What's News: May 29, 2017

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arriving at the White House last Saturday following a nine-day official trip.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arriving at the White House last Saturday following a nine-day official trip.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TOP OF THE NEWS

New central cycling network

The Land Transport Authority will be calling a tender in the coming months for companies to design and construct a central area cycling network. The network will include the revitalised 450m-long Bencoolen Street, which was launched yesterday.


TOP OF THE NEWS

BCA to tighten industry rules

The Building and Construction Authority aims to slash the number of foreign workers by up to a third by 2020 in a continuing drive to increase productivity in the sector. At the same time, it will ensure that quality is not compromised, and will tighten the rules on building facade maintenance and inspection soon.


WORLD

Trump returns to Russia crisis

US President Donald Trump and his advisers are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" within the White House to contain an escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, according to several aides and external Trump allies.


WORLD

Immigrants make their mark

Things are looking up for Chinese and South-east Asian women who marry Taiwanese. Once merely labelled as "mail order brides", more of these women are making their presence felt as teachers, translators in government agencies, and tour guides.


OPINION

Trump leaves allies puzzled

Mr Donald Trump's first foreign tour as president concluded with sighs of relief that he did not do worse damage - but left allies puzzled as to the state of US policy on everything from the Middle East to climate change, says Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Early start to this year's GSS

Stores here are offering mid-year promotions ahead of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), which starts on June 9. The Singapore Retailers Association moved GSS from May to June to align it with the holiday season in key visitor markets such as Indonesia and China.


HOME

A voice for the French abroad

A doctor living in Singapore has been unveiled as one of French President Emmanuel Macron's candidates for the parliamentary election. France's political system allows French nationals who live abroad to elect an MP to represent their interests.


BUSINESS

SMEs use co-working spaces

Increasing numbers of small and medium-sized enterprises and even larger firms are becoming members of co-working spaces, which used to attract mainly freelancers and start-ups.

And these spaces are expanding to accommodate a growing trend of collaboration among local firms.


SPORT

Wenger awaits verdict

Arsenal's board could decide this week whether Arsene Wenger will be manager for a 22nd season. But no matter the outcome, the Frenchman knows he has ended his toughest season on a high after a record seventh FA Cup on Saturday, as his team fought well to deny EPL champions Chelsea the double.


Directors Hiroyuki Seshita (left) and Tadahiro Yoshihira are behind Netflix's Blame!, based on the cult manga series.
Directors Hiroyuki Seshita (left) and Tadahiro Yoshihira are behind Netflix's Blame!, based on the cult manga series. PHOTO: BLAME_ANIME/TWITTER

LIFE

Manga artist helps create film

Netflix's film adaptation of manga series Blame! is highly anticipated, but its co-directors are not feeling the pressure. That is because the original story creator Tsutomu Nihei is very much involved in the film project. The science-fiction series is set in the future, where people live in a bleak technological megastructure that expands endlessly.


VIRTUAL REALITY

Watery prediction

How much of the Merlion will be under water if sea levels continue to rise? Take a virtual reality tour at str.sg/SGunderwaterVR

WEB SPECIAL

Political pals

France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau have a budding bromance. We look at other political pairings at str.sg/polbro

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