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Law schools must produce grads who can meet ‘new demands’

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 04:26
SINGAPORE - The legal profession is not immune to disruption and change, and lawyers would need different skills to add value to their practice, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.  Speaking at the opening ceremony of the School of Law building in Singapore...

Resident jobless rate rises to 3% as vacancies hit 4-year low

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 04:04
SINGAPORE - The job market situation has deteriorated, with the number of vacancies falling while the pool of workers laid off continues to rise. The Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) 2016 labour market report released yesterday showed that seasonally adjusted job...

Economists raise Singapore’s growth forecast to 2.3%

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 04:00
SINGAPORE - The stronger-than-expected performance of Singapore's economy in the fourth quarter of last year and a recovery in global trade, among other factors, have led private sector economists to significantly upgrade their full-year forecast for 2017. A...

St James Power Station murder: Two more charged

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 02:32
SINGAPORE - Hours after the second and third suspects in the alleged murder at St James Power Station last Sunday were charged in court on Wednesday (March 15), the police said they had arrested a fifth suspect in the case. The 22-year-old man was picked up...

Changi named world’s best airport for 5th year in a row

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 22:15
SINGAPORE - Changi Airport has won the prestigious Skytrax World's Best Airport award for the fifth consecutive year, it was announced on Tuesday (March 14). The Singapore international airport clinched the top spot this year ahead of Tokyo's Haneda airport,...

TODAY's morning brief for Wednesday, March 15

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 21:13
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Schoolings to launch academy to boost Singapore sport

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Their dedication to their son's Olympic gold medal dream saw a victory in Rio de Janeiro that inspired and galvanised a nation. Now, swimmer Joseph Schooling's parents, May and Colin, want to do more for Singapore with a new sports academy they...

Insurance association studying ‘worrying’ spike in motor accidents

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The number of motor accident reports increased by almost 8 per cent last year, hitting an eight-year high, despite a falling vehicle population. There were 161,361 reports last year, compared with 149,511 in 2015, the General Insurance Association...

Technology key to solving manpower crunch: Swee Say

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - While there are legitimate concerns in countries about technology putting workers out of jobs, such a worry would be largely unfounded in Singapore, said Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say yesterday, as he assured undergraduates who had the job market...

CGH apologises after debt collector calls patient to recover $37

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Changi General Hospital (CGH) has apologised for using a debt collector to get a patient to settle his outstanding medical bills, even though the latter had made repayment arrangements with one of its employees earlier.  The flub happened because...

Bigger role for female religious teachers in fighting extremism

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:00
Their main role in the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) was to counsel the wives of Jemaah Islamiyah detainees, but with the advent of the Islamic State, female RRG counsellors are seeing more girls and young women influenced by extremist ideology, and...

26-year-old fined for playing with toy gun in public

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - On the way home from work, he felt an impulse to fiddle with a toy handgun that he had bought the day before, and proceeded to cock it. Someone nearby saw what Timothy Tan Zhiyu was doing and thinking that the 26-year-old was holding a real...

PUB’s co-digestion plant now processing 3 tonnes of food waste daily

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - After a delay in completion caused by the woes of its technology provider, a project by national water agency PUB to use food waste to generate more electricity is now processing three tonnes of food waste a day. The co-digestion plant, which aims...

‘Gay moment’ in Beauty and the Beast totally unnecessary: National Council of Churches

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:20
SINGAPORE - The National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) on Tuesday (March 14) weighed in on the controversy over Disney film Beauty and the Beast, calling the "gay moment" in the film "totally unnecessary". In a statement, NCCS added that some...

KPE, Nicoll Highway link to open next month

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:19
SINGAPORE - Motorists heading onto Nicoll Highway from the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and Sims Way can expect a smoother ride starting from Apr 2, when a new underpass in the area opens, allowing them to bypass a traffic junction. The new two-lane...

Getting a head start in the industry

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:14
Sarah Heng pursued a Bachelor of Accountancy with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) because it provides an industry-focused education. Its degree programmes target growth sectors, and integrate work and study. This combination lets Sarah gain practical...

Yale-NUS picks Tan Tai Yong as new president

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 06:17
SINGAPORE –  After an eight-month global search, Yale-NUS College has looked in-house and picked historian Tan Tai Yong as its new President. Professor Tan, who was a Nominated Member of Parliament, will take office from July, succeeding the liberal arts...

No place for divisive religious teachings here, warns DPM Teo

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 05:32
SINGAPORE - Beyond the terrorist threat, Singapore must keep a close watch on "exclusivist" and divisive teachings or statements, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said at the 13th Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) retreat on Tuesday (March 14). "We have...

Han Hui Hui told to apologise for, remove false online posts

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 03:52
SINGAPORE - The authorities have moved against blogger and former independent election candidate Han Hui Hui for making a series of false allegations surrounding her criminal conviction over a 2014 protest rally that disrupted a charity event at Hong Lim...

Going beyond the classroom

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 03:40
Different people are great at different things, said Melvin Teo. The 24-year-old had an epiphany that if he wants to succeed in life, he should pursue things that he is good at. Although Melvin has a chemical engineering diploma from Temasek Polytechnic, he...