What's News: January 20, 2018



Steps to spur e-waste recycling

Regulations may soon be in place to make sure that discarded electrical and electronic items in Singapore are recycled and reused. According to the National Environment Agency's recent survey, only 6 per cent of e-waste, like refrigerators and laptops, are sent for recycling.


Close watch on diversity

The Government is concerned about the lack of diversity in schools and housing estates, and is keeping a close watch on it. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu was commenting on survey results which showed people from elite and non-elite schools and residents in public and private housing are not mixing. However, it is not alarmed by the situation because "diversity in many other aspects is actually very good".


Man found with fake passports

Three fake Singapore passports and one fake Indian passport were found by Thai police, who nabbed a Pakistani national suspected of producing fraudulent travel documents. Experts say that despite better technology being used in passport production and authentication, the problem of fake passports still persists.


2017 hottest non-El Nino year

Last year was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Nino event, the United Nations has said. Average surface temperatures last year were 1.1 deg C above pre-industrial times, creeping towards the 1.5 deg C limit for global warming set under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.


Buckle up for Trump's 2nd year

President Donald Trump's first year in office has been a remarkable roller-coaster ride of multiple controversies. Expect more of the same in the coming months, says Joseph Chinyong Liow.


Kids told to beware of strangers

Do not take lifts from strangers, even on rainy days. That is the advice for children from sociologists and MPs who were asked to comment on the recent incidents that raised the spectre of kidnapping. Even if there was no ill intent,children are advised to err on the side of caution.


How UberFlash fared on Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of the UberFlash-the new service which pools Uber's private-hire cars and ComfortDelGro's taxis - which promises cheaper and faster rides. The Straits Times compared prices of various ride-hailing options to see how the new service fared.


SGX to allow dual-class shares

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is allowing companies with controversial dual-class share structures to have their first primary listing here - a move to attract hot tech listings.

SGX chief executive Loh Boon Chye said yesterday that the first listing of a company with a dual-class share structure could come soon after June.


Heat policy draws criticism

The extreme heat policy of the Australian Open came under increasing scrutiny yesterday, the second straight day of 40 deg C heat. The policy has been invoked twice, in 2009 and 2014. Tournament director Craig Tiley said the Major was one of the only events in the world to have a heat policy. "These are professional athletes," he said. "We are at the end of the day an outdoor event."


Functional and whimsical art

French artist-designer Hubert Le Gall, whose works famously combine functionality with playfulness, was here last week to promote his first solo show in Asia. The exhibition of 75 works is currently ongoing at Mazel Galerie in Pacific Plaza.


Beyond the call of duty

Passers-by, firemen direct traffic away from exposed manhole. str.sg/hole



Students invent robot that could help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to learn. str.sg/robot

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