What's News: February 25, 2017


Work, study for degree at unis

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and SIM University (UniSIM) will this year launch work-study programmes for students to take on jobs that sponsor their studies at the same time. SIT will offer programmes in information security, hospitality business and engineering; UniSIM in finance and business analytics.


Motorcycle COE price soars

The certificate of entitlement (COE) price for motorcycles hit $6,801, the second-highest amount on record. The increase surprised dealers, who had expected that the new tiered additional registration fee would dampen demand. Meanwhile, the COE premiums for cars all rose, with the price for the Open COE reaching $51,000.



Tories win by-election

British Prime Minister Theresa May (photo) has boosted her credibility after her Conservative Party captured a parliamentary seat from the opposition Labour in a by-election, the first time a ruling party in the country achieved such a feat since the early 1980s. The loss of the seat is deeply humiliating for Labour's far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faces renewed calls for his resignation.


Duterte critic arrested

A senator who has been the fiercest critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal narcotics war, Ms Leila de Lima, 57, was arrested yesterday on charges that she coddled drug gangs when she headed the Department of Justice.


Taking S'pore to the next level

The Committee on the Future Economy throws up bold proposals to take the nation to a higher level amid an uncertain future. But do we have the people, and the right methods, to achieve the ambitions, asks Professor Arnoud De Meyer in the By Invitation column.


Great time to fly with fare deals

Marking its 70th birthday this year, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is cutting fares, with some short flights going for under $200. Other premium carriers such as Etihad and Cathay Pacific are also offering super deals, making it a good time to travel.


Greedy manager goes to jail

A manager of five companies was sentenced to 34 weeks in jail for acting out of greed in contravening the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. He falsely declared the salaries of his foreign workers, threatened to repatriate them and housed them in crowded and squalid locations.


January output below par

A dip in volatile biomedical output as well as a seasonal Chinese New Year slowdown contributed to a weaker-than-expected start to the year for Singapore manufacturers.

Factory output expanded 2.2 per cent last month, disappointing economists who had expected growth of 9.5 per cent.


Cavaliers beat the Knicks

The Cleveland Cavaliers took their foot off the accelerator against the New York Knicks before asserting their authority with a 119-104 win on Thursday. Coach Tyronn Lue had his own thoughts on the third-quarter aberration during which the Knicks briefly outscored the reigning champions 11-2.

"It got too easy for us, and we started messing around," Lue said.



Jamie Yeo's tranquil home

When it came to renovating her two-bedroom condominium unit in Sunset Way, radio DJ Jamie Yeo (photo) wanted a functional and child-friendly home, where she could spend quality time with her six-year-old daughter. The home is done up Scandinavian style - with white walls and wood accents.


John goes to Hollywood

ST film correspondent John Lui picks up his tuxedo and heads for the Academy Awards. Follow his Oscar journey at str.sg/johnluiatoscars


Peddling in the past

The street stalls will soon be gone for good, but what was Sungei Road like in 1982? See Then and Now photos at str.sg/sungeislider

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe