What's News: September 29 2015

Asian-American comedians and brothers Andrew and David Fung. By 2065, Asians will be the third-largest ethnic group in the US.
Asian-American comedians and brothers Andrew and David Fung. By 2065, Asians will be the third-largest ethnic group in the US. ST FILE PHOTO
Pro-independence supporters waving flags after polls closed during Catalan regional elections on Sunday in Barcelona.
Pro-independence supporters waving flags after polls closed during Catalan regional elections on Sunday in Barcelona. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TOP OF THE NEWS

PM Lee names new Cabinet

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled a renewed and restructured Cabinet with the aim of readying a team to take over after the next polls. He put fourth-generation leaders in roles of heavy responsibility while moving up Deputy Prime Ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam to act as coordinating ministers and mentors.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Top-tier horse races axed

The Singapore Turf Club announced yesterday that the Singapore Airlines International Cup and KrisFlyer International Sprint - Singapore's only international Group One races - have been scrapped.


WORLD

More Asians heading to US

Asians will account for the bulk of immigrant inflows into the United States by 2055, overtaking Hispanics as the largest group of people seeking to adopt citizenship, says a new study. The trend will result in Asians becoming the third-largest ethnic group in the US by 2065, supplanting those of black ethnicity. 


WORLD

Little support for Catalan self-rule in Spain and Europe

Spain is condemned to months if not years of constitutional disputes as a slate of separatist movements won an overall majority in local elections in Catalonia. But the separatists drew less than an absolute majority of the votes, and the rest of Europe will impede Catalonia's independence. 


WORLD

China defends envoy to KL

China has defended the actions of its ambassador to Malaysia after he was summoned to clarify his remarks criticising extremism and racism. Beijing said it "adheres to principles of peace coexistence" and "does not interfere in other countries' domestic politics". 


OPINION

Turnbull has what it takes

With five prime ministers in five years, Australia might appear to be becoming ungovernable. But it might just be a bout of bad luck for the Lucky Country. Mr Malcolm Turnbull has the right mix of traits to be a good PM, says By Invitation columnist Hugh White. 


HOME

Made-in-Singapore scooter

A home-grown company has launched a made-in-Singapore scooter. Alife Air Automobiles' A bike, which comes in 125cc and 150cc variants, was approved for use by the Land Transport Authority earlier this year. 


HOME

Store gets tobacco sales ban

A 7-Eleven store at Cineleisure Orchard has been permanently barred from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. Its licence was revoked by the Health Sciences Authority after an employee was caught selling cigarettes to a minor on Nov 16, 2013 - the second time this occurred at that outlet. 


BUSINESS

Private home prices dip 0.6%

Prices of completed private apartments in Singapore appear to be stabilising after months of decline. The new numbers point to a 0.6 per cent dip in values from July to August following stagnant pricing in June and July, according to flash estimates for the NUS Singapore Residential Price Index. 


SPORT

Valencia looking at legal suit

Spanish football club Valencia and its Singapore owner Peter Lim are both considering legal action against the La Liga side's former vice-president. Miguel Zorio has accused the billionaire of mismanagement, and that the team signed a host of players managed by super agent Jorge Mendes, who is a close associate of Lim's.


LIFE

Cut parody may go online

A 40-minute cut to the parody sketch show Chestnuts, which ended its 11-day run on Sunday, may yet go on show as a YouTube series or mini online movie. The sketch that was removed was inspired by the court case of teen blogger Amos Yee, who was found guilty of making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians and of uploading an obscene image. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 29 2015 '. Print Edition | Subscribe