What's News: March 21, 2016

Known for decades as Osborne House, the century-old two-storey structure at 11, Upper Wilkie Road is now home to arts groups.
Known for decades as Osborne House, the century-old two-storey structure at 11, Upper Wilkie Road is now home to arts groups.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


Median childcare fee falls

The median monthly fee for full-time childcare fell from $900 last December to $856 in January - the first time this has dropped in at least a decade.

But the average childcare fee also rose slightly over the same period. 


Youth shunning religion

A growing number of young people say that they have no religion, the recently released Department of Statistics' General Household Survey 2015 report has found. Experts say this could be a result of an increasingly educated populace, who may not see the relevance of religion to their lives. 

Tourists posing next to a sign on the visit. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Obama in historic Cuba visit

The last time a US president visited Cuba, way back in 1928, he got a rock star's welcome and his delegation drank Havana dry.

The atmosphere around Mr Barack Obama's visit feels surprisingly similar to former president Calvin Coolidge's as the former arrived in Cuba yesterday for a 48-hour visit.


Origins of Mount Emily villa come to light

A colonial villa of mysterious origins on top of Mount Emily has been revealed to be owned at one point by a Japanese dentist named Jukichi Ikeda, who bought the house in 1935. This little-known slice of history came to light after the late Mr Ikeda's niece, now 83, returned to Singapore last September to check out her childhood home here. 


Hubbub over minister's house

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday took some newsmen to visit his bungalow, amid a controversy over the purchase of his RM2.8 million (S$940,000) two-storey home. Mr Lim has insisted there is no impropriety in the purchase of the property.


Kurds' long, bloody struggle

The Kurdish people number some 30 million and have fought years without success for their own state in the Middle East. Now, changes in Turkey and the region are fuelling a new civil war that sees Kurds taking terrorism to Turkey's biggest cities, writes Jonathan Eyal. 


Gender-neutral HR policies

Employers must ensure that human resource practices do not work against women, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said yesterday at an event to promote lifelong learning among women. 


Easing bus service transition

The Land Transport Authority has set up a new unit to ensure a smooth transition as the Government rolls out a new bus contracting system later this year. The Bus Transition Management Division was formed in July last year. 


SMEs' Budget wish list

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) hope the upcoming Budget will contain more incentives and help for expanding overseas, according to a new survey. Respondents also called for more schemes and measures to encourage investment in technology. 


Rosberg wins in Melbourne

Perennial bridesmaid Nico Rosberg upstaged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the season-opening Formula One race in Melbourne, capitalising on the three-time world champion's awful start. Fernando Alonso was happy to survive a horrific crash into Esteban Gutierrez's car, but Rio Haryanto retired on his debut.

Sanjeev Veloo (right) with Empra bandmates Matt Agius (from left) and Georgia Flipo.
Sanjeev Veloo (right) with Empra bandmates Matt Agius (from left) and Georgia Flipo. PHOTO: EMPRA


A hit Down Under and in US

Singaporean singer and musician Sanjeev Veloo has not only made it big Down Under, he is now in the midst of a tour in the United States.

He formed an alternative rock band, Empra, after moving to Australia. The independent band will record their second album in California after the tour. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - 5PGFEE21'. Print Edition | Subscribe