What's News: February 15, 2017


16 million tourists last year

More than 16 million tourists visited Singapore last year, spending close to $25 billion, preliminary estimates by the Singapore Tourism Board show. It marks a strong turnaround from 2015, when tourism receipts fell for the first time since 2009.


Non-fatal workplace injuries up

The number of non-fatal workplace injuries rose to 13,014 cases last year, up from 12,351 in 2015, due mainly to a rise in minor injury cases, figures released yesterday show. The number of major injuries dipped from 597 in 2015 to 594 last year. More than half the major injuries involved crushing, fractures and dislocations.

Beijing yesterday warned children and the elderly to stay indoors. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


'Very unhealthy' air in Beijing

China's capital city Beijing warned children and the elderly to remain indoors amid readings showing air quality at "very unhealthy" levels yesterday. The concentration of PM2.5 in Beijing as of 10am local time hit 161 micrograms per cubic m - more than six times the World Health Organisation's recommended maximum day-long exposure limit of 25.


Pacific war games start

The chief of the US Pacific Command opened the region's biggest annual multilateral war games in Thailand yesterday. The 10-day Cobra Gold involves over 8,000 troops from 29 countries, including Singapore.


Targets for future economy

The Committee on the Future Economy laid out broad goals for strategies that can help Singapore to grow by 2 per cent to 3 per cent a year. But when the objective is to boost innovation to gird workers and firms for an uncertain future, what kind of targets make sense, asks Chia Yan Min.


Online stores going into malls

Online stores are evolving into brick-and-mortar retailers, jumping in as vacancy rates for retail space climb and rents fall. Last month, for instance, online furniture retailer HipVan opened an 11,000 sq ft flagship store at The Cathay in Dhoby Ghaut.


Score helps inmates get jobs

The Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (Score) has again secured jobs for almost all the prison inmates referred to it. The Singapore Prison Service said there has also been an increase in the number of employers working with Score.


OCBC hit by energy sector woes

The damage inflicted on Singapore banks by the battered energy sector continues, with OCBC Bank yesterday revealing a jump in provisions for bad loans in its fourth-quarter earnings. This reignited concerns over how much local lenders are exposed to the industry, and sent OCBC shares sliding nearly 4 per cent to their lowest in more than six months.


Champion eyes S'pore glory

Reigning Olympic badminton chaampion Chen Long has set his sights on winning the Singapore Open for the first time on his fourth attempt.

The world No. 5 will lead a 23-strong Chinese team that will be in town for the April 11-16 Badminton World Federation Superseries event.



Jay Chou, wife expecting boy

Singer Jay Chou and hais wife, model Hannah Quinlivan, are expecting their second child, a boy, he announced on social media yesterday. He shared a photo of the couple on Facebook and Weibo which shows the couple on a boat, with Ms Quinlivan sporting a bikini and a baby bump.


All eyes on Feb 20

What are the things you can expect on Budget Day? http://str.sg/4eq5


E-bike dos and don'ts

askST: Getting an e-bike? We tell you what rules you should know about. http://str.sg/4ewq

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