SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 18), discussed the challenges facing Singapore and the steps that the Government will take to renew the city for the next century. In Singapore's bicentennial year, he called on Singaporeans to carry the grit and resolve of their forefathers in tackling difficulties ahead, such as a slowing economy, trade tensions between the United States and China, and climate change. To make the education system as accessible as possible, he announced changes to pre-school and tertiary education fees. To help Singaporeans work longer if they wish to, the retirement and re-employment ages will be raised. PM Lee also sketched out bold plans to remake Singapore, including the future Greater Southern Waterfront, which is twice the size of Punggol and will have public and private housing with waterfront promenades. Here are eight things to know from his speech.
More than two dozen rescue workers are battling to help save two cavers trapped in a cavern in Poland's Tatra mountains, the mountain rescue service said on Sunday, after a narrow tunnel was flooded with water, blocking their exit.
Australia batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the rest of the second Ashes test against England at Lord's due to delayed concussion, Cricket Australia said on Sunday.
Leaked British government documents warning of the impact of a no-deal Brexit are based on a worst-case scenario, said Michael Gove, the minister in charge of coordinating preparations for leaving the European Union without a deal.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 122 as Sri Lanka chased down 268 for the loss of just four wickets to win the first Test against New Zealand at Galle on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Russia will not deploy new missiles as long as the United States shows similar restraint in Europe and Asia, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday, after Washington's withdrawal from a Soviet-era arms pact.
At least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital and destroyed thousands of shanties, officials said Sunday.
A young homeless man has been charged with placing false bombs, police said Saturday, after three empty rice cookers caused major commuter disruption in New York.
SINGAPORE - The authorities are investigating after 18 people fell ill from typhoid fever in about three weeks. The individuals developed symptoms of the bacterial infection between July 13 and Aug 4, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a joint statement on Saturday (Aug 17). All 18 were hospitalised as typhoid fever is typically diagnosed through blood or stool tests done in hospitals. They are currently in stable condition, the joint statement said, adding that 14 of the patients have been discharged. In response to queries from The Straits Times, MOH and SFA said that they are currently investigating the cause of the outbreak.
SINGAPORE - Video blogger Nuseir Yassin of Nas Daily fame clarified on Saturday (Aug 17) on Facebook that a Vietnamese person his Singapore company is looking to hire will be based in Vietnam after being trained here for a few months. The clarification came after the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) said that it was looking into a posting by Mr Yassin last Monday on the matter on the Nas Daily Vietnamese Facebook page. Mr Yassin, popularly known as Nas, had then said he wanted to hire a Vietnamese person «to join my team in Singapore». «I'm looking for the best video maker in Vietnam to join me in a full-time position,» he wrote on the Nas Daily Vietnamese Facebook page, which has some 71,200 followers.
MOTHER DOUGH PHOTO: Mother DoughNaadhira Ismail worked in events and marketing before giving in to her passion for baking and setting up Mother Dough. Having done a couple of successful pop-ups in 2017, Ms Ismail took the opportunity to open the homely halal bakery along North Bridge Road in June 2018. The selection includes everything from almond croissants to whole wheat sourdough and grilled cheese sandwiches, made with organic flour sourced from environmentally-conscious grain mills. «You need quality ingredients for the end product to be good,» explains Ms Ismail, who honed her skills at the International Culinary Institute and four years at bakeries and restaurants in New York.
World number one Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Cincinnati Masters Sunday, beaten 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 by ninth-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals.
David Braz scored a late equaliser to give Gremio a point at home to Palmeiras on Saturday and extend to six games the winless league run by the Brazilian Serie A champions.
The reason the Great Singapore Workout never got taken seriously, other than the fact it looks ridiculous, is that Singapore already has a national sport-shopping. Think running a marathon is hard? Try walking through 42km worth of shopping mall floors or staying up to cart out your favourite item during some online flash sale. But even as Singaporeans spend their money with gleeful abandon, few stop to think about the larger impact of their actions on the world at large. To most, your money just goes to some corporation that gets a bit richer. Fewer people worry about the effect of rabid consumerism on the environment and on the underprivileged communities in which these products are often produced. The next time you're looking for a gift for a friend's birthday, a treat for your kids or a little something for yourself, instead of hitting up the usual big chain stores, take a peek at these four retailers in Singapore, where you can be sure your money is going to a good cause. CAT MAMA SHOP BY THE CAT WELFARE SOCIETY
Aaron Ramsey made his debut for Italian champions Juventus on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly, a 1-0 win over Serie C side Triestina.
The final five minutes of trading have become the busiest time of day for stock market traders in Europe.
Zinedine Zidane promised changes but it was a retro Real Madrid that gave the revolution a winning start on Saturday as Gareth Bale led the way in a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo.
Jurgen Klopp denied that exhaustion was behind Liverpool's inconsistent display in their hard-fought 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday.
United States coach Gregg Popovich has decided to take 14 NBA players to Australia for workouts before the Basketball World Cup in China, knowing only 12 will make the final roster.
#TeamContemporaryHomes, where you at? A contemporary and a modern home is not one and the same. The modern concept borrows from a time that has already passed (i.e. styles from the 1950s and 1960s) while contemporary design is all about the present - think sleek and on-trend finishes. Because contemporary interiors follow what's in vogue, they are highly sought after in Singapore. That being said, we've done the legwork for you and put together a list of interior firms that specialise in creating these fashionable spaces. 1. ICON INTERIOR DESIGN First on our list of contemporary interior firms is Icon Interior Design. Most of their homes exude a cosy opulence, achieved through a combination of sleek finishes, textures and accessories - think darker wood tones, plush furniture plus streamlined cabinetry and built-ins.
Australia's confidence looking to the World Cup had not been dented after a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, according to coach Michael Cheika, because there was still plenty of improvement left in the side.
Manchester United winger Daniel James sets the standard for the team with his high work rate in training and the new signing has already earned the admiration of his team mates, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.
SINGAPORE - Employment practice watchdog the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) said that it is looking into a Facebook post by video blogger Nuseir Yassin that calls for a Vietnamese person to apply for a job in his Singapore company. Mr Yassin, popularly known as Nas, said in a Facebook post on Monday (Aug 12) that he was looking for a Vietnamese person to join his team in Singapore. «I'm looking for the best video maker in Vietnam to join me in a full-time position. You have to know how to make videos. You have to be the best at shooting or editing,» he wrote on the Nas Daily Vietnamese Facebook page, which has some 71,200 followers. He asked job-seekers to e-mail their applications to him, before offering a reward of US$500 (S$690) to the person who shared the post with the successful job applicant. Mr Yassin, a 27-year-old Palestinian-Israeli, moved to Singapore in April to set up the Nas Daily Media Company. His Facebook page Nas Daily has a following of about 13 million people.
SINGAPORE - A Malaysia-registered bus that was involved in a fatal accident on a ramp near the arrival hall of Tuas Checkpoint in Feb 2019 had been travelling at more than three times the reported safe speed before it hit a wall. On Friday (Aug 16), Coroner Marvin Bay noted that the Malaysian driver, Mr Kalaimani Muniandy, 60, had been driving at more than 60kmh before the accident took place at a bend at around 4.30am on Feb 26. The «safe speed» for travelling there was 15 to 20kmh, investigation officer (IO) Senior Staff Sergeant Clarence Lim told the court. He, however, did not state the speed limit for motorists in the area. Two passengers in the bus were flung out of the vehicle and the women fell about three storeys to the ground below. One of them, Malaysian production operator Mok Fei Chen, 35, died of multiple injuries at the scene while the 21-year-old woman survived. Coroner Bay found Madam Mok's death to be a «tragic traffic misadventure».