Harry Potter casts a spell on fans at Changi Airport’s Wizarding World Holiday launch

SINGAPORE – Eight-year-old Euwan Lorena stared intently at the many shelves of Harry Potter merchandise in Changi Airport Terminal 3 on Friday (Nov 16), unable to decide what he wanted. Dressed in Gryffindor school robes from the popular book and movie series, the Primary 2 pupil finally decided on a stationery set with a Harry Potter-themed A4-sized notebook and pencils. “He really loves Harry Potter,” said the superfan’s mother, recruitment consultant Athlea Lorena, 43, noting that Euwan has watched all the Potter movies. “He had a Harry Potter-themed birthday party…

Read More
Scam Singapore 

Jail, fine for 2 men linked to cheating scam involving over $10 million

SINGAPORE – One of two masterminds of a scam involving false quotations and fictitious job requests obtained more than $4.2 million in the ruse that defrauded a company of more than $10 million. On Monday (Nov 12), renovation firm manager Tan Aik Gee, 54, from Ying Xin Services was sentenced to 11 years’ jail and a fine of $900,000 after pleading guilty to 25 charges of cheating construction services company United Engineers Limited (UEL) and five counts of taking his ill-gotten gains from Singapore to Indonesia. The court heard that 186…

Read More
Singapore 

Don’t get scammed while shopping online on Singles’ Day, Black Friday: Police, SingCERT

SINGAPORE – Those hoping to have an online shopping spree on Black Friday and Singles’ Day should be careful not to get scammed, the authorities have warned. In a statement on Saturday morning (Nov 10), the police said that scammers look to cheat victims eager to take advantage of big discounts. Singles’ Day, falling on Nov 11 (also known as 11.11), is a 24-hour multibillion-dollar sales event that popular online retailers like Taobao, Zalora, and Amazon typically take part in. Black Friday, originally a US shopping promotion, is on Nov…

Read More
Singapore 

COI on SingHealth cyber attack: American expert calls for collective defence against cyber threats

SINGAPORE – Cyber criminals can find vulnerabilities and breach any organisation’s IT system given enough time, and current protection measures are insufficient. To counter this, the Government and industry players need to work together on collective systems that share information to continually learn and prepare defences, said former director of America’s National Security Agency (NSA) Keith Alexander on Monday (Nov 12). He was testifying before the Committee of Inquiry (COI) looking into the SingHealth cyber attack, in which hackers stole the personal data of 1.5 million patients and the outpatient prescription information…

Read More
Environment Singapore 

Singapore’s largest reef structure installed

Singapore’s largest man-made reef structure being installed in the waters off Small Sister’s Island yesterday. This 10m-high structure will form a three-storey ”terraced house” upon which corals may take root and grow, and double as a new home for other forms of marine life, said Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, who witnessed the structure’s installation. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN Man-made reef in waters off Small Sister’s Island will boost marine conservation efforts In an effort to preserve Singapore’s marine biodiversity, the Republic’s largest man-made reef structure to date was installed…

Read More
Health Singapore 

New medical centre at Changi General Hospital clusters different specialties to care for complex problems

SINGAPORE – Changi General Hospital’s new medical centre housing 14 specialist clinics and centres was officially opened on Friday (Nov 2). The centre will better serve its increasingly older patients, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong at the opening ceremony. A key feature of the centre is that doctors are organised into teams of different specialties so as to treat patients with complex problems, he added. The new nine-storey building, which is linked to the main hospital, has a corridor running behind the clinics so the doctors can easily pop…

Read More
Singapore Singapore Airlanes USA 

New Route non stop to USA from Singapore Airlines

SINGAPORE – National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced it will start flying non-stop to Seattle in 2019, confirming a Straits Times report last week. With the launch of services on Sept 3, 2019, Seattle will become SIA’s fourth non-stop US destination. The airline currently flies non-stop to San Francisco and Newark. A new non-stop service toLos Angeles will start on Nov 2. SIA said on Thursday (Nov 1) that the Singapore-Seattle flights will initially be operated three times per week before increasing to four times per week in October 2019.…

Read More
News Singapore Singapore Police 

Public advised not to fall for porn scam, to cover computer cameras when not in use: Police

SINGAPORE – Imagine receiving an e-mail from a person who claims he has screenshots of you watching pornographic materials, and threatening to expose you to your friends and family unless you pay money. The police said on Monday (Oct 29) that they have received more than 15 reports of such scams since September this year. The e-mails would either come from unknown accounts or accounts that resembled those of the victims’. In all cases, they demanded that the victims pay a ransom in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. In some cases, victims…

Read More
Advertorial Asia Health Singapore 

Professional home-based massage – The next level in massgae service

PepperMinted® Professional home-based massage therapies was founded on the basic principle of improving quality of lives of the modern urban population, where time is scarce and daily stress takes a toll on the body. We specialise in delivering professional home-based massage therapies through certified, experienced and thoroughly vetted therapists using high quality products. Our massage therapies are designed to take away stress, chronic pains, and toxins from the body, and support the body by giving what it needs to heal. We believe massage is a treatment you can incorporate into your…

Read More
Dyson Economy Singapore UK 

Dyson chooses Singapore for new electric car plant

Dyson, the UK-based company best known for its vacuum cleaners, has chosen to build its new electric car in Singapore. The company will break ground on its new factory in Singapore later this year with the first car scheduled to roll off the production line in 2021. Dyson said the decision was based on the availability of engineering talent, regional supply chains and proximity to some key target markets. Cost was not a consideration. Singapore is one of the most expensive territories in the world to do business and space…

Read More