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Duo who scammed 4 shops with fake watches jailed 14 months each

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
SINGAPORE - Passing off their counterfeit watches as genuine luxury timepieces, two men from Hong Kong cheated four shops here of nearly S$19,000 over two days. On Wednesday (June 21), Cheung Siu Wa, 50, and his godson Chow Chun Tung, 33, were each sentenced...

MHA probes online post defending preacher whose books were banned

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
SINGAPORE - A Facebook post defending local religious preacher Rasul Dahri - whose books were recently banned here - is being investigated by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), said Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim on Thursday (June...

Metro scion Ong Jenn to be sentenced on July 12 over drug possession charges

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 04:34
SINGAPORE - The prosecution on Thursday (June 22) called for a three-year jail sentence to be imposed on Ong Jenn, the scion of Metro Holdings who had earlier admitted to attempted possession of cannabis. It noted that he had admitted to the daily abuse of...

Istana holds open house on Sunday to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 04:10
SINGAPORE - Music performances, a display of birds from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and a guided nature walk are just some of the programmes that visitors can look forward to during the Hari Raya Istana Open House on Sunday (June 25). The official...

Maxwell Chambers Suites the new name for Red Dot Traffic building

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:17
SINGAPORE - A second annexe block will be built to meet the strong demand for office space at the former Red Dot Traffic building at Maxwell Road. The additional block will add 3,500 sq ft of office space, on top of the 120,000 sq ft original expansion plan...

Nine new eateries, including three hawker stalls, on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:55
SINGAPORE - Thirty-eight eateries including nine new entrants have made it to the Michelin Guide Singapore's Bib Gourmand list for 2017, up from 34 in the inaugural edition last year. Hawker stalls Ah Er Soup at ABC Brickworks Market, Zai Shun Curry Fish Head...

TODAY's morning brief for Thursday, June 22

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:30
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URA launches tender for Beach Road site

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will launch a public tender for a commercial site on the Reserve List at Beach Road, after receiving an application from an unnamed developer at a bid price of not less than S$1.138 billion. The land parcel...

Geylang plot action a wake-up call for property owners, buyers: Experts

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - With the authorities recently affirming the policy stance that no compensation will be awarded to residential property owners upon lease expiry, private home buyers and sellers will soon need to brace themselves for a reality check. Over the...

JTC awards contract under new solar leasing model

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - In a move aimed at encouraging more building owners to install rooftop solar panels, JTC yesterday awarded a contract that will allow the solar energy generated at 27 of its buildings to be fully exported to the national power grid. The new solar...

Rising threat of anti-Muslim attacks around the world

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The anti-Muslim terror attack earlier this week in London could be a harbinger of similar incidents globally, including in Singapore where mosques could be threatened, analysts said. Such attacks, if they happen, may lead to a vicious circle of...

Final tests for facial recognition tech at Changi Airport's new T4

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Over the next few weeks, some passengers taking selected flights will get to test the use of facial recognition technology at Changi Airport's new Terminal 4 (T4), by trying out the self-service options for bag-drop, immigration and boarding. This...

Tighter regulations for local travel industry proposed

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Consumers may soon see enhanced protection measures against errant travel agents, with proposals by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to boost their investigative and enforcement powers. Proposed...

Near-death experience made her Mt Everest climb ‘more memorable’

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Barely 15 minutes after she reached the peak of the world's highest mountain, trainee teacher Nur Yusrina Ya'akob nearly plunged to her death when a climber attached to a shared climbing rope from the rear slipped and fell, pulling her along. The...

Don’t let radicalisation cases divide society, stoke fear: Grace Fu

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The Republic must not allow cases of radicalisation to divide it or stoke animosity and fear in society, Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu urged yesterday, a day after the arrests of two auxiliary police officers for terrorism-related...

SMEs’ business confidence hampered by uncertain outlook

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Business sentiment for the second half of the year has improved slightly as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) anticipate more sales in the run-up to the year-end festive season. However, overall confidence in profits remain weighed down by the...

Stressors agitated horse in joyride mishap: Coroner

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A combination of stress factors, including working over four hours on that particular day, led a retired racehorse to become agitated and rise on its hind legs, said the State Coroner yesterday, in delivering his findings on an elderly woman's...

Sungei Road market vendors make appeal for relocation to other sites

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:15
SINGAPORE - With less than three weeks to go before the closure of the Thieves' Market, the president of the Sungei Road market association has appealed to the authorities to find an alternative site for the vendors. Separately, some individuals have written...

Couple in late 70s found murdered in Bedok Reservoir home

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:36
SINGAPORE - The bodies of a man and a woman, who were in their 70s, were discovered on Wednesday afternoon (June 21) in a Bedok Reservoir flat, and the police have classified the case as murder.  They said in a statement on Wednesday night that officers...

Trans-Cab taxi catches fire at Moulmein Road, third case in three months

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:45
SINGAPORE - A Trans-Cab taxi caught fire along Moulmein Road near the slip road for the Central Expressway towards the Seletar Expressway on Wednesday afternoon (June 21) - the third such incident here involving the company in the last three months. The...