What's News: June 2, 2016

Artist's impression of the rainforest park.
Artist's impression of the rainforest park.PHOTO: MANDAI SAFARI PARK HOLDINGS


Mandai nature hub on the way

A new Rainforest Park and the relocated Bird Park will join the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari at a new Mandai nature precinct to be developed over the next six years.

The authorities say it will be designed in harmony with nature, and visitors will be able to get up close to wildlife - and even sleep under the stars.


Dorm operator fined $300k

The Blue Stars Dormitory in Boon Lay was permitted to house 4,500 workers - but was found to be holding more than 5,000 when the authorities visited one day in July last year. Its operator KT Mesdorm has now been fined $300,000 for housing workers in overcrowded conditions.



Football chief hid in S'pore

Indonesia's football chief La Nyalla Mattalitti  hid in Malaysia and Singapore for more than two months before being deported by the Republic this week. He is being held in a Jakarta prison for questioning as part of a corruption probe, a report said.


Arms firms set sights on Asia

Asian countries are spending more on their militaries as China expands its military reach, studies show. This is good news for major global arms makers, which have strengthened and established a local presence in the region in the past five years.


Preventing workplace deaths

More must be done to reduce workplace deaths, says Toh Yong Chuan. Greater transparency on who these workers are and the causes of their deaths can help. Foreign workers need to learn good safety habits even before leaving their home countries, he adds.


Paradise guilty of gas fraud

Popular restaurant group Paradise was yesterday found guilty of 29 out of 33 charges of using about $640,000 worth of gas without paying for it and tampering with gas meters atsome of its outlets here.


SBS raises pay of bus drivers

SBS Transit is raising the starting pay of its bus captains by more than 9 per cent to $1,950. This comes after months of negotiations between it and the National Transport Workers' Union.

Tower Transit also recently announced a pay hike for its bus captains to $1,930 monthly.


Developers get creative

Developers have introduced a variety of creative schemes to entice property buyers back into the market. Some schemes have resulted in better-than-expected sales but others have also prompted the Urban Redevelopment Authority to step in and clarify the rules.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarter-finals of the French Open yesterday by beating Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets. PHOTO: REUTERS


Djokovic crosses US$100m in career earnings

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic yesterday became the first tennis player to reach the US$100 million (S$137.6 million) career earnings mark when he beat Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 at the French Open. By making the quarter-finals, he is guaranteed to receive €294,000 (S$452,000). The Serb earned US$99,673,404 in prize money before arriving in Paris.



S'porean artists recognised

Three Singapore photographers - Robert Zhao, Broy Lim and Woong Soak Teng  - have caught the eye of world-renowned publisher Gerhard Steidl. They are among the eight Asian artists to win the inaugural Steidl Book Award and will have their photobooks published by Steidl in a box set, Eight Books From Asia.


First Harry Potter stage play

Official photos of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, the first Harry Potter stage play, are out. The action takes place 19 years after the final Harry Potter book ends. Jamie Parker plays a middle-aged Harry, whose son is coming to terms with his magical powers. The script will be out as a book on July 31, a day after the play opens.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe