What's News: April 9, 2016

Eunos Primary School pupils receiving their Primary School Leaving Examination results on Nov 25, 2015.
Eunos Primary School pupils receiving their Primary School Leaving Examination results on Nov 25, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE


PSLE scoring system to change

As promised, the current scoring system for the Primary School Leaving Examination will be changed to wider grade bands, in an effort to move away from an overemphasis on results.

The new system will come into effect in 2021, so children in Primary 1 this year will be the first to be graded under it.


Gaps in findings on 1MDB

Gaps in findings by the Public Accounts Committee on 1Malaysia Development Berhad are giving those who have been calling for Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation more ammunition with which to attack him over the debt of RM50 billion (S$17.2 billion) that the Finance Ministry-owned firm had racked up as of January.

A beach in Phuket, one of the places named in the memo as a possible target for terrorists. PHOTO: REUTERS


Terror warning for Thailand

As Thailand gears up for its crowd-pulling Songkran festival next week, a leaked memo has warned that four Uighur and Chechen militants could be planning terrorist attacks on foreigners in the kingdom. It said the attacks could take place in Phuket and Samui, and urged police to step up security around crowded locations.


Web controls hurt trade: US

The United States has labelled China's Internet censorship a trade barrier, saying online restrictions are damaging the business of US companies. Chinese officials say Web controls help maintain social stability and national security in the face of threats.


Empathising with disability

We are born with disability, may become temporarily able-bodied, and then age back to disability.

When we understand how thin the line is that separates us from disability, we can empathise and become a caring community, says Professor Chong Siow Ann.


Costlier greens amid heatwave

Vegetables have been growing in price since the recent heatwave hit the region. Stores are reporting that some greens from Malaysia now cost up to 40 per cent more than they did a week ago.

A drought there has dried up reservoirs and slowed down crop growth.


Yang on friend's involvement

The co-founder of socio-political website The Real Singapore (TRS) lied about his friend's involvement with the site because the latter had nothing to do with sedition, said Yang Kaiheng. He said Damien Koh provided technical support.


OUE offers deferred payment

Developer OUE is offering a form of deferred payment scheme to buyers as it tries to sell off the remaining units at its Twin Peaks condo. Deferred payment schemes were popular in 2002 to 2006 but were abolished in October 2007 for uncompleted private homes.

Spieth playing his second shot on the 11th hole at Augusta. He began his title defence with six birdies in a round of 66. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Hot opening for Master Spieth

World No. 2 golfer and title holder Jordan Spieth continued his love affair with Augusta, shooting a superb opening round of six-under 66 to bring his career record at the US Masters to 29-under from nine rounds.

He leads by two shots in his bid to become just the fourth after Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods to retain a Masters Green Jacket.


Photo-realistic scenes in film

Jon Favreau, director of The Jungle Book, which showcases computer-generated creatures and a jungle environment so photo-realistic that they are often barely distinguishable from the real thing, says Oscar- winning Gravity (2013) opened his eyes to the possibilities of shooting digitally rather than on film.



Donnie Yen v stormtrooper

Asian stars Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen are seen in the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney's first spin-off movie from the Star Wars universe, released on Thursday. Ip Man's Yen  appears towards the end, wielding a wooden stick to fight a stormtrooper. China's Jiang runs in an explosion scene, wearing armour and carrying a weapon.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: April 9, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe