What's News: March 03, 2016


Big wins for Trump, Clinton

Mr Donald Trump and Mrs Hillary Clinton tightened their grip on their respective party nominations with sweeping wins on Super Tuesday - setting the stage for an improbable match-up at the election. With seven states each under their belts on Tuesday, they wasted no time training their guns at each other as early results showed it would be a good night for them.


Developers face fee woes

Developers that failed to sell all units at residential projects within a timeframe paid $24.9 million in extension fees last year. That was a fall from about $30 million in 2014. But the figure is set to rise markedly this year, experts say.



Chongqing's star still shines

Despite the jailing of its Communist Party chief Bo Xilai four years ago, Chongqing (above) has not seen its star dim. Instead, the south-west Chinese city has continued to thrive, a feat that reflects a pragmatic streak in China's leadership in allowing Bo's Chongqing model, and his economic adviser, Mayor Huang Qifan, to survive his fall.


Manila upset at atoll blockade

Philippine officials and analysts are concerned that China could be planning to expand its territories in the Spratlys by blockading Jackson atoll, like it did in 2012 when it seized control of Scarborough shoal, north of the Spratlys, after a two-month naval stand-off.


Lift the poor by helping kids

How can families mired in poverty be best helped? For Straits Times correspondent Toh Yong Chuan, the key is to help the children. Among his suggestions: let poor families rent three-room HDB flats, and introduce boarding schools for children from poor families.


Old haunt back on foodie map

Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre is back in business - cleaner and better than before. Among the 72 stalls are original owners who worked out of temporary premises for 11/2 years while it was renovated.


Oei Hong Leong in legal tussle Businessman

Oei Hong Leong is suing Canadian real estate giant Concord Pacific Group - a firm originally founded by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka Shing but now run by Mr Terry Hui. Mr Oei filed a civil claim in British Columbia, alleging Concord interfered with his rights to develop a plum Vancouver site.


Ranieri upbeat despite draw

The Foxes are still flying high with 10 games to go, and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is getting more optimistic that their Premier League hunt will bear fruit.

Despite a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich on Tuesday night, the Italian is pleased that his players created more chances than in the win over Norwich.



Capturing life, far and near

Prominent American photojournalist Ed Kashi - who has captured images of Syrian refugees, the exploitation of Nigerian oil workers in Niger Delta and sugarcane workers suffering from chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua - says a photographer does not have to travel far to capture good images. He will be in Singapore this month for a sold-out public lecture and screening of his film about people displaced by the civil war in Syria.

Adele performing at the Brit Awards in London last month. The 27-year-old singer has been frank about her stage fright. PHOTO: REUTERS


Rave reviews as Adele begins 100-stop tour

British singer Adele kicked off her first world tour in four years with an arena show in Belfast that received overwhelmingly positive reviews. The 100-stop tour includes dates in London this month and Paris in June, and culminates with two dates in Mexico City in November.

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