What's News: June 22, 2018


Insurance for freelancers

To help cope with the loss of income during a medical crisis, freelancers such as private-hire car drivers and tutors can now buy insurance. GigaCover's Freelancer Income Protection policy hit the market earlier this month, and NTUC Income is said to be keen on having a similar scheme.


Support for needy students

The Chinese Development Assistance Council will boost support for needy students and in reaching out to their parents. There will be a differentiated approach for its tuition and enrichment programmes. Students who need extra help with lessons will go through a learning support programme.

Rescuers looking for missing people after Monday's ferry accident on Lake Toba in Indonesia.
Rescuers looking for missing people after Monday's ferry accident on Lake Toba in Indonesia. PHOTO: REUTERS


Jokowi orders safety overhaul

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered an overhaul of water transportation safety standards in the wake of a boat tragedy on Lake Toba, in which four people were found dead and 192 are still missing. The accident highlighted the glaring lack of safety procedures for water transportation, with over 200 people on board a vessel that had a capacity of around 43 people.


Delhi's Indian Ocean setback

India's efforts to bolster its influence in the Indian Ocean have suffered a setback, with plans to develop a naval facility in Seychelles running into a snag. The looming presence of China in what India considers its backyard was impacting New Delhi's ties with countries in the area, according to analysts.


Restoring the tiger in Asean

It is time South-east Asia - known for its tiger economies - put more effort into conserving and saving the animal that can be said to be its mascot. Put tigers high on Asean's agenda, says associate editor Ravi Velloor.


MyRepublic's mobile plans

Internet service provider MyRepublic is offering three new mobile plans for consumers: A $35 plan for 7GB of monthly high-speed data, $55 for 12GB and $85 for 25GB. Users who exceed their data limit will still be able to connect to the Internet at slower speeds.


Having a say in choice of dean

Students will have a say in who becomes the new dean of students at the Yale-NUS College, following the departure of Dr Christopher Bridges on June 15. The student body and the college's leadership have been feuding over changes in the school's policies. 


Pay boost with talent shortage

A highly skilled employee in the manufacturing, financial services or tech and media sectors here can expect to be paid an extra US$29,100 (S$39,500) a year by 2030 as talent shortages loom, says a new study. This means Singapore firms will face the second-highest average wage premium out of 20 major economies examined in the Korn Ferry study.


Spain coach relieved by win

Spain coach Fernando Hierro was relieved by the narrow 1-0 Group B win over Iran on Wednesday as a lucky Diego Costa goal gave the 2010 champions their first win of the 2018 World Cup. Costa was so frustrated with Iran's defensive tactics that he appeared to step on goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand's toes in the first half, but it went unpunished by the Uruguayan referee.



From last to leading designer

As a fashion student in Temasek Polytechnic, Jasper Goh, now 28, graduated last in his cohort. Today, he has his own menswear label, The Authority. He also runs an independent interior design firm with a friend and helps manage his family's poultry slaughterhouse.


Hang out with ST

Hosts Alyssa Woo and Hairianto Diman talk about the trend of million-dollar HDB flats and funny memes. str.sg/ogXA


Track your team

How are the different countries faring at the World Cup in Russia? Track their progress in this Web interactive and get the latest results. str.sg/world-cup-results

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe