What's News: March 15, 2016

Pennant (left) and some of his Tampines Rovers teammates at a training session ahead of tonight's Asian Football Confederation Cup tie.
Pennant (left) and some of his Tampines Rovers teammates at a training session ahead of tonight's Asian Football Confederation Cup tie.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

TOP OF THE NEWS

Update to Mental Capacity Act

Changes to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) aim to enhance protection of those who lose their ability to make their own decisions. The court will be given the power to appoint professionals to act on behalf of such people, as well as remove those who abuse their power. The Bill to update the MCA was passed by Parliament yesterday. 


TOP OF THE NEWS

Blogger can pay in instalments

Blogger Roy Ngerng will be allowed to pay the $150,000 in damages he owes to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in instalments. He will also have to pay $30,000 for the costs of the hearing to assess damages by tomorrow.


Dr Merkel's party suffered defeat in two out of three states in regional elections on Sunday.
Dr Merkel's party suffered defeat in two out of three states in regional elections on Sunday. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Merkel's party drubbed

Voters in two German states have struck back against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow a record influx of refugees, by dealing defeats to her party in regional elections on Sunday. The drubbing also came with a surge in popularity for a controversial right-wing party. 


SPORT

Pennant, Mehmet may sit out cup tie

Key Tampines Rovers players Jermaine Pennant and Billy Mehmet may not be in the starting line-up in their Asian Football Confederation Cup tie against Ceres La Salle at Jalan Besar Stadium tonight. Mindful of the long S-League season, coach V. Sundramoorthy could keep them on the bench, and let other players have a chance to perform. 


WORLD

China's taxi dilemma

China is studying how cities like Singapore strike a balance between allowing car-hailing apps like Uber, and placating cabbies upset with the competition. Transport Minister Yang Chuantang has said managing the sector was proving to be an "unprecedented challenge".


OPINION

Reflection on Sino-S'pore ties

Reflecting on China-Singapore ties, Ambassador Tommy Koh says three issues could affect them - the perception of Singapore as a Chinese nation, and the lack of understanding of the primacy of Asean and of the Republic's relations with major powers.


HOME

Taxi wait time the 'top peeve'

The waiting time for a taxi was the biggest bugbear of commuters here, a Land Transport Authority poll has found. While 96.4 per cent felt waiting times to be important, just 86.2 per cent were satisfied with the time they had to wait.


HOME

Evading duty, GST: Duo fined

Two men have been fined nearly $4 million each for trying to evade duty and goods and services tax in excess of $890,000. Windemac's director Song Hock Kee and its manager Tan Lip Cheong retained 9,810 bottles of duty-unpaid liquor and beer, which they planned to sell to customers here at a profit.


BUSINESS

Stock rally picks up pace

A global stock rally gathered momentum in Asia yesterday as investors bet against any surprises coming out of policy meetings among central bankers in the United States and Japan this week. But while central banks seem prepared to take aggressive action to support their economies, market watchers say any share rally may not last.



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LIFE

Times is changing

The 7,335 sq ft space carries 15,000 titles. It sells book-themed totes, action figures and high-end stationery. Home-grown brand Times' new lifestyle bookstore at Waterway Point in Punggol boasts a dedicated children's books area and even a cookery section where chefs can give demonstrations. 


LIFE

Play these pianos in public

Twenty-five pianos have been placed at void decks, parks and commercial spaces, each adorned with the open invitation, "Play Me, I'm Yours". The street piano artwork by British artist Luke Jerram runs until April 6. The very first installation of 15 pianos was commissioned for Birmingham in Britain in 2008.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2016, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe