Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, Feb 7

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, Feb 7.


Children need more support to transition to P1: Researchers


Many adults noted that it was important for their children to feel safe and secure in school, to have friends and to be able to follow the school routines. PHOTO: ST FILE

Children need more emotional support and fewer worksheets and spelling tests when they move from pre-school to primary school, say researchers.

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Popiah King's son Ben Goi wanted to celebrate child's first birthday this week



Mr Ben Goi's wake at his house in Bukit Timah on Feb 4, 2019. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Businessman Ben Goi, son of Popiah King Sam Goi, died in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday morning of a stroke that led to a brain haemorrhage.

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State of the Union: Second Trump-Kim Summit set for Vietnam on Feb 27, 28


Mr Trump first met Mr Kim on June 12 in Singapore and has been eager to hold a second summit in spite of a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States. PHOTO: ST FILE

"Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one," US President Donald Trump told Congress in his second State of the Union address.

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MAS named central bank of the year by London-based financial magazine



The award from London-based journal Central Banking recognises best practices in policy, governance, economics and management. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

London-based journal Central Banking praised MAS' fintech efforts, and consistency in monetary policy and supervision.

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7 nabbed by Malaysia police after ransom paid for release of kidnapped Singaporean: Report

The Singapore vegetable trader, who was kidnapped in southern Johor, was freed after his family paid a $331,000 ransom.

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The puzzling case of SMC's judgment on a doctor who was fined $100,000



ST ILLUSTRATION : CEL GULAPA

It is puzzling that SMC imposed a heavy fine on a doctor for not informing a patient of the side effects of a common injection, says ST senior health correspondent Salma Khalik.

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Bangkok running out of air purifiers as toxic smog grips Thailand


A rattled Thai military government is stepping up oversight of the worst polluters, such as factories. PHOTO: REUTERS

Bangkok is grappling with a second year of spiking seasonal air pollution, prompting people to snap up so many filters and masks that supplies are dwindling.

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Trump outlines bold vision for America but risks running aground on deep differences



Republicans stand and applaud as US President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress in the House Chamber, on Feb 5, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mr Trump came out strongly on two deeply divisive issues - against abortion and for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, says ST US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh.

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Seniors hit the road for food-delivery companies


Mr Ang Thing Yue cycles 60km to 100km daily, chalking up about 10 food deliveries a day. He lives in a shophouse in Ceylon Road and delivers food to areas such as Marine Parade, Bedok, Toa Payoh, Potong Pasir and Boon Keng.  ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

There are now about 300 delivery riders aged 60 and above - and their numbers are rising.

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Niche acts are hot: Boutique concert promoters looking beyond familiar names


Explosions in the Sky playing at The Coliseum in March 2017. PHOTO: SYMMETRY ENTERTAINMENT

Boutique gig promoters are bringing in more non-mainstream acts than before and injecting diversity into the music scene.

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