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    SINGAPORE - A 29-year-old car driver died from his injuries after an accident outside Marina Square today (Aug 10) at 2.30am.

    Stomp contributors Jason and Trevor witnessed the incident and shared photos of the car with Stomp.

    In the photos, the front of the car was completely damaged as the stone barrier was lodged in the middle of the bonnet.

    Trevor told Stomp that he saw Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers at the scene trying to rescue the driver, who was trapped in his car.

    In response to media queries, the police told Stomp that they were alerted to an accident involving a car along Raffles Boulevard towards Republic Boulevard at 2.51am.

    A 29-year-old man was unconscious when conveyed to Singapore General Hospital (SGH), where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Police investigations are ongoing.

    Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 17:27

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    Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:31

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    EAT what, Singapore? We may be intent on saving traditional hawker food but a growing breed of young local Singapore chefs want to go further to develop a truly modern Singapore cuisine. Also in this week's magazine, we look at the dark side of being a high-flyer - the phenomenon of high-functioning addicts who juggle their affliction with high-paying careers. On the lighter side, find out the best way to fit a blazer into your weekend wardrobe without melting from the heat.

    In the main paper, Brunch takes a look at the high life - the development of the luxury penthouse market in Singapore.

    How should companies deal with diversity? A disgruntled employee's memo shows Google caught between a rock and a hard place. Cubicle Files explores the issue.

    Disrupted watched the 2017 NDP live and saw how the Shooting Star Drones stole the show.

    Music To My Ears reviews Spendor's D7 speakers and Larry Coryell's latest - Seven Secrets.

    The Finish Line kicks off football season with a spotlight on five teams that will be making a big push for the English Premier League trophy.

    In BT Motoring, the Lexus LC's chief engineer explains why Lexus built the car that nobody said they would. Porsche's Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, our reviewer finds, is really more about street cred than utility. And luxury carmakers gear towards back seat bliss.

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    Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:55

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    Friday, August 11, 2017 - 14:21

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    The driver who was killed following a crash along Raffles Boulevard in the wee hours of Aug 10 has been identified as 29-year-old Mr Ng Phing Keen.

    Stompers Jason and Trevor had earlier alerted Stomp to the incident, which occurred at around 2.30am outside Marina Square.

    They saw a stone barrier lodged in the middle of the car bonnet, as well as Mr Ng trapped inside his vehicle.

    Mr Ng is understood to have lost control of his Honda Civic, which skidded and crashed into the barrier.

    Man dies after car slams into F1 barrier near Marina Square

    He was extricated using hydraulic tools, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

    A police spokesman told Stomp that the victim was unconscious when conveyed to Singapore General Hospital (SGH), where he died from his injuries.

    According to Shin Min Daily News, Mr Ng was the boss of a car garage.

    His Facebook profile shows that he was an automobile enthusiast who ran 'Keen's Car Stuff'.

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     莱佛士林荫道今天凌晨2时许发生一起致命车祸,29岁修车行老板疑开车失控,撞上水泥围墙后,受困车内逾半小时后送院不治。  详情请阅今日的《新明日报》。

    Posted by Shin Min Daily News 新明日报 on Thursday, 10 August 2017
    Friday, August 11, 2017 - 16:22

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    A Singaporean couple who were caught in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan province, on Tuesday (Aug 8), claimed they had cheated death after requesting a table switch at the restaurant they were dining in - due to a premonition.

    The incident happened at around 9.19pm, and according to the duo, the table which they were originally allocated was 'destroyed' after a dislodged steel beam landed on it.

    The man, 56, and his wife were staying at a 5-star hotel during the incident.

    There were at least four injured and one death at the establishment after a reception area within the hotel collapsed, reports Lianhe Wanbao via Lianhe Zaobao.

    In an interview, the man recalled how they were having their dinner at a restaurant in the hotel at around 9pm.

    About 30 minutes later, there were sudden strong tremors, and the whole hotel started shaking like 'they were inside a washing machine', he said.

    He added: "I grabbed my wife and we ducked under the table.

    "The quaking lasted about four seconds.

