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A 13-year-old student fell to her death from a multi-storey carpark along Pasir Ris Street 51 on Wednesday (Jan 8).

She was said to be cycling on the sixth storey of the carpark with her friends that afternoon when tragedy struck.

The exact cause of the accident remains unclear, Shin Min Daily News reported.

A photo taken by a resident showed a police tent at the ground floor of the carpark, with two bicycles lying on the footpath.

According to the police, the girl was found motionless at the foot of the block and later pronounced dead by Singapore Civil Defence Force paramedics.

Some residents noted that youths have been cycling at the upper levels of the carpark since there were fewer vehicles parked there.

Following her death, residents speculated that the girl was riding her bicycle down a ramp and crashed into the metre-high safety fence after losing control.

Others suspected that she couldn’t brake in time to avoid an accident.

A domestic helper living in the estate told the Chinese daily that she heard a loud sound that day.

Her employer looked out of the window and realised that a girl had fallen. The sight overwhelmed her employer, so she called for an ambulance and alerted the police.

Investigations are ongoing.

In 2013, a 17-year-old boy died after falling five storeys from a carpark near his home in Woodlands.

A state coroner said that the teen’s death was likely caused by the faulty brakes of the bicycle that he had been riding.

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In a gruesome introduction to life, a newborn boy who was discarded like a piece of garbage could have suffocated while trapped inside a tied-up plastic bag in a rubbish bin.

But he showed an instinct for survival by crying loudly to alert two cleaners, who then rescued him from the bin.

Now two women have come forward to offer the infant a home after reading about his traumatic experience in The New Paper yesterday.

Indicating her interest in an e-mail to TNP, Ms Susan Tan, 40, said she works in human resources and lives in a four-room flat with her husband, their two daughters, aged 11 and nine, and a maid.

“It’s very sad that someone would throw the baby in the rubbish like this. As much as it is tragic, he is a very lucky baby to have survived,” she said in a phone interview.

“I’m willing to take care of him for as long as it takes. But if his parents are found and want him back, I’m also willing to give him back.”

Ms Tan added that she is open to adopting the baby but has yet to discuss this with her husband, who is in his 40s and works in maintenance.

“I think my husband would be happy because he would love to have a boy.”

The other woman, who gave her name as Ms Wong, said in her e-mail that she sympathises with the plight of the baby, and if no one is found to care for him, she would be glad to do so.

She did not respond to TNP’s request for an interview.

The infant was found in a rubbish chute bin at Block 534 Bedok North Street 3 on Tuesday morning.

One of the cleaners, Mr Patwari Shamin, 24, told reporters he heard a baby crying in one of the bins and dug through bags of rubbish before finding the baby in a tied-up white plastic bag.

He alerted his supervisor, who called the police.

He said the boy, who was naked and crying loudly, had blood on his body and his umbilical cord was still attached.

The police went knocking door-to-door in the 13-storey block to try to find the parents, who are still missing. Investigations are ongoing.

Under Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) regulations, certain criteria must be fulfilled before a child can be adopted.

The MSF website shows there were 433 applicants in 2018 and 375 in 2017.

To adopt a child, both the prospective adopters must be Singapore residents who are at least 25 years old and at least 21 years older than the child. They should not be more than 50 years older than the child.

Single males are not allowed to adopt a girl unless there are special circumstances.

Prospective adopters must attend a compulsory pre-adoption briefing before applying for a home study report, where one of four accredited voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) will assess eligibility to adopt the child.

One of the VWOs told TNP the process can be long, with the home study report taking two to three months and the legal process another six to nine months to complete.

The home study comprises two stages – an interview with the applicants, followed by a home visit.

The spokesman said: “During the home visit, the officer will look out for things such as whether the home is child-proof with window grilles. We will also speak to the other family members living in the flat.”

Checks into the applicants’ backgrounds, such as their medical history and criminal record, if any, will be conducted.

After the child is adopted, the adoptive parents must begin a legal process, during which they will apply to the Family Court with the required documents for an Adoption Order.

Help centres that TNP spoke to said that most distressed mothers who call them do not consider abandoning their baby as an option.

Madam Azrahayu Ahmad Afandi, a casework supervisor at Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support, said they receive about 400 calls a year, and a significant number enquire about abortion.

Ms Jennifer Heng, the director of Safe Place, said that while many pregnant women do ask about abortion, about 60 to 70 per cent of them eventually opt to have the child and self-parent.

“I would think that someone would be in extreme fear if she were to abandon her baby,” she added.

“Those who do so are in a position where they don’t know what to do. It’s not something that is premeditated.”

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Get your dose of humorous and wacky stories that happened this week.

Like a snake shedding its skin, having to take off your extra layers just to pass through a security scan is bother — but a necessary evil.

One man was returning home to Beijing via railway when he realised there was another way around his minor pickle.

Rather than going through the motion of removing his cumbersome coat and valuables, the man did what any of us wished we had the courage to do – he flopped onto the belt behind his luggage, riding through the x-ray scanner as if he was just another baggage.

Though the inspector immediately halted the belt’s movements, the man simply crawled out of the other end as though nothing wrong.

For his odd stunt, he was made to undergo a safety briefing with the police.

FILIPINO THIEF CAUGHT WITH 12 SHAMPOO BOTTLES DOWN HER PANTS

A woman was apprehended in the Philippines after she was spotted pocketing several bottles of shampoo.

How many did she manage to fit into her pants, you ask?

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12 whole bottles.

Reaching into her pants, the security guard pulled out one, then another, and then another, and then some more.

It was almost like a live-action Doraemon, except with less than noble intentions.

MALAYSIAN MAN SMASHES CEILING WITH BOWLING BALL FAIL

One could even say he brought the roof down.

In a slowed-down recording of the accidental stunt posted onto Twitter, the bowler can be seen confidently striding forward, swinging his arm up as he does so, before releasing the ball in what can be called a perfect full-body arc.

The next few moments are harrowing as the ball smashes through the ceiling. Unable to stop himself from skidding forward onto the bowling lane, the man slipped and slid right under the newly-made hole in the ceiling.

Fortunately for him, the heavy ball didn’t make a reappearance.

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Pets are often treated as part of the family. One elderly couple in China, however, is facing backlash after they went all out to rescue their beloved kitty, risking their own grandson’s life in the process. 

The couple from Sichuan were caught dangling the seven-year-old boy from the fifth floor of a building by a rope in order to reach their stranded cat on Jan 5, said media reports.

Footage of the unorthodox rescue mission showed the couple, who remains unnamed, lowering the child from the fifth floor to a window ledge on the third floor as alarmed onlookers shouted in Mandarin: “You might fall! It’s dangerous!”

Ignoring the warnings, the boy, secured by the rope knotted around his torso, shuffled along the window ledge to reach the cat on the fourth floor. The couple then pulled the child back up as he held the cat in his arms.

The video had Chinese netizens questioning if the couple valued the cat’s life over that of their grandson and criticising them for endangering the boy.

“The cat is their own blood, I’m not sure about the grandson.”
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“You can’t do the math. Cats have nine lives. Your grandson only has one.”
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“Grandson: Looks like I’m not as important as a cat.”
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“This is not funny at all. Some people really do not deserve to be parents.”
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“How can a normal person come up with this sort of idea?”
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A spokesperson for the neighbourhood committee told reporters that the family resided on the second floor of the building.

The boy, who was unhurt, had been left in his grandparents’ care by his parents who were both working out of town.

The elderly couple reportedly said that they had “panicked” and “weren’t thinking” and promised that they would not make the same mistake again after being counselled by the neighbourhood committee.

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SINGAPORE – Police are searching for the parents of a baby boy who was found alive in a rubbish chute at Block 534 Bedok North Street 3 on Tuesday (Jan 7) morning.

Apart from making their rounds on every floor of the block, the authorities are also contacting owners of vehicles parked at the open-air carpark near the block to ask for footage captured by their in-car cameras.

One such driver, Mr Ng Kok Khim, told The Straits Times: “I received a call from the police asking if they can access the footage from my in-car camera. The officer said it was to assist in the investigations of a case but he didn’t give any details of the case. At first, I thought maybe someone hit my car.”

Mr Ng said he parked his car at the block at 8am on Tuesday and headed to the market opposite where he runs a retail shop.

The baby boy was found in a bin at the bottom of a rubbish chute at the block.

His condition is stable, and there were no visible injuries, said the police.

The child was in a blood-stained tied plastic bag and discovered among other bags of rubbish and food packaging when cleaners tried to clear the bin between 8am and 9am. The baby appeared to be a newborn.

Mr Patwari Shamin, 24, a town council cleaner, told reporters that he was taking out rubbish from the chute bin when he and his colleague found the crying baby in a bag with blood in it. He then informed the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC).

A passer-by, Mr Lim Yok Liang, 72, who was heading to a nearby coffee shop for breakfast at 9.20am, told ST: “I saw an ambulance at the open-air carpark under the block. There was a policeman carrying a baby, wrapped in a cloth.

“The baby was not crying. It looked like it was still breathing.”

The infant was later taken away by ambulance to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The police have since been seen making their rounds on every floor of the block. One officer was seen inside a unit on the 12th floor. An elderly woman was in the kitchen.

The police told The Straits Times that they received a call for help at the HDB block at 9.11am. Paramedics attended to the baby before it was taken to hospital.

Workers’ Party secretary-general Pritam Singh, one of the MPs for Aljunied GRC where the block is located, said that “a million thoughts” passed through his head when he saw the pictures of the baby left in the bin.

“Had the worker not found the blessed child, he/she could have been crushed by the compactor where all rubbish is centrally disposed in the precinct. Thankful to the Singapore Police Force and staff at the AHTC Kaki Bukit office for their assistance over this incident today. And a prayer for everyone distressed by this painful news,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Over the past decade, from 2009 to 2018, 16 abandoned babies were found in Singapore.

A passer-by, Mr Lim Yok Liang, 72, who was heading to a nearby coffee shop for breakfast at 9.20am, told ST: “I saw an ambulance at the open-air carpark under the block. There was a policeman carrying a baby, wrapped in a cloth.

“The baby was not crying. It looked like it was still breathing.”

The infant was later taken away by ambulance to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The police have since been seen making their rounds on every floor of the block. One officer was seen inside a unit on the 12th floor. An elderly woman was in the kitchen.

The police told The Straits Times that they received a call for help at the HDB block at 9.11am. Paramedics attended to the baby before it was taken to hospital.

Workers’ Party secretary-general Pritam Singh, one of the MPs for Aljunied GRC where the block is located, said that “a million thoughts” passed through his head when he saw the pictures of the baby left in the bin.

“Had the worker not found the blessed child, he/she could have been crushed by the compactor where all rubbish is centrally disposed in the precinct. Thankful to the Singapore Police Force and staff at the AHTC Kaki Bukit office for their assistance over this incident today. And a prayer for everyone distressed by this painful news,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Over the past decade, from 2009 to 2018, 16 abandoned babies were found in Singapore.

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t is normal for couples to fight every now and then, but very often their children are the ones who suffer the consequences of their actions.

A four-year-old boy fell from the 14th floor of an apartment building while his parents were quarreling at home.

According to China Press, the couple from Anhui province, China were having an argument on the 30th of December at 4pm in the afternoon.

In the heat of the argument, the woman grabbed her four-year-old son and wanted to jump out of the window to kill herself, but her husband reached out to stop her.

He grabbed her arm and pulled her back into the room, but by doing so, the woman accidentally let go of her son who was in her arms. The boy then fell 14 floors to the ground.

An ambulance rushed to the scene where medical staff tried to save the boy, but unfortunately the boy died.

The man and woman are about 30 years old. It was reported that the boy is taken care of by his grandma, mostly on the weekends.

It’s very unfortunate that the boy had to die because of his parents’ actions. RIP.

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Getting married is a symbol of unity, bringing two people and two families together. It also can bring cultures together, and that’s one of the beautiful things of a multicultural country like Malaysia, and to an extent our neighbours! That’s why stories like that of 27-year-old Malaysian Pathma Gurusamy and her 29-year-old Singaporean husband Ng Boon Jun are always super cute, and what they did to celebrate their separate roots had Facebook Group Subtle Asian Traits gasping at the beauty of it all.

The Group, which has 1.6 million members, obviously approved of the union with 35,000 reactions and nearly 2,000 comments, and were even more touched by the two ceremonies they held following Indian and Chinese customs! Here are some of the images Pathma shared in her post.

Pathma said that the wedding ceremonies both took place back-to-back in November 2019, which she describes as super tiring and something she wouldn’t recommend to others. They had the South Indian wedding customs first, both wearing traditional Indian wedding regalia to a ceremony in a Hindu temple. The next day, they had the Chinese tea-pouring ceremony and received ang pows from their relatives to congratulate them on their union.

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A wedding is one of the biggest events that someone can have in their lifetime. However, there are some people out there who would prey on people looking to get wedding planning services as it is big and easy money.

That was what happened to Mr Muhammad Haiqal Musa, 27 and his bride, Siti Nabilah Othman, 25, on Sunday (22nd Dec), reported Today. Mr. Muhammad had saved up about 13k SGD (RM39k) for his dream wedding and he engaged a wedding planner with that money, but was ultimately cheated by the planner named Wayudy.

In September 2018, Mr. Muhammad engaged a wedding planner from Kpak Bing Bing as their packages were cheap and affordable. It only cost him 16,600SGD (RM49k) for food, photographer and decorations. However, red flags started showing when Wayudy delayed the printing of his wedding invitation cards.

“Wayudy said that he had some problems printing the card in Johor Baru so he asked me for more money to print it in Singapore.”

Mr. Muhammad then gave him the additional money and Wayudy only managed to give him the cards 1 month later even though he promised them he’d get it done in 1 week’s time.

Nothing could prepare them for what was about to happen. On the day of their solemnisation event (21st December 2019), the promised photographer and the wedding planner were nowhere to be found. Mr. Muhammad was very angry and disappointed at this point in time.

When contacted, Mr. Wayudy said that he wasn’t able to find enough people to work for the ceremony. He added that Mr. Muhammad’s wedding is the last event that the company would work on before closing down the company for good. He also said that he will be refunding the money that Mr. Muhammad gave him. However, he never refunded the money and is now uncontactable.

With no planner and no cash, the family was desperate. However, not all is lost as a wedding caterer saw a Facebook post asking for help by one of the groomsmen. The caterer then forwarded the post to celebrity chef Syed Syah, who immediately called up his supplier and made an order for ingredients to feed 1,000 people. He also reached out to all his celebrity friends to ask for help and some of them heeded the call!

The chef agreed to help them without even discussing the payment as all he wanted to do was to help someone in need. He also thanked the couple’s relatives for helping to scour enough ingredients for a banquet of 1,000 people in the span of 24 hours.

They, in return, are really grateful towards him and his contacts for helping to salvage the event.

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Dicekup seludup dadah ke Langkawi

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TOKAN dadah ditahan polis bersama heroin dan syabu bernilai RM40,000 dalam serbuan di Terminal Jeti Penumpang di Kuah, Langkawi, petang semalam.

Dalam serbuan 4.30 petang itu, polis menahan lelaki berusia 29 tahun sejurus suspek tiba dengan feri penumpang.

Ketua Polis Daerah Langkawi, Superintendan Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim berkata, pemeriksaan menemui heroin seberat 1.3 kilogram (kg) dan syabu seberat 150 gram yang disembunyikan suspek dalam beg galasnya.

“Polis percaya heroin dianggarkan bernilai RM28,000 dan syabu RM12,000 itu cuba diedarkan suspek kepada penagih sekitar Langkawi,” katanya ketika dihubungi, hari ini.

Mohd Iqbal berkata, siasatan juga mendapati suspek turut memiliki rekod jenayah sama bawah Seksyen 15(1)(a) Akta Dadah Berbahaya (ADB) 1952.

“Suspek kini ditahan reman di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Langkawi untuk siasatan lanjut,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kes disiasat berdasarkan Seksyen 39B ADB 1952 yang memperuntukkan hukuman mati mandatori, jika sabit kesalahan.

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New US research has found that boys born to mothers who were obese while pregnant appear to have lower motor skills at age three and a lower IQ at age seven.

The new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Columbia University looked at 368 mothers and their children, and asked the women to self-report their weight during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.

The researchers also tested the children’s motor skills and IQ level at ages three and seven.

The findings, published in BMC Pediatrics, showed that boys whose mothers had been obese during pregnancy had lower motor skills at age three.

In addition, those whose mothers had been overweight or obese in pregnancy had scores 5 or more points lower on full-scale IQ tests at age seven, compared with boys whose mothers had been at a normal weight.

“What’s striking is, even using different age-appropriate developmental assessments, we found these associations in both early and middle childhood, meaning these effects persist over time,” said author Elizabeth Widen.

“These findings aren’t meant to shame or scare anyone. We are just beginning to understand some of these interactions between mothers’ weight and the health of their babies.”

The findings held true even after taking into account factors such as the mother’s education and whether the children were born prematurely.

However, when the researchers looked at how nurturing the child’s environment was at home, for instance, how parents interacted with their children and whether the child was given books and toys, they found that a nurturing home environment could reduce the negative effects of maternal obesity, though Widen added that, “The effect on IQ was smaller in nurturing home environments, but it was still there.”

Being obese while pregnant appeared to have no effect on a daughter’s motor skills development or IQ.

The researchers pointed out that this is not the first study to conclude that what a mother is exposed to in pregnancy appears to affect sons more than daughters.

They noted that a 2018 study found that mothers’ exposure to lead during pregnancy appeared to lower IQ in the case of boys, but not girls.

A 2019 study found that boys whose mothers were exposed to fluoride in pregnancy also scored lower on an IQ assessment.

Widen advised women who are obese or overweight when they become pregnant to eat a well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables and fatty acids from fish, take a prenatal vitamin, keep active and make sure to see a doctor during pregnancy to discuss weight gain.

“Work with your doctor and talk about what is appropriate for your circumstances,” Widen said.

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