What's News: Mar 7, 2017

Mr Trump claims Mr Obama tapped his phone during last year's election.
Mr Trump claims Mr Obama tapped his phone during last year's election.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Genevieve Peck is nominated for her work in the pill-popping romance The Effect.
Genevieve Peck is nominated for her work in the pill-popping romance The Effect.PHOTO: GENEVIEVE PECK


PMETs to get more help

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say announced several initiatives yesterday to help workers who are laid off or struggling to switch to a new career. These include a training attachment programme for professionals, managers, executives and technicians.


Fixed fares for Grab taxi rides

Ride-hailing app Grab will fix fares for taxi hires, so commuters will know exactly how much a taxi ride costs when they book it. It will also implement surge pricing for its taxi hires, according to a document to be issued to its cabbies.

Fares for taxi hires are now only estimated, as they are based ultimately on the metered fare.


FBI chief rejects Trump claims

US President Donald Trump's charge that his predecessor Barack Obama tapped his phone during last year's election campaign has baffled political circles and elicited denials from former Obama-era officials. The accusation reportedly prompted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to ask the Department of Justice to publicly refute the allegation.


Model for China's city clusters

The integration of Chinese capital Beijing, Tianjin port city and Hebei province through better transport links will serve as a model for other city clusters, China's top economic planner said. This way, functions non-essential to Beijing can be moved out more effectively.


China-led global order a myth

Reports of Pax Americana giving way to Pax Sinica are exaggerated. The US may be turning inward, but it is too far-fetched to speak of China filling the leadership vacuum.

China has always been ambivalent towards an open global order, points out Professor John Wong.


Growing fly-cruise market

Cruise operator Royal Caribbean International yesterday announced a marketing partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group to grow Singapore's fly-cruise segment and bring in over $26 million in tourism dollars this year.


Tales from school's history

A book has been written by retired paediatrician Ho Nai Kiong about the former Yeung Ching School, founded 111 years ago and renamed Yangzheng Primary School in 1988. Dr Ho, an old boy of the school, tells the stories of its founders, former principals and prominent pupils.


OCBC joins home loans battle

OCBC Bank has joined the battle for territory in the local home loans market with a new mortgage offer. DBS Bank and United Overseas Bank announced their own rates a week ago, with both banks claiming good response to their respective offers. All three packages are temporary, aimed at buyers of projects under construction, including new launches.


Quah to race at NCAA meet

After more than a month of waiting, Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen finally got the go-ahead from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to compete for the University of California, Berkeley. He clocked a qualifying time in the 200-yard butterfly and will race against Joseph Schooling in the NCAA Championships later this month.


Multimedia magic in theatre

The four nominees vying for Best Multimedia Design in the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards mapped new dimensions through digital wizardry, whether it was the constellations of the night sky or the human brain's inner workings.

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A leg-up from a start-up

An encounter with a woodcutter in Nepal gave Jamon Mok an idea for a poverty-alleviating social enterprise.



Taking it in her stride

Despite her failing vision, Patricia Poo is still pursuing her passion for running, with help from guides.


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