What's News: March 8, 2016


Green space with smart tech

The rejuvenated Jurong Lake Gardens will be a green space with smart technology, said the National Parks Board yesterday, as it called for design proposals for the central and eastern parts of the garden. The central area, which consists of the Chinese and Japanese gardens, and the east side, which will house the new Science Centre, will be completed in phases from 2020.


New Smart Nation Fellowship

The Infocomm Development Authority has launched a fellowship for Singaporean technologists, engineers and data scientists based overseas. Fellows will work on Smart Nation projects for stints of up to six months.



Jakarta in a fix over Hambali

Indonesia is in a bind over the prospect of terrorist Hambali (photo) - currently detained at the Guantanamo Bay camp - returning home. US President Barack Obama is moving ahead with plans to close the controversial detention centre, which include repatriating foreign detainees.


Sea of plastic waste a threat to humans and marine life

A garbage-filled river in Manila. The world is dumping a growing amount of plastic into the oceans.
A garbage-filled river in Manila. The world is dumping a growing amount of plastic into the oceans. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The world is dumping millions of tonnes of plastic into the oceans, and the amount is growing every year. Scientists warn that we are turning the seas into a toxic soup with waste, threatening marine life and human livelihoods that depend on fishing and tourism.


Thailand's star losing lustre?

Authoritarian rule has caused Thailand's star to dim, writes Thitinan Pongsudhirak. Political crisis and malaise over a transition that requires a new balance between monarchy and democracy have caused Bangkok to fall off the radar in major capitals, he adds.


Two SAF officers found guilty

Two Singapore Armed Forces officers were found guilty by a military court of being negligent during a 2012 exercise that saw the death of National Serviceman Dominique Sarron Lee, the SAF said. But it did not say what punishment was meted out to them.


Abbot faces lawsuit

The abbot of a monastery survived an attempt to suspend him, but faces a lawsuit. A report has also been filed with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau against Venerable Guo Jun of the Mahabodhi Monastery.


Forest City work progressing

The controversial Forest City project off Johor Baru seems to be going full steam ahead in a market where most developers have either shelved project launches or dropped them. The first of the four islands has partly been reclaimed in the Johor Strait and connected to Johor via a two-lane road.


Sports Hub services tender

Sport Singapore has called a tender for firms to provide operational advisory services for the Sports Hub, as the current PricewaterhouseCoopers contract ends in two months. There is no reason to link the tender to the recent issues among the members of the SportsHub Private Limited consortium.



Award for children's theatre

A mix of classics from both the Eastern and Western literary canons, and original plays infused with local flavour are in the running for the new Best Production for the Young award at the Life Theatre awards this year. The award shines a spotlight on the work done in children's theatre. The winner will be announced on April 25.


Record takings for Zootopia

Walt Disney's latest release, Zootopia, featuring a world with anthropomorphic animals, has set a North American box-office record for its animation studio. The movie collected US$73.7 million (S$102 million), ranking as the biggest Disney Animation launch. It outstripped 2013's Frozen, which debuted to US$67.4 million.

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