What's News: May 02, 2016

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking during the May Day Rally 2016 at Downtown East, on May 1, 2016.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking during the May Day Rally 2016 at Downtown East, on May 1, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

TOP OF THE NEWS

$200m boost for training

A fund to prepare workers for jobs of the future will get a $200 million boost, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced at the May Day Rally. NTUC will use the funds to tie up with universities to help PMETs and mid-career workers learn new skills, he said, noting that in Singapore, workers, bosses and Government are working together to stay ahead.


TOP OF THE NEWS

More sluggish growth ahead

Asia rode out a rocky start to 2016 as concerns over slowing growth in China and lacklustre demand from developed economies weighed on growth in the first quarter. Experts say the outlook remains overcast, with more sluggish growth ahead.


Mr Komara, 67, was detained for 100 days without trial during the purge.
Mr Komara, 67, was detained for 100 days without trial during the purge. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

Reconciliation over tragedy

The Joko Widodo administration's endorsement of a symposium in Jakarta recently, where survivors of a bloody anti-communist purge in Indonesia in the mid-1960s recounted their stories in public, has been hailed as a first step towards official recognition of the tragedy. But many still remain sceptical over how far the government will go in addressing the atrocity.


WORLD

Taiwan's new Cabinet

When Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen assumes office, her Cabinet will include some faces seen in previous administrations, including new Premier Lin Chuan. Her Cabinet will be overwhelmingly male - with just two women - and older than expected.


OPINION

Obama leaves a diminished US

President Barack Obama is partly responsible for the confused foreign-policy debate in the current US presidential campaign, writes Jonathan Eyal, who argues that the President also leaves behind a diminished US in a diminished global security environment.


HOME

More poly grads in university

A third of last year's university intake was made up of polytechnic graduates - the highest proportion ever, the Ministry of Education has revealed. Educators say more and more diploma holders are aspiring to obtain university degrees.


Members of the public at an art exhibition called SamaSama - which highlights workers' stories - at the weekend.
Members of the public at an art exhibition called SamaSama - which highlights workers' stories - at the weekend. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

HOME

Exhibitions, poetry recitals celebrate migrant workers

Singapore's migrant workers were celebrated at the weekend with a series of events organised by individuals and non-governmental groups. Dinners, art exhibitions and poetry recitals were held at dormitories and construction sites to thank them for their contributions in building the country.


BUSINESS

Shophouses a draw for buyers

Investment property sales activity may be generally quiet but a small corner of the market is still seeing healthy interest. Values of shophouses in the Central Business District have jumped over the past two years, buoyed by their scarcity and demand from funds and foreigners.


SPORT

Rosberg makes it 7 in a row

Nico Rosberg claimed his seventh straight Grand Prix win with victory in the Russian Grand Prix yesterday, extending his lead in this season's world championship. His Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, who started 10th on the grid, finished in second place, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen taking third.



ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

LIFE

DJ Fila keeps his word

Less than two months after he was asked to make way for the Malaysian Prime Minister 's son while spinning at Zouk, DJ Fila returned to Singapore to perform, but at another club - Millian at St James Power Station. The Egyptian had vowed never to play at Zouk, saying that he felt "disrespected" by the incident there.


LIFE

Comedian goes places

Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng has made it big in show business. The 30-year-old, who was active in the stand-up comedy scene in Australia, is now a correspondent at top-rated American news satire programme The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. It is the biggest gig yet for the Johor Baru native, who lived in Singapore for 10 years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe