What's News: September 24, 2016

The Student Services Centre that was set up by the Council for Private Education.
The Student Services Centre that was set up by the Council for Private Education. PHOTO: ST FILE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Private grads lag in job market

Private school graduates have poorer job prospects and lower pay than their peers from public universities, a new survey found. Just 58 per cent landed full-time jobs within six months of graduation, compared with 83 per cent from three public universities. More than 70,000 Singaporeans are studying for degrees and diplomas in private institutions.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Consumer prices dip 0.3%

Overall consumer prices in Singapore posted the smallest drop in 14 months last month, owing to transport costs falling less than before and higher prices for services. The consumer price index fell 0.3 per cent last month from the same period a year ago.


A paved-over section of China's Great Wall in Liaoning province.
A paved-over section of China's Great Wall in Liaoning province. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Great Despair of China

Chinese preservationists and media commentators are incensed over pictures which showed officials had repaired part of the Great Wall of China in north-east China by slapping a white substance on top of the crumbling, weathered stones.


WORLD

Transfer from Guantanamo?

One of two Malaysian Guantanamo detainees may be moved to a prison back home to be deradicalised, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Mohamad Nazir Lep, 40, has been held since 2006 for his involvement with the Jemaah Islamiah militant group.


OPINION

Perceptions and EP changes

Perceptions matter in the debate on the changes to the elected presidency, including whether the changes are seen as fair, writes Professor David Chan. He also discusses the values at stake, and what it takes to engage fruitfully on this subject.


HOME

Bothered by excessive noise

Most of the 80 or so claims filed with the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals from last October to July this year involve complaints about excessive noise. The tribunals had over 930 inquiries since it started accepting claims.


HOME

LG 'beats' US firm in IP case

A Singapore intellectual property hearing has settled a trademark spat between two electronics giants - ruling in favour of South Korean industry giant LG Electronics, after it had been challenged by a United States rival titan, Beats Electronics, over its use of the word "beat".


BUSINESS

SCCCI has 'evolved with S'pore'

The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry started out as a support network for Chinese immigrants but its role has evolved in tandem with the growth of Singapore's economy, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last night. The chamber has also been a key partner in restructuring the Singapore economy, he added.



PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Goh cheered by para progress

Four years ago, para-swimmer Theresa Goh (photo) was not at her happiest while in a convoy of eight Aston Martins that paraded down Orchard Road, after leaving her third Paralympics empty-handed. Today, the Rio bronze medallist will ride in a Ferrari, pleased with the progress of para sports.


LIFE

Tips for living on Mars

A group of scientists who locked themselves in a dome on the side of a Hawaiian volcano for a year, just to simulate a Martian colony, have tips for anyone thinking of living on the Red Planet. Be fine with eating freeze-dried food, they say, and get along with others. An upcoming National Geographic docudrama draws on their research.


Dancers from The Royal Dance-Off performing at the media launch of Got To Move last week at The Arts House.
Dancers from The Royal Dance-Off performing at the media launch of Got To Move last week at The Arts House. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

LIFE

Free events to get you in the mood for dance

The Got To Move national dance movement is inviting the public to experience dance with classes, parties and other free events from Oct 7 to 23. A late-night traditional dance party in the Civic District and islandwide dance sessions are among 200 free activities to look forward to.

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