What's News: March 27, 2017

Hong Kong's new chief executive Carrie Lam waves after winning the Hong Kong chief executive election.
Hong Kong's new chief executive Carrie Lam waves after winning the Hong Kong chief executive election. PHOTO: AFP


Carrie Lam elected HK leader

Mrs Carrie Lam has been elected as Hong Kong's first female chief executive, beating out contenders John Tsang and Woo Kwok Hing. Mrs Lam has urged Hong Kongers to give her a chance to heal the deepening societal divide and solve the city's pressing problems.


Long wait for dental treatment

Demand for subsidised dental treatment is so much higher than dentists in the public sector can comfortably cope with, that patients could face waits of a year or more for treatment, even for serious dental problems. The National Dental Centre Singapore said the demand for age-related dental treatment has increased.

The European Central Bank is among institutions targeted by North Korean hackers.
The European Central Bank is among institutions targeted by North Korean hackers. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


N. Korean hackers target cash

North Korean hackers are increasingly using their cyber-attack abilities to try to steal cash for the reclusive country that is cut off from much of the global economy. Their hacking targets include institutions like the World Bank, European Central Bank and big American companies like Bank of America.


Tackling role of tech in terror

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has criticised tech firms for providing encrypted technologies that are being used by terrorists for their communications. Her comments came in the wake of reports that the terrorist who killed four people in London last week sent an encrypted message via WhatsApp before the attack.


Cloudy future for EU

The European Union marked its 60th anniversary over the weekend in good weather, looking towards a cloudy future. Its options after Brexit are unrealistic, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Many don't follow up with doc

Even after red flags show up in a health screening, it can take a lot to get people to see a doctor for a proper check-up, say healthcare professionals. SingHealth says one in four people screened between July 2015 and the same month last year had not returned for a doctor's follow-up after a year.


Opportunities in big data

After her boss told her to bet her career on big data, Ms Goh Sok Kim accepted a newly created role as head of Citi's data innovation office in Asia. The Government has urged firms to turn the wealth of data in their possession into an asset.


Exchange rate 'status quo'

The economic outlook is brightening and inflation is on the rise, but the Monetary Authority of Singapore is expected to leave its exchange rate policy unchanged when it meets next month, economists say. This is because the pickup in economic activity has been limited to export-oriented sectors, while the broader labour market remains weak.


Wizards avenge overtime loss

The Washington Wizards, still smarting from their Feb 6 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, finally beat the reigning NBA champions 127-115 last Saturday. Washington (45-28) torched Cleveland (47-25) by tying a season-high performance with 40 points in the first quarter and scoring 71 in the first half.



'Humans scarier than ghosts'

Taiwanese actress Kuo Shu-yao, 26, plays a temple medium who can see ghosts in HBO Asia's first Mandarin original series, The Teenage Psychic, which premieres on the cable channel next Sunday.

But she does not find interacting with the paranormal world, albeit a make-believe one, scary. She feels "humans are scarier than ghosts".


SLIDER Hub of Tampines

See how Tampines Stadium, once the venue for football matches, has morphed into Our Tampines Hub.



Anatomy of an artist

Artist Tan Swie Hian talks about some of his works on display at the Anatomy Of A Free Mind exhibition. http://str.sg/swiehian

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