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Franco Smith appointed interim Italy rugby head coach

South African Franco Smith has been appointed interim head coach of Italy's rugby team for next year's Six Nations following Conor O'Shea's resignation, the Italian rugby federation (FIR) announced on Thursday.
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Franco Smith appointed interim Italy rugby head coach

South African Franco Smith has been appointed interim head coach of Italy's rugby team for next year's Six Nations following Conor O'Shea's resignation, the Italian rugby federation (FIR) announced on Thursday.

Singapore flight attendants tell us the best and worst countries to visit

A working Singaporean takes an average of about 14 days of paid leave a year, a number that's been ranked the fifth lowest in the world. With the limited number of leave days we get, we figured it'll be silly to waste them on overseas holidays that are und
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Singapore flight attendants tell us the best and worst countries to visit

A working Singaporean takes an average of about 14 days of paid leave a year, a number that's been ranked the fifth lowest in the world. With the limited number of leave days we get, we figured it'll be silly to waste them on overseas holidays that are underwhelming. And who else better to ask for suggestions on the best countries to visit than those who fly for a living, specifically, aircrew — who spend about 65 to 90 hours a month travelling to almost every corner of the world. During their layovers, flight attendants and pilots get to explore the cities, check out the local scene and be exposed to different cultures, making them the best people to ask when it comes to travelling.  To help you plan for your next holiday, we ask five current and former air stewardesses from our local airlines to list down recommend the best countries to visit, and which they'd rather avoid. *Some names have been changed BEST COUNTRIES TO VISIT

43-year-old man arrested after protesting outside Raffles Place MRT Station

A 43-year-old man was arrested for offences under the public order act outside Raffles Place MRT Station on Wednesday (Nov 20). Stomp contributor Jeri alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video and photos of the man protesting. In a video, he is seen
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43-year-old man arrested after protesting outside Raffles Place MRT Station

A 43-year-old man was arrested for offences under the public order act outside Raffles Place MRT Station on Wednesday (Nov 20). Stomp contributor Jeri alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video and photos of the man protesting. In a video, he is seen holding up signs and shouting. It is unclear what is written on the signs. «Several people crowded around him and were taking photos as well,» said the Stomp contributor. «The police arrested and handcuffed him like a scene out of a movie.» In response to a Stomp query, the police said they were alerted to the incident at about 5pm. «A 43-year-old man was arrested for offences under the public order act,» a police spokesman said. Police investigations are ongoing.

HK organiser of illegal gathering about HK protests repatriated; S'porean warned for facilitating it

SINGAPORE - The Hong Kong restaurant owner who organised an illegal public gathering last month here to discuss the ongoing Hong Kong protests has been given a stern warning by the police, and was repatriated. Mr Alex Yeung will not be allowed to enter Singa
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HK organiser of illegal gathering about HK protests repatriated; S'porean warned for facilitating it

SINGAPORE - The Hong Kong restaurant owner who organised an illegal public gathering last month here to discuss the ongoing Hong Kong protests has been given a stern warning by the police, and was repatriated. Mr Alex Yeung will not be allowed to enter Singapore again without prior permission from the Controller of Immigration, said the police in response to queries from The Straits Times. Aside from him, a Singaporean real estate businessman has also been warned for facilitating the gathering. Mr Philip Chan, 55, a former Hong Kong resident, owns Kimoto Gastro Bar located at The Sail @ Marina Bay, where the gathering was held on Oct 11 evening. He is the president of the Kowloon club here which helps new immigrants integrate into Singapore society. The gathering - which ST understands lasted about 30 minutes - was attended by mostly Hong Kongers living here who were asked to share their views on the protests. In a video of the event, Mr Yeung was seen speaking to at least 10 people. He also led them in a chant in Cantonese: «Support Hong Kong police, protect Hong Kong, justice will win.»

Woman who spent over $3m saving Singapore's stray animals dies of cancer

She dedicated her life to saving Singapore's strays, spending more than $3 million over two decades of animal rescue. Lee Siew Ying, founder of Mettacats & Dogs Sanctuary, died on Sunday (Nov 17) from stomach cancer. During her final moments, Lee, 66, kep
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Woman who spent over $3m saving Singapore's stray animals dies of cancer

She dedicated her life to saving Singapore's strays, spending more than $3 million over two decades of animal rescue. Lee Siew Ying, founder of Mettacats & Dogs Sanctuary, died on Sunday (Nov 17) from stomach cancer. During her final moments, Lee, 66, kept the animals she cared for close to her heart. Her son Terry shared with Lianhe Zaobao that she had entrusted the shelter to him.  The 37-year-old said that his mum was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer in April this year after she fainted while feeding cats. «Mum couldn't bear to part with the animals,» he added. «When she was undergoing chemotherapy, she continued to feed them at the shelter. She was also sewing catnip toys to raise funds for the shelter.» Since 1999, the sanctuary has taken in thousands of injured, abandoned and abused cats and dogs in Singapore, providing them much-needed tender loving care.

Grab now lets some users book rides while travelling in Japan and the Middle East

Grab has partnered with rideshare services in Japan and Middle Eastern countries, allowing users to book rides using the company's app. The service - currently available for Singaporean and Filipino users - lists the other brands' services as a type of ride
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Grab now lets some users book rides while travelling in Japan and the Middle East

Grab has partnered with rideshare services in Japan and Middle Eastern countries, allowing users to book rides using the company's app. The service - currently available for Singaporean and Filipino users - lists the other brands' services as a type of ride in the app, allowing users to pay with the GrabPay eWallet and earn reward points. Ride bookings are fulfilled by JapanTaxi in Japan and Careem in the Middle East, and cover five Japanese cities and 94 cities across 13 Middle Eastern countries, including United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bahrain, Lebanon and Kuwait. This means users won't need to download the corresponding ride-hailing app, JapanTaxi or Careem, in those countries. In a press release, the company states that the Grab app will be set to the user's preferred language and automatically translate messages sent via in-app between drivers and passengers. It recommends users to set up and verify their eWallet and to top up with sufficient credit before a trip.

Parents on trial for son’s murder: Mother says she was victim of abuse

The woman who allegedly scalded her five-year-old son to death had allegedly been abused as a child and also by her husband, the court heard yesterday. Azlin Arujunah, and her husband, Ridzuan Mega Abdul Rahman, both 27, are on trial for allegedly scalding t
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Parents on trial for son’s murder: Mother says she was victim of abuse

The woman who allegedly scalded her five-year-old son to death had allegedly been abused as a child and also by her husband, the court heard yesterday. Azlin Arujunah, and her husband, Ridzuan Mega Abdul Rahman, both 27, are on trial for allegedly scalding their son to death. He died in October 2016 after collapsing from having hot water poured on him by Ridzuan. Yesterday, investigating officer Mahathir Mohamad, an Assistant Superintendent at the special investigation section of the Criminal Investigation Department, read out the statements he had taken from Azlin. In a statement taken on Nov 8, 2016, Azlin had said: «Like I said, there was no one to guide me. My whole life is filled with violence. »I myself was a victim of hot water splashing by my parents. My husband also assaulted me so I kept it all inside me. «When (the victim) was stubborn, I let it all out on (him).» LOST HER OTHER KIDS Azlin also said she regretted what she had done to the victim and asked to be given a chance to make amends, as she had «lost (her) other children» due to the incident.

Top secondary schools in Singapore 2019 based on PSLE COP 2018

For parents with school-going children, it is no doubt that the PSLE is one of the most important exams your child will ever take. Your child's scores will not only determine which school he or she can opt for but also the variety of programmes and specialisa
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Top secondary schools in Singapore 2019 based on PSLE COP 2018

For parents with school-going children, it is no doubt that the PSLE is one of the most important exams your child will ever take. Your child's scores will not only determine which school he or she can opt for but also the variety of programmes and specialisation your child will be exposed to. Secondary education in Singapore is based on four different tracks or streams: «Integrated Programme», «Express», «Normal (Academic)», or «Normal (Technical)». The Integrated Programme (IP) provides an integrated secondary and JC (Junior College) education, where secondary school pupils can proceed to JC without taking the GCE «O» Level Examinations. The IP leads to the «A» Level examinations or other Diplomas. Express course is a four-year programme leading to the GCE «O» Level examination. Normal course is a four-year programme leading to the GCE «N» Level examination. Students in the Normal course follow either the Normal (Academic), N(A), or Normal (Technical), N(T), curriculum.

New feature in Motorist.sg app lets you chat with (or scold) drivers using their licence plate number

For drivers in the know, Motorist.sg is a handy app to have if you’re a vehicle owner in Singapore.  The all-in-one app offers a multitude of services including but not limited to paying traffic fines, renewing road taxes and COEs, get on-demand auto serv
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New feature in Motorist.sg app lets you chat with (or scold) drivers using their licence plate number

For drivers in the know, Motorist.sg is a handy app to have if you’re a vehicle owner in Singapore.  The all-in-one app offers a multitude of services including but not limited to paying traffic fines, renewing road taxes and COEs, get on-demand auto services, obtain car valuations, or even sell cars online. In their own marketing affirmation, Motorist.sg is “Singapore's leading AutoConcierge platform that simplifies vehicle ownership”.  On Monday (Nov 18), the developers added yet another convenient feature, and it’s called Drivers Connect. What it does is allow drivers to message each other using only licence car plate numbers — Singapore’s first car plate to car plate chat function.  To put it easily, Drivers Connect lets you send text messages to the owner of a particular vehicle by keying in a car plate number. That is, if the other party has a Motorist.sg app. 

Google to let sites block personalized ads under California privacy law

Websites and apps using Google's advertising tools will be able to block personalized ads to internet users in California and elsewhere as part of the Alphabet Inc unit's effort to help them comply with the state's new privacy law, it told clients this week.
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Google to let sites block personalized ads under California privacy law

Websites and apps using Google's advertising tools will be able to block personalized ads to internet users in California and elsewhere as part of the Alphabet Inc unit's effort to help them comply with the state's new privacy law, it told clients this week.

Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border

Ten Mexican citizens have sued Walmart over the shooting at a store in the U.S. border town of El Paso, Texas, that killed eight Mexicans and left eight more injured, saying that Walmart did not do enough to protect its customers, Mexico said on Wednesday.
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Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border

Ten Mexican citizens have sued Walmart over the shooting at a store in the U.S. border town of El Paso, Texas, that killed eight Mexicans and left eight more injured, saying that Walmart did not do enough to protect its customers, Mexico said on Wednesday.

Alibaba to pay banks up to US$32.3 million in fees for Hong Kong listing

Alibaba will pay its investment banking syndicate up to US$32.3 million for leading its Hong Kong listing which will raise up to US$12.9 billion, according to documents filed with U.S. securities regulators.
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Alibaba to pay banks up to US$32.3 million in fees for Hong Kong listing

Alibaba will pay its investment banking syndicate up to US$32.3 million for leading its Hong Kong listing which will raise up to US$12.9 billion, according to documents filed with U.S. securities regulators.

Google changes election ads policy to limit targeting

Alphabet's Google will stop giving advertisers the ability to target election ads using data such as public voter records and general political affiliations, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.
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Google changes election ads policy to limit targeting

Alphabet's Google will stop giving advertisers the ability to target election ads using data such as public voter records and general political affiliations, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Rallying: Ogier quits Citroen prompting French team to pull out of WRC

Six-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier has quit Citroen after just one year of his contract, prompting the French constructor to announce Wednesday that it is withdrawing from the World Rally Championship (WRC).
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Rallying: Ogier quits Citroen prompting French team to pull out of WRC

Six-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier has quit Citroen after just one year of his contract, prompting the French constructor to announce Wednesday that it is withdrawing from the World Rally Championship (WRC).

Norwegian Air appoints new CEO to lead restructuring

Loss-making Norwegian Air has appointed a new chief executive to take charge of the budget carrier's ongoing restructuring, the board said on Wednesday.
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Norwegian Air appoints new CEO to lead restructuring

Loss-making Norwegian Air has appointed a new chief executive to take charge of the budget carrier's ongoing restructuring, the board said on Wednesday.

Sri Lankan government to dissolve after vote debacle

Sri Lanka's prime minister will announce his resignation to the nation later Wednesday, bringing his government to an end following his party's presidential election debacle, officials told AFP.
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Sri Lankan government to dissolve after vote debacle

Sri Lanka's prime minister will announce his resignation to the nation later Wednesday, bringing his government to an end following his party's presidential election debacle, officials told AFP.

Prosus urges Just Eat shareholders to accept its offer, reject Takeaway bid

Dutch technology company Prosus NV on Wednesday urged shareholders of Britain's Just Eat PLC to accept its unsolicited 4.9 billion pound (US$6.3 billion) cash bid for the company by Dec. 10, and spurn an alternative offer as too risky.
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Prosus urges Just Eat shareholders to accept its offer, reject Takeaway bid

Dutch technology company Prosus NV on Wednesday urged shareholders of Britain's Just Eat PLC to accept its unsolicited 4.9 billion pound (US$6.3 billion) cash bid for the company by Dec. 10, and spurn an alternative offer as too risky.

PIE viaduct collapse: Engineer admits to not checking calculations made by inexperienced team

SINGAPORE - The engineer who prepared the plans of the building works for the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) viaduct that collapsed in July 2017 knew his team of engineers were inexperienced in designing bridges, but failed to give the team guidance or instructi
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PIE viaduct collapse: Engineer admits to not checking calculations made by inexperienced team

SINGAPORE - The engineer who prepared the plans of the building works for the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) viaduct that collapsed in July 2017 knew his team of engineers were inexperienced in designing bridges, but failed to give the team guidance or instructions. Indonesian Robert Arianto Tjandra, 46, the qualified person from subcontractor CPG Consultants, also failed to check the design assumptions made for the corbels, which are support structures, between affected vertical columns that collapsed. The viaduct rests on these vertical columns which are called piers. Even after he was aware of the errors in the calculations made by the engineering team, he failed to take necessary remedial steps. It was this reckless act that resulted in the collapse of the PIE viaduct, which killed Chinese worker Chen Yinchuan, 31, and injured 10 others, the court heard. The 11 workers, who were working on the affected deck slab, fell to the ground from a height of at least 9m.

Tree falls on car at Scotts Road in front of Grand Hyatt hotel

SINGAPORE - A tree fell on a car at Scotts Road, in front of the Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel, at around 3pm on Wednesday (Nov 20). The Straits Times understands that no injuries were reported and the driver in the car got out safely. Four lanes of the road
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Tree falls on car at Scotts Road in front of Grand Hyatt hotel

SINGAPORE - A tree fell on a car at Scotts Road, in front of the Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel, at around 3pm on Wednesday (Nov 20). The Straits Times understands that no injuries were reported and the driver in the car got out safely. Four lanes of the road were initially obstructed by the fallen tree. By 4pm, two lanes were opened to traffic and the area where the tree had fallen was cordoned off. The car was also no longer under the tree. Singapore Civil Defence Force and police officers were also seen at the site of the incident. ST has contacted the police and the National Parks Board for more information. This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

Teen in video riding PMD on top of walkway shelter arrested for rash act

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested a 19-year-old teenager for his suspected involvement in riding a personal mobility device (PMD) on top of a walkway shelter, they said on Wednesday (Nov 20). The case was classified as a rash act. The police said in a st
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Teen in video riding PMD on top of walkway shelter arrested for rash act

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested a 19-year-old teenager for his suspected involvement in riding a personal mobility device (PMD) on top of a walkway shelter, they said on Wednesday (Nov 20). The case was classified as a rash act. The police said in a statement that they received a report on the matter on Tuesday and preliminary investigations revealed that the incident took place along Lompang Road the night before. Using images from police cameras and from speaking with people on the ground, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division were able to identify the teen and arrested him on Tuesday. The police are investigating the case. They warned that anyone convicted for rash act which endangers life or the personal safety of others under the Penal Code, can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $2,500, or both. A video of the PMD rider made its rounds online earlier this week. The video is shot at night and shows the teen, dressed in a white T-shirt, riding a PMD on the top of the walkway shelter. The video is captioned «No riding on pavement No riding on grass Ride on shelter».

US to provide Vietnam with coast guard ship, eyes South China Sea

The United States announced on Wednesday it will provide Vietnam with another coast guard cutter for its growing fleet of ships, boosting Hanoi's ability to patrol the South China Sea amid tensions with China.
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US to provide Vietnam with coast guard ship, eyes South China Sea

The United States announced on Wednesday it will provide Vietnam with another coast guard cutter for its growing fleet of ships, boosting Hanoi's ability to patrol the South China Sea amid tensions with China.

Internet rejoices over snaps of toddler sharing chocolates with garbage truck driver in Choa Chu Kang

Singapore has the denomination of being a clean and green city, and you can bet that it’s neither due to its considerate citizens nor a collectivist culture.  The reputation for spotless streets should instead be attributed to the army of cleaners who hol
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Internet rejoices over snaps of toddler sharing chocolates with garbage truck driver in Choa Chu Kang

Singapore has the denomination of being a clean and green city, and you can bet that it’s neither due to its considerate citizens nor a collectivist culture.  The reputation for spotless streets should instead be attributed to the army of cleaners who hold the thankless job of picking up after people and clearing the country’s trash. About time that the authorities launched an initiative called CleanSG Day too, when residents will have to take responsibility for cleaning up their own neighbourhoods when cleaners islandwide get a proper day off.  But one does not need a special day to be gracious to our cleaners. One could, for example, emulate a man named Faiz Roslan, who went viral on Facebook for imparting lessons about civility to his young child.  The man shared a post depicting how he and his wife taught their child to respect the people responsible for keeping their Choa Chu Kang estate clean. According to Faiz, his toddler helped to give garbage truck operators some chocolates as a gesture of gratitude.

Uncertainty over networks behind delay on French 5G spectrum - FFT

Uncertainty over which telecom networks could be used is one of the reasons as to why France is likely to delay its 5G spectrum auction, the head of the French telecoms federation said on Wednesday.
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Uncertainty over networks behind delay on French 5G spectrum - FFT

Uncertainty over which telecom networks could be used is one of the reasons as to why France is likely to delay its 5G spectrum auction, the head of the French telecoms federation said on Wednesday.

This 61-year-old granny's whipping recruits into shape in NS

She braves the forested terrain with a 20kg field pack on her shoulders, dives into dirt and weathers the elements alongside recruits a third her age. You read that right. 1st Warrant Officer (1WO) Margaret Leon is a 61-year-old grandmother and she easily
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This 61-year-old granny's whipping recruits into shape in NS

She braves the forested terrain with a 20kg field pack on her shoulders, dives into dirt and weathers the elements alongside recruits a third her age. You read that right. 1st Warrant Officer (1WO) Margaret Leon is a 61-year-old grandmother and she easily puts all of us couch potatoes to shame. She's even got the gold awards from her past Individual Physical Proficiency Test to prove it. To say this granny isn't your average nanny truly is a vast understatement. She joined the army as a clerk back in 1976 and found her calling some 10 years later as a combat trainer, then a combatant, reported Pioneer. During her time, she served as an Officer Cadet School instructor, Signal specialist and a Company Sergeant in the 8th Singapore Armoured Brigade before she spent most of her career as an instructor in Signal Institute (SI). On top of that, she also spent three months in East Timor on a humanitarian mission as part of the 1st Signal Battalion.

Pancake restaurant apologises for serving smoothie with blended glass pieces in it

SINGAPORE - Make-your-own-pancakes chain Slappy Cakes has apologised after serving customers a smoothie that had glass pieces in it on Sunday (Nov 17). In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman explained in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 19) th
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Pancake restaurant apologises for serving smoothie with blended glass pieces in it

SINGAPORE - Make-your-own-pancakes chain Slappy Cakes has apologised after serving customers a smoothie that had glass pieces in it on Sunday (Nov 17). In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman explained in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 19) that a member of its staff had accidentally broken a glass while making the smoothie. Although she cleared the broken glass pieces on the floor, she did not realise that a piece had fallen in the blender used to prepare the smoothie. The spokesman added that the staff member has been moved out of the drinks station and that the restaurant will monitor her performance and decide on the next appropriate course of action. The chain, which is under TungLok Group and has two other outlets at The Grandstand and Resorts World Sentosa, also said that it had thoroughly cleaned the restaurant and conducted a training session with operations staff where it stressed its standard operating procedures. The Singapore Food Agency said on Monday (Nov 18) that it is investigating the matter. The incident occurred on Sunday (Nov 17), when the Wu family visited the outlet at about 4.30pm.

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