Thursday, 6 December 2018

George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

Sully the dog sleeps next to the casket of the late US President George HW Bush. Source: Office of George HW Bush

The labrador who worked as a service dog for President George HW Bush has been pictured resting beside his coffin, in a moving tribute. It will travel with the casket on the flight from Texas to Washington and back this week.

A highly trained dog, Sully can perform a number of commands, including opening doors and fetching items such as the phone when it rings.

He will now work as a service dog, assisting with therapy for wounded soldiers.

This is why "dog is man's best friend".


New 3D traffic markings on trial to reduce motorists' speed

Artist's impression of the 3D traffic calming markings along Whampoa Drive. (Photo: LTA)

New three-dimensional (3D) traffic calming markings, aimed at encouraging motorists to reduce speed, will be trialled along the Whampoa Drive Silver Zone towards the end of December.

In a press release on Wednesday (Dec 5), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the markings, which were adopted from Japan, are intended to encourage motorists to reduce their speed because of the perceived narrower lane width.

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a public domain picture by ClaraDon

Weekly dengue cases exceed 100 for the first time this year: NEA

For the first time this year, the number of dengue cases reported in a week has exceeded 100, according to the National Environment Agency's (NEA) website.

There were 110 dengue cases reported in the week ending Dec 1, 13 more cases than in the previous week, according to the agency.

As of Monday (Dec 3), there are 17 active dengue clusters in Singapore, with the largest located in Bedok. These are:
  • Bedok Reservoir Road Block 124,
  • Jalan Damai Blocks 662, 665 and 667,
  • Jalan Tenaga Blocks 645, 648, 649, 650, 655, 656, 657, 658, 659 and 660,
  • Kaki Bukit Crescent, and 
  • Kaki Bukit Road 3.

There have been five reported dengue deaths this year, as of end-September.

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World's first baby born through womb transplant from dead donor

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A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.

The case, published in The Lancet medical journal, involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient's veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals.

It comes after 10 previously known cases of uterus transplants from deceased donors - in the United States, the Czech Republic and Turkey - failed to produce a live birth.

The girl born in the Brazilian case was delivered through caesarean section at 35 weeks and three days, and weighed 2,550 grams (nearly 6 lbs), the case study said.

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