What's News: October 26, 2017


Xi reigns supreme

President Xi Jinping has unveiled a new slate of top leaders that shows he reigns supreme in the Chinese Communist Party. He not only placed people loyal to him in key positions, but also did not name potential successors to the Politburo Standing Committee.


Earlier Christmas light-up

From Nov 11, the Orchard Road light-up for Christmas will start every day at 3pm, instead of 6pm. Organisers hope it will prompt Christmas shopping earlier in the day. A Christmas Village will be set up outside Ngee Ann City from Nov 25 and run for a month. More than 25 brands will set up shop at the open-air village.

Indonesian firefighters extinguishing forest fires in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, in August. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Fewer Indonesian forest fires

The number of forest fires across Indonesia fell by more than 30 per cent this year as fire prevention and enforcement efforts, started after the transboundary haze crisis in 2015 sent air pollution to record levels, continue to bear fruit. Hot spots detected by Terra-Aqua satellites dropped by 47 per cent, from 3,628 hot spots last year to 1,927 this year.


US and India seek closer ties

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday that the United States supported India's emergence as a leading power and offered advanced technology to help boost the country's military capabilities amid mutual concerns about regional security.


More local support for singers

Before Joanna Dong and Nathan Hartono, a string of local singers also made it big in the region. But what home-grown singers need is more local support before they become regional celebrities, says music correspondent Eddino Abdul Hadi.


President's appeal to bosses

President Halimah Yacob yesterday called on employers to provide more opportunities for job seekers with special needs, after she met seven special needs students who are on internships at the Istana kitchen and Spice Garden.


Teen stole from rented homes

A teenager was yesterday sentenced to reformative training for stealing from homes where he had rented rooms. Muhammad Hakim Muhalil, 18, admitted to theft, housebreaking, mischief and fraudulent possession of property.


MindChamps schools in China

MindChamps Preschool has inked deals with Chinese investors ahead of a planned initial public offering on the mainboard.

The company, which offers premium early childhood and enrichment programmes, intends to operate pre-schools and kindergartens under the "MindChamps" brand in China, including Hong Kong, as well as in Australia and the US.


Cavs' reshuffle does the trick

A new-look Cleveland Cavaliers starting line-up struggled initially but once they got going, surged to a 119-112 win over the visiting Chicago Bulls in Tuesday's National Basketball Association game. Superstar LeBron James, who moved from forward to point guard for the first time in five seasons, scored 34 points and passed out 13 assists.


Fresh look for Raffles Hotel

Alexandra Champalimaud - the hospitality design guru behind some of the world's most elegant hotels - is heading Raffles Hotel Singapore's interior design revamp. Describing the hotel as "tired and dated", she made sure it was contemporary in build and function and yet "reminiscent of the past".


No place for Nokia?

ST's Alyssa Woo asks if there is a need for the Nokia 3310, which lacks features like Wi-Fi and social media apps. str.sg/nokiaphone


Specially for selfies

With its clamshell design that looks like a cosmetic compact, Casio's TR Mini camera sets its sights on women. str.sg/cutecam

What it should have been

In Tuesday's report, "Forklift driver jailed over fatal steel bar accident'', we said that Tay Poh Seng, 52, was sentenced to 14 months in jail for a rash act causing death when he was given two months.

We are sorry for the error.

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