What's News: May 26, 2017

A CNG vehicle undergoing inspection at STA on May 25, 2017.
A CNG vehicle undergoing inspection at STA on May 25, 2017. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


Brighter outlook for economy

The economic outlook for this year seems to be gradually brightening, with the Ministry of Trade and Industry indicating yesterday that growth is likely to be above 2 per cent. This sits in the higher reaches of its 1 per cent to 3 per cent forecast for the year, and would surpass last year's total growth of 2 per cent.


CNG cars less likely to ignite

Experts say compressead natural gas (CNG) vehicles have a far lower chance of bursting into flames than petrol models. According to statistics provided by the Singapore Civil Defence Force, CNG vehicle fires made up between 0 and 2.6 per cent of annual vehicular fires from 2014 to May 22 this year.

Students waiting on a street in Hue, Vietnam, to welcome Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during their March visit. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Japan woos S-E Asia students

Japan is aggressively recruiting students from South-east Asia in the hope that they will help enhance economic ties with their home countries in the future. That is because South-east Asia is a key investment destination for the country - and an important source of talent. Vietnamese especially are taking up the offer.


US Navy patrol: China hits back

China warned yesterday that the United States risked disrupting negotiations between stakeholders in the South China Sea, after a US Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island in the disputed waters.


Seize Belt and Road openings

China's Belt and Road Initiative is a chance for Singapore to put itself at the heart of a new global trade ecosystem. Businesses here should seize the opportunity and capitalise on their expertise in areas like transport, logistics and finance, writes Singapore Business Federation chairman S.S. Teo.


Unified rank promotions

The Singapore Police Force will see 150 officers promoted to inspectors this year under a unified rank structure adopted in July last year. The new structure takes over from previous schemes which had non-graduates starting as lower-ranking junior officers.


No perks for adopting own kid

Adopting his or her own child born out of wedlock will not entitle an unwed parent to housing benefits and the Baby Bonus cash gift meant for those who have children within marriage. This was made clear by the Ministry of Social and Family Development yesterday.


En bloc deals for 2 properties

Two en bloc deals with a combined value of $676.5 million were announced yesterday. They were for the sale of Rio Casa in Hougang and a mixed-use development site near Beauty World MRT station.


Man U back in Champs League

Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday was their third trophy under Jose Mourinho. On the basis of that victory, United will return to the Champions League next season.


Lo & Behold Group debuts fest

The Lo & Behold Group, which owns restaurants such as Extra Virgin Pizza and The Black Swan, is launching The Lo & Behold Group Festival. The inaugural festival will have parties and workshops at six of the group's establishments from May 29 to June 25.


A trail in time

Serangoon Road was just a small trail for horses in the early 19th century. See what one of Singapore's oldest roads looks like today. str.sg/serangoonrd


Name that road

Florence Road got its name from a soft-spoken Peranakan mother of 10. Here are five other roads in Singapore named after women and five named after men. str.sg/10roads

What it should have been

The report yesterday, "City Harvest Church case: 6 convicted barred from control of any charity", stated that "Following the conclusion of the appeal, the COC, which had agreed to defer the removals until the criminal proceedings were over, removed seven individuals from the church."

This sentence is incorrect. It should read: "Following the conclusion of the appeal, the COC, which had agreed to defer the removals until the criminal proceedings were over, reviewed the removal proceedings of seven individuals from the church."

We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe