What's News: October 13, 2016

Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung made an annoucement that UniSIM will become Singapore's sixth autonomous university and fully funded by the Government if a proposal by Ministry of Education is given the green l
Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung made an annoucement that UniSIM will become Singapore's sixth autonomous university and fully funded by the Government if a proposal by Ministry of Education is given the green light. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

TOP OF THE NEWS

New status for UniSIM

The privately run SIM University could become Singapore's sixth autonomous university, if a government proposal is accepted. The Ministry of Education plans to fully fund the university and bring it under its scope.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Slowdown: How workers cope

The economic slowdown has spurred some workers to take steps to protect themselves.

Many are learning new skills or taking additional jobs for extra income. Layoffs in the first half of the year are at the highest level since 2009 and job vacancies have fallen below the number of job seekers for the first time since 2012.


Rebel lawmaker Baggio Leung taking his oath of office in Hong Kong.
Rebel lawmaker Baggio Leung taking his oath of office in Hong Kong. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Chaos at HK oath-taking

Hong Kong rebel lawmakers swore, shouted, banged drums and railed against "tyranny" when they took their oaths of office in the city's Parliament yesterday, as calls grow for a split from Beijing.

It is not clear whether any of them will be barred from taking up their seats.


WORLD

Castration for sex offenders

The Indonesian Parliament has passed a regulation in lieu of a law on child protection that allows for sex offenders to be subjected to chemical castration, despite an outcry from rights activists. Previously, the maximum sentence for a child sex offence was 15 years' jail.


OPINION

Another kind of digital divide

Singapore has done much to narrow the digital divide but access is not enough. The gap in people's propensities to harness infocomm technology also needs addressing, writes Carol Soon, a member of the Media Literacy Council.


HOME

Easier for dialysis patients

A home-grown firm has developed a tiny titanium implant that will make dialysis easier. The implant sits under the skin and allows the needle to be slipped into the vein at the same point each time. Right now, patients have to be jabbed in different places.


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Mental health survey of adults

At least 6,000 adults are to be interviewed about their mental health over the next year as part of a study to gauge the prevalence of mental disorders here.

The survey, being led by the Institute of Mental Health, is the second of its kind here.


BUSINESS

Swiss act against Falcon bank

The Swiss authorities have launched criminal proceedings against Falcon Private Bank a day after its banking licence in Singapore was cancelled by the Monetary Authority of Singapore over regulatory breaches linked to Malaysia's scandal-hit 1MDB fund.


SPORT

'Messy' England salvage point

England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate says he "inherited a mess", as he had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank when the team scrambled a goal-less draw in Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier punctured by individual errors.


Korean-American model Irene Kim has become a force in the fashion world thanks to her social media presence and sassy attitude.
Korean-American model Irene Kim has become a force in the fashion world thanks to her social media presence and sassy attitude. ST PHOTO: NIVASH JOYVIN

LIFE

Not banking on just looks

It takes more than a pretty face to succeed these days. Korean-American model Irene Kim says it is about being able to talk in front of people. The 28-year-old was here to film M.U.S.T (My Unexpected Sweet Trip), a new travel series that she is hosting. The travelogue will premiere on cable television channel tvN next month.


LIFE

Stranded artwork makes it

It was a close shave for Vietnamese artist Bui Cong Khanh, whose work almost missed the Singapore Biennale. Titled Dislocate, the sculptural wood installation eventually arrived after being stuck at sea for close to two weeks. It is one of the 60 works at the biennale.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe