What's News: March 16, 2017

PM Lee says Singapore's law schools should produce lawyers prepared for disruptions.
PM Lee says Singapore's law schools should produce lawyers prepared for disruptions.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Lima says she dons sexy lingerie for bed all the time.
Lima says she dons sexy lingerie for bed all the time.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


Experts upbeat about growth

The slowing economy is taking its toll on jobseekers, with those out of work taking longer to find work, new figures show. But private sector economists are now more bullish about Singapore's economy than three months ago, and expect it to grow 2.3 per cent this year.


'Prepare lawyers for new tech'

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore's law schools need to produce lawyers prepared for disruptions and new technologies in the working environment. He was speaking at the official opening of the Singapore Management University's new law school building yesterday.


US Navy scandal grows

The US has unsealed a fresh indictment charging eight current and former navy officials with corruption and other crimes in the "Fat Leonard" case, escalating a scandal that has dogged the navy for years. The suspects are accused of taking bribes from Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defence contractor who has pleaded guilty to defrauding the navy.


Malaysian Insider site is back

The Malaysian Insider, a widely followed online news site that was forced to close just over a year ago by Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration, is set to make a comeback under a new masthead, The Malaysian Insight. The new site will focus on politics.


Aptitude-based admissions

Senior education correspondent Sandra Davie believes all university places should be awarded based on students' interests and potential to do well in the course, and not on grades alone. Now, only 15 per cent of those who apply to NUS and NTU are selected based on aptitude.


Charity contributions up

Donations to charity rose from $1.25 billion in 2014 to $2.18 billion last year, but they came from fewer donors. In contrast, and as a sign of what the authorities see as increasing civic participation, volunteer hours nearly doubled.


Agent's acts: Firm not liable

A former teacher gave four blank cheques to a property agent to settle a property purchase, but the agent, now a bankrupt believed to have fled the country, embezzled the money. Yesterday, a court found HSR International Realtors not liable for the agent's acts.


Shipping line to expand fleet

Home-grown shipping line Pacific International Lines is gearing up for expansion even as the wider industry remains mired in a deep downturn.

The company - which marks its 50th anniversary today - is expanding its fleet of container ships, with managing director Teo Siong Seng optimistic that the sector will see better days ahead.


Leicester power into last 8

Leicester City secured a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 2-0 second-leg win over Sevilla, the team that beat them 2-1 in the first leg. The earlier loss was the catalyst for Claudio Ranieri's sacking, but with Craig Shakespeare in charge, Wes Morgan scored in the first half and Marc Albrighton followed suit in the second at the King Power Stadium.


Model dresses up for bedtime

For Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima, wearing elaborate lingerie is not just part of the job, but also part of her bedtime routine. Speaking to The Straits Times last week, the Brazilian, 35, who started her career with the brand in 1999, says she never expected to last so long.

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No rice cooker?

Straits Times food correspondent Rebecca Lynne Tan shows you how to cook the perfect rice using a pot on your stove.



Name-games people play

Late footballer Dollah Kassim was nicknamed The Gelek King. But which sportsmen were known as Iron Nose and Twinkletoes?


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