What's News: March 02, 2017

Mrs Regina Ip failed to secure enough nominations to qualify.
Mrs Regina Ip failed to secure enough nominations to qualify.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Water 'must be priced right'

Two ministers explained the decision to raise water prices, saying water is crucial to Singapore's survival and must be priced correctly. The Republic remains a water-stressed nation despite major investments in desalination and Newater, they noted.


Republican praise Trump

Buoyant Republicans praised US President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress after the 70-year-old who has shaken up Washington's political establishment called for both parties to leave petty fights behind and work to revive an ailing America. Democrats, however, said his words were short on detail. 


3-way fight for HK leadership

The race for Hong Kong's chief executive is set to be a three-way fight, with Beijing's favourite - former chief secretary Carrie Lam - pitted against two underdogs, former financial secretary John Tsang and retired judge Woo Kwok Hing. Mrs Regina Ip, former security chief, dropped out after failing to secure enough nominations to qualify. 


Indonesia-Saudi Arabia pacts

Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have inked 11 agreements, including a security pact, during King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud's visit to the South-east Asian country yesterday. This second stop of his tour of Asia was the first by a Saudi king to Indonesia in 47 years.


Asean eyes cruise success

Think cruise holiday and Greece and the Caribbean spring to mind. But what about South-east Asia? It has more islands than the others and year-round warm weather, but is hurt by poor port infrastructure. Melissa Lin discusses Asean's bid to catch up with and pip its rivals. 


Pre-school fee hikes 'unlikely'

Kindergartens will have to meet more requirements, after a new law regulating pre-schools was passed on Tuesday. Operators said they already meet most of the requirements, so complying with the law is unlikely to lead to fee hikes. 


PM Lee on US-China relations

Singapore will be put in a spot if relations between the US and China deteriorate, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an interview with BBC. Mr Lee also fielded questions on the international climate, freedom of expression and the law criminalising gay sex here. 


Buzz over Saudi Aramco IPO

As the Saudi King's Asia tour kicked off with a US$7 billion (S$9.9 billion) investment in a Johor petrochemical project, speculation is again revving up over whether Singapore can grab a piece of the world's largest-ever initial public offering, of energy giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co. 


Ko aims to win on new course

World No. 1 Lydia Ko is aiming to win the US$1.5 million (S$2.11 million) HSBC Women's Champions and hopes the New Tanjong Course will be of help. The 19-year-old finished 15th, second and tied-15th in previous trips to the Sentosa Golf Club, when the 63-women event was held at the Serapong Course. "I think you can go a little bit longer and a little bit more aggressive," she said of the new course.



Dover Street Market in S'pore

The renowned Dover Street Market is opening its doors here in July, the multi-label store announced on its newly launched Singapore website. The edgy concept store, which will be in a lifestyle complex in Dempsey Road, has opened its online store. Hot picks include this cardigan by Comme des Garcons. 

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