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Accident on AYE leaves trail of destruction

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 03:46
SINGAPORE – A bizarre accident - caused by a silver Mercedes travelling at high speed against the flow of traffic - along the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) during morning rush hour on Monday morning (Dec 19) killed a 37-year-old driver and left four others...

TODAY's morning brief for Dec 19

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 20:10
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Recycling enthusiasts awarded for innovative ideas

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - While at the supermarket, Mdm Goh Bong Yeo, 83, often receives compliments for her shopping trolley made from recycled drink cartons. It took her two to three months to collect, wash and cut up around 100 empty cartons, which she then tied onto an...

Over 160 needy students get help for new school year with backpacks, vouchers

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - With 10 children to feed and a pay packet of about S$1,600, security officer Norjohan Buniran, 42, must think twice about buying a school bag for each of his schoolgoing children. So yesterday was a happy affair for his family when they received...

New shelter for maids to launch next year

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 15:00
SINGAPORE - Support for foreign workers looks set to grow, with the Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) to launch its own shelter and the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) to set up its second mobile office next year. Currently, the CDE taps shelter space offered...

New Tampines bus interchange shows features for the future

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 13:55
SINGAPORE - With the opening of the Tampines Concourse Bus Interchange on Sunday (Dec 18), commuters can now experience what the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has planned for bus interchanges and integrated transport hubs of the future. The interchange...

More needy seniors signing up for free funeral services

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 11:05
SINGAPORE - For more than two decades, 83-year-old Ho Kwai Yeng did not dare to ask people for help even though she was worried about having enough money to pay for her own funeral arrangements. So it came as a relief when she signed up for Nam Hong Welfare...

Moulding the next generation, one kid at a time

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 13:35
Amid the slowing economy and uncertain job market, many Singaporeans have said they are unsure of where to start looking for opportunities in several growth industries. To that end, TODAY has launched an eight-part weekly series that looks at the openings...

Experts and cabbies welcome removal of requirements which are ‘no longer effective’

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 12:55
SINGAPORE - Industry players and experts on Saturday (Dec 17) welcomed what they described as an overdue move to scrap some of the taxi availability requirements including a minimum daily mileage. Such rules are no longer effective, they pointed out, in...

Minimum mileage and peak shoulder period rules for taxis to be scrapped next month

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 07:30
SINGAPORE - From January, taxi drivers will no longer be required to clock a minimum daily mileage and ply the roads during peak shoulder hours, following the review of the taxi availability framework. Since January 2013, a certain proportion of an operator's...

Police warn of fake police letters requesting assistance for 'Public Nuisance' offence

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 06:58
SINGAPORE - If you receive a letter that appears to be from the police and signed by a certain "INSP Wong Ka Wei, Senior Investigation Officer, Central Police Division", ignore it - it's fake. The police issued an advisory on Saturday (Dec 17) following...

Singapore, Malaysia to boost fresh water yield from Johor River

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 15:20
SINGAPORE - The Singapore and Malaysian governments are looking at "technical solutions" that can raise the supply of fresh water from the Johor River, amid concerns over the dry weather and growing usage. "The natural flow of the Johor River is not enough to...

The Big Read: Changing lifestyles and societal attitudes feed infant-care boom

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 15:07
SINGAPORE - Communications manager Sabrina Tay, 34, recalled her apprehension and how she was saddled with guilt about three years ago when she opted to put her then 12-week-old firstborn in infant care.  "When the babies cry, you're always afraid no one...

Kidney patients pay it forward

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:35
SINGAPORE - Fresh out of school and barely a year into working life, Ms Andrea Bender was diagnosed with a kidney disease which left her kidneys functioning at a borderline 15 per cent. More than a decade on, after undergoing dialysis and an organ...

Wet days expected over the next two weeks

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:05
SINGAPORE - Expect more rainy days ahead; it looks like the last two weeks of the year is going to be wetter than the first half of December. Short-duration thundery showers can be expected on seven to nine days over the next fortnight, mostly between the...

Realities of life — dark and past — in Singapore

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 13:15
SINGAPORE - Once upon a time, provision shops at HDB void decks were common, and sand-based play areas like the dragon playground in Toa Payoh (the last one remaining) could be found in every HDB estate. Teh tarik uncles displaying their craft were also a...

Government increases supply of land for housing amid strong developer demand

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:55
SINGAPORE - The Government has increased the amount of land it plans to sell for private housing development in the first half of next year, a move that property analysts said is in response to strong participation by developers in recent site tenders. Under...

Construction firm fined $250,000 for inadequate safety measures

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:40
SINGAPORE - A construction firm has been slapped with a S$250,000 fine for failing to ensure adequate safety measures at a workplace, which resulted in an accident that killed two workers on Jan 22, 2014. The sum is the highest fine for a conviction under...

Duterte defends drug war as he meets adoring Filipinos in Singapore

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 09:40
SINGAPORE - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (Dec 16) addressed thousands of fellow Filipinos who turned up to welcome him during his visit to Singapore, as he slammed critics of his controversial war on drugs.  "If you are into drugs ... I...

Singapore dollar to slide to levels seen after 2008 crisis, says policy sage

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 07:30
SINGAPORE - The Singapore dollar is likely to slide to levels seen in the aftermath of the global financial crisis as the Monetary Authority of Singapore resumes easing policy in April. So says an analyst who's correctly predicted the last three central bank...