What's News: June 1, 2017

A soldier inspecting a motorcycle at a checkpoint in Pantar town in the Philippines last week.
A soldier inspecting a motorcycle at a checkpoint in Pantar town in the Philippines last week.PHOTO: REUTERS


NWC calls for $45-$60 pay rise

The National Wages Council yesterday called for low-wage workers to receive a rise in monthly pay of between $45 and $60. It also recommended that the pay rise be given to those earning a basic salary of up to $1,200 a month, up from the $1,100 threshold last year.


Missile defence test succeeds

A re-engineered American interceptor rocket collided with a mock intercontinental ballistic missile in the skies over the Pacific Ocean, the Pentagon said, in the first successful test of whether it could shoot down a warhead from North Korea racing towards the continental US. But results of the test were being scrutinised.


Factors fuelling Marawi raid

A week-long assault by Islamist rebels in a southern Philippine city is being fuelled with stolen weapons and ammunition, and fighters broken out of jails, the military said yesterday. The military has, from the outset, insisted it has control of the situation, but the slow pace of efforts to retake Marawi has prompted questions about its strategy.


China urged to 'walk the talk'

China should "walk the talk" when it comes to globalisation and free trade, said a lobby group ahead of the China-European Union summit in Brussels today. Chinese leaders have stepped up to champion free trade, but surveys suggest a gap between rhetoric and reality.


Measure of an arts school

What is the measure of an arts school? That question came to the fore after it emerged that just three in 10 School of the Arts students go on to pursue arts degrees. But such figures are a poor measure of how an arts education enriches lives, writes Yuen Sin.


Ire over emissions exemption

A number of carmakers and dealers are crying foul over a surprise move to exempt some models from getting particulate matter (PM) readings. They say it will create an unlevel playing field and is also contrary to the aim of reducing PM, or fine soot, in the air.


Electronic attendance-taking

Most schools in Singapore have switched to taking attendance electronically. The systems include a Ministry of Education mobile phone application. They help schools better monitor truancy and absenteeism rates so that schools can intervene, if necessary.


Mapletree's record net profit

Temasek Holdings-owned Mapletree Investments saw its net profit jump 46.5 per cent last year to hit a record high of $1.41 billion. The stellar showing helped it book a return on equity of 12.8 per cent, up from 9.6 per cent a year earlier.


Eden Hazard keen to stay on

Eden Hazard, in an exclusive interview with The Straits Times, gave the English Premier League champions a huge boost as he reaffirmed his commitment to the Blues. There was speculation that Spanish giants Real Madrid were poised to pry him away.


Old Chang Kee off to London

Home-grown curry puff chain Old Chang Kee will open an outlet in London later this year. About 1,200 puffs were snapped up at a two-day-long Old Chang Kee pop-up event two weeks ago.

What it should have been

The report on Sunday, "90 neighbour disputes settled in tribunals", stated that 90 neighbour disputes were settled under the Community Disputes Resolution Act last year. This is incorrect as the number refers to the disputes filed.

We also reported that the number of protection orders and non-publication orders under the Protection from Harassment Act dropped to 100 last year. This is incorrect as the number refers to the applications for these orders. The 2016 numbers were projected figures, and not the actual ones.

We are sorry for the errors.

Straits Times Digital


Party at the Gardens

Aerial performers, fire twirlers and floating bubbles. Gardens by the Bay celebrates its fifth anniversary with an Extravaganza Special.



Playtime fun

For the school holidays, take your kids to one of these interesting playgrounds that are a lot more than just swings and slides.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe