"Don't worry mummy, I'll come back for dinner; just keep the food for me." Those were 16-year-old Ng Jun Hui's last words to his parents, they told The Straits Times yesterday, the final day of the boy's wake. Mr Ritchie Ng and his wife are looking for answers. How did their son fall 12 storeys to his death while playing a version of hide-and-seek in the sky garden at Block 79D in Toa Payoh Central in the wee hours of Tuesday? A former classmate who was with the boy told Mr Ng that his son had mistakenly hopped over a wall at the edge of the garden.
Kim Jong Un on Monday (Jan 1) warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul. After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, Kim used his televised New Year’s Day speech to call for lower military tensions on the Korean peninsula and improved ties with the South.
A 15-year-old's life turned into a nightmare when he aggressively pursued a girl who is of the same age and refused to be his girlfriend. After she complained to an older boy, the teen was beaten, had cash taken forcefully from him, was robbed of his laptop and asked to pay $10,000 to a gang for ruining its "reputation". The acts of violence on different occasions last year took place when the teen began pestering the girl, a Chinese national, in October. The victim and girl cannot be named as they are younger than 16.
Six electric scooter suppliers here were found to be selling unregistered charging adaptors, which experts say can pose fire risks. Spring Singapore named the suppliers in a statement yesterday, following a two-month market surveillance. They are: CarbonRevo, Emarco Enterprise, Escoot.sg, Falcon PEV, Minimotors - Maxtech Plus and Skateline SkateSchool. Spring said it has seized 175 unregistered charging adaptors. It found two common types of adaptors - those packaged with e-scooters, and fast-charging adaptors that reduce the charging time of e-scooter batteries.
An elderly Indonesian couple has won a marathon legal suit against insurer AIA over a fake US$5.06 million (S$7 million) policy sold to them by a rogue AIA top agent. Plaintiffs Ong Han Ling, 79, and his wife Enny Ariandini Pramana, 78, had sued AIA in 2012 for the fraud by insurance agent Sally Low.Yesterday, the High Court also dismissed AIA's counter-claim that the Ongs had conspired with Low to defraud the insurer. It found AIA vicariously liable for the fraud and awarded the couple $1,597,250.69 with interest.
Parents may soon find it cheaper to feed their newborn babies with a move by three public hospitals in Singapore to switch to cheaper milk powder. Those who feed their babies with infant formula could find their costs halved when the hospitals offer cheaper ready-to-feed (RTF) brands to infants in hospital from July 1.
They were employed by SMRT Trains, but are accused of secretly having interests in two firms that were bidding for contracts from the rail operator. Over a period spanning almost five years, they allegedly managed to dupe SMRT into awarding 28 contracts valued at almost $10 million to the two firms.
I think that we should use biodiesel instead of normal diesel.
traversed-.travel across or through shoestring-a small amount of money that is considered to be inadequate for its intended purpose. nascent-beginning to exist or develop
A normal evening for shoppers and shopkeepers at Bedok Mall took a frightening turn yesterday, when a man wielding a pair of scissors caused a ruckus. In a Facebook update at around 7.30pm yesterday,
Travellers at Changi Airport will have to watch the clock if they do not want to miss their flights. From Monday, there will no longer be final call announcements for passengers to head to their board
Earn as you ride - that's what home-grown bike-sharing operator oBike is promising its userswith the launch of its own cryptocurrency.
Move a little spaceman past a coin, and a question pops up: "I should not store sensitive information on my phone - true or false?"
Seven cars and a CityCab taxi were involved in a chain collision on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) yesterday afternoon. A video of the aftermath has been circulating online.
A maid, angry that her employer's teenage son had scratched her face, poured hot oil from a frying pan on him. Yesterday, she was sentenced to one year's jail for causing hurt to the boy.
Analytics: the systematic computational analysis of data or statistics Recalcitrant: having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline Furnish: be a source of; provide
A basketball coach committed sexual acts on his then 13-year-old student and the teenager told his mother only two years later when he feared contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
Reconciliation: the restoration of friendly relations Retaliation: the action of returning a military attack; counter-attack Purportedly: as appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; allegedly.
Defrauded: to illegally obtain money from someone by deception Plaintiff: a person who brings a case against another in a court of law Reimbursed: to repay a person who has spent or lost money
Unable to move on after their affair ended early this year, a married man killed his former girlfriend in her flat before jumping to his death from the 10th storey unit, a court heard yesterday.
What was supposed to be a year-end holiday to the United States turned tragic for a Singaporean family, after three of them were killed and one was injured in a traffic accident last Friday.
Claiming that he wanted to make more friends, an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority inspector abused his position and performed unauthorized checks on foreign women who had entered Singapore.
Police arrested a 33 year-old man after he allegedly scammed over 10 victims of hundreds of dollars by selling discounted e-tickets to Universal Studios Singapore on a online market called Carousell.
Pique:The feeling of irritation Vary: The differ in size, amount, degree, or nature from something else in the same general class. Denouement: The outcome of a situation, where something is decided
Perpetuated: to make something continue indefinitely Barred: to prevent or prohibit someone of something from doing something or going somewhere Stagnated: cease developing, become inactive or dull
Optimistic: hopeful and confident about the future Ethics: the moral correctness of specific conduct Arthritis: a disease causing painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
Optimistic: hopeful and confident about the future Ethics: the moral correctness of specific conduct Arthritis: a disease causing painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
Pique: a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one's pride Denouement: the outcome of a situation, when something is decided or made clear Nuance: a subtle difference in, or shade of meaning, expression, or sound
3 new words and their definition: 1. Marred Definition: Ruined 2. Errorneous Definition: Incorrect 3. Bunting Definition: Something that is hanged as a decoration for special occasions
Malaysian police have arrested 11 more people, including seven who were detained with help from Singapore police, in connection with the brutal murder of a suspected secret society leader at a Johor Baru petrol station on Dec 17. This brings the total number of those detained to 13.
More Singaporeans are making use of the two long festive weekends to take an extended holiday overseas compared with last year, say travel industry players. The final two weeks of 2016 also had long weekends.
Although regulations and attitudes have shifted to be more welcoming towards stray dog adoption, the rehoming of stray dogs is still a challenge for many animal welfare groups (AWGs) in Singapore.
Police have arrested a man, 33, for allegedly cheating more than 10 victims out of hundreds of dollars by selling them invalid e-tickets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) on online marketplace Carousell.
A joint statement to clarify this was issued to The Straits Times yesterday by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the police after an image was widely shared on Wednesday of a uniformed LTA officer apparently making sure that President Halimah Yacob's vehicle complied with traffic rules.
Seven cars and a CityCab taxi were involved in a chain collision on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) yesterday afternoon. A video of the aftermath has been circulating online. The police said that the
Mr West was very resilient as he endured all the difficulties he faced when serving NS.
I think that this is a very good programme as the number of stray dogs will decrease.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) will be rolling out a five-year sterilisation programme next year to better manage the stray dog population in Singapore.
In the wake of K-pop boyband Shinee's lead singer Kim Jong Hyun's suicide, many fans have taken to social media to share their grief. Some have even allegedly harmed themselves.
He had come to Singapore to visit a friend. Then, his journey back home to Johor early yesterday morning left him with a car mangled at both ends, though he was thankful that he walked away without a
Korean singer Kim Jonghyun, 27, took his own life on Monday (Dec 18), shocking fans around the world who mourned the young SHINee band member's death.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
A Singapore primary school pupil broke the children's category world record in one section of the World Memory Championships held in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier this month. Dhruv Manoj, 11, a Primary 5 pupil at Sembawang Primary School, outperformed 20 other competitors in his age group of 12 and below to top the "names and faces" discipline. Read more at http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/spore-pupil-11-sets-new-world-record
A maid, angry that her employer's teenage son had scratched her face, poured hot oil from a frying pan on him. Yesterday, she was sentenced to one year's jail for causing hurt to the boy. I think that the maid should practice self control and she is probably suffering from depression.
Three electric scooters went up in flames in less than 10 hours yesterday due to the owners buying cheap batteries. The first fire broke out in an HDB unit at Block 114, Pasir Ris Street 11, at 1.40am yesterday. An hour later, another PMD-related fire occurred at Sembawang Park. Luckily, no one was hurt. This article tells people who has electric scooters that they should buy branded batteries to prevent others and themselves from getting hurt.
Mr Khairul Anwar Mohd Sani, 25, was the driver of the car which was involved in the accident along Cavenagh Road. He and Ms Nurul Filzah, 21 - one of two passengers in the car - died after being taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Saturday. The other passenger, who is Ms Nurul's boyfriend, Mr Johari Shariff, 28, underwent surgery yesterday afternoon after sustaining injuries to his face, reported Lianhe Wanbao. This article tells us that we should all be careful even if we are all safe people because accidents can happen all the time.
Residents in Jurong West can look forward to a new two-storey market, shopping and community complex that will replace the market that burned down last year.
With all the recent news about sexual harassment faced by women, it is easy to overlook the fact that victims include men and boys - a small but growing group. In Singapore, police data showed there were 98 male victims of outrage of modesty or molestation last year, making up 7 per cent of victims. There were 74 male victims in 2010, or 5 per cent of all molestation victims.
A pipe burst at FairPrice outlet and partially disrupting the supermarket's operations for about two hours. It caused the place to have a foul smell and all the customers on the floor were evacuated, although nobody was hurt.
I do not think that genetically modified seeds should be used as they are harmful to humans and cause illnesses. They should just use normal and organic seeds, and just be careful while spraying the herbicide.
I think that cancer is a very scary form of ailment that not many people live through to tell the tale, so i do hope that Mr McCain survives. Stay strong, Mr McCain!
adhere:Believe in and follow the practices of. mobility:The ability to move or be moved freely and easily. summonses:An authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
Two American men who were arrested in Thailand for posting naked photos on Instagram have reportedly been released from jail and are heading home to San Diego. I think want they are doing is very silly and they are doing it for fun. I think they deserve to be arrested.
An explosion rocked the area near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan early yesterday morning (yesterday evening, Singapore time), police said. The city's mayor later called it a "terrorist attack" although at press time, police had yet to confirm this.
New York Minutes after a man set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body in one of New York's busiest transit hubs, throwing the Monday morning commute into chaos for many, a suspect was in custody, trains were rerouted and throngs of police swarmed the streets.
New York officials yesterday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a crowded Manhattan commuter hub.
Police and firefighters block off streets near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City after a possible pipe bomb explosion in an underground passageway caused chaos during morning rush hour yesterday. A 27-year-old injured suspect has been detained, the police tweeted.
Rupee St James - which bills itself as a Bollywood gentlemen's club - has become the first nightspot to be suspended under laws for public entertainment that were tightened in August. Police said that a vice syndicate had been using the club at St James Power Station on Sentosa Gateway to "operate and provide sexual services" - with clients booking the services of women via the club's management for fees ranging between $500 and $1,000.
Since shared bicycles began rolling out here earlier this year, both operators and the authorities have taken steps to ensure bikes are not abused or parked indiscriminately. One user has taken it upon himself to help clear the streets of damaged bikes. Mr Zhivko Girginov, a Bulgarian who has been living here for nine years, said he wanted to do something about bicycles cluttering up public spaces. Since September, he has conducted three "raids", using a rented lorry to collect damaged bicycles and deposit them in a public space where the bike operators can pick them up later.
The number of personal mobility device (PMD) users caught riding on the roads has jumped, with an average of 40 every month. This figure from January to November is 18 per cent more than the monthly average of 34 recorded last year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday after queries from The Straits Times. Most PMD users are electric scooter riders, who have been in the spotlight after a 52-year-old man riding such a machine died last month after an accident with a double-decker bus in Kaki Bukit.
I thought that what the government doing will be quite good, as they will help to strengthen their website security. It is just like having antibiotics to shield themselves from hackers.....
Diptych: a painting, especially an altarpiece, on two hinged wooden panels which may be closed like a book Juxtapose: place or deal with close together for contrasting effect Anonymise: remove identifying particulars or details from something, for statistical or other purposes I think that the Nobel Peace Centre is doing the right thing, promoting the abolishing of the use of nuclear weapons, to reduce the amount of lives lost by it. I have learnt that Asian have not won the Nobel peace prize before.
Directive: an official or authoritative Repetitive: containing or characterized by repetition, especially when unnecessary or tiresome Prowess: skill or expertise in a particular activity or field I think that it is very bold to try and travel all 225 million kilometres to Mars, and then other worlds beyond. I have learnt that the US has been of going back into space for quite long already.
A company seeking to pioneer an exchange for buying and selling shares in racehorses is suing a blockchain consultancy and its ex-director for allegedly failing to deliver the software pla
A driver of a bus failed to keep a proper lookout when making a right turn at a signalised cross-junction and hit a pedestrian, causing her death.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
There have been 50 cases of windows falling this year, with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Housing Board (HDB) reminding home owners to maintain their windows at lea
Thousands of firefighters were battling one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history on Monday (Dec 11) as it crept relentlessly up the Pacific coast and forced new evacuations.The Thomas Fire has burned 93,300 hectares since it erupted a week ago, making it the fifth-largest fire in the state's history. It was only 15 per cent contained as of early afternoon Monday.
NEA is planning to have more robots to take up the cleaning job as the demand for cleaning and waste management services continues to rise in Changi General Hospital.
Nascent:(especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential. Paradigm:a typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model. Watershed:an event or period marking a turning point in a situation. Summary: Saudi Arabia on Monday (Dec 11) lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the kingdom's nascent film industry. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/saudi-arabia-lifts-ban-on-cinemas-9488804
Crowded bus stops and confused commuters were a common sight along parts of the North-South and East-West lines (NSEWL) yesterday during the first of two scheduled full-day closures.
Two boys have been caught on video damaging the locks on rental bicycles from bike-sharing firm ofo, before cycling off on their free ride. The 55-second video, which was posted on Facebook on Saturday night and has been circulating online, showed the boys at a HDB void deck. One of them was seen using a hammer-like object to repeatedly hit the lock of a bicycle.
laceration: a deep cut or tear in skin or flesh. restraint; a measure or condition that keeps someone or something under control. purportedly: as appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; allegedly.
a) intercepted- to take, seize, or halt (someone or something on the way from one place to another); cut off from an intended destination convicted- to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal trial unlawful- not lawful; contrary to law; illegal b) I have learnt that we should not try to cheat in to something or do anything illegal. We should always obey rules and laws. We should think about our actions before we do anything. Always have a good mindset and do the right stuff. c) Having guards at places where people can jump into the sea and swim to other countries. d) Why did these 3 men had to do this. e) 3 men arrested for swimming from Malaysia to Singapore illegally, may face up to six months in jail and at least 3 strokes of cane. f) vigilance were shown by the police coast guards as they managed to spot the 3 men. g) I wish that more people would not do such dumb actions,
Caliphate: the area ruled by a caliph Coalition: a temporary alliance for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government Cartography: the science or practice of drawing maps I think that the ISIS should not be so ruthless as to kill people. I have learnt that the ISIS numbers are diminishing, and that they are hiding out in the desert.
Apocalyptic: momentous or catastrophic Rodeo: a roundup of cattle in a ranch for branding, counting, etc. Allieviate: to make suffering, deficiency or a problem less severe. i think that fires can be very harmful, so we should try our best not to start them. I have learnt that the fires had spread to over 150 000 acres of land.
SEOUL: North Korea has lambasted US President Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, renewing its description of him as a "dotard" in a statement released Saturday (Dec 9) on stat Dotard: an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile. Obscure: not clearly expressed or easily understood. Lambaste: criticize harshly I think that these nations should not be so critical towards one another. I have learnt that Jerusalem was not originally the Isreali capital.
Minute: extremely small as in size,amount, extent or degree. Reinforcements: extra personnel sent to increase the strngth of an army or similar force. Domestic: relating to the running of a home or family relations I think that the police did a very good job, responding very quickly. I have learnt that u should not do such unthinkable actions, as it may get you into trouble.
An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region Wednesday (Dec 6), forcing more than 200,000 people to evacuate. "Very strong winds" blowing from the northeast to the southwest were causing the fire to balloon. The flames have swallowed some 32,000 hectares in just over a day since the "Thomas" fire, currently the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one dead in an area about 45 minutes from downtown LA.
dossier:a collection or file of documents on the same subject, especially a complete file containing detailed information about a person or topic. syndicate: a group of individuals or organizations combined or making a joint effort to undertake some specific duty or carry out specific transactions or negotiations. peripheral:concerned with relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of the subject in question.
3 words I learnt and their meaning: 1.Lauded:to praise; extol. 2.Accolade:any award, honor, or laudatory notice 3.Comprising:to include or contain
3 words I have learnt and th turnout eir meanings: 1. Turnout:the gathering of persons who come to an exhibition, party, spectacle 2.Revitalising:to give new vitality or vigor to. 3.Visitorship:the number of visitors attending an event
3 new words I have learnt and their meanings: 1.Dealt:to occupy oneself or itself 2.Evaded:to escape from by trickery or cleverness 3.Mandatory:authoritatively ordered; obligatory; compulsory
Demographic: relating to the structure of populations. Ominous: giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen; threateningly inauspicious. Exacerbate: make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse. In 2018, the share of the population that is 65 years old and older will match that of those younger than 15 years old for the first time. As the elderly population starts to crowd out the young, the "demographic time bomb" may mean changes to taxes, immigration rules and social services
After reading this article, i thought that what the 4 men did was very shameful when they fight in public and WORSE is they are settling that kind of matter in a hotel! As we can see in the picture, they not only punch each other, but one of them also tried to throw a chair at the other person......I think that they should deserve a more strict punishment!
sanctions: to formally give permission for something subsequent: happening after something else dope: marijuana, or, more generally, any type of illegal drug
One wish I have after reading this article is that these attacks will STOP as these harms the lives of many innocent people and their families :(
Spewing: If something spews liquid or gas, or liquid or gas spews from something, it flows out in large amounts Plumes: A tall, thin mass of smoke, dust, or similar substance that rises up into the air(meaning in this case) Imminent: Coming or likely to happen very soon
Two men were charged in court yesterday over their alleged involvement in a ruckus at a Balestier Road bak kut teh restaurant on Aug 19. Tay Soo Yong, 50, and Toh Kian Teck, 53, were each charged with one count of harassment. Toh also faces a charge of causing mischief. The two Singaporeans are accused of committing the offences at the Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian) restaurant around 2.40am that day. Toh allegedly threw plastic chopsticks and spoons at a 27-year-old waitress before abusing her with vulgarities.
An unemployed drug addict spotted a car at a taxi stand and shouted for the owner to hand over the key. When the car owner stayed silent, Indra Haiqal Azman Ali took out a knife and continued shouting at Mr Vikesh Ram Tamil Arasan. When Mr Vikesh, 30, failed to hand over the key, Indra, 27, pointed the knife at his target. He drove off after Mr Vikesh handed him the key, with the victim and his friends giving chase in a taxi.
The sight of three men seemingly scooping up shellfish at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve stunned a nature guide who was visiting the place over the weekend. Mr Ben Lee, who works full-time at Nature Trekker, quickly informed the National Parks Board (NParks). An officer arrived and confiscated plastic bags with the molluscs from the trio. Mr Lee, 54, a frequent visitor to the wetlands, told The Straits Times that he saw three men digging and scooping shellfish into large plastic bags around 5.20pm on Sunday. They did so for about 30 minutes. One of the men looked to be in his late 40s, while the other two appeared to be their 20s. He said the men most likely dug up the molluscs for sale or personal consumption.
Incidents of falling trees and branches have dropped to their lowest level since recording of incidents began 16 years ago, despite online chatter which suggests the opposite. Though at least five cases of toppled trees and fallen branches were blamed for causing traffic jams and damaging vehicles last month, the 361 incidents reported this year is a fall of 85 per cent from 3,000 in 2001, the National Parks Board (NParks) said. The number this year is also less than half of the 800 recorded last year and involved mostly snapped branches, rather than uprooted trees, NParks added.
Two men were charged yesterday over their roles in providing illegal short-term stays to tenants. This is the first use of new regulations against home sharing since they kicked in on May 15. Property agents Terence Tan En Wei, 35, and Yao Songliang, 34, face four charges each for renting out their private property to others for under six months. They are expected to plead guilty
A recalcitrant molester released from prison in March was caught on a viral video outraging a woman's modesty on an MRT train just four months later. Sim Teck Chye, 45, who has been in and out of prison every year since 2013 for molest, was last sentenced to jail in January this year. Yesterday, the jobless man was jailed for six months after admitting he had touched a woman's thigh while riding on a train on the East-West Line on July 2. The incident was captured in a video and photos, which went viral online. Recognising Sim from one of the photos, another woman remembered him from another incident.
Meteoric: resembling a meteor in transient brilliance incorporated: formed or constituted as a legal corporation. cryptocurrency: a digital currency or decentralized system of exchange that uses advanced cryptography for security.
After listing three of the reasons why MRT tunnels flooding , SMRT thinks that train tunnels are lacking of proper maintenance.
The pilots of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight to Mumbai did not try to land in the wrong airport, the airline said in a statement on Tuesday (Dec 5). The statement was in response to a Times of India report, which said the pilots of flight SQ422 mistakenly made an approach to land at Juhu airport – used by helicopters and small aircraft – instead of Chhatrapati Shivaji airport, the primary international airport in Mumbai. The Singapore-Mumbai flight, an Airbus A350, was scheduled to land on Runway 9 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji airport at 10.35am (1.35pm, Singapore time) on Monday. A total of 245 passengers and 14 crew members were on board the flight.
SEOUL Thirteen people were killed and two were missing after a fishing boat collided with a tanker off South Korea's west coast and capsized early yesterday. The Seonchang-1 fishing boat was carrying 20 passengers on a fishing tour as well as two sailors when it crashed with the 336-tonne fuel tanker near the port city of Incheon. Thirteen people were found dead or died after being sent to hospitals. Seven others were being treated at hospitals while two - including the captain of the boat - remained missing, according to the coastguard.
The Singapore Association for the Deaf said that it is troubled by a Channel 8 Chinese current affairs programme, Hello Singapore, which showed a trainer from a People's Association (PA) SkillsFuture course teaching sign language. The association, which represents individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, said that the signs were "inaccurate" and that the trainer is not on the association's list of sign language instructors. Moreover, the trainer was demonstrating Signing Exact English (SEE) and not Singapore Sign Language (SgSL), which the deaf community in Singapore uses.
The companies behind glitzy brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry and Hermes have failed in their lawsuits against a Singapore freight forwarder involved in shipping fake goods from China via Singapore to Batam. The goods could have fetched more than $1 million.
All three local banks have raised their home loan rates as interest rates continue to spike, and mortgage advisers warn of more hikes to come. DBS Bank, OCBC Bank and United Overseas Bank, which collectively account for the lion's share of the housing loan market, have raised the interest on their fixed-rate and floating-rate packages since last month. DBS and UOB have jacked up the interest on their three-year fixed-rate loans by 10 per cent. The fixed-rate packages now sell for 1.85 per cent a year for each of the three years. In October, the rate was 1.68 per cent. A DBS spokesman said that it had raised rates "in tandem with market interest rate environment and outlook". Demand for the revised 1.85 per cent three-year fixed-rate loan remains strong, he added.
After a few bumps in the road, the first fleet of 80 electric Bluecars for a public car-sharing scheme will finally be launched on Dec 12. By the end of this year, 30 stations offering 120 charging points will be rolled out island-wide - 18 in Housing Board estates such as Bishan and Punggol, 10 in the city and its fringes, and two others within the industrial and commercial estates at one-north and the Science Park. The service works on a one-way model - users must pick up and return the Bluecar at a charging station. They will be billed per minutewith a minimum of 15 minutes and can choose between a yearly and weekly membership. The first has a monthly subscription of $15 and 33 cents per minute of use. The second charges 50 cents a minute.
Over 10 years, Keppel Club employee Setho Oi Lin, also known as Setho Irene, would tell prospective buyers there were club memberships available for transfer. Instead of paying the club directly, the buyers would be instructed to make payment to third parties, including Setho's friend, and this accomplice's family members. A supervisor at the membership department would enter these buyers' names into the database and issue them with membership cards. In total - between June 1, 2004, and Aug 1, 2014 - Setho duped 1,341 people into paying about $37.5 million for fake memberships.
Users of Mobike bicycles may be able to locate the firm's orange two-wheelers with greater ease, thanks to a tie-up between the Chinese firm and telco Singtel. The two firms yesterday signed an agreement that will see them team up to explore the use of new Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The technology refers to a network that connects devices such as vehicles and home appliances, allowing them to share data and communicate. This will allow bicycles to be more readily found in areas such as void decks of Housing Board blocks, where Global Positioning System (GPS) technology may not be able to easily locate them, said Mobike co-founder and chief technology officer Joe Xia.
The charred body of a man was found in a bedroom of a ninth-storey unit at Block 99, Aljunied Crescent. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and police responded to a fire in the HDB flat at around 2.15pm. SCDF officers forced their way past the locked front door and also entered a burning bedroom through a window from the common corridor. The window panes had been shattered beforethe firefighters arrived. The fire, which involved contents in the bedroom, was put out with a water jet.
Sluice: an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate at the upper end for regulating the flow. Periphery: the external boundary of any surface or area. Retrofit: to install, fit, or adapt for use with something older.
unprecedented:never done or known before. intercontinental:relating to or travelling between continents. unanimously:without opposition; with the agreement of all people involved.
PARIS Former US president Barack Obama took a new swipe at his successor Donald Trump over the Paris climate accord at a meeting with business leaders in the French capital. Mr Obama also vouched for the superiority of female leadership as "men seem to be having some problems these days", alluding to the sexual assault and harassment scandals currently engulfing the US. Speaking to a group of communications and media leaders as well as financiers and academics known as Les Napoleons, Mr Obama regretted what he called a "temporary absence of American leadership" on climate change. He was referring to Mr Trump's threat to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord, the day after making similar remarks during a visit to New Delhi.
Soldiers can train smarter, be mentally stronger and better-equipped as well as recover faster from injury with the opening of a new centre yesterday. The centre will collaborate with experts in fields such as sports science and psychology and nutrition to produce customised fitness programmes, appropriate food plans, and even tailor combat equipment to suit what a soldier does. Its aim is to bring out the best in the men - a goal especially important as the young male population is forecast to decline by almost one-third in the coming decades in a swiftly ageing Singapore.
A fight between three men at Little India on Sunday night (Dec 3) is being investigated by the police. The police said they were alerted to the incident, which took place at 158 Race Course Road, at around 9.10pm. Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/little-india-fight-police-investigating-9466070
The amorphous cyberspace is sprouting more illegal acts these days, with police recording a jump in the number of crimes committed via online channels here. The number of computer misuse and cyber security cases has shot up from 280 reports in 2015 to 758 last year, police told The Straits Times. In the first six months of this year, police received 366 reports, a 46.4 per cent rise from the 250 reported for the same period last year.
A four-day islandwide drug operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has netted a total of 162 offenders. In a statement on Friday (Dec 1), CNB said that the drugs seized amounted to 158g of Ice, 65g of heroin, 14g of cannabis, 1.2kg of synthetic cannabis, 187 Erimin-5 tablets, 13 Ecstasy tablets, 13 LSD stamps and four "Yaba" (methamphetamine) tablets. The drugs are estimated to be worth more than $25,000, CNB told The Straits Times. The operation, which began on Monday, was supported by the police.
The couple who tortured their flatmate until she died had abused the trust of a vulnerable victim who treated them as her family. When Ms Annie Ee Yu Lian suffered in silence, it emboldened the couple to escalate the abuse, said the judge. The woman in the couple, Tan Hui Zhen, suffered from depression and borderline personality disorder, but Justice Hoo Sheau Peng gave this little weight. Ms Ee, 26, met Tan when they were teenagers. She moved into Tan and Pua's flat in 2013 after she was estranged from her family. The beatings in the Woodlands flat began in August 2014, when Tan blamed Ms Ee for a bedbug infestation.
As Katie laid on her deathbed, it was Mr Anson Ng, 50, who stayed beside her and broached the topic of her last wishes. Mr Ng, who has been volunteering at HCA Hospice for seven years, said: "If you fall asleep and never wake up, do you want to live in a temple or do you want to be one with the ocean?" Katie, 40, was diagnosed with late stage cancer last October after a volunteering trip to Australia. The cancer cells had spread to her lungs and stomach when she found out. Mr Ng, a car dealer, got to know about Katie's situation in May this year and began arranging visits to her home. Her family had little experience taking care of cancer patients and he wanted to make sure that Katie's last journey was in peace.
Senior bus captain Hooi Chee Keong, 46, was going along his usual route on bus 196 one afternoon in May when he came across an elderly woman who had collapsed on the road. The woman was midway through a zebra crossing when her legs gave way and she slumped to the ground. Mr Hooi had just turned into Cantonment Road when he witnessed the scene. The crossing was empty except for the old woman, who struggled to get up to no avail. Mr Hooi immediately stopped and parked at the side of the road before alighting to help her up.
When Mr Mohamad Jalil Mohamad saw an elderly man wandering along the road shoulder of the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), he did not just speed away on his motorcycle like the bikers before him. Instead, the 24-year-old stopped to approach him. The 80-year-old was walking aimlessly in a top, shorts and slippers with a plastic bag in hand. Cars were flying past him and Mr Jalil was worried for the man's safety. The old man told Mr Jalil that he did not know where he was or where he came from. Mr Jalil realised that the old man likely suffered from dementia, which was how he got lost on the PIE.
When Madam Li Ke, 30, saw Mr Edmund Ng, 39, with his wife and daughter at her house, she was filled with gratitude. The young family had come to return her branded Prada wallet, valued at $930, with the $1,300 she left inside. She had lost her wallet on her way home from grocery shopping on the morning of Nov 7. Her wallet not only had her identity card, it also contained the $1,300 - an amount she had set aside for her child's medical appointment the next day.
Five men were arrested following a multi-agency operation at public entertainment outlets along Sentosa Gateway early yesterday morning. The five outlets were checked for possible contraventions of the Public Entertainment Licensing Conditions, said the police. Checks were also made on 125 people during the operation, which was led by officers from the Clementi Police Division.
For pilot Aldous Lee, heading home is not always the priority after a long flight. Instead, he goes to the market to buy enough meat and seafood to feed 120 people. The 47-year-old is a regular volunteer at HCA Hospice Care. He shows up every Tuesday and Friday morning with 10 other volunteers to prepare meals for 120 terminally ill patients. He splits the cost of these meals with another volunteer. His menu boasts expensive ingredients such as prawns, scallops, cockles and fish slices, and they can cost up to $500. I think we should be like him.
About 2.5kg of food waste is thrown away by an average Singapore home each week, and this makes up half of all waste the home disposes of, a National Environment Agency (NEA) study released yesterday showed. More than half the food wasted could be avoided through people not buying, ordering or cooking excessively, with rice, noodles and bread forming the most commonly wasted food items, said the five-month study involving 443 homes. The findings underscore the fact that the amount of food waste generated in Singapore has increased by about 40 per cent over the last 10 years, with the amount last year - 791,000 tonnes - equivalent to the weight of more than 3,500 MRT trains. This article tells us that we should not waste food.
A Singaporean was killed in an accident in Serangoon Road on Saturday evening when his motorcycle collided with a lorry. Shin Min Daily News reported that Mr Sathya, 23, was flung on the ground after crashing into a lorry, which was preparing to make a turn at the junction of Serangoon Road and Race Course Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, said a police spokesman.
leverage: use (something) to maximum advantage. vocation: a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation. proficiency: a high degree of skill; expertise.
Miss Tan Xing En celebrated her 23rd birthday earlier this month, having received the gift she had long been waiting for - a kidney and a new lease of life.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
SIA said it was working closely with the authorities as well as SIA Engineering Company to investigate the incident.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Some private pre-school operators are watching the changes in the sector with concern, after the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Monday that children in its kindergartens would get priority a
North Korean Kim Jong Nam, who was murdered with VX nerve agent, had a dozen bottles of antidote in his backpack, the Malaysian High Court heard. The 12 bottles were filled with Atropine, a medication used to combat the effects of certain nerve agents and poisons, including VX. This was testified by the Alcohol and Clinical Toxicology Unit chief K. Sharmilah from the Malaysian Chemistry Department.
The United States warned North Korea's leadership it would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out after Pyongyang test-fired its most advanced missile, putting the US mainland within range, in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
US President Donald Trump publicly upbraided British Prime Minister and ostensible ally Theresa May late on Wednesday, rebutting her criticism of anti-Muslim propaganda in a diplomatic row between the two leaders. Plunging headlong into a high-profile spat with one of America's closest international partners, Mr Trump suggested that Mrs May focus on defending the United Kingdom rather than criticising him.
A 16-year-old was taken to the hospital after being hit in an accident between an e-scooter and a car on Thursday (Nov 30). The accident happened at the junction of Woodlands Drive 50 and Woodlands Avenue 4 at around 2.40pm, said police. The 16-year-old male rider was conscious when he was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/rider-injured-at-woodlands-in-second-e-scooter-accident-of-the-9455680
Seniors without family support can soon turn to social workers to help manage their finances if they lose the ability to make decisions for themselves. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has introduced the Community Kin Service pilot project, where social workers with voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) may apply to the Family Justice Courts for powers to manage the finances of seniors under their care.
Ms April Cho wanted a new shot at life after 14 years of being a housewife and raising two children, and she registered for a seven-month pastry-making course in Paris. On accommodation website Airbnb, the 41-year-old found what looked to be the perfect apartment next to the culinary school. She and her husband, who did not want to be named, paid 32,154 euros (S$51,600) for the seven-month stay. But it turned out to be a scam.
A motorist with only a Provisional Driving Licence (PDL) allegedly crashed a car into another vehicle and fled. And when Traffic Police later investigated Ivan Tan Chun Keng, 31, over the hit-and-run accident, he allegedly gave them the particulars of his friend's dead father instead.
While on holiday in Singapore, a New Zealander molested a beer promoter, before laughing and offering her 50 cents. Sheep farmer Jeffrey Bruce Shearer, 46, was jailed for six months yesterday after he pleaded guilty on Nov 10 to outraging the 39-year-old woman's modesty.
Food delivery rider Addy Izwan Ahmad let his violent behaviour get him in trouble. In six months, the 29-year-old committed eight offences in five separate incidents, including using criminal force on an enforcement officer, using abusive words and committing mischief.
When the Straits Times visited the hawker centre at Marsiling Mall yesterday, renovation work was still going on, with dust covering the floors, seats and tabletops.
Traffic was heavy at Tuas Checkpoint yesterday, as technical issues slowed down the immigration clearance process. In a series of travel advisories posted on its Facebook page starting from 9am, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said the heavy traffic was caused by "intermittent slowness" in its immigration clearance system.
To keep floods at bay as Singapore is lashed by increasingly intense storms, the country is pumping another $500 million into a massive upgrade of its drainage network. National water agency PUB said yesterday that the money will be channelled into ongoing projects at 75 spots islandwide, as well as 16 new locations, to make monsoon drains and canals bigger, and fortify older structures, for instance.
Ms Tan Yilin has moved three times - from Yishun to Yio Chua Kang then to Sembawang - and each time, bats have flown into her home. Last Saturday, she found a bat nestled underneath a patio umbrella on her balcony. She clapped her hands loudly to scare it off.
She was hospitalised because of a swollen leg but ended up with three broken ribs after a tussle with her boyfriend in hospital. Ms Tan Shi Yi, 31, had a dispute with Elvin Kua Kian Lieng, 33, on May 5, 2016, at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. He pushed her during the dispute, causing her to fall and hit a sofa bed. Soon after the incident, Ms Tan broke up with Kua, and he harassed her by repeatedly sending abusive messages via WhatsApp on May 20, 2016.
Fourteen people were injured when an SMRT bus driver failed to keep a proper lookout and hit another SMRT bus, which had come to a stop at a bus stop. Yesterday, Malaysian Subramaniam Kandiappan, 47, was fined $2,500 and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for two years.
Ms Rukzana Hamid, 36, and her 15-year-old daughter Nur Humairah, had been caught up in the chaos that followed the eruption of Bali's Mount Agung. They were on the island for a holiday. After waiting close to 19 hours at Surabaya's Juanda International Airport, a Singaporean mother-daughter pair finally boarded a 2½-hour Scoot flight for Singapore, at 7pm Indonesian time yesterday.
Train operators have to inform commuters of any delays that exceed 10 minutes by announcing it on the train and at the station, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday. If the delays worsen, operators are expected to also broadcast this via mainstream and social media such as Twitter and Facebook, it added in a statement.
An e-scooter rider who suffered head injuries in an accident with an SBS Transit double-decker bus yesterday morning has died in hospital. Police said they were alerted to the accident at the junction of Bedok Reservoir Road and Kaki Bukit Avenue 1 a little before 10.30am . The police later said in an update in the evening that the man had died in hospital. He has been identified as Mr Atan Amat. His cousin, Ms Fauziah Mohamed Mydin, posted a tribute to him on Facebook.
undermines:lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously. allegedly:used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof. spate:a large number of similar things coming in quick succession.
Ballistic: relating to projectiles or their flight. MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction. Midcourse: the part of a missile flight between the end of the launching phase and reentry, during which corrective maneuvers are made. The middle point of a course or of a course of action.
Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupted yesterday, spewing a column of ash up to 4,000m into the atmosphere and forcing Indonesian authorities to ban flights over the area. The island's airport, 70km south of the volcano, remains open but flights have been disrupted, officials said. In the most powerful series of eruptions so far, the volcano erupted three times yesterday morning, spreading ash as high as 4,000m, said a spokesman for the national disaster management agency (BNPB), Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Militants killed at least 235 people at a mosque in Egypt's north Sinai region yesterday, detonating a bomb and shooting at fleeing worshippers and ambulances, state media and witnesses said. At least 109 others were wounded.
An Australian ambulance crew carrying a dying woman to hospital took a detour to grant her final wish - to visit the beach one last time. "Tears were shed and the patient felt very happy," the ambulance service posted on its Facebook page alongside a photo showing a paramedic beside a stretcher facing the ocean at Hervey Bay on Australia's east coast. "A crew were transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again," the service said in the message posted on Thursday.
South Korea appeared to be taking a step closer to completely banning smoking in public with its move to outlaw lighting up on the streets. But its recent decision to delay the scheme is only deepening the dispute between smokers and non-smokers.
French artist Claude Monet's spectacles (above) has fetched US$51,457 (S$69,200) at an auction. A collection of his personal belongingsfetched almost US$11 million in all at the auction in Hong Kong, Christie's said. The dainty glasses, with gold-coloured metal rims, went to an unnamed Asian buyer on Sunday for nearly 35 times as much as the auction house's estimate of up to US$1,500. The sale included other rare items like Monet's pencil sketches, paintings and Japanese woodblock prints from his personal collection. A sculpture of a cat sleeping curled up, from 19th century Japan, went under the hammer for US$67,538.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Wednesday (Nov 29) said it "strongly opposes and condemns" North Korea's reported test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-condemns-north-korea-s-missile-test-9452088
A 14-month-old boy had to be rushed to hospital after his mother suspected that he had been prescribed an overdose of cough medicine. The bottle of Fedac cough syrup, prescribed by a clinic in Bedok, carried instructions to take 10ml of the medicine three times a day. That is four times the appropriate dosage of 2.5ml three times a day for a toddler. Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/toddler-prescribed-overdose-of-cough-medicine-by-bedok-clinic-9451618
National water agency PUB will spend S$500 million over the next two to three years to upgrade existing drains, so as to better cope with more intense storms in Singapore. Upgrading works for drains and canals at 16 locations will also start next year, PUB said in a media release on Thursday (Nov 30). Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pub-500m-upgrade-drains-storms-9454190
A collision between two tipper trucks and a lorry at 3.30pm yesterday caused a five-hour jam on the Pan-Island Expressway towards Changi Airport. The multi-vehicle accident saw two drivers taken to hospital. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the accident in the direction of Changi Airport, after the Lornie Road exit, at about 3.30pm. The accident involved two tipper trucks and a lorry, according to the police.
A GrabCar driver molested a 21-year-old student who fell asleep after having had a few beers and an exhausting day of classes and football. Ng Seng Chye, 64, took advantage of the victim when he could not wake her up. She came to only when she felt him leaning against her body, stroking and caressing her. Shocked, she left in a hurry, leaving behind her belongings in the car. When Ng asked for the fare, she threw two $10 bills at him and went home. By then, it was about 6am.
Today he is a respected pastor, yet he makes no secret of his chequered past. Gang member. Heroin addict. Convict. It was a straight path to destruction that started when he was 13. Pastor Don Wong openly shares his stories and struggles with fellow ex-offenders and youths-at-risk, providing them with the mentorship that they need.
He was only 16 when he joined a secret society and 18 when he tried drugs for the first time. By 24, Mr Brian Tan was deep into a life of crime, debt and addiction as a loan shark runner, drug peddler, gambler and drug addict. It was also when he also hit the lowest point in his life. He was caught for Ecstasy possession and sentenced to two years' probation.
For 12 years, he led a life of crime and vice that began at the age of 14 when he first joined a gang. Kicked out of school, Mr John Tang became heavily involved in underworld activities like gambling, loan-sharking, fights and extortion. His mounting debts from gambling pushed him towards drug trafficking - a heavy mistake that nearly cost him his life.
A tow tug caught fire as it was pulling a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 to a departure gate at Singapore Changi Airport at around 4am on Wednesday (Nov 29). There were no passengers on board the aircraft at the time, SIA's spokesman told The Straits Times. The Straits Times understands that the plane was being moved from a remote parking bay to Terminal 3 for a flight. It was crossing the bridge above Airport Boulevard Road when the tow tug caught fire.
When Jason comes across a suspicious-looking bag in an MRT train, he starts trembling - for two reasons. The young man is aware of the potential terror threat, and he also fears a $5,000 fine for pressing the emergency button at the station for what could be a false alarm. But , over the possibility of lives lost in an explosion , he chooses to press the button.Jason's dramatic but relatable dilemma is the highlight of (In)Decision Comes At A Price, a 30-second animation project by a four-member team from Maris Stella High School (Secondary).
When the clutter in a condominium unit started spilling into the service balcony, a worried neighbour living in the unit above alerted grassroots members at a Meet-the-People session in Taman Jurong. When the authorities eventually managed to get into the unit in Yuan Ching Road, they found a partially paralysed elderly woman surrounded by plastic bags and old food containers.
The Court of Appeal has asked Parliament to give the courts enhanced powers to mete out tougher sentences in cases where the offender commits certain crimes against the vulnerable, especially children. Read more at http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/apex-court-seeks-enhanced-penalties-those-who-hurt-children
When he was 16, Mr Michael Teoh and four gang members killed a man during a robbery. Growing up in a broken family, he was physically and mentally abused at home and was suicidal when he was 12. Mr Teoh had joined a gang to escape being bullied and to have a sense of belonging. Read more at http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/former-gang-member-tells-risk-youth-gangs-are-not-worth-it
Muhammad Iskandah Suhaimi (above), 40, admitted to taking the toddler from his mother without her consent on Sept 27 last year, having a knuckleduster and possessing and taking crystal methamphetamine, or Ice, the next day. Neither his 33-year-old girlfriend nor her son can be named due to a gag order. At 4pm on Sept 27 last year, Iskandah told his girlfriend to buy cigarettes for him. When she stepped out of the flat with her son, he pulled the boy back and locked the main gate. He ignored the girlfriend's requests to take the boy with her. He commanded her to buy cigarettes and challenged her to call the police.
Their ages range from 21 to 66, and their offences took place at different places - and over a period stretching from January to October - but all eight people charged in court yesterday had one thing in common: They allegedly vented their ire at police officers by hurling obscenities at them and, in some cases, even assaulting them.
Practitioner: a person engaged in the practice of a profession. Neurology: the science of the nerves and the nervous system, especially of the diseases affecting them. Vector: such a quantity with the additional requirement that such quantities obey the parallelogram law of addition.
The police have received at least 20 reports of victims being cheated into providing their personal information and credit card details on phishing websites after responding to emails that were purportedly sent by Apple or iTunes. The victims later realised that unauthorised transactions in various foreign currencies were made to their credit cards, the police said in press release on Wednesday (Nov 29).
The incident affected more than 1,200 commuters and led to 40 trains being diverted and 107 police officers deployed.
Climatology: the scientific study of climate. Geophysics: the physics of the earth. Lahar (Cold Lava): a type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water.
A monitor lizard was found at SMRT's train depot in Bishan on Tuesday, and was dragged out by depot staff. A video sent to Stomp showed staff shining a torchlight and prodding something in the undercarriage of a parked train with poles, sticks and dustpans. After a while, a monitor lizard fell to the ground. Staff could be heard calling for it to be chased out of the premises.
Tech giant Apple said late on Tuesday (Nov 28) it is working to fix a password bug in the Mac's most recent operating system, the MacOS High Sierra. The bug makes it possible for someone to log into a Mac computer without a password and access powerful administrator rights.
Activist Jolovan Wham Kwok Han was charged in court on Wednesday (Nov 29) with organising public assemblies without a permit, vandalism and refusing to sign his statement to police. The 37-year-old had allegedly organised three separate assemblies over the past year without a police permit.
One afternoon at United Square, a nine-year-old boy stood in front of his class and delivered a sales pitch for a game. It was part of his English lesson at The Learning Lab (TLL), a tuition and enrichment centre where students go through tasks that enhance skills and allow them to express their creativity.
The legal actions that SMRT can take against two former employees linked to last month's MRT tunnel flooding depend on the terms of their contract. The rail operator can also sue for damages caused by negligence, although this will be challenging, said legal experts. On Monday, SMRT said it had found 13 workers responsible for failing to maintain an anti-flooding system, which led to the tunnel between Bishan and Braddell stations becoming flooded on Oct 7, causing a major service disruption.
Smart technology will feature in a big way at next year's Chingay Parade, on Feb 23 and 24. Another first will be a free street parade and carnival at the Singapore Flyer.The parade will involve 2,000 volunteers and 6,500 performers. Tickets starting at $28.50 will be on sale from today.
Singapore needs to be vigilant against those who seek to mount insidious information campaigns to influence segments of Singaporeans for their own ends, said former president Tony Tan Keng Yam yesterday.He highlighted how foreign influences, such as religious extremism, are already worsening societal divisions in other countries.
With the Denpasar airport shut as Bali's Mount Agung continues to erupt and spew thick plumes of ash yesterday, some airlines have been scrambling to reroute passengers.
Miss Tan Xing En celebrated her 23rd birthday earlier this month, having already received the gift she had long been waiting for - a kidney. Miss Tan, who is also blind, suffers from kidney failure and had been on dialysis since she was 13. She had been waiting for a kidney donor for 10 years and was on standby for a potential kidney match three times previously. Those did not pan out until Oct 11, when she finally received a kidney from a donor who died in an accident.
Suspecting his wife of having an extramarital affair, Aloysius Tang Bo Hui confronted her and punched her all over her body during a heated dispute. On Tuesday (Nov 28), the 23-year-old was jailed for six weeks after he admitted to punching his wife, 20, in the back of her head, jaw, buttock, abdomen and arm. A second charge of threatening to kill her was taken into consideration in sentencing. The court heard that Tang confronted his wife over her extramarital affair at about 10.30pm on April 26, and they got into a heated argument.
Some private pre-school operators are watching the changes in the sector with concern, after the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Monday that children in its kindergartens will get priority admission in the Primary 1 registration exercise. Smaller players are worried about being squeezed out as MOE expands its reach and adds an advantage to attending its kindergartens, though MOE said the move is to better ease children into Primary 1.
She overcome tough odds and did well enough in her Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) to make it to the express stream, and C. Abirami's story in The New Paper last Saturday has moved some readers to step forward and offer the 12-year-old help. Madam Adelene Lim, 48, wants to donate a laptop, after making a connection with the teen. Queenstown Primary School pupil Abirami had to balance her revision work while caring for her cancer-stricken father and two younger siblings and Madam Lim recalled how she too had to take care of her father, who had been bedridden for four years before he died just before her O-level examinations.
Three companies that rigged bids to provide electrical services for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix from 2015 to this year were fined $609,118 yesterday.
An unemployed man was shouted at by his victim after he touched her thigh at a bar. But that did not deter him from later touching her breast while the woman's boyfriend had his arm around her. He did so through a gap between the couple's bodies.
I thought that this person had nothing better to do than burning cctvs....And i wonder if he is mental because he did such things...
3 New words I have learnt from the article 1) pertaining 2) falsified 3) unprecedented 1 idea I had after reading the article There should be a supervisor ensuring that all the maintenance.
The police have advised members of the public to beware of 'iCloud scams' after two men were cheated of RMB 5,200 (S$1,059). The police received a report about the scams involving Apple's cloud storage service on Nov 20 this year, the police said in a news release on Monday (Nov 27). The men were first added as friends by unknown women on online dating applications Tan Tan and Gmu.
4 ways to return so Singapore. Read how to at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/stranded-in-bali-after-mt-agung-erupted-here-are-4-ways-of-9444874
US pop star Katy Perry will perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Apr 8, 2018 as part of her global tour. Perry's Witness: The Tour, named after her latest album Witness, began on Sep 19 and will take in 97 dates in total until Aug 21, 2018, with shows in North and South America, Europe and Australasia.
First, it was keeping fit and walking 10,000 steps at the National Steps Challenge The New Paper Big Walk 2017. Then came more fun as the Big Walkers returned to the Singapore Sports Hub, which had turned into a big carnival with activities for young and old. The F&N Rock Your Party Kombi van made its debut, offering everyone a chance to try the range of F&N products with the Healthier Choice Symbol, which includes 100Plus, Coco Life, Ice Mountain Sparkling Water and Gotcha ice cream.
Fewer people got their pockets picked and shops reported fewer thefts this year, but police are urging people to be vigilant as they expect a spike in such crime during the year-end holiday season. A total of 3,418 cases of shop theft and pick-pocketing were reported between January and September, a lower figure than the 3,567 reports lodged in the same period last year. But commanding officer of the Orchard Neighbourhood Police Centre, Superintendent Toh Pei Lian, said the increase in such crimes in the final quarter is usually around 15 to 20 per cent over any other time.
Lawyer and human rights activist, Ravi Madasamy, better known as M. Ravi, admitted in court yesterday that he had assaulted fellow lawyer and opposition politician Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss.
Long queues and loose change will no longer be a hassle for customers, with 16 cashless vending machines at a newly opened SPH Buzz convenience store. Officially launched yesterday, the store - a collaboration between SPH Buzz and Mastercard - is located at the Cynergy Gas Station in Old Toh Tuck Road in Jurong. It has a manned cafe and self-serviced vending machines. These are the first vending machines in Singapore to have QR code scanners for payment through a smartphone app, said Mr Raymond Yap, managing director of equipment manufacturer Auresys.
Rail operator SMRT has sacked eight employees in relation to the falsification of maintenance records pertaining to an anti-flooding system and demoted others in the wake of an unprecedented flooding incident last month. A total of 13 employees, several holding senior managerial posts, have been held responsible, the company said yesterday. Other than the eight who have been dismissed, two resigned, while three others were subject to undisclosed disciplinary actions.
A smiling mastermind who engineered his own wife's murder, Anthony Ler had coached a lanky bespectacled 15-year-old and twisted the boy's mind into killing his victim in 2001. Sixteen years after he was detained at the President's pleasure, the teenage killer, now 31, has applied to President Halimah Yacob for clemency, and to be released. He is hoping to have his life back.
It was a challenge to prove that even a stroke would not keep him down and out. His colleagues felt the same way - and they saw it as a way to celebrate Mr James Wong's birthday and the fact that he had recovered from a stroke. Speaking to The New Paper yesterday at the annual event, Mr Wong, who had just turned 63, said: "I am very honoured and very appreciative that they thought of the surprise. They did not tell me anything."
He started stealing bicycles since he was 20 years old.Three other charges, including attempted theft and dishonest misappropriation of a Pioneer Generation card, were taken into consideration.
For the first time, the non-profit group that serves operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) from the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force will be led by a woman. Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo officially took over the presidency of HomeTeamNS yesterday from Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.
When her older son came home crying in Primary 1 because he couldn't understand his Malay lessons, Madam Siti Zarina, 36, decided to take action. She quit her job to help her sons study. Her family stopped watching TV two years ago, apart from the news. Her sons, now in Primary 4 and Primary 6, also do not spend more than 15 minutes at a time on their smartphones.
Falsified: alter (information, a document, or evidence) so as to mislead. Demotions: reduction in rank or status. Condone: accept (behaviour that is considered morally wrong or offensive). Summary: Rail operator SMRT has sacked staff members found to have falsified maintenance records pertaining to an anti-flooding system, and demoted others in the wake of the flooding incident last month.
Nearly every day for months, a 31-year-old woman physically abused a friend who lived with her, to "punish" her for lying and other purported misdeeds.In March 2015, Tan Hui Zhen and her husband Pua Hak Chuan started using a 1kg roll of shrink wrap to assault the victim, a 26-year-old waitress who had intellectual disabilities.
The residents heard shouting. Then, a window was smashed. The next thing they knew, a man had plunged five storeys down a Housing Board block. Fortunately, the 34-year-old survived - he landed on one of the two safety packs set up by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
Weather experts here say that volcanic ash from the Mount Agung eruption - which can affect air quality - is unlikely to affect Singapore for now But the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) warned that a significant increase in volcanic activity and a change in the direction of upper-level winds could blow ash from Mount Agung to Singapore, and said it will continue to monitor the situation.
3 words i have learnt: Pyroclastic: composed chiefly of fragments of volcanic origin. Lahar: a landslide of wet volcanic debris on the side of a volcano. Mitigation: the act of making a condition or consequence less severe. Summary of article: due to volcanic ash, indonesia's international airport is closed till Wednesday.
Kate McClure was on her way to Philadelphia when she met Johnny Bobbitt Jr.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
SINGAPORE - Former F1 racing boss Lord Alexander Hesketh once said, "Men love women; even more than that, men love cars." Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is the embodiment of that; living life at breakneck speeds.
liberal = open minded globalist = somebody who thinks reducing barriers is good taxes = a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers' income and business profits, or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions.
Rhetoric = the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other compositional techniques. Revitalise = Revive or bring back to former glory Hyperinflation = monetary inflation occurring at a very high rate. Maybe Zimbabwe should not have let a dictator rule them for three decades until now. I thought that the methods which the dictator used to subdue his opponents were very brutal. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa laid out an amazing dream with revitalizing Zimbabwe's attacked economy and vowed to rule with respect to sake for every last one of country's subjects. I thought that the new president was very confident. I wished that the country could have rebelled against the dictator earlier to free themselves from their oncoming destiny.
3 words i have learnt + meanings: Underperform: to perform less well than or less well than expected. Attainment: a personal acquirement; achievement. Baseline: a basic standard or level; guideline. Summary: Most poor children fail PSLE as their parents cannot afford to buy books for them. However, some hardworking children Passed their PSLE. The children are resilient to study by themselves.
I thought that this invention is very interesting as you can use it to turn water into any drink you created with the app.?
Imagine a class of 30 or so students buzzing with anticipation and trepidation as they wait to hear their names called out. Their parents stand outside, peering in, wringing hands and clutching their phones. This is reality for a lot of people today, when this year’s Primary 6 cohort receive their PSLE results. Once the results slips are handed over, elation, relief and disappointment will be on full display across primary schools in the country. And so begin the questions from inquisitive relatives and kiasu colleagues. Many 12-year-olds will be fearful of being asked about their three-digit scores. For them, these form a permanent mark on their lives – until the next major national examinations that is. They will battle with feelings of pride, envy or inadequacy. Some may even shun family or social gatherings until the buzz dies down. With the festive season lying ahead, this could be a good long while.
An ultra-violent Latino street gang that United States President Donald Trump has vowed to wipe out beheaded a man and cut out his heart before burying him in a park near the US capital, reports said on Wednesday. The victim, who has not yet been identified, was stabbed more than 100 times in Wheaton, Maryland, just outside Washington D.C., according to a statement by the Montgomery County Police Department. Authorities have so far arrested Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, on first-degree murder.
More reports of violence against women were lodged with a local gender equality group last month, after an international campaign against sexual assault went viral. The Association of Women for AThe hiction and Research (Aware) Sexual Assault Care Centre said it logged 58 cases last month - higher than this year's monthly average of 37.
Mr Dennis Flores, Jollibee president and head of international business (Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia), told The Straits Times yesterday that the company will open its sixth store in Singapore in Jurong East in April. Jollibee already has five stores in Singapore: two at Lucky Plaza and one each in Paya Lebar, Changi and Novena. Now half their customers now are Singaporeans, no longer Filipinos.
A bus driver making a right turn at a signalised traffic light junction encroached into a motorcyclist's path, causing the motorcyle to crash into the rear of the bus. The motorcyclist, Malaysian Puthalvan Vadiveloo, 40, and his wife, Madam Puspa Sinnappa, who was riding pillion, were flung off the motorcycle. Mr Puthalvan died the next day from multiple injuries while his wife, now 47, was hospitalised for 32 days for her injuries, which included a fractured thigh bone and injured left knee.
The Loh family took to the hard concrete Orchard Road pavement for 20 hours with the aim of purchasing soft, new mattresses for their home.Mr Gilbert Loh, 54, a freelance sports coach, who was first in line outside Robinsons Heeren to shop on Black Friday, said his family had been queueing since 11am on Thursday (Nov 24). "We took turns to stand in line. It's like free camping in Orchard Road, the biggest struggle is just trying to rest when it's so noisy," he said, gesturing to the cars on the road and the twittering birds in the trees.
A woman suffering from colorectal cancer was left traumatised after a piece of non-stick dressing was accidentally left inside her body during a medical procedure.Madam Tan had undergone surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH) last month. After the operation, vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) was used to encourage her open stomach wound to heal. Madam Tan was discharged two weeks after the surgery.
The cab reverses into the vehicle behind it as captured by the latter's dashboard camera. Passengers are seen alighting and arguing with the driver of the stationary vehicle and gesturing at the back of the cab and the front of the vehicle. It is unclear when or where exactly the incident occurred, although the timestamp of the video indicated it was taken at 7.35pm on Tuesday. They verified that the taxi driver, who was with his family, had just been told that a close family member was terminally ill at the time of the accident.
A dealer who was in need of money enlisted the help of his friend to "steal" about $30,000 worth of casino chips over 10 occasions from his employer, a district court heard. Malaysians Loh Hong Wai and Gan Ee Kuan, both 32, would split the proceeds of the criminal breach of trust (CBT) offences and move the money via Woodlands checkpoint to Malaysia. Yesterday, Loh was sentenced to 12 months and three weeks' jail after he admitted to five of 10 charges - one of conspiracy by abetment with Gan to misappropriate casino chips worth a total of $30,225 from Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino, and four of abetting to remove benefits of criminal conduct from jurisdiction in June. Gan, a former bus driver, has been jailed for nine months and three weeks' for his crimes.
This is the issue a High Court panel of three judges, that includes the Chief Justice, will consider as it looks into the appeal of a couple convicted of caning and slapping their maid, and subjecting her to other humiliating "punishments". This comes a year after Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon signalled the need to review sentencing benchmarks "upwards" for maid abuse when an appropriate case came before the court.
Security officers will, over the next three years, see their basic pay increase by about $300, followed by a minimum yearly increment of at least 3 per cent in the three years after that. From 2021, security officers can work overtime only for a maximum of 72 hours every month.
SINGAPORE - For the first time, a team accolade has been presented to three former National University of Singapore (NUS) students at the university's biennial alumni awards.. Read more at straitstime
This is the issue a High Court panel of three judges, which includes the Chief Justice, said it will consider as it looks into the appeal of a couple convicted of caning and slapping their maid, and subjecting her to other humiliating "punishments".
Four men were charged in court yesterday over their alleged involvement in unlawful societies. This follows videos that went online earlier this year depicted groups of people shouting gang slogans.
A woman driver gave the mayor a piece of her mind after she was fined and her vehicle clamped for using a disabled person's parking space. She was with her with her wheelchair-bound mother.
A dog died after eating spiked bread left out for pigeons by a pest control company.Some bears had a similar case in 2013. The Straits Times learnt that both incidents involved the same company, Clean Solutions, which is engaged by three town councils here, including MPTC. The dog owner, Ms Natasha Wilkins, 49, said the incident happened while she was walking her dog Ludo along Lorong Lew Lian at about 6.30am. Before she could stop her dog, it ate a piece of bread and within 15 minutes, it started shaking, retching and foaming at the mouth.
Residents and workers in three new towns will be the first in Singapore to ride driverless vehicles as part of their daily commute from 2022. The Government has identified Punggol, Tengah and the Jurong Innovation District as areas where residents and workers can turn to pilot self-driving buses and shuttles for their first-and last-mile commutes. At these three new towns, the plan is for robot buses to run scheduled services during off-peak periods to complement human-driven ones, while commuters can summon driverless shuttles on demand.
Solving problems in groups is the norm at Queenstown Secondary School, where students work on sustainability projects on water, energy and food. They were grouped into groups of four and five and were given real-world problems, from checking out the quality of water in Singapore River to building a prototype of a solar-powered device. The students tried their best and some of them came out with ways to filter water.
On Wednesday (Nov 22), Srinath Bari Ramdeo Bari was given 3½ years for robbing Mr Yelchur Sreenivas with Venkatachalapathy Raman and Hassan near Blocks 106 and 107, Towner Road, close to midnight. He used a wooden stick to repeatedly hit a jewellery wholesaler when he and two others robbed the man of cash and valuables totalling about $43,000.He also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to report for a urine test and was given six months per charge. A fourth charge of failing to report for his urine test was considered during his sentencing.
What I have learnt from this article: Drinking three cups of coffee a day helps to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer, as well as Type 2 diabetes, gallstones and gout.
Words I learnt+meanings: Refuted: to prove (a person) to be in error. Crippling: anything that is impaired or flawed. (Can't find any others) Summary of Article: MRT was not struck by lightning but was the track that got struck, disrupting the train.
I thought that what he did was very bad as it could have caused several accidents.He should not have drinked and drive and he even dared to avoid a police road block illegally. I think that he should deserve a worse penalty.
1 Thought: Driverless vehicles would be better as there will probably be less accidents as it is computerized.
3 words: Stigmatize: describe or regard as worthy of disgrace or great disapproval.Human immunodeficiency virus: a virus that spread through certain body fluids that attacks the body’s immune system. Kleptomaniacs: the inability to refrain from the urge for stealing items and is usually done for reasons other than personal use or financial gain.
3 new words that I have learnt and their meaning: bespectacled: Wearing Glasses mitigation: the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something. Cynical: believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.
what I have learnt from the article: From reading this article, I have learnt that people who did 30 minutes of chores daily like sweeping the floor had a twelve percent reduced mortality.
1 thought I had about the article: After reading the article, I thought that the couple was not thoughtful of the other users of Obike. I felt that they should not have abandoned the bikes into the drain as not only the bikes did not belong to them, they also damaged the bicycles. I hope that others who are doing this will stop doing it.
Singapore has said that it will not hesitate to take action against anyone found guilty of flouting recently imposed rules to suspend all trade with North Korea. The Singapore Customs has adopted several new sanctions this year in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) imposed on North Korea for its repeated nuclear and missile provocations that drove tensions high. The latest move prohibits all commercial imports, exports, transshipment and transit of goods to or from North Korea through Singapore. Those who break the law can be fined up to S$100,000 or three times the value of the goods traded, jailed for up to two years, or both.
I learnt about the Faraday cage stuff
The baby had been discharged from hospital where she was treated for a broken skull after her father, Mohamed Shiddiq Sazali accidentally dropped her. He negligently caused her death when she apparently choked on her milk while he was feeding her and playing a game on his mobile phone.
Mr Goh Koon was waiting to take the lift on the ninth storey of Block 137, Yishun Ring Road, yesterday morning when he heard a loud noise. He turned around and was horrified to see a foot caught at the railing along the corridor. He instinctively ran over to grab the dangling foot immediately. The man who got his right foot stuck on the ninth storey had attempted suicide by jumping off the 10th storey of the HDB block.
A Maserati caught fire along the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on Monday (Nov 20) afternoon, resulting in the closure of a Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) exit. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at the PIE exit at about 2pm and extinguished the fire with a water jet. No injuries were reported.
SINGAPORE: Seven clubs operating jackpot machines have not met the new criteria to run such facilities and have been given six-month interim permits to wind down their operations by April next year, s
The impending tax hike signalled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the weekend will exact a political price on the ruling party - unless Singaporeans can be persuaded of its necessity, said People'
SINGAPORE - An auditor was on Monday (Nov 20) jailed for 10 weeks for taking upskirt videos of 17 women and fined $500 for having an obscene film.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department will announce more sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
SINGAPORE - In a year with a spate of lift breakdowns, all 16 town councils received top marks on their lift performance in an official report card for town councils.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
The authorities will review the product safety requirements of personal mobility devices (PMDs), such as e-scooters, which currently do not need to be certified compliant before being sold here. This
A waitress was moved to tears after a customer gave her a tip of $2,000 - nearly three times her monthly salary. The waitress, a single mother with two young children, shared her story on citizen jour
Ex-students from Xinmin Secondary School received a shock yesterday when they found out that their alma mater had suffered a data breach. Several told The New Paper they received calls from their form
Some have questioned the move to start Orchard Road's Christmas light-up in the afternoon instead of at 6.30pm in the past, with some calling it a waste of money.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Two policemen responding to a call for assistance found themselves requiring help from more officers to arrest a 40-year-old woman - who had hurled vulgarities at one of them and even bit the forearm
When completed in 2025, Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2 will channel used water in the western parts of the island by gravity to a new water reclamation plant in Tuas.. Read more at straits