What's News: May 17, 2016

This year's Imaginarium draws inspiration from the ocean and sea, and the works introduce ideas about recycling.
This year's Imaginarium draws inspiration from the ocean and sea, and the works introduce ideas about recycling.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


8 Asian budget airlines tie up

A new tie-up of eight Asian budget carriers promises to offer consumers greater convenience, such as being able to book flights from the airlines on one website. Called Value Alliance, it includes Singapore Airlines subsidiaries Scoot and Tigerair, and others from countries such as Japan and the Philippines.


Residents join mozzie fight

Watten Estate residents are pitching in to prevent mosquitoes from breeding or biting, even as the authorities step up vector-control efforts in their neighbourhood.

Singapore's first Zika patient, confirmed last Friday, lives in the estate. Residents said they wanted to do their part and knew the mozzie-prevention drill well.



Tighter security ahead of visit

Today, China's third-ranking leader Zhang Dejiang - also the man in charge of Hong Kong affairs in Beijing - arrives in Hong Kong for a three-day visit that has the city government pulling out all the stops. These include elaborate security measures that were not seen even when then Chinese President Hu Jintao visited in July 2012. 


Don't trash it, it's art

This year's edition of Imaginarium, the Singapore Art Museum's annual contemporary art show for children, draws inspiration from the ocean and sea. Its curators say the works may be more tactile, colourful and light-hearted to appeal to children, but they also introduce big ideas about recycling. The show runs till Aug 28.


Social media has editors too

It is a little-known fact that most major social media platforms have, in recent years, amassed editorial teams of their own. These are groups of people who select, tame and fill gaps in the material produced by users and media companies.


Brexit won't make UK a S'pore

Some Brexit proponents argue that it will enable Britain to become a more dynamic economy, such as Singapore. But small countries have all placed regional integration at the core of their strategies. Brexit will not make Britain the Singapore of Europe, says David Skilling.


Wafer fab sector seeks PMETs

A training scheme to help mid-career professionals, managers, executives and technicians switch to the wafer fabrication industry was launched yesterday. The sector has 500 vacancies this year, said the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. 


Tower Transit gives pay rise

Staff of new bus operator Tower Transit can expect a 3.5 per cent pay rise from this month, in line with the average salary increase of Singaporean workers from 2014 to last year. The starting monthly pay of its junior bus captains is now $1,930, up from $1,865. 


New private home sales down

Sales of new private homes fell 11.6 per cent in April compared with March, Urban Redevelopment Authority data showed yesterday. Developers sold 745 new private homes last month. There were two new launches last month - the 305-unit Sturdee Residences and The Asana.



Slingers-Dragons rematch

The Singapore Slingers will not need to wait till next season for another bite at the Malaysia Dragons, to whom they lost narrowly in the Asean Basketball League finals (photo). Their rivals are one of five foreign teams coming in September for the Merlion Cup invitational event, which was last held in 1996 . 

What it should have been

In our story last Saturday, "Cheers for move to keep wildlife from becoming roadkill", we said that proposed changes to the Road Traffic Act (RTA), made in Parliament on May 9, would widen the definition of "animals". This is incorrect. The Home Affairs Ministry intends to review the definition of "animals" in the RTA. No changes to the RTA were proposed. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe