What's News: June 29, 2016

Office workers leave their offices during lunch hour at the central business district in Singapore on April 27, 2016.
Office workers leave their offices during lunch hour at the central business district in Singapore on April 27, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS


Generational gap in skills

Younger adults here have been ranked highly for their literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. But the older generation lags behind, according to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. The study of 34 economies also found a strong link here between better wages and higher skill and education levels.


Litter woes in Choa Chu Kang

Residents of three new HDB blocks in Choa Chu Kang say they are being plagued by bulky litter, which is blocking walkways and rubbish chutes. The problem is so bad that it has caused refuse-handling equipment to malfunction. The authorities have put up signs warning of fines for offenders.

President Joko Widodo on a navy ship during a visit to the Natuna Islands. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Jakarta raises defence kitty

The Indonesian Parliament yesterday agreed to raise the country's defence budget for 2016 by almost 10 per cent to 108.7 trillion rupiah (S$11 billion). A large chunk will likely go into upgrades for military assets in areas such as the Natuna Islands amid tensions in the South China Sea.

Mr Lam (centre), who said he was held captive by Chinese agents, taking part in a march in Hong Kong on June 18. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Bookseller safe in HK: Legal experts

Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing Kee may be a fugitive to the mainland authorities but he is unlikely to be sent back from Hong Kong. While Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying has refused to say what he will do if Beijing demands Mr Lam's return, legal experts agree he is safe in Hong Kong.


How Brexit affects Singapore

Britain is only No. 22 on Singapore's list of trading partners, so Brexit will have little immediate impact on the Republic. But longer-term impact from British companies scaling down, or the European Union slowing, can be expected, writes Grace Leong.


'More kids exposed to porn'

More children are being exposed to pornography - some even before they start primary school, a survey has found. Touch Cyber Wellness, the main agency that gives online safety talks in schools here, said that personal mobile devices are their main mode of access.


Eldercare training for maids

A new course will be launched next month to teach maids how to better take care of elderly people.

Almost 50 domestic helpers have signed up to learn how to deal with situations such as heart attacks, aggressive seniors and carrying an immobile person.


Record price for District 9 site

A plum River Valley site is set to go for what is believed to be a record price for a Government Land Sales residential site in Singapore, outside of Sentosa Cove.

Turnout from local developers was strong, with 13 bids altogether for the site.


Athletics to focus on region

New Singapore Athletics chief Ho Mun Cheong will place emphasis on selecting competitions and training opportunities closer to home. Apart from a more regional flavour for preparations, he also stressed the need for greater financial prudence. He believes a local coach can perform as well as a foreign one and plans to bring in a foreign technical director to train local coaches.



Ryder 'picky about projects'

Winona Ryder, who stars in Netflix's upcoming supernatural series, Stranger Things, says reports of her comeback have been greatly exaggerated. The 1990s movie darling says she is picky about her projects and feels like she has had her share of fame.


Disney princesses in the soup

Disney princesses reinforce gender stereotypes in young girls and contribute to body esteem issues, according to a United States study of almost 200 pre-school children. The study showed that girls with body esteem issues were more likely to "engage more with the Disney princesses over time".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe