What's News: March 10, 2016


More take bus, train to work

More Singapore residents are taking public transport to work, a government survey has found. About 58.7 per cent took either the MRT or bus, or a combination of both, to work last year, up from 54.6 per cent in 2010.

Cars are falling out of favour, with 21.9 per cent of residents driving to work last year, compared to 24.8 per cent in 2010.


Rating of maid agencies

Maid agencies will have to be rated by the authorities before they can renew their licences, under a new scheme. Trustmark aims to make life easier for helpers and their employers. The scheme is due to kick in by December next year.



Cracks in Mahathir's alliance

Far from galvanising Malaysians against Prime Minister Najib Razak, a loose pact put together by former premier Mahathir Mohamad (above, right) a week ago has caused cracks among Umno figures, the opposition, and civil society icons. In another blow to the rainbow alliance, only 45 of the 58 people announced signed the pact.


China's censors rein in press

China's Internet censors appeared to have renewed efforts to rein in the press, with Caixin Media and Hong Kong's South China Morning Post being the latest casualties. Caixin reported on Monday the Internet regulator had deleted one of its online articles.


Failed lawsuit sparks debate

The failed bid by the late Dominique Sarron Lee's family to sue the Singapore Armed Forces has sparked debate.

The Defence Ministry's reticence is unhelpful as the issue of training safety is one of public interest, writes Jermyn Chow.


More visitors at travel fairs

Two major travel fairs saw higher attendance this year. The National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (Natas) and Travel Revolution events recorded rises of 5 and 8 per cent respectively on 2015. B3


Commuter satisfaction up

Bus and train services have improved slightly, according to the latest annual Public Transport Customer Satisfaction Survey.

The satisfaction level inched up to 91.8 per cent - the highest it has been since 2010. The most significant improvement was for waiting times.


Tighter rules for developers

Recent rule changes by the Urban Redevelopment Authority will make it harder for aspiring developers with limited track records to build and sell private homes. The changes also mean that developers must commit more paid-up capital in order to apply for a housing developer's sale licence.

Shrugging off concerns about Zika, Michael Phelps said his wife planned to be in Brazil with their newborn son to watch him swim. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Rio Games can help heal sports world, says Phelps

Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps feels this year's Rio Games can help heal a sports world hit by recent doping and corruption cases.

He also shrugged off concerns about the Zika virus, saying his wife planned to travel to Brazil with their newborn son to watch him swim.




Light saber for a baton?

Some conductors bring batons on stage. Anthony Inglis has a green light saber, which he may or may not use to conduct the Star Wars And Beyond concerts tomorrow and on Saturday at the Marina Bay Sands MasterCard Theatres. He will lead the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra in a programme of historic and hummable music from American film composer John Williams.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 10, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe