China's GDP may dip below expectations

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Committee set up for Jurong development

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Mayhem in Mongkok

BROLLY AGAINST BATON: Riot police clash with pro-democracy protesters in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong yesterday. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone early on Saturday, defying riot police who had tried to disperse them with pepper spray and baton charges.
BROLLY AGAINST BATON: Riot police clash with pro-democracy protesters in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong yesterday. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone early on Saturday, defying riot police who had tried to disperse them with pepper spray and baton charges.
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Woman offers to be 'daughter' to elderly neighbour who just lost hers

MEAGRE: Madam Yap Bie Keow (right), who lives in the two-room rental flat with her son Mr Cheng Ah Jee (left), said a typical meal would be gruel and kailan cooked over a makeshift charcoal stove.
MEAGRE: Madam Yap Bie Keow, who lives in the two-room rental flat with her son Mr Cheng Ah Jee, said a typical meal would be gruel and kailan cooked over a makeshift charcoal stove (above).
TRAGIC: Police officers removing Miss Cheng Ah Moy’s body from the flat.

Not knowing that her daughter had died in her sleep, Madam Yap Bie Keow, 81, thought that she was just being lazy.

So for four days, the retiree shared the same room with her dead daughter, Miss Cheng Ah Moy, 55.

Then last Wednesday, her kind-hearted neighbour sensed something was amiss and discovered Miss Cheng's body when she visited Madam Yap's rental flat at Bedok South Road.

Consoling her neighbour, Madam Nekmah Mahadi said: "Don't be sad. I'll be your Mei Mei (daughter) from now on."

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Too poor to afford daughter's wake

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Terminally ill patient's condition improves after emotional reunion with his pet dog

James Wathen, a 73-year-old terminally ill patient, improves after a reunion with his pet dog.
James Wathen, a 73-year-old terminally ill patient, improves after a reunion with his pet dog.

The saying that a dog is a man's best friend could not be more true for James Wathen.

The terminally ill 73-year-old patient, had stopped eating and was extremely weak. And hospital staff at his hospital in Kentucky had difficulty improving his condition.

So when Wathen whispered to a nurse that he missed his pet, a one-eyed Chihuahua named Bubba, the nurses did everything in their power to reunite the pair.

The staff had to work discreetly to make this reunion happen because the hospital banned the admission of pets.

They traced Bubba back to Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter where they found that the dog was staying with a foster family after Wathen was hospitalised.

The nurses were told that the dog had also been emotional following his separation from his owner.

Man and dog were finally reunited on Oct 11. Wathen immediately perked up as he played with his dog. 

The director of the animal shelter, Deanna Myers, said: "When Bubba was handed to James, he started to cry and then Bubba started to snuggle James and it makes you realise that animals are not just pets - they are loved ones."

 

 

The day after the reunion, nurses also reported that Wathen was eating properly and even sitting up without help. 

The hospital is now working to ensure that Bubba can regularly visit his owner - despite their no pets policy.

Source: The Independent, 6abc

Tags: pets, dog and heartwarming

Has local app Carousell turned into Carouhell? Here are seven hilarious exchanges between Carousell users

Here are seven hilarious exchanges between Carousell users.
Here are seven hilarious exchanges between Carousell users.

As always, the Internet never fails to disappoint. This time, Carousell, a local online marketplace app that allows people to buy and sell their items, is bringing us the laughs.

The app has an instant messaging function to facilitate communication between buyers and sellers. Of course, there are bound to be some... weirdos (we say it with love).

So a blogger decided to compile hilarious (and sometimes puzzling) screengrabs of real conversations on Carousell. And it is appropriately titled Carouhell.

There is also another similar blog called Carousell Comedy.

Here, we bring you the six conversations that will make you go: "Seriously?!"

1. The price is never right. In carousell, it seems the unspoken rule is to "always nego".

 

2. Because a 12-year-old boy needs an iPhone 5S

 

3. I want this... but can I buy it next year please?

 

4. This reminds me that I still have 70 per cent full Eclipse mints. What do you think ... $0.50? 

 

5. I have to say that I admire this "young boy's" confidence.

 

6. Carousell has many functions and apparently one of them is to educate others on personal hygiene. 

 

7. Meet up in London for a Fred Perry shirt?

Source: Carouhell, Carousell Comedy

PICTURES: Beijing Marathon runners wear masks due to severe haze

Participants wearing masks during a hazy day at the Beijing International Marathon in front of Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, October 19, 2014.

As if running 42.195km isn't hard enough ...

Some runners at the Beijing Marathon this morning (Oct 19) put on face and gas masks to combat the severe smog that enveloped the city and other parts of northern China over the weekend. 

The marathon, into its 34th year, kicked off at Tiananmen Square and ended at the Olympic Park. 

According to Fox News, organisers made 140,000 sponges available to the 30,000 participants, so they could clean their skin. 

According to the @BeijingAir Twitter account, the PM2.5 PSI reading in Beijing in the morning hovered between 300 and 400 - which is considered hazardous.

PHOTOS: AFP

Sources: Xinhua, Fox News, @BeijingAir

No safety personnel deployed at K-pop concert that killed 16 people

There were no safety personnel deployed at the outdoor pop concert that killed 16 after a ventilation grate collapsed.
There were no safety personnel deployed at the outdoor pop concert that killed 16 after a ventilation grate collapsed.

​No safety personnel were deployed at an outdoor concert for K-pop group 4Minute where the collapse of a ventilation grate killed 16 people and injured nine others, said South Korean police.

"From the beginning, there were no safety personnel for the concert," said a police spokesman.

Officials from Edaily, a Korean Internet news provider that financed and organised the concert, were also questioned.

On Sunday, the chairman of Edaily, Kwak Jae Sun, apologised to the families of those killed and said his company will take responsibility if they were found to be accountable for the fatal incident.

"An unexpected incident happened due to structural problems and negligence," he said. "As a responsible news company and a host of the event, we will assume responsibility if there is any."

Victims fell 18m into underground carpark

When the grate collapsed, victims fell 18.7 metres down into an underground parking area.

Amateur video footage obtained by television stations showed shocked spectators surrounding the collapsed grate as the popular k-pop girl group 4Minute, apparently oblivious to the accident, continued performing on stage.

 

 

Witnesses have told media there were no security guards or safety fences to prevent spectators overflowing, with dozens of people chanting and dancing on the grating despite warnings by show organisers.

Lack of emphasis on safety in Korea

“Over the past decades, economic expansion always took precedence over safety concerns, resulting in a lack of safety consciousness among Koreans,” said Seoul National University professor Chung Jae-Hee.

The country is still grappling with the aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster in April that left more than 300 dead, most of them high school students.

That tragedy prompted government promises of a national review of safety standards, as it became clear that poor regulatory oversight was a major contributor to the scale of the tragedy.

- AFP

Related report: S. Korean official found dead after 16 die in concert accident

Singapore orchid hybrid to be named after tennis star - will it be Sharapova, Williams or Wozniacki?

An orchid will be named after the Singles winners of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals.
An orchid will be named after the Singles winners of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) finals.

For ten days, Singapore will host the world's top eight tennis players who will be taking part in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals in Singapore.

Yes, that means more photos of the likes of Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova at the selfie-place of choice - atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

Unfortunately, these stars will leave Singapore once the tournament is over.

But the champions will be here in Singapore forever. Well, kind of. 

The Singapore Botanic Gardens will be naming an orchid hybrid after the singles winner, echoing a practice where orchids are often named after State Visitors and VIPs. 

The orchid hybrid is a Dendrobium Pramat x Burana Charming (below).

Will there be an orchid named Dendrobium Sharapova? Maybe it could even be called Charming Caroline Wozniacki?

While this is not the first time orchids are being named after famous people, this will be the first time Singapore will be naming an orchid after a sports personality.

Here are other VIPs that have had orchids named after them:

1. Doritaenopsis Sir Elton John

 

2. Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana: She died before her trip to Singapore where the orchid was scheduled to be named after her. When Prince William and his wife visited Singapore in 2012, they also paid a visit to the orchids named after Princes Diana.

3. Vandaenopsis Nelson Mandela

4. Vanda William Catherine (named after the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Prince William and Kate Middleton)

Sources: Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Orchid Garden

Photos: SPH Photos

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