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Published: Tue, 19 December 2017 07:20:16 +0800

 



Ensuring the elderly eat enough: The health implications of a better diet

Tue, 19 December 2017 07:14:21 +0800

A study aims to develop healthcare solutions and in turn cut down the average length of hospital stay by 15 per cent, and hospital re-admission within three months by 5 per cent.



Commentary: Stop playing the blame game in a cybersecurity breach

Tue, 19 December 2017 07:10:38 +0800

Companies react badly when a cybersecurity breach occurs but forward planning between business executives and IT professionals within the organisation can help address threats decisively, says RSA’s senior technical consultant.



PM Lee on overseas leave

Tue, 19 December 2017 05:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on overseas leave from Dec 19 to 31. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday (Dec 19) said that during Mr Lee’s absence, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Transport and Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, will be acting prime ...



Four injured after lorry overturns at Ang Mo Kio

Mon, 18 December 2017 20:37:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: Four people were injured after a lorry overturned at Ang Mo Kio outside Nanyang Polytechnic on Monday (Dec 18). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the accident at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 and Avenue 8 at about 2.10pm. https://www.facebook.com ...



Singapore football imposes age quotas in bid to revamp S.League

Mon, 18 December 2017 22:23:59 +0800

At least six local under-23 players, no more than six over 30 years old, a new fitness test - these are some of the highlights amidst a slew of changes.



Worker falls to death at Tampines construction site

Mon, 18 December 2017 20:17:11 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 51-year-old construction worker fell to his death from the 10th floor of a construction site in Tampines on Monday morning (Dec 18).  The Singapore Police Force said it was alerted to the incident along Tampines Avenue 10 at about 11.08am. The man was found lying motionless and was ...



Driver flees after crashing car into drain along Sims Way

Mon, 18 December 2017 18:00:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: A driver who crashed his car into a drain along Sims Way on Sunday night (Dec 17) abandoned his vehicle after the accident.  Police said they were alerted to the accident along Sims Way, towards Mountbatten Road at around 8.50pm. No injuries were reported, police added.  Channel ...



'Software logic issue' caused Joo Koon train collision, says LTA following investigations

Mon, 18 December 2017 23:00:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: A "software logic issue" with the new signalling system and a "confluence of failure conditions" caused the train collision at Joo Koon MRT station on Nov 15, 2017, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (Dec 18), as it completed investigations into the incident.  In a media ...



Changi Airport hits record 60 million passengers in 2017

Mon, 18 December 2017 23:51:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: Changi Airport has set a new record in passenger movements within a calendar year in 2017, welcoming 60 million passengers on Monday (Dec 18).  Changi Airport Group said the airport now handles 10 million more passenger movements than five years ago. The number of passengers served ...



Businesses to use only CorpPass for online transactions with Govt from Q3 2018

Mon, 18 December 2017 18:14:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: Businesses will be required to use the Singapore Corporate Access (CorpPass) for their online transactions with the Government from the third quarter of 2018, the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) announced on Monday (Dec 18). In a press release, it said this is "to create better ...



N-Level results: Pass rates dip but more progressing to Sec 5

Mon, 18 December 2017 22:55:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: This year's Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) N-Level results saw the percentage of students receiving their Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) certificates go down from the previous year. About 14,700 students received their 2017 Singapore-Cambridge N ...



46% of Singapore businesses 'didn't fully inform' customers when personal data compromised: Study

Mon, 18 December 2017 14:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Almost half of organisations, or 46 per cent, in Singapore "did not fully inform" customers when their personal data was compromised in a cyberattack, a CyberArk study released on Monday (Dec 18) revealed. According to the cybersecurity company's second instalment of its Global Advanced ...



AVA, SPCA investigating alleged abuse of pet husky by maid

Mon, 18 December 2017 16:13:33 +0800

SINGAPORE: The authorities said on Monday (Dec 18) that they are investigating the alleged abuse of a pet husky by a domestic helper. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) both told Channel NewsAsia that they are aware of the ...



Rowsley to buy Thomson Medical businesses from Peter Lim for S$1.6b

Mon, 18 December 2017 23:10:30 +0800

SINGAPORE: Real estate company Rowsley will acquire billionaire Peter Lim's company Sasteria, which owns Thomson Medical and is the controlling shareholder of TMC Life Sciences (TMCLS), it said on Monday (Dec 18).  In a press release, the Singapore mainboard-listed firm said it has entered into ...



Singapore's outsourced data centre market generated S$1.3b in 2017: Study

Mon, 18 December 2017 12:40:43 +0800

However, "massive-scale cloud providers" like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google are opting to build their own data centres here - a trend not seen elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, Structure Research says.



SPRING Singapore to initiate legal action against car retailer SG Vehicles

Mon, 18 December 2017 22:56:53 +0800

SINGAPORE: SPRING Singapore said it will commence legal proceedings against automotive retailer SG Vehicles group of companies for engaging in unfair practices. It is the first time SPRING is taking legal action under the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (CPFTA) which the agency administers ...



Couple who tortured Annie Ee: Prosecutor could not charge them with murder, says AGC

Mon, 18 December 2017 10:39:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: The prosecutor overseeing the Annie Ee case – the intellectually disabled waitress who was tortured to death by a husband and wife – could not charge the couple with murder, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said in a statement on Monday (Dec 18). Housewife Tan Hui Zhen and her ...



Singapore's exports growth slows in November

Mon, 18 December 2017 09:30:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore's on-year non-oil domestic exports (NODX) growth slowed significantly in November from October's double-digit pace, as sales of electronics cooled, official data showed on Monday. Exports rose 9.1 per cent in November year-on-year, data from the trade agency International ...



'Stars are aligned' for Singapore stocks to go higher in 2018: Analysts

Mon, 18 December 2017 12:11:29 +0800

Local developers and banks remain the top picks for the new year.



Commentary: Why Singapore should be excited about the future of business and blockchain

Mon, 18 December 2017 07:00:39 +0800

Blockchain can be a boost. Accenture’s Group CEO for Growth Markets tells us why.



Actor Aaron Aziz conferred Datuk honours by Pahang royalty

Sun, 17 December 2017 22:20:38 +0800

PAHANG: Singaporean actor Aaron Aziz was among six recipients who were conferred the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) (Dec 16) by the Pahang royal family on Saturday, granting him the honorary Datuk title. In a royal ceremony at the Abu Bakar Palace in Pahang on Saturday, Aaron, clad in a black ...



Centre for Domestic Employees opens new offices to make help more accessible for maids

Sun, 17 December 2017 23:04:30 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) announced on Sunday (Dec 17) that it opened three new satellite offices at City Plaza, Peninsula Plaza and Union Square in mid-November this year. The satellite offices act as walk-in centres for foreign domestic workers with employment-related ...



Police seek information on car crash outside Istana

Sun, 17 December 2017 16:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The police are appealing for information and images of a fatal car crash that happened outside the Istana. Two people, the 25-year-old driver and a 21-year-old woman, were killed in the crash that happened on Saturday (Dec 16) at about 6am along Cavenagh Road.  Another passenger, a 28 ...



Design unveiled for Jurong West complex replacing burnt down market

Sun, 17 December 2017 23:00:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: Design plans for a new two-storey complex in Jurong West Street 41, that will replace a market burnt down last year, were unveiled on Sunday (Dec 17). Called Jurong Central Plaza, the new complex will have both customer and elderly friendly features such as non-slip tiles as well as ...



'We were just lucky': Cybersecurity chief on attacks in Singapore in 2017

Sun, 17 December 2017 21:14:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: While companies and agencies in Singapore - including the defence ministry - suffered network security breaches this year, the country escaped the brunt of global malware attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack. But it was by sheer chance that the nation escaped largely unscathed ...



Anti-terror efforts to continue as threats remain at 'a high level': Shanmugam

Sun, 17 December 2017 21:20:39 +0800

Singapore has seen more cases of radicalisation this year – including women and even uniformed officers.



Recipes from a different time: The Bugis art of slow and lemak cooking

Sun, 17 December 2017 22:41:38 +0800

What makes Bugis home-cooking distinct from the standard Singaporean Malay fare? Madam Milah Bakri shows CNA Insider three dishes, in this Vanishing Home Recipes series.



Your views: Road closures for marathons

Sat, 16 December 2017 23:30:45 +0800

SINGAPORE: The closure of roads for mass events came under scrutiny after the organiser of the Standard Chartered Marathon apologised to patients and doctors affected by road closures near Raffles Hospital during the Dec 3 race. Dr Chan Wen Yan said that patients and doctors had trouble reaching ...



Orchard Road’s Shibuya-style crossing well-received on first day of trial

Sat, 16 December 2017 23:37:23 +0800

SINGAPORE: The trial of a multidirectional or scramble crossing similar to the one in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district began in Orchard Road on Saturday (Dec 16), and it was generally well-received by pedestrians. For the first time, shoppers can cross the intersection of Orchard Road and ...



2 dead in car crash outside Istana, 1 injured

Sun, 17 December 2017 15:11:02 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two people were killed after their car crashed into a pillar at the gates of the Istana on Saturday morning (Dec 16).  The police said they were alerted at about 6.05am, adding that the accident happened at the rear gate of the Istana along Cavenagh Road. The driver, a 25-year-old man ...



This is how dirty your money is

Sat, 16 December 2017 16:27:11 +0800

Banknotes in Singapore were tested for bacteria, and the results were not comforting, as Why It Matters discovers.



On The Job as a hawker assistant: Long hours, stifling heat but great job satisfaction

Sun, 17 December 2017 10:17:04 +0800

In the new series where Channel NewsAsia journalists try working in some of Singapore’s essential but undervalued jobs, Lianne Chia tries her hand at being a hawker assistant. She comes away with a renewed respect for the hardworking hawkers behind many people's breakfast, lunch and dinner.



Commentary: Vehicle growth rate cut may lead to increase in housing prices in some areas

Sat, 16 December 2017 00:11:02 +0800

The cut in the vehicle growth rate may see a rise in COE prices but transport policymakers should not ignore the potential impact on housing, say three economics experts.



Singapore to see first Transformers Run on Jan 6

Fri, 15 December 2017 23:00:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore will see another themed running event next month - the first Transformers Run, to be held on Jan 6 next year at Sentosa’s Palawan Beach. The run, based on the Transformers Generation One storyline, will see participants aligned with either Team Autobot or Team Decepticon ...



Raids in Geylang nab 80 for illegal gambling and other offences

Fri, 15 December 2017 22:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The police arrested 80 people - including 72 men and eight women - in Geylang for various offences during a four-day joint operation that ended on Thursday (Dec 14). Sixty men, aged between 20 and 57, were arrested for offences related to gaming in public while two men, aged 19 and 32 ...



7 places to check out over the year-end school holidays

Sat, 16 December 2017 17:10:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: As the year comes to an end, what better than to get together with friends and loved ones to create memories? There's plenty to do around town: Let your hair down at the Marina Bay Carnival, capture some snapshots at the Sentosa Pop Up Night - or even head to a fire station.  Here's a ...



StarHub to buy homegrown cryptography firm for up to S$122m

Fri, 15 December 2017 21:33:19 +0800

SINGAPORE: StarHub has agreed to buy homegrown firm D'Crypt - the company behind the technical and security systems in the In-Vehicle Units in Singapore cars - for up to S$122 million. In a press release on Friday (Dec 15), StarHub said the acquisition will be done in two stages; 65 per cent upon ...



Night-time temperatures could reach 23°C in next fortnight: Met Service

Fri, 15 December 2017 20:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Slightly cooler night-time temperatures are expected in the next fortnight, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) on Friday (Dec 15).  In a media advisory, it said the temperature at night could fall to 23°C or 24°C during this period. Meanwhile, maximum day-time temperatures ...



