What's News: March 4, 2017

Mindef hosted a media feature on a simulated cyberattack at the Cyber Test and Evaluation Centre on Feb 27, 2017.
Mindef hosted a media feature on a simulated cyberattack at the Cyber Test and Evaluation Centre on Feb 27, 2017. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


New cyber defence force

A new Defence Cyber Organisation will be set up to fortify Singapore's military networks against cyber threats, and develop a force of specialists in cyber defence. The Defence Ministry plans to have about 2,600 cyber defenders in 10 years. Vocations have been created, and national servicemen with the skills are expected to be deployed in those roles from August.


More changes in cab sector

Transport giant ComfortDelGro, which controls over 60 per cent of cabs here, plans to introduce demand-pegged fares. A spokesman told The Straits Times it has written to the Public Transport Council but would not provide details. A fixed fare, based on demand, may be offered for phone-booked rides.

Mindanao will soon get train services like this one on Luzon Island. PHOTO: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RAILWAYS


Mindanao to get major railway

Capitalising on President Rodrigo Duterte's warm ties with China and Japan, the Philippines will start building a 2,000km railway in the southern island group of Mindanao late this year. The government hopes big-ticket projects like this will bring growth, drawing people away from extremist groups.


Top China body targets graft

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference will prioritise weeding out corruption in the relationship between government and business, says its chairman Yu Zhengsheng. It will also focus on fighting poverty.


Trump govt a kakistocracy?

The Donald Trump administration is a kakistocracy - government by the worst elements of society.

Mr Trump's election was a rejection not just of the elites, but of government and politics. But Simon Chesterman remains optimistic the US can withstand trumpery: It has the institutions to do so, he says.


Improvement in bus services

About two in three bus services were less crowded during peak hours between September last year and January this year after 86 more buses were deployed to improve more than 100 services, the Land Transport Authority said.


Bike crash: $203k in damages

In one of highest reported sums awarded in the State Courts, the elderly parents of a motorcycle pillion rider was awarded $203,000 in damages after their son was killed in a drink-driving accident in 2010. The rider was ruled 100 per cent responsible for the accident.


Ezra's debt woes deepen

The debt woes of offshore marine giant Ezra Holdings reached fever pitch yesterday after it revealed it had missed the deadline to settle a $4.4 million debt with Norwegian shipowner Forland Subsea. The development puts the creditor at liberty to file for Ezra to be wound up in Singapore's High Court.


Kyrgios stuns Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios served 25 aces to rein in Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the Mexico Open yesterday. The 7-6 (11-9), 7-5 result denied the Serb the chance of regaining his mantle of invincibility. Kyrgios, 21, is the youngest player to record victories over the Big Five - Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Frozen flowers have had their moisture removed and can be preserved for up to 10 years. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


Blooms that don't need water

Tiny frozen flowers, which can last up to a decade and do not require watering, are now available here. At least two firms are selling the micro-flowers here, each measuring 1cm wide. They are papery to the touch and look artificial. But sprinkle a few drops of water on the petals and they close up, opening again when dry.


Beth, beauty and beyond

In Beauty For Ashes, Bittymacbeth, aka Beth Yap, sings about finding hope after adversity. See her performances for ST Sessions at str.sg/bittymacbeth


Cash and Kimbie

Hong Kong's richest woman, Ms Kimbie Chan, was named after a goldfish. This and other facts about the former journalist worth $9 billion at str.sg/kimbiechan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe