What's News: May 16, 2016


Work while getting a degree

Students will take on jobs as they study for their degrees under a German-style apprenticeship system to go on trial here. Acting Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung said the Government is working with universities and companies to develop pilot programmes of the much-vaunted system.


Anti-Zika battle in full swing

Control efforts at the Bukit Timah estate where Singapore's first case of the Zika virus was recorded have led to more than 500 premises being inspected and 30 mosquito breeding sites destroyed. Most were found in homes of Watten Estate, and residents have been urged to cooperate with the authorities.

Singapore and Australian troops on a beach in Queensland during a 2014 military exercise.
Singapore and Australian troops on a beach in Queensland during a 2014 military exercise. ST FILE PHOTO


Queensland on comeback trail

Australia's second-largest state, Queensland, has seen its fortunes wane since the country's mining boom faded. But its future is looking bright again with the unveiling of Singapore's strategic pact with Australia, which will see an influx of 14,000 Singapore troops each year and about A$2.25 billion (S$2.24 billion) worth of investment.


Respect for North's old guard

Analysts had expected North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to replace the old guard with young talents during a party congress this month, but he kept most of them. An expert said he is "showing respect to the old members who make up the foundation of his leadership".


A pauper France an EU threat

France's persistent refusal to reform its economy means it risks becoming a pauper, and dragging the European Union down with it. The country's ambivalence towards globalisation is a key factor, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


More go for HDB lease buyback

More than 1,500 households have taken up the HDB's Lease Buyback Scheme since it was launched in 2009 to help elderly flat owners top up their retirement income. Some 541 households have signed up since April last year when it was expanded to include four-room flats.


Dairy Farm eco trail opens

The first of 10 new eco trails being developed in north-western Singapore opened yesterday - a 5km route around Dairy Farm Nature Park. The route takes in a former quarry that has been transformed into a wetland habitat and offers a chance to spot rare dragonflies.


EPL boost for homes

Spurs fans may be weeping after their beloved club faltered in their English Premier League (EPL) challenge over the past few weeks but investors who bought homes near Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium have much to rejoice about, with prices rising more than 18.4 per cent last year, according to a new study by Knight Frank.

Schooling competing in the 200m butterfly event at the Atlanta Classic on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.
Schooling competing in the 200m butterfly event at the Atlanta Classic on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Switch pays off for Schooling

Singapore swimming star Joseph Schooling completed the butterfly double at the Atlanta Classic, after winning the 200m event on Saturday in his first race this year over the distance. A last-minute tweak to enable a higher head position allowed him to execute a stronger kick.


New thrills at Haw Par Villa


The new operators of the once popular Haw Par Villa theme park are out to revitalise the 79-year-old attraction and woo new visitors. It held a large-scale outdoor adventure game last Saturday and kept its doors open until after dark to target an audience seeking novel experiences. The plan seems to be working; the games drew some 200 people to the park.


Legacy of pioneer ink painter

A symposium on the artistic contributions of pioneer Singapore ink painter Fan Chang Tien was held last Saturday at The Arts House. A panel of writers, artists and curators spoke about the legacy of the late artist at the event. The symposium was held in conjunction with an ongoing exhibition of the late artist's works at the arts centre.

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