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  • NSF who died in Shoalwater Bay training mishap to be accorded military funeral

    September 19, 2017 10:36 AM 3

    SINGAPORE: The body of 3rd Sergeant Chan Hiang Cheng Gavin, who died in a vehicular mishap in Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, was brought back to Singapore on Tuesday (Sep 19). In a media release, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said he will be accorded a military funeral. The body of the late 3rd Sergeant (3SG) Chan Hiang Cheng

  • Workers' Party makes second attempt to raise topic of reserved election in Parliament

    September 19, 2017 8:08 AM 3

    SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) is making a second bid to raise the issue of the elected presidency in Parliament. Its chairman, Ms Sylvia Lim, has filed an adjournment motion to speak for up to 20 minutes on the timing of the recently concluded reserved presidential election. This comes after her adjournment motion on the same topic, filed for the Sept 11 Parliament

  • A President next door, but neighbours say it’s no fuss at all

    September 19, 2017 2:14 AM 5

    SINGAPORE — Since their neighbour Madam Halimah Yacob became President last week, residents at a Yishun Avenue 4 public housing block have noticed more policemen on patrol, including at the void deck and lift lobby on the floor where Mdm Halimah stays. Specially-marked car park lots reserved for police vehicles have also been painted, and an awning erected

  • More making mid-career switch to nursing

    September 18, 2017 9:00 PM 3

    Room for more with growth of healthcare needs, says minister After 10 years as a Singapore Armed Forces regular, Mr Kelvin Pang quit and took up a nursing course. His main motivation was to pick up skills that he could apply directly at work - something he felt was missing in his previous career. Mr Pang, 32, said that although he had a diploma in engineering

  • PAP town council seeks return of more than $479,000

    September 18, 2017 1:53 PM 3

    SINGAPORE - Time and again, members of the former Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East town council (AHPETC) - which was run by the Workers' Party - had opted for more costly contracts when they had the choice to extend existing contracts at much lower prices. This led to additional costs of $479,000 in the management of Punggol East constituency, said lawyers

  • New safety measures for football goal posts in schools after boy's death

    September 18, 2017 12:22 PM 3

    SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) has banned all schools from using foldable football goal posts, after the death of a 12-year-old boy who was struck on the head by a falling crossbar. Muhammad Hambali Sumathi, a student at Geylang Methodist Secondary School (GMSS), died on Apr 24 from severe head injuries, including multiple skull and facial

  • British man who punched policeman outside Zouk jailed 3 months

    September 18, 2017 10:44 AM 6

    A Briton who punched a policeman and grabbed his neck outside Zouk nightclub earlier this year has been jailed three months. Alex Arrash Ariana, 34, who is a Hong Kong-based director of a headhunting firm, pleaded guilty on Monday (18 September) in the State Courts to one charge of voluntarily causing hurt to SSGT Chen Tianxiang Ivan around 4am on 29 April

  • Religious or not, S’poreans’ morality is growing

    September 17, 2017 8:08 PM 3

    Tan Tatt Si, President , The Humanist Society (Singapore) I refer to the article “Lessons for S’pore on the rise and fall of empires” (Sept 13). In it, former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan discusses Singapore’s future in reference to Sir John Glubb’s essay, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, which analyses the rise and fall of great nations

  • NSF's death in Australia: Vehicle landed on its side

    September 16, 2017 9:02 PM 3

    The 21-year-old Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time national serviceman who died on Friday at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, was guiding a vehicle out of difficult terrain when it landed on its side. The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in an update yesterday that 3rd Sergeant (3SG) Gavin Chan Hiang Cheng, who was the vehicle

  • Lessons from the Presidential Election: A look at 3 key issues

    September 16, 2017 9:02 PM 5

    Now that Singapore's first president elected after changes to the system is in office, what issues have emerged from the process? Insight examines three - the reserved election, the walkover and its effect going forward, and the lead time in making the legislative changes. The presidential election in 2011 is remembered as Singapore's most hotly contested