Tuesday, 8 May 2018

3 deaths linked to 'largest' dengue cluster of 2018 at Jurong West - updated with 5 more dengue cases in Jurong West

Three people have died and 60 dengue cases have been reported in a dengue cluster at Jurong West, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (May 5).

The cluster at Jurong West Street 91 and 92 is largest dengue cluster thus far this year. All of the cases are residents in the area, authorities said.

A total of 117 breeding habitats have been detected in the area since Apr 3 after checks by its officers, NEA said. Most, or 82 of these, were found in common mosquito larvae habitats such as flower bowls, flower vases, fountains, pails, and dish drying trays, around or in residents' homes.

Another 35 habitats were found in common areas such as ground puddles, gully traps and scupper drains. There was no construction-related mosquito breeding found.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/3-deaths-linked-to-largest-dengue-cluster-of-2018-at-jurong-west-10205496

Price of oil at all time high since late 2014

Screenshot of CNN money as at 8pm
High oil prices is good for oil companies but bad for consumers like you and me. Expect more price increases to transport fares, food, utilities, etc........

Forum: Hold the blame, give investigators enough time for thorough probe

I am deeply perturbed by the social media "trial" of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) following the death of full-time national serviceman Dave Lee Han Xuan (900 bid farewell to late NSF in military funeral, May 6; and NSF's death to be investigated by independent panel, police, May 3).

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Corporal First Class Lee for their loss. The family members need to be given private space to mourn their loss, and the authorities need time to conduct a thorough investigation.

Without all the facts, laying the blame on the SAF and the commanders will only demoralise our men in green.

We train hard in peacetime to fight well in war.

The commanders of the SAF try to make sure the recruits are well prepared for war.

Death and injuries can be minimised, but may not be totally avoided.

While safety standards must be adhered to, our military commanders must never become soft because of fear of public opinion and criticism.

Let the professionals do their job in the investigations. But let's continue to support our military, which has a tough task of turning boys to men.

Patrick Tan Siong Kuan

Ref: http://str.sg/oNdz

Exceptional people: Sim Chi Yin Wins 2018 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award

Beijing-based Singapore photographer Sim Chi Yin has been named the winner of the Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award, which comes with a grant of $20,000.

Now in its seventh year, the award supports photographers whose work shines a light on the shared human experience. The award was created in memory of Chris Hondros, the Getty Images photographer killed April 20, 2011 in Misrata, Libya.

Ref: https://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2018/04/sim-chi-yin-wins-2018-getty-images-chris-hondros-fund-award.html

Batch of Singlong Peanut Butter product recalled after metal screw found in bottle

A batch of Singlong Peanut Butter (Crunchy) has been recalled by its importer after a metal screw was found in a bottle of the Chinese product, said the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) on Monday (7 May).

The AVA had worked with the importer to investigate the incident – upon receiving feedback about the metal screw in the 340g bottle – and found that the foreign object could have been introduced during the manufacturing process.

AVA said that the importer had voluntarily recalled the specific batch of the product, to be used by 25 January 2019, as a precautionary measure.

The recall has since been completed, the AVA added. Consumers who have purchased the affected product are advised not to consume it, and may contact Sing Long Foodstuff Trading at 62845254 or email nya01@singlong.com for a refund or an exchange.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/batch-singlong-peanut-butter-product-recalled-metal-screw-found-bottle-093748884.html