What's News: March 05, 2018



Conserving S'pore's nest egg

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his lengthiest comments on the Budget to date, said Singapore cannot draw more from its reserves to fund healthcare spending in the future, as this will quickly deplete its nest egg. "We will need to spend more on healthcare every year, year after year, for many years to come," he said.


Trump hits out at Europe

United States President Donald Trump vowed to strike back at European leaders if they retaliate against his promised tariffs on aluminium and steel, in a move analysts say further hurts Washington's credibility with its allies. China, which will be little impacted by the US tariffs, warned it will not tolerate US actions that hurt Chinese interests.


New rules ahead of M'sia vote

Malaysia's Parliament is set to pass legislation setting out new electoral boundaries as well as measures to clamp down on fake news - moves that critics say will help the ruling coalition win an impending general election. The laws are expected to win passage during a month-long session that will be opened by the Malaysian King today.


How China's solar sector grew

The speed with which China has overtaken the United States in the global solar power industry offers a case study of how Beijing uses policy and market size to dominate sectors it sets its sights on. Experts say the new tariffs the US slapped on imported panels will not close the cost gap with China and are likely to hurt the US solar market.


Europe's youth awakening

Politicians and pollsters need to pay closer attention as signs point to younger voters demanding to be heard on issues that affect them, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Yolo Run organiser in trouble

Two charities said they are owed money by a company linked to Mr Xavier Bay, the organiser of Yolo Run, a poorly organised event that took place last November. A group of suppliers has also alleged that his firms have not paid bills adding up to tens of thousands of dollars.


Scheme to boost flexi-work

To help women achieve both career and family goals, it will be easier for employers to get financial aid to try out flexible work arrangements from July. A scheme which funds companies to help groups such as mothers get back to work is set to be enhanced and extended.


Surbana Jurong aims high

Home-grown consultancy firm Surbana Jurong, which has expanded overseas in a big way, plans to form a specialised unit called SJ Capital this year with the aim of providing seed money to bring infrastructure projects from inception to a "bankable" stage. SJ Capital will initially invest in its own projects, ranging from power plants to airports and urban developments.


Sports school shines at meet

The Singapore Sports School's 4x100m A Division girls' quartet broke a 13-year-old record at the SPH Schools Relay Championships at Bishan Stadium yesterday, a feat which also saw them lift the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy for the outstanding performance of the meet. The school was crowned overall champion with 133 points, ahead of second-placed Raffles Institution on 99 points.


Singer not afraid to speak up

British singer-songwriter Anne-Marie, 26, the voice behind classical/electronic pop trio Clean Bandit's smash hit Rockabye, will release her debut album Speak Now next month.

The straight-talking singer, who is also a Shotokan martial arts champion, wants to be a strong female inspiration.


That famous bungalow

Take a rare glimpse inside the $35 million house at the heart of the Yang Yin saga. str.sg/oSN5


Not defined by his disability

Mr Richard Kuppusamy, who was born with spina bifida, accepts who he is: "I don't see my troubles as any special adversity." str.sg/oSGc

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe