Pop by for sports workshops

FUN AND GAMES: The Pop Up Clinic workshops will involve modified sports to suit people of all ages and abilities.

He suffered a stroke last year and can no longer remember how he was before.

Mr Chang Phan Yong, 42, can only remember that he had fainted,and has been feeling weak on his right side ever since.

"I try to do as many things as I can on my own," said the bachelor, who lives alone.

"But volunteers from Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities help me with the housework."

Mr Chang can walk short distances unaided, but relies on a motorised wheelchair to get around.

He has been doing strengthening exercises at home, but is "very excited to learn new sports" at the Pop Up Clinic workshops today.

He was invited to the event by SPD, formerly known as the Society for the Physically Disabled.

Pop Up Clinic is an initiative by the People's Association (PA) along with various sports partners to make sports accessible to all Singaporeans.


"It is to showcase to our residents that they can do sports any time and anywhere, at their convenience," said Mr Michael Foo, director of the community sports division of PA.

Pop Up Clinic workshops will be held today at Tampines Central Park from 5pm to 8pm.

Those interested in having a go at new and modified sports can attend the workshops.

Residents from Tampines Central and Tampines West can expect modified games of tennis and Ultimate Frisbee by the Singapore Tennis Association and Freakshow, an Ultimate Frisbee club.

The workshops hope to demonstrate how open spaces can be easily converted into areas for sports. The game play will also be modified to suit people of all ages and abilities.

Mr Foo said: "The main purpose is to make these sports friendly for everyone, even children and the disabled."

After today's event, Singaporeans can look forward to eight more workshops at the Singapore Community Games Finals at Republic Polytechnic on June 5.

"By the end of Pop Up Clinic, community sports clubs will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to organise modified sports for their residents according to their requirements," said Mr Foo.

Mr Chang, who encourages everyone to stay active, said: "If I can do it, so can everyone.

"Most importantly, do not give up, because the world is filled with warmth and kindness."

The 10 girls who've made it to Round 2 of New Face

Our social media hunt on Instagram is over and 10 girls were picked to bypass the walk-in auditions.


Arinah Zaimah, 16, is a defender in the Singapore Under-19 girls' football team and she feels her football training will help her in the competition.

Said the CHIJ St Joseph's Convent student: "Through soccer, I learnt how to be strong and tough, not just physically, but mentally as well.

"People are going to judge you during the competition, so I feel that soccer trains me to be tough enough to (put up with it)."

Arinah made it to Round 2 of New Face last year, but did not crack the top 25. This year, she hopes to do better.

"I'm more confident about my (photo-taking) angles now," she explained.


Amanda Yong, a public policy and global affairs student at Nanyang Technological University, is relieved she can compete this year.

The 21-year-old said: "I had wanted to take part for two to three years, but I always missed out because coincidentally, my family had made holiday plans (during the audition period)."

Amanda's family did not book a holiday this time around so she is able to take part.

She said: "I've heard about the experience (of taking part in New Face) and the people that the contestants meet. I want that kind of exposure and training."

The 1.63m-tall contestant hopes her height will not put her at a disadvantage.

"But it won't affect me. If you want to compare, there's no end to it. It'll just make you sad."


At 14, La'Keysha Lee may be the youngest, but she is definitely not a newbie.

The CHIJ St Joseph's Convent student, whose dad is African-American and whose mum is Chinese, was a child model and took part in a beauty pageant when she was only seven.

But she said it was not a pleasant experience.

"The (other) girls said I was ugly, cannot make it and looked fat in the dress," she said.

She said she lost her confidence and stopped modelling and joining pageants. Now that she is older, she believes her self-esteem has improved.

"My mum saw the ad for New Face and told me to give it a chance.

"I think New Face is a stepping stone for a (modelling) career. I plan to pursue modelling since it has always been my dream."

Tune in to a live telecast of The New Face 16 walk-in audition on our Facebook page tomorrow 
from 1pm

In general, my luck with contests has never been that good, so I was pleasantly surprised that I was selected.

- Vahbiz Chinoy, 18, marketing student at SIM University

I hope to be confident and be myself, and push my insecurities aside.

- Shida Nasir, 18, hotel management student at Shatec Institutes

I was quite surprised I was picked because (there are) quite a few good-looking girls.

- Faustina Pang, 20, marketing student at SIM Global Education

I'm interested in the fashion world and I think fashion is a part of the arts that shouldn't be overlooked.

- Sage Lee, 19, student at Lasalle College of the Arts

My mum urged me to try. She thinks I look a little different from others, so maybe my exotic features will (set me apart)."

- Iqra Ahmer, 17, student at CHIJ St Joseph's Convent

I'm not really a confident person... But I will fake it till I make it.

- Cheryl Goh, 16, student at Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design

As I grow older, I want to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone.

- Gabriella Choo, 18, business management student at Kaplan Higher Education Academy

For more pictures of the contestants, 
go to tnp.sg


No trains to catch their planes

Chaos at KL airport

STUCK: Passengers were temporarily stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport's main terminal building yesterday when the aerotrains and escalators stopped functioning.
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Lorry driver jailed eight months for fatal crash

CRASH: Lorry driver Selvarasu Baskar was jailed for causing the accident that killed Mr Wong For Choon.
CRASH: Lorry driver Selvarasu Baskar was jailed for causing the accident that killed Mr Wong For Choon.

He did not slow down while he was making a right turn at the junction of Bukit Batok Road and Jurong Town Hall Road.

Lorry driver Selvarasu Baskar, 27, also failed to stop at the right turning pocket and check for oncoming traffic as he was heading towards the Pan Island Expressway around 5.40am on Jan 5.

As a result, a white Mercedes-Benz, which had the right of way, hit the left side of his lorry before bursting into flames.

The driver, vegetable wholesaler Wong For Choon, 63, was trapped in his car, and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers had to extricate him with hydraulic rescue tools.

He was pronounced dead at the scene about 30 minutes later. An autopsy later revealed that Mr Wong died of multiple fractures to his skull.

Selvarasu, an Indian national, was yesterday jailed eight months and disqualified from driving for eight years after pleading guilty to one count of performing a rash act.

The New Paper reported on Jan 6 that Mr Wong was driving from Pasir Panjang to his home in Choa Chu Kang when the accident happened.

According to court documents, he was travelling along Jurong Town Hall Road towards Bukit Batok Road.


The impact caused both vehicles to veer to the right, and Mr Wong's car caught fire.

Selvarasu was flung through the windscreen of the lorry, which continued to surge forward. It hit the front right portion of a stationary trailer before stopping.

He was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and given two days of medical leave.

For committing the rash act, Selvarasu could have been jailed up to five years and fined.

6 charged under anti-terrorism Act

Bangladeshis arrested over ISIS-linked plot

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Police reports against TISG, 2 individuals

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Anti-vaxx parents looking at fines

Some don't inoculate their children against measles despite law. Other parents say: 'It's irresponsible and inconsiderate'

If you refuse to vaccinate your child against measles, you may soon be in trouble with the law.

The Health Ministry (MOH) is considering prosecuting non-compliant parents if they cannot be persuaded to protect their children against this highly infectious disease, MOH told The New Paper.

Measles and diphtheria vaccinations are compulsory under the Infectious Diseases Act in Singapore.

Replying to queries from TNP, an MOH spokesman said that under the law, parents who fail or refuse to inoculate their kids will be fined up to $500 for the first offence and up to $1,000 for the second or subsequent offence.

"We work closely with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to educate the public on the importance of disease prevention through early childhood vaccinations.

"HPB also sends out reminders to parents if there is no record of vaccination," she said.

JAB: In Singapore, children are given their first dose of MMR at 12 months, while the second dose is administered between 15 and 18 months.

Yet, there are some parents who do not inoculate their children despite it being mandatory.

MOH, in an earlier press release announcing a spike in the number of measles cases, had called for pre-school children "who have missed one or both doses of measles vaccination, to be vaccinated without delay".

Dr Chan Poh Chong, who heads the division of General Ambulatory Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the National University Hospital, said that as measles and rubella are viral infections that can affect the young - sometimes causing serious complications - it is important that children are vaccinated as soon as they can be.

He said: "Vaccination is the best way to prevent outbreaks, and when outbreaks occur, keeping children affected by measles till they are not infectious would be ideal.

"Giving vaccination even after exposure can prevent or at least reduce the severity and period of infection even if they develop the disease."

Dr Low Kah Tzay, a paediatrician with Mount Elizabeth Hospital, added: "Measles is one of the most contagious viral disease and is said to cause 90 per cent secondary infection in non-immune household contacts.

"There is no effective treatment, only supportive management. Therefore, adults who look after young children should be vaccinated to protect vulnerable children below one year old."

Dr Low said that doctors notify the Health Ministry after administering a dose of vaccine.

"The role of the healthcare provider is to encourage and educate and not be punitive and punish," he said.

Parents TNP spoke to said that those who do not vaccinate their children against measles are selfish and socially irresponsible.

Childcare specialist Serene Chan, 54, said that her daughter, who is a mother, feels strongly about vaccination.

"She is very upset that people can choose not to vaccinate (their children). It affects other people and puts other children at risk. They shouldn't be allowed to choose," said the grandmother of a three-month-old boy.


A mother who sends her twins, aged four, to a kindergarten where there are children of other nationalities, said: "There are a few children at the school whose parents are anti-vaxxers (people who are anti-vaccines).

"They believe that vaccines cause autism in children and that children fare better if they develop antibodies for diseases naturally. Their kids are not vaccinated and it is worrying."

Ms Liew Hanqing, 34, who runs a writing consultancy, said: "It is irresponsible and inconsiderate to forget to vaccinate your children. There is really no excuse for it. Even if you were to forget, HPB will send you reminders to do so."

The mother of three - two boys, aged six and four, and an eight-month-old girl - said she is "not so concerned about my older kids passing to her because both boys are up to date with their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations".

"But I will minimise taking her out to places where there are a lot of older kids," she said.

Mrs Christine Hoe, 37, has also decided to minimise her 11-month-old daughter's time in crowded places "until next month when she gets her MMR vaccine".

"I am not only protecting her, it is also my social responsibility," she said.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent outbreaks, and when outbreaks occur, keeping children affected by measles till they are not infectious would be ideal. Giving vaccination even after exposure can prevent or at least reduce the severity and period of infection even if they develop the disease.

- Dr Chan Poh Chong

Measles: Symptoms and complications

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