What's News: October 25, 2017

The Building and Construction Authority plans to have 80,000 personnel trained in construction technology enter the industry by 2025.
The Building and Construction Authority plans to have 80,000 personnel trained in construction technology enter the industry by 2025. PHOTO: ST FILE


Focus on construction tech

The Building and Construction Authority plans to have 80,000 personnel trained in construction technology - which prioritises productivity and innovation over manual work - enter the industry by 2025. The aim is to create more attractive construction jobs.


More jobs in clean energy

Six foreign clean energy companies are investing $500 million over the next five years in Singapore and creating 400 skilled jobs here with two-thirds going to Singaporeans, said the Singapore Economic Development Board. Among them is Germany-based VDE, which is setting up an energy storage testing and certification lab.



Najib to unveil Budget

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to announce a populist Budget on Friday ahead of a forthcoming general election by August next year, bolstered by a better-than-expected economy. While Datuk Seri Najib will continue to trim the fiscal deficit, higher revenue collections give him more room to spend in the next Budget. These extra funds are likely to be spent on cash handouts for economically weaker households.


Terrorism fight a priority

Singapore has assumed the chairmanship of the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting, with plans to push regional efforts to combat emerging threats from violent extremism, while maintaining peace and stability in the region.


New course for offshore firms

With rig-building facing ups and downs, the world's two biggest firms in the sector - Keppel Offshore & Marine and Sembcorp Marine - are entering new areas of business catering to the liquefied natural gas trade and floating platforms, says Jacqueline Woo.


Low adult vaccination rates

Adults should be vaccinated against 11 diseases, including influenza, pneumococcal disease and the human papilloma virus, said the Health Ministry. But a 2013 survey showed only between 5 per cent and 8 per cent were vaccinated against pneumococcal disease.


SIT grads secure higher pay

The number of Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) graduates working part-time has climbed to 12 per cent, up from 7.6 per cent a year ago. Close to 90 per cent of SIT graduates from the class of 2016 secured jobs, with monthly salaries rising to $3,200.


Great Eastern Q3 earnings up

Continued growth in Singapore and buoyant financial markets sent third-quarter earnings up 21 per cent at insurer Great Eastern Holdings.

Net profit was $235.5 million for the three months to Sept 30, backed by higher profit from the insurance business.


Giggs eyes Leicester, Everton

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is eyeing the vacant managerial posts at Premier League sides Leicester City and Everton. Leicester sacked Craig Shakespeare last week and the Toffees dispensed with Ronald Koeman on Monday. Giggs, who served as Louis van Gaal's No. 2 at Old Trafford, said: "For me, these are clubs I would be interested in."



Local singers on Japan tour

Home-grown singer-songwriters Dru Chen and Deon (above) are heading to Japan to promote their new music. The Black East Tour:Tokyo 2017 will see them staging shows at venues such as Shinjuku Live Freak, Kichijoji Planet K and mona records.


Looking good in Hanfu

Gong Pan Pan loves to wear Hanfu, the traditional clothing of the Han Chinese, and has spent about $10,000 on the outfits. str.sg/hanfuwear


Feast for the eyes

Food stylists show you the tricks they use to make sure a dish is camera-ready and looks as good as it tastes. str.sg/foodstylists

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe