What's News: May 20, 2017

PM Lee at the opening of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
PM Lee at the opening of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN


Many races, one identity

In Singapore, each race is encouraged to preserve its culture and traditions, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday at the opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. In a speech, he talked about how the multiracial approach has forged a distinctive Singaporean identity.


Bilateral talks on S. China Sea

Chinese and Philippine officials discussed "sensitive and contentious issues" in the first round of bilateral talks on their South China Sea disputes yesterday, said Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Santa Romana. He co-chaired the meeting in Guiyang, China, with Chinese Vice- Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.

Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito. The Bill now goes to Parliament. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Nod for abdication Bill

The Japanese government yesterday approved a one-off Bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito, who is 83, to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. The Bill will now be sent to Parliament for debate and is likely to get swift final approval, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.


PAS raises alarm over voters

Malaysia's opposition leaders have expressed alarm at the sudden spike in voter registrations in the last two quarters, claiming this could affect them at the general election. Parti Islam SeMalaysia has claimed there is a "massive" shifting of voters in Kelantan.


Time for high-tech factories

The future of advanced manufacturing is here, said Lim Chuan Poh. Big companies are trying out exciting tech-enabled platforms that let them control multiple factory rooms. It is time for smaller firms to get on board and work with A*Star.


Fish farms vaccinate stock

Three fish farms have started vaccinating their young fish stock against disease, instead of giving them antibiotics, the standard practice. The problem with antibiotics is that they could end up in the people who eat the fish, thus creating resistance.


Ikea chicken wings put on ice

Ikea Singapore announced yesterday that it will stop selling its popular chicken wings from Tuesday after "feedback recently on the quality, including taste and texture, of the wings " served at its restaurants. The Swedish furniture retailer said it is a temporary halt.


Help for ailing companies

A new insolvency framework aiming to give ailing firms greater flexibility to restructure and survive is set to take effect soon.

The framework - which adopts some parts of the United States bankruptcy code - is set to help distressed companies in sectors such as oil and gas, shipping and offshore marine.


Spurs won't let Kane go

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Harry Kane will not be allowed to leave the club after the striker's four-goal blitz in the 6-1 rout of Leicester on Thursday. Kane's goal blitz has lifted his EPL tally to 26 for the season, two ahead of Everton's Romelu Lukaku. "It is very clear we will keep the players we want to keep," Pochettino said.

Carl Reiner and Betty White star in the documentary If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast.
Carl Reiner and Betty White star in the documentary If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast. PHOTO: HBO


Stars over 90 on ageing well

Not only is there life after 90, but it can also be a vibrant and productive one. So say showbusiness legends Carl Reiner, 95, Mel Brooks, 90, Dick Van Dyke, 91, and Norman Lear, 94, who appear in a new documentary If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast - a look at ageing well. D8


Boy hacker

Cyber whiz-kid Reuben Paul impressed security experts with his hacking skills. Learn more about the 11-year-old boy wonder. str.sg/cyberkid


Tiong Bahru all anew

What to expect at the popular Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, which reopens today after three months of renovations. str.sg/tbreopens

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe