What's News: May 18, 2018


Tighter NS safety rules

Singapore's Defence Minister and Home Affairs and Law Minister outlined actions to tighten safety rules and discipline during national service (NS), saying that the trust Singaporeans place in the Government to keep their children safe will not be taken lightly. 


Six given bans for mis-selling

Prohibition orders have been issued against five insurance advisers and one relationship manager for mis-selling insurance and investment products. This is the first time the Monetary Authority of Singapore has issued such orders against insurance agents for mis-selling breaches. The offences involved 29 clients, 48 insurance policies and one structured note.

Midwives and United Nations workers at the Kutupalong refugee camp.
Midwives and United Nations workers at the Kutupalong refugee camp. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Aid for Rohingya rape victims

Aid workers are scouring the world's largest refugee camp for pregnant Rohingya rape victims, with a rush of births anticipated nine months after Myanmar forces unleashed "a frenzy of sexual violence" against women and girls from the Muslim minority. Fears are growing that newborns could be abandoned and new mothers may die without care.


Ways to boost cyber security

Cyber security is an "international problem" that goes beyond national borders and requires cross-country collaboration as well as working with private technology companies like Google. This is according to experts from Singapore and South Korea who spoke at The Straits Times panel discussion on cyber security in Seoul yesterday .


Malaysia: Revolution and after

It is heady days in Malaysia, just as it was after similar departures of unpopular leaders in India and the Philippines. Much work remains to replace the old political system, says associate editor Ravi Velloor.


Local fashion brand to return

M)phosis will return to the local fashion scene with the opening of a store at Century Square mall on June 6. Apparel retailer Decks, which now owns the trademark, will retain about 60 per cent of the old style, while introducing new colours and designs.


S'pore's largest artificial reef

The waters off the Southern Islands will soon be home to Singapore's largest artificial reef. The project by the National Parks Board and JTC Corporation aims to transform bare seabed into a thriving ecosystem by giving corals a place to take root, and attracting other marine life.


SIA's Q4 profit soars to $182m

Stronger passenger and cargo revenues helped Singapore Airlines (SIA) beat expectations. It chalked up net profit of $181.8 million for the three months to March 31, reversing from a loss of $138.3 million a year earlier. Full-year earnings soared by 148 per cent to $893 million, its highest since 2011.


Blues can win FA Cup: Essien

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien believes the Blues are more than a match for Manchester United in tomorrow's FA Cup final at Wembley, provided manager Antonio Conte fields his best team. The 35-year-old Ghanaian said that the Italian should unleash his top guns such as Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Willian against the Red Devils. And he has tipped the Blues to win the FA Cup to salvage a disappointing campaign.



Japanese label's second store

Japanese clothing brand 45R has opened a second store at Paragon mall. The unisex label - which prides itself on its hand-stitching and prints that are silk-screened or block-printed by hand - plans to open another one to two stores here in the near future.


Hangout with ST

Topics in this week's episode include inequality in Singapore and the new season of Living City. http://str.sg/sthangout17


Royal wedding

When Harry weds Meghan: Nine things to know about tomorrow's ceremony. http://str.sg/wedding

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe