Sunday, May 31, 2009

Such a pity !! =( Source :

Susan Boyle's dream collapses as she loses British talent show Posted: 31 May 2009 0505 hrs

LONDON : Unlikely Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle was dealt a blow on Saturday when she lost out to a troupe of young street dancers in the final of the British talent show that made her a global star. Despite winning praise from the audience and the judges in her final performance on live television, Boyle, 48, graciously accepted second place, saying the "best people won" and wishing the winners "all the best". Boyle enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame over the past two months after video footage of her audition piece for the show, "I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables", was posted on YouTube. It has had about 100 million hits and brought her celebrity fans including actress Demi Moore and rock star Jon Bon Jovi. Bookmakers made her the favourite to win, but after an unconvincing semi-final performance there were fears the unemployed church volunteer, who lives alone with her cat outside Edinburgh, was suffering under the pressure. In a live performance in the "Britain's Got Talent" final on Saturday, however, Boyle proved the critics wrong and repeated her audition piece with gusto. One of the three judges, Piers Morgan, called it the "greatest performance I've seen on the history of 'Britain's Got Talent' - you should win the competition, I loved it". Boyle was up against nine other acts to win the show, which brings with it a cheque for 100,000 pounds (115,000 euros, 160,000 dollars) and the chance to perform for Queen Elizabeth II. More than one million viewers cast their vote following the live performances - but in the end, Boyle lost out to a multi-ethnic posse of 10 street dancers aged 12 to 25 from London and Essex called Diversity. Following her performance, Boyle - wearing a grey-blue, long sequined dress - gushed appreciation for her worldwide fan base. "I want to thank people for all the support they've given me," she said. Asked if it was worth all the media pressure, she replied: "Well worth it!... I really feel at home on stage, I'm among friends." Boyle put in a shaky performance of "Memory" in the show's semi-finals last weekend, singing occasionally out of tune and out of time, and some fans on YouTube questioned whether she could handle the weight of expectations. News media meanwhile reported some erratic behaviour over the past week, including how she had lost her temper in the foyer of the London hotel where she was staying. Morgan, a tabloid journalism veteran who forged a friendship with Boyle, described her in his blog as a "frightened rabbit in headlights" and revealed she considered quitting the contest. But his fellow judge Amanda Holden said after Saturday's performance: "I have never heard such powerful confident vocals." Reports on Sunday suggested Boyle could strike it rich if she capitalises on her global success, with the News of the World saying one of the show's judges, music promoter Simon Cowell, had big plans for her. "It's the biggest phenomenon I've ever seen out of any of my shows," Cowell - a household name in the United States as a judge on "American Idol" - told the newspaper. Asked on television about her plans, Boyle said: "I hope to get an album out - I'll just play it by ear. What a journey - unbelievable, and very humbling. Thank you for everything." - AFP/ls/ms

Saturday, May 30, 2009

With tests next week..... My Saturday was spent..... I MISSED the Wild Wild Wet event !! =(

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wash Your Hands Too - MTV

Since Singapore got its first H1N1,

Wash Your Hands Too

I dowan you to touch me baby You go toilet nair wash hand right?

When you wash your body, wash your hands too When you wash your body, wash your hands too You don’t want get swine flu Or someone pass to you You better wash your body your body your body

H1N1 is confirm no fun Be careful where you go, US or Mexico If you have temperature that mean you got fever Don’t just take honey, this flu is not farny

Maybe it’s time to wear a mask Maybe you have forgotten SARS Whatever the weather, must bring ther-mo meter Stick it in your armpit or down there!

When you wash your body, wash your hands too When you wash your body, wash your hands too Though the level is yellow Don’t be dirty fellow You better wash your body your body your body

When you wash your body, wash your hands too When you wash your body, wash your hands too Must wash after poo poo Or germs will stick to you Wash more than your body your body your body

I know you use finger, don’t let the smell linger I know you dig gold, and wipe on some pole You scratch your backside, and think you can hide You play your below, take ice from my Milo

Maybe it’s time to be hygiene Maybe you should be quarantined Don’t be a spreader, we stay clean together We’ll pick the kutus from each other’s hair!

When you wash your body, wash your hands too When you wash your body, wash your hands too If you think you’re infected Don’t blur block go Orchard Don’t pass to somebody somebody somebody

When you wash your body, wash your hands too When you wash your body, wash your hands too Must wash after pang jio The Wonder Girls damn chio They dowan your body your body your body

Back in the days when we only took a bath monthly now Looking at you I feel, as sick Kim Jong Ill Your breath smell like kimchi, you see There’s no vaccine eugene Go wash your body Your body your body, wash your hands too

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This song never dies off, now can use as H1N1 motto... LoL

端午節快樂 !!

My friend send me this message.. 這個泡泡裡│°∵╭ ╮∵° ★│裝了许许多多的│∴°╰~~╯‧°‧ ∵│祝福l°‧╭希望/°‧╭快樂╮∵‧ ☆│希望我的朋友│°☆∵╰~~╯°★∵ ∴│ 都 │∴‧°╭天天笑口常开╮‧°∵ ╰╮★☆★╭╯ ∴°╰~~╯‧∴°     │☆╭─╯   ╭╯╭╯  ╔╝★╚╗ r  ║★☆★║╔═══╗  ╔═══╗  ╔═══╗  ╔═══╗  ╔═══╗  ║☆★☆║║ 端 ║ ║ 午 ║ ║ 節 ║ ║ 快 ║ ║ 樂 ║ ◢◎══◎╚╝◎═◎╝═╚◎═◎╝═╚◎═◎╝═╚◎═◎╝═╚◎═◎╝═╚◎═◎╝═╚◎═◎╝═╚◎═◎╝═╚◎ Nice right ?! The reason for this festival.. and how it come about.. (sorry people, its in Chinese...) Source : 端午节為每年农历五月初五,又称端阳节、午日节、五月节、五日節、艾节、端五、重午、午日、夏节,本來是夏季的一個驅除瘟疫的節日,後來楚國詩人屈原於端午節投江自盡,就變成紀念屈原的節日,與春節、中秋屬中華文化圈重要的傳統節日。


一般所接受的说法是:传说端午节是为了纪念戰國時代楚國詩人屈原,他在五月初五这天投汨罗江自尽殉国。但许多盛行于世的端午习俗早在此之前即已流传,而且不少都有驱瘟避疫的成分,故此有人推测,端午节源于对恶日(即农历五月,因仲夏瘟疫流行而得名)的禁忌。 北朝蕭梁時期宗懍所著的《荊楚歲時記》,是一部中國古代荊楚地區的歲時節令、風物故事的介紹文集。在該書的第卅節裡頭記載著:「按五月五日競渡,俗為屈原投汨羅日,傷其死所,故並命舟楫以拯之……邯鄲淳曹娥碑云,五月五日,時迎伍君……斯又東吳之俗,事在子胥,不關屈平也。」認為端午競渡是為了迎接已被當時人們視為河神的伍子胥,與屈原無關。 另外一种说法,学者闻一多指出,端午节最重要的两项活动——竞渡和吃粽子,都和龙有关(见《端午考》),可能是迎涛神祭图腾的习俗。相传古代中国南方吴越人(今江浙一带)认为自己是龙的传人,每年五月初五举行祭图腾仪式,以求来年风调雨顺、大丰收。他们把食物裹在树叶里或装在竹子里,投到江里面去。后来他们还有在这天划着独木舟拜访亲朋好友的做法。高兴时就即兴举行独木舟赛,慢慢演变成今天过端午节这种习俗。 民國28年,對日抗戰烽火正燃之際,重慶文藝界抗敵協會為紀念愛國詩人屈原,於是議定每年端午節屈原逝世之日為詩人節。 在江南端午节是一个潮湿酷热的季节,这时百种毒虫开始滋生,从医学角度来说要吃雄黄酒来避邪。 [编辑] 名称来源 “端”字有“初始”的意思,因此“端五”就是“初五”。而按照历法五月正是“午”月,因此“端五”也就渐渐演变成了现在的“端午”。 How to make dumplings. By the way, Barcelona won Manchester United to win their third Champions League with a 2-0 victory.. Sad for Man U, Happy for Barcelona ! So happy its Friday tomorrow, but i got 2 tests next week !!! =(

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Singapore confirms first case of H1N1

I thought the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona was the most talk about topic in the company... Until this news came out..... Source : Singapore confirms first case of H1N1

Posted: 27 May 2009 1033 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singapore has confirmed its first case of Influenza A (H1N1). The patient, a 22-year-old Singapore Management University student, is currently being treated at the Communicable Disease Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and is in stable condition. The Singaporean woman was in New York from May 14-24. She arrived back in Singapore from New York on SQ25 on 26 May at 6.30am. She was seated at Row 55. She began to develop a cough while onboard. She passed the thermal scanner uneventfully as she did not have fever then. Later in the morning, she consulted a GP who decided to send her to TTSH via a 993 ambulance, given her travel history. She was immediately admitted for testing. Laboratory confirmation of her infection was made by midnight of 26 May. The patient has been vigilant in monitoring her own condition and had sought immediate medical attention once she realized that she was unwell. Her attending GP, through his quick response in activating the 993 ambulance for the patient, had also helped to minimize the spread of infection from this case. The Health Ministry says it has initiated contact tracing of her close contacts. They will be quarantined and provided with antiviral prophylaxis. Passengers who had travelled in the same flight and were seated in rows 52 to 58 are urged to call the hotline at 1800-333 9999 to enable the MOH to check on their health condition. The MOH adds that all medical practitioners and healthcare institutions should continue to be vigilant to suspect cases. Singapore will continue with temperature screening for passengers entering Singapore at all checkpoints (land, sea and air). All passengers passing through or entering Singapore are given Health Alert Notices on board their flights, advising them to monitor their own health if they have been to affected areas and to seek medical attention immediately if they are not well. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said: "We know that sooner or later we will have our first case (of H1N1 flu) and now we do. I suppose we have been lucky -- we have now five weeks since the alert to prepare ourselves, as well as Singaporeans for this eventuality. So there should really be no cause for alarm. “Especially in this case the patient has been most responsible… and the GP is highly commendable. (The GP) made the right judgement -- calling 993 so that within six hours of (the patient’s) touchdown in Singapore, she was isolated in the hospital, so the risk of her causing a spread in Singapore should be very low." Speaking at a labour event on Wednesday, NTUC Chief Mr Lim Swee Say said Singapore is prepared for its first case of the H1N1 virus. He said: "All of us are psychologically prepared for this but the issue here is not so much on when, now that it has happened. I think what we have to focus on is the speed of spreading. What we have to do is ensure that the entire community plays their part." Singaporeans are reminded to maintain high standards of personal hygiene. This means covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and washing your hand frequently with soap and water, especially after contact with respiratory secretions, for example, after sneezing and coughing. Everyone also needs to be socially responsible. This means staying home and avoiding crowded places (including trains, buses, offices), putting on a surgical mask and seeing a doctor if you have flu symptoms. MOH advises those who travelled to affected areas to closely monitor their health and seek treatment as soon as possible should they develop symptoms. Members of the public are also advised to exercise caution over travel to affected areas. In the event that travel is unavoidable, the public is advised to take precautionary measures such as avoiding crowded areas and maintaining high standards of personal hygiene at all times. However, if you are unwell with fever and cough but have no travel history to affected areas, you are also advised to see a doctor and stay at home. MOH is monitoring the situation closely and will update the public should there be any new developments. For more information on Influenza A (H1N1-2009), you can access MOH's website at, call MOH's hotline at 1800-333 9999, or visit - CNA/ir

H1N1 hits Singapore~ =X Be careful, people !

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bye Bye Newcastle...

