What's News: March 30, 2016


Faulty brakes in lift incident

A lift in a housing block in Ang Mo Kio that malfunctioned earlier this month, causing a woman to be hurt, was likely to have brakes that were not functioning well, investigations have found. The Building and Construction Authority said it would take enforcement action if rules were found to have been violated.


Uber offers car loans

Uber is advertising a bold new financing scheme, offering people their "dream car" through loans of up to 80 per cent. It is getting around laws for personal cars that require down payments of 40 per cent to 50 per cent by stating that vehicles must be registered under a company and under a scheme that allows them to be used for paid rides.

This 2012 photo shows part of Sansha city on Yongxing, also known as Woody Island, in the disputed Paracel chain. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


US questions China's intent

The United States yesterday said it was "particularly disturbing" to see fishing issues in the South China Sea come to the fore, and questioned China's long-term intent in the region. It warned China against flouting the Law of the Sea, stressing the importance of maintaining rules-based order.


US govt unlocks iPhone

The US Justice Department dropped a legal case against Apple after its success in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, putting an end to a high-stakes legal battle. But the larger fight over law- enforcement access to encrypted information is not yet over.


Case for manufacturing

Far from being a sub-optimal sector to be weeded out, manufacturing here can be a job multiplier, drive innovation and be a vital way to plug the Republic into the global manufacturing network, says Singapore Management University president Arnoud De Meyer.


Smoked fish from local farm

A fish farm that lost 100 tonnes of stock due to last year's algae bloom plans to produce smoked fish, as they can be harvested earlier than fish meant for restaurants and do not need to grow as large. Mr Teh Aik Hua, owner of Ah Hua Kelong, wants to sell smoked sea bass from his PasarBella outlet.


Employee can sue over injury

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision allowing an engineer who became mentally incapacitated after suffering a serious injury at work to sue for damages. Mr Tan Yun Yeow, 37, suffered severe burns after he was caught in an electrical explosion in 2009.


Big changes for retail group

In just two months since he was appointed, Dubai-based conglomerate Al-Futtaim Group's Asia chief Christophe Cann has mapped out big changes for its presence in Singapore. The group aims to refresh the offerings at its stable of retail brands, including the Marks & Spencer chain.


Stange bows out with loss

Bernd Stange's last match as Singapore coach ended in a 1-2 loss to Afghanistan in their final World Cup qualifier yesterday. The defeat put the German's overall record for the Republic at 15 wins, four draws and 16 losses. But Singapore are already through to the 2019 Asian Cup third qualifying round.

Kutcher (right) and Masterson play siblings in The Ranch, a comedy that will debut on the Netflix streaming service on Friday. PHOTO: NETFLIX


From buddies to brothers

Ashton Kutcher is teaming up with his That '70s Showco-star Danny Masterson to produce and star in his own television comedy, The Ranch. Debuting on the streaming service Netflix on Friday, the show is about a rural, conservative and God-fearing family just like the one he grew upin, Kutcher reveals.


Uniqlo flagship store in S'pore

Japanese casual wear label Uniqlo yesterday announced plans to open its first global flagship store in South-east Asia at Orchard Central later this year. The 2,700 sq m store will take up three levels and create over 300 jobs, it says.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 30, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe