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Strong Wind Blew Over The Island

Thursday, 12th June 2014

Extremely strong southwesterly wind blew over the Singapore, creating havoc to many part of the city state in early morning. According to Singapore Meteorological Service, they recorded the wind of more than 100km/hr Sumatra squall in some part of Singapore. The highest wind speed of 103.7km/h recorded near West Coast highway. Trees were up rooted with the wind and heavy tropical rain. Debris was blown all island which caused massive traffic jam during morning rush hour.


Old Blakang Mati Army barracks converted into hotel

Monday, 31st March 2014

Former military barracks (6 blocks), football field (bus parking) and parade square on Sentosa, previously known as Pulau Blakang Mati (Behind The Walking Dead Island), will be converted into swanky hotel accommodation by Far East Organization (FEO). It was converted in 2005 into a tourism academy by Temasek Polytechnic but the academy was abandoned in 2011. FEO won the bid over three other submissions for the 60-year leasehold hotel site at Artillery Avenue from the Sentosa Development Corporation. The organisation will pay S$32 million up front for the piece land, which is about 4.5 Hectare site with a permissible gross floor area of up to 387,500 sq ft, and a guaranteed sum (S$3.7million/year or 10% of the total annual gross revenue, whichever is higher) every year to Sentosa Development Corp, starting from next year up until the 60-year lease expires. The hotel would be named The Outpost and will integrate two hotels (Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa and Amara Sanctuary Resort) with 700 rooms, set for completion in 2018.


Pulau Ubin Residents Get Micro-Grid Electricity

Thursday, 10th October 2013

Residents and businesses on Pulau Ubin have signed up for electricity from a micro-grid being test-bedded on the island. The micro-grid will allow residents and businesses to enjoy cheaper, cleaner and more reliable electricity supply, as opposed to relying on diesel generators. It is part of a test-bed by the Energy Market Authority to assess the impact of intermittent energy sources, such as solar, on grid operations.


Fire Knocked Out Bukit Panjang Telephone Exchange

Wednesday, 9th October 2013

A number of services in northern Singapore were knocked out after a huge fire burn out SingTel's Bukit Panjang Telephone Exchange building early afternoon. Investigations showed that 33 fibre cables were damaged by the fire and more than 100 mobile base stations were impacted. More than 60,000 fixed broadband lines, around 30,000 mioTV customers, around 30,000 voice lines were also affected.


Singapore Lightning Information Online

Wednesday, 9th October 2013

The Meteorological Service of Singapore has launched a new real-time Lightning Information on the Internet. The lightning information service will be available on the MSS website via a link from the National Environment Agency (NEA) website at http://online.weather.gov.sg/lightning/. Singapore has one of the highest occurrences of lightning activity in the world. Lightning strikes are a potential safety hazard for anyone engaging in outdoor activities in Singapore.


RSAF 20 Years In Perth

Tuesday, 8th October 2013

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) celebrated 20 years of flight training at its flying training detachment in Pearce, Western Australia. The RSAF Chief of Air Force, Major-General (MG) Hoo Cher Mou, and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown visited the Australian base, located about 50 km north of Perth, to mark the occasion. The combined parade was also attended by local community leaders.


Sebastian Vettel Won Singapore Race With Boos

Sunday, 22nd September 2013

Sebastian Vettel brings boos on himself with arrogant remarks after winning the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit. The German has won seven of the 13 races this season, but has been on the receiving end of booing from spectators on the winners' podium.


Aung San Suu Kyi In Town

Sunday, 22nd September 2013

Myanmar's democracy icon and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is in Singapore to deliver a lecture on leadership at the Singapore Management University (SMU). Respect is something the 600-strong crowd of students, academics and business leaders clearly had for Suu Kyi. She said "Leadership is not about being popular all the time. Sometimes, leadership means accepting that what you do may be unpopular and may well lose you the next elections. But if you truly believe that what you are doing is good for your country, you must be prepared to lose the next elections."


40 Ferraris drove in from KL

Saturday, 21st September 2013

Members from the Ferrari Owners Club Malaysia drove their Ferraris from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Singapore to watch and support the Ferrari Team in the 2013 Edition of the Singapore Grand Prix.


Public Officers Have To Declare Their Visits To Casino

Tuesday, 13th August 2013

The Singapore Government is tightening rules on civil servants visiting casinos. Public officers who visit casinos in Singapore frequently or buy the annual casino entry levy will soon need to declare these actions. Recently, a former assistant director at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Edwin Yeo, was charged with criminal breach of trust involving S$1.7 million.


Chinaman Jail For Theft Onboard Jet

Friday, 19th July 2013

A Chinese national was sentenced to nine months' jail term, the harshest punishment meted out so far, for theft on board an aircraft. On 8 June 2013, the 32-year-old Yue Liangfu stole a brown trolley bag belonging to 69-year-old Cambodian, Kuy Touch, during a SilkAir (subsidiary of SIA) flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh.


Hazardous Haze Arrived

Friday, 21st June 2013

Singapore is hit by smoky air and hazy skies with a strong burning smell. The smoke haze from the fires in Sumatra started about a week back and hit an all time high of 401 PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) at 12pm. The Singapore Environment Ministry said in a statement that 180 hotspots were detected over Sumatra in Indonesia on Tuesday (18 June 2013) which lead to the "bad haze" in Singapore carried over by the monsoon winds. Outlets selling 3M's N95 Particle Respirator Mask were doing a roaring business and a firm selling air purifier posted a full page advertisement in national newspaper.


Civil Defense Chief Guilty Of Sex-For-Contracts

Friday, 31st May 2013

The Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Peter Lim Sin Pang (age 52), was found guilty on Friday of corruptly obtaining oral sex from Ms Pang Chor Mui, the ex-general manager of Nimrod Engineering. Lim will be jailed for six months. Lim also faces nine other counts of corruptly obtaining sexual favours from two other women. The prosecution will decide on whether to proceed with those charges at a later date.


Singapore Flyer Not Spinning Well

Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Singapore Flyer announced that it's operator, Singapore Flyer Pte Ltd (UEN: 200306169R), is in receivership and appointed Accounting firm Ferrier Hodgson as the receiver and manager of the company's charged assets. This is 5 years after its grand opening in 2008. The flyer took 3 years to construct.


Free Entry To The Museums

Saturday, 18th May 2013

Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) will be able to enjoy free entry to all national museums and heritage institutions from 18 May 2013. This was announced by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.


Kong Hee & Co On Trial

Wednesday, 15th May 2013

The six leaders of City Harvest Church (CHC), Pastor Kong Hee & five others, accused of committing criminal breach of trust are in court for trial. Five of them - Kong Hee, John Lam, Chew Eng Han, Tan Ye Peng and Serina Wee - allegedly misused church buildings funds amounting to S$24 million by channelling the money into two companies, Xtron Productions and PT the First National Glassware (Firna), as bond investments. The alleged misappropriation of money took place between January 2007 and October 2008.


SIA Crew Arrested In Australia For Carrying Heroin

Sunday, 17th March 2013

A Singapore Airlines (SIA) cabin crew member was arrested at Sydney International Airport after he allegedly tried to bring in 1.6kg of heroin in Australia. Nicholas Tan Ngat Liang, 50, was a leading steward who was on duty during the flight from Singapore to Sydney.


Breitling Jet Team Flies Over Sentosa

Saturday, 9th March 2013

[ad#side]The seven ship Breitling Jet Team, largest professional civilian aerobatic display team, performed over the sea in front of Siloso Beach, Sentosa, Singapore. The aerobatic team flies seven Aero L-39 Albatros jets. An aerobatics display showcased the Team's ability to perform highly complex individual and group manoeuvres, Rocket, Crossbow, Black Diamond, Blackbird, Avenger and Arrowhead, at breathtaking speeds which exhilarated the spectators.


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