What's News: February 19, 2018

An artist's impression of the new "meeters and greeters" hall.
An artist's impression of the new "meeters and greeters" hall.PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP
Chadwick Boseman stars as Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman stars as Black Panther.PHOTO: WALT DISNEY PICTURES


Expanded drive to help seniors

A drive is under way to find out the needs of seniors, and Singaporeans aged 65 and older will be visited at least once a year by volunteers, who will help them understand the schemes that help them. As part of the drive, Pioneer Generation Ambassadors will be added, said the Pioneer Generation Office.


New facilities at Changi's T1

Changi Airport's Terminal 1 will have a new "meeters and greeters hall", a five-storey underground carpark and an expanded baggage claim area with more baggage belts as part of a $323 million expansion project to boost the terminal's capacity. A new arrival pick-up zone at the terminal will open on Wednesday.


Online buzz as KL polls near

Malaysia's social media scene is heating up as the general election, which is expected to be within weeks, approaches. The opposition parties, which had an almost free run of social media in 2013 to attack the government, are now facing tough competition from "cyber-troopers" from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.


Israel has stern words for Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Teheran over aggression by what he called Iran and its proxies in Syria, while showing what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace. He also warned in a speech yesterday: "Do not test Israel's resolve."


Games won't shift status quo

Much has been made about North Korea's charm offensive, but the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is no game changer in resolving the issue of Korean reunification, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Gardens by the Bay CEO retires

After 31/2 decades running some of Singapore's best-known green spaces, Dr Kiat W. Tan retired last Thursday as chief executive of Gardens by the Bay. But he said he could have taken a career path that would have seen him rubbing shoulders with Mickey Mouse.


HSA test to deduce ethnicity

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is looking into technology that could predict what a person looks like, just by studying his genetic material. HSA's DNA Profiling Laboratory claims it is able to guess a person's ethnicity with about 90 per cent accuracy.


MindChamps in China venture

MindChamps PreSchool, Singapore's first publicly listed pre-school operator, has inked a joint venture deal with China First Capital Group to set up a US$200 million (S$262 million) fund to establish and acquire pre-school centres in China.


Quah wins SEC butterfly event

National swimmer Quah Jing Wen added to her growing list of accomplishments when she won the 200-yard butterfly event at the South-eastern Conference (SEC) Championships in the United States yesterday. The 17-year-old touched home in 1min 53.05sec, finishing ahead of former US national junior champion Megan Kingsley.


Mixed reception for superhero

Director Ryan Coogler's first superhero film, Black Panther, has been racking up glowing reviews from critics and fans. But Marvel's first screen outing with a black protagonist has also attracted its share of controversy and opprobrium.


How the Budget works

Need a quick refresher before today's announcement at 3.30pm? Here is the Budget process in a nutshell. str.sg/oidk


Game of $urvival

Can afford only celery with your salary? Learn how to survive the month with cash to spare with our Budget game. str.sg/survival

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe