What's News: Nov 5, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

Contracting model for MRT line

The operator of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line will be the first to run a rail service in a contract similar to the model recently introduced for buses.

The successful bidder will operate the new line for a fixed sum over a fixed period, while the Government collects fare revenue.


TOP OF THE NEWS

House to debate EP changes

When Parliament sits on Monday, the proposed changes to the elected presidency and the Non-Constituency MP scheme will come up for debate. The House is expected to sit for five days and will start the sitting by paying tribute to Singapore's Paralympians.


Pro-independence lawmakers Yau Wai Ching (left) and Baggio Leung.
Pro-independence lawmakers Yau Wai Ching (left) and Baggio Leung. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Beijing to interpret Basic Law

Beijing has notified the Hong Kong government that it is working to interpret the city's Basic Law over an oath-taking controversy involving two pro-independence lawmakers. The duo, who had used terms deemed to be derogatory against the Chinese people, slammed the central government's intervention.


WORLD

May reassures EU over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has reassured European leaders that the timetable for Brexit will go as planned - starting no later than March next year - despite a court ruling that she first needs Parliament's approval.


OPINION

Big powers v small economies

The return of big-power geopolitics creates a more challenging environment for small countries, one in which adroit diplomacy can only get them so far.

An important strategy is market diversification to reduce exposure to geopolitical risk, says Dr David Skilling.


HOME

Road safety education boost

The Traffic Police have ramped up education efforts for students with the launch of road safety corners in more schools here. It follows a rise in the number of traffic accidents involving children aged 12 and below in the previous three years.


HOME

Concerns over Schoolber

A new carpooling service is set to launch next year to match pupils whose parents drive to share rides to school. Schoolber says it has 4,000 requests from parents and 500 parent drivers, but a school transport association has flagged concerns that parent drivers are not vocationally trained.


BUSINESS

Group eyes S'pore-listed firm

Singapore-listed ARA Asset Management, worth around $1.4 billion, looks poised to be next on the buyout list here.

A group of investors, including founder John Lim, is said to be targeting the firm, which manages real estate investment trusts and other real estate funds.


SPORT

Swim coach eyes Tokyo 2020

Gary Tan, head coach of swimming's national training centre, has a vision for the future. The two-time Olympian is looking to Tokyo 2020, where he hopes to have more swimmers qualify on merit and possibly field a relay team. Of the departure of Sergio Lopez, he said: "They're big shoes to fill but... what's life without challenges?"


The Beijing National Aquatics Centre, or the Water Cube, was built for the 2008 Olympic Games.
The Beijing National Aquatics Centre, or the Water Cube, was built for the 2008 Olympic Games. PHOTO: HASSELL

LIFE

After the Games, now what?

What is in store for Rio's sports venues, now that the Olympics are over? Finding viable uses for such venues has always been challenging. Architect John Pauline says the Brazilian metropolis is likely to face this issue but that there are ways to prolong a sports venue's relevance.


Singer-songwriter Jonathan Chan (centre) will perform with Anastasia Mary Chieng, 12, and Mohamed Syukur Mohamed, 17.
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Chan (centre) will perform with Anastasia Mary Chieng, 12, and Mohamed Syukur Mohamed, 17. PHOTO: LENNE CHAI PHOTOGRAPHY

LIFE

Artists share stage with sick kids

Dreamseeds Arts Fest, a new arts festival, gives sick children a chance to perform alongside artists. Organised by non-profit organisation Club Rainbow, it includes an art exhibition, a concert and creative workshops that are open to the public. The event, from today till Monday, will be held at Visual Arts Centre located at Dhoby Ghaut Green. Admission is free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe