What's News: March 10, 2017

Activists at a rally in Seoul yesterday opposing Ms Park's impeachment.
Activists at a rally in Seoul yesterday opposing Ms Park's impeachment.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The exhibition, which will run until Sept 9, will feature 33 artworks.
The exhibition, which will run until Sept 9, will feature 33 artworks.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


Subsidised health screening

A highly subsidised national health screening scheme will be launched to enable early intervention of common conditions. From Sept 1, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above can be tested for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and cervical cancer, for at most $5.


US open to options on N. Korea

Dismissing China's suggestion of a dual suspension of US and South Korean military drills and North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, the US has said that "all options are on the table" to deal with Pyongyang in response to its latest missile tests.


Tight security before ruling

Security has been stepped up around government buildings in Seoul in anticipation of large gatherings of supporters and critics of President Park Geun Hye, ahead of the Constitutional Court delivering a verdict in her impeachment trial. Whatever the outcome, the protests are likely to continue, with Ms Park's supporters swelling in number to rival anti-Park protesters.


Two Malaysians leave N. Korea

Two Malaysian United Nations staff in North Korea were allowed to leave for China yesterday after Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang had banned each other's citizens from leaving. Malaysian PM Najib Razak reaffirmed that North Koreans will not be allowed to leave as KL negotiates its citizens' release.


Reclaiming West Asia

With East Asia growth slowing, Singapore and the region would do well to look to the western reaches of Asia - and reclaim the Middle East as "West Asia". The area brims with promise, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor.


Private-hire driver's licence

From Monday, drivers can apply for the new Private Hire Car Driver's Vocational Licence (PDVL). Drivers should send in their applications before June 30. From then on, they will have up to a year to complete and pass the 10-hour PDVL course.


Eyeing top food science talent

To attract some of the best and brightest minds into Nanyang Technological University's Food Science and Technology programme, the university is offering up to 30 Nanyang Scholarships for the 2017 intake.


Paya Lebar condo preview

The Park Place Residences at Paya Lebar Quarter - a $3.2 billion project that will feature a mall, three office towers and three residential blocks - will open for a preview tomorrow. The developer plans to sell 171 apartments, or 40 per cent of total units at Park Place Residences, as part of its first release.


Big gap but it's not over: Pep

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola refused to concede the English Premier League title race despite a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Stoke that left Chelsea 10 points ahead. His gamble to leave out key men like John Stones, David Silva and Raheem Sterling ahead of key FA Cup and European matches backfired, but he insisted he had no regrets.


Shark show at new museum

Parkview Museum Singapore, a private contemporary art museum at Parkview Square in North Bridge Road, opens today with a free exhibition, On Sharks & Humanity, on the impact of shark finning. It will feature artworks primarily from Parkview Group's collection.

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Three cabs to the city

Three people, three taxis, morning rush hour. The destination: CBD. How much did it cost to get there with Comfort cab, Grab and Uber?



Speak like a Peranakan

Gunong Sayang Association's Frederick Soh explains phrases from Baba Malay, the colourful patois spoken by the Peranakans.


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