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TODAY's morning brief for Monday, June 19

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 22:30

‘Active fatherhood’ among challenges today’s dads face

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Having grown up bereft of his father's presence, Mr Noel Tan vowed that when it was his turn to be a dad, he would play a more active role. Before his first child was born in 2006, he decided to work as a freelance graphic designer so he could...

Singaporeans urged to salute national servicemen as part of NS50

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 11:50
SINGAPORE - A campaign has been launched to urge Singaporeans to show their appreciation to all national servicemen for their contributions to the nation with a simple gesture national - a salute - as the Republic marks 50 years of National Service...

Budget airlines woo travellers with added frills

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 13:15
SINGAPORE - When it comes to filling seats, budget airlines have given legacy carriers a run for the money, by offering steep discounts and promotional fares. Now, as low-cost carriers start flying long haul, biting into the mainstay of their full-service...

Hidden sentinels who guard Singapore’s biodiversity

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 13:15
SINGAPORE - On a regular dive trip to Pulau Hantu, all her friends were excited about seeing a dirty-green frogfish for the first time, but Ms Toh Chay Hoon just could not spot the 12cm-long ambush predator no matter how hard she tried. Her friends had to...

Pregnant workers still ‘face subtle discrimination’ in Singapore

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 12:20
SINGAPORE - Statistics from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) showed that the number of pregnant women unfairly dismissed has seen a significant drop in recent years - from 90 dismissal appeals in 2012 to 57 last year. And in the first quarter of this year,...

Govt has responsibility to consider heritage, historical significance of 38 Oxley Rd: DPM Teo

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 09:35
SINGAPORE - Responding to criticisms by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Saturday (Jun 17) said there is nothing secretive about the ministerial committee set up to look into the options for 38 Oxley...

Fresh questions emerge over drafter of Lee Kuan Yew's last will

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 03:57
SINGAPORE - More questions surrounding Mr Lee Kuan Yew's last will have emerged, amid a deepening dispute among his children over the document and what it says about the late founding Prime Minister's decision on the family home at 38 Oxley Road. In two...

Use of cladding in buildings here have grown in recent times: Experts

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:10
SINGAPORE - Cladding, an extra layer made of either plastic or aluminium panels to cover the exterior facade of buildings, is commonly found here, and its use has intensified in recent years, said engineering experts. The use of cladding has come under...

Singapore will not be dragged down by Lee family's 'petty disputes', says Goh Chok Tong

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:36
SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on Friday (June 16) weighed in on the Lee family spat over 38 Oxley Road, by urging Singaporeans to "not be dragged down by a family's petty disputes". Writing on Facebook, Mr Goh noted that Singapore has...

The Big Read: When good neighbours are the community’s first line of defence

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:35
SINGAPORE - Cabbie William Koo remembers how he returned home to his Tiong Bahru flat one day to find his elderly next-door neighbour lying prone on the ground. The metal gate of the neighbour's unit was bolted, although the front door was ajar. He called out...

Wet platforms at Tuas West Extension’s open house

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:55
SINGAPORE - More than an hour after a public preview of the Tuas West Extension (TWE) to the East-West Line kicked off on Friday (June 16), the fanfare was somewhat dampened by wet platforms at several stations. When TODAY was at the Tuas Crescent stop - one...

Man arrested after leaving two bags unattended at Aljunied MRT station

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 14:13
SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old man was arrested on Friday (June 16) for leaving two bags unattended at Aljunied MRT station. According to a statement by the police, they were alerted to the unattended bags at 10.04am on Friday. Police officers later traced and...

Mrs Lee Suet Fern leaves managing partner role in her law firm's S'pore office

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 13:54
SINGAPORE - Mrs Lee Suet Fern, the wife of Mr Lee Hsien Yang, has stepped down as managing partner of her law firm's Singapore office, TODAY has learnt.  She will continue helming its international leadership team. Her successor, Mr Ng Joo Khin, has been...

Estate agents estimate 38 Oxley Road property to be worth around S$24 million

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 13:10
SINGAPORE - The historic property at the heart of a public dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings is estimated to be worth around S$24 million, according to estate agents. The century-old house at 38 Oxley Road, sitting on an...

Chinese state media, netizens seize on Lee family dispute to criticise Singapore

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:00
SINGAPORE - Chinese state media and netizens have seized on the feud between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings to criticise the Republic's leadership, drawing a sharp contrast between their coverage and that of the media in countries around the...

S$24,000 fine for recalcitrant TCM practitioner who ran unlicensed massage outlets

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:45
SINGAPORE - A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner was fined S$24,000 on Friday (June 16), having run a network of unlicensed massage establishments, with some offering sexual services. Goh Seng Ngei, 64, had earlier pleaded guilty to 24 charges...

Friendships flourish at Tampines community garden, cafe

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:15
Joey Chua Xue Ting2 days 1 hour agoSINGAPORE — Part-time taxi driver Chew Wei’s application for a community garden was r

Friends collect application forms for mystery presidential hopeful

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:55
Tan Weizhen1 day 23 hours agoSINGAPORE — A group of four turned up at the Elections Department on Friday (Jun 16)

More rainy days expected in second half of June, but temperatures can still hit 35°C

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:50
1 day 23 hours agoSINGAPORE — More rainy days are expected in the second half of this month as compared