What's News: August 27, 2016

Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa urged drug users to kill traffickers.
Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa urged drug users to kill traffickers. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Final farewell for S R Nathan

Singaporeans bade farewell to former president S R Nathan yesterday, lining the streets from Parliament House to Kent Ridge. At a state funeral service, seven eulogists paid tribute to Mr Nathan, sharing accounts of how, in various public service posts and as head of state from 1999 to 2011, he shaped Singapore and its institutions.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Manufacturing sector shrinks

Singapore's manufacturing sector started the second half of the year on a weak note.

The sector shrank 3.6 per cent in July compared with the same month last year, disappointing economists who had expected growth of 0.8 per cent.


Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa urged drug users to kill traffickers.
Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa urged drug users to kill traffickers. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Police chief's 'call to kill'

The Philippines' police chief urged drug users who had surrendered to the police to kill traffickers and burn their homes, amid President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on illegal drugs. But a presidential spokesman denied the police chief was publicly calling for murder and arson.


WORLD

Quake-hit towns' grim future

Hopes of finding more survivors faded yesterday, three days after a powerful earthquake hit central Italy, with the death toll rising to 267. Some worried that the hard-hit towns might take decades to bounce back from the impact of the temblor.


Mr Ban watching the women's 10m air rifle finals at the Rio Olympics. He is the second Asian to occupy the post of UN secretary-general.
Mr Ban watching the women's 10m air rifle finals at the Rio Olympics. He is the second Asian to occupy the post of UN secretary-general. PHOTO: REUTERS

OPINION

Ban Ki Moon misunderstood by Western media

Mr Ban Ki Moon has been secretary-general of the United Nations for 10 years but remains misunderstood and maligned by the Western media. Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh defends the track record of Mr Ban, who will be in Singapore on Monday to deliver a public lecture.


HOME

Wedding planner woes

Some customers of wedding company Lagun Sari have voiced concerns after an employee there was fired for allegedly pocketing customers' deposits. The firm had taken out an advertisement to say the worker, now being investigated by the police, is no longer with it.


HOME

Accreditation for NS support

An accreditation mark scheme was launched yesterday to recognise companies that are supportive of national service (NS). The scheme has two tiers, with the higher NS Mark (Gold) given to companies that have NS-friendly policies.


BUSINESS

Fed may hike interest rates

Interest rate hikes could be on the way, with the US economy on solid ground, said United States Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen in a key speech last night.

She said the Fed "continues to anticipate that gradual increases in the federal funds rate will be appropriate over time".


SPORT

Key cricket post for S'porean

Singaporean Imran Hamid has been elected vice-president of the Asian Cricket Council, a first for the country.

One of the 59-year-old lawyer's top priorities in his new role is to negotiate with international cricket associations to push for the sport's inclusion in the Olympics.


LIFE

Throwback to '90s Hardcore

Local band LC93's debut album, Wiser Stronger Together, revisits the music found in Lion City Hardcore, a seminal home-grown compilation CD released in 1993, which has been hailed as a landmark work in the underground music scene.The band's name - short for Lion City 1993 - is also a reference to the iconic collection.


Johnson (right) and co-star Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence
Johnson (right) and co-star Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence. PHOTO: UIP

LIFE

The Rock is top-paid actor

Former wrestler Dwayne Johnson has been named the world's highest-paid actor by Forbes, with US$64.5 million (S$87 million).Its earlier-released list of top-paid actresses was led by Jennifer Lawrence, with US$46 million. The disparity is sure to stoke an ongoing debate about gender pay gap.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe