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Two subsidiaries of Temasek Holdings have pumped in money into homegrown sports and fashion footwear retailer Star 360. Heliconia Capital Management and Pavilion Capital will jointly inject capital into the firm. Star 360 says the investments will help grow and accelerate its business further The company did not disclose the size of the investments. Star 360 also announced it has secured new distribution...

A one-stop hub to groom entrepreneurs and start-ups in Singapore is expected to open its doors in January 2015. Located at one-north, LaunchPad aims to connect people with business ideas with the support they need to build a successful company. More of such facilities may spring up in time should the initiative gain traction. Non-profit organisation Action Community...

Three swimmers – believed to be Joseph Schooling, Roanne Ho and Teo Zhen Ren – had reportedly left the Athletes’ Village at Namdong-gu last Friday (Sep 26) without seeking the permission of officials and that they had been drinking before returning to the village early on Saturday morning. The trio were escorted to their apartments by village security upon their return. The trio are amongst...

A Singapore Permanent Resident of Burmese descent has been charged for physically hurting and intimidating her maid. 34-year-old accountant, Shan Mei, had installed a video camera in her home to monitor her maid. When she felt that her maid was being lazy after reviewing the video footage, Shan Mei confronted her. She slapped her maid and pulled her hair. She also threatened to strip her maid and...

British expatriate George Palin has been jailed for 3 weeks for road rage. He was found guilty of smashing the side window of a car in November last year. The 33-year-old regional director of a recruitment was riding on a motorcycle along Tanjong Katong Road when a car overtook him. The car was driven by legal officer Chiang Pak Chien. Palin drove up beside the car and window on the driver’s...

Some stallholders at the Chinatown Complex food centre are furious at a group of Vietnamese women whom they say spend “days and nights” drinking with food centre patrons. They say that their earnings have dropped by as much as 50% since the sudden appearance of these women some weeks ago. The Vietnamese women apparently frequent the food centre every evening. They encourage male patrons to drink more beer. Some also offer on-the-spot massage services. They have attracted a large crowd of beer-drinkers, that there isn’t...

A couple’s squabble took a turn for the worse, after the man in the relationship was crushed to death. The incident took place at around 3am this morning along the Victoria Street, near Bugis. Eyewitnesses say a middle-aged man was arguing with his female companion, when he suddenly ran to the middle of the road and laid down on his back. At that moment, a taxi ran over him. The man died from his injuries. His female companion was inconsolable after witnessing the incident. The driver of the taxi said he didn’t expect to see...

Police had to be called in on Friday evening (26Sept) after a 60-year-old taxi driver was caught by his wife for bringing a Vietnamese girl home. The taxi driver’s wife, Mrs Wu, and her five relatives had waited outside the HDB apartment in Redhill, and called for him to come out. They wanted to confront him over why he had brought the woman home and why they were...

Protest leaders Han Hui Hui and Roy Ngerng must have wondered why they even tried. The pair tried with gusto to rouse the meagre 100-strong crowd at the Return Our CPF rally today at Hong Lim Park. Their gallant attempts, however, were drowned out by “Jailhouse Rock” from the YMCA Proms @ the Park community event taking place just across Hong Lim Park. More than 4 times the number of people turned up for that event – a closed-door event meant for volunteers and their mentally handicapped and elderly charges to participate in a day...

Singapore’s total population grew at its slowest rate in the past decade from June last year to June this year. The population was 5.47 million as of June, 1.3 per cent more than the previous year. The citizen population grew at the same pace as last year to 3.34 million. The citizen population continued to age, with 12.4 per cent aged 65 and above, compared to 11.7 per cent last year. The permanent...

Swimmer Joseph Schooling won his first silver at the Asian Games in the 50m Butterfly finals with a time of 23.70 seconds, narrowly missing out on pole position to China’s Shi Yang, who completed the race in 23.46 seconds. This is Schooling’s third medal in Incheon, and he has become the first person to medal in all three Butterfly events at the Asian Games. Schooling’s latest medal is the third silver for Singapore at Incheon. He bagged his first gold in the 100m Butterfly finals on Wednesday in a Games record time...

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan has developed a new term to describe elderly in Singapore who have to sell their homes to buy smaller houses due to financial constraints – “right-sizing”. The current commonly used term to describe the move by this cash-strapped group is “down-sizing”. It’s unclear as yet if government ministries will follow Mr Khaw and amend their terminology. Mr Khaw was commenting on the latest move by the HDB to allow people buying two or three-room flats in non-mature estates to pay half the...

The HDB has announced that those buying a two- or three-room flat in a non-mature estate can opt to pay half the required down payment for their new flat. They need pay the other half together with the balance purchase price of the new flat only when they collect the keys. The Staggered Downpayment Scheme kicks in from the latest Build-to-Order exercise launched yesterday, under which a total of 4,630...

This picture of a teenage patient doing her homework in hospital has gone viral online. It was first posted on Twitter by @hidayah13, and captioned “this is what Singapore education does to students”. The picture has sparked much debate on social media. It’s unclear if the girl was instructed to do her homework while hospitalised, or whether she chose to do it herself. ...