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Daycare programme for pre-schoolers and seniors to mingle

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Pre-schoolers and seniors will be taking part in shared activities under a structured programme launched on Monday (March 27) by NTUC First Campus and NTUC Health. By the end of the year, all 15 senior centres run by NTUC Health are expected to...

HDB leases: Buyers’ short-term focus may lead to future woes

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - It may serve as a "wake-up call" to buyers that not all old flats will be eligible for the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers), as National Development Minister Lawrence Wong reminded Singaporeans last week in a blog post. But analysts...

Book fans go online to promote reading among Singaporeans

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:15
SINGAPORE - Two individuals are creating waves online through their social media accounts by enthusing about the literary hobby of reading, following an inaugural study last year which showed that the proportion of residents who read at least one book a year...

Man, 27, found dead at East Coast Park

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:15
SINGAPORE - The body of a 27-year-old man was found floating in the waters at East Coast Park on Monday (March 27). The police was alerted to the incident at 4.55pm. The body was retrieved and pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. TODAY understands that...

Healthway gets S$8.6m to pay doctors, suppliers

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:00
SINGAPORE - Healthway Medical Corp has received about S$8.6 million in funds from the first tranche of a convertible notes issue, allowing the debt-ridden clinic operator to pay arrears to its doctors, staff and suppliers by the end of the month. Healthway,...

GrabTaxi driver under investigation for assaulting passenger

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:53
SINGAPORE - A GrabTaxi driver's account has been suspended by the ride-hailing firm, following a viral social media post detailing his alleged verbal abuse and physical assault on his passengers on Saturday (March 25). According to Facebook user Satesh...

Third time lucky? Pandas Kai Kai, Jia Jia get down to ‘serious business’

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:00
SINGAPORE - Will there finally be little pandas for River Safari's Kai Kai and Jia Jia? In a press release issued by c(WRS) on Monday (March 27), visitors at the park can expect to see "some intriguing courtship behaviour" from the pair from now till May. The...

Singapore’s 2G network to cease completely on April 18

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:20
SINGAPORE - All three mobile operators (MNOs) – M1, Singtel and StarHub – will be shutting down their 2G network services in stages, starting from April 1 and completing it by April 18. In a joint statement by the Infocomm Media Development Authority...

More than 80 people arrested in 6-day Geylang vice operation

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:15
SINGAPORE - A total of 87 people aged between 17 and 65 have been arrested in Geylang for various offences during a six-day multi-agency joint operation that ended on March 26, said the Singapore Police Force in its statement on Monday (March 27). Eight men...

Over 3,900 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:55
SINGAPORE - A total of 3,934 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized by the Singapore Customs from two related operations on Friday (March 24). According to a statement from Singapore Customs on Monday (March 27), the first operation was conducted at a...

New extended Tanah Merah Coast Road opening Apr 22 will have on-road cycling lane

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:35
SINGAPORE - The newly extended Tanah Merah Coast Road, set to open on April 22, will have a dedicated 10km long on-road cycling lane stretching from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Changi Ferry Terminal, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Monday...

Standard Chartered Singapore offers mothers 20 weeks paid maternity leave

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 06:55
SINGAPORE - All female employees at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore will be getting 20 weeks of paid maternity leave effective from April 1 this year, the bank announced on Monday (March 27). The policy, which is part of a larger rollout of enhanced...

New Facebook ‘friend’ scam reported, police warns

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 06:20
SINGAPORE - Scammers have a new trick up their sleeves – charging gaming credits or online gift cards on their victim's mobile phone accounts – after befriending them on Facebook. The police said on its Facebook page on Monday (March 27) that it has...

France, Singapore sign slew of deals to spearhead innovation

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:45
SINGAPORE - Singapore and France on Monday (March 27) agreed to strengthen cooperation in innovation through greater collaboration in areas such as space technology, smart cities planning, biomedical sciences and financial technology. This was spelt out in a...

Couple jailed, fined for starving maid, who lost 20kg

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:38
SINGAPORE - For starving their Filipino domestic helper, which caused her weight to plummet by almost 20kg over a 15-month period, a Singaporean couple was sentenced to jail and a fine by a district court on Monday (March 27). Freelance trader Lim Choon Hong,...

Mediacorp’s magazines go all-in with digital

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 03:10
SINGAPORE - Readers of Mediacorp publications like Elle Singapore and Style will soon have a greater variety of online content as part of the company's digital drive. In a release on Monday (March 27), the media company said it is boosting its digital...

New signalling system to be tested on NSL trains on Tuesday

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 03:00
SINGAPORE - On Tuesday night (March 28), the North-South Line (NSL) will switch over temporarily to a new signalling system as part of continuing trials, with all trains on the 26-station line halting for around 10 minutes during the final hour of service...

Singapore dollar bulls gather in swaps as MAS policy meet looms

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 23:05
SINGAPORE - Singapore's interest-rate markets are signalling gains for the local dollar as bets grow the nation's central bank will avoid easing policy next month and some economists are starting to forecast tightening in October. The city-state's two-year...

TODAY's morning briefing for Monday, March 27

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:12
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Photography, music help children with disabilities connect with society

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Photography and music may be serious endeavours for some, but they are also tools for integrating people with disabilities into the community. The past weekend saw the finale of two projects that had used these activities as lenses to the hearts...