Singapore Airlines fare type changes unlikely to push passengers away: Experts

Fri, 15 December 2017 20:20:41 +0800

Some social media commentators called the move more worthy of budget airlines, but aviation analysts argued that the carrier continues to retain its high-end allure.



Sunday closures, shorter weekend service hours on another part of East-West Line in January

Fri, 15 December 2017 22:39:20 +0800

SINGAPORE: Train service on the eastern sector of the East-West Line (EWL) will be affected on all weekends in January as maintenance and renewal works on the rail line continue, SMRT said on Friday (Dec 15). This includes two more full-day closures of 10 stations on Jan 21 and Jan 28, both ...



Limited service along Sengkang-Punggol LRT on Sundays in Jan, Feb to facilitate rail works

Fri, 15 December 2017 19:40:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: In the first two months of 2018, there will be limited services on parts of the Sengkang-Punggol LRT (SPLRT) on most Sundays, to facilitate renewal and improvement works, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in a news release on Friday (Dec 15). From Jan 14 to Feb 25, only one ...



380,000 Singapore users affected by massive data breach in 2016: Uber

Fri, 15 December 2017 19:45:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: Ride-hailing service provider Uber on Friday (Dec 15) said that 380,000 Singapore users were affected in the massive data breach that took place in 2016. In a note on its website, Uber said that this figure was "an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count because ...



Man jailed for forging doctor’s signature to get financial aid

Fri, 15 December 2017 18:10:45 +0800

SINGAPORE: An unemployed man was jailed for seven months on Friday (Dec 15) for forging a doctor’s signature on a medical certificate (MC) certifying him “permanently unfit for work", so he could qualify for long-time financial aid. Liu Tianfu, 40, also pleaded guilty to harassing an executive at ...



Woman injured after 2 cars collide along River Valley Road

Fri, 15 December 2017 18:00:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 39-year-old woman was taken to hospital after the car she was driving collided with another car at a junction along River Valley Road on Wednesday night (Dec 13).  This happened in the area near Zion Road. A video of the accident's aftermath shows a white car which had crashed into ...



All that glitters is not gold when it comes to cryptocurrencies, say experts

Fri, 15 December 2017 18:05:11 +0800

"When it comes to ICOs, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is," cautions a market watcher from Deloitte.



New quick-reaction officers patrol crowded districts to deter terror threats

Fri, 15 December 2017 23:34:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: New quick-reaction teams have been deployed to areas with high human traffic as part of Singapore's defence against terrorist threats. Largely made up of specially selected full-time national servicemen (NSFs) from the Singapore Police Force, these In-Situ Reaction Teams (IRT) have been ...



Maid jailed 1 year for scalding employer’s teenage son with oil

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:48:37 +0800

SINGAPORE: An Indonesian maid was sentenced to a year’s jail on Friday (Dec 15) for throwing hot oil at her employer’s 14-year-old son, scalding him. Sugianti, 34, had worked for the family for about five months when she got into an argument with the teenager on Feb 15. While frying chicken wings ...



Company director sentenced to 12 weeks' jail for non-payment of salaries and housing offences

Fri, 15 December 2017 15:51:24 +0800

SINGAPORE: A director of Lian Hup Xin Construction, Teo Choon Chai, was sentenced to 12 weeks' imprisonment on Thursday (Dec 14) after being convicted in court of 20 charges under the Employment Act (EA) and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA). A Ministry of Manpower (MOM) press release ...



NUS to set up artificial intelligence centre in Suzhou

Fri, 15 December 2017 15:40:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) on Friday (Dec 15) announced it will jointly establish an artificial intelligence (AI) centre in Suzhou, China, to promote the "innovation, application and commercialisation" of the technology. In its press release, NUS said the NUS Artificial ...



2 injured after batteries explode in e-scooter store, causing fire at Delta House

Fri, 15 December 2017 17:08:15 +0800

There has been a spike in fire incidents involving personal mobility devices, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said.



Private home sales fall 8.7% year-on-year in November

Fri, 15 December 2017 14:30:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: Sales of new private homes fell 8.7 per cent in November compared to the same period a year ago, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Dec 15).  Excluding executive condominiums (ECs), developers sold 785 units last month, compared with 860 ...



Car mounts road divider, knocks over road sign along Braddell Road Viaduct

Fri, 15 December 2017 13:40:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A car mounted a centre road divider and knocked over a road sign along Braddell Road Viaduct towards Bartley Road on Friday morning (Dec 15). The police said they were alerted to the accident at around 11.30am, and that no injuries were reported. Channel NewsAsia understands that ...



More plants, realistic caves, holograms: The new features of Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest

Fri, 15 December 2017 23:28:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: After nearly two years of improvement works, Cloud Forest, one of Gardens by the Bay’s two conservatories, opened on Friday (Dec 15) with three new enhancements. This is the first time since the Gardens opened in 2012 that the Cloud Forest - which features a waterfall and more than 72 ...



Underage smokers: The ease of getting cigarettes put to the test

Fri, 15 December 2017 15:31:23 +0800

A third of smokers aged 18 to 21 started when they were 14 or younger. Talking Point goes undercover to find out how easy it is for teens to get their cigarettes.



Borrowing rules tightened for those heavily in debt

Fri, 15 December 2017 23:31:18 +0800

A borrower with outstanding unsecured debts exceeding six times his monthly income will not be able to tap on new credit lines starting next January, the Monetary Authority of Singapore says.



Former National Aerated Water Factory building to be gazetted for conservation

Fri, 15 December 2017 16:06:28 +0800

SINGAPORE: The main building of the former National Aerated Water Factory will be gazetted for conservation in recognition of its heritage value, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said on Friday (Dec 15). Selangor Dredging Berhad (SDB), owner of the Art Deco style building located at ...



Singapore Airlines, SilkAir to introduce new fare types

Fri, 15 December 2017 11:12:02 +0800

SINGAPORE: New fare types affecting advance seat selection, frequent flyer miles and baggage allowance will be introduced next year by Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, the airlines announced in a joint media release on Friday (Dec 15). The new fare types will be introduced on Jan 20 next year for ...



AVA temporarily restricts some Dutch poultry imports after bird flu outbreak

Fri, 15 December 2017 10:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has temporarily restricted the import of poultry and other products from an area in the Netherlands, following an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu in a duck farm there. The import of poultry, poultry products and ornamental birds that ...



Commentary: An inter-agency committee to deal with MRT tunnel flooding? This sounds familiar

Fri, 15 December 2017 06:50:41 +0800

Singapore has a penchant for forming taskforces and committees to deal with crisis and issues of national concern, but such solutions are not a cure-all, says a Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy observer.



In pictures: Singapore's 'biggest carnival' at Marina Bay opens

Mon, 18 December 2017 14:44:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: After a week's delay, what's being billed as the biggest carnival in Singapore is ready to open at Marina Bay on Friday (Dec 15).  Located at the Promontory and Bayfront event space, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival looks set to have something for everyone – from spinning thrill ...



Geminid meteor shower to graze skies on Thursday night: NASA

Thu, 14 December 2017 23:59:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: Star-gazers will be able to enjoy the Geminid meteor shower on Thursday (Dec 14) night as it streaks across the skies, said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This is said to be the "best shower this year" after August's Perseids meteor shower was obscured by the ...



Police arrest 11 women from unlicensed massage outlets

Thu, 14 December 2017 23:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Police arrested 11 women during raids on Tuesday (Dec 12) targeting unlicensed massage establishments at Jalan Bukit Merah, Tanjong Pagar and South Bridge Road. In a news release on Thursday, police said they nabbed the 11 women, aged between 28 and 40, for offences under the Women’s ...



Some DBS and POSB services disrupted by 'connectivity issue'

Thu, 14 December 2017 20:30:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Some DBS and POSB customers were unable to access several banking services for a short period on Thursday (Dec 14), in what the bank said was caused by an "intermittent network connectivity issue". From about 4.30pm, several users reported not being able to make cash transfers or ...



Woman cheated of S$31,500 in fake police website scam

Thu, 14 December 2017 20:25:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 45-year-old woman lost S$31,500 to scammers who were operating a fake Singapore Police Force (SPF) website, the police said in an advisory on Thursday (Dec 14). The police on Wednesday received a report from the victim, who said that the sum of money had been transferred from her bank ...



Football: Fandi Ahmad takes charge of Young Lions; Richard Tardy to leave FAS

Thu, 14 December 2017 19:01:27 +0800

SINGAPORE: Local football icon Fandi Ahmad will be the head coach of the Young Lions with immediate effect, as the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced a slew of personnel changes on Thursday (Dec 14).   Fandi will now be in charge of preparing the Young Lions for the 2018 Asian Games ...



Pasir Ris otters a favourite subject of Nat Geo's Nature Photographer of the Year Jayaprakash Bojan

Thu, 14 December 2017 18:38:20 +0800

Singapore-based Jayaprakash Bojan talks about his favourite otter family in Pasir Ris and the real story behind his prize-winning orangutan encounter in Borneo.



Singapore delivers S$100,000 worth of aid for Myanmar's Rakhine State

Thu, 14 December 2017 17:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Government has sent S$100,000 worth of relief supplies for people in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State. The supplies were handed to Myanmar's National Disaster Management Organisation office in Yangon on Thursday (Dec 14) by Singapore’s Ambassador to Myanmar Robert Chua ...



Singapore’s rooftoppers: ‘A lot of people think we’re only doing it for the likes’

Fri, 15 December 2017 10:21:21 +0800

The activity known as rooftopping is largely criminal and incredibly dangerous - so why does it seem to be flourishing locally?



Plumber fined S$4,500 for firing parachute signal flare at Ang Mo Kio hawker centre

Thu, 14 December 2017 15:50:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 50-year-old man was fined S$4,500 on Thursday (Dec 14) for setting off a flare in the direction of a hawker centre at Ang Mo Kio, sparking a public commotion and a 30-hour police operation. Aw Chong Loong, a plumber, had fired the parachute signal flare out of curiosity, after finding ...



In a world first, Singapore-developed artificial intelligence system detects 3 major eye conditions

Thu, 14 December 2017 14:40:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: Annual screenings for diabetic retinopathy to prevent vision loss will be more efficient, more accurate and more cost effective with the new artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and National ...



Singapore footballer Irfan Fandi set for trials at English Premier League clubs

Thu, 14 December 2017 23:25:05 +0800

Irfan will only reveal which clubs he is trying out for after the results of the trials are released next year.



Singapore Airlines' new A380 arrives at Changi Airport

Thu, 14 December 2017 23:27:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: Flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) picked up the first of its five new A380s on Thursday (Dec 14).  The new planes have had the number of seats in Suites class cut by half, while the number of Business class seats have increased by 30 per cent. More seats have also been fitted in the ...



Stanchart Marathon organiser apologises to patients, doctors affected by road closures

Sat, 16 December 2017 23:22:29 +0800

SINGAPORE: The organiser of this year's Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon apologised on Thursday (Dec 14) to those affected by road closures during the Dec 3 race.  The issue was brought to light on Tuesday when a doctor sent in a letter published in the Straits Times saying that the ...



Filtration solutions group Mann Hummel opens Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore

Thu, 14 December 2017 16:37:51 +0800

SINGAPORE: German manufacturing company and filtration specialist Mann Hummel on Thursday (Dec 14) opened its Asia-Pacific headquarters for Intelligent Air Solutions (IAS) in Singapore. Located at Fusionopolis, it will look after the growth of the company’s OurAir business, which offers indoor air ...



US co-working giant WeWork takes first step into Singapore and Southeast Asia

Fri, 15 December 2017 09:52:10 +0800

Rapid growth is on the cards following the opening of WeWork Beach Centre on Thursday, with its second location in Singapore due to be ready early next year.



Secondary 1 posting results will be released on Dec 21

Thu, 14 December 2017 11:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Secondary 1 posting results will be released next Thursday (Dec 21) at 9am, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced. The posting results can be accessed through any of the following channels: - Short Messaging System (SMS) text messaging, if parents have provided a local mobile ...



MPA injects S$12m more for LNG bunkering in Singapore

Thu, 14 December 2017 10:40:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced on Thursday (Dec 14) that it has pumped another S$12 million to boost Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering in the Port of Singapore.  Half of the amount will be used to co-fund the building of new LNG bunker vessels (LBVs) to ...



HDB to launch 17,000 new flats in 2018

Thu, 14 December 2017 23:31:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board (HDB) will launch about 17,000 new flats in 2018, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said in a blog post on Thursday (Dec 14). "For 2018, HDB will maintain a steady supply of about 17,000 new flats, comparable to the 17,584 flats launched ...



Commentary: Carbon tax an opportunity to take a leap forward on sustainability and transparency

Thu, 14 December 2017 16:16:59 +0800

Amidst talk of possible tax hikes, one already-declared measure stands the chance of changing behaviour in Singapore and beyond. Jaime Ho, Channel NewsAsia’s Chief Editor, Digital News, talks about what to expect of the carbon tax in 2018.



120% jump in cases of fraudulent purchases charged to phone bills

Thu, 14 December 2017 13:19:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: The police have seen a sharp increase in the number of fraudulent purchases being charged to mobile phones, with 130 cases reported in the first 11 months of this year, up 120 per cent from the same period last year. The total amount cheated so far this year is at least S$16,000, the ...



Ripple effects from Washington's Jerusalem declaration could spread to Asia: Maliki

Wed, 13 December 2017 21:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman said on Wednesday (Dec 13) that Singapore must be prepared should tensions build up in this region after Washington’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week. Dr Maliki said that the status of Jerusalem is a ...



Bodies of two Malaysian men from capsized sampan found

Wed, 13 December 2017 20:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The bodies of two men who went missing after their boat capsized near the Middle Rocks have been recovered, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Wednesday (Dec 13). The two Malaysian men were reported missing on Sunday after their sampan capsized 0.8 nautical miles ...



How Singapore's 50-year-old land sales programme is evolving

Thu, 14 December 2017 20:09:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: For years, a pocket of green space next to Holland Village has remained empty – a seemingly odd sight in the bustling neighbourhood. But on the large plot of land is a signboard – in red, white, and black – an indication of changes afoot. In fact, it could possibly be the estate’s next ...



Hello Maru! Baby penguin takes first public waddle in Jurong Bird Park

Thu, 14 December 2017 17:54:32 +0800

The baby king penguin is the first of its kind to be hatched at the bird park in close to a decade.



PM Lee pays tribute to World War II survivor Flossie Joseph

Wed, 13 December 2017 18:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has paid tribute to the late Mrs Flossie Joseph, a Jewish woman who survived the Japanese Occupation in Singapore during World War II. In a Facebook post on Wednesday (Dec 13), Mr Lee said he was "saddened" that Mrs Joseph has died, aged 95. Mr Lee also ...



Some parents still buying formula milk in Johor Baru after fake product scare

Thu, 14 December 2017 00:07:04 +0800

SINGAPORE: Undeterred by the fake baby milk scare in Johor Baru, some Singapore parents plan to continue buying formula milk from Malaysia as the products are cheaper there. This comes after nearly S$14,000 worth of fake milk products were seized after a toddler suffered severe vomiting from ...



Hong Kong father jailed 6 months for abandoning disabled son in Singapore: Report

Wed, 13 December 2017 18:00:40 +0800

A 48-year-old man was sentenced to six months' jail by a Hong Kong court for abandoning his disabled son in Singapore three years ago.  The court heard that this was the first case of its kind, according to a report in Ming Pao Daily on Wednesday (Dec 13).  Construction worker Chan Chai ...



Mediacorp's newsroom analytics tool RIPPLE clinches top spots at big data and AI awards

Wed, 13 December 2017 16:20:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp’s content analytics solution, RIPPLE, won big at the inaugural BIGGIES Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Awards, walking away as the winner in two categories as well as the overall Best of Show accolade. The BIGGIES Awards, held on Dec 7 in Hong Kong, aim to reward ...



Woman taken to hospital after crashing car into drain along Bukit Timah Road

Wed, 13 December 2017 21:45:26 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 67-year-old woman was taken to hospital after losing control of her car and crashing it into a drain along Bukit Timah Road on Wednesday morning (Dec 13). The police said they were alerted to the accident along Bukit Timah Road towards Upper Bukit Timah Road at around 11am. The car ...



SCDF asks public to 'have a heart' after 16 abuse cases against officers so far this year

Wed, 13 December 2017 15:00:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Since January this year, there have been 16 abuse cases in the form of harassment against Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) frontline officers, SCDF said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Dec 13) in which it urged the public to "have a heart". There were 20 such abuse cases last year ...



Victims lost at least S$16,000 in fraudulent purchase scam

Wed, 13 December 2017 14:23:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: Police said on Wednesday (Dec 13) that a scam where fraudulent purchases are charged to mobile phone bills have cost their victims at least S$16,000 for far this year. Police said that between January and November this year, there have been 130 reports of such cases, with more cases ...



Car crashes into railing near NEX after driver loses control

Wed, 13 December 2017 14:21:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: A car crashed into a railing on a road divider after its driver lost control of the vehicle near NEX shopping mall on Wednesday morning (Dec 13). The police said they were alerted to the accident along Serangoon Avenue 2 towards Upper Serangoon Road at about 6.30am. No injuries were ...



A career pioneer: The female engineer with 26 years of experience

Wed, 13 December 2017 13:10:39 +0800

It was chemistry for HP’s product engineer and smart manufacturing section manager Jamie Neo, who’s been with the company for 26 years.



Did you bring the right passport to the checkpoint?

Wed, 13 December 2017 21:12:46 +0800

ICA says it expects peaks in traffic at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints from Dec 22 to 26, and Dec 29 to Jan 1 2018.



Singapore's 2017 growth forecast upgraded to 3.3%: MAS survey

Wed, 13 December 2017 22:44:22 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore's economic growth this year is expected to come in at 3.3 per cent, according to private-sector economists polled in a quarterly survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released on Wednesday (Dec 13). This forecast is higher than the 2.5 per cent median forecast in ...



Singapore-based photographer wins National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Wed, 13 December 2017 12:28:35 +0800

SINGAPORE: A photographer in Singapore was awarded the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the year on Wednesday (Dec 13).  Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan's photo of a male orangutan peering from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, was picked by a panel of judges among 11,000 photo ...



Human Rights Watch calls on Singapore to relax free speech, assembly laws

Wed, 13 December 2017 11:40:29 +0800

The Singapore government's laws limiting critical speech and peaceful assembly are overly broad and make the country a repressive place severely restricting what can be said and published, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.



In a first, Singapore-based researcher made fellow of US National Academy of Inventors

Wed, 13 December 2017 11:10:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Professor Jackie Ying, the executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), has become the first Singapore-based researcher to be named a fellow of the prestigious US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), A*STAR announced in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 13) ...



Unemployment rate for Singaporeans drops to 3.2% in Q3

Wed, 13 December 2017 22:32:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: The labour market in Singapore continued to improve in the third quarter, with the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for citizens declining from 3.3 per cent in June to 3.2 per cent in September, said the Manpower Ministry (MOM) in a report released on Wednesday (Dec 13). Overall ...



Google's Pixel Buds now available in Singapore

Wed, 13 December 2017 10:14:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: Google Pixel Buds are now available for sale in Singapore on Wednesday (Dec 13).  Google's first headphones will retail at S$238 and is available in one colour, black.  The company said in a press release that the wireless headphones can be bought at Singtel retail outlets. Customers ...