What's News: May 12, 2016

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaking at a news conference in Davao on May 9.
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaking at a news conference in Davao on May 9.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG


Team to enforce riding rules

The Land Transport Authority has launched an enforcement team to patrol pavements and cycling paths, and crack down on cyclists and personal mobility device users who ride recklessly on these. This is ahead of new rules expected to take effect later this year, to allow cyclists and users of some of these devices on pavements.


Insurance for Grab drivers

Transport app Grab has launched a new pay-as-you-use motor insurance policy with AXA Insurance Singapore, to reduce the cost of premiums for part-time private-hire car drivers. It hopes to attract more such drivers by lowering the cost of commercial motor insurance, which is much more expensive than that for a private-use car.


Duterte targets quality of life

Apart from his promise to wage a brutal war on crime, Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is set to implement quality-of-life policies nationwide that had some scratching their heads. The new policies are likely to include a curfew on minors, a ban on late-night drinking and loud karaoke singing, and perhaps a 30kmh speed limit.


Pushing Xi's economic policy

Two authoritative pieces on China's economic policy in the People's Daily this week could be a new push by President Xi Jinping in support of his reform efforts despite slowing growth and resistance among officials, say analysts.


Why white rice is the target

The link between white rice and the risk of diabetes has set off a furore, but senior health correspondent Salma Khalik explains why it does make sense to change our rice-eating habits. And she suggests how the Government can lead the way.


SUTD's intake rises 20%

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will admit 467 students this year, a record high figure for the university which first took in students in 2012. The figure is 20 per cent higher than last year's intake of 386 students.


Later Sunday starts for trains

Train services at 13 stations on the North-South and East-West MRT lines will start 90 minutes later on Sundays in the second half of this year to allow more time for maintenance and renewal work on the network. New bus services will run parallel with the lines to minimise inconvenience.


S'pore market back in the red

The Singapore stock market is again back in the red for the year after a grim couple of weeks. The Straits Times Index closed 0.3 per cent, or 8.28 points, lower at 2,732.87 yesterday and is now down 5.2 per cent for the year.

When it was first announced last August that the Asian and European tours would be merged, it led to a board shake-up in the Asian Tour. Mr Masrin (above) was appointed Asian Tour chairman in January. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JIMMY MASRIN


Golf's Asian Tour 'will flourish with or without merger'

The well-being of the Asian Tour is board chairman Jimmy Masrin's main priority. He says that even if the proposed partnership with the European Tour falls through, the Asian Tour will continue to flourish.

"The final decision to proceed with any partnership... will require our members' majority approval," he said.


Graphic novel on shortlist

Sonny Liew's widely acclaimed and popular book The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is the first graphic novel to make the shortlist for the biennial Singapore Literature Prize. It is among a record 235 books submitted this year for the prize, which recognises the best in local writing. The winners in 12 categories will be announced in July.


Tanya Chua's HK fans angry

Singaporean singer Tanya Chua's management has apologised for asking Hong Kong fans to catch her Shenzhen concert. Anger ignited online after it announced on her Facebook page that she had failed to book the Hong Kong Coliseum this year and "sincerely" invited her Hong Kong fans to attend the Shenzhen stop on Sept 10.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 12, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe