What's News: March 23, 2017

Passengers open their luggage and show their electronic equipment at security point at the Ataturk Airport, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Passengers open their luggage and show their electronic equipment at security point at the Ataturk Airport, in Istanbul, Turkey. PHOTO: EPA


S'pore monitoring device ban

The Singapore authorities are watching developments after the US and Britain banned carry-on laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices on flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Passengers can take cellphones into the cabin, but the others must be checked in.


Bourses slide on Trump jitters

Regional markets fell sharply yesterday, as traders have started to doubt whether United States President Donald Trump can really deliver on his promises of pro-growth economic reform.

A key concern is the upcoming vote in Congress on the replacement for Obamacare. If Mr Trump is unable to push it through, analysts say his other plans could be in trouble.

North Korea carried out a similar test in February, which the South broadcast in news reports. PHOTO: REUTERS


N. Korean missile test fails

North Korea launched a missile that exploded in mid-air yesterday, just as the nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States met in Seoul to discuss how they should deal with the growing threat from the North. This is Pyongyang's third round of missile tests since the beginning of the year.


Taiwan drama to woo recruits

With many of the young shying away from signing up with the army, Taiwan plans to woo potential recruits with a 16-episode military drama serial that will cost NT$12.8 million (S$587,000) to produce, an effort that has drawn comparisons with the popular Korean drama Descendants Of The Sun shown last year.


Handling of elderly offenders

Senior law correspondent K.C. Vijayan feels that a review is needed in the handling of minor offences and elderly offenders. He also calls for alternatives to arrest warrants to be considered.


Kidnapper to be jailed for life

A convicted kidnapper lost his appeal yesterday and will spend his life in prison. Lee Sze Yong, 44, abducted the mother of the founder of the Sheng Siong supermarket chain in 2014 and demanded a $20 million ransom.


Soil works at nature reserve

Works to determine the soil and rock profile under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve have begun, after extensive talks on ways to mitigate their environmental impact. The authorities are debating whether to run the planned Cross Island MRT line under the reserve, or to skirt it.


Experiment more, firms urged

Disruption has become a buzzword in almost every sector, with companies and governments fighting to drive innovation and develop the next wave of game-changing technologies.

But when it comes to coping with change and becoming more accepting of failure, most organisations still have some way to go, according to speakers at The Business Times Leaders' Forum.


FAS election: Ng rebuts critics

Hougang United chairman Bill Ng, who is challenging Mr Lim Kia Tong for the presidency of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in the April 29 election, has strongly defended his team's integrity and credibility amid criticism.

While yet to announce his manifesto, he hinted that it will revolve around modernising the FAS and the sport's ecosystem.



Stylish look inspired by mum

Influenced by her stylish Shanghainese mother, digital marketing executive Uli Chan loves a look that is retro, feminine and polished. The 23-year-old shops for vintage clothes at independent designer boutiques and thrift stores.


Commute Sketchers

Meet the group documenting its surroundings in trains and buses. http://str.sg/47nZ


Politics and style

Presidents, prime ministers and first ladies are no strangers to gracing style magazine covers. http://str.sg/478F

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