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ICYMI: Alexandra Canal car crash, Zika virus and more

Here are this week’s happenings in a nutshell.

Andy Yong


Published: 29 January 2016, 3:17 AM

We rounded up this week’s most interesting newsso that you can catch up in a glance!

1. Zika virus

A new mosquito-borne virus is spreading at alarming rates around the world. The Zika virus has now spread to at least 24 countries around North and South America.

The virus is believed to cause babies to be born with unnaturally small heads and may subsequently result in developmental issues and death. Unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and yellow fever, the Zika virus has no known vaccine.

THE ZIKA VIRUS IS SPREAD BY THE AEDES MOSQUITO.
PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA.ORG

Learn more about the Zika virus here.

2. Off-duty fire fighters put out fire

On Tuesday, eight off-duty fire fighters, who have just finished a 24-hour shift, were hailed as heroes for putting out a fire at a food court in Causeway Point.

After noticing smoke coming out of one of the stalls, the firefighters evacuated the kitchen staff and members of the public to safety before putting out the fire with a hose reel and a fire extinguisher.

THE FIRE FIGHTERS WERE COMMENDED ON SCDF’S FACEBOOK PAGE.
PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

Thanks to them, the damage was contained only to the kitchen stove and there were no casualties.

Read the full story here.

3. The meaning behind your text messages

Did you know that the way you text leaves a big impression on how others view your personality? We tell you how punctuations like full stops and multiple ellipses can have a huge effect on the overall tone of your texts.

Learn how to improve your texting skills or possibly interpret your friend’s texts here!

4. Alexandra Canal car crash

Last Sunday night, two women died after their car plunged into the Singapore River at Alexandra Canal. The mother and daughter were exiting the car park of Valley Point Shopping Centre.

THE INCIDENT RECEIVED PLENTY OF COMMENTS ON TWITTER.
PHOTO CREDIT: TWITTER/@ASIAONE

Robin Poon, husband and father of the two deceased, said: “With my wife’s driving skills, this should not have happened.” This is not the first time that a car has crashed into the Singapore River. Since 1989, five similar cases have been recorded.

Read the full story here.

5. How to explore Singapore in one day

Singapore is a relatively small country, but is it possible to explore all of it in one day? Our writer embarked on a mission to visit Singapore’s most scenic places and discover some lesser-known spots within the span of 10 hours.

From Bukit Gombak’s Little Guilin all the way to Changi Beach, follow his journey around the little red dot here!

THE ICONIC PEOPLE’S PARK COMPLEX IN CHINATOWN WAS ONE OF THE PLACES HE VISITED.

Did we miss anything this week? Let us know in the comments below!


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