The family was waiting for the only son to return home to celebrate his sister’s birthday. Instead, they received a call that he was in an accident, and later, that he died. On Nov 3, Corporal First Class (CFC) Liu Kai’s family was waiting for him to return home to celebrate his second sister’s birthday. They were all prepared and had already bought presents. But in a tragic twist, they received a call past noon informing them of the terrible news, and found out later that he died from his injuries. Speaking to the media at the wake on Monday (Nov 5), the sister, who wanted to be known only as Ms Liu, said the family is still finding it difficult to come to terms with his death. “What was meant to be my birthday... turned into the day my brother died,” she said. CFC Liu, who has two older sisters, died in a vehicular accident on Saturday morning at Jalan Murai training area. He was a transport operator from the SAF’s Transport Hub West, having been … [Read more...] about Birthday celebration turns to death of a son
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Business Bitcoin was heading toward a year-on-year loss on Wednesday, its 10th birthday, the first loss since last year's bull market, when the original and biggest digital coin muscled its way to worldwide attention with months of frenzied buying. 31 Oct 2018 09:26PM Bookmark LONDON: Bitcoin was heading toward a year-on-year loss on Wednesday, its 10th birthday, the first loss since last year's bull market, when the original and biggest digital coin muscled its way to worldwide attention with months of frenzied buying.By 1300 GMT, bitcoin was trading at US$6,263 on the BitStamp exchange, leaving investors who had bought it on Halloween 2017 facing yearly losses of nearly 3 percent.A year ago, bitcoin closed at US$6,443.22 as it tore toward a record high of near US$20,000, hit in December.That run, fueled by frenzied buying by retail investors from South Korea to the United States, pushed bitcoin to calendar-year gains of over 1,300 percent.Ten years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto, … [Read more...] about Birthday blues for bitcoin as investors face year-on-year loss
With France claiming their second World Cup title in Russia on Sunday (July 15), the 21st edition of football's most prestigious competition has come to an end. Football fans will have to endure a longer-than-usual wait before the quadrennial affair comes around again in 2022, as it is scheduled to take place in Qatar in November and December that year. This will mark the first time that the tournament is being held outside of the summer months of May, June and July. Here are some interesting facts about the 2022 World Cup. 1. A warm winter Despite being held in the traditional winter months of November and December, temperatures may range from 24 to 29 degrees Celsius, according to early weather forecasts. Qatar'sdry, subtropical desert climate, characterised by low annual rainfall and intensely hot and humid summers, inspired the change. Temperatures in the winter months remain warm and average around 23 deg C, compared to a scorching average of 42 deg C in the summer months. The … [Read more...] about A World Cup held in November and December? Looking ahead to Qatar 2022
source Wikipedia NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover was built to last just 90 Martian sols, or 92 Earth days. But the scrappy machine shocked engineers by lasting far longer than that. The rover is now celebrating 15 years since it first launched from Earth. Opportunity set off for Mars in the dark of night on July 7, 2003. Engineers at NASA never expected the solar-powered machine to weather a Martian winter, but the golf-cart-sized rover has traveled more than 28 miles on the red planet since it landed there on January 25, 2004. Today, the teenager is undergoing one of its toughest tests to date: a global dust storm is covering Mars, making it tough for the rover to capture much-needed solar power, so it has gone into safe mode. In other words, Opportunity is celebrating its record-breaking tenure on the red planet with a nap. NASA plans to try to reconnect with the rover once the storm passes, but on July 3 the space agency reported that it was “still … [Read more...] about NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover is celebrating its 15th birthday with a nap because of a giant dust storm. Look back at its unlikely journey.
source Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment E-sports – which is to say, competitive, professional online video gaming – have exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, experts have predicted that e-sports viewership is likely to surpass that of traditional sports leagues, including the NBA and MLB, by 2020. Indeed, esports revenue is likely to climb to more than $900 million this year as television channels like ESPN continue to incorporate e-sports into their daily lineups, and streaming services like Amazon’s Twitch become more mainstream. In a world where competitive video games have the potential to be as lucrative an industry as professional sports, the title “pro gamer” has evolved massively since the ’90s, where a relatively small group of die-hard gamers played in relatively unnoticed tournaments for community notoriety and occasional prize money. In the modern world of e-sports, pro gamers are salaried … [Read more...] about Full benefits, 6-figure salaries, 401Ks and nutritionists — 2 professionals reveal what it’s really like to be paid to play video games for a living