What's News: July 01, 2017


Smoking areas cut

New applications for smoking corners in food establishments will be rejected with immediate effect. Those with existing smoking corners will get to keep them if they continue to renew their food shop licence, but not if they fail to do so, change ownership or if the licence is terminated.


Former Zouk site up for sale

The land that formerly housed iconic nightspot Zouk has been made available for developers to build up to 525 new homes on. But they must conserve the three warehouses on the Jiak Kim Street site. It is one of two plum residential sites made available for sale by the Urban Redevelopment Authority yesterday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping at a banquet in Hong Kong yesterday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping at a banquet in Hong Kong yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Xi dwells on challenges in HK

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed that there will be no wavering from the implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle, even as he acknowledged there have been new challenges in carrying it out. This came as groups in Hong Kong protested yesterday against what they saw as an erosion of their political freedoms.


US-China ties take a hit

Bilateral ties between the United States and China have entered turbulent waters, with Beijing lodging a formal protest against Washington's decision to sell US$1.42 billion (S$1.96 billion) in arms to Taiwan. The sales, revealed on Thursday, were the latest in a series of US actions this week that Beijing said were harming ties.


Qatar issue: Lessons for S'pore

Qatar holds big lessons for Singapore, says Professor Kishore Mahbubani. Small states must behave like small states, and small states must cherish regional and international institutions.


Shorter home rentals allowed

People can rent out their private homes for a period of three months and above, following a rule change yesterday by the Urban Redevelopment Authority that takes immediate effect. The minimum duration of stay had been six months.


Simulators in driving schools

The Traffic Police will be introducing mandatory simulator training from 2019 for all motorists who are still learning to drive or ride their vehicles. It will be done at the three driving schools and will be trialled in the first quarter of next year.


Tenants told to pack up and go

Tenants at Hub Synergy Point, a 44-year-old office tower in the Central Business District, have been told to pack up and leave by the year end as the owners have plans to redevelop the plum site next year. Some tenants at the 28-storey tower recently moved in, spending up to $100,000 on renovations - and are unhappy to be forced out so soon.



Germany's young blood score

Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Leon Goretzka (above) set up Germany's 4-1 win over Mexico, sending the team to the Confederations Cup final. Coach Joachim Low, who blooded a second-string national side for this tournament with a view to long-term planning for next year's World Cup, said: "A lot of work has gone into our wins."


Star chef's secret to success

Chef Ang Song Kang, 53, does not think any particular dish earned him a Michelin star. But unlike many chef-owners, he does toil every day in the kitchen of his restaurant Chef Kang's, in Mackenzie Road. "Maybe it is because I insist on being the cook in the kitchen to maintain the quality and consistency," he says.


Zam Zam in Mecca

The boss of Singapore Zam Zam has spent an estimated $84,000 for his staff to go on an umrah. Find out more at http://str.sg/4aUT


Fantasy shopping

Watch how the savviest shopper beat other contestants at The Straits Times-GSS Fantasy Shopping challenge at http://str.sg/4a3z

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