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    A 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident at the junction of Jurong West Avenue 2 and Jalan Boon Lay on Thursday (Sep 14).

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told Stomp that it was alerted to the accident at about 1.20pm. Two fire engines, two ambulances, and one support vehicle were dispatched to the scene.

    A male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, said SCDF.

    His pillion rider, aged 17, was found trapped underneath a vehicle.

    20-year-old biker killed in accident with truck at Jurong

    He was extricated by SCDF using hydraulic rescue tools and sent to the National University Hospital (NUH), which was alerted to be on standby to receive him.

    Responding to Stomp queries, the police said they were alerted to the incident, which occurred in the direction of Jalan Bahar, at 1.19pm.

    The 46-year-old male prime mover driver was subsequently arrested for causing death by a negligent act.

    Police investigations are ongoing.

    Stompers Bryan and Joshua sent in photos as well as videos from the accident site.

    According to Bryan, he saw a motorcycle pinned underneath the truck and two helmets on the road.

    Friday, September 15, 2017 - 09:24

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    SINGAPORE - Singtel has joined other telcos in launching unlimited local data in Singapore, with an additional upgrade of unlimited talk time and SMS for certain mobile plans.

    In a statement on Friday (Sept 15), Singtel said customers on its Combo 3, 6 and 12 mobile plans can enjoy unlimited local data with Data X Infinity for an extra $39.90 per month. The plans will also be upgraded with unlimited talk time and SMS.

    Singtel's chief executive officer, Consumer Singapore, Mr Yuen Kuan Moon said: "We recognise that our customers want flexibility and control over their mobile plans.

    "We're pleased to offer our customers a truly unlimited mobile experience. With our nationwide network upgrade to 500Mbps supporting the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X, as well as Samsung Note8, our customers can now enjoy the full potential of their devices at blazing speeds," said Mr Yuen.

    At launch, customers who subscribe to Combo 6 and 12 plans - which start from $95.90 a month, will get to enjoy a free data roaming plan.

    Customers who subscribe to Data X Infinity will also have the option to share their data with up to three family members, available at $10.70 per month per line.

    Two weeks ago, M1 and StarHub also announced new plans to cater to data-heavy users.

    Customers could sign up for M1's mySIM3 98 plan which comes with unlimited mobile data for $98 a month, with a 12-month contract.

    StarHub's line-only plans start from $24 a month for 3GB of mobile data to $119 a month for 15GB of mobile data, with unlimited data use during the weekends. Customers do not need to sign a contract for StarHub's line-only plans.

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    They're young, talented, and breaking the conventions of Chinese cooking in a traditional setting. Meet a new generation of chefs who are changing the way Hong Kong eats in this week's issue of BTWeekend. And hold on to your stash of mooncake boxes that are too pretty to throw. We asked some designers for some creative ways to put them to good use. Also, find out how Peter Teo, co-founder of PS Cafe, created the first hipster hang out even before the concept was invented, in our Weekend Interview.

    We may have clear skies now, but various groups in Indonesia are constantly fighting the scourge that is the haze. Our Brunch feature in the main paper explores the issues. Don't miss our video on what's being done on the ground.

    Media mogul Arianna Huffington has a no-email policy for her workers when they are on vacation. While that's nice in theory, it can be problematic for workers, as Cubicle Files finds out.

    In Sass and the City, the battle with broccoli turns up the heat in defining gender diversity. Meanwhile, Gearhead tries out the new Google Wifi and finds that it checks several boxes nicely.

    The Grand Prix is in town. Looking to indulge your own F1 fantasies? Check out the Ferrari 812 Superfast in The Steering Column.

    To subscribe, visit btsub.sg/weekend

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    Singapore - Valtteri Bottas said he'd see finishing third in the drivers' championship as a failure after he was handed a new one-year contract by his Formula One team Mercedes.

    The Finn trails his team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 38 points, and he said he needs to get his act together quickly.

    "Anything in Formula One is always possible with seven races to go," Bottas said ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, the 14th of 20 races this season.

    "But I do definitely need to start finishing ahead of Lewis and Sebastian if I want to keep my title hopes alive, and rather sooner than later." He added: "I'm not here to finish third. I definitely want to be fighting for the title as long as there is possibilities for that.

    "I really want to make the most out of the end of the year and I always set my targets very high, so third is not one of them." Bottas has won two races this year and has 197 points, while Hamilton (238 points) and Vettel (235) have 10 victories between them.

    A one-year deal could leave Bottas vulnerable at the end of next season, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo among the drivers who will become available.

    But Bottas said he now had the opportunity to nail down a spot with Mercedes with his performances this year and next season.

    "For sure the team always wants to have options open for the future, I understand 100 per cent. But I'm very happy with this. It's still better than the original contract that I had," Bottas said.

    "As always with my career in F1, it's going to be completely up to me. If I perform well, there's no problem and we can have a long future together." 

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    A man was seen taking a bus and walking along a road in Tampines yesterday morning (Sep 14), wearing nothing but a pair of shoes.

    Stompers Willy and Ahmad alerted Stomp to the incident and shared photos of the man that have been circulating online.

    He also appeared to be wearing a lanyard around his neck and carrying a mobile phone.

    Stomp has contacted the police for more information.

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    Singapore - Singapore Grand Prix organisers announced a four-year contract extension on Friday, guaranteeing the glittering night race until 2021.

    "The agreement was concluded today after several rounds of negotiations," Singapore Trade Minister S. Iswaran told reporters.

    The extension had been expected after Formula One chief Chase Carey this week praised the floodlit street race, which snakes past landmarks and skyscrapers, as "spectacular".

    "The Singapore race is clearly a signature race... it's also our gateway into Asia which is important for our future and our growth," Carey said on Friday.

    "Singapore is truly an iconic race on our schedule worldwide," he added.

    While Singapore has signed on for another four years, neighbouring Malaysia is about to hold its last grand prix after cancelling the race citing rising costs.

    The Singapore Grand Prix, whose 10th edition is on Sunday, has quickly become one of Formula One's best known races and is often compared to Monaco's classic street grand prix.

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    F1 drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are in town this weekend to compete in the Singapore Grand Prix.

    Before their big test on the race track on Sunday, they were put in a different type of challenge.

    The folks at Red Bull decided to set the both of them up in a durian contest of sorts.

    For the inexperienced, virgin experiences with the king of fruit can prove to be more than just a baptism of fire.

    That is a lesson both drivers probably took home that day.

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    In the challenge, the duo was first asked to try their hand at opening a durian.

    They tried a host of methods that included throwing, a hammer, a saw, a chair and even a 'squeaky chicken'.

    After numerous attempts, they succeeded in their task.

    Then came round two.

    This time, Daniel and Max were asked to taste the succulent, fragrant yellow durian fruit.

    We will let the video below show you how that went...

    See them trying to deal with durians and don't forget to catch them in action on the Marina Bay Street Circuit this weekend.

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    A 21-year-old full-time national serviceman from the Singapore Armed Forces has died at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, yesterday (Sept 15) following a vehicular incident.

    In a statement, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said that 3rd Sergeant Chan Hiang Cheng Gavin was travelling in a Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle as part of an exercise at around 6.15pm Singapore time when the incident occurred.

    An SAF medic then commenced resuscitation efforts on the national serviceman, who was unconscious.

    He was later evacuated by a helicopter to Rockhampton Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at around 10.36pm Singapore time.

    A safety pause on training in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area has taken effect, and an investigation of the incident is ongoing.

    "The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend their deepest condolences to the family of the late serviceman and are assisting the family in this time of grief," said MINDEF in the statement.

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    Schools can be a scary place, filled with pubescent children and raging hormones.

    As if that's not enough, many schools in Singapore are also known to be favourite haunts for restless spirits and disembodied ghosts!

    Here are some of the stories behind famous hauntings of schools in Singapore to get your hair standing. Of course, you might want to take these stories with a pinch of salt (but you can never be too sure with these things).

    Incomplete homework is the least of your school-related worries now!

    1. CHIJ ST. NICHOLAS GIRLS' SCHOOL

    There's a pond in school where a group of students were playing Follow The Leader (or Caterpillar). The girls are lined up, blindfolded and made to hold the shoulders of the person in front.

    After the game, a girl was missing and was eventually found back at the pond, still playing the game by herself.

    She believed she was still holding onto someone's shoulders.

    2. ST PATRICK'S SCHOOL

    Having been built before WWII, it was used as a hospital and an administrative building during the war.

    The armoury was a dumping ground for bodies, leaving the place severely haunted. Legend has it that it took a combined effort from holy men of various religions to cleanse and seal the room - real life Ghostbusters!

    3. SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

    Stories say that the Red bridge was painted red because the blood stains resulting from a suicide couldn't be washed off. In fact, it is rumoured that some of the stains make an reappearance from time to time!

    Also, if you take a look at the map of the school, Block T13 is conspicuously missing. Reasons behind its omission are unknown. However, seeing as the number 13 is such an ominous number, it has set alarm bells ringing among supernatural enthusiasts.

    4. CANBERRA SECONDARY SCHOOL

    A group of student counsellors reportedly heard crying noises in the room formerly called "Design Studio" down the hall. Knocking on both doors in attempt to find out who was in the room yielded no response.

    Alas, a teacher was called in to unlock the door, looking visibly flustered upon arrival as if he already suspected the source of the sobbing. It turns out the room was empty upon entry.

    5. HAI SING SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The most famous story was the reports of the statue of Mother Mary within the school compounds shedding tears of blood at night. Some even recounted that the statue comes to live at night, roaming the school compounds.

    6. OUTRAM SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The female toilet in the swimming pool was haunted by a girl who committed suicide by drowning. Students have also reported the feeling of their feet being tugged as if someone was grabbing onto them for help.

    7. CLEMENTI TOWN SECONDARY SCHOOL

    The D&T room was claimed to be haunted by a disembodied head from a student who died in a workshop accident. Always pay special attention in a place full of dangerous tools, kids!

    8. TEMASAK POLYTECHNIC

    The ITAS block is reportedly haunted by a spirit that enjoys scaring its occupants by singing old Chinese classics, perhaps in search of an audience. Doesn't sound too bad if you put it that way!

    9. NANYANG POLYTECHNIC

    Block K (Health and Life Science department) was reportedly haunted by dummies that come alive at night to roam the compounds.

    Just like Night of the Museum, you say? Except with less laughing your pants off and more soiling it.

    Furthermore, the secluded lift on Block K has a tendency to stop at the 3rd floor of the build, where real dead bodies are stored for research.

    10. NGEE ANN POLYTECHNIC

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic's blocks 50/51/52 was reportedly wrought with hauntings, from the usual restless toilet spirits to the presence of blood stains situated on the infamous 9th floor.

    The most common theory to the cause of the hauntings was that Ngee Ann Poly was built on bunkers that litter the hilly terrain.

    One of the workshops in the campus was also the scene of a freak accident where a girl died after her hair got caught in one of the machineries. In addition, it was claimed that you can hear screams from the workshop if you happen to pass by its proximity.

    11. HWA CHONG INSTITUTION

    Refrain from shining your torchlights on treetops at night because you might just be greeted by bodies of those murdered and then hung by the Japanese during WWII.

    The statues erected in the school are also reportedly haunted.

    If you walk behind the statue of Tan Kah Kee at midnight, it has been known to turn around, asking for the time.

    Besides that, the emerald eyes adorning the statue of Lee Kong Chian glows an eerie green. The eyes were covered now but some of that ghostly light still escapes through the cracks - so spooky!

    It was also mentioned that they only use one out of their four flagpoles at the field, because the three flagpoles symbolize the the joss ticks to please the spirits. Word has it, the field used to be shaped like a tombstone, perhaps that's why.

    12. ANGLO CHINESE SCHOOL

    The clock tower is allegedly haunted by the restless spirit of a boy who took a deadly plunge into the gears of the fixture. Supernatural possessions are also claimed to be a common occurrence in the school.

    13. TAMPINES SECONDARY SCHOOL

    A tragic incident is thought to be the source of the school haunting: a girl was raped by a construction worker during its construction in the 80s, and now her restless spirit haunts the compounds of the school.

    14. LOYANG PRIMARY SCHOOL

    The lights of the female toilet on the 4th floor are left on for 24 hours due to it being haunted.

    15. BUKIT TIMAH PRIMARY SCHOOL

    As recounted by one of the teachers, an angry spirit of a Japanese soldier once burst into one of the corner classrooms (then Bukit Batok Primary School) located right beside a forested area when class was in session.

    Needless to say, many pupils were traumatised by the event. It is said that this harrowing event was swept under the rug for the mental well-being of the other pupils in the school.

    16. RAFFLES INSTITUTE 

    In the senior block where the science lab is located, jars of preserved specimen are stored. One of the specimen was that of a foetus (science!). Word is, the foetus flies around the proximity calling out your name like a horror mashup of cupid and a Toyol.

    Turning around to heed the call of the foetus was considered a bad idea, as unknown terrible repercussions await those who do.

    17. CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

    Someone had entered to school compounds to have a bit of a kickabout, but was ticked off by a bearded old man commanding him to leave the premises.

    He then promptly left the compounds of the school to return another day, only to find out that bearded old man was actually the school's late founder.

    18. CHUNG CHENG HIGH (MAIN BRANCH)

    Red doors locked with a chain and padlock

    About a decade ago, a student was left locked in the basement of the main building while playing hide and seek, after his seekers weren't able to find him.

    It was a Friday.

    Monday came and he was found dead, leaving blood stains all over the walls. Since then, the basement is now locked at 8pm.

    19. WOODLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL

    A student was crying and screaming down the corridor with her hands covering her face.

    When the teacher came to her aid, she dropped her hands revealing her eyes which were rolled up and only her whites showing.

    Apparently, she had seen an old man beckoning to her.

    20. NTU

    According to student sources, there has been an unnatural death in the campus every year since 2007.

    Google "NTU deaths" and you'll be surprised.

    21. BONUS: MALAN ROAD HOLDING SITE (MULTIPLE SCHOOLS)

    The old holding site at Malan Road was a temporary home for several schools before their move to a new location. Horror stories plagued the vicinity, with sightings concentrated at the old chapel, remodelled as a make-shift lecture room.

    Considering the cramp corridors, with oddly placed, locked doors three feet above ground, and a dimly lit art room, the chapel brings goosebumps to anymore who dares to wander alone.

    A female student seated alone in one of the lecture rooms once observed someone fiddling with the door knob, but peering out of the windows, no person was in sight.

    What do you think, are these just baseless rumours or true stories? I'll let you be the judge of that. Either way, your days of solo runs to the the toilet are over.

    Now what is that shadow behind your back?

    Just kidding.

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    Singapore - Formula One's Lewis Hamilton said a TV documentary had inspired him to go vegan to improve his health and avoid harming the planet.

    The Mercedes driver, who is seeking his fourth world title this year, said he had gradually moved to veganism over the past two years.

    "It is something I have been going towards anyway. I stopped eating red meat two years ago," he told the BBC at the Singapore Grand Prix.

    "This year, I stopped eating chicken, and then kind of went back to it and now I've stopped again. So I have generally been pescatarian for the majority of the year and then I've cut fish."

    He added: "I have actually eaten plant-based food for the last two days and it has been amazing. So far I don't feel as if I have been missing out.

    "But I am at the race so I have chefs here. I don't know how easy it is going to be when I get home. That is going to be a real test."

    Hamilton said he had changed his habits after watching a documentary about the environmental impact of the meat industry and animal welfare.

    "Take it for what you want to take it for, but as the human race, what we are doing to the world, there is obviously the pollution that is coming just from the amount of cows that are being produced (which) is incredible," he said.

    "They say it is more than what we produce with our flights and our cars, which is kind of crazy to think. The cruelty is horrible and I don't necessarily want to support that and I want to be healthy. I want to live a healthier life."

    He added that he hoped the diet would help him avoid future health problems like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

    "I don't want to catch any of that stuff," he said.

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