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Published: Thu, 21 September 2017 10:01:21 +0800


'If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ will not cut it for Singapore’s education system: DPM Tharman

Thu, 21 September 2017 09:34:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: To face a tumultuous future with challenges, Singapore’s education system will need to keep evolving as it has done over the last 50 years, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the first Majulah Lecture organised by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Wednesday ...

Commentary: When does a person with a disability get a chance to become a para-athlete?

Thu, 21 September 2017 08:11:20 +0800

We need to see beyond a person's disability and give those living with one a chance to succeed in everything they do to be an inclusive society, says Team Singapore’s para-archer Syahidah Alim.

'Singaporeans have an aspiration for race to matter less': DPM Tharman

Thu, 21 September 2017 09:15:02 +0800

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said that he, like most Singaporeans, would have liked to see a contest in the recent Presidential Election. However, the debate over the presidency proved that Singaporeans have an aspiration for race to matter less in politics and ...

Baggage handler charged for allegedly swapping tags on bags at Changi Airport

Wed, 20 September 2017 22:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean baggage handler has been charged with "mischief" for allegedly swapping tags on hundreds of suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at the wrong destination. Tay Boon Keh, 63, could be jailed if found guilty of having swapped the tags on 286 bags at ...

Many opportunities for China and Singapore to build ties in 'new historical chapter': President Xi

Thu, 21 September 2017 08:35:58 +0800

BEIJING: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed new ways to advance ties between the two countries in a meeting at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Wednesday (Sep 20). Both leaders reaffirmed the deep and strong friendship built over successive ...

Man suspected of vandalising cars near Orchard Road arrested

Wed, 20 September 2017 21:42:36 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 55-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly vandalising cars in the Orchard Road area, police said on Wednesday (Sep 20).  In a news release, police said it was informed on the afternoon of Mar 23 that six cars parked along Exeter Road had been splashed with paint remover, causing ...

'To lose a good son, I can't swallow that': Parents of NSF who died in training mishap in Australia

Wed, 20 September 2017 23:47:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: When 3rd Sergeant (3SG) Chan Hiang Cheng Gavin arrived at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, he messaged his mother saying: “Reached camp”. That was the last message his parents received from him. On Sep 15, they received the news that their son died in a vehicular ...

Man found dead on top of crane at PSA's Keppel Terminal

Wed, 20 September 2017 22:29:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: A man was pronounced dead after he was found trapped in a cable drum on top of a crane in PSA's Keppel Terminal on Wednesday (Sep 20). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at about 10.20am. "SCDF immediately dispatched one fire engine, one red ...

Yishun Park Hawker Centre run by Timbre opens for business

Thu, 21 September 2017 00:13:51 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Yishun Park Hawker Centre at Yishun Avenue 11 opened on Wednesday (Sep 20) with 13 stallholders that are new to the hawker business.  Managing agent Timbre Group said in a news release that it refers to its 43 stallholders as "hawker heroes".  "We respect them for toiling over hot ...

President Halimah Yacob sends condolences over Mexico earthquake

Wed, 20 September 2017 20:20:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob has written to Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto to offer her condolences over the deadly earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday (Sep 19).  The magnitude 7.1. quake killed at least 217 people, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school ...

Man who allegedly bribed guard to enter Formula 1 race track retracts claims

Wed, 20 September 2017 19:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The man who said on Facebook that he bribed a security guard to enter the race track at the Singapore Grand Prix retracted his claims on Wednesday (Sep 20).  Posting in a closed Formula 1 Facebook interest group, a user named Viv Smith, said it was time to "come clean". "There was no ...

Three remittance staff commended for foiling impersonation scams

Wed, 20 September 2017 17:30:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 75-year-old woman would have lost 90 per cent of her savings to a scam, had it not been for two quick-thinking staff of a remittance company at People’s Park Complex. For foiling the scam, Mr Sameer Malik and Ms Novianti were on Wednesday (Sep 20) commended by the police. A third ...

Man charged with abandoning pet stingrays at reservoir

Wed, 20 September 2017 19:28:16 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 48-year-old man was charged in court on Wednesday (Sep 20) with allegedly abandoning his pet stingrays at Lower Seletar Reservoir. Larry Tan Chin Guan was charged with releasing three Motoro stingrays on Jun 2 between 3pm and 4pm.  According to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority ...

COE prices end higher across the board in latest bidding exercise

Wed, 20 September 2017 16:19:20 +0800

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices closed higher across all categories in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Sep 20). The largest increase was for Category A cars, or those 1,600cc and below with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp. Premiums closed at S$42,902, up from the ...

NTUC FairPrice launches housebrand formula milk for under S$30 a tin

Wed, 20 September 2017 15:59:06 +0800

The new FairPrice Gold housebrand formula milk sells for between S$27 and S$29 for a 900g tin.

Legal tussle between PropertyGuru and over copyright infringement begins

Wed, 20 September 2017 23:25:26 +0800

SINGAPORE: One of Singapore’s biggest property websites is suing its rival for copyright infringement in an attempt to stop the competitor from “further copying” its content. The five-day trial began in the High Court on Wednesday (Sep 20), with PropertyGuru suing for unspecified damages ...

Subsidies raised for poly, ITE students with severe disabilities

Wed, 20 September 2017 17:37:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singaporean students with severe disabilities who are studying at polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will be eligible for up to S$70,000 in subsidies, announced Minister of Education (Higher Education & Skills) Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday (Sep 20).  Full-time ...

MFA advises Singaporeans travelling to the UK to be vigilant after London Tube attack

Wed, 20 September 2017 13:40:40 +0800

The Foreign Affairs Ministry says Singaporeans travelling to or residing in the UK should follow the instructions of local authorities and remain alert to local security developments.

ICA officer charged with accepting bribes to grant social visit passes

Wed, 20 September 2017 21:35:53 +0800

If found guilty, Catherine Lim Zhi Yin could be punished with a jail term of up to five years and a fine of up to S$100,000.

Singapore tops Asia in preparing students for the future: EIU study

Wed, 20 September 2017 12:52:10 +0800

Singapore scored 80.1 out of 100 to rank fifth overall.

ASEAN Para Games: Jason Chee wins bronze in team event

Wed, 20 September 2017 12:58:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: Hometown hero Jason Chee might have recently lost his right eyeball to cancer, but that did not stop the paddler from helping to clinch a bronze medal for Team Singapore at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Sep 19).  While Chee, together with teammates Darren Chua ...

CapitaLand, DBS, Channel NewsAsia's Dawn Tan among winners at SIAS awards

Wed, 20 September 2017 11:20:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Real estate giant CapitaLand was the big winner at the SIAS Investors' Choice Awards on Tuesday night (Sep 19), scooping seven awards including the new Sustainability Award and the Shareholder Communications Excellence Award. The property developer was also awarded the overall winner ...

2,000 PMET jobs to be created in electronics industry by 2020: Iswaran

Wed, 20 September 2017 23:45:46 +0800

The electronics industry transformation map also aims to grow the sector to have a manufacturing value-add of S$22.2 billion by 2020.

Gardens by the Bay lights up Mid-Autumn festival with sprawling lantern sets

Wed, 20 September 2017 10:11:25 +0800

SINGAPORE: Gardens by the Bay is all set to bask in the glow of its Mid-Autumn Festival celebration which will run from Friday (Sep 22) to Oct 8. Themed Autumn Abundance, the festival will have large-scale lantern sets of bountiful harvests and good fortune, nightly cultural performances, a food ...

Ceiling leak at Mount Elizabeth Hospital caused by burst sprinkler head

Tue, 19 September 2017 21:40:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Water seen gushing from a big hole in the ceiling of Mount Elizabeth Hospital was not the result of heavy rains. Instead, it was caused by a sprinkler head which burst last Sunday afternoon, damaging two ceiling boards at the main lobby, said the hospital's CEO Noel Yeo.  Video of ...

Singapore to promote stronger cooperation between ASEAN and China: PM Lee

Tue, 19 September 2017 23:54:13 +0800

BEIJING: Singapore will promote stronger cooperation between ASEAN and China when it takes over as ASEAN chair next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Tuesday (Sep 19). Mr Lee is on a three-day official visit to China from Tuesday ...

Jail term extended for Australian who assaulted police at Changi Airport

Tue, 19 September 2017 20:30:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: An Australian man who was arrested after a drunken tussle with police at Changi Airport will spend more time in jail. Justice See Kee Oon on Tuesday (Sep 19) extended the prison term for Jason Peter Darragh by two months to eight-and-a-half months backdated to May 13, when he was ...

Black Computer has split personalities to keep hackers at bay

Wed, 20 September 2017 11:38:51 +0800

ST Electronics' Black Computer L100 could help Government agencies and enterprises who find Internet separation cumbersome.

Free rides on Downtown Line on first two days of DTL3 opening

Tue, 19 September 2017 19:25:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Commuters will be able to travel for free along the entire Downtown Line (DTL) on Oct 21 and Oct 22 to mark the opening of DTL3.  They will still need to tap in and out of the fare gates, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sep 19).  For passengers ...

11 drivers jailed for taking online job offers to smuggle cigarettes

Tue, 19 September 2017 21:58:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The advertisements on Facebook and Carousell seem attractive enough - offering part-time drivers flexible working hours and more than S$400 for a delivery run. But the deliveries involve transporting duty-unpaid cigarettes from Johor Baru, Malaysia to Singapore, and those who respond ...

NSF who died in Shoalwater Bay training mishap to be accorded military funeral

Tue, 19 September 2017 19:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The body of 3rd Sergeant (3SG) Chan Hiang Cheng Gavin, who died in a vehicular mishap in Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, was brought back to Singapore on Tuesday (Sep 19).  His body arrived at about 6pm on an Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) plane and was accompanied ...

Younger Singaporeans at risk of diabetes eligible for S$5 screening tests

Tue, 19 September 2017 19:17:29 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans below the age of 40 who are assessed to be at risk of diabetes after completing an online survey are eligible to undergo a full screening of the disease for S$5.  The free self-assessment survey called Diabetes Risk Assessment (DRA) aims to encourage younger Singaporeans ...

Workers' Party refiles motion on Presidential Election

Tue, 19 September 2017 15:50:39 +0800

WP had filed the same motion for the previous Parliamentary sitting on Sep 11 but MP Sylvia Lim did not get to speak on her adjournment motion after it was balloted out.

More than ‘just maids’, they’re athletes who bring hope to others

Tue, 19 September 2017 14:20:39 +0800

From running marathons to racing dragon boats, domestic workers in Singapore are fighting stress and depression – as well as doing good for charity – with the help of non-profit group Race2Share.

Singapore, China sign MOU for Belt and Road Initiative dispute mediation

Tue, 19 September 2017 13:30:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Singapore International Mediation Centre and the Mediation Center of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade / China Chamber of International Commerce on Tuesday (Sep 19) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to help businesses resolve disputes that ...

TPG Telecom ‘on track’ to have outdoor mobile network in Singapore by end-2018

Tue, 19 September 2017 11:50:40 +0800

The Australian-based telco says key vendor contracts have been awarded in its full-year earnings report.

Team of ITE staff develops device to simplify kidney stones removal

Tue, 19 September 2017 13:26:37 +0800

SINGAPORE: A new innovation to simplify the process of removing large or complex kidney stones has been developed by a team of staff from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), said a joint press release on Tuesday morning (Sep 19). The team, in collaboration with the National University ...

Singapore to have new academy to train cybersecurity professionals

Tue, 19 September 2017 23:58:03 +0800

The new academy will partner FireEye, its first industry partner, to train those in government and critical information infrastructure sectors, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says.

Long queues and crowds at MRT stations along East-West Line due to 'train fault'

Tue, 19 September 2017 13:10:29 +0800

SINGAPORE: Huge crowds and long queues formed at some MRT stations along the East-West Line (EWL) on Tuesday (Sep 19) during the morning rush hour. Announcements at the stations, according to commuters, said there was a train fault that caused delays from Tanah Merah to Pasir Ris. Commuters ...

Let private sector lead way in offering innovative transport services: Finnish minister

Tue, 19 September 2017 07:45:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Finnish capital of Helsinki was once a leader of public-sector innovation in transport, rolling out a service called Kutsuplus in 2013 – which allowed users to book minibus rides via their smartphones. That early foray into ride-pooling ground to a halt at end-2015, after the ...

PropertyGuru in legal tussle with over copyright infringement

Mon, 18 September 2017 23:32:47 +0800

SINGAPORE: Property portal PropertyGuru has taken to court over copyright infringement, accusing the latter of reproducing content from its website without permission. PropertyGuru first filed a Writ of Summons against in April last year, according to its spokesperson. The case, which ...

More training places for mid-career professionals making switch to nursing

Mon, 18 September 2017 23:12:03 +0800

SINGAPORE: To cater to more mid-career professionals who want to join the healthcare sector as nurses, Nanyang Polytechnic is starting a second intake this October for the Professional Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses. This was announced on Monday (Sep 18) by Senior Minister of State for ...

Gastropub Lepark to close end-September

Mon, 18 September 2017 21:22:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: After three years of offering late-night dining and live music, gastropub Lepark is saying goodbye to its home at the rooftop car park of People's Park Complex.  It is closing its doors after Sep 30, as the landlord is selling the entire car park space. Lepark made the announcement on ...

US Navy fires two commanders after Asia sea accidents

Tue, 19 September 2017 03:10:10 +0800

WASHINGTON: The US Navy dismissed two senior officers on Monday (Sep 18) after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command. Rear-Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett, commander ...

New safety measures for football goal posts in schools after boy's death

Mon, 18 September 2017 20:35:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) has banned all schools from using foldable football goal posts, after the death of a 12-year-old boy who was struck on the head by a falling crossbar. Muhammad Hambali Sumathi, a student at Geylang Methodist Secondary School (GMSS), died on Apr 24 from ...

Finnish transportation app Whim to be launched in Singapore by 2018

Mon, 18 September 2017 23:24:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore will be the first country in Asia to try out Finnish transportation app Whim - a service that shows users the best way to get from one point to another using public transport. The app will be launched by 2018, the creators said on the first day of the Singapore Week of ...

One Belt, One Road can bring China closer to global community: PM Lee

Mon, 18 September 2017 23:21:49 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore views China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative positively and sees many opportunities for the two nations to collaborate on the massive project, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview with Xinhuanet ahead of an official visit to China. Mr Lee will meet ...

Experiential retail: Trendy buzzword or new norm?

Mon, 18 September 2017 19:21:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: With the rise of e-commerce, changing customer behaviour and competition from heartland malls, shopping centres and retailers alike have been trying to create personalised and engaging experiences to draw shoppers. From providing free Wi-Fi to offering Instagrammable moments for ...

Pedestrian taken to hospital after accident while 'walking' along PIE

Mon, 18 September 2017 17:12:09 +0800

The driver of the car has appealed for witnesses to come forward after the incident, which he said happened on the PIE towards Tuas, between the Toa Payoh and Thomson Road exits.

Meet CPIB's newest mascot: Kopi Lim

Mon, 18 September 2017 20:20:12 +0800

SINGAPORE: Corruption is a beary serious business - but the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) seems to be cultivating a softer image with its "latest recruit" - a "whiter than white" bear named Kopi Lim. The Bureau introduced Kopi in a Facebook post on Saturday (Sep 16). The tongue-in ...

Incubator to support start-ups from polytechnics launched

Mon, 18 September 2017 23:18:57 +0800

The co-working space has the capacity to house around 90 staff from 20 start-ups at any one time.

Formula 1 Singapore organisers investigating illegal race track entry, bribery claim

Mon, 18 September 2017 14:35:23 +0800

Singapore GP is investigating a reported breach of track security at the Formula 1 world championship over the weekend.

Some D-Link routers found with vulnerabilities, users’ data at risk: CSA, IMDA

Mon, 18 September 2017 13:00:40 +0800

The joint advisory comes after security researchers publicly disclosed details of multiple vulnerabilities affecting the D-Link DIR-800 series of routers.

Dentist fined S$50,000, suspended for failing to supervise two others

Mon, 18 September 2017 12:00:39 +0800

Dr Sng Wee Hock was "driven by profits" by allowing two conditionally registered dentists to work unsupervised, the Singapore Dental Council says.

Culture Club to perform in Singapore in December

Mon, 18 September 2017 11:21:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: One of the most iconic bands of the 80s, Culture Club, will perform with its original lineup in Singapore at the Star Performing Arts Centre on Dec 11, as part of a tour promoting their classic hits. The band which was formed in London in 1981 sold more than 50 million records worldwide ...

Singapore’s Cybersecurity Bill delayed to 2018

Mon, 18 September 2017 14:43:57 +0800

The Government has extended the public consultation period in response to the interest in the formulation of the Bill, says Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim.

Singapore's exports jump 17% in fourth straight month of growth

Mon, 18 September 2017 08:33:22 +0800

This was due to an increase in both electronic and non-electronic exports, according to trade agency International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.

Commentary: Singapore businesses should woo consumers with instant messaging

Mon, 18 September 2017 09:04:50 +0800

Messaging applications are changing the business-customer relationship. Royston Tay argues that this is a win for customers.

Formula One: Vettel, Raikkonen escape punishment over crash

Mon, 18 September 2017 00:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen escaped punishment over a first-corner crash at the Singapore Grand Prix which took out four cars on Sunday (Sep 17). Race stewards said nobody was wholly to blame for the accident, which happened when Red Bull's Max Verstappen was caught ...

Formula One: Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix after Vettel crashes out

Mon, 18 September 2017 01:03:49 +0800

SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton won a chaotic and rain-hit Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday (Sep 17) to seize control of the Formula One world championship as his title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out on the first lap. Ferrari's Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, and Red Bull's Max Verstappen all went out just ...

Dying trades no more? Interns find potential in unlikely places

Sun, 17 September 2017 23:10:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: It is midnight, but the Jurong Fishery Port is just coming to life. Fishermen haul their day’s catch from the port, while sweaty workers lug crates of Chinese pomfrets, red snappers and mussels across the sodden floor. Mr Chee Jone Lum, decked out in a pair of rubber boots and blue ...

Formula One: Vettel out of Singapore GP as Hamilton leads

Sun, 17 September 2017 21:50:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of vaulting back into the overall Formula One world championship lead were wrecked by a first corner collision on the opening lap of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday (Sep 17). The German had started on pole position on a wet track but retired with a badly ...

Extraordinary People: Prison, a lifetime of struggles and one man's journey to redemption

Mon, 18 September 2017 15:36:20 +0800

A spell in prison and a reconciliation with his estranged father have helped Anthoni Raj start a new life helping others. He now has a "sense of purpose".

Commentary: Is private higher education in Singapore a 'second chance' option?

Sun, 17 September 2017 11:47:27 +0800

We need to go beyond seeing private higher education as a “second chance” for those who didn’t meet entry requirements by public universities, says researcher Cheng Yi’En.

No hurdle insurmountable for intellectually disabled ASEAN Para Games bowler Mohamed Rausyan

Mon, 18 September 2017 09:23:07 +0800

Social interactions and communication may still be a problem, but the 23-year-old regional para-bowling champion is on track to defend his APG title next week.

Formula 1: Vettel on pole for Singapore Grand Prix

Sun, 17 September 2017 00:29:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel came from nowhere to seize pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday (Sep 16), creating a golden opportunity to reclaim the world championship lead from Lewis Hamilton. Vettel, who had struggled in practice, timed a record 1min 39.491sec at the ...

Formula 1: Verstappen sets the pace as Red Bull complete Singapore practice sweep

Sat, 16 September 2017 22:11:31 +0800

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen set the pace in final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday as Red Bull continued to dominate ahead of qualifying at the Marina Bay street circuit.

Silent protest held at Hong Lim Park against reserved presidential election

Sat, 16 September 2017 21:00:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A so-called 'silent protest' was held at Hong Lim Park on Saturday (Sep 16) at which people expressed dissatisfaction about the reserved presidential election. Some of those who attended brought banners and placards with statements such as "The day democracy died" and "Robbed of an ...

NSF death: Armoured vehicle lands on side while getting out of difficult terrain, says MINDEF

Sat, 16 September 2017 17:55:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time National Serviceman who died after a vehicular mishap at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, was guiding a Bionix infantry fighting vehicle out of difficult terrain when it landed on its side, the Ministry of Defence said ...

Mayflower to be first mainstream primary school to enrol deaf students

Sat, 16 September 2017 23:09:19 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mayflower Primary School (MFPS) will be the first mainstream primary school in Singapore designated for children with hearing loss who sign, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Saturday (Sep 16). With up to seven students enrolled to enter the Primary 1 cohort starting January next ...

Singapore 'strongly condemns' London Tube terrorist attack

Sat, 16 September 2017 16:00:39 +0800

There have been no reports of any Singaporeans directly affected by or injured in the incident.

Volunteers test evacuation procedures on upcoming Downtown Line 3

Sat, 16 September 2017 16:13:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: About 250 members of the public got a chance to experience how train evacuation procedures are like on the Downtown Line 3 (DTL3) on Saturday (Sep 16).  The event is the first of a series of community engagement sessions organised by SBS Transit, giving visitors a glimpse into safety ...

Ren Ci @ Ang Mo Kio ramps up efforts to attract locals to join community care sector

Sat, 16 September 2017 23:10:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: A dedicated job fair and recruitment drive was held at Ren Ci's new premises in Ang Mo Kio on Saturday (Sep 16), with support from the Agency for Integrated Care and the Employment and Employability Institute. Ren Ci is looking to fill about 120 vacancies across 17 job positions by mid ...

Singapore can be a ‘useful pathfinder’ for China: DPM Teo

Sat, 16 September 2017 13:30:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: As China’s aspirations and clout grow overseas, Singapore can play the role of a “useful pathfinder” for the Asian superpower, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Friday evening (Sep 15). Speaking at a question-and-answer session on the opening day of the Singapore Summit – a ...

FM Balakrishnan, Aung San Suu Kyi hold 'warm and open' talks on situation in Rakhine

Sat, 16 September 2017 15:46:59 +0800

NAY PYI TAW: Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan met with Myanmar’s State Counsellor in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday (Sep 15). In a Facebook post, Dr Balakrishnan said he had a “warm and open discussion” with Aung San Suu Kyi on the situation in Rakhine State. He added that talks also ...

Commentary: Reintegrating ex-offenders a noble cause, but into what kind of a society?

Sat, 16 September 2017 09:00:39 +0800

Successful reintegration of ex-offenders is an important aspect of social inclusion, but have we been looking at this issue from the wrong point of view? Two researchers discuss the challenges ex-offenders face.

Lessons in business wisdom - from the cobbler of Waterloo Street

Sat, 16 September 2017 04:10:39 +0800

“In Singapore, we lose a cobbler forever every time one passes away,” says Mr Lee Tai Chin, who reinvented himself at age 60 to take up the shoe-mending trade – which he’s made a success.

On the Record: R Sasikumar, former Lion, football critic, entrepreneur

Sat, 16 September 2017 00:10:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: Could a cut in funding actually be good for Singapore football? R Sasikumar, known for scoring a goal widely dubbed the “Shoulder of God” in the 1998 AFF Football Championship finals, certainly believes so. That goal led to the Lions’ first-ever international title and brought him ...

Behind the 'political pressure' that led to the 'afterthought' of Bukit Panjang LRT

Sat, 16 September 2017 16:14:58 +0800

Experts discuss challenges that arise when transport systems come as an “afterthought” to town planning, as Minister Khaw Boon Wan suggests was the case with BPLRT.

PM Lee to meet Chinese President Xi and Premier Li in Beijing

Sat, 16 September 2017 12:14:17 +0800

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang when he makes an official visit to China from Sep 19 to 21. The visit comes at the invitation of Premier Li, Chinese state media reported.

NSF dies in vehicular mishap at Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Australia

Sat, 16 September 2017 00:52:02 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 21-year-old Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time National Serviceman died after he was involved in a vehicular mishap at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia at around 6.15pm on Friday (Sep 15). 3rd Sergeant (3SG) Chan Hiang Cheng Gavin, a Vehicle Commander ...

Formula 1: Red Bull's Ricciardo shines in Singapore practice

Fri, 15 September 2017 23:25:02 +0800

SINGAPORE: Daniel Ricciardo put on a dazzling display under the floodlights to go fastest ahead of team mate Max Verstappen, as Red Bull laid down a marker on the opening day of Singapore Grand Prix practice on Friday (Sep 15). The Australian, who had also gone fastest during Friday’s opening 90 ...

PM Lee to make official visit to China next week: Report

Fri, 15 September 2017 22:29:01 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make an official visit to China next week, Chinese state media reported on Friday (Sep 15).  The visit, from Sep 19 to 21, comes at the invitation of Chinese Premier Lee Keqiang, reported Xinhua, citing Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua ...

Singapore Airlines passenger numbers, load factor rose in August

Fri, 15 September 2017 21:13:47 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) carried more passengers and filled a higher proportion of its seats in August, but warned that the operating landscape remains challenging. In a news release on Friday (Sep 15), SIA reported an increase in passenger load factor in August compared to the same ...

Singapore condemns North Korea's ballistic missile test

Fri, 15 September 2017 20:50:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore has condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test on Friday (Sep 15), calling it a "dangerous and brazen provocation". It was the second missile that flew over Japan in less than a month, and comes less than two weeks after North Korea's nuclear test on Sep 3. The ...

Rainy weather expected to continue in September: Met Service

Fri, 15 September 2017 20:10:38 +0800

Thundery showers, mostly during the late morning and early afternoon, are expected on six to eight days in the coming fortnight.

Man who signed off as 'Lord Voldermort' in extortion letters arrested

Fri, 15 September 2017 19:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 35-year-old man was on Friday (Sep 15) arrested for attempted extortion, after he allegedly sent threatening letters to people signed off as "Lord Voldermort". Police earlier said they received at least 15 reports from people who were sent such letters. Those targeted were told to ...

NTUC launches fund to provide aid to domestic workers

Fri, 15 September 2017 21:10:38 +0800

The Domestic Employees Welfare Fund (DEWF), a charity under NTUC's Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE), aims to raise S$200,000 by the end of 2017

Couple who starved Filipino maid to serve longer jail sentences

Fri, 15 September 2017 23:04:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Singaporean couple who starved their Filipino maid for more than 15 months had their jail sentences increased to 10 months on Friday (Sep 15), after an appeal by the prosecution. The High Court agreed that their original jail terms were “patently and manifestly inadequate”. Chief ...

SMRT wins tender to operate Thomson-East Coast Line

Fri, 15 September 2017 19:41:06 +0800

SINGAPORE: SMRT announced on Friday (Sep 15) that it has been awarded the tender to operate and maintain the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL).  The contract started from 2019 and will run for an initial nine-year period, said SMRT in a news release. “We are delighted with the TEL result. When fully ...

Where to find the cheapest Apple iPhone X in Asia

Fri, 15 September 2017 17:44:20 +0800

The latest smartphone from Apple is its most expensive yet, but is the price of the entry-level iPhone X the same everywhere? We compare eight Asia-Pacific launch markets.

F1 Singapore Grand Prix extended for another four years to 2021

Fri, 15 September 2017 23:49:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix will be here until 2021, after Singapore's contract for the sport's only night race will be extended for another four years. Formula 1 confirmed the deal on Friday (Sep 15), which comes after positive discussions between Formula 1 and Singapore Grand ...

Private home sales see 165% jump year-on-year in August

Fri, 15 September 2017 15:30:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: Private home sales saw a 165 per cent year-on-year jump last month, according to the latest figures from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Sep 15).  A total of 1,241 private home units - excluding executive condominiums (ECs) - were sold in August this year, compared ...

New Tuas bus terminal to open on Oct 7

Fri, 15 September 2017 13:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The new Tuas bus terminal will open on Oct 7 along Tuas West Drive, the Land Transport Authority said in a news release on Friday (Sep 15). The terminal will be integrated above the current Tuas MRT depot and will have access ramps for buses leading to Tuas West Drive and Tuas Link 4 ...

81 suspected drug offenders arrested in 4-day operation

Fri, 15 September 2017 11:42:33 +0800

About 69g of Ice, 56g of heroin, 59g of cannabis, 127 Erimin-5 tablets and 10 Ecstasy tablets were seized during the operation.

2 former Singapore Customs officers charged for pocketing tourists' GST refunds

Fri, 15 September 2017 11:18:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two former Singapore Customs officers who allegedly pocketed Goods and Services Tax (GST) tourist refunds were charged in court on Friday (Sep 15).  In a joint media release, the Singapore Customs, Singapore Police Force and Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) - which conducted ...

Singapore public organisation faced state-sponsored cyberattack last year: CSA

Fri, 15 September 2017 11:00:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: An unidentified public organisation in Singapore faced a foreign "state-sponsored" cyberattack late last year, according to a report released by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) on Thursday (Sep 15).  The group behind the attack, which was not known to be active in Asia up ...

Electronic MCs should only be issued after proper clinical assessment: MOH

Fri, 15 September 2017 11:00:39 +0800

The growing number of medical apps in Singapore is raising questions about how to ensure standards do not suffer.

Certis Cisco guard accidentally fires shot at Changi Airport; no injuries reported

Fri, 15 September 2017 13:04:35 +0800

SINGAPORE: A Certis Cisco security guard accidentally fired his gun at Changi Airport early on Friday morning (Sep 15). "Certis Cisco confirms the incident of an accidental discharge of firearm involving an auxiliary police officer this morning at 5.45am," the security firm said in a statement ...

Singtel launches unlimited data mobile plans

Fri, 15 September 2017 09:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singtel on Friday (Sep 15) launched mobile plans offering unlimited data, two weeks after rivals StarHub and M1 unveiled similar plans catering to data-hungry consumers. Singtel's Combo 3, 6 and 12 mobile plans will be upgraded to include unlimited talk time and SMS. New customers who ...