What's News: January 12, 2016

Chinese shares dropped again yesterday, closing at their lowest since September.
Chinese shares dropped again yesterday, closing at their lowest since September.PHOTO: REUTERS
Lebanese gathered at the Lebanon-Syria border last Friday to protest against the siege of the Syrian town of Madaya.
Lebanese gathered at the Lebanon-Syria border last Friday to protest against the siege of the Syrian town of Madaya.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Best Actor award for The Revenant.
Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Best Actor award for The Revenant.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Changes to medical litigation

Changes are being made to medical litigation to prevent doctors from having to practise defensive medicine and keep insurance costs in check. Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said at the opening of Legal Year 2016 that more would be done to promote mediation as the first step, move towards a judge-led process and have more medical assessors to assist judges.


TOP OF THE NEWS

China woes 'to hit S'pore most'

The slowdown in China will hit Singapore faster and harder than any country in the region, economists warned. ANZ economists estimate that a 1 percentage point drop in China's economic growth will drag Singapore's economy down by a corresponding 1.4 points. 


WORLD

Out to woo Taiwanese voters

From shows featuring nubile dancers to giving out free cabbages, it is a no-holds-barred campaign as politicians in Taiwan reach out to voters. With Taiwan this week holding its presidential and legislative races simultaneously for the first time, 449 candidates and their entourages are criss-crossing the island. 


WORLD

Outrage over starving Syrians in besieged town

The people of Madaya–a Syrian town controlled by rebels and encircled by pro-government forces with barbed wire, land mines and snipers–have been surviving on grass soups, donkeys and cats, as international outrage over reports of starvation mounts.The Syrian government promised to allow United Nations aid into Madaya yesterday.


OPINION

Three miracles of 2015

In a world of bad news, 2015 saw three miracles, writes Professor Tommy Koh. These are the Paris climate agreement, Myanmar's peaceful and free elections that set it on the path to democracy, and the Xi-Ma summit in Singapore, which was the first time in 66 years that cross-strait leaders met.


HOME

Stellar O-level showing

Last year's O-level cohort has turned in the best results in nearly four decades, with 83.8 per cent of the students attaining five or more O-level passes. This surpasses the 83.3 per cent mark set by the 2014 cohort. 


HOME

Mum's appeal goes viral

A mother's online appeal for witnesses who saw her son knocked down by a cyclist at the Serangoon Park Connector on Sunday has gone viral. The boy was taken to hospital and needed stitches for a cut on his chin.


BUSINESS

Data centres a bright spot

The data centre market is emerging as a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy real estate sector, according to a new report.

At least seven new data centres will be completed this year, representing 115.9MW of IT power supply– or about 47 per cent of total current stock.


SPORT

Rugby coach's job on the line

Inoke Afeaki's future as technical director and head coach of the Singapore men's rugby team will be on the line at the Asian Rugby Championship in May, after poor results over the past year. The Singapore Rugby Union is said to be looking to appoint a local coach backed by ad hoc consultants. 


LIFE

Revenant wins big at Globes

In an upset at the Golden Globes on Sunday, The Revenant, a frontier-era revenge thriller, was the night's big winner, taking the awards for Best Drama, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Director (Alejandro Inarritu). Leaving with nothing were newspaper film Spotlight, the financial-crisis comedy The Big Short and the lesbian romance Carol, which had led the field with five nominations. 


LIFE

Actor digitally cut from show

Former TVB star Wong Hei was digitally erased from the CCTV variety show Infinite Challenge after he shared on Facebook an article on how communist China's revered first premier, Zhou Enlai, may have been gay. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe