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    'Our business dropped by half': Rodent infestation near Bukit Merah coffee shop sends diners scurrying
    February 22, 2024 12:58 PM

    A mischief of rodents have made themselves a home at a grass patch near Block 165 Bukit Merah Central, reported Shin Min Daily News.

    Construction manager Wang, 42, told the Chinese evening daily that he spotted four or five rodents at the grass patch last year.

    The owner divulged that the rodents would also gnaw on raw materials delivered to the coffee shop in the early mornings.

    He also worries that the rodents would enter the coffee shop in search of food, which would lead to a food safety issue.

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    world
    Ukraine outnumbered, outgunned and ground down by relentless Russia
    February 22, 2024 1:18 AM

    Drone war on massive scale.

    Drones have also forced the Russians to move valuable vehicles and weapons systems back by several kilometres, according to two Ukrainian drone pilots in different units.

    The same situation is true for the Russians, whose drones now comfortably outnumber Ukraine's, according to Ukrainian pilots from three units.

    The Russian defence ministry said this month that the country had ramped up its production of military drones in the past year, without giving figures.

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    singapore
    Budget 2024 makes significant policy shifts to better position Singapore for future: DPM Wong
    February 22, 2024 12:22 AM

    SINGAPORE - Beyond tackling immediate concerns, Budget 2024 makes significant policy shifts to better position Singapore for the future, said Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong.

    Speaking during an hour-long panel discussion on the Budget, DPM Wong, who is also Finance Minister, reiterated that Budget 2024 rolls out the first instalment of the Forward Singapore agenda.

    Support for families is one clear focus in Budget 2024, with pre-school made more affordable through lower fee caps, said DPM Wong.

    DPM Wong noted that lifespans are getting longer, with babies born today potentially living to their 90s – decades beyond retiring at 65.

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    entertainment
    Slapped and smothered by pillow: Details of Phoebe Huang's alleged domestic abuse by ex-husband revealed through injury examination report
    February 21, 2024 10:18 AM

    Phoebe told her that Christopher had become angry with her and hit her.

    In response to Dong's allegations, Christopher told Mirror Media: "I think Phoebe Huang and the people in Canada are uniting against me.

    Mirror Media also spoke to Taiwanese actress Lang Tzu-yun, who introduced Phoebe to a Canadian lawyer when Christopher filed for divorce following his arrest.

    The 58-year-old told the publication that she knew of further instances of domestic violence by Christopher against Phoebe.

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    world
    Daily roundup: This new digital peer support forum is helping youth's mental health — and other top stories today
    February 21, 2024 10:00 AM

    'They assured me that I'm not alone': This new digital peer support forum is helping youth's mental health.

    This made my day: Woman gives ang bao to coffee shop staff who returned lost handbag.

    A woman who lost her handbag at a coffee shop managed to get it back - all thanks to another kind patron and two coffee shop employees.

    'I don't dare to sleep': Chinese actress Liu Yuxin loses million dollars worth of items after LA home burglary.

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    singapore
    Up to $100m to be invested to upgrade Singapore's broadband network to 10Gbps
    February 21, 2024 9:57 AM

    The $100 million investment by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will be channelled to upgrade the back-end network and user equipment up till 2026 to allow residential broadband services to deliver connection speeds of up to 10Gbps.

    The upgrading marks a next step in Singapore's Nationwide Broadband Network, commercially launched in 2010 with a $1 billion investment from the Singapore Government.

    The announcement to invest $100 million comes after Deputy Prime Minster Lawrence Wong announced plans to upgrade the Nationwide Broadband Network when he delivered Singapore's 2024 Budget statement on Feb 16.

    Plans for a 10Gbps home broadband network were first outlined in the Digital Connectivity Blueprint in 2022, which laid out plans to bolster Singapore's digital capacity in the coming years so that it remains competitive.

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    lifestyle
    Hiring manager advises young Singaporeans to 'expand your network' for career progression
    February 21, 2024 9:33 AM

    Job security could be an issue so who better to provide advice on said topic than a hiring manager?.

    "It feels like we're not expected to keep the jobs we have now," she said, expressing some nervousness at the implications.

    She added: "Even if you're in your 20s or 30s, you should expect at least one career change in your life".

    And as a hiring manager, Fariza shared her one simple career advice.

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    singapore
    Man tries to sell counterfeit $10k note to Chinatown shop, gets exposed immediately
    February 21, 2024 9:32 AM

    A man tried to sell a counterfeit $10,000 note to a numismatic shop in Chinatown, but his plans were foiled by the eagle-eyed shop owners who called his bluff immediately.

    To prove her point, Liao pulled out a $10,000 note from her shop which carried the same serial number.

    Liao's husband, surnamed Wu, told Shin Min that the same man was also seen making enquiries at other shops.

    Just a month ago, someone also tried to sell her a fake $10,000 note.

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    china
    China's childcare costs among highest in world, think tank says
    February 21, 2024 9:27 AM

    Raising children also leads to a reduction in women's paid work hours and wage rates, while men's livelihoods remain largely unchanged.

    The report comes after China's population fell for a second consecutive year in 2023 with the number of new births dropping to around half of that in 2016.

    An increasing number of women are opting not to have children due high childcare costs, and an unwillingness to marry or put their careers on hold, while gender discrimination remains rife.

    In 2023, China's total fertility rate will only be about 1.0, one of the lowest in the world.

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    singapore
    Budget 2024: Indranee explains why new SkillsFuture programme focuses on diplomas, not degrees
    February 21, 2024 9:20 AM

    To encourage mid-career workers to upskill and reskill, Singapore will roll out a new SkillsFuture programme in May.

    Indranee was addressing questions on the new SkillsFuture Level-Up programme that Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong announced during Budget 2024 last Friday (Feb 16).

    They include part-time and full-time diplomas, post-diplomas and undergraduate programmes as well as Progressive Wage Model sectors.

    The new SkillsFuture programme will help those intending to "contribute in a different way".

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