Source :

Football: Newcastle and Middlesbrough relegated from Premier League Posted: 25 May 2009 0112 hrs

LONDON: Newcastle became the biggest Premier League casualties since Leeds dropped out of the top flight five years ago after a final-day 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa condemned Alan Shearer's side to relegation. The Magpies will be joined in the Championship next season by local rivals Middlesbrough, whose last chance of beating the drop disappeared with a 2-1 defeat at West Ham. Newcastle and Boro's misery ensured huge relief for both Sunderland and Hull. They also lost their final matches but managed to cling on to their top-flight status thanks to the failure of their rivals to snatch the lifeline on offer to them. Hull's 1-0 defeat by a Manchester United side missing all their big names ahead of this week's Champions League final meant that a draw would have been enough for Newcastle to stay up. But that never looked on the cards and Villa, who finish the season in sixth place, fully deserved the three points, although they were sealed in fortunate fashion by a Gareth Barry shot that was deflected past Steve Harper by Damien Duff. Shearer said he would decide whether to continue as Newcastle boss following talks with club owner Mike Ashley next week before voicing his frustration over everything that has happened at St James' Park this season. "We haven't been relegated because of what happened today. We have gone down because of has happened over 38 games," the former England striker said. "Big changes need to be made at the club." Darron Gibson demonstrated the rich resources Sir Alex Ferguson has at his disposal with a stunning strike to give Manchester United their win at Hull and ensure the champions finished the campaign with a four-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool. Another youngster, Junior Stanislas, sealed West Ham's win over Middlesbrough after Gary O'Neill had cancelled out Carlton Cole's first-half strike. Boro boss Gareth Southgate has been assured his job is safe and he vowed to implement the lessons of this season in the fight to bounce straight back up. "This last six months has been very hard but you have to go through these painful things to come out stronger and better," he said. "Tonight we'll grieve for what has happened but tomorrow we'll come out fighting." Nicolas Anelka ensured he would finish the season as the Premier League's top scorer with his 19th strike of the campaign in Chelsea's 3-2 win at Sunderland. Kieron Richardson equalised six minutes later but Sunderland were left dependent on results elsewhere for their safety after Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole extended the visitors' lead. Kenwyne Jones claimed a late consolation effort for Sunderland, who learned after the match that manager Ricky Sbragia had decided to step down following talks with chairman Niall Quinn. "I've had a chat with Niall this week and I think we need a bigger name to carry the club further," said Sbragia, who stepped up from a coaching role following the departure of Roy Keane in November. Everton secured 5th place with a 2-0 win at Fulham that was secured by a Leon Osman double. The defeat could have cost Fulham a place in Europe but Tottenham's 3-1 loss at Liverpool meant that Roy Hodgson's side remained in seventh place - the club's highest Premier League finish - and will play in the Europa League next season. Fernando Torres' 50th goal for Liverpool and an Alan Hutton own goal put the Reds in control and although former Reds striker Robbie Keane marked his return to Anfield with a goal, Yossi Benayoun made sure of the points. Arsenal finished a frustrating season on a high with a 4-1 win over Stoke, exacting revenge for a bruising defeat at the Britannia Stadium in December. The Gunners were 3-0 up inside 20 minutes thanks to a James Beattie own goal Robin van Persie penalty and an Abou Diaby header. Ricardo Fuller pulled one back from the spot but van Persie claimed his second before half-time and the rest of the match was reduced to a training exercise. West Brom, who had already been relegated, finished bottom of the table after a goalless draw at Blackburn while Manchester City rounded off their campaign with a 1-0 win over Bolton that was sealed by Felipe Caicedo's early strike. City finished the season in 10th place, one position above Wigan, for whom Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega delivered a 1-0 win over Portsmouth. Results: Arsenal 4 Stoke 1 Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 0 Blackburn 0 West Brom 0 Fulham 0 Everton 2 Hull 0 Manchester Utd 1 Liverpool 3 Tottenham 1 Manchester City 1 Bolton 0 Sunderland 2 Chelsea 3 West Ham 2 Middlesbrough 1 Wigan 1 Portsmouth 0 - AFP/de

I saw the crying fans of Newcastle on tv last night..

There are winners, there are losers...

See you, Newcastle..


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Up to 10,000 residents preview Circle Line stations

Source :

Channel NewsAsia - Saturday, May 23

SINGAPORE: It is less than a week before a portion of the Circle Line begin operations, and up to 10,000 residents were treated to free rides as part of the open house experience at five Circle Line Stations on Saturday.

Although the 24 remaining stations will be progressively operational from next year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the first five stations will still give commuters faster access to regional centres.

Commuters will be able to change trains at Serangoon Interchange for the North—East line, and Bishan Interchange for the North—South line.

Residents said they are looking forward to the convenience.

Prices of properties around the vicinity also look set to benefit.

In the near—term, analysts said they expect property prices around the first five stations of the circle line to increase by three to five per cent.

Prices are expected to increase even further when the circle line is fully operational.

55,000 commuters are expected to use the first five circle line stations daily.

— CNA/yb The whole news seem good.... but hor...... Can don't increase the MRT fares, please ?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Playing this Facebook game "Bejeweled" for so long... finally i hit a score of 100k !! =P And then, my colleague, calls me for crab supper..... come on friend... beat my score man! " beat it... beat it.... "

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wah liew.. now i know this song is so addictive ! and somemore so many people can like it and can dance to it ... go do a 'youtube' search when free... =p This is one that i happened to know today.... F U N N Y !!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Its super lack of sleep especially when school starts... Sorry to friends who i did not contact.. if i don't contact you all, please go ahead and call me.. ok ? and hor, don't wake me up when you see me like this.... Im probably sleeping.... Haha !

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Been staying out late on Friday and Saturday night.. Today shall stay home to rest... And... its Man U (again....) Source : Football: Manchester United clinch 18th Premier League title Posted: 16 May 2009 2252 hrs LONDON - Manchester United wrapped up a third straight Premier League title on Saturday after a goalless draw at home to Arsenal left Sir Alex Ferguson's side with an unassailable lead over Liverpool. A point in their penultimate match of the campaign was enough to put the champions out of reach and ensure they equalled Liverpool's record of 18 league titles on a day that saw Newcastle lurch to the brink of relegation. "It was the longest 90 minutes in history but we got there," Ferguson said after an edgy display by his side sealed the 11th title of his Old Trafford reign. "There's not been one save in the match and that tells you how cautious a match it was." Asked what it meant to match Liverpool's mark of 18 titles, Ferguson replied: "It will make it more special if we get in front of them. We want to progress with this team, which is capable of doing it. It is a young team and next year we are going to go for it again." United's triumph was the result of a consistency that Liverpool - who paid the price for drawing seven matches at home - Chelsea and Arsenal proved unable to match. Although Ferguson's men ultimately claimed the title with a match to spare, their only success in six league matches against the three other top four teams was a 3-0 win over Chelsea in January and they were beaten in both league battles with Liverpool. But history will record that Ferguson's side finished this season with at least three trophies. Having already lifted the Club World Cup and the League Cup, United will seek to complete a quadruple by retaining the Champions League trophy in the final against Barcelona in Rome on May 27. Before then, United must travel to Hull for a final league fixture in which the home side will be playing for their survival in the top flight after a 1-1 draw at Bolton on Saturday lifted them above Newcastle and out of the bottom three. Newcastle, who travel to Aston Villa for their final match, slipped back into the relegation zone after a 1-0 home defeat by Fulham. Diomansy Kamara's first-half strike kept Fulham in seventh place, the final qualifying spot for European football, and Newcastle's chances of salvaging something evaporated after Sebastien Bassong was sent off midway through the second period for a professional foul on Kamara. Tuncay Sanli gave Middlesbrough fans hope they could yet beat the drop with an overhead kick after 14 minutes only for John Carew's second half strike to earn Villa a point that leaves Boro three points behind Hull and with four goals to make up in terms of goal difference. Craig Fagan left Hull in control of their own destiny with a second-half equaliser at Bolton, who had gone ahead through Gretar Steinsson. Everton leapfrogged Villa into fifth place after a 3-1 win over ten-man West Ham, who had James Tomkins sent off for the foul on Tim Cahill that enabled Louis Saha to cancel out Radoslav Kovac's early long-range strike with a 38th-minute penalty. Joseph Yobo's first goal of the season and Saha's second completed a comfortable win. Second-half goals from Ricardo Fuller and James Beattie allowed Stoke to celebrate the last home match of their first season back in the top flight with a 2-0 win over Wigan. Tottenham kept their hopes of a Europa League place next season alive with a 2-1 win over Manchester City. A Robbie Keane penalty four minutes from time gave Spurs the win after City's Bulgarian striker Valeri Bojinov had cancelled out Jermain Defoe's 29th-minute effort. - AFP /ls Hmm dear Arsenal, please work extra hard next year, please ?! =p **** **** I am so crazy over this song, although i do not really understand it.... haha ! It seems its a rather old song..... *oops* The girls are cute, But this song, so catchy la! **** **** NDP tickets can ballot lo! ---->
A Happy Birthday to Mr Dennis and Ms Doreen ! =) The photos should be up into them... haha.. Meanwhile, i missed the first... but i got the second... Presenting............ OK! I got the Pink one... however it dont look that Pink.. Rather Purple to me ! haha... 2.30am. Better grab some sleep... Now, what should i do for Sunday.....?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Meet up a friend, to treat her for her birthday.. nice dinner ! =) Today my colleague tell me, there is a song written for me.. and then he starts singing this song......... so cute colleague i have ! HAHA !

