What's News: October 24, 2016

Mr Simon Ching, 50-year-old transport manager of Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), demonstrating the use of the Infra-Red Tele-Command device (in left hand, controlling the windscreen wiper) with Over-Ring Accelerator and mechanical brake speciall
Mr Simon Ching, 50-year-old transport manager of Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), demonstrating the use of the Infra-Red Tele-Command device (in left hand, controlling the windscreen wiper) with Over-Ring Accelerator and mechanical brake specially fitted in a car at HWA's premise on Sept 9, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

TOP OF THE NEWS

Customised electricity plans

Consumers here can look forward to shopping for electricity plans the way they choose a mobile phone package. With the Energy Market Authority's plans to fully open up the electricity retail market to competition in the second half of 2018, electricity retailers are lining up an array of options for consumers.


TOP OF THE NEWS

More help for disabled drivers

Drivers who have disabilities or suffered illnesses such as stroke will be able to choose from more gadgets that make it easier for them to drive. The authorities have approved two such devices - an over-ring accelerator and an infra-red remote control device - and these would be made available next year.



A screenshot of an ISIS video showing children training with assault rifles. PHOTO: ISIS VIDEO

WORLD

Youth terrorism in Indonesia

Indonesia has seen a number of terrorism cases involving young people, who are now the focus of a fledgling multi-agency deradicalisation effort. The aim is to prevent early indoctrination of extremism, particularly from domestic terror groups loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


WORLD

Kurds take town near Mosul

Kurdish fighters said they made headway yesterday in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by recapturing Bashiqa town near Mosul, the last stronghold of the militants. US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said he was encouraged by what he saw.


OPINION

Deterrence in cyber warfare

Russia's bid to influence the outcome of the US presidential election is an intrusion America cannot allow to go unpunished. But what response is available? Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal dissects the options and the role of deterrence today.


Ms Dewi Narita (right) and other maids undergoing training at Homekeeper maid agency's training centre in Little India on Saturday.
Ms Dewi Narita (right) and other maids undergoing training at Homekeeper maid agency's training centre in Little India on Saturday. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

HOME

Help for families in urgent need of maids

A pilot scheme that allows employers who urgently need to hire foreign domestic workers for caregiving purposes has matched 30 maids with families here since it started in August. The Advance Placement Scheme has cut the wait for a helper for these employers from months to days.


HOME

Drawing PMETs to care sector

The Agency for Integrated Care, which coordinates healthcare services for the elderly, hopes to attract professionals, managers, executives and technicians to join community care. It has started a scheme to help them do so.


BUSINESS

Buy FlashPay cards online

Nets' FlashPay cards will be available online this week, allowing consumers to buy limited-edition cards on their favourite devices as the company steps up the push towards a cashless society. The online portal is slated to go live on Friday, and will first feature a handful of designs.


SPORT

Losing Valencia blast officials

Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch and coach Cesare Prandelli were a furious pair, after Lionel Messi's last-gasp penalty handed Barcelona a 3-2 La Liga win at the Mestalla on Saturday. But claims of biased refereeing were overshadowed by Andres Iniesta's serious injury and Neymar being hit by a plastic bottle at the end.


Morgan, 50, fighting zombies in season seven of The Walking Dead.
Morgan, 50, fighting zombies in season seven of The Walking Dead. PHOTO: FOX INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS

LIFE

Big role for actor Morgan

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character of Negan, leader of a gang called the Saviors, looks set to be the most important player in season seven of The Walking Dead, which debuts in Singapore tonight. His arrival means a major cast member may be bumped off the hit series, which is still one of the most watched TV dramas in the United States since debuting in 2010.


LIFE

S.H.E 's Ella Chen pregnant

Singer-actress Ella Chen of Taiwanese pop group S.H.E has announced that she is three months pregnant. Chen, 35, who is married to Malaysian businessman Alvin Lai, said she had to wait till things were stable to make her announcement.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe