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    Singaporean prosecutors and police are looking at Goldman Sachs Group's relationship with the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

    Singapore's economic crime unit and city prosecutors have interviewed current and former Goldman Sachs executives who worked on bond offerings from 1Malaysia Development Bhd, Bloomberg reported.

    1MDB, founded by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, is facing money laundering probes in at least six countries including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore.

    Najib has denied any wrongdoing.

    Officials from Goldman Sachs, the Singaporean police and 1MDB were not immediately available for comment.

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore had earlier in the week barred two individuals involved in breaches related to Malaysia's 1MDB fund from taking part in financial services management and advisory activities.

    Friday, November 3, 2017 - 11:45

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    After a reconciliation attempt with his girlfriend of 18 years went awry, a 53-year-old man strangled her, stabbed her in the throat with a letter opener, and bashed her head with a brick, causing the victim to flee for her life.

    The incident happened at a Bedok North Housing and Development Board (HDB) block on Jun 4, 2017, at around 10am.

    The man, Lim Kok Beng, 53, was sentenced on Tuesday (Oct 31) to 27 months' jail, The Straits Times reported.

    He was living with the victim, Ms Liaw Bih Jiuan, 43, and his mother in the flat at the time of the incident.

    In May, the couple had talked about Ms Liaw moving out and ending their relationship.

    Ms Liaw reiterated her desire to break up with him when she returned home on Jun 4 at around 2am.

    At around 5am, Lim told Ms Liaw that he was not feeling well and left their room to look for his mother.

    He returned to the room shortly after and locked the door.

    He proceeded to wake Ms Liaw up, saying that he wanted to talk to her.

    Ms Liaw ignored him and prepared to leave the room.

    Lim then used his hands to choke her, and the two fell to the floor after a brief struggle.

    Ms Liaw tried to kick him and shouted for help, but Lim grabbed her neck in an arm lock and continued choking her.

    Lim's mother overheard the commotion and tried to enter their room by unlocking the door.

    However, Lim stopped her from entering.

    Seizing the opportunity, Ms Liaw escaped to the living room to try and call her family members.

    She was followed closely by Lim.

    As Ms Liaw messaged friends asking them to pick her up, Lim pleaded with her not to leave or call the Police.

    Lim, in the meantime, grabbed a letter opener which he placed in his pocket.

    The court heard that Ms Liaw spotted something in Lim's pocket and asked him what the item was.

    Lim's mother felt his pocket and realised that it was a knife.

    Hearing that, Ms Liaw quickly fled out of the flat and was pursued by Lim, who grabbed her arm, telling her not to leave.

    He then drew the 10cm-long letter opener and stabbed her in the neck.

    Ms Liaw managed to grab the letter-opener blade and broke it.

    She threw the blade and handle of the letter opener away.

    Lim then grabbed her head and hit it twice with a brick, causing her to fall.

    His mother intervened, while Ms Liaw ran to the ninth floor to ask for help from a neighbour, who called the police.

    She was subsequently hospitalised for six days.

    Lim could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.

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    Business travellers are spoilt for choice in Singapore with new hotels opening that are pulling out all the stops to make them feel at home. BTWeekend looks at how the new kids on the hotel block are raising the bar In the hospitality game.

    As for food lovers, there's no better time to eat than now, when the Autumn season unleashes some of the finest quality ingredients of the year. Meanwhile, check out how to tell time with a calculator and make crispy rice snacks in a rice cooker as we pick out the best of the latest Red Dot design awards.

    Low-cost carriers are slugging it out with full-service airlines in the long-haul flight sector, and the cheaper fares can only be good news for consumers. But in a market rife with price wars and overcapacity, is the low-cost carrier model sustainable? Brunch takes a look at the business in the main paper.

    Women may be leading the charge to battle sexism, but both sides need to play their part in order for change to happen. Men need to realise it's their fight too. Cubicle Files looks at how men can do their part.

    In The Finish Line, our columnist attempts to get over tennis withdrawal by recounting the biggest moments of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals.

    Three generations on, the new Porsche Cayenne makes its debut in a market now crowded with high performance Sport Utility Vehicles. But will it be a dinosaur, or another cash cow for Porsche? The Steering Column takes the car for a spin.

    To subscribe, visit btsub.sg/weekend

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    A 33-year-old man died in a traffic accident involving two motorcycles along the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) on Friday (Nov 3) morning at 5.10am. A 27-year-old man was arrested.

    The Straits Times understands that the two men were off-duty policemen.

    The accident occurred on the MCE towards the East Coast Parkway, before the Central Boulevard exit.

    Police told Stomp that the 33-year-old male motorcyclist was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, while the other motorcyclist sustained injuries.

    The 27-year-old male motorcyclist was arrested for causing death by a negligent act. Police investigations are ongoing.

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    SINGAPORE - Since young, Lemuel Huang has always enjoyed playing with toy swords. Lemuel, now 10, took his interest up a notch when he started fencing competitively two years ago.

    His best performance to date is winning a silver medal at the Singapore Minime Competition, where he lost to a fencing classmate in the final.

    This defeat triggered Lemuel's fighting spirit and his goal is to surpass his classmate.

    Their coach now arranges a rematch for them to see who will come out on top. How will Lemuel fare? Watch to find out.

    About "A Little Somebody":

    "A Little Somebody"(我是小某某) is one of 10 SPH-produced short form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative. In this 13-part series, children between the age of 7 and 12 are given the opportunity to showcase their talent in different fields. While encouraging the young to pursue their interests, this series also hopes to inspire viewers to continue learning in life.

    "A Little Somebody"is also available on the zaobao.sg website and mobile app. All episodes come with Chinese and English subtitles.

     

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    Every year, thousands of young Singaporeans hug their families at Changi Airport as they leave to study overseas.

    The number of Singaporeans studying in Melbourne, Sydney and London is so high that even the locals are familiar with the Singaporean accent. And Singaporeans make up the second-largest group of non-British undergrads at Oxbridge after the Chinese.

    Unless you're on a scholarship, studying overseas is going to cost you and your family quite a bit of cash. Is it worth the cost? Only if you make the most of it.

    Here are eight ways to use studying abroad to your financial and career advantage.

    1. Get a part-time job

    Most student visas will give you the right to work a certain number of hours in the country where you are studying. Use this to your advantage, as you'll find that wages in even the lowest paying part-time jobs can be much, much higher than what you'd earn in Singapore.

    For instance, the minimum wage in Australia is currently 18.29 AUD (19.53 SGD) per hour, which means you would probably earn over $20 an hour in a part-time job as a retail assistant or grocery bagger.

    2. Seize the chance to intern

    According to a recent survey, 7 in 10 Singapore millennials are willing to work overseas. Securing an internship will be easier for you than your peers back home as you'll be able to go for in-person interviews and will be studying at an institution that's familiar to potential employers.

    Even if you are determined to move back home after your degree, don't lose the chance to experience working life in the country where you're studying. Overseas experience is now very sought after in the Singapore job market, and you'll certainly learn a lot from working in a different environment.

    3. Don't only hang out with other Singaporeans

    Certain cities in the UK, Australia and US host so many Singaporean students that it's all too easy to get stuck in a Singaporean bubble, hanging out only with your compatriots to the exclusion of everyone else.

    It is certainly easier to stick with the Singaporean group, as you have ready-made friends with whom you have more in common than the average local or international student.

    But do try to step out of your comfort zone and get to know people from other communities, whether by joining clubs at your uni, volunteering, getting involved in a hobby outside of school or taking on a part-time job.

    Other than collecting overseas contacts and honing your intercultural communication skills, you'll gain a new perspective on career opportunities and work culture in the country where you're studying.

    4. Open your eyes to career opportunities in the country where you're studying

    This brings us to our next point. Many Singaporean students tell themselves they're going to move back when they graduate, and focus solely on their studies and hanging out with their Singaporean friends.

    Even if you want to move back home right after graduation, don't become blind to career opportunities in the country where you're studying. Grab any opportunity to talk to your professors and peers about career options in your field of study, go to job fairs, and explore internships in various fields.

    As you'll someday discover, Singapore is a small country where options can be limited, and working abroad for a few years may be a smart option. What's more, working abroad is getting harder for skilled Singaporeans these days, so don't waste a good opportunity when you see one.

    5. Figure out how you can stay on after graduation, just in case

    Whether or not you decide to stay on after graduation, it can be useful to figure out how you can legally do so with or without a job, just in case. If an opportunity arises at the last minute, you don't want to have to say no just because you forgot to apply for a particular visa.

    For instance, students in Australia who wish to stay on to look for a job may apply for a post-study or graduate visa, which will enable them to remain in the country for a limited period after their studies even without an employer to sponsor them.

    6. If you're studying overseas in a non-English speaking country, pick up the local language

    Many non-English speaking countries now offer degree courses in English, especially at master level. As an added advantage, public universities in non-anglophone countries are often cheaper-it costs a lot less to study in Germany or France than the UK or Australia.

    Don't squander the opportunity to pick up the local language if you're studying in a country where English is not the main language. You will learn a hell of a lot faster than if you were studying on your own or taking classes back in Singapore.

    Being fluent in another language can make it easier for you to stay on and work there after graduation, help you make local contacts more easily and be useful in your future career.

    7. Even if your parents are giving you allowance, learn to budget

    If you're taking out a bank loan or funding your own studies, you are probably already living the life of a frugal student. But those students who are bankrolled by mum and dad should also take this overseas stint as an opportunity to learn how to budget and manage their own money.

    For what is probably the first time in your life, you'll have to do your own groceries and make sure you have enough cash left over for rent and bills. This is your chance to cultivate good habits like comparison shopping, prioritising needs and wants and making your own meals.

    8. Take advantage of healthcare if it is cheaper than in Singapore and learn how your medical insurance works

    Depending on where you are studying, you may be able to enjoy cheaper healthcare Singapore's private healthcare system can offer. As an international student, you will probably be required to purchase medical insurance coverage, so you might as well make the most of it.

    To cite an example, Singaporean students in Australia will be required to buy Overseas Student Health Cover, which should cover doctors' visits and hospital treatment. How much coverage you get depends on which plan you've purchased. Find out how to make an insurance claim and the extent to which you can get reimbursed to figure out if it will be cheaper to see a doctor in Australia or locally.

    Monday, November 6, 2017 - 21:38

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    Singapore - To Angel Lim, her results for past competitions are less than ideal, despite her cardboard full of trophies. At the young age of 11, Angel is already practising at least four days a week on the golf course, and almost every day during her holidays when time permits.

    Even when she has to practise the same moves over and over again, the junior golfer cheerfully says that is what has taught her patience and brought joy to her life.

    Growing up in a family of golfers, Angel dreams to represent the country one day in international competitions, and to bring honour to Singapore. Her father runs a golf academy, and Angel fell in love with the sport naturally when she was young. Her father is also her coach.

    In this episode of "A Little Somebody", we invite national player Erika Layson to play against Angel. How will Angel perform when facing someone of a higher level and experience? Watch the video to find out!

    About "A Little Somebody":

    "A Little Somebody"(我是小某某) is one of 10 SPH-produced short form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative. In this 13-part series, children between the age of 7 and 12 are given the opportunity to showcase their talent in different fields. While encouraging the young to pursue their interests, this series also hopes to inspire viewers to continue learning in life.

    "A Little Somebody"is also available on the zaobao.sg website and mobile app. All episodes come with Chinese and English subtitles.

    Monday, November 6, 2017 - 17:08

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