What's News: October 20, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

Next stop, self-driving buses

Self-driving buses could be used for shuttle services in as early as five years' time, if a trial is successful. To be conducted in 2018 at Nanyang Technological University, the trial will feature Singapore's first self- driving buses. The plan is to use two electric-hybrid buses fitted with intelligent camera and laser light sensors and an autonomous system to navigate traffic conditions.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Plans for Golden Shoe Carpark

The owner of Golden Shoe Carpark in Raffles Place has submitted plans to redevelop the 10-storey building. This could result in an office tower of up to 280m high, on a par with the tallest buildings in the Central Business District.


Some of the empty seats inside the Hong Kong legislature after the walkout yesterday.
Some of the empty seats inside the Hong Kong legislature after the walkout yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Walkout in HK legislature

Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of the Hong Kong legislature yesterday to prevent the swearing-in of two pro-independence activists who used words offensive to the mainland during their first oath-taking last week. This followed the government's failed bid to block the activists from taking up their parliamentary seats.


WORLD

May's first EU summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May today attends her first European Union summit since she came to power in July, in the wake of Brexit. She will try to reassure EU leaders that she retains an open mind about the shape of Britain's future links with Europe.


OPINION

Improving health insurance

The health insurance task force proposals to stem the spiralling cost of healthcare insurance deserve serious consideration, says Salma Khalik. These include the call for guidelines on range of fees and having insurers work with preferred providers.


HOME

Reckless e-scooter riders

The authorities have seized two e-scooters over the past week, as part of a crackdown on reckless riders here. The clampdown comes after a number of videos depicting unsafe actions by e-scooter users went viral over the past week.


HOME

Study on speed limits

A Nanyang Technological University team is conducting a study on whether proposed speed limits for bicycles and personal mobility devices are sufficient. The study will look at whether the proposed limits give pedestrians enough time to react when a cyclist comes their way.


BUSINESS

Top destination for businesses

Singapore has emerged as the top destination for Asian businesses expanding abroad, according to a United Overseas Bank survey. The country's stable political and social climate is a strong draw in these challenging times as overseas expansion becomes more urgent amid slowing sales in domestic markets, the poll showed.


Champion athlete Tiger Woods, seen here at the Masters golf tournament in April last year, has not had a win since 2013.
Champion athlete Tiger Woods, seen here at the Masters golf tournament in April last year, has not had a win since 2013. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Tiger Woods and misplaced confidence

Whether it's amateur athletes or Tiger Woods, the quest for confidence is the greatest search in sport. And if, like the golfer, you haven't won for a while and your body rebels, it's hard to find self-belief, writes Rohit Brijnath.



PHOTO: ERATO WARNER MUSIC

LIFE

Story of pianist David Fray

Celebrated pianist David Fray was made to sit before a keyboard when he was just four years old. His parents - both educators - decided their two sons would play the piano simply because there was one at home. The 35-year-old, who admits that he did not take to the piano at first, will play here tomorrow with the Dresden Philharmonic.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe