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Published: Tue, 30 May 2017 03:17:00 +0800


Gardens by the Bay celebrates turning 5 with multimedia show

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Gardens by the Bay is turning five this year, and will celebrate with a line-up of activities including a multimedia show called the Gardens Extravaganza Special. A full-dress rehearsal for the show took place on Monday night (May 29).  The Supertree Grove will be the stage for the ...

Singapore Government to contribute US$100,000 in aid to flood-hit Sri Lanka

Mon, 29 May 2017 23:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Following deadly floods in Sri Lanka that have displaced half a million and killed at least 160 people, the Singapore Government will contribute US$100,000 (S$138,490) in support of disaster relief efforts, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement on Monday (May ...

All slots for Durian Run snapped up: Organisers

Mon, 29 May 2017 22:33:37 +0800

SINGAPORE: All 388 slots in the Run for Good Durian Run were snapped up as of Saturday (May 27) - less than a week after the event was announced. The charity run, organised by the Central Singapore CDC and the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang CCC, will see participants running a 5km route carrying a durian ...

2,250 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized at Woodlands Checkpoint

Mon, 29 May 2017 20:30:38 +0800

Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers seized 2,250 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes from a Malaysia-registered tanker truck at Woodlands Checkpoint last Friday (May 26), the ICA said in a press release.

Goodbye Gong Cha Singapore, hello LiHO and cheese tea

Mon, 29 May 2017 19:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Bubble tea chain Gong Cha will be bowing out of Singapore after food and beverage group RTG Holdings decided not to continue its franchise here.  However, all Gong Cha outlets will sport a new name and look from Jun 5 this year, RTG announced in a press release on Monday (May 29).  Its ...

NUS' Centre of Law and Business renamed after Singapore's first Law Minister EW Barker

Mon, 29 May 2017 23:17:03 +0800

SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law has renamed its Centre for Law and Business after Singapore's first and longest serving Law Minister EW Barker. The EW Barker Centre for Law and Business was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus ...

Man found guilty of assaulting, releasing explicit photos of ex-girlfriend

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old man was on Monday (May 29) found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and using her Facebook account to send threatening messages and obscene photographs to her sister.  The man, who is unemployed, pleaded guilty to the two charges of assault and criminal intimidation ...

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh in Bedok suspended for 2 weeks for hygiene breaches

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:16:02 +0800

The pork rib soup restaurant was also fined S$1,000, said NEA.

8 injured in accident involving bus and taxi at Yio Chu Kang Road

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:40:38 +0800

Police investigations are ongoing.

Man hurt in accident at KPE tunnel

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:13:27 +0800

SINGAPORE: A man was hurt after the tipper truck he was driving was seen smashed into a road divider in the tunnel at Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE).  The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the motor accident involving a tipper truck at 10.55am, and sent a fire engine ...

US Federal Reserve to be 'gradual', 'transparent' with interest rate hikes

Mon, 29 May 2017 23:14:15 +0800

Speaking at a symposium in Singapore, San Francisco Fed chief John Williams said the US Federal Reserve's approach to interest rate hikes will benefit the US and global economies.

E-bike rider charged for beating red light, under investigation for attacking elderly man

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:20:15 +0800

Yue Kim Ming is accused of beating a red light on May 18 at about 9.25pm while riding a power-assisted bicycle along Hougang Avenue 7, where he allegedly assaulted an elderly pedestrian minutes later.

Changi Airport reaches 1 billion passengers milestone

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:03:24 +0800

Changi Airport handled 5.17 million passengers last month, 3.9 per cent more than the previous year, according to figures released by Changi Airport Group.

Commuters can continue to bring foldable bikes, PMDs on public transport after trial

Sun, 28 May 2017 21:40:38 +0800

Following the six-month trial conducted from December last year, commuters will be allowed to bring foldable bicycles and PMDs measuring up to 120cm x 70cm x 40cm on board trains and buses at all hours, provided they comply with regulations, said LTA.

Clan associations continue to play important role in Chinese society: PM Lee

Sun, 28 May 2017 21:55:25 +0800

SINGAPORE: Despite suggestions that clan associations are not relevant to these times, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said they continue to play an important role in Chinese society. Mr Lee was speaking at an event on Sunday (May 28) celebrating the Singapore Kwangtung Clan Association's 80th ...

Mercy Relief to deploy disaster response team to flood-hit Sri Lanka

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:43:10 +0800

Deployed in response to an appeal for international assistance by the Sri Lankan government, the response team is expected to arrive on Tuesday morning.

Commentary: Can Singapore make makan great again?

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Compared to just ten years ago, our hectic pace of life in Singapore is changing how and what we eat. On the one hand, working professionals like myself want something quick, with little or no queues, and easy to eat for lunch; often we dabao. On the other hand, when we sit down with ...

BCA to introduce building maintenance framework, tighten facade maintenance regime

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:43:08 +0800

BCA's outgoing chief executive officer Dr John Keung said that the authority started working on a design-for-maintainability framework about two years ago and he hopes to have it rolled out by end-2017.

New SAFRA Clubhouse to open in Choa Chu Kang

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:45:03 +0800

It will be SAFRA's seventh clubhouse in Singapore.

A stand-in mum for an older child: Fostering kids who struggle to find a home

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:10:38 +0800

More children are being placed on the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s fostering scheme. But there is still a need for foster parents to care for older children and those with special needs.

New Central Area cycling network in the pipeline

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:39:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: An expanded cycling network in and around the Central Business District is in the works, authorities said on Sunday (May 28) at the official unveiling of the Bencoolen Street cycling path. The new Central Area network will see more vehicle lanes turned into sidewalks, and a shared ...

Commentary: For the dying, home hospice care offers a ray of hope

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:09:52 +0800

Home hospice care differ from facility-based hospice care in important ways that lifts the patient's spirit.

Boxing: Muhamad Ridhwan 'The Chosen One' wins Singapore’s first UBO world title

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:43:10 +0800

The Singaporean super-featherweight lasted four rounds against Tanzania’s Fadhili Majiha before securing the victory at the co-main event of Roar of Singapore II at Resorts World Sentosa on Saturday (May 27).

Police arrest e-bike rider who punched 69-year-old man

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:00:38 +0800

The injured man suffered a heart attack after the assault, said his daughter, who posted an online appeal for help in identifying her father's assailant.

Singapore can learn from resilience of Poland, Czech Republic: President Tan

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:59:46 +0800

President Tan says he is 'impressed' by the resilience of both Poland and the Czech Republic, noting that both countries have 'met challenges on a scale we’ve not met before. And yet they have not really survived, but continue to do well.'

President Tan, PM Lee send condolences to Egypt over attack on Coptic Christians

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to offer their condolences over the attack on Coptic Christians in Minya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday (May 27). The ...

New volunteering network launched to bring together HDB community programmes

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:09:39 +0800

A new community volunteering network has been set up to bring together existing HDB community-bonding programmes and volunteers into a single network.

Commentary: For big banks to succeed, they must operate like start-ups

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:59:27 +0800

Embracing uncertainty and not being afraid of failing are keys to innovation, says DBS Bank's chief information officer David Gledhill.

Singapore strongly condemns attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore said on Saturday (May 27) it strongly condemns the attack on Coptic Christians, which took place in Minya, Egypt, on Friday. Masked gunmen had attacked a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery, killing 28 people and wounding 24, with many children among the ...

Singapore has to manage population growth carefully: PM Lee

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:55:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore has to manage the population carefully, even as it grapples with its low fertility rate and the issue of having a stable population, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday (May 27). Mr Lee said that with the country's total fertility rate at about 1.3, Singaporeans ...

Gentrification? It's the consumers' fault, says hotelier Loh Lik Peng

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Hotelier and restaurateur Loh Lik Peng is the man behind Unlisted Collection, an umbrella brand of boutique hotel properties and restaurants in Singapore, London, Shanghai and Sydney. The hotels include Hotel 1929 in Keong Saik Road and among the restaurants is the award-winning ...

Opening of Apple's first Singapore store attracts hundreds

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:03:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: Apple fans turned out in force on Saturday (May 27) as the US tech giant’s first brick-and-mortar store in Singapore opened its doors. Ahead of the official opening at 10am, an Apple representative said there were more than 200 people queuing around Knightsbridge Mall along Orchard Road ...

Commentary: Spreading the love, taking a piece of Singapore abroad

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:37:42 +0800

Ya Kun Kaya Toast’s Jesher Loi reveals how the family took the business overseas and dealt with challenges faced in expanding to less familiar markets.

Singapore firms eye opportunities in Czech automotive industry

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:33:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: Manufacturing firms from Singapore are exploring opportunities in the Central and Eastern European region, particularly in automotive and aerospace sectors which are strong engines of growth for the local economies. Representatives from 17 Singapore firms co-led by IE Singapore and ...

Fans camp out hours ahead of Singapore Apple Store opening

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:42:10 +0800

SINGAPORE: An hour to midnight, crowd barriers were erected up outside Singapore’s first Apple Store at Knightsbridge Mall along Orchard Road – a sign of long lines expected for the outlet’s official opening on Saturday morning (May 27). More than 20 people - several of them students - were ...

MMA: Angela Lee keeps ONE Championship title after choking out Brazilian challenger

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:15:37 +0800

Fellow upstart Agilan Thani of Malaysia fell short in his bid to dethrone American star Ben Askren.

Don’t be rattled by tactics to exaggerate news on Singapore-China relations: Chee Hong Tat

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:00:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore cannot take for granted the close relationship built up with China and must constantly work on enhancing its close bilateral cooperation with the country, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Chee Hong Tat said on Friday (May 26). Mr Chee made this point ...

Hello Kitty, Gudetama hit Changi Airport for June holidays

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:44:01 +0800

Changi Airport kicked off a kawaii-filled June holiday season on Friday with a showcase featuring Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters in Terminal 3.

2 men arrested for leaving bags unattended at Aljunied MRT station

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:00:38 +0800

The men left three bags unattended at the concourse of Aljunied MRT station while they went to the toilet, preliminary investigations showed.

Singapore's rising MMA stars Amir Khan, Tiffany Teo extend winning streak

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:36:24 +0800

Thai-Japanese newcomer Rika Ishige also picks up a second victory on the trot.

Pimp jailed 2 years, fined S$83,000 for running ‘virtual brothel’

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old man sentenced to two years’ jail and fined S$83,000 on Friday (May 26) is believed to be the first person prosecuted for operating a "virtual brothel". Roderic Chen Hao Ren pleaded guilty to nine charges, including five for living off the earnings of prostitutes, three for ...

92 suspected drug offenders arrested in 11-day operation

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:10:38 +0800

Ninety-two suspected drug offenders were arrested during an 11-day operation by Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), the CNB said in a press release on Friday (May 26).

Fewer fatalities, but more road accidents resulted in injury, say Traffic Police

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:01:11 +0800

Last year, the number of accidents involving elderly pedestrians rose by 20 per cent last year from 2015, Mr Amrin Amin said, adding that they were one group of road users that authorities were particularly concerned about.

5,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized at Tuas Checkpoint

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:40:37 +0800

Five thousand cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized at Tuas Checkpoint on Friday (May 26).

Muslims in Singapore mark start of Ramadan on May 27

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:30:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Muslims in Singapore will usher in the holy month of Ramadan on Saturday (May 27), kicking off a month of fasting. The holy month begins with the sighting of the new moon based on the Islamic lunar calendar, after which the religious authorities of Muslim majority countries will declare ...

Singaporean linked to terror activities in southern Philippines: MHA

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man has been implicated in terrorism-related activities in the southern Philippines, said a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spokesperson on Friday (May 26).  He has been identified as Muhamad Ali Abdul Rahiman @ Muawiya, and has been in the southern Philippines since the ...

Charity run with a fruity twist: Lug a durian over 5km

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:10:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: How's this for a Sunday morning exercise - take part in a 5km run, do it for a good cause and at the end of it, feast on the king of fruits.  The catch? Participants must run carrying a durian for the entire 5km route.  That is exactly what the Run for Good Durian Run is about ...

Ng Yat Chung to replace Alan Chan as SPH CEO from Sep 1

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:00:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mr Ng Yat Chung has been appointed chief executive officer of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the firm announced in a media release on Friday (May 26). Mr Ng, 55, takes over from current CEO Alan Chan, 64, when he retires on Sep 1. Mr Ng is currently an independent director of SPH ...

Man rescued from 4th-storey ledge in Simei

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:02:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 29-year-old man was brought to safety from a fourth-storey ledge on Wednesday afternoon (May 24) following a dramatic mission involving the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)'s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART).  The man was spotted sitting on the ledge at block 161 Simei ...

Singapore manufacturing output up 6.7% in April

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:10:38 +0800

This was boosted by strong growth in the electronics sector.

Expect some glitches on North-South Line as weekday signal tests start: SMRT

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:45:16 +0800

SMRT says commuters may experience instances of train and platform doors not opening or closing promptly, trains held at stations slightly longer than usual or trains stopping momentarily between stations.

SIA becomes first Asian carrier to offer US expedited screening programme

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:54:26 +0800

Passengers travelling from US airports on Singapore Airlines will now have access to expedited security screening procedures, under a partnership with the United States' Transportation Security Administration.

Singapore must be more transparent in shark fin trade: Report

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:16:54 +0800

Singapore was ranked the world’s second-largest shark fin trader by value after Hong Kong, according to trade figures from 2012-2013, say conservationist groups Traffic and WWF.

Managing cash flow a top challenge for SMEs: Survey

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:47:05 +0800

SINGAPORE: Delays in receiving payments from customers is the top financing challenge faced by a quarter of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) surveyed in Singapore. This is according to a recent study conducted by SPRING Singapore, which polled 1,645 SMEs. “The customers are delaying ...

'Spongy' grass jelly in online videos is 'real chin chow': AVA

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: “It is okay to chow on chin chow!” the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said, after two videos circulating online showed grass jelly that appeared “spongy”. In a Facebook post on Thursday night (May 25), AVA said laboratory tests have been conducted on samples from ...

GM International assisting employees in Singapore affected by restructuring

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: General Motors (GM) International on Thursday (May 25) said it is supporting employees affected by a restructuring of its regional office in Singapore. The US-based automaker’s international headquarters in Singapore oversees markets in India, Southeast Asia and South Korea, among ...

Joseph Schooling says he has 'really good shot' at breaking 100m butterfly world record

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Olympic Champion Joseph Schooling believes he has a good chance of breaking the world record for the 100m butterfly race in the upcoming FINA World Masters Championships in July. Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on the sidelines of a ONE Championship event on Thursday night (May 25) ...

President Tony Tan receives key to city of Prague

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:10:38 +0800

PRAGUE: Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday (May 25) received a symbolic key to the city of Prague, the highest honour in the Czech Republic. Prague mayor Adriana Krnacova presented the key to President Tan in the Old Town City Hall in Prague during his four day State Visit to the ...

Joseph Schooling returns home to cheer on MMA champ Angela Lee

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Olympic champion Joseph Schooling has returned home to cheer on mixed martial arts fighter Angela Lee at ONE Championship's ONE: Dynasty of Heroes event on Friday night (May 26). Lee will be accompanied into the ring by Schooling for her atomweight title defence against Brazilian ...

Singapore leaders send condolences, express solidarity with Indonesia after Jakarta attack

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to convey their condolences over Wednesday's (May 24) bomb attack at a bus terminal in East Jakarta.  In his letter dated May 25, Dr Tan said he is "deeply saddened" to learn ...

Farmpride recalls fish burger patties, fish fingers and planks

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Farmpride has voluntarily recalled its range of fish burger patties, fish fingers and fish planks, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) on Thursday (May 25). The recall is due to the detection of fish bones in some of the products, AVA stated in a news release ...

New children’s manga on Mr Lee Kuan Yew launched

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:10:39 +0800

The two-volume The Story of LKY comes at the heels of last year’s successful young adult manga graphic novel The LKY Story.

Rio Casa sold for S$575m in en bloc deal

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Former HUDC estate Rio Casa has been sold for S$575 million to a joint venture company Oxley-Lian Beng Venture, announced marketing agent Knight Frank on Thursday (May 25).  To develop the site, the buyers intend to apply to top up the lease to a fresh 99 years, at an additional ...

New certification, initiatives announced to boost HR profession

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A national certification for human resources (HR) professionals and other initiatives were announced on Thursday (May 25) by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce Singapore (WSG). In a joint media release, they said the aim is to support the HR profession in developing and ...

Singapore economy seen improving, but there are still headwinds

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:20:39 +0800

Niggling worries about the sustainability of the economy’s recovery remain, economists say.

Safdie Architects and Surbana Jurong partner to take on 'major' design projects

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:20:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: He is the man behind one of Singapore's most recognisable buildings - the Marina Bay Sands - and now, Moshe Safdie and his architectural firm will work with Singapore infrastructural consultancy firm Surbana Jurong to design and construct buildings in the Asia Pacific.  Safdie ...

Singaporeans travelling to or staying in UK advised to be vigilant

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans travelling to or staying in the United Kingdom are advised to be vigilant., particularly when in public places, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a travel notice on Thursday (May 25).  Citizens should follow the instructions of UK authorities and remain alert to ...

Singapore steps up checks and patrols after Jakarta, Manchester attacks

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:15:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore is stepping up its checks and patrols at key locations such as the air, land and sea checkpoints, transport nodes and its waters, following the attacks in Manchester and Jakarta, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday (May 25). The ministry said in reply to ...

Jail term for doctor convicted of drugging, molesting patient raised to 54 months

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:54:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: The High Court on Thursday (May 25) increased the 42-month jail term of a doctor convicted of molesting his colleague on the operating table and in a hotel room after sedating him with a powerful drug. Aesthetic doctor Tan Kok Leong, 51, also took 27 photographs of the victim’s penis ...

400 scientists to meet in Singapore for Commonwealth Science Conference

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:24:02 +0800

SINGAPORE: Issues such as climate change, future technologies, emerging infectious diseases and urban sustainability will be discussed by scientists from Commonwealth countries when they gather in Singapore in June, for the latest edition of the Commonwealth Science Conference. This was announced ...

Singaporeans urged to take precautions when travelling to southern Philippines

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:40:38 +0800

Those travelling to or residing in the southern region of Mindanao should monitor the news and heed the instructions of local authorities, says Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

DBS Marina Regatta returns with inflatable water obstacle course

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:11:54 +0800

This year's edition promises to introduce new experiences - such as a giant inflatable water obstacle course.

Women who golf more accepted in male-dominated boardrooms: Study

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:59:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: Women who play golf are 90 per cent more likely to serve on a board compared to women who don't, suggesting that those who participate in male-dominated social activities like golf are more accepted on predominantly male corporate boards. These are the findings of a study conducted by ...

Singapore 'strongly condemns' suicide attack at Jakarta bus terminal

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:09:05 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore "strongly condemns" Wednesday's suicide bombings at a bus terminal in East Jakarta, Indonesia, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday (May 25).  The attack outside the busy Kampung Melayu terminal killed five people - three policemen and the two suicide bombers ...

Ryde app launches taxi booking service in partnership with ComfortDelGro

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Local transport app Ryde has expanded into the taxi booking market, after it was formally awarded a certificate of registration to operate a third-party taxi booking application on Thursday (May 25).  This makes Ryde the third company here to offer such services, after Uber and Grab ...

Singapore Airlines warns of phishing scam offering free air tickets

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:43:54 +0800

Scammers pretending to be SIA employees are calling and emailing members of the public to phish for personal information, says the airline.

Sports Hub CEO Manu Sawhney resigns

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:47:20 +0800

SINGAPORE: Sports Hub chief executive officer Manu Sawhney has resigned with immediate effect, Sports Hub announced on Thursday (May 25). Sports Hub chief operating officer Oon Jin Teik will be taking over as acting CEO.  In a media release, Sports Hub said it had undertaken an internal ...

Local talent to feature prominently at Singapore’s first Apple Store

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:42:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: The local community, and the talent within, will be a key focus for the first Apple Store in Singapore, which opens on Saturday (May 27). According to Ms Ashley Middleton, who heads the programming for Today at Apple – an initiative offering hands-on educational sessions at the ...

Pedra Branca judgment: Singapore files written observations to ICJ

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:10:39 +0800

Singapore’s written observations are a “comprehensive rebuttal” to Malaysia’s application to revise ICJ’s judgment, says MFA.

Increased insurance coverage for EZ-Link cards under new partnership

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:07:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: EZ-Link cardholders registered with card-blocking service Activate can now claim up to S$15 - on top of the remaining amount in their card - if they lose their cards.  In a media release on Thursday (May 25), EZ-Link said this comes as it partners with FWD Insurance. Previously ...

Howard Shaw gets 8 weeks' jail, fine for 3rd drink driving offence

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:57:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: Dressed in a pale shirt and dark trousers, 46-year-old Howard Shaw looked to the ground as District Judge Prem Raj handed out his sentence - an eight week jail term and a fine of $10,000 for his third drink driving conviction. The Shaw family scion, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was ...

Singapore exports surge 15.2% in Q1, forecast for year up

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:14:35 +0800

SINGAPORE: Non-oil domestic exports in Singapore surged 15.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, on the back of increased shipments of both electronic and non-electronic products, according to data released by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore on Thursday (May 25). This follows a 2.7 per ...

Singapore maintains 2017 growth forecast as economy expands 2.7% in Q1

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:20:23 +0800

The economy is expected to grow between 1 and 3 per cent for 2017, with growth likely to come in higher than 2 per cent “barring the materialisation of downside risks”, says the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

General Motors to cut jobs in international HQ in Singapore

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:51:02 +0800

DETROIT: General Motors will slash headcount in its international headquarters in Singapore as part of its efforts to reduce exposure to unprofitable and unpromising markets. GM International - which oversees markets such as India, Southeast Asia, and South Korea, among others - will reduce its ...

Internet speeds in Singapore among world's fastest: Report

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:30:38 +0800

Singapore logged an average fixed broadband download speed of 180.61 Mbps and average mobile download speed of 44.37 Mbps - second in the world behind Norway.

Nurturing talent vital for Singapore, Czech Republic: Tony Tan

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:29:53 +0800

PRAGUE: Nurturing human talent and staying open to expand global networks are important for “small, young countries like Singapore and the Czech Republic”, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Wednesday (May 24) during his state visit to Czech Republic. To facilitate the exchange of knowledge ...

May 2017 BTO exercise: Flats in Bidadari and Geylang see highest demand

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:44:11 +0800

As of 5pm on Wednesday, the most sought-after units were the four-room flats at Geylang’s Dakota Breeze, with 3,173 applicants vying for 671 units – 4.7 times oversubscribed.

Stockbroker fined S$9,000 for corruption in latest 1MDB-linked prosecution

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The latest prosecution linked to scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) involves a stockbroker, a bribe and a US$2.4 billion valuation of certain assets controlled by convicted former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei and Mr Tan Kim Loong, a close associate of Malaysian ...

Mandatory checks on CNG taxis widened to include all private CNG vehicles

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:02:04 +0800

SINGAPORE: Owners of private cars fitted with compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders will be required to send their vehicles for inspection by Jun 9, announced the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday (May 24).  The cost of the inspection will be borne by LTA.  This is to safeguard public ...

Government to call for S$2.4b of ICT tenders this year for Smart Nation projects

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:59:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: To speed up Singapore's digital transformation and its push in becoming a Smart Nation, the Government will be calling for a projected S$2.4 billion of information and communications technology (ICT) tenders in the 2017 fiscal year. This was announced by the Government Technology Agency ...

Kong Hee, City Harvest leaders permanently barred from managing charities: MCCY

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:10:40 +0800

The permanent disqualification means that the six leaders can no longer hold any governance or management positions in a charity, MCCY says.

3 special education schools to expand to take in more students with autism

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:51:25 +0800

SINGAPORE: There will soon be more places available in special education (SPED) schools for children with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Three Government-funded SPED schools - Autism Association Singapore's Eden School, AWWA School and Rainbow Centre - will each be opening one ...

COE premiums mostly lower in latest bidding exercise

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums ended mostly lower in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (May 24).  For commercial vehicles, which include vans, trucks and buses, premiums rose from S$26,029 to S$30,600. It was the only category which saw an increase. Premiums in ...

‘There is no 100% perfect security’: How can we better protect against terror attacks?

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:38:16 +0800

The Manchester bombing shows that still more needs to be done to safeguard public events, particularly in the area of evacuation, say experts.

Bus crashes into Yishun bus stop

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:10:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: Bus operator Go-Ahead is investigating after one of its buses crashed into a bus stop outside Yishun MRT station on Wednesday (May 24). No one was injured in the accident, a spokesperson for Go-Ahead said, adding that it deployed staff members to the scene to check on commuters ...

Man dies in accident near SAFTI Military Institute

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old man was killed in an accident involving a car and an excavator near SAFTI Military Institute on Tuesday night (May 23). The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they were alerted to the incident, which took place along Upper Jurong Road towards Boon Lay Way at about 8.55pm ...

Singapore and China's common interest ‘greater than any occasional difference of views’: DPM Teo

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:20:12 +0800

The common interest of Singapore and China in building a peaceful and growing region is much greater than any occasional difference of views, says Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Bike sharing start-up ofo takes 'soft' approach to tackle errant parking

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:00:39 +0800

The China-based company says its updated app will prompt users to park in suggested parking spaces, but may take harder measures if it is necessary.

Train services more reliable in Q1, says LTA

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:39:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: Train services in Singapore were more reliable in the first three months of this year, according to latest statistics released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday (May 24). In the first quarter, trains travelled an average of 354,000km before encountering a delay of more ...

CDCs must continue to be bridge between residents and Government: PM Lee

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:41:30 +0800

The five Community Development Councils can play a role in coming up with new ideas to tackle urgent issues and national priorities like worker upgrading and SGSecure, says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.