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Woodlands murder: Suspect remanded for 3 more weeks for psychiatric evaluation

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:38
SINGAPORE – The 41-year-old former property agent charged for the murder of his pregnant wife will be further remanded for three weeks for psychiatric evaluation. Appearing in court on Monday (Feb 13), prosecutors requested for Teo Ghim Heng to be remanded...

Ex-Tembusu Home staff charged with stealing residents’ life savings

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 03:48
SINGAPORE - A former assistant superintendent of a home for destitutes was charged in court on Monday (Feb 13) for misappropriating more than S$220,000 of seven elderly residents' life savings in less than a year. Chiang Zhao Xiang, 31, faces one count of...

Singapore’s big banks’ bad-loan woes may be getting worse

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:55
SINGAPORE - The woes of Singaporean energy-services provider Ezra Holdings are a stark reminder to the city's biggest banks of the threat souring oil and gas loans pose to their earnings. A writedown flagged by Ezra recently has refocused attention on the...

North West CDC seeking to double volunteer pool

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 20:00
Singapore – To drive more community programmes in the next five years, the North West Community Development Council (CDC) aims to double its pool of volunteers from 5,000 to 10,000. These volunteers will focus on areas such as promoting healthy living and...

Chingay floats turn Singapore streets into interactive carnival

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Visitors were treated to a display of 12 colourful Chingay floats, as well as firecrackers and fireworks at the third edition of the Chingay Night Fiesta last night. For the first time, Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road were blocked off and...

Woman killed by tree ‘a rising star’ in Mastercard

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The woman who died after a Tembusu heritage tree in the Singapore Botanic Gardens toppled on Saturday was 38-year-old Indian national Radhika Angara, who moved to Singapore in 2013, TODAY has learnt. Her husband, French national Jerome...

Five pillars of total defence

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 20:00
Total Defence Day is held on Feb 15 each year to mark Singapore's fall to the Japanese in 1942 during World War II. It aims to remind Singaporeans not to take the nation's security for granted, and the strategy of "Total Defence" comprises five pillars -...

Using music as a platform for social change

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - He used to be scolded for being a nuisance because he liked to pound out beats on tables during his school days, but Mr Arthur Choo has since turned his love of rhythms and percussion into something much bigger. Using music as a platform for...

Playing a part in Singapore’s defence is WWII survivor’s lifelong passion

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - He was only 10 years old when Singapore fell to the Japanese during World War II in 1942, but in the three-and-a-half years that followed, Mr Alan Wong Hiong Boon "went through life as an adult". A time of food shortage, he and other students...

TODAY's morning briefing for Feb 13

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 16:52
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Despite safety fears, most want big trees to stay

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 12:05
SINGAPORE - Visitors to the Botanic Gardens on Sunday (Feb 12) said they were concerned about safety, given the fatality caused by the Tembusu tree that had fallen, but were against chopping down other large Tembusu trees to prevent a similar occurrence - an...

After detailed checks, NParks declares trees in Botanic Gardens’ Palm Valley safe

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 08:58
SINGAPORE - The National Parks Board (NParks) has completed a "detailed check" on all the trees in Palm Valley in the Botanic Gardens, where a Tembusu heritage tree fell on Saturday - killing one person - and has found them to be safe. And it is now...

Surviving a rare cancer at six

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 14:00
SINGAPORE - When she was six, her parents were told she had only 10 per cent chance of living to see her next birthday. It was September 1999. What Ms Charlotte Wang's parents brushed aside as a child being finicky with food when she complained for the past...

Singapore wheelchair rugby athletes at home in rough sport

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:40
SINGAPORE – The sound of metal crashing against metal echoes around the almost-empty sports hall as eight men go at one another furiously with chairs. The chase is end to end, but this is not a street brawl. Rather, it is an enthralling game of wheelchair...

Fallen Tembusu tree at Botanic Gardens kills 1, injures 4

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 10:13
SINGAPORE - A 38-year-old woman from India was killed and four others injured when a 40m tall Tembusu tree collapsed in the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Saturday afternoon (Feb 11), shortly before the start of a concert and movie screening. The...

No change in Hyfa rent despite new operating rules

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - There will be no change in how much rent Home United Football Club (HUFC) has to pay for its Home United Youth Football Academy (Hyfa) despite the new operating hours and guidelines imposed on the training facility, TODAY understands. Monthly...

Consider top-ups for SkillsFuture Credit

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 20:00
Last year, I attended a digital photography course for beginners at LaSalle College of the Arts at the cost of S$490 and used my SkillsFuture Credit. I intend to sign up for the next level of the course that costs S$261.03 after the National Silver Academy's...

St Margaret’s School celebrates 175th anniversary

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:15
SINGAPORE - St Margaret's School, the oldest girls' school in Singapore, celebrated its 175th anniversary on Friday (Feb 10) with the reopening of its heritage gallery and to complete a record-breaking feat witnessed by representatives from the Singapore Book...

The Big Read: Amid uncertain times, CFE focuses on strategy instead of roadmap

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:55
SINGAPORE - The Committee on the Future Economy's report - released on Thursday (Feb 9) - marks the third time in less than two decades where Singapore had assembled some of its brightest economic and business minds to come up with the way forward. Each...

New jobs app offers real-time matches

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:50
SINGAPORE - When staff at the Katong eatery The Chop House asked for leave during the Chinese New Year period, restaurant manager Jack Taylor Yang found himself in a bind, as he always does during peak periods due to the manpower crunch in the retail...