What's News: Jan 29, 2016


Local job growth slows down

Employment growth for Singaporeans and permanent residents last year was at its slowest since 1998 amid the Asian financial crisis, as a result of slowdowns in global demand and local labour supply. But their real wages went up by 7 per cent last year and the jobless rate remained low.


Najib cuts growth estimates

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has unveiled a slew of measures to claw back lost oil revenue in a recalibration of Budget 2016, while giving consumers more flexibility to spend by offering tax relief. GDP growth estimates have been cut, while unemployment and inflation are expected to rise.

The ''well-dying'' Bill has drawn support from elderly folk in South Korea. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


S. Koreans get to 'die well'

A "well-dying" Bill comes into effect in South Korea in 2018, which will allow terminally ill patients to opt out of life-prolonging treatment, paving the way for the development of palliative and hospice care services that are lacking in the country. Religious groups have criticised the Bill amid fears of abuse, but elderly folk support it.


More teeth to tackle terrorism

A new law proposed in the wake of the terror siege in Jakarta will enable Indonesia's police to execute raids, make arrests and detain suspects for interrogation solely based on intelligence reports. Experts say this will require oversight to prevent abuse.


Hillary set to stay ahead

While Senator Bernie Sanders appears to be coming on strong against Mrs Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, he is unlikely to unseat Mrs Clinton from the front-runner position. US Bureau Chief Jeremy Au Yong explains why.


Seniors bond at open kitchen

Instead of a meal delivery service or soup kitchen, a network of care agencies has set up an open kitchen at a block in Marine Terrace.

Every day, 40 to 50 seniors get together to cook a meal, paid for by the Tote Board.


DTL off to 'good start'

Transport researchers say the new Downtown Line is off to a "good start", averaging 214,000 trips a day since it opened up to the Bukit Timah corridor a month ago. However, the figure is fewer than half the 500,000 forecast by the Land Transport Authority when its third stage opens next year.


Bid to refresh stock market

The Singapore Exchange is reviewing the need for quarterly reporting and looking closely at dual-class shares, in moves aimed at refreshing and improving the local stock market's quality. It is also mulling over whether to allocate a larger proportion of a mainboard listing's shares to retail investors.

Keith Horne of South Africa carded a five-under 66 during the first round at the Sentosa Golf Club yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Horne upstages big guns at Singapore Open

Unheralded South African veteran Keith Horne stole the show on the opening day of golf's Singapore Open, with seven birdies in a round of five-under 66, to lead world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and European Tour Rookie of the Year An Byeong Hun by a shot. Over a third of the 156-man field did not complete their rounds because of an hour-long lightning delay. C16

The exhibition will feature creations such as the Bird Clip and Pendant. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


Gem of a showcase

French jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels will hold its largest heritage exhibition in Singapore in April.

The Art & Science Of Gems, to be held at the ArtScience Museum from April 23 to Aug 14, will showcase more than 400 creations from the jewellery house's archives, plus pieces on loan from private collectors around the world.


Rihanna's album leaks online

Top-selling singer Rihanna's new album, Anti, leaked online on Wednesday. The 13 songs first appeared, apparently by mistake, on music mogul Jay Z's streaming service Tidal.

Tidal took down the page for the album in its store, but fans were able to save the music.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 29, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe