What's News: February 28, 2017

A scene from Malay opera Raden Mas: An Epic Of A Princess.
A scene from Malay opera Raden Mas: An Epic Of A Princess.PHOTO: SRI MAMANDA BANGSAWAN


DPM affirms S'pore-China ties

Singapore-China ties are deep, broad-based and forward-looking, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday after meetings in Beijing. That younger ministers are in the delegation shows the forward-looking nature of ties, he said.


COE extensions hit record

The certificates of entitlement (COEs) for one in three vehicles which turned 10 years old last year were renewed. Cars made up the bulk of the record 44,303 vehicles which had their COEs revalidated last year. Motorists are keeping their cars longer than before. Today, 44 per cent are between seven and 10 years old. 


Fears over new bird flu virus

As the death toll from bird flu mounts in China, experts warn that the new strain of the H7N9 virus could become drug-resistant. A leading specialist in respiratory diseases said the strain may already be resistant to the drug being used to treat it. Meanwhile, four bird flu vaccines have been approved for clinical trials by China's top drug regulator. 


Abu Sayyaf beheads hostage

An elderly German man held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines has been executed after talks for securing his release collapsed. The terror outfit released a video on social media app Telegram that showed Mr Jurgen Kantner kneeling before he was beheaded. 


Trump presidency still a worry

Is the most unpresidential candidate in US history finally starting to act like a president? Professor Hugh White has his doubts. He cites evidence showing the Trump administration remains a worry for the world.


First to respond to Tuas blaze

Captain Shawn Tan, 28, one of 11 female rotation commanders in the Singapore Civil Defence Force, was among the first responders in last Thursday's raging fire at a waste management plant in Tuas. Close to 200 firefighters took four hours to extinguish the fire at Eco Special Waste Management. 


Hot spring area to be a park

The area around Sembawang Hot Spring in Gambas Avenue will be turned into a park as soon as next year, said the National Parks Board. Regular visitors had mixed reactions to the news about the new park, which will occupy around 1ha. 


Governance code under review

Singapore's code of corporate governance is under review, with a new council established to take another look at the guidelines. The code was last reviewed in 2012, when changes were introduced to strengthen board independence and enhance remuneration practices and disclosures. 


First of many wins for Man U?

After veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late header gave Manchester United a 3-2 win over Southampton in the English League Cup final on Sunday, Jose Mourinho, the first Old Trafford boss to win a trophy in his maiden season, urged his men to aim for bigger prizes. The team are still in the running for the FA Cup and Europa League, and are going for a top-four league spot.


Sets that bring theatre to life

This year's nominees for Best Set Design at the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2017 built a spectrum of worlds, from the gritty to the grandiose, including the ornate palaces of Malay opera Raden Mas: An Epic Of A Princess. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on April 10. 

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