What's News: May 07, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

Singapore-Australia pact

Singapore and Australia have inked a "landmark" agreement to raise bilateral cooperation to "unprecedented levels" in security, trade, the arts and culture. A key area is a defence cooperation deal that will give Singapore troops, who have been training in Australia since 1990, access to more military areas for 25 years.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Dhana's views on presidency

Any change to the elected presidency to ensure minority representation necessarily involves affirmative action of some sort, said former Cabinet minister S. Dhanabalan at yesterday's public hearing, the final of four, on proposed changes to the scheme.


Supporters cheering as Mr Duterte's motorcade passes by in Metro Manila.
Supporters cheering as Mr Duterte's motorcade passes by in Metro Manila. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Duterte's mass appeal

A middle-class yearning for a strongman who can shake up the establishment is providing tailwind that may just push Mr Rodrigo Duterte to the Philippine presidency on Monday. A recent poll found 33 per cent of the respondents saying they will vote for him. Senator Grace Poe was placed second with 22 per cent.


WORLD

Ryan 'not ready' to back Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the nation's highest-ranking elected Republican, has said he is "not ready" to endorse Mr Donald Trump for president. A party nominee has never failed to gain the support of a House Speaker or majority leader from his party in modern times.


OPINION

More productive with age

Studies at German carmakers show that with the right tools and environment, older workers get more productive. It is time to redesign jobs in Singapore to help older workers here become more productive, says SMU president Arnoud De Meyer.


Among the sites that Keppel Club has been offered is a 2ha land parcel at Seletar Aerospace Park that comes with a historic building.
Among the sites that Keppel Club has been offered is a 2ha land parcel at Seletar Aerospace Park that comes with a historic building. PHOTO: KEPPEL CLUB

HOME

Keppel Club offered options for new site

Three sites have been offered to Keppel Club, whose Bukit Chermin lease will be up by 2021, but none comes with golf facilities. For that, it is looking to overseas options. It is also considering tie-ups with other clubs that could be enticing to members.


HOME

Anti-terror training

The community programmes of the Singapore Civil Defence Force will focus on terrorist threats, with the hope of training every citizen at least at a basic level so they know how to help themselves and their families get out of harm's way.


BUSINESS

MBS may sell Shoppes

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands could be put up for sale by owner Las Vegas Sands after the expiration of a government-imposed 10-year moratorium next year. The Singapore Tourism Board said that "approval of the Singapore Government must be sought" for any sale after that period.


SPORT

Going the distance at 92

Most people put their feet up when they retire. Not India's V. Sriramulu. At 79, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Two years later, he headed for Everest Base Camp. Now at 92, he is still raring to go, as proven by his participation in the 5km (90 and over) race walk at the Asia Masters Athletics Championships in Singapore.



PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

LIFE

Ricky Kim and his kids in town

Korean-American actor Ricky Kim and his three children have gained a following in the region since appearing on South Korean parenting-themed TV show Oh! My Baby two years ago. Close to 100 fans turned up at Changi Airport to welcome the Kim family when they came to film an episode of the show here.


LIFE

Suit over Prince drug claim

Comedian Arsenio Hall on Thursday filed a US$5 million (S$6.8 million) libel suit against Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who alleged on Facebook that he provided drugs for decades to the late pop icon Prince. O'Connor's best-known song, Nothing Compares 2 U, was written by Prince.

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