What's News: Feb 22, 2018


Protection for freelancers

A special insurance scheme has been recommended for freelancers to give them income if they are injured and cannot work for long periods. They may even have standard written contracts and a system to ensure their Medisave accounts stay healthy. 


S'pore persists with prudence

Senior Minister of State for Finance Indranee Rajah said the Government plans to continue to be financially prudent as this was how Singapore's pioneering leaders built up its reserves. She was addressing questions raised after remarks at the Budget on spending the expected returns from investing Singapore's reserves. 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg calling for gun control after the shooting at his school on Feb 17.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg calling for gun control after the shooting at his school on Feb 17. PHOTO: REUTERS


Move to regulate bump stocks

US President Donald Trump, under pressure after a gunman killed 17 people at a school last week, has ordered the Justice Department to issue regulations to ban bump stocks, which convert semi-automatic guns into automatic weapons - like those used last year in the Las Vegas concert massacre. 


Final version of TPP deal out

The final version of a deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released yesterday, signalling the pact was a step closer to reality even without the US. More than 20 provisions have been suspended or changed in the final text ahead of the deal's official signing next month. 


ElderShield needs to be fixed

The ElderShield scheme needs fixing on many fronts. Apart from payout issues, the criteria for disability should also be reviewed, says health correspondent Linette Lai. 


NTU launches learning hub

The Nanyang Technological University has launched its latest learning hub, The Arc, a six-storey building with 56 "smart" classrooms. The university now has more than 280 smart classrooms with LED screens, flexible clustered seats and wireless communication tools.


S'pore and disease outbreaks

Between 50 cents and $1. That is how much people in Singapore are willing to pay for a one-time tax to save a life during an infectious outbreak. This was one finding of a study by the School of Public Health to discover public acceptance of outbreak response policies. 


Site for sale at $99 million

A 9,999-year leasehold residential site in Guillemard Road and Jalan Molek has been put up for sale by a single, unnamed owner at an indicative price of $99 million.

The site is occupied by 15 two-storey terraced houses located at 1 to 21A, Jalan Molek, and 217 to 223A, Guillemard Road. 


Smoking ban for Young Lions

Almost half the Garena Young Lions - effectively the national under-23 team - have admitted that they smoke.

New rules mean they will have to quit or face expulsion from the team, but coach Fandi Ahmad says that the response from the footballers who do smoke has been good.


S'porean wins Bafta award

Singaporean producer Low Ser En, 27, has won a Bafta award for best British short animation for her stop-motion short Poles Apart.

The 12-minute film was the graduation project of a team of students of the United Kingdom's National Film and Television School. 

What it should have been

In our online report on Feb 6, "Man jailed 3 years for shooting 200 obscene films of women in 'worst case of its kind' ", we had inadvertently used the photo of Mr Lionel Chee and identified him wrongly as the accused Ong Yi Jie.

We are sorry for the error and any embarrassment or distress suffered by him and his family.


Budget calculator

New taxes, rebates and offset packages. Find out what you get with our Budget 2018 calculator. str.sg/oiyj


Key points

Budget 2018 seeks to lay the foundation for Singapore's development in the next 10 years. Here are the key takeaways. str.sg/oiCr

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe