All Singaporean babies born next year will receive a Jubilee Baby Gift pack comprising eight presents, as part of the Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations, said the National Population and Talent Division on Friday.
The Catholic Church on Tuesday night responded to a Facebook note condemning it for speaking out against homosexuality, reiterating its stance of non-discrimination but also disagreement with homosexual relationships.
People’s Action Party Member of Parliament Inderjit Singh has written a lengthy – if surprisingly critical – commentary on the performance of the government under the ruling party in the past three years. The disconnect between Singapore’s wealth and citizens’ well-being, the importing of talent, the complacency and elitism in the top ranks of civil servants, and the national identity for Singapore’s young people – these were the issues the former deputy government whip raised in a Facebook post Monday night titled “Response to the President Address At the Re-Opening of 2nd Session of Parliament May 2014”.
At just 14, master chef Sin Leong started working in the kitchen, washing dishes to hide from the Japanese during the WWII occupation in Singapore. 63 years on and he’s still in the heat of the kitchen. “Why did I not change careers? Because I like to cook, and I like to experiment with cooking,” said the still sprightly 87-year-old in Mandarin. Together with fellow master chef Hooi Kok Wai, Sin belongs to the older generation of cooks, whose culinary skills and cumulative know-how are in danger of being completely extinguished in years to come.
Large, dark-coloured moths are the new big thing in Singapore's social media sphere. Social media users have been posting sightings of the insect - on the ground, outside their windows, at HDB void decks and even on the train. While some appreciated this bit of wildlife in urban Singapore, others were less pleased.
National University of Singapore has pulled ahead of its rivals to take the top spot in this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Universities Ranking: Asia survey. The university had been tied for second place with the University of Hong Kong in last year’s rankings.
Five 17-year-old youths have been charged for vandalism on Saturday, for their suspected involvement in the rooftop graffiti case in Toa Payoh. Police were alerted to a report of graffiti being painted on a wall of the rooftop of Blk 85A Lorong 4 Toa Payoh on Wednesday morning. Profanities against the police and the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) were discovered to have been sprayed-painted in bright red paint on the rooftop.
Early-bird commuters will get to enjoy free MRT rides to the city area for another year. MRT commuters who tap out of 18 designated city-area stations before 7.45am on weekdays currently enjoy free rides, under a trial scheme that first began on 24 June 2013. The trial was slated to end in June this year. However in a statement released on Friday, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that the scheme will be extended to 23 June 2015.
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General Moeldoko, the head of Indonesia’s Armed Forces, has clarified that he had not apologised for the naming of a warship after two Indonesian marines who had been involved in the 1965 MacDonald House bombing in Singapore.
Singapore writer Felix Cheong wants to know where and why the country has lost its soul. He said, “We have become this glamour city, full of chrome and glass, tall iconic buildings, but no soul.” Cheong, author of short stories collection “Vanishing Point”, takes on this issue in his new book, along with hot-button topics like transport, education and economic growth.
Singapore plastic surgeon Dr Woffles Wu has been suspended from practice for four months, according to a statement released by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) on Monday. The SMC, which regulates the professional conduct and ethics of registered medical practitioners, imposed the suspension penalty after Wu was found guilty in 2012 for getting an employee to take the rap for him for two speeding tickets.
A woman’s hand was caught in a meat grinder in a factory on Thursday morning. Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they received a call at 10:11am, at a fifth-floor unit at Food Xchange at Admiralty Street. Local newspaper The Straits Times reported that the incident occurred at the factory floor of The Gourmet Pie Company.
The Web rejoiced as Singapore finally got relief from the two-month long drought, as rain fell in several parts of the island on Saturday afternoon. Rain fell in northern parts of Singapore such as Ang Mo Kio, Hougang and Bishan as well as eastern parts such as Bedok Reservoir.
Singapore’s air quality will be classified in the “Moderate” range more often, the National Environment Agency said on Tuesday. However, this is no cause for alarm — it's simply the result of a new integrated air quality reporting system, the NEA announced.
The National Environment Agency announced on Twitter at 7pm on Friday evening, that the 3-hour PSI was 64. However, many people in Singapore are reporting worse situations in areas of Singapore.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is clamping down on foreign employees who submit forged academic certificates. Some 25 foreign workers were charged on Thursday for submitting forged academic certificates to obtain work passes to work in Singapore, under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), the ministry announced in a press statement.
A 35-year-old woman and her 8-year-old daughter were found dead at a HDB block in Sengkang on Tuesday morning. Police said they received a call at 5.45am on Tuesday morning. When they arrived at the scene, the woman was found lying motionless at the foot of Block 299A Compassvale Street in Sengkang. The girl’s body was found in a unit at the same block, police said.
They may be key defendants on the City Harvest corruption trial, but Sharon Tan and Serina Wee have found time to publicise their blogshop through an "exclusive" interview. The interview, published as a blog post on their MissyStella site, is publicised as "an exclusive interview with Serina Wee and Sharon Tan".
Singapore’s crime rate falls to 30-year low. The number of crime cases in Singapore fell by 4.3 per cent last year amid a drop in the number of major crimes reported.
Singapore’s Budget statement to be delivered on Friday at 3:30pm. Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will deliver the 2014 Budget statement Friday next week at 3:30pm in Parliament, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday.
Smuggling of contraband surges in Singapore. The number of contraband smuggling cases in Singapore increased by nearly 25 per cent in 2013, according to a report from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).