Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Feb 23

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Feb 23.

Police did exceptionally well in Chew Eng Han's case, bail regime to be tightened: K. Shanmugam

Chew Eng Han, who was due to begin his jail term on Feb 22, was arrested at sea along with another man who was piloting the boat on Feb 21, 2018. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The Law and Home Affairs Minister praised them for preventing Chew from leaving Singapore, even though it shouldn't be the police's primary role to prevent people from jumping bail. 


ST interview: Heng Swee Keat on 'money not enough', why statutory boards need to borrow, and being the face of GST hike

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in an interview with The Straits Times on Feb 20, 2018, a day after he delivered the Budget speech. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

In an interview with ST the morning after delivering his Budget speech, Mr Heng elaborated on the thinking that went behind it. Here is an edited transcript. 


More childcare centres impose fine on parents late to fetch kids

Staff at some childcare centres say the late charges were introduced to deal with parents who were repeatedly late. The Ministry of Social and Family Development does not regulate how the centres determine additional charges for late pickups, as these are commercial arrangements between the centres and parents. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

At least 10 per cent of 1,400 centres in Singapore have such a policy, with the penalty set at about $10 for every five minutes late. 


Bungalow of rich widow in Yang Yin case put up for sale with expected price of above $35m

Madam Chung Khin Chun (left) and her niece Hedy Mok, the appointed deputy public trustee for the estate's administration, at Madam Chung's bungalow in Gerald Crescent. PHOTO: ST FILE

The freehold site in Gerald Crescent can potentially accommodate 11 landed houses comprising two detached houses, a pair of semi-detached and seven terraces. 


Christians in Singapore remember evangelist Billy Graham's 1978 crusade as a milestone

The National Council of Churches Singapore said 337,000 people, including Singaporeans and others from around the region, turned up to hear American evangelist Billy Graham preach over five nights at the old 55,000-seat National Stadium in Kallang. PHOTO: ST FILE

Some 337,000 people, including Singaporeans and others from around the region, turned up to hear him preach over five nights at the old 55,000-seat National Stadium in Kallang.


Man, 63, pleads guilty to sexually abusing his grandson

The abuse came to light after a seemingly ordinary conversation between the eight-year-old and his mother, who was reminding the boy to go to bed early.


Robert Mueller files new charges against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort, Rick Gates

Paul Manafort departs after a bond hearing in Washington, in December 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

A new indictment has long been expected in the US special counsel's prosecution of Mr Manafort and Mr Gates, his right-hand man, on fraud and money laundering charges.


Arctic winter temperatures soar 25 deg C above normal

A 2011 photo shows the crew of a US Coast Guard ship retrieving supplies in the Arctic Ocean. PHOTO: REUTERS

This latest huge temperature spike in the Arctic is another striking indicator of its rapidly transforming climate. 


Taiwan to ban disposable plastic items by 2030

Taiwan's new plan will force major chain restaurants to stop providing plastic straws for in-store use from 2019, a requirement that will expand to all dining outlets in 2020. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A blanket ban on single-use plastic items such as straws, cups and shopping bags is latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution. 


Reality TV star Kylie Jenner's tweet costs Snapchat US$1.3 billion

Kylie Jenner (above) tweeted that she doesn’t open the Snap app anymore. PHOTO: REUTERS

Shares of Snapchat's parent sank as much as 7.2 per cent on Thursday on the heels of a tweet from Kylie Jenner, who said she doesn't open the app anymore.