorcycle, a red Honda Wave, had been found at the western end of Tengah forest.

    At the time, the officers were conducting search operations at the eastern end of the forest.

    Inspector Chen said: "After searching for so long, it was good to have some direction. We went to the site and the search fanned out from where the motorcycle was. Mr Low was found deep in the forest, near the durian trees but it was not in season so there were no fruits."

    Mr Low was partially concealed by foliage and was too weak to respond to his rescuers.

    Insp Chen said: "His voice was barely audible but he managed to say his name.

    "We also informed his daughters, who met us at the expressway."

    When Mr Low was brought out of the forest on a stretcher, he raised his hand to wave at his relatives.

    He said: "When they found me, they knew who I was. I was just happy to be rescued."

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    This story was submitted via Web contribution form.

    A Honda Vezel driver crashed into a garbage collection site at an open space carpark, near Block 128 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, at around 1.30pm today (July 17).

    Stomp understands that the motorist had been driving in the carpark when he lost control of his vehicle and collided into a signage, then into the rubbish collection point.

    Stompers Bur, Devan and Klis contributed photos of the accident's aftermath, showing how the car had crashed through a metal sheet and into a pile of trash.

    48-year-old Vezel driver sent to hospital after crashing into garbage collection site at AMK

    In response to queries by Stomp, a Police spokesman said the 48-year-old male driver was conscious when conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

    Stomp contributor Klis said, "All the car's airbags were activated and the vehicle landed on the concrete tiles. I wonder how the driver did this?"

    Police investigations are ongoing.

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 09:33
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    Love your hokkien mee?

    Well, probably not as much as professional eater Zermatt Neo, who in his latest Youtube video, gobbled down 13 plates, or about 4kg worth of the mouthwatering dish -- all under 20 minutes.

    A seemingly easy feat for Neo, who didn't even break a sweat as he chowed down on plates after plates of the famous Geylang Lorong 29 Hokkien Mee, reports Coconuts Singapore.

    Neo is hardly new to the competitive eating scene, and is a reigning champion of Food League Singapore, one of Singapore's renowned food challenge organisers.

    He once decimated 4kg of chicken rice in under 30 minutes, and 92 chicken wings in under eight minutes during a contest.

    When asked how he managed to accomplish such an amazing feat, the personal trainer replied:

    "Well, the food was delicious, and I took my time."

    Guess not all stomachs were made equal.

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 09:49

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    SINGAPORE - Two creams from the Glow Glowing Skincare 4-in-1 cosmetic set has been found to contain high levels of mercury, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said today.

    The two affected creams are the Night Glowing cream and Night Glow cream.

    According to HSA, the creams contain levels of mercury that exceed the permissible limits by more than 25,000 times. This amount of mercury can pose a serious health hazard to consumers.

    The two affected creams are the Night Glowing cream and Night Glow cream.Photo: HSA

    Mercury is a toxic substance and is prohibited for use as an ingredient in cosmetic products. Regular application of creams containing mercury could lead to rash, skin discolouration and blotching.

    Chronic exposure to very high levels of mercury in cosmetic products may also cause toxic effects to the kidneys, digestive and nervous system, as it can be absorbed through the skin. This could lead to organ damage.

    The Night Glow cream was also found to contain tretinoin and hydroquinone, both prohibited and potent ingredients. The amount of hydroquinone detected in Night Glow was three times higher than the concentrations found in products used for skin treatments.

    Hydroquinone and tretinoin are potent ingredients that are used in western prescription medicines for the treatment of skin conditions. These ingredients are prohibited in skincare cosmetic products and should only be used under medical supervision, as they may cause harmful effects if not used properly.

    The inappropriate use of hydroquinone could result in changes in skin colour and hypersensitivity reactions such as rashes, redness, tingling and burning of skin. Inappropriate use of tretinoin could lead to redness and peeling of the skin.

    HSA said the finding was a result of investigations after receiving feedback from a user who got suspicious when the whitening effect was too immediate after using these products.

    Both products were sold on various online platforms and were marketed for skin brightening and whitening, and to help reduce pimples.

    Although only two products from the Glow Glowing Skincare 4-in-1 cosmetic set were found to contain very high mercury levels and other prohibited ingredents, HSA advises consumers who purchased the set to stop using the other items too as a precautionary measure.

    HSA also advises consumers to see a doctor if they are experiencing adverse effects following the use of affected products.

    Also, when purchasing cosmetic products, including those from online sources, HSA warns the public to exercise discretion and to purchase from reliable and reputable sources.

    HSA said it is working with online platforms to remove the products from their websites. Sellers are to stop selling the Night Glowing and Night Glow creams immediately.

    HSA will take action against anyone found selling the affected creams. Anyone found guilty of selling illegal health products may be imprisoned for up to three years and also fined up to $100,000.

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    The latest Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities Index 2017 (WE Cities) report has ranked Singapore 8th on the best city for women entrepreneurs.

    It is also the top city in Asia-Pacific on the list compiled by Dell and IHS Markit.

    Divided into operational environment and enabling environment, the rating has five pillars:

    • Capital
    • Markets
    • Talent
    • Culture
    • Technology

    With that said, Singapore is placed 7th in terms of capital, where it measures the frequency and value of funding received by women led businesses, the proportion of funding that businesses run by women (compared to men) receive, and the capital base that women can draw on.

    Additionally, Singapore is ranked 6th in enabling environment; 5th in culture, and 10th in technology.

    Amongst the top 10 cities, New York City tops the list with Seattle taking the 10th position.

    Other APAC countries listed in the report included Hong Kong (16th), Kuala Lumpur (41st), Shanghai (44th), Jakarta (50th), to name a few.

    Photo: DELL

    The report is a measure of a city's ability to attract and support high potential women entrepreneurs i.e., women that want to grow and scale their business.

    The 50 ranked cities were chosen for their reputation as established or emerging hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship; as well as geographic diversity.

    Human Resources is the smart HR professional's blueprint for workforce strategy.

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    Singapore has voided the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change, making their partnership a same-sex union that contravened the city-state's laws, a report said Tuesday.

    The couple married as man and woman in 2015 but the husband underwent a sex change operation and updated his national identity card to read "female", the Straits Times newspaper reported.

    But when the unidentified couple tried to buy a government-built apartment, they had to inform the authorities.

    Married couples receive state grants for first-time purchases of government apartments.

    The marriage was voided several months later, making them ineligible to buy the apartment they wanted, the paper said.

    Singapore's Registry of Marriages said it would not give details on individual cases but cited the country's laws which state marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

    "At the point of marriage, a couple must be man and woman, and must want to be and want to remain as man and woman in the marriage," it said in a statement.

    Despite calls for change, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the country is not yet ready for same-sex marriage since society is still conservative.

    Singapore maintains legislation dating back to British colonial rule making sex between men a criminal act although it does not actively enforce the law.

    Jean Chong, who co-founded Sayoni, a Singapore-based lesbian advocacy group, told AFP that "policies need to catch up with the realities of society".

    "Families come in all shapes and sizes and of course while people get married as man and woman, there are those who transition along the way, so does this mean their marriage is no longer valid?"

    Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage in May, paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions.

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:28

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