What's News: March 7, 2016

Older office workers chatting at Raffles Place.
Older office workers chatting at Raffles Place. PHOTO: ST FILE

TOP OF THE NEWS

More working past age 65

More people are working past the age of 65. More than 40 per cent of those aged 65 to 69 were still working last year, up from 24 per cent in 2006, said the Ministry of Manpower. A tight job market, government policies and a rise in life expectancy and healthy years are among the factors for the increase.


TOP OF THE NEWS

More women in Cabinet?

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu is confident that more of her female colleagues will join her in the Cabinet in the near future, and said she sees "quite a few good candidates", ahead of International Women's Day tomorrow.


Ms Jacquita Gomes, widow of an MH370 passenger, speaking at a remembrance ceremony yesterday.
Ms Jacquita Gomes, widow of an MH370 passenger, speaking at a remembrance ceremony yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

MH370 disaster, two years on

Families of passengers of Flight MH370 held a remembrance event yesterday to mark two years since the plane disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian investigators are scheduled to meet Mozambique officials today to discuss the discovery of a second piece of debris believed to be from MH370.


WORLD

Chongqing initiative figures

The third government-led project between China and Singapore, the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative, has amassed 260 initiatives worth US$115 billion (S$158 billion) less than four months since its launch, according to a booklet on Chongqing's economy.


OPINION

Danger of populist politicians

The danger of Mr Donald Trump and other populist politicians is that they discredit the current system and established political parties without offering any workable alternative. They mark not a new force for change, but a return of politics as farce, writes Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Keeping Singapore's records

The National Archives of Singapore was set up in 1968 with just 15,000 records. Today, it has over 10 million records, including government files, photos and audio as well as video recordings. It gave The Straits Times a peek into its operations.


HOME

Arctic race for charity

A Singaporean is planning to cover 566km on foot over eight days in an Arctic race that starts on Friday, to raise $50,000 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Mr Toh Poh Joo, 41, Changi Airport Group's vice-president of terminal management, will have to brave temperatures of -40 deg C.


BUSINESS

Firms expecting rough year

Singapore firms are bracing themselves for a difficult year ahead as the economy is buffeted by global uncertainty, low commodity prices and thin profit margins. The year got off to a rough start, with volatile stock markets and oil prices still at worryingly low levels - and with key markets such as China, Europe and Japan looking shaky.


Riyad Mahrez celebrating with teammates after scoring for Leicester in their match against Watford on Saturday. Leicester won 1-0.
Riyad Mahrez celebrating with teammates after scoring for Leicester in their match against Watford on Saturday. Leicester won 1-0. PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Leicester fans dream, but Ranieri has work to do

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is content to let the unlikely English Premier League leaders' fans dream of a first top-flight title come May. But he insists he still has work to do, despite the Foxes opening up a five-point gap over Tottenham after edging out Watford 1-0 away on Saturday.


LIFE

Epigram nominated for prize

Singapore publisher Epigram Books is one of five Asian nominees for the Bologna Best Children's Publisher of the Year. The book fair, which takes place next month, is considered the leading professional event dedicated to children's publishing. This is Epigram's first nomination.



PHOTO: TODD WOLFSON

LIFE

Fierce, candid comedy

Asian-American comedian Margaret Cho had fans to her first comedy show here at Kallang Theatre last Saturday in stitches as she joked about everything from the City Harvest trial to caning to Donald Trump. But some of the night's best material was not funny, such as her recounting her years of sexual abuse at the hands of an uncle whom she still sees.

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