What's News: March 15, 2018

US Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb speaks during his election night rally in Pennsylvania's 18th US Congressional district special election, in Canonsburg, on March 13, 2018.
US Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb speaks during his election night rally in Pennsylvania's 18th US Congressional district special election, in Canonsburg, on March 13, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Ways to fight fake news

New laws targeting fake news, fact-checking sites and media literacy efforts were some of the recommendations made yesterday to the Select Committee looking into fighting fake news. Ten speakers were quizzed on their written submissions for more than six hours in the committee's first public hearing in Parliament.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Picking a team Trump wants

The replacement of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo signals a State Department more in line with President Donald Trump's hardline approach to key challenges abroad. Mr Trump is consolidating a team of hawks that shares his thinking, analysts say.


PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Democrat claims election win

In an ominous sign for United States Republicans eight months before national mid-term elections, results from voting booths in traditionally Republican Pennsylvania showed moderate Democrat Conor Lamb (above) leading conservative candidate Rick Saccone by a fraction of a percentage point in the race for a House seat. Mr Lamb has claimed victory in the vote seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's performance.

WORLD

No closer to green energy

Most of the world's energy systems have become more accessible and secure, but not any greener, according to a World Economic Forum study published yesterday. The report, which benchmarked 114 countries against a series of standards, ranked Singapore in 12th place.

OPINION

Is vaping ban too harsh?

The vaping ban is part of a cautious, "big-stick" approach aimed at preventing people from starting the habit. Perhaps it is time to consider other ways to bring down smoking rates, says Straits Times journalist Aw Cheng Wei. 

HOME

S'pore stop-off for expedition

A former World War II German minesweeper, docked at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, is on a four-year, round-the-world expedition to chart the impact of human activity on the oceans. It will be here until March 25, and guided visits on the vessel are offered.

HOME

16 years' jail for raping mum

A 34-year-old man who raped and molested his biological mother was sentenced to 16 years in jail and 18 strokes of the cane yesterday in a case where the woman was re-victimised by the defence claim that the victim could have crossed her legs to prevent the rape. 

BUSINESS

Cutting data-request repeats

The financial regulator has devised a road map that will progressively cut down on duplication in data requests. The road map, which takes effect on March 31, will help financial institutions reduce the resources and preparation time needed to produce data requested by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

SPORT

S'pore paddlers aim for 7 golds

A clean sweep of seven gold medals for Singapore's paddlers at the upcoming Commonwealth Games is on the wish list of Singapore Table Tennis Association president Ellen Lee. She made the remark at the unveiling of the 10-member team yesterday. The Republic's paddlers won six gold medals at each of the two previous Commonwealth Games. 

Birds in the Enchanting Garden by Mr Teo Say Siong is part of the show.
Birds in the Enchanting Garden by Mr Teo Say Siong is part of the show. PHOTO: AGENCY FOR INTEGRATED CARE

LIFE

Art by nursing home residents

Thirty artworks created by the residents of nine nursing homes are on display at the Sparks! Art Wellness Exhibition, which is on at Raffles City Shopping Centre until Sunday. The pieces were made as part of an arts residency pilot programme by the Agency for Integrated Care and the National Arts Council.


VIDEO

Meet Generation Grit

Born with a cleft palate, and diagnosed later with an incurable kidney disease, Miss Jean Tan defied the odds and found her voice in music. http://str.sg/jeantan

INTERACTIVE

Salary differences

A look at the numbers behind the gender pay gap in Singapore. http://str.sg/ds-paygap

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe