What's News: Feb 14, 2018

South Africa's ruling ANC has ordered Mr Jacob Zuma to step down as the country's president after marathon talks.
South Africa's ruling ANC has ordered Mr Jacob Zuma to step down as the country's president after marathon talks.PHOTO: REUTERS


$10m boost to security sector

The Government will be investing $10 million in the next three years to push for changes in the security sector to combat a shrinking workforce, rising staff costs and heightened terrorism threats. The investment also supports innovation and technology in the industry.


Commuter satisfaction down

There was a drop in commuter satisfaction with public transport last year, following serious accidents such as the MRT tunnel flooding. The Public Transport Council's annual survey, which involved 5,007 commuters, found that commuter satisfaction fell from 96.4 per cent in 2016 to 94.5 per cent last year.


ANC orders Zuma to quit

South Africa's ruling ANC has ordered Mr Jacob Zuma to step down as president after marathon talks, planning to replace him with new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa. However, the ANC national executive committee was split on precisely when Mr Zuma should go. Despite the decision, domestic media said the 75-year-old Zuma may yet defy the party's wishes. 


Ex-president's friend jailed

Former South Korean president Park Geun Hye's secret confidante was convicted and jailed for 20 years yesterday for the role she played in the scandal that brought down the head of state. Choi Soon Sil was found guilty of abuse of power, bribery and interfering in government business.


Reinventing digital S'pore

Singapore has long benefited from its strategic position as a global trading centre. It now needs to think like a digital platform to reinvent itself as a digital hub, say Tan Chin Hwee and Sangeet Paul Choudary. 


Occupational diseases up 9%

The number of occupational disease cases shot up to 799 last year, according to the latest Ministry of Manpower (MOM) figures. This is an annual rise of 9 per cent, with the biggest jump seen in occupational skin diseases, which soared 66 per cent to hit 78 cases. 


Complaints over ads

The Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore said most of the complaints it received last year were about ads for electrical and electronic products. It received 269 cases of feedback - including requests for advertising advice - last year, down from 284 in 2016. 


More women on firms' boards

It is slow progress, but there has been a slight improvement in the level of female representation on the boards of listed firms here. Women accounted for 10.8 per cent of directorships last year, up from 9.9 per cent in 2016 and 9.5 per cent in 2015. The proportion of all-male boards has also dropped slightly - from 55 per cent three years ago to 50 per cent last year, according to the Diversity Action Committee. 



Champ Chloe praises dad

Teen snowboard sensation Chloe Kim (above) thanked her family and praised her father's sacrifices yesterday, after her dominating gold-medal win in the half-pipe event at the Winter Olympics. The photogenic 17-year-old American won hordes of fans in Pyeongchang owing to her Korean heritage.


#BuySingLit back with more

The #BuySingLit movement, which was launched last year, returns in its second edition from March 9 to 11, with more than 50 programmes islandwide. The initiative by writers, bookshops, publishers and distributors is trying out new methods of getting Singaporeans to read and buy local. These include Chatbooks, in which users can chat with a book on the Facebook Messenger app.



Hakka pen cai recipe

Retiree Soh Lee Chin shares her mother's Chinese New Year recipe for the dish. str.sg/pencai


Living by Mount Mayon

Since it started erupting on Jan 13, Mount Mayon in the Philippines has displaced nearly 90,000 people. str.sg/oipd

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe