What's News: January 11 2016

Alleged fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted by the authorities to a Mexican Army helicopter in Los Mochis, Mexico on Jan 8.
Alleged fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted by the authorities to a Mexican Army helicopter in Los Mochis, Mexico on Jan 8. PHOTO: EPA

TOP OF THE NEWS

Call for business cost review

A cost review committee to look into major rising costs faced by businesses, such as rental, manpower and government fees, is one of several recommendations the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry is putting before policymakers. This includes easing compliance costs through a coordinating agency and a rental cap on government properties.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Guzman set for US extradition

While previously reluctant to send slippery drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera to the United States, Mexico will now work as fast as possible to extradite him to avoid a repeat of his dramatic jailbreak. "El Chapo" was caught after he blew his cover by accepting an interview with Hollywood star Sean Penn.


Students playing basketball under a dome in Beijing Huijia Private School.
Students playing basketball under a dome in Beijing Huijia Private School. ST PHOTO: TEO CHENG WEE

WORLD

Anti-smog domes in Beijing

As Beijing suffered its worst smog in recent memory, more schools in the Chinese capital are installing inflatable domes so students can get regular exercise. In fact, such domes are becoming a priority for parents in choosing schools.


WORLD

Trump supporters slammed

United States presidential hopeful Donald Trump is in the middle of controversy again, but this time it is his supporters who were slammed - after a Muslim woman who stood in silent protest at his rally was told to leave. She said one supporter even yelled: "You have a bomb."


OPINION

Battle over soul of Mid-East

The Shi'ite-Sunni confrontation led by Iran and Saudi Arabia is not just a dispute about religion, but one over the very soul and identity of the Middle East. Jonathan Eyal explains where US strategy has gone wrong and the dangerous nonsense in Western notions of the conflict.


HOME

New church in Punggol

Catholic leaders are trying to raise $60 million to cover the costs of a new church being built in Punggol. The Church of Transfiguration is slated to open in March next year in an effort to meet the needs of the burgeoning Catholic congregation of 360,000 there.


HOME

Live music at hawker centres?

Music may be the food of love, and some want the two things to go together. A discussion on how to make hawker centres more vibrant yesterday heard suggestions such as hosting live music. Hawkers also called for lower costs to encourage newcomers to join the industry.


BUSINESS

Too early for bargain-hunting

Analysts warn that it is still early days to start bargain-hunting on the local bourse even with the 4.6 per cent plunge last week. Market watchers warn that the market is likely to stay volatile and head south in the coming weeks.



Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrating after scoring against Deportivo La Coruna in Spain's La Liga on Saturday. PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Zidane's managerial career kicks off in style

Gareth Bale's hat-trick bookended by Karim Benzema's double got Real Madrid favourite Zinedine Zidane's managerial career off to a flying start, with a five-goal drubbing of Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. The Frenchman had just replaced the sacked Rafael Benitez in the hot seat.


LIFE

Siblings working in harmony

Since brothers Hoe Yeegn Lougn and Hoe Hsin Loong took over the family's music instrument and audio equipment business City Music, they have reshaped the almost half-a-century business to keep pace with the swiftly changing beat of retail and technology. Their savvy has won the business new fans and allowed it to expand in Malaysia.


LIFE

Fans leave A-mei winded

The 20,000 fans who attended Taiwanese singer A-mei's concert last Saturday kept up their energy throughout the three-hour-long concert. Their unbridled enthusiasm warmed the heart of the vocal powerhouse even though she was tired out and brought to her knees at the end of the concert.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 11 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe