Khaw: Cycling can be 'viable transport option' for S'pore

Cyclists cycling past National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan (in blue).

Singapore can make cycling not just recreational but a "viable transport option" for short trips, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday.

In a blog post titled "4 Wheels Good, 2 Wheels and 2 Feet Even Better", Mr Khaw wrote that cities are increasingly finding it important to make themselves friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

Here, short cycling trips to the supermarket, coffee shop, hawker centre or the nearest MRT station must be made safe and pleasant, he said.

Singapore's planning has always embraced "active mobility" - where people walk and cycle - as seen in schemes like the Park Connector Network.

Mr Khaw added that Singapore is "quite walkable", with good pavements along most roads, pedestrian priority at traffic junctions and sheltered walkways.

But it lags "way behind" cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where cycling and walking make up more than half of the modes of transport.

Cycling makes up just 1 to 2 per cent of transport modes here.

CYCLING NETWORK

Mr Khaw highlighted the National Cycling Plan, which aims to have a 700km cycling network in place by 2030.

"Next year, we will have developed 100km of intra-town cycling paths in Yishun, Punggol and Bedok," he wrote.

"Eventually, all 26 HDB towns will have similar networks to connect homes to neighbourhood centres and MRT stations."

Singapore is also exploring bike sharing schemes and increasing safe cycling education programmes, such as the Safe Cycling Programme for Youth for secondary school students.

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Junk from one flat fills five large trash containers

FILLED: (Above) Mr Tony Seah’s living room, kitchen and toilet before the clean-up.
FILLED: (Above) Mr Tony Seah’s living room, kitchen and toilet before the clean-up.
FILLED: (Above) Mr Tony Seah’s living room, kitchen and toilet before the clean-up.
DUMPING: Dr Koh Poh Koon (top) led a team of volunteers to clean up Mr Tony Seah’s flat.
DUMPING: Dr Koh Poh Koon led a team of volunteers to clean up Mr Tony Seah's flat.

It took 14 people nearly 10 hours to clear the junk from a four-room flat.

The rubbish filled five large trash containers.

The four-room flat was packed to the brim with so much junk that the owner had to climb over items just to get to the kitchen.

One volunteer said plastic food containers were stacked so high they almost reached the ceiling.

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Simona Halep upsets Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2 at WTA finals in Singapore

Serena Williams of the US reacts during her match against Simona Halep of Romania at the Womens Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin in Singapore on October 22, 2014.
Serena Williams of the US reacts during her match against Simona Halep of Romania at the Womens Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin in Singapore on Oct 22, 2014.

World number one Serena Williams suffered one of the heaviest defeats of her long and illustrious career as she was humbled 6-0 6-2 by Romanian Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.

The 18-times grand slam winner won only nine points in the opening set as her game deserted her in alarming fashion.

The double defending champion, who was on a 16-match winning streak in the event, served seven double faults and struggled for any rhythm with her groundstrokes as the world number four claimed a famous first win over the 33-year-old American.

: Simona Halep of Romania acknowledges the crowd after defeating Serena Williams of the U.S. during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 22, 2014.

Simona Halep acknowledges the crowd after defeating Serena Williams during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Oct 22, 2014.  Photo: Reuters

Williams tweeted soon after the match: In summary Simona Halep played great. Good job and Good luck.

 

The American can still make it through to the semi-finals of the season ending event but she will need to beat Canadian Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday. - Reuters

 

Video: Cute dog tries its darndest to get bread roll

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

That's how hard this cute dog worked to get a bread roll. (We counted 14 attempts.)

 

 

 

The video was uploaded earlier this week on Animals Australia's Facebook page.

We're not sure what's funnier: That it keeps checking to see if the coast is clear or that its ears swish around with every attempt.

We're just happy that all that effort was not for naught.

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Myanmar migrants retract British tourist murders confession

Mr Tun Tun Htike (left) and Madam May Thein, parents of Win Zaw Htun, one of two Myanmar workers accused of killing British tourists, crying while speaking to reporters after arriving in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and alleged they were tortured, lawyers said on Wednesday.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were charged on Oct 5 with the murder of Mr David Miller, 24, and the rape and murder of Ms Hannah Witheridge, 23.

The tourists’ battered bodies were found on the island of Koh Tao last month.

The retractions are the latest blow for Thai police who have come under widespread criticism for bungling the murder investigation amid accusations the migrants were being framed for the brutal crime.

The lead lawyer for the pair, Mr Surapong Kongchantuk​, said: "The suspects said they did not kill them, they were not involved in the incident, and they were physically abused."

Evidence from forensic tests

Thai authorities have strongly denied using the pair as scapegoats, insisting the case is built on solid evidence.

Thai national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said earlier this month: "DNA test results (from the two men) confirmed that the same DNA was found in the body of the (female) victim."

On Wednesday, prosecutors confirmed they had received a letter from the defence team in which the pair withdrew their confession and laid out allegations of torture.

Prosecution lawyer Paiboon Archavanuntakun said: "It doesn’t matter if they confessed or denied it because the court will consider evidence from forensic tests."

Last week, Thai authorities agreed to allow British police to observe the investigation after the UK expressed concerns and offered to help with the probe.

The parents of the migrant workers were expected to travel to Koh Samui prison on Wednesday to visit their detained sons, Mr Surapong said.

Source: AFP


Related report:

Thai police charge Myanmar men with murder of British tourists

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