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Melody Chen, Randall Tan photo cause a stir

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 30, 2008

Together at last, in sickness and in health.

That seemed to be the sentiment at the wedding dinner of local actor-hosts Melody Chen and Randall Tan.

It was held at Shangri-La Hotel’s Tower Ballroom on Saturday night and attended by 350 guests.

The solemnisation – during which the comely couple cried while exchanging vows they had written themselves – and tea ceremony were conducted at the hotel earlier in the day.

A beaming Melody, 30, told The New Paper as the celebrations wrapped up: ‘It’s been a long journey for us. We started out as best friends, and now we’re looking forward to beginning a new journey together.’

Randall, 34, added: ‘She’s all I could ask for. And seeing her looking beautiful in these dresses, I’m a happy man.’

But before reaching the finishing line, the sports enthusiasts – who got engaged last November and are living in Melody’s apartment in the western part of Singapore – faced many hurdles. (story)

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HIV hits record in Singapore

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 30, 2008

Who says Singaporeans don’t like to fool around? I have no problem with promiscuity, just make sure you use a rubber. Protect your pee pee from getting dirty dirty viruses. That girl you did last night probably gave you herpes. Those cold sores from that girl who sucked your wang? And now it burns when you pee? Yeah, that’s not good. You’d better go get that check out.

“The number of HIV cases in Singapore hit a record last year, according to figures monitored on Wednesday.

About 93 per cent of those infected were males, and most of the infections were transmitted through sex, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

Nearly two-thirds of the infections occurred through heterosexual sex, while there were seven cases from intravenous drug use and one through a blood transfusion overseas, it said.

Most infections were detected during testing for some form of medical treatment, with only 13 per cent discovered during voluntary screening, it said.” (story)

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DJ murder, judge explains sentence

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 30, 2008

A high court judge has explained why he jailed a woman who plotted the murder of her husband for only nine years, rather than throw her into prison for life.

Justice Chan Seng Onn said Aniza Essa, 25, was not likely to repeat her offence and, therefore, did not need to be locked up for good.

Prosecutors, who had asked that Aniza be sentenced to life imprisonment, are appealing against the nine-year jail term.

She had pleaded guilty to getting her 16-year-old lover to kill her husband Manap Sarlip outside the couple’s flat.

Justice Chan said the prosecution’s concern that Aniza might do the same again if released from jail was ‘highly speculative’.

Among other things, prosecutors had suggested in their written submissions that if, in the future, she were to enter into a second abusive or difficult marriage, she could fall into depression again and resort to the same violence to solve her problem. (story)

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William Ding Chun Fong wins appeal

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 30, 2008

Former teacher William Ding Chun Fong, 36, on Wednesday won his appeal against conviction for molesting two schoolboys.

Four secondary school students accused Ding of molesting them in separate incidents between 2001 and 2005.

Ding denied the accusations and fought the case in an 80-day trial that spanned nine months.

He was found guilty in March last year by District Judge Jasbendar Kaur on three charges involving two boys and sentenced to a year’s jail. Ding was acquitted of six other charges involving the other two boys.

Ding choked back tears as an appeal judge on Wednesday acquitted him of molesting two schoolboys.

On hearing that he had won his appeal against his conviction last year by a lower court, he first appeared stunned. (story)

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Singapore #1 among students

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 30, 2008

ASEAN university students are overwhelmingly gunning for one place to work and play – Singapore.

A survey of university students across the region last year finds the smallest South-east Asian country coming out the biggest winner.

More than half of the 2,170 undergraduates polled, or 54.3 per cent, said they would ‘most like to work’ in Singapore among the 10 Asean nations.

Malaysia is a distant second, garnering 11.2 per cent. This is followed by Brunei, Thailand and Vietnam.

As Mr Prapat Rucktajittakarn, 21, a senior-year student at Thailand’s Institute of International Studies Ramkhamhang told The Straits Times: ‘Yes, I would like to work in Singapore as well. As you can see from other students who used to work abroad, they probably gain more experience in their lives.’ (story)

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