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Singaporeans can weather world uncertainties by training and upgrading of skills: Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE - The world economy is facing challenging times, but Singaporeans will be able to weather the storm with the right tools and mindset, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a dinner for his constituents on Saturday (Aug 24). «Last week, at th
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Singaporeans can weather world uncertainties by training and upgrading of skills: Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE - The world economy is facing challenging times, but Singaporeans will be able to weather the storm with the right tools and mindset, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a dinner for his constituents on Saturday (Aug 24). «Last week, at the National Day Rally, I talked about the economy and how conditions are difficult because of uncertainties in the world and how that's affecting us,» said PM Lee at the Teck Ghee National Day Celebration Dinner. «And how we will be able to respond, not just with stimulus, not just with relief packages, but also with training, with upgrading, and with transformation of companies.» He emphasised the importance of workers learning new skills to stay relevant in a changing economy, and older workers continuing to receive new training.

Singapore watching for fragmentation of global system in US-China trade war: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE - Among the various challenges facing Singapore, the ongoing US-China trade war was foremost on the minds of many participants at a public forum held on Saturday (Aug 24). But it is no longer just a trade row, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan
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Singapore watching for fragmentation of global system in US-China trade war: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE - Among the various challenges facing Singapore, the ongoing US-China trade war was foremost on the minds of many participants at a public forum held on Saturday (Aug 24). But it is no longer just a trade row, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, who chaired the session, and there are many competing interests between the two powers - such as in technology and currency - which Singapore is keeping an eye on. «We are concerned with how the global trading system, the global digital economic system is coming together, or is being fragmented,» Mr Chan said at a dialogue organised by Government feedback unit Reach and Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese broadsheet Lianhe Zaobao. «Because for Singapore, we need to make preparations for the worst case scenario whereby if the world fragments - be it in the trade, production, or digital space- we will have to ask ourselves, how can we overcome these challenges and play a constructive role, a positive part in this,» he added.

Police investigate 115 scammers after five-day operation

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating 115 people for their suspected involvement in scams after a five-day operation last week. The suspects are believed to be involved in 214 cases of scams, mostly in the area of e-commerce. The total amount cheated was
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Police investigate 115 scammers after five-day operation

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating 115 people for their suspected involvement in scams after a five-day operation last week. The suspects are believed to be involved in 214 cases of scams, mostly in the area of e-commerce. The total amount cheated was more than $253,000, police said on Saturday (Aug 24). The 64 men and 51 women, aged between 14 and 52, are being investigated for cheating or money laundering. The operation was carried out from Aug 19 to 23 by officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and seven police land divisions. Anyone found guilty of cheating may be fined and jailed for up to 10 years.

Pole Hurkacz lifts first ATP trophy at Winston-Salem Open

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz outdueled top seed Benoit Paire to earn his first ATP title with a 6-3 3-6 6-3win in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.
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Pole Hurkacz lifts first ATP trophy at Winston-Salem Open

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz outdueled top seed Benoit Paire to earn his first ATP title with a 6-3 3-6 6-3win in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.

Rallying: Tanak on verge of victory in Germany as Neuville and Ogier slip

Championship leader Ott Tanak ended on Saturday (Aug 24) with a 32.4 second lead at the Rally of Germany as his title rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier suffered untimely punctures on the dreaded Panzerplatte stages.
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Rallying: Tanak on verge of victory in Germany as Neuville and Ogier slip

Championship leader Ott Tanak ended on Saturday (Aug 24) with a 32.4 second lead at the Rally of Germany as his title rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier suffered untimely punctures on the dreaded Panzerplatte stages.

Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack: Army

The Israeli air force struck in Syria to prevent an Iranian force from launching an attack on the Jewish state with drones armed with explosives, the army said Sunday.
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Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack: Army

The Israeli air force struck in Syria to prevent an Iranian force from launching an attack on the Jewish state with drones armed with explosives, the army said Sunday.

Liverpool dispatch Arsenal for third straight win

Liverpool made it three wins out of three as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a convincing 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday to take control at the top of the Premier League.
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Liverpool dispatch Arsenal for third straight win

Liverpool made it three wins out of three as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a convincing 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday to take control at the top of the Premier League.

German activists stage anti-racism protest ahead of key state polls

Around 35,000 people marched against hate and racism in the eastern German of city Dresden on Saturday (Aug 24), organisers said, a week before state elections when far-right party AfD is projected to make huge gains.
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German activists stage anti-racism protest ahead of key state polls

Around 35,000 people marched against hate and racism in the eastern German of city Dresden on Saturday (Aug 24), organisers said, a week before state elections when far-right party AfD is projected to make huge gains.

Tennis: Williams ban for US Open umpire after Serena-Osaka furore

Carlos Ramos will not officiate any US Open matches involving Serena or Venus Williams in the wake of last year's "bittersweet" women's final controversy involving Serena and Naomi Osaka.
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Tennis: Williams ban for US Open umpire after Serena-Osaka furore

Carlos Ramos will not officiate any US Open matches involving Serena or Venus Williams in the wake of last year's "bittersweet" women's final controversy involving Serena and Naomi Osaka.

More penalty woe for United, Lampard off the mark

Manchester United suffered more woe from the penalty spot as they went down to a shock home defeat to Crystal Palace on an eventful Premier League Saturday which saw Frank Lampard celebrate his first win as Chelsea manager.
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More penalty woe for United, Lampard off the mark

Manchester United suffered more woe from the penalty spot as they went down to a shock home defeat to Crystal Palace on an eventful Premier League Saturday which saw Frank Lampard celebrate his first win as Chelsea manager.

Measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland, other California destinations

A teenage girl from New Zealand sick with measles visited Disneyland and other popular tourist stops across Southern California earlier this month, possibly infecting others, local government health officials warned.
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Measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland, other California destinations

A teenage girl from New Zealand sick with measles visited Disneyland and other popular tourist stops across Southern California earlier this month, possibly infecting others, local government health officials warned.

Van Aanholt gives Palace shock 2-1 win at Man United

A stoppage-time goal by defender Patrick van Aanholt gave Crystal Palace a memorable 2-1 win at Manchester United after a toothless display by the home side in the Premier League on Saturday.
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Van Aanholt gives Palace shock 2-1 win at Man United

A stoppage-time goal by defender Patrick van Aanholt gave Crystal Palace a memorable 2-1 win at Manchester United after a toothless display by the home side in the Premier League on Saturday.

Southampton get off the mark with 2-0 win over 10-man Brighton

Southampton collected their first Premier League points of the season with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion, courtesy of second-half goals from new signing Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond, at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
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Southampton get off the mark with 2-0 win over 10-man Brighton

Southampton collected their first Premier League points of the season with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion, courtesy of second-half goals from new signing Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond, at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Barnes strike for Foxes ends Sheffield United's bright start

Harvey Barnes thrashed home a magnificent strike to earn Leicester City a 2-1 win on the road on Saturday while rudely ending Sheffield United's bright start to their return to the Premier League.
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Barnes strike for Foxes ends Sheffield United's bright start

Harvey Barnes thrashed home a magnificent strike to earn Leicester City a 2-1 win on the road on Saturday while rudely ending Sheffield United's bright start to their return to the Premier League.

'Girlfriend experience' - Singapore rent-a-date services promote squeaky clean fun

In many Asian cities, where the cost of living is high and careers often come first, it's hard for people to find a partner. Online dating has become accepted, but new solutions to the rising number of lonely singles have emerged. In Singapore, men and even
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'Girlfriend experience' - Singapore rent-a-date services promote squeaky clean fun

In many Asian cities, where the cost of living is high and careers often come first, it's hard for people to find a partner. Online dating has become accepted, but new solutions to the rising number of lonely singles have emerged. In Singapore, men and even some women are choosing to rent a date instead of looking for long-term love. This isn't prostitution, which has long been legal in Singapore. The businesses offering dates for rent go out of their way to ensure their services are squeaky clean - some agencies ban physical contact and encourage their girls to call management if anything goes awry. Singaporean agencies such as Maybe.sg and SG VIP Escorts provide what is described as the «girlfriend experience», but the owner of one of the companies says some clients do expect more than just a platonic date.

City Harvest founder Kong Hee makes his first appearance in church since release from jail

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee turned up on Saturday (Aug 24) evening at an auditorium at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre for his first service since his release from Changi Prison. Mr Kong, who turned 55 on Friday, was ac
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City Harvest founder Kong Hee makes his first appearance in church since release from jail

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee turned up on Saturday (Aug 24) evening at an auditorium at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre for his first service since his release from Changi Prison. Mr Kong, who turned 55 on Friday, was accompanied by his wife Ho Yeow Sun, 49. The couple are the founders of the church, which found itself caught up in a scandal when Mr Kong and five other City Harvest Church leaders were found guilty of criminal breach of trust. The six of them had misused $50 million in church funds for a project which involved spreading the Gospel through the secular music career of Ms Ho, who was not implicated in the case. On Saturday, Mr Kong took to the stage about 40 minutes into the service. He apologised for any pain, anxiety or grief that the members had suffered because of him. «I was convicted by the court for criminal breach of trust. I have served my sentence. And today I find myself humbled,» said Mr Kong, who spent 28 months behind bars for his role in the biggest case of misuse of charity funds in Singapore history.

Brazil not working with US on forest fires: Defence minister

The United States is not giving Brazil concrete support to combat forest fires despite President Donald Trump's broad offer of assistance, Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said on Saturday.
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Brazil not working with US on forest fires: Defence minister

The United States is not giving Brazil concrete support to combat forest fires despite President Donald Trump's broad offer of assistance, Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said on Saturday.

Abraham and Mount repay Lampard's faith in young talent

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham won praise from head coach Frank Lampard on Saturday after the 21-year-old netted two goals in a pulsating 3-2 Premier League win over Norwich City.
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Abraham and Mount repay Lampard's faith in young talent

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham won praise from head coach Frank Lampard on Saturday after the 21-year-old netted two goals in a pulsating 3-2 Premier League win over Norwich City.

'Indignant' Villarreal slam penalty re-take due to VAR review

Villarreal's Andres Fernandez has raged against the rule prohibiting goalkeepers from coming off their lines while facing penalties after his side were beaten 2-1 at Levante on Friday in La Liga.
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'Indignant' Villarreal slam penalty re-take due to VAR review

Villarreal's Andres Fernandez has raged against the rule prohibiting goalkeepers from coming off their lines while facing penalties after his side were beaten 2-1 at Levante on Friday in La Liga.

Man lodges police report after buying fake $10,000 note from online seller; 2 suspects arrested

SINGAPORE - A man reported the sale of counterfeit notes to the police on Tuesday (Aug 20), after he discovered a $10,000 Orchid Series note he purchased online was fake. Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested two suspects, aged 34 and 55
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Man lodges police report after buying fake $10,000 note from online seller; 2 suspects arrested

SINGAPORE - A man reported the sale of counterfeit notes to the police on Tuesday (Aug 20), after he discovered a $10,000 Orchid Series note he purchased online was fake. Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested two suspects, aged 34 and 55, believed to be the sellers of the note, on Thursday. Police believe the 34-year-old suspect purchased the counterfeit $10,000 Orchid Series note from an unknown seller in Batam, Indonesia, in August. He and the 55-year-old suspect are believed to have sold the note online to the buyer for a sum of $11,500. Police seized the note, as well as two T-shirts, a receipt, three mobile phones and a total of S$1,200 as case exhibits. Those convicted of using counterfeit currency notes as genuine notes may be jailed up to 20 years and fined. The police reminded the public to remain vigilant and examine all $10,000 Orchid Series notes carefully as they are not commonly available and in circulation. Readers can refer to the Monetary Authority of Singapore's website for descriptions and images of the Orchid Series notes.

Police investigating fake news being circulated about gang fights and activities in Singapore

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating recent text messages and videos alleging fights and activities between various gangs in different parts of Singapore, it said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 24). The text messages and videos also advised the public t
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Police investigating fake news being circulated about gang fights and activities in Singapore

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating recent text messages and videos alleging fights and activities between various gangs in different parts of Singapore, it said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 24). The text messages and videos also advised the public to stay away from the areas to remain safe. Some of the text messages being investigated also alleged that gang members would beat up those who refused to join their gang. In the statement, the police verified that none of the alleged incidents had occurred and assured the public that the information spread through the text messages and videos was false. The public is advised to stop circulating the false information as it can cause public alarm. The police added that it «will not hesitate to take action against any person responsible for the deliberate generation and spread of such untruths, which can create fear and alarm the public». Those convicted of causing harassment, alarm or distress under the Protection from Harassment Act may be fined up to $5,000. Those convicted of rioting may be jailed up to seven years and may be caned.

Toddler dies after mirror falls on her in fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport

SINGAPORE - An 18-month-old toddler died at Changi General Hospital on Friday (Aug 23) after a mirror fell on her inside a fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they responded to a medical accident at 78 Airport Boulev
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Toddler dies after mirror falls on her in fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport

SINGAPORE - An 18-month-old toddler died at Changi General Hospital on Friday (Aug 23) after a mirror fell on her inside a fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said they responded to a medical accident at 78 Airport Boulevard at 12.33pm on Friday. The police said they received a call for assistance at 78 Airport Boulevard where a mirror had fallen on an 18-month-old girl. The child was unconscious when she was taken to the hospital, where she was subsequently pronounced dead. Police are investigating the unnatural death. The Straits Times understands that the accident occurred at the Urban Revivo fashion store at Jewel Changi Airport. According to Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, the child's family, believed to be tourists from China, collected her body from the morgue on Saturday morning, accompanied by Jewel staff. Pictures taken after the accident show the store was cordoned off and a sign was put up to inform customers it was «closed for stock take».

Commentary: How the new Point-to-Point Transport Industry Bill levels the playing field for ride-hailing operators

The new Point-to-Point Transport Industry Bill will also give drivers better choice over which operator to drive for, say two experts from the National University of Singapore.
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Commentary: How the new Point-to-Point Transport Industry Bill levels the playing field for ride-hailing operators

The new Point-to-Point Transport Industry Bill will also give drivers better choice over which operator to drive for, say two experts from the National University of Singapore.

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