103-YEAR OLD SPRINTER WANTS TO CHALLENGE USAIN BOLT

Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "Let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki - who holds the 100m world record for centenarians at 29.83sec and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the Jamaican flyer - plans to wait another five years for his dream race and was happy to reveal his secret weapon: his daughter's tangerine jam.

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[YOUR LETTERS] A PESSIMISTIC OUTLOOK FOR SINGAPORE?

I believe PM Lee is not confident that Singapore will have sufficient number of good paying jobs for our undergraduates who are going to join the work force a couple of years later with a heavy burden. With an uncertain global outlook, it is better to make the non-grads and grads compete against one another now to benefit the economy as much as possible before the tsunami hits.

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SG50 Special #49: Madam Indranee Nadisen, the Superwoman Who Raised 45 Children In Singapore

It is these challenges that inspired me to write in and nominate this 74 year old Singaporean superwoman by the name of Indranee Elizabeth Nadisen for your SG50 Series. Not only does she have six children of her own, over the past 35 years, she fostered and cared for a total of 45 abandoned, abused or neglected children. Her selflessness and dedication to helping the under-privileged is beyond words. While these 45 fostered children were under her care, she treated them no differently from her own children.

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NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE GREEDY & HEARTLESS

My husband, the sole breadwinner in the family, passed away unexpectedly when I was into my seventh month of pregnancy. It was a devastating period for my seven-year-old daughter and me. Upon knowing our situation, my gynaecologist, Dr Adrian B. Woodworth from Thomson Women’s Clinic, waived his prescription and caesarean charges. He also approached the anaesthetist, Dr Yvonne Lim, and paediatrician, Dr Lillian Lim, and they also waived their charges before my delivery date, to ease my financial burden. This episode goes to show that not all private-sector doctors and hospitals are profit-driven.

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[AWARENESS] FACEBOOK SCAM: FREE MCDONALDS VOUCHER & GIFT CARDS

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is! There is a new scam on Facebook offering free McDonalds vouchers that redirects users to external malicious websites not related to McDonalds. Take note that there is no such giveaway from McDonalds and following through the link will likely expose your personal details.

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5-YEAR OLD GIRL GETS SEX DISEASE AFTER RAPED BY FATHER

A man in Kuching allegedly raped his five-year-old daughter and inflicted her with a sexually-transmitted disease, reported China Press. The girl's mother, who had divorced the man, suspected something amiss when the girl kept scratching her private part recently. The girl was then brought for a check-up at a hospital, where the mother was told that she had been raped and was now suffering from a sexually-transmitted infection. A police report was subsequently lodged.

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CHC FOLLOWER: I DONATED TO CHC TILL I HAD NO MONEY FOR FOOD OR TAKE BUS

My wife and I gave our youth – energy and monetary sacrifice ever since the Building Fund started. We often got persecuted for our faith. Faith when we do not have enough money to eat or even to take the bus back home. My parents will always tell me why do I want to make myself so difficult in giving to the building fund and have not enough or no money even for basic living expenses. I told her as a student, I am more than blessed and I am giving for the future, for our building. The famous saying goes “if we build God a house, he will build ours…” and also “the future is ours…”

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THOUSANDS OF CIVIL SERVANTS GET AT LEAST 5% PAY INCREMENT

It was reported earlier that more than 18,000 Home Team officers will receive salary increments of eight to 12 per cent in August to ensure their salaries remain competitive. These adjustments have now been extended to other groups of civil servants, including some ministry staff, as well as clerical and support staff in schools. Channel NewsAsia understands the adjustments are at least five per cent. The last time the Public Service Division (PSD) adjusted salaries to keep pace with the private sector was in February, 2012.

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POLITICAL STALWART NICOLE SEAH QUITS NSP & PUTS POLITICS ON HOLD

Nicole Seah says her decision to leave the National Solidarity Party (NSP) was "extremely difficult" to make and "painful", but says it is time to move on. The opposition politician had earned quite a following, especially on social media, when she became the youngest candidate to contest in the 2011 General Election at age 24. She was NSP's second assistant secretary-general, and represented NSP for a seat in Marine Parade GRC.

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DOG DEBARKING CONTROVERSY: 5 THINGS ABOUT THE PROCEDURE

Animal welfare groups in Singapore are upset over a Housing Board notice that asked some dog owners in Ang Mo Kio to consider "debarking your dog through surgery". The notice has since been taken down. Just what is debarking, which the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) described as a "solution of last resort" in an online brochure? We take a look.

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