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Food poisoning case: Mum thought her little girl was "gone"

TAKEAWAY: The food stall in Geylang where Madam Li and her husband bought the food.
TAKEAWAY: Madam Lynn Li with her daughter.

A two-year-old girl had two seizures after a bout of food poisoning last week.

Her mother, Madam Lynn Li, 28, said she suspected that this came from food the family had bought at a Geylang stall on Oct 26.

They bought a cold dish, fried dough fritters and stewed pork knuckles, staples in northern Chinese cuisine, Madam Li said.

About four hours after eating the food, the parents started having the runs but their daughter was worst hit.

Her fever would not subside and after the seizures, she was admitted to KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 4.

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EPL Hits and Misses: Tables turned on Rodgers as City rule the derby

It was nervy, but Man City are the weekend's big hits thanks to Sergio Aguero's strike in the Manchester derby. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers gets beaten with a stick he fashioned for himself. It's EPL Hits and Misses, people...

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the winner against Manchester United.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the winner against Manchester United.


Manchester City
Somewhere out there, Manuel Pellegrini must be heaving a huge sigh of relief after the Citizens scraped out of their recent run of wretched form with a vital win over their neighbours. However, while questions still linger over the champions after their nervy display towards the end, there will be numerous plus points for City to take away from their latest Manchester derby triumph apart from the bragging rights and three points. Sergio Aguero once again proved his class with the decisive goal while Yaya Toure's Man of the Match performance suggests that he still has what it takes to deliver the colossal performances that seemed to desert him in City's previous nine league games. They might be performing better at this stage than they were last season when they won the title, but with Chelsea continuing their unbeaten start to the season, City must be prepared to capitalise on any slip-up made by Jose Mourinho's men.

Made harder work of QPR than they needed to, but that's three more points on board nonetheless. While most of Chelsea's goal burden has been placed on the broad shoulders (and fragile hamstrings) of Diego Costa, the win over their London rivals was a timely reminder that Jose Mourinho has an array of midfield talent that's no slouch in front of goal either. Key to this is Chelsea's creator-in-chief Cesc Fabregas, who remains the Premier League's assist leader as his lay-off for Oscar's superb opener took his assist tally to nine.

Alan Pardew
From persona non grata among the Newcastle United faithful to the man who can do no wrong at the moment. The footballing gods have been excessively kind to Alan Pardew, with each of his decisions in recent weeks seemingly vindicated by crucial goals from the players involved. Whether it was throwing on or starting Papiss Cisse, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi or new kid on the block Ayoze Perez, Pardew has been able to find match-changing goals among his squad to fire the Magpies out of the relegation zone to place them level on points with Manchester United. Football sure is a funny game.

Alexis Sanchez
It had to be him again, hadn't it? 

Victor Wanyama
Capitalised on a goalkeeping error in fine fashion to keep high fliers Southampton in second place.

Stewart Downing
A revelation since being shunted into midfield, the Liverpool reject was key to West Ham's fight back against Stoke as he laid on the assist for Enner Valencia before scoring the equaliser himself.

Spurs and Harry Kane
A win to take some pressure off Maurico Pochettino's shoulders. While Spurs' struggles this season have been mostly overshadowed by that of Manchester United's and Liverpool's, perhaps the most encouraging sign will be the rise of Harry Kane, who came off the bench to score his Premier League goal. It might have been a deflected free-kick, but the young striker offers a viable alternative to the struggling Roberto Soldado and the inconsistent Emmanuel Adebayor. It's looks only a matter of time before Pochettino hands Kane his first EPL start.


Brendan Rodgers
"Look at Tottenham. When you spend £100 million ($206.3m), you should be challenging for the league." Perhaps Brendan Rodgers didn't foresee the sale of Luis Suarez back in April when he fashioned that particular rod for his own back, but the tables have been well and truly turned on the Liverpool manager following another defeat. Reds fans who were hoping for another push for the title following the high of last season must be seething with disappointment after Rodgers' admission that the team were yet again in transition. It's an argument that doesn't hold much water. While Liverpool's goals have predictably dried up without their talisman Suarez, the glaring defensive deficiencies from last season remain despite the arrivals of Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo for a combined fee of over £45m. With a visit to Real Madrid followed by Chelsea's visit to Anfield at the weekend, things aren't going to get any easier for Rodgers in the coming week. 

Alberto Moreno
That's what happens when you take a chance in the penalty area instead of just hoofing the ball clear with your weaker foot.

Manchester United
One step forward, two steps back. While United supporters will be pleased to see their team put up another fight especially after Chris Smalling's idiocy left them with 10 men, the Red Devils ultimately left their neighbours' home without any bragging rights or points. To make matters worse, Louis van Gaal's early-season defensive headaches are becoming a chronic migraine thanks to Smalling's sending off and a bad shoulder injury to Marcos Rojo, forcing United to finish the game at the Etihad Stadium with Luke Shaw and rookie Paddy McNair as their only specialist defenders. At least there was no thrashing. Still, van Gaal will have to decide if Michael Carrick plays in defence again or if he will pair youngsters Tyler Blackett and McNair for his next assignment against Crystal Palace.

Chris Smalling
After explicitly declaring that they don't want a red card for the derby, it's no surprise that van Gaal complained that his players weren't following his instructions on the pitch after Smalling's "stupid" second yellow card. Both of Smalling's cautions were so avoidable, it's hard to fathom what was going through his mind when he committed them.

Leicester City
Could join fellow promoted sides Burnley and QPR in the bottom three this week if Sunderland beat Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa
The goal drought might be over, but the losing streak is now up to six. Things don't look like they're going to get any better for Paul Lambert's men with West Ham and Southampton up next without the suspended Christian Benteke.

Jonjo Shelvey
​Deserves a rap on the knuckles for his silly yellow cards after just returning from suspension.

Not going anywhere from this spot any time soon.

Poll: Would you shop at Sim Lim?

A Sim Lim Square shop recently made headlines for refunding a customer $1,010 in coins.

The shop had charged the woman a total of $3,000 for an iPhone “bundle”, but was later ordered by the Small Claims Tribunal to refund about a third of it.

We want to know what you think of Sim Lim.

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11 celebrities and their awesome Halloween costumes

Xiaxue (left) and her son Dash in their Halloween costumes.

Halloween just ended and it's safe to say that almost everyone and their grandmother dressed up

All you had to do to see people in their crazy get-ups was to take a walk around Clarke Quay or go down to one of the many he countless Halloween parties that were thrown over the weekend. 

If you stayed home this year but you're feeling left out, don't worry. 

To help spark your creative juices for any future parties, here are some of the most creative costumes worn by some very famous people. Remember it and knock yourselves out next year!

  1. Xiaxue and her son as a cheerleader and a character on a horse


  2. The Sam Willows in four different outfits! V for Vendetta, a Cinco de Mayo "corpse", Rosie the riveter and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat


  3. Katy Perry as a flaming hot Cheeto

    IDFWU *drops mic*

    A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on


  4. Beyonce and Blue Ivy as Janet and Michael Jackson

    Janet and MJ

    A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on


  5. Joakim and Sonia from 987fm as Michael Jackson and Britney Spears


  6. Lucy Hale as Twitter's icon

    This year I go as the Twitter bird.

    A photo posted by Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) on


  7. The Muttons as the Kungfu Pandas

    Halloween 2014: Pongfu Kandas

    A photo posted by Muttons On The Move (@muttons) on


  8. Ed Sheeran as Austin Powers (this is a personal favourite)

    Yeah baby

    A photo posted by @teddysphotos on


  9. Iggy Azalea as a White Chicks' character

    Happy Halloween!

    A photo posted by Iggy Azalea (@thenewclassic) on


  10. Chris Colfer as Grumpy Cat

    I went to a Halloween party once. It was terrible. #GrumpyCat

    A photo posted by Chris Colfer (@hrhchriscolfer) on


  11. Neil Patrick Harris and his family as Batman characters

Sources: Instagram, Twitter, Buzzfeed

WATCH: The world's first production-ready flying car

Aeromobil 3.0 is a hybrid between a sports car and a light-sport aircraft.

Developed in Slovakia, the AeroMobil 3.0, the world's first production-ready flying car, was unveiled at the Pioneers festival in Vienna on last week (Oct 29).  

The sleek transformer has been designed to travel in road traffic and fit into parking space.

Able to transform from an automobile to a plane in seconds, the "Flying Roadster" boasts a neat steel framework and carbon-fibre body.

It's Rotax 912 engine runs on unleaded petrol and can hit speeds just exceeding 160kph on road and 200kph on air.

It has a maximum altitude of 9,800 feet and has a maximum flight range of 700km. 

"Having seen enthusiastic reactions of the global engineering and design community, we accelerated the prototyping process.

"A lot of effort went into our new creation that marks a whole new era in personal transportation," said Juraj Vaculik, Co-Founder and CEO of AeroMobil.

Want to get your hands on one? According to The Telegraph, it is expected to cost £172,000 (S$355,000). 

Source: Digjitale, The Telegraph

5 things Singapore is doing to combat the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola

A doctor in the Netherlands donning protective gear during a demonstration in a space dedicated to the treatment of patients infected with Ebola at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 4,900 people. So far, a majority of the cases have been in West African countries. But what if it arrives here?

Here's what Singapore is doing to combat the spread of the virus.

Visa restrictions

Starting Wednesday, citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will need a visa to enter Singapore.

The three West African countries are the worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic.

Currently, these citizens do not need a visa to travel here.

The health ministry said in a statement: "The visa requirement will allow for better oversight of the entry of nationals from these countries, as well as facilitate possible contact tracing."

"In addition, it will allow Singapore to inform the nationals of these countries during the visa application process of our Ebola health advisory and actions they should take, should they develop symptoms while en route or during their stay in Singapore."

Screening at airports 

Passengers from countries with Ebola cases are screened for their temperature when they arrive at Changi Airport.

File photo of thermal scanners​ used at Changi Aiport in 2009.

They also have to fill up of a health declaration card, which includes their contact details.

Those found to have fever will be taken by ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for further assessment.

Travellers who are well but identified as having possible exposure to the Ebola virus will be quarantined or put under surveillance depending on a risk assessment.

Protection for healthcare workers

Suspected Ebola patients and confirmed cases will be taken to the Communicable Diseases Centre at TTSH in a special ambulance.

If necessary, they may even be put in a portable medical isolation unit while en route.

Healthcare workers dealing with these patients will be clothed in material that will cover every inch of their body.

TTSH has 10,000 pieces of such personal protective equipment, which has to be disposed of once used.

Protection for laboratory workers

Researchers at the DSO National Laboratories have to put on a suit of protective equipment, including two pairs of gloves, when preparing blood samples from suspected Ebola patients for tests.

DSO has tested two suspected Ebola samples since August.

Beyond Ebola

As early as 2018, Singapore will get a dedicated building for managing infectious diseases which can be locked down during large outbreaks.

Called the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, it will have a screening centre which can hold 520 patients and ward cubicles that can turned into isolation rooms.

The 14-storey building will have 17 inpatient wards housing 330 beds.

Visitors, patients and staff will get their own lifts to reduce the risk of cross-infection.

The centre will be connected to TTSH.

Sources: AFP, The Straits Times

Lions unveil new jersey ahead of Asean title defence

Faris Ramli and Shahril Ishak model the new kits that Singapore will wear to defend their AFF Suzuki Cup title.
Faris Ramli and Shahril Ishak model the new kits that Singapore will wear to defend their AFF Suzuki Cup title.

Singapore have launched new jerseys for their AFF Suzuki Cup title defence later this month.

Featuring three tones of red on a chevron design meant to emphasise speed, the Lions' home kit hopes to instill local fans with the passion to help fire the team as they look to secure an unprecedented fifth Asean title.

The away kit utilises a similar design template with vibrant blue hues in place of the reds.

Both kits have obsidian black accents on the collars and cuffs.

Bernd Stange's men will kick off their Suzuki Cup campaign on Nov 23 against 2012 final opponents Thailand at the new National Stadium.