Daily Archives: 2018-08-02

Man fined $12,800 for illegally importing and keeping tarantulas

A 34-year-old man was fined $12,800 by the Court for illegally importing and keeping tarantulas in his place of residence as tarantulas are not approved to be kept as pets in Singapore. In a joint press release on Wednesday (1 August), the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) stressed that some of the tarantulas are …

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Four last minute deals to save on your National Day Holiday

by ValuePenguin National Day is right around the corner. Whether you are planning on staying in Singapore to catch the festivities or getting away for a long weekend, here are some tips that can help you save on last minute bookings. It’s no secret that last minute travel, while convenient, can be more expensive than planning a trip months ahead of …

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The best restaurants in Asia: How much do their tasting menus cost?

by ValuePenguin For the biggest foodies in Singapore, we’ve rounded up the cost of the best possible meal at the finest restaurants around Asia and Asia Pacific. But, can you really afford these meals? It’s no secret that foodie culture has deeply penetrated every corner of the world. Some of the most popular TV shows are now about food, and an …

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Could solar energy make your electricity bill cheaper?

by ValuePenguin Individuals and businesses using solar energy are able to have a significant environmental impact. For instance, a 5-room HDB flat using electricity from solar power energy instead of fossil fuel-based electricity has the environmental impact equivalent to taking one car off the road for a year. Could this environmentally friendly practice also help individuals and businesses save money? Solar …

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More ex military men take on political and public offices

I note that former chief of defense force Neo Kian Hong has started as chief executive of rail operator SMRT. But has anyone stop to ask why has Neo been appointed at SMRT? Does his experience as former Chief of Defense translate into skills which can be utilised at the SMRT? In recent years, the SMRT has not fared well with …

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Ong Ye Kung admits that innovation is a double edged sword

At the launch of a new career centre in the Central Business District (CBD) in Singapore, Guest of Honour, Minister Ong Ye Kung has openly recognised that “innovation remains a doubled-edged sword”. This is an interesting development as it is the first time post the SingHealth hacking that a minister has talked openly about the risks of innovation unprompted. In …

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MP Joan Pereira: We have no such arrangements with MindChamps

A letter dated last Friday (27 Jul) from MindChamps Preschool @ Liang Court was condemned by netizens for its allegedly elitist and discriminatory content regarding the application for the grassroots leadership of the River Valley Neighbourhood Committee (RVNC). In the letter, it said that parents of children attending MindChamps Preschool “have been given priority access to sign up as grassroots …

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