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  • Halimah Yacob sworn in as Singapore’s 8th president

    September 14, 2017 1:04 PM 3

    Halimah, who was a former Speaker of Parliament, is now the first female president of Singapore, succeeding Tony Tan Keng Yam. SINGAPORE: Halimah Yacob was sworn in as Singapore’s eighth President at the Istana today, marking her first day of a six-year term. “I, Halimah Yacob, having been elected President of the Republic of Singapore, do solemnly swear

  • Five volunteers honoured at Judiciary Volunteers Appreciation Dinner

    September 14, 2017 12:50 PM 3

    SINGAPORE - Lawyer James Masih, 67, takes on about three cases that involve capital offences every year. In 2001, he represented a Thai national convicted of murder at his appeal hearing and saved the man from the gallows. He, together with four other outstanding volunteers of the Supreme Court, the State Courts and the Family Justice Courts received

  • Singapore swears in first female president amid criticism

    September 14, 2017 12:32 PM 3

    SINGAPORE: Singapore on Thursday inaugurated its first female president amid stinging criticism that she is taking office without a vote. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Malay Muslim minority, won the presidency in a walkover after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria. While the role is largely

  • Tanker and boat collision: Search area expanded, 3 sailors remain missing

    September 14, 2017 11:56 AM 1

    The surface search area now covers 250 sq km, up from 130 sq km. The aerial search area, meanwhile, more than tripled, from 770 sq km to 2,701 sq km, Singapore's Maritime Port Authority (MPA) said on Thursday (Sep 14). Five crew members went missing and seven others were injured after the collision between an Indonesian-registered tanker and Dominican-registered

  • President Halimah Yacob's full speech at her swearing-in ceremony at the Istana

    September 14, 2017 11:52 AM 3

    SINGAPORE - Madam Halimah Yacob was sworn in on Thursday (Sept 14) as Singapore's first Malay president in 47 years, and the first woman president in the country's history. Here's the full text of the speech she delivered at the ceremony at the Istana. "I am honoured by this opportunity to serve as the eighth President of Singapore. It is a heavy responsibility

  • MPA continues its search and rescue operations to locate missing crew of JBB De Rong 19

    September 14, 2017 11:47 AM 1

    SINGAPORE - Search and rescue efforts to locate the remaining three missing crew members of Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 are still ongoing, said the Maritime and Port Authorities (MPA) on Thursday (Sept 14). In a statement sent just after 6pm, the MPA said it continues to lead the search and rescue operations with support from relevant

  • Staying put in Yishun: 6 things to know about president-elect Halimah Yacob's jumbo flat

    September 14, 2017 7:00 AM 6

    SINGAPORE - Madam Halimah Yacob's fondness for her Yishun home is well documented - and she will be Singapore's first head of state to live in public housing while in office. The 63-year-old, who was declared president-elect on Wednesday (Sept 13) after a walkover, confirmed that she will not be moving out of her family home despite her elevated status

  • Man fined $26,000 for pretending to be lawyer

    September 14, 2017 6:51 AM 3

    SINGAPORE - The sole director of a company was fined $26,000 on Thursday (Sept 14) for offences that included acting as a solicitor even though he is not a qualified lawyer. Singaporean Keith Thaddeus Kamal Tsukada, now 43, also sent letters on behalf of his clients, threatening legal action, despite lacking the necessary credentials and authorisation

  • St Hilda's Secondary says taking disciplinary measures over classroom brawl

    September 14, 2017 6:29 AM 3

    SINGAPORE: St Hilda's Secondary School on Thursday (Sep 14) said it has taken "appropriate disciplinary measures" over a classroom fight involving three of its students. A video circulating online showed two students in St Hilda's Secondary School uniforms marching into a crowded classroom, knocking over a desk and then shoving and swearing at another

  • More people took up subsidised training courses last year: SkillsFuture Singapore

    September 14, 2017 5:34 AM 3

    SINGAPORE: The number of people taking up subsidised training courses rose in 2016, according to a report released by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) on Thursday (Sep 14). A total of 418,000 people took up 950,000 training course places funded by the Ministry of Education and SSG last year, an increase from the 379,000 people who took up 835,000 places