What's News: Jan 27, 2018


Rosier outlook for job market

Fewer workers were retrenched and the average worker's salary rose - these improvements point to how the labour market has begun to recover after last year's better-than-expected economic growth. The Manpower Ministry's preliminary full-year data is making economists optimistic. 


Radio station means business

From Monday, a new radio station will help you stay in tune to financial news - without the business-speak and jargon. Experienced DJs from SPH Radio's Money FM 89.3 will break it all down for you, be it personal finance matters, the hottest stocks or the bitcoin craze. A11

China's Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou at the White Paper media briefing.
China's Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou at the White Paper media briefing. PHOTO: XINHUA


China unveils its Arctic policy

China laid out, for the first time, its Arctic policy in a White Paper, at a time when global warming is creating new economic opportunities in the frigid polar region that are drawing other non-Arctic nations. An increase in China's activities in the Arctic region has also led some Western commentators to question the implications. 


Shenzhen's all-electric drive

To bring back blue skies and meet targets to cut carbon emissions, China is pushing consumers, public transport operators and carmakers to switch to new energy vehicles. Shenzhen is leading the way, by becoming the first in the world to have a citywide all-electric bus fleet. 


China factor in Asean-India ties

For the past 15 years, China has loomed large in the evolution of Asean-India ties, and it remains to be seen how China's intensified engagement with Asean will affect the region, says Kavi Chongkittavorn. 


Cash still king in Jurong West

Jurong West Hawker Centre blazed the trail for going cashless when it opened last October, with stalls accepting eight different kinds of e-payments. The Straits Times visited the centre this week to see how a cashless system has worked out for hawkers and customers.


SMRT outsources some tasks

More non-rail maintenance work is being outsourced by SMRT to improve the speed and quality of such work. SMRT also intends to let external contractors handle the maintenance of station air-conditioning and tunnel ventilation systems. 


Board diversity below target

Singapore is still far from reaching a 2020 target of having 20 per cent of Singapore-listed company boards represented by women, going by data released yesterday. To achieve this goal - set by the Diversity Action Committee in 2016 - an additional 130 female directors will have to be appointed each year from now until 2020. 


Woods' respectable comeback

Tiger Woods says he has to "hit his irons better" after making a respectable return to the PGA Tour on Thursday with an opening even-par 72 on the South Course at Torrey Pines at the Farmers Insurance Open. The former world No. 1 was tied for 84th and trailed leader Tony Finau by seven strokes. 

A key design feature of Marina One is the curved levels that look like rice terraces.
A key design feature of Marina One is the curved levels that look like rice terraces. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG


Marina One's green oasis

In the core of the new Marina One lies Green Heart, a wooded landscape with 386 species of plants. The development's architecture firm says the plan was to bind four plots of land in Marina Bay into one, rather than to have them developed separately. 


Mad about the moon

We take a closer look at the moon. On Jan 31, you will see a moon so weird that no one would have seen it like this since 1866. str.sg/o3za


'Hipster' hawker centre

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre offers traditional and hipster cuisine at affordable prices, as well as a taste of music and the arts. str.sg/oUmo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe