What's News: March 4, 2016

A supporter holding up a "Make America great again" sign before Mr Trump's appearance at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.
A supporter holding up a "Make America great again" sign before Mr Trump's appearance at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG


STI makes U-shaped recovery

The stock market has regained most of the ground lost in January, in a remarkable U-shaped recovery.

The Straits Times Index (STI) has soared more than 9 per cent over the past month, aided by rising oil prices and receding fears over a slowdown in China. 


Remembering Mr Lee's legacy

From a tree-planting exercise to a brisk-walking event and a remembrance service, at least 100 events are being organised by individuals and community groups this month to commemorate the legacy of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

March 23 will mark the first anniversary of his death.



China worried about Taiwan

China's top political advisory body has voiced opposition to Taiwanese independence in its annual report for the first time since 2008, a sign of its concern of a breakaway as the island's Democratic Progressive Party is set to take power. A top Chinese leader, Mr Yu Zhengsheng (above), said Beijing will uphold the "1992 Consensus". 


Republicans wake up to a possible Trump nomination

With Mr Donald Trump dominating Super Tuesday and building even more momentum ahead of the Republican party's national convention in July, its members are waking up to the possibility that the populist businessman could be its nominee - and possibly US president come November. 


Keep options open for MRT line

Don't close the case on the Cross Island Line yet - more needs to be done to examine the pros and cons of the alternative route that skirts around the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, writes Christopher Tan. This route has benefits for commuters too, he says.


Public park on NTU campus

Nanyang Technological University is turning part of its Jurong campus into a public park that can be used for big-scale events. It is seeking ideas from architectural firms to develop the 9ha site, which includes the space in front of the Chinese Heritage Centre.


HDB resale prices up 0.2%

Housing Board resale prices went up slightly by 0.2 per cent last month, driven by the increased prices of three- and four-room flats. Experts say this is a sign the market has continued to stabilise and not that the market has rebounded. 


More companies wind up

The number of companies shutting down exceeded newly formed firms in December - the first time this has happened since the 2009 global financial crisis.

But while this could be cause for concern, some analysts believe that it is too early to say if this is an indication of a recession. 


1st-round surprise at Sentosa

Surprise leaders Minjee Lee and Candie Kung shot matching five-under 67s to set the early pace yesterday at the HSBC Women's Champions. Defending champion Park In Bee was among four players a stroke adrift at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course.


The unstoppable Tom Jones

More than half a century after he made his singing debut, Welsh singer Tom Jones, 75, is still going strong, playing shows worldwide. In the past few months, he has released a new album and an autobiography. His current global touring itinerary includes a show in Singapore at The Star Theatre on March 31. 



Madonna in custody fight

A US judge on Wednesday urged former celebrity couple Madonna and Guy Ritchie to resolve a custody dispute over their son, Rocco, 15. He has refused to return to her New York home and wishes to live with his father in London. Celebrity news reports have focused on Madonna's strict parenting style. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 04, 2016'. Subscribe