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Stay away from these sex products

Sparta X is an illegal sexual enhancement product.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is warning the public against consuming four illegal sexual enhancement products.

They contain potent undeclared chemical ingredients, including the prescription medicine sildenafil, which is used in the treatment of male impotence.

The products are: Mr Zack Powerbro, Sparta X, Magic Penis and unlabelled dark green capsules.

The HSA said these products may cause serious adverse effects, including loss of vision and hearing, strokes and heart attacks.

Anyone with information on these illegal products may call HSA's enforcement branch at 6866-3485 during office hours or email hsa_is@hsa.gov.sg

Prices of HDB resale flats dip in November

HDB flats in Toh Yi estate, taken on 4 March 2014.

Housing Board resale prices fell 0.8 per cent last month and the number of transactions slipped, after having risen in the previous two months, according to flash figures from Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX) yesterday.

Prices fell across all flat types, dipping 0.8 per cent, 1.2 per cent, 0.2 per cent and 2.2 per cent for three-, four-, five-room and executive flats respectively.

There were 1,350 resale flats sold in November, down 13.1 per cent from the 1,553 transactions in October. But this was still 11.4 per cent more than the 1,212 units sold in November 2013.

Resale prices are at a 40-month low since August 2011. They have fallen 9.8 per cent since their peak in April 2013.

In a statement, ERA Singapore said that in the absence of any change to the current resale policies and loan criteria, "we can expect resale HDB prices to continue its decline in 2015 by another 5-8 per cent for the whole year".

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The latest figures also show that an apparent price rise last month was not actually the case.

In the initial figures for October, the SRX HDB price index edged up 0.1 per cent after eight consecutive months of decline.

But in the updated figures yesterday, the resale index was shown to have actually fallen 0.1 per cent in October. This means that November's 0.8 per cent fall is the 10th drop in a row.

Last month's resale market slump also meant that resale buyers were once more paying less than SRX's estimated market value for their flats.
In October, for the first time in 19 months, resale buyers were paying a median sum of $1,000 more than SRX's estimated market value, or X-Value.

But last month, buyers were paying a median of $3,000 under X-Value instead.

Tags: hdb and resale prices

More security at SMRT depot

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ERRANT RETAILERS AT SIM LIM SQUARE

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SIM LIM'S SAGA

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Sim Lim salesmen flee photographers, reporters after police raid

RUNNING MAN: One of the men, believed to be working at Mobile Apps, hiding his face with the hood of his sweater as he makes a break for it.
RUNNING MAN: Police removing boxes from mobile phone retailer Gadget Terminal.
CLEARED: (Above) Reporters and photographers waiting outside Mobile Apps for nearly two hours before plain-clothes policemen removed two large boxes and a smaller one from Mobile Apps, leaving empty shelves.
CLEARED: Reporters and photographers waiting outside Mobile Apps for nearly two hours before plain-clothes policemen removed two large boxes and a smaller one (above) from Mobile Apps, leaving empty shelves.
CLEARED: Reporters and photographers waiting outside Mobile Apps for nearly two hours before plain-clothes policemen removed two large boxes and a smaller one from Mobile Apps, leaving empty shelves (above).

Faced with a squad of photographers and reporters, three men dashed out of a shop with their faces covered as soon as the shutters of a shop at Sim Lim Square were open yesterday afternoon.

Believed to be working at mobile phone shop Mobile Apps, the men had earlier been behind the shutters while a police raid was being conducted in their shop.

Apart from Mobile Apps, on the first storey, another mobile phone shop, Gadget Terminal on the second storey, was also raided.

Police confirmed that they are investigating the two shops, following reports lodged against them.


Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 5.

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60 people trapped in Sentosa monorail rescued

Two of the trapped passengers climb down from the stranded monorail train.
SCDF personnel rescuing people trapped inside the Sentosa Express in the early hours of Friday morning (Dec 5). The train stalled between Imbiah and Beach stations late on Thursday night (Dec 4).
SCDF personnel rescuing people trapped inside the Sentosa Express in the early hours of Friday morning (Dec 5). The train stalled between Imbiah and Beach stations late on Thursday night (Dec 4).

About 60 people were trapped on the Sentosa Express, commonly known as the monorail, late Thursday night (Dec 4).

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman told The New Paper they got a call for help at about 11.30pm.

A spokesman from Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) said the breakdown occurred at 10.10pm. 

The train, bound for VivoCity, stalled between the Imbiah and Beach stations.

One Twitter user, @xavi_haikal, posted the following picture from inside the stalled vehicle:

 

 

The SCDF sent one fire engine, a red rhino, an ambulance and two support vehicles for the rescue operations. They used two ladders to allow passengers to climb down from the train.

Some of the passengers were seen being carried out on a stretcher. 

The SCDF spokesman said for safety reasons, each passenger has to wear a helmet and be secured by a safety line before coming down the ladder.

Shuttle buses and taxis were arranged for those who wanted to leave Sentosa from Imbiah and Beach stations, said the SDC spokesman. 

3:24 am update: The last trapped passenger was rescued at 1.54am.

The Twitter user, @xavi_haikal, later posted this update: 

Latest (5am) statement from Sentosa Development Corporation (​SDC): 

At 10.10pm, the Sentosa Express, the island's lightrail transport system, experienced a service disruption. A two-carriage train, bound for VivoCity, was stalled between the Beach and Imbiah Stations.

There were 61 guests and staff onboard the train at that time and immediate efforts were made to bring them to safety in accordance with standard rescue operating procedure.

This involved transferring them to a rescue train that would bring them back to the nearest Imbiah Station.

However, due to technical difficulties in moving the rescue train, the SCDF was eventually called in to assist with the rescue operations.

All the passengers were successfully rescued, with the last passenger being brought to safety at 2am.

Ta​xi transportation was arranged to send them home.

Investigations on the cause of the service disruption are currently ongoing. 

- Additional reporting by Gavin Foo

Woman loses a litre of blood after having sex for the first time

A young woman lost a litre of blood after having sex for the first time, reported Malaysia newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau.

Miss Xiao Yun from Wuhan, China, reportedly had a serious tear near her cervix and had to be rushed to hospital for treatment.

The report said she and her boyfriend of one year decided to have sex to celebrate her 21st birthday last month. 

But the woman felt excruciating pain during sex. 

Her boyfriend, who was also a virgin, quickly called the police.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where doctors found a 3cm tear on her cervix and blood gushing out from an artery.

The Chinese daily quoted an expert who said that such incidents were rare.

Source: The Star

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra regains sexiest Asian woman title

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was named the world's sexiest Asian woman by UK-based weekly newspaper Eastern Eye on Thursday.

The 32-year-old A-list star, who last won the title in 2012, took the No 1 spot on the top 50 list after a public poll, which saw over 10 million votes being cast around the world.

TV actress Drashti Dhami​, who had led the voting at one stage, came in a close second, while TV actress Sanaya Irani came in third.

Last year's winner Katrina Kaif ended up in fourth place.

 

 

Chopra said: "Someone once told me sexy is what sexy does and you do it best when you are being yourself. I don't know what I did to deserve this but I'll happily accept this title.

"I am very flattered to have been named Eastern Eye's sexiest woman once again. The fact that this is decided from a public poll across the world makes it even more special to me."

Eastern Eye showbiz editor Asjad Nazir, founder of the “Sexiest Asian” list and chair of the judging panel, described Chopra as an important international icon for India. 

"Priyanka has become a strong symbol of girl power with projects like 'Mary Kom' and represented her country admirably around the world. That is why more women than men actually voted for her this year, and why she was trending across Twitter during the voting process," he said. 

 

 

The 2014 rankings trended heavily on social media across India and Pakistan during the voting process.

The list of the top 50 Sexiest Men is due to be released next week. 

Source: The Star 

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