What's News: July 3, 2015

 An elderly man on a wheelchair and an elderly woman.
An elderly man on a wheelchair and an elderly woman. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


Programme to assess fall risk

A pilot programme for elderly people in the north of Singapore will assess their risk of falling and help those at risk to reduce it.

As the population ages, the problem of falls can only get worse. Some of these are, however, quite preventable, said doctors.


New, more secure SingPass

A new, more secure SingPass will be available from Sunday to those who want to register for it.

The enhanced SingPass will use a two-factor authentication process to protect personal data.

It will be compulsory from July next year.


Ferry capsizes in Philippines

In the latest in a string of maritime accidents, a ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off central Philippines yesterday. Reports of the number of people missing are conflicting. Poorly maintained, loosely regulated ferries are the backbone of maritime travel in the Philippines.


Thaw in Sino-Japan ties

Sino-Japan ties are on the mend after more than two years of tensions, spurred by China's slowing economic growth and President Xi Jinping's consolidation of power.


China's ties with S-E Asia

Across South-east Asia, fresh unease is rising at China's assertiveness. China argues that security concerns dictate a pushback against the United States, but it should remember the region matters as much to it as it does to the region, says Ravi Velloor, Associate Editor (Global Affairs).


New scheme to help create Streets for People

Keong Saik Road, home to many hip eateries, may benefit from going pedestrians-only under the new scheme. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

More streets may be turned into car-free zones for pedestrian use.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said a new scheme will help applicants get the green light to turn roads into public and community spaces.


Hotel shuts mall entrance

The InterContinental Hotel has shut an entrance to Bugis Junction shopping mall that was accessible to the public. Hotel guests can gain access with their key cards, said the hotel, which cited security reasons for closing the entrance.


Green light for Reits reform

Most of the changes proposed for the booming property trust sector will go ahead. The new measures will give investors better protection and greater accountability, and give managers more operational flexibility, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore yesterday.


FAS tie-up 'a winner for all'

Sports media rights giant MP & Silva believes its $25 million tie-up with the Football Association of Singapore will be a winner for everyone, including fans.

Founding partner Andrea Radrizzani shares his plans in a new monthly series on Singapore's sports business industry.


Different location, same Zouk

Zouk may be moving to Clarke Quay next year but it will feel the same, says founder Lincoln Cheng. Even the little hot dog kiosk that has fed many a weary Zoukette in the wee hours will find a new home there. Clubbers can look forward to hitting the new location by June.


Lin Ching-hsia back on screen

Former Taiwanese film goddess Lin Ching-hsia will make a comeback with Hunan TV reality show Up Idol, a showcase of past and present screen beauties from Rosamund Kwan to Yang Mi. Lin's last movie was 1994's Ashes Of Time.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe