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Private ambitions

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:00
Singapore - Many working adults see taking up a course in a private education institution as a tried-and-tested way to a better education and improved career prospects. While the goal is straightforward enough, the same cannot be said for its outcomes or the...

Travellers divided over ban on poultry from countries with avian flu risk

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:00
Singapore - With the risk of bird flu in the news after the culling of free-roaming chickens in Sin Ming, a lesser-known poultry regulation has also ruffled some feathers. Currently, poultry in any form - cooked or raw - from countries where there is still a...

Club brings Tai Chi fans in North West district together

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The latest addition to the North West district's healthy living clubs has been launched, with the inauguration of the North West Tai Chi Club, bringing together some 400 Tai Chi enthusiasts across 13 clubs in the district. Yesterday's launch,...

‘US, China must spell out foreign policy objectives for Asia’

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - It is important at this juncture for the United States and China to articulate their overarching foreign policy objectives towards Asia, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday. During a panel discussion at the 53rd Munich Security Conference...

Chingay sparkles in Pasir Ris

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 15:55
SINGAPORE - Thousands of people thronged the field next to Pasir Ris MRT Station on Sunday evening (Feb 19) as the Chingay celebrations floated into the Pasir Ris heartland for the first time in six years. The Chingay @ Pasir Ris event featured, among other...

TODAY's morning brief for Monday, Feb 20

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 15:14
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Marine biologist third S’porean to have own TED Talk

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 15:05
SINGAPORE - This April, marine biologist Dr Neo Mei Lin will join the likes of tech giant Bill Gates and former US vice-president Al Gore in having her own TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada. The 30-year-old is one of 15 change-makers this year – and the third...

Study reveals effects of poorly run wildlife trade on S’pore’s bird species

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 14:55
SINGAPORE - Seven in 10 birds offered for sale in shops here are species not native or previously native to Singapore, raising concerns over the dangers of a poorly run trade and overharvesting, a study released on Sunday (Feb 19) has found. Conducted by...

70 scour nature reserves for hiker missing since Friday

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 14:35
SINGAPORE - The search in several nature reserves for a missing Singaporean hiker ended on Sunday (Feb 19) with efforts coming to naught. A group of more than 70, including police officers, park rangers and volunteers, had combed areas such as the Bukit Timah...

Ban on cooked poultry from Malaysia unnecessary

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 20:00
I refer to the letter "Experts don't recommend culling of wild birds" (Feb 16), and would like to add my views about the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore's (AVA) policies. A few months ago, I wrote to it about the ban on roast duck or fried...

The Big Read: As animal encounters hit the headlines, a divide opens up

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:55
SINGAPORE - A few months ago, Bukit Panjang resident Madam Sherry Yeo watched, stunned, as a monkey appeared at the windowsill of her 12th floor unit, and then made its way into her kitchen for a bite of her leftover red bean bun. "I've been living here for...

UOB’s Q4 net profit falls 6.2% to S$739 million

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:50
SINGAPORE - United Overseas Bank (UOB), the Republic's third-largest lender, has reported a 6.2 per cent decline in its fourth-quarter net profit, a tad better than analysts' expectations, as loss provisions surprisingly fell despite the increase in...

Grouses about snakes, birds and monkeys on the rise

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:35
SINGAPORE - There has been an increase in the number of complaints about snakes and birds since 2013, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) revealed, while complaints against monkeys have been falling despite a rise last year. Last year,...

Legless body in suitcase: Pakistani duo to hang for murder

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:30
SINGAPORE - As much as the two Pakistani nationals had tried to shift the blame of murdering their compatriot to each other, their lies fell apart after photographs and closed-circuit television footage showed them going to Mustafa Centre together to buy a...

Former property agent jailed for trying to snatch police revolver

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:20
SINGAPORE - She drove her car into a signpost and walked away from the scene, but when the police persuaded her to return and blocked her path to prevent her from wandering off again, she grabbed a revolver from one of the officers' holster and tried to yank...

New savings scheme to tap into gold, precious metals

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:15
SINGAPORE - Retail investors seeking to diversify into precious metals now have another option with the launch of the GSC Savings Accumulation Program for physical gold, silver and platinum in Singapore by GoldSilver Central, a Singapore-registered company...

Independent panel appointed over AHTC’s improper payments

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:05
SINGAPORE - An independent panel, chaired by Senior Counsel Philip Jeyaretnam, has been appointed to recommend the recovery actions the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) needs to take over the large sums of improper payments that it had made from its...

Singapore’s Haj quota raised to 800 as Muslim population increases

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:05
SINGAPORE - More than four years after Singapore appealed for an increase in its official Haj quota, Saudi Arabia has agreed to the request, raising the number of places from 680 to 800. The news, which will be welcomed by the Muslim community here, was...

Visit to museum, theatre to be new ‘shared experience’

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:00
SINGAPORE - A trip to the museum or theatre will soon be a new "shared experience" for each cohort of young Singaporeans, on top of attending the National Day Parade rehearsal and, more recently announced, a five-day Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) expedition...

COE tender postponed, sparking talk of car tax changes

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:20
SINGAPORE - The second Certificate of Entitlement (COE) bidding exercise for this month has been pushed back by two days due to an unspecified upcoming announcement, sparking speculation among industry players over what changes could be afoot. Some believe...