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Man wielding knife at large after fleeing Western Union with $2k

In the second armed robbery reported over two days, a man with a knife forced a Western Union employee to hand over more than $2,000 at its Ubi Avenue 1 branch yesterday morning. The suspect, who was last seen in a white helmet, black jacket and dark-coloured trousers, remains at large. No one was injured, and the man fled on foot, said the police. At about 11am, a florist at Strongberg Florist Trading in Block 301 heard the female employee from the Western Union branch next door cry out. TheRead More

Ex-MD jailed for smashing glass against man’s head

Frenchman Franck Louis Maurice Peltier pleaded guilty to causing hurt to a Briton at a pub in Amoy Street. A company managing director smashed a glass against a man’s head in a pub after the victim chided him for trying to steal other patrons’ drinks. Briton Sam Joseph Chapman, 28, later received 12 stitches behind his left ear. For the offence, Frenchman Franck Louis Maurice Peltier, 51, who used to work for financial data management company Asset Control, was yesterday jailed for three weeks. He pleaded guilty to causing hurtRead More

Singapore to Johor Baru MRT service to start by end-2024

Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan with Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan, who is also Transport Minister, enjoying durian during a tea break at Afiniti Medini, after a site visit to the mixed-use development.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO  Rapid transit link will join Thomson-East Coast Line and is set to reduce congestion Royston Sim Assistant Political Editor In Iskandar Puteri (Johor) Passengers will be able to hop on an MRT train in Woodlands to cross the border to Johor Baru by Dec 31, 2024. The RapidRead More

HDB launches 5,291 flats, including 1,394 units under inaugural Re-Offer of Balance Flats exercise

Blocks of HDB housing flats around Whampoa area in the central part of Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE SINGAPORE – There will be 5,291 flats for sale from Tuesday (Aug 1), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced. These include 3,897 Build-To-Order (BTO) units in the third BTO exercise this year, and 1,394 units under the first ever Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercise. This brings the total number of flats launched by HDB this year to 18,095. Applications can be submitted online on the HDB InfoWEB until next Monday (AugRead More

New scheme to allow Singapore, HK visitors to use automated gates at Bangkok airports

Visitors from Singapore and Hong Kong will be able to access the automated gates now reserved for Thai nationals at both of Bangkok’s airports by the end of this month or next month.PHOTO: WWW.SUVARNABHUMIAIRPORT.COM  BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Visitors from Singapore and Hong Kong will soon be breezing through immigration at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang international airports as authorities implement a new scheme to allow them to use automatic passport scanners currently reserved for Thai nationals. Immigration bureau commissioner Pol Lt-General Nathathorn Prousoontorn said the move would reduceRead More

Up to 80% of Thailand’s tsunami warning system needs maintenance

In this picture taken on Dec 4, 2014, a tsunami evacuation sign is displayed on a street near Patong beach in Phuket. (Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) BANGKOK: Up to 80 per cent of Thailand’s tsunami warning system needs maintenance work, the deputy director-general of its disaster prevention department said on Monday (Jul 31), more than a decade after the region was hit by a tsunami that killed 226,000 people. A 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Dec 26, 2004 and triggered a massiveRead More

Tampines library to reopen with new features including cooking studio

The Singapore Collection features over 12,000 books by Singapore authors. (Photo: Rachelle Lee) SINGAPORE: A refreshed Tampines Regional Library is set to open its doors to the public at Our Tampines Hub on Aug 5. Sporting a new look and features, it will span five floors with dedicated spaces for people of all ages. Key features include a larger space for patrons to read, with more than 400,000 books available in the four official languages. The library will also feature a Singapore collection of more than 12,000 books by localRead More

Swimming: Schooling bags bronze in 100m butterfly final at FINA World Championships

United States’ gold medal winner Caeleb Dressel is flanked by Hungary’s silver medal winner Kristof Milak and bronze medal winners Britain’s James Guy and Singapore’s Joseph Schooling during the awards ceremony for the men’s 100-metre butterfly final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Jul 29, 2017. (Photo: AP/Petr David Josek)  SINGAPORE: Olympic champion Joseph Schooling bagged a joint bronze medal at the men’s 100m butterfly final with a timing of 50.83s at the FINA World Championships on Sunday (Jul 30, Singapore time).  American CaelebRead More

Launch of music album, concept trains among plans for NS50 week

ile photo of NSmen. (Photo: TODAY)  SINGAPORE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of National Service (NS) in Singapore, a slew of events and activities have been planned for NS50 week from Aug 1 to 10 and these include the release of a music album and the launch of concept trains for the occasion. According to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), August is of historical significance as it marks the enlistment of the first batch of full-time national servicemen in 1967. The pioneer batch of enlistees reported on Aug 17 thatRead More

Amazon Prime Now delivery down for second day after launch

After its highly anticipated launch in Singapore on Thursday, Amazon Prime Now’s delivery service continues to be unavailable. Prime Now stocks products according to a random stow systems. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan  SINGAPORE: The launch of Amazon’s much-hyped Prime Now service in Singapore continues to be plagued with issues, on the second day after its official launch on Thursday (Jul 28). When Channel NewsAsia tried to place an order at about 4.30pm on Thursday, a message featured prominently at the top of the landing page stated that delivery was currently unavailable.Read More

Private home prices down for 15th straight quarter; pace of decline eases

Prospective buyers at a condominium showroom. (TODAY file photo)  SINGAPORE: Private home prices in Singapore fell for the 15th straight quarter in the April to June period, although the pace of decline eased, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Jul 28). Prices fell by 0.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter, compared with the 0.4 per cent decline in the first quarter and the 0.5 per cent decline in the last quarter of 2016.   Prices of landed properties declined by 0.3 per cent in the secondRead More

Fewer layoffs, unemployment situation improves in Q2: Manpower Ministry

People crossing a street in Singapore’s central business district. (File photo: Ngau Kai Yan)  SINGAPORE: Fewer workers were laid off and the unemployment situation for Singaporeans and residents showed signs of improvement in the second quarter, according to preliminary estimates released by the Manpower Ministry (MOM) on Friday (Jul 28). A total of 3,500 workers were retrenched in the April to June period, down from 4,000 in the previous quarter and 4,800 in the same period a year ago. The decrease was broad-based across industries, the ministry said. The unemploymentRead More

Zika cluster reported at Serangoon North Avenue 1

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo’s University, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Jan. 18, 2016. (Photo: AP/Andre Penner)  SINGAPORE: Three cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection have been confirmed at Serangoon North Avenue 1, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (Jul 26). All three cases are residents in the area, it added. NEA said it was notified of the cluster on Wednesday and has started vector control operations and outreachRead More

Main purpose of AHTC lawsuit to account for S$33m:

File photo of Aljunied-Hougang Town. (Photo: TODAY)  SINGAPORE: The main purpose of a lawsuit against some of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council’s (AHTC) members is to make them account for S$33 million in payments made to its former managing agent, according to legal experts. The suit, filed by an independent panel appointed by AHTC, alleges that three Workers’ Party (WP) MPs – party chief Low Thia Khiang, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Pritam Singh – breached their fiduciary duties in appointing FM Solutions and Services (FMSS) as the town council’s managing agent andRead More

Largest mall in northern Singapore to open in Yishun at end of year

An artist’s impression of The Courtyard, which connects the north and south wings of Northpoint City. (Image: Frasers Centrepoint Singapore) SINGAPORE: The largest mall in northern Singapore will open in Yishun in the fourth quarter of the year, developer Frasers Centrepoint Singapore said in a media release on Tuesday (Jul 25). Housing more than 400 shops and dining outlets, the mall will be part of Northpoint City, the 1.33 million sq ft integrated development which will also include the 920-unit North Park Residences, community spaces including a rooftop garden, a busRead More

13 injured in Mount Alvernia shuttle bus accident on Braddell Road

The aftermath of a bus accident along Braddell Road on Wednesday (Jul 26). (Photo: Natasha Razak) SINGAPORE: Thirteen people were injured in an accident along Braddell Road on Wednesday (Jul 26) afternoon, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). Authorities were alerted to the incident, which involved a minibus, at about 12pm and sent two fire engines, four ambulances and two support vehicles to the scene. Channel NewsAsia understands that the bus, which was operating a regular shuttle service provided by Mount Alvernia Hospital, crashed into a bus stop. iLTARead More

Cross-border beer: Thailand’s craft beer dream brewed in Cambodia

With small-scale beer production prohibited in their home country Thailand, Stone Head is a beer start-up taken across the international border to Cambodia for the purpose of survival. Head brewer Sermsak Tangsiripatpron with a range of Stone Head beer in Koh Kong, Cambodia. (Photo: Jack Board) KOH KONG, Cambodia: From a small, unassuming factory in the Cambodian outpost town of Koh Kong, a couple of rebel Thai brewers are leading a craft beer revolution. Nestled strategically close to the Thailand border, Stone Head is a company in a unique formRead More

Hundreds of Singapore and Malaysia investors duped of millions by property company

According to an ABC report, Macro Realty Developments Pte Ltd is controlled by Australian Veronica Macpherson (picture) and received over A$110 million (S$119 million), mostly from Singaporean and Malaysian investors ETALING JAYA – Singaporean police are investigating a property company believed to be involved in a ponzi scheme that conned hundreds of Malaysians investors out of millions. According to an ABC report, the company is controlled by Australian Veronica Macpherson and received over A$110 million (S$119 million), mostly from Singaporean and Malaysian investors. Although based in Singapore, Macro Realty Developments Pte LtdRead More

7 in 10 Singaporean seniors visited by Pioneer Generation Ambassadors

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with PG Ambassadors at the appreciation luncheon. (Photo: Junn Loh) SINGAPORE: As of June this year, 7 in 10 Singaporean seniors above 65-years-old have been visited by Pioneer Generation (PG) Ambassadors in their homes, the Pioneer Generation Office (PGO) said on Sunday (Jul 23). The PGO said about 90,000 additional seniors were included in its latest outreach programme, following the expansion of the initiative to all Singaporeans aged 65 and above in July last year. Of this pool, 41,000 of them have been successfully engaged. AtRead More

Buying your way to a degree: Singapore-based ghostwriting services target students online

Singapore-based ghostwriting services are available a dime a dozen on Carousell. (Photo: Howard Law) Some cite years of experience helping students, while others say they are students from elite schools looking to earn some extra cash before they go to university. Here’s what goes into the online market of ghostwritten essays SINGAPORE: It’s an open secret on many campuses here. With assignment deadlines looming, students have the option of burning the midnight oil, or turning to an alternative: Online services offering to complete essay assignments for a fee. Such servicesRead More