What's News: October, 20 2015

Arsenal will need to check Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (left) and also bank on Alexis Sanchez to continue his fine run.
Arsenal will need to check Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (above) and also bank on Alexis Sanchez to continue his fine run.PHOTOS: REUTERS
Arsenal will need to check Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (left) and also bank on Alexis Sanchez to continue his fine run.
Arsenal will need to check Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and also bank on Alexis Sanchez to continue his fine run.PHOTOS: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Lower childcare fees

Nearly 170 childcare centres, offering a total of 16,500 places, will be reducing their monthly fees next year by an average of $80.

The centres are under a scheme that sees them getting government grants in return for cutting fees, which are capped at $800 a month before GST. 


TOP OF THE NEWS

DPM on S. China Sea dispute

Countries with conflicting claims in the South China Sea should strive for a positive outcome for all rather than a zero-sum result, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said at a conference.

If they seek the latter - where a gain for one side is a loss for another - these disputes that have made recent headlines will be difficult to resolve, he said. 


WORLD

UK unveils steps against terror

British Prime Minister David Cameron described the fight against Islamic fundamentalism as a "generational battle", as he unveiled new measures, such as giving parents more power in supervising their children, to combat terrorism.


WORLD

Typhoon death toll could rise

Typhoon Koppu yesterday smashed northern Philippines for a second day, claiming at least 14 lives, including that of a teenage boy. Officials said the death toll could rise as scattered reports of casualties in some regions had yet to be tallied. 


OPINION

Why the humanities matter

Issues from wars to climate change are the result of human agency, so it is worrying that states and markets are turning away from the humanities. Academia and art should unite, to re-inject the human element into people's ties with others, writes Farish A. Noor. 


HOME

Hello Kitty fans cry foul

Some fans who bought tickets to a Hello Kitty carnival at Resorts World Sentosa are now asking for their money back. Among other things, they were miffed that those who had not bought tickets could buy exclusive merchandise, saying this diluted the event's appeal.


HOME

Awards for heritage buildings

The 1930s Alkaff Upper Serangoon Mosque is one of the winners of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award this year. The others are Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, National Gallery Singapore, and three 1950s bungalows at Rochester Park.


BUSINESS

Fusionopolis Two opens

Fusionopolis Two, the $450 million addition to the one-north research and development hub at Buona Vista, is made up of three new towers that will house four A*Star research institutes. They are the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Data Storage Institute, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Institute of Microelectronics. 


SPORT

Gunners must fire or risk early European exit

Manager Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal can upset visitors Bayern Munich tonight and open their Champions League account. They will need to check the German side's in-form striker Robert Lewandowski and also bank on their own hotshot Alexis Sanchez to continue his fine run. 


LIFE

Four love stories in one film

Singapore will be seeing another anthology movie soon, this time on the theme of love, although its creators say they were not inspired by the success of 7 Letters, which featured seven directors helming seven separate stories. Slated for release next year, 4 Love will feature four short films by four directors: Raihan Halim, Sam Loh, Gilbert Chan and Daniel Yam.


What it should have been

Yesterday's infographic, "Collective sales: Recent unsuccessful bids", included Euro-Asia Apartments and was based on information provided by CBRE Research. The agency marketing Euro-Asia Apartments has since clarified that the bid is still proceeding.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October, 20 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe