Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Wednesday said he wanted to see progress toward resolving a feud with South Korea over compensating Korean wartime workers that brought a deep chill in ties between Washington's two Asian allies.
SINGAPORE - Leading 1980s television actresses Chen Bifeng, Zeng Huifen and Ye Sumei were among the artists who paid their last respects to veteran local actor Bai Yan, who died early on Monday (Aug 19). The trio had all been goddaughters to Bai, who died months after celebrating his 100th birthday in May. Bai's granddaughter Jenny told Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao that former actress Zeng turned up at the wake on Monday afternoon. Best known for her role in Samsui Women (1986), Zeng is now based in the United States but was back for a visit. Showing up at the wake at the Singapore Casket on Monday too were Chen and Ye, as well as veteran actors Zhou Quanxi and Zhang Jinhua. Chen had starred in Flying Fish (1983), Happy Trio (1986) and On The Fringe (1988), while Ye is known for playing sworn sisters with Zheng Wanling in Two Different Lives (1989). Chen said she was most impressed by Bai's enthusiasm in show business.
While most (emphasis on most) of us have moved on from the amusingly juvenile antics of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students yelling phallic rallying cries during a student camp, the internet doesn’t forget. The 11th top university in the world is now suggested as the top Google search result when you key in the term “kukubird kukubird”. For the pure of mind, “kukubird” is a slang term used by Singaporeans that refers to “penis”. It’s interchangeable with the term “kukujiao” (which also refers to the male member) with the Hokkien word “jiao” translating to “bird”. Try searching the term “kukubird kukubird” on Google — if you’re lucky, the search result might still pull up NTU as an automatic suggested answer. As of writing, we can't seem to replicate the same results that were pulled up on Google last night.
Top seeds Benoit Paire and Denis Shapovalov cruised into the third round of the Winston-Salem Open with straight set wins on the North Carolina hardcourt on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE - A 74-year-old has died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a glass bottle his family believes was thrown down from a 35-storey condominium flat in Spottiswoode Park. Mr Nasiari Sunee, a delivery driver, was in the Spottiswoode 18 condominium for a housewarming party on Sunday night (Aug 18) when he was hit on the top of his head by a glass bottle, said his two older children. Speaking to The Straits Times after their father's burial on Tuesday, they said he had just sat down at a table at the condominium's barbecue pit area to eat when he was hit. His wife and relatives were sitting with him. «Suddenly our relatives heard a big thud and another thud. They realised my dad had collapsed on the floor and his head was bleeding,» said Madam Nas Suriati Nasiari, the oldest of Mr Nasiari's four children. «They saw a glass bottle on the table,» said the 44-year-old service manager. Her family believes the bottle, after hitting Mr Nasiari, ricocheted and hit their mother, who had bruises on her shoulder, she added.
SINGAPORE - Seventy people, including patients and staff, were evacuated after a fire broke out at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Monday afternoon (Aug 19). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a fire at 1 Hospital Drive, at the basement 1 level of Block 2, at 1.50pm. The small fire, which involved an electrical component, had burnt itself out before firefighters arrived, said SCDF. Due to smoke from the fire, SCDF evacuated 70 people from the premises as a safety precaution. No injuries were reported in the incident, and SCDF is investigating the cause of the fire. Preliminary investigations by SGH showed that an electrical component inside a scanner had overheated and emitted smoke, said the hospital's chief operating officer Tan Jack Thian. The scanner was shut down immediately. The hospital arranged for patients to have their scans done using other scanners in the department after the premises were cleared of smoke and SCDF had given the clearance to re-enter, he added. The hospital also made arrangements for a few patients to have their scans re-scheduled.
Britain dropped out of the silver medal position at the Dressage European Championships in Rotterdam on Tuesday after Charlotte Dujardin's score was excluded because blood was found on her horse.
A gunman holding a busload of passengers hostage in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday was shot dead by police, officials said, ending the hours-long hijacking.
Indian fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's ban for alleged spot-fixing has been reduced to seven years, with the sanction period coming to an end on Sep. 13, 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said.
Libyan state employee Akrm Jlaidi drives for ninety minutes to the suburbs of the capital Tripoli every week to fill his car at a mobile fuel station. Typically he waits for hours. Sometimes he returns home empty-handed as fuel shortages worsen.
Three more women on Tuesday sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, saying they were recruited to provide massages for the financier and then sexually abused.
SINGAPORE - Two suspects were arrested on Aug 6 for importing and possessing about 16,000 counterfeit perfumes and cosmetic products worth more than $800,000, the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Customs said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 20). On July 25, Singapore Customs inspected a consignment of more than 200 perfumes and cosmetic products believed to be counterfeits and subsequently referred the case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for investigation. Officers from the CID seized the counterfeit goods and arrested two women, aged 21 and 23, during a 19-hour operation which included raids in Tampines North Drive and Sunview Road. According to the authorities, the suspects were planning to sell the goods, which bear falsely applied trademarks, on online platforms. «The authorities take a serious view on intellectual property right (IPR) infringements and will not hesitate to take action against perpetrators who show blatant disregard for Singapore's IPR laws,» Singapore Customs and the police said.
We scour the island for the best deals to help you stretch your dollar, and keep you in the loop on the hottest shopping trends. 'Cos good things must share. [UPDATE, Aug 20] $12 FOR 12 KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS Krispy Kreme’s $12 for 12 promotion is back. For just one day only (Wed, Aug 21), enjoy 12 original glazed doughnuts for only $12, which effectively makes it just $1 for each doughnut. This deal is only available at five Krispy Kreme outlets from 12pm and 4pm, while stocks last:
SINGAPORE - A maid smacked her employer's five-year-old son in a field in Punggol and deliberately threw him onto the ground twice when he struggled as she tried to carry him. An eyewitness recorded a video of the incident with her mobile phone and posted the clip on a WeChat group earlier this year (2019). Deputy Public Prosecutor Ang Siok Chen said the video later went viral and was shared on Facebook as well as on citizen journalism site Stomp. The 24-year-old Indonesian maid was sentenced on Tuesday (Aug 20) to eight months' jail after pleading guilty to one count of ill-treating the boy. She cannot be named as a gag order has been imposed to protect the child's identity. DPP Ang told District Judge Ng Peng Hong that the maid started working for the boy's family in November last year and besides household chores, she was also required to look after him. At around 9am on March 12, he took a ball, left his home and went towards the field in front of Block 673C Edgefield Plains. The maid went after him and picked him up, the court heard.
China's Huawei will spend more on production equipment this year to ensure supply continuity, cut redundant roles and demote inefficient managers as its grapples with a "live-or-die moment" in the wake of U.S. export curbs, founder Ren Zhengfei said.
China's Xiaomi Corp reported a smaller-than-expected 15per cent growth in quarterly revenue on Tuesday as fewer people bought smartphones at home and rival Huawei grabbed market share.
California police officers will be allowed to use lethal force only when "necessary" in response to a threat, instead of the existing standard of "reasonable", under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday.
Tensions rose on a rescue ship stranded off southern Italy on Tuesday, as 10 of the migrants aboard jumped into the sea and tried to swim ashore, according to the Spanish charity that operates the vessel.
Australian firm Oil Search on Tuesday accused Papua New Guinea of backtracking on a deal to build a new liquefied natural gas project and set an August 31 deadline to resolve the dispute.