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Hong Kong father jailed 6 months for abandoning disabled son in Singapore: Report
A 48-year-old man was sentenced to six months' jail by a Hong Kong court for abandoning his disabled son in Singapore three years ago. The court heard that this was the first case of its kind, according to a report in Ming Pao Daily on Wednesday. Singapore police subsequently sought help from the Hong Kong police, who arrested Chan on Jul 25.
2 dead in car crash outside Istana, 1 injured
Two people were killed after their car crashed into a pillar at the gates of the Istana on Saturday morning. The police said they were alerted at about 6.05am, adding that the accident happened at the rear gate of the Istana along Cavenagh Road. The driver, a 25-year-old man, and a female passenger, 21, were unconscious when they were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where died from their injuries. Another passenger, a 28-year-old man, was taken conscious to the same hospital.
Orchard Road's Shibuya-style crossing well-received on first day of trial
The trial of a multidirectional or scramble crossing similar to the one in Tokyo's bustling Shibuya district began in Orchard Road on Saturday, and it was generally well-received by pedestrians. For the first time, shoppers can cross the intersection of Orchard Road and Cairnhill Road diagonally. This leads them from the junction where H&M is located directly to the corner where the Heeren building stands.
This is how dirty your money is
That is to find out how dirty Singapore's banknotes are. As his colleague Swaine Chen put it, money should be considered to be just like another public surface. Polymer notes can also last three to four times longer than paper money, according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Its producers sent 300 samples of money to laboratories, to find out how clean they were. One thing is certain: More money is changing hands these days in Singapore, the world's third-richest country.
Commentary: Vehicle growth rate cut may lead to increase in housing prices in some areas
The cut in the vehicle growth rate may see a rise in COE prices but transport policymakers should not ignore the potential impact on housing, say three economics experts. SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority announced in October that Singapore will drop the allowable vehicle growth rate from 0.25 per cent to zero next year. This reduction of the vehicle growth rate could impact not only Singaporeans' transport mode calculus, but also their housing decisions in the longer term.
On The Job as a hawker assistant: Long hours, stifling heat but great job satisfaction
I was sitting at a coffee shop, having an impromptu job interview over a bowl of noodles and a can of green tea. Ignoring my words, he looked past me and waved at Ah Hua, who looked up from his cooking and nodded. It was barely three hours into the job, and I was already feeling redundant. The hours are flexible, and because we have so many customers, I can earn a decent salary, he said.
Singapore to see first Transformers Run on Jan 6
Singapore will see another themed running event next month - the first Transformers Run, to be held on Jan 6 next year at Sentosa's Palawan Beach. The run, based on the Transformers Generation One storyline, will see participants aligned with either Team Autobot or Team Decepticon. Transformers are a race of sentient robots that can change into vehicles, animal forms as well as other mechanical devices and shapes.
Raids in Geylang nab 80 for illegal gambling and other offences
The police arrested 80 people - including 72 men and eight women - in Geylang for various offences during a four-day joint operation that ended on Thursday. A total of 242 cartons and 158 packets of illicit cigarettes were seized in the operation, the police said. Five women, aged between 24 and 33, were arrested under the Women's Charter for vice-related offences while a 20-year-old man was arrested for overstaying under the Immigration Act.
StarHub to buy homegrown cryptography firm for up to S$122m
StarHub has agreed to buy homegrown firm D'Crypt - the company behind the technical and security systems in the In-Vehicle Units in Singapore cars - for up to S$122 million. After the acquisition, D'Crypt will operate as a standalone StarHub subsidiary and will continue to be led by the current management team. StarHub said the deal will help it enhance its cryptographic and digital security, info-communications technologies and other key areas in its quest to become a robust Smart Nation platform.
7 places to check out over the year-end school holidays
Families and groups alike can book visits to the Police Heritage Centre, located at the Police Headquarters near Novena MRT Station. The Police Heritage Centre is open every Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Aspiring little firefighters can also live their dream of sitting in a fire truck as part of the open house. There will be additional shows at 9.45pm and 10.15pm on weekends, the eve of public holidays, as well as public holidays.
Night-time temperatures could reach 23°C in next fortnight: Met Service
Slightly cooler night-time temperatures are expected in the next fortnight, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) on Friday. In a media advisory, it said the temperature at night could fall to 23degC or 24degC during this period. Meanwhile, maximum day-time temperatures are likely to range between 31degC and 33degC. Rainfall for the month of December is expected to be slightly below normal, the met service said.
Singapore Airlines fare type changes unlikely to push passengers away: Experts
Some social media commentators called the move more worthy of budget airlines, but aviation analysts argued that the carrier continues to retain its high-end allure. SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines' (SIA) move to charge some economy passengers for advance seat selection might have drawn some flak, but aviation experts said this will not deter customers from flying with the airline. This new pricing strategy can potentially help SIA gain some customers, particularly with the Lite fare in economy class, she said.
Sunday closures, shorter weekend service hours on another part of East-West Line in January
Train service on the East-West Line (EWL) will be affected on all weekends in January as maintenance and renewal works on the rail line continue, SMRT said on Friday. There will be early closures on Fridays and Saturdays at 11pm and late openings at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays. Information on the affected train service operational hours for February 2018 will be announced in January, it added. This comes after full-day closures and shorter weekend service hours were first implemented in December.
380,000 Singapore users affected by massive data breach in 2016: Uber
Ride-hailing service provider Uber on Friday said that 380,000 Singapore users were affected in the massive data breach that took place in 2016. We are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection. Uber is slowly shedding more light on the extent of the breach, country by country. To keep the breach secret, the hackers were paid US$100,000 to destroy the data.
New quick-reaction officers patrol crowded districts to deter terror threats
New quick-reaction teams have been deployed to areas with high human traffic as part of Singapore's defence against terrorist threats. The IRTs are part of the Protective Security Command (ProCom), which was established to provide quick reaction forces to neutralise armed threats. The officers in these teams are entrusted with greater responsibilities to take action where swift police intervention is required. We trust the training programme and we are glad that the police trusts us in doing such an important job.

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