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    A Singaporean man killed his estranged Vietnamese wife before jumping off the eighth storey of the Silverscape condominium in Geylang Lorong 32 on Apr 30, two days before their divorce was to be finalised.

    State Coroner Marvin Bay said Uber driver Cheung Thiam Teng, 43, had committed the "unlawful killing" of Madam Ly Thi Thu Trang, 30, with whom he had a "violent and tumultuous" marriage, reports The Straits Times.

    Stomp broke the news of the incident when police found Madam Ly on the ground floor of the condominium wearing only panties and covered with bruises.

    Mr Cheung jumped from the building after a stand-off with the authorities.

    Both succumbed to their injuries at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

    There was speculation that the couple were having marital woes and had a fight.

    It was also believed that Mr Cheung was violent towards his wife which led to her asking for a divorce.

    The coroner said that Mr Cheung appeared to be stalking his wife who was living alone in the condominium.

    According to Madam Ly's friend, Mr Tong Choon Peng, Mr Cheung would drive to her condo and loiter there about once a week.

    He had let himself into the premises at around 11.30am on Apr 30 by reaching through a side gate to press a release button.

    Coroner Bay said that there was bruising on Madam Ly's right wrist where a cable tie was found on it which was believed to have been used to restrain her.

    There was also an abrasion on her back caused by impact from a long object, consistent with that which might have been inflicted by a crowbar found in her bedroom.

    The coroner said that Madam Ly's death called for attention to the need to take acts of stalking with the utmost seriousness.

    "Especially in the presence of acrimonious antecedent bad blood between the involved parties," he said.

    He added that security processes and facilities at condominiums should be hardened and that vulnerabilities should be identified such as the one at the Silverscape which allowed an intruder to carry out his "malicious and sinister intent".

     

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    A rarely seen facet of Singapore, set amongst the scents and sounds of the countryside. We might not have a bounty of long, winding roads, or plenty of expansive fields and farms. But, we do have a few places here that are great for such an experience.

    Kranji is named after the keranji, or the velvet tamarind tree, which grew abundantly during the early nineteenth century. Besides its military camp history, you would be hard-pressed to find sky-high properties or buildings in the area. It is mainly made up of low-rise residences, industrial areas, and a vast farming estate collectively known as Kranji Countryside. You can find popular haunts like The Farmart Center and even resorts such as D'Kranji Farm Resort for overnight staycations in a true farm fashion.

    It is Kranji that we ride to, specifically Bollywood Veggies, an organic farm and resource hub. It was opened in 2000 by two larger-than-life individuals. Ivy Singh-Lim, also known as 'The Gentle Warrior' and Lim Ho Seng, who initially set up the farm for their retirement plans.

    Stepping into Bollywood Veggies seems like a trip back to the past, to when Singapore was covered in lush vegetation of healthy greens and rich browns. The farm incorporates numerous elements, like a food museum, an educational centre, a restaurant called Poison Ivy Bistro and even a market, where you can take home your own organically grown local produce. Take a trip down and see how plants and vegetables are grown, from lemongrass, pumpkin, aloe vera, to even horseradish!

    It is open to the public for walk-ins, but you can sign up for tours, workshops and even excursions for an all-rounded learning experience. If you do not have your own set of wheels, you can get here by the Kranji Countryside Express bus, which is available from Kranji MRT Station. Bollywood Veggies is only open Wednesdays to Sundays, so make a date with your families to visit one of the few remaining places in Singapore to offer a truly meaningful rural experience.

    Next on our riding list is a place that is not conventionally known for being appealing. But, we found it just as delightful as any of the places we have visited on InstaScram. Just off Tampines Expressway, a long road leads us to Lorong Halus Wetlands, which is a constructed wetland that connects Punggol to Serangoon Reservoir, Singapore's 17th reservoir. It was also a dumping ground for waste from 1970-1999. It is the first landfill turned wetland in our country.

    Today, it is virtually unrecognisable from its landfill past. Officially opened on March 5, 2011, it has been transformed by the Public Utilities Board, and was built for the treatment of water before it flows into the reservoir.

    Phytoremediation is the main method where the usage of certain plants is grown to absorb toxins from untreated water, thus rendering water drinkable. For Lorong Halus, this results in a landscape of plants uncommonly seen in Singapore. To add to that, delightful polishing ponds greets you as you wander around, with plenty of open spots to sit and soak up the winsome view.

    There are ample signboards around the site to educate visitors about the water treatment methods along with the area's history. And cyclists will tell you that they have "been there, done that", as it is connected to the Punggol Promenade Riverside Park by the very instagrammable red bridge. The area has become increasingly popular amongst bird-watchers looking out for grassland birds, photographers and even those getting their wedding photography done. So, you can count Lorong Halus in when searching for a spot to get away from the crowds!

    Follow @instascram_sg on Instagram for more of the best photogenic places in Singapore, and Facebook for more updates!

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    A man's body was found in the water at Sengkang Riverside Park this morning (Sep 29).

    It was retrieved by the Singapore Civil Defence Force with assistance from a Public Utilities Board (PUB) boat. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

    Stomp understands that the deceased is Ang Bok Hui.

    Stomp contributor Rick informed Stomp in a telephone interview that Ang Bok Hui was his cousin.

    Rick had reached out to Stomp late last night (Sep 28) for help to find Bok Hui after he had gone missing on Sep 27.

    He was last seen at around 8pm at his home at Block 281B Sengkang East Avenue.

    Rick told Stomp that he received news of Bok Hui's body being found at around 9am today.

    "We were shocked," said Rick.

    "It's so sad because he was so young. He was only around 25 years old."

    The family is waiting for news on how to retrieve the body.

    A police spokesman informed Stomp that they were alerted to a case of unnatural death at Sengkang Riverside Park at 6.47am today.

    "A 25-year-old man was found motionless in the waters of the said location and was pronounced dead by paramedics at scene," he said.

    Police investigations are ongoing.

    Friday, September 29, 2017 - 17:36

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    Can words trigger extreme reactions?

    In some cases, yes.

    A video on the Samaritans of Singapore's (SOS) Suicide is Serious Facebook page points this out - that phrases such as "I want to die" and "Kill me now" when expressed nonchalantly may be a trigger for someone suffering from suicidal thoughts.

    As part of National Suicide Prevention Month that happens worldwide in September, the video addresses the issue of trivialising suicide by using such phrases.

    The video features former suicide survivors and those who know friends who took their own lives.

    They share their stories to raise awareness on taking the issue of suicide seriously.

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    Many of us are guilty of it, but we don’t realise that trivialising suicide could hurt those around us. Hear the real...

    Posted by Suicide Is Serious on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

    In recent statistics released by SOS, in Singapore, the number of suicides was reported at 409 for 2015, making it the lowest since 2012.

    However, despite the overall drop in suicide rate, teen suicides are at a 15-year high with more than double the number of cases in 2014.

    However, despite the overall drop in suicide rate, teen suicides are at a 15-year high with more than double the number of cases in 2014.

    Troubled teens cite mental health issues, academic pressure, and relationship problems at home and in school as sources of stress.

    In 2016, there were 429 suicides. That's more than one suicide a day on average with youths aged 29 and below making up the highest proportion of 99 deaths among other age groups.

    Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds, according to the World Health Organisation.

    This video comes at a timely manner since it was posted on Sept 20, garnering 126,000 views, nearly 740 shares, and 45 comments.

    Surprisingly (or not), there's debate among commentors in highlighting that speech can used as triggers.

    There are mixed responses on whether policing language should even be an issue.

    Either way, the video has triggered debate which is what is needed to raise awareness on such a sensitive topic.

    Ms Christine Wong, executive director of SOS, said: "It is also being sensitive to those who are suffering with real suicidal feelings. We need to not only create suicide awareness and conversations but also doing it the right way."

    "While we can strive for as many people to be trained in spotting, approaching and directing those at risk to the appropriate help, it will also require society opening up to the idea that this is something we need to start putting a focus on.

    "The best protective factor to suicide could very well be for everyone - from offices to homes to public areas - to start getting better at recognising distress in others and being comfortable in giving support when life calls for it."

    Here are some tips from SOS about suicide:

    How can I help those at risk of suicide or with mental health conditions?

    Having thoughts of suicide or a mental health condition is not a sign of weakness. In both instances, these individuals are going through a dark time most of us have never experienced or are unable to imagine.

    Showing support by being there for them can help them feel less alone and afraid. Trying to understand the struggles they are facing in a non-judgmental manner also lets them know that someone cares.

    You can also help by letting them know that it is absolutely alright to seek out other additional support they may require. They may already be thinking about reaching out to a related healthcare professional but may not know how or where to start. Offer to accompany them to make an appointment if necessary. Having someone there with them as they take this first step will help them feel less alone and uncertain.

    If you are worried that someone is suicidal, ask them. It could save their life. Asking about suicide in a supportive way will not put the thought in their head, and it will help them to know you care and take them seriously.

    How can we keep ourselves mentally healthy?

    It is also important to look after yourself by

    • Talking to someone you trust about issues you may be facing

    • Finding a pastime that you enjoy to break the daily monotony

    • Learning to relax and unwind to combat stress

    • Exercising to keep physically and mentally fit

    • Getting sufficient rest each day

    • Eating a healthy and balanced diet

    SOS is Singapore's only suicide prevention centre. Their services include a 24-hour hotline, Email Befriending, Crisis Support, Specialist Counselling, support for friends and family left behind after a suicide, training and outreach programmes. People in crisis, feeling suicidal or who have lost someone to suicide can call 1800 221-4444 (24-hour hotline) or email pat@sos.org.sg for emotional support. For more information, visit sos.org.sg.

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    Friday, September 29, 2017 - 18:15

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    Steven Lim has taken to social media to hit back at critics who said his recent bout with Pradip Subramanian was fake.

    In a lengthy Facebook post accompanied by photos that was published on Sep 27, he talked about the injuries he sustained during the fight as well as his competency in sparring.

    The 41-year-old YouTube personality was supposed to face Sylvester Sim as part of a celebrity fight at the Asia Fighting Championship that took place on Sep 23 at the Marina Bay Sands.

    Both men gained prominence at the Singapore Idol contest that took place back in 2004.

    One day before the match, however, Sylvester pulled out of the fight, citing issues with insurance as an explanation.

    In the Facebook post, Steven said that Sylvester's family was concerned about him going into the match without insurance.

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    Posted by Steven Lim on Wednesday, 27 September 2017

    Steven added that Sylvester wanted him to back out of the fight too, but he declined as he did not want to disappoint fans.

    Said Steven:

    "If I back out together with Sly (Sylvester), my fans tat already bought tickets sure will scream tat I have no credibility by totally won't even turn up on the day itself! Sly wanted to quit but I can't be a quitter or I will truly let my fans down!"

    Bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian was then announced as Sylvester's replacement. The 32-year-old was the president of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF).

    During the fight, Steven emerged victorious after two rounds, beating his opponent via a technical knockout.

    Subramanian appeared to be in a daze after the fight and was sent to Singapore General Hospital (SGH), where he died at around 9pm. In a preliminary medical report, SGH said that he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

    Following the conclusion of the match, some have speculated that Steven's fight was staged.

    In response, Steven posted photos of the injuries he sustained and said that he had an "aching headache that never goes away since the fight".

    He also wrote that he received "multiple punches" on his head, "especially from the first round".

    Later in the post, Steven blasted critics who questioned his competency in fighting.

    He said on Facebook

    "Some so-called martial experts claimed we dunno how to block. This must be a joke. If I dunno the basics of dodging and pary a punch, you think I dare to go up the ring and fight?

    "You don't need to block much if u can dodge punches for goodness sake.

    "I personally have fighting experiences before and my opponent even got real boxing and coaching experiences before.

    "Saying we dunno how to block is a true insult to us.

    "The pressure in the ring is very immerse and intense and dangerous and it will affect our stamina."

    Towards the end of the post, Steven explained that since both he and Subramanian accepted the fight, they had to bear the risk of becoming paralysed, breaking bones and death.

    He then ended the message off with this line:

    "Pradip is confirmed a respected fearsome warrior, I'm a no-quitter fearless fighter too. Thank you."

    AFC Holding Singapore told Stomp in a statement that Subramanian's final medical report 'will be released in 30 to 60 days'.

    The police are investigating his unnatural death.

     

    Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:18

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    A young girl was caught on camera recklessly running across a busy road when traffic lights were not in her favour.

    According to the timestamp and caption of the heart-stopping video posted on ROADS.sg, the incident took place along Tampines Avenue 1 in front of Temasek Polytechnic on Sep 17 at 5.12pm.

    In the video, the girl can be seen dashing across the road, unaccompanied, at around the 10-second mark.

    At that point, there were several cars and a huge construction vehicle on the road.

    As she was crossing, drivers had to slow down to avoid hitting her.

    Despite the presence of the vehicles, the girl continued running until she reached the other side of the road.

    She then continued running on the pavement after that.

    Towards the end of the video, a traffic police officer can be seen riding across the junction.

    It is unclear, however, if he was aware of what happened.

    Read a caption on the video:

    "When a child's life is in danger nothing else matters except her safety.

    "Parents must always teach their children the DOs and DONT'S on road safety."

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    Stomp contributor Wafiy was happy when he found a buyer for his 2007 Rolex Submariner that he had listed on online marketplace Carousell for $8,000.

    Little did he know that the buyer would attempt to scam him.

    The Stomp contributor was warded at Singapore General Hospital following an operation, so he asked his mother to bring the watch to the hospital and arranged to meet the buyer, named Joseph, there on Sep 29 at around 6pm.

    "He checked everything and looked like he was trying to authenticate my watch," said Wafiy.

    "He wanted to check the serial number which is under the lug, where the watch bracelet fits, so he needed to take out the links."

    "Suddenly, he said that the spring bar popped up and flew and dropped somewhere but assured me that it was okay and he will replace it for me or buy me a new one.

    "I think this is when he tried to swap my watch with his watch which I assume is fake. It is also a submariner but with a thicker case and ceramic, which is not the same as mine.

    "He then asked me to sign an agreement if I wanted to proceed with the sale and I did, thinking that he had the money with him.

    "After I signed, he told me he would withdraw the money downstairs and I said okay. He left the watch box on the table and left.

    "After a few minutes, he texted me again and said that he needed to withdraw on the other side of SGH and I said sure, no problem.

    "I took the box and opened it up and at one glance I knew that it was not my watch."

    Wafiy then proceeded to text Joseph that he knew it was not his watch.

    He also recalled a similar incident that was reported on Stomp.

    At first, Joseph expressed confusion and said, "What do you mean?"

    Wafiy threatened to call the police if he did not come back to return the watch, and reminded him that his personal information was at the registration desk.

    Joseph then replied that he was on his way back.

    He added, "I think I accidentally linked my watch while clarifying. I otw back to you."

    He also said that the watch he left behind was authentic and a 2014 piece.

    "I won't wanna take yours and loss (sic) that. Lol.

    "Come on bro, I won't be so stupid to identification (sic) myself if I wanna 'cheat' u. I'm a serious buyer lol."

    When Joseph came back he told Wafiy it was his mistake.

    "My bracelet had been swapped to his watch and my back case sticker had been pasted on his watch too...what a joker," said Wafiy.

    "He was also using a different watch when he came in the first place which is a Rolex Daytona. Not sure if it's fake because I was not holding it."

    Wafiy told Stomp that when Joseph arrived to switch back the watches, he then said he needed to go to the toilet.

    "Before I could ask him why he did all this, he disappeared. I didn't see him again."

    He added that he has since made a police report.

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    A 43-year-old man was arrested after a six-hour operation for his suspected involvement in importing counterfeit bags to trade.

    After an inspection on a consignment on Sep 18, Singapore Customs detained 200 bags and luggages after brand owners confirmed that they were counterfeit. The case was referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

    CID officers conducted extensive enquiries over several days. On Sep 26, officers from CID and Singapore Customs raided a warehouse along Jurong Port Road, as well as a residential unit in Punggol.

    A total of 318 counterfeit bags with an estimated street value of $11,670 were seized. Investigations are ongoing. 

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    Persons found guilty of importing, possessing or distributing goods with falsely applied trademark for the purpose of trade may be sentenced up to a maximum fine of $100,000, or an imprisonment term of up to five years, or both.

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    For housing 50 foreign workers in quarters that had poor living conditions, Singaporean dormitory operator Yeo's Brother Management faces a total of 50 charges under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA).

    According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the company operates Ama Keng Hostel, a purpose-built dormitory located at 25 Ama Keng Road. 

    Investigations revealed that there were 50 foreign workers living in quarters that had unsanitary toilet conditions, with signs of cockroach infestation and breeding of mosquitoes and flies. There were also fire hazards in the workers' quarters. 

    Such unsafe and unhygienic living conditions severely undermined the safety and well-being of the foreign workers, said MOM, who immediately ordered the dormitory operator to relocate the affected foreign workers to other approved accommodation.

    The dormitory has since ceased operations and Yeo's Brother Management has also been denied a licence under the Foreign Employee Dormitories Act.

    If convicted, the company can be fined up to $10,000 for each charge.

    MOM said it will not hesitate to take strong enforcement actions against dormitory operators, who provide poor accommodation to their resident workers. Similarly, employers who contravene any of the conditions of the work pass will also be guilty of an offence under the EFMA. 

    On top of the penalties imposed by the Courts, MOM said it will also debar employers from hiring foreign workers.

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