What's News: November 04, 2015

Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup on Prince of Penzance in Melbourne yesterday.
Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup on Prince of Penzance in Melbourne yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Economy a factor in jet crash?
Economy a factor in jet crash?PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Adele sets download record
Adele sets download recordPHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Abide by international law: KL

Malaysia yesterday confirmed its support for freedom of navigation in international waters, including the South China Sea, but urged major powers to abide by existing international laws and not to create tensions in the region.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he hoped a meeting between Asean and China today would shed light on how they would deal with the disputes in the South China Sea. 

App for sharing cab rides

A new transport app can pair taxi passengers going to destinations near one another, thus saving waiting time and taxi fares for those willing to share their ride. The Pair Taxi app launches tomorrow in Tanjong Pagar. 


Economy a factor in jet crash?

Last Saturday's plane crash in Egypt has raised questions about the safety of Russia's small carriers like Kogalymavia.

The airline has had other serious crashes before the Sinai tragedy, and appears to have been hit by Russia's economic crisis, as a watchdog said it had not paid its staff for two months.


Woman jockey rides to victory in Melbourne Cup

Michelle Payne made history yesterday as the first female jockey to win Australia's 154-year-old, A$6.2 million (S$6.2 million) Melbourne Cup when she rode outsider Prince of Penzance to a shock win.

It was a fairy-tale victory for the 30-year-old, who has fought back from life-threatening race injuries and also battled prejudice in the sport.


KL Speaker rejects debate

Malaysia's Speaker of Parliament has threatened to quit if the debate between opposition MP Tony Pua and 1MDB boss Arul Kanda Kandasamy takes place. He said a live debate would breach parliamentary standing orders. 


Responsible lending

The Association of Banks in Singapore has issued guidelines on responsible lending, to get banks to take care when lending to firms that might ignore environmental or corporate governance standards. In the light of the haze crisis, it is in banks' interests to do so, says Yasmine Yahya. 


Look beyond grades: Minister

Educational institutions should look beyond exam results and consider practical knowledge and work experience in admitting students, said Acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. He also encouraged youth to choose courses based on personal aspirations.

Cuba Embassy opens in S'pore

The Embassy of Cuba in Singapore opens officially today, ushering in a new era of ties between the countries. Singapore businesses have already made inroads into the Caribbean island and its new ambassador hopes also to attract more visitors from here. 


LionsXII need one more point

The LionsXII need just one point in their final group match against Terengganu tonight to qualify for the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals as Group A winners. However, they will need to stay focused in the intimidating atmosphere of the 15,000-capacity stadium. They have lost three consecutive times in Kuala Terengganu. 


Marine sector 'must change'

The offshore and marine industry needs to transform itself amid tough times as oil prices remain depressed, said Economic Development Board chairman Beh Swan Gin yesterday. He was speaking at the opening of Sembcorp Marine's steel structure fabrication workshop in Tuas, the largest in South-east Asia.


Adele sets download record

Hello, the debut single from Adele's first album in nearly five years, on Monday became the first track to be downloaded more than one million times in a week in the United States. Industry watchers are expecting her upcoming album, 25, which comes out on Nov 20, to be the year's biggest release. 

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