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  1. SINGAPORE - Ninety-nine domain names belonging to websites illegally streaming sports and Korean drama content are among the latest to be blocked under a recent Singapore court order. The 99 Web addresses are linked to 30 websites - including SportsBay, 123Movies and KissAsian - that allow users to illegally stream movies, TV shows and sports channels belonging to copyright holders BBC Studios, Discovery Communications, LaLiga, the Premier League and TVB International. All major Internet service providers (ISPs) here - MyRepublic, Singtel, ViewQwest, M1 and StarHub - were informed at the end of August to block the Web addresses, said the Asia Video Industry Association (Avia), which represents the copyright holders. When contacted, MyRepublic, Singtel, StarHub and ViewQwest said they have complied. M1 declined to confirm whether it has done so. "Tools such as site blocking, when used efficiently and effectively, are very powerful in combating online piracy and countering the damage and harm it causes," said Mr Matthew Cheetham, general manager of Avia's Coalition Against Piracy group. Close to 150 Web addresses linked to the same websites were blocked earlier this year following a High Court order in February that ruled in favour of the same copyright holders. The February court order provided for "dynamic site blocking", which allows the copyright holders to notify the ISPs to block other Web addresses that point users to the same illegal websites. The 99 Web domains were added to the 150 Web addresses in August under the February court order. Dynamic site blocking targets the use of alternative Web addresses to let users sidestep blocked content. For instance, if "socceronline.com" is blocked, new alternatives such as "socceronline.me" or "socceronline.info" would pop up to provide access to the same content, rendering the original site blocking ineffective. The first court order for dynamic site blocking was issued here in 2018, against 53 piracy websites, including The Pirate Bay and Solarmovie.sc The ruling by the High Court then abolished the need at the time for copyright holders to make separate court applications to block each alternative Web address. More than one-third of 1,000 respondents in Singapore in a survey, conducted in December 2021 by research firm YouGov and commissioned by Avia, said that site blocking changed their content viewing habits, such as by subscribing to paid legitimate services instead. In a similar survey by YouGov in Indonesia, more than half of about 2,300 respondents said they had stopped or rarely access pirate services after piracy sites were blocked. As at April, the Indonesian government has blocked about 3,500 illegal websites since it started such enforcement action in the middle of 2019. Court orders for site blocking were also issued in Australia in December 2021 and February, in favour of copyright holders such as Netflix and Disney. They targeted a total of about 100 illegal websites, including 123series and Vumoo.
  2. SINGAPORE - A 45-year-old man who was cleared in 2020 of raping his former girlfriend was on Tuesday sentenced to 13 years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane after his acquittal was reversed by the Court of Appeal. The prosecution had appealed against the acquittal, arguing that the High Court had cleared the man in the face of overwhelming evidence against the accused. Prosecutors argued that they had presented a plethora of evidence to corroborate the victim's compelling account, including witnesses who attested to the woman's trauma and distress immediately after the assault and medical experts who testified about the bruises on her neck. The man's own conduct immediately after the incident spoke volumes about his guilt, said Deputy Public Prosecutors Ng Yiwen, Yvonne Poon and Selene Yap in written submissions. He had sent her a flurry of messages, including 19 where he said "sorry", and begged her to withdraw her police report. The Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal on Sept 13 and sentenced the man on Tuesday. The apex court, which comprised Justices Judith Prakash, Tay Yong Kwang and Woo Bih Li, will set out its reasons for reversing the acquittal as well as the sentence in a written judgment at a later date. The man was accused of raping the woman, then 29, in a rented HDB flat on Aug 6, 2017, while trying to strangle her. He faced a charge of aggravated rape but was acquitted in June 2020 by Justice Pang Khang Chau, who said reasonable doubt had been raised over the guilt of the accused and that it was unsafe to convict him. The man, who was defended by Ms Megan Chia, contended that they had consensual sex. He denied trying to strangle the victim, saying that he had given her love bites on her neck. The man and the woman, now 34, were Malaysians working in Singapore who got into a relationship in 2012 and lived together in a rented three-room flat. Their relationship soured in 2017, after the man was retrenched, and they broke up but he continued to stay in a separate room in the flat when he returned to Singapore to look for work. He was on one such trip on Aug 2, 2017. The woman testified that she avoided contact with him over the next four days and stayed at her aunt's place on Aug 4 and Aug 5. On Aug 6, when she returned to the flat, he repeatedly questioned her decision to terminate the lease on the flat and move out by the end of month. As they were talking, he slapped her, tore off her T-shirt and bra, and pinned her down on the bed. He tried to strangle her with both hands and then raped her. After the assault, he took her to a nearby clinic, where she told the doctor that the man had sexually assaulted her. The doctor told the clinic assistant to call the police and the victim told the accused to leave. After the man beseeched her to withdraw the police report, the victim reconsidered reporting him for the rape. However, when she and her godmother returned to the flat and found him there, they called the police.
  3. ChainUp, a Singapore-based blockchain firm, has hired the city-state’s former prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, as a special advisor to the company. The firm’s board of directors includes other former senior government officials from Singapore as well, with Sang Kuang Ooi, chairman of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, leading ChainUp’s board as chairman. Crypto exchange Huobi’s co-founder. Jun Du, will also serve on the company’s board. The announcement was made on ChainUp’s fifth anniversary, where the company also announced the acquisition of licensed asset management firm Bedrock Trust, which is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The Bedrock Trust deal is expected to provide ChainUp’s clients with comprehensive digital-asset management solutions. Founded in 2017 by CEO Sailor Zhong, ChainUp offers blockchain tech solutions in the form of both infrastructure development and ecosystem support services. The company offers its services in over 30 countries, with four other offices located in Japan, the US, South Korea, and Hong Kong. The company also launched an NFT software-as-a-service trading system, Web3 infrastructure solutions ChainUp Cloud, a custody portfolio management system, and know-your-transactions services. https://www.techinasia.com/blockchain-firm-brings-sg-expm-special-advisor
  4. SINGAPORE - A false ceiling at a migrant worker dormitory in Woodlands collapsed on Sunday, resulting in two residents sustaining minor injuries. In video footage that is being widely shared on social media, the floor of a dorm room can be seen covered with pieces of the collapsed ceiling. Parts of the ceiling – still half detached – can be seen dangling from ceiling beams. Workers are seen packing their things and stepping over the rubble to leave the room. In response to queries, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Monday night said it is investigating the collapse of the false ceiling in seven rooms at North Coast Lodge Dormitory, which it said was due to heavy rain and strong wind. Two other rooms sustained damage from mild water leakage, MOM added. Forward Assurance and Support Team officers from MOM have been deployed to the dorm, it added. MOM is working with the dorm operator to support affected residents, it said. The two injured residents have been treated for minor cuts. About 100 residents in the affected rooms have been temporarily relocated to unaffected rooms while repairs are being done. The Straits Times has contacted the dorm operator and the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) for comment on Monday. Responding on Tuesday, the MWC pointed ST to its Facebook page, which said it has contacted the two injured workers. It said on Facebook: "We are glad to learn that they are coping well and do not require counselling support." Correction note: An earlier version of this story said Forward Assurance and Support Team (Fast) officers from MOM, the police and SAF were deployed to the dorm. This is incorrect. Fast officers are from MOM, and no officers from the police and SAF were deployed. We are sorry for the error.
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  6. so small, my man boob is much bigger
  7. SINGAPORE: The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) has launched a nationwide study to identify specific issues, challenges and common psychological problems that affect young people in Singapore. The National Youth Mental Health Study aims to establish the prevalence of key mental health conditions among young people in Singapore, identify the personal and social factors associated with these conditions and the level of unmet treatment needs. IMH researchers will also examine how young people aged 15 to 35 experience major transitions in life, such as moving across various education stages to joining the workforce and starting a family, said the institute in a media release on Tuesday (Sep 27). “This is to assess the impact on mental health and identify risk and protective factors of adverse mental health outcomes that are unique to these stages,” IMH said. About 2,600 people aged from 15 to 35 years old will be interviewed for the study. Respondents will complete a set of questionnaires that will collect information on their socio-demographic background and information related to mental health, feelings, experiences in school or the workplace, social support, and lifestyle behaviours. The study will focus on a wide range of "youth-centric aspects and behaviours" that are linked to mental health and well-being such as bullying, self-harm, alcohol use, smoking, social media use, smartphone addiction, burnout, academic stress, insomnia, resilience, body image and self-esteem. It will also gather views on how satisfied young people are with their living environment, for instance, the level of trust in the Government, a sense of safety in their neighbourhood and social inclusivity. The collection of data for the study will begin in October and continue until June next year. The data will be analysed and the results are expected to be ready by the end of 2024, said IMH. HIGHEST PROPORTION OF MENTAL DISORDERS The Singapore Mental Health Study in 2010 and 2016 focused largely on the adult population in Singapore. Findings from both studies showed that young people aged 18 to 34 had the highest proportion of mental disorders and were more vulnerable to developing mood and anxiety disorders, said Dr Mythily Subramaniam, assistant chairman of the medical board for research at IMH. About 21.6 per cent of youths in Singapore have also experienced at least one mental health condition, she added. The youth mental health study will give researchers an opportunity to intervene early to support people and to design appropriate mental health promotion measures. "This study will also allow us to better understand how young people seek help, which may be different from the general population, to better allocate relevant resources," said Dr Mythily. "Since this is the first time we are conducting a study of this magnitude on this population, the data will also serve as a baseline for tracking future trends and changes in youth mental health in Singapore." The study is funded by the Ministry of Health and is led by Dr Swapna Verma, chairman of the medical board and Dr Mythily. They will work with national youth mental health outreach and assessment service CHAT and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. The study will look at risk factors and protective factors, such as resilience and social support for those aged 15 to 35. Dr Swapna said: "Our emphasis is on the transitional phases in a young person’s life. We know that mental health is affected as we experience transitions in life. "For young people, this may be more pronounced because they go through several major life changes in a relatively short period of time – for example, moving from school to tertiary education or National Service, or starting their first job and taking on more responsibilities." These changes also take place against a more challenging backdrop of global upheavals such as the COVID-19 pandemic, wars and climate change, she added. The study will also reach out to young people who are not in education or training as there is not much insight on this group's mental health needs, said Dr Swapna. "With the surge in psychosocial challenges faced by today’s youth, there is a need to identify immediate priorities and take appropriate steps to improve their mental well-being," she said. Source: CNA/yb(mi)
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  9. Forget about the handsome officer in SPF’s anti-crime ad. Look at this police officer from Malaysia instead. Everybody’s looking already, and with good reason, as you can obviously see. Image: Susan / Facebook.com Totally shattering stereotypes of what a police officer is expected to look like. Speaking of shattering stereotypes, this officer, Irene, is trying to change how people view the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP). She said, in a Facebook post: What it says in English is roughly as follows. “I believed I have the responsibility to uphold the reputation of Royal Malaysia Police. Despite trying our best to protect the civilians, we’ve always been labelled as corrupted and incompetent.” “We work tirelessly day and night, we risk our lives in the line of duty, and sometimes we don’t have time for our family. At the end of the day, our hard work and sacrifice are not acknowledged by the public. We received no praise from society but a ‘good job’ from our superior.” “Just because a few policemen lost their integrity, doesn’t mean everyone in the force is ‘dirty’. We don’t force you to like the police, but please at least give us some respect. The police are human, not tools.” https://www.facebook.com/IRENEYLM/posts/1383849261657486
  10. On average, one in three people in Singapore will be diagnosed with cancer some time in their lives, and about one in four deaths in Singapore are caused by cancer. Some of us may have had the experience of someone close to us – whether a loved one or an acquaintance who was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer cells arise from normal cells in the body. Constant exposure to substances, such as environmental pollution, smoking and radiation, can cause damage to the DNA in normal cells and cause them to transform into cancer cells. The cells in our body have an intrinsic mechanism to repair DNA damage and suppress possible cancer cells from arising. However, there may be occasions when this defence mechanism fails. This is when cancer can develop. Can Cancer be Prevented? The starting point of cancer is when DNA mutations arise in our cells. Multiple factors can cause cancer, and many of these have been discovered over the years, but more are still unknown. Some of these factors cannot be modified, such as certain inherited genetic traits and advancing age. However, there are other risk factors for cancer that we can modify to reduce our risk of developing cancer. These include lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol intake, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity and avoiding excessive sunlight. Certain infections can also lead to cancer. For example, human papilloma virus (HPV) infection can increase the risk of developing certain cancers such as cervical cancer, head and neck cancers and anal cancer. Hepatitis B and C infection can also increase the risk of liver cancer. Being vaccinated against these viruses thus helps to prevent the development of these cancers. Cancer screening is also an important tool to detect early cancers as well as growths that have not become cancerous yet. For example, breast screening allows the detection of ductal carcinomas in-situ (DCIS) which can be removed before they become invasive cancer. Similarly, colonoscopy screening allows the detection and removal of bowel polyps before they become cancerous. Have We Made Any Progress in Our Fight against Cancer? Major advances in medical technology means that cancer patients today are living longer, and have a better chance of being cured. We are now able to analyse the molecular characteristics of a patient’s cancer to help us choose the most appropriate anti-cancer treatment for them. This also allows the use of targeted drugs which work on specific mutations in the cancer cell. These drugs are able to kill tumour cells or block tumour growth while having minimal effect on healthy cells in the body; minimising “collateral damage”. This leads to better efficacy and fewer side effects compared to conventional chemotherapy in some patients. The development of cancer immunotherapy in recent years has also led to significant improvements in survival for cancer patients. This is a type of treatment that helps one’s immune system fight cancer. Ongoing research is being done to find those patients who would be the most likely to benefit from this treatment. Advances in other cancer treatment modalities have also improved the outcomes of patients with cancer. For example, modern radiotherapy techniques have improved the effectiveness of radiation therapy while at the same time, reducing side effects significantly. Robotic surgery is now also an option to allow for more precise surgery, shorter recovery time and improved clinical outcomes. These improvements give us cause for optimism in our relentless pursuit of better and more effective cancer treatments. https://www.rafflesmedicalgroup.com/health-resources/health-articles/cancer-happens-to-1-in-3-singaporeans/
  11. there a reason why i avoid some stall cause of double pricing
  12. at least 4 yr nv eat. so expensive. even luncheon meat is expensive item. in fact i think i eat less then 5 times, cause i dont really remember as i cant even recal when i last eat
  13. SINGAPORE - For more than a year, a technician sexually abused and raped his daughter, who was between 10 and 11, in her bedroom until he was caught red-handed by his wife. It took another four months before a police report was made by the victim with the help of an uncle who learnt of her ordeal. On Monday, her 40-year-old father was sentenced to 20 years’ jail and ordered to be given 12 strokes of the cane by the High Court after he pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated statutory rape and three charges of sexual exploitation of a child. Another six charges of sexual exploitation were taken into consideration during sentencing. He cannot be named owing to a gag order to protect the victim’s identity. The court heard that the man performed sexual acts on the victim between August and September 2019, touching her twice a month, when she was 10. After realising he could get away with it, he became emboldened and increased the frequency and severity of his acts. Around this time, the family, comprising the victim and her younger brother, their parents, maternal grandparents and a maternal uncle, moved to a new flat. The victim shared a room with her younger brother. Sometimes the children would sleep in their parents’ room, with the victim sharing a king-sized bed with her father, while her mother and younger brother slept on a mattress on the floor. After September 2019, he sexually abused his daughter about once a week. When the victim turned 11, his acts escalated. On one occasion, between March 11, 2020 and Oct 5, 2020, he forced her to perform oral sex on him. The acts took place when they were alone at home or when the other family members were asleep. On the night of Oct 5, 2020, in the midst of a sex act, he quickly returned to his bedroom to check that his wife was still sleeping. When he was satisfied that she was, he returned to the victim’s bedroom, and continued assaulting her. He stopped only when his wife woke up, went to their daughter’s bedroom and saw him on top of her. Shocked, the man quickly left the girl’s room. When his wife asked him what he was doing, he lied that the victim had a nightmare, and he was covering her with a blanket. His wife did not believe him and asked the girl what the man had done. The girl at first told her mother that he had “disturbed” her, and on further questioning told her mother that her father had touched her inappropriately many times. On Feb 14, 2021, one of the victim’s uncles, who lived separately from the family, took her to lodge a police report after he learnt of the incident. It was not stated how this uncle came to know of the abuse. Deputy Public Prosecutor Andre Chong sought 18 to 20 years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane, asking for a strong deterrent message that society will not tolerate the n abuse of a child. In sentencing, Justice Mavis Chionh noted the premeditation shown by the man and his brazenness in abusing the victim repeatedly even when her mother and brother were at home. The man’s wife, who was in court, sobbed and kissed his hands through a gap in the glass panel of the dock as she talked to him after he was sentenced. The woman asked a guard if she could hug the accused, but the request was denied.
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