What's News: May 19, 2016

Incoming President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference before he meets well-wishers in Davao City, southern Philippines, on May 16, 2016.
Incoming President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference before he meets well-wishers in Davao City, southern Philippines, on May 16, 2016. PHOTO: EPA


Help for hiring older workers

Companies will soon be able to get bigger government grants to redesign jobs for older workers. From July, they will be able to apply for up to $300,000 for projects to make jobs easier and safer for staff over the age of 50, in a move to encourage re-employment as the population ages.


Review of short-term rentals

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said yesterday that it needs more time to review the issue of short-term rentals in private residential properties, following a public consultation held last year. Results of the consultation were split, with no clear consensus, said the URA.



China 'not mainlandising HK'

In one of its most candid appraisals of Hong Kong's challenges, China has openly acknowledged the tensions between the central government and the city, including doubts about the "one country, two systems" policy. China's No. 3 leader Zhang Dejiang last night dismissed suggestions that Beijing is "mainlandising" Hong Kong as baseless.


Rebels eye Duterte's offers

Communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies have said they are ready to resume peace talks with the Philippine government, as they welcome incoming President Rodrigo Duterte's "magnanimous" offers.


Lessons on bike-sharing

After two failed attempts, is Singapore finally ready for a bike-sharing scheme? Danson Cheong highlights lessons from other cities that have either enjoyed success, like Hangzhou in China, or flopped, like Washington DC.


NUS eyes grade-free first year

The National University of Singapore is planning to allow first- year students to write off grades for up to eight of their 10 modules if they don't want them included in their final grade point average.


Workers give more to charity

Employees donated $16.3 million from their salaries to the Community Chest last year - almost $2 million more than they did in 2013 - according to new figures released yesterday. Meanwhile the Government has launched a programme which will see it match any increase in annual donations dollar for dollar.


Mapletree invests big in UK

Mapletree Investments has acquired a freehold business park in Britain as part of its strategy to grow via expanding in developed markets. The 79ha Green Park is in Reading, Berkshire. Sources say the deal is worth over £500 million (S$991 million).


Valencia need to buck up

Valencia are keen to take stock of what has admittedly been a poor season and quickly move on.

They finished 12th last term in a campaign marred by managerial changes, and the six-time La Liga champions are determined to start afresh and bring success back to one of Spain's biggest football clubs.

Actress Rui En was flamed last month over her behaviour in an incident where she knocked over a parked motorcycle with her car. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TANG


Rui En learns to forgive herself

Actress Rui En, who has apologised for an incident last month in which she knocked over a parked motorcycle with her car, said she has been heaping blame on herself for it. But she has learnt to forgive herself, she said at a press conference on Tuesday for a new Channel 8 drama, If Only I Could...



Kai Ko back at work in China

Taiwanese actor Kai Ko is filming a television drama in Hengdian, China, a sign that the ban on him working on the mainland may be thawing about two years after his drug arrest in Beijing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe