10 must-reads for today

Riot police on the alert as pro-China supporters shouted slogans and gestured towards office workers (not seen in picture) who had gathered in support of pro-democracy protesters yesterday during a lunchtime rally in Hong Kong's Central district.
Riot police on the alert as pro-China supporters shouted slogans and gestured towards office workers (not seen in picture) who had gathered in support of pro-democracy protesters yesterday during a lunchtime rally in Hong Kong's Central district.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

1 HK cops appeal for calm

Hong Kong police appealed yesterday to protesters in the China-ruled city not to disrupt the lowest-tier, district council elections tomorrow, pointing to nearly six months of protests and street clashes that officials say have brought the city to the "brink of total breakdown". 

2 S'pore must build bridges

Speaking at the annual The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said Singapore must go against the tide and build bridges. "If countries wall up, or if there is a new Iron Curtain, the cost to Singapore will be significant," he said. 

3 Solutions lie in middle: Ong

The solutions to complex problems of the day may lie in the middle, but the middle is often boring and rarely appeals naturally to populism, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung yesterday. He was speaking on the third day of the inaugural Festival of Ideas organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

4 Seoul keeps Japan pact

In a dramatic 11th-hour U-turn, South Korea decided yesterday against scrapping a critical military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. It was due to expire at midnight amid a sharp deterioration in ties between the two countries. But Seoul said that the pact could still "be terminated at any time". WORLD A22

5 Free trade pacts and S'pore

Singapore has over the years signed several free trade agreements with various partners around the world, including the United States and India. The agreements are vital to keep Singapore thriving by extending its economic space, says Professor Tommy Koh.

6 Parody page under fire

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam's press secretary said that a post by a Facebook page spoofing National University of Singapore Students' Union has misleadingly quoted the minister on religion and politics. The press secretary added that the people behind the parody page have no integrity and are "bent on sowing discord and hatred". 


ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

7 More non-meat proteins

Tuna made from tomatoes (right) and eggs made from mung beans are some of the alternative dishes diners may be able to order soon. Gateway services provider Sats is in talks with at least eight food technology companies to distribute their sustainable plant-based proteins, as demand for alternative foods grows here. 

8 WeWork to cut 2,400 jobs

Office-sharing firm WeWork will lay off 2,400 staff worldwide as it struggles to reorganise amid mounting losses. A spokesman declined to comment on whether there would be layoffs in Singapore or Asia. 


ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ

9 Gilchrist is ST Star of Month 

Peter Gilchrist (below) has been named ST Star of the Month for October for winning the billiards world championship for the sixth time. He is targeting a sixth SEA Games gold next. 

10 NTU's tech fashion show

Designed by students, outfits that fused fashion and technology were showcased at a Nanyang Technological University fashion show earlier this week. 

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Elite responders' gruelling test

Watch elite Singapore Civil Defence Force officers in action as they vie for a chance to represent the force in the Singapore Global Firefighters and Paramedics Challenge. str.sg/blurb69

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Health Check

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang (centre), from the National University of Singapore's Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, talks to our hosts about antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance and what to do about it. str.sg/blurb70

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe