What's News: September 19, 2016

A member of the New York City Police Department stands guard in Herald Square, on Sept 18, 2016 in New York City.
A member of the New York City Police Department stands guard in Herald Square, on Sept 18, 2016 in New York City.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

NYC on high alert after blast

New York City is on high alert after an explosion rocked the bustling Chelsea district in Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people in what the authorities described as an intentional act. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and New York governor Andrew Cuomo said no link to international groups had been found.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Future of GSS may be in doubt

The future of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) may be in doubt, after retail sales during the event fell for three years in a row. The Singapore Retailers Association plans to discuss the GSS' viability with the Singapore Tourism Board.



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WORLD

Japan's silver workforce

Ageing Japan marks Respect For The Aged Day today. The latest official data shows people aged 65 and older made up a record 11.4 per cent of the workforce last year. The latest figures also show that Japan has 34.6 million elderly people, who account for 27.3 per cent of the total population of 126.9 million.


WORLD

Mixed reactions to Brexit

Asian investors have mixed reactions to the realities of Britain's impending departure from the European Union, three months after the Brexit referendum. Some are gripped by uncertainties, while for others it is business as usual.


OPINION

What are former leaders to do?

Leaders of nations are getting younger as political parties allow those with public appeal to leapfrog to the top. But what does a former leader in his 40s do after retirement? Jonathan Eyal says the West needs a formal means to harness the experience of these politicians.


HOME

Hardy made-in-S'pore rice

Singapore may not be a rice-growing country but researchers here have come up with a new variety. Temasek Rice, a brown rice, is designed to withstand floods and droughts as well as bacterial and fungal attacks.


HOME

Helping kids with the blues

With more Singaporeans taking their lives at a younger age, some parents and teachers of pre-school children have gone for lessons on how to spot signs of suicide in children. There are also plans to hold workshops on happiness and gratitude for children.


BUSINESS

Rate hike fears hit currencies

Most Asian currencies have been hit by jitters over an imminent interest rate hike in the United States, as the Federal Reserve prepares for its policy-setting meeting this week. The Singapore dollar has stayed relatively stable, but the Malaysian ringgit was dealt a more severe blow, weakening to a three-month low.



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SPORT

High praise for de Bruyne

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (with Kevin de Bruyne) said de Bruyne was "outstanding" in the team's 4-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday. He praised the Belgian's ability to see "absolutely everything", and said: "Messi is on a table on his own. No one else is allowed. But the table beside, Kevin can sit there."


LIFE

ChildAid concert returns

The annual ChildAid concert, organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, will feature performances by about 140 talents. Tickets for the concert, which raises funds for two children's charities - The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund - go on sale from next month.


Adam Lambert (left) and Queen had the 55,000-strong crowd singing along to rock anthems at the Padang Stage last Saturday.
Adam Lambert (left) and Queen had the 55,000-strong crowd singing along to rock anthems at the Padang Stage last Saturday. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

LIFE

Pop stars sizzle at F1

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, 48, showed off her slick moves and sang her best hits last Friday at the Singapore Grand Prix. On Saturday, US singer Adam Lambert and British rock icons Queen had the 55,000-strong crowd singing along to rock anthems with gusto.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe