What's News: September 08, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

New agency for tech push

A new government agency that will look into providing better service to the public by harnessing technology was launched yesterday. Called the Government Technology Agency, or GovTech, it has 1,800 data scientists, technologists and engineers working behind the scenes to improve the lives of citizens.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Muhyiddin plumps for unity

Sacked as deputy prime minister last year after attacking Prime Minister Najib Razak over graft allegations, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is now trying to fill a vacuum in Malaysia's disparate opposition - that of peacemaker between feuding parties.


A gathering in Manila yesterday to call for a peaceful way to fight poverty, crime and drugs.
A gathering in Manila yesterday to call for a peaceful way to fight poverty, crime and drugs. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

Duterte's 100 days in office

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte marks his first 100 days in office today, riding high in public polls. But apart from his war on crime, Mr Duterte has little to show for that time on other fronts: traffic remains horrendous in Manila, wages have not risen and prices remain high.


WORLD

Trust in economic elite shaken

Caretakers of the global economy are getting the message the world may not trust them as much as it used to. Global finance chiefs and central bankers meeting this week in Washington are coming to terms with public discontent over such issues as free trade.


OPINION

Psychological first aid

A terrorist attack will cause emotional casualties, not just physical ones. Mental Health Day on Monday reminds us that societies need psychological first aid in their toolkits to respond to crises, says psychiatrist Chong Siow Ann.


HOME

Duo plan legal bike race

The organisers of the HolyCrit street bike race are planning to revive the event - but with approval from the authorities. The duo were jailed recently for organising the race illegally in 2014, but now have the cycling federation's backing.


HOME

'Teach kids to report abuse'

Experts say schools should take steps to teach children to speak up if they are being sexually groomed or made to do indecent acts, and children need to be taught what inappropriate touching is. Their comments come after some cases in which school staff were hauled to court for abusing children.


BUSINESS

Bid to win over bond holders

Debt-ridden container ship operator Rickmers Maritime has reiterated that it cannot give bond holders a better restructuring alternative. But in a last-ditch attempt to sway them yesterday, Rickmers said it would give each holder of $250,000 in principal a cash handout of $1,250 if a restructuring is successful.


Jerry Tuwai is tackled by Dan Norton during Fiji's 43-7 mauling of Britain in the Rio Olympics rugby sevens final.
Jerry Tuwai is tackled by Dan Norton during Fiji's 43-7 mauling of Britain in the Rio Olympics rugby sevens final. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Olympic stars for ruck and maul

A star-studded cast is expected for the Singapore Cricket Club rugby sevens next month. Fiji Olympic champions Apisai Domolailai, Jasa Veremalua and Jerry Tuwai are coming, as will some players from silver medallists Britain and third-placed South Africa.


LIFE

S'pore bar named Asia's best


PHOTO: REGENT SINGAPORE, A FOUR SEASONS HOTEL

Local cocktail bar Manhattan (photo) has been named Asia's best at the 2016 edition of the World's 50 Best Bars Awards. It is joined by two other Singapore bars - 28 HongKong Street and Operation Dagger, a "secret bar" in Ann Siang Hill . The list was released by Drinks International magazine.


LIFE

Style without borders

Customised shelves and mirror frames made out of wood salvaged from fisherman boats in Indonesia, kitchen sinks from Britain, and a herd bull skull from Texas. These adorn a condo unit of Singaporeans Mathavan Veloo and Sheela Devi. The effort spent collecting them paid off - the couple's house is a stylish rustic-vintage showpiece.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe