What's News: March 29, 2017


Cyclone havoc in Australia

Debbie, a devastating tropical cyclone, hit Australia's north-east coast yesterday and left a trail of destruction as winds of 260kmh destroyed buildings, disrupted flights and cut power for 48,000 people. The authorities were yet to assess the damage yesterday because of the dangerous conditions.


Why some go for older flats

Home owners who bought older Housing Board flats prefer them for their convenient location, bigger size and uniqueness. For instance, there are only 285 HDB terraced units left. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said buyers should consider the impact of shorter leases too.



US panel head urged to quit

The House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election has scrapped all of its meetings this week, amid growing partisan discord as top House Democrats called on the Republican chairman of the panel, Mr Devin Nunes (photo), to recuse himself over mounting evidence that he was too close to President Donald Trump to be impartial.


Ma cleared of leaking info

Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou was yesterday cleared by a Taipei court of defamation and leaking secret information obtained from wiretapping two opponents. Mr Ma, who had swept to power partly due to his "Mr Clean" image, has been hit by a series of lawsuits involving charges such as corruption.


Singapore's real estate story

Two trends dominated real estate development here in the past 50 years. The market went from local to global and the bricks-and-mortar market grew more integrated with capital markets.


Funds for special needs kids

The Government wants to heighten awareness of Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC) accounts. An SNTC account allows family members to park money and assets away to support their loved ones with special needs. At present, there are only 447 accounts.


Guilty of driving at 219kmh

Koo Kwok En, 37, clocked 219kmh as he raced his wife's Nissan GTR in the Seletar Link area on May 9, 2015. Yesterday, Koo pleaded guilty to three charges: Taking part in an unlawful race, driving at a speed dangerous to the public and driving without insurance.


Top Global seeks delisting

Lifestyle real estate developer Top Global is seeking a delisting from the Singapore Exchange to escape looming penalties it would otherwise have to pay for unsold homes a year from now. Its executive chairman Oei Siu Hoa, also known as Sukmawati Widjaja, yesterday launched a cash offer to buy out minority shareholders for 33 cents a share.


Japan eyes World Cup Finals

Japan blew Thailand apart 4-0 in their Asian Group B qualifier in Saitama to edge closer to a sixth straight football World Cup Finals appearance, as Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal. Headers by Jackson Irvine and Mathew Leckie in Sydney put Australia's campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates, ending a run of four successive draws. They have 13 points, three behind Japan.



Baby for Aaron Kwok?

After it emerged on Monday that Hong Kong singer-actor Aaron Kwok and model Moka Fang (photo) had filed a notice of intended marriage this month, newspapers such as Apple Daily yesterday followed up with rumours that she is two months pregnant.


Wonton veteran

She is 88 and still dishing out her famous wonton mee. Madam Leong Yuet Meng has been in the noodle business for 58 years. http://str.sg/madamleong


Parents' time off

How many days are working mothers and fathers in Singapore entitled to when it comes to parenthood leave? A quick guide at http://str.sg/parentleave

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe