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Millions told to evacuate as Typhoon Hagibis batters Japan

Millions across central and eastern Japan were told to seek safer shelter yesterday, as an emergency heavy rain warning of the highest level was triggered across an unprecedented 12 prefectures with the relentless onslaught of a violent typhoon, Hagibis. The potent storm, whose name means “speed” in Tagalog, made landfall at Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka […]

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Singaporean accused of killing family leads police to severed heads

MELAKA • A Singaporean man suspected of killing his wife and stepson and dismembering their bodies in Melaka has pointed police to the discovery of severed heads on the roof of his house. The decomposed and dismembered remains of the victims – a 27-year-old woman and her 11-year-old son – were first stumbled upon by […]

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700 cases of PMD riders on roads despite ban: LTA

Despite a ban on riding personal mobility devices (PMDs) on roads and expressways, many users have been caught flouting the law, with 700 cases in the first nine months of the year, according to the Land Transport Authority (LTA). The actual number of offenders could be even higher as many violations go undetected. Observers said […]

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Children dashing across roads poses question on responsibility

Whose responsibility is it when young children dash across the road suddenly and get hit by motor vehicles – the parents or the motorists? The issue was raised after a three-year-old was run over by a car – and survived – last Saturday evening outside a Hindu temple in Depot Walk, even as several recent […]

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Will a PMD ban hurt food delivery firms?

A potential ban on personal mobility devices (PMDs) like e-scooters in the wake of reckless behaviour by riders could have a costly impact on gig economy workers zipping about delivering food. Many riders in the fast-growing sector use the devices to complete orders, and a ban could lead to longer waiting times or higher costs, […]

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Is it safe to eat food left out in the open?

A key hygiene rule requiring food to be kept hot – above 60 deg C – before eating, to prevent poisoning, has thrown up interesting questions. How have generations of Singaporeans managed to survive common fare like Hainanese chicken rice, cai png (economy rice) and roasted meat, when some items like the chicken itself are […]

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Hatching plans to secure egg supplies

Ukrainian eggs have made their way to supermarket shelves in Singapore as the Republic continues to strive to safeguard its food supply by diversifying its sources. Since June, about 4.6 million eggs have been imported from Ukraine, which was accredited as a source of eggs last December, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). Before last […]

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Singapore takes another step towards driverless buses

Singapore has taken another small step towards an ambition to remove drivers from the bus wheel. The Land Transport Authority and the Economic Development Board, which issued early this year a call for collaboration (CFC) to deploy autonomous buses and shuttles, have received responses from several quarters. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading […]

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Simulated gunman attack in Ang Mo Kio

Police officers reacted to a simulated attack by a gunman in Ang Mo Kio yesterday as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, watched intently along with many other people. Held at Ang Mo Kio Central Stage, the live exercise by the police and the Singapore Civil Defence […]

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Desperately seeking tenants as eateries shut before lease is up

A slate of restaurants have shut down or are shutting down even before their leases expire. Desperately seeking new tenants to take over their remaining leases, some restaurateurs are offering premises complete with furniture, fixtures and kitchen equipment at no extra cost. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more […]

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Wet market liable for oil splatter that led to woman’s fall and injury

A woman who slipped and suffered a tailbone fracture while walking along a corridor in a wet market will receive compensation after a district judge placed 65 per cent blame on the owner and operator of the premises. The court found Heeton Holdings, which operates the privately owned wet market at Tampines Mart, and Heeton […]

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Trade conflict with China could take years to resolve: Larry Kudlow

WASHINGTON • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday the United States wants “near term” results from US-China trade talks in these two months but cautioned that the trade conflict could take years to resolve. Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Mr Kudlow said that although the United States and China have […]

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New infectious diseases centre boasts new tech

At the new National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), every patient, visitor and staff member is tracked through electronic eyes. During a disease outbreak, this real-time location system enables doctors to swiftly identify the people with whom an infected patient came into contact, where the interaction took place, and for how long. “The most important […]

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Lighting up Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

Quirky lanterns made from recycled materials illuminated Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park last night, where hundreds of Teck Ghee residents gathered to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Joining them were Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife. Some residents tried to guess the answers to traditional Chinese lantern riddles, while others watched a variety of stage […]

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US Fed eases recession fears as rate-cut hopes rise

The Federal Reserve is committed to keeping the United States economic expansion going, its chairman Jerome Powell said in remarks that signalled the central bank is likely to cut interest rates for a second time at its Sept 17-18 meeting. The US central bank is “not forecasting or expecting a recession”, Mr Powell said in […]

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Putting the ‘app’ in appointment: More opting to teleconsult a doctor

If you are feeling under the weather, getting well again is as easy as picking up the phone to teleconsult a doctor and having medication delivered straight to your doorstep. More people are saying goodbye to long queues at the clinic, opting instead for medical care from the convenience of their home, office, or even […]

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Car crashes into bus stop

A car ploughed into a bus stop near the junction of Blair Road and Kampong Bahru Road last night, taking down a sign and coming to a halt in vegetation behind the structure. The front of the car was crushed and at least one person was seen being taken away in an ambulance. It is […]

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Consulting doctor without leaving home, and in less than 5 minutes

The Sunday Times tested out a telemedicine app to see just how easy it would be to get an electronic medical certificate (MC) from the comfort of one’s home. With claims of food poisoning, midnight vomiting, early morning diarrhoea, and persistent nausea and lethargy, this reporter contacted a doctor over the phone. Please subscribe or […]

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Donated food gone to waste sparks debate on efforts of volunteers

It was a Facebook post that went viral because of the shocking pictures: Hundreds of instant noodle packets in a one-room rental flat of a 78-year-old man that were spilling out from the kitchen into the central area of his home. These packets, most of them past their expiry dates, were stacked to the brim […]

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Doctors must issue MCs responsibly, says MOH

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that when medical certificates are generated electronically, doctors must be responsible and that there are security protocols to prevent fraudulent issuance of the certificates. “The issuance of a medical certificate by a doctor, whether it is in a paper or an electronic format, carries with it the responsibility to […]

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Stretch of Kallang River gets better flood protection after $86m facelift

A 1.8km stretch along the Kallang River has received a facelift, to make it not only more attractive but also a better defence against the onslaught of rain. The four-year, $86 million project called ABC Waters @ Kallang River is meant to boost flood protection for residents in the area, as well as strengthen the […]

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Service sector in Singapore draws South Korean workers

Two months ago, Ms Lee Yoon-ji, 23, resigned from her job as a finance executive in a bank in Seoul and bought a plane ticket to Singapore. Here, she began work as a receptionist at Novotel hotel in Stevens Road. In the process, she took a 50 per cent pay cut – she now earns […]

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Potential GE candidates need to get early feel of the ground: Ng Eng Hen

Potential candidates for the general election should be deployed on the ground early so they have a better feel of what it means to be an MP, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday. It is important for new faces on the ground to gain acceptance and understand residents’ problems, he added, speaking to reporters […]

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First BMT graduation parade in heartland

The field at Our Tampines Hub was even greener yesterday as it hosted the first basic military training (BMT) graduation parade to be held in a heartland location, with some 3,200 military recruits throwing their jockey caps in the air in celebration. Our Tampines Hub was chosen as it was big enough and easily accessible […]

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Singaporeans in US boat fire tragedy: Family gives DNA samples to identify victim

The family of researcher Sunil Singh Sandhu, 46, who is believed to have died in a fire on a recreational scuba diving vessel in the United States, has done DNA cheek swabs at the US Embassy in Singapore to help with the identification of his body. Speaking to The Sunday Times yesterday, Dr Sunil’s eldest […]

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Centre for critically ill kids opens new site

As a three-year-old recovering from leukaemia, Damien cannot go to a pre-school. But he has friends and fun just like any other pre-schooler. Since February, Damien has been attending Arc Children’s Centre in the morning from Monday to Friday, with approval from his doctor. It is a charity daycare centre, designed for children with cancer […]

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Boat fire victims likely died from smoke inhalation

The United States authorities have said that the 34 victims of the California boat fire likely died from smoke inhalation and not burns. They are believed to include two Singaporeans. Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Bill Brown said at a press conference on Friday that preliminary findings indicated that the burn damage on the victims aboard […]

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Late-night clashes in Hong Kong after airport protest was foiled

HONG KONG • Protesters in Hong Kong occupied roads and surrounded a police station in Mong Kok – briefly torching a barricade – last night after an earlier plan to block airport access was foiled by heavy police presence. Hundreds blocked roads close to the Prince Edward subway station in Kowloon, which had been shut […]

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President Halimah in Deepavali parade to kick off light-up

President Halimah Yacob waving from a float during a street parade at the Deepavali Light Up Ceremony in Little India’s Race Course Road yesterday evening. The event marks the start of Deepavali celebrations in Little India. An estimated 5,000 people turned up for the light-up, which will last about 60 days. The parade, which was […]

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Taiwan’s generational divide over Hong Kong

After seeing images of Hong Kong police beating protesters and bystanders last month, Mr Alex Ko, 23, leapt into action. An administrator with the Che-Lam Presbyterian Church in Taipei, he convinced his congregation to begin accepting donations of gas masks, goggles and even fruit for protesters in Hong Kong. Please subscribe or log in to […]