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Faulty sprinkler causes water leak in Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore News

An issue with a sprinkler at Jewel Changi Airport resulted in a water leak on Saturday afternoon, the third day of its public preview. Videos of the incident were shared widely online over the weekend, including one titled Waterfall At Jewel Airport showing visitors looking on curiously as water gushed from the ceiling. In response to queries, a spokesman for Jewel Changi Airport said the water leak occurred at the Terminal 1 arrival hall. It was attributed to a problem with a sprinkler. The spokesman said an unoccupied tenant unit…

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White smoke from train at Buona Vista Station due to air-con refrigerant leak: SMRT, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – White smoke that was seen wafting out from a train at Buona Vista Station on Wednesday morning (March 20) was due to an air-conditioner refrigerant leak, said SMRT. In a Facebook post late Wednesday night, the public transport operator said that the MRT train was travelling along the East-West Line in the direction of Pasir Ris. When the incident happened at around 7.45am, all commuters on the train were asked to alight and board the next train, as a safety precaution. “The train was immediately withdrawn for further…

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HIV data leak: Ler Teck Siang’s medical registration suspended for nine months, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Ler Teck Siang, the doctor at the centre of the HIV Registry data leak, has had his medical registration suspended for nine months and could face further disciplinary action, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) said in a statement on Tuesday (March 12). The suspension, which came into effect last Thursday (March 7), was ordered by an Interim Orders Committee (IOC) which will issue the grounds of its decision “in due course”, SMC said in a statement. The announcement comes after Ler’s appeal against his conviction and 24-month sentence…

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Ler Teck Siang, the doctor in HIV Registry leak incident, in court for appeal hearing, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The doctor whose partner is at the centre of the HIV Registry leak appeared in the High Court on Monday (March 11) for an appeal hearing. Ler Teck Siang, 37, is appealing against his conviction and two-year jail sentence for abetment of cheating and for giving a false statement to a public servant. Ler had given a sample of his blood in place of that of his HIV-positive boyfriend, Mikhy Farrera-Brochez, so that the American could pass medical tests to work in Singapore. Farrera-Brochez, 33, recently leaked the…

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US court grants MOH temporary restraining order against Brochez, American at centre of HIV data leak, Singapore News

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been granted a temporary restraining order by a US court against the American who stole and leaked information from Singapore’s HIV database, The Straits Times has learnt. The order, given last Tuesday, temporarily prohibits Mikhy Brochez from disclosing any information from the ministry. It came ahead of last Friday’s arrest of the 34-year-old, who has been charged in a Kentucky court in the United States with the possession and unlawful transfer of stolen identification documents. US court documents obtained by The Straits Times shed…

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HIV data leak: Brochez illegally disclosed list of 13 HIV-positive individuals’ details, says prisons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The American at the centre of a recent HIV data leak illegally disclosed details of 13 HIV-positive people scheduled for a health check-up at Changi Prison Complex in 2018. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 17) that Mikhy Farrera Brochez sent an e-mail on Saturday to some government authorities and media organisations. The e-mail contained photographs of a piece of paper with a list of NRIC or FIN numbers of 13 HIV-positive individuals, including himself. They had been scheduled for a medical…

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Singaporeans hit by dating app leak, data of 6 million users for sale on dark web, Singapore News

Millions of people looking for love received a rude Valentine’s Day gift yesterday in the form of an e-mail from Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB). The users of the popular dating platform were informed that their account data may have been stolen by an “unauthorised party”. The data, which includes names and e-mail addresses of more than six million CMB users, has been put on sale on the dark web for 0.13 Bitcoin, or about $600. CMB, a mobile dating app company based in San Francisco in the US state of…

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HIV data leak: Brochez called ‘a pathological liar’ after making wild claims, Singapore News

He used fake degrees to get teaching jobs in Singapore, cheated on blood tests to hide his HIV-positive status, and leaked the data of 14,200 people with HIV. Now Mikhy Farrera Brochez, 34, has made a slew of allegations against Singapore authorities on Facebook and in an interview with US online news site Vice. Among them: He was abused while in policy custody, then sexually assaulted in prison, where he contracted HIV and was denied HIV medication. He also claimed another man had leaked the HIV Registry data. In refuting…

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Health Minister: No cover-up on HIV registry leak, Singapore News

There has been no attempt to cover up the HIV registry leak incident, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong stressed in Parliament yesterday. Addressing concerns over the ministry’s silence given that the breach was first discovered in 2016 and resurfaced in 2018 but announced only on Jan 28 this year, Mr Gan said: “(The) Ministry of Health (MOH) made a judgement call, balancing the various considerations. “It is arguable that MOH should have made a different call. But I reject any allegation that MOH sought to cover up the incident.” Mr…

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HIV data leak: MOH aware only in 2016 that Mikhy Farrera Brochez had access to data, says Gan Kim Yong, Singapore News

While he first informed the authorities in 2012 that his partner had disclosed information about his HIV status to others and shared screenshots of this, Mikhy Farrera Brochez, the American at the centre of the leak of Singapore’s HIV Registry, was uncooperative and did not provide any evidence. The investigation hence did not make much headway, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 12). Mr Gan was responding to questions from MPs about whether the Ministry of Health (MOH) had known about Brochez’s possible access to…

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