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    Domino's pizza maker gets 5 months’ jail for stealing deliveryman’s motorcycle, taking girlfriend on joyride without a licence

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    Muhammad Irfan Boey Farhan Abdullah Boey pleaded guilty to stealing a motorcycle and riding it without a valid licence The court heard that he wanted to go on a joyride He was sentenced to five months’ jail  SINGAPORE — Noticing that his colleague had left the key to his motorcycle in the ignition switch, a Domino's pizza maker decided to seize an opportunity for a joyride without his colleague’s consent.
    Taking advantage of the fact that his colleague was picking up a delivery order, Muhammad Irfan Boey Farhan Abdullah Boey hopped onto the motorcycle and rode off to pick up his girlfriend.
    On Wednesday (May 3), the 21-year-old Singaporean was sentenced to five months’ jail after he pleaded guilty to stealing a Malaysian-registered motorcycle and operating it without a motorcycle driving licence.
    He will also not be able to hold or obtain all classes of driving licences for a year with effect from the date of his release.
    A single charge of riding the motorcycle while uninsured was also taken into consideration for Irfan’s sentencing.
    Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Regina Lim told the court that the incident happened on Feb 11 this year when Irfan was working as a pizza maker at a Domino’s outlet along Yishun Ring Road.
    That day, Irfan “came up with an idea” of taking the motorcycle belonging to his colleague, Mr Mohamad Hafiq Aiman Abdullah, DPP Lim added.
    It was not stated why Irfan wanted to go on a joyride, but the court heard that he targeted Mr Hafiq because he would usually leave his motorcycle near the shop.
    At around 9.30pm, Mr Hafiq parked his motorcycle outside the outlet and left the key in the ignition switch because he was intending to use it again after collecting a delivery order.
    When Mr Hafiq entered the shop, Irfan got onto the motorcycle and rode away with it and headed to another Domino’s outlet around Woodlands Rise where his girlfriend was waiting.
    It was not stated whether Irfan’s girlfriend, who was not named in court documents, was also an employee of Domino’s.
    DPP Lim said that the duo went for a joyride around Woodlands before heading to the woman’s home and then riding the motorcycle out for supper at Woodlands Waterfront.
    After supper, the pair “roamed around” on the motorcycle until 4am or 5am, before they returned to their respective homes.
    Irfan, who had parked the stolen motorcycle near his home, used it again to pick up his girlfriend from her home that afternoon and they “rode the motorcycle until they were tired”, DPP Lim said.
    He was eventually arrested by the police on the afternoon of Feb 13, and the motorcycle was recovered.
    During the course of investigation, Irfan made several false statements, DPP Lim said.
    This included saying that an “unknown male on TikTok Live had offered to lend the motorcycle to him for three to four days”, and that this individual “did not mind” that Irfan did not have a motorcycle licence.
    TikTok Live refers to a format on the social media platform that allows content creators to interact with viewers in real-time.
    Irfan also lied that an acquaintance, who went by the name of Aslam, bore a grudge against him and wanted to get Irfan into trouble.
    Irfan added that he suspected Aslam could “have set a trap for him by getting someone to approach him on TikTok Live”.
    DPP Lim said that Irfan later “recanted his falsehoods” and admitted that he had stolen the motorcycle.
    It was not stated in court if Irfan is still employed by Domino's and TODAY has sought clarification from the pizza chain.
    Anyone found guilty of stealing a motor vehicle can be jailed up to seven years and fined.
    For driving a vehicle without holding a valid licence, Irfan could have been fined up to S$10,000 or jailed up to three years, or both.
    Article Credits: todayonline
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    Innuendos aside here is a step by step guide to cleaning your lid Cleaning your helmet is something we all think we can take care of, but do you really know how to do it properly? If you’re nodding your head smugly while reaching for the furniture polish and an old rag, think again. We’ll show you everything you need to know to maintain the life and looks of the most important piece of your riding clobber this summer.
    Before we begin you will need:
    An old toothbrush A soft nailbrush Some cotton buds Four lint-free cloths A non-abrasive sponge Cleaning products Step 1: Prep
    First things first. Wash your hands, make sure all of your cloths are clean, the last thing you want to do is damage the paintwork on your helmet because a piece of dirt was hidden in a cloth. Lay out your tools on a clean work-surface, the kitchen side should do it. Take pictures of the inside and outside of your helmet if you need to, these will help when you are trying to put the thing back together again.
    Step 2: Strip
    Strip down your helmet. We’ve used an Arai for this feature but the same rules apply to any make of helmet. Carefully remove anything that you know you can remove, if you are unsure consult the manual that came with your helmet. If like 99.9% of bikers you lobbed it in the bin get on the phone to the helmet manufacturer, ask for the technical department and find out what you need to do to strip it down. Don’t be too heavy handed, if it feels like it’s about to snap, it probably is.
    Step 3: Bare essentials
    If you are confident you can unscrew and remove base plates etc, do so. Lay out what you have removed in the order you need to put them back in. Don’t get carried away and strip the thing down to nothing, just remove what you need.
    Step 4: Get wet
    Most helmets have at least removable cheek pads, some will have fully removable linings. Once removed, soak them in warm water with a small amount of PH neutral baby shampoo. Massage all the parts thoroughly and then rinse. You’ll be horrified at the black slime that comes out. Lay a towel in the bottom of the sink or bath, rest your helmet on the towel and shower it out with warm water. Get the helmet soaked, add a little of the shampoo and work it into everything. Rinse thoroughly with cold water at least five times. Now put the helmet and any wet parts in front of a cool fan for half a day. Don’t be tempted to use a hairdryer or the airing cupboard.
    Step 5: Visor
    Clean your visor with a non-abrasive cloth. Soak it in warm water and rub some mild soap solution into it. Use your fingers to remove the dirt if you can, it will reduce the chances of scratching the surface of your visor. Allow the visor to drip dry naturally, stood up. Take care with your visor if it has an anti-fog coating. Once dry carefully re-apply any anti fog coating.
    Step 6: Clean
    Clean the shell of your helmet with a non-abrasive cloth and some mild soap solution. Avoid using petroleum based cleaning products, they will eat into the lifespan of your helmet. Again, use warm water and be careful not to be too heavy handed. Use the cotton buds to get into the vents if you need to. Use the toothbrush or nailbrush in the hard to reach places, repeat the process two or three times. Cover up small stone chips with touch up pens designed for cars. This won’t completely remove the chip but will disguise it and will prevent water ingress, which will degrade the quality of your helmet over time.
    Step 7: Lube
    Lubricate the working parts of your visor mechanism with silicon grease, remember to wipe off any excess to prevent further damaging your helmet. You also need to lubricate the seal around your visor aperture. Do this sparingly and wipe away any excess.
    Step 8: Re-assemble
    Re-assemble your helmet (carefully). Take your time to reposition your visor properly. Baseplates on most helmets are adjustable, treat it like suspension. Try little and often until you get it right. Clean and replace side pods/covers. Ensure they are all properly reconnected to the shell, if you have any screws left over you have definitely done something wrong.
    Step 9: Polish
    Once rebuilt, polish the whole helmet with a suitable polish, do the visor as well. A mild abrasive is okay to use on the helmet. Lay it on fairly thick, leave to dry and then buff. A good layer of polish on the shell and visor will help water to bead and roll off easier in the rain.
    Article Credits: visordown
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    2 Men Hit Each Other With Helmets At Woodlands Checkpoint, Arrested & Investigated For Affray
    The Singapore Police Force (SPF) confirmed the arrest of the two men caught fighting with helmets at Woodlands Checkpoint and are investigating them for the offence of affray. You may read the full updates below.
    On days when there’s heavy traffic, it can easily take a few hours to get from one end of the Causeway to the other.
    And when that happens, it’s easy for drivers’ tempers to flare.
    That’s presumably what happened when two men were seen fighting at Woodlands Checkpoint.
    Source: Facebook
    In a short viral video, the pair were spotted hitting each other with motorcycle helmets as other riders watched.
    Men fight with helmets at Woodlands Checkpoint, ends hilariously
    The TikTok video was reposted on the Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossers(MSBC) 马新过境者 Facebook group and has garnered over 500 shares at the time of this article.
    In the 10-second clip, a man in blue starts by slamming a motorcycle helmet on the back of a man in a purple t-shirt.
        The swing was filled with so much vigour that the helmet ricocheted off the man in purple.
    Source: Facebook
    Without flinching, the man in blue threw one more punch before realising he was unarmed.
    The man in purple then got back on his feet and checked over his shoulder for his assailant.
      Source: Facebook
    Realising his attacker was scrambling for his helmet, the man in purple took the chance to hit his foe.
    However, just like his attacker, he lost grip on his helmet and after a single strike, was also left unarmed.
    Source: Facebook
    Now vulnerable as before, his attacker took the chance to smack the other man’s head with a helmet.
    The impact seemed to have awoken a new side in the long-haired man as he skillfully dodged the next blow.
    Trying to end the altercation, the man in purple pulled his attacker’s jacket over their head.
    Source: Facebook
      The video ends with the attacker stumbling around the crowded motorcycle lane at Woodlands checkpoint with a jacket over his head.
    Authorities detain 2 men after fight at Woodlands Checkpoint
    The duo did eventually end up in trouble with the law. In a media release on 5 May, SPF shared that they detained the two men while they were entering Singapore on Monday (3 May).
    This was after the police received a report past midnight the night before, of a video capturing their altercation.
    Early investigations pointed to “queue-cutting along the viaduct leading to the departure motorcycle zone at Woodlands Checkpoint” as the likely cause of the fight.
    The men then allegedly pushed their motorcycles against each other before getting off their vehicles. The face-off with the helmets, as seen in the video, subsequently ensued.
      Following their arrest, they are now under investigation for the offence of affray.
    The police noted that if found guilty, both men may face up to one year in jail, a maximum S$5,000 fine, or both.
    Featured image adapted from Facebook.
    Article Credits: mustsharenews

    COE prices close mostly lower; motorcycle premiums plunge in wake of new measures
    Motorcycle premiums closed at S$5,002 - a sharp drop from the S$12,179 in the last exercise.

    File photo of cars and other vehicles on a highway in Singapore. (File photo: CNA/Jeremy Long)
    SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mostly lower on Thursday (May 4), the first bidding exercise under the new quota for the quarter.
    Premiums for Category A, which is for smaller cars, closed at S$101,001 (US$76,037), down from S$103,721.
    Premiums for larger and more powerful cars in Category B fell to S$119,399 from S$120,889.
    Open category COEs, which can be used for any vehicle type but end up being used mainly for large cars, also fell to S$124,002, from S$124,501.
    COEs for commercial vehicles, which include goods vehicles and buses, rose to S$75,589 from S$75,334 in the previous bidding exercise.
    Motorcycle premiums closed at S$5,002 - a sharp drop from the S$12,179 in the last exercise.
    This is the first tender involving new measures for motorcycles, requiring bidders to put down a higher bid deposit of S$1,500, up from S$800 previously. The validity period for motorcycle temporary COEs has also been cut from three months to one month.
    A total of 2,226 bids were received, with a quota of 1,621 COEs available.
    Join SingaporeBikes on Telegram for more of the latest news, special offers, reviews of motorcycles, and more!   The COE quota for May to July is 9,575, a 1.5 per cent overall increase from the previous quarter.

    Article Credits: CNA

    Whether new to biking or not, you may benefit from reading these top ten things no biker should ever do…

    REGARDLESS of how long you have been riding motorcycles, there is always something new to learn about this fantastic way of life. On this journey of discovery, you'll pick up many good and not-so-good habits. In this top ten, we cover the top ten things no biker should ever do.
    Ever. Don't do them, and stop thinking about them! Top ten things no biker should EVER do | Motorcycle Dos & Don'ts!
    1. Take inadequate security measures
    Some bikes are stolen by skilled, determined thieves who would probably bore through solid rock if that’s what it took. Others go because the owners are naïve to the level of risk. In fact, loads do, every year, putting up insurance premiums for everyone.
    The factory-fitted steering lock will take seconds for an opportunist to break. Rely on it and there’s a very good chance you’ll never see your bike again after day one.
    Get a disc lock, get a ground anchor (or two, one for each wheel), get big chains - and use them. You’ll never regret taking too many security precautions.
    2. Use a disc lock without a reminder
    A disc lock reminder adds a little extra inconvenience to locking up your bike, especially if it’s cold and wet and you’re in a hurry – and it’s easy to tell yourself you don’t need it.
    You do. Maybe not every time you unlock your bike, but we promise at some point you’ll be distracted and won’t remember that lock until it wallops into your brake caliper as you try to pull away.
    If you’re lucky it might only be embarrassing. If you’re not, it could cost you hundreds for a new disc and caliper. You could even get hurt – and it could all be prevented by a £2 plastic coil with one end looped around the lock and the other around the handlebar.
    3. Ride at anyone else’s pace
    He got around that corner, so physics says I can too, right?
    Not necessarily, because a crucial variable is ignored in that hypothesis: the rider.
    He may be well within his comfort zone, while any sense of confidence you’re experiencing is vicarious and apt to take flight if startled.  
    With a lifetime’s experience, there will still be some riders that you are unable to keep up with, and you don’t have to, because you’ll never be at your best when you’re over-reaching your ability.
    4. Panic brake
    And here’s what can go wrong when newish riders push too hard too soon. It’s such a textbook error that an experienced rider will probably be able to tell you what went wrong even though you may not be sure (and examples of it, like the one above, are all over YouTube).
    You were taking a corner. Suddenly your brain decided you were going too fast and told your fingers to grab the front brake. As a result, you went off-road or into the opposing lane, either because you locked the front and crashed or because braking caused the radius of your turn to increase.
    Don’t grab the front brake. Unless you’ve got cornering ABS, it makes a crash more likely, not less. If you can’t train your brain to resist the temptation, slow down until you can.
    5. Get too cold
    Everything’s more difficult when you’re really cold, including concentrating and spotting hazards in good time.
    Twenty years ago, perhaps, we had an excuse. With the riding gear that’s available now, we don’t.
    A £100 heated vest will help make even sub-zero motorway rides entirely bearable. Warm and waterproof textiles are available to suit a range of budgets (although Gore-Tex probably remains the most reliable option for keeping you dry).
    Heated grips will make any winter ride so much nicer.
    It’s all no-going-back stuff – once you’ve had it, you’ll never be without it.
    6. Assume anyone has seen you
    There’s a bike somewhere in the picture above. Okay, so the Department for Transport edited the road safety image to make the bike even harder to spot.
    The fact is, you’re really looking for it – and car drivers are not really looking for you.
    Hi-vis kit does no harm but there’s no substitute for riding like you’re the invisible man on a dark night.
    7. Ride when angry, stressed or upset
    When Yamaha released this promo video for the Tracer 700, some Visordown readers commented that riding after an argument probably wasn’t to be recommended. And while we don’t think Yamaha intended the video as road safety advice, we sort of agree.
    Having a bad day? A really bad one? Then think about not getting on your bike. Feeling angry, stressed or otherwise upset can lead to bad decisions, as well as effecting concentration. Motorcycles are as safe as you make them. Make yours safer by putting someone else in control for the day, like a bus driver.
    8. Take things personally
    Some drivers resent motorcyclists slicing through traffic, blind to the fact that by doing so we’re reducing their journey time as well as ours.
    So they’ll try things like sticking to the car in front, to deny you any gap to pull into should you need one.
    Let them. Back off, pull in behind and then overtake them and a dozen other cars at the next safe opportunity.
    The battle to stop motorcyclists filtering is one that angry driver can never win – but which you could lose by making it a personal stand-off.
    9. Join the back of the queue
    Quite apart from easing congestiong for everyone, there’s another reason why filtering is a good idea. It’s when moving traffic suddenly slows that some numpty on his phone is most likely to plough into the vehicle in front.
    If you’re filtering through the queues instead of at the back, it won’t be you that bears the brunt.
    10. Don't be that armchair bore
    You know every bike ever made, and you’ve probably ridden most of them. When you go for a ride with your mates, you have to stop and wait for them every couple of miles. Knee down? You’ve had your elbow down, and you once scraped the cylinder head on an R1200GS.
    You can precisely diagnose any serious mechanical issue from 1,000 yards and probably fix it before lunch. 
    In short, you have nothing new to learn about motorcycling.
    Like every good hobby, motorcycling attracts some people who are determined to be the world authority on it.
    You’re not the world authority but you have become an armchair bore. Just ride.
    Article Credits: visordown
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    COE : Higher bid deposit among new measures for motorcycles

    File photo of cars and other vehicles in Singapore. (Photo: CNA/Jeremy Long)
    SINGAPORE: The supply of Certificates of Entitlement (COE) will go up slightly for the May to July quarter, while the bid deposit for motorcycles will be raised from the next tender.
    Announcing this on Friday (Apr 21), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the COE quota for May to July will be 9,575. This is an increase of about 1.5 per cent from the 9,437 COEs in the previous quarter. 
    Two changes to motorcycle COE bidding will be made to "improve allocative efficiency", said LTA.
    The bid deposit will go up from S$800 (US$600) to S$1,500, and the validity period for Category D temporary COEs will be cut from three months to one month. The expired COEs will be returned for bidding sooner.
    This is the second time in two years that LTA is adjusting the bid deposit and validity period of temporary COEs for motorcycles.
    In an attempt to encourage prudent bidding, the agency announced in March 2022 that it would raise the motorcycle bid deposit from S$200 to S$800. At the same time, the validity of the temporary COE was shortened from six months to three.
    The measures then were implemented to mitigate concerns that dealers were speculatively bidding for and holding on to temporary motorcycle COEs in light of rising premiums in the category. 
    LTA noted on Friday that from January to March this year, 457 Category D temporary COEs had expired without being used for the registration of motorcycles and were forfeited.
    "These will be returned for bidding in the upcoming bidding exercises from May to July 2023," it added.
    The new Category D measures and the new COE quota will start from the bidding exercise that kicks off on May 2.
    COE premiums ended mostly higher in the last bidding exercise on Apr 19, with prices for cars in Category A and B breaking records for the third consecutive tender.
    Premiums for Category A, which is for smaller cars, breached the S$100,000 mark to close at S$103,721.
    Premiums for larger and more powerful cars in Category B rose 2 per cent to S$120,889.
    Open category COEs, which can be used for any vehicle type but end up being used mainly for large cars, rose to S$124,501, exceeding its previous all-time high of S$118,990 by about 4.6 per cent.
    Motorcycle premiums closed at S$12,179, up from S$12,001 in the last exercise.
    Article Credits: CNA
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    How to: Change your motorcycle engine oil
    The oil in your engine is its lifeblood: it lubricates the moving parts and stops them wearing or destroying themselves; it helps keep everything cool, particularly on ‘air’-cooled engines; and it removes harmful deposits and helps prevent them from building up again.

    Oil eventually deteriorates as a result of heat cycles as well as its intended purpose of carrying dirt and debris away from key parts of the engine, and so it needs changing regularly to make sure it can keep doing its job. But changing it is a very straightforward process and is well within the scope of the average home mechanic.
    There are different types of oil; mineral, semi-synthetic and fully synthetic. The former is derived entirely from crude oil and is well suited to lower-specification engines that don’t run at high revs. Semi-synthetic uses a mixture of mineral and synthetic oils to add a range of qualities that help offer higher performance for more complicated engines.
    Fully synthetic is, as the name suggests, man-made and can be tailored to give whatever qualities are required but is the most expensive option of the three.
    There are then several identifiers for the compatibility of oil for your bike. The first is the American Petroleum Institute which rates oil for performance, the ‘higher’ the letter, the better. So, for example, an oil rated API SN means it is certified for a spark-ignited engine (the S) and performance level N, which is higher than M or L.
    The second rating is the Japanese Automobile Standards Organisation (JASO) rating that indicates whether an oil is suitable for a bike with a wet clutch – which runs in the same engine oil – or not. An MA rating means oil that will maintain the engine and transmission and allow the wet clutch to operate effectively.
    Oils also have a viscosity rating expressed by numbers and letters as part of the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) rating. For example, SAE 10W30 means the oil works in ambient temperatures down to -25°C (the number before the W for ‘Winter’ is the coldest working temperature) up to 30°C. Note these are ambient, not the engine, temperatures and the higher the numbers, the higher the temperatures.
    You may also see 4T and 2T on the bottle – this means they are designed for four-stroke and two-stroke engines respectively.
    Here’s how to change your oil and keep your engine happy.
    Step 1:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Look in your owner’s handbook or workshop manual; these should tell you the specification of oil you need and the quantity. Get yourself online and order the necessary quantity as well as the relevant replacement oil filter and a new washer for the drain plug.
    Step 2:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Run the engine for a short while to warm the oil up but not get it too hot. Warming it up will help it drain so as much of the old oil comes out as possible. Place a drain tray underneath the drain plug and, having put a pair of protective gloves on (old oil is fairly unpleasant stuff), loosen the drain plug and remove it by hand.
    TIP: While you are undoing it, push it in to get the threads to seal as much as possible and don’t try to remove it until you feel the last thread come loose – this will help prevent warm oil running down your arm. Leave the oil draining for now.
    Step 3:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Now you need to think about how you are going to remove the old oil filter. There are two main ways to do this – with a cup-style filter wrench that fits the flats on the filter and drives from a socket handle or a strap (or chain) wrench that tightens onto the filter body as you rotate it to loosen the filter. The choice comes down to personal preference or what’s available for your bike.
    Step 4:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA The wrench fits over the end of the filter housing and is very easy to use – you locate it like a large socket and use a ratchet or handle to undo it until it is hand tight and you can remove it. Be careful of the oil spill as you do so and lay plenty of rags or paper towels under where it locates, particularly if it is angled downwards as you work on it.
    Step 5:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA A strap wrench tightens itself on as you rotate it until it grips the filter housing and begins to rotate it until you can again, remove it by hand. These can be useful if access is tight or you can’t get a wrench over the top of the filter and get a handle to it directly.
    Step 6:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Once the filter is off the engine, remove it and when convenient, drain its contents into the drain pan that now contains the contents of the engine. Use some carburettor cleaner or degreaser to clean the mounting face ready for the new filter.
    Step 7:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Before fitting the new filter, smear a thin layer of oil around the rubber ‘O’ ring - this will help it seal properly. If the filter is mounted directly from the bottom of the engine, you can fill it with new oil to ‘prime’ it. If it isn’t then fit it empty and it will fill when you first run the engine.
    Step 8:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Fit the new filter to the threaded section where the old one was removed from. Tighten it as per the instructions in the owner’s or workshop manual – this may be a torque value or a specific process.
    Step 9:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Before you refit the drain plug so you can refill the engine, have a look at it to see whether there is evidence of worrying wear – metal particles, for example. If not, give it a clean and remove the old washer, replacing it with a new one.
    Step 10:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA Now refit the drain plug and tighten it to the relevant torque figure, as per the owner’s or workshop manual.
    Step 11:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA It’s now time to refill the engine with lovely clean oil. Using a funnel – to actually get it into the engine – or a measuring jug, either apply a measured quantity, taking into account any you may have already added to the filter before fitting it or fill to a level in the sight glass or on the dipstick, depending on your bike. Make sure the bike is upright and level when checking oil levels.
    Step 12:
    ©PHOTO: BAUER MEDIA If filling to a level, check this with the sight-glass or dipstick and fill until you are roughly halfway between the upper and lower marks. Stop, then run the engine for a moment to circulate the oil, then shut off and wait until the level has settled and check again, as per the manual. If necessary, add more to compensate for filling the filter and there you go – job done.
    Aricle Credits: motorcyclenews
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    Thai man travels 300km with cats in sidecar back to hometown
    A Thai man travelled some 300km from Bangkok to Korat with his 11 cats in tow on a motorcycle, attracting praise and “likes” from cat lovers online.  

    Choowong Thepkoh, 65, who sells amulets and other knick knacks at flea markets in Bangkok, had travelled to Korat to sell his goods at a popular annual flea market. 
    Choowong also hails from Korat, and wanted to bring his “kids,” or his cats, to visit his birthplace.
    Facebook page, Kingdom of Tigers – dedicated to cat lovers, and whose followers know of Choowong as an ardent fan of cats – raised funds to buy the man a sidecar motorcycle, so he could travel with his feline friends.
    On Friday, March 17, the page also urged its followers to donate cat food to Choowong as he was about to travel to Korat. 
    In an interview, Choowong revealed that he left his hometown 26 years ago, and worked in flea markets in and around Bangkok to support himself and the cats that he would adopt over the years. 

    All of his cats were strays, he said, and he would often bring them along everywhere he went. 
    He also shared their names: Thong Kwak, Thong Ek, Thong K, Thong Daeng, Thong Kam, Thong Heng, Thong Pradab, Si Nuan, Si Som, Si Suay, and Si Baitong.
    “Someone once offered to buy Thong Kwak for 20,000 baht ($780), but I refused to sell, fearing that the person would one day become bored of him and abandon him. I want to take care of him until the day he dies.”
    Choowong said he was grateful to everyone who supported him and his cats. He received a lot of cat food from people he met along the way.
    Article Credits: tnp.straitstimes
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    Watch your speed: Top police hotspots of 2022
    Ever wondered where the police hotspots were for the last calendar year? We’ve crawled through our 2022 data, and here are the top five locations!
    There are some fairly unexpected places in this list, so do exercise caution and watch your speed when approaching these areas!
    5. Kallang Road (towards Sir Arthur's Bridge) before Crawford Street

    The straight road and large gaps between traffic light junctions mean cars can, in theory, achieve speeds far above the legal posted speed limit. Which is why, despite the lack of an overhead bridge, you’d find traffic and auxiliary police patrolling this stretch of road.
    4. Nicoll Highway (towards Stamford Road) before Ophir Flyover

    This is the only major road parallel to the previous hotspot. With no traffic lights on a 2.6 kilometre stretch between the junctions of Sims Way and Middle Road, it isn’t uncommon for drivers to accidentally stray over the speed limit. Keep a lookout for the overhead bridge near the entrance of Nicoll Highway MRT station.
    3. ECP (towards Changi Airport) Overhead Bridge before Exit 8B Marine Vista

    Whilst there are no permanent speed cameras along the ECP, our traffic cop friends do occasionally set speed traps on the various overhead bridges along the ECP. One of the hotspots from 2022 happens to be the overhead bridge before Exit 8B at Marine Vista. The posted speed limit here is 90 km/h, so do be extra cautious in this stretch to avoid unnecessary fines.
    2. Punggol Road (towards Punggol Central) on New Punggol Road Bridge

    The road network in this area happens to be fairly new. With the general lack of development, it may seem like the ideal spot for boy racers to flex their econobox muscles. A mix of traffic and auxiliary police regularly patrols the area according to our 2022 data, so resist the urge to drive your car hard on these new roads!
    1. Stretch of Road Between Dunman Road and Koon Seng Road

    Considering the roads are fairly narrow here, it is unlikely that you’d be done for speeding along this stretch. Law enforcement here probably focuses on ensuring cars are not illegally parked. Still, make sure that you keep your speeds in check, and opt to only park legally if you do not wish to pay a fine.
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    Before Help Arrives: Being Prepared in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident

    During the first few minutes after TJ’s crash, he was woozy and in some pain. Once the adrenaline wore off, his condition became more serious. But without first aid training all we knew to do was call for help. (Photo by the author)
    Like it or not, accidents happen. Fortunately, they tend to be rare events, and when they do happen they’re often minor, such as a parking lot tip over that does more harm to our pride than our body or bike. But sometimes accidents are more serious. Sand or gravel may cause us to lose traction. We may overcook a decreasing-radius corner. Or we may have a close encounter with a car or a leaping deer.
    As responsible motorcyclists, we owe it to ourselves, our friends and our loved ones to be prepared in case an accident happens. If we’re riding in or near an urban area, then we can usually count on having a cell signal, the ability of first responders to access the scene quickly and the proximity of a hospital. But even in urban areas it could take up to 30 minutes or longer for an ambulance to arrive on the scene.
    What should you do until help arrives? And what if the accident happens when you’re riding out in the country or other remote area? Those are exactly the sort of places we love to ride, where we can escape from the city or suburbia to enjoy winding roads and off-the-beaten-path scenery. How would you call for help? And even if you can call for help, how long will it take for an ambulance or helicopter to arrive?
    A few years ago, during a dual-sport ride with friends, our buddy TJ crashed his GS on a downhill, landing on his right shoulder. He was woozy and in pain, but he was able to get up, remove his helmet and speak coherently. After a few minutes, TJ told us his fingers were numb, his arm felt cold and he had a history of heart problems. We were lucky. We had a weak cell signal and were able to use my GPS to provide precise coordinates to the 911 dispatcher, and an off-duty paramedic and a nurse happened to be in the area and attended to TJ while we waited for a helicopter. TJ was airlifted to a hospital where he was treated for a dislocated shoulder, a chipped bone in his upper arm and a bruised collarbone. 
    We were relieved that first responders were able to provide assistance and evacuation so quickly, but what struck me about that incident was my ignorance of what to do other than dial 911. Recently I completed a weekend-long Wilderness First Aid course put on by NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. Aimed at those who recreate outdoors where emergency medical response can be expected in less than eight hours, the course teaches the Patient Assessment System, basic first aid and how to make  evacuation decisions.

    As luck would have it, members of the Pathfinders militia were training in the area, and a nurse and a paramedic from the group attended to TJ until a helicopter arrived. Since help is rarely available in remote areas, it’s good to be prepared with first aid training, a first aid kit and a reliable way to contact first responders. (Photo by the author)
    One of the teachers was Dave Craig, a Senior Instructor at NOLS who is a Wilderness EMT as well as a motorcyclist. He enjoys long, exploratory rides on his Suzuki DR650S throughout Arizona and down into Mexico. When I asked Craig how wilderness first aid applies to motorcycling, he said, “When it comes to first response to a motorcycle accident, whether in remote areas or not, there are several important elements. First, secure the scene to prevent further injuries.” This is the first step in the Patient Assessment System (see sidebar below). If the accident occurs on the road or a popular trail, enlist friends or bystanders to control oncoming traffic, and beware of other potential hazards. If the injured rider is trapped under his or her motorcycle, make sure the bike is picked up safely without putting you or others at risk.
    “Second, you should be prepared with training and materials to attend to threats to life,” said Craig. “Take a first aid/CPR course and always carry a first aid kit with medical gloves. For the injured rider, first assess the ABCs–Airway, Breathing and Circulation, and check for serious bleeding. Next, evaluate D–Disability; in particular, do you need to protect the spine? And E–Expose any injuries so they can be examined.” This is part of the initial assessment in the Patient Assessment System, which is the first priority after the scene has been secured.
    Many believe you should never remove a motorcyclist’s helmet if he or she has been in an accident. However, a full-face helmet’s chinbar covers the rider’s mouth, making it difficult to check airway and breathing. (A flip-up or modular helmet allows a rider’s face to be exposed without removing the helmet.) Also, if the accident occurs in a remote area where it could be an hour or longer until help arrives, removing the helmet allows the rider’s head to be examined for injury and helps keep them cool and comfortable. Whether or not the helmet is removed, ensure that the rider’s head is supported to protect the spine. 
    “And third, after completing a thorough patient assessment, you need to have a way to contact emergency services in the areas in which you ride,” Craig said. At a minimum you should carry a cell phone, but a satellite communicator, such as those made by Garmin or SPOT (see Resources), is a great backup because they work anywhere and transmit precise location coordinates to first responders. Be sure to keep your phone and/or communicator in your pocket rather than on your bike in case you and your bike go separate ways in an accident, particularly if you’re riding solo.
    Accidents are emotionally charged situations–for the rider(s) involved and for bystanders. If you witness an accident or are one of the first to arrive on the scene, it’s important to stay calm and help keep others calm. Assess the situation before diving in; help secure the scene and act in a thorough, deliberate manner. Just as motorcycle skills training prepares us to be better riders, hands-on first aid training prepares us to act with confidence so we can assist the injured as well as first responders. Always have emergency contact and personal medical information on your person in an easy-to-find location, as well as a first aid kit, a cell phone and, if traveling in remote areas, a satellite communicator.

    Roadguardians.org offers an 8-hour Accident Scene Management Bystander Assistance Program for motorcyclists. (Photo by Scott A. Williams)
    Patient Assessment System
    Scene Size-up
    Identify hazards to self, other rescuers, bystanders, patient. Determine mechanism of injury. Form a general impression of seriousness. Determine the number of patients. Protect yourself with body substance isolation (e.g., wear gloves).
    Initial Assessment Obtain consent, assess for responsiveness and protect the spine. A – Airway: Open the airway; look in the mouth and clear obvious obstructions. B – Breathing: Look, listen and feel. C – Circulation: Check pulse at the neck; look and sweep body for severe bleeding. D – Disability: Decide if further spine protection is needed. E – Expose and examine major injuries. Secondary Assessment
    Head-to-toe examination (look, listen, feel, smell, ask) Measurement of vital signs (responsiveness, heart rate, skin, respiration, temperature, pupils) Medical history (chief complaint; SAMPLE — Symptoms, Allergies, Medications, Past history, Last intake/output, Events) Source: “NOLS Wilderness Medicine, 6th Edition” (see Resources below)
    Accident Scene Management Bystander Assistance Program for motorcyclists; 8-hour course; visit roadguardians.org  American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Course; 6-hour course (certification valid for two years); visit redcross.org  NOLS Wilderness First Aid Course; 16 hours over two days (certification valid for two years); visit nols.edu “NOLS Wilderness Medicine, 6th Edition,” by Ted Schimelpfenig (Chapter 1 covers the Patient Assessment System in detail); $16.95, visit store.nols.edu
    First Aid Kits/Supplies

    NOLS Med Kit 1.0
    American Red Cross’ online store sells a variety of first aid kits, supplies and instructional books; visit redcross.org/store Singapore Red Cross’ provides training on critical skillsets relating to health, first aid, disaster response, emergency preparedness and more through its humanitarian learning centre, the Singapore Red Cross Academy; visit redcross.sg/get-trained/first-aid.html NOLS Med Kits are made by Adventure Medical Kits and range from the basic, 3.7-ounce Med Kit 1.0 ($16.95) to the well-stocked, 25-ounce Med Kit 5.0 ($84.99); resupply packs and individual supplies also available; add a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Pocket Guide for $4.99; visit store.nols.edu Personal Medical Information
    Smartphones typically have easily accessible medical information and an emergency contact, as well as the ability to dial 911, directly from the home or lock screen. Look up the details for your device and fill in the forms as completely as possible. Rescue Facts Emergency Pack, which attaches to apparel or helmet with hook-and-loop, contains a rewritable medical information form so it is easily accessible by first responders; $10, visit aerostich.com
    Rescue Facts
    Satellite Communicators

      Garmin InReach Explorer+
    Garmin makes several products with inReach technology that allows two-way text messaging and S.O.S. signals via the global Iridium satellite network; starting at $349.99 plus required service plan; visit garmin.com  SPOT makes one-way (Gen3) and two-way (SPOT X) satellite communicators for sending text messages and S.O.S. signals; starting at $149.99 plus required service plan; visit findmespot.com
    SPOT X
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