What's News: Aug 31, 2015

A giant tower raised in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's eco-system.
A giant tower raised in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region's eco-system.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Rally: Strong turnout on Day 2

Protesters turned out in force for the second day of the Bersih rally, but Prime Minister Najib Razak downplayed the numbers and criticised the participants as unpatriotic. Former premier Mahathir Mohamad made a second appearance after a surprise visit the day before, to reiterate his view that Datuk Seri Najib must step down, warning he could face jail.


Huge protests in Japan

In one of the biggest protests in years, about 120,000 people of all ages demonstrated near Japan's Parliament building to voice their opposition to legislation allowing the military to fight overseas.The rally was one of more than 300 held against Japan's security Bills.


Threat to Tianjin joint project

The deadly blasts in Tianjin earlier this month have shaken confidence in a joint government project between Singapore and China as well. The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City was not greatly affected by the explosions that killed at least 150 people 16km away, but the damage to Tianjin's reputation could pose a greater threat.


Talks to bridge differences on climate change issues

Diplomats are scheduled to gather in Bonn to iron out the draft of a climate change pact to be adopted at a United Nations conference at the end of the year. The five-day negotiations are aimed at bridging differences between UN members over the steps necessary to limit global warming.


Fractured politics in the West

Fast-dwindling party membership and greater internal political consultation have resulted in more desolate and fractured politics in the West. It also explains the rise of fringe politicians like Mr Donald Trump, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal. 


Key role in biomed sciences

Singapore has expertise in microelectronics, material science and nanotechnology - all relevant in the field of biomedical sciences. This is why the Republic can play a key role in integrating knowledge in this field, writes Professor George Radda. 


Owners prefer pastel hues

Some conservation shophouse owners at Emerald Hill have voted in a survey to keep "alien" colours such as neon orange out of the historic neighbourhood and preserve its traditional pastel hues instead. They were also against allowing mural paintings. 


Brotherly love for art

A group of art-loving brothers are sponsoring the prizes for the inaugural Nafa (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) Fine Art Graduating Awards Competition. They started the Woon Brothers Foundation in 2007 to promote the arts as well as other good causes.


Investors take a step back

Local investors seem to be taking a breather from the market after the roller-coaster ride last week that saw a dizzying plunge on Monday and a rebound on Tuesday amid the turmoil hitting global markets.

The Straits Times Index dived 4.3 per cent on Monday but some relief came on Tuesday, before it ended the week at 2,955.94 on Friday. 


Poor showing by U-19 team

A string of poor results by the National Football Academy's Under-19 team at the Asean Football Federation U-19 Youth Championship in Laos is causing consternation among local fans.

The team have played and lost three group-stage games, including suffering embarrassing defeats by Malaysia and Vietnam. 


Keith Richards' rootsy album

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will be releasing Crosseyed Heart, his first solo album in 23 years, on Sept 18. It is a straightforward, old-fashioned, rootsy album that could have appeared 20 years ago. The album was recorded on analogue tape.

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