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Published: Thu, 24 August 2017 09:16:32 +0800

 



Trump to meet Malaysian PM Najib in September

Thu, 24 August 2017 09:06:59 +0800

US President Donald Trump is set to welcome Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, to the White House on Sep 12, a statement from the White House press secretary released on Wednesday (Aug 30) said.



Commentary: In pre-school boost, parents are the missing critical players

Thu, 24 August 2017 08:14:36 +0800

Singapore is doubling down on pre-school education and building up a core of pre-school teachers. NIE’s Nirmala Karuppiah argues that parents are also key to their children’s learning and development at this critical early stage.



In pictures: Searching the seas for the missing USS McCain sailors

Thu, 24 August 2017 06:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Light blue. Dark blue. Blinding white. Repeat. For more than six hours on Wednesday (Aug 23) afternoon, we kept our eyes peeled, in the hope that the monotony of the sea, sky and blazing sun overhead would be broken by what we were looking out for: 10 US Navy midshipmen, in blue ...



18-year-old arrested for attempted extortion

Thu, 24 August 2017 01:39:27 +0800

SINGAPORE: An 18-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to extort money from a woman by threatening to upload a video of them having sex, the police said on Wednesday (Aug 23). The 19-year-old woman lodged a report with the police on Aug 17 to say that an online acquaintance had ...



Warning signs put up after crocodile spotted at Changi Beach

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:50:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: The National Parks Board (NParks) has put up warning signs at Changi Beach Park following reports of a crocodile in the area.  Channel NewsAsia understands the signs were put up on Monday (Aug 21). Video and photos circulating on social media appeared to show a crocodile in the waters ...



SEA Games: Singapore duo wins snooker doubles gold

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:40:38 +0800

Singapore’s Chan Keng Kwang and Tey Choon Kiat clinched the SEA Games men's doubles snooker gold with a 3-1 win over Thailand’s Issara Kachaiwong and Phaitoon Phonbun.



'Make me a proposal': PM Lee to Razer CEO's offer on e-payments system

Wed, 23 August 2017 22:55:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has responded to Razer CEO Tan Min-Liang's offer to roll out a unified e-payments system for Singapore within 18 months, if the Government gives it the green light. "Make me a proposal and I will study it seriously," Mr Lee tweeted on Wednesday (Aug 23) ...



SEA Games: Danny Yeo overcomes personal issues to win bronze in 200m freestyle

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:35:03 +0800

Despite injury, illness and grief disrupting his preparations, Danny Yeo still managed to clinch bronze in the 200m freestyle.



SEA Games: Shanti Pereira loses 200m crown to Vietnam's Le Tu Chinh

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:38:32 +0800

Pereira won the gold medal for the 200m on home soil in 2015 when she rewrote the national record.



SEA Games: Singapore clinch gold in women's 4x200m freestyle relay

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:40:48 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore stormed ahead of Thailand and the Philippines for gold at the SEA Games women's 4x200m freestyle event on Wednesday (Aug 23), breaking the Games record in the process.  The quartet of Quah Ting Wen, Christie Chue, Rachel Tseng and Quah Jing Wen clocked a time of 8:10 ...



SEA Games: Quah Zheng Wen retains 200m backstroke gold

Wed, 23 August 2017 22:23:50 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore national swimmer Quah Zheng Wen has retained his 200m backstroke title at the SEA Games after winning the final on Wednesday night (Aug 23).  Quah blew away the competition including compatriot Francis Fong, clocking 2:00.09s to set a new Games record. Debutant Fong clocked ...



SEA Games: Singapore's Quah Ting Wen clinches 50m butterfly gold

Wed, 23 August 2017 22:11:56 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Quah Ting Wen clinched her second individual gold at the 2017 SEA Games on Wednesday (Aug 23), winning the 50m butterfly event at the National Aquatic Centre.  The 25-year-old clocked 26.83s, ahead of Thailand's Jenjira Srisa-ard and Jasmine Al-Khaldi of the Philippines.   https: ...



Man fined for wrapping cat in masking tape at Ubi Ave 1

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:50:38 +0800

In a separate case, a woman was fined for abandoning her pet cat because she could not afford veterinary treatment for it.



Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen sends condolences over USS John S McCain collision

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:30:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen has written to his US counterpart James Mattis to convey his condolences over the collision involving USS John S McCain. Some remains have been found in the sealed compartments of the warship, said a US Navy commander on Tuesday (Aug 22), a day after the ...



SEA Games: Singapore's Quah Ting Wen bags 100m freestyle gold in record time

Wed, 23 August 2017 20:02:02 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Quah Ting Wen has won her third 100m freestyle gold medal at the SEA Games. The 25-year-old clocked a time of 55.74s, breaking her own 2015 Games record of 55.93s and beating Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Anh Vien and the Philippines' Jasmine Al-Khaldi.  https://www.facebook.com ...



SEA Games: Singapore's Schooling cruises to 100m butterfly gold, sets new Games record

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:51:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic 100m butterfly champion Joseph Schooling clinched gold in his pet event at the 2017 SEA Games on Wednesday (Aug 23).  The 22-year-old clocked 51.38s ahead of Indonesia's Triady Fauzi Sidiq and Glenn Victor Sutanto. It is the same event in which he won an Olympic gold medal in ...



USS John S McCain collision: Search area expanded further, Australia joins effort

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Search and rescue operations for the missing sailors from USS John S McCain have been further expanded to cover a wider area, said the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) on Wednesday (Aug 23).  The Singapore-led search effort now covers 5,524 square kilometres, up from 2,620 on Tuesday ...



Tan Cheng Bock accepts verdict on reserved election 'with a heavy heart'

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:22:50 +0800

SINGAPORE: Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock on Wednesday (Aug 23) said he accepted the Court of Appeal's decision to dismiss his application to challenge the basis of the upcoming Presidential Election "with a heavy heart". His application questioned the Government’s decision to ...



Singapore firm inks deal to run Cambodia's first oil field

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:33:17 +0800

Cambodia on Wednesday signed a deal with a Singaporean energy company to develop its first-ever oilfield, the latest move in the impoverished country's much-delayed plan to become an oil-producing nation.



More than 3,700 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized, 2 arrested

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A total of 3,784 cartons and 1,363 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized after authorities checked two suspicious consignments, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a joint news release with Singapore Customs on Wednesday (Aug 23). Two Chinese nationals were ...



PM Lee, Vivian Balakrishnan send condolences over USS John S McCain collision

Wed, 23 August 2017 17:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to United States President Donald Trump to offer condolences over the collision involving US warship John S McCain and an oil tanker. The incident, which happened in Singapore waters on the early hours of Monday (Aug 21) morning, resulted in 10 ...



Man jailed for assaulting girlfriend and failing to report her death

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:13:50 +0800

SINGAPORE: On Sep 22 last year, police broke into a flat at Banda Street in Chinatown after a neighbour complained that the flat smelled “like rotten meat”. Officers found the rotting, maggot-infested body of a 20-year-old woman clad in a gown and headscarf, her body blackened and eyeballs ...



Trailers, lorries collide near Jurong Port Road; 2 taken to hospital

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:28:24 +0800

SINGAPORE: A lorry driver and a trailer driver were taken to hospital after an accident involving several heavy vehicles on Wednesday (Aug 23). The incident involved three trailers, two lorries and an oil tanker vehicle and took place at the junction of Jalan Buroh Road and Jurong Port Road. The ...



Presidential hopeful Salleh Marican submits papers for upcoming reserved election

Wed, 23 August 2017 20:19:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: Presidential hopeful Mohamed Salleh Marican submitted his application forms on Wednesday (Aug 23) to contest the upcoming reserved election, becoming the first among three potential candidates to do so.  Mr Marican, chief executive of Second Chance Properties, turned up at the Elections ...



SEA Games: Lau Ywen wins gold in sabre, snags Singapore's second in fencing

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:13:31 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore fencer Lau Ywen has bagged gold in the women's individual sabre event at the SEA Games on Wednesday (Aug 23).  Ywen beat Thai fencer Pornsawan Ngernrungruangroj after a tight contest that finished 15-12.  She follows in the footsteps of compatriot Amita Berthier, who had ...



Second industry briefing for KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project to be held in London

Wed, 23 August 2017 16:48:52 +0800

The briefing for companies interested in the tender to build and run the high speed rail will be held in September.



COE prices down; motorcycle premiums hit 3.5-year low

Wed, 23 August 2017 16:30:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices closed lower across the board in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Aug 23), with premiums for motorcycles hitting a three-and-a-half year low. COEs for motorcycles closed at S$3,512 - its lowest since February 2014. Premiums for the ...



SEA Games: Defending champion Shanti Pereira through to 200m final

Wed, 23 August 2017 16:14:19 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champion Veronica Shanti Pereira clocked 24.17s to finish second in her 200m semi-final to progress to the final at the SEA Games on Wednesday (Aug 23). The semi-final was won by 100m gold medallist Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam in a time of 23.63s. Pereira's time placed her in ...



Professor Huang Jing's appeal rejected, must leave Singapore: MHA

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:09:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rejected Professor Huang Jing's appeal to stay in Singapore, after his permanent residence status was revoked earlier this month. The Government had identified him as being an agent of foreign influence. Dr Huang, who was with the Lee Kuan Yew ...



Singapore inflation edges up to 0.6% in July on higher retail, water prices

Wed, 23 August 2017 13:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore's headline Consumer Price Index in July rose 0.6 per cent from a year earlier, a slightly faster pace than the 0.5 per cent in the previous month.  This is primarily due to higher retail and water prices, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Monetary ...



New National Institute of Early Childhood Development to take first batch of students in 2019

Wed, 23 August 2017 20:19:09 +0800

It will bring together the various pre-school teacher training programmes in other educational institutions.



ComfortDelGro shares rise on news of possible Uber tie-up

Wed, 23 August 2017 21:06:07 +0800

The local taxi giant was among the most actively traded stocks on Wednesday, powering up 8.76 per cent to finish at a near two-month high of S$2.36.



Tan Cheng Bock's appeal over upcoming Presidential Election dismissed

Wed, 23 August 2017 19:31:16 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Aug 23) threw out Dr Tan Cheng Bock's appeal against a decision to dismiss an application contesting the legitimacy and timing of the upcoming reserved Presidential Election (PE). This was confirmed to Channel NewsAsia by Deputy Attorney-General Hri ...



MOE to open 13 new kindergartens in 2019 and 2020

Thu, 24 August 2017 00:09:04 +0800

The kindergartens will be in areas with high demand, including Punggol, Sengkang and Yishun.



SEA Games: Singapore's Stefanie Tan reaches tennis semi-final

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:54:41 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore’s Stefanie Tan created a slice of history on Wednesday (Aug 23) when she reached the semi-final of the women’s tennis competition at the SEA Games. Tan trounced Tran Thuy Thanh Truc in their quarter-final encounter 6-0, 6-0 to progress into the semis on Thursday, where she ...



USS John S McCain collision: US Navy working to help sailors 'regain stability'

Wed, 23 August 2017 17:27:51 +0800

The US warship collided with an oil tanker in the early hours of Monday morning, leaving five sailors injured and 10 missing.



New Bukit Panjang integrated transport hub to enhance commuter convenience

Wed, 23 August 2017 23:48:04 +0800

Commuters can borrow umbrellas, portable chargers and shopping trolleys at no deposit from the WeCare Shop for up to three days, says operator SMRT Buses.



SBS Transit to kick off first 'Commuter Chat' public feedback session in Ang Mo Kio

Wed, 23 August 2017 11:38:11 +0800

The sessions will be conducted every quarter at first. From January next year there will be monthly sessions, to be held on the fourth Thursday of the month.



SEA Games: Schooling leads field of Singapore swimmers into finals

Wed, 23 August 2017 18:43:42 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Joseph Schooling was among a field of Singapore swimmers who progressed into the finals of the SEA Games swimming competition after their heats on Wednesday (Aug 23) morning. Schooling clocked a time of 53.53s in the 100m butterfly to finish second overall out of 10 swimmers. It is ...



USS John S McCain collision: US Navy relieves 7th Fleet commander

Wed, 23 August 2017 21:50:21 +0800

WASHINGTON/TOKYO: The US Navy on Wednesday (Aug 23) said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn ...



Delay on North-South Line due to track fault, 'not linked to new signalling project': SMRT

Wed, 23 August 2017 13:49:49 +0800

A "faulty track point" near the Jurong East MRT station was the cause of Wednesday morning's delay, says vice president for corporate communications Patrick Nathan.



Commentary: Behind picture-perfect supermarkets in Singapore is looming waste

Wed, 23 August 2017 07:20:39 +0800

Food waste in Singapore is a massive problem. Supermarkets should lead the way to fight it, argue two environment experts.



Chinatown merchants go cashless with Alipay platform

Tue, 22 August 2017 23:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: China's online payment platform Alipay on Tuesday (Aug 22) signed an agreement with local start-up CCPay, to officially offer cashless payment services to retailers in Singapore’s Chinatown area. The move will in particular help businesses in People’s Park Complex, People’s Park Centre ...



Man arrested for fatal e-bike hit-and-run accident

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:45:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Police on Tuesday (Aug 22) said a 49-year-old man has been arrested for alleged involvement in a fatal hit-and-run accident involving an e-bike. Police released photos of the suspect the day before, and had urged people with information to come forward. The suspect is believed to have ...



Mr Kiasu returns after 18-year hiatus

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:43:41 +0800

Mr Kiasu: Everything Also Like Real is the first new edition of the comic book series since the early 2000s.



SEA Games: Singapore swimmers scoop gold in 4x100m freestyle

Tue, 22 August 2017 22:11:43 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Team Singapore successfully defended their SEA Games men's 4x100m freestyle title on Tuesday (Aug 22) in record-breaking time. Joseph Schooling, Danny Yeo, Darren Lim and Quah Zheng Wen clocked a total time of 3:17.85 in the relay event at National Aquatic Centre, breaking the ...



SEA Games: Quah Zheng Wen eases to gold in 200m butterfly

Tue, 22 August 2017 23:44:09 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen won his first gold medal at the 2017 SEA Games on Tuesday (Aug 22). The 20-year-old clocked 1:57.95 in the 200m butterfly event at the Bukit Jalil swimming complex, finishing more than a body length ahead of Malaysia's Tia'a Faang Der and Thailand's ...



SEA Games: Singapore's Gao Ning claims table tennis gold

Tue, 22 August 2017 21:18:37 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Top Singapore paddler Gao Ning has claimed his first individual gold at the 2017 SEA Games, beating compatriot Clarence Chew in the men's table tennis final on Tuesday (Aug 22) night.  Chew took the first set 11-5, but defending champion Gao stormed back to win 11-4 in the second ...



SEA Games: Despite 'roadblocks', Singapore's Roanne Ho defends swimming gold

Tue, 22 August 2017 21:04:48 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore swimmer Roanne Ho successfully defended her SEA Games title on Tuesday (Aug 22), winning gold in the 50m breaststroke event at Bukit Jalil swimming complex. The 24-year-old, who just last year suffered a collapsed lung and had to undergo shoulder surgery to treat a tear ...



USS John S McCain collision: Some remains found, says US Navy commander

Wed, 23 August 2017 09:57:31 +0800

SINGAPORE: US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said US Marine Corps divers have uncovered remains in sealed compartments of the USS John S McCain, following the collision between the US warship and an oil tanker in Singapore's waters on Monday (Aug 21) that left 10 sailors missing and ...



ComfortDelGro announces potential tie-up with Uber

Tue, 22 August 2017 18:47:59 +0800

ComfortDelGro will be engaging Uber in talks for a potential collaboration



USS John S McCain collision: Search area for missing sailors expanded, MPA says

Tue, 22 August 2017 21:20:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The search area covered by Singapore-led search efforts for the 10 missing US sailors in the collision between USS John S McCain and an oil tanker has been expanded from the initial 128 square kilometres to cover 2,620 square kilometres, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) announced on ...



SEA Games: Injury scuppers Singaporean Jet Ng’s hopes of reaching fencing final

Tue, 22 August 2017 18:10:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: An untimely injury cost Singapore's Jet Ng a place in the final in the men's individual foil event in the fencing competition at the SEA Games on Tuesday (Aug 22) Grimacing as he went down after a rolled ankle in the opening minutes of his bout, Ng, 19, spent close to five minutes ...



7 major soft drinks manufacturers in Singapore to reduce sugar content in drinks

Tue, 22 August 2017 23:33:45 +0800

The Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce is also studying measures like sugar tax, warning labels and advertising restrictions on sweetened beverages with high sugar content.



SEA Games: Jowen Lim scoops 2nd wushu gold for Singapore

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:20:40 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's Jowen Lim won his second gold medal at the 2017 SEA Games on Tuesday (Aug 22), winning the men's optional changquan event in wushu.  The 18-year-old fended off the challenge of 13 other competitors, including that of defending champion and compatriot Yong Yi Xiang. On ...



4 Colombians jailed for breaking into 3 houses in Singapore

Tue, 22 August 2017 20:17:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Four Colombians who broke into three houses in Singapore and made off with S$2,000 in cash were sentenced to one year’s jail on Tuesday (Aug 22). The quartet had travelled here intending to break into landed properties and steal any valuables, deputy public prosecutor Marcus Foo said ...



Bedroom of Tiong Bahru flat catches fire

Wed, 23 August 2017 07:11:53 +0800

Firefighters forcibly entered the unit to extinguish the fire.



SEA Games: Shanti Pereira breaks 100m national record to qualify for finals

Tue, 22 August 2017 21:42:53 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira broke the women’s national 100m record in the semi-final of her event at the SEA Games on Tuesday (Aug 22). Pereira finished second in a time of 11.73s to eclipse the Singapore record of 11.80s. Malaysia's Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli won the race ...



‘Now I don’t have to explain where I live anymore’: A Singaporean in Guam

Wed, 23 August 2017 10:46:33 +0800

The missile threat from North Korea has been a “non-event” for the Guam people, says Singaporean Marc Toh, who is based in the tropical island. “In fact, it probably made more people around the world know about Guam.”



SEA Games: Singapore’s Feng, Gao win table tennis gold

Wed, 23 August 2017 03:43:13 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's Feng Tianwei defeated compatriot Zhou Yihan to take the women's individual SEA Games gold medal on Tuesday (Aug 22).  Olympic bronze medallist Feng Tianwei, 30, came back from 2 sets to 1 down to overcome the challenge of the 23-year-old Zhou. Feng won the 6th set 13-11 ...



US admiral says diplomacy key to resolving North Korea crisis

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:01:08 +0800

The head of the U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Tuesday it was more important to use diplomacy against North Korea's growing threat rather than consider what actions by Pyongyang might trigger a preemptive strike against the reclusive North.



Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple under investigation over suspected criminal offences

Tue, 22 August 2017 13:59:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: A police investigation has been launched into the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore, over suspected criminal offences.  The police confirmed on Tuesday (Aug 22) that its Commercial Affairs Department is conducting the probe, but said it is ...



Singapore Art Museum appoints June Yap as curatorial director

Wed, 23 August 2017 10:15:30 +0800

The independent curator, who previously worked at the Guggenheim Museum and curated the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, will be overseeing the museum’s content curation and programming during its revamp.



USS warship collision shows need to enhance sea safety: MPA chairman

Tue, 22 August 2017 23:34:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: The collision between the USS John S McCain and an oil tanker in Singapore waters shows the need to improve safety at sea, Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) chairman Niam Chiang Meng said on Tuesday (Aug 22). Accidents at sea continue to be a serious concern despite advancements in ...



USS John S McCain collision: Singapore deploys more assets in search for missing US sailors

Tue, 22 August 2017 18:23:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: Search efforts for 10 missing US sailors continued more than 24 hours after the US Navy destroyer USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided in Singapore territorial waters on early Monday morning (Aug 21).  Singapore's Maritime Port Authority (MPA) chief executive Andrew Tan told ...



SEA Games: Singapore swimmers progress to finals

Tue, 22 August 2017 17:19:06 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic semi-finalist Quah Zheng Wen was not at his best, but was among a clutch of Singapore swimmers that progressed through to the finals of the SEA Games swimming competition after their heats on Tuesday (Aug 22) morning. Quah finished overall 5th out of nine swimmers in the 200m ...



Turkey remains committed in fight against extremism: PM Yildirim

Tue, 22 August 2017 07:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: While extremism has been a thorny issue faced by Turkey, the country remains committed in the fight against it, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday (Aug 21).  Speaking at the 41st Singapore Lecture conference, Mr Yildirim said one of Turkey's challenges is dealing with ...



Smarter regulations needed to propel Smart Nation initiatives: Chan Chun Sing

Tue, 22 August 2017 07:00:38 +0800

In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, Mr Chan said in order to ensure that new solutions are given due consideration in the implementation process, the Government must remember to "use rules and regulatory powers in a much more progressive way".



2 men arrested over brawl at Balestier bak kut teh stall

Tue, 22 August 2017 00:41:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two men were arrested on Monday (Aug 21) for a brawl at a popular pork rib soup, or bak kut teh stall in Balestier, police said in a statement on Facebook.  The two men, aged 50 and 53, caused a scene at Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian) at 365 Balestier Road in the early hours of ...



Normanton Park up for en bloc sale with reserve price of S$800 million

Tue, 22 August 2017 00:24:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: Owners of Normanton Park condominium have launched a tender for the collective sale of the privatised housing estate with a minimum asking price of S$800 million on Monday (Aug 21). At this price, each unit owner of the 488-unit development at Kent Ridge stands to receive between S$1.6 ...



US launches probe after second deadly Navy collision

Tue, 22 August 2017 16:56:27 +0800

WASHINGTON: The US Navy announced a fleet-wide global investigation on Monday (Aug 21) after the latest in a series of accidents left another 10 sailors missing and five more injured. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered commanders to set aside time, perhaps "one or two days" ...



Turkey-Singapore FTA to come into force in October

Tue, 22 August 2017 13:50:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (TRSFTA) will come into force on Oct 1 after it was ratified on Monday (Aug 21), announced Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at a joint press conference at the Istana.  The FTA was signed back in ...



DBS to invest S$20 million over 5 years to transform employees into digital bankers

Mon, 21 August 2017 22:20:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: DBS Bank will be investing more than S$20 million over the next five years in a programme that will train its 10,000 employees in Singapore in digital banking skills and technologies. The move is in support of Singapore's vision to be a Smart Nation which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ...



USS John S McCain collision: USS America arrives at Changi to help search for missing sailors

Mon, 21 August 2017 21:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Amphibious assault ship USS America arrived at Changi Naval Base on Monday (Aug 21) to help support search operations for 10 US Navy sailors missing after the USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker in Singapore territorial waters.  Search and rescue efforts continue in ...



USS John S McCain collision: Singapore will spare no effort to find missing crew members, says MPA

Mon, 21 August 2017 23:34:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: Search and rescue efforts will continue through the night for the 10 US Navy crew members missing after the USS John S McCain an oil tanker collided in Singapore territorial waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement on Monday evening (Aug 21).  "The ...



Sentosa celebrates 45th year in September with sand festival, free entry for locals

Tue, 22 August 2017 11:44:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Visitors to Sentosa in September are in for a treat as the island resort celebrates its 45th anniversary with a sand festival and free entry for Singapore residents. The three-week festival on Sept 1-17 will feature more than 30 larger-than-life sand sculptures - some over 5m tall ...



Police release photos of e-bike rider in fatal hit-and-run accident

Mon, 21 August 2017 20:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Police on Monday (Aug 21) released photos of a man suspected of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident last Thursday morning.  He is believed to be the rider of a power-assisted bike that hit a 78-year-old man outside McDonald's at Jalan Bukit Merah, towards Queensway, at about ...



AGC gets go-ahead to start contempt of court proceedings against Li Shengwu

Mon, 21 August 2017 19:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The High Court has given the Attorney-General’s Chambers the green light to start committal proceedings against Mr Li Shengwu for contempt of court. Justice Kannan Ramesh made the decision to grant the AGC’s application on Monday (Aug 21) afternoon. The AGC has 14 days to file an ...



Li Shengwu's claim that he might be detained is 'inaccurate': PMO

Mon, 21 August 2017 20:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday (Aug 21) said that a claim by Mr Li Shengwu's that he might be detained if he were to remain in Singapore was "inaccurate".  In a statement to the media, the Prime Minister's Press Secretary Chang Li Lin noted that Mr Li had made various ...



SEA Games: Quah Jing Wen wins gold, breaks national record in women's 200m butterfly

Mon, 21 August 2017 23:54:00 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's Quah Jing Wen won gold in the women's 200m butterfly event at the SEA Games on Monday (Aug 21), at the same time breaking the national record set by Tao Li at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.   The 16-year-old clocked 2:12:03 compared to Tao Li's 2:12:63, beating Thi My Thao Le ...



SEA Games: Quah Zheng Wen wins silver in 50m backstroke

Mon, 21 August 2017 19:49:54 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Quah Zheng Wen opened his 2017 SEA Games campaign with a silver medal on Monday (Aug 21) in the men's 50m backstroke final in Kuala Lumpur.  The 20-year-old came in second at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil with a time of 25.39s, while teammate Francis Fong clocked 26.10s ...



Mercy Relief heads to South Asia to assist in flood relief efforts

Mon, 21 August 2017 18:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Disaster relief agency Mercy Relief is on its way to India, Bangladesh and Nepal to distribute relief goods after heavy rains during the region's monsoon season caused deadly floods.  In a media release on Monday (Aug 21), Mercy Relief said it will work with ground partners in those ...



2 Australian start-ups sign medical tech, shipping deals with Singapore partners

Tue, 22 August 2017 00:01:49 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore is all set to work closer with Australia in the fields of medical technology and shipping after several agreements were signed on Monday (Aug 21) between various companies and research institutions from both countries. The agreements signed involve Australian start-ups ...



Feedback wanted on proposed changes to increase accountability of charities

Mon, 21 August 2017 18:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Public feedback is being sought on proposed amendments to the Charities Act that would increase the accountability of charities and fund-raisers, the Office of the Commissioner of Charities (COC) said on Monday (Aug 21). The proposed amendments specifically seek to enhance and update ...



USS John S McCain collision: What we know so far

Mon, 21 August 2017 22:54:02 +0800

Search and rescue operations are currently underway for another 10 sailors reported missing.



Lorry carrying incense paper catches fire along PIE

Mon, 21 August 2017 18:12:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: A lorry carrying incense paper caught fire along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Monday afternoon (Aug 21). The accident took place near the CTE/AYE exit at Kallang, Channel NewsAsia understands. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the vehicle fire along the PIE ...



UN's World Meteorological Organisation opens regional office in Singapore

Mon, 21 August 2017 16:30:38 +0800

The United Nation’s weather and climate agency opened its first regional office in Asia and the South-West Pacific in Singapore on Monday (Aug 21) to serve the organisation’s work in the region.



Biometric payment system to be an option in schools in 2018

Mon, 21 August 2017 19:39:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: From as early as next year, students can choose to opt into a biometric payment system that will allow them to make payments using their fingerprints. Touché, a biometric payment method that is an upcoming feature of the POSB Smart Buddy programme, was launched on Wednesday (Aug 16) ...



25 more years of flying out of Australia's Pearce Air Base for RSAF pilots

Mon, 21 August 2017 23:23:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: Pilots of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) can continue to fly out of Pearce Air Base in Western Australia for another 25 years under a new treaty signed at the 10th meeting of the Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC) on Monday (Aug 21). Signed by ...



Oil tanker hit by USS John S McCain laden with fuel oil; no spill

Mon, 21 August 2017 16:19:59 +0800

The Alnic MC was carrying almost 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil from Taiwan to discharge to Singapore, a crew member who did not want to be identified told Reuters.



US warship collides with oil tanker near Singapore; 10 sailors missing

Mon, 21 August 2017 22:18:36 +0800

SINGAPORE: A search and rescue operation is under way for 10 US sailors after a US warship and an oil tanker collided off the coast of Singapore on Monday morning (Aug 21). The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore at around 5.30am. The ...



Commentary: The millennial, the biggest customer Singapore retail cannot ignore

Mon, 21 August 2017 12:05:40 +0800

E-commerce has been cited as a key challenge to Singapore’s retail sector. But the biggest challenge of them all is demographic, argues Sulian Tan-Wijaya.



NTUC to offer discounts on 8 rice products to encourage healthy eating

Tue, 22 August 2017 14:29:36 +0800

SINGAPORE: NTUC FairPrice will be offering a discount of at least 10 per cent on eight healthier rice products from Aug 21 to 30.  Announcing details after Prime Minister's Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech on Sunday evening (Aug 20), Singapore largest supermarket chain said the products ...



SEA Games: Synchronised swimmers make history as Singapore snags 5 golds on Day 1

Mon, 21 August 2017 20:03:56 +0800

Team Singapore finished the first official day of SEA Games compeitition with five gold medals, seven silver medals and four bronze medals.



National Day Rally 2017: Six key takeaways

Sun, 20 August 2017 23:21:01 +0800

SINGAPORE: In his National Day Rally speech this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took a step back from immediate priorities such as the economy, choosing instead to focus on three longer-term issues that he said are important to the success and well-being of Singapore.  The issues are ...



Elderly man, daughter found dead at Pasir Ris

Sun, 20 August 2017 23:01:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 70-year-old man and his 27-year-old daughter were found dead at Block 560 Pasir Ris Street 51 on Sunday afternoon (Aug 20). The man was found motionless at the foot of the block while his daughter was found dead in their home on the second floor. Channel NewsAsia understands the ...



National Day Rally: Singapore doubles down on pre-school education, fighting diabetes and building a Smart Nation

Mon, 21 August 2017 00:26:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 20) laid out plans to deal with the issues that would affect the prosperity and well-being of Singapore in the longer term. Making the case for every child in Singapore, regardless of family background, to ...



National Digital Identity system to be cornerstone of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision

Mon, 21 August 2017 09:36:57 +0800

GovTech will trial the use of mobile software tokens for authentication over the next six months, says the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office.



National Day Rally: National sensor network to be used for everything from estate management to security

Sun, 20 August 2017 22:58:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: When bombs went off during the Boston Marathon in April 2013, information from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, social media, licence plate readers and videos and photographs from members of the public helped Boston police to identify the bombers. Combing through this data, the ...



National Day Rally: New parking app to replace coupons, ease parking hassles

Sun, 20 August 2017 21:59:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: It’s an almost 40-year solution – using coupons to pay for parking, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday night (Aug 20). “We have ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) and mobile phones, yet we are still tearing parking coupons,” Mr Lee said. While 70 ...