Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

The Great Singapore Sale is introducing a mobile app called GoSpree this year with e-coupons and geo-location capability. Assistant Life editor Jessica Lim said a reboot for the event is timely and much needed, and retailers need to step up, given that the slow economy and e-commerce have handed traditional retailers a beating. http://str.sg/46rW


Figures from the National Library Board show a decline in borrowing of physical items that is not offset by the rise in e-book use. Reporter Annabeth Leow said that despite this decline, studies have shown that libraries still have a role to play in offering access to resources and helping users develop critical skills. http://str.sg/46aQ


Reporter Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh said the new rule which requires employers to provide maids with better personal accident insurance coverage is a good move. Besides protecting the welfare of 230,000 foreign maids in Singapore, it also ensures that Singapore is an attractive destination for these workers. http://str.sg/466Y


Moving to an app-based system of paying for parking would put Singapore in line with other countries, where apps are already in use, reporter Zhaki Abdullah said. But the app also seems archaic when compared with the features built into ERP 2.0, which is scheduled to debut in three years. http://str.sg/4ukV

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Successful phishing led to intrusions into both the networks of the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. Senior tech correspondent Irene Tham said the rapid succession of attacks is a reminder for every individual to be vigilant about computer security. http://str.sg/469D

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