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Fare Free Friday for POSB cardholders
POSB will be launching Fare Free Friday - a service that provides unlimited free public transport (on the MRT, LRT and buses) to POSB credit/debit cardholders. This will be for every Friday from July 31 till the end of the year. It is part of POSB's SG50 celebrations. - ADRIAN LIM
Coronary artery disease hits Singaporean Asians harder
Coronary artery disease affects Asians earlier and more severely than it does Western European populations, a local study has found. The disease is the underlying cause of most heart attacks, and is the third-most common cause of death here. In particular, Malay and Indian patients had the earliest onset and the most severe disease, despite being diagnosed younger. - LINETTE LAI
Great Eastern Q2 results out today
Insurer Great Eastern Holdings will be announcing its second quarter financial results at a media briefing today. - RACHAEL BOON
Hong Kong's panda Jia Jia celebrates 37th birthday
Jia Jia turns 37 today in Hong Kong, becoming the world’s oldest panda in captivity. Birthday celebrations are being planned at Ocean Park for the female panda, whose age is said to put it on a par with a human centenarian. Jia Jia’s caregivers say it is in great condition.
The previous Guinness World Record title for the world’s oldest panda belonged to Du Du, which died at 36 in the Wuhan Zoo in 1999. The average lifespan of giant pandas in the wild is 14 to 20 years, and 30 years in captivity.