What's News: May 3, 2016

Chin is staging his fourth solo exhibition since returning to the art scene about three years ago.
Chin is staging his fourth solo exhibition since returning to the art scene about three years ago.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
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The cast of Falling: (from top left, clockwise) Adrian Pang, Andrew Marko, Tan Kheng Hua, Neo Swee Lin, Fiona Lim.
The cast of Falling: (from top left, clockwise) Adrian Pang, Andrew Marko, Tan Kheng Hua, Neo Swee Lin, Fiona Lim.PHOTO: PANGDEMONIUM

TOP OF THE NEWS

Anti-submarine warfare talks

India and the United States are holding discussions on anti-submarine warfare, and the technology will be the focus of their annual military exercise with Japan next month, sources said. The move comes in the face of China's growing maritime and undersea activities in regional waters, including sailing submarines in the Indian Ocean. 


TOP OF THE NEWS

SIT drawing more students

New degrees in the health sciences have boosted application numbers at the Singapore Institute of Technology this year. A total of 13,000 A-level and polytechnic diploma holders have applied for the 2,400 places in its 42 degree courses on offer, an increase of 35 per cent from last year's applications. 


WORLD

China 'raping' US: Trump

Mr Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of China, accusing the country of "raping" the US through the bilateral trade imbalance. The attack came during a rally in Indiana, where the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination enjoys a wide lead for today's state primary.


LIFE

Watercolourist makes comeback after stroke

Watercolourist Harry Chin Chun Wah, 75, gave up painting for nearly 40 years to focus on his career. But after retirement, he picked it up again and, in 2013, organised a comeback show. A mild stroke in 2014 left him with slurred speech and the right side of his body weak. But he recovered fully and has resumed painting. He is showing 40 of his mostly recent works at the Ode To Art Platform at Raffles City Convention Centre. 


WORLD

2 more confess to fraud on TV

Two more Taiwanese telecoms fraud suspects, from among dozens deported from Kenya to China last month, have confessed to their crimes on Chinese state television. The act appears to back China's contention that such crimes are lightly dealt with in Taiwan. 


OPINION

From tweet to writing a novel

Academic and lawyer Simon Chesterman makes his living with words. The dynamic of writing and reading has always fascinated him. "So... I decided to conduct an experiment of sorts. In addition to my academic writing, I began to use Twitter. And I wrote a novel." 


HOME

Tap and go at hawker centres

Diners can now pay for their food and drinks at more hawker centres using a cashless payment system. Twelve centres now offer this service, up from three in January last year. But some find it a hassle and still prefer to use cash.


HOME

Sex education: Experts' take

Parents here find it tough to talk to their children about the birds and the bees, but experts say they are in the best position to do so. The issue of whether sex education for the young was adequate was in the spotlight recently, after The Sunday Times reported that more teenage boys are paying for sex.


BUSINESS

Diversifying to stay afloat

The marine and offshore industry is in deep water as spending by energy companies tumbled following the oil price slump. But firms designing, building or repairing vessels to support offshore drilling and exploration see ways to stay afloat by diversifying. 


SPORT

Warriors triumph sans Curry

The Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 in Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final series - without reigning MVP Stephen Curry, who is injured. Coach Steve Kerr said: "We'll just monitor him and see how it goes and hopefully get him back at some point." 


LIFE

Play puts spotlight on autism

A family's struggle with raising an autistic child is explored in Falling, a play to be staged by theatre group Pangdemonium. At its core, the production is an ode to unconditional love and a tender attempt to shine the spotlight on autism and the caregivers who deal with it day in and day out. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe