Thursday, 16 January 2020

Exceptional people: Cherie Tan is first Singaporean bowler to be named ‘Athlete of the Year’ by international bowling association

Singaporean bowler Cherie Tan winning gold at the World Bowling Women's Championships Masters event in Las Vegas on Aug 30, 2019.

National bowler Cherie Tan, 31, became the first Singaporean to be named the World Bowling Athlete of the Year of 2019 by the World Bowling association on Tuesday (14 Jan).

Out of 10 international athletes nominated, Tan was given the title after a public vote on the World Bowling’s social media channels, namely Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

She told TODAY: “2019 was one of the best years of my bowling career. I am happy with the results and glad that the hard work I put in for the last decade has paid off.”

Among the victories for Cherie included
  • 2019 World Bowling Women's Championships Masters category
  • 2019 QubicaAMF Professional Women's Bowling Association Players Championship
  • 4 gold medals in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games

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IKEA recalls travel mugs due to chemical concerns

TROLIGTVIS travel mugs that are being recalled. (Photo: IKEA)

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is recalling its Troligtvis line of travel mugs over concerns that the product may migrate excessive levels of chemicals.

The company urged customers who have bought the Troligtvis travel mugs marked “Made in India” to stop using them and return them to any store for a full refund.

No proof of purchase, such as a receipt, is required.

All IKEA markets are affected, except the US, Canada and the Dominican Republic, the retailer said in a press release on Wednesday (Jan 15).


Scam warning: At least S$1.6 million lost to scams targeting Singapore bank customers in past 12 months: Police

Victims have lost at least S$1.6 million over the past year to scammers targeting bank customers, the police said on Tuesday (Jan 14).

Since January last year, the police have received at least 60 reports of different versions of such bank scams.

In the scam, the victims would be misled into thinking that their bank account or ATM card has been blocked, cancelled or deactivated.

Eventually, if the victims follow through with the scam, the scammer would ask for their personal particulars, internet banking details and one-time password (OTP). The victims would later realise that unauthorised transactions were made from their bank account.

Never give your personal particulars and banking details to strangers. Period.

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Forum: Raise public awareness of male victims of sex crimes

There was a recent television show in which the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) commented that "male victims of rape deserve support and understanding, not ridicule and disbelief".

This is timely.

While it is heartening to know that officers at Aware are there for both male and female survivors of sexual violence, more could be done via media to educate the public that help is out there for male victims as well.

For example, posters and short clips on crime prevention pertaining to sexual crimes should not depict only women.

An appropriate image, with the right choice of words, could encourage male victims to come forward to tell their stories and prevent the perpetrators from harming others.

Male victims definitely need more protection and support.

Lee Pyn Pyn