What's News: Aug 18, 2015

China's industrial safety record is in the spotlight after huge explosions rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin last Saturday.
China's industrial safety record is in the spotlight after huge explosions rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin last Saturday.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


'Checks and balances in place'

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the public sector has a sound system of checks and balances that ensures funds are properly accounted for. And while the Auditor-General has identified lapses from time to time, the overall structure of the building is safe, he said, likening it to a house. This is unlike that of the Workers' Party-run town council, which is structurally unsound.


Surge in private home sales

New private home sales spiked last month owing to a strong showing at one condo launch.

Developers sold 1,594 new private homes, of which 1,169 were units at High Park Residences in Fernvale Road. These were the highest monthly sales posted since June 2013, when 1,806 new private homes were sold.


Rush to reach plane wreckage

Indonesia yesterday vowed to hold responsible every division linked to the crash of a passenger plane, as rescuers rushed to reach the wreckage in mountainous Papua province. Among the 54 people on board were four officials carrying US$470 million (S$661 million) worth of welfare funds.


Change mindsets to improve work safety in China: Experts

Only by raising people's awareness of industrial safety can the Chinese government head off disasters as devastating as the explosions that rocked Tianjin, experts argue. China has no lack of safety regulations and laws, but society's indifference has contributed to the sporadic enforcement.


Bankruptcy's social stigma

The recent changes to Singapore's Bankruptcy Act are a sensible rebalancing of the interests of debtors, creditors and society as a whole, but will the social stigma of bankruptcy be as forgiving, asks By Invitation columnist Simon Chesterman.


SIA may shut flying school

Singapore Airlines (SIA) may close its 27-year-old flying school in Seletar as part of a review of its pilot training programme. Alternatives are to move training operations to Malaysia, where costs are lower, or farming out some of the training to third-party providers.


Big WorldSkills haul for S'pore

Singapore has won 17 awards at WorldSkills, its largest haul at the global competition for vocational skills. Among them were three medals - a silver and two bronze - for the team of 22 from the polytechnics and ITE.


Japan economy shrinks in Q2

Burdened by slumping exports and weak consumer spending, Japan's economy shrank in the second quarter, joining China and many Asian neighbours in experiencing a slowdown. The annualised 1.6 per cent fall in the pace has fed speculation that the Bank of Japan will unleash stimulus measures.


Day scoops first Major title

A year ago, Jason Day was worried that he might never play golf again because of vertigo and a degenerative back condition that had forced him to withdraw from several tournaments. On Sunday, the Australian capped his comeback from uncertainty by winning the PGA Championship, his first Major title following numerous near misses.


S'pore singers out of contest

Singapore's husband-and-wife singers, Alfred Sim and Tay Kewei, are both out of the latest season of popular reality-TV singing contest The Voice Of China. While Sim relished his five minutes on stage during the recording earlier this month, performing Faye Wong's I'm Willing, nerves got the better of his wife, who delivered a bossa nova version of Stefanie Sun's Tears Become A Poem.

What it should have been

Sunday's article, "PAP, WP set for a tantalising rematch in East Coast GRC", reported that Ms Glenda Han had quit the Workers' Party after the last general election. She remains a member of the party.

We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe