29 June 2009

H1N1 : Pay up to S$2000 to treat H1N1

We take a break from our usually blogging of tech.

Today, I saw some interesting discussions on the net and would like to know your opinion about whether it is worth risking yourself in getting H1N1 ?

If you are down with flu, and you call 993, the first thing you will have to pay the following :

S$90(or S$100) for the ambulance
S$214 for the H1N1 checks.
S$xx for expired Tamiflu tablets.

The bulk would be the 7 day average stay in "Hotel Hospital" costing at least close to a thousand. Even if you are insured under medishield, can that be claimed, i do not know.

So, get ready to pay S$2k if you are confirmed H1N1 case. This are just my estimates, the bill might be smaller than the estimated if 'subsidised'.

26 June 2009

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has sent expired Tamiflu supplies to the general practitioner’s in Singapore

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has sent expired Tamiflu supplies to the general practitioner’s in Singapore. Tamiflu, which comes in boxes of 10 pills each, is the anti-viral drug for th H1N1 flu. According to the report and to my own sources as well, these Tamiflu meds hve expiry dates of 2007, and was manufactured in 2003. MOH has added a sticker that says that these meds can be used beyond their shelf life - to 2010.

MOH’s circular to the GPs say this:

We would like to assure you that the extension is with the approval from the manufacturer (Roche), U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and our Health Sciences Authority. This extention is made possible due to our stringent conditioning and maintenance requirements in our storage facilities. The efficacy of the drug is not compromised in any way and is fit for usage.
Straits Times has done really well to get doctors to give their response.

Dr Wong Tien Hua, a general practitioner in Sengkang, said an expiry date can vouch for a drug’s effectiveness only for that period. ‘If it is past the expiry date, the effectiveness of the drug might not be good,’ he said, adding that someone with the H1N1 virus might take longer to recover if given ‘expired’ medication. (from ST)

Agreeing, Dr Vincent Chia, deputy director of Healthway Medical, said although it is a national stockpile, the onus will still be on the doctor to explain to patients. ‘Tamiflu is not without its side effects…so when that happens we won’t know if it’s because the drugs are expired or because of the side effects,’ he said. (from ST)

21 June 2009

Is ASTRO Malaysia broadcasting to Singapore soon ?

If you have been watching Ch 8 or some cable channels, you would have noticed that Astro Malaysia (satellite), similar to our Starhub cable has been advertising abt. Astro channels on TV.

It is kind of weird as the number listed to subscribe is a Malaysian number beginning with 03. I wrote to ASTRO asking for an answer.

They said, if we were to broadcast into Singapore, we will post a press release on astro.com.my

I wonder if that answers my question.

If Astro is allowed to beam into Singapore via satellite, we would be one of the last nations to have satellites ban lifted ;) Waiting for that day..

CommunicAsia 2009 New phones at the show

Looks like this year there isn't a lot of new phones launched at Singapore communicasia 2009. Is it due to H1N1 as exhibitors expect a smaller crowd?

Anyway, if you do a search on the net, you could find tons of coverage from local online blogs and media.

Here are some links which covered the various phones from LG, Samsung, ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei from ocw.






Sony Ericsson

09 June 2009

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# Price list update link http://bit.ly/10lK0d

PC SHOW2009 Pricelist update Belkin, AVLABS, ViewSonic, Platonics, trend Micro, Logitech, Gigabyte, MSI, Samsung, Acer, Lenovo

PC SHOW 2009 Price List and Brochures, Great Singapore Sale

Are you looking for the best bargain in IT products & Gadgets. Check out the PC SHOW 2009 price list at this URL.

05 June 2009

StarHub selected as BBC Worldwide Channels’ exclusive pay TV partner in Singapore Three additional BBC channels on StarHub TV from 1 August

StarHub selected as BBC Worldwide Channels’ exclusive pay TV partner in Singapore
Three additional BBC channels on StarHub TV from 1 August

Singapore, 5 June 2009 - StarHub and BBC Worldwide Channels have sealed a deal that makes StarHub TV the exclusive pay TV platform in Singapore to carry five BBC branded channels. On 1 August 2009, StarHub TV will add BBC Knowledge (StarHub TV Channel 74), BBC Lifestyle (StarHub TV Channel 83) and CBeebies (StarHub TV Channel 31) to its Education Basic Group, Lifestyle Basic Upsize Group and Kids Basic Upsize Group respectively at no additional cost. These three additions will join BBC World News and BBC Entertainment which are presently offered by StarHub TV.

At launch, BBC Knowledge will be added to the Education Basic Group to join Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery Travel and Living, HISTORY and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL. BBC Lifestyle will join BBC Entertainment, FX, MGM, The Style Network and Turner Classic Movies in the Lifestyle Basic Upsize Group while CBeebies goes into the Kids Basic Upsize Group to join JimJam and Boomerang.

"We warmly welcome BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies to the StarHub TV family. With BBC World News and BBC Entertainment already on our platform, I am excited that the rest of the channels under the BBC brand name will soon come together under one roof from August, and further strengthen the offerings in our Education Basic Group, Lifestyle and Kids Basic Upsize Groups. It has been our commitment to provide viewers, especially families with kids, safe and quality entertainment. Thus I believe our viewers will be pleased to hear of this news as they will soon get to enjoy more of such programmes from the different genres at no extra cost," said Ms Ong Bee Lian, StarHub's Vice President of Home Solutions.

Commenting on the launches, Mr Mark Whitehead, BBC Worldwide Channels’ Senior Vice President and General Manager, said, “Today’s announcement builds on BBC Worldwide Channel’s long-term relationship with StarHub. Strategically, Singapore is an important part of our expansion strategy in Asia. We are excited that our entire suite of channels will be offered together on one platform in this key market.”

He added: “From 1 August, viewers will be able to enjoy a greater range of programming from BBC’s Worldwide’s channels– including acclaimed and award-winning non-fiction and factual programme from one of the world’s foremost producer of non-fiction and documentary programming on BBC Knowledge; engaging and compelling programmes that inspire viewers to get more out of life on BBC Lifestyle; and providing a safe environment for pre-schoolers (0-6) to learn through play on CBeebies. These three new channels complement BBC World News and BBC Entertainment, which are already on StarHub’s pay TV platform.”

At launch, viewers can look forward to catching the exclusive premieres of programmes such as the latest series of Top Gear and the new BBC science series Earth - Power of the Planet on BBC Knowledge; brand new seasons of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA, and the popular Gok Wan, British fashion consultant, author and television presenter on Gok's Fashion Fix on BBC Lifestyle; and In The Night Garden, which is the new multi-award winning series from the creators of the phenomenally successful Teletubbies on CBeebies.

To enjoy BBC Knowledge, viewers must first subscribe to a minimum of three Basic Groups, including the Education Basic Group. Viewers who wish to watch BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies will need to subscribe to Lifestyle and Kids Basic Plus Groups respectively, which consists of Lifestyle and Kids Basic Groups and their corresponding Upsize Groups. Existing StarHub TV customers can call 1633 to add new groups or channels while new customers can call 1630 to take up a StarHub TV package. For more information on StarHub TV services, visit www.starhub.com/tv.

SingTel ups the British quotient on mio TV, Award winning on-demand content from BBC and ITV

SingTel ups the British quotient on mio TV
Friday, Jun 05, 2009

Award winning on-demand content from BBC and ITV

first on mio TV - ahead of all other platforms

Singapore, 5 June 2009 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) announced today that a slew of exciting new British content will be launched on its mio TV platform come 15 July.

The content on offer is a premium selection of key pickings from two heavyweights in the international television arena – BBC Worldwide TV Sales & Distribution and ITV Global Entertainment Ltd. BBC is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, and ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK.

“We are very excited about the partnerships with BBC and ITV. These allow us to provide a comprehensive and high-quality range of the most current British content to our customers,” said Mr Low Ka Hoe, Director for IPTV Business, SingTel. “With these new service offerings, SingTel is reinforcing our leading position in the market as the pay TV platform for on-demand content.”

Mr Low added, “We have observed a keen response to content offered on-demand, such as Season Pass, which allows viewers to access popular TV series as early as 24 hours after their US premiere. The BBC and ITV content on these channels will also be packaged to allow greater flexibility in the way it is viewed.”

First-run and never-seen-before drama and documentary titles

‘British Drama’ and ‘British Documentary’ - will feature a stellar line-up handpicked from BBC and ITV’s library of award-winning programmes. Selected dramas and documentaries will be available one month after their UK telecast, ahead of any other platform in Singapore.

On ‘British Drama’, viewers can look forward to watching some of the Britain’s most brilliant actors in a wide range of award-winning drama series cutting across genres such as literature, horror and comedy. Titles from BBC include the latest seasons of Hotel Babylon, Dr Who and Torchwood, while ITV will offer Britannia High, The Prisoner and My Boy Jack.

‘British Documentary’ showcases the best of award-winning documentaries, wildlife, science and natural history programmes from BBC and ITV. This includes first-run rights to BBC’s iconic titles such as Life (HD), the BBC Natural History Unit’s blockbuster series for 2009 – as well as Nature’s Great Event, which showcases the planet's most breathtaking natural events and the dramatic wildlife stories behind them.

The new content will be offered as part of mio TV’s SuperSaver English Pack at $19.90 per month. As part of the channel restructuring, the current BBC linear channels on mio TV will no longer be available and all customers will be notified about the changes.

Pricing details for the new channels will be announced at a later date.

About mio TV

mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from SingTel. Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want.

Currently, mio TV offers a total of 58 channels, of which 15 are on-demand channels. Content on mio TV covers a wide range of genres as well as Singapore’s largest range of video-on-demand titles with and High Definition content.

SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. Together with its regional partners, it serves over 249 million mobile customers in eight markets. For more information, visit www.singtel.com/miotv.

SingTel had 78,000 mio TV subscribers as at 31 March 2009.