    "There was shattered glass, and steel beams raining down from the top.

    "It was terrifying."

    Fortunately for them, their table was not struck by the debris, and the couple escaped unharmed.

    Said the relieved man: "The table we were originally allocated was hit by a steel bar.

    "Maybe it's our 'six sense', but I decided to change our table before we sat down.

    "If it was not due to this snap decision, we could have died!"

    The Sichuan fire service said in an official statement that the collapse of the reception area trapped some visitors, but over 2,800 people were evacuated.

    At least 19 died in the earthquake.

    Netizens have taken to social media to post videos showing the devastation caused by the massive quake.

    Take a look at the videos below.

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    Friday, August 11, 2017 - 16:33

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    Singapore - Even if you do not shop often, you probably still have a stack of old clothes that you hardly wear. In this episode of A Little Somebody, young fashionista Kaka accepts a challenge from a professional fashion designer, Ray, to redesign an old top for her mother. Will she succeed in bringing new life to it?

    "I want to have my own fashion brand," says young Kaka when asked about her future plans. The 9-year-old is no newcomer to the fashion industry. Active as a model since she was one year old, Kaka has also dabbled in advertising and even filming. Her true passion though, lies in fashion design.

    Will her design earn nods from Ray? Watch to find out.

    "A Little Somebody"(我是小某某) is one of 10 SPH-produced short form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative. In this 13-part series, children between the age of 7 and 12 are given the opportunity to showcase their talent in different fields. While encouraging the young to pursue their interests, this series also hopes to inspire viewers to continue learning in life.

    "A Little Somebody"is also available on the website and mobile app. All episodes come with Chinese and English subtitles.


    Friday, August 11, 2017 - 18:35

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    What do you take out when asked to show a photo ID? Your NRIC or driver’s licence?

    For some, it would be the SAF Card, or more commonly known as the 11B.

    For the uninitiated, the 11B is an identity card used by SAF personnel. Why 11? Because there are 11 basic items of information on the card. This includes:

    1. Name
    2. NRIC number
    3. Photo
    4. Race
    5. Blood group
    6. Birth date
    7. Country of birth
    8. Sex
    9. Service Status
    10. Military Rank Status
    11. Address

    The first SAF card was issued in the 1960s. Watch this video to see its evolution.

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    Anyone knows what "11B" stands for? Sound off in the comments if you know! Hint: the answer's in the video 😉 #NS50

    Posted by Ministry of Defence, Singapore (MINDEF) on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    So, where are these cards produced?

    Yup, at CMPB, the same place that pre-enlistees come for medical screening!

    Turns out, all that is needed to cope with the large number of enlistees annually are some computers and a few sets of printers that look like this:

    Blank cards would first be slotted into the machine.

    The machine would then be heated up to a certain temperature before it can start printing and laminating the cards.

    Fun fact: Photos used to be printed on the lamination itself. That was why when the plastic started to peel, the photo came right off with it. Today, photos are printed directly onto the cards, which means you would be stuck with the same photo as long as you have the card. So you better hope you are not having a bad hair day when you take the photo.

    The cards would then be collected from the slot below.

    It takes about an hour to print 100 cards or just 36 seconds for each one!

    Photo: Mindef

    When enlisted, NSFs exchange their NRICs for an 11B. And you know what? They don’t get to see it until the last day of their National Service! And if the NSF decides to sign on? He doesn’t get his NRIC back until he leaves the service.

    But that might not be a bad thing. Not only would there be a smaller chance of losing your NRIC, there are also privileges which come with the card.

    Look out for this label in shops and stores around Singapore because it means that there are exclusive discounts and promotions for those with an 11B! Show the shopkeepers your card and see what you might just get.

    Cover picture and photos by Danny Ng.

    This article was first published in ConnexionSG.

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11:00

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    The couple who bullied and shoved 76-year-old Mr Ng Ai Hua over a table at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh Hawker Centre on Apr 21 was sentenced to a fine yesterday (Aug 11).

    Tay Puay Leng, also known as Zheng Peiling, 38, was fined S$1,200 for her use of abusive language on the elderly victim, with the intent to cause harm.

