What's News: September 17, 2015

Chef Kevin Yong preparing bluefin tuna in Hinoki Japanese Dining. The fish won't be on the menu for three weeks next month.
Chef Kevin Yong preparing bluefin tuna in Hinoki Japanese Dining. The fish won't be on the menu for three weeks next month.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


'Red shirts' march in KL

Tens of thousands of red-clad demonstrators marched through Kuala Lumpur yesterday to show support for embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and to assert Malay political dominance. While ruling party Umno insisted it was not officially endorsing the rally, protesters gathered at its headquarters, with several Umno leaders speaking at the rally.


Fond memories of Mr Lee

Singaporeans yesterday recounted their fond memories of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew on what would have been his 92nd birthday.

Many took to social media to do it, while a group of undergraduates put together a book of letters of appreciation to Mr Lee, and handed the gift to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.


Malaysian DPP's body found

A Malaysian deputy public prosecutor who was involved in the prosecution of a corruption case has been found dead in a concrete-filled oil drum. Mr Kevin Morais was reported missing on Sept 4. A military doctor who was detained by police for questioning led them to the swamp in Selangor where the body was found. 


US, China emissions plan

Top US and China climate change negotiators yesterday announced an arrangement between government entities to devise cap-and-trade programmes in China, as well as Chinese and Californian cities collaborating to reduce air pollution and attract clean-tech industries.


Ten reflections on GE2015

The pundits and bookies were wrong when they predicted that the PAP's vote share would go down. What could have led to its landslide victory? Read Professor Tommy Koh's 10 reflections on this year's general election. 


More than 40 restaurants join Responsible Seafood Festival

With overfishing threatening to wipe out seafood stocks by 2048, more than 40 Singapore restaurants have signed up for a global event to offer more sustainable dishes. The Responsible Seafood Festival next month will see eateries take dishes such as abalone and shark's fin off their menus. 


Gym caters to disabled users

Singapore’s first inclusive fitness centre will open in Lengkok Bahru today, allowing disabled people to train alongside the able-bodied and elderly. The iFitgym has machines that can accommodate wheelchairs, hearing induction loops and Braille dots on treadmill user panels.


Action against furniture seller

The consumer watchdog has taken out an injunction against a furniture businessman to stop him from engaging in unfair practices. Over 40 complaints have been made against the seller, many accusing him of failing to deliver the items that had been paid for.


Effects of cooling measures

The president of the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore, Mr Augustine Tan, says today's property market is different from when cooling measures were put in place.

He argues that if home prices plummet and cooling measures are still fully in place, this might increase the risk to the real estate market and the economy.


Neo Garden inks deal with SSA

Neo Garden Catering is the latest corporate partner of the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA), having formalised a one-year, $120,000 deal yesterday.

The SSA has attracted a total of about $1.23 million in sponsorship since June last year. 


Jamaican in Man Booker list

Marlon James (photo) became the first Jamaican shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction on Tuesday, with his third novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings.

The book explores the attack on Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley and its aftermath in the Jamaica of the 1970s and early 1980s.

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