What's News: March 9, 2017

The FBI aims to find how WikiLeaks got CIA's hacking tools for devices.
The FBI aims to find how WikiLeaks got CIA's hacking tools for devices.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Reining in vehicle emissions

A new Vehicular Emissions Scheme effective from Jan 1 next year was announced by Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli yesterday. It will mean tax surcharges for more cars as the scheme is far stricter on carbon dioxide emissions, and will include checks on four other pollutants.


Admission quota 'reasonable'

Most parents The Straits Times spoke to say it is reasonable to reserve 20 per cent of places in secondary schools for primary school pupils who do not benefit from affiliation priority. Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng said on Tuesday that the quota will be implemented in 2019 to ensure access to schools for all pupils.


FBI to hunt for mole

The FBI has begun preparing for a major mole hunt to determine how anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks got an alleged arsenal of hacking tools the CIA has used to spy on espionage targets, according to people familiar with the matter. WikiLeaks said it obtained portions of the CIA's hacking archive, which has several hundred million lines of code.


Plan to disrupt HK election

The organiser of the annual July 1 rally in Hong Kong plans to mount a blockade of the polling centre for the chief executive election on March 26. The Civil Human Rights Front said yesterday that it wants Hong Kongers to have the right to choose their next leader.


NSmen as cyber defenders

Getting national servicemen to be cyber defenders may be just what's needed for Singapore, says Irene Tham. In Israel, a similar approach has boosted military cyber security - and spawned an entire industry as many young men went on to found start-ups in cyber security.


Survey on entrepreneurship

In a women entrepreneurship survey, conducted on behalf of Facebook, close to half of female respondents wanted to turn their passion into a business, compared with 39 per cent of males. The results were released yesterday on International Women's Day.


Ex-RWS director jailed

A former director of Resorts World Sentosa was jailed for 14 months yesterday for receiving $317,000 in bribes. Soh Yew Meng, 38, had accepted money for helping various firms secure deals with RWS. Part of the money was used by his girlfriend to pay for a condo.


Kimly tables first kopi IPO

Kimly, the first operator of traditional coffee shops to list in Singapore, is offering 173.8 million shares at 25 cents apiece, comprising 170 million placement shares and 3.8 million for the public.

The offer closes on March 16 with trading on the Catalist board to begin on March 20.


FAS probing officer's scuffle

The Football Association of Singapore is probing how its media officer Dominic Leong got into a scuffle with video producer Nick Tan at last month's Community Shield at the National Stadium.

The altercation is believed to have been sparked off over a media pass for one of Tan's videographers, who was denied entry to the match as she lacked the proper accreditation.



From jewellery to skincare

The scion of the family that founded French jewellery empire Van Cleef & Arpels, Mr Francois Arpels, 50, now sits on the board of local skincare brand Skin Inc.

His new role, taken on in January, will have him "challenging thoughts" and contributing ideas to the decade-old home-grown brand founded by entrepreneur Sabrina Tan.

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Artists and the beast

Visual effects supervisor Jeff Capogreco talks about the movie magic that gave life to Kong on Skull Island.



Let's hear it for women

From marches to strikes to traffic lights, here are eight ways people marked International Women's Day.


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