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Work-life harmony a key issue for young couples: Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE - As a young couple, one of the biggest struggles Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and his wife faced was learning to strike a work-life harmony. To help find solutions for young parents who face similar problems today, he said, the Government
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Work-life harmony a key issue for young couples: Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE - As a young couple, one of the biggest struggles Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and his wife faced was learning to strike a work-life harmony. To help find solutions for young parents who face similar problems today, he said, the Government will soon be launching a series of dialogues that will be helmed by Manpower Minister Josephine Teo. This is on top of measures such as doubling paid paternity leave to two weeks that took effect in 2013 and which gives fathers more time with their children, Mr Heng said. The deputy prime minister was speaking on Sunday (June 16) at a Father's Day celebration jointly organised by the Centre for Fathering, Dads for Life and Mediacorp. It was held at OCBC Square of the Singapore Sports Hub.

How much does it cost to live near the top primary schools in Singapore?

No matter how much the MOE tries to tell Singaporeans that «every school is a good school», the fact remains that many parents stop at nothing to get their kids into what they perceive as the top primary schools in Singapore. When there are too m
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How much does it cost to live near the top primary schools in Singapore?

No matter how much the MOE tries to tell Singaporeans that «every school is a good school», the fact remains that many parents stop at nothing to get their kids into what they perceive as the top primary schools in Singapore. When there are too many students trying to get into a school, the school will run a ballot, which is basically a lottery. At this point, the only thing that can give your child an edge is if you live within 2km of the school. In fact, the nearer the school, the better your odds. That's why parents have been known to buy homes near «good» schools years ahead of time. (Some have also lied about where they live and have even gone to jail for cheating the school this way!) And, thanks to kiasu parents and our meritocratic culture, property prices around these schools have often reached stratospheric realms. Let's have a look at how much it costs to buy a home near one of these coveted schools. TOP PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SINGAPORE & NEARBY PROPERTY PRICES We've selected a handful of top primary schools in Singapore and checked out the prices of the nearby residential properties:

5 makeup brands to buy in Taiwan: Mkup, My Beauty Diary & more

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of confidence in Taiwanese beauty and makeup products. You would too if you've ever seen those trending videos of Taiwanese girls and their 180-degree transformations… they take dolling up very seriously. There's al
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5 makeup brands to buy in Taiwan: Mkup, My Beauty Diary & more

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of confidence in Taiwanese beauty and makeup products. You would too if you've ever seen those trending videos of Taiwanese girls and their 180-degree transformations… they take dolling up very seriously. There's also a hit TV programme called Queen (better known by its Chinese name, 女人我最大), which features some of their local cult products. If you're headed there soon, here are some of the more popular beauty items to buy in Taiwan. What to buy in Taiwan - face masks, makeup & more From skincare products like sheet masks to makeup like eyeliners and eyeshadow, here are some of the top beauty products from Taiwan:

Starc keen to pitch up at every World Cup game

Preserving the fitness of Mitchell Starc has been a national obsession since he bowled Australia to the World Cup title in 2015, but the left-arm paceman has no intention of putting his feet up in England.
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Starc keen to pitch up at every World Cup game

Preserving the fitness of Mitchell Starc has been a national obsession since he bowled Australia to the World Cup title in 2015, but the left-arm paceman has no intention of putting his feet up in England.

Leaderless and livid: The youngsters on Hong Kong front lines

Young Hong Kongers who marshalled the fight against a police force that was armed with tear gas and rubber bullets have spoken of how they were pushed into embracing more confrontational tactics by the failure of years of peaceful protests.
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Leaderless and livid: The youngsters on Hong Kong front lines

Young Hong Kongers who marshalled the fight against a police force that was armed with tear gas and rubber bullets have spoken of how they were pushed into embracing more confrontational tactics by the failure of years of peaceful protests.

Commentary: Sex, violence and accusations of cover-ups rock South Korea

Accusations of cover-ups of Burning Sun and other clubs in the Gangnam and Hongdae districts have shocked the nation, says journalist Gabriel Wilder.
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Commentary: Sex, violence and accusations of cover-ups rock South Korea

Accusations of cover-ups of Burning Sun and other clubs in the Gangnam and Hongdae districts have shocked the nation, says journalist Gabriel Wilder.

Hong Kong braces for huge rally after leader climbdown

Hong Kong braces for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader in suspending the bill.
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Hong Kong braces for huge rally after leader climbdown

Hong Kong braces for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader in suspending the bill.

Woods claws back after poor start to third round at US Open

Tiger Woods frittered away his chance of winning the U.S. Open with a poor start to the third round on Saturday, even if he battled back well to shoot an eventful five birdie, five bogey, even-par 71 at Pebble Beach.
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Woods claws back after poor start to third round at US Open

Tiger Woods frittered away his chance of winning the U.S. Open with a poor start to the third round on Saturday, even if he battled back well to shoot an eventful five birdie, five bogey, even-par 71 at Pebble Beach.

Fire breaks out at Tang Plaza; 200 people evacuated, no reported injuries

SINGAPORE - Security guards at Tang Plaza evacuated about 200 people from the mall on Saturday night (June 15) following a fire on their premises. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was alerted to the fire in Orchard at about 8.40pm, addin
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Fire breaks out at Tang Plaza; 200 people evacuated, no reported injuries

SINGAPORE - Security guards at Tang Plaza evacuated about 200 people from the mall on Saturday night (June 15) following a fire on their premises. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was alerted to the fire in Orchard at about 8.40pm, adding that the fire involved electrical wires. Sprinklers extinguished the fire before the firemen arrived, the SCDF said. No injuries were reported. The Straits Times has contacted the mall for comment. PHOTO: The Straits TimesThis article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

EU urges Nigeria electoral reform after disputed polls

European Union election observers on Saturday called on Nigeria to consider urgent electoral reforms after identifying "systemic failings" in the recent presidential, parliamentary and governorship elections.
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EU urges Nigeria electoral reform after disputed polls

European Union election observers on Saturday called on Nigeria to consider urgent electoral reforms after identifying "systemic failings" in the recent presidential, parliamentary and governorship elections.

UN chief calls on EU to raise 2030 climate goal to 55%

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc's current target for a 40per cent reduction.
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UN chief calls on EU to raise 2030 climate goal to 55%

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc's current target for a 40per cent reduction.

NATO faces big bill if it does not pick AWACS successor soon: officials

NATO faces significant costs if it does not act soon to choose a successor for its ageing fleet of 14 Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft, often called the alliance's "eyes in the sky", senior officials sa
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NATO faces big bill if it does not pick AWACS successor soon: officials

NATO faces significant costs if it does not act soon to choose a successor for its ageing fleet of 14 Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft, often called the alliance's "eyes in the sky", senior officials said.

Vekic wins 12 consecutive games to reach Nottingham final

Croatian Donna Vekic reached the final of the weather-hit Nottingham Open grasscourt event on Saturday as she came from a set down to win 12 consecutive games against Tatjana Maria.
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Vekic wins 12 consecutive games to reach Nottingham final

Croatian Donna Vekic reached the final of the weather-hit Nottingham Open grasscourt event on Saturday as she came from a set down to win 12 consecutive games against Tatjana Maria.

Best credit card GSS promotions

The Great Singapore Sale may not be as huge an affair as, say, 11.11 or Black Friday, but I doubt anyone's complaining about any excuse to shop. While the «official» Great Singapore Sale 2019 dates are from 21 June to 28 July 2019, some banks hav
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Best credit card GSS promotions

The Great Singapore Sale may not be as huge an affair as, say, 11.11 or Black Friday, but I doubt anyone's complaining about any excuse to shop. While the «official» Great Singapore Sale 2019 dates are from 21 June to 28 July 2019, some banks have already started rolling out a small onslaught of GSS promo codes and discounts, for both online and offline shopping. Let's find out what GSS promotions your favourite credit card has to offer, shall we? GREAT SINGAPORE SALE 2019 - BEST CREDIT CARD PROMOTIONS

Rugby: Rebels without applause after another playoffs miss

With a roster laden with Wallabies and the Australian conference seemingly at their mercy, the Melbourne Rebels had appeared set for a long-awaited playoffs spot when they claimed their third successive win in a flying start to the Super Rugby season.
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Rugby: Rebels without applause after another playoffs miss

With a roster laden with Wallabies and the Australian conference seemingly at their mercy, the Melbourne Rebels had appeared set for a long-awaited playoffs spot when they claimed their third successive win in a flying start to the Super Rugby season.

Govt to partner Singaporeans in new ways to design policies together, says Heng Swee Keat in setting out 4G leaders' plans

SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has set out how his generation of leaders plans to take Singapore forward, saying the Government will partner Singaporeans in new ways to design and implement policies together. Beyond doing so, the Governmen
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Govt to partner Singaporeans in new ways to design policies together, says Heng Swee Keat in setting out 4G leaders' plans

SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has set out how his generation of leaders plans to take Singapore forward, saying the Government will partner Singaporeans in new ways to design and implement policies together. Beyond doing so, the Government will work with Singaporeans to create a shared future where everyone will have a part to play, he said on Saturday (June 15) at a dialogue on building the country's future together. With Singapore in the midst of a leadership transition, Mr Heng - the leader of the ruling People's Action Party's fourth-generation leadership team - sketched out for the first time in detail the approach his 4G team will adopt to govern the country in a more challenging environment. Constructive politics and unity remain critical as Singapore becomes more diverse in terms of its needs and views, and as the country navigates serious challenges ahead such as the shifting global order and changes brought about by technological advancements, he said.

Man jailed three years for role in producing counterfeit notes

SINGAPORE - While on the run, a drug abuser joined two other men to produce counterfeit notes. Muhammad Haikal Shah Md Ayuni, 24, was jailed for three years on Friday (June 14) after pleading guilty to performing part of the counterfeiting process. He also
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Man jailed three years for role in producing counterfeit notes

SINGAPORE - While on the run, a drug abuser joined two other men to produce counterfeit notes. Muhammad Haikal Shah Md Ayuni, 24, was jailed for three years on Friday (June 14) after pleading guilty to performing part of the counterfeiting process. He also admitted to failing to report back to the Lloyd Leas Community Supervision Centre while on a work release scheme following an earlier conviction. Deputy Public Prosecutor Ang Siok Chen told the court that Haikal was sentenced to three years' jail on April 6, 2016, for drug consumption.

The Joshua Tree Tour: U2 concert to be at National Stadium on Nov 30

SINGAPORE - Iconic Irish rock quartet U2's first concert in Singapore will be at the National Stadium on Nov 30. Prices range from $98 for seated tickets to $1,228 for VIP packages that include a cocktail party and exclusive merchandise. They go on sale fo
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The Joshua Tree Tour: U2 concert to be at National Stadium on Nov 30

SINGAPORE - Iconic Irish rock quartet U2's first concert in Singapore will be at the National Stadium on Nov 30. Prices range from $98 for seated tickets to $1,228 for VIP packages that include a cocktail party and exclusive merchandise. They go on sale for subscribers of U2.com on June 17, 10am. Each subscriber is limited to four tickets. General ticket sales start June 20, 10am through Sportshub Tix. Each buyer is limited to eight tickets each.

10-hour CIQ computer system breakdown causes massive Friday jams for lorries travelling to Singapore

JOHOR BARU - A major breakdown in the computer system for the collection of levies caused massive traffic jams involving lorries travelling to Singapore via the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex. The system, which wa
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10-hour CIQ computer system breakdown causes massive Friday jams for lorries travelling to Singapore

JOHOR BARU - A major breakdown in the computer system for the collection of levies caused massive traffic jams involving lorries travelling to Singapore via the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex. The system, which was down for at least 10 hours, was rectified by 10am on Friday (June 14). It is understood that a 3km-long traffic jam occurred at major roads leading to the CIQ complex at the height of the breakdown. The roads affected were Eastern Dispersal Link, Jalan Tebrau and Jalan Lingkaran Dalam.

Colombian high court withdraws ex-rebel's parliament seat

A Colombian high court on Friday withdrew the parliament seat for a former left-wing guerrilla leader who never assumed office after negotiating the country's historic peace deal.
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Colombian high court withdraws ex-rebel's parliament seat

A Colombian high court on Friday withdrew the parliament seat for a former left-wing guerrilla leader who never assumed office after negotiating the country's historic peace deal.

Man who stabbed Brazil's Bolsonaro jailed indefinitely

A Brazilian judge on Friday acquitted a mentally ill man of attacking far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on last year's campaign trail, but jailed him for an "indefinite period."
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Man who stabbed Brazil's Bolsonaro jailed indefinitely

A Brazilian judge on Friday acquitted a mentally ill man of attacking far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on last year's campaign trail, but jailed him for an "indefinite period."

Workers at VW's Tennessee plant vote against union representation

Workers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have voted against union representation, the German automaker and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said on Friday.
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Workers at VW's Tennessee plant vote against union representation

Workers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have voted against union representation, the German automaker and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said on Friday.

House tour: The serene and nature-inspired bungalow that overlooks Botanic Gardens

This large bungalow not only has views of the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Botanic Gardens, it looks like one, too. It was coined the Botanica Residence by its designers, Guz Architects. Guz Architects created a sense of lightness by using large cantile
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House tour: The serene and nature-inspired bungalow that overlooks Botanic Gardens

This large bungalow not only has views of the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Botanic Gardens, it looks like one, too. It was coined the Botanica Residence by its designers, Guz Architects. Guz Architects created a sense of lightness by using large cantilevers and horizontal planes in the structure; this gives the illusion - when one views it from the road - that the building is afloat. Photo: Home & DecorThe home features a large pool (as well as several ponds) that intertwines throughout the house. Its cool, blue tiles are a soothing contrast to the vibrant green trees and dark and golden wood finishes.  

Brazil asks for WTO investigation of Indonesia on poultry trade

The Brazilian government has formally asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to open a panel to investigate Indonesian policies on Brazil's poultry exports, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.
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Brazil asks for WTO investigation of Indonesia on poultry trade

The Brazilian government has formally asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to open a panel to investigate Indonesian policies on Brazil's poultry exports, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.

US cities propose framework for nationwide opioid settlement talks

Lawyers for counties and municipalities suing drug manufacturers and distributors over their alleged roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Friday pitched a novel plan that would bring all 24,500 communities nationally into their negotiations for billions of do
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US cities propose framework for nationwide opioid settlement talks

Lawyers for counties and municipalities suing drug manufacturers and distributors over their alleged roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Friday pitched a novel plan that would bring all 24,500 communities nationally into their negotiations for billions of dollars in settlements.

Italy's industry ministry open to discuss with everyone, including Atlantia, on Alitalia: sources

Italy's industry ministry is open to discussions with any investor interested in the rescue of troubled carrier Alitalia, including infrastructure group Atlantia, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
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Italy's industry ministry open to discuss with everyone, including Atlantia, on Alitalia: sources

Italy's industry ministry is open to discussions with any investor interested in the rescue of troubled carrier Alitalia, including infrastructure group Atlantia, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

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