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Grandson of Shaw Organisation founder charged with drink driving again

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:31
SINGAPORE - Howard Shaw Chai Li, the grandson of the Shaw Organisation founder, was charged with drink driving on Thursday (Feb 16), the third time since 1997 he has been hauled to court for this offence. Shaw, 46, was allegedly found with 88 microgrammes of...

Sluggish economy crimps household income growth

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:00
SINGAPORE - The sluggish economy last year tamped down income growth of households across the board, with the group in the bottom 10 per cent hit the hardest. But the Gini co-efficient measuring income inequality, which first hit a trough in 2013, continued...

Luxury cars, household items being used to hide contraband, sparking security fears

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 03:55
SINGAPORE - Smugglers are finding sneakier ways to bring in contraband, which poses a real security threat in the current climate, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Thursday (Feb 16), as it released its annual statistics. There were...

MAS proposing simpler rules for venture capital funds

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - In a bid to attract more venture capitalists (VCs), including those from the United States and Europe, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced yesterday that it would relax regulations for VCs and simplify the authorisation process....

20% jump in number of accidents involving elderly pedestrians

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The safety of elderly pedestrians has become a key concern for the authorities, with accident and fatality rates both rising by about 20 per cent last year, annual statistics released by the Traffic Police (TP) yesterday show. There were 268...

New private home sales continue to rise

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The private residential property market has continued its momentum into the new year, in a further sign that the market is on the mend. Sales rose 17.6 per cent last month compared with the same period in 2016, with developers selling 381 units...

Poets, writers explore Singapore’s Changi Airport connection

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - As a people, Singaporeans are notably obsessed with travel. A survey on "Singapore Happiness", conducted last August by Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji, found that 42 per cent of Singaporeans would change jobs for the opportunity to have more...

TODAY's morning briefing for Feb 16

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:26
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Japanese envoy joins officials at ceremony marking Fall of Singapore

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:40
SINGAPORE - Seventy five years after the fall of Singapore, a Japanese government official on Wednesday (Feb 15) attended a ceremony for the first time to honour those who died defending Singapore and Malaya during World War II. Japan's Ambassador to...

Woman hit by tree in Yuan Ching no longer in ICU, condition stable

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:10
SINGAPORE - The woman who was hospitalised after being hit by a falling tree in a car park is in stable condition, and has been moved from the intensive care unit to a high dependency ward. Ms Janet Cher, 48, was hit by the tree as she was getting out of a...

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan to attend G20 meeting

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:35
SINGAPORE - Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will attend the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bonn, Germany from Thursday to Friday (Feb 16-17). He will be accompanied by officials from the foreign ministry, according to a statement issued...

German businessman charged with promoting sex tours involving minors

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:35
SINGAPORE - A 45-year-old Singapore permanent resident was hauled to court on Wednesday (Feb 15) for promoting overseas sex tours involving minors. Michael Frank Hartung, a German, allegedly met two Singaporeans at a cafe at Raffles City Shopping Centre on...

War survivors weigh in on referencing Syonan-to

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:35
SINGAPORE - Retiree Raymon Huang was 15 years old when the Japanese Occupation began, and he had to stop going to school to help his family survive by taking on odd jobs such as selling vegetables and helping out at poultry farms. Seventy-five years on, the...

Woodlands businesses brace for more bad times as road charge kicks in

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:00
SINGAPORE - The Republic's new Reciprocal Road Charge (RRC) - which drew much protest from drivers on the other side of the Causeway when it was announced last month - kicked in on Wednesday (Feb 15). Shopkeepers near the Woodlands Checkpoint are anticipating...

Man’s botched enlargement claim against sex abuse charges ‘inconsistent’

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:10
SINGAPORE - A 42-year-old man was convicted of sexually assaulting his daughter on Wednesday (Feb 15), after a High Court judge shot down his story that a botched penis enlargement procedure made it physically impossible for him to commit these obscene...

Bus captain hopefuls left stranded after Tower Transit pulls job offers

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:55
SINGAPORE - Six bus captain hopefuls have been left in the lurch after Tower Transit offered them jobs only to withdraw the offers after the contracts were signed. The public transport operator, responding to queries, said that as part of its recruitment...

Over 600 babies born in Singapore wildlife parks in 2016

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 09:35
SINGAPORE - More than 600 animals were born at the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo in 2016, revealed Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) on Wednesday (Feb 15). The new births included endangered species such as the Sunda pangolin,...

Singapore drops to 14th in global ranking of top cities for students

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 08:40
SINGAPORE - The Republic has dropped eight places to 14th in the latest international index that ranks the best cities in the world for students, with Singapore's high cost of living cited as a major deterrent. In Asia, Singapore was ranked behind...

Singapore still sees Formula One allure, tourism chief says

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 08:27
SINGAPORE - Singapore is still interested in hosting the Formula One race if the terms are right, and discussions on keeping the event in the South-east Asian nation are under way, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. "I think the event is still a good...

New cameras to put the brakes on speeding motorists

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 08:15
SINGAPORE - Slamming the brakes upon spotting a speed camera or traffic policeman may no longer save an errant driver from getting a ticket.  Following a trial in 2013, new cameras that record the time a vehicle takes to travel between two points will be...