Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

Students and parents are using rankings to choose universities, but senior education correspondent Sandra Davie pointed out that such rankings have limitations. It is the intangibles, such as innovative learning approaches, which will make the real difference for students. Students and parents should thus question the value of such rankings. http://str.sg/4boQ

The almost total blockade of Qatar by other Gulf state nations is a crisis that has been brewing for a while. Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal highlighted two recent developments which brought tensions to a new boil: Qatar's decision to pay ransom to pro-Iranian militants for some kidnapped citizens and the kingdom's support for the Palestinian group Hamas. http://str.sg/4LFd

The public sector is planning to use 15 per cent less electricity and 5 per cent less water by 2020. Other green initiatives include food-waste recycling and buying sustainable paper products. Reporter Melissa Lin said that with the public sector taking the green lead, hopefully businesses and individuals will follow suit in the battle against climate change. http://str.sg/4LKs

The greatest terror threat facing Singapore is a self-radicalised individual launching an attack, and the best defence is vigilant citizens in the community. Reporter Danson Cheong said the inaugural Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report emphasised that friends and family members have to help report signs of radicalisation. http://str.sg/4LaL

Reporter Wang Meng Meng said the Football Association of Singapore's announcement that it is tightening its governance processes is a positive step. Football is the most heavily funded sport in Singapore and more than 1,000 people are dependent on the professional league for their livelihoods, so the move to "clean shop" cannot start soon enough. http://str.sg/4L2u

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe