What's News: April 03, 2017


More sex crimes

More sexual crime cases were filed in the State Courts last year, compared with 2012 and 2011. The crimes involve sexual assault by penetration, sexual grooming of a minor under 16, outrage of modesty or rape. The High Court also saw 16 cases of sexual offences such as rape and sexual assault by penetration last year, with 11 convictions.


Imam apologises for remarks

Imam Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel, 47, visited the Maghain Aboth Synagogue in Waterloo Street yesterday to offer an apology after making offensive remarks while reciting a prayer in February. The imam, who is from India, had two days earlier apologised to leaders of various faiths.

A heavily polluted day in Shijiazhuang, in China's Hebei province, last year.
A heavily polluted day in Shijiazhuang, in China's Hebei province, last year. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Hebei to get economic zone

China will establish a new special economic zone in the heavily polluted province of Hebei to promote integration with the neighbouring cities of Beijing and Tianjin. The Xiongan New Area is located around 100km south-west of Beijing, and will house some of Beijing's relocated "non-capital functions".


317 poacher boats destroyed

Indonesia has destroyed 317 fishing boats confiscated from poachers since President Joko Widodo took office in October 2014, as it steps up enforcement to guard its maritime resources. Most of the boats were from Vietnam, followed by the Philippines and Malaysia.


Britain in uncharted waters

Do not trust anyone who claims to know what lies ahead for Brexit over the next two years, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal. British Prime Minister Theresa May has to both negotiate with the European Union and keep control of her sharply divided party.


Shops raise autism awareness

On World Autism Awareness Day yesterday, the FairPrice outlets at Zhongshan Mall in Toa Payoh and Kallang Wave Mall, and the Toys 'R' Us store at VivoCity dimmed their lights and switched off in-store music to accommodate families of children with autism.


Renewal plans for 3 estates

Three housing estates are set for a renewal. Plans for Woodlands will be exhibited from April 16 at Woodlands Central. Toa Payoh's renewal plans will be up at the HDB Hub from April 22, and Pasir Ris plans will be on display at Pasir Ris Town Centre from April 29.


Privatisations set to continue

The Singapore stock market has continued to see a series of privatisations this year. Although these do not involve household names, analysts do not rule out high-profile delistings later, with Global Logistic Properties and United Engineers among those that could be taken private.


Spurs fighting on in EPL race

Runaway English Premier League leaders Chelsea's shock loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday had Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino declaring his side, who have cut the gap to seven points, "still fighting". Blues boss Antonio Conte admitted that this makes the title race "more interesting".

Monniker Cafe co-owner Tia Siew Jun (centre) with chefs Jerome Lam (left) and Jonathan Ong at a soft launch last month.
Monniker Cafe co-owner Tia Siew Jun (centre) with chefs Jerome Lam (left) and Jonathan Ong at a soft launch last month. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


Home cooks can helm cafe

Monniker, a cafe-turned-event space in Balestier Road, is inviting home cooks to take over its kitchen on weekends. They have free rein to plan the menu, cook and interact with diners. The cafe will provide wait staff, contacts for wholesale food suppliers and menu advice, and handle online reservations.


Caring for the dead

The undertaker industry is seeing an influx of new job applicants - millennials under the age of 30. Watch embalmer-in-training Nicole Chong, 22, explain why she joined the profession. http://str.sg/482J

WEB SPECIAL In the Learning Forest

Explore the highlights of the century-old forest recently unveiled at the Botanic Gardens, including the SPH Walk of Giants. http://str.sg/488N

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe