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Detective Conan film set in Singapore

An animated film featuring Detective Conan – one of Japan’s well-beloved manga and anime series – will take place mainly in Singapore, the first time a film about the genius boy detective is set outside Japan. The plot of the 23rd feature film of the series, titled Detective Conan: The Fist Of Blue Sapphire, centres […]

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Interactive fun for the family at the National Museum

For the June holidays, children can explore the National Museum of Singapore using the museum’s first interactive guide for families. Titled Get Curious!, the guide was launched last Saturday, in conjunction with the museum’s month-long Children’s Special. It was co-developed over six months with early childhood educators from NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool, with […]

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Food: New name, new direction for Jaan

Fine-dining restaurant Jaan at Swissotel The Stamford has been renamed Jaan by Kirk Westaway, to further cement the British chef’s commitment to the restaurant he has helmed for the past four years. This comes one year after the 34-year-old launched his Reinventing British menu, which showcases his take on modern British dining and highlights ingredients […]

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Thoughtful and introspective

British pianist Ronan O’Hora has performed around the world and is a teacher and mentor to Lim Yan, who begins his tenure as artistic director of the Singapore International Piano Festival this year. O’Hora’s programme featured some of the best-known works of Beethoven and Brahms, woven together by common threads of passion, angst and unrequited […]

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Crystal clear fingerwork by Chinese pianist

This year marked a new chapter in the history of the Singapore International Piano Festival, with local concert pianist Lim Yan making his debut as its artistic director. He is the first of four directors who is a professional musician. Chinese pianist Sa Chen, prize winner in multiple prestigious international piano competitions, was Lim’s opening-night […]

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Diverse piano showcase of heroism and mortality

It is often interesting to attempt to discern the thought processes that go into a pianist’s art of crafting a recital programme. For Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein’s debut at the Singapore International Piano Festival, he chose the works of six composers from lands as diverse as Germany, France and Hungary (the usual suspects) to England, […]

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Kun opera for everybody

Staging a 400-year-old Kun opera as spoken theatre is a daring, even polarising, decision, which pays off delightfully in A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Reverie. It is the second part of an ambitious three-year project commissioned for the Singapore International Festival of Arts. Helmed by director Goh Boon Teck of Toy Factory Productions, the […]

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Pudgy dads and grannies who care

In the past, the average lifespan was only about 30 to 40 years and most people did not survive beyond their reproductive years. A percentage of both men and women did live to old age. How was this useful from an evolutionary point of view? Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Get help early for chronic respiratory disease

In the current age, the focus of the medical community is more on preventing metabolic conditions such as diabetes mellitus and obesity, rather than chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As the saying goes: “Out of sight, out of mind.” Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. […]

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Burnout: When life is sucked out

When Ms Le Giang, 37, started a business selling Vietnamese street food in a kopitiam here nearly two years ago, she looked forward to being her own boss. The degree holder, who was previously a regional sales manager for a multinational firm, has since realised being her own boss is far from rosy. Please subscribe […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: America seeks networked Indo-Pacific as response to China

The United States has said the region is increasingly confronted by a more confident and assertive China that is willing to accept friction in the pursuit of a more expansive set of political, economic and security interests. In a report on its Indo-Pacific strategy released yesterday, the US Defence Department said China, as it continues […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: US urges allies to invest in their own defence

United States Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan urged allies and partners to invest in their sovereign future, as he reiterated America’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, which he said remains its “priority theatre”. “We are where we belong. We are investing in the region. We are investing in you, and with you. And we need […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: Indo-Pacific is priority theatre for US, says Shanahan

The Indo-Pacific region is a “priority theatre” for the United States, where it will support partner nations against domination by any one nation, Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said yesterday as he presented the latest iteration of America’s geostrategic vision for the region. “I am here to affirm the US’ enduring commitment to the […]

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SingPost taking steps to deliver better service

Singapore could be among the first in the world to roll out smart letterboxes nationwide, with features such as identity authentication for mail retrieval. It is one of the potential infrastructure upgrades that SingPost is discussing with government agencies to make receiving mail and parcels more convenient and efficient, said its Singapore head and chief […]

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Singapore leaders send condolences to Yudhoyono

SINGAPORE • Singapore leaders have written to former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to offer their condolences on the passing of his wife, Mrs Ani Yudhoyono. Mrs Yudhoyono, 66, who had been treated for leukaemia at the National University Hospital since February this year, died yesterday. In her letter to Dr Yudhoyono, President Halimah Yacob […]

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Changi adds second link to South Korea with flights to Busan

Changi Airport has plugged a gap in air services to South Korea as part of ongoing efforts to boost Singapore’s connectivity and air hub status. Almost 45 years after the first link between both countries was established with Singapore-Seoul services, a second destination has been added. On May 1, SilkAir started flying to Busan, South […]

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Ani Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s former first lady, dies at 66

The wife of Indonesia’s sixth president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono died at the National University Hospital (NUH) yesterday. Mrs Ani Yudhoyono, 66, had been treated for leukaemia at the hospital since February this year soon after the diagnosis was revealed by Singaporean doctors. Democratic Party spokesman Imelda Sari said Mrs Yudhoyono died at 11.50am, surrounded by […]

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Mobility scooter rider crashes into glass door at interchange

A woman on a personal mobility aid (PMA) crashed into a sliding glass door at Toa Payoh bus interchange yesterday morning, causing it to shatter and once again raising questions on their use in public places. In a video posted on SBS Transit’s Facebook page, the woman on a mobility scooter is seen hitting one […]

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PM Lee sends condolences to Yudhoyono

Singapore leaders yesterday offered their condolences to former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the death of his wife, Mrs Ani Yudhoyono, 66. She died yesterday at the National University Hospital, where she had been undergoing treatment for leukaemia since February this year. Mrs Yudhoyono had been a pillar of strength for her husband during […]

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Shangri-La Dialogue: States that erode rules-based order a threat to region, says US

The greatest long-term threat to countries in the Indo-Pacific comes from those who seek to undermine the rules-based international order, Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday, in an apparent reference to China. As he unveiled details of the US strategy in the region amid heightened tensions between his country […]