Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal noted that relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest ebb since the 1980s and unlikely to improve soon.

The heightened tension means US-Russian relations will be one of the most difficult challenges for the next US president. http://str.sg/4xGY

The statistic that about 5,000 teachers have left the profession over the last five years put the spotlight again on an old complaint about the teaching service. Reporter Calvin Yang said it is time to pay more attention to teachers, to lighten their load so they can focus on teaching. http://str.sg/4x5S

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been vocal, and expletive-laden, in his displeasure with the United States in recent weeks.

But Philippines Correspondent Raul Dancel said the President's aides have signalled that this is mostly just noise and nothing is set in stone yet. http://str.sg/4x4t

Reporter Janice Tai said it is telling that two resource-rich heavyweights - the Government and the National Trades Union Congress - have entered the nursing-home sector. The Ministry of Health will need to deliver on its promise of innovations to improve care to banish concerns that the ministry is now a player in an industry it regulates. http://str.sg/4NCY

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) agreed to cut oil production for the first time in eight years and the surprise move prompted a brief market rally.

But business reporter Grace Leong said it remains to be seen whether Opec can change the dynamics of the energy sector. http://str.sg/4NrQ

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe