What's News: March 06, 2018

President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang.
President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Tougher rule on foreign hires

From July 1, companies with at least 10 workers and jobs paying less than $15,000 a month must advertise on the Jobs Bank for at least 14 days before they can hire a foreigner. The rule currently applies to companies with at least 26 workers and for jobs paying less than $12,000 a month.


Employment Act review

A review of the Employment Act will be carried out to ensure that higher-paid workers, including all professionals, managers and executives (PMEs), get employment terms such as paid sick leave and compensation for wrongful dismissals. Currently, only PMEs who earn up to $4,500 a month, and non-PMEs, get these rights.


Chinese back term limit move

The Chinese people support the Communist Party's proposal to remove the term limit for the state president, China's Parliament heard on the opening day of its annual session.

Meanwhile, Premier Li Keqiang set the economic growth target for this year at 6.5 per cent, after last year's 6.9 per cent, as the country aims for high quality rather than high speed growth.


Two claim win in Italy polls

Two rival anti-establishment leaders claimed they have won the right to govern Italy, after voters relegated mainstream parties to the sidelines in delivering a hung Parliament. The rise of populists in Italy has triggered fears that the European Union's third-largest economy would threaten a post-Brexit reform drive.


Xi and lessons from history

For a better idea of why Chinese President Xi Jinping did away with term limits for the presidency, look to his keen interest in China's long and tumultuous history, says Professor Wang Gungwu.


Sprucing up for a cruise

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas is one of the hundreds of ships to dock at Singapore's ports. We take a look at the gargantuan effort to get the cruise liner ready to welcome thousands of passengers on board for its next adventure out at sea.


Tainted melons recalled

Rockmelons from a farm linked to a deadly listeria outbreak had been on sale in Singapore from Feb 12 to March 2. A recall by the Australian health authorities has been completed, after the AVA worked with importers to remove the remaining unsold melons.


Time short for improving: Heng

Singapore companies have a narrow window of opportunity to ramp up their digital transformation efforts and raise productivity, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, warning that challenges surrounding the country's ageing population and shrinking citizen labour force will become increasingly acute in the next five years.


Sundram drops 3 veterans

Three veteran footballers have been dropped by Singapore coach V. Sundram Moorthy from the team to face the Maldives at home and the inconsequential Asian Cup qualifier in Chinese Taipei this month. They are skipper and playmaker Shahril Ishak, and defenders Daniel Bennett and Mustafic Fahrudin.


Making books, films together

There are two home-grown projects like The Shape Of Water, where book and film were developed concurrently.

Open: A Boy's Wayang Adventure, an upcoming novel by Eva Wong Nava, is based on the same story as The Wayang Kids.

In November, Wesley Leon Aroozoo released I Want To Go Home, both a documentary and non-fiction book.


Fractured society

"Tiger Mum" Amy Chua on the rising tribalism among Americans: "When people feel threatened... they become more insular and tribal." str.sg/oSYr


Bath stories

Marine biologist Lim Swee Cheng wants people to come forward with their accounts of collecting or using sea sponges in Singapore. str.sg/oSfQ

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe