What's News: August 28th, 2015

A South Sumatra's Agency for Disaster Management helicopter putting out a forest fire on Aug 1, 2015.
A South Sumatra's Agency for Disaster Management helicopter putting out a forest fire on Aug 1, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEWS

Sumatra choking in bad haze

Southern Sumatra experienced its second day of the worst haze this year, with haze from forest and land fires blanketing the cities there as well as neighbouring Riau province. Visibility levels dropped to as low as 500m yesterday morning, causing flights to be delayed. Thousands were reported to be suffering from respiratory infections induced by the haze.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Downside of ringgit plunge

Singaporeans may be watching with good cheer as the ringgit and rupiah free-fall against the Singapore dollar, making that weekend shopping trip much cheaper. But weaker neighbouring currencies also have unpleasant knock-on effects on the Singapore economy, say analysts.


Ms Alison Parker and Mr Adam Ward were shot and killed while conducting a live interview. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Debate over shooting video

Two chilling videos taken by a gunman of him stalking two television journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, and killing them went viral on Facebook and Twitter, sparking debate on when it is acceptable to show violence on social media.

WORLD

Shrine blast: Trail goes colder

Analysts warn that the Erawan Shrine bombing in Bangkok could fade into obscurity as the trail goes colder in the hunt for the suspect. So far, little new information has emerged and the Thai government is insistent that there is no external element to the attack.

OPINION

Beware of dumbing down

The recent debate on elitism and meritocracy in Singapore's education system strikes a chord with media entrepreneur Calvin Cheng, who says that, unlike the British, we must not over-react and dismantle an education system that has served us well for 50 years.


Trainer Ann Tan (far right) showing Madam Amy Lim, 70, some basic hairdressing GraceLeong techniques at Potong Pasir Community Club. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

HOME

More firms join active ageing programme for seniors

Ten new companies have joined the Senior Academy Golden Work Series - a programme to promote active ageing through jobs and internships. The People's Association is also expanding the programme from 10 to 15 community centres.

HOME

Card access for disabled loos

Following complaints over the misuse of toilets for the disabled at Jurong Point, the mall has installed a card access system for disabled users. First-time users will have to enter their details with the mall to be allowed access to the toilets.

BUSINESS

Lanxess opens $319m plant

German speciality chemicals group Lanxess remains confident about its growth prospects, especially in Asia, despite the tough market conditions plaguing the rubber industry. The group opened its new €200 million (S$319 million) plant on Jurong Island yesterday - its second of two investments here.

SPORT

Saints bag C level rugby title

St Andrew's Secondary dethroned defending champions Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 18-15 in the final of the Schools National C Division rugby yesterday. The victory earned the Saints their first title since 2013 and denied ACS(I) a treble after the latter had won the A and B division titles.


PHOTO: SI CHUAN DOU HUA

LIFE

Claypot delights

Si Chuan Dou Hua in Kitchener Road is bringing back its popular claypot promotion, and there will be more to choose from this time.

New on the menu are claypot rice with chicken, live frog and black garlic, and claypot rice with cordyceps flower, sliced pork and salted fish.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: August 28th, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe