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Daily Archives: 2016-08-18

ICA detected 1,750 cartons of contraband cigarettes smuggled in a cargo of assorted vegetables

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers found 1,750 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden within the boxes of assorted vegetables. An ICA officer directed the 42-year-old male Malaysian driver who drove a Malaysia-registered truck conveying a 40 footer container for further inspection on 17 August at about 6.10 am. The driver showed a consignment declared to contain about 1,600 cartons …

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Defence Minister: NDP 2017 to be held at Floating Platform at Marina Bay

In a Facebook post on 18 August, the Minister of Defence, Ng Eng Hen wrote that the government has decided to hold the next NDP 2017 at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay. This year's National Day celebration while filled with theatrical performances and dazzling light shows, was unable to showcase the all-time favorite parachute performance by the Red Lions …

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SCDF firefighters extinguish fire at CK Building after 16-hour battle

The fire at the CK Building along Tampines Street was so massive that it  took SCDF firefighters,  more than 16 hours to put out the fire. The fire was reported to have started around noon on Wednesday, 17 August. At 5:25 AM this morning, approaching dawn, SCDF posted on their Facebook that firefighters are still hard at work, attacking pockets of fire …

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Indonesia sinks illegal ships on Independence Day

Yesterday on its Independence Day (17 August), Indonesia again sank 60 foreign ships seized for fishing illegally in the country's waters. Susi Pudjiastuti, the Maritime and Fisheries Minister said that there are eight locations across the Indonesian archipelago where the ships sunk. Pudjiastuti told a news conference in Ranai, a Natuna Islands port, that the ships were sunk off Ranai, …

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Why we cried when Schooling our Singaporean champ won gold at the Olympics

By Jentrified Citizen Tears flowed and there has been non-stop euphoric rejoicing by Singaporeans ever since Joseph Schooling won our country’s first Gold Olympic medal for the 100m butterfly event. The win was made even sweeter by the fact that this awesome champion is our homegrown talent and not an imported foreign sports talent brought here and given instant citizenship …

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Singapore’s Olympic Gold Medalist goes on a parade

Joseph Schooling, the first Singaporean gold medal winner is currently on his victory parade around Singapore. Schooling won Singapore's first gold medal after beating former Olympic winner, Micheal Phelps at the 100m butterfly event at Rio Olympics 2016 on Saturday (13 August). The finals were held at 9.10 am Singapore time. Schooling completed the race in just 50.39s which broke …

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NMPs should be replaced with NCMPs for fairer representation of national vote

By Chris Kuan The performance of the Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) in the Administration of Justice bill bring to mind that earlier this year, opposition leader Low Thia Khiang said Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs) are "duckweeds" - a flora metaphor that describes NCMP as not having roots, unlike elected MPs who have a constituency in which to keep in …

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That mixed feeling about Foreign Talent Scheme for Olympic medals

By CC In the light of Joseph Schooling's Olympic triumph and all these discussions about sporting culture and the Foreign Talent Scheme (FTS), I feel a need to pen some of my thoughts. Let me first congratulate Joseph Schooling on his enormous feat. To qualify for the finals in the Olympics is already a huge accomplishment; to win the gold …

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