News You Can Use – February 2015 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 3 covers 11-17 Feb 2015). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Banned Iranian director Panahi’s Taxi wins Golden Bear
The Straits Times, 16 February 2015, 704 words, (English)
Berlin – Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, which shows a cabby driving an odd assortment of people around Teheran but is really a condemnation of censorship, won the Golden Bear for Best Film last Saturday at the Berlin …

Comedians as ‘agents of thought’
The Straits Times, 16 February 2015, 1513 words, (English)
In the second instalment of a six-part series, Ignatius Low speaks to local comedian Rishi Budhrani about the social role of comedy and whether the limits to political incorrectness would eventually shift in the new Singapore.

Trust but verify: The future of information research in S’pore
Business Times Singapore, 14 February 2015, 906 words, Tim Hunt, (English)
SINGAPORE has managed to build an enviable economic position, despite lacking natural resources, thanks to its greatest assets: knowledge and people. The Singaporean government realises this and has encouraged the knowledge economy by …

Transforming modern TV journalism with satire
The Straits Times, 13 February 2015, 763 words, (English)
Washington – More than comedy, more than news: Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show took the genre of satirical journalism to new heights, becoming an important element in American political discourse.

Old spaces: The new frontier
The Straits Times, 13 February 2015, 1340 words, Nabilah Said, (English)
Old buildings are being revived for alternative uses, such as art shows, concerts and parties
On a Tuesday evening, about 20 people are in the foyer of what used to be the largest cinema in Singapore when it opened in the 1970s.

LKY mania
Business Times Singapore, 13 February 2015, 973 words, Helmi Yusof, (English)
In the last few years, artworks featuring Lee Kuan Yew have turned into a flourishing cottage industry. BT Lifestyle finds out how the likeness of the founding father of modern Singapore is sweeping the art world

Google, mighty now, but not forever
TODAY (Singapore), 13 February 2015, 1269 words, (English)
NEW YORK — Technology giants often meet their end not with a bang but a whimper, a slow, imperceptible descent into irrelevancy that may not immediately be reflected in the anodyne language of corporate earnings reports.

Online debate now more balanced, calm: Study ; But blogs with high political content more anti-government, say IPS researchers
TODAY (Singapore), 12 February 2015, 584 words, Ng Jing Yng, (English)
SINGAPORE — Contrary to perceptions of it being the Wild Wild West when it comes to political commentary and discussion, the online space has become more balanced over the years, with more voices on either side of debates on issues, …

Introducing Bash – biggest space to help grow start-ups
The Straits Times, 12 February 2015, 554 words, Grace Chng, Senior Correspondent, (English)
THE name is memorable – Bash – and so is the aim. Singapore’s largest space dedicated to start-ups was opened yesterday to bring investors and entrepreneurs together to build a strong pipeline of new businesses.

About Law Loo Shien

I am with the Resources, Discovery and Access team at NTU Library. There was once I scored a D for an undergraduate module on Political Philosophy, but it was the best course I'd ever taken. It planted the seeds of intellectual growth, and gave me a framework to understand human nature.
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