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  1. another safe way is go those legal brothel they need to go for std test monthly or every 3 month (cant remember, i did ask them before)
  2. nowaday i just seek for HJ only or bj with condom now too old for all these shit
  3. SINGAPORE: There has been a significant rise in COVID-19 infections in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (Dec 2), urging people to keep up to date with their vaccinations. The number of estimated COVID-19 infections doubled to 22,094 in the week of Nov 19 to 25, compared with 10,726 in the previous week. Advertisement “The average daily COVID-19 hospitalisations and ICU cases have remained stable,” the ministry added. MOH said the rise in infections could be due to factors such as the year-end travelling season and waning population immunity. EG.5 and its sub-lineage HK.3 remain the predominant subvariants in Singapore, accounting for more than 70 per cent of the cases sequenced. “Currently, there is no indication that the predominant subvariants are more transmissible or cause more severe disease compared to other circulating variants,” MOH said. GLOBAL RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES Noting the rise in respiratory illnesses in northern-hemisphere countries in the winter months, the ministry said the overall incidence of respiratory illnesses in Singapore has remained stable over the past month. “There is no indication of increases in severe respiratory illness, including in children,” it added. China, which has seen a surge in "influenza-like illness" since mid-October, said the spike was due to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the circulation of known pathogens, namely influenza and common bacterial infections that affect children, including mycoplasma pneumonia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Chinese authorities said they have not detected any “unusual or novel pathogens” in the north of the country. Singapore’s Health Ministry noted that to date, the WHO has stated that the increasing trend of respiratory illnesses is not unexpected due to the onset of the winter season. COVID-19 infections contribute towards the overall number of respiratory illness cases in Singapore. MOH advised people to keep up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, recommending an additional dose at around one year after their last vaccine dose for those aged 60 and above, medically vulnerable people as well as residents of aged care facilities. “Beyond this group, all individuals aged six months and above are also encouraged to receive the additional dose, particularly for healthcare workers and household members/caregivers of medically vulnerable individuals,” the ministry added. “MOH continues to monitor the global and local situations closely. With the start of the peak season for travelling overseas, MOH would like to remind all travellers to be vigilant and to adopt relevant travel precautions.” People can get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Joint Testing and Vaccination Centres. They may also receive their jabs at these clinics. Source: CNA/gs
  4. The owner of a digital lock business housed in a Yishun industrial building claims government officials told him he would have to pay more than S$260,000 to continue using his unit as a showroom. The owner, Ronn Teo, 33, said he could not pay the "land betterment charge" and had to close the businesses he owned at the industrial hub on Nov. 9, 2023, in compliance with the authorities' demands. Teo said in an interview with Mothership that he felt the charges were too expensive for smaller businesses. He claimed many other showrooms in the area are operating as normal and claimed they don't have to pay a "Land Betterment Fee". Issued enforcement notice for using factory space as showroom Earlier in May, Teo opened My Digital Lock Pte Ltd (Yishun) at level 1 of A' Posh Biz Hub at 1 Yishun Industrial Street 1. Image from My Digital Lock (Yishun) on Google. He opened an interior design showroom in an adjoining unit a few months later. He said that in September, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) officials checked his units and found that he was operating them as showrooms without the requisite planning permissions. URA guidelines state that showrooms in industrial estates are confined to the first floor or basement and subject to "land betterment charges", as the land is primarily designated for use by factories. Teo was issued an enforcement notice and required to cease operating the units as a showroom by Nov. 9 or potentially face fines and a jail term. He complied by shuttering his businesses. Previously, Teo had received a similar enforcement notice after he was found to be running a showroom and office on the second floor of the same building. That was what prompted his move to the first-floor units in November 2022. Felt the charges were too much Teo told Mothership that he felt he had no choice but to close shop as the alternative — paying over S$260,000 of land betterment charges for each of his units — was too much. The price was quoted in an invoice from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), which he received in May after buying the space. The charges would have to be paid every three years. Screenshot from Teo. Teo said that he had already spent upwards of S$500,000 on the business, so the land betterment charges represented a sizeable added cost. "Who has that kind of money?" he questioned. He expressed that other small businesses like his would probably struggle to afford those charges. Aftermath Following the closure of his businesses, Teo said he is exploring alternative options with his legal team, such as replanning the space to reduce land betterment fees or paying it in instalments. He does not know when he might be able to resume operations. Since then, at least five of Teo's 85 employees have resigned as he could not offer them positions elsewhere. Teo felt that his business had been unfairly singled out. He claimed at least 40 other showrooms were operating in the Yishun industrial estate alone, including many in the same building. Owner set up showroom without approval: URA and SLA In response to media queries, URA and SLA confirmed in a joint statement that the primary use of the A' Posh Biz Hub industrial building is for factories and warehouses. The authorities said that Teo himself had submitted a land use application in March for the space to be converted into a showroom. After evaluation, URA informed Teo that the application would be approved, provided he paid the land betterment fee in advance. The authorities clarified that using the factory space as a showroom for commercial purposes would increase the value of the land. As Teo was unwilling to pay the fees, URA notified him in April that his application would not be approved, so he was not permitted to set up a showroom. In September, when law enforcement officers inspected the premises, they found that the space was being used as a showroom, so they issued a notice for the units' closure. According to a written parliamentary reply on Nov. 22, 2023, the URA investigates potential infringements involving commercial properties based on public tip-offs and regular checks. As of October, 56 violations were detected and enforced against in 2023.
  5. One woman in Singapore was eagerly looking forward to her McSpicy meal after a hard day of work. The woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, told Mothership that she had made the order via McDelivery from McDonald's Woodlands Mart on Nov. 28. The spread included a McSpicy meal, a double Mcspicy meal and a nugget meal for her and her family. Add cheese However, the sight that greeted her when she finally unboxed her meal left much to be desired. The woman had added extra cheese to both burgers — McSpicy burgers typically do not include cheese. Photo from Mothership reader The cheese was certainly added, but not inside the burger. What she found instead was cheese supposedly plastered to the top of the buns for not one, but both burgers. Photo from Mothership reader Some of the cheese was stuck to the lid of the box, making for a rather messy sight. Photo from Mothership reader "It was unappealing and it makes me feel like I’m a joke," the woman lamented. "I mean what’s the point of having cheese on top of it???" The woman acknowledged that the staff might have been busy, but noted that this was still a meal customers pay for. After the incident, she also declared that the standard of McDonald's food has been dropping. She claimed that she reached out to McDonald's to inform them of the incident, but did not receive any reply. Mothership has reached out to McDonald's for more information.
  6. SINGAPORE: Singapore saw 10 per cent more newly diagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases among residents in the first 10 months of 2023 than it did during the same period last year, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (Dec 1). A total of 188 cases were reported between January and October, MOH said in an update on the HIV and AIDS situation in the country. Advertisement This comes after three consecutive years of declining cases, with last year’s number – 202 cases – being the lowest since 1998. There were 250 new HIV infections in 2021, 261 in 2020, and 323 in 2019. Of the 104 cases reported between January and June, 97 per cent were male and 48 per cent had a late-stage HIV infection at the time of their diagnosis, which is 11 per cent lower than the figure for the same period last year. Twenty-seven per cent were aged between 30 and 39, while 21 per cent were 40 to 49 years old and 23 per cent were 50 to 59 years old. Sexual intercourse remained the main mode of HIV transmission, accounting for 96 per cent of the cases reported in the first half of the year, MOH said. Heterosexuals accounted for 28 per cent of the 104 cases, while 68 per cent of the cases occurred in men who have sex with men. This includes men who reported sexual activity with men and women, who accounted for 4 per cent of cases. One case occurred as a result of intravenous drug use. More than half of the newly reported cases – 58 per cent – were detected during the course of medical care, of which a greater proportion were at a late stage of HIV infection compared with other modes of detection, MOH said. Another 13 per cent were detected through routine programmatic HIV screening, while 18 per cent were detected through self-initiated HIV screening. The rest were detected through other forms of screening. A higher proportion of men who have sex with men had their infections detected via self-initiated HIV screening compared to heterosexuals, at 25 per cent and 3 per cent respectively. In a public advisory, MOH said that every adult should get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime regardless of risk factors. “Individuals who engage in high-risk sexual behaviours should go for regular HIV testing every three to six months,” the ministry added. MOH also said that knowing one’s HIV status enables one to receive treatment early and prevent others from getting infected. “With early and effective treatment, persons living with HIV can lead lives no different from others,” the ministry said. “Although there is no cure for HIV, persons living with HIV can be treated with antiretroviral therapy which is effective at controlling the infection. “This also provides an opportunity to protect their partners from infection as people living with HIV who are on regular treatment and have an undetectable viral load have practically no risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners.” It noted that 94 per cent of Singapore’s residents who are living with HIV and undergoing treatment have achieved an undetectable viral load. MOH added that the most effective way to avoid contracting HIV is to remain faithful to one’s spouse or partner and to avoid casual sex or sex with sex workers. The ministry also strongly advised those who have multiple sexual partners or engage in casual or commercial sex to use condoms consistently and correctly to reduce their risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. “In addition, preventive measures like HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis are highly effective when used as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy,” MOH said. Source: CNA/ga(kg) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/singapore-newly-diagnosed-hiv-cases-residents-january-october-2023-3958911
  7. From Dec 1, all foreigners travelling to Malaysia will have to fill up the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC). The Immigration Department of Malaysia said on Facebook on Dec 1 that the online card will have to be completed before arrival. According to the Immigration Department’s MDAC website, exceptions are given only to Malaysia’s permanent residents, Malaysia Automated Clearance System pass holders and those transiting or transferring through Singapore without seeking immigration clearance. The website said the MDAC card should be completed within three days before arrival in Malaysia. Travellers will have to fill up their personal particulars, including name, nationality, passport details and arrival as well as departure dates at this website. In January 2023, Singaporeans were allowed to use e-gate facilities at the two land entry points in Johor Bahru, with the pre-filling of the MDAC as a condition. This was expanded a month later to allow Singaporeans and foreigners from nine “low-risk” countries to use the autogate facilities to clear immigration at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 and the second terminal, KLIA Terminal 2.
  8. SINGAPORE: In 2018, Ms Dawn Cher decided to store her first child's cord blood with private cord blood bank Cordlife after considering, among other factors, the company's track record and its accreditation. The founder of personal finance blog SG Budget Babe did the same when her second child was born three years later. The mother of two was "crushed" to find out on Thursday (Nov 30) that her children’s cord blood could have been compromised by Cordlife’s missteps. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that it was investigating Cordlife - Singapore's longest-running cord blood bank - after seven of its tanks storing cord blood units were exposed to temperatures above acceptable limits. Cord blood, which contains stem cells, may be used in stem cell transplants to treat blood diseases and some cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, should the baby develop such illnesses in the future. Around 2,200 cord blood units belonging to approximately 2,150 clients have been damaged with another 17,000 clients possibly affected. Cordlife, which is listed on the Singapore Exchange, has since reached out to some parents via email about the blunder. But customers have criticised the vagueness of the email, and complained about the seeming lack of transparency and accountability from the company. MOH conducted its first unannounced audit on the company on Aug 15 this year following a complaint from a member of the public in July. The ministry conducted another audit from Nov 16 to Nov 21. The audits showed that Cordlife's cryopreserved cord blood units had been exposed to temperatures above acceptable limits in seven of its 22 storage tanks at different periods, dating back to November 2020. CLIENTS KEPT IN THE DARK Many have taken to the company’s Facebook page to air their unhappiness, asking why Cordlife had not contacted clients before the news broke. One of them, a father of two, told CNA he stored his two children’s cord blood with the bank in 2006 and 2012 after learning that it had stem cells that could help with medical treatment in the future if needed. The 45-year-old business owner declined to be named in case it affected his dealings with Cordlife. Cordlife has since requested for the man’s information for follow-up, but has yet to confirm if his children’s cord blood were affected. He has not received any email from Cordlife yet. “My confidence in the company is definitely shaken. But I am concerned with the costs and potential risks involved in transferring. I am still waiting for their reply if our cord blood is affected and will decide after. I am disappointed that Cordlife had concealed the lapses for such a long period of time.” CNA has seen two versions of emails sent by Cordlife to clients. In one, the company states: “We wish to inform you that we detected an irregular temperature reading in seven of our cryogenic storage tanks in Singapore.” The company adds that it is still in the process of conducting a thorough investigation into what happened and is testing the donated cord blood samples stored across all tanks to determine the viability of the stem cells, and sought for clients’ patience. The other version, which is more specific, states: "We have detected an irregular temperature reading in the cryogenic storage tank in which your child's cord blood unit is stored." The email goes on to state that assessments by MOH have concluded that cord blood units within this tank are unlikely to be suitable for stem cell transplant at this point. Both emails state that if cord blood is subsequently found to be unviable for cord blood transplants or for therapeutic purposes, the company will make “every effort” to find a suitable replacement cord blood for the clients’ child. In its reply to CNA’s queries, Cordlife specified that this would involve working with public cord blood banks worldwide to source for a suitable match. For homemaker Lim Sze Tein - who is among those who have received the email - the news reports and correspondence from Cordlife had left her sleepless last night, she told CNA. “I just want to say it is not fair. I don't know how or what to feel,” said the 46-year-old, whose elder daughter’s cord blood has been stored with Cordlife since 2009. “They knew what happened since 2020 and they kept quiet about it. “It is unthinkable that something like this can happen and they seem so nonchalant about it. All that corporate speech is disgusting. There is zero empathy.” According to a filing on the Singapore Exchange, Cordlife Group Limited’s executive director and group chief executive officer Tan Poh Lan resigned from her positions on Oct 27. “Ms Tan has informed that she is retiring to pursue her personal interests,” Cordlife Group Limited’s board of directors announced, adding that Ms Tan's last day of service with the company would be on Mar 31, 2024. Ms Tan was named group chief operating officer on Apr 12, 2016 and was appointed as executive director and group chief executive officer on Feb 28, 2019. Asked about the resignation, a Cordlife spokesperson told CNA that Ms Tan’s decision was not related to the latest news. “Our group CEO is retiring to pursue her own interests,” a spokesperson reiterated. Cordlife marketing material on a paper cup at a gynaecologist clinic. (Photos: CNA reader) UNCLEAR IF AFFECTED Some clients also pointed out that the version of the email they received did not specifically state whether they had been affected. One of the recipients, Ms Cher, told CNA that the email she received only referred to the cord blood of her younger child and not the elder. Before her first child was born in 2018, Ms Cher and her husband had spent three to four months speaking to all the cord blood banks here, researching online and attending baby fairs before deciding on Cordlife. “It was a decision we mulled over for a long time before deciding on which company to store with, so we were crushed to hear the news,” the 33-year-old account director told CNA. She took to her blog in 2018 to detail why she had settled on Cordlife, including that it had the longest track record with the most number of successful transplants, as well as its accreditation with MOH and Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies. “It's good that they sent out the email, although I wish we received it before the news broke. In our case, we saw the news first, and then the email came in hours later,” Ms Cher said. “At this stage, there's still a lot of questions unanswered. We would like to see Cordlife investigate properly and give a full account of what happened, how the lapse occurred, why, rectification measures, and work with all affected clients on a viable solution for everyone.” Responding to queries from CNA, the spokesperson for Cordlife Singapore said the company is currently contacting all clients, including the 1,841 who have cord blood units stored in the affected tank where testing is complete. Cordlife clarified that the 1,841 excludes clients who have terminated their accounts with the company. The spokesperson also reiterated that the tank contains 2.66 per cent of all cord blood units stored by Cordlife Singapore as per current records. “This is an evolving situation, and our team is working hard to communicate with all of our affected and unaffected clients directly. “We seek our clients' understanding as we continue our outreach and ongoing testing.” The company added that it will be reaching out to clients who have either not registered an email address or have an outdated email via post. “For the other six tanks where irregular temperature readings were detected, investigations with the Ministry of Health are presently ongoing. We will provide those clients with updates as soon as possible,” said Cordlife’s spokesperson. For clients who are considering transferring their cord blood from Cordlife to another facility, the spokesperson said: “Moving cord blood units from one location to another is not recommended because this could potentially affect the stem cells.” If clients continue to store with Cordlife, the company said it will be able to “continue to honour the commitments” in the service agreement signed with clients. “However, if they insist on transferring, we will assist them in completing the transfer,” added the spokesperson. PARENTS PAID HIGH PRICES FOR STORAGE Other parents pointed to the high cost of storing their children’s cord blood and demanded explanations. Mr Chia Hong Loon, a father of two, had placed his firstborn’s cord blood, cord lining, and cord tissue with Cordlife in August 2020. For these services, he estimated having paid close to S$10,000 (US$7,474) to Cordlife thus far. Sharing the price plan he subscribed to, the 31-year-old financial consultant pointed out that his package for cord blood and cord tissue banking was a 21-year plan with an upfront payment of S$6,800. “I will need an explanation and see what they are going to do about it. (I am) definitely upset because it’s something that can be used if (there is) an emergency which we won’t want to see happen. “But now it might become something useless, (in addition) we just paid the renewal fee,” said Mr Chia, who added that he had not stored the cord blood of his second child. Likewise, Ms Aiza Bumacod, a mother of three, also forked about S$10,000 to store her second child’s cord blood and cord lining with Cordlife in 2019. “I feel deeply saddened and disappointed, thinking that I had invested a large sum of money and placed my trust in one of the best cord blood banks in Singapore,” said the 36-year-old nurse, adding that she chose the company for its high standards and integrity in promoting the safety and security of cord blood storage. “If they believe that compensating us will resolve this issue and address their irresponsibilities, I hope they understand that the damage caused to thousands of parents here in Singapore has brought us immense sorrow, and no amount of money can replace it.” One parent has decided to seek legal recourse and is calling on other parents for collective action. User Kikyo Chan stated in a Facebook post that she is seeking legal advice to "better understand her rights", particularly in the areas of consumer protection and contractual obligations. Asked if it intends to refund or compensate clients, Cordlife repeated its previous reply that it will waive off future storage fees for clients until their child turned 21 while continuing to store the cord blood. This is in view of developments in the field of cell and gene therapy. In its email to affected parents, Cordlife stated that those who have paid all the fees upfront will be refunded the amount they already paid for the storage of the cord blood from this year until their child reaches 21. The company will contact these parents over this issue at a later date. Cordlife's share price closed at 31 cents on Friday, down by about 32 per cent after closing at 45.5 cents the previous day. Source: CNA/wt/ng(sn)
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