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2011 in review

4 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2012 in review

4 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Football: Ronaldinho Set For Milan Exit, Says Allegri

2 Jan

ROME : Ronaldinho is set to close the door on his AC Milan career after leaving their winter training camp in Dubai, coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Brazil international is reportedly poised to return to his homeland to re-join formative club Gremio, having fallen out of favour at Milan this season.

“We are waiting for his departure to become official,” Allegri told Sky Italia.

“Maybe there was a lack of willingness on his part.

“I was convinced that Ronaldinho could have a great season. He started well, with a balanced side, but then everyone has to take their own responsibility.”

Ronaldinho joined Milan from Barcelona in 2008 but despite occasional flurries of his best form, he lost his place in the starting XI after Milan signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho last summer.

– AFP/ms

Channel News Asia

Fewer People Caught Littering On New Year's Eve

2 Jan

SINGAPORE : Fewer people were caught littering on New Year's Eve compared to the previous year.

National Environment Agency (NEA) officers were on the prowl for litterbugs islandwide. At the end of their blitz on Friday night, 74 littering tickets were issued, down almost 40 per cent from last year's figure of 116.

During NEA's Orchard Road blitz, the first culprit nabbed turned out to be a tourist, who was let off with a warning.

Otherwise, first-time offenders could be fined S$300 for throwing items like sweet wrappers and cigarette butts. Larger items like food wrappers and drink cups warrant a higher penalty of S$1,000, plus a Corrective Work Order.

At the stroke of midnight at Orchard Road, people unleashed spray cans of foam and confetti everywhere. Cleaning companies were given the tight deadline of cleaning the area by Saturday morning.

The NEA said it does not generally take action against those who use party spray cans during festive periods, but asked that the items be disposed of properly.

At the end of the Orchard Road blitz, eight people were caught.

Teh Chun Siong, manager of operations at National Environment Agency, said: “Most people are taking more responsibility not to litter this year; they are continuing to keep the environment clean and green.

“NEA also worked with event organisers to put in more additional workers to keep the place clean and empty bins throughout the event.”

With more workers on shift on Friday night, cleaning contractors got busy right after the partying.

Alia Jiffry, public relations officer at Purechem Veolia Environmental Services, said: “(The items included) cans, bottles, tissue paper. But the most challenging for us are the planted areas, because our workers have to go there and dig up all the litter.”

By 6am, refuse collected in Orchard Road amounted to 2.8 tonnes, significantly less than the 3.7 tonnes collected last year.

– CNA/ms

Channel News Asia

The Babies Who Came Just In Time…

2 Jan

SINGAPORE : New Year celebrations took on a new meaning for some families, as they welcomed a new member to their families.

Four babies – all boys – were born at the stroke of midnight.

The policy to allow babies of mixed parentage to use double-barrelled race identities also kicks in on Saturday.

Not everyone can claim that their birth was greeted with fireworks, but little Damien Foong can.

His father Donovan said the family were watching the countdown show on television, while counting down too, to the birth of their second child at Mount Alvernia Hospital.

In a nearby ward, another boy was delivered at the same time.

Lucius is the first-born for Alvin and Lynn Lim, and his name means “light” in Latin, symbolising the hopes his parents have for him.

His father, Alvin Lim, said: “To be a righteous, honourable guy, better than his dad.”

Harris Asryani was delivered naturally at Thomson Medical Centre. His parents are Madam Elly Khai Rani Lubis and Juhai Di Khai Rani Jumadi.

Over at Gleneagles Hospital, five-year-old Chantal Yeo has a little bonding session with her newborn brother.

The baby has not been named yet, and he is not the only one in his family with a unique birthday – Chantal was born on August 9, Singapore's National Day.

Down the hall, Chew Kok Cheong plants a light kiss on his newborn daughter, Valerie. She is the first child of Mr Chew and his wife, Madam Nur Farhannah Aslam.

Valerie is among the first babies in Singapore to have the race of both parents reflected in her identification papers.

Her parents said that ultimately, it is about letting their child know about her heritage.

Nur Farhannah Aslam said: “We plan to put her race as Chinese-Pakistani, because my dad is a Pakistani. Singapore is a multi-language society, so maybe she can learn more from our cultures.”

Both Mr and Mrs Chew plan to enrol Valerie in a Chinese-language school in future, but they said Valerie will still be taught Malay.

– CNA/ms

Channel News Asia