What's News: Jan 25, 2018

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (above) has warned against Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month giving rise to an "illusion of success" in the nuclear and missile crisis on the peninsula.
US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (above) has warned against Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month giving rise to an "illusion of success" in the nuclear and missile crisis on the peninsula. PHOTO: NYTIMES

TOP OF THE NEWS

Road map for professionals

A new road map to help boost the professional services sector is aiming to generate 5,500 new jobs for professionals, managers, executives and technicians every year until 2020. It also aims to equip workers with skills such as data science and artificial intelligence.


TOP OF THE NEWS

More sporting chances for kids

The Junior Division competitions, for primary school pupils aged nine to 11, are being reviewed to allow student-athletes of all skill levels more opportunities to represent their schools. Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng said these competitions are usually the children's first time taking part in a formal inter-school meet.


WORLD

N. Korea in Games 'not a win'

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has warned against Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month giving rise to an "illusion of success" in the nuclear and missile crisis on the peninsula. Despite the developments, he and some experts believe the impasse with the US will continue, with North Korea seeking talks with the US to lower the pressure from sanctions before returning to testing activities.


WORLD

Organ donors' details leaked

The personal details of some 220,000 Malaysian organ donors and their next of kin have been leaked online in another instance of ID information theft in Malaysia. The data exposed in the leak included the donors' full names, IC numbers, next of kin's names and gender, among other things.


OPINION

Medical Act changes matter

The proposed Healthcare Services Bill will update regulations for the industry, and changes include having patients' records in an electronic database. More flexibility for patients to opt out of such a system would be desirable, says Salma Khalik.


HOME

Guide to monument care

It takes more than just slapping on plaster and paint when it comes to maintaining a heritage building. The National Heritage Board has provided two updated technical guides on monument care, one of which details information on painting a monument.


HOME

ComfortDelGro sells petrol

Transport giant ComfortDelGro has gone into the petrol station business to serve its fleet of hybrid taxis.

It is the first to enter petrol retail, although the company and other taxi operators have been selling diesel at discounted rates to cabbies since the 1990s.


BUSINESS

More joining en bloc game

Home owners are taking Singapore's latest craze - selling en bloc - to a new level, with mega developments such as Mandarin Gardens, Cashew Heights and Pine Grove that occupy sites close to or more than 1 million sq ft each joining the bandwagon


SPORT

Teo finally accepts decision

Singaporean mixed martial arts fighter Tiffany Teo says that while she could have battled on in her failed One Championship title bout last Saturday, she eventually understood why the referee stopped the contest and declared China's Xiong Jingnan the winner.

She will take a short break from training before her next bout.



ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

LIFE

Visual arts in a pink pavilion

A pink pineapple-shaped arts pavilion and seven other outdoor installations in Lock Road herald Gillman Barracks' inaugural visual arts festival, Disini, which will be launched tomorrow.

Multiple activities have been organised around visual art, including public art commissions, art exhibitions and performances.


Straits Times Digital

VIDEO

'Chicken boy'

Mr Chan Lay Boo, 82, has been selling chickens since the 1950s, earning him the moniker "gai zai", or chicken boy, in Cantonese. str.sg/oUc9

VIDEO

Trail of blood

What happens to the blood after your donation? Watch to find out what goes on behind the scenes. str.sg/oUUi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe