What's News: April 18, 2016


Indonesian minister's rebuttal

Singapore should just focus on its own role in transboundary haze instead of concerning itself with what Indonesia is doing, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar reportedly said in an article over the weekend. Her comments come amid Indonesia's contradictory signals on the country's deforestation agenda.



Search for quake survivors

Japanese rescue teams scoured the splintered remains of buildings destroyed by a series of deadly earthquakes in southern Japan as time ran out for finding survivors. Heavy rains fuelled worries of more landslides and with hundreds of aftershocks and fears of more quakes, thousands spent the night in evacuation centres.


Cruz gaining on Trump

Republican US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is gaining ground on rival Donald Trump. Last Saturday, Mr Cruz won all 14 delegates at stake in Wyoming. While Mr Trump has won 21 state nominating contests to Mr Cruz's 10, he leads the Texas senator by only 196 delegates.


Remembering leaders

The reason the wishes of many leaders on how they want to be remembered are often set aside is that the act of national remembrance is not only about them, but also about their nations, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


NUS on healthy eating drive

Food stalls at the National University of Singapore are to display information about the calories in their dishes in an effort to encourage healthy eating among students and staff. Recent statistics have shown that obesity is on the rise among young people here.


Zika entry 'almost inevitable'

It is "almost inevitable" that the Zika virus will hit Singapore, said Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor. With so many foreign visitors here and locals travelling overseas, she urged people to "play an active role in preventing the breeding of mosquitoes".


Bosses 'must improve safety'

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say called on bosses to improve safety efforts yesterday, with 26 workplace deaths already recorded this year - eight more than in the same period last year. The threat of penalties should not be the main reason for employers' safety push, he said.


Luxe property owners' blues

Falling rents are forcing owners of luxury properties to sell at multi-year lows, another sign of a battered market that is seeing no signs of recovery.

For example, an owner at Cairnhill Plaza is said to have sold his roughly 3,000 sq ft four-bedder for about $1,300 per sq ft (psf) - the lowest psf price recorded at the project since 2007.

Rosberg celebrating after the Chinese Grand Prix.
Rosberg celebrating after the Chinese Grand Prix. PHOTO: REUTERS


Rosberg humble despite stretching perfect start

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg stayed grounded after his third straight win of the season in Shanghai to stretch his streak to six. Brushing off any title talk with 18 more races to go in a marathon season, he insisted Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was still the one to beat.


Actor's challenging role


In an almost 40-year career, US actor Ray Liotta has made an impression playing cops on the wrong side of the law. But his character in the new television drama, Shades Of Blue (photo), is no mere retread of his past roles. For one thing, Lieutenant Matt Wozniak is bisexual.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: April 18, 2016'. Subscribe