What's News: March 10, 2018


Trump-Kim talks on the cards

United States President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet, holding out hope for a cooling of tensions following months of missile tests and megaphone diplomacy. However, analysts and officials in Asia and the US were more guarded, and urged caution.


Alternatives to court action

Those who break town council bylaws or fail to pay service and conservancy charges will be taken to court only if they fail to settle their offences through new mediation protocols. This is part of the initiatives introduced by the State Courts to refine court processes and better serve users. Other measures include encouraging negotiations towards settlement of defamation offences before writs are filed.



China seeks quality growth

China can be bolder in granting wider market access and further open up its economy as it enters a new stage of development, the country's central banker Zhou Xiaochuan (above) said yesterday. As the world's No. 2 economy seeks quality development, it will rely less on stimulus to boost growth, he told a briefing on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.


Turkey set to take Syrian town

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkish forces and allied rebels could enter the centre of the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Afrin at any moment, a day after the capture of another key strategic town. Mr Erdogan also said Turkey would carry on to the town of Manbij to the east, and then to the Iraqi border.


Basis for China's green push

Why is President Xi Jinping pushing China to go green? Because the breakneck growth phase is over and China has to clean up and switch to a more sustainable growth model, says Professor John Wong.


More leeway for tour guides

New rules have allowed licensed tour guides more freedom to advertise their offerings instead of depending on word of mouth, social media or forums. The change means guides can market their specific tour itineraries, and design and publicise individual packages.


Low usage of shared bikes

Shared bicycles are used for only half an hour a day on average, a study has found. This, after scientists from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology analysed the GPS data of about 10,000 shared bikes over nine days in April and May last year.


Shell eyes LNG prospect

Shell is keen to participate in the small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in Indonesia once the government has put in place the structure to support its growth. While the LNG market has been a high-cost, large-scale business, it is becoming increasingly competitive in the small-scale space, said Shell Energy executive vice-president Steve Hill.


Young leaders in local sports

They may play different sports in different divisions of the National School Games, but squash player Kan Weng Yean and footballer Justin Hui have much in common in their experiences as captains of their schools' sports teams. Weng Yean, 14, and Hui, 20, are two of the four nominees for the inaugural Straits Times Young Athlete of the Year award.



Playing up public art

Angie Seah's (above) new art installation Watching The World Go Round - a cycle-propelled carousel at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park - is part of an effort by the National Arts Council's Public Art Trust to enliven urban spaces and engage the community.


Searching for Singapore's symbol

From the art of making pizza to yoga, here is a look at other examples on Unesco's intangible cultural heritage list. http://str.sg/culture


Quirky collections

Musical boxes, toys and computer games. Explore six quirky museums in Singapore. http://str.sg/quirky

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe