Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Feb 16

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Feb 16.


A reunion dinner to savour - with all four generations

Mr Ng Ghim Tin, 82, and his wife Lim Lay Hin, 78, with their great grandson Ethan and grandson Caleb, 10. All 18 family members gathered for their reunion dinner in Pasir Ris last night in a Chinese New Year tradition. This year, the Ngs celebrated t
Mr Ng Ghim Tin, 82, and his wife Lim Lay Hin, 78, with their great grandson Ethan and grandson Caleb, 10. All 18 family members gathered for their reunion dinner in Pasir Ris last night in a Chinese New Year tradition. This year, the Ngs celebrated the occasion as a four-generation family for the first time. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

For 82-year-old Ng Ghim Tin, this year's reunion dinner holds more significance than past ones. For the first time, he got to share it with four generations after his first great grandson Ethan was born last November.

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Large crowds welcome Year of the Dog at annual River Hongbao event


Fireworks fill the air as the clock strikes 12 at the River Hongbao. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

It may be the Year of the Dog, but the 120,000-strong crowd at River Hongbao on Friday welcomed the Chinese New Year with a lion's roar.

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Speed fiends beware - no escape from new cameras

The average speed camera system in Tanah Merah Coast Road (left and above) is likely to be activated in the next few months. It is the latest initiative by the authorities to curb speeding and improve overall road safety.
The average speed camera system in Tanah Merah Coast Road (above) is likely to be activated in the next few months. It is the latest initiative by the authorities to curb speeding and improve overall road safety. PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Motorists travelling along Tanah Merah Coast Road near Changi Airport will soon have to watch their speedometer over a longer distance.

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100 years of Singapore through centenarians' eyes

A fresh take on 100 years of Singapore’s history through the eyes of 10 centenarians who lived through it all.

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Hello Year of the Dog: ST readers share photos of their pet pooches


PHOTOS: INSTAGRAM

What better way to start off the Year of the Dog than with pick-me-up photos of pet pooches? A call to Straits Times readers to share CNY-themed photos of their dogs on Instagram attracted more than 380 posts.

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Canossa Convent to go co-ed next year

Mr Edwin Chan with his wife, Ms Cecilia Chiang, 40, and their children, Jade, eight, and Jackie, six, at the Cannosian Eduplex. Mr Chan is glad that his son will be able to join his daughter, who is in Primary 2, at Canossa Convent Primary when it st
Mr Edwin Chan with his wife, Ms Cecilia Chiang, 40, and their children, Jade, eight, and Jackie, six, at the Cannosian Eduplex. Mr Chan is glad that his son will be able to join his daughter, who is in Primary 2, at Canossa Convent Primary when it starts accepting boys from next year. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Canossa Convent Primary School, which has been a girls' school for all its 77 years, will soon start taking in boys.

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AHTC resolves all lapses flagged in audits, says new financial system fully operational


The Court of Appeal had directed AHTC to appoint a Big Four accounting firm to help fix its lapses, and ensure compliance with the laws. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Aljunied-Hougang Town Council has resolved all financial and governance lapses flagged in past audits, said its independent auditor KPMG.

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YouTube user warned FBI after school shooting comment


 A group of police officers stand guard in front of the entrance of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, on the day after a shooting, in Parkland, Florida, US, on Feb 15, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE 

A Mississippi man said he alerted the FBI last year after spotting a chilling YouTube comment by a user with the same name as the suspect in the Florida school massacre.

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To China's 40 years of reforms, yam seng!

China continues to power ahead four decades after Deng Xiaoping set the country in a new direction. As a giant on the international stage now, it needs to be more mindful of the impact of its actions.

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Immigration Bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of ‘Dreamers’


Republican Senator Chuck Grassley speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Feb 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. PHOTO: AFP

The Senate has blocked both President Donald Trump’s immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of young undocumented immigrants.

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