What's News: Feb 10, 2016

A policeman (left) points his pistol during a clash at Mongkok district in Hong Kong, China on Feb 9, 2016.
A policeman (left) points his pistol during a clash at Mongkok district in Hong Kong, China on Feb 9, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS


Riot erupts in Hong Kong

A riot erupted in Hong Kong early yesterday, when officials tried to move illegal hawkers, resulting in fierce clashes. Police fired warning shots and used pepper spray as protesters hurled bricks, bottles and wooden pallets. Almost 50 policemen and 25 protesters were injured. Hong Kong leader Leung Chun Ying said the government condemned the "violent acts".


Bloomberg for president?

The former mayor of New York City, Mr Michael Bloomberg, is considering an independent run for United States president. The 73-year-old has instructed aides to draw up plans for a campaign that could radically reshape the race.



Philippine campaign begins

Campaigning for the Philippines' elections officially kicked off yesterday, as leading presidential candidates - Senator Grace Poe (above), Vice-President Jejomar Binay and former mayor Rodrigo Duterte - staged rallies in Manila's poorest districts. Two others, former interior minister Mar Roxas and Senator Miriam Santiago, touched base with their core supporters outside the capital.


Latest rocket more powerful

The North Korean rocket launched this week appears to be more powerful than one fired in 2012, with its increased range putting most of the US within reach. North Korea said the rocket was carrying a satellite, but it was widely seen as a long-range missile test.


Riding the Industry 4.0 wave

Singapore should ride the next technology wave by revamping its manufacturing sector to reap the full benefits of Industry 4.0, write Michael Tan and Jeffrey Chua. If manufacturers continue with "business as usual", they will find it hard to survive, say the writers.

Workers cleaning up the oil on the Bukit Timah Expressway after an accident involving a tanker truck and a car on Jan 29. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


More than 1,600 oil spills on S'pore roads last year

There were over 1,600 oil spills on Singapore's roads last year, and seven were so bad that the roads required resurfacing. A National University of Singapore research team may have found a solution - it has successfully converted paper waste into aerogels with a high oil-absorption capacity.


Job fair for freelancers

The NTUC is planning to hold a job fair for freelancers to help them market their services and make contacts. It follows the labour movement's recent call for Singaporeans to regard freelance work as a viable career option.


Banking sector cutting jobs

The festive season doesn't feel so festive to many in the banking sector, given recent job cuts and signs that more retrenchments are on the way. Big global banks, like Barclays, Standard Chartered and Royal Bank of Scotland, are among those which have, or will, cut back on positions here and abroad.


First local woman pro boxer

Nurshahidah Roslie, 28, will shortly become the first of about seven Singaporean female boxers to turn professional.

Despite a mediocre amateur record and losing in the first round in the SEA Games at home last June, she is confident ahead of her bout at the Singapore Fighting Championships on Feb 20.

Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde star in Vinyl, an HBO drama about the music industry. PHOTO: HBO ASIA


Jagger, Scorsese team up

In a match made in rock 'n' roll heaven, rock singer Mick Jagger and film-maker Martin Scorsese have teamed up to produce Vinyl, a television drama about the wild sex- and drug-addled music industry in the 1970s. It premieres in Singapore on Feb 15.


Paltrow fears for her safety

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow told a Los Angeles court on Monday that she feared for her safety after receiving dozens of letters from a man accused of stalking her for the past 17 years, said media reports.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 10, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 10, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe