What's News: May 15, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron attending a ceremony in Paris yesterday.
French President Emmanuel Macron attending a ceremony in Paris yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS


China won't interfere: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged US$124 billion (S$174 billion) to his Silk Road project, but stressed that China does not plan to impose its will on others. He was seeking to ease concerns that China is using the project to expand its influence by interfering in other countries' internal affairs.


Chas bills more transparent

From this year, receipts issued by Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) clinics started reflecting itemised breakdowns of the treatment fees and subsidies received. This is to make clinic charges and Chas subsidies clearer. Between 2013 and 2015, the Health Ministry received about 300 complaints on Chas, mostly about incorrect billing or high fees.


Macron takes office

Mr Emmanuel Macron yesterday took power as President of France in a solemn ceremony heavy with tradition at the Elysee Palace.

He pledged to work to heal divisions in society - a nod to the bitter campaign he fought to defeat a far-right leader. The 39-year-old former investment banker is France's youngest post-war leader.


Call to act on S. China Sea code

Indonesia has asked China to make good on its promise to conclude by mid-year the ongoing negotiations on a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, as its Foreign Minister, Ms Retno Marsudi, met her counterpart, Mr Wang Yi, in Beijing on Saturday.


Moon must try new policies

If South Korean President Moon Jae In repeats the foreign and security policies of his predecessors, he will be doomed to fail, writes Jonathan Eyal. Mr Moon should instead seek to improve ties with Japan and scrap plans for sunshine engagement with North Korea.


Beer for terminally ill patients

Following requests by its palliative care patients, Assisi Hospice made alcohol available from last Tuesday, joining Dover Park Hospice, which has been doing so for some time. Medical institutions are rethinking what quality of life means, especially for patients who are dying.


Running for graciousness

The 1,000 participants at Singapore's first Kindness Run at Pasir Ris Park yesterday were given tips on running etiquette. The run was organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement with the collaboration of ground-up initiative Runners' Heart-Reach.


Firms here look to HK for IPOs

The competition between the Singapore Exchange and the stock exchange of Hong Kong for listings looks set to intensify as more firms here mull over moves to head to the Republic's rival to raise capital.

Market watchers said this reveals that more and more firms want to deepen their presence in the Greater China market, but these moves are not a guaranteed success.


Conte confirms he's staying

A day after leading Chelsea to their fifth English Premier League title in his first season in charge, Antonio Conte committed to the Blues for next season despite interest from fallen Italian giants Inter Milan.

He is intent on improving the team for their Champions League campaign, with possibly £200 million (S$359 million) in deals lined up.



Even hard times can be funny

British comedian Russell Howard, best known for his television show Russell Howard's Good News, finds humour in life's bleakest moments. He will perform in Singapore for the first time on May 28, at the Kallang Theatre. The tour, titled Round The World, includes other cities in Canada and the United States.

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Anger management

Release your pent-up frustrations by smashing stuff with a bat at Singapore's first rage room. http://str.sg/468f


Roll call

Craving for lobster rolls? Here are eight places to check out. http://str.sg/46WD

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe