What's News: May 13, 2016

Construction workers at a worksite along Waterloo Street.
Construction workers at a worksite along Waterloo Street.PHOTO: ST FILE


Stricter on workplace safety

The Manpower Ministry has announced tougher penalties against firms whose workplace safety and health standards do not pass muster, in response to recent workplace fatalities. Among other things, companies issued with a stop- work order now have to suspend work for at least three weeks, up from two weeks previously. A1


Beijing slams dispute tribunal

China says the international tribunal that has taken up the Philippines' case over their South China Sea dispute has abused its power. It is the first time the Chinese government has turned from attacking Manila to criticising the tribunal and its members.



Polls suggest Trump can win

Criticism of the electability of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may not be warranted, judging by new polls that show him neck and neck with his likely Democratic challenger, Mrs Hillary Clinton. The polls are forcing many to rethink whether the polarising tycoon can win.


Global efforts against graft

Countries yesterday pledged at an anti-corruption summit in London to set up public registers to make it harder to launder the proceeds of corruption. But critics say the impact will be limited unless tax havens are made to disclose ownership of offshore companies.


The art of defence exports

Japan may possess cutting-edge technology but several factors hamper its bid to increase its arms exports, since that is a business which is as much art as science, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor.


Medical 'first' for hospital

A 63-year-old man underwent minimally invasive surgery at the National University Hospital in February to remove a heart tumour and carry out a bypass, in what is said to be the first such operation in Asia. It is often hard to use minimally invasive procedures for cases with more than one problem.


Help for workers' centre

A cultural space for migrant workers that has been facing a shortage of funds has received an offer of help from the National Trades Union Congress. The centre, Dibashram, is used for activities such as exhibitions.


Manulife Reit to raise $712m

This year's first initial public offering on the Singapore Exchange mainboard was launched yesterday. Manulife US Reit, the first United States office real estate investment trust to be listed in Asia, aims to raise gross proceeds of US$519.2 million (S$711.7 million).

Shahdan (wearing red jersey) dribbling past Kedah players during a Malaysia Cup match at Jalan Besar Stadium last year.TNP FILE PHOTO


Another injury blow for Tampines midfielder

Tampines midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman has had bad luck at the National Stadium, where he suffered a horror injury during the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2014 that kept him out of action for six months. Then, on Tuesday, at the same venue, he suffered a hairline fracture of his fibula during Tampines' 1-0 AFC Cup win over Selangor, and will be out for 12 weeks.



A novel dinner event

The Singapore Writers Festival has commissioned an interactive four-course dinner event centred on Singapore's first novel - If We Dream Too Long - that runs over three weekends till May 29. Unlike other dinner theatre shows, the audience will not remain in one location, but will move through five rooms representing the primary hang-outs of the protagonist


Deadline for arts instructors

An almost four-year deadline for arts practitioners to receive training in teaching skills is coming up. If instructors who conduct school workshops do not meet the pedagogical skills requirement by this year, they will not be accepted for the next round of programmes, which will be offered from next year to 2018.

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