What's News: September 21, 2016

Oh relishes the challenge of squaring off against stronger Asian basketball teams in the Merlion Cup starting today.
Oh relishes the challenge of squaring off against stronger Asian basketball teams in the Merlion Cup starting today.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Medical supplies damaged in Monday night's strike in the town of Orum al-Kubra in Syria's Aleppo province.
Medical supplies damaged in Monday night's strike in the town of Orum al-Kubra in Syria's Aleppo province.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Airlines to offset emissions

In five years' time, all Singapore airlines could be investing in projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Singapore has agreed to join an international scheme being proposed by the United Nations for airlines to offset their carbon footprints. The scheme is voluntary for now but could be compulsory in 10 years.


TOP OF THE NEWS

DPP rebuts City Harvest case

The Deputy Public Prosecutor yesterday hit back at the arguments of the six City Harvest Church leaders in their High Court appeal, saying they deceived church members, auditors and lawyers, and subverted the church's internal governance bodies. 


WORLD

Air raids continue in Syria

Air raids and shelling continued in Syria yesterday, dashing hopes that a fraught ceasefire negotiated by Moscow and Washington could be revived. The United Nations said it was suspending all humanitarian aid convoys in the country after a deadly raid late on Monday. 


SPORT

A chance to measure up

National and Singapore Slingers captain Desmond Oh is relishing the stiff challenge of facing stronger Asian basketball teams in the Merlion Cup starting today. "The games will be of higher intensity and tougher," he says, while coach Neo Beng Siang feels it is a good test for the side.


WORLD

Cooperation on North Korea

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have agreed to step up cooperation to ensure the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, though Beijing stopped short of pledging support for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang.


OPINION

Gearing up for recession

Is Singapore Inc ready for a protracted recession? There are strong headwinds and local small and medium-sized enterprises would do well to work on three areas to soften the likely adverse impact of slowdown and disruption on their businesses, says Michael Teng. 


HOME

Trained to spot dementia

As World Alzheimer's Day is marked today, Singapore now has more than 10,000 people trained to spot people with dementia, interact with them and refer them to aid agencies if needed. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and the Lien Foundation have also been raising awareness of the condition. 


HOME

Primary school for deaf pupils

Young deaf children who use sign language will get their own designated primary school from 2018. This means they no longer have to attend a special education establishment. The school will be in a central location.


BUSINESS

Offer to take Aztech private

Shares of Aztech Group jumped 27.7 per cent yesterday after group founder and chief Michaeal Mun launched a cash offer to take the company private. Mr Mun's offer price of 42 cents a share gives shareholders a 29.2 per cent premium to the last traded price of 32.5 cents a share before the offer was made.


LIFE

Art awards: Prize money delay

The three-year-old Prudential Eye Awards, among the biggest art prizes in the region, has drawn flak from award winners this year who have not received their prize money since their wins were announced in Singapore in January.



PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

LIFE

Carrey in wrongful-death suit

A wrongful-death lawsuit filed on Monday claims that actor Jim Carrey (above) supplied his late girlfriend, Irish make-up artist Cathriona White, with the powerful prescription drugs she used to commit suicide. Carrey's attorney dismissed the suit as a bid to extort money from the actor.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe