What's Next: Oct 14, 2017

This handout picture released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows President Nicolas Maduro greeting supporters during a meeting at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on Oct 12, 2017.
This handout picture released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows President Nicolas Maduro greeting supporters during a meeting at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on Oct 12, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Philanthropist to set up wildlife fund

Chinese philanthropist He Qiaonv is expected to announce the first step in a US$1.5 billion (S$2.03 billion) plan for wildlife conservation today that may represent the largest personal commitment to the cause. The seven-year pledge stands at more than a third of her current US$3.6 billion net worth, and signals the emergence of Chinese leadership in this area under the auspices of President Xi Jinping


Key vote for Venezuela

Venezuelans vote tomorrow in regional elections seen as a key test for both President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition alike, after months of street protests that failed to unseat him. Polls widely predict that the opposition will win the vast majority of the 23 states up for grabs, in what some see as a stepping stone towards regime change.


A behind-the-scenes look at hotels

Some 23 hotels here are opening their doors this weekend to students, job seekers and members of the public who want a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. During Open Hotels Weekend, hotels are organising tours where participants can shadow housekeeping staff or learn what goes into putting on a banquet. Visit workforahotel.sg for more information.

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