What's News: November 16, 2016

Youngs Bar & Restaurant, which serves modern European cuisine, opened last month at The Oval in Seletar Aerospace Park.
Youngs Bar & Restaurant, which serves modern European cuisine, opened last month at The Oval in Seletar Aerospace Park.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Coach Sundramoorthy and youth head coach Fandi Ahmad during training last month.
Coach Sundramoorthy and youth head coach Fandi Ahmad during training last month.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


Japan eyes Asian trade deal

Japan, a flag-bearer of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement pilloried in the US presidential campaign, has thrown its weight behind an Asian trade deal led by China. Seven TPP countries are in the 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which omits the US, Tokyo's closest ally.


Bigger global role for China

A Donald Trump presidency could open doors for China to take on a bigger global role, especially in promoting trade and fighting climate change, given the US President-elect's disdain for these two issues, say Chinese observers.



Arms for Japanese forces

For the first time under its pacifist Constitution, Japan has allowed its Self-Defence Forces to use weapons in peacekeeping operations in conflict-torn South Sudan. It is unconstitutional for Japan's military to engage in combat action in international armed conflicts, but Japan does not see South Sudan's situation as an "armed conflict". 


New destination for food lovers

The redeveloped Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) is the next foodie enclave to head to. The first phase of The Oval @ SAP - which occupies 11ha - will be completed by the end of next month.

It features four food and beverage tenants within walking distance of one another. The restaurants are located in black-and-white colonial bungalows that have been gazetted for conservation. 


Evacuation after NZ quake

Hundreds of tourists and residents have been airlifted from a South Island town in New Zealand, amid continuing aftershocks in the wake of a powerful earthquake that killed two people. Kaikoura, a popular base for whale-watching, remains cut off by massive landslides.


Trump's impact on Singapore

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as good as dead, business editor Lee Su Shyan examines the likely impact of a Trump presidency on Singapore, in terms of trade, investments and economic growth. The city state will just have to adapt, she writes.


Celebrate with a cover story

Readers can mark special occasions by buying a spot on the front page of Singapore Press Holdings' major newspapers.

With the Personalised Print product, an exclusive copy bearing the personal message will be delivered to the recipient on the day of publication. 


Still unconscious after MRT fall

A 64-year-old man who fell down an escalator at Bishan MRT station last Saturday is still unconscious at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Mr Lim Chwee Leong is in stable condition but has underlying conditions. SMRT said it was investigating.


Connectivity vital for S'pore

As opposition to globalisation increases, Singapore remains focused on becoming even more open and connected to the rest of the world, said Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. Increasing connectivity will be a key plank of Singapore's strategy, he noted.


Tough task, but Lions upbeat

Call it Mission Impossible. While the Lions have slipped in the football rankings, they were in a positive mood before flying to Manila yesterday for the AFF Suzuki Cup, where coach V. Sundramoorthy has targeted a semi-final spot. Veteran Baihakki Khaizan wants the younger ones to have a winning mentality.


Imax first for Marvel TV series

One of Marvel Entertainment's most sprawling superhero mythologies, the Inhumans, is headed to the small screen in a major way. The initial two episodes will play exclusively for two weeks next September on Imax screens worldwide, before going to TV, with new instalments unspooling in typical prime-time fashion.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe