What's News: February 26, 2016


Islandwide ERP by 2020

Singapore's next Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system will do away with gantries and rely on satellite tracking instead to charge drivers. The system will start from 2020. An 18-month transition period will let motorists swop their in-vehicle units for a new device.


Review EP criteria, says NTUC

The labour movement has called on the Government to review the criteria for Employment Passes (EPs), and differentiate companies that show a commitment to hiring Singaporeans from those that do not. NTUC also suggested ways to improve retirement adequacy in a submission to the Finance Ministry ahead of next month's Budget.

A rally in Seoul this month against the North’s rocket and nuclear tests. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


N. Korea faces new sanctions

The United States is seeking to expand sanctions against North Korea in a draft resolution to the United Nations. Washington had negotiated with Beijing for seven weeks over the text of the resolution, and hoped it could persuade Pyongyang to resume talks on denuclearisation.


Laos takes Asean chair today

Laos starts its Asean chairmanship today with an agenda-setting foreign ministers' retreat in capital Vientiane. The ministers will discuss regional integration and Asean's external relations, including how to handle the South China Sea disputes with China.


Socialism losing its sting in US

Socialism used to be a dirty word in the United States but, now, an avowed socialist is a serious contender in the presidential election. However, Americans are not about to replace capitalism with socialism, writes US Bureau chief Jeremy Au Yong.


Higher standards for caterers

Caterers here may soon have to meet stricter requirements. The consumer watchdog is meeting the Association of Catering Professionals to look into an accreditation scheme, after a suspected case of food poisoning.


Online guide on charities

A first-of-its-kind website that provides recommendations on which charity to donate to, was launched here yesterday by a social enterprise called Just Cause. It uses a framework that evaluates 12 aspects of a charity, including social impact and governance, to come up with guides on charities.


Top 1,000 firms' revenue soars

Singapore's top 1,000 companies now have a combined annual revenue surpassing $3 trillion. DP Information Group, which compiles an annual ranking of the country's biggest 1,000 firms and top 1,000 SMEs, said this comes just three years after Singapore's corporate powerhouses collectively made $2 trillion in revenues.


Fifa hopes for fresh chapter

Acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou has urged football leaders to adopt reforms to restore credibility to the world governing body after its worst corruption scandal, ahead of today's election of a new man to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter. But optimism is guarded as all five candidates are insiders.

Sergio Aguero (right) of Manchester City vies for the ball with Serhiy Rybalka of Dynamo at Wednesday’s match in Kiev. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Away win vindicates Pellegrini's FA Cup move

Manchester City took a big step towards their first Champions League quarter-final, after a 3-1 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev proved that manager Manuel Pellegrini made the right choice by dropping players for their FA Cup loss to Chelsea. Next up are Liverpool in the League Cup final.



Awards galore for Adele

Singer Adele swept the board at the annual Brit Awards on Wednesday. She won Best Female Solo Artist and the Global Success award for her record-breaking latest album 25, which also won Album of the Year, while Hello won Best Single. Like the Oscars in the United States, the awards have come under fire for not representing non-white artists.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 26, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe