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As Malacca loses Kristang, Singapore group seeks to revive 500-year-old language

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:35
KUALA LUMPUR - Kristang, a creole language adopted by the descendents of the 16th-century Portuguese colonialists in South-east Asia, is dying in its Malaccan birthplace today. A sizeable Portuguese Eurasian community still live there, but there appears to be...

SPH Radio gets S$7,000 penalty for Kiss92FM’s offending comments on air

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:05
SINGAPORE - SPH Radio has been slapped with a S$7,000 financial penalty by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) for breaching the Free-To-Air Radio Programme Code. On Jan 11, deejays on Kiss92FM were discussing about the study on the sleeping...

Car-Free Sunday returns with new activities

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:30
SINGAPORE - The organisers of Car-Free Sunday SG will up the ante when the event returns this Sunday (March 26), with more than 10 new activities aimed at increasing the public's enjoyment factor. These include a slew of "get active" programmes such as...

Fire at waste management plant in Jurong

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 06:06
SINGAPORE – A fire has broken out at another waste management plant in Jurong, nearly a month after a massive fire nearly gutted Eco Special Waste Management in Tuas. On Tuesday (March 21), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) posted on its Facebook...

Man tries to smuggle more than 2,000 contraband cigarette cartons

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:10
SINGAPORE - A 24-year-old man tried to smuggle more than 2,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes in a Malaysian-registered bus he was driving on Sunday night (March 19). Officers had directed the bus for further checks upon its arrival at Tuas Checkpoint at...

Han Hui Hui removes, apologises for contemptuous statements

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:35
SINGAPORE - The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) will not pursue contempt of court proceedings against blogger Han Hui Hui after she complied with directions to remove scurrilous statements she had made on social media and apologise for them. She had been...

Singapore ranked most expensive city for expats for fourth year running

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:35
SINGAPORE - For the fourth year running, the Republic has been ranked the most expensive city for expatriates and business travellers, ahead of Hong Kong and Zurich, according to a bi-annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Singapore was among...

Singapore beats Silicon Valley for start-up talent: Survey

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:30
SINGAPORE - The Republic is the best place in the world for start-ups to hire talent, beating even Silicon Valley, a global survey has shown, but that is the only silver lining as the city-state has fallen in the overall ranking for start-up ecosystems, with...

Employers more cautious in awarding pay increases

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 03:55
SINGAPORE - Employees in the Republic may have to trim their expectations during their annual pay review, as a survey of salary trends in Asia showed that Singapore firms are adopting a more cautious outlook and cutting back on plans to award hefty pay...

New TTSH rehab facility to open in 2022

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 03:13
SINGAPORE - In five years' time, patients in the central region will have access to a new 500-bed community facility offering a full range of rehabilitation facilities and palliative care services. The Integrated Care Hub, which had its groundbreaking...

Man arrested for trepassing, stealing from a church

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 09:20
SINGAPORE - A 52-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trespassing and stealing from a church along Telok Blangah Road. Four laptops, estimated to be worth more than S$4,000 in total, were missing. A church staffer filed a police report on Saturday...

Grassroots ‘Heart’ teams to help residents in times of crisis

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 03:00
SINGAPORE - To help those traumatised by a terrorist attack or emergency, each of the 89 constituencies will set up teams of volunteers trained in giving psychological first aid and emotional support, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Sunday (March...

Volunteers trained to pick up hidden signs of distress

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 03:00
SINGAPORE - When crisis strikes, some people might exhibit behaviour or say things that suggest they are in distress. But what they do not say may also be equally important, said Dr Majeed Khader, chief psychologist at the Ministry of Home Affairs. Knowing...

WhyQ for hawker food? Your delivery is on its way

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 01:00
SINGAPORE - They hail from India, but fell so deeply in love with local hawker fare that they ditched their banking jobs to start a hawker-food delivery business. Mr Rishabh Singhvi and Mr Varun Saraf, both 27, are targeting - for now - fellow hawker-food...

‘Ability to adapt to new roles key to survival in new economy’

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 16:30
SINGAPORE - In the new economy where new types of jobs are created every other day, making the transition from a secure profession to untested waters can be daunting. But veteran banker-turned-country head of Facebook Singapore took the plunge and hasn't...

Two arrested after police raid St James Power Station

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:18
SINGAPORE - Six public entertainment outlets at St James Power Station were raided by the police in the wee hours of Saturday morning (March 16). Of the six outlets , two were found to have breached licensing conditions, police said in a statement. Forty...

New deck, lawn at East Coast Park opens

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 07:45
SINGAPORE - A new lawn and lookout deck in East Coast Park now offers East Coast residents additional space for recreational activities. Located at the end of the Siglap Canal, the new facilities can accommodate standing capacity for 1,250 people. The...

Roll out nationwide eye-screening drive to nip blindness in the bud

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 20:00
At the recent debate on the Health Ministry's budget, the Government spoke about helping diabetic patients get more convenient access to eye-screening services at general practitioner clinics under the Primary Care Network. As a primary eye-care professional,...

More than 85,000 employers to 
get S$660m in wage credit payouts

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:50
By the end of this month, more than 85,000 employers here will receive about S$660 million in Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) payouts, with small and medium-sized enterprises getting 70 per cent of the sum disbursed. Eligible employers will be informed of the...

The Big Read: After raising legal smoking age, what next? Iceland may offer answer

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:10
SINGAPORE - Under his friends' influence, he had his first puff when he was 15, and has been hooked since. Much as Mr Haiqal Sari, 22, had tried to quit smoking several times over the last few years, he only saw himself lighting up more. He now smokes up to a...