What's News: Feb 27, 2017


Top issues at Budget debate

MPs will highlight the impact of technological advances on workers, flag the rising cost of living and seek more details on recommendations by the Committee on the Future Economy when Parliament sits tomorrow to debate the Budget. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will respond on Thursday.


Ads on incendiary websites

Programmatic advertising - the use of algorithmic tools that automate the placement of advertisements online - is in the spotlight after ads for some of Singapore's biggest brands popped up on incendiary websites, such as those promoting hate speech. The brands include several banks and telcos.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney yesterday.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Australia, Indonesia mend ties

Australia and Indonesia yesterday restored full military ties after the leaders of both countries agreed to move beyond a recent dispute and vowed to respect "each other's territorial integrity". The leaders also resolved to press ahead with plans to complete a free trade agreement this year.


Testing time for Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a trip to Mexico last week that was virtually lost in the din of Washington's news cycle. Bilateral relations are tense under President Donald Trump, so it was an early test for Mr Tillerson,who has no foreign policy experience.


Long history of state murders

The bizarre assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, fits into a pattern of state-sponsored murders stretching back thousands of years, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Bike rental shops cry foul

Bicycle-sharing firm ofo from China has provoked the ire of its Singapore counterparts. A check found ofo had parked at least 40 bikes illegally at motorcycle parking spaces at Pasir Ris Park. Its fee - 50 cents per trip - also irks bike rental businesses that typically charge $7 to $8 per hour.


Rolling out safe riding course

The Safe Riding Programme, a 90-minute course to inculcate safe riding habits among cyclists and users of personal mobility devices, will be launched by July. It puts participants through a circuit and familiarises them with rules under the Active Mobility Act.


Boost for finance firms

Singapore's three listed finance firms are poised to reap benefits from regulatory changes.

But Hong Leong Finance, Sing Investments & Finance and Singapura Finance are not counting their chickens just yet, amid issues such as competition with banks and stressed asset quality.


Goalie wants to catch them all

Tampines Rovers goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud is fully charged for the new local football season, after a nightmarish 2016 when he struggled with injuries and a drop in form. He is aiming for every title, to regain the No. 1 spot for the Lions, and to perform well enough to attract foreign interest.



Mentor changed music career

For composer-singer Riduan Yusoff (photo), a mentorship with the late music icon Iskandar Mirza Ismail in 2012 turned out to be a game-changer. The 25-year-old said: "What I learnt from him in six months might have taken me three years of studying in a music school." Today, he is known as the composer of the songs in Junction Tree, Singapore's first bilingual television show for pre-schoolers.


Oscar updates from Los Angeles

ST's John Lui is at the Oscars and he'll bring you results and all the latest from Hollywood's big event, starting from 7am today. http://www.straitstimes.com


Is La La Land a sure thing?

Try our interactive graphic on how previous Oscar favourites have performed. http://str.sg/oscarnoms

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe