What's News: May 19, 2018


4G leaders to hold dialogues

Singapore's fourth-generation (4G) political leaders will hold dialogues with Singaporeans to share their ideas and listen to people's views. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, in announcing it, said the younger ministers will consider all opinions with an open mind.


Cleric faces death penalty

Prosecutors are seeking the death sentence for radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman (above) for inciting others to commit various terror attacks in Indonesia, including an attack in Jakarta in 2016 that left four bystanders dead. Other terror attacks inspired by the 46-year-old which the prosecution had taken into consideration took place in end-2016 and last year.


No offer on US trade: China

China denied it had offered a package to slash the United States trade deficit by up to US$200 billion (S$269 billion), hours after it called off an anti-dumping probe into US sorghum imports in a conciliatory gesture as top negotiators meet in Washington. US officials had said on Thursday that China was proposing trade concessions and increased purchases of American goods.


Risks of an ice-free Arctic

The Arctic is now the highest priority for the United States Coast Guard, its outgoing chief, Admiral Paul Zukunft, said at a recent talk at the think-tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

He warned of a "record receding of sea ice" which could lead to "an ice-free Arctic as early as 2030".


Mall tenants unsure of future

Now that Big Box in Jurong East has been put up for sale, those working there are unsure of their future. They are worried if they will be allowed to continue operating after the sale closes on June 14. Several businesses there have complained of low traffic at the mall.


Concerns over HDB flat leases

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong's remarks that the Government is looking into the lease issue of ageing Housing Board flats were mostly welcomed by observers yesterday, although some concerns remain over the fate of older apartments.


Innovation efforts working

The number of research and development projects which the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) collaborated with the private sector jumped 20 per cent from financial year 2016 to 2,100 in the year ended March 2018. One in three of the projects were with local enterprises, A*Star chairman Lim Chuan Poh said yesterday.


Blues' last shot at redemption

Collectively, Chelsea's players owe the club for their patchy season, and they have their last shot at redemption at Wembley today. Last weekend, they were abject in their 3-0 loss to Newcastle, a result that put paid to their Champions League prospects. The FA Cup final against Manchester United today gives them a chance to atone for their lack of nerve.



Cultural stalwarts honoured

Old stalwarts in the Chinese literary and music scenes in Singapore - the Singapore Association of Writers and veteran musician Lee Yuk Chuan (above) - have been honoured for their contributions over the decades.

Last night, they received the Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award at the launch of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's Cultural Extravaganza.


Natural wonder at low tide

Sea stars, seagrass meadows and more. Explore the Cyrene Reef, which reveals its rich marine life only during low tide. https://str.sg/reef


ST Sessions with Joie Tan

We go behind the scenes as singer-songwriter Joie Tan prepares for her album launch show, in this series on rising music talents here. https://str.sg/joie

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe