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New ‘degrees’ for the new economy

In most advanced economies including Singapore, citizens are encouraged to pursue at least 10 years of education. Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) president Tan Thiam Soon asks: “Is it time to make 15 or 16 years of education the new minimum?” He points out that, in Singapore, 95 per cent of school leavers already go […]

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IMF chief warns of crisis if record inequality levels are not addressed

WASHINGTON • The world’s financial sector should take rapid steps to address record or near-record inequality levels within countries that new research shows could be a harbinger of a new financial crisis, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said. IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva issued on Friday what she termed a “call […]

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Painting found hidden in museum wall is stolen Klimt

NEW YORK • A US$66 million (S$89 million) painting by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt that was stolen from an Italian museum almost 23 years ago – only to be found inside one of the museum’s walls last month – is authentic, an Italian prosecutor announced on Friday at a news conference. X-rays of the painting, […]

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Umno beats PH ally Warisan in Sabah’s Kimanis by-election

Malaysia’s opposition coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) retained its parliamentary seat in a Sabah by-election yesterday, defeating a candidate from an ally party of Pakatan Harapan (PH). The contest for the Kimanis ward was Malaysia’s 10th by-election since PH took power in May 2018, and meant both BN and PH have won five by-elections each. Umno’s […]

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Visitors who drove into Forbidden City spark outrage

BEIJING • One of China’s top historic attractions issued an apology after two women drove an SUV into the Forbidden City in Beijing and posed for pictures when it was meant to be closed to the public. Photos of the pair wearing sunglasses and standing in front of the luxury vehicle alone in a grand […]

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Size matters for these pancakes and buns

There are a handful of stalls outside and around People’s Park Complex in Chinatown that I term collectively as The Stalls Of Supersized Food. A hole-in-the-wall stall around the corner sells meat bao that are almost the size of a newborn baby’s head. And then there is Bao Tian Xia, a standalone kiosk outside the […]

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More than just steak

The last restaurant unveiled by the newly renovated Raffles Hotel does not feel totally new. Butcher’s Block, which opened last month, replaces the Long Bar Steakhouse on the second floor of the hotel’s shopping arcade – next to the Long Bar, famous for its Singapore Sling cocktail and a floor strewn with peanut shells. Please […]

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Shell out for peanuts

Peanuts have become the new durians at Chinatown’s Festive Street Bazaar this year. There are stalls selling fancy peanuts with names such as Black Pearl, Butter and Black Sugar. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and […]

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Make your own hot pot sauces

Steamboat is a popular reunion dinner option, especially for those who do not have time to whip up a feast. Dipping sauces are an integral part of the hot pot experience and we have all been spoilt by the array offered at steamboat restaurants. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. […]

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Jewish-style wedding with lion dance at a void deck

Having lived in a Housing Board flat for close to six years, Briton Samuel Tournoff often walked past Malay weddings at void decks, and would be struck by the community spirit on display, and how welcoming the occasions seemed. The 32-year-old was drawn so much to the idea that he decided to ask his Singaporean […]

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DPM Heng Swee Keat: Nurture social togetherness

Social togetherness is something we must nurture, with hubs like the Wisma Geylang Serai making a difference in the community, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday. Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister, was speaking at the first anniversary celebration of the Wisma Geylang Serai, a social and cultural heritage hub near Geylang […]

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Trio want to help youth at risk through mentorship, short films

Three young people hope their ideas can help improve the amount of support available for youth at risk and prevent re-offending. Ms Celeste Tang, 22, Ms Amanda Ong, 24, and Mr Frederick Lim, 28, met through the Youth Action Challenge, a programme organised by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the National Youth […]

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Singapore team working on test for Wuhan virus

While the mystery flu that has hit the Chinese city of Wuhan has not reached Singapore’s shores, scientists with the Home Team have already begun working on a way to test for the virus. This comes after China recently released a draft genome of the newly discovered virus, which has seen 45 confirmed cases in […]

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‘We have nowhere else to go… we’ve lost our homes’: Villagers from Taal volcano island

A flotilla of about 60 boats sailed across a lake on Friday in a frantic effort to rescue horses and livestock that were left on a small island when Taal volcano roared to life with devastating fury last Sunday. About 100 men went to the island that day, scouring a sprawling landscape of lifeless grey […]

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Migrants in Singapore: UN report debunks popular perceptions

A United Nations report, which tracks migration patterns worldwide for the last 30 years, paints a picture of migrants in Singapore that debunks a few popular perceptions among Singaporeans. The cumulative estimates from 1990 to 2019, obtained by The Sunday Times, highlight two particularly misguided beliefs. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the […]

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Migrants in Singapore mostly from Malaysia

Malaysians form the biggest group of migrants living and working in Singapore, accounting for almost half – or 44 per cent – of the foreign-born population here, United Nations figures show. They are followed by Chinese nationals, who make up around 18 per cent of the migrant pool. Together, the two groups account for over […]

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Water tanks in Ang Mo Kio block flushed after contaminant alert

Trace amounts of hydrocarbons – the kind of compounds used in anti-mosquito oil – were found in the tap points of some residents’ homes in Ang Mo Kio, national water agency PUB said on Friday. The contaminant was discovered when a resident on the sixth floor of Block 635 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 alerted […]

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Chance for youth to pitch ideas to improve society

Young people with a dream to make a difference to the lives of Singaporeans will now have a chance to pitch their ideas to relevant government or industry agencies. The best 12 ideas can each get up to $50,000 in grants to kick-start the projects. Those with a cause to champion or a suggestion to […]

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Spread of Wuhan virus may be wider than reported: Experts

The scale of a mysterious pneumonia virus from Wuhan in China might be far larger than previously reported, experts have warned, as various countries stepped up screening measures ahead of the Chinese holiday travel season. Health officials from the central Chinese city have reported dozens of infections by the new corona-virus but scientists at the […]

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Bak kwa goes beyond pork

As prices of bak kwa (barbecued sliced pork) continue to soar – tipping $62 a kg at bak kwa specialist Lim Chee Guan – and the queues to bag some grow more epic each day, perhaps it is time to take a look at alternatives. And they are plenty to choose from this year, from […]

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Don’t cancel – blue skies will return Down Under

The afternoon smoke is stifling and 16 of us shelter inside, with all windows and doors firmly shut. The visibility plummets to 10m and the blanketing smoke turns the air an ominous blood-red. I wonder if this is what hell looks like, when suddenly things get worse. It takes 10 minutes for smoke to completely […]

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Fresh look at Thailand: Where the Thais escape Bangkok to eat, play and chill

Beyond Bangkok lies idealised European villas on cool hills, organic lemon groves and fluffy sheepdogs. There is also a hip ceramics factory, an improbable railway market and an alpaca farm, all full of Thai whimsy. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to […]

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Kuching charms with its traditional architecture, food, hipster cafes

“Singapore is small but it feels big, unlike Kuching which is big but feels so small,” says my new friend, Jee, a local photographer. He isn’t joking. Whenever I am with a local, every 10 minutes or so, they will bump into someone they know. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Forget about New Year resolutions, go for petite personal mantras

Nineteen days have passed into this new year. Already for many of us, our resolutions, although extremely noble, have sadly gone to pot. That new gym membership is now an expense we are trying to cancel, that dry January with nary a drop of whiskey or wine touching our lips lasted for less than a […]

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Ditch rat race talk in Year of the Rat

I must admit, I dread the Chinese New Year holidays. Growing up, I have somehow developed a negative association of the festive holidays with humble bragging (or humbragging). Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features […]

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Rad designs this CNY

The rat has shed its grimy image and put its best whiskers forward this Chinese New Year, as many hongbao designs feature cute and creative versions of the animal. A trio of white rats can be spotted peeking out of an elaborate floral display on local furniture brand Scene Shang’s hongbao, while the flap on […]