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Excerpt from The Sunday Times December 7, 2014 By Lydia Vasko Take precautions while on a winter holiday in Hokkaido, especially if you are driving. On 2 December 2014, a coach carrying 16 Singaporean tourists and a tour guide skidded off a snow-covered road in Hokkaido and crashed into an adjacent field. The tour guide lost two front teeth while a 68-year-old grandmother suffered a broken leg in the crash. With ice and snow on roads and unpredictable weather, winter can be a treacherous time to be on the road for even the most experienced drivers. Some Tips: Although road..

From Wikipedia: Black ice, sometimes called clear ice, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. While not truly black, it is virtually transparent, allowing black asphalt/macadam roadways or the surface below to be seen through it—hence the term “black ice”. The typically low levels of noticeable ice pellets, snow, or sleet surrounding black ice means that areas of the ice are often practically invisible to drivers or persons stepping on it. There is, thus, a risk of skidding and subsequent accident due to the loss of traction. A similar problem is encountered ..

The Straits Times Saturday, February 8, 2014 The main cause of allergic asthma in Singapore is the house dust mite, scientists in Singapore have found. Invisible to the naked eye, it feeds on flakes of human skin and is found in pillows, mattresses and carpets. A study of about 8,000 people here showed about 80 per cent of them reacted to the mites, and 15 per cent had asthma symptoms.Nearly 40 per cent had allergic rhinitis symptoms – when the nose is inflamed, causing itchiness, sneezing, and a runny or blocked nose. In Singapore, about 5 per cent of adults and 20 per cent ..