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Philippine casinos will soon surpass Singapore: Universal Entertainment chairman

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 02:30
MANILA - The Philippine gaming market could soon surpass Singapore's as improved ties with China promises more tourists, said Universal Entertainment Corp Chairman Kazuo Okada, as he raised the prospects for his upcoming US$2.4 billion (S$3.5 billion)...

900g of heroin found in man's underwear at Tuas checkpoint

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 02:27
SINGAPORE - A Malaysian motorcyclist has been arrested for trying to smuggle 900 grams of heroin into Singapore – by hiding the drugs in his underwear. The 23-year-old was stopped for checks at about 6.10am on Wednesday (Dec 21) at the Tuas Checkpoint,...

Keppel Infrastructure Holdings wins bid to build S'pore’s fourth desalination plant

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 00:21
SINGAPORE – Keppel Infrastructure Holdings has been picked to build Singapore's fourth desalination plant in the Marina East, beating out six other bidders for the project. National water agency PUB made the announcement on Thursday (Dec 22), adding that...

Hawkers hope for fewer changes under new Foodfare regime

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - News that five hawker centres will be managed by NTUC Foodfare from next July has led some affected stallholders to wonder about the changes that are in store for them. While the hawkers were reassured that there would be no change to the way...

SMEs pessimistic about first half of 2017: Survey

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - In an ominous sign for the new year, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) here are pessimistic about their prospects for the first half of next year, an industry index showed yesterday - the first time the quarterly survey showed such negative...

TODAY's morning briefing for Thursday, Dec 22

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 16:05
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Firm, director fined a total of S$215,000 for unlicensed estate agency work

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 11:25
SINGAPORE - A company and its director were fined a total of S$215,000 on Wednesday (Dec 21) for conducting property transactions without a licence, the largest fine ever meted out by the court for unlicensed estate agency work. Franks Property, which is not...

EU-Singapore trade deal needs full national scrutiny: EU court adviser

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 11:06
LUXEMBOURG - A top legal adviser to the European Court of Justice said on Wednesday (Dec 21) that a trade agreement between Singapore and the European Union cannot be fast-tracked into force, in a case likely to impact Europe's trade strategy. The European...

COE premiums close mixed in final bidding exercise of 2016

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 08:01
SINGAPORE  - Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices rose for all three categories for cars after the latest bidding exercise - the last one for 2016 - ended on Wednesday (Dec 21), with premiums for Category B (above 1,600cc or 97kW power output) rising by...

Ex-BSI banker Yeo Jiawei convicted of witness tampering in 1MDB-related probe

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 07:25
SINGAPORE - Ex-BSI Bank wealth planner Yeo Jiawei will be going to jail after he was convicted on Wednesday (Dec 21) of tampering with key witnesses involved in an international money-laundering investigation linked to the scandal-hit 1Malaysia Development...

Two charged with stealing S$5m from Stat Boards co-op

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 05:31
SINGAPORE - Some 30 months after the case first grabbed headlines, details of how two ex-employees allegedly cheated Singapore's oldest co-operative of S$5.1 million of members' savings emerged on Wednesday (Dec 21) when they were charged in court. No...

Man charged with murder of cleaner at ferry terminal

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 01:49
SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Malaysian man was charged on Wednesday (Dec 21) with the murder of a 54-year-old cleaner at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal last month. Ahmad Muin Yaacob, a Malaysian, had allegedly killed Maimunah Awang between noon and 1pm at the ferry...

PwC’s Budget 2017 proposals include easier visa rules, tax reliefs

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 22:00
SINGAPORE - Ease work visa regulations for certain firms in the technology sector. Reintroduce incentives for employee share plans to attract talent. Give tax reliefs to help businesses go digital. Allow enhanced tax deduction for overseas research and...

NEA seeks ‘socially conscious’ operators to run 2 new hawker centres

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Operators will be invited to submit bids for tenders to manage two new hawker centres at Yishun and Jurong West on a not-for-profit basis, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced yesterday. This means that the hawker centres, set to open...

Suspect in penny-stock crash tampered with witnesses: Prosecutors

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Investigators have found audio recordings between John Soh Chee Wen, the alleged mastermind of the penny-stock crash in 2013, and a witness named Gabriel Gan, suggesting that Soh tried to tamper with several key witnesses, the court heard...

New roadmap to offer more support to caregivers of persons with disabilities

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Amid growing concern that ageing caregivers would find it harder to care for their grown-up children and themselves, those providing care will be given greater attention under the latest roadmap to guide policies and programmes for persons with...

For some women, the stork also delivers the blues

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 20:00
Singapore - Being around her 10-month-old son is the best part of Ms Stacie Henson's day, but it was not always this way. The maternal bond had not come naturally to the first-time mother, who had recurring thoughts of harming her baby because of postnatal...

Investing in the ‘little things’ for the benefit of Singaporeans

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 20:00
We were at a jewellery store picking out a Mother's Day present, and my sister had just told the shopkeeper that I worked at the Pioneer Generation Office (PGO). "Our Government is so terrible to the elderly, you know," the shopkeeper exclaimed. "I must tell...

Jurong Country Club members to get compensation in two tranches next year

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 15:30
SINGAPORE - As operations at Jurong Country Club (JCC) draw to a close to make way for the construction of the High-Speed Rail project, the club management said on Tuesday (Dec 20) that members will receive their compensation in two tranches between February...

TODAY's morning briefing for Dec 21

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 15:04
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