Singapore has many chicken rice stall. But have you tried Uncle Louis Famous Chicken Rice at Zion Riverside Food Centre with 24 years of expertise in perfecting a plate of wholesome chicken rice.
Meet Uncle Louis, the man behind the juicy tender steam chicken and flavory roasted chicken. Simply look for a signboard with colorful LED lights around it and get ready to fill up your tummy with their chicken.
Not only is their chicken cooked to perfection and the rice grains so succulent, their price is also very affordable. For $3, you can get a simple yet filling plate of chicken rice. Bring back a whole chicken at only $24.
What is unique about Uncle Louis Famous Chicken Rice is their soup. They serve different soup daily and customers can refill them. Examples are old cucumber soup, chicken herbal soup, water crest soup, peanut lotus root soup and ABC soup just to name a few.
Our foodies are also in love with their homemade signature chili sauce which certainly packed a punch to your taste bud. Freshly blended each day to deliver the best taste, customers can be sure to accompany the chili sauce with the chicken and go "Oh Yeah!"
Tourists from all over the world flocked to Zion Riverside to land their tastebuds in this legendary Hainanese style chicken rice. And they only have two words for this dish- "OH WOW"
Come try Uncle Louis Famous Chicken Rice today and shout "Oh Yeah" as you slowly linger the savory chicken and rice.
Uncle Louis Famous Chicken Rice
70 Zion Road, Zion Riverside Food Centre
Stall No 18, Singapore 247792
10.00am - 8.00pm (Monday to Sunday)
LOMO DEL PINO: A raging wildfire on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria forced the evacuation of some 5,000 people, authorities said on Sunday (Aug 18), warning it could take days for the blaze to be brought under control.
The fire, which has spread to the mountainous Cruz de Tejeda region popular with tourists for its breathtaking views, is "extremely fierce" and "unstable", said Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres in a statement.
No fatalities have been reported.
More than 600 firefighters and 14 aircraft battled to contain the flames, hampered by strong winds and high temperatures.
With the temperature set to rise on Monday, authorities estimate it could take days before the blaze is brought under control.
"The next few hours will be very important because the weather forecast for the night is not good," Torres said.
The fire broke out days after another wildfire in the same region forced the evacuation of hundreds.
Gran Canaria is the second most populous of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa.
The Canary Islands received 13.7 million foreign visitors last year, over half of them from Britain and Germany.
Spain is frequently plagued by huge forest fires because of its arid summer climate.
SINGAPORE: Royal Dutch Shell is launching electric vehicle chargers at petrol stations in Singapore, its first such foray in Southeast Asia, the company said on Monday (Aug 19).
The electric vehicle charging service, Shell Recharge, will be available at 10 Shell petrol stations in Singapore by October, this year or about 20 per cent of its retail network in the city-state, the company said in a statement.
The stations will be at the following locations: Newton Hooper, Alexandra, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Paya Lebar PIE, Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay, Sengkang, Havelock and Bukit Batok West.
For S$0.55per kWh, the chargers typically provide from 0 per cent to 80 per cent charge in about 30 minutes, and are compatible with most electric vehicles in Singapore.
A Shell-commissioned study on electric vehicle consumer behaviour showed that 52 per cent of Singaporeans are deterred to buy or use an electric car as they think there are not enough charging stations in Singapore, the company said.
"To meet the country's climate action goals, Singapore needs more and cleaner energy solutions to power lives, businesses and transport sustainably," said Aw Kah Peng, country chairperson of Shell Companies in Singapore.
Shell plans to make more of such low-carbon energy solutions available in Singapore in the following months and years, she added.
SINGAPORE: A man convicted of murdering his mistress and burning her body over three days was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday (Aug 19), three years after strangling the 31-year-old woman in his car at Gardens by the Bay.
Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock, 51, was spared the gallows and cannot be caned as he is over 50.
This was the second case in Singapore's legal history where an offender was convicted of murder in the absence of a body.
The first was the case of Sunny Ang, who killed his girlfriend in 1963 in a diving incident to collect on her insurance. He was hanged four years later.
"While this honourable court has found the accused guilty of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, his absolute disposal of the body hampers the consideration of his appropriate sentence," said Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar Nair and Deputy Public Prosecutors Tan Wen Hsien, Sarah Shi and Stephanie Koh.
The prosecution in their submissions said the court's decision was a binary one - either the death penalty or a sentence of life imprisonment.
"While the accused's actions are undoubtedly reprehensible, there is some doubt as to whether they meet the legal requirements for the imposition of the death penalty," said the prosecutors. "The accused should be given the benefit of that doubt."
Justice Audrey Lim said she was not satisfied that this was a case that warranted the imposition of the death penalty, noting that the prosecution was also not seeking it.
"The court of appeal … stated that the death sentence is the final and terminal sentence an offender can suffer, and should only be imposed after the most anxious consideration," said the judge.
While she had found that Khoo had "no doubt" possessed a motive to silence the victim to rid himself of the threat she posed, she "did not consider that what he had done warranted the imposition of the death penalty".
"Evidence did not suggest that Leslie planned to kill the deceased when he first met up with her on Jul 12, 2016," said the judge. "Leslie was likely caught unawares that the deceased had seriously intended to confront his bosses on that day. Indeed his plan was to attempt to dissuade her from so doing."
There was also no evidence to show that Khoo's acts were brutal or vicious, said the judge, and neither was there any evidence that it was a sustained onslaught.
She had found that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt over an 11-day trial.
Khoo strangled Chinese national Ms Cui Yajie on Jul 12, 2016, in the front passenger seat of his car, before burning her body over three days at a deserted road along Lim Chu Kang.
Her body was never recovered, and only some hair, a brassiere hook and bits of fabric matching the dress she had worn that day were found at the scene.
Khoo was arrested after police found that he was the last person who interacted with Ms Cui. He led officers first to Gardens by the Bay, before taking them to what was left of Ms Cui's remains at Lim Chu Kang.
When he took them there, he smiled and told them that there was nothing left, according to the prosecution.
Over the course of the trial, the court heard accounts of how Khoo, who worked at a laundry outlet, presented an image of himself as a divorcee who owned a laundry business.
Ms Cui, an engineer, had been on the verge of exposing Khoo's lies about his marriage and his job, and had been chasing him to return her S$10,000 for "investment" in gold.
Khoo had denied having an affair with Ms Cui, saying that she was not among the mistresses he had as she was "not his type".
Khoo's defence lawyers Mervyn Cheong, Andy Yeo and Chooi Jing Yen had tried to prove that he had diminished responsibility, acted on grave and sudden provocation or that a sudden fight had broken out.
However, the judge rejected the arguments, although she accepted that he had developed a lifetime diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder, but said it had not manifested at the time of the crime or impaired his mind.
For murder with the intention of causing such bodily injury as he knew to be likely to kill Ms Cui, Khoo could have been sentenced to death.
Khoo faces several other charges of cheating and embezzlement involving more than S$88,000 in the State Courts. He is set to return to the lower courts in September for those charges to be heard.
Exclusive Interview: Singapore Actor and Founder of ADSBOX Jason Sim says he want to bring up potential actors to another level with better roles exposures
1. When did you started your showbiz business and why you want to start this agency ADSBOX?
I started my media company in the year 2008. As I felt there's a lack of media pipelines for Artistes to emerge from. Want to bring up potential actors to another level with better roles exposures.
2. How many artistes and talents do you manage since the day you start ADSBOX?
Mostly are male or female talents, and what do they specialise in? We started from 0 Artiste on hand, through casting interviews and auditions, eventually we grow in numbers. Today, we have a healthy pool of 1200 talent data base. Probably 70% female and 30% male, mainly specialises in Acting.
3. Who are your favourite artistes at ADSBOX and why they are your group of favourite artistes?
In Media Entertainment line, it's important to follow what the company says and plan. Those who listened and follow accordingly would naturally be in the top chart. Currently our female Artiste (Actor/Emcee/Streamer) Cindy Chang topped the list.
4. Is it difficult to manage artistes and talents in Singapore? How did you get them assignment or show opportunities?
It's never easy to manage Humans, more over talents even if you have the most systematic platform for them. With 12 years media experience and network, we have secured Partnership with quite a number of production houses, casting team, events company and of course, Mediacorp. Therefore we have jobs from Drama, movies, TV Commercial Ads etc.
5. Do you like to act, sing or host? How long have you been in the entertainment industry and why you want to become a artiste?
I have yearn to be an actor and singer when I'm 16, didn't have the chance nor right path which took me years to climb. I'm someone that loves challenges, never like to be desk bound, that's pretty much tells about my character. Haha...
6. If given a chance for you to go China to become a singer or actor, will you grab the opportunity as we understand that you already a married man with two kids.
A man can be married, but the passion and dreams may not die! So for me, my answer is Yes!
7. Name one Asian actor and one Asian singer you hope to work with in near future? Why you choose them?
I would love to meet 周润发 as my acting mentor as he possessed a supreme personality that inspires me deeply. As for singer, JJ Lin is someone whom I truly respect especially in the recent years. His talents and self adaptability to all kinds of performances really crowned himself as the new era "歌王" in my own opinion.
8. How long will you stay in this entertainment industry, whether as the managing director of ADSBOX or as a artiste?
Till the day my body vanishes from this world.
9. What do you want to says to all the new emerging artistes and talents out there? Any advise for them?
In Media, its about perseverance, discipline, determination and being hungry! You got it? You made it someday.
Singapore has many seafood lovers and a gathering without seafood seems out of place. It is not easy to find a place which serve nice seafood, but Four Seasons Durians Restaurant located at Jewel Changi Airport is exceptional.
Famed for their special Durian Hotpot, Four Seasons Durians Restaurant is also popular with their seafood dishes, and one of them is ‘Seafood Shellout’- a seafood assortment dish in Chili Crab Sauce or Pumpkin Sauce. The Chili Crab Sauce is rich and tasty, while the Pumpkin Sauce is smooth and creamy. Addition of rice is a must to compliment with the seafood and sauce.
To add flavours to Seafood Shellout, Four Seasons Durians Restaurant is introducing the dish at an amazing price of S$90++, which can be shared among 2 to 3 people. By comparison, their Seafood Shellout is definitely worth the trip down to Jewel Changi Airport.
Seafood lovers, wait no further and hurry down to Four Seasons Durians Restaurant at Jewel Changi Airport to indulge in Seafood Shellout now.
Four Seasons Durians Restaurant
78 Airport Boulevard
#B2-228 Jewel Changi Airport
Tel: 6909 9789
11.00am – 11.00pm (Monday to Sunday)
WELLINGTON: New Zealand police launched a manhunt for an armed suspect on Friday (Aug 16) after an Australian tourist was found shot dead in a camper van in a coastal town on the North Island.
A Canadian woman who had been travelling with the victim, a 33-year-old man, escaped from the van after the attacker drove off in it, police said.
The attack on the two tourists occurred at around 3.20am in Raglan, a coastal town in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. Police found the vehicle, with the dead body inside, at 8am, a few kilometres away.
Police did not release the name of the victim.
New Zealand is a popular tourist destination, especially among Australians. Last year, a 22-year old British woman was killed while on a backpacking tour of the country.
SINGAPORE: Singapore's non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell by 11.2 per cent in July, according to data released by trade agency Enterprise Singapore on Friday (Aug 16).
This marks the fifth straight month of year-on-year decline following last month's 17.4 per cent decline.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, exports rose 3.7 per cent month-on-month in July, following June's decline of 7.8 per cent.
Electronic exports fell 24.2 per cent year-on-year in July, on the back of the 31.9 per cent contraction in the previous month.
Integrated circuits, PCs and disk media products contracted by 24.2 per cent, 35.5 per cent and 25.3 per cent respectively, contributing the most to the decline in electronic NODX.
Non-electronic exports declined by 6.6 per cent in July year-on-year, after the 12.6 per cent decline in the previous month.
Pharmaceuticals (-32.7 per cent), specialised machinery (-31.3 per cent) and primary chemicals (-30.9 per cent) contributed the most to the decline in non-electronic NODX.
Total trade decreased by 6 per cent year-on-year in July, following the 7.3 per cent decline in the preceding month.
Overall, exports to the majority of the top markets dropped in July, except to the US, said the release.
The largest contributors to the decline were Japan (-44.2 per cent), Malaysia (-23.3 per cent) and Hong Kong (-21.7 per cent).
SINGAPORE: More than 50 companies have voluntarily raised the retirement or re-employment ages of their workers beyond the statutory requirements, said NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng on Thursday (Aug 15).
He has been urging employers here to do so and this is a “pretty decent” response, said the labour chief in an interview with reporters, adding that workers have also been “very appreciative of these moves”.
NTUC said in July about 20 unionised companies had either raised the retirement age or did not stipulate a retirement age for its workers. These companies include the Gardens by the Bay, Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore and ComfortDelGro Group.
Mr Ng’s call to employers comes as a tripartite workgroup has been studying how far and how fast the retirement and re-employment ages should be raised beyond 62 and 67 respectively.
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said in March that representatives from the Government, employers and unions had reached a consensus on the need to raise the two ages. Set up last May, the workgroup has been looking at this issue and the impact of Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates on retirement adequacy of older workers, among other things.
An update will be announced by September, Mrs Teo has said.
Nevertheless, Mr Ng, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, admitted that there has been some resistance from employers, with worries mainly surrounding costs.
Apart from wages, these costs can include the healthcare needs of older workers, such as insurance and medical leave.
Given how businesses are grappling with uncertainties in the external environment, on top of domestic cost pressures, these are “valid considerations”.
“I think they are not unfair in stating those concerns,” he said.
“We will have to sit down, put our concerns and challenges on the table, and really think through these issues as tripartite partners.”
Productivity and the relevance of skillsets among older workers will be key for employers.
Citing his conversations with some companies, Mr Ng said: “Most of my employers are fair people – I pay you X amount, you deliver that X amount of productivity and I won’t look at your age.”
To that, he stressed that workers will have to play their part as well.
“We got to stay up to date with relevant skills (and) with added skills, hopefully, so that we can be productive. Age will not really be that much of a factor if you are skilful and you keep healthy.”
Asked if the NTUC is also pushing for the restoration of CPF contribution rates for workers above 55 years old, Mr Ng replied: “We have been doing that for quite a while. We think this is a good re-think of our CPF … on how to plan for adequacy of retirement and so forth, I think it is a necessary thing to do.”
A recent report by the Institute of Policy Studies has called for the CPF contribution rates for older workers to be restored to the same levels as that of younger workers. If done so, it could help them save between S$31,000 and S$145,000 more by the time they retire, researchers said.
Currently, the overall CPF contribution rate is 37 per cent for workers up to 55 years old.
It drops progressively to 26 per cent for workers aged 55 to 60, 16.5 per cent for those aged 60 to 65, and 12.5 per cent for those above 65.
When asked if such an increase is possible or if a middle ground could be reached, Mr Ng said that CPF contribution rates are a “sub-topic” for the tripartite work group and a formal report can be expected “sometime soon”.
During the interview, Mr Ng was also asked about how the labour movement is helping companies and workers to cope with technological disruptions.
He said NTUC has been working with companies to set up training committees – a move that helps to “institutionalise the training aspects for the benefit of companies and workers”.
Mr Ng added that there are still companies that may not know what technology to deploy for their problems, neither do they know where to get these technology or how to start using them.
Among workers, the fear remains that technology will displace and take away jobs.
“Shifting their mindset is important,” said the labour chief.
Among its objectives, the training committees will help companies and workers to start looking at technology “as a friend and an enabler”.
NTUC has previously announced a target of 1,000 committees to be formed across all six industry transformation map groups over the next three years. This is set to benefit about 330,000 workers.
PHILADELPHIA: A SWAT team rescued two police officers who were trapped inside a Philadelphia house on Wednesday (Aug 14) with an active shooter who is still armed and remains inside the home, police said.
Six Philadelphia police officers were shot and wounded during in a shootout during a drug raid on a house and negotiators were urging the shooter to surrender.
Over four hours into the standoff, the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) said all of the wounded officers were in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police were serving a drugs warrant inside a north Philadelphia home at around 4.30pm when the male shooter opened fire on officers.
"Many of them had to escape through windows and doors to escape from a barrage of bullets," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told a news conference.
The shooter continued to fire on a SWAT truck parked outside the residence in the Nicetown-Tioga neighbourhood, with rounds hitting a building across the street, as officers tried to negotiate his surrender, Ross said.
"The suspect remains barricaded as PPD Officers continue to attempt to communicate with him," police spokesman Eric Gripp tweeted at around 9pm.
Police called the man's phone, talked with him on a bullhorn and involved a family member in the negotiations, Ross added.
"I'm worried about a potential hostage situation and we've got to get that resolved," said Ross, adding that he believed the two officers trapped inside the home were not wounded.
"We are trying to get him to come out peacefully," Ross said. "There's no indication that he's trying to surrender, we do know that he is still alive, there's no question of that because of the shots that keep ringing out."
Ross said the officers inside the home may be holding people they arrested during the raid. Local media reported the trapped officers were holding around three suspects.
Police told local residents to remain inside their homes and stay out of the area after hundreds of rounds were exchanged.
Local television station Fox 29 reported some kind of movement by police around 7.30pm when a large bang was heard.
Two other officers were also injured in a car accident while responding to the shooting.
There were reports the shooter was live-streaming the incident on Facebook.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and was monitoring the situation, the White House said.
Local media reported the shooter appeared to have a high-powered weapon and a significant amount of ammunition. The incident follows a string of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio in which gunmen used semi-automatic rifles.
"I'm a little bit angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower, but we'll get to that another day," said Mayor Jim Kenney after visiting three of the wounded officers in hospital.