What's News: March 08, 2017


Changes to school admissions

Schools will start moving away from admitting students through the Direct School Admission scheme based on their general academic ability. Instead, the DSA, now seen by parents as a ticket to top schools, will refocus on recognising talents in students, whether in specific academic fields or in sports and the arts.


S. Korea, US speed up Thaad

South Korea and the United States have accelerated the controversial deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) anti-missile system by flying in two mobile launchers and other equipment - a move that drew a strong rebuke from China, which views it as a security threat.

Malaysian PM Najib Razak with King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud in Putrajaya on Feb 27.
Malaysian PM Najib Razak with King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud in Putrajaya on Feb 27. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


'Plot to attack Saudi King'

Four Yemenis nabbed by Malaysian police last month were planning to harm the Saudi Arabian King, who visited Malaysia last week, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday. The four militants were arrested as part of multiple raids that ensnared three others - a Malaysian, an Indonesian and a citizen of an East Asian country.


'Over 25% in Asia pay bribes'

More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe to access a public service in the past year, Transparency International said yesterday. Bribery rates were highest in India and Vietnam, where nearly two-thirds of respondents said they had to sweeten the deal to access basic services like public education and healthcare.


To buy or not to buy property?

An uptick in interest suggests that investors are entering the property market again. But the foreigner population is declining and growth is slowing. Investors need to be cautious, writes Wong Siew Ying.


Accident causes jam on TPE

An accident involving three cars and two motorcycles on the Tampines Expressway (TPE) early yesterday caused rush-hour traffic congestion in the Punggol area that doubled or tripled many people's usual journey times.


Ex-teacher sues estate agent

A former teacher is suing her real estate agent and HSR International Realtors for the return of more than $830,000, which she said was withdrawn from her bank account. The money was meant for an apartment purchase. The agent, Mr Kelvin Yeow Khim Whye, is a bankrupt and is uncontactable.


Growth in global air cargo

The global air cargo market showed steady growth at the start of this year, according to new data from the International Air Transport Association. Demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres, rose 6.9 per cent in January from a year earlier. This was well above the average annual growth rate of 3 per cent over the past five years.


Cavs' Bogut injured in debut

Andrew Bogut, who joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent last Thursday, lasted just 58 seconds with his new side as they were beaten 106-98 by the Miami Heat. The Australian, 32, limped away from the action and tests revealed a fractured tibia, an injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.



Hanks and Streep in The Post

With journalism and "the Hollywood elite" consistently drawing ire from the Trump White House, it is no surprise that Oscar winners Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep (photo) and Steven Spielberg are joining forces for a new movie about the fourth estate called The Post, which chronicles The Washington Post's legal battle to publish the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971.


Plucky performer

With guitar in hand, Singapore's youngest busker Alan Fong, 10, hits the streets to belt out Ed Sheeran songs. str.sg/youngbusker


Changing cab fares

Four taxi companies want to introduce dynamic fares. What will their surge pricing plans be like? str.sg/surgefares

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