What's News: December 10, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

Park's powers suspended

South Korean President Park Geun Hye's powers have been suspended after lawmakers overwhelmingly voted yesterday to impeach her over a widening influence- peddling scandal that has rocked the nation. The decision now lies with a Constitutional Court, which can take up to 180 days to deliberate the validity of her ouster.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Better lives despite gloom

Singaporeans' lives have improved despite the challenging economic environment, said a report card on the public sector.

The report said incomes have gone up, jobs have been created, and basic necessities, such as housing and healthcare, remain affordable.


A police officer helping a woman to carry her child at a market in Meureudu, Pidie Jaya, amid an aftershock yesterday.
A police officer helping a woman to carry her child at a market in Meureudu, Pidie Jaya, amid an aftershock yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Agencies rush water to Aceh

The Indonesian military and rescue agencies were rushing clean drinking water by air and land to Aceh yesterday after water supply to homes was disrupted by Wednesday's devastating earthquake in the province. There are now 100 confirmed deaths and the toll is unlikely to rise.


WORLD

Trump's picks causing worry

US President-elect Donald Trump's most recent Cabinet picks indicate many of President Barack Obama's achievements, such as in healthcare and housing, may be junked. Analysts fear the Cabinet will reverse the gains of the Obama years and suffer internal discord.


OPINION

Tough year for small nations

This year has been tough on small nations, shaken by anti-globalisation crosswinds, says David Skilling. This is despite their getting right what many big ones got wrong: focus on the basics, invest in human capital and R&D, boost social safety nets, and be responsive to change.


HOME

Help with dementia patients

More help is available for families of dementia sufferers if they are at their wits' end. There are now four teams under the Agency for Integrated Care's dementia home intervention programme that help caregivers and patients.


HOME

SingPass grace period ending

SingPass users who have not signed up for two-factor authentication (2FA) will not be given an extension of grace period to make sensitive e-government transactions after Jan 15. Technology regulator GovTech said it is ending the grace period to ensure all users are better protected with 2FA security.


BUSINESS

Pac Andes 'overstated assets'

The liquidator of a unit of Pacific Andes Resources Development (Pard), which defaulted on $200 million in Singdollar bonds in January, has suggested in a letter to creditors that assets, revenues and profits could have been overstated. Pard, however, said that these are old allegations that were dismissed earlier.


Rajon Rondo of Chicago Bulls moves against Tony Parker of San Antonio Spurs.
Rajon Rondo of Chicago Bulls moves against Tony Parker of San Antonio Spurs. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Spurs miss the mark

The San Antonio Spurs were thwarted in their attempt to equal the Golden State Warriors' NBA record of 14 straight road victories to start a season. The 95-91 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Thursday left coach Gregg Popovich livid.


LIFE

Back to singing contest

Singaporean singer Jeremy Teng is ready to dive back into singing after completing his national service. The 22-year-old, who won the Japanese TV singing contest Nodojiman The World in 2014, recently returned to the contest, where foreigners belt out Japanese tunes. His performance will air on Monday on cable TV channel GEM.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe