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news posted 2016-12-06

Last update: 2016-12-06 11:40:39


  • Man in his 50s dies in early morning accident at Tuas Checkpoint

    Stomp contributor Mugal saw the aftermath of an accident involving two motorbikes that left one dead and two seriously injured near Tuas Checkpoint at around 5.30am today (Dec 6).

    Said Mugal: "For the first bike, the rider was already covered with white plastic while for the other bike,... [full post]

  • App cooks up business for home chefs

    SINGAPORE - The weeks leading up to Hari Raya each year are busy for homemaker Suaidah Soib, 25.

    The kitchen in her three-room flat turns into a production wonderland filled with cookies and cakes fresh out of the oven. Her baked goods are so good that friends and... [full post]

  • Serena skips Singapore again

    IPTL director Bhupathi confirms absence of American superstar for local leg of three-city tournament

    Singaporean fans of Serena Williams are set to miss out on seeing the star yet again.

    The world No. 2 will not be in town for the Singapore leg of this year's International Premier... [full post]

  • More parents put babies in infant care centres

    Even as more parents are leaving their newborns to be looked after in childcare centres, the majority still prefer to care for their babies themselves or enlist the help of family members, nannies and domestic workers.

    About 4,000 infants, aged between 18 months and two, are enrolled in... [full post]

  • PAP town councils set aside $45m to improve lifts

    PAP town councils to act on recommendations in Lift Taskforce study

    Over the next five years, PAP Town Councils will pump in a total of $45 million to make lifts safer and more reliable.

    This comes after yesterday's release of a preliminary study from the PAP Lift Taskforce... [full post]

  • Crane hits tunnel ceiling at CTE entrance, man arrested and investigations ongoing

    SINGAPORE - A crane struck the ceiling of the Central Expressway (CTE) tunnel on Monday (Dec 5) afternoon.

    The accident, which happened at the slip road of Upper Cross Street, caused the entrance of the CTE tunnel towards Seletar Expressway to be closed off.

    The incident caused a... [full post]

  • Injured cyclist gets $8.65m damages in record payout, down from $26m sought

    SINGAPORE - A cyclist struck by a bundle of overhead cables that fell without warning was awarded $8.65 million in damages by the High Court.

    It is understood to be the biggest payout in such a negligence claim.

    Ms Siew Pick Chiang, now 42, suffered relatively minor physical... [full post]

  • Train fares in Singapore among the lowest in Asia: Public Transport Council

    SINGAPORE - Train fares in Singapore are among the lowest compared to other major cities around the world, a study has revealed.

    For a 10km rail journey, commuters pay S$1.33, the 6th cheapest in a comparison of 36 cities across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

    Only Shanghai,... [full post]

  • From ashes to diamonds: Different faiths' stand

    The contemporary practice of turning the ashes of loved ones into diamonds to be worn as jewellery has been forbidden by the Catholic Church in Rome.

    The injunction, for believers, was reiterated by Singapore's archdiocese in late October, in guidelines on the handling of burials and the conservation... [full post]

  • The Great Outram Primary School Reunion

    Closed in 1984, Outram Primary School (OPS) is long gone. But more than 150 of its former staff and pupils got together two weeks ago in its first school reunion in over 30 years.

    After its get-together at the Suntec City National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) Guild... [full post]

  • Law Society chief happy to pass on baton

    Contingency fees, access to justice and access to counsel - these are key areas that the Law Society will help to shape and move in the public interest landscape here, said the society's president, Mr Thio Shen Yi, as he prepares to hand over the job next month.

    ... [full post]

  • MOF calls for public feedback on Budget 2017

    Singapore: The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is seeking views and suggestions from Singaporeans in preparation for Budget 2017, it said on Sunday.

    "Individuals, households, and businesses are welcome to provide feedback on issues such as how we can best develop Singaporeans, support families, and help local companies grow... [full post]

  • Cyclist who fell off bike helped by migrant workers, when others ignored him

    He had been cycling along East Coast Park on Saturday (Dec 3) when his bicycle chain suddenly snapped, sending him flying over the handlebars and landing face first into the ground.

    But fortunately for Mr Firdhaus Rasol, who was on his way to work, he had been wearing... [full post]

  • PM: Rising global discontent will affect stability, security

    The growing mood of anxiety and discontent and the ground gained by extreme political parties in many developed countries will impact not just the world economy, but global security and stability, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

    There will be major consequences for small, open countries such... [full post]

  • S'pore-made device to aid in developing cancer therapy

    The idea of treating cancer with an electric field has been around for years, but it has been slow to take off because of a lack of understanding of the science behind it.

    Now, a team of bioengineers from Singapore, Australia and the United States has verified that... [full post]

  • Moving past PSLE scores: Defining success differently

    Bad results in their Primary School Leaving Examinations did not prevent them from achieving what they set their minds out to do

    These Singaporeans tell The New Paper how they moved past their low PSLE scores to accomplish better things.


  • Apps help with homework or tuition

    A few new tuition or homework help apps are trying to enlarge the billion-dollar local tuition industry through services face-to-face tutors or bricks-and-mortar centres do not provide.

    These include services such as 24/7 homework assistance, automated learning tools or administrative support for private tutors.

    The Straits Times spoke... [full post]

  • Some eateries charging more for meal deliveries

    SINGAPORE - Ordering in for dinner? You could be paying more than you bargained for.

    Some restaurants are charging higher prices for menu items on delivery service platforms such as Deliveroo and Foodpanda, with increases varying from 20 cents to several dollars.

    A Straits Times check of 50... [full post]

  • New campaign serves up sustainable seafood options

    By early February, a popular nasi lemak stall at Changi Village will pair its coconut rice with a new type of fish, in a move that could help save a fish species from extinction.

    Mizzy's Corner will introduce the Indian mackerel as an alternative to the more endangered... [full post]

  • Singtel broadband outage sparks epic rap battle between customer and staff

    If you were among those affected by Singtel's broadband outage on Saturday (Dec 3), you definitely weren't alone in trying to get answers and solutions.

    But how do you get the telco's attention on social media when comments start flooding in? Do it in rap lyrics,... [full post]

  • PM Lee: Singapore can face uncertain economy better

    Singapore is in a much better situation than other developed countries facing slowing growth and an uncertain economic outlook, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said.

    Unemployment is low, including among youth, and incomes are rising even for lower- and middle-income families, he told 2,500 People's Action Party... [full post]

  • Section of ceiling falls at Joo Chiat Complex

    A section of ceiling at Joo Chiat Complex fell near people queueing at the ATM on Friday (Dec 2), reports said.

    A witness who saw broken pieces fall from the ceiling at around 9am told Stomp: "Lots of broken pieces fell with a loud bang.

    "This really scares... [full post]

  • Woman dies after falling from Punggol flat

    A 25-year-old woman died after falling from a flat in Punggol on Saturday (Dec 3).

    The incident happened at about 1.20pm at Punggol Parcvista located at Block 312B, Sumang Link.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that paramedics found an unconscious woman in cardiac arrest at the... [full post]

  • PM Lee: We must remain open

    The growing mood of anxiety and discontent, and the ground gained by extreme political parties in many developed countries will impact not just the world economy, but global security and stability, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

    There will be major consequences for small, open countries such... [full post]

  • Singtel handled Internet outage well: GPC chairman

    After an island-wide disruption that lasted nearly 24 hours, Singtel's fibre broadband services were fully restored at 8.25am yesterday.

    Singtel customers will get a 10 per cent discount on their broadband bill this month.

    Affected broadband customers who are also Singtel postpaid mobile users will have... [full post]

  • Runner, 29, dies 1km before finish line at Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

    A 29-year-old man participating in the half marathon in yesterday's Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore died during the run.

    He collapsed 1km away from the finish line at the Padang.

    The Straits Times Online reported that the man is believed to Mr John Gibson, a Briton living in Hong... [full post]

  • Vote and stand a chance to win $100 vouchers!

    In 2016, many Singaporeans and local items made the news for making it to the global stage.

    Remember that dinosaur print purse carried by Ms Ho Ching during her White House visit in August? 

  • Take a trip back in time on new Pulau Ubin tour

    Walk through a furnished kampung house complete with a 1970s copy of The Straits Times and mosquito net-covered bed, or stroll through a durian and starfruit orchard.

    Visitors to Pulau Ubin can now revisit Singapore's kampung days, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

  • Grades are not the only pathway to success, says community group

    With every release of major examination results here comes much talk of grades and top scorers.

    Increasingly, there are appeals to parents to look beyond results - on social media and, recently, from a community group called 100 Voices.

    Following the recent release of this year's Primary School... [full post]

  • All lies: Why we should be worried about the scourge of fake news

    During the recent American presidential campaign, the Pope endorsed Mr Donald Trump, Mrs Hillary Clinton sold weapons to terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent involved in her e-mail leaks case was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

    The problem... [full post]

  • Sunshade which dislodged in Tampines had no reinforcement bars on one side: BCA report

    SINGAPORE - Two months after a concrete sunshade on the fourth floor of a Tampines block fell onto the sunshade on the third storey, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has found that other existing sunshades at Block 201E Tampines Street 23 and its surrounding blocks... [full post]

  • Fresh Start scheme will be made flexible

    The Government will waive some conditions on a case-by-case basis when implementing the Fresh Start Housing Scheme, a programme that helps struggling families own a flat again.

    Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman revealed this to reporters yesterday, on the sidelines of a... [full post]

  • Help from a stranger turns her life around

    Things were looking bleak but a chance meeting with a stranger helped Ms Jaycie Tay, who was twice incarcerated and dropped out of school, defy the odds to achieve a diploma. And the 32- year-old twice-divorced mother of four is now gunning for a degree, as well as... [full post]

  • Shoppers, be alert to terror threats, Josephine Teo urges

    In the midst of the usual year-end sales, shoppers can also do their part to stay alert to terror threats, said Senior Minister of State (Prime Minister's Office, Foreign Affairs and Transport) Josephine Teo yesterday.

    She was speaking at the opening of the third police community roadshow, held... [full post]

  • What's behind Singapore's latest run-ins with Beijing

    Singapore-China relations appear to have taken a turn for the worse.

    The recent seizure of nine Singapore Armed Forces armoured vehicles in Hong Kong is the latest in a series of incidents that have made many wonder what is happening between the two countries.

    Why is it that... [full post]

  • AIA to set up panel of preferred doctors

    To keep a lid on spiralling premiums, insurer AIA is making several changes, including forming a panel of preferred private doctors for clients to choose from.

    The firm, one of six offering MediShield Life integrated plans (IP) here, will also tweak its rider schemes so that patients might... [full post]

  • Slow take-up for Lasting Power of Attorney scheme

    Since the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) scheme started in 2010, only 1 per cent of the adult resident population in Singapore, or about 35,000 people, have applied for an LPA.

    Retiree Ong Teck Wan, who was keen on getting an LPA done, said in a letter to... [full post]

  • Man dents cars, kicks over motorbikes at HDB carpark

    A man punched and dented more than 10 cars in a Serangoon North carpark yesterday, before turning his ire on four motorcycles.

    In front of stunned eyewitnesses, the bespectacled vandal kicked over the vehicles before walking off towards the nearest bus stop.

    The incident happened at around 9am... [full post]

  • Facing up to fake news: How to fight back

    It could be a social media story that spreads falsehoods about an individual. Or it could be an amateur's prank that causes national consternation, as with a teenager's made- up story in March last year prematurely reporting that former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew had died.

    Whether you... [full post]

  • Singtel broadband services restored, subscribers to get 10% off bill for Dec

    Update: Singtel updated its Facebook post on Sunday (Dec 4), stating that its broadband services have been restored.

    "As of 8.25 am, Singtel fibre broadband services have been fully restored.

    "We are very sorry for the disruption. We understand it was a frustrating experience for customers and we... [full post]

  • SBS bus crashes into wall at Bedok condo; no injuries reported

    SINGAPORE - An SBS Transit bus crashed into a wall at Eastern Lagoon II condo in Bedok at around 9pm on Saturday (Dec 3).

    The bus mounted a kerb and hit the exterior wall of the condo, said Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of SBS Transit corporate communications,... [full post]

  • How Tiong Bahru got hip again

    Singapore's first public housing estate in Tiong Bahru is experiencing a second lease of life, after an exodus in the 1990s.

    The residential estate at Tiong Bahru, comprising 20 blocks, was built in the Art-Deco style, with geometric lines and motifs on the buildings' facade. Block 55 is... [full post]

  • Taiwan tourists flock to Singapore for sightseeing fun and runs

    Ms Una Yan cannot seem to get enough of Singapore. She spent three days in the Republic in February and is back again today to not only tour the island but also pound the pavement.

    The 35-year-old Taiwanese, who swims and hikes every week, is taking part in... [full post]

  • GovTech data scientists caught Circle Line's 'rogue train': Here's what else they do

    In the early hours of Saturday, November 5, Feng-Yuan Liu received a call from Singapore's Ministry of Communications. A particularly nasty and persistent problem in the city's Massive Rapid Transit (MRT) system had resurfaced once more. Stumped authorities were out of ideas.

  • Tampines HDB shops launch free Wi-Fi

    The bakery at the foot of the block may not be where you usually surf the Internet and shop online.

    But that is the idea in Tampines Street 21, where small businesses have decided not to play second fiddle anymore to their heavyweight competition.

    The heartland shopping neighbourhood... [full post]

  • Chomp Chomp food centre to close for repair works

    SINGAPORE - The popular Chomp Chomp Food Centre in Serangoon Gardens is one of four food centres being closed for repairs or renovations.

    The shutters will go down at Chomp Chomp and the Jurong West Street 52 centre for between two and three months after January next year,... [full post]

  • PAP MP on medical leave for 8 weeks

    SINGAPORE - Mr Charles Chong, the MP for Punggol East and a political veteran of nearly 30 years, is on eight weeks' medical leave after he underwent "a planned medical procedure" on Thursday, said the People's Action Party (PAP) in a statement yesterday.

    It was done at National... [full post]

  • Ex-ST Marine CEO in graft scandal jailed 10 months, fined

    SINGAPORE - A former ST Marine chief executive officer and president implicated in one of the largest graft scandals in corporate Singapore was on Friday (Dec 2) sentenced to 10 months' jail and a $100,000 fine.

    See Leong Teck, 66, who helmed the apex position at ST Marine,... [full post]

  • Final Zouk party at Jiak Kim Street

    Since its launch in March 1991, Zouk has been a trendsetter, appealing to a crowd spanning generations, and it is still going strong today.

    Tonight, Zouk will host its last party at Jiak Kim Street, after being there for 25 years.

    It is expected to be a full... [full post]

  • Uproar over dogs and lifts at Killiney condo

    A resident at the Residences @ Killiney was sent 11 e-mails from the condominium's management council telling her to stop using the lifts with her dogs.

    She has been ignoring the order.

    Lawyers told The New Paper that generally these matters are enforced through by-laws and not rules.

    ... [full post]

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  • The most important bilateral relationship in the world? China-Japan

    December 06, 2016 5:00 AM

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec 7, marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. April 28 next year will mark the 65th anniversary of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, signed in September 1951.

  • Keeping religion out of politics

    December 06, 2016 5:00 AM

    The intrusion of religion into politics in Jakarta has given the jitters to moderate Indonesians, and others in pluralistic societies in the region, who know only too well from painful experience that the two are a highly combustible mix. Secular states strive to keep them apart for that reason;... [full post]

  • The Terrex fallacies

    December 06, 2016 5:00 AM

    Nine Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Terrex infantry carrier vehicles, allegedly en route from Taiwan to Singapore, were seized in Hong Kong on Nov 23.

  • Different results, but both suggest far-right's hold in Europe

    December 06, 2016 5:00 AM

    Mr Alexander Van der Bellen's victory in Austria's presidential election on Sunday will be greeted with relief in Brussels and most European capitals. It will be taken as a victory for pluralism, tolerance and liberal democracy itself. Yet there will also be a sober recognition that the forces of... [full post]

  • Jokowi shows leadership mettle at Islamic rally

    December 06, 2016 5:00 AM

    Last week's mega-rally by Muslim hardliners in Jakarta took a dramatic turn when Indonesian President Joko Widodo turned up to join the Friday prayers that ended the protest. The rally had brought together an estimated half a million people at the National Monument to demand the arrest of Jakarta... [full post]

  • Not that easy for Trump to cancel Obama's executive actions

    December 06, 2016 5:00 AM

    During the US presidential campaign, Mr Donald Trump pledged to "cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President (Barack) Obama".

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