What's News: September 05, 2016

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong listens to the speech of China's President Xi Jinping during the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China on Sept 4, 2016.
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong listens to the speech of China's President Xi Jinping during the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China on Sept 4, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

PM on elected presidency

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has given the clearest hint of proposed changes to the law to guarantee members of the ethnic minorities are elected president from time to time. This special provision may need to be used only if there has not been a president of a particular race for a long time.



PHOTO: SPH

TOP OF THE NEWS

F1 sale nears finish line

Formula One's sale to US company Liberty Media Group is set to be completed this week, according to media reports yesterday. The sport's supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirmed the deal - valued at US$8.5 billion (S$11.6 billion) - at the Italian Grand Prix.


WORLD

Taiwan tourism takes a hit

A growing number of Chinese mainland tourists are giving Taiwan a miss, putting severe pressure on its tourism industry. Less than half of the 4.1 million Chinese tourist arrivals last year are expected this year, and those who visit spend less. The worst could be ahead as Beijing considers slashing cross-strait travel quotas by three-quarters.


WORLD

Mother Teresa named a saint

Revered nun Mother Teresa has been proclaimed a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, with Pope Francis hailing her work in India as a beacon for mankind and a testimony of God's compassion for the poor. Mother Teresa was canonised by Pope Francis at a mass in St Peter's Square in the presence of 120,000 pilgrims.


OPINION

The fear behind burkini ban

At the heart of the burkini ban is a French attitude that sees organised religion as a retrograde belief that the republic needs to be protected from, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Travel agencies up their game

Travel agencies here are facing greater challenges as travellers increasingly prefer to arrange their own bookings. But at least three agencies here are upping their game by introducing options such as websites that help travellers customise their holidays.


HOME

Ex-offenders don't run alone

Former offenders ran with the individuals who guided them during and after their jail terms yesterday, for the inaugural Run For Second Chances Movement held as part of the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run. Over 9,000 people took part in the annual run.


BUSINESS

S-E Asia's untapped potential

Venture capitalists and start-ups tend to underestimate the potential of South-east Asia, according to a report by venture firm Jungle Ventures. The region's start-up scene is frequently overshadowed by its larger neighbours India and China, despite its vast untapped opportunities, the report said.


SPORT

S'porean wins debutante title

Singapore bowler New Hui Fen was yesterday named the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour's Rookie of the Year. The 24-year-old earned the most points among debutantes despite competing in just six out of the 14 stops. The United States-based Tour features many of the world's top bowlers. New's campaign may yet end on a higher note. She is in the semis of the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship.


New York-based Singaporean Yvonne Ng's (right) Cloud Kumo is a 15-minute film about a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack.
New York-based Singaporean Yvonne Ng's (right) Cloud Kumo is a 15-minute film about a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack. PHOTO: KAZUHIDE SAWADA

LIFE

Singaporean wins student Oscar

Singaporean Yvonne Ng, 33, has won an Oscar for her film Cloud Kumo. Ms Ng, who graduated with a master's in film and production from City College of New York in June, shot the film for her thesis. The Student Academy Awards prize-giving takes place on Sept 22 in Beverly Hills.

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