Saturday, 4 May 2019

Exceptional people: Australian couple who applied CPR to save 7-year-old boy in Sentosa get SCDF award

An Australian couple who saved the life of a 7-year-old boy at a Sentosa resort received SCDF's Community Lifesaver Award from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Friday (3 May).

Husband and wife Roger and Jennifer Valenta were on vacation at the resort last Sunday when they heard cries for help near its swimming pool, according to a Facebook post by the SCDF.

Jennifer, who is a paediatric nurse, assessed the boy to have no pulse and was not breathing, added the SCDF.

The couple proceeded to take turns to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the boy until he regained consciousness.


Man fails breathalyser test after eating DURIAN

People are being warned against eating an exotic fruit while driving after a man surprisingly blew over the limit.

A clip uploaded to Chinese website Pear Video shows a man being pulled over on 17 April and failing a breathalyser test.

He justified the reading by saying he ate durian fruit – known as the world’s stinkiest fruit and apparently one that can put you over the limit.

According to the BBC, a blood test later confirmed there was actually no alcohol in the man’s system.

Other food that may cause a false reading include lychees, using mouthwash and eating hot cross buns.


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Obituary: Star Wars star Chewbacca died, aged 74

Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed the iconic Star Wars character Chewbacca, has passed away at the age of 74, his family have announced.

The 7-foot-3 actor, who was born in Richmond-on-Thames, London, in 1944, died peacefully at his home in Texas on Tuesday surrounded by his family.

A family spokesman told ABC that he died of a heart attack, having suffered health complications for years due to his towering height.


The end of AIDS?

HIV-suppressing medication can make the AIDS virus 'untransmittable' even among couples who have sex without condoms, new research showed today.

A Europe-wide study monitored nearly 1,000 gay male couples over eight years, where one partner was HIV-positive and receiving antiretroviral (ART) treatment, while the other was HIV negative.

Doctors did not find one single case of in-couple HIV transmission within that time.

This raises hopes that widespread ART programmes could eventually end new infections.