What's News: Feb 20, 2016


Harbouring, hiring of illegals

The number of people arrested for providing lodging or work to immigration offenders rose by 59 per cent last year, based on new figures from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

It attributed the rise to focused and coordinated enforcement efforts. Almost half of the harbourers arrested last year were Singaporeans.


China 'missiles' rile Vietnam

Vietnam yesterday protested to China over "serious infringements" of its sovereignty due to Beijing's apparent deployment of an advanced missile system on a disputed South China Sea island, while Australia and New Zealand also voiced alarm.

Newly arrived Bangladeshi workers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK


KL freeze on foreign labour

Confusion reigned yesterday over Malaysia's foreign labour policy, a day after an initial deal to bring in Bangladeshi workers was signed. After one minister said the workers would be brought in only if needed, the Deputy Prime Minister said Malaysia was suspending the intake of all foreign workers.


China eases PR criteria

More foreigners from "different industries" will now be eligible for permanent residency in China, its government has announced, as part of plans to ease the application process. Foreign investors will also find it easier to meet the requirements for a green card.


Singapore's idealism deficit

Professor Kishore Mahbubani met a young Dutchman in Davos who has made it his life's mission to rid the oceans of plastic. That encounter spurred Prof Mahbubani to reflect on a deficit of idealism among Singapore's youth, and ways to overcome it.


Mechanised parking woes

Those who use a new $10 million mechanised carpark in Changi Village are having to queue for more than half an hour to park or retrieve their vehicles at peak times. The HDB, which built it, said it could take up to six months to solve the teething problems.


Engineers laud sector rethink

Engineers have welcomed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's call for a reappraisal of their industry. Many feel their jobs are limited to behind-the-scenes roles and their salaries do not match those of other professions. The Government plans to hire 1,000 engineers this year.


Headhunter sues Swiss bank

Swiss private bank BSI - the employer of private banker Yak Yew Chee, who is caught up in the money laundering probe over 1MDB - has been sued here over claims that it did not pay headhunting fees. Mancano and Associates filed a suit last August seeking $7.1 million in fees from BSI for helping it to recruit 23 employees in 2009.

Van Gaal (left) has cited Murphy's law - which states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong - when blaming the 2-1 defeat on injuries.
Van Gaal (left) has cited Murphy's law - which states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong - when blaming the 2-1 defeat on injuries. PHOTO: REUTERS


More woe for Man United manager

Fans and detractors are calling for Louis van Gaal's head again, after Manchester United's 2-1 humiliation in Denmark by minnows Midtjylland in the Europa League round-of-32 first leg.

The beleaguered Dutch manager agrees with the criticism but blames a shockingly long injury list, which had goalkeeper David de Gea added to it with a knee injury during Thursday night's warm-up.


Adele in tears after fiasco


British singer Adele said she cried all day after what was supposed to be a triumphant return to the Grammys stage on Feb 15 turned into a shaky performance in which she sang off-key. Her performance of her new single All I Ask was marred by technical issues and she hit sharp and flat notes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 20, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe