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Better coordination ‘the key to better help community’

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:30
SINGAPORE - Improved organisation and coordination are needed to provide better help for communities, and it is not about pouring in more resources or headcount, Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said on Sunday (March 26). To this end,...

Funds in 48 hours for kids in distressed families

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:30
SINGAPORE - Children in families hit by distressing situations, such as a divorce or death of a breadwinner, can now receive short-term financial relief in 48 hours in the Toa Payoh East-Novena division, as part of an initiative to help families tide over...

Values, ties shared by France, S’pore ‘more vital than ever’

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 13:45
SINGAPORE - Amid uncertainties in the global system and signs that governments are facing pressure to turn inwards, it is even more important for countries like Singapore and France who value openness to work closely together, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam...

New exercise campaign for seniors launched

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 12:35
SINGAPORE - In an effort to encourage seniors to stay active, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) launched its second exercise campaign on Sunday (March 26). to reach out to those aged 50 years and above, including those with reduced mobility. Called "You Can...

More firms hiring those with mental health issues

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 12:10
SINGAPORE - More employers are open to offering job opportunities to persons recovering from mental health conditions, said a train-and-place centre for such persons. Five months into the centre's launch, the number of employers offering part-time and...

Water price hike ‘absolutely necessary’ but should been explained better: PM Lee

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 13:06
SINGAPORE - Before announcing the water tariff hike last month, the Government perhaps should have spent more time explaining the rationale and what it would be doing to help households cope, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged on Saturday (March...

Bargains galore for cruise trippers in Singapore

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:50
SINGAPORE - Cruise vacation packages are on average priced lower by 30 per cent this year compared to last year, say travel agents. Holiday makers looking to take advantage of travel deals offered by cruise companies have a wide range of packages to choose...

French President Francois Hollande to make two-day state visit to Singapore

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:07
SINGAPORE - French President François Hollande will make a two-day state visit to Singapore starting Sunday (March 26), the first state visit by a sitting president of the European country. Mr Hollande's visit reciprocates President Tony Tan Keng Yam's state...

Singapore holds ‘carbon-neutral run’ as cities dim lights for Earth Hour

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 07:00
PARIS - From Sydney to New York, cities and monuments will dim their lights on Saturday (March 25) in a show of solidarity against the threats being faced by the planet from humankind. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour, an annual bid to...

Blogger Amos Yee granted asylum in the US

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 00:32
CHICAGO - A US immigration judge in Chicago on Friday (March 24, US time) granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Republic. Amos Yee, 18, who had been jailed twice in Singapore, qualifies as a...

The Big Read: That jobs report — cause for worry? Yes, and no

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:15
SINGAPORE - Given the current jobs situation, the periodic release of the official jobs data - which has made for grim reading of late - is typically followed by much handwringing. The latest 2016 labour market report issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)...

Revamped Pang Sua Pond in Bukit Panjang to be officially unveiled on Saturday

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:59
SINGAPORE - The revamped Pang Sua Pond in Bukit Panjang will be officially unveiled on Saturday (March 25), following a makeover under the Public Utilities Board's Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programmme. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be...

S'pore watching how TPP develops, will continue talks with other partners: PM Lee

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:55
HANOI - Despite the uncertainty hanging over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the United States' formal withdrawal, Singapore will continue its preparations to ratify the trade pact, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Friday (March...

Expansion of Singapore-Vietnam air services will benefit businesses

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:20
SINGAPORE - Opening up the skies to allow flights to and from Singapore, Vietnam and a third country will benefit businesses and is among the ways to grow economic ties between the two countries, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (March 24). Mr...

Revamp of agencies for ‘centralisation, tight coordination’

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:15
HANOI - The recent reorganisation of various agencies to push forward the Smart Nation drive was to bring about the right degree of centralisation and tighter coordination, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (March 24). While the Republic is...

Woman jailed for selling fake MCs to drug addicts

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:10
SINGAPORE - A housewife was sentenced to five months' jail on Friday (March 24) for providing drug addicts with forged medical certificates (MCs) to cover their absence from urine tests. Nursusilla Kassim, 26, faced four charges of providing or selling forged...

Strengthening telco, transport networks can boost S’pore’s ‘value proposition’: Teo Chee Hean

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:55
SINGAPORE – The Republic must remain attractive for companies to invest in the country, help firms seize new growth opportunities and further develop its workforce, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Friday (March 24). Such a strategy is essential...

Convict goes free after successful appeal

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:48
SINGAPORE - A man, who was not represented by a lawyer, had his conviction for heroin consumption overturned on Friday (March 24), after a High Court judge found "serious credibility issues" with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officer who had raided his...

Platelet transfusions may not help dengue patients: Study

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:02
SINGAPORE - Blood transfusions given to adult dengue patients with low blood platelet counts and who do not suffer severe bleeding are not effective, a study led by doctors here has found. Platelets are tiny blood cells that help one's body to form clots to...

Primary 3 girl in hospital following liquid soap ‘revenge’

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:35
SINGAPORE - A primary school girl ended up in hospital after her male classmate, nine, added liquid hand soap to her drink.
 According to a Lianhe Wanbao article on Friday (March 24), the girl suffered from "a fever and bouts of vomiting" after consuming...