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Car crashes into Ulu Pandan Community Club, injuring two

SINGAPORE – Two people were injured on Friday evening (Oct 23), after a car crashed into Ulu Pandan Community Club (CC) near Buona Vista. The police said on Saturday that they were alerted at about 6.40pm on Friday to an accident involving a car at 170 Ghim Moh Road – the address of the CC. The... » read more

Singapore exploring use of carbon credits to meet climate goals

SINGAPORE – Singapore is considering using carbon credits to help it reduce its carbon footprint. In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Wednesday (Oct 20) that Singapore’s priority is to reduce its emissions through encouraging industrial energy efficiency and adopting emissions reduction... » read more

Sneaker store employees accused of taking over $17,000 in bribes to leak limited-edition shoe releases

SINGAPORE – An employee of Foot Locker allegedly received more than $12,000 in bribes in exchange for confidential information on limited-edition sneaker releases and discounted shoes. Xavier Goh Yixuan, 30, an assistant store manager at the sneaker store, is accused of accepting rewards totalling $12,189 on 36 occasions from Meng Fanxuan, 27, and two other... » read more

Temasek Foundation to offer free mouth gargle for all Singapore households
Temasek Foundation to offer free mouth gargle for all Singapore households

SINGAPORE – Singapore households can register their interest in collecting a bottle of StayWell mouth gargle from Nov 15, said Temasek Foundation on Thursday (Oct 21). The povidone-iodine gargle, which kills germs that cause sore throat, will be distributed under the foundation’s Stay Prepared initiative, which aims to reduce the spread of illnesses. Interested households can... » read more

Singaporean Shirin Hamid appointed chief information officer of IMF

SINGAPORE – A Singaporean has been appointed as the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) chief information officer (CIO) and information technology department director. Ms Shirin Hamid is expected to assume her new role on Jan 4 next year and will succeed Mr Edward Anderson, who left the fund in June. A press release by the IMF... » read more

10 Covid-19 ART kits to be delivered to every S’pore household from Oct 22
10 Covid-19 ART kits to be delivered to every S’pore household from Oct 22

SINGAPORE – From Friday (Oct 22), around 1,000 postmen will be delivering 10 antigen rapid test (ART) kits to every Singapore household. The Ministry of Health (MOH) will mail them via SingPost, making it more convenient for the public to test themselves regularly at home. This distribution exercise – the second of its kind – comes... » read more

ComfortDelGro offers accident-cum-Covid-19 insurance for passengers

SINGAPORE – Leading taxi operator ComfortDelGro has introduced a paid insurance scheme against accidents and Covid-19 for passengers who book a fixed-fare cab via its phone app. For 30 cents per ride, passengers using ComfortRide – the taxi giant’s equivalent of non-metered fares offered by private-hire companies – are covered for accidents which result in... » read more

Queenstown to be Singapore’s first health district with senior-friendly design, community programmes
Queenstown to be Singapore’s first health district with senior-friendly design, community programmes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s first and oldest satellite town Queenstown will be carved out as a health district in a pilot programme to support residents to lead healthier and more productive lives. This will be done through more integrated planning and design of the estate and more community-driven programmes, said National Development Minister Desmond Lee on... » read more

About 250 passengers enter S’pore on first two flights under expanded VTL scheme
About 250 passengers enter S’pore on first two flights under expanded VTL scheme

SINGAPORE – About 250 passengers landed at Changi Airport and entered Singapore on Wednesday (Oct 20) morning, arriving on the first two flights under the expanded quarantine-free travel scheme for travellers vaccinated against Covid-19. Flight SQ329 from the Netherlands, operated by Singapore Airlines (SIA), touched down at about 6.35am with about 80 Singapore-bound passengers on board.... » read more

Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Oct 20
Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Oct 20

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, Oct 20. Pandemic of online misinformation on Covid-19 takes its toll Should confusion remain, public should trust credible scientists and authorities rather than social media: Experts READ MORE HERE 7 more Covid-19 deaths in Singapore; 3,994 new infections All except one unvaccinated case had... » read more

Dubious sources cited by supporters of use of ivermectin for Covid-19

SINGAPORE – From the use of ivermectin to credible-sounding organisations, websites such as Truth Warriors cite a variety of sources including studies and organisations helmed by doctors and physicians. However, as The Straits Times has learnt, these sources and their claims are shrouded in controversy. One such claim that has gained tremendous international attention is... » read more

S’pore’s Covid-19 strategy not a ‘flip-flop’, helps prevent massive number of deaths: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE – In managing the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore did not take a purist “zero-Covid” or “living with Covid” approach, but adopted an eradication strategy when the population was vulnerable before opening up progressively after vaccination had given Singaporeans a protective shield. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said this on Monday morning (Oct 18) in his... » read more

New pill offers hope to patients with aggressive form of breast cancer

SINGAPORE – An orally consumed anti-cancer drug known as Bexarotene offers new hope to patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) – an aggressive form of breast cancer that appears more frequently among women below 40. This drug has been found to be able to tame highly aggressive and invasive breast cancer cells by converting them... » read more

New initiative to create more training and employment opportunities in human resources for persons with disabilities

SINGAPORE – A new initiative to create training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in human resource (HR) services is one example of how employers can promote inclusive hiring, said President Halimah Yacob on Friday (Oct 15). To be commissioned in the first quarter of next year, the HR Power Bank initiative by Human... » read more

PR charged with making false declaration so he could serve SHN at home

SINGAPORE – A Singapore permanent resident who arrived at Changi Airport on July 14 allegedly lied on his declaration form for opt-out travellers so that he could serve his stay-home notice (SHN) at home. Taiwanese Lu Yi Yin, 48, is said to have declared that he would be occupying his home alone or with household... » read more