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Online simulator to estimate accident-claims outcomes for motorists

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:35
SINGAPORE - Motorists embroiled in disputes over traffic accidents will soon have an idea of the strength of their cases with the help of an online simulator, which generates possible outcomes using information provided, precedent cases and historical...

Cabbies may ignore street commuters during peak hours: Experts

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:35
SINGAPORE - With surge pricing, taxi drivers could spend less time plying the roads for customers and more time ferrying passengers matched to them through a mobile application. In contrast, the situation may be less rosy for commuters who are unwilling or...

Assembling Singapore’s ‘superheroes’

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:33
SINGAPORE - Three years ago, Ms Jean Loo hit on a winning idea to combine photography, costume-making and every kid's innate desire to be a superhero into a groundbreaking social initiative to inspire children here. Those who took part in the project, called...

End of HUDC programme as Braddell View goes private

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:25
SINGAPORE - The privatisation of Braddell View estate marked the closure of the Government's privatisation programme for Housing and Urban Development Company (HUDC) estates on Friday (March 17). The Housing and Development Board (HDB) said in a press release...

StarHub makes foray into building smart homes

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:10
SINGAPORE - StarHub is set to be the latest telco to collaborate with a property developer to build smart homes. Set to be announced soon, the project with the smart-home concept will not be "merely home automation" for residents, said chief executive officer...

Mixed response to designated smoking areas in Nee Soon South, Orchard Road

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:10
SINGAPORE - As it works towards its goal of creating a smoke-free estate, Nee Soon South will become the first constituency to have all its public housing blocks within walking distance of a designated smoking point by the end of this year. However, when...

44-year-old man arrested for serial fare evasion and cheating cab drivers

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:35
Singapore – A suspected serial fare cheat has been nabbed by Police on Thursday (March 16). The 44-year-old man allegedly failed to pay for his taxi fare on multiple occasions and also cheated taxi drivers of their money. Preliminary police investigations...

Trailer truck makes illegal u-turn, driving in wrong direction at MCE entrance

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 07:50
SINGAPORE - Motorists on the East Coast Parkway (ECP) expressway were forced to come to a stop on Friday morning (March 17) when the driver of a trailer truck made an illegal manoeuvre at the entrance to the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE). The truck cut...

13 fake PAP MP Facebook profiles created in phishing bid

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 07:28
SINGAPORE - At least 13 People's Action Party (PAP) Members of Parliament (MPs) have had fake Facebook accounts created in their names over the past three days, all for phishing attempts. These included office-holders such as Minister in the Prime Minister's...

Singaporeans among poorest of sleepers in the world: Fitbit data

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 07:00
SINGAPORE - Singaporeans are among the poorest sleepers in the world, clocking in an average of just 6.56 hours of sleep per night. according to data collected by fitness-tracking firm Fitbit. Only the Japanese and Indians sleep less than Singaporeans, while...

Helping long-term unemployed land jobs is top priority: Swee Say

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 06:34
SINGAPORE - Amid the sluggish jobs situation, the Government has singled out helping long-term unemployed individuals rejoin the labour market as a top priority to ensure that the rise in unemployment rate does not persist, said Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say...

Dynamic-pricing option for taxi operators approved

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 05:40
SINGAPORE - Paving the way for a sea change in how demand for taxis will be met during peak hours, the Public Transport Council (PTC) and Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Friday (March 17) gave several traditional taxi operators the green light to implement...

S’pore hits back at Economist: Protesters not in court over criticism

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 05:07
SINGAPORE - Refuting a recent article in The Economist alleging a lack of free speech here, Ms Foo Chi Hsia, Singapore's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, has pointed out that the three protestors who were convicted for creating a public nuisance at...

UniSIM renamed S’pore University of Social Sciences

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 04:34
SINGAPORE - SIM University (UniSIM), which is in the midst of a restructuring to become the sixth autonomous university here, has been renamed the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Friday (March...

Jurong West coffeeshop ordered shut for a day due to poor toilet facilities

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 00:55
SINGAPORE - A coffeeshop at Jurong West will be shut on Friday (March 17), after it was found to have violated several health violations related to its restrooms. According to National Environment Agency (NEA), the eating house, at Block 503 Jurong West...

Singapore February exports strongest in 5 years, beat forecasts

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 00:37
SINGAPORE - Singapore exports expanded for the fourth consecutive month in February, exceeding economists' expectations, helped by shipments of electronics and non-electronics. On a year-on-year basis, non-oil domestic exports (Nodx) gained 21.5 per cent last...

Singaporeans become Uber drivers to get around high car prices

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 00:00
SINGAPORE - In one of the most expensive countries in the world to own a car, Mr Peter Chiu is finding a novel way to pay for one. The 58-year-old retired policeman rents a car in Singapore, drives three to four hours a day for Uber Technologies to cover its...

TODAY's morning brief for Friday, March 17

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:47
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Ex-director charged with taking kickbacks, declaring false wages

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man was charged in court yesterday for squeezing S$34,500 in kickbacks from 20 foreign employees. Sivasundaram Veeramani, an Indian national, who was an ex-director of industrial equipment supplier Koa Low Engineering, faces 42...

DSA revisions laudable, but challenge lies in transparency

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:00
Earlier this month, Minister of Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng announced changes to the Direct School Admissions (DSA) scheme. Starting next year, all secondary schools will be able to admit a higher proportion (up to 20 per cent) of their secondary one...