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Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore in 1819 as a trading post of the British East India Company. After the company's collapse in 1858, the islands were ceded to the British Raj as a crown colony. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965. After early years of turbulence and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce.
Singapore is a global hub for education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, human capital, ebikes and innovation (OK... maybe not ebikes...), logistics, manufacturing, technology, tourism, trade, and transport. The city ranks highly in numerous international rankings, and has been recognized as the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), world's smartest city, world's safest country, third-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre, fifth-most innovative country, and the second-busiest container port. The Economist has ranked Singapore as the most expensive city to live in, since 2013. It is identified as a tax haven. Singapore is the only country in Asia with an AAA sovereign rating from all major rating agencies, and one of 11 worldwide. Globally, the Port of Singapore and Changi Airport have held the titles of leading "Maritime Capital" and "Best Airport" respectively for consecutive years, while Singapore Airlines is the 2018 "World's Best Airline".
Fire involving ebike at Geylang, infant taken to hospital
Geylang is a planning area and township located on the eastern fringe of the Central Region of Singapore, bordering Hougang and Toa Payoh in the north, Marine Parade in the south, Bedok in the east, and Kallang in the west.
Geylang is known perhaps most infamously as a red-light district, particularly the areas along Geylang Road. Geylang is also where one of Singapore's oldest Malay settlements, Geylang Serai, is.
("The fire involved a power-assisted bicycle"):
https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/fire- ... n-hospital
(Did we mention electric bikes yet?)
An infant was rushed to hospital yesterday after a fire involving an electric bicycle broke out at the ground floor of a two-storey shophouse in Geylang.
(`Case we didn't mention electric bikes yet...)
A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told The New Paper that they responded to the fire at 527 Geylang Road at 7.20am yesterday.
She said: "The fire involved a power-assisted bicycle and was extinguished by SCDF using one hose reel jet.
"As a result of the fire, one infant was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital."
TNP understands the child suffered from smoke inhalation and had been on the upper floor of the shophouse when the incident happened.
According to Chinese evening daily Shin Min Daily News, there were at least seven people living on the upper floor.
("OH. Mentioned "electric bike" already... So Sorry...)
When TNP went to the scene yesterday, the shop was filled with damaged electronics items covered in soot. Fridges and vending machines were also seen outside the shop.
A man in his 50s who claimed to be the business owner entered the premises at about 3.30pm.
Declining to be named, he said the fire was caused by an electric bicycle, pointing at one that was badly damaged in the middle of the shop.
Shin Min reported that the store dealt in second-hand electronics and it had yet to open for business as it was still under renovation.
The electric bicycle is believed to have been in the store's pantry area when the fire broke out.
Unrelated... Singapore police report:
In the first half of 2018, the total number of traffic accidents which resulted in fatalities or injuries fell very slightly compared to the same period last year, registering
a 0.1% drop to 3,905, from 3,908.
a) The number of traffic accidents resulting in fatalities in the first half of 2018
decreased by 5.1% to 56, from 59 in the same period last year. The number
of fatalities decreased by 1.7% to 59, from 60 in the same period last year.
b) The number of accidents resulting in injuries was 3,849 for the first half of
the year in 2018. This was the same number as the first half of 2017.
(... but that's not news, silly!)
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