    Her male accomplice, Chow Chuin Yee, 45, was fined S$1,500 for using criminal force on the victim.

    He had barged into Mr Ng from the back with his body.

    The pair's actions were filmed by a passer-by, and the footage was uploaded on Apr 23.

    It subsequently became viral.

    In the video, Tay was seen shouting at Mr Ng, before Chow suddenly shoved Mr Ng from the back.

    The pair were arrested on Apr 25 and charged on Jun 15, 2017, reports The Straits Times.

    Speaking to reporters outside the State Courts after paying the fines, Chow and Tay said that they would like to apologise to Mr Ng.

    Said Tay while sobbing: "I was hoping that I could say sorry to uncle in person.

    "But because the investigations were going on, the police did not allow me to do that.

    "Therefore, all I could ask was to pass the apology letter to the IO (Investigation officer) hoping that it can be handed to uncle.

    "If I can, I will gladly want to apologise to him in person.

    "I didn't mean to dispute with uncle."

    Chow added that the past four months had been difficult on the both of them, and said he hopes everyone would give them a chance.

    He said: "I've not been able to do my daily routine, I've been pointed fingers everywhere I go.

    "I've been trying to keep a very low profile.

    "I'm just lost that day after receiving a distress call from (Tay).

    "We've been through a lot of family issues and I'm very protective over her.

    "There's no excuse for my behaviour.

    "After watching the video, I feel disgusted with myself."

    Tay could have been jailed for up to six months and fined up to $5,000 for causing alarm, while Chow could have been jailed up to three months and fined up to $1,500, for using criminal force.

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    Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 15:37

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    Many of us have seen people wearing Identity (ID) tags, better known as dog tags, as fashion accessories.

    Celebrities like Justin Bieber are often seen accessorising with dog tags.
    Photo: Style Bistro

    But did you know that these tags have a military origin? Yup, these ID tags are used to identify a soldier if he/she had been severely injured or killed.

    Notice that there are two differently shaped tags? Each soldier in the Singapore Armed Forces is given one of each when they enlist. If the soldier gets injured, the ID tags would be used to identify the soldier’s blood group and any allergies he/she might have. And in the event where the soldier is killed? The oval tag would be placed in his/her mouth because it is the safest place on the body and the circular one would be collected by his/her platoon mates to report the location of the body.

    This isn’t a new invention though. In fact, there are stories dated all the way back to the early centuries when Roman soldiers wore ID tags known as the signaculum.

    There were personal details on the signaculum and they served the same purpose as an ID tag would today.
    Photo: Imperium Romana

    Fun fact: Since the Medieval times, many soldiers who died were buried in graves marked with a single word “Unknown”. It wasn’t only until the 1800s that armies around the world started issuing official ID tags. In fact, during the American Civil War (1861 - 1865), soldiers wrote their names on a piece of paper or handkerchief and pinned it to their clothing before going into battle because they were worried that their bodies could not be identified.

    Today, names are not engraved on the ID tags. Instead, the soldier’s NRIC number, blood group and religion go on one side of the tag while the other side would indicate any allergy the soldier might have.

    Like the SAF 11B, details are engraved onto the ID tags at CMPB itself!

    This is the machine used to engrave details onto the blank ID tags.

    Have you also noticed how some of the tags have a black rubber ring around them?

    Photo: Mervin Tay

    The black rubber casings are meant to silence the sound of metal clinking onto each other. You wouldn’t want your enemies to know where you are during a battle just because you are wearing two metal tags right?

    Also, I am not sure if this is a current practice in Singapore but I have read of instances where soldiers in US wear one tag around their neck and the other threaded through a boot lace. Reason? It is unlikely to have both your head and foot removed in the same injury so there would be at least one ID tag remaining on your body.

    A Library of Congress tribute probably said it best.

    "The tag itself individualises the human being who wears it, despite his/her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organisation. While the armed forces demand obedience and duty to a higher cause, dog tags, hanging under service members' shirts and close to their chests, remind them of their individuality."

    This article was first published in ConnexionSG.

    Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 08:00

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