What's News: Feb 22, 2016

A health expert has warned that about one in three of those aged 24 to 35 this year may become diabetic by age 65.
A health expert has warned that about one in three of those aged 24 to 35 this year may become diabetic by age 65. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

TOP OF THE NEWS

Diabetes to soar with obesity

A health expert has warned that about one in three of those aged 24 to 35 this year may become diabetic by age 65. Professor Chia Kee Seng, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore, said obesity has been rising at a faster rate among those aged below 40 as their physical activity plunges after they start working.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Plunge in teen pregnancies

The number of babies born to mothers aged 19 and below last year was the lowest in 25 years, at 359. This is less than half the 853 babies born to teen mums in 2005. Social workers say today's teens are more savvy about contraceptives.


Security forces on patrol in Karnal city in Haryana state on Saturday.
Security forces on patrol in Karnal city in Haryana state on Saturday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

Riot in India over caste quotas

Rioting and arson over demands for caste quotas have left 10 people dead in the northern Indian state of Haryana. The Delhi government has ordered schools shut today after protesters broke equipment at the Munak Canal, which supplies more than 60 per cent of Delhi's water.


WORLD

Assad open to ceasefire

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition have expressed willingness to accept a ceasefire, provided their demands are met. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said a provisional pact had been reached with Russia on the terms of a ceasefire in Syria.


OPINION

EU's reluctant bride

Britain has secured key advantages for itself in the European Union without new obligations. Yet, the outcome of the June 23 referendum is unpredictable. In the balance is not just Brexit but also the break-up of the United Kingdom, writes Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Students avoiding geography

The revised junior college curriculum for geography has some students worried - they fear it will be harder to score in the subject. The Straits Times understands that interest in the subject has dipped among Year 1 JC students.


HOME

Sales of mobility devices soar

Nifty mobility devices - from electric scooters and unicycles to hoverboards - have soared in popularity, with sales of these items seeing rapid growth in the last year or so. People who buy these devices say they like the convenience they bring and how they can be taken on the bus or MRT.


BUSINESS

Hard times for leasing market

Office landlords face the spectre of a weak leasing market this year and the next. More supply is coming onstream this year, even as companies are cutting back due to a weak growth environment.

One real estate agency expects rents to fall 4.4 per cent this year, with declines expected to hit double digits next year.


United's Michael Carrick being challenged by Sunderland's Jack Rodwell during a match earlier this month.
United's Michael Carrick being challenged by Sunderland's Jack Rodwell during a match earlier this month. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

SPORT

Injuries no excuse for failure, says Carrick

Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick says injuries are part of the game and should not be blamed for poor performances. After losing to Danish minnows Midtjylland in the Europa League, failure at Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fifth round tonight is not an option for United.


LIFE

Saint Pierre comes full circle


PHOTO: SAINT PIERRE

After turning his restaurant Saint Pierre from a fine-dining establishment to a more casual place, Belgian chef Emmanuel Stroobant is returning to his fine-dining roots.

The 47-year-old chef's French restaurant will open at One Fullerton on March 14, taking over a 2,000 sq ft space vacated by the Butter Factory nightclub.


LIFE

The politics of girl power

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrity feminists are great for the women's movement, says actress Lena Dunham.

But she is hoping young women will realise feminism is not just a pop-cultural buzzword but also a political movement that affects them all.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 22, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe