What's News: September 11 2015

A surge of migrants trying to reach Sweden led to the closure of Scandinavia's busiest ferry crossing to Germany, with Denmark suspending cross-border trains and closing a motorway.
A surge of migrants trying to reach Sweden led to the closure of Scandinavia's busiest ferry crossing to Germany, with Denmark suspending cross-border trains and closing a motorway. PHOTO: EPA

TOP OF THE NEWS

A breather before Polling Day

Voters in Singapore took a breather from the hustings on Cooling-off Day yesterday, to reflect on the election campaign, ahead of a decision they will make today on which political party they want to represent their interests.

However, political parties were allowed to make one final pitch in a broadcast that was aired on television last night.


TOP OF THE NEWS

China's balancing act

China Premier Li Keqiang likened managing slowing growth to a "Chinese chess game", balancing short-term stimulus moves against longer-term reform efforts to open up the world's second-largest economy.


WORLD

Denmark acts on migrant flow

Denmark is the latest flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis as the region remains divided on how to cope with a flood of refugees across its borders. A surge of migrants trying to reach Sweden led to the closure of Scandinavia's busiest ferry crossing to Germany, with Denmark suspending cross-border trains and closing a motorway.


WORLD

'One history' idea gets flak

The South Korean government's proposal to reinstate a national history textbook system that would teach students just "one version of history" has met stiff opposition. Education Minister Hwang Woo Yea had mooted the idea of bringing back the system abolished in 2002. He said it would help avoid confusion among students.


WORLD

KL to monitor 'red shirt' rally

The Malaysian authorities have promised to keep the planned "red shirt" rally on Sept 16 in check amid fears over pro-Malay demonstrators stoking racial tensions. The event has received tacit backing from Umno, which has said its members are free to take part, though the party has not endorsed the rally.


OPINION

Role for S'pore in global trade

Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have broken up with no clear plan. Emeritus professor of international political economy Jean-Pierre Lehmann urges Singapore to take a leadership role in the setting of the global trade agenda and building of the global trade framework.


HOME

Clearer skies for Changi

Changi Airport could be turning the corner after a recent period of sluggish growth. Changi Airport Group's senior vice-president for market development, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, reported that it has seen "two strong months", with airlines increasing flights.


HOME

New iPhone on sale on Sept 25

The latest iPhone models, the 6s and 6s Plus, will go on sale on

Sept 25, boasting new features like "3D Touch" capabilities and improved cameras. Pre-orders of the iPhones start tomorrow. However, Apple fans in Singapore will have to wait longer to get their hands on the new iPad Pro and Apple TV.


BUSINESS

S&P's cuts S'pore forecast

Standard & Poor's has revised down its Singapore GDP forecast for this year to 2.4 per cent from 3 per cent, and for next year, to 2.8 per cent from 3.3 per cent. This comes on the heels of global ratings agency Moody's and DBS Bank slashing their 2015 forecasts to below 2 per cent.



Stan Wawrinka needs to beat legend Roger Federer at his own game in the US Open semi-finals. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Stan plans own sneak attack

Learning from tennis' best has spurred French Open champion Stan Wawrinka's rapid progress in recent years. Now he needs to beat legend Roger Federer at his own game in the US Open semi-finals, having used his fellow Swiss' latest weapon to great effect in his quarter-final win.



ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

LIFE

Mad Men star looking for gig

Christina Hendricks, one of the stars of the acclaimed TV show Mad Men (2007-2015), is looking for a really specific role to play after the end of the American period drama set in the advertising world. Cheekily, she says she just does not know what it is yet - she will know it when she finds it. The 40-year-old was here as a keynote speaker at the Spikes Festival of Advertising yesterday.


LIFE

Korean superhero for Marvel

Comic book giant Marvel has added to its list of superheroes a Native American, Red Wolf, and a Korean-American teenager Amadeus Cho, who would become the new Hulk, replacing Bruce Banner. Red Wolf and Amadeus Cho will debut in December.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 11 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe