What's News: September 22, 2016

 A Japanese flag atop the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept 21.
A Japanese flag atop the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept 21. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

BOJ's decision offers hope

Most markets in Asia perked up after the Bank of Japan surprised investors with a new approach to revive the world's third-largest economy. The central bank pledged yesterday to keep its stimulus programme going until inflation exceeds its 2 per cent target. This offered fresh hope of a rebound to those who worried that central banks had run out of ammunition.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Making GSS great again

Giving the Great Singapore Sale a "pasar malam" atmosphere, letting tourists pay in their own currencies and even having a special mascot. These were among ideas suggested by Straits Times readers to spruce up the shopping event.


A colony of Gram-negative bacilli.
A colony of Gram-negative bacilli. PHOTO: CENTRES FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

WORLD

Tackling superbug threat

World leaders yesterday discussed policies to tackle the danger of superbugs - microbes that cannot be stopped with drugs - at a high-level summit at the United Nations in New York. The meeting comes as the World Bank painted a grim picture of the global economy if there is a superbug outbreak.


WORLD

Google in Indonesia tax probe

The Indonesian tax authorities have asked Internet giant Google to provide data on its advertising revenue ahead of a probe into the firm's alleged unpaid taxes. Google is likely to negotiate with the government, an analyst said.


OPINION

Keep up anti-mozzie fight

During the three-week, all-out fight against the Zika virus, dengue cases caused by the same Aedes mosquito went down by nearly half. This shows that anti-mozzie vigilance pays off. Such vigilance has to continue for the next two months into the peak Aedes breeding period, says Salma Khalik.


HOME

Commuters happier with MRT

Commuters reported higher satisfaction levels with the MRT, the latest Customer Satisfaction Index has found, despite reports of train delays. For the first time this year, respondents were asked to rate land transport booking apps, with Uber ranked first, followed by Grab and ComfortDelGro.


HOME

Robot can spot building flaws

Scientists here have come up with a robot that can detect flaws in a building faster and more accurately than humans. Called QuicaBot, it is meant to complement and not to replace human inspectors.


BUSINESS

Dual-class listing 'not radical'

The push for dual-class share listings does not mean the Singapore Exchange will encounter more company failures and governance issues, according to senior exchange adviser Gautam Banerjee. He said the new listing structure would not be a radical change as it is not expected to bring in a flurry of applicants, and enough safeguards will be in place.


Pako Ayestaran's sacking makes him Valencia's eighth managerial casualty in just four years.
Pako Ayestaran's sacking makes him Valencia's eighth managerial casualty in just four years. PHOTO: LAZARO DE LA PENA

SPORT

Valencia coach fired after dismal start

Zero points from Valencia's first four Spanish Primera Liga football games of the season has led to coach Pako Ayestaran getting the chop. He is their eighth managerial casualty in four years and leaves the club, owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, amid their worst run in 97 years.


LIFE

Eco-friendly style


PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Illustrator Tiffany Tan, 26, loves buying recycled and second-hand items from thrift stores as they are eco-friendly. She describes her style as a blend of grunge, bohemian and minimalism, with lots of black and neutral colours and sometimes pink.


LIFE

After 12 years, it's Bradxit

Something magical occurred when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got together in 2004. The two A-listers became bigger, better, more elevated versions of their famous selves. Now, their 12-year relationship is ending the way it started, amid tabloid accusations and uncomfortable scrutiny.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe