S'pore wins 1st SEA Games gold

Paddlers Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan have won the first gold medal at the 28th South-east Asia Games at the Singapore Indoor Stadium tonight (June 2).

The duo beat highly fancied teammates Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 3-11, 10-12, 11-7 in the women's doubles.

The men's doubles team of Gao Ning and Li Hu showed no mercy as they made light work of Thailand's Chanakarn Udomsilp and Padasak Tanviriyavechakul in the finals, winning 4-0 (11-8, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4).

Earlier in the day, Chanakarn and Padasak had stunned the home crowd as they beat Clarence Chew and Chen Feng 4-3 (11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 3-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4) in the semi-finals.

But they were no match for the power and pace of Gao and Li.

With these two medals, the national paddlers remain on track to complete a clean sweep of all seven table tennis gold medals, a feat they last achieved in Korat 2007.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said: "Congratulations to our paddlers on winning our first SEA Games gold! I'm very proud of the fighting spirit and tenacity shown by our athletes so far, and also the tremendous support from Singaporeans at all the competition venues.

"Our campaign has just started and there are more exciting days ahead of us.

"Let's keep pushing on as One Team Singapore!"

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British tank crushes woman learner driver's car

A German teenager drove her car into the path of an oncoming convoy of tanks.

The driver of the lead tank, a 24-year-old British serviceman, was unable to stop the 62-tonne vehicle.

He did, however, manage to turn the tank so that it crushed the bonnet instead of the 18-year-old learner driver.

No one was injured in the incident, which took place on a road in the small German town of Augustdorf​.

The name of the road is Panzerringstrasse, which translates to Tank Ring Road. It is often used by military vehicles.

The damage to the car is estimated to be around €12,000 (S$18,000).

The tank driver is not being blamed for the accident.

A police spokesman said: "The soldier had no chance to slow down."

Sources: The Telegraph, Independent.ie, Sky News

SEA Games challenge: TNP takes on Netball

Everyone knows that veteran netball national player Premila Hirubalan is a force to be reckoned with.

She is fearless on court, she can jump the highest in the national squad, and boy, can she banter.

But, since she plies her trade as a defender, can she shoot to save her life?

Before the three-time Asian champions started their South-east Asia (SEA) Games campaign to win their first-ever gold medal in the competition, I challenged the good doctor — she’s an anaesthetist by trade —  to a shooting challenge at the OCBC Arena, where they train and compete.

Did I beat Prem at her own game, or did I put her to sleep?

Find out here

 

 

 

S. Korea reports first two deaths from Mers; around 750 quarantined

Colourized transmission electron micrograph showing particles of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.

Two people in South Korea have died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), the first deaths in the country from the virus.

A 58-year-old woman, who had contact with South Korea’s first patient, died of acute respiratory failure on Monday (June 1), the Health Ministry said.

A 71-year-old man, who was confirmed to have the virus several days ago, died on Tuesday (June 2).

The virus has affected a total of 25 people in South Korea in two weeks.

The country now has the third highest number of cases after Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Mers virus has no known cure or vaccine.

Mers case in China

Previously, the only other fatal Mers case in Asia was a man who died in Malaysia in April 2014.

The first case in South Korea was of a 68-year-old man who had returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia. He was diagnosed on May 20.

Around 750 people who were exposed directly or indirectly to the virus have now been placed under mandatory or voluntary quarantine.

South Korean authorities have been criticised for allowing an infected man to travel to China last week despite warnings from doctors.

The 44-year-old left on a business trip on May 26, a day after his father was diagnosed with the virus. Three days later, he was confirmed to have been infected himself.

He is now on a respirator at a hospital in the province of Guangdong.

Mers is considered a deadlier cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), which appeared in 2003 and killed more than 800 around the world.

Sources: AFP, Reuters

It's not Bruce, it is Caitlyn

Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of July's Vanity Fair magazine.

At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Bruce Jenner (below) won gold in the decathlon.

In the process, he set a world record of 8616 points. He was the world's greatest athlete.

PHOTO: WALLPHO

Yesterday (June 1), after more than six decades living as a man, he revealed a new self to the world via the cover of July's Vanity Fair - as gender transitioned Caitlyn.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Caitlyn's tweet on the milestone 'broke' the Internet, smashing the Guinness record for gaining one million Twitter followers in the fastest time.

She eclipsed the previous record-holder, US President Barack Obama. 

Fans and celebrities showed their support for the 65-year-old on social media.

Time reported that Hollywood stars like Ellen DeGeneres, John Stamos and Lady Gaga tweeted their love for Jenner.

 

 

 

 

 

On Instagram, Singapore DJ Rosalyn Lee and Malaysian actress Andrea Fonseka also lauded his bravery.

 

 

 

 

In a Vanity Fair interview, she said genital surgery has yet to be performed.

But Jenner did have a panic attack when after a 10-hour facial feminisation surgery in March.

Waking up post-surgery, Jenner questioning the decision to go under the knife: "What did I do? What did I just do to myself?"

With the transition, Jenner feels Caitlyn would be a much better person than Bruce.

Since Bruce was an absent father to his four children from his first two marriages, Caitlyn is hoping to make amends by living life as a woman.

She  has opened up to her daughter Cassandra - whom Jenner said is now comfortable having girl talks with him.

Of the decision to go through gender transition in her 60s:

"If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen."

The change has been challenging.

Old habits die hard. And Caitlyn also recalls meeting a stranger recently and introduced herself as Bruce. 

 Some have also mentioned that Caitlyn bears a striking resemblance to actress Jessica Lange.

Lange herself (pictured below) has welcomed the comparisons.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Lange told The Daily Beast: “That’s so wonderful. Well now I’m going to have to look for that picture.”

 

Sources: Vanity Fair, Daily Beast

Geylang shophouse fire likely to be caused by electrical fault

SCDF removing the body of one of the Geyalng fire victims on Dec 6 2014

The Geylang shophouse fire that killed four Malaysians in December last year was most likely caused by a wiring fault of a fluorescent lighting.

On Tuesday (June 2), a coroner's inquiry was convened regarding the deaths of Mr Jubitol Rumanjing, 37, Mr Ramu Kotiah, 50, Mr Yusoff Masrong, 49, and Mr Maslan Musundo, 43.

They worked as cleaners and were found motionless in one of the rooms of the shophouse almost an hour after the fire started.

The blaze happened on Dec 6 at about 2.30am.

It was Singapore's worst fire in a decade.

One of victims had a blanket wrapped over his head. The other three were found lying face up.

All died from smoke inhalation.

The court also heard that three of their room-mates had fled the dark, smoky and burning building, despite Mr Maslan's advice to stay put.

One of the survivors was his younger brother, who has since returned to Malaysia.

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Woman mauled to death by lioness in South African wildlife park

The entrance to Lion Park where an American woman was mauled by a lioness.

An American tourist was mauled to death by a lioness at a wildlife park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The incident on Monday (June 1) happened in a wildlife park called "Lion Park."

The tourist destination is located just outside of Johannesburg.

It promises visitors a close up view of the African wildlife from the comforts of their own car.

According to The Telegraph, the 22-year-old woman was mauled to death after a lioness bit her through a car window.

Witnesses say that they saw her taking pictures of the lion from up close when it attacked them through the opened car window.

The park's spokesman, Mr Scott Simpson, told media outlets that she died despite the best efforts of the paramedics.

Her South African male companion was sent to the hospital after he sustained injuries to his arm.

The attack is the latest in a series of violent attacks in the park.

ABC News Australia reported that in March, an Australian tourist had been injured after lioness attacked him after driving through the park with his windows opened.

Just two days after that, a 13-year-old boy was attacked by a cheetah when he was riding his bicycle through the park.

Despite the loss of life, there are no plans to euthanise the lion.

“We won’t euthanise it, that’s not an option," said Mr Simpson.

Source: The Telegraph, ABC News

Thailand cause table tennis upset

Thailand provided the first upset of this SEA Games.

Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Chanakarn Udomsilp beat Singapore's Clarence Chew and Chen Feng 4-3 in a thrilling men's doubles semi-final showdown at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

Padasak and Chanakarn raced to a 2-0 lead, but were pegged back by Chew and Chen, who came back to win three games in a row.

However, the local pair were unable to sustain the pace, and the Thais won the last two games to edge the tie 4-3 (11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 3-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4) to advance to the final, where they will meet Singaporean top seeds Gao Ning and Li Hu.

As there is no third-place playoffs, Chew and Chen will collect a bronze medal for their efforts.

Chew, 19, said: "We knew we would be in for a tough fight. We made mistakes and lost the first two games too quickly.

"We were too conservative and didn't handle some points well.

"Overall, considering we are a releatively new pair who started playing together from last year, we did quite well.

"We still have the singles and team events to come, so we have to refocus."

Chen, 21, added: "This is the first time I am taking part in such a big competition so surely there were some nerves, especially in the first two games. 

"Although we got better later on, our tactics were not spot on and our play wasn't smooth today anyway.

"It is quite a pity to lose today, but hopefully we will still go on to win all the gold medals on offer in this competition."

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Maid jailed for hurting baby in Choa Chu Kang flat

The maid, an Indian national, was jailed six weeks for voluntarily causing hurt to her then-employers' nine-month-old baby.

A maid was jailed for six weeks on Tuesday (June 2) for voluntarily causing hurt to her then-employers' nine-month-old baby.

Lalkhawngaihi, 24, who is an Indian national, committed the offence in a Choa Chu Kang flat at around 4.50am on April 10.

She was angry with the child for crying and disturbing her sleep.

She dropped the girl into a cot from a height of about 15cm and pulled her right hand to drag her out of it.

The baby was sent to KK Women's and Children's Hospital where she was found to have a 1.5cm red patch near her right armpit.

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S'pore synchronised swimmers in 2nd & 3rd spots

Singapore's Natalie Chen & Debbie Soh in 3rd place with 70.4160pts at the synchronised swimming duet technical final today.

Malaysia remain on track to secure a gold medal in synchronised swimming at the 28th South-east Asia (SEA) Games, after finishing first in the duet technical final at the OCBC Aquatic Centre earlier today.

They earned a total score of 75.3436, putting them ahead of hosts Singapore, who occupy second( 73.9705 points) and third place (70.4160).

The swimmers were judged according to the categories of technical execution, artistic elements and overall impression.

The score for the duet technical final will be combined with the score for the duet free routine final, which takes place at 1pm on June 4, to determine the winners of the synchronised swimming duet medals.

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