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  • An integrated lab facility to study Pulau Ubin will be ready on the island by the end of the year.

The Ubin Living Lab will provide scientific equipment and seminar rooms for some 100 researchers and students. It will also house basic accommodation and a National Parks Board site office.

The Government is also investing in enhancing biodiversity on the island with several initiatives. These include creating floating wetlands and species recovery programmes.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Ministers of State Desmond Lee and Maliki Osman spent the afternoon with Siglap residents on the island as part of Siglap Day yesterday, held with this year's Ubin Day.

  • Two people were caught with drugs worth nearly $130,000 at Woodlands Checkpoint on Friday.

A Singaporean man, 52, driving a Singapore-registered taxi, and a Malaysian woman, 37, who was with him, were arrested after they were stopped for a routine check on arrival.

Immigration officers found a bag under the front passenger seat, containing seven bundles wrapped with black tape. They then contacted the Central Narcotics Bureau.

The bundles contained about 1.4kg of heroin, 149g of Ice, 140 Ecstasy tablets and 100 Erimin 5 pills, with a total estimated street value of about $129,500.

Anyone found guilty of trafficking more than 15g of pure heroin faces the death penalty.

 

  • A data breach of millions of US government employees allowed Chinese hackers to access sensitive information.

These include security clearances of the workers and contractors, the Washington Post reported.

The report said investigators are looking at two separate attacks, widely believed to be from China, accessing government employee records in a database at the Office of Personnel Management. The database "is very sensitive and it has lots of interfaces to it".

The database contains personal information on employees including their financial histories, investment records, family data, contacts with foreigners and names of neighbours and friends, said the report. - AFP

  • A 103-year-old man and a 91-year-old woman held their wedding in Britain yesterday, becoming the oldest couple in the world to get married.

Mr George Kirby and Ms Doreen Luckie, who have been together for 27 years, looked delighted as they tied the knot at a hotel in the seaside town of Eastbourne, southern England, before close friends and family.

The bride wore a white dress with blue flowers while the groom, a former boxer, was dressed smartly in a suit and tie and was in a wheelchair due to a recent fall.

With a combined age of 194 years, the pair beat the previous record held by a French couple, Mr Francois Fernandez and Ms Madeleine Francineau, who had a combined age of 191 years. - AFP