What's News: May 10, 2016

Stags' Jermaine Pennant at a training session yesterday.
Stags' Jermaine Pennant at a training session yesterday.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


More bicycle parking spaces

MRT stations on the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line will have three times more space for bicycle parking than current MRT stations. Older stations will also have more spaces added to them, Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo told Parliament, in the effort to encourage more people to ride for the first and last miles of their trips. 


Expanded SAF training area

Singapore will be able to use a training area for troops that is 10 times the size of the island state for 25 years. In its agreement with Australia, Singapore will spend $2.25 billion over those years to expand training facilities in Shoalwater Bay and Townsville. 



Republican rift widens

The widening rift in the Republican Party is threatening to upset its July presidential nominating convention. Mr Donald Trump has refused to rule out blocking House Speaker Paul Ryan (above) from serving as the event's chairman. This came after Mr Ryan declared that he is not ready to support Mr Trump's candidature.


KL to lift foreign labour ban

The Malaysian government is backtracking on its decision to impose a freeze on the hiring of foreign migrant workers, in the face of pressure from Malaysian employers. Just two months after the ban came into force, the government has now indicated that it would be lifted in weeks.


Taiwan 'can be asset for China'

Taiwan has come a long way in 50 years. It can be a great asset for China, as its experience in development can be useful - if both sides handle their relationship wisely, says By Invitation columnist Jean-Pierre Lehmann, who has studied East Asia for 50 years. 


White rice still preferred

The demand for wholegrain rice in Singapore has increased, with that type of rice making up about 5 per cent of total rice sales last year, compared with 2 per cent in 2008. But it remains a challenge to get people to swop from white rice to the healthier wholegrain variety. 


Better bus services pay off

A "carrot-and-stick" scheme to make public buses more reliable has had an impact, with 27 out of 34 bus routes assessed showing improvements. SBS Transit was given $1.34 million for improving 18 services from June to November last year, while SMRT got $504,000 for seven services. 


More homes up for auction

The property slump is so pervasive that even new and uncompleted homes are being put up for sale at auctions. A total of 13 properties either completed in the last three years or still under construction have been put up for mortgagee sale so far this year. This is the same number as that for the whole of last year, and a dramatic rise from just three in the same period last year.


Fan unhappiness ahead of Tampines Rovers game

There are rumblings as Tampines Rovers prepare to meet Selangor in the Asian Football Confederation Cup game at the National Stadium today. Stags fans are unhappy because they have to pay for admission to the game while the S-League has given out complimentary tickets to fans of rival clubs. The Football Association of Singapore declined to comment. 



Drake sets streaming record

Canadian rapper Drake (above) smashed a streaming record on Sunday when his latest album scored the biggest debut on the United States charts this year. The songs on Views were streamed 245.1 million times in the US in the week through last Thursday. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe