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SOME 3,000 local landscape workers will get a pay bump next year when it becomes compulsory for registered landscaping companies to implement a new wage structure.

Top of The News

NEW innovations were on show at the annual workplan seminar for the police held at the Home Team Academy yesterday.
A toddler was spotted dangling outside a second-floor Housing Board unit (top left) in Jurong East on Thursday, with her head stuck between the ledge of the service yard and a laundry pole. Construction workers Subramanian Shanmuganathan, 35 (in pictures on top), and Ponnan Muthukumar, 24, went to her rescue.
A SOCIAL media campaign to secure days off for maids has instead ended up irritating the mothers who employ them. Some find it needlessly negative.

Singapore

THE new trinkets or charms that can be used in place of ez-link cards go on sale only from next Thursday, but some commuters are already questioning their price.
WHEN Singapore became an independent nation in 1965, it received help from friends and experts in areas as varied as the economy, building up its fledgling armed forces and even the greening of the island.
SINGAPORE will develop a national database of public hospital intensive care units (ICUs)

Asia

JAKARTA - Relatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island yesterday ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger, even though an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet.
MALAYSIA would not be any less Islamic even if it did not carry out hudud, federal Islamic authority Jakim has said, pointing out that the government already has in place other laws that meet aspects of Islamic law. 
PETALING JAYA - The younger generation needs to be given the space to decide how to fulfil Malaysia's vision of becoming a developed nation by 2020, Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday, in comments that appeared to be a response to former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

World

LONDON - Military vessels from 15 European Union nations are heading to the Mediterranean as part of stepped-up efforts to reduce the soaring numbers of migrants drowning as they flee war and poverty in Africa.
CHARLOTTE (North Carolina) - A federal judge has sentenced David Petraeus, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director and the highest-profile general from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to two years' probation for providing classified information to a woman with whom he was having an affair.
WASHINGTON - After one of the nation's most protracted Cabinet-level confirmation delays, the Senate has approved Ms Loretta Lynch (right) to be Attorney-General.

Money

RETAIL rents weakened and vacancy rates jumped in the first quarter as a tight labour market and lower tourist numbers took a significant toll on the sector.
PROPERTY giant City Developments Limited (CDL) has outlined how its ambitious diversification strategy is unfolding.
FOR the first time in years, United States equities could offer a less attractive outlook, especially in comparison with euro-zone stocks.

Life!

The iconic image of Raffles Hotel is well-known: A regal, 128-year-old modern institution named after Singapore's British founder, its sprawling colonial architecture harking back to a rich British heritage.
A long gestation period and major reworking of a film can often spell trouble. Cutthroat Island (1995) or The Lone Ranger (2013), anyone?
Musicians from all backgrounds and across every genre in Singapore now have a professional body looking out for their interests.

Insight

THERE were not many major changes in the Cabinet reshuffle announced earlier this month - the fifth since the 2011 General Election (GE). Three ministers were moved around, one got added responsibilities, and another was promoted.

Opinion

SINGAPORE just crossed a watershed with the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Some Western journalists and not a few Singaporeans have asked: "How will Singapore do after Lee Kuan Yew?"
IN TAKING the pulse of flat dwellers, the latest Housing Board Sample Household Survey offers much grist for the mill of planners. With about eight in 10 living in HDB flats, it would be prudent to submit the glowing sentiments expressed to a prism of careful scrutiny.
IT HAS been a challenging, turbulent start to the year for many small countries around the world. As just a few examples, consider the shock decision by the Swiss National Bank to remove the peg of the Swiss franc against the euro in January, Denmark's repeated moves to drop interest rates into negative territory, and Sweden's fight against deflation.

Forum Letters

RESPONSIBILITY for the increase in the number of retrenchments last year has been placed on ongoing economic restructuring in Singapore ("More workers laid off amid economic restructuring"; yesterday).
CURRENT regulations require only foreign vehicles registered outside West Malaysia to have an insurance certificate issued by a Singapore-based insurer.
THE Nanyang Technological University's model to determine whether cycling paths should be widened or segregated appears to suggest that some pedestrian paths may be shared with cyclists ("Cycle paths for Punggol, Jurong Lake, East Coast"; Monday).

Sports

NYON (Switzerland) - Pep Guardiola will return to face his former club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals after yesterday's draw paired the Catalan side with Bayern Munich while holders Real Madrid were drawn against Juventus.
TOP-OF-THE-TABLE clashes tend to be meetings of elite equals. And, indeed, Arsenal against Chelsea can be portrayed as the irresistible force against the immovable object. The second-placed Gunners are on the longest winning run in the Premier League, with eight straight victories, while the leading Blues, defeated only twice in 32 games, are the hardest side to beat.
LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that his poor record against Jose Mourinho will have no bearing on his side's clash with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium today.