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Commentary: The hidden dividends of a longer life

Most worry about the burden of longer life, but an ageing population could boost worker productivity, says one organisation behaviour expert.

Playing mother to sloth bear cubs: Regular feeds, interrupted sleep and unexpected rewards

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SINGAPORE: It is 2am and it is time for two little ones to be fed. Ms Clara Yeo is awake even before her phone alarm rings. Her body clock has grown used to the timing - it’s been more than a month after all.

‘Doing the right thing has never been easy for me’: A serial convict’s journey

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From boys’ home to gang to five spells behind bars, all Imran ever wanted was to be accepted by family, and find freedom - but not just from prison.

Commentary: Instead of robots or commodities, why not treat foreign domestic workers like fellow human beings?

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Recent news of how employment agencies have presented foreign domestic workers as tradable commodities should spur us to think about whether this is the appropriate way to treat another human being, says one observer from Yale-NUS College.


Creative Capital: The American socialite championing Singapore talent and women's rights

Intrepid explorer, local arts supporter and now author Paige Parker would have you know she’s more than just the wife of billionaire Jim Rogers.

Saturday, Oct 20


ASEAN nations express concern over US-China tensions in South China Sea

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SINGAPORE: Countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have told the US and China they are concerned about mounting tensions in the South China Sea, pointing to a recent near-miss incident involving the two countries'…


Work begins to restore Rail Corridor’s native flora

SINGAPORE: For decades, magnolia singapurensis, a flower native to and named after Singapore, had not been seen in the country.

8 countries including US, China support multilateral air encounter code 'in-principle'

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SINGAPORE: Eight nations have expressed in-principle support for a set of guidelines on military aircraft encounters, a day after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declared its member countries would adopt the guidelines.


2 killed, 1 injured in early-morning accident near KKH

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SINGAPORE: Two passengers of a van died and the driver was injured in an early-morning accident on Saturday (Oct 20) near the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).


EUSFTA sends message that EU, Singapore are committed to free trade: PM Lee

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BRUSSELS: Amid brewing trade tensions, the newly signed trade pact between Singapore and the European Union sends the message that both parties remain committed to the values of free trade and cooperation, said Singapore’s Prime Minister…


Commentary: Government matchmaking programmes need a rethink to get singles to mingle

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More than 30 years since the Social Development Unit was formed, the Government’s matchmaking programmes might be in need of a review, says one observer.


Operating the world's longest flight: Singapore Airlines crew give a behind-the-scenes account

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SINGAPORE: In the middle of a hard day's work, most people will likely step outside for some fresh air and a spot of lunch. And after the day is done, even if there's some overtime involved, chances are you can head home and climb into…

‘Easiest aircraft I’ve ever flown’: Taking the F-35 for a spin - and a fight

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In the second of a three-part series on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Channel NewsAsia finds out what's it like to fly the fifth-generation fighter jet through an interview with Lockheed Martin's F-35 chief test pilot.

F-35: How the fifth-generation fighter jet might take RSAF to the next level

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In the first of a three-part series on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Channel NewsAsia’s Aqil Haziq Mahmud visited Lockheed Martin’s production facility for an in-depth look at the fighter jet and how it could be a battlefield…

‘Lots more work to do’: Grab's Singapore head admits need to up transport game, rebuild ties

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Mr Lim Kell Jay says the ride-hailing service provider “wants to look forward” after CCCS fined it and Uber over their messy merger, and is introducing new features from user feedback to repair damaged public sentiment.

Commentary: Living longer? Here’s what working for 60 years should look like

As Singaporeans lead longer lives and face an age of disruption, we need a new work paradigm, say two observers.

The riot squad: How the Police Tactical Unit keeps the peace

SINGAPORE: As I took off my gas mask, I could feel the tear gas stinging my face, slowly seeping into my eyes and throat. In 15 seconds, the burning in my eyes started to intensify and eventually, I could barely breathe. I hurriedly swung…

Friday, Oct 19


Thai worker, 49, dies after 14m fall at Tuas construction site

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SINGAPORE: A 49-year-old Thai national died at a construction site on Friday (Oct 19) after falling from a height of about 14m.


Singapore, EU ink landmark free trade agreement

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BRUSSELS: Singapore and the European Union (EU) on Friday (Oct 19) inked a landmark trade deal that will eliminate tariffs and give businesses across various sectors, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), better market…

More support for arts freelancers, growing audiences part of new plan to nurture the arts

SINGAPORE: A national resource centre catering to arts freelancers and growing the number of venues offering arts programmes for Singaporeans - these were some of the initiatives featured in a new blueprint charting a fresh direction for…

SGX's Q1 net profit up 1%, as derivatives business offsets decline in equities, fixed income

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Exchange (SGX) on Friday (Oct 19) reported a first quarter net profit of S$91.1 million, up 1 per cent from S$90.7 million a year ago, on the back of revenues of S$208.9 million.


PM Lee calls on Asia, Europe leaders to strengthen multilateral system

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BRUSSELS: With multilateralism coming under severe stress, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on leaders from Asia and Europe gathered at a biennial summit to work together in strengthening the long-standing system.


AHTC trial: Sylvia Lim admits to breaching town council financial rules by not calling for tender

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Former AHTC chairman Sylvia Lim breached the rules governing town councils and withheld important information from her fellow town councillors as she knew appointing FMSS as managing agent was "a dodgy deal", lawyer Davinder Singh charged.

First air taxi trials to take place in Singapore in 2019

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SINGAPORE: Trials for air taxis will take off in Singapore in the second half of 2019, with German company Volocopter to conduct flight tests.


Singtel customers to receive a day of free local mobile data following network disruption

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SINGAPORE: Singtel customers will receive free local mobile data for one day on Nov 10 following a network disruption that affected several areas across Singapore on Thursday night.


Man commended by police for directing traffic when lights failed at road junction

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SINGAPORE: A man received the Singapore Police Force's public spiritedness award on Friday (Oct 19) for taking the initiative to direct traffic when he saw that the traffic lights were faulty.


Blu Jaz Cafe was severely overcrowded, repeatedly flouted licensing conditions: Police

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SINGAPORE: Popular jazz bar Blu Jaz Cafe was told earlier this month that its public entertainment licence would be cancelled because of repeated breaches of licensing conditions, said the police on Friday (Oct 19).


Sylvia Lim avoided calling for tender for new managing agent despite having time do so: Davinder Singh

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SINGAPORE: Former chairman of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) Sylvia Lim “dishonestly” put in effect a plan to avoid a tender for a new managing agent, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh said on Friday (Oct 19).

World has to be prepared for 'fairly prolonged' trade war: Heng Swee Keat

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BEIJING: As the trade war between the United States and China shows no signs of easing, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat warned that there is a risk of the conflict growing into “something more difficult”.


Nudity, public sex, stalkers: What children are in for on live-streaming apps

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As live videos grow in popularity, parents can be more vigilant about protecting youngsters from the manipulation and sexually suggestive content found on this real-time platform. Talking Point investigates.