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Since the days of our video tape player, its been very long time since our family watch movies together... And TODAY ! I managed to set up the DVD player my father got from a lucky draw... So now we can watch VCSs/DVDs ( at last...! ) H A H A ! ! And im still waiting for this movie to come out... Information from Yahoo website, its Release Date is : 24th June 2009. Can't wait ! =D Meanwhile, i think i shall buy Part I of it to watch.... hee hee~

Friday, May 8, 2009

When i thought he was happily sun-tanning at Hawaii...... Source : Singapore's JI leader Mas Selamat arrested in Malaysia

Posted: 08 May 2009 0143 hrs

SINGAPORE: Mas Selamat Kastari, Singapore's Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader who escaped from Whitley Road Detention Centre on February 27 last year, has been arrested.

The terrorist, who once plotted to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi Airport, was arrested in Malaysia in a joint intelligence operation involving the internal security agencies of the two countries. It is understood that Mas Selamat was actually arrested over a month ago but had been under interrogation in Malaysia. It is believed that the fugitive will soon be brought back to Singapore. Last December, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said: "He is one up on us, but the game is not over. One day we will catch him." Most security experts had expected the fugitive to head for Indonesia, where other JI members are believed to be based. So, it came as a surprise to some that he was arrested in Malaysia. Mas Selamat gave his guards the slip while he was being taken to the toilet at the detention centre. The escape sparked the largest manhunt in Singapore's history. Thousands of police and military personnel were roped in to comb the island for the fugitive. Checks at the borders were stepped up, road blocks were set up, officers went house to house, and forested areas were swept. There were also offers of a million dollar reward by two businessmen for his capture. Mas Selamat, however, remained elusive although dozens of illegal immigrants were flushed out. Posters bearing his face and description were put up everywhere and every mobile phone here was sent either a text description or a picture of him. Mas Selamat's escape also resulted in the dismissal of the detention centre's superintendent over security lapses. The superintendent's deputy was demoted. The two were the most senior officers in charge of the ground management of the detention centre, and were among six Internal Security Department (ISD) officers charged over the escape. Mas Selamat fled Singapore in December 2001 following an Internal Security Department operation against the terrorist organisation. The militant leader had been on the run after Singapore authorities discovered plans to crash seven trucks filled with bombs at various locations around the island. Investigations also revealed that he was the mastermind behind a plan to hijack an airplane and crash it into Changi airport. Mas Selamat was arrested by the Indonesian police on Bintan island in January 2006. He was detained for using a fake identity card. When he was arrested, officers found literature on bomb-making on him. Based on investigations then, Indonesia's elite anti-terror police then discovered he was the leader of the Singapore Jemaah Islamiyah network. They then deported him to Singapore, where he was detained at Whitley Road Detention Centre under the Internal Security Act. The 48-year-old father of four was said to be involved in JI's plans to mount attacks against foreign and local establishments in Singapore. These included the US Embassy and American Club, the Defence Ministry headquarters at Bukit Gombak and the Education Ministry building at North Buona Vista Drive. - CNA/TODAY/de

**** **** Hmm....... No toilet break for you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Singapore to lower flu alert to yellow over next five days

Singapore to lower flu alert to yellow over next five days Posted: 06 May 2009 1751 hrs Source : SINGAPORE - Singapore said Wednesday it would likely lower its alert level for swine flu next week, as the new strain of the virus appeared milder than originally feared. Authorities, however, will maintain temperature checks at the city-state's airport, sea ports and land border, the health ministry said in a statement. Passengers who had travelled to Mexico - the epicentre of the current flu outbreak - within seven days prior to their arrival in Singapore would still be placed under quarantine, it said. Screenings for flu-like symptoms at offices, schools, buildings and events will be lifted. If the situation remains the same, the alert level will be downgraded to "yellow" - the third in a five-step system - by Monday from the current "orange", the ministry said. "The new strain of influenza A(H1N1) seems milder than originally feared and appears to be more like seasonal flu," the ministry said. "However, as the situation is still evolving, we would need to constantly review and adjust our responses and be prepared to deal with the changing threat." The easing of measures is aimed at conserving resources and avoiding "flu fatigue", said Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan at a news conference on Wednesday. "We should shift to a sustainable level of flu precaution," he told reporters. He added: "SARS was not very infectious but deadly. It's like a big elephant. It is easier to spot and when you spot one, you try to shoot it and kill it with an elephant gun. H1N1 is not the same. It's like locusts that come once in a while, and thousands of them. You can try to kill them with elephant guns but it's not possible." Downgrading alert levels will also help the ministry conserve "bullets" such as the N95 masks, which are running out islandwide, for the second wave of the H1N1 virus attack. Mr Khaw said: "If your public health measures were to have effect, it must be quick. It must be over-reacting. You must not under react. But you cannot over-react forever - then you cause problem of 'cry wolf'. "Yellow is not green, the virus is still out there. The situation remains dynamic and we must continue to stay vigilant and manage this crisis nimbly." As of Wednesday, 12 people are currently in government-imposed home quarantine, the health ministry said. This includes six Singaporeans, five Mexicans and one Indonesian. Two of the five Mexicans will complete their seven days in isolation just before midnight Wednesday. Mr Khaw said that as the disease is highly contagious, the public has a very important role to play in combating it by raising standards of hygiene. He urged all Singaporeans to aspire to the Japanese standards of cleanliness and hygiene. The ministry said that if the virus mutates to become stronger, then alert levels may be revised upwards again. Mr Khaw also commended the Mexican government for reacting to the H1N1 outbreak promptly and for openly sharing data with the world. Earlier this week, the Mexican Ambassador in Singapore objected to the republic's decision to impose temporary visa requirements on Mexican passport holders. It said the move is "unnecessary" and "unjustified". The Health Ministry said Home Quarantine Orders will still apply to persons with a travel history to Mexico in the past seven days and it will closely monitor the situation before deciding whether to lift visa requirements. Under Singapore law, anyone found in breach of the quarantine order can be fined 10,000 Singapore dollars (US$6,802), jailed six months or both, for a first-time offence. - AFP/CNA/vm **** **** Flu alert lowered, but still, be alert ! =)

Monday, May 4, 2009

This H1N1 Virus is getting so dangerous and spreading so fast... Channel News Asia has a section on this virus. ------ > Some info to share : FAQs on Influenza A (H1N1) Posted: 28 April 2009 1103 hrs What is Swine Flu (Swine Influenza)? Swine flu is a respiratory disease affecting pigs that is caused by type A influenza virus. Swine influenza viruses may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to influenza outbreaks in humans. It causes high levels of illness but low death rates in pigs. Does Swine Flu affect humans? Swine flu viruses that cause disease in pigs very rarely affect humans. However, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs but there have also been documented cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu. How does Swine Flu spread to humans? Swine flu spreads to humans mainly through contact with infected pigs, which shed the virus in their saliva, nasal secretions and faeces. Limited human-to-human transmission can also occur in the same way as seasonal flu occurs in people. Can people catch Swine Flu from eating pork? There is currently no evidence to suggest that swine flu can be transmitted to humans from eating pork or pork products that have been thoroughly cooked. What are the symptoms of Swine Flu in humans? The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza. An early symptom is high fever, and this is followed by cough, sore throat, runny nose, and sometimes breathlessness a few days later. How can human infections with swine flu be diagnosed? To diagnose swine flu, a respiratory specimen would generally need to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness (when an infected person is most likely to be shedding the virus). However, some persons, especially children may shed the virus for 10 days or longer. What medications are available to treat swine flu infection in humans? There are four different antiviral drugs that are licensed for use in Singapore for the treatment of influenza: amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. While most swine flu viruses have been susceptible to all four drugs, the most recent swine flu viruses isolated from humans are resistant to amantadine and rimantadine. At this time, the US CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine flu viruses. Are there any cases of Swine Flu in Singapore? To date, there have been no human cases of swine flu detected in Singapore. Is there any cause for alarm in Singapore? No human swine flu cases have been reported in Singapore. MOH is monitoring the situation closely and will update the public should the situation change. What is MOH doing to ensure that the disease is not transmitted here? MOH maintains a comprehensive and well established disease surveillance system for the early detection of human cases of novel influenzas such as swine flu. In addition, MOH has sent a medical alert to all medical practitioners and staff in hospitals, national centres, private medical clinics and polyclinics to update them on the outbreak of swine flu in the USA and Mexico and to advise them to be vigilant for any suspect cases. When the situation warrants, MOH will step up public health measures e.g. quarantine of contacts, issue public health advisories, and work with other government agencies to screen visitors at our border checkpoints. Further, MOH has an influenza pandemic preparedness plan in response to a pandemic situation. Is it safe to visit countries with cases of Swine Flu and will I be quarantined when I return? What travel precautions should I take? There are currently no travel restrictions or quarantine advised by the World Health Organisation for swine flu. If you intend to travel to areas which have cases of swine flu (currently – Southern California and Texas in the United States; and Mexico), you should take note of the following measures to minimize your risk of acquiring swine flu: 1. Avoid contact with persons with symptoms of influenza. 2. Avoid crowded areas and maintain good ventilation. 3. Observe good personal and environmental hygiene. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water frequently and when they are contaminated by respiratory secretions e.g. after sneezing. 4. Maintain good body resistance through a balanced diet, regular exercise, having adequate rest, reducing stress and not smoking. What should I do if I suspect I have swine flu after returning to Singapore? You should consult your doctor as soon as possible and inform your doctor if you have symptoms of swine flu and had recently travelled to areas which have cases of swine flu (currently – Southern California and Texas in the United States; and Mexico). What should I do if I fall ill overseas? You should consult a local doctor as soon as possible and refrain from traveling until you are certified fit by the doctor. Does influenza vaccination help in preventing Swine Flu? Vaccines are available to be given to pigs to prevent swine influenza. There is no vaccine to protect humans from swine flu. The seasonal influenza vaccine is unlikely to protect against H1N1 swine flu viruses. Is it safe to come into contact with live pigs in nature reserves and the wildlife reserves? So far, there are no known cases of swine flu in Singapore. However, proper hygiene practices, such as washing of hands after contact with animals including pigs, should be maintained. Source: Ministry of Health, Singapore **** **** Take of yourself, and stay healthy ! My company not able to buy digital thermometer ( of course la! with so many people wanting to buy..DUHS! ) so we are asked to bring out the thermometer given during Sars period... I think i place it........ somewhere ?? *scratch head*

Sunday, May 3, 2009

This was how my Sunday(Last day of long weekends..) was spent.... Tea, and 'people watching'.... haha! By the way, one of my friend has a 7 month old Jack Russell, asking if anyone is interested to adopt it... Anyone interested ? =) Do contact me... This week, classes will start on every Tuesday and Thursday.. with my company month end closing to do... i'll be busy(again...) Should i be happy or not? H.A.H.A

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Funny Life in Prison (usavich)

Was a rather slacking day... sleep till almost noon... Cleared up a bit of the room, to prepare for new modules starting next week (going to be busy again...) Yawnz.... ANYWAY ! My friend introduced me this very cute Flash short clips... very funny!! haha... Happy viewing... =P

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy Labour Day ! 51, 51 ! Yet another holiday... wee! My day started with badminton with my friends.. and then a good lunch.. *yum yum* =) Its long weekends... what am i got to do for Saturday and Sunday leh ?? haha ! Photobucket Been a dramatic period, from the day getting news of 'Golden Handshake', till the day when the whole thing was being cancelled.. So drama hor ! *yawn* 留得住我的人,留不住我的心 SIGH !!
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