What's News: Oct 12, 2017

Office workers walking past CPF building in Robinson Road.
Office workers walking past CPF building in Robinson Road. PHOTO: ST FILE


Rise in women's CPF savings

The average balance in Singapore women's CPF accounts grew at a faster pace than men's over the past 10 years, up to last year. As a result, the gap in the average CPF savings between women and men narrowed from 16 per cent in 2006 to 11 per cent last year.


Alibaba research lab in S'pore

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is set to expand its footprint here, with a new research laboratory slated to come as part of a multibillion-dollar R&D push. The lab in Singapore will join six others - spread across China, the United States, Russia and Israel - with a focus on research in areas such as machine learning and network security.

A man working on a 3D painting of the Chinese Communist Party's emblem in Xiayi, Henan province, to celebrate the 19th Party Congress. PHOTO: AGENCE


CCP readies for congress

The Chinese Communist Party opened a meeting yesterday to make final preparations for next Wednesday's 19th Party Congress. At the closed-door meeting, the committee is expected to endorse a draft amendment to the party's Constitution that will help President Xi Jinping tighten his grip on power.


More obese kids in Asia: Study

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years, and the rise is accelerating, especially in Asia, a study said yesterday. Childhood and teen obesity rates have levelled off in rich countries, but remain "unacceptably high" there.


More diverse arts festival?

Does Singapore's flagship arts festival suffer from a lack of autonomy? Festival director Ong Keng Sen believes so, but others say room for controversial curation has grown. Melissa Sim explores the interplay of artistic licence, timing and government funding.


2nd son jailed for NS evasion

Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng has said it was his sons who decided on their own to serve national service. The statement comes after his younger son, 25, was sentenced yesterday to 12 weeks in jail for evading NS obligations. An older son, 28, was jailed in February.


Spruce up hawker centres

Public spaces like MRT stations and Housing Board town centres are clean enough, said residents in a new survey, but hawker centres could do with better sprucing up. Researchers said it was understandable that eating spaces would be harder to keep clean.


Finance execs 'unprepared'

Singapore's finance and accounting professionals say they are unprepared for the demands of their jobs amid disruptions in the economy.

They add that they lack workplace support to develop the necessary skills, according to a survey by Ernst & Young and CPA Australia.



Hosts won't have it easy

When netball's Nations Cup returns in December, Singapore will be the highest-ranked for the first time. But with SEA Games champions Malaysia among the invitees, new coach Natalie Milicich (above, in training) is not underestimating their opponents, who also include Ireland, Hong Kong, Swaziland and Cook Islands.


Nod to bespoke services

To reflect the growing popularity of bespoke services, a new award has been added to this year's Singapore Fashion Awards. Twelve other awards are up for grabs.

The annual event, which will take place on Nov 24, honours talented local labels and creative individuals who have made an impact on the Singapore fashion scene.


Comeback Crocs

Clunky or cool? ST journalist Alyssa Woo looks at why Crocs, the often-maligned plastic footwear, are making a comeback. str.sg/crocsback


'Durians' turn 15

See the "durian" domes all aglow in a light display to mark the 15th anniversary of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. str.sg/domelights

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe