What's News: May 17, 2018

Former United States secretary of defence William Perry speaking at the Asian Leadership Conference 2018.
Former United States secretary of defence William Perry speaking at the Asian Leadership Conference 2018.PHOTO: THE CHOSUN ILBO


PM Lee on 4G leaders

Singapore needs a new leadership with fresh solutions to the challenges ahead, and the fourth-generation leaders are ready for the task. In his Parliament speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also said there is more than one qualified candidate among the team who can be the next PM.


Former A-G had charges ready

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said a charge sheet against former premier Najib Razak was prepared by former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail in 2015 before he was promptly placed on early retirement. Tan Sri Abdul Gani was at the time probing money-laundering allegations at state fund 1MDB.


Long road to denuclearisation

Denuclearisation talks with North Korea will be a "long and difficult" process with possibly more "bumps and curves" before the June 12 summit between the United States and North Korea. That was the consensus among US experts at a conference in Seoul yesterday.


S'pore to develop Indian city

Singapore will plan and develop urban infrastructure in the Indian city of Pune and help develop its new airport. The agreements were inked yesterday during a visit by Singapore's Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations S. Iswaran. Surbana Jurong was appointed as the master planner.


From counsel to boardroom

In-house lawyers were once largely seen as part of a company's "back-room" team but now, faced with growing demands on them and widening skill sets, some are eyeing a seat at the boardroom table, says reporter Grace Leong.


Many hit by quarter-life crisis

Four in five young professionals in Singapore have experienced a "quarter-life crisis", according to a study by LinkedIn. A quarter-life crisis is defined as a period of life between the 20s and 30s when a person feels anxiety and distress in transitioning to adulthood.


Facebook data sought by govt

In a transparency report, Facebook said the Singapore Government made 244 requests to the social media giant for information covering 310 accounts in the second half of last year. Facebook complied with 70 per cent of the requests.


$1.2b for Holland Road site

A consortium led by Far East Organization has been awarded a plum commercial and residential site in Holland Road, with a winning bid of $1.213 billion. The Urban Redevelopment Authority, which awarded the 99-year leasehold site yesterday, said the winning bid was the highest of the five shortlisted tenderers for the dual-envelope tender.


Celtics on route to NBA Finals

LeBron James had 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers led the Boston Celtics by 11 points, but it still was not enough to secure a win. The Celtics won 107-94 in Game 2 on Tuesday, taking a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Boston need just two more wins to make their first appearance in an NBA Finals since 2010.


New series for Scrubs star

Actor Zach Braff from the comedy Scrubs is back in a new comedy series, Alex, Inc. He plays radio producer Alex Schuman, who ditches his job to start a podcasting network. The series is loosely based on Alex Blumberg, who created the podcast StartUp.


Social 'poison' flagged

We can and will do better to boost social mixing, says Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. http://str.sg/oxfG


Braving the tough years

Veteran male nurse Harbhajan Singh recalls when his colleagues died of Sars during the outbreak. http://str.sg/oxYg

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