Venezuelan shopkeepers alarmed by Maduro's latest economic movesIn a set of sweeping announcements that shocked many Venezuelans, the socialist Maduro on Friday ordered a 96 percent currency devaluation, pegged the bolivar currency to the government’s petro cryptocurrency and boosted taxes as part of a plan aimed at pulling the OPEC member out of its economic tailspin. Economists warned that some companies would go under, unable to shoulder the massive increase in monthly minimum wage from 3 million bolivars to 180 million bolivars, or roughly $0.5 to $30. Jhonny Herrera, 41, owner of a hardware store on the windswept Paraguana Peninsula in northern Venezuela, said he would have to fire two employees because he cannot afford to pay them, leaving him with just one worker.
Wilson shines as Bournemouth beat West Ham 2-1Striker Callum Wilson scored a stunning goal which helped Bournemouth come from behind in a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Saturday and stretched their fine Premier League start to two wins in as many games.
Football: Wilson shines as Bournemouth beat West Ham 2-1LONDON (REUTERS) - Striker Callum Wilson scored a stunning goal which helped Bournemouth come from behind in a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Saturday (Aug 18) and stretched their fine Premier League start to two wins in as many games
Nigeria's President Buhari to return from leave, allaying health fearsNigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will return from leave on Saturday, a presidential aide said, easing concerns over the leader's health in the run-up to elections in early 2019. "President @MBuhari will return today after his 10 working days vacation," Bashir Ahmad wrote on Twitter. Although the main opposition party is yet to pick a candidate, the president's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been beset by a series of high-profile defections.
Autostrade boss says 500 mn euros available to help GenoaThe head of the Italian infrastructure giant under fire over the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa said Saturday that 500 million euros will be made be available to help the city and to rebuild the viaduct. "Doing the sums we arrive quickly at half a billion euros... these are funds that will be available from Monday," Autostrade per l'Italia chief executive Giovanni Castellucci said at a press conference. Castellucci said that Autostrade, which runs almost half OF Italy's motorway network, would be able to build a new steel bridge in "eight months".
Israel rejects UN report on protecting PalestiniansIsrael has rejected a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining options for strengthening the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement late Friday that "the only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership." The 14-page report laid out four options, from increasing aid to the Palestinians, sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate.
Venezuela on edge as Maduro unveils raft of economic reformsUncertainty reigned in Venezuela on Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a major economic reform plan aimed at halting the spiraling hyperinflation that has thrown the oil-rich, cash-poor South American country into chaos. Ahead of a major currency overhaul on Monday, when Caracas will start issuing new banknotes on Monday after slashing five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, Maduro detailed other measures he hopes will pull Venezuela out of crisis. "It's a chaotic scenario." The embattled Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, said the country needed to show "fiscal discipline" and stop the excessive money printing that has been regular in recent years.
Armed robbers flee with luxury watches after Paris heistTwo armed men fled with several luxury watches after bursting into a branch of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Paris's chic eighth arrondissement on Saturday, police said, the latest in a string of robberies in the French capital. The pair, who were armed with handguns, made their escape by car. The French capital has seen a number of high-profile jewel robberies in the past few years.
Rouhani to appear before Iranian parliament soon, says lawmakerLONDON: An Iranian lawmaker said on Saturday that President Hassan Rouhani would appear before parliament on Aug. 28 to answer questions on his government's handling of Iran's economic struggles, but an aide to Rouhani denied a date had been set.
Lawmaker Assadollah Abbasi was quoted as saying by ...
Photos from The Straits Times's postThe quadrennial Asiad is the largest multi-sports event outside the Olympics and it is the first time the Games are co-hosted by two cities - Jakarta and Palembang - with a record 11,000 athletes from 45 countries competing in 40 sports. http://str.sg/oP9n
Track fault causes late-night delay on East-West LineSINGAPORE: A track fault on the East-West Line has caused delays of at least an hour between Tampines MRT station and Pasir Ris MRT station on Saturday (Aug 18) night.
SMRT first notified commuters of the track fault at around 10pm.
In a tweet, commuters were warned that travel time between the ...
Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by USANKARA (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Saturday (Aug 18) that his country would not be cowed by the United States, his latest broadside in the bitter feud between Ankara and Washington
Rouhani to appear before Iranian parliament on August 28 - agencyLONDON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will appear before parliament on Aug. 28 to answer questions on his government's handling of Iran's economic struggles.
Iranian lawmaker Assadollah Abbasi was quoted as saying by the parliament's news agency ICANA that "It has been agreed that the ...
Annan lashed out at state of global leadership before deathFormer UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on Saturday, lashed out at the state of global leadership in an exclusive interview with AFP last year, urging more cooperation to deal with terrorism, migration and climate change. "Honestly speaking, we are in a mess," the Nobel peace laureate said on December 12 ahead of a major climate conference in Paris. "In the past when we went through this sort of crisis, you had leaders who had the courage and the vision to want to take action, to understand that they needed to work with others." Speaking two years to the day after the Paris climate deal was agreed -- and following President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States would leave the pact -- Annan remembered "the enthusiasm, the excitement and the energy that was brought to bear" in 2015.
First a wedding, then hard work: Putin to visit Germany's MerkelRussian President Vladimir Putin will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday for talks about the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire. Putin arrives in Germany after a stop at an Austrian vineyard to attend Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl's wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger. Merkel warned on Friday against expecting too much from her discussions with Putin at the government's Meseberg palace, but said the two countries needed to remain in "permanent dialogue" on the long list of problems they face.
Rouhani to appear before Iranian parliament on August 28: agencyIranian President Hassan Rouhani will appear before parliament on Aug. 28 to answer questions on his government's handling of Iran's economic struggles. It is the first time parliament has summoned Rouhani, who is under pressure from hardline rivals to change his cabinet following a deterioration in relations with the United States and Iran's growing economic difficulties.
For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrificeMuslims often slaughter sheep at the annual Eid al-Adha "feast of the sacrifice" which falls next week, but some Egyptians are thinking bigger. Wealthier customers are flocking to the Birqash market, northwest of Cairo, where traders from across east Africa bring animals for auction - not sheep, but camels. "This camel market is the biggest in the world ... it is the only one that still operates by word of honour, without paper," said camel trader Faraj al-Gammal, 50.
Iran says its economy not at 'dead end' from U.S. sanctionsIran said on Saturday it would resist the pressures of U.S. sanctions by relying on its natural and human resources, as Washington pushes allies to cut economic ties with Tehran. "It is a critical moment for our economy, but we are not in a dead end," Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA. In minerals and metals we are among the top 10 countries,” Jahangiri said.
Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister's weddingRussian President Vladimir Putin danced arm in arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers booked to serenade the newlyweds - on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream "dirndl" dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in southern Styria province, the venue of her wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger.
Photos from The Straits Times's postSaudi Arabia is rolling out free nap pods in a bid to modernise the centuries-old practice of haj.
Each fibreglass pod - less than three metres long and just over one metre high - features a mattress, clean sheets, air conditioning and a large, well-lit mirror. http://str.sg/oP9x
Mahathir begins China visit in tech hub HangzhouBEIJING - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, with economic development on his mind, made a stop at Chinese tech hub Hangzhou on the east coast ahead of a trip to Beijing billed as an attempt to reset Malaysia's ties with China
Woman gives birth after helicopter rescue from India floodsKOCHI (AFP) - A heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday (Aug 18).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
China's top diplomat says supports Turkey's efforts to safeguard stabilityChina supports the Turkish government's efforts to safeguard security and economic stability and believes that it will overcome its "temporary difficulties", China's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, told Turkey's foreign minister on Saturday. China's foreign ministry said in a statement that Wang had made the comments in a phone call with the Turkish minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Indonesia president Widodo opens 18th Asian GamesIndonesia president Joko Widodo declared the 18th Asian Games open in a glittering ceremony on Saturday, launching what promises to be a frenetic fortnight of breathless sporting action featuring the best of the continent's athletes.
Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of HajHisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam's holiest sites for the first time, standing among hundreds of thousands of white-clad Muslims gathered in Mecca ahead of the haj pilgrimage.
Schooling plans to swim 'until 2024', targets ‘best times’ at Asian GamesJAKARTA: Singapore’s Olympics star Joseph Schooling on Saturday (Aug 18) said he wants to keep swimming for the next six years, but that he does not think he wants to continue after 2024.
In an interview in Indonesia at the sidelines of the 18th Asian Games, the Rio Olympics gold medallist said ...
'Allahu akbar' prayers for Muslim victims of Genoa tragedyChants of "Allahu akbar" rang out Saturday at a solemn Catholic state funeral in the Italian city of Genoa for the victims of a bridge collapse, who included two Albanian Muslims. An imam was invited to the ceremony, a particularly poignant move in a staunchly Catholic country, where the far-right is now in power and which has seen a rise in the number of attacks against foreigners and Muslims. The ceremony was also attended by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini whose far-right League party is in a ruling coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.
Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by USTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Saturday that his country would not be cowed by the United States, his latest broadside in the bitter feud between Ankara and Washington. The two NATO members are at odds over Turkey's detention of an American pastor, which has triggered a trade row and sent the local currency the lira into a tailspin. "We will not surrender to those who present themselves as a strategic partner while at the same time trying to make us a strategic target," Erdogan said at a congress of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of hajHisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam's holiest sites for the first time, standing among hundreds of thousands of white-clad Muslims gathered in Mecca ahead of the haj pilgrimage. The accountant traveled to Saudi Arabia from Turkey where he has lived for five years since fleeing Aleppo in Syria. Nayef Ahmed, 37, told Reuters that in order to afford the haj he had to sell a plot of land in Yemen, which is embroiled in a three-year proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
US missionary thrust to the centre of Turkey-US crisisWhen Andrew Brunson saw a police summons on his door in late summer 2016, the U.S. evangelical pastor thought it was a routine appointment to sort out his residency papers in Turkey, his home for nearly a quarter of a century.
2:29 AM Cause they didn't register theilmselves as a country.
2:27 AM So we are only useful to SG in places where foreigners cannot work.
2:25 AM Dont leh. Sometimes i call the UOB call centre sia
2:24 AM Nicolas Heng Alexei Veno Leonard Yao Kayden Ling Xiao Teng
2:24 AM Julie Thomas, this type had bad characteristic like unreliability, craftiness, pretencious, cunningness, evasiveness and absurdity. And this type always wear a reputation of being nice, concern , well- manners. .In olden days, they are called hypocrites, Lately they are kniwn as freak, fake and whatsoever. They also be high on drugs.
2:10 AM Eric we are talking about shopping not working. Well you can stay in Spore to shop.
2:09 AM I can't decide if you are being sarcastic or naive. Problem is that there are so many of either.
I will go with sarcastic until you prove otherwise. :-)
2:07 AM Mike Smith thank u for saying the truth about Koffi Annan. He had all the authority and the means to stop the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in my country but he didn't do it as head of the UN security council by then. I don't think he deserved the Nobel peace prize, they recognized him one side and ignored the other. Hypocrisy and racism.
2:06 AM Yr country expand then u fking come over here?pls dun come n flood sg
2:04 AM LOL. But they wun prepare your spicy nugget unless in season
2:04 AM You asked: "which minister have reduced the cost of living...?"
First, which country/economy has seen the cost of living reduced?
Japan had about 20 years of practically no increase in the cost of living. Concurrently, their economic growth has not grown in those 20 years. The years from 1991 to 2000, and later to 2010 were first called the Lost Decade (Google that), and later with the extension, the Lost Score.
The simple reality, is that rising cost of living is a consequence of economic growth. Think of countries with lower cost of living than Singapore. Are they MORE developed, AS developed, or LESS developed than Singapore?
So do you realise, when you ask, "which ministers have reduced the cost of living?" you are in fact asking, "which minister have reversed our economic growth and development?"
To which, happily, the answer is "none".
2:03 AM Japan's trains ran a problem too, a month back.
2:02 AM U made a lot of people rich in singapore .. They will surely pray for you
2:02 AM Where all the supporters now... when breakdown all keep quiet... heaven also dont help your masters now...
2:01 AM If there is perfecton in any country, go there.
2:00 AM Youre the boss, prata man! But if you cancel our $20bn projects in your country......
1:57 AM Being a politician in Singapore is very difficult. Pay $1 for parking a day get scolded.
Got money buy Bentley , never steal never rob also get scolded.
Politician must wear like begger, drive proton saga, eat maggi mee and wear Bata slipper mean they are good politician.
Some singaporean really lame after so much education still so narrow minded like that how to be successful?
1:56 AM Nowadays too commercial.Games after games.
1:55 AM r u sure enginer r working on it....or may b technician work on it..... n no wonder....
1:51 AM Well done ST, Malaysians don't care about your news, they voted for Tun M to get rid of Najib.
1:50 AM If u buy those lelong shop LED, worse than fluroscent.
1:50 AM Chinese are rich now and all looking for European cars. Potong Salah last resort.
1:48 AM Strongly oppose such activity . But one point gates are not at all opened . pr is auto rejected by system exactly after 3 months or 5 months of application
1:47 AM Still a Geely car lah. China kesian Malaysia. Another similar potong salah problem in the brewing.
1:47 AM Dyson Lim the allocation rate into our MediSave account is as follows:
Age 35 and below ~ 8%
Above 35 to 45 ~ 9%
Above 45 to 50 ~ 10%
Above 50 ~ 10.5%
Assuming you start work at 25 years old earning $1,500, you will have $1,471.01 in your MediSave Account by the end of your first year of working. And even if you do not enjoy any pay increases or bonuses for 10 years, you will have amassed at least $17,000+.
If you're unwilling to pay for insurance, then suffer lor.
1:43 AM Toh Hong Chin, If your boss listens to your advice, he can eat many more free durians with Najib.
1:41 AM Two can play at that game...afterall this image too went viral so I don't see any harm in posting it.
1:41 AM Mr Lee, We Singaporean are suffering because of the increased in medical, dental, water, electricity, conservancy and etc . All these increased is to pay for the foreigners free training and the minister's salary and yet Mr Goh J T is still complaining about dare not increase minister pay further. I have stopped going for my 6 monthly check up and physiotherapy because I don't have the any more money in my flex medical to pay for it. I am worst than PR in Singapore. They can return to their country to enjoy free medical when their flexi medisave run out but we Singaporean have no second back up. They enjoyed free education and when they return to their country they can easily get job because of their free training here in Singapore. We Singaporean have no opportunity to leave Singapore unless we have million dollars salary not even hundred thousand salary. 😢😡😤😟
1:41 AM Louis Ling. Many are struggling in Singapore. What you need a pie chart?