What's News: April 13, 2017


Video calls cut hospital trips

Six public healthcare institutions, including the Singapore General Hospital, have joined a new video call system for medical consultations. The system will allow some patients the opportunity to consult experts from their homes.


HDB flats 'a retirement asset'

After cautioning against paying high prices for older Housing Board flats last month, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong wrote on Facebook yesterday that flats are a good home and a nest-egg for future retirement needs.

PAS Youth representatives with a protest memorandum on Tuesday asking Nanyang Siang Pau to apologise.
PAS Youth representatives with a protest memorandum on Tuesday asking Nanyang Siang Pau to apologise. PHOTO: FOTOBERNAMA


Warning over paper's cartoon

The Malaysian police have warned against linking a controversial cartoon published by Chinese language daily Nanyang Siang Pau with the Charlie Hebdo incident in France.

The drawing depicted Islamic opposition party leader Abdul Hadi Awang and Parliament Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys. The paper issued a public apology over the cartoon on Monday.


Dip in US-Russian trust: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that trust between the US and Russia had deteriorated under President Donald Trump's administration, amid tensions over US missile strikes in Syria. His comments came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had an icy reception in Moscow.


How to lower healthcare costs

Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik has two quick fixes to rein in healthcare costs. One, stop insurers from offering "riders" that let people pay nothing for their hospital bills. Two, curb overcharging by having a guideline on doctors' fees.


Dangerous driving boundaries

Dangerous driving that results in serious injury or damage should draw jail terms, the prosecution argued yesterday, urging the High Court to lay down sentencing guidelines for such offences. Justice See Kee Oon said he would set out his full grounds later.


AHTC statements with House

The National Development Ministry has presented the audited statements for Aljunied-Hougang Town Council's 2015 financial year to Parliament. The town council's external auditor had flagged several instances where AHTC failed to comply with financial rules.


S'pore, Shanghai ink pacts

Singapore and Shanghai appear poised for closer collaboration on the corporate, banking and financial regulatory fronts. A slew of agreements were signed yesterday at a major meeting in Singapore between officials and corporate bosses to forge stronger ties between the two leading Asian financial centres.


Defending champs out

The men's and women's defending champions were both knocked out yesterday, on the opening day of the OUE Singapore Open. Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand each fell in the opening round of the badminton tournament to less fancied opponents. Sony lost 21-19, 15-21, 18-21 to South Korean Lee Dong Keun in 76 minutes, while world No. 7 Ratchanok fell 8-21, 18-21 to Japan's Sayaka Sato.



Help with S'pore history book

The National Library Board is crowdsourcing annotations for a 1923 book about the Chinese community in Singapore, in the hope that members of the public will be able to fill in gaps that historians have missed. Song Ong Siang's One Hundred Years' History Of The Chinese In Singapore is a primary source on the history of colonial Singapore.


The bike I like

OBike, Ofo or Mobike - which bike-sharing service has the best ride? ST Digital's Bridget Tan takes them all out for a test-cycle. str.sg/3bikeshare


Watch the birdies

Birdwatchers were excited to find a nest of hanging parrots. Here are five other bird species that are a rare sight in Singapore. str.sg/rarebirds

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