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    SINGAPORE - Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen both crashed out as the rain-hit Singapore Grand Prix night race got off to a chaotic start on Sunday (Sept 17) night.

    Raikkonen ploughed into Red Bull's Max Verstappen on the first corner, taking both cars out of the race and also dealing a heavy hit to Fernando Alonso's McLaren.

    Vettel, who had been looking to reclaim the world championship lead from Lewis Hamilton, spun further ahead and lost his front wing, a crash that also ended his race.

    Hamilton avoided the trouble and progressed from fifth on the grid to first, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, as the cars race finally restarted after a safety car.

    The floodlit race has never been held in the wet, and Haas driver Romain Grosjean earlier expressed concerns about visibility through spray on the narrow street track.

    "I've got no idea - and that is the concern I've always had with this race," Romain Grosjean told Autosport.com earlier, when asked if it would be safe to race in the rain.

    "With the lights high up, if the spray goes up we may not see much. But let's see. I don't know how it is going to work."

    Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 21:48
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    SINGAPORE - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen escaped punishment over a first-corner crash at the Singapore Grand Prix which took out four cars on Sunday.

    Race stewards said nobody was wholly to blame for the accident, which happened when Red Bull's Max Verstappen was caught between Vettel and Raikkonen at the start.

    All three cars were forced out immediately and the crash also ended the race of McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who was heavily shunted and had to retire a few laps later.

    "The stewards found that no driver was wholly or predominantly responsible and therefore we take no further action," officials said after an investigation.

    Verstappen had complained that he was caught in a "sandwich", while Ferrari caused controversy for a tweet which appeared to blame the Dutch teenager for the crash.

    "How on earth you can work that out (blame Verstappen) from watching that, I have no idea," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports.

    "What Seb probably couldn't see was Kimi on the other side of Max. He's been aggressive with Max and Kimi's done the same thing from the other side and the end result is what you see there," he added.

    "Anyone who can blame Verstappen out of that needs their eyes tested."

    Four more cars crashed out or retired in what was the first Singapore Grand Prix night race to take place in wet conditions.

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who profited from the Ferrari accident to go from fifth to first place, won the race to take a 28-point lead in the drivers' world championship.

    Monday, September 18, 2017 - 09:57
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    SINGAPORE - Five talking points from the Singapore Grand Prix night race, which was won by Lewis Hamilton in wet conditions on Sunday:

    Not to be sniffed at - A farting competition in the post-race press conference had the three top drivers in fits of giggles. There were puzzled looks when Hamilton, second-placed Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas, who was third, couldn't stop laughing as the televised interview got under way. A translation of Bottas's remarks in Finnish revealed that he was "trying to keep it together now that this guy next to me just farted". Hamilton admitted: "We're all a bit gassy." And Ricciardo said: "I feel our battle here was bigger than the battle on track. We're doing our own version of beatboxing."

    Something in the air for Fernando - Fernando Alonso hasn't been the happiest camper during his long struggles with Honda-powered McLaren, but he's been all smiles since the news that the Japanese engine-maker will be replaced by Renault next season. Alonso qualified eighth and despite being the innocent victim of a first-corner collision that ended his race, he remained upbeat. More importantly, the two-time world champion dropped a hint that he would stay with McLaren next year. "The car was amazing, it launched really well but we were in the wrong place at the wrong moment. But arguably we could be leading the race," he said after his retirement. "So a podium place missed today and hopefully better luck (at the next race) in Malaysia... Hopefully we finish with the bad luck this year."

    Boomshakalaka! - Renault got a foretaste of what they were in for next season when Toro Rosso hotshot Carlos Sainz repeatedly told his engineers to stop talking to him over the radio. "Leave me alone," growled the 23-year-old Spaniard, who is switching to the French team for 2018. Sainz's team-mate Daniil Kvyat also gave the beleaguered Toro Rosso engineers short shrift as he negotiated the challenging circuit - and then had to apologise when he ploughed into a barrier, ending his race. There was no need for an apology from Sainz, who placed a career-best fourth, earning warm congratulations from the pitwall. "Nice one Carlos, fourth! Boomshakalaka!" his engineer said over the radio.

    Hair conditioning - Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Ricciardo had been inspired by his new shaved-at-the-sides haircut as he impressed in practice, but it didn't help him get his long-awaited win in Singapore. Ricciardo placed third in 2014 and has now finished second three times in a row, in a frustrating run for the Australian. "I just can't win the bloody thing," he said afterwards. Ricciardo was a little coy about his new look, which mirrors a similar style he sported last year - a fashion faux pas which he blamed on a friend's attempt to cut his hair. But it didn't affect his performance in sultry Singapore, as Horner acknowledged. "I think Daniel's invigorated by his new haircut... and obviously we're using that air conditioning to good effect," he said.

    Star rises in the East - Toro Rosso may have unearthed a new star after Indonesia's Sean Gelael turned heads in his first Formula One free practice. The Formula 2 driver beat both Saubers to finish 18th in Friday's opening session, less than three seconds slower than Toro Rosso's seasoned driver Kvyat in 10th. Gelael has already tested twice with Toro Rosso, in Bahrain and Hungary, and he will drive three more free practices this season before doing another test in Abu Dhabi. "At the end of the test in Abu Dhabi we will sit together and we will discuss further steps for the future," said Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost. "He will do Formula 2 next year and then we will see. It depends always on the driver - if he is doing a fantastic job, improving his performance then of course doors will always open. Today he did a fantastic job, we were really happy with him."

     

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    A woman in her 40s lost consciousness after falling down an escalator at Queenstown MRT Station on Saturday (Sept 16) at around 5.10pm.

    According to Shin Min Daily News, the woman was using the escalator to go downstairs from the train platform when the accident happened.

    When reporters visited the scene that same evening, a cleaner said that the woman was believed to have been using her phone while on the escalator. Not noticing that she had already reached the end of the escalator, the woman apparently tripped and fell.

    "Staff at the train station could not wake her, so they called the ambulance," said another witness.

    Another member of the public noted that the victim was unconscious and saw paramedics applying bandages to her head.


    Photo: Facebook

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the woman was sent to National University Hospital (NUH), which had been alerted to be on standby to receive her.

    Shin Min understands that the escalator was operating normally and did not experience any fault at the time of the incident.

    However, in the interest of public safety, use of the escalator has since been temporarily suspended.

    When reporters visited the location yesterday morning (Sept 17), the escalator yet had to resume operation.

    Maintenance notices that reminded the public not to use the escalator had also been put up at both ends.

    Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:34

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    SINGAPORE - Attendance at the Singapore Grand Prix rose 19 per cent in 2017, underscoring the popularity of the race, whose contract was extended last week for four years.

    Overall attendance hit 260,400, higher than the event's 10-year average, event organiser Singapore GP said in a statement on Sunday. The 2016 edition attracted about 219,000 spectators.

    The sport's first night race marked its 10th anniversary this year and has established itself as one of the most popular and glamorous of Formula One's events.

    Last week, the sport and race organisers confirmed that the Singapore Grand Prix would stay on the Formula One calendar until 2021.

    Sunday's race, which was won by Lewis Hamilton, would otherwise have been the last in the city-state.

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    The Singapore GP, organisers of the Formula One race here, are investigating a claim that a security guard was bribed into allowing a couple to enter the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

    On Sep 17, All Singapore Stuff published a screenshot of a Facebook post showing the couple in question posing for a picture on the tracks near a Johnnie Walker advertisement board.

    Read a caption on the post: "3am in the morning. Bribed the security guard to let us onto track. He not only agreed, he took the photo. Non F1 fans won't understand this, but most of us will."

    In response to a media query, the Singapore GP told Stomp that they are looking into the matter.

    Said a spokesman: "The safety of our patrons is of utmost priority and we view allegation of bribery seriously. We are working with the appointed security agency assigned to the reported area, to investigate the claim."

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    President Halimah Yacob gets celebrity treatment from residents as she leaves her Yishun flat on Friday.

    President Halimah Yacob was greeted by a cheering crowd at the void deck of her Yishun Avenue 4 block as she left her home to go to work.

    A video of the scene was posted on All Singapore Stuff's Facebook page.

    In the video, the crowd can be seen clapping and cheering as the president exited the lift.

    She waved to the crowd and thanked them while she was being ushered to her vehicle.

    It looks like many people are excited and proud to have the president as their neighbour.

    Watch the video below.

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    Wah, if everyday like this, Madam President can become our very first superstar President! Elected or not, no one gets this kind of attention taking the lift down from flat to car!

    Posted by All Singapore Stuff on Monday, 18 September 2017
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    You won't want to "lim kopi" with law-enforcement authorities in Singapore, but this new recruit from our Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) may be making people think twice.

    The government agency has welcomed a new member into its fold, and he is 'beary' adorable.

    Kopi Lim, a polar bear plushie, was introduced online on Saturday (Sept 16), along with a full profile, which states that he is "24 (in human years)".

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    A warm welcome to our newest officer of the CPIB! Reporting to work on Monday, 18 September 2017, Kopi Lim will bring you more insights into our anti-corruption work.

    Posted by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore on Friday, 15 September 2017

    His name is a play on the colloquial expression, "lim kopi", which means "drink coffee" in Hokkien but also refers to when police are investigating someone.

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    When it comes to jargons, some of us get frustrated by it while some are amused. In August, we will introduce the terms...

    Posted by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore on Thursday, 10 August 2017

    Kopi Lim's description also throws up gems like: "I used to think I was going to be a barista when I grow up, but it all changed when I heard about the work of the CPIB."

    Under his 'Likes', he lists "anti-corruption work, honey, fishing, swimming and reading with a cuppa".

    Reactions to the mascot have been welcoming, judging by comments from bemused netizens on CPIB's Facebook page, with the post being shared more than 230 times.


    Photo: Facebook/CPIB

    In a separate post on Monday (Sept 18), it gave an update on Kopi Lim's 'first day at work', where Kopi Lim confessed that he was "feeling the jitters".

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    First day of work. Feeling the jitters because I don’t know if I will fit in or not. I have some time to read up on the...

    Posted by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore on Sunday, 17 September 2017

    According to a spokesperson for CPIB, the mascot is a public relations initiative to commemorate its 65th anniversary on Sept 18. It is also hoped that the persona can better reach out through social media to educate the public on the perils of corruption as well as the work of the CPIB.

    And lest we forget that Kopi is a civil servant, as listed under his 'Habits', it is "Making sure my fur is always white" (hint, hint).

    candicec@sph.com.sg

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:23
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    SINGAPORE - An Australian man imprisoned in Singapore for assaulting airport police officers and other offences during a two-week drunken binge was sentenced to additional jail time by the High Court on Tuesday.

    Jason Peter Darragh, 44, who was due to be released from prison this weekend, was sentenced to an additional two months after prosecutors appealed against his original 6-1/2 month sentence.

    "The sentence... is woefully inadequate and ignores the needs of general deterrence", said prosecutors in their appeal.

    Darragh had pleaded guilty to four charges at the Singapore State Courts last month, including one count of using criminal force.

    The court was told the misdemeanours began on April 20 at Singapore's Changi Airport when Darragh assaulted a policeman while on a stopover en route to Cebu, Philippines.

    The next day, Darragh was charged for causing "annoyance" to a member of the public at the city-state's party district and for using "abusive words" to a police officer.

    He was finally charged on May 1 with "causing annoyance" to a woman by "loitering" around a taxi stand with his hand over his crotch.

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    Would you spend $28 to let fate choose the magic numbers in a Toto draw?

    One person did, and walked away with the top prize of over $8 million yesterday (Sept 18), Lianhe Wanbao reported. The jackpot of $8,030,687 was the highest so far this year, after snowballing from the past three draws which saw no winners.

    Lianhe Wanbao pointed out that 28 is an auspicious number to some because it sounds like "easy prosper" in Cantonese (yih faat).

    And the winning QuickPick System 8 ticket was bought at Lucky Plaza.

    Coincidence, or a well-planned bet?

    huizhen@sph.com.sg

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 19:20

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