Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, Oct 29

Higher learning institutes to train more adults


Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) delivers his speech at the Lifelong Learning Festival 2017. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

A major revamp of how working adults are trained for the new economy is under way, with more courses, more funding and a more significant role for Singapore's institutes of higher learning (IHLs).

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Admiralty Park offers wild rides on 26 slides


A young visitor trying out Singapore's longest and tallest tube slide in a public park. National Parks Board said it made use of the area's undulating terrain to come up with unique designs. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Having reopened yesterday after a two-year facelift, it is now home to Singapore's longest and tallest tube slide in a public park, at 23m long and 9m high.

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Inside The Other ‘Korea’


View of Pyongyang from the 170m-high Juche Tower. In the background is the 105-storey pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel which stands unfinished 30 years after construction began. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Four-lane roads. Lexus on the streets. A modern eye centre inspired by Singapore's own. The Straits Times got a glimpse of Pyongyang, the public face North Korea wants the world to see.

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Sunday Beauty Queens: Maids pay to be ‘Cinderella’ for a day


Contestants all dressed up for a maid pageant held last Sunday. The number of these pageants has risen in recent years and The Sunday Times found that there is a contest almost every week. Maids here sometimes take part in the contests without their employers' knowledge, for fear the latter would not approve. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

A rising number of maids here are paying a good part of their salaries - up to $1,000 in some cases - to join beauty pageants. 

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The Workers’ Party’s 60th anniversary: What lies ahead?


From left: Workers' Party founder David Marshall, J.B. Jeyaratnam and current chief Low Thia Khiang. PHOTOS: ST FILE

The Workers' Party is now the biggest opposition party in Singapore. Insight looks at how it got there and what the future holds.

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Citizens gain when content is king again


ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

As news publishers compete for subscribers, the local media has to produce richer, more robust content to stave off competition for local audiences, says ST opinion editor Chua Mui Hoong.

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Singapore journalist probed for breaching import law after using drone in Myanmar


Singapore journalist Lau Hon Meng, 43, and Malaysian journalist Mok Choy Lin, 47, had flown a drone over a parliament building in Naypyitaw. PHOTO: AFP

Two journalists from Singapore and Malaysia are being investigated by Myanmar police for breaching export and import laws after flying a drone over a parliament building in Naypyitaw.

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Golden Mile Complex's rough edge


While most businesses at Golden Mile Complex - known informally as Little Thailand - close by 11pm, the complex remains alive with the sound of muffled disco beats from a handful of clubs there, as well as a few eateries that stay open all night. ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

While most businesses at Golden Mile Complex - known informally as Little Thailand - close by 11pm, the place remains alive with the sound of muffled disco beats from a handful of clubs there.

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It Changed My Life: Red Hong Yi, the artist who 'paints without a paintbrush'


Ms Hong's world-famous artistic feats include (above) painting Taiwanese singer Jay Chou's face using coffee cup stains and creating Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan's portrait using 64,000 chopsticks. PHOTO: COURTESY OF RED HONG YI

The 31-year-old Malaysian gave up architecture to become an artist after a YouTube video of her creating a portrait of NBA star Yao Ming with a basketball went viral. 

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New-age foodcourts: Deck the halls with more than food


Ginzushi, which serves sashimi and chirashi don, is part of the Japanese food alley in Jurong Point’s Shokutsu Ten food street. PHOTO: RE&S

Foodcourts are sprucing up their image with not only trendy yet affordable dishes, but also stylish and inviting interiors

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