What's News: March 30, 2017

Hong Kong Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam (above) has pledged to improve liveability and freedom in the city and increase transport connectivity to China to convince companies to move out of Singapore.
Hong Kong Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam (above) has pledged to improve liveability and freedom in the city and increase transport connectivity to China to convince companies to move out of Singapore. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
The trendy New Majestic Hotel in Bukit Pasoh Road will be turned into a private members' club.
The trendy New Majestic Hotel in Bukit Pasoh Road will be turned into a private members' club. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

TOP OF THE NEWS

Formal EU divorce begins

Prime Minister Theresa May has formally kicked off negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union. The terms of Brexit will be deliberated over a gruelling two years of negotiations, with Mrs May's Cabinet deeply divided over what she should seek to get from the bloc.


TOP OF THE NEWS

New plans for Kallang River

A plan to breathe life into the Kallang River and its surrounds has been put in motion. For one, the Government aims to redevelop certain plots and put in place new infrastructure, so that it will one day be possible for residents to walk, jog or cycle from Lower Peirce Reservoir, where the river originates, to Gardens by the Bay and the Central Business District.


WORLD

HK to woo S'pore's investors

Hong Kong Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam has pledged to improve liveability and freedom in the city and increase transport connectivity to China to convince companies to move out of Singapore. Ms Lam plans to reduce taxes and make foreign labour more accessible to certain industries in a bid to attract more companies to set up shop in the city.


WORLD

Japan's show of force

Japan's deployment of its largest warship, the Izumo, on a mission that will take it through the South China Sea in May is being seen as a shift in Tokyo's pacifist stance and amounts to a show of force against China's militarisation of the waterway.


OPINION

Define a maid's duties clearly

Clean the home, cook, care for children and the elderly. Walk the dog. Massage employer. Help at employer's business.

Which of these should not be a domestic worker's duty? The rules should be clearer, says Kok Xing Hui.


HOME

Motorcycle COE price soars

The certificate of entitlement premium for motorcycles hit a record high again yesterday, when it closed at $8,081. Industry experts said the rise was fuelled partly by buyers, who are downgrading to smaller models to avoid heftier taxes, bidding more aggressively.


HOME

Changes to Earn and Learn

Not only can polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education students apply for more Earn and Learn programmes, they also have more time to sign on. They can now apply before national service and up to three years after NS or graduation.


BUSINESS

Profits prized over legacy

A report by KPMG and CPA Australia found that eight out of 10 businesses believe that family legacy, though important, should not be allowed to get in the way of business growth and profitability. The findings were based on a survey of 100 Singaporean family businesses as well as detailed interviews with 20 local business leaders.


SPORT

Schooling eyes world record

Joseph Schooling has his sights set on breaking the world record in the 100m butterfly at the Fina World Championships in July, but he will also be competing in the 50m and 200m fly, as well as the 100m freestyle. In addition, he will have to shrug off the pressure of competing while ill at the NCAA Championships, where he did not win an individual title.


LIFE

Trendy hotel to become club

Almost 11 years after it opened, the trendy New Majestic Hotel in Bukit Pasoh Road will be turned into a private members' club. Called Straits Clan, the new concept will have dining establishments, bars and facilities such as a gym, spa and events hall. It is slated to open in the first half of next year.


Straits Times Digital

VIDEO

2G shutdown

How to be pro-active and help seniors you know convert their 2G phones to 3G or 4G handsets.

http://str.sg/48T2

VIDEO

Robots for environment

Meet the robot kayak that detects killer algae, as well as a data-collecting robot swan.

http://str.sg/48pV

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe