Economy Singapore 

Three-quarter tank rule to apply to Singapore-registered diesel vehicles leaving country from April

SINGAPORE – From April 1, Singapore-registered vehicles running on diesel will be required to have at least three-quarters of the tank filled when leaving Singapore via the land checkpoints. The Singapore Customs said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 2) that the expansion of the three-quarter tank rule is in line with the recent introduction of a usage-based diesel duty. The measure, which was announced by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at Budget 2017, is meant to encourage drivers and fleet owners to use the fuel more judiciously and, consequently,…

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Poorer households use more water to beat heat while richer ones turn up air-con, study finds

SINGAPORE – When temperatures rise, lower-income households here use more water whereas higher-income households consume more electricity, a local study has found. The study tracked the water and electricity bills of about 130,000 households staying in apartments from September 2012 to December 2015. It found that with a 1 deg C increase in temperature, the average household living in a two-room apartment increases water use by 9 litres per day. At the time of the study, less than a fifth of two-room apartments had air-conditioning. In contrast, heat induces larger…

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Food poisoning Singapore 

Spize owners wanted to relinquish River Valley business soon after fatal food poisoning incident

SINGAPORE – Spize’s owners had decided that they would end the business at the River Valley outlet soon after a fatal food poisoning incident last month (November). Mr Haresh Sabnani, co-founder of the restaurant that has four outlets across Singapore, told The Straits Times on Friday morning (Dec 7) that the company had decided to sell a part of their business. He spoke to ST before a press conference on Friday where the National Environment Agency (NEA) said it has terminated the operating licences of Spize restaurant in River Valley Roadwith immediate effect,…

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cryptocurrency MAS Scam Singapore 

$78k lost to bitcoin investment scams in last 3 months

About $78,000 was lost to scams involving online articles that use false information to promote bitcoin investments between September and last month. These investment scams, which are advertised online, are designed to target Singapore residents, the police said yesterday. The online articles are usually paid advertisements that feature well-known personalities in Singapore who supposedly endorse bitcoin investments and have earned massive profits from them. In these online advertisements, bitcoin investments are portrayed as safe, secure and highly lucrative. People who click on links within the article are taken to a…

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When Singaporeans cannot retire today, the fault lies squarely on the PAP

On Singapore’s public housing, here are somethings to note: (1) Singapore’s HDB public housing is provided to Singaporeans at the expense of their retirement i.e. Singaporeans’ CPF funds are being depleted to fund the PAP government’s HDB. (2) Since HDB resale prices are falling and individuals’ CPF have been used to pay for high HDB resale flat prices when they bought it, people will not have enough to retire, and they will not be able to monetise enough from their flats to retire. (3) HDB flats have always been meant…

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CDAC to offer all-round support for weaker students from disadvantaged families

SINGAPORE – Under-performing students from disadvantaged families will be given more holistic support by the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) from next year. The non-profit self-help group for the Chinese community will expand its student programme to help develop motivation, resilience and discipline in learning among weaker students. This will be done through extra mentoring and supervision from former school leaders, tutors and trainers. The organisation will also help create a more conducive learning environment at home for the students by providing tables and lamps where needed, along with additional…

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Murder Singapore SINGAPORE COURTS 

Woman’s appeal over $25m assets rejected

The top court dismissed a woman’s appeal against a High Court decision which found she had tricked her husband into signing a deed of trust that would have left him a pauper and their infant son a millionaire. The assets included a $25 million inheritance from his late mother who was murdered in an unrelated incident barely a week before he signed the deed. The man, identified in court papers as BOK, had signed the deed on March 26, 2014, while he was grieving over his mother who was killed…

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Arrest Made Australia Chiang Mai Thailand 

I’m just sorry for what I did’: Alberta woman arrested in Thailand returns home

Canadian tourist Brittney Schneider, 23, returned home Friday after she was charged with vandalism for spray painting graffiti on an ancient wall in northern Thailand. (Brittney Schneider/Facebook) A Grande Prairie, Alta., woman who faced a decade in prison for spray-painting an ancient wall in Thailand has returned home and says she is eager to move on from the ordeal. Brittney Schneider was vacationing in Thailand in October when she was charged with vandalism for her role in spray-painting Tha Pae Gate, the main entrance to the old town of Chiang Mai.…

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Accident Singapore Singapore Police 

2-year-old boy survives fall from 11th-floor Sengkang flat – possibly saved by his diapers

SINGAPORE – A two-year-old boy, who survived an 11-storey fall from a Sengkang Housing Board block on Sunday (Nov 25) morning, was possibly saved by his diapers. The diapers reportedly caught on a clothes rack while he fell, cushioning his fall. The boy, who was found by residents lying on a grass patch at the foot of Block 182A Rivervale Crescent at around 10am, was rushed to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) where he was reported to be in stable condition on Sunday night. When contacted for update on the boy on…

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Property Singapore 

Lease Buyback Scheme extension: Details likely ready by early 2019

The details of the Lease Buyback Scheme’s (LBS) extension to all flats should be ready by early next year, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said yesterday. The announcement that the LBS would be extended to cover five-room and larger flats was made in August this year. Under the LBS, flat owners aged 65 and above who meet several other criteria can sell part of their flat’s lease to the Housing Board while retaining the length of lease based on the age of the youngest owner. The proceeds from such a sale…

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