10 must-reads for today

Supporters cheering for Senator Bernie Sanders during a rally at a high school in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Supporters cheering for Senator Bernie Sanders during a rally at a high school in Las Vegas on Saturday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Home-learning kits.
Jonathan Eyal.
Jonathan Eyal.

1 Biden blasts Sanders

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has taken aim at his rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, calling on him to condemn the "vicious, malicious, misogynistic" rhetoric of some of Mr Sanders' supporters. The remarks last Saturday came at a key time for both campaigns.

2 Budget help for families

Families will get help with daily expenses and firms can look forward to tax rebates in the Budget tomorrow as the nation deals with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the Government will do "all that is necessary" to help workers and firms recover from the crisis.

3 Air strikes kill 31 in Yemen

Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen killed at least 31 civilians last Saturday, the United Nations said. It was an apparent retaliation after a Saudi fighter jet crashed, with Iran-backed Houthi rebels claiming to have shot it down. UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande denounced the "terrible strikes".

4 Race to save Aussie kelp

Ancient forests of giant kelp beneath the waters off the Australian island of Tasmania are fast disappearing as the ocean warms. Scientists are urgently trying to save the important food source and habitat that is crucial to sustaining marine diversity.

5 Berlin's succession debacle

It is no longer clear who is to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The timing is bad for the country and the European Union, says global affairs correspondent Jonathan Eyal.

6 More blood donors needed

Appeals are being made for more blood donors as national stocks are running low amid the coronavirus outbreak. Fears over the outbreak appear to be deterring donors from visiting blood banks with supplies starting to take a serious hit. The Singapore Red Cross said that stocks for common blood types were at critical levels with donations needed "urgently".

7 Home-learning kits for kids

Several pre-school chains have come up with resources for children to learn at home, in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus. Some centres said they have seen a slight dip in attendance in the past few weeks. Home-learning kits have been given to these children.

8 Boost for aerospace sector

Singapore is deepening its roots in the aerospace industry over the next few decades, with additional support for local players that provide key services to the sector. For instance, Enterprise Singapore has supported over 50 projects to help small and medium-sized enterprises in related industries develop innovations and improve productivity over the past two years.

9 Young achievers in sports

Swimmer Ardi Zulhilmi Mohamed Azman, hockey goalkeeper Deborah Lee and runner Grace Shani Anthony have one thing in common. They have faced adversity and overcome it. For their feats and performances last year, they have been nominated for The Straits Times Young Athlete of the Year award.

10 PCK joins virus battle

Iconic television characters contractor Phua Chu Kang, played by Gurmit Singh, and auntie Liang Ximei, portrayed by Jack Neo, have been roped in to help build Singaporeans' ability to fight the coronavirus threat.

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Switzerland's hidden gem

Nestled 1,400m above sea level, Andermatt, Switzerland, is home to traditional wooden Walser-style houses and newer developments such as residential blocks, chic restaurants and luxury hotels. str.sg/blurb222


Overcoming defeat

The Straits Times Athlete of the Year nominee Cherie Tan was the first Singaporean to win the Masters title at the World Bowling Women's Championships. We find out more about her. str.sg/blurb221

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2020, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Subscribe