Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, Jan 25

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, Jan 25

Video: Singapore can play key role in China-led Belt and Road Initiative: Chun Sing

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing speaking at a panel discussion on the One Belt One Road initiative at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan 24, 2018. ST PHOTO: WARREN FERNANDEZ

As a global financial hub, it can provide the banking and legal support for projects, as well as facilitating in the "software transfer" to ensure projects are sustainable once completed, Mr Chan said during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos. 


New bond payment for those hiring maids from Indonesia

There are an estimated 120,000 Indonesian maids in Singapore. An Indonesian Embassy spokesman said the new bond is meant to better protect Indonesian migrant workers here by ensuring employers abide by the terms of the contracts.ST FILE PHOTO

From Feb 1, employers of Indonesian maids will have to spend $70 more when hiring a new helper or renewing a contract.


More help on upkeep of Singapore's heritage buildings

To develop the appropriate plaster to repair the St Andrew's Cathedral, a trial formula had to be first applied to a small area.ST PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH

Last month, the National Heritage Board (NHB) rolled out two updated technical guides in response to calls to better aid monument owners and occupiers.


Why update to Medical Act matters

A Bill passed nearly 40 years ago, which required the licensing of bricks-and-mortar premises delivering healthcare such as hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories, is about to be revamped for the age of digital doctors and in-the-community care.


Tanjong Pagar, Boon Lay, Outram hit with flash floods; PUB says areas are known hot spots

Heavy rain caused flash floods in Craig Road, Outram Road and the junction of Jalan Boon Lay and International Road on Jan 25, 2018.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SG NO.1 IN ALL IN 1 SHARING / UPDATES

National water agency PUB said the three locations are known hot spots, prone to flooding because of specific localised conditions.


Video: Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 175 years for sexual abuse

Nassar stands during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan.PHOTO: REUTERS

Nassar, who had molested young female gymnasts, was sentenced on Wednesday following days of wrenching testimony from about 160 of his victims, including Olympic medallists.


Video: China scientists clone first monkeys made by same process that created Dolly the sheep

Monkey clones Zhong Zhong (left) and Hua Hua at a research institution in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, on Jan 20, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

The cloning of the two long-tailed macaques named Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong has been lauded as a breakthrough that could boost medical research into human diseases.


Mindef showcases a different shade of green

ME4 Dave Singh and DSTA principal architect Aw Boon Seong at the RSAF's green hangar at Paya Lebar Air Base.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

As Singapore gears up for its Year of Climate Action - which will be launched soon - the Ministry of Defence wants to showcase a different shade of green: environmentally friendly military buildings.


Video: Shark's fin to spark debate over Chinese New Year

Fish auction in Vigo: Blue sharks are stacked on trays for the fish merchants to bid. The fins were attached to the sharks, with each tray indicating the date the sharks are caught, the location, the fishing boat registration numbers, among other things. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The consumption of shark's fin is controversial, but with Chinese New Year fast approaching - on Feb 16 and 17 - the ingredient will be on the shopping list of many families. 


Video: Maze Runner finale packs in the action

Maze Runner: The Death Cure stars (from left) Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dylan O'Brien and Lee Ki Hong.PHOTOS: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

As the Maze Runner film trilogy concludes with The Death Cure, its lead actors - including Dylan O'Brien and Lee Ki Hong - brace themselves for life outside the Maze