What's News: November 3, 2016

Presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Orlando, Florida, US on Nov 2, 2016.
Presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Orlando, Florida, US on Nov 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Trump's rise shocks markets

The prospect of a victory for Republican nominee Donald Trump has spiked after the latest round of polls, sparking a tactical shift from his opponent and sending jitters across global financial markets. Stocks opened lower in the United States yesterday after six consecutive days of losses, while markets across Asia closed in the red.

TOP OF THE NEWS

7 saved from warehouse blaze

Seven people had to be rescued when the furniture warehouse they were asleep in caught fire early yesterday. The people, who took refuge on the roof and third-storey balcony of the building in Sungei Kadut Loop, were unhurt.


A woman in Vietnam with her baby, who was born with microcephaly. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

23 Zika cases in Vietnam

The number of confirmed Zika cases in Vietnam has more than doubled over the past three days to 23, with a dozen of the new infections recorded in the commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam last month raised the threat level for Zika and stepped up monitoring of pregnant women in the country.

WORLD

MH370 'seemed out of control'

A new report on missing Flight MH370 has found that the plane seemed to be out of control when it descended rather than being deliberately glided by a pilot. The finding supports the working assumption that the plane was not piloted and crashed after running out of fuel, said the report.

OPINION

Environmental assessments

Singapore may be a tiny island but it still has nature areas worth saving. The question is how. Audrey Tan critiques the way environmental impact assessments are done and suggests ways to improve.

HOME

Digital aid for heartland shops

Digital display boards have gone up in Tampines to help visitors find HDB shops and amenities such as ATMs. The Tampines Merchant Association hopes the display boards will help heartland shops to compete with suburban malls.

HOME

Accused denies killing man

A businessman has denied murdering his wife's former lover at the back of a borrowed van. Chia Kee Chen said he only wanted to get back a thumbdrive containing videos of his wife having sex with the younger man. He claims Ali, a man he met years ago, killed Mr Dexmon Chua Yizhi.

BUSINESS

Obstacles in skills upgrade

A poll of more than 2,500 small and medium-sized enterprises showed that 68 per cent have invested in manpower development programmes in the 12 months to May, with construction firms the keenest. But 85 per cent of respondents said they face obstacles in their efforts to upgrade employee skills, particularly manufacturing companies.

SPORT

Guardiola's moment

In the most significant win of Pep Guardiola's reign so far, Manchester City rebounded from a 1-1 half-time score to beat Barcelona 3-1 in their Champions League match on Tuesday. City are now just one win away from the knockout phase. "I am so happy for the guys," said Guardiola, "it is the first time we have beaten the best team in the world." C14

LIFE

Inspired by the Iban

The Iban way of life is central to Malaysian writer Golda Mowe's two fantasy novels, Iban Dream and Iban Journey. Born to an Iban mother and a father from the Melanau tribe, the 46-year-old will be among the voices from Malaysia and Indonesia represented at the Singapore Writers Festival, which runs from tomorrow to Nov 13.


Some of artist Koh Mun Hong's paintings of flowers can be seen at an exhibition being held at Gallery NaWei in Fullerton Hotel. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

LIFE

A flowering of art

Newly minted Cultural Medallion recipient Koh Mun Hong loves plants. The Chinese ink painter visits a temple in Katong almost daily to tend to the more than 40 pots of plants there. The self-taught artist quit his manager job at the Bank of China after 17 years to paint full-time.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe