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ALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials say 31 people have died as a result of Florence. 24 of the deaths were in North Carolina.


A day earlier, Wilmington’s entire population of 120,000 people was cut off by flooding.


In some places, the rain finally stopped, and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days. He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and catastrophic flooding that submerged entire communities.


Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimeters) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Harvey’s total of 60.58 inches (60.5 centimeters) last year in Texas is No. 1.


Flooding worries increased in Virginia, where roads were closed and power outages were on the rise. In all, about 420,000 homes and businesses in three states were in the dark. Most of the outages were in North Carolina.

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The Special Select Committee responsible for the appointment of Nominated Members of Parliament announced on Monday (Sep 17) its nine nominations to fill the vacancies in Parliament.

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Reserved President Halimah has in fact met – probably exceeded  – Singaporeans’ expectations and we should not continue to deny this.

This depends on what was one’s expectations and for me it isn’t difficult to state positively that my expectations were exceeded.

After Halimah was selected as President, I expected her to not question PAP on the use of our reserves.  She was totally silent.

At the President’s Star Charity, Halimah also managed to convince  Singaporeans that she was overworked despite many still believing that she’s overpaid. She left me deeply impressed with her wayang.

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Muslim cinemagoers are upset after learning that none of the four main cinema chains here has halal-certified food counters.

The halalSG Twitter account, managed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis), posted on Sept 5 that no food counter in local cinemas is halal-certified.

............Student Fatimah Mujibah, 19, said: "All cinemas should apply for the halal certification.

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A 30-year-old woman who shared her fertility journey on social media tragically died while undergoing an emergency cesarean section, Spanish news outlet El Mundo reports.

Vanessa Fernandez Arango began documenting her in-vitro fertilization experience earlier this year on Instagram to help inspire other women who were going through similar situations. Along with her husband, Jonathan Garcia, Arango excitedly posted pictures of baby clothes, ultrasounds and her growing bump to her account, which soon grew to more than 5,000 followers.

Arango had undergone IVF treatment after she experienced complications during two previous pregnancies, leaving her without her fallopian tubes.

“The beginning of the end. The beginning of feeling life and the end of suffering,” Arango, from Bilbao, Spain, wrote in the caption of a picture showing a positive pregnancy test in May. “So here begins our story, our story with a happy ending.”

But in early September, at 38 weeks gestation, Arango fainted while eating breakfast and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section, but Arango went into cardiac arrest and died shortly after.

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This campaign serves no purpose other than a circle jerk for upper-class successful parents on the "in" way to raise a child. And getting these elite "influencer mommies" aren't helping either. When you got 27x for your PSLE and say your grades don't matter it's like a billionaire telling you money doesn't matter in life. I'm sure your success did not stem from the system or the environment you grew up in. I'm sure your beautiful life of a nice house, nice family and financial freedom did not come from that doctor's degree.

<< Good parents, good early education, good primary school, good environment- GOOD GRADES - good secondary school, good connections (from other elite kids), good junior college, good university degree - free to do what you want in life with no financial burden >> This is the mantra that most parents live by or aspire towards simply because it works statistically and obviously breeds significant personal success (as demonstrated by all these influencers photographed above).​

Seriously, everyone wants their kids to be free to do whatever they want in life, to break free from society's meritocratic chains- but in reality, how many families can afford to do so? So my son with a PSLE T-score of 180 and who studies in Chai Chee Secondary plays DOTA for hours everyday, should I therefore encourage him to become a professional gamer because grades don't matter and he should follow his "passion"? How about that family of 7 living in a 3 room flat with a granny who requires kidney dialysis? Should the parents tell ah girl to just pursue her dream of being a KPOP star?​

Look, I'm all for a life beyond grades- I'd want my kids to be free and creative. But creating a campaign asking parents to alter their mindsets is just over-idealistic, narrow minded and to some extent elitist. I really feel grades still do matter to develop basic discipline, language skills and critical thinking, not least to help an individual achieve realistic personal goals later in life.

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This past week, a video capturing the driver’s reckless speeding and road rage went viral. The incident occurred last Friday, 7 Sept in Lorong Chuan.

In the video, the driver of the black vehicle with the license plate number SKK9192G attempted to overtake a lorry on a narrow lane and failed, mounting a kerb instead. Despite this, the driver continued speeding against oncoming and tried to corner the lorry.

.........According to NUS’ website, Prof Yeung was born in Guangzhou and moved to Hong Kong with his family in 1979, when he was a 11-year-old. Prof Yeung moved to Singapore in 1988 after completing his A-levels in Hong Kong.

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A Singaporean student at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has taken to her Instagram account to speak up on a number of sexual harassment cases that happened to several female students on campus.

“We won’t say no to good views”

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, final year communications student Candy Choo (@candayye) first posted an image containing screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation between her friend, a Year 3 Sociology student whom we shall refer to as ‘Jen’ and another NTU student we shall refer to as ‘A’.

It appears the conversation took place earlier this year.

In the conversation, A told Jen that she could see her bra as her shirt was very “revealing”.

A then said she talked about it with a tutor, B, who also, according to A, had to “remind himself to keep his eyes” on Jen’s face.

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In an operation that was broadcast on Facebook Live, the rescuers tried to resuscitate the elephant with advice from Phattarapol Manee-on, a veterinarian of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

Later on, vets from province's Livestock Development Office arrived to give it an injection for heart resuscitation. Some 20 vets and rescuers tried unsuccessfully for another two hours to revive the majestic pachyderm before the vets pronounced it dead.

Its owner Phansa Yanamkham, 15, was arrested and charged with moving an elephant out of its province without permission, said Suraphan Noisa-ard, chief of the Bang Phli Livestock Development Office.

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Chit Chat Corner / Jamie Yeo scored 263 for PSLE previously
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:49:54 pm »

Singaporeans are obsessed with grades. But after countless narratives about moving away from an over-emphasis on academic performance, we’re still stuck at square one with no results.

We haven’t figured out how to disrupt the rat race that causes our kids unnecessary stress. The inequality gap continues to widen between the haves who succeed with the wide resources available to them, and the have-nots who continue to lag behind their peers.

So when a few parents banded together to start a new initiative aimed at changing parental expectations with regards to grades, it should have been well received by the public.

Give children more time to play. Cut down on tuition. Show them that grades don’t define who they are. This is the noble message that Life Beyond Grades champions.

Unfortunately, the initiative appears just as myopic in its strive to correct a narrow-minded societal attitude.

To be fair, Life Beyond Grades doesn’t claim that “studying is unnecessary, or that any kind of enrichment is wrong”. Its goal is simply to broaden society’s definition of success and nurture children’s love for continued learning by embracing the multiple pathways that children can take. And that’s critically important.

To walk the talk, the founders, who run their own media companies, are upfront about their ‘less than stellar’ PSLE scores. By making the distinction between the past and present, they hope to show other parents that their children don’t need good grades to succeed in life.

In reality, our family backgrounds significantly inform how we navigate the education system. We can preach that money doesn’t lead to success, but this isn’t a concept that low-SES families are familiar with. Their poor circumstances do have a substantial impact on their children’s aspirations and future.

Meritocracy, especially in Singapore, isn’t forgiving like that.

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