Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, Nov 13

Singapore and China sign upgraded FTA as Premier Li Keqiang kicks off official visit

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for a bilateral meeting at the Istana on Nov 12, 2018. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Singapore businesses will get greater access to the Chinese market and stronger protection for their investments under an upgraded free trade agreement inked with China on Monday.


New guardrail system being tested to improve road safety

The rails resemble the rolling barrier system, a road safety feature, seen in several countries including Malaysia, Australia and the US. ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

A stretch of yellow-barreled rails over 20m in length was recently installed along the road shoulder of the slip road leading to the start of the Bukit Timah Expressway towards Woodlands.


Longer wait times, declined productivity, higher cyber risks due to Internet separation: MOH chief data adviser

The Ministry of Health’s chief data adviser, Associate Professor James Yip, said that following the SingHealth attack, public healthcare staff have accepted the challenges of temporary Internet surfing separation, and that patients have also accepted poorer service delivery standards, delays and inconveniences. ST PHOTO: SYAZA NISRINA KHAIRUL LIZAN

Cutting Internet access in Singapore’s public healthcare institutions has caused a variety of difficulties, including longer waiting times for patients, declined productivity and increased staff fatigue.


Boon Lay killing: Possessive man gets 13 years’ jail for stabbing former air stewardess

Neo Chun Zheng fatally stabbed his girlfriend in the neck with a folding knife outside his Boon Lay flat on Nov 26, 2015. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

An over-possessive man who could not accept that his girlfriend was seeing other men – despite their agreement to have an open relationship – was sentenced to 13 years’ jail on Monday for killing her during a quarrel.


Singaporean’s split second decision saves drowning man in freezing Irish river

Mr Clement Tan (in white T-shirt), a 21-year-old Singaporean student at University College London, jumped into freezing waters at Dublin’s River Liffey to save a drowning man. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ ELLSON CHOW

Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes, they wear their school T-shirts. Mr Clement Tan, a 21-year-old Singaporean studying in a university in London, found himself in such a position when he went to visit his friend in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday.


Paradise Lost: Grim search underway in incinerated California town

A burnt vehicle where human remains were found earlier, rests against a tree in Concow, California, on Nov 11, 2018 after the Camp fire ripped through the area. PHOTO: AFP

Experts in identifying human tissue joined California police and firefighters on Monday in sifting through the charred debris of homes destroyed in the most devastating wildfire in state history, searching for remains of hundreds of missing people.


Singapore retailers see Singles’ Day sales spike

Nov 11 is one of the busiest days of the year at Qxpress, Qoo10’s sorting and delivery facility in Toh Guan. PHOTO: QOO10

The tills were ringing on Sunday as many retailers here raked in more sales from the annual Singles’ Day shopping event.


No ERP charges in several areas across Singapore until end of December

The Land Transport Authority announced on Nov 12 that the changes in ERP rates will take place from Nov 17. PHOTO: ST FILE

Motorists travelling in several parts of the country will not have to pay Electronic Road Pricing charges until the end of the year at specific times.


Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes, dead at 95

Comic-book writer, editor, and publisher Stan Lee places his hands in cement during his hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, in Hollywood, California, on July 18, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday.


France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook to combat hate speech

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace after the “Tech for Good” summit, in Paris, France, on May 23, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Facebook will allow French regulators to “embed” inside the company to examine how it combats online hate speech, the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.


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