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Govt mulls more recognition for NSmen in housing, health or education

Govt mulls more recognition for NSmen in housing, health or education
SINGAPORE: More recognition could be given to National Servicemen (NSmen) in areas such as housing, healthcare or education.Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said that this was something the government is considering, as the Committee to Strengthen Nationa...

Truck falls into road "depression" along Upper Changi Road East

Truck falls into road "depression" along Upper Changi Road East
SINGAPORE: The driver of a tipper truck found himself stuck with his vehicle in a large hole along Upper Changi Road East on Thursday.The Land Transport Authority said a "depression" appeared at the road's centre lane around 8.30am.The truck, which w...

CSR catches on among S'pore companies

CSR catches on among S'pore companies
SINGAPORE: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is catching on among companies in Singapore.Figures show that CSR participation has gone up over the past few years.A lack of manpower, tight budgets, and worries about expansion – these appear to be a...

Singapore Tourism Board suspends licence of travel agent

Singapore Tourism Board suspends licence of travel agent
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has suspended the licence of travel agency Journey of Dream Pte Ltd.This comes after STB received a total of 14 complaints between October 2013 and April 2014 on the company's "unprofessional conduct and n...

Over 11,000 families bought ECs from 4Q 2010 to 4Q 2013

Over 11,000 families bought ECs from 4Q 2010 to 4Q 2013
SINGAPORE: More than 11,000 Singaporean families have bought Executive Condominiums (ECs) over a three-year period, from the last quarter of 2010 to the same period in 2013.National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that in a blog post on Thurs...

75 arrested for shoplifting in Orchard Road

75 arrested for shoplifting in Orchard Road
SINGAPORE: A total of 75 people were arrested for shoplifting in Orchard Road in the first three months of 2014, up from 63 for the same period last year.Police said among those arrested, the youngest was 13 years old and the oldest was 73.Together, ...

Businessman handed maximum $10,000 fine for dog abuse

Businessman handed maximum $10,000 fine for dog abuse
SINGAPORE: A businessman who failed to seek timely treatment for his pet dog has been fined the maximum $10,000 under the Animals and Birds Act.Lim Soo Seng, 76, was convicted of "unreasonably omitting" to bring his female cross-breed dog to the vet ...

New chairman for Public Transport Council

New chairman for Public Transport Council
SINGAPORE: Mr Gerard Ee will step down as chairman of the Public Transport Council (PTC), a position he has held since 2005.In his place, Mr Richard Magnus will serve as chairman with 14 other members of the PTC, for the next term from May 1 to April...

New accreditation programme for S’pore-based tech start-ups

New accreditation programme for S’pore-based tech start-ups
SINGAPORE: A new accreditation programme for Singapore-based technology start-ups has been rolled out.The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), which oversees the accreditation process, hopes the programme will allow start-ups to build up their crede...

MOM proposes small claims employment tribunal

MOM proposes small claims employment tribunal
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has proposed the setting up of a small claims employment tribunal for all workers.The tribunal will include managers and executives earning above S$4,500, who currently can only pursue breaches of employment ...

Redundancy, unemployment remain low in 2013: MOM

Redundancy, unemployment remain low in 2013: MOM
SINGAPORE: A total of 11,560 workers were laid off last year, slightly higher than the 11,010 in 2012, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its "Redundancy and Re-entry into Employment, 2013" report released on Thursday.This works out to 5.8 worker...

DPM Tharman to take over as EDB IAC chairman

DPM Tharman to take over as EDB IAC chairman
SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will take over as the chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)'s International Advisory Council (IAC) from May 1.He will take the reins from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean...

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Burkina Faso's president in S'pore for private visit

Burkina Faso's president in S'pore for private visit
SINGAPORE: The President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, is in Singapore for a private visit.On Wednesday morning, Mr Compaoré met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana, after which he also called on President Tony Tan Keng Yam.Mr Compaoré i...

Brunei’s Sultan, PM Lee plant sapling at Gardens by the Bay

Brunei’s Sultan, PM Lee plant sapling at Gardens by the Bay
SINGAPORE: Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah started the last day of his three-day state visit with a trip to Gardens by the Bay on Wednesday morning.He was accompanied by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.During the walk, the two leaders planted a "Kapu...

SAA athlete vents on Facebook over qualifying controversy

SAA athlete vents on Facebook over qualifying controversy
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) has been plagued by another controversy, with an athlete taking to Facebook to vent her frustrations.National pole vaulter Rachel Yang had agreed to participate in a competition in Busan, South Kore...

Telcos not charging existing customers with contracts for 4G services

Telcos not charging existing customers with contracts for 4G services
SINGAPORE: The three telcos - StarHub, M1 and SingTel - have decided not to charge for 4G services for existing customers with minimum term contracts.This is after industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore conducted an investigat...

Overwhelming demand for Hello Kitty series causes patchy access to online store

Overwhelming demand for Hello Kitty series causes patchy access to online store
SINGAPORE: Scores of people hoping to be among the first in the world to get the new Hello Kitty Bubbly World Collector's Set, found the buying experience far from "purr-fect".McDonald's Singapore launched online sales for the set of six dolls at 11a...

Former PAP MP Dr Dixie Tan dies aged 78

Former PAP MP Dr Dixie Tan dies aged 78
SINGAPORE: Former People's Action Party Member of Parliament, Dr Dixie Tan, has died. The former cardiologist was 78.A relative told Channel NewsAsia she died at Singapore General Hospital on Wednesday morning, after battling brain cancer for about t...

Malaysian in latest attempted checkpoint breach charged

Malaysian in latest attempted checkpoint breach charged
SINGAPORE: A Malaysian allegedly at the centre of the latest attempted checkpoint breach was charged in court on Wednesday with trying to enter Singapore without a valid pass.The man, Mohd Sani Bin Mohamad Salleh, allegedly attempted to drive out of ...

Healthy for Life programme for Bukit Batok East residents

Healthy for Life programme for Bukit Batok East residents
SINGAPORE: A one-stop destination for healthy living, right in the vicinity of the neighbourhood, will be set up in Bukit Batok East as part of a new Healthy for Life programme.It aims to look after the physical, mental, and social well-being of resi...

Quan Yifeng fined for knocking down pedestrian

Quan Yifeng fined for knocking down pedestrian
SINGAPORE: Veteran television show host Quan Yifeng was on Wednesday fined S$800 and banned from driving for three months for knocking down a pedestrian at a crossing last year.Quan, 40, also known as Chuan Yi Fong, had pleaded guilty to one count of...

COE premiums end mostly down in latest bidding exercise

COE premiums end mostly down in latest bidding exercise
SINGAPORE: Premiums for Certificates of Entitlement (COE) ended mostly down in the second COE bidding exercise for April.The premium for small cars went down by S$6,065 to end at S$71,335.COE for big cars (above 1,600cc or 97kW) also fell, going down...

State Courts launch motor accident guide

State Courts launch motor accident guide
SINGAPORE: The State Courts have produced a motor accident guide so the public and parties involved can have easy reference on the relevant issues.The guide was launched in view of the increase in the total motor vehicle population and the number of ...

Girlfriend abuser gets 12 months’ jail

Girlfriend abuser gets 12 months’ jail
SINGAPORE: An overly-suspicious man was on Wednesday sentenced to 12 months' jail for abusing his two former girlfriends.Delivery driver Mohamad Affindi Mohd Ali, 37, had repeatedly slapped, punched and kicked his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend in Novembe...

1 in 2 S'poreans to have at least three healthy living options by 2020

1 in 2 S'poreans to have at least three healthy living options by 2020
SINGAPORE: By 2020, one in two Singaporeans will have access to at least three healthier options, which include facilities to encourage physical activities, healthier dining choices and health promotion services.About one million employees will work ...

Singapore’s March CPI up 1.2% on higher food, healthcare costs

Singapore’s March CPI up 1.2% on higher food, healthcare costs
SINGAPORE: Singapore's consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.2 per cent in March from a year ago as higher food and healthcare costs offset a drop in transport cost, the Department of Statistics said on Wednesday.The increase followed a 0.4 per cent rise...

Singapore to beef up nuclear technology expertise

Singapore to beef up nuclear technology expertise
SINGAPORE: Singapore is beefing up its nuclear technology expertise with a newly-announced programme.The 10-year Nuclear Safety Research and Education Programme was announced on Wednesday by the National Research Foundation (NRF).For a start, S$63 mi...

Mother of inmate who died in prison reaches settlement with govt

Mother of inmate who died in prison reaches settlement with govt
SINGAPORE: The mother of inmate Dinesh Raman who died in prison has reached a settlement with the government, and is withdrawing all allegations of assault and abuse of authority against Prison Service officers.A news statement issued jointly by Mdm ...

More taxpayers file tax returns earlier this year: IRAS

More taxpayers file tax returns earlier this year: IRAS
SINGAPORE: The Inland Authority of Singapore (IRAS) said more taxpayers have filed their tax returns earlier this year.Seventy-five per cent of taxpayers have filed their tax returns by April 1, which is 4 percentage points higher than that on April ...

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Channel NewsAsia launches all-new Smart TV app with Samsung

Channel NewsAsia launches all-new Smart TV app with Samsung
SINGAPORE: Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia has launched an all-new Smart TV app with Samsung.The app allows users to have access to an extensive selection of content from Channel NewsAsia that covers news, business, lifestyle, travel, history, ...

Man withdraws court appeal over Article 12 on homosexual discrimination

Man withdraws court appeal over Article 12 on homosexual discrimination
SINGAPORE: The man who wanted the court to declare that Article 12 of the Singapore Constitution prohibits workplace discrimination of homosexual men has dropped his court appeal.After he was fired by Robinson & Company (Singapore), Lawrence Wee had ...

CSNS mulls enhancing healthcare component of NSmen awards

CSNS mulls enhancing healthcare component of NSmen awards
SINGAPORE: The Committee to Strengthen National Service (CSNS) may look into the possibility of enhancing the healthcare component of the National Service Recognition Awards for NSmen.Minister of State for Defence Maliki Osman, who chairs one of the ...

Singaporean superbiker dies in accident

Singaporean superbiker dies in accident
SINGAPORE: A 53-year-old Singaporean superbiker died in an accident along a Malaysian highway at about 1.50am on Tuesday.A Malaysian news report said Mr Esa Badri lost control of his motorcycle as he was negotiating a corner along the North-South Exp...

Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident

Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident
SINGAPORE: A motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident at the junction of Bishan Street 22 and Marymount Road on Tuesday night.The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted about the accident between a car and a motorcycle at about 7.5...

More companies going green in Singapore

More companies going green in Singapore
SINGAPORE: More local companies and organisations are seeking ways to integrate green features into their work spaces, according to environmental groups.They say it is a result of greater awareness of the long-term cost benefits that come with going ...

Doctors receive MERS virus update

Doctors receive MERS virus update
SINGAPORE: Medical practitioners on Tuesday received an update on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from the Ministry of Health (MOH).They were reminded to remain vigilant for possible cases in patients with recent travel hi...

CPC Politburo member Hu Chunhua calls on PM Lee

CPC Politburo member Hu Chunhua calls on PM Lee
SINGAPORE: Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Hu Chunhua called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday morning.Mr Lee and Mr Hu reaffirmed the excellent relationship between Singapore and Chin...

Grab a coffee, learn something new

Grab a coffee, learn something new
SINGAPORE: Fancy a cup of coffee while you learn something new?That is the idea behind the Workforce Development Agency's latest roadshow to get people interested in lifelong learning.A pop-up "learning cafe" opened at Chevron House in Raffles Place ...

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah visits SAF

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah visits SAF
SINGAPORE: Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah visited the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) Multi-Mission Range Complex (MMRC) and Headquarters 3rd Singapore Division (HQ 3 Div) on Tuesday.Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is in Singapore on a three-day state...

Survey aims to define workplace happiness in S'pore

Survey aims to define workplace happiness in S'pore
SINGAPORE: A new survey by the non-profit Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI) and research firm Align Group aims to find out what workplace happiness means for employees in Singapore and how well organisations are scoring.Workplace happiness g...

French Senate president calls on President Tony Tan in S'pore

French Senate president calls on President Tony Tan in S'pore
SINGAPORE: President of the French Senate Jean-Pierre Bel called on President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Tuesday, on the last day of his three-day visit to Singapore.Mr Bel was accompanied by Senator of Gironde and President of the France-Singapore Parliam...

GPC members visit Singapore Maritime Crisis Centre

GPC members visit Singapore Maritime Crisis Centre
SINGAPORE: Members of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Defence and Foreign Affairs and its Resource Panel, as well as the GPC for Home Affairs and Law, visited the Singapore Maritime Crisis Centre (SMCC) at the Changi Command and Cont...

IDA seeking views on radio spectrum allocation

IDA seeking views on radio spectrum allocation
SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is seeking views on spectrum allocation and proposals to enhance vibrancy of the mobile and wireless landscape in Singapore.It has launched a public consultation on proposals to optimis...

Mobile apps to help deaf community "hear"

Mobile apps to help deaf community "hear"
SINGAPORE: To help the deaf community "hear", and communicate better with the hearing, two mobile applications (apps) were launched on Tuesday.“Say it With Signs” and “Hearing Aide” were developed for the deaf community to make daily communication ea...

Future of Southeast Asia remains unpredictable, says Brunei's Sultan

Future of Southeast Asia remains unpredictable, says Brunei's Sultan
SINGAPORE: Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has said the future of Southeast Asia remains unpredictable.He said in the coming decades, the region will be confronted with different and possibly more intense challenges than it currently faces.Sultan Ha...

S’pore and Brunei monetary authorities ink MOU on bilateral cooperation

S’pore and Brunei monetary authorities ink MOU on bilateral cooperation
SINGAPORE: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on bilateral cooperation.Under the MOU, MAS and AMBD will cooperate on capital market development and ...

M’sian who breached Woodlands Checkpoint security on Apr 13 jailed

M’sian who breached Woodlands Checkpoint security on Apr 13 jailed
SINGAPORE: A Malaysian driver who was charged on April 14 with failing to stop his car for immigration clearance at the Woodlands Checkpoint has been sentenced to eight weeks' jail.42-year-old Koh Chin Had is the third motorist to be arrested this ye...

Singapore, Brunei sign MOU to expand cooperation in broadcasting and information

Singapore, Brunei sign MOU to expand cooperation in broadcasting and information
SINGAPORE: Singapore and Brunei have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of broadcasting to include the field of information.The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Tuesday by Minister for Communications and Information Ya...

Shareholder of licensed moneylender fined

Shareholder of licensed moneylender fined
SINGAPORE: A shareholder of a licensed moneylender has become the first to be convicted and fined for failing to get the approval from the Registry of Moneylenders before becoming a substantial shareholder of the company.The Registry of Moneylenders,...

Police yet to receive permit application for Philippine independence event

Police yet to receive permit application for Philippine independence event
SINGAPORE: Police said that as of 10am on Tuesday, they have not received any permit application for the 116th Philippine Independence Celebration on June 8, 2014, at Ngee Ann City.Neither have the event organisers disclosed any plans related to the ...

Channel NewsAsia bags 12 awards at international TV and film contests

Channel NewsAsia bags 12 awards at international TV and film contests
SINGAPORE: Channel NewsAsia programmes have been honoured with 12 awards at two prestigious international television and film contests over the last fortnight.It won two gold, three silver and four bronze World Medals at the 2014 New York Festivals I...

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President of French Senate in Singapore on three-day visit

President of French Senate in Singapore on three-day visit
SINGAPORE: President of the French Senate Mr Jean-Pierre Bel is in Singapore for a three-day visit from April 20-22 at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.He is accompanied by Senator of Gironde and President of the France-Singapore Parl...

Only close contact brings possibility of MERS infection, says expert

Only close contact brings possibility of MERS infection, says expert
SINGAPORE: Only people in close contact with infected MERS patients have a possibility of contracting the disease, according to an infectious disease expert.Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment available so doctors use "supportive trea...

M'sian arrested over attempt to breach checkpoint

M'sian arrested over attempt to breach checkpoint
SINGAPORE: The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Monday morning arrested a 33-year-old Malaysian man who attempted to drive out of the Woodlands Checkpoint while undergoing checks.This happened after he was unable to produce his travel d...

Passengers involved in Redang bus crash return to S'pore

Passengers involved in Redang bus crash return to S'pore
SINGAPORE: More than 20 of those passengers involved in the bus crash in Redang on Sunday are now returning to Singapore.One passenger was killed when the bus crashed into a ravine. Another two passengers were severely injured and remained in hospita...

MediaCorp's managing director for TV Bernard Lim hospitalised

MediaCorp's managing director for TV Bernard Lim hospitalised
SINGAPORE: MediaCorp's managing director for television, Mr Bernard Lim, was admitted to hospital on Sunday.Channel NewsAsia understands that Mr Lim had suffered a brain aneurysm.He underwent an operation on Monday, and is still in critical condition...

Singaporean drowns near Tioman Island

Singaporean drowns near Tioman Island
SINGAPORE: A Singaporean woman drowned while diving at sea near Tioman Island on Saturday, according to a Malaysian media report.According to Bernama, 30-year old Sim Qiu Yan had gone to Tioman Island with eight other Singaporeans on April 17.They we...

4 in 10 polled unaware of benefits under Pioneer Generation Package

4 in 10 polled unaware of benefits under Pioneer Generation Package
SINGAPORE: A recent survey among 1,500 respondents showed that seven in 10 Singaporeans were aware of the Pioneer Generation Package.Among the pioneers, eight in 10 of them were aware of the package.However, among those who knew about the package, so...

Technologies on display at Internet of Things Asia 2014

Technologies on display at Internet of Things Asia 2014
SINGAPORE: Google Glass that allows doctors to access medical records instantaneously, smart vending machines, and a system which helps you locate your car in a carpark -- these are some of the technologies on display at the inaugural Internet of Thi...

Black market offers for Hello Kitty set before official launch

Black market offers for Hello Kitty set before official launch
SINGAPORE: Black market offers for the Hello Kitty Bubbly World Collector's set have popped up online, days before they officially go on sale.McDonald's Singapore is taking pre-orders on Wednesday from 11am for the world debut of the round Hello Kitt...

New Brunei-S'pore youth leadership programme to begin in 2nd half of 2014

New Brunei-S'pore youth leadership programme to begin in 2nd half of 2014
SINGAPORE: A new leadership programme for youths in Singapore and Brunei will commence in the second half of this year.President Tony Tan Keng Yam made the announcement during a state banquet in honour of Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Monday ev...

StanChart extends marathon sponsorship till 2016

StanChart extends marathon sponsorship till 2016
SINGAPORE: Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) has renewed its sponsorship of the Singapore marathon for another three years.The deal, worth S$10.5 million, means the bank will remain as the event's title sponsor until 2016.Sport Singapore’s chief ex...

Hunt begins for Singapore's entrepreneur of the year

Hunt begins for Singapore's entrepreneur of the year
SINGAPORE: The annual search is on for Singapore entrepreneurs with the potential to turn their firms into the stars of the future.Jointly organised by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) and the Rotary Club of Singapore, the Entre...

MDA seeks public feedback on Internet parental controls

MDA seeks public feedback on Internet parental controls
SINGAPORE: The Media Development Authority (MDA) is proposing that Internet Service Providers offer subscribers basic parental control tools for free with the subscription or renewal of Internet access packages.It is seeking public feedback on its re...

Three men jailed for burglary

Three men jailed for burglary
SINGAPORE: Two Chinese nationals have been sentenced to four years' jail for housebreaking. Their accomplice was jailed two years for attempted burglary.25-year-old Wei Yongjiao and 29-year-old Liao Jiali had stolen more than S$268,000 worth of luxur...

Older S'poreans not prepared for financial implications of critical illnesses

Older S'poreans not prepared for financial implications of critical illnesses
SINGAPORE: One in three Singaporeans does not have critical illness coverage.Of those who own a critical illness cover, close to half bought their critical illness insurance plan more than 10 years ago.These are some of the key findings in the latest...

$1.15b worth of contracts awarded for Thomson, Eastern Region lines

$1.15b worth of contracts awarded for Thomson, Eastern Region lines
SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded civil as well as electrical and mechanical contracts for the Thomson and Eastern Region Lines with a total value of nearly S$1.15 billion.The contracts include the construction of Mt Pleasant,...

Truck driver jailed, banned from driving after causing death of cyclist

Truck driver jailed, banned from driving after causing death of cyclist
SINGAPORE: A tipper truck driver was on Monday handed an eight-month jail term and disqualified from driving for seven years, for causing the death of a cyclist by dangerous driving and fleeing the scene.61-year-old Tay Peng Chay had turned left at a...

Tour agency director fined S$12,000 for abetting false quotations

Tour agency director fined S$12,000 for abetting false quotations
SINGAPORE: The director of a local travel agency has been fined S$12,000 for abetting her friend in providing false quotations to NTUC Club.53-year-old Jane Loo Yuh Huey provided letterheads of her firm, Experience Tours Services, to her longtime fri...

E-cigarette peddlers fined for illegal sale

E-cigarette peddlers fined for illegal sale
SINGAPORE: The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has taken enforcement action against the illegal sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in Singapore and seized 490 sets of e-cigarettes worth an estimated S$25,000 from three peddlers.The peddlers...

More people missed credit card payments last year: Credit Bureau

More people missed credit card payments last year: Credit Bureau
SINGAPORE: A larger number of people in Singapore missed payments on their credit card bills last year as average card balances increased across all age groups, Credit Bureau Singapore (CBS) said on Monday.CBS is a joint venture between the Associati...

New online chat service to help distressed kids

New online chat service to help distressed kids
SINGAPORE: Primary school children who need someone to talk to can now find comfort in an online chat service. Launched on Monday by the Singapore Children's Society, Tinkle Friend Online Chat is a free service run by trained staff and volunteers.Sin...

Integrating needs of older patients into design of healthcare facilities

Integrating needs of older patients into design of healthcare facilities
SINGAPORE: The care of patients and design of healthcare facilities should be integrated to better serve the needs of older and less mobile patients.This is even as building infrastructure capacity is important, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.He a...

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More healthcare workers learning to communicate better with the elderly

More healthcare workers learning to communicate better with the elderly
SINGAPORE: More healthcare professionals are picking up Chinese dialects and Mandarin to better communicate with elderly patients who do not speak English.Local nurse Roskalrinna took about a month to learn basic Cantonese phrases.The 25-year-old is ...

Yuhua embarks on second-year football programme for kids

Yuhua embarks on second-year football programme for kids
SINGAPORE: A pilot football programme for young children and their parents in Yuhua is into its second year, after a successful first run.Over the past one year, the children have been coached by players of S-League team Albirex Niigata.The year-long...

Some families opt for yacht living in new lifestyle

Some families opt for yacht living in new lifestyle
SINGAPORE: As the yachting lifestyle becomes more prevalent in Singapore, some people have chosen to live on such vessels instead.Channel NewsAsia finds out more about the perks and downsides of such a lifestyle.A fittingly pink room for the girl, a ...

Review underway for HDB scheme enhancing seniors' safety

Review underway for HDB scheme enhancing seniors' safety
SINGAPORE: A review is underway for a scheme which enhances the safety of seniors living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats.The HDB said it is looking at lowering the age criterion for direct application to the scheme and expanding the cove...

Restaurants see more patrons during Easter holiday

Restaurants see more patrons during Easter holiday
SINGAPORE: It is Easter Sunday and some restaurants said they have seen an increase in reservations during this period over the years.One restaurant had to increase its staff capacity by 30 per cent this year to cope with the higher demand over the l...

Travellers face heavy traffic congestion at Woodlands Checkpoint

Travellers face heavy traffic congestion at Woodlands Checkpoint
SINGAPORE: Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint slowed to a crawl in the late afternoon on Sunday.Traffic was heavy from approximately 3pm, and lasted till around 7pm.Travellers coming to Singapore from Johor Bahru said the congestion was more sev...

DPM Teo Chee Hean meets Chinese official

DPM Teo Chee Hean meets Chinese official
SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean hosted a courtesy call with a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Hu Chunhua on Sunday.Mr Hu is also the Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Guangdong Provinc...

At least one killed in tour bus crash in Pahang

At least one killed in tour bus crash in Pahang
SNGAPORE: A bus travelling from Malaysia to Singapore crashed into a ravine on Sunday, killing at least one person, according to Malaysian news reports.The New Straits Times reported that the victim was from the United Kingdom.The double-decker bus w...

Colleagues pay respects to "hero" Heng in Nicoll Highway collapse

Colleagues pay respects to "hero" Heng in Nicoll Highway collapse
SINGAPORE: It has been 10 years since the Nicoll Highway collapse, but foreman Heng Yeow Peow's body was never found.On Sunday afternoon, his former colleagues and bosses were at the place where the incident occurred to pay their respects to the man ...

PAP's potential candidates have been active on the ground: Ng Eng Hen

PAP's potential candidates have been active on the ground: Ng Eng Hen
SINGAPORE: The ruling People's Action Party's (PAP) organising secretary, Dr Ng Eng Hen, has said potential candidates for the next General Election have been active on the ground in many Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) across the island.S...

PM Lee says "TY for your support!"

PM Lee says "TY for your support!"
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has thanked people who follow him on social media for their support.In a Facebook video post on Sunday, Mr Lee noted that it had been two years since he joined Facebook and Twitter, and a year since he began ...

Singapore, Indonesia must move beyond ship-naming incident: Dr Ng

Singapore, Indonesia must move beyond ship-naming incident: Dr Ng
SINGAPORE: Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen has said Singapore and Indonesia have to find ways to move beyond the incident involving the naming of a new frigate after two marines responsible for a bombing in Orchard Road in 1965.Speaking to reporters ...

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Sultan of Brunei to make State Visit from 21 to 23 April

Sultan of Brunei to make State Visit from 21 to 23 April
SINGAPORE: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei will make a State Visit to Singapore from 21 to 23 April 2014, during which both countries are expected to reaffirm their warm and longstanding bilateral ties.Both sides will review existing bilateral coll...

Missing Singaporean ferry passenger found

Missing Singaporean ferry passenger found
SINGAPORE: A Singaporean who went missing while travelling on a ferry from Malaysia to Singapore has been found.The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore said it received confirmation of this at around 9pm on Saturday, adding that the woman ...

CPC Politburo member in S'pore for official visit

CPC Politburo member in S'pore for official visit
SINGAPORE: Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Hu Chunhua will visit Singapore from 20-22 April.Mr Hu, who is also the secretary of the party's Guangdong Provincial Committee, will be in Singapore at...

Football: Liverpool fans in S’pore head to Anfield to catch showdown with Newcastle

Football: Liverpool fans in S’pore head to Anfield to catch showdown with Newcastle
SINGAPORE: Some Liverpool fans in Singapore are getting off the couch and taking their allegiance a step further.With the club on the brink of winning its first league title in 24 years, diehard Reds are planning to make a trip to the English city in...

Nicoll Highway tragedy "wake-up call" for construction industry

Nicoll Highway tragedy "wake-up call" for construction industry
SINGAPORE: The Nicoll Highway collapse 10 years ago was described as a "wake-up call" for the construction industry by then-Minister of State for National Development Grace Fu.Since then, new rules have been introduced to tighten processes.The incide...

300 Army, Air Force officer cadets commissioned as SAF officers

300 Army, Air Force officer cadets commissioned as SAF officers
SINGAPORE: 258 Army and 42 Air Force officer cadets were commissioned as officers of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) on Saturday evening.The parade marked their completion of 38 weeks of training at the Officer Cadet School.The newly-commissioned of...

Charity car drive takes children, youth from low-income families out for a spin

Charity car drive takes children, youth from low-income families out for a spin
SINGAPORE: Some 200 children and youth aged between six and 16 from low-income families went for a spin on Saturday morning.It was part of a charity car drive called "Love on Wheels", organised by the People's Association (PA) and several car groups ...

Fishing offences on the rise

Fishing offences on the rise
SINGAPORE: Fishing enthusiasts said more people are hooked on the sport and many are heading overseas to reel in a good catch.In Singapore, anglers are also heading to its reservoirs.But here, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) said that on average, so...

World record broken for the environment

World record broken for the environment
SINGAPORE: More than 2,000 young people gathered in the heart of Orchard Road on Saturday to commemorate Youth for the Environment Day.At the same time, they also celebrated breaking the Guinness World Record for building a castle with beverage carto...

Authorities searching waters for missing S'porean ferry passenger

Authorities searching waters for missing S'porean ferry passenger
SINGAPORE: A female Singaporean passenger travelling on a ferry from Malaysia to Singapore was on Saturday reported missing.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Malaysia Marine Enforcement Agency are currently conducting a searc...

S’pore to promote ASEAN culture with new National Gallery Singapore

S’pore to promote ASEAN culture with new National Gallery Singapore
SINGAPORE: Singapore will continue to promote the rich and diverse culture of ASEAN with its new National Gallery Singapore, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said on Saturday.Speaking at the 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Mini...

Safe-driving campaign launched for private bus drivers

Safe-driving campaign launched for private bus drivers
SINGAPORE: A new safe-driving campaign has been launched for private bus drivers to plug gaps in safety training and raise the quality of bus services.Drivers who are members of the Singapore School Transport Association (SSTA) will be encouraged to ...

S’pore remains significant transit point for illegal ivory shipments

S’pore remains significant transit point for illegal ivory shipments
SINGAPORE: While the sale of ivory in Singapore has fallen over the years, the country remains a significant transit point for shipments of illegal ivory moving from Africa to Asia, and even within Asia itself, animal welfare activists said.Some of t...

New initiative to recognise low-wage workers for their contributions

New initiative to recognise low-wage workers for their contributions
SINGAPORE: The labour movement on Saturday launched a new social initiative that aims to generate greater care and respect for low-wage workers.Called the U Appreciate Movement, it comes after discussions held last year raised several issues over the...

PM Lee appalled by harassment over Philippine Independence Day event

PM Lee appalled by harassment over Philippine Independence Day event
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is appalled to read about those who harassed the organisers of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Singapore. In a post on Facebook on Saturday, Mr Lee said these people are a "disgrace to...

Helping ex-offenders soar in the workplace

Helping ex-offenders soar in the workplace
SINGAPORE: A new programme to help ex-offenders return to the workforce was launched on Saturday. The Strengthening Opportunities, Advocating Resilience (SOAR) programme aims to give ex-offenders training and career advice.About 375 ex-offenders are ...

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Christians in Singapore observe Good Friday

Christians in Singapore observe Good Friday
SINGAPORE: Christians in Singapore observed Good Friday on April 18.It is also the day when they believe Jesus Christ was crucified.Worshippers gathered at churches islandwide to commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross.Good Friday also traditiona...

Funeral directors looking for the right people to take over

Funeral directors looking for the right people to take over
SINGAPORE: In ageing Singapore, the funeral business is getting old faster than others.Most funeral directors and their staff are between 50 and 60 years old, and they are facing the pressing challenge of attracting young people into a business that'...

Number of halal certificates issued up 12.5% in 2013

Number of halal certificates issued up 12.5% in 2013
SINGAPORE: The number of halal certificates issued by Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) increased by 12.5 per cent last year compared to the previous year.Last year, the number of halal certificates issued was 23,005. In 2012, 20,436 of s...

Regulatory framework for larger dormitories set to be ready soon

Regulatory framework for larger dormitories set to be ready soon
SINGAPORE: A regulatory framework for larger foreign worker dormitories in Singapore is set to be ready in the next few months.Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said this at the opening of a new workers dormitory in Mandai on Friday evening....

SCDF officer looks back at 2004 Nicoll Highway tragedy

SCDF officer looks back at 2004 Nicoll Highway tragedy
SINGAPORE: They were working round the clock for four days under conditions described as the most difficult and dangerous operation since the Hotel New World collapse in 1986.The Nicoll Highway cave-in, which happened 10 years ago, left an indelible ...

Cabbie involved in East Coast restaurant crash suspended

Cabbie involved in East Coast restaurant crash suspended
SINGAPORE: A cabbie whose taxi crashed into a restaurant along East Coast Road on Thursday night has been suspended.The taxi had ploughed into the outdoor area of Georges Mad Bar & Grill after being involved in an accident with another car.Restaurant...

Singaporeans should say 'no' to bigotry: Tan Chuan-Jin

Singaporeans should say 'no' to bigotry: Tan Chuan-Jin
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans should make a stand and say 'no' to bigotry, said Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin on Friday, referring to a recent article about Filipinos being targeted online for planning to celebrate their Independence Day in Si...

More therapists needed for an ageing population, say experts

More therapists needed for an ageing population, say experts
SINGAPORE: Efforts will be stepped up to develop home-based care services for the elderly, said the Ministry of Health during the recent Committee of Supply debate.This will be done by expanding capacity, making home care more comprehensive, and enha...

NWC wage guidelines expected by end-May

NWC wage guidelines expected by end-May
SINGAPORE: By end-May, the National Wages Council (NWC) is expected to release wage-related guidelines for the year ahead.From now till then, three meetings comprising government, business and union representatives will take place to set the agenda.M...

Easter Fiesta kicks off at Sentosa HarbourFront precinct

Easter Fiesta kicks off at Sentosa HarbourFront precinct
SINGAPORE: Singapore's grandest Easter Fiesta was launched on Friday to attract more locals and tourists to the Sentosa HarbourFront precinct.The organiser, Singapore HarbourFront Business Association, hopes to attract 200,000 visitors through its in...

Asian Civilisations Museum to undergo revamp

Asian Civilisations Museum to undergo revamp
SINGAPORE: The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) will undergo extensive renovations, transforming it into a new exhibition space for important artefacts.This will be unveiled in phases beginning the third quarter of next year.Situated by the Singapore...

Heavy traffic towards JB at Woodlands Checkpoint

Heavy traffic towards JB at Woodlands Checkpoint
SINGAPORE: Traffic from Singapore towards Johor Bahru at Woodlands Checkpoint was heavy on Friday as travellers headed to Malaysia for the long weekend.However, traffic to Singapore from Johor Bahru was light.The tailback at the Singapore-Johor Bahru...

Lawrence Wong to attend ASEAN meeting on culture and the arts

Lawrence Wong to attend ASEAN meeting on culture and the arts
SINGAPORE: Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong will be attending the sixth meeting of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) in Hue, Vietnam, on Saturday and Sunday.At the meeting, the ministers will re...

Man arrested over outrage of modesty

Man arrested over outrage of modesty
SINGAPORE: Police have arrested a 23-year-old man over outrage of modesty at a housing estate in Woodlands.Police said the suspect allegedly molested a 19-year-old girl, after he tried to befriend her at Woodlands Avenue 6 at about 6.30pm on Thursday...

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