What's News: Jan 25, 2016

Over the last four years, the number of registered social workers has doubled to 1,600.
Over the last four years, the number of registered social workers has doubled to 1,600.ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

TOP OF THE NEWS

More helping hands for needy

The vulnerable and needy in Singapore are getting more help than ever. Over the last four years, the number of registered social workers has doubled to 1,600. This means there are 29 social workers for every 100,000 people, according to the latest official figures. While the numbers are still low compared to other countries', observers say the growth in the profession is the result of several milestones in the last seven years.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Dramatic steps to fight Zika

The rapid spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean has led health officials in some countries to make a call for women not to get pregnant in an effort to halt a surge of birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne disease. The nation hardest hit has been Brazil, but cases are now being reported even in New York and Taiwan.


A protest in Hong Kong against Mr Lee's disappearance.
A protest in Hong Kong against Mr Lee's disappearance. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

HK bookseller meets wife

The wife of a Hong Kong publisher whose disappearance from the city raised fears that he had been abducted by Chinese agents has met him on the mainland. Mr Lee Bo was reportedly in "good spirits" and is assisting with an investigation in China.


WORLD

Elite troops join Santoso hunt

Hundreds of Kopaska personnel, Indonesia's equivalent of the US Navy Seals, have arrived in Poso to join members of the Army's Special Forces unit on a hunt for Santoso, the nation's most-wanted terrorist.

More than 2,000 personnel are already involved in the hunt.


OPINION

China's Middle East dilemma

If China wishes to take the Middle East seriously - as President Xi Jinping recently claimed it does - it will not only have to invest in new diplomatic capabilities, but it will also have to decide if it wants a role in maintaining the region's political order, says Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

More room at Novena Church

A $55.4 million revamp is under way at Novena Church, which will include a gothic-style extension that will more than double its seating capacity. With 22 stained glass windows, the development will have an ornate appearance.


HOME

Knowing dementia better

Dementia experts want to create greater awareness among retailers about elderly people who suffer the condition. They say there are cases in which sufferers have been accused of shoplifting when in fact they have merely forgotten to pay. Dementia affects one in 10 people aged over 60 in Singapore.


BUSINESS

Making big bucks in oil glut

As the oil price slump continues, some traders are making a killing from the opportunities created by the oversupplied market.

Big gains are being made by traders helping Opec deal with the glut.


Djokovic set up a quarter-final clash with Nishikori after beating Simon in Melbourne yesterday.
Djokovic set up a quarter-final clash with Nishikori after beating Simon in Melbourne yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

SPORT

Djokovic pushed all the way in 5-set thriller

Novak Djokovic flirted with a shock elimination in a five-set thriller with France's Gilles Simon before he reached the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday. The tennis world No. 1 was pushed all the way by the relentless Simon before winning 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to set up a clash with Japan's Kei Nishikori.


LIFE

Little chef takes on the adults

Child chef Estie Kung is only eight but can cook complex French dishes.

The cute Californian caviar-lover takes on adult chefs in the cooking challenge show Man Vs. Child: Chef Showdown, which premieres on Lifetime tomorrow at 7pm.


LIFE

Earphone-friendly hijab

A new hijab or headscarf for Muslim women who like to listen to music while working out has been designed by Singapore brand Adlina Anis.

The Ninja Echo hijab features special flaps on the side for wearers to plug in earphones easily.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 25 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe