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Published: Mon, 24 July 2017 12:51:58 +0800

 



Video statements, closed-door hearings among law changes mooted to protect victims

Mon, 24 July 2017 12:50:38 +0800

The amendments aim to enhance the fairness of court procedures and the accuracy of outcomes in the criminal justice system, says the Ministry of Law.



Singapore beefs up search, rescue capabilities with new satellite technology

Mon, 24 July 2017 11:50:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore's sea and air search and rescue capabilities have been enhanced with its investment in a new medium-altitude earth orbit search and rescue (MEOSAR) ground system, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a ...



Ascott buys majority stake in US accommodation provider for S$46.7m

Mon, 24 July 2017 11:44:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: CapitaLand's wholly owned serviced residence business unit The Ascott will acquire an 80 per cent stake in US accommodation provider Synergy Global Housing for S$46.7 million (US$33.7 million), it announced on Monday (Jul 24). The deal will triple The Ascott's portfolio from more than ...



Hundred Palms EC in Hougang sells out in 7 hours

Mon, 24 July 2017 12:25:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: All 531 units of Hundred Palms Residences, an executive condominium in Hougang, were snapped up by buyers within seven hours of the start of booking on Jul 22, marketing agents ERA Realty Network and Huttons Asia said in a statement on Sunday (Jul 23). Units sold were at an average ...



Mobile payments: Is Singapore behind the curve?

Mon, 24 July 2017 09:30:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Apple Pay, Android Pay, DBS PayLah!, Dash and Liquid Pay are just some of the growing number of mobile payment options that have transformed the way purchases can be made in Singapore. Consumers simply need to use their smart mobile devices to pay for their purchases at the cashier ...



Commentary: Satisfaction, meaning and the importance of positive experiences

Mon, 24 July 2017 12:26:59 +0800

People derive happiness, satisfaction and meaning from positive experiences, even if these required a lot of work or overcoming myriad challenges, argues SMU's William Tov.



Swimming: Schooling sets new Asian, Singapore 50m fly record; qualifies for final at FINA World Championships

Mon, 24 July 2017 00:32:07 +0800

Schooling clocked 22.93s on Sunday night Singapore time, re-writing his own record of 23.05s set in the heats earlier that day.



Football: Singapore beat Brunei 4-1 in AFC U-23 qualifiers

Mon, 24 July 2017 07:02:14 +0800

Singapore beat Brunei 4-1 at the qualifiers for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 championships on Sunday (Jul 23) at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.



Tiong Bahru CC reopens after more than 2 years of renovations

Sun, 23 July 2017 22:50:51 +0800

The works - which started in April 2015 - were done to improve the use of space within the centre, as well as improve its safety features.



Search for missing Singaporean diver called off: Indonesian official

Sun, 23 July 2017 20:34:46 +0800

Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) told Channel NewsAsia on Sunday (Jul 23) that the search was “closed” on Saturday.



Fire breaks out in flat toilet on Owen Road

Sun, 23 July 2017 19:10:38 +0800

No injuries were reported, said SCDF.



Tan Cheng Bock's appeal on Presidential Election court ruling to be heard end July

Sun, 23 July 2017 19:00:38 +0800

Dr Tan said the legal case has been a "fulfilling journey on many levels".



Thorny affair: How I survived the Durian Run

Sun, 23 July 2017 21:40:23 +0800

SINGAPORE: Running with sharp, pointy objects goes against conventional wisdom - and even more so doing it en masse - but on Sunday (Jul 23), about 500 people did just that, covering 5km while each lugging a durian, all in the name of charity. Despite being allergic to durian (I get rashes and ...



Swimming: Schooling sets new Asian, national record for 50m fly at world championships

Sun, 23 July 2017 22:13:16 +0800

The 22-year-old clocked a time of 23.05s in his heats to qualify in third place for the semi-finals.



7 in 10 Singaporean seniors visited by Pioneer Generation Ambassadors

Sun, 23 July 2017 22:48:22 +0800

SINGAPORE: As of June this year, 7 in 10 Singaporean seniors above 65-years-old have been visited by Pioneer Generation (PG) Ambassadors in their homes, the Pioneer Generation Office (PGO) said on Sunday (Jul 23). The PGO said about 90,000 additional seniors were included in its latest outreach ...



3-day raid in Geylang leads to 60 arrests

Sun, 23 July 2017 14:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Sixty suspects were arrested in Geylang for various offences during a three-day multi-agency joint operation that ended on Friday (Jul 21), police said in a news release on Sunday. The operation, which covered the streets and hotels in Geylang, was led by Bedok Police Division and ...



ComfortDelGro to allow cashless digital payment for street-hail taxi rides

Sun, 23 July 2017 15:59:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: All rides taken on ComfortDelGro taxis - booking or street-hail - can be paid for using the Masterpass digital payment service from next month, the company said in a press release on Sunday (Jul 23). ComfortDelGro said that it is "the first taxi company in Asia" to offer this service ...



‘I’m not bad, I’m not ill, I’m autistic’: Woman's relief on being finally diagnosed at 42

Sun, 23 July 2017 11:30:38 +0800

Loud noises and bright lights terrified her, school gave her meltdowns. For years Dawn-joy Leong didn’t know why, until she found out she had Asperger’s Syndrome, she tells On the Red Dot.



Buying your way to a degree: Singapore-based ghostwriting services target students online

Mon, 24 July 2017 11:02:55 +0800

Some cite years of experience helping students, while others say they are students from elite schools looking to earn some extra cash before they go to university. Here's what goes into the online market of ghostwritten essays.



Shanmugam warns of 'trust deficit' caused by past terrorist incidents

Sat, 22 July 2017 23:10:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: While the state of inter-racial and inter-faith ties in Singapore may be “much better” than in other places, it is still important to guard against a “trust deficit” caused by terrorist incidents in the last few years, said Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Saturday (Jul 22).  “The ...



Changi, a short film about immigration, wins top prize at 2017 National Youth Film Awards

Sat, 22 July 2017 18:00:38 +0800

Other big winners at the annual awards include Buang Bayi - Behind the Baby Hatch, a documentary on the plight of abandoned infants in Malaysia.



Eisner Awards 2017: Graphic novelist Sonny Liew becomes first Singaporean to win at 'Oscars of comics'

Sat, 22 July 2017 23:29:52 +0800

The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye's impressive haul includes awards for Best Writer/Artist, Best Publication Design, and Best US Edition of International Material - Asia.



Damaged pedestrian bridge beam at Balestier Road removed after accident: BCA

Sat, 22 July 2017 23:12:47 +0800

SINGAPORE: The entire bridge beam of a pedestrian bridge at Balestier Road which was damaged in an accident on Friday (Jul 21) night has been removed after being found in a dangerous condition, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said on Saturday. “BCA engineers who responded to the ...



The more successful Singapore is, the harder it is to attract political talent: Chan Chun Sing

Sat, 22 July 2017 14:08:29 +0800

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing goes "On the Record" about diversity in Singapore's political leadership and how the Government can deliver after the 2015 General Election.



Suspected operators of vice website Laksaboy arrested; 2 syndicates crippled

Fri, 21 July 2017 23:54:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: The suspected operators of vice website Laksaboy were arrested on Thursday in a series of raids that netted 21 people islandwide, police said in a news release on Friday (Jul 21). The Laksaboy website hosted 22 banners believed to be owned by different vice syndicates, police said. The ...



Trailer rams Balestier Road pedestrian bridge

Sat, 22 July 2017 02:22:20 +0800

SINGAPORE: Part of Balestier Road was closed after a trailer carrying an excavator rammed an overhead pedestrian bridge on Friday (Jul 21) evening. Photos and video posted on social media showed that the boom of the excavator had hit the bridge and dislodged part of the structure. No one was ...



Suspected serial molester arrested for at least 10 cases in Hougang, Sengkang

Fri, 21 July 2017 22:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 38-year-old man was arrested on Friday (21 Jul) for at least ten alleged cases of molest in Hougang and Sengkang. Between Jul 5 and 17, several women in the two estates lodged police reports saying that they had been molested. The descriptions they gave indicated that the offences ...



87 suspected drug offenders arrested in 4-day islandwide operation

Fri, 21 July 2017 20:00:38 +0800

Officers seized about 95g of Ice, 54g of cannabis, 41g of heroin, 58 yaba tablets and small amounts of ketamine and Ecstasy tablets according to the CNB's press release.



Retiree jailed 8 years for sexually assaulting 12-year-old boy

Fri, 21 July 2017 19:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 63-year-old man was sentenced to eight years’ jail on Friday (Jul 21) for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in a public toilet at Tampines Eco Green on Jan 27, 2016. Retiree Chua Hock Leong, who is married with adult children, met the boy, a Secondary 1 student, for the first ...



Football: Singapore thrashed 7-0 by Australia in AFC U-23 qualifiers

Fri, 21 July 2017 20:03:38 +0800

The defeat leaves Singapore rooted to the bottom of Group F with one more game to play.



Commentary: The SAF’s offer to fight terror in Marawi and the hard-nosed calculations of a small state

Fri, 21 July 2017 19:20:39 +0800

With the announcement that the SAF is prepared to contribute to the fight against terror in Marawi, Collin Koh explores the motivations behind the offer and the signal it sends.



PIE work site accident: Cracks found in corbels at 11 other parts of viaduct

Fri, 21 July 2017 20:21:16 +0800

SINGAPORE: Cracks were found in the areas supporting 11 other parts of the uncompleted viaduct that collapsed on Jul 14, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (Jul 21). Authorities are currently investigating the nature and cause of these cracks, it said, in an update on a multi ...



National Service registration to start Aug 2

Fri, 21 July 2017 18:30:38 +0800

Registration for National Service will be conducted between Aug 2 and Aug 22 (inclusive) this year.



4 women arrested for carrying out sexual services in Ang Mo Kio, Kovan

Fri, 21 July 2017 21:41:33 +0800

About S$940 and four mobile phones were seized, police said in a news release.



New vending machine standards to address food safety, machine hygiene

Sat, 22 July 2017 00:33:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: A standard for vending machine operation was launched on Friday (Jul 21) that is expected to ensure food safety for consumers and provide new entrants to the industry with the industry's best practices.  Called TR 57: Guidelines on food safety and good hygiene practices for the vending ...



DPM Tharman on a three-day visit to India

Fri, 21 July 2017 18:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be in New Delhi, India, from Jul 21 to Jul 23. In a media release, the Prime Minister's Office said that Mr Tharman will give a keynote address at the Delhi Economics Conclave on Jul 22. During his visit, he will also call on Indian ...



'Like an old friend passed on': Linkin Park fans in Singapore mourn Chester Bennington's death

Fri, 21 July 2017 17:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Local fans of the band Linkin Park on Friday (Jul 21) mourned the "shock" passing of its lead singer Chester Bennington as they paid tribute to the deeply personal impact made by the American rock outfit. Bennington was 41 when he died on Thursday in a suspected suicide. His distinctive ...



Jobseekers in hotel industry can now count on help from experienced career advisers

Fri, 21 July 2017 22:48:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: Hotel industry employers, jobseekers and career advisers were brought together on Friday (Jul 21) during Hotel Day 2017, where a new programme - the Adapt & Grow SkillsFuture Career Advisors Programme for Hotel Industry - was introduced. The programme - a collaboration between Workforce ...



More than 100 SMEs adopt IMDA's Go Digital programme

Fri, 21 July 2017 15:30:43 +0800

More than 100 small- and medium-size enterprises have adopted 24 digital solutions under the Go Digital programme.



2 former RSAF engineers charged with corruption

Fri, 21 July 2017 13:30:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two former Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) engineers were charged with corruption-related offences on Friday (Jul 21), the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said. Rajkumar Padmanthan faces 251 charges, including cheating the Government by concealing his ownership of ...



Saudi diplomat who sexually assaulted hotel employee has appeal dismissed

Fri, 21 July 2017 15:00:08 +0800

SINGAPORE: The High Court on Friday (Jul 21) dismissed the appeal of a Saudi diplomat convicted of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old hotel employee while on holiday in Singapore in 2016. Diplomat Bander Yahya A Alzahrani’s jail term of 26 months and one week, and four strokes of the cane, was also ...



Singtel launches 800Mbps mobile data speeds at selected locations

Fri, 21 July 2017 12:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singtel said on Friday (Jul 21) it will launch near-gigabit mobile data speeds at selected high-traffic outdoor locations, starting with Orchard Road. At 800Mbps, it is Southeast Asia’s fastest gigabit-class LTE mobile data speed, and is nearly twice as fast as its current nationwide ...



Cristiano Ronaldo in Singapore to visit Peter Lim and family

Fri, 21 July 2017 13:03:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Singapore on Friday (Jul 21) for a short stopover to visit Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim and his family.  The Real Madrid striker dropped by Thomson Medical Centre to visit longtime friend Lim and his daughter Kim, who gave birth ...



Commentary: How should Singapore teachers manage issues of race in the classroom?

Fri, 21 July 2017 07:00:38 +0800

Jul 21 each year marks Racial Harmony Day. Ho Li-Ching explores whether students should be encouraged to discuss controversial issues related to race in the classroom and what’s stopping teachers from doing so.



Singapore's value to the United States lies in its location: US ambassador nominee KT McFarland

Fri, 21 July 2017 01:04:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: The value of Singapore to the United States is more than just a bilateral relationship, but about "location, location, location", said KT McFarland, President Donald Trump's nominee for US ambassador to Singapore on Thursday (Jul 20). In her confirmation hearing statement, McFarland ...



New OneMap app launched with live traffic information

Fri, 21 July 2017 00:44:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) on Thursday (Jul 21) rolled out a mobile app version of its integrated map system OneMap offering tips on routes and services across Singapore. The OneMap app, which is an extension of its existing desktop version, provides a detailed and accurate map ...



Invest in digital infrastructure to ease burden on fast-growing cities: Koh Poh Koon

Thu, 20 July 2017 23:30:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Urban planners were on Thursday (Jul 20) urged to invest in digital infrastructure as a way of easing the burden on fast-growing cities. Speaking at the Asia Urban Governance Leaders Forum, Senior Minister of State for National Development Dr Koh Poh Koon mooted the use of digital ...



Two companies fined over deaths of two prime mover drivers

Thu, 20 July 2017 21:44:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime mover driver Yeoh Lim Koon had repeatedly flagged a defective handbrake on his vehicle to his employer, Woodlands Transport Service - but the company delayed the repairs in order to source for cheaper replacement parts. On Oct 9, 2015, Mr Yeoh was killed when the prime mover ...



Commentary: Divorce, a painful, messy and contentious affair

Thu, 20 July 2017 22:00:47 +0800

There were more divorces in 2016 compared to 2015, but what lies beneath this statistic? Family lawyer Koh Tien Hua dissects the anatomy of a divorce.



Bus driver who drank vodka at the wheel jailed and banned from driving

Thu, 20 July 2017 20:20:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A former SBS Transit bus driver who sipped vodka at the wheel, beat six red lights and caused four near-collisions last year was jailed for 15 months on Thursday (Jul 20). Nagibullah Raja Saleem, 27, was disqualified from driving for 10 years for drink driving and rash driving. He was ...



PIE work site accident: Injured worker's condition deteriorates

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The condition of one of the workers in intensive care after the PIE work site accident at Upper Changi Road East, has taken a turn for the worse, said Or Kim Peow (OKP), the contractor overseeing the project, on Thursday (Jul 20) evening. The condition of Gao Li Qin, 49, a Chinese ...



Cristiano Ronaldo to visit Singapore on Friday

Thu, 20 July 2017 18:50:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be coming to Singapore for a one-day visit on Friday (Jul 21), according to a statement by Mint Media.  The Portuguese football player will be signing a major endorsement deal in Singapore while en route to China for an event. He will also be ...



Man jailed for smuggling chewing tobacco, first conviction under amended law

Thu, 20 July 2017 18:49:22 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old Singaporean man was sentenced to four weeks' jail on Thursday (Jul 20) for smuggling into Singapore chewing tobacco products with a street value of about S$9,200. Kavinthiran is the first person to be convicted under changes to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and ...



Chilli for a cause: 10-year-old raises funds for cancer-stricken hawker

Thu, 20 July 2017 16:55:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: When 10-year-old Phoebe Lim learned to make sambal chilli from chef Benny Teo of Eighteen Chefs months ago, little did she expect that her love for cooking would also help a man in need someday.  Meanwhile, Mr Tan Boon Teck, the youngest son of the late Mr Tan Chong Chia who founded the ...



Company director fined S$3,500, penalised S$100,000 for abusing PIC scheme

Sat, 22 July 2017 10:40:10 +0800

SINGAPORE: A company director has been found guilty of declaring false information under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme, according to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) on Thursday (Jul 20).  Selladorai Dharmalingam, director of Al Bright Construction, was fined ...



Clubs with jackpot machines to face tighter regulations to guard against problem gambling

Fri, 21 July 2017 07:26:45 +0800

SINGAPORE: Clubs operating jackpot machines will come under more restrictions in order to get a permit to run such facilities, announced the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday (Jul 20). Among the new measures, clubs will need to prove that they provide a “suitably wide range of ...



Man jailed 18 years for strangling elderly woman to death in botched robbery

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Broke and desperate, P Mageswaran visited a family friend on Dec 9, 2013, hoping she would lend him money. When she refused, Mageswaran ransacked the Yishun flat and found a box of jewellery worth about S$10,000 hidden in the closet. Before he could make off with the loot, 62-year-old ...



Construction firm fined for illegal discharge into canal at Bukit Panjang

Thu, 20 July 2017 13:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A construction company building the underpass for the Bukit Panjang MRT station has been fined for illegally discharging liquid into a canal and for not providing an adequate holding tank. Ed Zublin AG Singapore was fined S$2,000 for pumping liquid from underground excavation works ...



Singaporean woman kidnapped in Manila rescued; 43 foreigners arrested

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:25:32 +0800

MANILA: A 48-year-old Singaporean woman who was kidnapped at the lobby of a casino in Manila was rescued by Philippine authorities on Tuesday (Jul 18). Ms Wu Yan was kidnapped at the Solaire casino on Monday, and taken to a nearby hotel where she was beaten and threatened by her captors who ...



East Coast Park beach reopened after oil spill clean-up

Thu, 20 July 2017 20:53:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: An oil slick at East Coast Beach has been cleaned up, and the affected section of the beach is once again open to the public, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday (Jul 20) evening. Reader Chris Ngu tweeted pictures of the slick to Channel NewsAsia, saying he had been ...



Football: Singapore crash to 2-0 defeat against Myanmar in AFC U-23 qualifiers

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

Singapore's chances of qualifying for the AFC U-23 championships were dealt a heavy blow after this latest defeat.



PIE work site accident: MOM to look into injury compensation claims promptly, Sam Tan says

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Compensation claims made by the workers who were injured in the collapse of an uncompleted viaduct will be looked into promptly, Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan said on Wednesday (Jul 19) after visiting them at Changi General Hospital (CGH). The structure near the Pan-Island ...



Man arrested for alleged molest on board train along Yishun

Thu, 20 July 2017 08:33:11 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday (Jul 19) for allegedly molesting a female commuter on board a train. Police said in a news release that a 32-year-old woman made a report at about 8.30am on Wednesday that she was molested on the train when it was travelling along Yishun ...



3-year-old hurt after fare gate closes on him at Hougang station

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:40:39 +0800

SBS Transit says it has reviewed CCTV footage and that there was "no malfunction in the fare gate".



NHG polyclinics offer 24/7 locker service to pick up medication from 7-Eleven stores

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:55:26 +0800

SINGAPORE: Patients with chronic conditions can now beat the queues at some polyclinics and collect their medication from lockers at 7-Eleven stores across the island at any time of the day. The National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP) and National Healthcare Group Pharmacy (NHGPh) said on ...



Father jailed 2 weeks for slapping boy who 'bullied' daughter; High Court judge says fine too lenient

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:14:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 47-year-old man who barged into his daughter’s classroom and slapped a nine-year-old boy she claimed had bullied her was sentenced to two weeks’ jail on Wednesday (Jul 19). The father of five was convicted in January and fined S$3,500 for hurting the boy, who was so scared he wet his ...



Singapore explores possibility of building a high-rise, green data centre

Wed, 19 July 2017 18:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore is looking into the feasibility of building a high-rise, green data centre in Singapore, after the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Huawei International and Keppel Data Centres signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) on Wednesday (Jul 19).  In a joint press release ...



Soo Kee takes a shine to China with S$10.2m joint venture

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

The homegrown brand said a booming bridal market is behind its decision to take jewellery line Love & Co overseas.



Owner of Fatty Paws Pet Shop charged for breaching licensing conditions

Wed, 19 July 2017 19:39:32 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 24-year-old man was charged in court on Wednesday (Jul 19) for breaching pet shop licensing conditions and failing to be present during an Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) investigation.  In March, AVA was alerted to a case where a puppy purchased from Fatty Paws ...



Mexican navy sailing ship docks at VivoCity amid much fanfare

Fri, 21 July 2017 08:31:51 +0800

SINGAPORE: While the waters around Singapore see all sorts of ships coming and going, it is rare to see a sailing vessel like the Mexican Navy's Cuauhtémoc, which arrived at VivoCity’s port on Wednesday morning (Jul 19). Booming Mexican music greeted the ship as it made its way to its docking ...



Singtel's NetLink debuts slightly above offer price

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:59:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: NetLink NBN Trust, the broadband unit of Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), rose slightly above the offer price in its market debut on Wednesday (Jul 19) in an IPO that is the largest the city-state has seen in four years. The US$1.7 billion (S$2.35 billion) offering also propelled ...



Coca-Cola opens S$79m storage, distribution centre in Tuas

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:43:05 +0800

The 6,000-sqm four-storey facility in Tuas is a "strategic asset" designed to boost efficiency and support the company’s growing business in the region, Coca-Cola's Asia Pacific president John Murphy told Channel NewsAsia.



Construction worker gets 11 years’ jail, caning for raping tourist in Geylang

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old construction worker was sentenced to 11 years’ jail and nine strokes of the cane on Wednesday (Jul 19) after he confessed midway through his trial to raping a Chinese tourist. Bangladeshi Hossain Anowar pleaded guilty to one charge of rape. A second charge of rape was ...



COEs mostly up in latest bidding exercise

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:10:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mostly higher in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Jul 19).  Category A premiums - for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp - closed at S$44,002, up from S$42,801 in the last bidding exercise a fortnight ago.  Premiums for larger and ...



Safety system worked as designed after Kallang chemical leak: Company

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:00:39 +0800

All employees working in the affected area were evacuated promptly, RF360 added.



Josephine Teo to lead PMET job matching efforts in 5 growth sectors: Lim Swee Say

Thu, 20 July 2017 00:50:39 +0800

The five growth sectors highlighted by Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say on Wednesday (Jul 19) are the wholesale trade sector, infocomm and media, healthcare, financial services, as well as professional services.



HDB to offer BTO flats in Sembawang, Sengkang, Yishun with shorter waiting time

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:39:32 +0800

SINGAPORE: To help young couples get their first home earlier, some Build-to-Order (BTO) flats will be sold with a shorter waiting time, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) said on Wednesday (Jul 19). Three projects in Sembawang, Sengkang and Yishun will start construction ahead of their sales ...



Suspect in Woodlands pellet-shooting incident arrested

Thu, 20 July 2017 09:06:45 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 49-year-old man suspected of firing pellets at cars at Woodlands has been arrested, police confirmed on Wednesday (Jul 19).  In a media release, police said they were alerted to two cars that were damaged at a service road along Woodlands Avenue 6 on Jul 1. The damage on the cars was ...



Singapore offers SAF assistance to help Philippines fight terrorism

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:12:59 +0800

Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana expressed his appreciation for the offer and has accepted it in principle, MINDEF says.



SIA reviewing serving of nuts on flights following toddler's allergic reaction

Wed, 19 July 2017 11:35:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is reviewing the serving of nuts on board its flights after a toddler suffering from anaphylaxis - an allergy towards peanuts - had a reaction on board a Melbourne-bound flight.  According to Australian media, the young boy's family had requested a nut-free meal ...



Taxi fares in Singapore are 20th cheapest in the world: Index

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:15:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Taxi fares in Singapore are the 20th cheapest in the world, according to an index compiled by online used car dealer Carspring, which is based in the United Kingdom.  The 2017 Taxi Price Index surveyed 80 of the "most visited cities" around the world including New York, London, Hong ...



Cases of contact lenses stuck in eyes not that uncommon in Singapore, specialists say

Wed, 19 July 2017 12:05:18 +0800

SINGAPORE: Having multiple contact lenses lodged in your eye may be unusual, but losing one lens, or part of it, is not that uncommon, eye specialists here said. A British woman was found with 27 contact lenses in one eye, 17 of which were found as a "blueish mass", bound by mucus. The woman had ...



Singapore's Rowsley to buy healthcare assets for up to S$1.9b

Wed, 19 July 2017 09:32:08 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore's mainboard-listed Rowsley Ltd on Tuesday (Jul 18) announced plan to expand into the healthcare sector with the signing of a non-binding term sheet to purchase the healthcare assets of its controlling shareholder, Lim Eng Hock, worth about S$1.9 billion (US$1.4 billion) ...



Afro-Asia Building to be demolished in November

Wed, 19 July 2017 00:20:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Afro-Asia Building, one of the oldest office blocks along Robinson Road, will soon be demolished. Afro-Asia Shipping Co (AAS) and Shimizu Corporation Investment and Development Division on Tuesday (Jul 14) announced a joint venture to redevelop the Afro-Asia Building from a seven ...



Viral video of 'kidnapped child in ice box' shows drowned boy: Reports

Wed, 19 July 2017 09:38:33 +0800

The video, which was shared more than 7,500 times on one Facebook page, shows a woman sobbing as she unpacks a Styrofoam box containing the body of a young child lying atop ice.



Contractor fined S$280,000 after worker crushed to death by toppled gate at Bartley Road

Tue, 18 July 2017 21:50:44 +0800

The accident happened at a Bartley Road construction site on Sep 2, 2014. Five workers were tasked to install a metal gate when it fell and pinned one of them to the ground.



Ban on display of tobacco products to take effect on Aug 1 as grace period ends

Tue, 18 July 2017 20:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: After a one-year grace period, the ban on displaying cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores will take effect on Aug 1, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reminded in a news release on Tuesday (Jul 18).  Retailers must keep the tobacco products in plain, undecorated storage devices ...



M1's profit falls 17.6% year-on-year for first half of 2017

Tue, 18 July 2017 18:50:38 +0800

Fixed services revenue, however, increased 22.3 per cent year-on-year to S$61.2 million.



Learn how to pair hawker food with wine at the Singapore Food Festival’s Hawker Wine Safari

Tue, 18 July 2017 19:32:28 +0800

In collaboration with the 2017 Singapore Food Festival, this culinary tour aims to open up palates by pairing local street food with wine.



Lorry flips over at Yishun; no injuries reported

Tue, 18 July 2017 19:27:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: A lorry flipped over along Yishun Avenue 1 on Tuesday (Jul 18) but no injuries were reported from the accident, according to authorities.   Police said they were alerted to an accident at about 12.25pm involving a lorry at Yishun Avenue 1 towards Seletar North Link.  A video sent by ...



Singaporean undergraduate wins international game design contest

Tue, 18 July 2017 18:24:40 +0800

Timothi Lim, 23, hopes to contribute to the regional digital design scene when he graduates, after his win at The Rookies contest.



Government to exhume over 80,000 graves, acquire land to make way for Tengah Air Base expansion

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:49:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Government will be exhuming over 80,000 graves at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery in order to expand Tengah Air Base. It will also acquire land occupied by fish farms and a nursery on Murai Farmway.  The additional land, which measures about 106 ha, is required to accommodate some of the ...



MOH incurred S$4.08m expenditure without verifying need: AGO report

Tue, 18 July 2017 18:20:16 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) spent more than S$4 million on site supervisory staff engaged by its agent without verifying the “need for and reasonableness” of this expenditure, according to the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) report for the latest financial year released on Tuesday (Jul ...



Head of civil service Peter Ong to retire on Sep 1, Leo Yip to take over

Tue, 18 July 2017 17:54:18 +0800

SINGAPORE: The head of Civil Service, Mr Peter Ong, will retire from the administrative service on Sep 1, announced the Public Service Division (PSD) on Tuesday (Jul 18).  He will be replaced by Mr Leo Yip, 53, who will also fill Mr Ong's position as Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s ...



11 people taken to hospital after Kallang Way chemical leak

Tue, 18 July 2017 23:45:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: Eleven workers had to be taken to hospital after a chemical leak on Tuesday (Jul 18) at a factory building at 166 Kallang Way. They were in a "conscious and stable condition" when they were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).  Channel ...



SSC made late payments worth S$661,900 without a valid reason: AGO report

Tue, 18 July 2017 17:42:20 +0800

Among these lapses include 299 late payments made 1 to 3.6 years after the invoice date without valid reasons, which are “contrary to Government’s instructions” and constitute an “unfair business practice”, said the Auditor-General's Office.



AGO's report on CPF Board: Lapses in management of 2 IT security monitoring systems

Tue, 18 July 2017 13:20:40 +0800

The Central Provident Fund Board did not review changes made to one of the IT security monitoring system for 1.5 years after it was implemented in March 2015, the Auditor-General’s report found.



11 critical information infrastructure sectors tested for first time in national cybersecurity exercise

Tue, 18 July 2017 23:54:26 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) carried out its second and largest multi-sector exercise to date on Tuesday (Jul 18), in a bid to put the country’s cyber incident management and emergency response plans to the test. Code-named Exercise Cyber Star, the event brought ...



PUB inks agreements to deepen innovation in water technologies

Tue, 18 July 2017 11:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore's national water authority PUB signed agreements with two international water companies that are aimed at increasing bilateral technology and capability exchanges and further increase Singapore's aspirations to be a global hydro hub. This was announced by Environment and ...



HSA issues alert on cosmetic set containing 'very high mercury levels', prohibited ingredients

Tue, 18 July 2017 12:08:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: Do not buy or use the Glow Glowing Skincare 4-in-1 cosmetic set, which comprises two products containing "very high levels of mercury and other potent prohibited ingredients", the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) warned on Tuesday (Jul 18).  One of the products, the Night Glowing cream ...